Hello friends. Itâ€™s been quite a long time since my last post. Iâ€™ve had a lot going on with my new job and moving to a new apartment, but Iâ€™m going to be getting back into regular posting. I wanted to write about my short- and long-term upcoming projects, just to give a preview of things to come.
- Short Term: Within the span of a week I will be running Slackware on my original laptop, which I brought back to KC from my parents house over Easter Weekend. This is part of an ongoing effort I am launching to free myself of the shackles of the graphical user interface.
- Medium Term: Within a month, I will have an iPod running with Rockbox in place of the normal iPod firmware.
- Medium Term: Between one and three months from now, I will build a home theatre PC. Does anybody have a suggestion for what Linux distro to run on it? Iâ€™m looking into XBMC, but Iâ€™m open to alternatives.
- Long Term: Between six months and a year from now, I will build a new desktop PC. My current desktop was pretty close to top of the line 3 years ago. Now itâ€™s just average. I donâ€™t really need to build a new top of the line PC, but I do want to put something newer and better together. I want to run a quad core processor, 8 gigs of RAM, and a 64-big OS, despite the fact that I have no real need for that sort of power. Maybe over the next year Iâ€™ll come up with some excuse to use that sort of horsepower.
- Other: at some point Iâ€™d like to build my own radio. I donâ€™t really have any other details on this project idea right now, but itâ€™s something Iâ€™ve been thinking about for a while.
- Other: at some point Iâ€™d like to build a wort chiller.
I mentioned above that I want to learn Slackware. Itâ€™s the oldest Linux distribution out there. Â I want to learn Slackware because itâ€™s going to present challenges and opportunities for growth. Â My plan is to run Slackware without a GUI, and still be able to do most (if not all) of the things I do now on a computer. Â One important part of that GUI-free adventure is going to be browsing the internet. Â I’ve already experimented with this on a limited basis using Lynx browser, which is 100% text-based.
So there you go. Â These are a couple of the things I’m going to be working on over the next year. Â If anybody has any suggestions for any other cool projects, let me know. Â I’ll keep you all up to date on the progress. Â Got any advice on how I should take on any of these projects? Â Particularly Slackware? Â I’ve been reading the Slackbook. Â Have a good one.