This site contains

  • My personal GNU/Linux notes-to-self.
  • Records of my various experiences with different hardware.
  • Random scripts and config files.

You’re welcome to read and learn from everything herein as well! Note that I assume no responsibility for any effects of following any instructions given here.

I’ve changed the license of all my tutorials to the GNU Free Documentation License, v. 1.3. Previously they were published under the GPL, and I have switched as the GFDL is more appropriate for this type of material.
This gives you full right to use, copy, distribute, and modify any material on this site for any purpose, so long as you (to put it in a nutshell):

  • Credit me as original author.
  • Log all changes made
  • License it under the GFDL
  • Abstain from using any form of DRM on it.


Link to GFDL 1.3 text: http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html

I’m on many GNU/Linux forums, but I contribute mainly to the Ubuntu and Crunchbang Forums. I am cortman there, and everywhere I go.

5 Comments on “Welcome”

  1. nelsonhoover says:

    I couldn’t find any way to post this after (or before, using the comment link) the article, so here it is on the home page.
    Excellent post on distros for older PCs; an interesting read. I do, however, have a few points I’d like to pick on.
    First off, in keeping with the title, Mint and Kubuntu are hardly worth mentioning as they are quite heavy. Zorin OS (good for first time Linux users, BTW) and Xubuntu are probably borderline. CrunchBang (a favorite of mine) is, admittedly, quite fast with a very minimal desktop environment. But it is hardly a minimal install as it comes with quite a bit of software by default (think Gimp, OO, etc) and may not be the best choice for systems with smaller HDDs without some trimming.
    And, last but not least, you only managed to expend two meager sentences on my all-time favorite tiny distro SliTaz. This distro is tiny and useful, two things rarely found in the same distro. The desktop is very good-looking (for its size) and comes with an astonishing amount of functionality (again, for its size) thanks to the default software choices installed. SliTaz also makes an excellent rescue disk for running disk utilities such as gparted or editing configs on a non-bootable system, even quickly accessing the net via Midori. You can also install and boot it from a USB flash drive.

    Just my 2ยข,

  2. nameyourhero says:

    I appreciate your posts on the AO722. I have the same netbook. Have you had any luck with the newest spin of Fedora? I’m about to give it a go. Currently using peppermint which is okay, but a few annoyances.

    • cortman says:

      I have not used Fedora for some time; currently I am running Linux Mint 13 on the netboook (I needed some stuff out of PPAs and didn’t feel like manually compiling it for Debian). I currently use the same Mint system on both my computers, with the exact same layout and apps installed, so I can go seamlessly from one to the other and still do my work.



  3. PooyanM says:

    I am most grateful to you for the post on setting up Lubuntu on virtualbox. It saved so much of my time. I had tried to find something that helped a novice like me, and yours was so clear and helpful. God bless you

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