The Story Behind Tux the Penguin

Found this article on about Tux the Penguin. Not really a long read, but one part from it caught my eye:

Still, variations of the story that “Linus was assaulted by a huge, rabid man-eating penguin that was running amok and was moving at more than a 100 miles per hour when it attacked him” are still happily told in the Linux community, but few take it seriously.

Seriously, what more can I say?

Some dull stuff on partitioning and some other dull stuff regarding my stupidity

OK, so I managed to break Linux … twice. In a day. The first time was trying to uninstall some fussy sound drivers. The second time I did something with the Terminal which I wasn’t supposed to do.

Then I accidentally deleted the partition while trying to fix it. Aren’t I bright?

Then I had to restore the Windows bootloader using the Windows Recovery Enviroment. It’s included on the Vista disk but if you don’t have it you can still grab it here.

For now, I’m sticking for a virtual machine. But now I know how to partition hard drives, I’ve been looking on creating a recovery partition with some basic apps on it (just ’cause it’s a pain to reinstall Vista when things go wrong.) And somebody told me to try SelfImage. Although I haven’t tried it yet, looks like a nifty tool.

Also, some other things I learned:

There’s a built-in partitioner in Vista. This is very useful. There’s also one on the Windows Vista disc, when you’re installing.

Another trick I learned: You can create a data partition to seperate your files from your system. If you’re really looking at seperation, you can get a second hard drive. An advantage of this is that if your Windows decides its had enough of you, you’ll (hopefully) not lose all your stuff. But make sure to do your backups, folks. If your hard drive bursts into a ball of flames, a second partition isn’t going to help much.

I’m proud of myself.

I just created a dual-boot system (Vista Home Premium and Ubuntu 9.04) which actually works. I messed a couple things up and had to reinstall Ubuntu a couple times but it works and isn’t that the main thing?


I was on a message board where somebody mentioned to me Wubi. Turns out it’s a program which is supposed to install Ubuntu for you same as any other Windows app.  Rather interesting.

Ubuntu in a VM

A video I recorded of myself installing Ubuntu in a VM. Ironically I put it together with Windows Movie Maker.

Free Ubuntu CDs

I ordered one a while back, and got it in the mail today. What’s the catch? You gotta register (it’s free, of course).

Request an Ubuntu CD

Virtual Machines rock!!!

I was planning to dual-boot Windows and Linux but decided against it as I don’t have the OEM disc and most likely I’d accidentally overwrite the Windows partition. 🙂

But I did install Linux (or to be exact, Ubuntu) in a virtual machine (my choice was VirtualBox). Notice I accidentally took a few screenshots and stuck them off in a folder.

Now to see if I can do anything with the half-dozen or so Windows 95 discs I have….