Saturday, August 4, 2007

Two weeks without Windows

I have set myself a target of 1 month without booting to windows.
A little history --
1) I use Windows 2003 at Office.
2) I have tried many Linux distributions including Arch, Gentoo, Ubuntu and openSUSE and now have the perfect windows replacement at home -- PCLinuxOS.

The day I installed PCLOS, I was so impressed that I decided to refrain myself from booting to Windows. However, I had to make a few changes to PCLOS to make it workable. I'll go over them one by one.
  1. The usual multimedia codecs installation. Though PCLOS comes with many codecs, but I was not able to play wmv files, so had to install win32-codec. Strangely, now Kmplayer was able to play the wmv videos, but it was not clear. A little googling made me install VLC player and I was home. VLC plays most files as good as Windows media player.
  2. Office. I am a home user and have very limited needs from Office suite. OpenOffice perfectly caters to all my needs. Well I cannot say the same for Office use, where we have to integrate all the documents with sharepoint, but thats another story.
  3. System upgrade. PCLOS uses synaptic, do I need to say more. I think after "Adept", from Kubuntu, this is the best GUI based package management tool. Windows can never come even close to keeping full system updated in such an organized manner.
  4. Internet chat. I use yahoo chat and Kopete provides a very familiar and intuitive interface. Two major issues here
    1. PCLOS does not have the drivers for my webcam, which runs perfectly in Windows. So If I want others to see my video, I have to boot to windows. There is no other way.
    2. The Linux version of Skype ( at least the version that comes with PCLOS) does not support video. I cannot even view others webcam. Now this is really bad.
  5. Web browsing. I use Firefox even on windows and PCLOS install it by default. I do not feel any remarkable difference between the two. The same extensions that work on windows, work on PCLOS too. Well at least the ones I tried, like webmail notifier, video downloader etc.
  6. Online Video. PCLOS has default support for videos from Youtube and similar sites. No issues here.
  7. Online radio and streaming media. PCLOs ships with Real player version 10.0.8 which fails to play songs from some sites like www.raaga.com. I had to search and manually install Real player version 10.1.0 to make things work and now I can play song from any site.
  8. Connecting to Digital camera. The moment I plug my camera ( Sony DSC-H9) to USB interface, I get a pop-up on the screen which allows me to view and download the images from the camera. The default camera application is digicam, which has basic editing features and the ability to upload the pictures to flickr. I had to install Gimp for advanced editing of photos, but normally I do not use it.
  9. I can burn my photos to a CD using k3b, well I must say that k3b is very feature packed tool for CD burning. I found it very similar to the Nero utility that came with my CD writer driver. All the interface, procedures to select and burn are very similar.
  10. Using Bit-Torrent. Ktorrent is arguably the best torrent software. I find it to be much lighter and less resource hungry than Azeurus and does not lack in features. Specially I like the ability to download selected files from a huge list of files in a single torrent.
  11. Games. Oh with "wine" I can play most of Windows games like "Quake", "Diablo- LOD" etc. However, Linux games are good too.
  12. Google desktop search. Though Linus has an open source desktop search in form of Kerry/beagle, but I have read at many places that they crash a lot and slow down the system. Again GDS is from Google and hence trustworthy. The search interface is same as that of Windows version and is equally effective. However, we do not have the cool Google gadgets.
  13. Citrix desktop client. I connect to my office computer having Windows 2003 using the Citrix client for Linux and have not encountered any problems as yet.
PCLOS provided me with a system which auto decets almost all my hardware correctly, set the optimal screen resolution, requires minimal command line configuration and has all the software required for normal house usage. I really do not feel the urge to boot to windows. Its only during my free time when I want to talk to my friends through video chat that I start missing Windows. I know even if I Google a lot and somehow find a way to make my webcam work, still the current Skype version will not support Video. Just hope it will improve in future.
One major problem I have with PCLOS is, though I always keep my system updated through official repositories, many applications crash on their own. Kicker, konqueror and kmplayer have each crashed at least once. Specially the new kicker menu ( copied from SUSE ) crashes a lot, though it restarts on its own.
I am resisting the temptation to boot to windows as video chat is not that important to me.
I'll try to complete the remaining two weeks of no Windows on my home desktop.
If I succeed for one month, I might as well set a new target of 6 months. Maybe that will happen when SUSE 10.3 or Ubuntu 7.10 is released.

