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General Discussion / SolusOS to close
October 25, 2013, 07:04:43 AM

What a shame. SolusOS would have been a British distro. There are none at the moment (as far as I know).
General Discussion / Another one bites the dust...
October 18, 2013, 01:52:16 PM
isohunt to close down soon, according to the BBC


And this, from a Russian forum... (a dystopian vision)

2018 year, usual flat in Moscow.

- Dad, may I charge 1000$ from your credit card?
I need money to pay for the book.

- What`s book?

- "Crime and punishment" by Dostoevsky.

- What for? We have this book.

- Yeah? In which computer file?

- Not in file. On bookshelf.

- It's a paper book?

- So what? I readed this, then was same age as you.

- I can`t do text searching. I can`t even change size of font.
There is not animated images and soundtrack. Only pure text.
Are you serious? My friends from school will ridicule me!

- Okay. Then take this DVD. I bought this 15 years ago.

- It`s trash. I don`t have any device to read this DVD.
What`s next, punch cards?

- If you such egghead, then download the book from the Internet for free.

- Download a book for free !?

- Yes, it is in public domain, because the author died many years ago.

- Dad, are you crazy? Maybe in times of your youth was such thing as "public domain", but not in nowdays.
Now copyright on all books in "public domain" was transfered to American Association of Book Publishers in perpetuity.
Do you want I was jailed as follower of Dmitry Sklyarov(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitry_Sklyarov) and sentenced
to life imprisonment?

- But Dostoevsky not American!

- Nobody cares. Are you antiglobalist?

- Of course not! Oh, miserable give 1000$ for just computer file. How about your friends from school? Maybe somebody let you make copy from own file?

- Then I would not able to read this copy.

- Why?

- Because you can read a book only on the computer, from that you bought the book.
Enough of stupid talks, give me bucks and I will buy the normal book.

- Ok. In time of my youth it was a lot of money. Take one-time password to withdraw 1000$ from my account.

- Thx. I downloaded the book.

- Sonny, what`s this? "Modern laser-shaped axes", "Crisis center "Porfiry", "RASKOLNIKOFF.COM: Calling playful old women".

- Banner ad. Without banners the book cost 6999$. Only with special eyeglasses you will be able to read book. Without eyeglasses you will be see only ads. Every e-book linked to personal eyeglasses of owner of book. Only the owner can use the eyeglasses. It have built-in retina scanner. Any questions?

- But why??

- Just imagine how it would be unfair! I paid for this book a ton of bucks and anyone can read it for free, just looking over my shoulder!

- Absurd!

- Please stop. I have to read this book right now. After 3 hours the book will self-destruct.

** Three hours later **

- Phew, I finished the book.

- How, the entire "Crime and punishment" in just three hours?!

- I could finish faster. But I was slowed down by frequent interruptions for advertising.

- I don`t belive! Who is Sonia Marmeladova? Who is Luzhin?

- How can I know? It is "Home Edition". It says only about Raskolnikov. For all other characters you must buy "Professional Edition" or even "Enterprise Edition". We don`t have so much money.

- The world has gone mad!
Linux Support / Dual boot question
September 10, 2013, 09:08:14 AM
Is it possible to have 2 different distros using the same /tmp partition?
General Discussion / Surprised by free software
September 05, 2013, 05:59:27 PM
I've heard a lot over the 11 or so years I've been using Linux about truly free software. Presuming that to use it meant a couple of hundred gig of unplayable media I avoided it. But, being somewhat bored this afternoon I wandered over to the Free Software Foundation and was looking at their list of "recommended distros" and decided to give Trisquel a go.
I have to say I'm somewhat surprised.
Everything works! My folders full of .mkv, .mp4, .mp3 and .avi's all play fine. Youtube works. Etc. I had expected to find that none of them worked.
The default version seems to be based on Gnome 3, but there are user built versions - xfce, Cinnamon (both 32 bit) and KDE (64bit).

Linux Support / Being sure.
August 06, 2013, 06:31:11 AM
A question...

