Linux #1 - About

By Pete | @kingpetey | 07 Oct 2002

This article will the first in a series of article explaining different aspects of Linux. I could spend hours talking about the history of Linux but you don?t really need to know it. This guide assumes a couple of things,
1. That you know how to use the basics of a computer including windows
2. You want to find out more about Linux.

I am no great Linux expert, however slowly over the last year I have picked up things from different sources, these include the web, books and people. Your first major leap when understanding Linux is value for money, you can download Linux for free if you like or you can buy it for a small price and get hundreds of packages with it which can cater for all your needs when using a pc. This is unlike windows where you end up with a computer full of cracked software or a large credit card bill.

Your next leap is that Linux doesn?t just come from one company, there are many companies that have their own versions of Linux, these are called distributions. Some of the most popular are Redhat Linux (www.redhat.com), Mandrake Linux (www.mandrake.com), SuSE Linux (www.suse.com) and Slackware Linux (www.slackware.com). Though all these distributions are similar they can have subtle differences, these will be explained more in a later article.

For those of you interested Linux started around 11 years ago by a Finnish man named Linus Torvalds as a project based on the Unix operating system. A team of programmers through out the world is constantly improving the kernel that Torvalds first wrote. What makes Linux different from its main rivals Microsoft is the fact that is an open source project, meaning that anyone get look at the original code behind the project. This many people argue is a good way of developing a program as anyone can contribute to a program to help fix errors in a program or add new functions however open source programs normally loose all commercial value when they go open source as anyone can get hold of the source code and compile the program for themselves.

One thing you will notice when browsing Linux related sites is the fascination with Penguins this is because the Linux mascot is a penguin named tux and rumour is it was because Linux Torvald was rather fond of the creators.

Another point to ponder is that Linux is not actually owned by anyone; Linux is constantly being improved and worked on by a number of people through out the world. Not even Linus Torvalds "owns" Linux. (However, the trademark "Linux" is owned by Linus Torvalds, so if you call something "Linux" it had better be Linux, not something else.)

Pickup Lines

By Pete | @kingpetey | 06 Oct 2002

For those of you who don?t have a gf/bf here are a selection of chat up lines that may help(I stress the may bit).

I know I'm not Jesus but I'm still pretty good!
All them curves and me with no brakes! - Sent in by a bloke from Leeds Uni.
I miss my teddy bear. Would you sleep with me?
That suit/dress looks good on you, but it would look better on my bedroom floor.
Is it hot in here, or is it just you?
You're dad must be a hunter because he sure caught a fox!
I'm feeling a little off today. Would you like to turn me on?
If I said you had a cute body would you hold it against me?
(A person says this to you):Excuse me, do you have the time?
(you reply): Do you have the energy?
That's a nice smile you've got, it's a shame it's not all you're wearing!
I know milk does a body good, but DAMN...How much have you been drinking?
Baby, I'm not Fred Flinstone, but I could make your Bedrock?
I wish you were a door so I could bang you all day long!
Nice legs what time do they open
Do you work for DHL I thought I saw you checking out my package
Can I buy you a drink or do you just want the money?
You`ve got 206 bones in your body, want one more?

Do you believe in love at first sight, or should I walk past again?
I'm new in town, could you give me directions to your apartment?
Can I have a picture of you? Only I want Santa to know exactly what to get me for Christmas.
I've never chatted anyone up before. Could you teach me?
Help the homeless... take me home with you.
Pardon me, I seem to have lost my phone number. Can I borrow yours?
What time do you have to be back in heaven?
Was you father an alien? Because there's nothing else like you on earth!
If I could re-arrange the alphabet I would put U and I together!
Hello, I'm a thief and I'm here to steal your heart.
Get your coat, you've pulled!!!
Your lips are like wine and I want to get drunk.

Disclaimer: use these at your own will!!! Be prepared to be kicked or punched especially if the girl/boy has a partner!! ImAFish am not responsible for any damage.

