*nix Windows: “Opening doors to freedom”. This pun basically summarizes what this blog is about. This blog is about our experiences with Linux, a “*nix” operating system, with hopes to someday replace Microsoft Windows with Linux, to “nix Windows”, since using Linux gives us more freedom and opportunity to do what we want, “opening doors to freedom”.
In this blog, we will document our struggles and accomplishments in setting up and using Linux as a day-to-day system, as well as post any tips and recommendations that we have. Due to the spontaneous nature of our struggles and experiments, there will not be a set schedule. Instead, we will post as we encounter noteworthy material.

We hope you will learn from our troubleshooting and are inspired to use Linux as well, and perhaps even give us a few tips and recommendations. We’re all in this together: we learn together and help each other grow.
So come with us. We’ll hold the door open for you.
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tPenguinLTG's Gravatar tPenguinLTG is the seasoned Linux user of the group; he has been running Linux for years. His first regular Linux system was openSUSE 11.2 (64-bit) on a custom-build PC. This installation was called “TODD”, after Todd the Dinosaur. He currently runs Arch Linux on his Lenovo ThinkPad T430 as his main system. He calls this installation “Jason” after Jason Fox of FoxTrot.
In his spare time, tPenguinLTG likes to blog, listen to music, compose his own music, and tweak Jason.
System specs:

  • 2013 Lenovo ThinkPad T430
  • Intel Core i5-3230M Processor (3.20GHz, 3MB Cache, 1600MHz) with Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • 500 GB hard disk drive, 7200 rpm
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 6-cell Li-ion battery
  • 14.0″ HD (1366 x 768) LED Backlit AntiGlare Display, Mobile Broadband Ready
  • Arch Linux / Windows 7 Home Premium Professional / Windows 8 Pro (VHD) / Windows 8.1 Pro (VHD) / Windows 10 Pro (VHD) multi-boot

Dreadnought Six (DSix)

Dreadnought Six's Gravatar Dreadnought Six is “meh” on the Windows platform. Starting with Windows 98, the reason why he was on a computer was because he was doing homework while using Encarta. He got into computers when a female friend of his in Grade 7 introduced him to Windows Movie Maker. Since then, he has aspired to become the next James Cameron. He loved editing videos for projects and enjoyed the fun that is producing. When Grade 9 came around, he was introduced to Computer Science by tPenguinLTG, thus opening his eyes to the world that he has always found interesting: video games. From that point on, he has dreamed learning Computer Science and eventually developing his own video games. He is now specializing in Computer Science thanks to tPenguinLTG.

He currently plays with Windows 7 Home Premium on his HP Pavilion m6, manages an old Acer Aspire installed with a “legal” copy of Windows 7 Professional and maintains his family’s Acer Aspire T-series installed with Windows 8.1. He will attempt to use CrunchBang Manjaro Arch Linux for his Linux operations.

Dreadnought Six likes to eat, listen to music, eat, watch movies, eat, read, eat, play video games, eat, write code, eat, work out, and eat.

System specs:

  • 2012 Lenovo Thinkpad T420
  • Intel Core i5-2520M (Dual Core, 2.5 GHz, 3MB Cache)
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 (Integrated)
  • 320 GB hard disk drive, 7200 rpm
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM (1333 MHz)
  • 9-cell Li-ion battery
  • 14.0″ HD (1366 x 768) LED Backlit AntiGlare Display
  • Arch Linux / Windows 7 Professional

DdcCabuslay (Ddc)

DdcCabuslay's Gravatar DdcCabuslay is a seasoned Windows user. He has used Windows ever since he first laid his hands on an IBM Aptiva desktop as a young kid. Today, he currently owns a HP Pavilion dv6-3134ca that runs Windows 7 Home Premium. He will be using PCLinuxOS as his Linux distro of choice. He does not name his installations.
Ddc spends his spare time playing video games, listening to music, playing guitar and complaining about everything on social media. Consider giving him a follow on Twitter.
System specs:

  • 2010 HP Pavilion dv6-3134ca
  • Intel Core i5-460M Processor (2.53 GHz) with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 graphics
  • Western Digital Black 750GB HDD, 7200 rpm
  • 4GB RAM
  • 6-cell Li-ion Battery
  • 15.6″ High Definition HP BrightView LED Display (1366 x 768)
  • Debian Jessie / Windows 10


Peggy's Gravatar Peggy is a best-of-both-worlds kind of girl. She has her uses for both Windows and Linux.

She has been on the computer since the DOS days, though, at the age of 3 she doesn’t remember much about it. Her first real experience with an OS is with Windows 95.

She currently uses an Asus X200M Notebook PC.

Peggy spends her spare time singing Taylor Swift songs with her guitar—the tears aren’t too abundant—, being involved in too many extracurriculars and developing cat games.

System specs:

  • Asus X200M
  • Intel Dual-Core
  • 500GB HDD
  • 4GB RAM
  • 3-cell Lithium-ion battery
  • 11.6″ Touch LED
  • Linux Mint 17.1 / Windows 10