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Postby Jeff » 2004.05.08 2:08 am

One of the few things separating me from the standard computer geek is the fact that I don't use or know anything about Linux. Seriously, nothing at all. Secretly, this has always bothered me, as I feel inferior around other geeks.
But, cmon, it's linux. It's all hard to install and scary and stuff. And it messes up comps, just ask Red.

There's a solution.

Phlak Linux is a version of linux that boots off of a CD-ROM. No messy, scary installation, no trying to understand how to load a GUI, just straight up, no nonsense Linux, pre-baked.

I actually heard about this a long time ago. Petey even tried it right away, but it didn't work for him. So I just ignored it as something gimmicky. Well, tonight as I was cleaning up, I found the CD. Intrigued, I put it in my computer and was pleasantly surprised to see a working GUI. Thinking driver support was too good to be true, I opened a browser window, expecting to find some error. Instead I found the internet. In fact, I'm posting this message from Linux right now. This is probably a great way to start experimenting with Unix-based operating systems since once youre done you can just reboot and go back to your Windows install with no messy after-effects.

Give it a try. You can download a CD image from their site.
http://www.phlak.org/
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Postby Red » 2004.05.09 11:50 am

Yay! I'm gonna give it a shot.
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Postby peteyboy » 2004.05.09 4:35 pm

What is really great about this linux is when you do stuff online it's hard for others to trace you and stuff. This is a version of linux really for hackers with laptops. It's so nobody knows what's going on. CRAZYNESS!!!!!!

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Postby Jeff » 2004.05.09 5:47 pm

It's just a cool idea. Any public computer with a CD-ROM and either an accessible BIOS or one set to boot from a CD can come completely under your control, and you leave no trace of being there.
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Postby Jeff » 2004.05.11 1:55 am

Does this make anyone else nostalgic for the days of computers that booted from 5.25" floppies?
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Postby DoomCraft » 2004.05.11 4:14 am

It reminds me of the good old commadore 64 days where anything you wanted to do required a floppy or tape drive. Not only that but I also remember the horrors of rewinding and forwarding tapes trying to get to a program.... Then there is also the punch cards before that... I hated it more than bees.

Still, the commadore 64 was the best damn system I ever got my hands on. That was back in the day when the first cracking "gangs" were formed... Unfortunately I was too dumb to join any of them because all I could write was this stupid sheep game in Qbasic.

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Postby Jeff » 2004.05.11 4:27 am

i had one of those c64 cassette thingies, but it never worked. :(
i do remember our first tape backup drive for my pentium mmx 200mhz speed machine. it took 3 hours to backup 2gb, and it did so very very loudly. i can remember our dogs being scared of it.
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Postby DoomCraft » 2004.05.11 6:32 am

Do you remember some of the old portable computers?
Like the osbourne1...

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Postby peteyboy » 2004.05.11 7:50 am

Who wouldn't remember that?

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Postby Red » 2004.05.11 10:29 am

Good Lord, I thought it was a mini nuclear bomb.
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Postby Kage » 2004.05.11 12:37 pm

I have one of those babies in my attic. I should bring it down and see if it still works.

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Postby Jeff » 2004.05.11 3:39 pm

i think i'm gonna try installing real linux on the 1.4ghz machine i'm gonna take to puckaway. if that thing doesnt work, who cares!

and as for laptops, i used to have one:
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it was called the PREcomputer 2000. I could program in Basic with it. Fun.
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