The inevitable announcement of a hiatus

The more observant amongst you probably noticed a lack of new content here…apparently, I can’t bring myself to post about my “linux adventures anymore”. As far as I can see, there are three reasons for that.

The most important reason is that I’m just no longer in that place where I have to try and test everything. Used to be I tried every distribution there was, with every possible window manager. Somehow, it’s not as fun as it used to be, but also, I think I have tried them all, and there not much news under the sun. GNOME is gently pushing forward to 3..0, but it’s not here yet, KDE seems to have found it’s groove, XFCE is moving, but at glacial pace as always, and I’m really not sure if anything’s happening with the other window managers. It does feel like there nothing much left to try, at least for a while. I’ve used Linux Mint 9 for a long while, and recently installed Ubuntu 10.10 to try it out…I’m hugely impressed how good and easy this is, and I’m not tinkering with it at all. Even the wallpaper is one of the standard slideshows.

Secondly, Windows playing a bigger part in my life again. Not so much by choice, but I am using it at work and I’m trying to get an MS certificate, so I spend a lot of time in Windows 7. When I take a break studying, I play some Starcraft 2. My PC barely manages it in Windows, and it lags horribly in wine, so using linux there is out too.

And thirdly, I’m getting a bit tired of the open source community. In fact, I’m getting a bit tired of any vocal community on the net. There are so many whiners around, it’s unbelievable. Seems like half of the articles linked on tuxmachines explain why Ubuntu sucks, another quarter explains why everything else sucks too, and the final quarter just bitches that the year of the linux desktop will never come. The few comments my old posts here get are all in the same vein. Like I said, this isn’t restricted to this community…the net has indeed given everyone a voice, and sometimes I wonder if that’s a good thing :)

Anyway, this will be the last post for a while. If I suddenly start tinkering again, the results will be posted here. Peace out.

San

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9 Responses to The inevitable announcement of a hiatus

  1. Mark Plunkett says:

    Sorry to see you sign off, but totally understand your reasoning. Life only has so much time in it and we need to keep moving on to those things that call us. I’ve enjoyed reading about your experiments in Linux and have tried some of the things you’ve suggested (though I’ve never had the nerve to try to install Arch — guess I’ll wait until Chakra is ready). The constant complaining about free systems is amazing and counter productive . . . I try to ignore it and find the good that I can use.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Mark

  2. Kevin says:

    I’ll be honest; you were driving me crazy with the lack of post. I was very eager to see what you were installing/tweaking/experimenting. I’m sad to see you’re getting tired of ‘all of it’. I hope you’ll come back, but if you don’t then let me be the second to say “Thanks for sharing”

  3. celettu says:

    Mark, Kevin,

    Thank you for the kind words :)

  4. Guilherme de Sousa says:

    Sad to ear this from you San.
    I’ve been reading your blog for some time, and always had a nice time following your ‘journey’ throw linux. It was a lot more focused in the experience then in the technical part of this great OS, and that is kind of rare to find in the blogosphere.

    Hope to see you post as soon as possible :)

    best regards from Portugal,

    Guilherme

  5. Chris Smart says:

    I hear ya, but you’ll be back.. Once you’ve had a taste you can’t stay away, an you’ll soon get sick of Windows ;-)

    In the mean time, have you ever played with e17?

  6. Jeff says:

    I only recently discovered your blog.
    I find myself understanding how you feel more than many would in the FOSS world.
    In my own experience I have for example not been able to find a GUI CD burning app for Linux that works on my laptop while the freeware for Windows XP that I used to burn the Linux CD will even work in Wine, when I can get Wine to work

    Good luck in life Jeff

  7. jorge says:

    Well, it happens to all areas of enthusiastic endeavour, be it hobbies or communities. Once you have delved in it enough time, you begin to find repetition, and diminishing returns. And you move on. Also, as you mentioned in an earlier post, linux really works now, and it is just a matter of sampling the flavours and quirks of each distro, but its not like one NEEDS to do all this work and tinkering. If one no longers WANTS to, there is no NEED to.
    And really, the year of linux arrived already. I stopped evangelising about linux a long while back, yet I keep running into friends and relatives (the smarter ones at least) who casually mention they are now running linux in their machines.

  8. celettu says:

    Guillherme: thanks for all the comments ;)

    Jeff: thanks for the nice words.

    Jorge: As usual, I agree with everything you say :)

  9. Anonymous says:

    Late comment to your decision:
    Welcome to the real world, Celutte! Even if I myself read your postings with interest, I feel the same about many voices on the internet. I wish that your decision works out positive.

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