Monthly Archives: May 2012

IRLS 672, Unit 2

Using Ubuntu 12.04 in a virtual machine has been pretty painless and fun thus far. I kept trying to see this through new eyes: what would I think of this if I hadn’t used previous incarnations of Ubuntu, or any Linux distro, before?

Well, I think this is the closest to OSX that I’ve seen in a Linux distro so far. Icon placement and design, dock, things “just working,” etc…it seemed like it would be really easy for someone to switch from Mac to Ubuntu, without ever even touching a command line, or installing drivers. The new app manager looks a LOT like the App Store to me, and it seemed like Ubuntu One is trying to take on iCloud.

Honestly, after playing with Windows 8 in a dev preview a few months ago, I think that the topics of Neil Stephenson’s essay are rapidly becoming ancient history. Different approaches to GUIs, file structure, and the user experience are converging, which is much *prettier*, but also much more *controlled* and locked down. For better or for worse, this is a Linux that someone can use without ever really getting into its guts. It made me wonder if the future “computer literate” generations are actually going to be completely befuddled by troubleshooting in a way that we simply can’t be…we’ve had, well, more trouble to shoot.

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IRLS 672: Unit 1

My first blogging assignment for IRLS 672 is to take a look at the “Absolute Beginner Talk” threads on the Ubuntu forums and find a topic that interests me, and write a response to it here.

I should probably clarify first that I’ve been a Linux user for quite a few years now, and this isn’t exactly my first walk around the Ubuntu block, although this class will give me an excuse to play with 12.04, which I’ve been avoiding due to my aversion to Unity.

Having previously spent far more hours in those forums in the past than I should probably admit, it was a bit of a strange experience browsing through them without searching for the solution to a specific problem. I did stumble across this thread, which discusses in detail how to import iTunes tracks into Banshee. I remember getting Banshee to work with my iPod having an annoying learning curve, and this thread gives very clear and detailed instructions for those using a Windows PC. So I imagine it would be a helpful thread to consult if any of my classmates would like to try using the Banshee music player on their Ubuntu install.

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Hello world!

Hi there. My name’s Jenny, and this is my library-school-and-beyond blog that I’ve been meaning to start forever. Now, fortunately, it was a class requirement to do so, so welcome! I will be adding content as my class progresses, and hopefully additionally during/after that time, as well. For now, if you’re curious about the URL I chose, here’s a link to the Borges poem and its translation.

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