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1 • Multiboot USB - one more candidate (by Somewhat Reticent on 2014-06-23 08:06:25 GMT from United States) |
Sourceforge project multibootusb demonstrates use of one version of syslinux to boot a distro built with another version. [Linux or Windows]
2 • Antergos (by Andreas on 2014-06-23 12:30:05 GMT from Germany)
Huh, I installed Antergos yesterday and didn't have problems with it.
3 • @2 • Antergos (by mandog on 2014-06-23 12:48:01 GMT from Peru)
Sounds like the arch repros were resyncing when jesse was trying to install.
4 • Antergos (by Tom on 2014-06-23 12:51:18 GMT from Germany)
Sounds like Antergos is a moody beast with some people. Sadly, I cannot even get the live CD to boot - it simply gets ignored
5 • Antergos (by Thomas on 2014-06-23 12:58:29 GMT from United States)
I can get Antergos to finish it's install fine, but I can't get it to boot. I installed it successfully in VirtualBox, so I guess it's a hardware problem or a problem dual booting Windows 8.
6 • Antergos (by Bretzel on 2014-06-23 13:06:32 GMT from Canada)
I also did intall the latest Antergos "spin" (May 2014) and I did not have problems, excepted for the timezone - but I guess it was backgound duties related to (internet ?) data queries...
My only problems with (all)linux since one of the (not so) genius at kernel modules admin decided to remove the r8168 driver module to be replaced by the r8169 module which don`t works at all for my internal-mb ehternet card. I have to play magician-guru -> manually install the module: disable/blacklist r8169 on the bootloader options ; boot the installer/live; access the (previously downloaded correct version) package file and install it....start dhcpcd to get connected to the net.
Not every one may have the same patience to do what I do.
7 • Distros and Microsoft Surface3 (by Michael Leones on 2014-06-23 13:10:40 GMT from United States)
I would love to see Debian working on Surface 3. Great hardware
8 • @1 @5 (by jaws222 on 2014-06-23 13:16:11 GMT from United States)
I've installed the latest Antergos in Virtualbox and to a partition using a live cd without issue. However, I did try unetbootin from a usb without luck. Later I read that Antergos does not work using unetbootin. It was the i686 version, did not try the 64-bit yet.
9 • Unetbootin - vintage dd (by Fairly Reticent on 2014-06-23 13:32:27 GMT from United States)
Vintage versions of Unetbootin used the "dd" approach - low-level hardware dump of a disc image (likely destroying whatever partitioning and/or file-system) that didn't need to handle any file-system other than cdrom-ISO.
10 • Various points and questions (by cykodrone on 2014-06-23 14:34:48 GMT from Canada)
Nice to see Trinity is alive and well (Q4OS).
Putting the panel at the top of the screen was and is not a good idea (any DE or distro), it's like an extremely tall person in a low ceiling room having to arch their back and neck, the top of the screen is precious real estate, silly for a panel to occupy, the first thing I do is move it to the bottom.
No longer care what Ubuntu or Canonical is up to.
Very glad Fedora is tuning YUM(ex), it's slow and confusing, and refreshes way too much unnecessarily.
Lots of distros have moved to date style versions, welcome to the club CentOS.
Love the Netrunner wallpaper but why are the 'desktop' sample pics always in a 4:1 format? This is 2014, most people own a 16:9 monitor by now, let the 4:1 owners use the horizontal scroll bar in their browsers, lol.
11 • of two hats (by :wq on 2014-06-23 17:38:44 GMT from United States)
I always viewed "DNF" as a temporary name while the fork was a tech preview. DNF should be renamed YUM. While it has been available since Fedora 18, with it becoming the default in Fedora 22, I'm sure some issues will crop up once it is has benefited from a larger user base. "Did Not Finish" has already been bandied about by some, the last thing the Fedora Project needs is for that moniker to catch on in response to any potential transitional hiccups. DNF (the name, at least) seems like a self-inflicted wound waiting to happen.
