Just an intro.

Christopher Chaltain chaltain at gmail.com
Sat Mar 23 16:16:14 UTC 2013

My set up is a bit different. Currently I'm running Ubuntu on my desktop 
system, and I bring Windows up in a virtual machine as necessary. I use 
VMware Player since it's GUI is accessible with Orca. This way, I don't 
have to reboot to switch between Windows and Linux. I run Linux as my 
host OS since that's the OS I spend most of my time in. I used to do it 
the other way, but once I got comfortable enough with Linux, I switched 
them around. Note, that my desktop system is set up to dual boot between 
Windows and Ubuntu, but I haven't booted it into Windows since that 
first weekend I got it two years ago. I haven't found there's anything I 
need to do in Windows I can't do in a virtual machine.

I also use VMware Player to run newer versions of Ubuntu in a virtual 
machine as well. This gives me a chance to check things out before 
installing them as my host OS.

On 03/23/2013 05:08 AM, Tony Baechler wrote:
> Hi,
> 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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Christopher (CJ)
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