Sunday, August 16, 2009
My New Netbook
So, here's the little HP 2140 netbook I won from the "How Do You Linux" contest. Pretty cool, huh? Well, it wasn't all that cool when I first got it.
It came pre-installed with Suse Linux 11. I hadn't tried Suse in a while, so I figured I'd give it a whirl. I went to go install some of my most commonly used apps, and there was next to NOTHING in the repositories. The thing that drove me the most nuts was trying to use the clumsy interface of the Banshee music player. I wanted XMMS, so I went to try and find it, or at the very least, Audacious. I couldn't find either. In fact, Banshee was about the only thing you could get for a music player. Okay, well maybe I could get used to Banshee.
Next, I went to install Opera because I personally can't stand Firefox. Opera also wasn't available. I figured at the very least, I could install WINE and run both Opera and Winamp for Windows. Ha ha, no can do. I couldn't even get WINE.
Next step, wipe the entire hard drive and install Xubuntu 8.04. I've got the whole thing set up the way I want - Opera, XMMS, WINE, everything... except the E17 graphical desktop environment which I want installed so badly. They're aiming for an official release at Christmas (as opposed to the buggy alphas), so I'll wait until then to install it. Still, everything on this little netbook is functional.
Oh yeah, and the T-shirt... I figured I was going to get a black T-shirt with the green lizard (the Suse linux logo) and maybe something that said "Suse Linux 11". Hey, I may not like their version of Linux, but I do like their logo.
So, when I went to open the package that came in the mail containing my black T-shirt with the green lizard on it, I got a surprise...
Yup, that's the shirt. It's blindingly green with the words "Super Fucking Dork" splashed across the front.
Thanks Novell, for the Netbook.
I'm currently building a case to lug this thing around, made from an old tape recorder! It's going to be a hackfest, and I'll post plenty of pictures. Stay tuned...