And for those of you who have no idea what that means, I’m sorry about that. People who use Linux enjoy being a little snobby every once in a while so, you’ll just have to keep reading, if you don’t want to stay dumb, that is. Kidding, just kidding, it is to laugh, ha ha ha…
Now everyone who has ever dealt with a computer knows how frustrating and time consuming it can be to get things finally working right. Puppy Linux is no different in this regard. The difference with Puppy Linux as opposed to Windoze is that there has probably been someone else who ran into the same problems and wrote about how they solved them. This takes most of the drudgery out of debugging your own system.
What is even neater (did I just say that?) about Puppy Linux is something I find to be, well, for lack of a better word, simply extraordinary. YOU CAN ASK THE CREATOR QUESTIONS DIRECTLY. No, not God although, that never hurts either. No, I’m talking about someone a few rungs down the ladder but nonetheless, far, far, far above me. I’m talkin bout none other than programming genieus and super duper all around human being, MR. BARRY KAULER! Yes, that’s right, the actual creator of Puppy Linux himself!
Mr. Kauler has a blog you see, called befittingly enough, Barry’s Blog. If you create an account you can post questions there and he will answer them for all the world to see.
Hey, all you Winblows users out there, can you ask Bill Gates about his suckware and get any answer other than to pay for support?? Case closed (although I have run into “Bill” once or twice in geeky chat rooms, he is a programmer after all and likes to test out other peoples code).
I haven’t ever posted to Barry’s Blog yet as I’ve pretty much been able to train Puppy to behave on my own (that and I also lost my password) but I plan to soon. I’ll post if for no other reason than to say thank you to my personal programming hero.
Ok, now on to the title of this post. I have after many long and arduous hours finally customized a Pupsave file that I can live with. It is not perfect but has most of the stuff that I want in an OS, %90 working.
In Puppy Linux you see, there are many different custom builds made by other people and that you can make yourself. The sky is the limit really, it all depends on how skilled you are. There are Puppies for mult-media, musicians, scientists, educators…etc. So it is that I have my own personal needs and so have always dreamt of building my own flavor of Puppy that does all that I need it to do, with the near total security that it offers. Really, I think that I will be a Puppy devotee for the rest of my days, however short those may be. I ain’t ever gonna get no Satanicaly inspired, transhumanist pipe dream, DNA rewriting brain chip in my head so that I turn into some kind of inhuman cybernetic Nephalim so…, operating systems that depend on external input devices are the only ones for me. Out of all the ones I’ve tested and seen, Puppy Linux comes out on top. That doesn’t sound unreasonable, now does it?
Here are screenshots of my accomplishments so far (despite being poisoned by government sanctioned gangstalkers both inside of and outside of my room, very severely as of late). Enjoy!
Me wearing a respirator in my room.
Ah, isn’t she just the prettiest thing…(sigh). Why must I always fall for the unobtainable?
Keepass, the best password manager on earth. Why? Keyfiles, of course!
Truecrypt in action. Again the best and again, keyfiles. God, how I love keyfiles. (Hint) keyfiles allow auto-mounting of a volume autonomously. No human input needed (as in typing in a password) and security is just as strong as ever. What this means is that your machine can turn on at a scheduled time, auto-mount any number of encrypted files, devices or volumes, read and write data to those volumes and power down, ALL WITHOUT HUMAN INTERVENTION. Very handy for secure web video and surveillance, among other things.
A few of my graphics programs, Gimp being king of them. I would have included Cinlera but my machine isn’t strong enough to handle that resource greedy movie maven yet.
There are other voice-over-IP clients out there, to be sure, but everybody knows this one. Precisely why I will rarely use it. The NSA just loves disrupting Skype at the worst moments. Just ask Alex Jones. Hell, they probably invented the damn thing…
An oldie but goodie, I’ve done some of my best audio editing with this. Simple yet powerful, a good choice for the hobbyist.
A $2 Logitech webcam, wxCam (which is free) and an Internet connection can provide you with a home security system rivaling the pro stuff. wxCam has motion detction (won’t start recording until it sees something move) thereby economizing hard drive space.
I just love the look of linx (links variant), especially full screen with all the lights turned off! Uber geeky cool. Sorry, Lynx is a text based web browser. No images, very fast & light, reads hypertext, rich text or any other asci type document. “Does whatever a spider can…”
I stumbled across lxterminal over two decades ago, just because I liked the transparent background. Little did I know that the best thing about it was that you could cut and paste to and from anything. Duh. Handy when using other people’s code.
Seeing this screen is only the beginning of the battle, having the guest OS actually run is winning the war. (hint) Guest additions.
