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New Linux distribution and other things on my mind

Filed under: Bits and Bytes by Hari
Posted on Fri, Jul 27, 2007 at 10:49 IST (last updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2008 @ 21:22 IST)

I'm planning to create a new Linux distribution (since the world is just begging for more). So the first thing I'm going to do is pick a name like everybody else does. Unlike some people, I'm not going to register on a dozen Linux forums just to start a topic like "Name suggestions for starting a new distribution." I've already decided what it's going to be.

Wait for it. Now... (roll of drums)

EkalaBukala TinkuBinku JagadaThugada Komanabuntu.

Notice carefully that it ends in "buntu." Yes, it's based on that King of Distributions, that Leader of All Linux Operating Systems, the one and only Ubuntu!!! (OOOOOOOOOOObuntu!! Yay! Yay! How unique!) The USP of this distribution is that it's going to be an easy-to-use desktop Linux for the newbie (something nobody has thought of before)...

Here's the logo: Some buntu logo

Advanced stuff you can do with this new distribution: Now that's what a desktop Linux is supposed to do!

Oh, by the way, If you think the name is too short, then sucks to you, it's my distribution and I will do what I want with it, so there. :P Now to register a new domain name for this lovely earth-shattering, mind-blowing Linux distribution which will completely wipe out Microsoft from the face of this planet. I'm getting edgy about it already... get it? Edgy, edgy hahaha...


Ever noticed the tendency of shopkeepers never to take anything at your word? Recently the power adapter of my laptop failed and since it was still in warranty, I called the owner of the shop from where I purchased it and asked him whether it would be replaced. We had checked the piece carefully and found that the problem was with the AC-to-DC converter rather than the plug and told him so. He asked us to bring the unit to his shop. I thought he was going to replace it, so we took it there.

He checked the adapter unit by connecting it to the laptop and switching the power on (a very technologically advanced procedure, don't you think?). It didn't work (surprise, surprise!) and he asked us to take it to the HP service center. Wow! Really? At that moment I wanted to fall at his feet because he'd made the most earth-shattering revelation which had eluded our dull minds for such a long time!! Mate... we loved visiting your shop just to see your angelic face. Telling us over the phone to take it to HP directly and saving us an extra trip lugging the laptop around would have been so cruel of you and denied us the pleasure of wasting a Sunday morning just to pay you a social call.

Seriously, I don't know why shopkeepers always assume that customers are idiots or don't know what's wrong with the products they buy. We didn't exactly need you to verify our warranty claim. The people at the HP service center do that themselves.


Running apt-get dist-upgrade (actually I use Synaptic package manager) on Debian is one of the most morally elevating experiences you can ever have in your life -- trust me. It is the solution to life's problems, International terrorism, poverty, war, crime, hatred and everything else that's bad under the sun.


I enjoy doing these random ramblings. Do you like them? (answer choices: (a) yes, (b) absolutely, (c) I like them) I'd love your feedback (cue: praise me now).

P.S. Papa Hari certifies that this post wasn't composed under the influence of any "substances." No, really :)

27 comment(s)

  1. Hari, the first part of this entry had me laughing out loud.

    Comment by aysiu (visitor) on Fri, Jul 27, 2007 @ 11:45 IST #
  2. Warning... Danger, Danger...Ubuntu detected... :idea:Thanks for the comment aysiu. :)

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Fri, Jul 27, 2007 @ 12:08 IST #
  3. hmm. Not chocolate coated coffee beans? (I'm trying to guess the substance...)

    Comment by titanium (visitor) on Fri, Jul 27, 2007 @ 12:40 IST #
  4. What, the logo? I think it's just candy... or stuff. :lol:

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Fri, Jul 27, 2007 @ 12:57 IST #
  5. I'm waiting on the edge of my seat for this new release.. ;)

    Comment by drew (visitor) on Sat, Jul 28, 2007 @ 01:54 IST #
  6. That sounds really suspicious, Hari. I think the shopkeeper was a secret agent from Microsoft trying to detect the level of threat from your new distro (which they had reason to believe you would've installed on your laptop). Since the very first run (ostensibly ZMMMMMMMMS blaring moozik from CarbonPoo) had managed to blast the AC power adapter itself, he understood, like most other Papa Hari foundation objects -- it was too much to handle on his own and therefore sent it to the higher authorities!God I missed your blog for some time!! :P

    Comment by Sudipta Chatterjee (visitor) on Sat, Jul 28, 2007 @ 03:46 IST #
  7. Drew, you'll get the first version. It's called Krazy Kangaroo.Sudipta, you confuse this superbrain... warning, danger, danger... :shock:

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Sat, Jul 28, 2007 @ 13:43 IST #
  8. Of course, like after any tough or dirty job, after running apt-get dist-upgrade can be followed by apt-get clean because, as we all know, a nice shower after the dirty job is satisfying.

