I haven’t put up a post in awhile so here’s what’s new:
I still am using my old Gateway machine with Crunchbang, although since Waldorf is the current stable version of Crunchbang, I’m using mostly Debian Testing (Jessie), which is eventually going to become the new Crunchbang 12 codenamed Janice.
Crunchbang uses Muppet names for their releases based on the first letter of the equivalent Debian release codename. Thus Debian Squeeze was Statler, Wheezy is Waldorf, and Jessie will become Janice (the lead guitarist of the Muppet band “Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem”.)
This practice of using codenames is widespread in Linux – Linux Mint’s upcoming 15th release is named Olivia, Ubuntu Linux has Quantal Quetzal, and Fedora’s most recent was named Spherical Cow – just to name a few.
I have been taking a 9 week course on Interactive Python via the Coursera online teaching site. The course is one from Rice University and the professors are really good. It is pretty compressed, though and there are days when I wish the projects had a few more days before the deadline hits. But it’s a lot of fun, and challenging.
I’ll probably end up installing Pygame and a few other related files onto this laptop so I can continue my Python learning and practice after ths course ends.
For games, I have set up Angband, Brogue, DoomRL, Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup (with tiles), Freeciv, Freecol, Frogatto (which you can buy on the iPhone and I recommend!), Solitaire, Mahjongg Solitaire, Nethack, and Pingus (a Lemmings clone using penguins). I also have emulators for Sega Genesis, NES, SNES, and the Gameboy Advance, with several games for each. I haven’t gotten around to installing a Nintendo 64 emulator just yet.
I also use DOSBox to play a few games from the 90s – currently I have installed Darklands, Master of Magic, Master of Orion, Might and Magic 1, Sword of Aragon, and Sword of the Samurai.
I’m not really sure just how soon I will be able to get a new laptop, but at least I’m not missing out on anything – I have the LibreOffice suite to write with, all those games, and many other applications for programming and graphics. All my video and music streaming has been no problem. I gotta say, this Gateway machine has lasted far longer than I ever expected it to when I originally stopped using it in 2009!