The CentOS version numbering scheme seems more like a minor protect-the-brand move (the brand being RHEL) than anything the CentOS SIGs are in dire need of (particularly if the SIGs are going to use a "-$TAG" naming element for their releases). This may be a completely unintentional impression the CentOS devs are giving, but I do think the change opens the door to that interpretation. Thankfully there isn't yet a note on the CentOS home page reading "we recommend RHEL instead". I would actually prefer just a timestamp-based numbering scheme over a RHEL version+timestamp numbering scheme if a change is pushed through, although I'd infinitely prefer CentOS keep their current version numbering scheme, and add a disclaimer about not offering AUS, EUS, and ELS updates if they feel such a disclaimer is warranted. I don't think the proposed versioning system clarifies that any better. Meanwhile Oracle Linux, Scientific Linux & Fermi Linux, and Springdale Linux will stay in version numbering lockstep with RHEL.
12 • Screens (by Peter Besenbruch on 2014-06-23 18:03:19 GMT from Switzerland)
"...why are the 'desktop' sample pics always in a 4:1 format? This is 2014, most people own a 16:9 monitor by now, let the 4:1 owners use the horizontal scroll bar in their browsers, lol."
Somebody's a bit math challenged. ;)
On a more serious note, I suspect the reviewer has a 4:3 screen, and that's why we have 4:3 screenshots (this message sent from my 1280x1024 screen).
I don't much like 16:9 screen ratios, although I can work with them. 16:10 displays are another matter. I find they can both accommodate programs with top tool bars, and two page, side by side displays.
13 • @12 Ratio correction (by cykodrone on 2014-06-23 20:31:27 GMT from Canada)
Thank you, you are correct, my aging brain is a little fuzzy today, lol. But I still wonder... ;)
14 • CentOS Versioning (by Justus on 2014-06-23 21:12:07 GMT from United States)
I'm not particularly fond of the proposed version number change. To me, the version of RHEL that a particular release is based on is far more relevant than the release date.
If it really is that important, there's no reason why you can't do both (IE, 6.5.1407).
15 • An easy way to make multiboot SD-card for ARM (by K.U. on 2014-06-23 23:30:30 GMT from Finland)
A very easy way to create a multiboot SD-card for Raspberry pi and devices with an Allwinner (=Boxchip) A10 processor is Berryboot, see http://www.berryboot.com/
Berryboot is special in that it has an easy to use Linux installer and menu based bootloader combined in the same program. In addition, users of A10 based devices can also enjoy an Android app to install Berryboot to an SD-card. Actually, I found Berryboot so practical that in my opinion some of its ideas should be copied even to x86.
16 • Antergos installation (by Peter on 2014-06-24 00:04:43 GMT from United States)
I tried to install the last release of Antergos on my hdd and after almost installing it hung indefinitely. Finally when I forced a reboot, not only did it not boot, but it overwrote the MBR even thought I told it not to. When I used superGrubDisk to try to get my quad-boot system back in shape it wasn't recognizing the linux installs. I eventually was able to boot into one of them and reinstall grub, but the Antergos experience brought me back to my early days of using linux when hosing my whole system, or being scared I'd hosed it, was not uncommon. Until Antergos gets its installation act together, I recommend Manjaro or Bridge Linux.
17 • RE: Multiple distributions on a DVD or USB thumb drive (by jmichael2497 on 2014-06-24 00:35:51 GMT from United States)
thanks to some versatile script tricks and grub, i find using easy2boot with a usb flash drive fairly easy. just prep a drive, copy iso files to it, the main caveat is having to run a utility to make sure the iso is continguous and not broken in chunks.
boot and it will autogenerate a menu, pretty handy for quick use and testing live distros. just needs a custom script if you want persistent storage files. i've used it for trying out multiple puppy distros on a single 1g flash drive, currently have mx-14 and Porteus on it.
windows users can setup the flash drive a bit more easily with the rmprepusb tool, but really just needs a flash drive with grub, as instructed on their site.
