It’s now 12 hours into my reindoctrination with Linux. I’ve only spent an hour or two actually using it though; I’ve had other things to mess with today. So. I found my printer, and it works. Check! Found the plaintext editor, and kick ass, it has a tabbed interface just like NoteTab, my favorite Windows editor!! That sure as hell didn’t exist a few years ago that I knew about. Found the FTP client, and it works for sites on the internet. I tried to find my iBook’s public FTP folder but that didn’t work; I guess I have to set up Samba to get the PC talking to the iBook. (I never could figure out FTP sharing over the network even on the old system, but Samba always worked so I’m pretty sure that’s where I’ll end up.) Found my CD-burner and found the Toast client, but how do I get it to work without entering the root password? Also, I can’t remember where my desktop’s at. I’m serious… I wanna know where it lives on the filesystem, somewhere in /usr/local? Linus knows, but I don’t.
Also downloaded Firebird for Linux, but I can’t remember where to put it without the rpm to guide me. /usr/local/bin? My ancient Caldera system used to use RPMs, so I guess I’m used to things being placed in their proper locations without much help from me. Maybe I should open up the Firebird folder and read the damn instructions, eh? But even if I did install something correctly, I can’t remember how to make a shortcut to put on the desktop. It’s just because I haven’t done all this in so long, I’m a little lost, but it’ll come back to me.
Well… I’m running on fumes, only got 4 or 5 hours sleep, so I’m gonna take a disco nap and fool around with this later. Sure am glad the most important things are already working though! I think that’s just miraculous, knowing what a pain in the ass it used to be to do anything. I guess I’m actually lucky that my PC was state of the art two years ago instead of having something brand-new. So all my hardware’s been conquered already, and now they’ved moved on to technologies I don’t even have, like DVD-burning or god knows what.