Day 2 with Xandros Linux


Well, I woke up today, with an error and a dilemma. Last night, I installed Apache webserver. But, I couldn’t get it to see my site, and then I couldn’t get it to restart properly. So, I went to bed, thinking that I was going to have to live without my site (http://pats-computer-solutions.no-ip.biz) being online for the month. Although, I did discover an interesting fact while working on this. I have a dual boot setup with Windows Server 2003 R2 (Beta soon to be RTM) on one partition, and Xandros Linux on the other. When I booted into the Windows Server side, it didn’t even recognize the partition that holds Linux at all. As far as it was concerned, I had a 9GB hard drive in the computer. But, when I booted back up into Xandros, not only could I see the Windows Server partition, but I could copy files from it. Score one point for Linux.
As for the error, my monitor and system was effectively locked up. At some point in time (about an hour after I went to bed) my monitor went into Standby then Shutdown mode (both at the same time). Then, at some point after that, Kopete announced that one of my contacts came online. So, when I woke up 7 hours after I went to bed, I was greeted with a black screen, and a pop-up that said he was online. I moved the mouse, tapped a few keys, but nothing. So, I reset the computer. This enabled me to discover that my startup file for no-ip and Apache was gone. So, I recreated the startup file.. Hopefully I won’t ever find out if it works..
Now, my opinion of Linux………
Some things (like setting up Apache) are much easier to accomplish on Windows. Probably because the developer assumes that since you’re ON Windows, you don’t know how to set things up. So, it was a bit of culture-shock when I tried to set them up on here. Some things, like Kopete, for example, are better then the programs they are replacing. Most things seem to work out the same.
Now, I need to find a mp3 player and a program similar to FreeRIP for Linux. Why? Because when I’m away from the computer, I want to be able to listen to my CD’s. FreeRIP will allow me to format the songs as mp3’s, and get the information about them (song-title, performer, etc). I don’t, and won’t condone using it for piracy. I do, however, condone (and use it) so I can set up my playlists without having to get up and switch CD’s. Is that a crime? Well, possibly. And, according to the RIAA, it is. But, if I paid for them, I should be able to do what I want with them, as long as I’m not distributing them in any way, shape, or form.
Believe it or not, I’m already starting to think about Christmas and New Years, when I’ll be switching back to Windows. Part of me is torn. I like the Linux feel right now, but on the other hand, I’m a beta tester for Microsoft. So, I’ll HAVE to switch back, if I want to continue with the betas that I’m currently enrolled in. This is just a hiatus from them, if you will.
I probably won’t post back, until Monday. Then, I’ll hopefully have a weekend’s worth of snippets to talk about. So, keep checking back. And, as always, feel free to comment.
Patrick.

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