Top Stories by Mark R. Hinkle
Considering Linux as a desktop operating system? Moving to Linux: Kiss the
Blue Screen of Death Goodbye! guides you through the process and even
includes a bootable CD mastered by author Marcel Gagné.
As I read Marcel Gagné's Moving to Linux I was conflicted. In many ways I
was envious because this is the book I wish I had written. On the other hand
I wished I could add a little more detail here and there. However, without a
doubt this is an excellent resource for the uninitiated Linux desktop user. I
enjoy Marcel's conversational style and subtle humor, which make this book
more interesting than the many Linux books that aim to supplement readers'
existing Linux knowledge rather than start them on their journey into the
The book makes some choices for the reader because of the sheer volume of
options available to the Linux desktop user. The focus of ... (more)
Over the last few months I have been recovering from a bilateral tendon tear
that has kept me from doing just about everything I love to do. Today I was
told my orthopedist that I am going to have to repeat the surgery and start
from square one. Another surgery, another extended hospital stay and many
months of recovery. It’s perhaps one of that darkest days of my life.
I am devastated that I won’t be able to give my keynote at CloudOpen and I
won’t get to see all my open source friends. I am blogging this so I can
just point to the link because explaining the details to even my ... (more)
I've been a dedicated Microsoft user since the beginning. However, the
increasing frequency of operating system upgrades, rising minimum hardware
requirements, and the general lack of valuable features included in new
releases prompted me to explore alternative operating systems. For years, I
turned primarily to Microsoft for my computing needs both in my personal life
and for the businesses I've been involved with. In recent years Linux has
emerged as a viable alternative to Microsoft for all my computing needs, be
it an enterprise server or personal desktop. The Linux alternati... (more)
Last Monday at the Desktop Linux Consortium Conference at Boston
University’s Tyngsboro, Massachusetts Campus there was a lot of talk about
a “UserLinux” distribution. The topic was sparked by remarks by Bruce
Perens who voiced a need for a distribution that was designed to meet
community needs for a desktop operating system based on the Linux community
favorite Debian distribution.
I contacted Bruce who has been kind enough to interject some comments to my
own text. They are marked [thus].
The thought of UserLinux sparked my thinking. The thing I like about Linux is
that it’s ... (more)
Mark R. Hinkle: "Linux is ready for the desktop"
In my view, Linux on the desktop is a viable operating system.
It offers many features that are more innovative than commercial solutions.
Virtual consoles, secure remote access solutions, true multi-tasking, and the
ability to use robust journaling file systems all come to mind. Despite these
advanced features, I have also noticed some parallels between Linux and some
earlier versions of Windows. Let’s term these similarities as “growing
I do feel that there are many cases today where Linux is an inadequate
solution, speci... (more)