On October 26, the day that Windows 8 officially launched, a message appeared on the home page of the Canonical website, promoting its Ubuntu 12.10 operating system (OS).
The message was “Avoid the pain of Windows 8.”
Ubuntu is a variation of Linux, the free open-source OS. The basic code is free, and even though software development companies add their own features and then market it, it’s often a free download.
It was first introduced in October 1991, and for most of that time it has been a viable alternative to the other two major OSes, Windows and OS X. Its biggest problem has been that most software components like device drivers aren’t readily available for the OS from device manufacturers. Most distributions handle this by including the more popular ones with the installation software.
From an article on PCWorld.com, “10 Reasons to choose Ubuntu 12.10 over Windows 8”:
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Maybe Linus’ comments had some effect
I like the built-in PDF Viewer; I wonder if Touch will work on my pen-based tablet…
I have been using wordpress for a couple of months as of 2012-11-25 and am only beginning to be comfortable using it. I made my first blog post in 2008-05-01 and later said “So What?”. I really didn’t have anything to say, and I didn’t understand the blogging concept so I didn’t post until agin this year (2012).
I now know what I want to use a blog for, but I still can’t do what I want.
The org2blog package in emacs has been very helpful to me. It puts the whole blogging experience into the comfortable lisp-based emacs environment where I do most of my work. I’ve been using org-mode for years and even wrote extentions to outline mode before org-mode came out.
I’m still learning how to use org2blog effectively, but already I plan to use org-mode files as the foundation for my blogging and page posts in wordpress.
I have an account on wordpress.com because it is free, and I’m still learning. If I find limitations in wordpress.com I can’t work around, I will investigate self hosting.
Followup on Using org2blog and org-mode:
After using org2blog for almost a month, I can’t imagine maintaing a blog any other way.