I’m a Linux enthusiast who enjoys games, science fiction and fantasy books, and is interested in programming. “Duskfire” was the name of my main character when I was playing World of Warcraft, so I decided to use it for this blog. Follow me on Twitter,  @duskfire_linux !

If you like rogue-like games like Nethack or Angband, I started a second blog you can check out – One Day, I will Ascend.

Currently (December 2013) I am using an old Gateway laptop running whatever Linux distribution I feel like testing that month. My main laptop is a brand new HP Pavilion, bought from Walmart for under $450. It has 8 GB of RAM, a 750 GB hard drive, and uses the AMD HD Radeon 8650G graphics card.

I used to have a Gateway MX7340 with 1.5 GB of RAM which ran CrunchBang Linux (testing/Jessie). CrunchBang works very well and I recommend it to anyone with a lower end machine. In late November, I decided to give up using this machine so I could move its 80 GB hard drive to the other Gateway (M470) that I use for trying out distributions.

From 2009 until early 2013, the computer I used was an HP Pavillion 17″ dv1448us with an ATI Radeon 3200 card, 4 gigabytes of RAM, and a 320 gigabyte hard drive. It finally died in the early spring of 2013 after losing the DVD drive and several keys on the keyboard.

2012 – When I am not trying out other distributions, I run Linux Mint 13, 32 bit edition, using the default version of Wine in the repository. I also use additional items from “winetricks”, so what works for me might not work on a plain “vanilla” Wine install. I also review other Linux distributions, and have found Fedora, OpenSUSE, Mageia, Vector Linux, and Salix to be among my favorites.

In the past I have used Mandriva, SimplyMEPIS, and PCLinuxOS and have really liked each.

In 2009:  My software was Linux Mint 8 (Helena), and I was using wine version 1.1.31 from the Ubuntu repos.


  1. Where did you get that beautiful picture on this site? It’s gorgeous. I’d love to live there, I think.

    • It’s the “Ocean Mist” theme by Ed Merritt – one of the many free ones provided by WordPress.com.

  2. Thank you.


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