Bucking the Popularity

I recently had the urge to replace my Linux desktop from Fedora to Ubuntu mostly because of the popularity of the Ubuntu desktop among Linux users. I gave Ubuntu a try using Ubuntu’s Live CD. After a few hours of playing around with the desktop, I’ve decided to stick with Fedora Core 5. It’s not about the drabby brown color of the Ubuntu desktop, although I prefer the dark blue colors of Fedora. It’s all about the tools I’m familiar with in Fedora. I feel really comfortable with Fedora. I feel lost in Ubuntu. It’s ok to buck popularity for now. Maybe, in the future I can revisit Ubuntu.

Remembering 9-11

I can’t believe it has been five years since the events of 9/11. I still remember vividly the day of the worst attack ever on US soil. I saw it live on TV when the second airplane hit the World Trade Center tower. I saw people leaping out of the towers. I saw the both World Trade Towers collapse. It was an awful day. Today, it hurts even just thinking about it. Some TV networks are replaying the whole event in its entireity. I’m not so sure if I want to watch it all over again.

Many people are asking, “Are we any safer now?” In some ways, we are. We haven’t been attacked since that dreadful day. We are currently battling two wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq. Many people will try to politicize the war in Iraq. We are there and I don’t see us pulling out anytime soon. I’m not worried about our military or even about military spending. What I’m more worried about is home.

We need a safer America. I hope we can continue to be vigilant at home. We need to shore up our borders to prevent another 9-11. If that involves fixing our immigration laws, so be it. We also need pursue the Islamic fundamentalist sympathisers who are already living in this country. Lastly, we need to represent one voice to the rest of the world.

Is this asking too much?

Auto Renewals

You gotta love auto-renewals by GoDaddy. Another domain I owned was renewed for another three years. No chance in life will I lose a domain as long as I’m willing to pay for it. Talking about an excellent repeat business for GoDaddy. It’s a nice business model inherent to being a domain registrar. Domain registration is peanuts at about $9 dollars per domain per year, but if you multiply it by millions of domains, then you see why GoDaddy can afford those Super Bowl commercials. It’s good business.

Favorite Desktop Linux

What’s the most popular Linux desktop? It’s Ubuntu, according to a recent DesktopLinux.com survey conducted on 15,000 Linux desktop users. I happen to use the Fedora Redhat desktop which came in at 5th place at just 7%. So, why Ubuntu? Is it hype or a cult following? Ease of use and commitment to regular releases and updates every 6 months is their main selling point. I tried Ubuntu more than a year ago, but I didn’t see anything special from this popular desktop. Maybe, it’s time to revisit Mr. Ubuntu.

Popular Linux Desktops

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