13 comments:

Jayadeep said...

Curious how you got Raaga to work.

Abhay said...

Hey Jayadeep,
Thats simple.
Just install the latest real player from
http://forms.helixcommunity.org/helix/builds/?category=realplay-current

and don't forget --
Quoting from another site
"Navigate to "/opt/real/RealPlayer/mozilla" directory. And here you should see a couple of files: nphelix.so nphelix.xpt. Copy those two files to this location: "~/.mozilla/plugins", here the tilde(~) represents your Home Directory. "

I did a "ln -s " instead of copying.

devnet said...

Or...instead of manually linking all that stuff and dropping to the command line...

You could instead install the realplayer mozilla plugin via synaptic and have it done for you. No point in doing things the inefficient and hard way right?

package is Realplayer-rpnp

Abhay said...

True devnet.
I had Arch for a long time, so command line seems more natural to me :).
But you are right about the package.

The nightly stable build of real player has to be downloaded and installed manually through command line, adding the link is just one step more.

Anonymous said...

Have you considered Ekiga ? It does not use the Skype-proprietary-protocol (what else can?!), but it uses the open SIP protocol like Gmail's chat program. Ekiga is a VoIP software that supports video. I will add that the software is newer than Skype and there are "always improvements happening", but I use an old version that comes with Ubuntu and I like it.

Abhay said...

I will definitely give Ekiga a try, one I get my webcam working in Linux.
Now that you have given an idea, I will try my best even if it means modifying the driver myself :).
Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hey Abhay,
thx... now raaga.com works on my linux box too. was struggling for a long time.
I guess it was as simple as only going to that site you mentioned and installing the latest package. Nothing else.
Thx once again.
PC

情趣用品 欣怡 said...