18 • RE: Multiple distributions on a DVD or USB thumb drive (by jmichael2497 on 2014-06-24 00:37:46 GMT from United States)
uh... that was my first time commenting, just realized i shouldn't have put the url where i did... i am not affiliated with http://www.easy2boot.com/ but i just like using it, so just to be clear i'm not claiming any of its awesomeness for my own.
19 • Top 7 days Distrowatch rating Linux OS's (by santiago g ronquillo on 2014-06-24 06:01:07 GMT from United States)
Top 7 days DistroLinux rating Linux OS's didn't install correctly until Zorin 8 did..many ones with USB boot able sticks and burning DVD ISO's can't install correctly with drivers problems like e.g Puppy Linux wasn't detect notebook tablet drivers and moreover I reading reviews of Nvidia don't work with all's OS's etc.. in short, like OS/2 all installations made me having just one at time for surf comfortable and learning how Zorin Linux programs works..on i386 x86_64 replacing windows until now with good replaced it.
20 • MultiSystem & MultiBootUSB (by Simon Plaistowe on 2014-06-24 06:32:41 GMT from )
To boot multiple distros on a USB drive, MultiBootUSB (multibootusb.org) is my favourite for simplicity, also MultiSystem (http://sourceforge.net/projects/multisystem/) is worth a try if you want more "bells & whistles".
21 • Debian LTS (by jymm on 2014-06-24 12:05:29 GMT from United States)
Does anyone know if we will have to enable new repositories for the Squeeze LTS support?
22 • Multiboot software: +1 for Easy2Boot (by Neitsab on 2014-06-24 14:54:59 GMT from France)
After a couple of months fiddling with various sotfwares to create a multiboot USB device, I finally settled on Easy2Boot for its simplicity and extendibility. Another major argument IMO is that it doesn't overwrite the distro-specific boot menu, like Multisystem or other syslinux-based installers do.
After setting up the USB drive the first time, one just has to copy ISO files over to the appropriate folder and... that's all. No need to use a specific software/interface, no need to wait for an update to have a new ISO supported... It globally JUST WORKS with most payload files. I couldn't believe it, but it's true, multiboot USB made KISS-simple.
After trying in vain to have it work with ext(4) file system and stalling on the dreaded "File is not contiguous" error systematically, I switched to just using FAT32 on my 64 GB USB 3.0 key and it works without a hitch. Never complains, just works.
The new website (http://www.easy2boot.com/) is not that easy to navigate, so GNU/Linux drive preparation tutorial can be found here --> http://www.rmprepusb.com/tutorials/114
Important note: the author explicitly states that "Easy2Boot is 'open source' - it consists of plain text batch files and open source grub4dos utilities - there is no proprietary software in Easy2Boot."
Kudos to the author
23 • Antergos Installer (by cc_INC on 2014-06-24 15:03:47 GMT from Netherlands)
I thought I was the only one who had the issue with the installer.
I tried numerous times with the same result: installer crashed on me.
Too bad, I was really looking forward to giving this distro a run.
24 • Antegros Installer - FIX! (by Larry G on 2014-06-24 19:11:29 GMT from United States)
There's a problem with the Antegros installer using the graphical installer method. They know about it (it will be fixed in their ISO), in the meantime here's a link to the forum article where a solution/workaround exists:
25 • @21debian_lts (by gee7 on 2014-06-24 20:30:43 GMT from United States)
Yes, you need to enable new repositories, for details see:
This amounts to:
for binary and source packages add these lines:
deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ squeeze-lts main contrib non-free
deb-src http://http.debian.net/debian/ squeeze-lts main contrib non-free
and then doing:
# apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
I have yet to do this myself as my Squeeze is on another computer and I have been busy on this one this week. A job for the weekend.
