kw406 : Free Geek Gift Guide.

Dec 13

We bring you a showcase from an interview we did on the Nosillacast podcast that is perfect for the holiday season. Find out ways to make your geeky and non geeky friends happy with this free geek gift guide, packed with tips and tricks to make the ultimate stocking stuffer .. without spending a single sliver of gold pressed latinum.

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4 comments

  1. Bren

    Hi,

    So you asked me to comment and I will. I have a couple of questions about the setup here, and about what it means generally. I’m in that odd phase between amateurity and true geekdom, which means I generally understand more of what you say than my parents would, but less than, say, Allison. I’ve flirted briefly with Linux (Ubuntu, back in the day), but decided Windows was more familiar, before Mr Busschots coaxed me to the Mac side.

    First, you said that by plugging this USB thumb drive into a library computer will give you your own computer – so my first question is: does the PC into which you plug this Guerrilla PC have to be running and/or restarted in order to boot into Linux? And if so, are you running an OS on top of or alongside another OS?

    I ask partly because I want to give this to my girlfriend, who has an underpowered netbook running a version of Windows that slows to a crawl when doing complex things like loading webpages, viewing pictures or, well, pretty much anything other than sitting there. I’m sure if the PC keeps running Windows as well as Linux, then this problem would become even worse.

    Secondly, in terms of coding, I only have very, very, very (very) basic Java, and so step 3 on http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/create-a-usb-stick-on-mac-osx just looked terrifying to me. Would it be possible for you to simplify it, O Wise Sir Knight?

    Lastly, and relatedly, those instructions are for Ubuntu, but I’ve also heard that Linux Mint is very good – would the same instructions work for Mint, or would I need to find help with that elsewhere?

    With thanks,
    -B

  2. knightwise

    Hey Bren,

    Thank you for getting back to us and posting your question. I’ll try to answer them one by one.

    “does the PC into which you plug this Guerrilla PC have to be running and/or restarted in order to boot into Linux? And if so, are you running an OS on top of or alongside another OS?”

    – Good question. Since it’s a “live cd” the system will be running “seperate” from whatever system is installed on the harddrive of the machine you are going to “hijack”. So with this “live stick” you can run your OWN os on any computer (as long as it has a standard intell or AMD processor). You DO need to “restart” the system completely to make it boot of the USB stick. Most systems “boot from usb” by default, but some might not. (you can press F9 or F12 when booting up to get to the menu in the bios that lets you select what device you want the computer to boot from.) Although your OS runs completely seperate from the OS on the computer you CAN mount the harddrive and access the data from YOUR “pirate” operating system. Can you spell “Hacker ?” 🙂

    “I’m sure if the PC keeps running Windows as well as Linux, then this problem would become even worse.”

    – In case of your girlfriends computer you might want to try the “live usb disk” to give her a taste of Linux , but remember it will never be as fast as when you completely install it to the harddisk. You can also “dual boot” the system to run Windows and Linux side by side. I suggest you try the WUBI installer. This will let you install Ubuntu Linux on her laptop (and when she doesn’t like it you can just uninstall it) http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/windows-installer

    “Secondly, in terms of coding, I only have very, very, very (very) basic Java, and so step 3 on http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/create-a-usb-stick-on-mac-osx just looked terrifying to me. Would it be possible for you to simplify it,”

    Unfortunately thats about as simple as it gets. But have your girlfriend save you on this one. Download uNetbootin http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ on her laptop and use that one to install Linux on the usb stick.

    “those instructions are for Ubuntu, but I’ve also heard that Linux Mint is very good”

    Yep , Mint is great. If you want a system with a low impact on the hardware (so it will also work on slow computers) try Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Mint or Zorin.

    Hope these comments help you out. if not .. just post back here and we will try to get back to you. Good luck !

  3. I also found a simpler way to create boo table is sticks on a Mac.https://github.com/SevenBits/Mac-Linux-USB-Loader

  4. Bren

    Ok, that looks great, thanks!

    I’m going to give it a shot – wish me luck!

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