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Fri, 29 Nov 2013

Trisquel GNU/Linux 6.0 Meets an Old Laptop

I recently acquired an old laptop (A Dell Latitude) from a friend that was throwing it out. I love old laptops, they tend to be built more solidly and have much nicer-feeling keyboards than 'modern' ones. The lack of horsepower doesn't bother me, as my mostly non-GUI needs don't require lots of memory, disk or CPU.

Anyway, one catch with the old Dell laptops is that they all have the Broadcom wireless chipsets that require installing a proprietary firmware blob under Linux. I first did a Debian CD install, and was able to get the wireless to work by using a network cable and the non-free Debian repo. I did a minimal install and left it for a week or so. Today I had a bit more time to finish setting it up to my liking, and on a whim decided to boot into my FSF associate member USB card - it has the latest version of Trisquel GNU/Linux (6.0 LTS) [0] on it. It gave me a nice live environment that defaulted to Gnome classic (I guess this is Gnome3 but with settings dialogs and an app menu), and to my surprise supported the Broadcom wireless out-of-the-box. This is even more surprising when you consider that Trisquel's main selling point is that it has no non-free (as in speech) software in it - including the hardware drivers. So I decided to install it. So far, it is working quite well and feels very snappy as I type up this post, even on this old hardware. Although it is based on Debian, it reminds me of the older Ubuntu releases, when Gnome2 was the default but with newer (and completely free) software.

Trisquel GNU/Linux 6.0 LTS

posted at: 18:16 | path: / | permalink | GNU, Laptop, Legacy, Linux

Wed, 27 Nov 2013

Cool Gopher Phlog to Blog Converter

Our very own Echosa has made a very nice gopher phlog-to-blog converter, complete with disqus comments. I like it - simple, clean and has the advantage of only having to update your phlog/blog in one place.

posted at: 23:56 | path: / | permalink | Blog, Gopher, Phlog