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Linux +Watchmen = Vacation Masti!!

Random thought no. 765891 of the day:

College vacations have just started a week ago, and already I've gotten so much stuff done, that I seriously feel that going to college anymore will just be a waste of my time!!


Random thoughts apart, this post is about two amazing things I did over this past week.
  1. Messing around with Linux and
  2. Reading my first graphic novel!!

Okay, so let me clarify:

Messing around with Linux :
Always having atleast 2 computers at home means I can always be messing around on one of them and generally messing around means experimenting with OSes. I've had a computer running various distros of Linux on a rotational basis for nearly a year now. However, thanks to my other priorities, I never really got my hands into Linux that much. Now, finally that I've got the time, I've started moving towards linux as much as possible!!

I started off by getting rid of Backtrack 3, which I'd installed to run some network tests on a friends remote network, (but which was since that day lying there almost unused), and then installed Ubuntu 9.04 (Codename: Jaunty Jackalope). After a smooth install,I was greeted by the linux boot screen. Post logging in, I noticed that all my hardware was recognized and functioning properly [Now that's what you call "working-out-of-the-box"]. Anyway, this perfect picture of Ubuntu 9.04 lasted only until I rebooted!! Once that was done, it seemed I couldn't get my audio driver to function past the login screen!! So I went to the Ubuntu forums and noticed that quite a few people had similar problem and the Gnome ALSA mixer seemed to solve the probem for them. I tried the same, and a few minutes later, music flooded my room once again!!

Now being the true computer junkie that I am, I decided to work with terminal commands as much as possible!! Crazy idea but awesomely fun!! But now lets shift the focus of this post to point 2.

Watchmen:
The people who guard our societies in the nights, whistling every now and then to scare away the badmaash gundas who're out there with the sole aim of looting you while you snooze.....But NO, I'm not talking about those guys!! I'm talking about the new movie with the same title that is said to among the best in recent times. Even IMDB users have rated this movie 8.0 on 10. Wow, I had to watch this movie!!

However, I read that the movie was infact an adaptation of a 12 part graphic novel by Alan Moore. And apparently, the novel was a super duper hit back in the late 80's. Being the ardent tweeter that I am (follow me), I asked some of my fellow tweople what they thought of the movie, and the book. Some of the tweets were amazingly informative. I soon realised that this book actually has a cult following!! One day, by mistake, I called this novel a "comic", and around 15 people tweeted back telling me to change that the word "comic" to "graphic novel"!! Then I read this(Read the second half of the article). I also read on wiki, that not too long ago, the novel was considered by Hollywoods top directors, to be too dark and complex to be made into a movie!! Then finally someone said "People who watch Watchmen movie without reading the comic should be burned alive!". Ooh.. so I decided to read the comic first.

I downloaded all the 12 issues and then found that the downloaded files were in some strange .CBZ format. A little research later, I found that .CBZ is a format specific for graphic novels. This started my hunt for software that could display .CBZ formats.

And this is where the 2 points collided. The first software I found that seemed to do the job, was a software meant specifically for Linux, and guess what its name was?? It was Comix!! Take that Watchmen fans!!

Anyway, installing Comix in Ubuntu was as simple as using the terminal command:

sudo apt-get install comix

Reading the novel was a joy, firstly because it was my first proper read in a loooooong time, secondly because it was my first graphic novel, and thirdly because it is an awesome awesome book!! Comix is a piece of brilliant software and runs very smoothly on Linux .

By the end of it all, I have become a huge fan of both Ubuntu 9.04 and Watchmen. I'm really planning to get more into more graphic novels especially ones that have been adapted into movies or TV series such as Black Hole, V for Vendetta and 300 (The latter 2 being among my most favourite films of all time!!). I watched Watchmen (the movie) a few days after reading the novel, but I'll save my comments on that for my next post, hopefully by the end of next week. I've absolutely fallen in love with Ubuntu 9.04 and plan to make it my permanent Linux distro.

Now, I'm pretty sure, that if you've read this far, that you're interested, either in Watchmen or in Ubuntu 9.04..... so its time for some links!!

