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A look back at June 2005

Filed under: Bits and Bytes by Hari
Posted on Fri, May 18, 2007 at 17:22 IST (last updated: Thu, May 7, 2009 @ 21:35 IST)

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Here's the second edition of my "blast from the past" series. ;)

In my second month of blogging, I was just beginning to start getting a feel of the whole thing. Of course, it was also a period when I was very active in the Linux community, LinuxQuestions.org and so you'll find that most of my posts during that time were Linux related.

So, here you go.

Championing a Cause at LinuxQuestions.org - Those were the days when I was getting incredibly frustrated with trolls and spammers. Too much respect was given to people who were blatantly trolling and obviously disrespectful of the Linux community and a lot of good members were spending more of their energy in responding to them than in helping out with genuine technical problems. In some ways, you can see where I am now and understand my present attitude to online forums - particularly tech forums. I reached a point when I decided that the best way to keep out trolls is to stay away from communities.

Hardware Compatibility and Linux - Another topic that I felt strongly about at that time - particularly with video card support and printers. Things have improved a lot even in two years, but attitudes about Linux and hardware support are harder to change.

A look at Slackware and Debian - Like a continuation of my comparison of Gentoo and Debian. I wasn't a big fan of Slackware at that time. But like all politically correct Linux users, I tactfully avoided flame wars, acknowledging that some people do prefer its completely manual configuration approach. Not that I was always successful though. I am still primarily a Debian user, although I use Slackware as a light-weight desktop (without KDE or Gnome) for web-browsing and e-mail. Distro wars suck anyway. :P

More on Slackware and Debian - A continuation of the same discussion. A user at LinuxQuestions.org contributed more points on the topic and I thought I should highlight them at that time. So I did. People who want to understand the underlying principles of these two distributions should look at this topic and decide for themselves which they like better. These days I'm a bit indifferent to these distro issues.

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5 comment(s)

  1. Unfair... you can't keep recycling old articles and therefore not publish anything new!!We want new stuff!!We plan to take a protest March in front of the Papa Hari Foundation headquarters... fellow empathizers may please join in!

    Comment by Sudipta Chatterjee (visitor) on Sat, May 19, 2007 @ 09:05 IST #
  2. Creativity is running a bit low at the moment. I ask all my loyalists to turn to at my archives for entertainment at the present moment. :lol:

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Sat, May 19, 2007 @ 13:31 IST #
  3. Why do you want to publish all of them back to back? Dedicate one post per month for this: Like in June 2007 you may put one post listing June 2005 posts, one post in July 2007 on posts of July 2005 and so on. If you publish all of them back to back it will be overdose.

    Comment by Shrinidhi (visitor) on Sat, May 19, 2007 @ 14:48 IST #
  4. I'm not going to publish them back-to-back. At the same time, it's not going to follow any set routine. I'll publish them whenever I feel like... monthly would take too long to cover all the old articles.Don't worry. I won't stop writing new articles either. I'll do this at a time when I'm not feeling up to other kinds of posts. It's hard to be creative all the time. :P

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Sat, May 19, 2007 @ 15:42 IST #
  5. ok

    Comment by Shrinidhi Hande (visitor) on Sun, May 20, 2007 @ 12:26 IST #

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