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TaraElla's Computer System 2013

Published by TaraElla
Based on openSUSE 12.3 32-bit x86

The TaraElla Computer System (TECS) is a system demonstrating a possible way to use the computer in accordance with the TaraElla Computer Lifestyle principles.

“There are three versions of the ideal computer: as a user-friendly consumer electronics device, as a semi-human personal assistant, and as a portal to a big virtual world.

The first approach is the one that I believe the major software companies are taking. Both MS and Apple are trying to make their software as user-friendly as a mobile phone. But clearly, they seem to be working on the idea that a computer is a tool to be used, the easier the better, and that’s all to it. This makes the computer easy to use for novices, but then it becomes as boring as any consumer electronic device when no more useful features can be added.

The second approach is to make the computer emulate a human being. Microsoft, in the 1990s, had many attempts at this, most famously in the MS Bob project which produced characters such as Clippy (btw I actually find Clippy quite cute and do miss seeing him since Office 2003). Even as late as 1997 they still wanted computer desktops with characters like Clippy and ability to recognise plain English commands. Apparently they seemed to have given up, however. (Plain English commands are a good idea, but hard to do, I guess).

The final approach is the one that I take. There is a whole big virtual world out there, and the computer is the place to start exploring. Therefore, rather than just making it easy to use (which we should still do), we should make it easy to use to explore the virtual world and build your stuff inside it."

This is the 2014 Version.

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Null Media

USB & disk image

This is an image of your disk, ready to be written to either a USB drive or your hard disk. When written, it will erase all data on a disk. During the first boot, your partition will be automatically resized to fill available space.

ISO image

Burn this ISO file to a DVD (or CD, if the space allows), and you'll be able to boot directly from the disc.

Preload ISO

A bootable ISO containing the appliance disk image. Boots into a simple graphical environment and prompts for confirmation before writing the image onto the hard drive. Useful for performing automated system installs/preloads.

Warning: Overwrites all data on the target hard drive.

Preload ISO, 3.13 GB, i686
MD5: 943d314c9c75d24b47e54c1c043954d2

Null Virtual

VMware / VirtualBox / KVM image

Whether you use VMware, VirtualBox, or KVM, this vmdk is a ready-to-use virtual appliance.

Release notes

The TaraElla Computer System (TECS) is a system demonstrating a possible way to use the computer in accordance with the TaraElla Computer Lifestyle principles.

“There are three versions of the ideal computer: as a user-friendly consumer electronics device, as a semi-human personal assistant, and as a portal to a big virtual world.

The first approach is the one that I believe the major software companies are taking. Both MS and Apple are trying to make their software as user-friendly as a mobile phone. But clearly, they seem to be working on the idea that a computer is a tool to be used, the easier the better, and that’s all to it. This makes the computer easy to use for novices, but then it becomes as boring as any consumer electronic device when no more useful features can be added.

The second approach is to make the computer emulate a human being. Microsoft, in the 1990s, had many attempts at this, most famously in the MS Bob project which produced characters such as Clippy (btw I actually find Clippy quite cute and do miss seeing him since Office 2003). Even as late as 1997 they still wanted computer desktops with characters like Clippy and ability to recognise plain English commands. Apparently they seemed to have given up, however. (Plain English commands are a good idea, but hard to do, I guess).

The final approach is the one that I take. There is a whole big virtual world out there, and the computer is the place to start exploring. Therefore, rather than just making it easy to use (which we should still do), we should make it easy to use to explore the virtual world and build your stuff inside it."

This is the 2014 Version.

Technical Details

Appliance configuration

Basic settings

Keyboard: english-us
Time zone: UTC
Language: en_US.UTF-8
Network: dhcp
Firewall: enabled

Software

3 patterns, 666 packages
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Security summary

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    Only official software sources are included.

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    No custom software packages were uploaded.

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    Overlay files were uploaded, but none are executable.

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    No custom scripts were enabled.

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Greg ZengGreg Zeng,

“This is an image of your disk, ready to be written to either a USB drive or your hard disk. When written, it will erase all data on a disk.”

All my computers multi-boot, whether they have one drive or several. No trouble with multi-boot on the latest OpenSuse-KDE.

Hope to report here on how to do his successfully, easily, reliably, every time. Check my channel (not much published there yet):

gregzeng.com

Greg ZengGreg Zeng,

3 versions – but I’ll be using Unetbootin, on a Net—Runner-64bit distro.

Downloading all 3 – checking which can work for me. I used to be a frequent commentator on Distrowatch, until I became unpopular, by writing strange things like “DVD’s are part of the post-PC century.” So Distrowatch banned my comments.

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