Some people enjoy a daily swim, others a run, each day I write. It is a workout for my mind. A couple of weeks ago I setup a dedicated computer system just for this purpose. An old laptop was pulled off the shelf and given a linux makeover.
The laptop an old Toshiba Tecra 8200 is now running Xubuntu, a free linux operating system suitable for this 800Mhz computer, sporting just 512MB of ram and a 40gb hard drive. With abiword for word processing and dropbox for document backup, sync and transfer, plus Mozilla Firefox for research completes my requirements. If the machine had been older I would of considered a linux os such as Puppy Linux.
So why did I leave the luxury of a Windows 7 desktop? It was overkill, providing numerous distractions and a limitation or two. As I write this article I’m happily sitting at the dining table, the major distraction now is glancing out of the window at the sea. Another time I can be sat elsewhere.
In years past I have used unix and linux systems. I’m used to the hurdles of installing and configuration. I was very impressed with the smooth Xubuntu 10.10 desktop install. No acpi issues and I only had to lift the engine hood to change the screen resolution and resolve a laptop stretch issue. The wireless networking support especially was a breath of fresh air compared to my past experiences.
So my first blog post written on my new writing setup is almost at an end. Written on a free operating system, with free software and soon to be saved on dropbox’s free ‘basic’ service. Technology changes don’t have to come with an expensive price tag.