I earlier reported the demise of my computer. In summary, the system went kaput, I installed Ubuntu Linux, and I found out that bugs kept me from unleashing the full power of open source software. Bugs be damned, the full power has been unleashed. Let me just make a brief note as to why you should care. You are using a computer to read this blog. Hence, you are a computer user. As a computer user, promoting open source software, like Ubuntu Linux, is in your best interest (period).
A week or so ago, I upgraded my video card driver so I could change my screen resolution. When I rebooted, I was greeted with a black screen of doom. It is like the blue screen of death only without the indecipherable message letting me know how FUBAR my computer is. Thankfully, my dear wife has a fully functioning iMac. With the help of a few community forums, I was able to enter enough commands to restart the system. I'm talking old school style terminal commands as in "would you like to play a game".
I felt lucky to have a working computer and declared never to change anything ever again. A week later I thought, hmmm, I wonder if Compiz Fusion will work with the new drivers. I tried it. It did. No black window bug. No FUBAR events. It just worked. Check out the above screenshot of Ubuntu running Compiz and a program called Avant Window Navigator.
Before accidentally getting Compiz to run like some kind of idiot savant I experimented with a "windows manager" called Enlightenment. A windows manager is like Windows 3.1 for those old school computer users like myself. It is just a program that makes pretty. I actually installed a windows manager/desktop environment hybrid called OpenGEU. It was Ubuntu like I know and love with a some awesome looking effects. Best of all, it runs great on outdated and underpowered computer hardware. Too bad Enlightenment is full of bugs and things that cause "SEGV'D" events. Nevertheless, for anyone with old hardware and a thirst for office chair adventures, I recommend Enlightenment powered distributions OpenGEU or gOS Rocket. Enlightenment is a truly unique and beautiful computing experience.
It may appear from my screens shots that the the ultimate goal of Linux is to replicate the Mac OS. That is not exactly the truth (although it is pretty close to it). Apple certainly hit the proverbial nail on the head with Mac OS X. I tell my wife how unfair it is that she has been using a fantastic desktop environment for about eight years while I had to suffer through Windows ME.
Huzaa to not leaving well enough alone!
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