because today is almost over

Abraham Lincoln once said that ‘if you’re a racist, I will attack you with the North.’

– Michael Scott after three years of (borderline offensive) Martin Luther King Jr. tributes, I’m going to come out and admit that I have no idea what the government expects us to do on this day. I suppose it’s no different than any other national holiday dedicated to a single individual (and the impact of that individual on society), but it still leaves me reaching. For example, on Columbus Day I always take a short cruise and donate to my favorite Native American charity, and on Christmas Day I celebrate the birth of the Savior of the world by praising God and whatnot.

Today, all I’ve been able to muster is my third attempt at dual-booting Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux. It’s baffling that Microsoft will not allow an OEM product key to function with a version of Windows installed from a retail disc, or vice versa. Now I have to circumvent Windows activation because it thinks I’m a criminal, when I have a perfectly valid product key it won’t accept (of course, it took me three burned boot discs before I figured out this was the case). And I must be losing my technical touch, because these partitions have been extremely difficult to work with (using both Ubuntu’s partition editor and Microsoft’s).

No matter…it’s a joyous day. It lets us forget our troubles, embrace cultural diversity, and remember what makes America great: admitting our past mistakes by doling out commemorative holidays.

9 thoughts on “because today is almost over

  1. look, faggot. he’s not interested in running webservices or sql servers – and neither am i, ok. it’s casual, austin. and why not get the most visual bang for your efforts? faggot.

  2. installing ubuntu kept screwing up my bootloader until i got frustrated enough to just reinstall xp and leave it at that. i’m still not properly validated though. whatever.

  3. IMO:

    Ubuntu is an extremely easy shift from Windows or Mac into a Linux environment. Sure, the interface is a little ugly, and it updates a bit too often (which can sometimes break applications you use). But Ubuntu offers an intuitive menu system (Very parallelized to other operating systems), full service, extraordinarily helpful forums on their website, and a business oriented approach to the distribution of their free operating system (not to say that other distros don’t).

    In stark contrast, you do not see as large a push from other distributions reaching out to Windows and Mac users trying to get them to see the greatness which is (legally) free software. Many other distros are rarely (if ever) updated from a source controlled entity. None of the other distros offer as much help in terms of support as Ubuntu.

    No matter how you cut it, Ubuntu may not be the “best” distribution. But at its core is the Linus kernel, which is the only commonality between all of the distributions. For those who don’t get it, the primary difference between any Linux distribution is the user interface. And now, with the growth in popularity of windowing theme programs like Beryl, Compiz, and Emerald, the differences are becoming even more slim.

    In conclusion, Ubuntu does (arguably, and in ways) more for the Linux and Freeware community than any other distribution. Pick Ubuntu as your first Linux distribution.

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