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Hi all

Blessed linux users

The future is upon us.

Remember Rosetta ?

Remember Linear-b ?

Remember C+ ?

You will.


Good luck to all.

Jan Bergmans


Welcome to my blog

Helllo everebody from far far Russia where wild bears walks onthe street.

I`m glad this site opened and based on Joomla.

And.. I found a bug - I cant write to blog in Opera (almost favourite browser in Russia actually) 


Let's see, whats going on....

This is obviousely my first article.


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Les asociaux ont leur réseau ! est le nouveau réseau social des geeks xD

why gentoo? why blog?

who I am:

           I am a Pre-Medicine student of the University of Kansas completely obsessed with Linux and Open Source movement in general. I am originally from Russian Federation where I grew up as a usual Windows user and, as everybody else, due to financial situation could hardly imagine a WinXP being sold for more than ~1$ and without activation key included. Cracks, CD-Keys, Serial numbers and the ways to work around different types of CD copy-protection is the kind of information our community of average teenage computer users was usually exchanging. I didnt know the alternative; I couldn't imagine any other way of life. It all changed a year ago when a friend of mine (whom I knew for long time as a person always way ahead of me in computer knowledge) in response to some whining about how slow XP works on my free Pentium III asked: "what? You still don't use linux??? O_o" That's where it all started for me...

why gentoo:

           The first distribution I tried was popular Ubuntu Hardy. I was freaking out about actual installation because I had no idea about how it is going to work on my old free computer, what programs I couldn't run on it, and, most importantly, the drivers, especially printer (because as a college student u have to print almost everyday and the installation of HP drivers even on Windows at that point seemed to me as a whole other impressive and glorious hour long process). I followed everybody's advice and loaded the OS from CD. Surprisingly, just from that freaken liveCD, without installation of any "drivers" (you know ... I was using windows for long time!!!) I was able to go on-line, download a pdf lecture for, as I remember right now, Ecology class (good to know :) and print it out on my HP printer! Next thing I remember I was erasing windows and installing Ubuntu on my HD.

            Not long after that, in again one of the conversations with THE friend we started talking about the different distributions. I remember him saying: "ah... all of those gnomed guied to hell windows-like distros! Look man, if you wanna try a real Linux, get something Gentoo" At that point I had (as I mentioned earlier) a very old PENIII with 256mbRAM Dell computer and the only thing that really mattered for me was speed! Guided by my friend (see above) and seduced by the word "performance" in the description on the gentoo's website I decided to give it a try. Long after many different experiences with this OS (which I am going to tell later in the blog) I can finally say it works, works like I want, and does it really fast.

why blog:

            Blogging about experiences with gentoo is interesting because of two reasons. First, it is sometimes helpful to have a little personal reference of all the issues you have with it and what kinds of solutions you could find. Furthermore, people might read it ("surprise-surprise"), see how stupid you are and point to the source of the problems or even tell you their ways of solution (this is how in reality this all "sharing information inside of the community blablabla" is usually represented :) . Second, it was many times mentioned to me how hilarious it is sometimes for gurus to read about computer problems of noobs. Gentoo is I think the BEST example of an operating system which a person without much experience with at least Unix shouldn't touch. At the moment when I decided to start using gentoo I had NO knowledge of bash, unix, computer programming, Linux as an operating system; kernel for me was a very pretty word, and terminal was that thing that always somehow knew my name, had @, ~, and a $ for some reason and whatever I typed in there gave me "command not found". Nevertheless, I thought I was ready ... :-)

Next Entry: First Installation

1st entry

hello world!

New site, new user, and new laptop; what a combination

Wow. Just wow. The new site redesign is tasteful, functional, and all-around wonderful. It's about time that linux had a website that helps to alleviate that outdated concept that linux just isn't "pretty" or user-friendly.

That being said,  I got my HP Mini 1000 yesterday, and almost immediately dumped their MI software (based on the somewhat 'dated' Ubuntu 8.04, it seems) for Ubuntu Netbook Remix (since my last linux laptop broke a little while back), so this seems like a good time to emmerse myself in a growing linux community such as this.

 I hope that I can contribute and help this site to grow!


Welcome !

Of course, this is my first post. I will dump all my Linux specific news items here and keep the rest (development and non-technical stuff) at my other blog.

I like the new and I have high hopes for it! Thanks to all the people involved behind the scenes!


My tech blog:

I already own a tech blog.

It can be reachable at or



OK .. so this is my very first attempt at a 'techlog'.. as u will probably come to realise very quickly, as i have far more questions than answers!

 However, in the spirit of the  movement i thought i would simply publish the trials and tribulations that i go through in my attempt to get to a stage where i can delete the WIN partition .. *smile*

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