The LAN Phenomenon

By Pete | @kingpetey | 05 Oct 2002

You may of heard about LAN parties before, whether its your friends talking about them or from a website but what really is a LAN party? And what do they involve? Well to start with LAN stands for Local Area Network, which for non computer literate people means getting computers and plugging them into each other then getting them to communicate with each other. Once you have some friends and all your computers connected you clearly need some games, some popular titles include HalfLife, Unreal and Quake though there are many other great multiplayer games out there. (post on the gaming forum if you want more help with any games)

People then sit playing games for a couple of days without sleeping and taking massive amounts of cafeen and alcohol. Now you may think why not just do all this online? Well for starters over a network the lag time is practically nothing so people on faster connections wont have a massive advantage over you, secondary LAN parties turn into big social events. In the case of the I series people from all over the UK and Europe meet up at Newbury every 3-4 months and play full on battles with each other for a wide range of games. Though this does come at a price ? entrance is around ?80 however this does guarantee you a decent network connection and the chance to play with almost 1000 other people all on one site.

However not everyone can afford vast amounts of money going round the country to different events so people quite often arrange there own mini LANs of around 15-20 people gathered in some cheap hall some where in the middle of no where. This you can see from the picture below.


Picture submitted by ga.

The hardware is important at all LANs, each person is going to need to bring a pc that they are happy with playing games on, it helps if its already setup with a network card. After that your going to need a switch or a hub and a lot of cables and plenty of power for all those computers! (a shower helps too for all those sweaty players)

Any big quake fans will know that this weekend its Quakecon in America which is now in its 7th year. This is a big chance to meet people you may have played with online before or to talk to the developers of the game. LAN parties maybe an excuse for geeks to show off their latest graphics card rather then their latest car but they are turning into multi million pound businesses so someone must be doing something right!

For more information check out these links:

www.quakecon.org
http://news.com.com/2100-1040-950054.html?tag=fd_top
http://www.lanparty.com/

Hearsay to split

By Pete | @kingpetey | 01 Oct 2002

According to the sun newspaper this morning the band hearsay are to split up. Hearsay were formed out of the hit tv show on ITV which formed the band, soon after they were launched they had to number 1s but since then they have gone down hill and the band formed from their runners up, liberty X are now doing better then them. Though liberty X have had a show start they have come up on top and have scored a number of top10 hits.

Quoted in the Sun newspaper, the band blamed public hostility and the rigours of music industry life for the break-up. This news comes less then 2 years after the band was formed. Trouble started when member Kym Marsh left in February this year, and there was controversy over her replacement. Band member Danny has not made things better, he was quoted in the Sun saying: "Hear'Say was a phenomenon at the time and people have seen us grow and evolve into pop stars. "We were just cleaners and waiters. It's been hard work and the pressure has got too much. "Two months ago we were held up by a gunman and the next day people thought we had made it up as a publicity stunt." Though exact reasons for the bands unsuccessful time is unknown but is probably due to a number of reasons.

The band have not made any proper announcement yet but after todays story somthing will have to be said.

I have been experimenting with linux for over a year now and not always with much luck. Though things seem to be getting better with the quality of the distributions and my elite skills. What people demand out of a operating system is becoming greater and greater, i couldn't have done the things that i now do in linux a year ago as the software clearly wasn't developed enough and in many cases still need developing. In some cases after installing linux today i found i could do more things easier then i would do in windows. For instance i have a couple of DivXs which refused to play in windows which after installing xine played perfectly (i finally got to watch the first episode of series 2 of enterprise) also things like gaim tabbing msn windows stops things from getting too cluttered.

Though as per usual there is a down side which every time i use linux gets smaller. I miss the integration between outlook and msn, and though gaim is a great program it misses little things like showing when people are signing in and flashing on the start bar. Also i miss how xchat doesn't flash or beep when i get messages meaning i have to check back more regularly. Another problem i have found is with icons not displaying properly when i install something, i quite often have to assign a different icon to a program when adding it to the desktop.

Though things are heading in the right direction, I downloaded netscape 7 earlier which is probably the best webbrowser after mozilla. Xine is also another great program that can play all DivXs, MP3s and DVDs - how handy, tho the program needs a few more improvements before its perfect.

Overall I'm going to stick with linux for a while because I think its a great alternative to windows which In some ways is better and in others could do with some improvements.

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