Ubuntu Moments

This may sound like a pro-Ubuntu campaign. But I have no intentions to lure people into the charm this world has to offer. Please do not take this as a disclaimer, but as a prelude to this post. πŸ™‚

Ever since I was in love with my PC again, I thought Ubuntu was just about a virus free comp and ultra cool graphics. Being with it for nearly a month now, the eye-candy has become the usual thing, and there is no excitement of fighting against viruses! Ah! So much I miss you – Microsoft πŸ˜› . No pen drive is offering me a challenge to inspect it. No disc comes with a risk of crashing your data. blah blah blah.. There are so many places you will read about all of them.

Right now, I’m feeling like a powerful military general with an army to command. But, there is no enemy in sight. And there wont probably be in the near future too. So, I’ve taken up the task of knowing my army better. Currently, it is just the humble beginnings stage. But these are proving to be satisfactory πŸ™‚ .

I sat down to list what all I required to make my PC a darling to me at the most horrid streaks of boredom too. After a good deal of work, all I wanted was a good browser, music player, movie player, pdf reader, chat client, a powerful image editor, a torrent manager, A good substitute for MS Office, a disc burner, a few system tools (like system monitor,) games for entertainment, games for brain activity, few games that run on Windows, and something like communicating more closely with your system with not more than a handful (or two handfuls) of clicks.

Most of the things I wanted came packaged with the OS itself. All I had to do was look out for some means to play games that run in Windows, and a do few updates to satisfy my craze to keep up with the latest packages of the OS (Which i never did in XP πŸ™‚ ). Updating was easy. Just a matter of waking up early one day to download updates when the broadband usage is free. πŸ˜€

Notice the new header and my Blavatar? I made it myself with GIMP – a free, very easy alternative to Photoshop, and it comes with the OS itself! So, no extra installation. πŸ™‚
(By the way, are they good? πŸ˜‰ )

Now, to use games or softwares that worked in Windows, I found a pretty good means too. WINE was the solution. For newbies (as if I’m not πŸ˜› ) Wine is short for WINdows Emulator and what it does is there in its name itself. It simply creates a make-shift clone of Windows πŸ˜› .

That said, I got a chance to play one of my all-time favorite games – Age of Mythology and The Titans Expansion pretty well in Ubuntu too. My joy knew no bounds and my spirits were high and flowing! Something to please me more was in store. There was a game called Worms Armageddon, which was a very good game to pass/kill/murder time. Moreover, it was unlimited fun. Thankfully, a (90%) similar game called Wormux was present for Ubuntu!

Next up, I’m bent upon making another favorite game “Prince of Persia Warrior Within” work in Ubuntu. I found a means, but yet to try it out. I’m just waiting to know how exactly the whole thing works, and then continue with it. πŸ™‚

Games, Songs, Movies, Browsing, Chatting, Learning… and much much more is on my platter. Its just a matter of time before I get down to explore them all. πŸ™‚ But right now, Gaming in Ubuntu has become a very good option for me to ditch the remaining 2-5% of XP usage. Thats all for now, friends. Have a nice time πŸ™‚

PS : This is the first time I’ve been posting with such a narrow gap. Just in case you haven’t read my previous post, here is the easy to reach there – Respect Martyrdom you Fools

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21 thoughts on “Ubuntu Moments

  1. Games, Songs, Movies, Browsing, Chatting, Learning……so what do you actually do otherwise ? LOL.

    I didnt quite understand the header; does it say anything? but I loved your Blavatar, its so cooool.

    Good that you are loving atleast your machines πŸ˜‰

  2. Ahh… its so nice to meet another fellow Ubuntu-er… If you like experimenting with GIMP and photoshop, have a look at ImageMagick. I’d call it the command line photoshop. And yeah, know your army well. You’ll be surprised at what it can do. I am just a few months ahead on the same path that you are walking…

  3. I’m a huge fan of open source as well. A little difference here is that I use Fedora (another variant of Linux), instead of Ubuntu.

    Why not Ubuntu? Well, Ubuntu is a pulled-down version of what all Linux offers. Ubuntu is more user-friendly and has only what an average user really wants. Fedora on the other hand is Ubuntu + a lot more. (Like webserver, compilers for almost all languages, and host of other developer related software bundled into it).

    If I were to use Ubuntu, I’d have to download each of these and install them by myself. 😦

    Also, Linux is so much better than having to pay huge money for windows, or even have the guilt of using a pirated version instead.

    Good going bro! πŸ™‚

  4. Vimal
    Other than that, i simply switch off my comp and sleep/eat or will be roaming πŸ˜€
    I just set out to try out a random piece of art. But as i progressed with experimentation, I induced a lot of personal touch to it and made it more presentable, than random. After the first 2 or 3 tries, it was never random and i probably undid a 100 actions. πŸ˜› basically, it doesn’t speak for itself. But it is limited to the viewer’s imagination as to what (s)he sees in it.

    but I loved your Blavatar, its so cooool.

    Thnx a lot man πŸ™‚

    Amit
    It is a form of Linux. Just like XP is a form of windows. But there is a host of difference in the comparison that i’ve given. Coz, different forms of linux are not as same as different forms of Windows.
    according to me, switching over was more a matter of choice and less of taste. but no regrets whatsoever πŸ™‚

    Ninad
    Welcome to my blog πŸ™‚
    Thnx a lot for the link and the piece of advice. I appreciate it. πŸ™‚

    Manoj
    That was a neat comparison. But as u know, i am no more than an average joe in comp usage. (Prolly a li’l more than average joe) so, the programmer’s needs wont be my necessity. But it is good to know that linux offers so much more in other places πŸ™‚

    Also, Linux is so much better than having to pay huge money for windows, or even have the guilt of using a pirated version instead.

    That was so true πŸ˜‰

  5. I have installed Fedora Core 9, but not able to play the Second Life. Any idea how i can play this on Linux?

    Second, I am not able to port my Outlook messages to Thunderbird or the evolution messaging clients. Is trying to change over to Linux for work related activities too much for a beginner?

    Destination Infinity

  6. Chakoli
    Other than that, i simply switch off my comp and sleep/eat or will be roaming πŸ˜€

    Kanagu
    Yeah, thts true πŸ™‚

    Arvind
    Dude, i dont think i understood what u meant in the second line.

    omnamohshiva
    Thanks a lot man. Btw, welcome to my blog.

    Destination Infinity
    Errr, actually, I am not a pro in linux. So, cant help u with both the problems. Sorry. I think U can ask my close friend Manoj about it.
    And i dont think changing over to linux is too bad for work sake if u r a beginner. only thing is that u shud get the hang of it and take off the Windows-XP-mindset completely.

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  8. Lets just say you made me want to install Ubuntu on my laptop.
    I have used the earlier Red hat and Fedora distributions, but am a windows person currently. Had heard stories of how much better ubuntu is compared to the distros i am used to.

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  10. Meghana
    Cool! πŸ˜€ actually, I too was in the same state! πŸ˜‰

    I too faced this problem very recently (14th dec, to be precise). I searched a lot to find a solution, but none seemed to work quite right!

    So, with a little bit of instinct, common sense and skill, i found a work around and now XP is booting alright! πŸ™‚

    I think I’ll come up wit a post about in some other place. I’ll give u a link to it If u want it.

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