You can buy Watchmen (the graphic novel) either from Amazon (for $12.73) or from Flipkart (for Rs.812)

OR

U can do what I did, and download the all twelve parts as a single torrent download from here. The torrent, at the time of writing this post has ~150 seeds which is more than enough for a fast download.

You can watch a trailer of Watchmen the movie on YouTube.

As for the Linux part of this post:
You can download Ubuntu 9.04, you can download the disc image either directly or using the BitTorrent protocol from the official Ubuntu download page . The page even offers downloads of the earlier version of Ubuntu (Ubuntu 8.04 Codenamed Hardy Heron).

Comix, the comic book reader is open source, just like Ubuntu, and can be downloaded here.

That's all for now I guess.... more to come soon

P.S. A day after writing this post, I uninstalled Ubuntu 9.04 from my system and installed Fedora 11, which is another awesome Linux distro (codenamed Leonidas. Yeah, after the hero of the graphic novel 300!!). So much for my love of Ubuntu 9.04!! cheers!!

10 comments :

Derek Mathias said...

Hey mate
nice post. I'd read watchmen a few years ago, but after reading your post, I've decided to read it again before watching the movie!

Also I'd just like to say, I love the new theme. But one thing, I thought you'd choose the darker acid rain theme (considering it had nearly 2 times the votes of this theme!). Anyway congrats on the upgrade!

Now for some massive modding eh?

Lens Geek said...

Congrats on having discovered the joys of Linux. I'm pretty sure you're part of the linux gang now!

hope to read more of your linux conquests soon

PS Watched the Watchmen movie. Its good, but not as good as the novel (you just knew sum1 would say this didn't you?)

Kris Sehgal said...

Arey Navin bhai, phir se HTML aur CSS ke behtareen skills dikhaye hai tumne !

amazing new blog look. But whats with the logo? It looks a bit like the logo of about.com. Kuch significance hai ya aise hi ek random logo lagaaya hai?

Main yeh comment naye post ko padhne se pehle hi likh raha hoon, coz the new look was just so amazing

Maine mail kiya hai tumhare yahoo account par. Proposal from my friend who is ready to hire U to design his company site, won't say more, mail check karo

congrats on the new look again!

Abhi post padhkar ek aur comment karunga! ;)

Kris Sehgal said...

Okay, mujhe pata hai ki too much flattery is not good, but what can I say, this post is brilliant.

I've already started downloading Watchmen, and am planning to install Ubuntu (not 9.04, an older version jiska CD mere paas bahut mahinon se pada tha!)

I even checked which multiplexes in my area are still running Watchmen!

You're repeatedly outdoing yourself bhai, keep it up!

Deepak said...

whoa, nice blog

I'll really have to "start messing with Linux" as you put it, coz this post is actually inspiring, to say the least

Waitin for the next post!

Jennifer Ryan said...

Very informative post

I really must get into both Watchmen and Linux. I watched the movie a month ago, but after reading your blogpost, I am seriously considering reading the novel as well

My experiences with Linux so far have been completely fruitless, but reading how easy you claim ubuntu is to use, I'm plannin to give it another shot!

Bill Greenwell said...

I agree with Lens Geek completely! both on the linux part and the watchmen part

enjoy you're vacations!

waiting to read your review of the movie! :) :)

Anonymous said...

Jaunty Jackalpe? Hardy Heron? Leonidas? Who decides the codenames for Linux distros?

Navin Pai said...

Firstly, thanks everyone for U're kind words!!
Secondly,
@Derek Mathias U said that right, massive modding has already begun!! :)

@lens geek I'm planning to write atleast one post a month dedicated to my Unix "conquests"

@Kris Thanks a lot bro....Thanks to U I just made a very good amount of $$$

@Bill The review is in the works!! :)

@anonymous Its Jaunty "jackalope", which is a mutant between a rabbit and an antelope!! The names are decided by the people who're involved in coding the OS or by the community of the OS

Suhanna said...

Leave it to Navin to take on stuff that most of us would ignore.

Very nice post.
I downloaded Watchmen (yup, I'm a pirate now!) and have started reading it..Currently on part 4

thanks for the heads up
very nice writing

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