Unexpected Linux Survival: First Days

First time I have an account on Linux. Up till now, I used to occasionally go on Linux to look up something fast, and not for productivity on the computer. I hear my brother come up before he left to University: “Oh yeah, I’ve set you up an account.”. I asked him the password, and he replied: “****************************” (That’s the actual lengh of my password). Seems like he knows my main password for 2 years.

So he then left. Of course, how boring today was, being the holidays and all, I decided to have a walk around, listening to Justice (Cross). Taking pictures with my phone as a mean to have image ressources for my maps, that kind of stuff. After around an hour, I head home.

I decided to start making my move on Linux during the time my brother is at University. I take out the laptop from it’s case, open the cover and press the ON Button. To my surprise, the boot was pretty: AND SPEEDY. It took 1/8th of the time Vista took to boot: AKA Vista took 1 minute and 30 seconds.

Greeted by the Login screen, I logged in. I had simply clicked my username and input my password. Once done, it took a few seconds before the Ubuntu Theme SFX plays to greet me. Naturally, I wouldn’t have disabled it: it’s because the SFXs also play similar tunes when an error message pops up, for example.

Being a Gamer, the first thing I wanted to install is Steam. I headed to the nicely placed Firefox icon on top, which appears to be 3.6, and head over to steam. First thing I needed to do was to use XMarks to sync my bookmarks. After that was done, I managed to get the msi installer of Steam. Luckily, Wine was installed, so it went on the easy side of things. The steam client was set up correctly, the only minor annoyance I had was the fact some windows would reappear even if you close them, but it sometimes happens on the Windows Desktop, so I’m guessing it was more of Steam bug than Wine.

The tricky part (and still is) : installing and running the games. I’ve downloaded Half-Life 2 with the Ethernet cable for a nice 1.1MB/s speed. I try then to run it: White Screen, then the positions of the list menu of the title screen being garbage. Well, I fiddled around with Wine, and now the blurred background appears. One sole problem now remains, as soon as 3D is rendered, the game crashes. I’m still looking into the problem, becuase I want to try at least one GMod Video in Kdnlive before touching Vegas again.

Then I made an useless video, testing out KDNLIVE. Here it goes: a youtube poop?

Stupid and not needed, right? Well, this video did get me to learn a few things of kdnlive:


  • Don’t need to render that DARN VIDEO PREVIEW in order to have a decent speed preview.
  • Unlike Vegas and Premiere Pro CS3, it never froze on me for 20 minutes…
  • Title Editor works like Vegas and Premiere.
  • Dragging stuff into the project was easy.
  • 720p Video was speedy to render. Then again, that’s only 20 seconds, but still.
  • Imported an MKV. Really!
  • Nice 1st setup, clearly tells me if I want the default project to be in 720p.


  • The effects and how they are layed out: one big “show all applications on Windows 98, with 100+ apps.”
  • Preview window too small. Could only find the horizontal resize for the preview.
  • Every chop I did in the video, a weird sound plays in transition. See video for what I mean.
  • The timeline’s current position thing (DAT LINE). Sometimes it moves where you ask it too, sometimes it comes back to where it was originally.

So yeah, the app is pretty good. If it could fix thoses issues, maybe I might switch from Vegas to this. But then again, the lack of rendering a preview for the editor is a big plus.

Once I finished fooling around, I still could not get HL2 to work. Well, something changed: X crashes and I’m forced to reboot (thank god for a 20s boot). Van, up to this day I still have not found a way to make it work. And I wanted to play gmod. 😦

Minecraft free version on the Interwebs works nicely on Linux. I’ve also tested the full version of the game at a friend: wow, this game is really good. Really, really good. The free version is false advertising. They really need to put a 3-Day (Minecraft Days) trial of the real game.

File transferring on Linux is really fast compared to Windows. 2440 files (12 MB) took 5 mins on Windows, while it took less than ten seconds on Linux. This was tested with an external hard drive.

Overall, first experience is on the positive side.


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