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Macs No More: After Edward Snowden, Time to Come to the Penguin

The personal computer is political. The time for liberation has kind of come.

So what happens when you load up that new, quasi-user-friendly Linux flavor -- maybeMint or Ubuntu -- onto some old machine you have lying around? At first, maybe, keep the Internet handy on your shiny Mac, because there might be glitches to look up. But chances are it'll mostly work out of the box, and the rest can be figured out over time. Everything's harder, but in a good way -- like a digital fixie. It's more fun if you do it with a friend.

What's interesting is how different the glitches feel from how they felt on a corporate OS. When the thing crashes, as it might somewhat frequently, it's less aggravating. One actually starts to get more philosophical about the glitches; we're not quite there yet as a society, as a species. They're the people's glitches -- the temporary byproduct of democratic and collaborative processes among autonomous geeks, pursuing their own obsessions and curiosities. You don't have to yell at the screen because, in a lot of cases, you can just write to the people making the program, and someone with an amazing amount of time on their hands will write back long, detailed replies. Someday, with hard work and better self-organizing chops, the glitches will go away. Like veganism, the more people join in the easier it will be.

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  • CallMeIshmael Said:

    I have an HP computer, a Pavilion e9220y PC with an AMD Phenom ll X4 910 processor, an ATI Rdeon HD 4350 graphics card, 1 GB memory,DVI and HDMI capabilities, 8 GB DDR3 system memory and 1 TB hard drive. Will Linux work on my system? I am not a computer geek. What is the easiest way for me to install Linux on my system and still retain use of the internet, my printers, speakers, etc. Is this at all possible? I hate Windows and would very much rather change to Linux than to a MAC.

  • Keith Said:

    Problems usually crop up with auxillary parts ... sound, network, etc. Best way is just to try it.... Get a live CD of Linux Mint or Ubuntu, (or download the CD image and put it on a USB stick), then boot your computer off the CD ( or USB). You'll be able to try out Linux with no changes to your hard drive. Ask your geekiest friend to help you change the boot order from hard-drive first to CD or USB first, hard drive second.

  • CallMeIshmael Said:

    Thanx 4 the info. I have just had Ubuntu professionally installed on my Windows 7 computer. If it works, bye, bye Microsoft.

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