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Investing in conservation and renewable resources: The only sustainable future for the world

Tonight I watched a documentary entitled Crude Awakening.  After watching it I find myself irreversably convinced that the current economic downturn will last for at least 10 years, possibly 40-50 if we don't make huge investments in more efficiently using the energy we have and also harvesting renewable sources of energy.  This is due to the fact that we will soon be, if we aren't already are, on the declining side of worldwide oil production.  If you haven't seen Crude Awakening, I recommend you rent it, just be sure to put away the knives and sedatives before you do.


Choosing a distribution, an atheistic approach

I need to start by explaining what Linux is and what it isn't.  Linux is simply a kernel, the part of a computer's operating system that manages it's core functions.  Things like talking to hardware, managing what program gets to use the CPU when, etc.  It does not have a direct user interface, it doesn't know how to talk to the user, only other programs.  So, the kernel by itself is pretty useless.  For the sake of this article we'll use the term operating system (OS) to in much the way Microsoft does.  In this sense an OS includes not just the kernel, but all the programs required to conf

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