情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,美國aneros,rudeboy,英國rudeboy,英國Rocksoff,德國Fun Factory,Fun Factory,英國甜筒造型按摩座,甜筒造型按摩座,英國Rock Chic ,瑞典 Lelo ,英國Emotional Bliss,英國 E.B,荷蘭 Natural Contours,荷蘭 N C,美國 OhMiBod,美國 OMB,Naughti Nano ,音樂按摩棒,ipod按摩棒,美國 The Screaming O,美國TSO,美國TOPCO,美國Doc Johnson,美國CA Exotic,美國CEN,美國Nasstoy,美國Tonguejoy,英國Je Joue,美國Pipe Dream,美國California Exotic,美國NassToys,美國Vibropod,美國Penthouse,仿真按摩棒,矽膠按摩棒,猛男倒模,真人倒模,仿真倒模,PJUR,Zestra,適趣液,穿戴套具,日本NPG,雙頭龍,FANCARNAL,日本NIPPORI,日本GEL,日本Aqua Style,美國WET,費洛蒙,費洛蒙香水,仿真名器,av女優,打炮,做愛,性愛,口交,吹喇叭,肛交,魔女訓練大師,無線跳蛋,有線跳蛋,震動棒,震動保險套,震動套,TOY-情趣用品,情趣用品網,情趣購物網,成人用品網,情趣用品討論,成人購物網,鎖精套,鎖精環,持久環,持久套,拉珠,逼真按摩棒,名器,超名器,逼真老二,電動自慰,自慰,打手槍,仿真女郎,SM道具,SM,性感內褲,仿真按摩棒,pornograph,hunter系列,h動畫,成人動畫,成人卡通,情色動畫,情色卡通,色情動畫,色情卡通,無修正,禁斷,人妻,極悪調教,姦淫,近親相姦,顏射,盜攝,偷拍,本土自拍,素人自拍,公園露出,街道露出,野外露出,誘姦,迷姦,輪姦,凌辱,痴漢,痴女,素人娘,中出,巨乳,調教,潮吹,av,a片,成人影片,成人影音,線上影片,成人光碟,成人無碼,成人dvd,情色影音,情色影片,情色dvd,情色光碟,航空版,薄碼,色情dvd,色情影音,色情光碟,線上A片,免費A片,A片下載,成人電影,色情電影,TOKYO HOT,SKY ANGEL,一本道,SOD,S1,ALICE JAPAN,皇冠系列,老虎系列,東京熱,亞熱,武士系列,新潮館,情趣用品,情趣,情趣商品,情趣網站,跳蛋,按摩棒,充氣娃娃,自慰套,G點,性感內衣,情趣內衣,角色扮演,生日禮物,生日精品,自慰,打手槍,潮吹,高潮,後庭,情色論譠,影片下載,遊戲下載,手機鈴聲,音樂下載,開獎號碼,統一發票號碼,夜市,統一發票對獎,保險套,做愛,減肥,美容,瘦身,當舖,軟體下載,汽車,機車,手機,來電答鈴,週年慶,美食,徵信社,網頁設計,網站設計,室內設計,靈異照片,同志,聊天室,運動彩券,大樂透,威力彩,搬家公司,除蟲,偷拍,自拍,無名破解,av女優,小說,民宿,大樂透開獎號碼,大樂透中獎號碼,威力彩開獎號碼,討論區,痴漢,懷孕,美女交友,交友,日本av,日本,機票,香水,股市,股市行情, 股市分析,租房子,成人影片,免費影片,醫學美容,免費算命,算命,姓名配對,姓名學,姓名學免費,遊戲,好玩遊戲,好玩遊戲區,線上遊戲,新遊戲,漫畫,線上漫畫,動畫,成人圖片,桌布,桌布下載,電視節目表,線上電視,線上a片,線上掃毒,線上翻譯,購物車,身分證製造機,身分證產生器,手機,二手車,中古車,法拍屋,歌詞,音樂,音樂網,火車,房屋,情趣用品,情趣,情趣商品,情趣網站,跳蛋,按摩棒,充氣娃娃,自慰套, G點,性感內衣,情趣內衣,角色扮演,生日禮物,精品,禮品,自慰,打手槍,潮吹,高潮,後庭,情色論譠,影片下載,遊戲下載,手機鈴聲,音樂下載,開獎號碼,統一發票,夜市,保險套,做愛,減肥,美容,瘦身,當舖,軟體下載,汽車,機車,手機,來電答鈴,週年慶,美食,徵信社,網頁設計,網站設計,室內設計,靈異照片,同志,聊天室,運動彩券,,大樂透,威力彩,搬家公司,除蟲,偷拍,自拍,無名破解, av女優,小說,民宿,大樂透開獎號碼,大樂透中獎號碼,威力彩開獎號碼,討論區,痴漢,懷孕,美女交友,交友,日本av ,日本,機票,香水,股市,股市行情,股市分析,租房子,成人影片,免費影片,醫學美容,免費算命,算命,姓名配對,姓名學,姓名學免費,遊戲,好玩遊戲,好玩遊戲區,線上遊戲,新遊戲,漫畫,線上漫畫,動畫,成人圖片,桌布,桌布下載,電視節目表,線上電視,線上a片,線上a片,線上翻譯,購物車,身分證製造機,身分證產生器,手機,二手車,中古車,法拍屋,歌詞,音樂,音樂網,借錢,房屋,街頭籃球,找工作,旅行社,六合彩,雷射溶脂,抽脂,整形,整形,雷射溶脂,珠海,婚紗,新娘造型,婚禮顧問,網頁設計,水噹噹,醫學美容,玻尿酸,台中隆鼻,果凍隆乳,改運整型,自體脂肪移植,下川島,常平,常平,珠海,澳門機票,香港機票,貸款,貸款,信用貸款,宜蘭民宿,花蓮民宿,未婚聯誼,網路購物,婚友,婚友社,未婚聯誼,交友,婚友,婚友社,單身聯誼,未婚聯誼,未婚聯誼, 婚友社,婚友,婚友社,單身聯誼,婚友,未婚聯誼,婚友社,未婚聯誼,單身聯誼,單身聯誼,白蟻,白蟻,除蟲,老鼠,減肥,減肥,在家工作,在家工作,婚友,單身聯誼,未婚聯誼,婚友,交友,交友,婚友社,婚友社,婚友社,大陸新娘,大陸新娘,越南新娘,越南新娘,外籍新娘,外籍新娘,台中月子中心,搬家公司,搬家公司,中和搬家,台北搬家,板橋搬家,新店搬家,線上客服,網頁設計,線上客服,網頁設計,關鍵字,關鍵字,seo,seo,網路排名,自然排序,網路排名軟體,交友,越南新娘,婚友社,外籍新娘,大陸新娘,越南新娘,交友,外籍新娘,視訊聊天,大陸新娘,婚友社,婚友,越南新娘,大陸新娘,越南新娘,視訊交友,外籍新娘,網路排名,網路排名軟體,網站排名優化大師,關鍵字排名大師,網站排名seo大師,關鍵字行銷專家,關鍵字,seo,關鍵字行銷,網頁排序,網頁排名,關鍵字大師,seo大師,自然排名,網站排序,網路行銷創業,汽車借款,汽車借錢,汽車貸款,汽車貸款,拉皮,抽脂,近視雷射,隆乳,隆鼻,變性,雙眼皮,眼袋,牙齒,下巴,植牙,人工植牙,植髮,雷射美容,膠原蛋白,皮膚科,醫學美容,玻尿酸,肉毒桿菌,微晶瓷,電波拉皮,脈衝光,關鍵字,關鍵字,seo,seo,網路排名,自然排序,網路排名軟體,汽車借款,汽車借款,汽車借款,汽車貸款,汽車貸款,借錢,借貸,當舖,借款,借貸,借錢,週轉,學英文,英文社團,英語俱樂部,學習英文,英語會話,英文演講,English Club,學英語,學英文,美語社團,英語社團,英文讀書會,Toastmasters,Toastmaster,英語讀書會,托福,多益,英文讀書會,拍樂得植牙,拍樂得牙醫,拍樂得批發,拍樂得飾品,拍樂得化妝品批發,

