Confiscation of Linux CDs – Act of Hate, I Say!

14 12 2008

Karen, a middle school teacher, recently confiscated a Linux CDs from a child who recently received a laptop by a company called, HeliOS. After taking away the CDs, she wrote a letter to the company that manufactured the laptop:

…observed one of my students with a group of other children gathered around his laptop. Upon looking at his computer, I saw he was giving a demonstration of some sort. The student was showing the ability of the laptop and handing out Linux disks. After confiscating the disks I called a confrence with the student and that is how I came to discover you and your organization. Mr. Starks, I am sure you strongly believe in what you are doing but I cannot either support your efforts or allow them to happen in my classroom. At this point, I am not sure what you are doing is legal. No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful. These children look up to adults for guidance and discipline. I will research this as time allows and I want to assure you, if you are doing anything illegal, I will pursue charges as the law allows. Mr. Starks, I along with many others tried Linux during college and I assure you, the claims you make are grossly over-stated and hinge on falsehoods. I admire your attempts in getting computers in the hands of disadvantaged people but putting linux on these machines is holding our kids back…

Surprises me greatly. Now “believing” in Linux is totally wrong. Looks like Microsoft has infested another mind. In fact, we shouold all rise up, pledge to never open our doors to Microsoft! Well, it’s not their fault exactly. It’s just the teacher’s for willing to accept change. Apparently, she’s still stuck in the middle ages. I find it funny how she doens’t think distribution of free software is legal.

This is a world where Windows runs on virtually every computer and putting on a carnival show for an operating system is not helping these children at all. I am sure if you contacted Microsoft, they would be more than happy to supply you with copies of an older verison of Windows and that way, your computers would actually be of service to those receiving them…

Linux is apparantly a carnival show. She trying to get across the idea that Microsoft, since it’s the leader in operating systems of computers, is now the only choice. People these days. Freeeeaaakkkyyyy.

Source: HeliOS Blog


The New Look

13 12 2008

Like I said in my last post, the brown is very easy on the eyes, but it ain’t my color. So here I went searching for some some new themes. I found a site called which provided wallpapers, themes, icons, splash screens, etc. by the truckload. But that’s not what I want – yet. Until I can figue out where to place installed theme files (it’s not like /windows/resources/themes like Vista) or add new icons, I had to find something that did it all together.

After some Googling, I found this piece of software called Shiki Colors. Tombuntu has a nice article on it’s installation. By the look of it’s theme, I was impressed. It’s on the darker side, something I prefer. The top rim of the windows can be adjusted to your preference, I chose the blue one. The whole set includes the login screens, wallpapers, icons, and of course, the theme.

The wallpapers included are nice, which change according to the color of the top section in the windows you chose. However, I prefered a darker theme in all. I headed over to DeviantArt (you know, the best place for art) and looked up some wallpapers in the 1440×900 resolution. I ended up choosing the Splinter wallpaper(s). So now, my desktop/theme is set until I get bored of it.

Vista doesn’t allow you to change themes completely without patching the uxtheme.dll file in the system32 folder, which probably would void your warranty if you mess with it. On Ubuntu, it takes a simple step of Googling of what you you need, and shazam, you have a spaced out desktop.

Customized Ubuntu desktop.

Customized Ubuntu desktop.

Don’t worry, it’s still pretty easy on the eyes, if not more.

The Installation

13 12 2008

So, I ordered the CD of Ubuntu 8.10, Intrepid Ibex, from Ship-it. And right when I got it, about 3 weeks later, I instantly threw it into my CD drive and installed it. Well, I actually had to go into Vista and partition my hard drive. Okay, onward. The installation was pretty straight forward. I did try out the live CD first and was impressed. The installation took about 10 minutes in total. Not a whole lot, considering it also imported my music and document files from my Vista partition.

I restarted the computer and noticed something – the time for the Ubuntu OS to boot is about a quarter of Windows, a humongous plus. Logging in, I’m presented with this incrediply clean and simple desktop. I would love it, if brown were my favorite color. Actually the theme is really easy on the eyes, compared to the great deal of colors Windows presents.

The Ubuntu Desktop

The Ubuntu Desktop

What I had to do next was set up my boot manager (called GRUB for Linux, which overwrites the Master Boot Record on installation). Well, after going to Terminal, the Linux command prompt, I navigated my way to the Menu.lst file. I don’t have a problem with Linux loading by default, but since my dad is accustomed to using Vista, I had to change it to that for default.

In the end, installation was easy. But changing the Menu.lst file through Terminal may be a little difficult for the average computer user. However, Googling does bring up some nice results on how to edit the boot menu.