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General Discussion / Linux.co.uk
« on: December 27, 2011, 10:43:37 pm »
Just wondering if you guys will ever do anything interesting with this site. It's a great domain to have to become a central site for UK/EU Linux communities. I don't recall it ever having changed and the site doesn't really offer anything thats not already well covered elsewhere.

Be great to see something that becomes a central reference to UK LUGs, UK projects (distro's and OSS projects) Link to training companies that support Linux, reviews of certifications, distro reviews (other than ubuntu, Mint (ubuntu!), Pepermint(Ubuntu!)), Jobs, announcements of Security/programming/linux events and hosting blogs for active community members.

It's nice to see your forums have grown over time, but to be fair, it offers nothing unique :(

Just a thought, There is potential if there is desire (and time?).

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General Discussion / Re: new to linux
« on: July 09, 2011, 08:56:19 pm »
Try Virtual Box ( http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads )
This allows you to create a virtual machine within your Windows operating system, and then you can install an OS of your choice on it and boot it up within that virtual machine when ever you like, within windows. This will give you the full experience of installing Linux, allowing you to play around with the different interfaces and customise them to your heart's content.

If you are new to Linux you need to be careful not to be too easily swayed by the opinionated users who shout the loudest on forums. User1 might shout that Natty is rubbish, but this could just his lack of ability to adapt or understand something new and is a limitation of their brain. Also, many users are stuck in the mentality that if a new version is released, they have to upgrade to it. Linux is about choice, not about forcing everyone to the latest edition. If an older version runs perfectly fine, and you don't like the idea of switching to Unity, then the user shouldn't upgrade. A big reason why I feel rolling releases are better.

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1) Plug in the usb stick
2) in command line type "dmesg | tail"  (This will show the last 10 lines of logging captured in dmesg)
3) See the lines which show your USB drive being connected it'll be given a dev name such as " [sdb] or [sdc]" for example
4) using that device name type "sudo fdisk /dev/sdb"

*edit: Alternative to dmesg, try "cat /etc/mtab" and the chances are, the bottom line contains details of your most recently connected device, telling you its on /dev/sdb or similar.

At the fdisk prompt......
1)Type 'p' to print the list of current partitions on the drive (if there is any)
2) type 'd' to delete the partitions on drive (if there is more than one, it will prompt which to delete)
3) type 'n' to create a new partition, using primary option. Use default sizes detected by fdisk to use entire space
4) type 't' to change type of partition, use type 'b' when prompted for your partition type.
5)type 'w' to commit changes and 'q' to quit the program

Format drive
1) Unmount your drive 'sudo umount /media/DIRECTORY'   where directory is the name of the mount point for your usb key.
2) type 'mkfs.vfat' /dev/sdb1  (remember to change 'sdb' with the relevant device found in dmesg)

Your drive is now partitioned with a single partition that is formatted into vfat.
From this point forward, you probably want to look at creating a new directory in /media to use for your vfat pendrive, and make sure you setup relevant details in /etc/fstab as I heard that some people find that vfat drives are mounted and the system struggles to appreciate that vfat has no permissions and is case-insenitive (anything microsoft based is generally emotionally insensitive tbh)

If you're struggling to do something, its worth learning to do it by command line, rather than trying to fix it in a pretty GUI. This way you get to learn how things work, and why things are not going as you expected.
I don't believe Linux needs to be used by your average facebooker, or your mum who just looks up cooking recipes/email. Very rare your mother needs a true multiuser low level OS. Linux is for the greater minds among us, who enjoy learning how things work, rather than just assuming the big red button reads your mind and does everything for you.

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General Discussion / Re: Recommend me a laptop and distro!!
« on: February 11, 2011, 07:46:20 pm »
I have an Asus k52f laptop which happily works nicely with linux, I have run Ubuntu on it, although this is very bloated version of Linux, great if you want to install out of the box and do no customising, not great if you know how to handle yourself and want speed.

Currently been running Debian Squeeze for the last couple of months which is stable, rolling updates (unlike Ubuntu), and better performance.

