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Some thoughts on upgrades and Mint Debian

At some point in the future historians will be able to look back and pinpoint the exact date when updating your PC went from being a good idea to a bad one. And note that I’m talking here about updating the software on an existing, working computer, not buying a shiny new one off the shelf. Personally I would put the watershed mark around 2008. That was about the time that I tried to update a copy of Windows Vista on a new laptop, only to have all the data implode, and discovered that the laptop didn’t come with any kind of recovery disc. It was a good thing in a way, because it made me commit to Linux for the first time, in the form of Mandriva. But it should have taught me a lesson about updating. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Mint OS, Operating systems, Other distros


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The Road to Linux


UNIX was developed in 1969 in the computer labs of the US phone company AT&T, by a group of employees including Ken Thompson, Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie. The philosophy of UNIX was to roll all the basic low-level functions of the OS into a single bundle called a ‘kernel’, and to supplement this with many relatively small and simple add-on programs for carrying out specific operations. Another feature of UNIX is its heavy reliance on the C programming language, developed by Kernighan and Ritchie, which also became immensely popular and widely used. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 25, 2013 in DOS, Gnome, KDE, Mint OS, UNIX


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What an Operating System does

In the very earliest days of computing, the only way to get information into a computer – including the instructions to tell it what to do – was via a row of switches across the front of the machine. The operator would approach the computer with a written list of what switches to press and in what order, and by the end of the switch-pressing session – provided the operator had got it right – the computer would have possession of both the data and the program it was supposed to run. Naturally enough, computer programmers soon got tired of switch-flipping, and better ways were devised to store and enter information. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 11, 2013 in Hardware, Mint OS


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