Saturday, January 14, 2006

Step one complete for the Linux upgrade 

Well step one is complete in the Linux upgrade path for the main ham shack computer. The man in the brown truck brought a box today from New Egg that contained a one gigabyte memory stick. I have been using this box with 384 megabytes of memory, one 128 and one 256 megabyte sticks, and I can tell you from experience that multi tasking operating systems like lots of memory. It is the least expensive route to faster system performance.

I broke one of my own rules today which is never change more than one thing at a time when trying out something new. I decided since I had the box open to increase the memory that I might as well install the new DVD RW drive that I have sitting on the operating desk. All went well so the next step is to upgrade to version 10.0 of SuSe which I'm looking forward to. Can't decide if I should start on it tonight or get some sleep and tackle it in the morning. In either case if my next posting is from my laptop you will know it did not go well.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

A penguin in every shack 

Well after managing to get sick over the holidays and ruin a good bit of the vacation time that I had saved to play computers and radio I'm finally back in the shack tinkering. For those of you using Linux in the ham shack I have to tell you that I have downloaded version 10.0 of SuSe and thus far I am very impressed with it. I haven't done any real definitive tests yet but I have to tell you that it “feels” faster than the 9.3 that I have been using. Boots faster and seems to load applications faster.

I currently have two Linux systems one a laptop and the other a desktop which is the main computer here in the ham shack. I have installed the new version on the laptop so far and as soon as I install some additional memory, not required but something that has been on my “to do” list, I will upgrade this box also. If you have been considering making the jump to Linux in order to be able to surf the web and send and receive email without installing a new security patch every few days, and still not being secure, you might want to consider SuSe. I will report further when I have the main system up with the new software.

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