Monday, May 4, 2015

Debian Jessie, pt. 1

A friend of mine, who is a professional writer, read my blog.  He said the blog is all-over-the-place.  He's right, but, as I told him that day, I have a lot of interests.  My interests are sports management in the form of large facilities like ice skating rinks and health clubs, Linux, Writing, and the interconnections between economic conditions, business health and innovation. I can't write about sports management due to a non compete agreement, and the fact I do it for a living, but the rest are fair game.

Today's article is about Debian Jessie.  To quote the words of Ron at, the people who are happiest with Linux are writers.  I find this observation interesting. People who write are content-creators, and the art of creating written content hasn't changed over the years. (Visual content production has changed a lot, and Apple is the way to to.) I tried to use Dragon Naturally Speaking to write verbally, but I found that speaking doesn't work for me.  Dragon is good software, therefore the problem is with me. I'm not sure why.  Perhaps too many years staring at the keyboard has made permanent imprints in my brain.  What really brought the keyboard as a necessity concept home for me is when I installed a computer operating system years ago, and the screen said the computer was installing a human interface when it meant a key board and mouse.  I realized in that moment, that even though computers had changed radically, our ability and methods to input or output information into our brains had not changed.

I chose to install Debian today because this is a new release, and because I am really happy with a Centos installation at work.  We use Centos for our time clock computer because our employees clock in and out on an ADP system via the Internet. We found the combination of Centos and a really inexpensive, old Dell thin form factor computer made a system that keeps on working.  Its been working for years.  We've never seen a Windows computer work so flawlessly without interruption.  Centos, similarly to Debian, has a long release cycle.  The long release cycle, where an operating system is maintained for 5 years or more, makes sense to me because I want to use the computer, not spend all my time updating the Operating System.  Debian's advantage over Centos is more applications and programs.

Once I get the system installed, I will report on the good, the bad and the ugly. Will a Debian system offer enough to keep me happy?