Suggestion for Ubuntu

One of the huge advantages of Ubuntu is the very easy to use Package Manager. One major disadvantage is that if your software is not in the repository and you can’t find a .deb of it anyway, you’re probably going to have to end up installing from source.

Now this isn’t a huge problem for the hardcore Linux users who are probably using Gentoo, but for those of us who are on Ubuntu, it would be nice to have a less interactive way of doing it.

I wonder how difficult it would be for Synaptic to have an add on that would import a tarball, make sure necessary libraries (build-essentials, etc) are installed and install the tarball for you? This way it could put the config files and binaries all where it would have put them if it was a package from the repository to maintain a level of consistency.

Just an idea….

Why Linux is Better

Ever hear people bashing Linux about hardware support? Ever stop to think about what this really means?

Why is hardware not as “well” supported in Linux? Several reasons come to mind, but the biggest one is that there aren’t enough Linux users yet to make it economically wise to support Linux. There wouldn’t be a return on the investment – especially seeing as how Linux users are notorious for keeping their wallets shut. It’s the same reason my company doesn’t support Opera or Safari. It’s also the same reason why, as much as we want to, we simply can’t ignore Internet Explorer. It is what it is.

However. Think about Linux for a second. Yeah, there is no guarantee your hardware is going to work. Companies don’t develop drivers for Linux. They don’t put a friendly penguin on their packaging to reassure buyers that their product will in fact work with their computer. They even go so far as to list Windows and Mac in the system requirements, apparently leaving no room for Linux. And yet, plenty of hardware does work in Linux. Why?

Because Linux is awesome!
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Useful Tip I Just Learned

Ever have a command you run in Linux that ends up asking you the same question over and over again? Isn’t it annoying how you have to type the same thing in over and over again. I’m specifically referring to if you have a folder with a bunch of files that you’re trying to remove. So of course you say:

rm -r <direcotory>

Or maybe:

cd <direcotory>
rm *

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