More Adventures in Computing


In the earlier post, I talked about how I tried to install FreeBSD on a Virtual computer, and it didn’t work out as planned. Since then, I’ve installed Debian Linux on both an old Acer computer (AMD K6-200 with 64MB of EDO RAM) and on a Virtual Server. Also, I’ve installed Xandros Linux on a virtual PC.

The Debian installations went fairly well. I did run into problems with installing from the CD on the old Acer computer. But, I decided to reinstall via FTP, and it went smooth. So, when I did the virtual machine, I installed via FTP also. In the end, I wasted about 10 CD’s (as I didn’t need them with the FTP installation).

With the Xandros Linux installation, I chose to do it on Virtual Server 2005. It installed with minimal issues, but when I tried to start the virtual machine up, it would lock up totally. So, before scrapping it, I decided to remove it from Virtual Server, and open it in Virtual PC, 2004. I got the usual warnings that VPC didn’t recognize Virtual Server 2005 (which is understandable since VS 2005 came out after VPC did) and that some settings wouldn’t be used. However, when I finally started the Virtual Machine, it loaded up and started perfectly. As I’m writing this blog post, Xandros Linux is installing it’s first round of updates and new applications in the background.

What do I plan on doing with these, you ask? Well, it’s three-fold. First of all, I’m getting experience in installing and configuring Linux. That’s beneficial because people may decide to completely move away from Windows to Linux, or at least move some of their older computers over to Linux (as opposed to throwing the old computer out).

Secondly, I’m involved in beta testing for Microsoft, so believe it or not, installing and using Linux helps out in that. I’m able to test out their compatibility with Linux (both in Operating Systems and in Virtual Server/Virtual PC) and compare features of each. Certain things that Linux has, Microsoft could incorporate in their own way, and vice versa.

Thirdly, if I find a version of Linux that I really like, and if it will work on my older computer (or an older computer) I’ll probably start using it more. And eventually I’m hoping to learn C++ programming (along with Visual Basic and other languages), so I could possibly create applications that are able to be used in both Windows and Linux. Also, when I learn how to program in C++ or other languages, I could create my own modification to Linux and other Open Source programs.

There is a fourth reason that is similar to the first reason. Because Linux is based on the Unix Operating System, by learning how to work in a Linux environment, it’s helping me to learn how to work in a Unix environment. This will help me to do well in my college courses, and to achieve my degree in Microcomputer Information Technology.

So, keep an eye on my blogs. As I get working with Debian and Xandros, I’ll post screenshots of what I’m doing. And, eventually I plan on creating a couple of step-by-step guides in installing and using them.

Patrick.

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