We hear much about "eyes on the code" and how Open Source is safer and more secure. We hear about the big Corporations stuffing their products with spyware, etc.
And now I hear that TOR is compromised too (never trusted it myself - it always seemed like a really good way to draw attention to yourself - "here I am, over here, trying to hide from you"). Given that the ISP's hand everything we do and say over to the Feds, attempts to install "do not track me" plugins and "https everywhere" plugins seems like a waste of time.

How can we be sure that Linux is free of such stuff?
I gather that Firefox has quite a lot of lines of code in it and that's one browser. It seems fairly safe to assume that the average Linux OS contains hundreds of millions, if not billions of lines of code? So, are they all really audited? Regularly? Does every patch submitted get examined?

Could something nasty get slipped in and go unnoticed?
Linux Support / Minolta Elite Scan 5400 problems
July 09, 2013, 02:26:38 PM
I'm trying to sort out a friend's PC. He's into photography but has found that Windows 7 doesn't support half his hardware and is reluctant to replace the hardware. As a result I've set him up dual boot with Linux Mint 14 KDE. (I've also tried the Ubuntu Studio live disc but it claims it cannot communicate with the scanner, even though Mint can and does, albeit badly).
Using XSane and VueScan we have all but this transparency scanner working. It is recognised, makes a lot of 'to be expected noises' and then produces a solid black rectangle as the results of its scan.
Searching for this model number seems to indicate that its been working with Linux for some years.
The ideal solution is to set up a consistent work flow in Linux so that all that he needs it within the one OS. He is quite happy to stick with Linux, if it can be made to work.

Does anyone recognise the symptoms and know of a fix?
General Discussion / Distro picking tool.
July 09, 2013, 05:32:07 AM
Unlike others I've tried this one is on the ball.

http://www.tuxradar.com/content/distro-picker-0 (http://www.tuxradar.com/content/distro-picker-0)
Jobs Wanted / IT job wanted.
June 30, 2013, 12:02:24 PM
Troubleshoot, repair, upgrade, Windows, Linux, OSX.

Familiar with Debian, Fedora, SuSE, Slackware, *buntu, all Windows, OSX, et al.
Previous experience of first line support, telephone support, installation, migration, software selection and configuration, basic webapge work, basic graphics, Office, audio software (I single handedly built the IT for a community radio station, (broadcast and office) using Debian and SuSE).

Deep love of IT, thousands upon thousands of hours of experience.
Quick to learn.

Any hours.
Birmingham UK preferred (I don't possess a driving license, never had one, rather than had one that got taken off me) though I would travel as long as the destination was reasonably accessible via public transport (or bicycle if close enough).

Heaven, for me, would be a job in a computer shop, where the manager was happy to see Linux offered to those customers that wished to take the plunge.
General Discussion / Having a laugh...
June 14, 2013, 07:07:10 PM
http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Ubuntu (http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Ubuntu)

http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Debian (http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Debian)

http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Slackware (http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Slackware)
General Discussion / Nepomuk is malware.
June 06, 2013, 11:54:35 AM
I had reason to reinstall Linux Mint. I kept the previously User area with all preferences etc, including Nepomuk being switched off. Despite this, upon first boot, nepomuk sprang into life and now my system is locked solid whilst this stupid program does what I don't want it to. If I use top and kill to stop it, it instantly respawns the process. The mouse doesn't work, the Ctrl Alt FX keys are also unresponsive. Logout fails. I could force the machine to power down, but as soon as I start it up, this program will start again.
Given that I cannot bypass this routine and given that is has explicitly ignored locally set preferences, is this not malware, by definition?
I love KDE, but the creators of nepomuk need slapping.
General Discussion / Debunking systemd myths
May 30, 2013, 07:37:59 AM
Blog entry here from one Lennart Poettering. He of the Pulse Audio infamy and now systemd too.
He deals with various myths that have sprung up around systemd.

