Ted's Linux Page

Old Stuff

LibreOffice, the HP4620, and envelopes - Oh my!

rosegarden - Old patches.

Ubuntu Tips

Linux and the HP G62x - Setting up Linux on my new laptop.

Linux and the Dell Inspiron 1525 - Setting up Linux on my daughter's laptop.

IBM ThinkPad 600X and Linux - Setting up Linux on my "new" home laptop.

Linux and the Dell Inspiron 5150 - Setting up Linux on my work laptop.

Debian Command Reference - My Debian/Ubuntu Linux command reference. Designed to teach a whole lot very quickly and with gradually increasing complexity. Formatted for 80 columns, so it looks great with "less".

Slackware 12.2 Command Reference - A simple yet fairly comprehensive GNU/Linux command reference with some Slackware specifics included. From 4/21/2009.

X Crashes with Certain KDE Games - A problem I was having and the solution that I found.


Ubuntu - The most popular and easiest to use distro. I use this as it is more current than Debian. Very simple, very reliable. Ubuntu lets me focus on coding instead of figuring out how to build and install all the software I need. This is based on Debian.

lxer.com - Linux news.

Think Penguin - Linux case badges and Tux keyboard stickers.

System76 - Linux Laptops. What with all the UEFI BS, I think my next machine will be coming from here.

distrowatch.com - Keep up with the latest distro releases.

linuxtracker.org - Linux torrents.

Debian - Two things brought me to Debian. First, it could be had in its entirety, including source, on a set of DVDs. Second, it had a package manager and more apps than I would ever have time to check out. I did get in trouble once with a bad DVD drive and the fact that Debian's DVDs don't have a "verify media" option like OpenSUSE. Another "downside" to Debian is the DFSG which makes certain that what is contained in Debian is truly free, but also means some useful things can be missing. Debian's unpredictable update intervals eventually drove me to Ubuntu.

Slackware Linux - The oldest of the distros. I used this back in the day and as I was getting re-started with Linux later. The best part was that it came on multiple CDs including all source. So there was no need to be online to use it. The downside to Slackware (at the time anyway) was that it didn't have a package manager like Debian, so you had to build everything. And some things are rather difficult to build. So I switched to Debian so I could get work done instead of spending time building software.

D(amn) S(mall) L(inux) - This tiny distro is perfect for rebooting your Windows work laptop into something that has ssh and perl. Puppy Linux is another small distro. It loads itself into a RAM disk and is very fast. These small distros are great for virus-proof web browsing.

OpenSUSE - This is a nice DVD-based distro with just about everything you need on one DVD. The only reason I don't use it is because it uses the YaST package tool, and from using Ubuntu I've grown accustomed to apt. If you don't have a preferred package tool, OpenSUSE might be a good choice.

BASICs list - List of BASIC programming language compilers for Linux and Windows. FreeBASIC is my favorite as it is compatible with QBASIC and really easy to use.

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