Thursday, November 18, 2010

Why Sugar ?

Why lifeinthesugarbowl?  My wife and I and the cats live in Sugar Land, Texas.
Sugar Land is a city located in Fort Bend County in the U.S. state of Texas within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area (about 20 miles South of Houston).  It is one of the fastest-growing cities in Texas, having grown more than 158% in the last decade (scary). 

Sugar Land is home to the headquarters of Imperial Sugar and the company's main sugar refinery and distribution center was once located in this city. As a nod to this heritage, the Imperial Sugar crown logo can be seen in the city seal and logo. The city also holds the headquarters for Western Airways and a major manufacturing facility for Nalco Chemical Company. In addition, Sugar Land has a large number of international energy, software, engineering, and product firms.


My Linux experience started on the kitchen table with Red Hat Linux about 2004, when I took an old P3 PC at the house apart to identify the hardware.  Red Hat went commercial around 2005 I discovered Ubuntu and I been a fan ever since.  I moved to the KDE desktop (Kubuntu) for many years but I left after the KDE4 fiasco and it always seemed Kubuntu was always a bit behind the curve.  I tried OpenSUSE KDE for awhile and liked it but lately I've be in the Xfce desktop kick, Xfce is light, it's fast and it does what I want.  I am always tweaking better and better Conky code, rocking to my music.

Speaking of music, most of my digital music collection is open sourced.  I have three Sansa music players runing Rockbox.  I used Rockbox with Linux and most of my music is the .ogg format.  I still have a bit in MP3 but it is proprietary.

I love Ubuntu because of the community it has around the world, it is truly global.  The best computer operating system in the world is free!   Recycle old computers with Xfce and Ubuntu.  Spread the word…

I am a member of the Houston Ubuntu group but I do wish we had a group in the Sugar Land area...

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