Giving a 2011 MacBook Air new life with Linux

Unleash Your Potential Robot by Kate Hazen

I bought my wife a 11″ MacBook Air in 2011. It’s a Intel® Core™ i7-2677M CPU @ 1.80GHz (four core) laptop with 4GB of RAM. Over time the battery became less effective, and started to swell. We eventually removed it early last year, before it burst. That left my wife with her MacBook Air that…… Continue reading Giving a 2011 MacBook Air new life with Linux

Switch your family to Ubuntu Linux, it may be less confusing than Windows

A Screenshot of the Latest Ubuntu Desktop (Ubuntu 18.04 LTS) Licensed CC BY-SA 4.0

As my family knows, I clearly prefer Linux over Windows, and if we didn’t have the option of using macOS computers, we’d be using Linux, likely Ubuntu. With that in mind, I enjoyed Simon Frey’s post “How switching my parents over to Linux saved me a lot of headache and support calls”, partly because I…… Continue reading Switch your family to Ubuntu Linux, it may be less confusing than Windows

An alternative to Israel’s expensive Microsoft licensing dilemma

Interesting article on OnMSFT: Israel, scared off by Microsoft subscription deals, won’t renew Office licensing agreements: Under the current deal with Microsoft, Israel pays about $27 million a year for Office on the desktop, Windows, and server software being used across the government. The ministry issued a bold statement, saying “This will also encourage government… Continue reading An alternative to Israel’s expensive Microsoft licensing dilemma

Daydreaming about macOS alternatives in my future

Image credit: Markus Spiske

I often find myself thinking about possible macOS alternatives. I have a 2011 MacBook Air which I have loved using. Still, it is more than 5 years old and Apple hardware doesn’t seem to age particularly gracefully.

Official BitTorrent Sync Linux packages now available

I just saw BitTorrent's post titled "Official Linux Packages for Sync Now Available" and rejoiced. Now, we are happy to present official Debian-based and RPM-based Linux packages for Sync. Packages are also available on our repositories, where they will be updated once we push a new Sync version to auto-update. Not being able to easily… Continue reading Official BitTorrent Sync Linux packages now available

Ubuntu, Debian and other Linux things that confuse me a little

I just read a newsy post about Ubuntu 15.04’s release and Debian 8.0’s release tomorrow and it reminded me about something that I’m curious about as a Linux user: is it possible to run Debian on top of Ubuntu or are they mutually exclusive? Is it more appropriate to talk about replacing Ubuntu’s UI with…… Continue reading Ubuntu, Debian and other Linux things that confuse me a little

Ubuntu is a sexy operating system

Ubuntu just keeps getting better. I am not quite convinced to abandon Mac OS but I definitely want to install Ubuntu onto something so I can play with it. I am tempted to install it on my old black MacBook which my Mom is using. Mac OS Lion is really slowing that machine down.