dış cephe said...

Fibercement
Dış cephe
Hekimboard
Turksiding
İzokon
Dış Cephe Kaplama
Mantolama
Söve
Kaplama
Dışcephe
Dış cephe
Dışcephe
Güvenlik
Dış cephe
Fibercement
Fibercement

lucyliu said...

nike air max 90
nike air max 95
nike air max tn
nike air rift
nike shox r4
nike air max 360
nike shox nz
puma mens shoes
puma shoes
puma speed
nike shoes
nike air
nike air shoes
puma cat
air max trainers
mens nike air max
nike shoes air max
nike shoes shox
air shoes
nike shoe cart
puma future
cheap puma
sports shoes
nike air rifts
nike air rift trainer
nike air
nike rift
nike rift shoes
cheap nike air rifts
bape shoes
jeans shop
diesel jeans
levis jeans

LAN said...

puma mens shoes
puma shoes
puma speed
nike shoes
nike air
nike air shoes
nike air max 90
nike air max 95
nike air max tn
nike air rift
nike shox r4
nike air max 360
nike shox nz
puma cat
air max trainers
mens nike air max
sports shoes
nike air rifts
nike air rift trainer
nike air
nike shoes air max
nike shoes shox
air shoes
Lucyliu IS Lucyliu
nike shoe cart
puma future
cheap puma
nike rift
jeans shop
diesel jeans
levis jeans
nike rift shoes
cheap nike air rifts
bape shoes

polo shirts said...

History of polo ralph lauren. Polo fashions had its humble beginnings in 1968 when tie salesman Ralph Lauren gave it a kick start. By 1969 he had a boutique polo ralph lauren factory stores within the Manhattan department store Bloomingdale's. ... Brands and luxury standard. Since Ralph Lauren's first brand, Polo Ralph Lauren, was launched, the company has expanded to include a variety of luxury brands such as Polo Golf, Polo Denim, Polo Sport. You can buy cheap Ralph Lauren Clothing at Ralph Lauren outlet.Also We provide polo shirts
Ralph Lauren polo shirt, 50% OFF! polo ralph lauren outlet online is your best choice!In 2006, polo ralph lauren outlet became the first designer in Wimbledon's 133-year history to create official uniforms for the tournament. As part of this year's event, which starts next week, polo ralph lauren sale will introduces the first ... determination to maintain and enhance the values for which our two brands are famous throughout the world. The rugby ralph lauren brand brings to Wimbledon the look of timeless elegance, drawing on our rich history and traditions

dfadf said...

Microsoft Office
Office 2010
Microsoft Office 2010
Office 2010 key
Office 2010 download
Office 2010 Professional
Microsoft outlook
Outlook 2010
Windows 7
Microsoft outlook 2010

Google