Wednesday, September 30, 2015

If I didn't have a camera....

If I didn't have a camera, this is how I'd show you what's outside the window. This is experimenting with a program called "My Paint" in Linux Mint, and it's fun. I'm not used to it yet. This is my first attempt, but it won't be my last.


  1. Pretty Kewl (as EO would say) there Ray.

  2. Hi, Tom...

    One of the nice surprises while trying out this Linux Mint system
    has been that my old Wacom Pen Tablet that lets me use a pen in
    graphics programs (and their various brushes and etc.) was already
    pre-configured when I got the system up and running.

    Windows not only doesn't do that, but makes it difficult to get that
    Wacom Tablet working in recent versions of Windows, because of the
    problems involved in getting drivers that will work with both my old
    tablet and their newer operating systems. So it's a pleasant surprise
    to be able to pick up the Wacom Pen, open the graphics program, and
    start doing something, without spending an hour before that trying to
    get the best available driver doing a half-assed job in the latest Windows.

    This Linux stuff is proving to be an education in more ways than one.
    The more I play with it, the less I miss Microsoft. I still have Win-7
    on one PC here, but that's my only Microsoft system at the moment.
    And I've only had it turned on for a few minutes a couple of times in
    the past several days, just to update its security, and make sure it's
    still OK. Everything else, I've been doing with one of these two different
    versions of Linux. I'm managing quite nicely without Microsoft.

  3. Life without Microsoft. That's like saying that there is a life after retirement (sort of).

    If I had the time and ambition I'd put that OS onto another hard drive to boot from. I'm not a very big fan of multi-boot systems. Things can get confusing. Of course there is the virtual PC option.

  4. Yes, I hear you ..... I ended up wiping off Win-10 of the one computer
    because I couldn't get Linux to recognize that it was already there.

    There's supposed to be a thing in the Linux install disc which can
    discover all that, and then ask if you want to install alongside it
    or wipe it and use the whole disc, but in this case, that didn't happen,
    and I couldn't get it to do that.

    There's supposed to be a way to work around that, using a USB stick to
    do the install, but I haven't tried that yet, because now, I'd have to
    begin all over, wiping the disc, and installing Windows first, and then
    trying to install the other after - and it's a long process.

    But on this machine, the version of Linux I used did see the Windows and
    did install alongside it in its own section of the drive, just like it
    is supposed to do. So there must be something different in Windows 10
    that is stopping Linux from recognizing it and sharing the drive. And
    I think it's Microsoft's "Driver Certification" which doesn't allow
    things without Microsoft-signed drivers to be installed.

    And that, of course, is exceeding their authority on a machine that
    they don't own and aren't operating. And it annoys me a whole bunch.