Linux for human beings
Originally uploaded by Santosh Dawara.
More pictures of the Ubuntu Live CD booting up on my Thinkpad.
I am very impressed by Ubuntu. After watching or hearing of several friends installing the International Linux distribution, I thought I would give it a try. I got the Live CD of their website, burnt it to Disc and booted up. The boot up process was a little slower than I expected – being a Live CD, that was quickly forgiven. I was most impressed by the GNome Window Manager.
Pleasures: Apart from the fact that its Linux and is Open? None yet.
- The Ubuntu installation ships with GNome optimized for the OS.
- Clean fonts, professional icons, great user experience.
- Ubuntu invite hardware feedback after you install, the feedback is used to update a HW DB.
- The O.S is quick and responsive unlike older versions of Linux where you ‘felt’ like you were using a WindowManager over the O.S.
- Wireless network access was configured out of the box
- My external NTFS-formatted drive was immediately mounted over USB.
- Hard drive tools now show the drive size in MB instead of blocks.
- Most Thinkpad laptop management functionality was available to me, including power source details.
- Mp3’s won’t play in the player that ships with Ubuntu (RhythmBox 0.9.0 for GNome).
- My Thinkpad T43 scroll button was inactive. I probably will have to figure out what needs to be done to get it work.
I have been using Linux since 1999 thanks to Praveen who introduced me to it.
Turns out there is no direct method to retrieve the information stored in the superblock for most file-systems within Unix.
Try ‘tune2fs -l /dev/hdXY’ instead, this will definitely work with ext2 and ext3:
tune2fs 1.32 (09-Nov-2002)
Filesystem volume name: /
Last mounted on:
Filesystem UUID: c5ba8667-4b47-4074-801a-b55be89e4df9
Filesystem magic number: 0xEF53
Filesystem revision #: 1 (dynamic)
Filesystem features: has_journal filetype needs_recovery sparse_super
Default mount options: (none)
Filesystem state: clean
Errors behavior: Continue
Filesystem OS type: Linux
Inode count: 2415360
Block count: 4827532
Reserved block count: 241376
Free blocks: 2490514
Free inodes: 2028280
First block: 0
Block size: 4096
Fragment size: 4096
Blocks per group: 32768
Fragments per group: 32768
Inodes per group: 16320
Inode blocks per group: 510
Filesystem created: Fri Oct 8 08:26:03 2004
Last mount time: Thu Mar 10 15:27:44 2005
Last write time: Thu Mar 10 15:27:44 2005
Mount count: 1
Maximum mount count: -1
Last checked: Thu Mar 10 15:27:41 2005
Check interval: 0 ()
Reserved blocks uid: 0 (user root)
Reserved blocks gid: 0 (group root)
First inode: 11
Inode size: 128
Journal inode: 8
Journal device: 0x0000
First orphan inode: 0
A quote from the article:
“What are the cultural differences between Unix and Windows programmers? There are many details and subtleties, but for the most part it comes down to one thing: Unix culture values code which is useful to other programmers, while Windows culture values code which is useful to non-programmers”
I am not sure if I agree with that entirely, there is definitely no clear line! In fact I feel he might be missing the point entirely! The users themselves aren’t the same? Do I agree with that? But let me not hold onto that point!
My other favourite quote:
“I have heard economists claim that Silicon Valley could never be recreated in, say, France, because the French culture puts such a high penalty on failure that entrepreneurs are not willing to risk it.”
This is a really useful post on Slashdot Developers. This guy has taken the pains to benchmark Linux and other OS’s. There is also a useful talk about Scalable network services.
This is a nice article I thought, extremely personal and intelligent, not about techie stuff but simply about an extraordinary accidental revolutionary.
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