Randy Cannon: Computer Science Information

Randy Cannon: Long Lives Linux!


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This is the age of open source and what better way to celebrate the new age than with operating systems that were founded on this principle: Linux.

In the ages of old when Randy Cannon was a young boy, schools were packed with free Apple desktops. I think they were called Macintosh computers. These things looked too compact and the annoyance of not being able to peek behind the curtain of the graphic user interface was enough to sour one on the Apple for life. We’ve all heard about the great late Steve Jobs being a control freak but this was something that could have been improved from the start. Those computers were too dumbed-down for the up and coming generation x. Then when Microsoft came out with Windows 95, Randy Cannon got his first peak behind the curtain and got a little taste of the command line system called DOS. At the time, one had to go through DOS just to get to the GUI. Randy Cannon realized the true power of the command line right then but as the GUI became more emphasized, the society at hand was brought to the age of pointing and clicking. Eventually, a new champion became more mainstream and the name of that champion was Linux. This system was all new to Randy Cannon and mostly thought as a tool for hackers, it went untouched for quite sometime. Then out of the blue, the emergence of portable applications became the norm and on these portable operating thumb drives came a system called Puppy Linux. It was then that Randy Cannon was exposed to the system and fell in love with it immediately as if he had been reunited with a long lost love by being brought back to a system where the true power remained in the command line interface. Randy Cannon was introduced to programs like wget, cURL, Awk, and Grep, that automated much of what could never be done on a windows GUI. The Linux system comes with myriads of tools unheard of in a windows environment. The majority of websites used by the pointers and clickers and if that wasn’t enough to make the transition from one os to another, the customization of Linux due to the openness of its source codes makes this system the be all end all for anyone wanting a powerful and highly customizable system. Ask any avid user of Linux and he or she will tell you about all of the many different flavors of Linux Distributions. There’s

Debian Linux: https://www.debian.org/

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Ubuntu: http://www.ubuntu.com/

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Lubuntu: http://lubuntu.net/

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Kubuntu: http://kubuntu.org/

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Linux Mint: https://www.linuxmint.com/

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Fedora: https://getfedora.org/

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Redhat: http://www.redhat.com/en

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Centos: https://www.centos.org/

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Arch: https://www.archlinux.org/

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Mageia: http://www.mageia.org/en/

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OpenSUSE: https://www.opensuse.org/

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Gentoo: https://www.gentoo.org/

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Slackware: http://www.slackware.com/

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FreeBSD (like Linux/Unix) http://www.freebsd.org/

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Kali Linux: https://www.kali.org/

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Puppy Linux: http://puppylinux.org/

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Linux from Scratch: http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/

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In fact, Linux from Scratch is build from the ground up compiling source code, so a user is in complete control of what goes into the system. It’s basically like creating your own operating system distribution of Linux. For a full list and detail of the different Linux distributions. Here is the best place to do your research:

Distro Watch: http://distrowatch.com/

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With all of this in mind, how can one deny such a system of being the greatest. No worries about companies like Microsoft putting spyware in your system or paying for the OS. It’s all free as in beer and in speech. You can fully install the system or pop in a usb drive, dvd, or cd and run it on the device with no installation necessary. It is truly the best! To find out more, download this digital discount below:

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April 3, 2016
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