First, it is good to be back. School took up all my time, and as a result my writing was severely hampered. I need the holiday time to recover, but now I am refreshed and ready to start rolling.
I keep saying this blog is about deep thought, and it is, but it also is about science and technology. With that said, this post is the first in what I plan to be an ongoing series. I am learning programming in college, specifically Java, but one thing they do not teach is much of anything about open-source systems, specifically Linux.
If I want to learn Linux, it will be something I will have to do on my own. Plus, I thought it would be great to take you along for the ride. I am starting this adventure cold, so I will not profess to be an expert. You will see everything I learn as I learn it. And, since I am the Musing Cogitator, expect me to go deep.
Dell Inspiron 1525
I need a system to use as my learning tool. With Linux, unlike some pay-for-use operating systems, (Windows), all one needs is a low-end device that with just adequate capabilities. I have such a system in a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop that has been lying around unused for years.
I bought it for my mother eight years ago. My mother is not a technology maven, so it was barely used. It came with Windows Vista, has an Intel Celeron 2.00Ghz processor, 1GB of ram, 80GB hard drive, and DVD/CD drive.
This is a list of the specifications:
- Intel Celeron 32-Bit 550@ 2.00GHz microprocessor
- 1.0GB ram
- Disk drive: ST980811AS
- Display adapter: Mobile Intel 965 Express Chipset
- CD ROM: TSS Corp CDRWDVD TSL462D ATA Device
- IDE Channel
- Intel 82801 HEM/HBM SATA AHCI Controller
- Intel ICH8M Ultra ATA Storage Controller – 2850
- Ricoh Memory Stick Controller
- Ricoh SD/MMC Host Controller
- IEEE 1394 Bus Controller: Ricoh OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
- Modem: Conexant HDA D330 MDC V.92 Modem
- Network adapters: 6T04 Adapter, Dell Wireless 1395 WLAN Mini-Card, Marvell Yukon 88E8040 PCI E-Fast Ethernet Controller
- SDA Host adapter: SDA Standard Compliant SD Host Controller
- Sound, video, and game controllers: Intel High Definition Audio HDMI, Sigma Tel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Storage Controller: Microsoft iSCSI Initiator
- Hard Drive: 80.0GB
As stated before, it was hardly used, so my biggest worry is dust, more than the condition of the hardware. It does not come with a webcam, not a bummer as I have yet to ever use one. I do not Skype, which I’m sure breaks Microsoft’s heart.
In my next post I will go over exactly what is Linux and why I have chosen to learn it. I will decide on a distribution and attempt an install. If I fail, you will hear about it, and of course you will hear about the successes and what I did to achieve them. I welcome any and all feedback for this series and will try my best to post weekly, school permitting.