Finally, I’ve managed to find the time and inclination to move over to Linux with the help of Lorentz, the Linux Zealot . He gave me a one day crash course on how to use linux what the directories are all about and common tools and ways of installing and uninstalling applications from repositories. (more on this later).
So now I’m all penguined up!!! I do all my application design on Umbrello, code with Eclipse using PDT, DBEdit, Aptana and Subversive plugins, and to funktify the whole process, I’ve installed beryl with AIGLX. So I’ve got a seemingly “Virtual” development environent.
The hardest part of the whole thing – well for me anyway was getting the display driver to play nice. /etc/X11/xorg.conf is a bitch if you don’t know what you’re doing.
I see the whole thing similar to me learning about the dos and don’ts when I picked up my first Pentium 166 MMX and just installed and reinstalled windows 95 (and subsequently windows 98 windows 2000) on it over and over and over again.
But yeah, it’s been an experience.
Currently, I’m typing this up on my newly reinstalled Ubuntu Edgy EFT at home (in total, I’ve reinstalled 5 times – twice at the dev dungeon at DevProducts and 3 times here in my home office).
I gotta say, I’m very excited. The latest thing I had figred out is to get it so that my NVIDIA card uses my LCD as Primary and CRT as secondary. Go (con)figure. That’s one of the things about linux, you don’t have your wizard-like windows apps to hold your hand through installation. Lots of holes to fall into.
If there’s anything that you should remember it’s the two word term that you were taught when you first learnt how to use computers and that’s “BACK UP” back up your configuration files before you mess around with it.
More to come later on.
R. Villar David
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