I'm in the process of waiting for the new Distro Bodhi to release a 64bit version (4Gb+ ram), which is running my much loved Enlightenment.

If you are looking for a business setup, and secure, then you want to start with the minimum installed, and then you can keep track of what you install, not leaving extra's which are not used on the install.

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General Help & Advice / Re: Finding downloads from synaptic
« on: January 27, 2011, 10:37:48 pm »
  • Open synaptic package manager,
  • search for Cifer,
  • right click,
  • select properties,
  • click on the "installed files" tab.

This will show you all the files installed from the binary package. Not familiar with this app, but am sure the exec file will be found in /usr/bin or /bin (maybe /sbin but not likely)

Robert

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General Help & Advice / Re: Seriously Considering Linux
« on: January 27, 2011, 10:28:13 pm »
I'm completely new to Linux, in fact I haven't even installed it yet!

Is it worth installing on a second desktop pc?

I ask because I am rebuilding a HP Pavilion a1228.uk which will be upgraded to 2GB RAM with a 512MB PCIx Graphics Card. The debate is..........do I reinstall Windows XP or do I go with Linux.

This machine will be used for basic photo editing/viewing and for playing World of Warcraft and Dead Space.

If I purely run Linux (with no dual boot for WinXP) which Linux OS do I get??


I use to play WoW on Linux once, actually got slightly better FPS than my XP.

If you are totally new to Linux, I would suggest having it as a 2nd PC or duel boot. As with anything in the IT world these days, there is so much to learn now due to progression and the successful development. THis is something a lot of experienced people seem to not realise as they "live with the growth", is how hard it is for someone new to start in any IT field from the beginning. (Interesting article here on becoming an "IT superstar")

Ubuntu is a good choice as the community is massive now, however many people speak of Ubuntu like it is the only/original Linux, that bugs me, but I guess not a valid point on this thread and I need to respect the progression Mr Shuttleworth + co bring to Linux.
Mint or Pinguy Linux would be my recommendations for a new soul to Linux, as both will provide a "more complete" experience of Ubuntu based distro.
Both take Ubuntu, and enrich it with the aim of providing out of the box usefriendly, and sexy looking desktop for the Linux new comer.

http://pinguy-os.sourceforge.net/
http://www.linuxmint.com/

FYI - In Mint Linux, you will notice there are two varieties. One is Debian, and other is Ubuntu based. Ubuntu systems update themselves on a regulated method, I think it's every 6 months?. Debian based systems use a "rolling" system, where you could actually get an update every day for the next week or two. Ubuntu will look to save all their major updates, and do one big release. Imagine how Microsoft releases windows, 95,98,Xp,Vista,7... Similar thing, and eventually you realise you can not "upgrade" from windows 95 to windows Vista, and have to do a completely new install. Ubuntu can fall prey to this. (Think I read Ubuntu8 users couldn't upgrade to 10.10?)

Robert

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Mark,

Are you able to explain/demonstrate the practicality of disabling the root password?
I recently returned back to linux after 10 years in the wilderness, a lot has changed, including how common it is for root passwords to be disabled.

I would have thought from a security perspective, the first targeted accounts would be a 'normal user' first as this is less likely to be noticed and from here they can then find ways to escalate their privileges or take over more powerful accounts.

Are there other advantages of removing the root password that I'm not seeing, besides just stopping a straight terminal login?

thanks in advanced,
Rob

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General Discussion / Re: Ideas wanted ...
« on: November 14, 2010, 07:24:10 pm »
If you are still looking for ideas, how about doing podcasts, or screencasts. Bit like Ubuntu screencasts.
This would be great for us new comers to the OS, and some fun for yourself to do some video editing.
You could basically visualise your favourite Linux guide book.

Or cover topics like
Installing Linux,
GUI's (comparisons of Gnome/KDE/xfce and others)
Web Browsers
Media players,
Console commands
Console customising
scripting

and so many more. maybe run a poll every 2 weeks with 4-5 options for the community to vote on which topic to cover for the next video etc.

Hope you like the idea.

Rob

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