Update: What would you like to see here?

Hey everyone, I’m sorry the blog has been so slow in the last month. All I seem to have here are posts apologising for not having done anything substantial in the last month… so another one can’t hurt right? πŸ™‚

I’m still planning to look at Arch and write a decent meaty review of it rather than these pithy updates I promise. I’ve been so busy with one thing and another lately and I think to be honest the fact that I know I’m going to have to read the install manual before I get anywhere with Arch is curbing my enthusiasm, my natural laziness trumps all others in matters like this and most other things actually. I shall do it though, for sure. In the meantime I’ve decided to look at the newly released Dream Linux 3.0 which seems very interesting. I’ll be installing that on my studio machine today, complete with the sexy new removable HDD trays mmm. I can hear the cries of “coward!” now from the Arch fans out there and I know you are many but I promise I’m not ducking out of it, I just think I need to get something quick done first and get the ball rolling again with the reviews. Arch cannot escape me that easily muwahahaha (stokes white cat)

The Linux Planet connection seems to have gone quiet and my emails are not getting any replies so I’m not sure what’s happening with that. I’ve decided however that maybe this writing stuff would a nice way to earn a living or at least pay some bills and I’ll be looking for publications or sites that might take my ariticles. Time to get pimping I suppose.

I have some ideas for increasing the volume of posts here and I wanted to run them by people and see what you think. I used to post news items and big developments in the open source world with a bit of opinion, that was before I got heavily into the reviews. I got a massive traffic bump after the reviews started hitting Distrowatch and I stopped doing the other stuff as I thought people weren’t coming here for that and besides there are a million other sites out there with news on them. I think maybe a weekly round up of what I see as the big stories and what I think about them might be a good way to make the blog tick over a bit better. Would anyone be interested in that or would you prefer I just stick to reviews and post less frequently? Please drop me a comment if you have an opinion on it, your help is greatly appreciated.

I also have some interesting stories of what I’ve been up to that I could post, I recently reinstalled Ubuntu on my laptop while in the middle of the Irish Sea. I was in the bar of a ferry from the Isle Of Man and I plan to post that aneqdote with pictures soon. If there’s anything you would like to see here or maybe not see feel free to chip in. Thanks guys



  1. Removed the last comment as it appeared to be spam, just a link an XP virus scanner. Not much use to us Linux folks, the pop up Windows didn’t make it any more appealing sorry πŸ™‚

  2. well i think i understand what youre talking about with getting the ball rolling.

    damn and ive been waiting and waiting, oh well i guess ill wait some more.

  3. Sorry Leon, you won’t be waiting too much longer I promise. Now that I can swap hard disks easily I should be able to install Dream Linux on one disk and quickly install Arch on another while I’m at it. I’m not using my Live system for all the testing so I hope it will make things much simpler πŸ™‚

  4. I have been reading your blog for some time, and I really enjoy it.

    I think you should continue with your distro reviews and at the same time post anything related to “Open Source” i.e. anything which you do or have done regarding open source. After all, it’s all about “Adventures in Open Source”.

    As you have mentioned, news and developments can be read from the other sites but if you are going to comment on them, then I think you should post them as well.

  5. I am looking forward to read your review on the coming Ubuntu 8.04 and other major Linux distros updates.

  6. Thanks for the thoughts everyone, much appreciated. I think the best thing to do is post what I’m up to in relation to open source as well as reviews and so on. As you said it is meant to be Adventures In Open Source πŸ™‚

    I’ve also deleted yet another spam comment linking to an XP virus scanner/malware. Maybe it’s a sign of popularity who knows hehe

  7. How about trying sidux (http://www.sidux.com), debian unstable with extra spices πŸ™‚

  8. Yeah I intend to look at Sidux, it looks very interesting. I even downloaded it a while back but never got around to it, I expect my version is out of date now. I’ll have to get a newer one.

    Thanks for the suggestion πŸ™‚

  9. When you do the Arch install, are you planning on going 32-bit or 64-bit?

  10. I’m gonna install the 32 bit version probably

  11. Hi Dan

    How about doing reviews on liteweight distros?

    Eg Puppy, antiX, Tinyme, Tinyflux, fluxbuntu etc.

    I think you said you would a while back.

    Good site


  12. Yes you’re right I did say that a while ago and I never followed through. I have an old laptop which has seen better days and I’m thinking of trying to revive that.

  13. Plenty people downloading my distro, you could test it and write about it, next week im planing a new release and suggestions still can be considered


  14. Because the link of softpedia appears only half, here’s a download link for the install dvd at the server of Uni Goettingen / Max-Planck-Institut / GWDG:


    If this link appears only half too, it’s easy to find the ftp folder and therein the .iso

    I hope very people like my distro πŸ™‚


  15. Thank you Werner, I actually have your distro on my list still and I remember you telling me about it a while back. Sorry I haven’t gotten around to it yet, I’ll do my best with the new release I promise πŸ™‚

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