    Comment by MrCorey (visitor) on Sat, Jul 28, 2007 @ 17:41 IST #
  9. MrCorey, I forgot about that! Thanks for reminding me. :grin:

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Sat, Jul 28, 2007 @ 20:36 IST #
  10. btb did u get ur adapter replaced free of cost at service centre?

    Comment by Shrinidhi Hande (visitor) on Sun, Jul 29, 2007 @ 09:00 IST #
  11. Yes.

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Sun, Jul 29, 2007 @ 10:18 IST #
  12. is it going to be live-cd or "normal" distribution ?Live-cd with "out-of-the-box" video, mp3 support would be nice. ^_^btw, lots of firefox users here.

    Comment by foo (visitor) on Sun, Jul 29, 2007 @ 23:38 IST #
  13. I couldn't help but comment after the "Firefox" comment to see what your useragent sniffer thinks of this one...

    Comment by MrCorey (visitor) on Mon, Jul 30, 2007 @ 01:54 IST #
  14. So, I'd use Lynx to post with if I could get past the captcha, but I can't.

    Comment by MrCorey (visitor) on Mon, Jul 30, 2007 @ 03:40 IST #
  15. I know that you won't find any Lynx browsers in the list (cos I was going to be a smart ass and post with it - under Windows, no less - but there's a captcha that stops you - no comments from our screen reader crowd).

    Comment by MrCorey (visitor) on Mon, Jul 30, 2007 @ 03:42 IST #
  16. foo, it's going to be a Zombie CD magically resurrected from the land of the dead. It's not really "alive" but it's not "dead" either :twisted:MrCorey, I did post comments with Links in the past and I'm not sure why you get blocked. I'm sure that if you post a few more comments regularly you won't get blocked (Spam Karma gives you a "score" for being a regular commenter and that reduces the chances of your comment getting rejected : I approved it manually now)

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Mon, Jul 30, 2007 @ 08:13 IST #
  17. hi...(checking net connection on vista)

    Comment by Shrinidhi Hande (visitor) on Wed, Aug 1, 2007 @ 20:21 IST #
  18. testing safari

    Comment by Shrinidhi Hande (visitor) on Wed, Aug 1, 2007 @ 21:18 IST #
  19. I used Safari browser on Vista.. stupid it is showing Safari and Mac OS X

    Comment by Shrinidhi Hande (visitor) on Wed, Aug 1, 2007 @ 21:20 IST #
  20. Hope you didn't mind little exploration I was doing

    Comment by Shrinidhi Hande (visitor) on Thu, Aug 2, 2007 @ 10:42 IST #
  21. No, I didn't mind. I'm curious. Is there a Safari version for Vista? That's cool :cool:

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Thu, Aug 2, 2007 @ 12:22 IST #
  22. Yes there is. (newly released around a month ago)www.apple.com/safari/download/

    Comment by Shrinidhi Hande (visitor) on Thu, Aug 2, 2007 @ 13:05 IST #
  23. Now we're going to spam you with ubuntu :twisted:And browser's people never have heard of before :smile:

    Comment by rocknrolf77 (visitor) on Tue, Aug 7, 2007 @ 15:50 IST #
  24. Heheh... my browser version is bigger than your browser version, rocknrolf! :twisted:

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Tue, Aug 7, 2007 @ 16:04 IST #
  25. The OS showed up as debian instead of ubuntu :???:

    Comment by rocknrolf77 (visitor) on Tue, Aug 7, 2007 @ 16:11 IST #
  26. Hahahaha... see? Even my website knows your intention and defeated the purpose of your post :lol:Seriously, I can confirm the user-agent string used by your browser is at fault here, not the plugin which identifies it. It identifies the OS as Debian, not Ubuntu.

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Tue, Aug 7, 2007 @ 16:59 IST #
  27. AWESOME!! tired of all this newby linux, newby noob, linux is NOT windows, linux is for the thinking man, stop trying to dumb it down!! NEWB-UNTU F#$%k OFF!!

    Comment by Shaun (visitor) on Thu, Sep 13, 2007 @ 18:27 IST #

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