Why I love the minty taste of Linux--A Christmas Story

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Why I love the minty taste of Linux--A Christmas Story

Postby antiquexray on Sun Dec 24, 2006 11:17 am

In this festive season, my wife and I were making our last minute preparations of gifts for our two boys; ages 9 and 13. Both have their own desktops (my hand-me-downs). One is an old computer, and the other calls that one Sonny. For Christmas this year, I decided to upgrade them to laptops. Through the generosity of a friend and fellow worker, and a well timed bid on Ebay, I was able to obtain two very nice laptops.

Now, what OS to load? As much as I preach the wonders and advantages of Linux (now exclusively Mint), they are most familiar with XP. They use it at school and like playing games that work best with XP. Besides, all their friends use XP!!! For those reasons, and because of the fact that I had a couple copies of Academic XP Pro lying about, the decision was made for for me.

OK, so there we were, the boys were fast asleep, Mama just finished baking Christmas cookies, and I'm doing the final setups so on Christmas Morning they awaken to working laptops...

When what to my wondering eyes don't appear,
Flashing lights on the PCMCIA wireless cards. They don't work (OH DEAR)!

I have three PCMCIA wireless cards, one for my Linux...ah...Mint Box, one for one of the boy's laptop, and a spare (the other laptop uses a USB wireless). For whatever reason, XP didn't see the one reserved for the XP, or the spare, so of course, I thought they were broke :( In fairness to XP, I could have done some last minute scrambling that would have involved hard-wiring the laptops to my wireless network in hopes of finding drivers (at least that was my theory as to why they weren't working), but I was just plain running out of time. Another option was a very last minute mad dash and purchase. However, since we live in rural USA, more specifically Minnesota, I didn't know if I'd be able to find a PCMCIA card in time for Christmas morning on such short notice.

It was at this point I made the supreme sacrifice...I pulled the PCMCIA card out of my Mint Box, in hopes it would work in the XP, and presto...it did. Now at least my boys will have fully functional laptops Christmas morning; even if I wouldn't:(

...And now for the Christmas miracle. With nothing to lose, I took a non-functioning, wireless PCMCIA card, plugged into my Mint Box, configured the network, and boom, it worked...NO!!!...that's not correct...they both worked, I'm convinced, thanks to an angel named Clarence (and the open source community).

Now, not only will our boys have a very Merry Computing Christmas, but so will Dad (by not being denied my Mint Box). I'm convinced that the future of personal computing lies with open source Linux.

Merry Christmas
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Postby 900i on Sun Dec 24, 2006 11:44 am

You could always at a later date convert them to dual booters, and gradually teach you children to be equally at home with either OS.
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Postby antiquexray on Sun Dec 24, 2006 11:49 am

900i wrote:You could always at a later date convert them to dual booters, and gradually teach you children to be equally at home with either OS.


That's in the plans, but I have more to learn right now.
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Postby kenetics on Sun Dec 24, 2006 12:14 pm

Nice story, thanks for sharing.

When I put my micro ATX computer together I was going to make it a dual boot, but Linux Mint worked so well I decided to keep it all Linux (I already had a windows machine). Who needs to spend $100 or more for a buggy OS?

I know very little about Linux terminal commands but I'm hoping this will "force" me to learn. :) At 64, I need to keep my mind active! I've used most pc operating systems since the 70's, including TRSDOS, CP/M (a brief but ugly affair!), Commodore DOS, IBM DOS, Mac OS, and all versions of Windows. I must say Mint makes things easy for the first time Linux user!

Happy Holidays everyone.
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Postby rlozano on Tue Dec 26, 2006 11:07 pm

what a nice dad-children story on a christmas day! :) thanks for sharing and hope your kids will soon be one of the linux experts here in the community. :D
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Postby clem on Fri Dec 29, 2006 6:05 am

My wife got me the best piece of IT I've ever played with. Last Christmas she brought me a Sony Vaio T2XP (you know, the little 10.6" ones..). Of course it came with XP, anti-viruses, Norton security things and a lot of "register me" thingies.. my first thought was "how can somebody play with such a great laptop and use such an annoying operating system?". I immediately backed up the restoration partition to DVDs and wiped the hard-drive.

I do run XP now and then, for certain purpose, but only on my old crappy desktop computer. Cool hardware deserves cool software.. I mean just look at these T2XP, aren't they just so cute? I now exclusively run Linux distributions on it. No dual boot on this little laptop :)
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