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about Horneker Online

Horneker Online is a collection of web resources that is about Linux with emphasis on the PCLinuxOS distribution, digital photography, commentary about technology issues that effect us, humor and satire, and most importantly, our digital freedoms, including freedom of choice, freedom of access, and freedom to collaborate.

These days, surfing the Web as we know it has changed. Mobile devices such as Android tablets and smart phones are a popular tool for web browsing. Also, the integration of television and Internet makes another venue for web surfing possible. In the 1990s, we had WebTV, a set top box that allowed web pages to be viewed on analog television sets, and used a 56K landline modem for Internet access. Today's television sets that integrate Internet applications rely on broadband access to the Internet for some content.

A Bit of History

Back in July 1996, this website supported OS/2. OS/2 was a great operating system. It was a true 32-bit operating system with 16-bit compatibility (for DOS, Windows 3.x and 16-bit OS/2 applications). The problem was that IBM was not able to market the product effectively. IBM started discontinuing support back in 2002 for version 2.x and earlier. Version 3.0 (Warp) was discontinued back in 2004. Finally, in 2005, IBM pulled the product off the market. What is left of OS/2 is now called eComStation, sold by Serenity Systems.

eComStation is a commercial product, and unfortunately costs the same as Windows 8.1. The good news is that like Linux, it is not vulerable to malware, viruses, or other problems Windows 8.1 has.

The Comdex event in Fall 1998 introduced the mainstream computing market to Linux (as well as Open Source software in general) and its benefits in the enterprise, as well as in the consumer market. The introduction of the General Public License to the mainstream changed the way that software was distributed. Linux was the first operating system for consumers where the cost for one installation is the same as the cost for a thousand installations. In other words, Linux itself does not cost anything to install, configure and use. What you pay for is the cost of the disks, and the labor to download and produce the distribution disks.

Linux Involvement

These days, I have been involved with PCLinuxOS and Fedora® distributions (not just using it) on two laptops.

Of all the Linux distributions I have used, I find that PCLinuxOS is the best when it comes to hardware support, keeping the software updated, system configuration, ease of use, and suitability for the consumer market. What other distribution offers plenty of support options, including a downloadable magazine (in PDF format)?

If you are used to using Windows, you should be able to adapt to the original PCLinuxOS variant and its KDE desktop.

Fedora is also a great distribution for learning information technology skills that can be used in an enterprise environment. Fedora started out in 1993 as Red Hat® Linux, and has evolved into a distribution suitable for everyday use, and the basis on which Red Hat® Enterprise (and derivatives such as CentOS®, Oracle® Linux and Scientific Linux) was built. Actually, the same could be said for Debian, Ubuntu and OpenSuSE.

That is not to say that I have not used other distributions. I have used Slackware for some time, as well as Ubuntu, Mandriva (pre-Mageia), OpenSuSE and Debian.