Just an intro.

Tony Baechler tony at baechler.net
Sat Mar 23 10:08:54 UTC 2013


For what it's worth, let me throw in my two cents.  I also have a dual boot 
setup here and I use Cygwin.  I went with Debian on all of my Linux 
machines, but I have read lots of good things about Arch.  What I like about 
my setup here is that I don't have to leave Windows to access my server with 
ssh from Cygwin, but I can reboot into Linux on my desktop when it suits me 
or if I know I'll be spending several hours working in Linux.  In other 
words, when I have a complicated Linux task to perform such as setting up a 
server, email, web, etc, I prefer Speakup because it works great with almost 
all console programs.  When I'm just doing something quickly on my Linux 
box, I usually use Cygwin ssh so I can do other things in Windows without 
having to reboot.  I now have a shortcut key set up here so I can get to the 
Cygwin bash shell easily.  Another reason why I like being able to boot into 
Linux on my desktop machine is because USB is much, much faster.  What takes 
10 minutes in Windows only takes a minute in Linux.  I get a lot of books 
from NLS Bard as well as podcasts and it's nice to quickly copy them to my 
SD cards.  I have a script to help with this.

On 3/22/2013 6:43 PM, Dan Rossi wrote:
> rintelligent
> Hello,
> Just an introduction here. I've actually been a member of this list for
> years, but rarely read it. I work on linux every day, five days a week, and
> 7 days when I am on call, but I access my machines via a Windows box and
> ssh. I've never done a linux install and know very little about installing
> packages, or any of the screen readers. I'm trying to collect info on which
> distro to start with. I expect I will go with arch or debian as I have
> decided that I need to use the 30 to 45 minutes a day of free time that I
> have, and so I purchased a Raspberry Pi as well as an Arduino starter kit.
> I figure that I might as well get my Windows box set up as a dual boot, or
> consider a virtual linux box on there for fun as well. I do run cygwin on my
> windows boxes just to help with certain tasks.
> Nice to see a lot of familiar names still in the arena. I'll start asking
> questions once I have reasonably intelligent questions to ask.
> -- Blue skies.
> Dan Rossi
> Senior Oracle Database Administrator
> Carnegie Mellon University.
> E-Mail: dr25 at andrew.cmu.edu
> Tel: (412) 268-9081
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Have a good day,
Tony Baechler
tony at baechler.net

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