Category: Tech Tales

The Four Largest Linux Desktop Users

The largest Linux deployments in the world are still on the server side, but in recent years it has been adopted more widely on the desktop front. Even though Linux is slow to be adopted on desktops outside of government institutions, there are large scale users out there who are proving that Linux is not jsut for computer scientists and programmers. Here is a list of the four biggest names who use Linux on the desktop side: 1. Google The most well known company to use Linux on the desktop is Google. Google runs a lighter skinned version of Canonical’s...

What is Linux?

What is Linux? We’ve all heard of Windows and Mac OS and have likely used either one or both of those operating systems. Linux is an operating system just like Windows or Mac OS. Linux runs on desktop computers, servers and mobile phones all around the world – there are millions of copies of Linux currently running. In fact the web page you’re viewing right now is being served to you by a Linux operating system – and if you happen to be viewing this on an Android phone , then that’s using Linux as well. The largest Linux installations...

GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE GPL

For all of you who wonder what the GNU General Public License (GPL) is, here’s a copy from the GNU website for your perusal. GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 3, 29 June 2007 Copyright © 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc. <https://fsf.org/> Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this license document, but changing it is not allowed. Preamble The GNU General Public License is a free, copyleft license for software and other kinds of works. The licenses for most software and other practical works are designed to take away your freedom to share and change the works....

HP-AIO Printers

Printers; Still the World’s Most Disobedient Robots

It’s 2017 and no matter which brand of printer you buy, you will eventually want to take a baseball bat (#OfficeSpace) to it. Probably more than once. I can’t remember the last time I used a printer for an extended period of time and it didn’t crap out on me. I currently have a pretty decent HP AIO (All-in-one) at home and the same model at the office. They’re both wireless enabled as well as connected to iMac’s through USB. I’ve had to reinstall the drivers for both of them a multitude of times. If we can build an airplane...

NVIDIA and Ubuntu Don’t Play Nice

I’ve spent the last week setting up some new (to me) HP Z210 Workstations with Ubuntu and Debian. The machines themselves are in pretty good condition, I got lucky with the used units which were sent to me – the graphics card is another story. NVIDIA graphics cards have a sordid history of doing nothing but create frustration for the open source world. They have never openly supported most of the Linux distributions I’ve used and always create some sort of a problem. These HP workstations came with NVIDIA Quadro FX380 cards which kept freezing the boot after installation. If...