Art: Pete Abrams
All the half serious linux news sites and bloggs have posted about what tools they use on their desktop. For me, its going to be a little more complex, since I have 3 desktops to manage, and they are quite different. But first I can introduce you to my 3 computers (although one belongs to Market Monitor, its still one of my desktops).
[Gwynn], a Fujitsu-Siemens T3010 bought in november 2004. I found out that since they had a new model out with more features, the old one came much cheaper. It has a Celeron Mobile 1200 MHz CPU and 768 MB RAM (shared with video card), and a 40 GB HardDrive. The laptop is also a tabletop and has a stylus… Very handy for drawing, and a 12.1’’ LCD TFT Screen.
Artwork: Pete Abrams
[Oasis], an Athlon XP 2200+ (1.8 GHz) with 1 GB RAM, and 60+80 GB HardDrives. It has an 18 inch Samsung 181T LCD TFT Screen, and some cheap phillips speakers. Based partly on my old computer; including the screen, one of the harddrives and the cabinet, Oasis is the oldest computer I have. The screen is actually some of the oldest there, as I bought it in january 2002 for money I had earned the previous semester.
Art: Pete Abrams
[Kada], a Pentium 4 3.8 GHz with 1 GB RAM and 80 GB HardDrive. It has 2× 19 inch LCD monitors, and a DVD burner. If it’s not already clear; this is my desktop at work.
Strange enough, as an old Linux fantast, I have Windows XP on most of the computers. For my two home desktops, they have each different reason.
The laptop does actually have no CD-ROM, and is therefor 100% dependent on network for everything … even installing Linux. That was a fun project, but I will not go into that now. And to have something that just works on the computer I take with me is really great. It took several months before I got the time and effort to install linux on Gwynn, and after that it still took months until I got it to work just right.
But Ubuntu has been a walk on roses. I don’t know how much it has helped me, but I shifted the distribution on all of my computers in just a short period after I installed Ubontu on Kada.
I also have an old computers that I really thought I had gotten rid of.
[Zoe], a Celeron 400 with 192 MB RAM, and a mere 4.7 GB Hard Drive. It has a 16 bit 800x600 screen LCD monitor at 10.2 inches, although there is an enormous rim around it… It is the old laptop, which is even too old to run any modern serious applications. But since it’s quiet and still works quite good, I have spared it for the possible use for small IRC session computer, or just for play. But I haven’t had much time for it, so now it has no working OS on, although I want to get it an Ubuntu-Server installation or something. But that’s for the future.
All the names and the illustrations are taken from the female characters of Sluggy Freelance, a network cartoon I have followed for almost three years now, and it has been running for many more. Some of the computers are older, and have had other named before, like [Oasis] was called [Tienbao], and i have given away a computer I called [Jinbao].