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Loxley Clovis

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I'm a seasoned archivist & documentarian who cares deeply about the permaculture principles of people care, earth care, & fair share. By creating Story Connective, I bring these principles to life through filming stories of resilience & sharing them with the world. Being a GNU/Linux geek (yes, I has a Linux beard), I choose to use Free Open Source Software & Hardware whenever possible. I'm excited to contribute to the Creative Commons by using my passion for storytelling (In Spanish the word for history & story are the same after all) to spread solutionary ideas.
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The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms by Gary Lincoff
All That the Rain Promises, and More... by David Arora

...are considered by many to be two of the best guides to mushrooms in North America.
1 week ago
Kalo (A.K.A. taro, Colocasia esculenta).
1 week ago
My latest fairly successful technique for drastically reducing slug & snail populations includes always carrying floral sheers / pruners around the garden with me. When I'm out & about in the late evening / early morning - when the slugs & snails like to be out - I snip them in half where I see them. Then, I cover the dying slug / snail carcass with soil using a trowel. I do this because I noticed that when I didn't cover the dying carcass with dirt they attracted a lot of flies.  If there slugs / snails are on or very close to leafy greens that I tend to eat raw, I will move them several feet away before I kill them so they don't ooze all over / near my veggies & their roots. I move & kill them with the sheers, so I never even have to touch them this way!
I view this method as a form of organic pest control + composting-in-place.
1 month ago
Thank you Dre, I really appreciate the leather sheaths you offer with your tools. I now try to always get leather or canvas with my tools as I am concerned about the post-life micro plastic from shredding nylon.
2 months ago

Meg Mitchell wrote:If you told a serious gamer that they should switch to Linux for their gaming machine, they would look at you like you'd grown a third head.

Having played in online gaming leagues myself, I can personally say that this is not the case. In fact, I was first introduced to Linux through gaming. One of my best friends in high school, who was the one in our circle who knew the most about computers at the time (and likely knew more than anyone in the whole school in fact as he was already operating a successful tech support company by his junior year in high school), instructed us that when choosing a gaming server to connect to, give preference to Linux servers as they tend to be the most stable. Years later when Steam did make games available for Linux, I played several on my Linux box.  Sure, many prefer Windows mostly because it is their “native tongue” as it were.

Meg Mitchell wrote:Similarly if you told a professional using Photoshop to switch to GIMP. It may do 90% of what you need as an entry level photoshop user but there are many more features than that which GIMP doesn't have. I would compare GIMP to Paint.NET, not Photoshop. Even then it would be a painful replacement for Paint.NET because the UI is atrocious.

GIMP -like many FLOSS programs- has come a long way since the early days & today indeed is a powerful program. The user interface is very comparable to Photoshop. Functionally, it’s nearly identical. The only difference I can see in the UI is the default color scheme. [See attached image below].

Meg Mitchell wrote:WRT the animation industry, most people are beholden to use whatever is the industry/company standard and Blender especially, unless it's changed significantly in the last 10 years, is different enough that switching to it represents a significant amount of relearning.

It’s telling that free open source projects like Blender are adopted by major organizations for important projects, projects that can even have multi-million dollar budgets, despite the fact that there are very well-paid people employed by well-heeled proprietary projects that get sizable salaries to promote proprietary software in addition to anti-competitive practices.

Meg Mitchell wrote:You can if you're really determined to, and you're willing to do a lot of work to get your Windows-only programs to run on Linux or if you're willing to use tools that aren't quite as nice.

Nowadays, since there is an abundance of free open source programs that can do pretty much everything that most people do most of the time on Windows machines, it’s no longer necessary to use programs like Wine try to get Windows programs running on Linux, though that is an option for the minority who need it. The majority of people only need an Office Suite (such as open source LibreOffice), a web browser (like open source Firefox), and an email client (such as open source Thunderbird) in order to complete their computing tasks.
Are there highly specific programs that require propriety operating systems? Of course, but I would argue that the amount of those programs without free open source alternatives, and the amount of computer users needing them are an extreme minority. This may have been a barrier to entry of Linux before the Ubuntu Linux and Linux Mint communities contributed to making Linux and many open source programs significantly more user friendly and powerful in the mid-2000s, but it is certainly not even close to being a barrier to entry for the majority of e-device users today.