26 • @10 Panel on top (by Kazlu on 2014-06-25 09:42:20 GMT from France)
I agree with you when you say that a panel on top when you already have a window decoration, various menus and a path bar, that eats a lot of your vertical space and lets little for displaying content. But other people may think differently. To me, setting the panel on the bottom does not solve the problem on 16:9 or 16:10 screens: although it's more comfortable to my eye, it still eats vertical space where it's too scarce. That's why I put it to the left: less screen space eaten, even if I enlarge it a bit. Not a problem with 4:3 screens, there you have enough vertical but not much horizontal space so I usually leave it in the bottom.
That being said, what Unity does is very interesting in terms of screen occupation, since when a window is maximized the top panel, the window decoration and the menus are merged. Too bad it is a bloated and spying controversial desktop, that does not make it worth it...
27 • @26 Panel location (by cykodrone on 2014-06-25 12:51:15 GMT from Canada)
You make some very good points, it's nice to read other opinions about the subject. I like your 'to the left' idea, I may even try it. Reminds of that Beyonce song, "To the left To the left To the left To the left". :D
28 • Panel Location. (by Garon on 2014-06-25 17:38:24 GMT from United States)
@26 and 27,
I agree when you talk about panel locations and monitor screen size. My wife uses a 4:3 and her panel works fine on the bottom. I use a 16:9 and my launch panel in on the left side. Yes on several of my systems I use Ubuntu with Unity which I consider a superior desktop environment to many others but that is just personal taste. I still wonder what people are talking about when they say spyware. I've not been able to find any. It is a mystery. Also the term bloat is really useless now. You ask ten different people what bloat means and you'll get 10 different answers. I believe anything with the Cinnamon DE is bloated but it has been a while since I've used it so it may be better now. I'm typing this on a Debian system using Openbox. It's not bloated but does lack some functionally tho. To each his own, and it is nice to be able to use so many different distros with different desktop environments. I can handle everything except maybe Metro. ;)
29 • Antegors Live run and Installation (by Mech for i on 2014-06-25 21:08:21 GMT from Hong Kong)
Hmm, this is kind of frustrating. I was pretty happy with its former versions when it was still Cinnarch , work decent and well enough, but it seems something got broken along the line. This version we have right now, well I have numerous problem have it running live and even after I've managed to finally install it ( that is after 8 tries ) it fails to run straight. So I guess I am not the only one suffering.
For now, if I want my Arch based ; I would just stick with Manjaro
30 • Antergos (by Bernhard on 2014-06-25 21:45:41 GMT from Germany)
Jesse, you should defintely give it a try (again) and install Antergos. As a former "rolling-release-skeptic" who had some bad experiences with Manjaro (from one day to another my brother printer stopped working) I'm currently very pleased with that distro.
Just try the following steps as mentioned in the Antergos-Forum (http://forum.antergos.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1846):
1. After live system boots and Cnchi installer appears, exit the installer.
2. Press Alt+F2
3. Input " cnchi-dev "
4. Press enter
5. Wait 1-5 minutes while the script updates. The installer will automatically launch once the update has completed.
Give it a try!
31 • @28 Ubuntu Unity Spyware (by Rev_Don on 2014-06-26 01:05:27 GMT from United States)
I find it incredulous that you can claim to not know about, or understand about the well known and well documented Spyware in later releases of Ubuntu with Unity. Admittedly, it is only in Ubuntu 12.10 and later that have it, but it is most definitely there. It's part of the Search function where all searches (even searches to the local hard drive) are sent over the internet to (and thru) Canonical. That's why you get moronic results from Amazon, etc. when you try to search for a file that is on your computer. You can turn it off, but it should be shipped as Opt-In instead of Opt-Out. That's what the Spyware is all about.
You can easily find out more information about it via a simple search on the Internet via your favorite search engine using "Ubuntu Unity Spyware" which is why I find it so incredulous that you wonder what people are talking about. It would only take about 10 seconds on a slow connection to find results that doucment it, and 5 to 10 minutes at best to actually read the information (less time than it took me to type this post)..
