"...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."
-2 Corinthians 3:17 (NASB)

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
~John Adams

6.17.2008

HOWTO...

TRY LINUX OUT

www.wubi-installer.org

It's simple. Follow the directions, you should have no problems at all. Wubi is amazingly simple.

ENABLE AWESOME EFFECTS

Just to wet your pallet for some more linux awesomeness, I'll give you some more pictures of my ubuntu desktop breaking the laws of Computer Science! (or rather junk science produced by the marketing idiots at Micro$oft)







Now this assumes that you have a little bit of experience with linux. You're the kind of person who knows where the terminal is (even if you're scared of it) and knows about synaptic. Plus you have to have a good computer. What's important here is that you have 1) a fast processor (you don't have to have dual-core; but fast.); 2) a fast video card (with 3D capabilities; don't forget that.)

If you are running Ubuntu, then enabling Compiz is easy. Just go to the System -> Preferences -> Appearance. On the visual effects tab, click "extra." Now, your GUI will look pretty sweet, but you won't have the ubber-cool features readily accessible such as cube or scale (which is just a rip from OS X's "expose").

To enable the really cool stuff, you need the compiz desktop effects manager. Install "compizconfig-settings-manager". There are two ways: 1) Use synaptics, search for this package, mark it for installation, then hit apply; and 2) (the fast way) open up your terminal.

TERMINAL

Yes; the terminal. That crazy black thing that you can see (and fear) if you open Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal. The terminal is incredibly powerful because, unlike Windows, Linux is based on the terminal. Anything you can do in the GUI you can do in the terminal. Not always faster, but sometimes with much greater ease. Installing programs is one thing that can very easily be done in the terminal.

To install a program type:

sudo apt-get install <application name>


replace <application name> with the exact name of the package you want to install. In this case, type "sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager." Behold it installs! Isn't that cool?
So, what does it mean? Well, "sudo" is a command meaning that you temporarily become the administrator (also called root) (That's why they ask you for a password). "apt-get" calls the synaptic program to do its stuff. Finally, "install" tells "apt-get" that you want to install, not remove or reinstall, the program that follows.

PLAYING DVDs

One thing that confounded me when I ran linux was why it could not play DVDs. I decided to look into it, but all the advise I got online did no good. In the end, I finally clicked "help" in Totem Movie Player and BAM! there was my answer that I had long labored to find!

Turns out the Ubuntu can't come with certain codex (a program used to decode information in a particular file) because of legal reasons. When playing MP3s, it was pretty obvious what I needed to install, but you have to be a little more sneaky when you get a decoder for DVDs.

Use the same installation instructions above, and install the following packages:

  • libdvdnav4
  • libdvdread3
  • (and I think it helps to install) libdvdread3


Presto! It should work with only one problem: Totem cannot handle menus. If you want your menus back, then Totem recommends installing the gxine player. The package is named "gxine." (yes; I am positive)

MORE TERMINAL

I'm having fun writing this, even if no one cares to read it. Well, I figure that since I've taught you to do some somewhat advanced terminal language, then I should overview the basics, as well.

To navigate around like you would in Nautilus, (that's your file manager, BTW) here's the basic lingo:

When you open your terminal, you should see this:
<username>@<your computer>:~$

"~" indicates that you are in the home director (/hoime/<username>)

But we can change that! Type
<username>@<your computer>:~$ cd Desktop
(not the whole thing, obviously, just what is diferent from what you have now.

Your view should have changed. Now your terminal should look like:
<username>@<your computer>:~$ cd Desktop
<username>@<your computer>:~/Desktop$


Ok; maybe that isn't so amazing, but it is a step in the right direction. If you're still interested in mastering the terminal, (and hereby gaining the status of geek... er... I mean genius) Here's some commands to try out:

dir = gives you a list of files and folders in the file that you are currently "parked" in. (short for "directory")
ls = gives you a colored list of files and folder in ... yeah, you know what I mean. (think of "list")
cd .. = moved you up a file (don't ask me what "cd" stands for)
cd = all by itself indicated that you wanna go home. (yeah, back to "~")
file <name> = gives you the properties of the file "name."
exit = self explanatory
Check out this: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UsingTheTerminal

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