If your hardware is wimpy, turn off the preview box, it uses almost as much GPU power as the guest OS. Or, you can be stoopid if you wish, free country and all. HA! I crack myself up! Free country, what a riot.
If you don’t download guest additions, you don’t get the good stuff like automatic mouse and keyboard capture, scaling, shared resources etc. These extras make running the guest “seamless”, move the cursor from the host OS desktop (Linux) to the scaled guest OS desktop (Windoze or other) without having to do anything, the focus is wherever the cursor is. Get it?
Turn off that preview box, dummy!
If only my former City College UNIX professor could see me now. He was a jerk, as well as a Gangstalker. (Hint) Academia is INFESTED with Gangstalking, idiot professors. If you don’t believe me, just ask the President of the University of California Janet Napolitano, former Homeland Security Director. Are we connecting the dots yet?
The beauty shot. Oh, isn’t that cute, Mama window and baby window!
Hey look, it’s the Windows Task Bar!!
Soon to be a thing of the past for WinXP, automatic updates. Hurry up and get those fresh updates while supplies last!
Goodbye old friend, you took me from training wheels to Ducatis.
The Great Man himself! Let’s all give a big round of applause for Barry! YEA!!
She ain’t the prettiest Belle at the Ball, but she’s got all the things a man likes. Bad Mama Jama Sylpheed, hittin ya with that GnuPG security that nobody beats. Oops, I think I just showed my age. If you just can’t live without email, at least get a client that uses GnuPG. There are many for Linux.
Honestly, this is more self gratifying than usefull. The only virus I ever found was in the WinXP virtual machine, never in Puppy Linux. I use it to scan and sandbox dubious downloads or, after cruising around the Hidden Wiki with Tor. Just in case.
Luv me some Bleachbit but she does bite sometimes. You have to be careful with these cleaners, especially so in linux. Bleachbit has a tendency to “break” things like links to libraries and redundant but necessary dependencies. Use sparingly and with caution, preview and examine before committing. You have been warned.
Not Photoshop. Not intuitive. Powerful, yes. As good as Photoshop? In some ways better, some ways not. One great thing about the Gimp is that it can import and export .psd files with no problem, so what you can’t do in Photoshop, you can finish in the Gimp. Hundreds of scripts and extensions, most free and some not. After I got over the transitional learning curve I didn’t miss Photoshop much. Best thing is that it doesn’t cost $1,500. Did I mention it was free?
There may be file managers with better features but…, aren’t those twin blue screens the coolest? If you still use Gnome-Commander, then you probably remember Corel and Mandriva. Ancient.
I used to think ibiblio was the only repository outside of the PPM (Puppy Package Manger), then I learned about developer sites and internode mirrors. Much more customized and mature programs can be found in these, as well as bleeding edge Beta too. I’m not knowledgeable enough to do testing however, so I stick with the stable stuff. You know, for ethical reasons (Betas are for feedback). Sometimes, its the developer repos alone that have what you need. Besides, ibiblio has been hacked more than once anyway. Other than compiling from source (very time consuming, gives me headache), I figure I’m safe with renowned developer repos cause they have a reputation to uphold. Something to think about.
Hip hip, hooray!
I call for a toast to Wine, er, with wine! Wait, I don’t drink anymore. What am I saying! Darn that Wine!
Wine with insurance.
Whole Life and Casualty.
More Wine! (hiccup!)
Enough with the Wine (whine)! What the C program folder looked like after installing the choice Windoze apps.
From the days when Adobe and Macromedia had monoplies.
Yeah, thats right, I got a duo core. So what?
Don’t laugh, its not polite to make fun of your elders. Hey, I can still use this to make 3D objects with, check out my “Art” catagory if you don’t believe. BELIEVE!
Take a look at that ancient splash screen from when desktops were all the rage. That eye always gave me the willies.
Javasricpt, ha! Oooh, WOW, sliced images. (pages load faster when you slice a big image up into smaller chunks. Has to do with IP protocals and the size of packets over a network)
Sky is the limit, let your imagination take flight as well as hold up to the scrutiny of a magnifying glass. We got all the tools you need.
Blue makes images mo better, as in “Mo Betta Blues”.
At last, the color of royalty. I hate royalty.
This neat little program allowed you to make all sorts of 3D shapes very quickly however, it really shined with text. You didn’t have to know nothin about no coordinates or vectors, just pick the shape and depth you wanted and hit render. I still use this.
Examples of what Swift 3D can do.
This thing really helps a lot as GTK is very common. Not as good as Qt based frontends but certainly prettier. Qt is rock solid and butt ugly.