32 • A link for 28, lol (by cykodrone on 2014-06-26 03:32:41 GMT from Canada)
I highlighted Rev_Don's quote and right-clicked...Search DuckDuckGo...
33 • @30 (by jaws222 on 2014-06-26 04:14:49 GMT from United States)
"Jesse, you should definitely give it a try (again) and install Antergos"
I agree. Like I stated earlier I installed the i686 version and it runs like a dream. The PacmanXG is really sweet.
34 • Antergos Installation (by DipTheBeak on 2014-06-26 11:13:43 GMT from United States)
Hi Jesse. Thanks for trying Antergos. Sorry to hear you had a difficult time. :( As others have already stated, yes please do try to install again. According to your specs on your rig (nice!), my 7 installs of Antergos were on rigs with very, very "similar" specs.
For me, I have used the ext4, btrfs (This one still buggy, needs more cooking.) and xfs file systems. The DEs, were: GNOME 3/Shell, KDE and Xfce. Normally for me, out of a habit, once I reach the Live CD/DVD environment, I close installer, by choosing "try first", mainly to setup the wireless and check the sound, and what not. Oh, by the way, on all the installs I used a DVDRW, not USB...yet.
Currently, typing this post from an Xfce install of Antergos. YMMV
Everyone have a good day. :)
35 • @31 and 32 Same old nonsense. (by Garon on 2014-06-26 17:59:18 GMT from United States)
It should be opt-in instead of opt-out. Yes, yes we all know that Rev. That is going to change also with Unity 8. I'm sure that you've read that but still the FUD continues. I'll tell you again how I interpret the term SPYWARE. If I know about it then it is not spyware in the sense of being a covert operation. I have a choice weather to participate or not. If a person is so thick that they cannot turn it off or claim they don't know how to or claims to not know that it's there then I really feel sorry for the poor chap. People like RMS will not accept anything less than 100% complete free software so their opinion on the matter is irrelevant. There are only a very few distros they would even touch. I know exactly what you and cykrdrone are talking about and my definition of spyware does not fit yours. Do you say that the search engines of LinuxMint is not spyware? Are you saying that it is just fine for Yahoo! and DuckDuckGo to share revenue with the LinuxMInt team when users click on certain links in those search engines? Of course its okay. It helps to fund the project and it's the users choice. Not everyone feels that way tho. Some even call it SPYWARE. Come on people. If you really looked up the definition of spyware and could see the damage that REAL spyware does then you would know that these search engine trackers and monitors are nothing that really need to be worried about or preached about. At least we have control of these little trackers and it's our choice what we want to do with them.
36 • Re: 35 Spyware. (by Rev_Don on 2014-06-26 20:31:02 GMT from United States)
Not FUD, but the truth. Sure it can be turned off, but it never should have been turned on by default in the first place. That isn't open to debate, but a plain hard fact. I'm not an idiot who doesn't know how to.
As for whether it's actually Spyware or not, IMNSHO it is only because a search of my LOCAL drive still goes thru Canonical. That fits the definition of Spyware in my book.
Comparing that to DuckDuckGo, Yahoo, Google, or other search engines doing INTERNET searches is comparing Apples to Oranges. I expect a Search Engine that is searching the Internet to share certain information and don't have a problem with that. What I have a problem with is performing what should be a LOCAL search of MY PERSONAL COMPUTER to go thru some third party on the internet. That is the problem, and it's a HUGE one.
37 • @35 You completely miss the point (by cykodrone on 2014-06-26 20:39:26 GMT from Canada)
Sneaky 'opt out' of a data mining searches is unacceptable, we are not just talking internet searches here, that includes LOCAL machine searches being transmitted. Really?!. You are assuming every user of Ubuntu is at your skill level when Canonical's whole agenda all along is n00b user friendly out-of-the-box, drawing in converts from other OSes. I won't use Ubuntu for the same reason I never turn on package data on my Android, the second I do, a ton of 'built in' "spyware" (including uninstallable, unstoppable F-book, among others, designated a 'system process', and yes, I know about rooting, there's an issue of warranty and contract, I made my carrier aware of the legal ramifications of FOURTH party spyware, none of which I agreed to or was told would be on the phone when I bought it). So your fluffy justifications are a poor parallel.
