Freedom, Community & Sustainability

Surprisingly cool GNU/Linux distros

March 2, 2012 -- William
Last modified on August 2018
Linux surprise

There are distributions of GNU/Linux that are really cool although not as popular as Debian or Fedora. The best thing about Free Software is that, with so much freedom and choice, it seems everything is possible... and it is! Here goes a selection of some of these distributions that surprised me in a very pleasant way.

What is a kernel, what is an operating system?

October 25, 2011 -- William
Last modified on December 2016

Can you tell the difference between a kernel and an operating system? Aren't they both standing between the humans and the machines? Although the term "kernel" is well defined, an "operating system" is not and most of the time there is no reason to differentiate an OS from its kernel. It is interesting to do that though in order to know the difference between Linux and GNU/Linux.

The gnu and the lion, a high tech tale

October 17, 2011 -- William
Last modified on October 2016

This is a story that does not start with “once upon a time” and does not end with “and they lived happily ever after”. This story is about the concrete jungle, it's about the wild world we live in. This is a story about the ugly things that happen behind the scenes while the show must go on... this is the story of the fight for survival of two operating systems.

GNU/Linux Myths

September 22, 2011 -- William
Last modified on November 2016

There are actually very few people today who have used a Linux based desktop. There are though lots of things being said about Linux. If you have heard stuff about Linux, beware of some misconceptions. Given that the development of software like Linux evolves at a very fast pace, sometimes these misconceptions are the fruit of an old (outdated) experience. Sometimes it's just a lack of experience all together. So let's go through some of these myths

Is Ubuntu GNU/Linux ready for the masses?

August 29, 2011 -- William
Last modified on October 2017
Confuddled by Kevin Lawver

Considering user interface friendliness, graphical beauty and technical maturity, I have no doubt, Ubuntu is ready. I have seen many people using Ubuntu and love it. Speaking about non-technical users, the most notable thing they usually have in common is a person that told them about Ubuntu and helped to get it running. They were initiated by someone that is in some way close to them and this person took the first steps of informing, installing and offering some kind of support at the very beginning. I have also heard many stories of people who decided to dive in by themselves and had troubles.