Tuesday, March 31, 2015

MinistryUSE OS Part 2

Things are looking up. Darian Catron, the maker of MinistryUSE OS is corresponding with me. He is looking for input, and I don't mind being the guinea pig.

The first problem is the download. Trying to find a suitable host for downloading is tricky, particularly when you're trying to keep it on the cheap, and the file is large.

Promptfile is a website that I see regularly when I'm streaming TV shows and movies. Upon further research they are free, unlimited upload and download speeds, 5GB filesize limit, and 250GB total storage limit.

This is an excerpt from the message I sent Darian:

"I'm not a fan of KDE and this is what your distro is based on I gather; I tried Mint's KDE and I believe Kubuntu- they were okay but a little strange for my palate. I'm not criticising your choice, just speaking of my preference. I started with Mint Cinnamon, then tried many distros, maybe 100, and even went back and re-tried several just to make sure. I had high hopes for Deepin, but it is a little too quirky, but it does have CrossOver BUILT IN which is a MAJOR plus for eSword users. Zorin OS is good all around and I install it on computers for customers, but I use Xubuntu personally."

His response:

"Experimenting with xfce based upon your suggestion."

Now I'm getting excited.

I'll provide links and updates when they are available.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

MinistryUSE OS?


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Found this today
MinistryUSE OS

From the page-
"MinistryUSE OS is a Linux Remaster of Linux Mint.  It's purpose is to provide a desktop experience with all the tools commonly needed for work in ministry.  As a pastor of a small church I use my laptop every day researching, writing, reading, reaching out using social networks, creating, planning, and publishing.  It is vital tool for the work I do.  And I got to thinking, what if I could create an operating system with all the tools I find helpful in my ministry so that other ministers could use it right out of the box.
That is what I am attempting to do here.
A Linux Desktop Experience geared for Christians who want to use their computers as tools for ministry.
Being as how this project is very new, improvement will be made based upon your feedback.  So contact me through Facebook and let me know what you think.  But be kind, I do this on my free time.

Included in version 0.1 Code Named "Adam" are the following:
Libreoffice for Office Suite
Bibletime, Xiphos, E-Sword, and TheWord for Bible Study and Research
OpenLP for Projection Software
Chromium Browser and Firefox Browser for Internet Browsing
Rhythmbox, VLC, and Amorak for Media Players
Cheese and Kdenlive for Video Editing
Audacity for Audio Editing
Evolution (Pardon the name) for Email and Calendar/Planner
Scribus, Gimp, and Libredraw for Desktop Publishing
And many Christian Wallpapers already uploading plus lots of neat features and customizations

I used the contact page. The download requires that I install  "mega". I don't want to install unnecessary stuff; that's why I left Windows ;) I hope the author will offer another download link. When he/she does, I'll try it.

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Curiosity got the best of me. I argued with Mega until I finally got SIGNED UP (oh yes, you have to sign up) just to find this article at ZDNet. Here's the part that raised the blister on my backside-

 "Mega's storage won't integrate with your file system. You can only access your files via a Web browser."

Um, what?! Exactly how am I supposed to burn an ISO inside a web browser?!

So, I can't just simply download MinistryUSE OS; I have to sign up for a questionable cloud service. Then, I have the ISO in a cloud in my browser ONLY and I can't get it onto my hard drive?

This doesn't look good at all.

I sent the owner of MinistryUSE a message via his contact page.
I found him on Facebook and sent him a message there.
I also found him on Google+ and sent a message there.

I have not heard anything in response.

There was a direct email link I need to try next.

I'm advising to wait on this one and NOT try it just yet.

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Okay, the Mega (nightmare) thingy worked, sorta. It actually downloaded the file, with great effort, and it was quite funny, it put it on the desktop. I liked to never have found it; I looked everywhere...

StartUp Disk Creator found it right away... too funny.

MinistryUse OS is based on Linux Mint, or so they say, but not the regular version; it is based on KDE. I messed with KDE type distros as chronicled here. They were amusing at first, but nothing worth staying with in my opinion.

This distro did have a ton of tools. I think it has ALL the USB creator tools available, and it has several Bible programs. But (here it is), I brought up eSword and it crashed just moments later.

I'm not going to say "don't use it", nor am I going to say "use it".

This is in its infantile stages so let's give it time to grow.

I'm sticking with my Xubuntu.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Speed Test From Command Line?

Original Article spotted on Google+

sudo wget https://raw.github.com/sivel/speedtest-cli/master/speedtest_cli.py

sudo chmod +x speedtest_cli.py

sudo ./speedtest_cli.py

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Xubuntu 14.04.2, to Upgrade or Not to Upgrade

Hmm... saw this-


"Notice: The kernels in 14.04 and 14.04.1 will get security fix support up to April 2019 but the kernels in 14.04.2; 14.04.3 and 14.04.4 will only get security fix support until August 2016.

So, we have a choice. Stick with 14.04.1 for the full length of 14.04 LTS support or move onto the 14.04.2 hardware enablement stack and keep moving through 14.04.3 and 14.04.4 until we upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04."

Granted, I'm using Xubuntu not Ubuntu.

"Xubuntu 14.04.2 LTS was released on February 19, 2015. The LTS release is supported until April 2017 and is the recommended version for all environments that require stability."

And running this in the command line

lsb_release -a
says I'm running 14.04.2

General upgrade instructions

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some cool command lines for checking version, architecture, and kernel

cat /etc/lsb-release

uname -m

uname -a
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Monday, January 19, 2015

More Linux - Zorin OS

I think I found it...

This might be "THE" Linux distro.

It's called Zorin OS.

They are boasting "the gateway to Linux..." and that claim is not unfounded. One of the main features is the "Look Changer" that allows you to change the interface to act like either Windows 7, Windows XP, or a Gnome 2 (Linux). And to customize it further, you can use the "Theme Changer" and make it light, blue, or dark.

As a Linux user, that has been my biggest complaint with different distros-
trying to figure out where everything is, and how to make it look and feel right.

Zorin has all the bases covered.

Zorin has it's "Web Browser Manager" to help you install your choice of browsers. Note, the Midori installer gives you version 4.3. Go here to get the latest version (5.9 at the time of this article).

Wine is already installed with many amenities to help you convert to Linux and leave Windows behind.

Ubuntu Software Center is utilized with this distro. From all my experimentation, this is the easiest way to add programs to your favorite distro. Synaptic, Software Manager, and others just don't compare.

Everything about Zorin seems ready to go with little to no adjusting necessary, with the exception of the creature comforts mentioned above.

The version I used for this review was called "Core". Core is the basic FREE version.

There are PAID versions too. They have an "Ultimate" and a "Business" version. The Ultimate is listed as 9.99 Euros which PayPal said was about $11.83 American. I am going to have to try this.

I'm going to keep using Zorin and it appears this may be the distro to help me convert Windows users over.

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