Recently I retrieved one of my yesteryear machines an Acer Aspire 3002NLCi (with a Mobile AMD Sempron Processor 2800+ 15.0" XGA TFT LCD, 40GB Hdd, DVD/CD-RW Combo, 256Mb DDR, 802.11b/g wireless LAN) and began playing around with it. Trying to see how can I get it to become part of my life again, and there and then, while I do not profess to be a linux or tech g33k, I went ahead to check out quite a few Linux distros.
A starting point was Debian Linux, which I once worked with as a industrial attachment student at a call center -- and it worked fine for me -- yet the thing about Linux was that I realise that there are more than just one flavours. And this is when I became torn over whether to reuse and recycle those old Red Hat Enterprise or Mandrake Linux 10 CDs and DVDs that I downloaded almost 6 to 7 years ago (was it?), or should I be checking out the new releases on the market?
.. I find that Ubuntu is fine, it is just that I have been on Nokia phones that also sell Human Technology as their main slogan for almost close to as many years as I recall. So I decided to give Ubuntu not a miss, but to dwell a bit further and I came across equally interesting derived releases, like Bodhi Linux (a good idea considering that I am also interested in Buddhism these while), yet I eventually ended up downloading and installing Linux Mint Lisa on my notebook instead.
I guess the reason why I am starting a new post here is firstly to say hi, and also because, where I stay at i.e. Singapore, I was over at the Linux Mint Community page
, where I again was amused that my equatorial island nation is SOOOOO tiny -- relative to China, Russia, or the Western giants, and I might as well just compare it to one of those Pacific Islands -- I guess that you guys probably wouldn't know this place even existed.
I enjoy a love-hate relationship trying to get anything started where I live in, a small population of 4 - 5 million Singaporeans -- cosmopolitan with its under 70% Chinese, 20% Malays, and under 10% Eurasians and Indians -- I am neither a mainland China Chinese who is capable of owning and developing their own warships and facebooks (renren.com); yet nor can I fit in exactly into any Western culture. Even though close to half a century ago my island was still a British colony, and I still watch British football and study for British exams.
Yet because I am effectively deployable in English, as well as the language where 1.3 billion China Chinese are speaking (China speaks in terms more like money and sex, rather than Mandarin, or so I felt, la), decided to drop by to see how I can make myself conspicuous.