Meg Mitchell wrote:Most people aren't that gung ho on using Linux specifically though, so as long as their workflow is easier, more pleasant and more powerful on Win than Linux they will continue to use Win and it's hard to blame them.

I don’t blame anyone for using Windows - nor has anyone in this thread. Whenever I see friends and family using it, I don’t say anything it. But when I see them struggling with instability, viruses, glitches in software, etc. then I do introduce them to FLOSS projects. And if they seem willing, I help them to transition by installing Linux on their computers. I’ve transitioned dozens of people over the past decades and they have all thanked me.

If anyone needs specific help transitioning to FLOSS software or operating systems, please PM me. I'd be glad to help in any way I can.
Cheers :-)
4 months ago
For all of the great how-to questions, I would refer you to the respective forums of each of those OS's. People are generally polite, patient, quick, & thorough with their help. I could not have made the switch as smoothly myself if it were not for the countless nice folks in the various Linux forums.

@ John Weiland:
For word processing & spreadsheets, give Libre Office, The Document Foundation a try.
Recommended browser? Mozilla Firefox also runs great on Linux!
Also, ElementaryOS recommends UNetBootin software for USB creation-installation. In short, you download the OS -which comes in the form of an "ISO image" (.iso) from their website, burn it onto the USB drive (using UNetBootin / [maybe not?] Rufus), then install the ISO image that's burnt onto the USB drive onto whichever device you would like (generally a desktop or laptop). Alternatively, if the distro allows, you can "run" the OS "live" from the USB by plugging it into your device without installing it. Usually you can an option to install or run it live from the USB.

@ bob day:
I haven't tried Zorin myself, if you're not having much luck with the Zorin Help and Support page I might recommend trying one of the most recent top DistroWatch versions of Linux. Generally speaking, the more hits/users a distro has, the more robust their help & forums are.
4 months ago

Meg Mitchell wrote:The downside is that some specialized software and a lot of games will run only on Win and/or Mac. If you're not intending to play video games, write software or do serious creative work (like 3d modeling, animation, photoshopping, music editing, etc), there's pretty good Linux alternatives available for most common software.

I politely beg to differ. "Some specialized [sic: highly specialized] software"... true...
But actually, Linux can do all of the latter things, and most of them quite well in fact:
Linux video games? Pick one to play, or pick hundreds if you're bored enough:
...not to mention Valve & Steam.
Several big budget movies have done their 3D modeling & animation with Blender; I personally know people in Hollywood who use Linux & run this software package.
GIMP is not a perfect replacement for photoshop, but I would argue that it's at least 90% as feature-rich & powerful.
And Audacity is a very mature audio software tool for Linux (as well as for Mac & Windows) used by tons of musicians, podcasters, multimedia pros, etc.

4 months ago

Caleb Mayfield wrote:My wife has a smoldering love-hate for Linux after the numerous times I have converted client files or burnt discs for her when her "perfect, amazing, and faultless Mac OS" refused to do as advertised.
I just smile. She purses her lips and storms off. I may convert her yet...

Ugh! I know! Mac people are the hardest to convert! Countless times I've seen their machines & software stumble or fail at task after task, then I show them how effortlessly & elegantly Linux handles. They just stare in silence, then go back to their Macs! Incredible!
I've been able to turn Mac people on to loads of FLOSS software, but making "the big leap" to OS is so hard for them.
I think back to that Apple 1984 ad, ever since that ad I feel that Mac people have mentally put themselves in some type of "rebel class" roleplay. They seem utterly perplexed when they find out that there is an actual family of rebel OS's out there.
4 months ago

paul wheaton wrote:I use linux mint.   I would say the thing to do is google linux mint.

In the spirit of us "bunch of [free software] geeks" one could also "yacy" linux mint.
4 months ago
For gloating eh? Hm, I've been a Linux user since 2007 & I've test driven over a dozen flavors. I guess more than a decade is gloatable territory, though I would obviously be totally pn3d by a since-90s slackware user!
For da n00bs I haz been turning them onto MX Linux.
As for the title of this thread, one of the best websites for proselytizing the GNUospels is
4 months ago