38 • Multiple distributions on a DVD or USB thumb drive and UEFI (by Ben Myers on 2014-06-27 04:24:13 GMT from United States)
For the most part, I have used YUMI to pack multiple ISOs on a single flash stick. It seems to work just fine, except that when you get to "more secure" UEFI systems, you have to fritter around with BIOS settings, turning off UEFI and using the legacy BIOS option. Of course, the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface makes the computer more secure for Microsoft and its wonderful Windows, not for those of us who use computers. Anybody got an UEFI antidote to add to a flash stick?
39 • Yes it is still spyware (by M.Z. on 2014-06-27 08:35:24 GMT from United States)
I've looked high and low on the official Ubuntu website & never found anything going into any detail about how revenue is generated through the Ubuntu search function. The simple check I did of their website near the last release indicates that the Ubuntu folks are not entirely upfront with users about data being sent out over the internet. Given that lack of upfront information and what #37 said about targeting less aware/noob users, Ubuntu definitely is spyware. All comparisons with web searches are apples to oranges because search engines are by definition a web based service and most users don't expect privacy from them. On the other hand things done directly within the interface of the OS are not expected to be sent out over the internet, and in the Unity Dash that is exactly what happens.
Sending data about users over the internet without their consent/knowledge is a good definition of spyware, and Ubuntu easily meets this definition for the vast majority of potential users who aren't informed. I'll admit that all forms of Linux lend themselves to a more savvy user base because they are generally installed directly by the user; however, that doesn't mean that every user will know about the spyware, as it can easily be missed through lack of research. Ubuntu did a massive disservice to the privacy of users when it designed & implemented the search functions in the Unity desktop. I will always associate Ubuntu with spyware because spyware is what they pushed out to their users. I hope they change their ways soon, but Ubuntu has a lot of work to do if they want people in the know who care about privacy to ever trust them again or recommend their product.
40 • Ubuntu, spyware, Canonical, etc (by gregzeng on 2014-06-27 09:49:40 GMT from Australia)
So much hostility & mistrust about Ubuntu on the internet, which is creating a bad reputation for so many other Ubuntu-related products. The bad reputation, I think, is about Canonical's Ubuntu Unity distributions, only. Not the other non-Canonical products.
Canonical's poor reputation should not include independently managed products. These other products are managed by communities, individuals, organizations - with no legal obligations to Ubuntu, other than the open source licence demands.
On the "spyware" allegations, critics are avoiding the "spyware" on so many internet browsers, on all operating systems, produced by all sorts of individuals and organizations. Some of these internet browsers are "disguised" as operating system file managers. Often these spyware gadgets will direct your input to a foreign 3rd party, such as a site default-favored by the creator of the spyware.
Even Firefox-type internet browsers will post your inputs to Yahoo, etc ... unless you deliberately change to coder's defaults.
41 • Spyware - common functions? (by Fossilizing Dinosaur on 2014-06-27 14:30:28 GMT from United States)
"... internet browsers will post your inputs ..."
DNS (default report to ISP's choice, usually Google)
"Block reported sites" (default report to Google)
certificate validation (default report to Verisign)
browser health/crash report (default to browser distributors)
42 • Spyware (by Jeff on 2014-06-27 16:50:13 GMT from United States)
Where I see the problem is that there should not be an internet search using a search engine to look for files or applications on my computer.
Search engines are mostly revenue driven and as such they track and record users activities.
If I want a text document in my home partition why should my computer look on Amazon ?
There is also the simple fact that it is much less efficient and much slower, which is not the impression that should be given to new Linux users.
Ubuntu is marketed to new Linux users, do we really want them to think it is slower than and thus inferior to commercial OSes ?
There are some who want to keep the user base of Linux small like a private club, but that will not encourage hardware manufacturers to consider Linux compatibility in their designs.
