Birch Street Computing -

about me

John M is a Linux fan in Lowell, MA.

I work at at a company writing software. I fool around with Free and Open Source software for fun & profit.

I was big into and you can still see some of what I listen to there. I can also be found using github and recently sourcehut as well as bitbucket (historically). I don't care for most popular social media sites. If I have an account on one or the other it's probably either old and unused or was created just for tinkering.


Links to things I like, use, or otherwise feel is worth sharing. Things I'd like to see get more popular.

Fedora 12 works for me

So I've been hankering to try a new distro for a while and after a few false starts in years past, I'm now running Fedora on my laptop. Fedora 12 is the first version I've simply been able to boot up with and have it just load and work without strange glitches. Even the much maligned (by me) NetworkManager is working quite well. Hibernate works, but there is a minor "scrambled" screen before it loads. Other than that, I'm pleased.

Following a couple blog posts got me up and running with the multimedia stuff that the stock distro does not supply. All-in-all it took me very little time to get stuff working well. I'm even all KDE 4.4-up. Aside from my second Kubuntu install from years ago (I think it was a 7.x, but I'm not sure) this has to be one of the bet Linux install experiences - especially counting the post install "get the environment the way I like it" work.

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