0pointer.de/blog/projects/the-biggest-myths.html  (http://0pointer.de/blog/projects/the-biggest-myths.html)
General Discussion / Meego lives on
May 21, 2013, 05:29:30 AM
Interesting article on the BBC site. The team that made the Nokia N900 left Nokia and have made a phone. The BBC, as relentlessly dishonest as ever, have an article on this story where they completely fail to use either the word Linux or the words OpenSource, but still manage to mention Windows.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22599877 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22599877)
Linux Support / Linux Mint and Windows games.
April 11, 2013, 06:46:53 AM
For those who like big windows games, the maxim that you need a dual boot system in order to play them is becoming less applicable all the time.

I have the following games running successfully... (all these work by simply clicking on Setup.exe and following the Installer step by step as you would do on Windows).

Portal 1 & 2
Mass Effect 1 & 2
Men of War Assault Squad
Men of War Red Tide
Grand Ages Rome Gold
Imperium Romanum
GTA Vice City (the online multiplayer patch works as well)
GTA San Andreas
Brothers in Arms Earned in Blood
Sins of a Solar Empire
Unreal Tournament (later versions had Linux installers included on the install discs)

Company of Heroes
This game needs to be installed on Windows, updated and then the THQ folder copied into your Linux partition somewhere. I have the full game working, online and off, with the RC_Realism and Eastern Front mods both working as expected. (I used vmware player and installed XP onto that, then installed the game to XP and then copied the folder to my home partition).
Alien vs Predator (old game - needs to be installed the same way as Company of Heroes)

This is a short list of games and is reflective of my taste/collection rather than being an exhaustive list of the games that will work with WINE. But back when I started using Linux you could get Quake 3 and Unreal Tournament working on Linux and that was about it.

Step 1 - check out the WINE Applications database (google 'WINE App DB') and look for the game you're trying to install. Has anyone else had success? Did they leave any tips or advice? Don't be discouraged if there's no mention of it, try anyway.
Step 2 - try invoking Setup.exe using WINE (either by clicking using the file manager, or from the command line "WINE ./Setup.exe").
Step 3 - try installing it to Windows and then running it from Linux.
Step 4 - don't be disheartened by failure. Some games just don't work on Linux.
Some games, once installed, add a nice menu entry that appears not to work. I found if I use the file manager to show the ~/.wine folder, that if I drill down into the game folder and invoke the game .exe, that some games whose menu entries don't work, can be played as expected.

Other games I've had running in the past include Call of Duty 1 & 2, Civilization 3 & 4, Quake 2.

NOT A GAME - I also managed to get Studio Line's "FL Studio" (used to be called fruity loops) to install and run. On top of this, VST plugins work, for the most part and I was able to get Absynth up and running as well as one or two other "stand alone synth apps" (Absynth needs a fast system to run on, my dual core Pentium D box had a heart attack when I launched it). Traktor Pro installed and worked - again - it needs a decent system.

I'd love to get ReBirth up and running - no success as yet and ditto for Propellerhead's Reason.

I discovered that downloading the latest DirectX redistributable and running it with WINE helped a lot and should be done, preferably before you start installing games. (Stage 1 of the install is a straight extraction - MAKE SURE you have a dedicated folder to extract it into as it has a lot of files in it. Stage 2 is just "wine DXSETUP.EXE").

Disclaimer - I am not a software engineer, WINE expert or programmer. If you get stuck and ask for help I'll do what I can but, alas, I have long since mislaid my magic wand.
General Discussion / Manjaro Linux
March 06, 2013, 06:05:10 AM
I gave the Manjaro Mate distro a spin recently. It's based on Arch Linux.

This distro is fast. On my laptop (with an SSD drive) it takes around 12 seconds from power up to usable desktop. The same machine running Slackware takes 2 or 3 times as long. In the time it takes Slackware to log me out of KDE, Manjaro has shut the system down.
It's constructed along the "1 app per task" basis, so comes with sylpheed for Mail, midori as browser, etc. The pacman (package manager) has a decent selection of applications available - all the usual suspects, so you can tailor it to meet your preferences.
The installer is ncurses based and offers 2 possibilities - the stable installer (only uses 1 hard drive, so if you have more than 1 it isn't going to be available at setup time) and the unstable one which can see more than 1 drive, but which I could not get to boot successfully post-install.

