Wednesday, June 18, 2008

In a free world, who needs Windows and Gates...all we need is Linux (and a good bandwidth)!

Hi all,

Last Poll Results!

'Un petit pas pour l'homme mais un pas de géant pour l'humanité'...This is what i said to myself when i installed Linux, Hardy Heron on the Office PC.

Hard to leave 14 years of a using Windows, it all started with Windows 3.1 on a 386 SX with 4 MB RAM, in 1994...and DOS-Shell...... Those were the days!

I already had a dual boot Vista-Linux on my Laptop, then i was so happy with it that i said to myself, that i might get more used to Linux if I used it in office, so i got a copy and off i went! Linux ready!

I had a little issue though, i have put the hostname 'Gavin' for my computer and then i sad to myself that i might change it to a funnier name, my friends had called their terminals Sugarbabe, Honey, Sexy... so i wanted to change the hostname to Pixie-Doux!

with the help of the owner of Sexy and Honey, i looked for the command to change the hostname, we came up with a sudo command...hummmm!! sudo, for once i am using it:


So i typed:

sudo hostname Pixie-Doux

It seemed to work fine, but when i rebooted the PC, and tried


It gave me the old name, i.e Gavin, i tried something more radical, by trying to change the hostname file from the folder /etc/hostname by writing

sudo vi /etc/hostname

However, i think i had done something wrong, I even tried to change it as any 'Normal' person would, i.e System settings->Network Settings....

Then i did something wrong...but I do not know what, All the sudo commands I was typing were not getting executed, they were giving me the 'unable to resolve host Pixie-Doux' error message, neither were any changes i was trying to do from the administrator login.

Worse still 'amateur comme je suis', i did not have a root login on the system to login and revert to the previous hostname...quelle stupidité.

The owner of Sugarbabe then kindly advised me to have a root user created as soon as the problem was sorted....

It was time to call Dr Scheme, and as soon as i told him i needed some help in Linux, his reply was 'Ki zafaire tone faire foiré encore la?'

Anyways, la fin justifie les moyensm he booted the pc using the CD, then used some Hocus Pocus Commands at the console, and badaBoom! Everything was operational!

Then i quickly applied Zetwal's advice and created the root account by typing:

sudo passwd root

Can't wait to experiment more on linux! I have found the long lost pleasure of using commands!

Pas conner ki mo pou casser encore lor Linux...anyways, I learnt many things my breaking other!



Anonymous said...

A little UNIX humor


% => user must run C- Shell.
$ => user must run Bourne-Shell

% rm meese-ethics
rm: meese-ethics nonexistent

% ar m God
ar: God does not exist

% "How would you rate Reagan's incompetence?
Unmatched ".

% [Where is Jimmy Hoffa?
Missing ].

% ^How did the sex change^ operation go?
Modifier failed.

% If I had a ( for every $ Congress spent, what would I have?
Too many ('s.

% make love
Make: Don't know how to make love. Stop.

% sleep with me
bad character

% got a light?
No match.

% man: why did you get a divorce?
man:: Too many arguments.

% ^What is saccharine?
Bad substitute.

% %blow
%blow: No such job.

% \(-
(-: Command not found.

% sh

$ PATH=pretending! /usr/ucb/which sense
no sense in pretending!

$ drink matter
matter: cannot create

% make sense
make: don't know how to make sense. Stop


Anonymous said...

who needs windows? i still do lol

always felt like giving it a go, dual boot won't help me, given the choice, instinctively i think i always choose windows :P

have fun with your commands :)

G@V!N said...

Hi Anonymous, These are indeed funny.
Using these commands, i even managed to created God.

I got the message 'God Created' at the console.

I have been using Windows for 14 years, trust me it is not that 'un-instinctive' to migrate to linux.

You will spend some time getting acquainted to the new interface, and all programs like Instant Messengers, Office software, and Compilers are readily available...

Magic of Open Source...

Give it a try! You might love it.... Just imagine, no worried abt viruses, increased speed....

Wanna get started: Crash that NTFS partition holding Windows....if you dnt, it might happen by itself! :-)


Chaya said...

i'm tempted to go for linux but i'm reluctant koz i dn't know much about it :(
it'll take time for me to really go for it.

G@V!N said...

Hi Miss Chaya!
All who started Linux started without any knowledge....This is the case currently for me as well....still learning...!

Most people do not really need WINDOWS as an Operating system. We need a Browser and Office Software like a word-processor, spreadsheet application...

Windows only interfaces the Hardware with these Applications. This Interfacing is done equally well (if not better) by Linux!