Windows Vista – My First Impression

November 14, 2008

What? Vista? in a Linux blog? Like it or not, Vista has had a large impact on the global tech community as a whole, and a very negative impact on Microsoft as a software company. I know, I know, I’m behind the times a couple years, but I’ve never had any interest in Vista. I do use Windows frequently, but XP has always been my choice. It’s still Windows with all it’s wizards, and menu after menu, but it’s grown very polished and reliable over the years. A friend of mine gave me a copy of Vista Ultimate to play around with, I guess in hopes I’ll give up Linux or something. Who knows. Either way, I had an extra harddrive, a copy of Vista Ultimate, and a long boring night since my girlfriend is on vacation. Here’s what I found on my first night with Vista. Read the rest of this entry »


The Terminal: A Grand Tour

November 9, 2008

Hi all, and welcome back. Today, lets take a look at the behind-the-scenes action of your Linux distribution. There won’t be any terminal code in today’s post, but I advise you follow along and take a real look with your own eyes. Where else to start besides the / directory? It’s literally the directory of directories. Don’t confuse the / directory with the /root directory. They’re very different. Read the rest of this entry »

The Terminal: Navigation

November 6, 2008

Now that we’ve learned all about the terminal and what it can do, we’re going to start using it and begin showing off the power of it. We’ll use the pwd, cd and ls tools to move around and and list directory contents, and we’ll also take a look at the file and less tools.

First let’s take a look our first tool we’ll be using today, pwd. The pwd tool means print working directory. This tool tells you where you currently are in the directory tree. The cd tool is used to change from one directory to another. cd is the command, while the directory path you wish to change to is the argument. The ls command is used to show the contents of a given directory. It uses the same syntax as the cd command, though ls also has various flags you can use to tell it how exactly to list your files. Read the rest of this entry »