This is a newish distro, the community around it is small. It has no LinuxQuestions forum of its own and over at the Arch forums they will not answer Manjaro related questions. Manjaro does have its own forum, but it would appear as though activity is rather low at the moment.

If you're a compulsive distro-hopper, or just bored with your current distro, (and are confident enough to throw yourself into the deep end of a new pool) then Manjaro is worth a look.
It comes in 32 and 64 bit versions with KDE, Openbox, Cinnamon, Mate and xfce flavours. The install disks are "Live" so you can see it first before installing and come with proprietary drivers (nvidia, flash etc). At boot you can choose 'with or without non-free drivers'.
For those of you, if any, who missed this...

Slackware coming in at Number 1 for favourite distro has caused a few toys to be thrown out of a few prams. Shrieks of horror from Ubuntu flavoured numpties. Muhahahahahahahaha. Oh happy day.

Desktop Distribution of the Year - Slackware (20.59%)
Server Distribution of the Year - Debian (28.74%)
Mobile Distribution of the Year - Android (66.86%)
Database of the Year - MySQL (40.00%)
NoSQL Database of the Year - MongoDB (38.96%)
Office Suite of the Year - LibreOffice (85.14%)
Browser of the Year - Firefox (52.76%)
Desktop Environment of the Year - KDE (31.31%)
Window Manager of the Year - Openbox (17.53%)
Messaging Application of the Year - Pidgin (52.06%)
VoIP Application of the Year - Skype (51.82%)
Virtualization Product of the Year - VirtualBox (53.79%)
Audio Media Player Application of the Year - amaroK (15.68%)
Video Media Player Application of the Year - VLC (64.99%)
Graphics Application of the Year - GIMP (69.85%)
Network Security Application of the Year - Wireshark (25.79%)
Host Security Application of the Year - SELinux (34.07%)
Network Monitoring Application of the Year - Nagios (55.29%)
IDE/Web Development Editor of the Year - Eclipse (23.62%)
Text Editor of the Year - vim (34.35%)
File Manager of the Year - Dolphin (23.77%)
Open Source Game of the Year - Battle for Wesnoth (11.72%)
Programming Language of the Year - Python (28.03%)
Revision Control System of the Year - git (61.35%)
Backup Application of the Year - rsync (42.82%)
Open Source CMS/Blogging platform - WordPress (56.63%)
Configuration Management Tool of the Year - Puppet (61.70%)
Open Source Web Framework of the Year - Django (34.31%)
Web Server of the Year (NEW) - Apache httpd (74.04%)
X Terminal Emulator of the Year (NEW) - Konsole (22.68%)
Open Source Hardware Product of the Year (NEW) - Raspberry Pi (79.29%)
Linux Support / PCI SATA card advice needed
January 17, 2013, 08:28:56 AM

I have a mobo with 2 SATA ports and 1 IDE port.
I have 3 SATA drives.
I bought a VIA expansion card but no distro recognises it.
I'm currently using an old IDE DVD drive but would rather have the SATA DVD drive as it's faster.

Does anyone have any experience with PCI SATA cards? (It must be PCI and not PCIE).
Why are SATA cards so expensive (£30-50 on Amazon)?
General Discussion / Poor old Microsoft
January 08, 2013, 09:50:50 PM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jan/08/microsoft-offices-raided-ipads-stolen-apple (http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jan/08/microsoft-offices-raided-ipads-stolen-apple)
General Discussion / Ubuntu and spyware
December 10, 2012, 02:12:18 PM
http://www.fsf.org/blogs/rms/ubuntu-spyware-what-to-do (http://www.fsf.org/blogs/rms/ubuntu-spyware-what-to-do)
General Discussion / Windows 8
November 02, 2012, 07:12:13 AM
I gave it a try yesterday.
Oh deary, deary me, what were they thinking?
It's dreadful.

If one of the "we haven't screwed our flagship product up" distros were to get 'out there' (Mint springs to mind) and start advertising, they would get more interest than they dared hope for.
General Discussion / Slackware 14
October 17, 2012, 06:20:24 PM
The best version of Slackware, ever, bar none.

And in this person's not very humble opinion, the best distro going.