Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Notes on OSes

Could most Linux distros go the way of the buffalo, or completely die out? It's getting hard to boot Linux up on modern devices (due to UEFI & secure boot). Ubuntu desktop is encumbered, like Windows 8 desktop which has no Start Menu now: there's only a finder. Linux Mint with the Cinnamon desktop is better I think, but it all depends on what you're setting out to do.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Improving software

So.. I was trying to get an antique USB wireless device to work on Linux Mint but it required a ton of software dependencies. With no hardline Internet connection nearby, I had to swap USB sticks full of data between my laptop and the older computer running Mint that I mentioned. This process takes too much time so I'm going to get a new USB wireless device at the computer store which Mint should be able to see and utilize right away.

All this activity had me thinking.. Isn't there a better way to externalize support for software repositories? Couldn't the actual dependency or "software component hierarchy" be inside the software utility itself, broken into parts & each part was a modular "fit" for building/putting together your software locally? Why do you have to go online to obtain everything that is to be operational? I think there's a better way to do it, given that there are perhaps fewer architectures today than there were 15 years ago when certain platform architectures were in a way scattered within their realm, some recursively obscure or too open-ended but barely functional, logistically speaking.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015