43 • @ jaws222 unetbootin being unusable is a known issue (by RJA on 2014-06-27 19:30:57 GMT from United States)
Also problematic with Ubuntu, all the boot loader does is display "Boot error" when I used unetbootin.
44 • "Boot Error" (by Somewhat Reticent on 2014-06-28 15:45:23 GMT from United States)
I usually encounter that when a buggy BIOS mis-recognizes a drive. If-I-Remember-Correctly, it helps to put an MBR on the drive, and sometimes a second partition (however small). RMprepUSB has some educational material on that topic.
(I find such hardware manufacturer pranks aggravating.)
45 • The dreaded "Boot error" bug occurs with traditional BIOS, too (by RJA on 2014-06-29 03:19:14 GMT from United States)
And a traditional BIOS don't require those tiny partitions to boot.
46 • "Boot Error" (by Somewhat Reticent on 2014-06-29 10:46:24 GMT from United States)
Yes, bugs are traditional in BIOS. Hardware vendors love pranks. It's part of the popular proprietary mindset.
47 • @46 BIOS problems (by cykodrone on 2014-06-29 18:08:27 GMT from Canada)
Gee that's funny because I never have any problems with Gigabyte boards, I keep my BIOS(es) updated to the latest stable version, I purposely avoid the betas. I switched from Asus boards years ago because of poor quality components on their boards (dying USB ports, etc), and I found their BIOS software to be of poor quality and buggy. I stay away from other cheap brands like Microstar (MSI), etc, too (the one time I did buy an MSI, it reeked of chemicals when I took it out of the box, after installing the board the computer fans blew the smell in to the room, I hoped the smell would stop but it didn't). Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt, then sent it back, lol.
48 • @47 BIOS problems (by RJA on 2014-06-29 19:18:47 GMT from United States)
I never really had a problem with the BIOS on Asus motherboards.
(At least not like Soyo back in 2001, where it would freeze at stock clocks)
49 • RoboLinux 7.5.4 a Disappointment (by Ben Myers on 2014-06-30 03:36:11 GMT from United States)
I wanted to repurpose an IBM Thinkpad T43 recently removed from service, so I installed the x86 version of RoboLinux 7.5.4.
Disappointment #1: The install did not automatically recognize the vanilla Intel 2915 802.11b/g wifi card.
Disappointment #2: I tried to install the driver for the 2915, got bumped to the command line where sudo wanted my username's password. It would not accept the password, so no-go with sudo and the 2915.
Disappointment #3: I tried to report the 2915 problem on the RoboLinux discussion forum, but I was not authorized to do so, and nothing there told me what I have to do to become authorized.
Now, I have mucho years of experience in the computer biz, and if I can't easily and simply get RoboLinux up and running on hardware that it supports fully, how on earth can they expect a BEGINNER to do so.
In summary, and sadly, RoboLinux no-go.
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|• Issue 687 (2016-11-14): NAS4Free 10.3.0.3, Fedora gains MP3 playback, budgie-remix becomes Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu flavours compared, Rolling release trial #2|
|• Issue 686 (2016-11-07): FreeBSD 11.0, rolling release trial #2, Debian announces supported architectures, Simplicity switching to antiX base, farewell to Mythbuntu|
|• Issue 685 (2016-10-31): elementary OS 0.4, SUSE gains ARM support, Mint improves language support, Dirty COW explained, Rolling release trial #2|
|• Issue 684 (2016-10-24): Ubuntu 16.10, Linux popularity in different markets, Fedora runs on Raspberry Pi, Ubuntu features live kernel patching|
|• Issue 683 (2016-10-17): Refracta 8.0, making packages for distributions, Alpine switches to LibreSSL, 386BSD website publishes classic code|
|• Issue 682 (2016-10-10): KDE neon 20160915, Android-x86 6.0, Fedora warns of update bug, HandyLinux drops English translation, LXQt benchmarks|
|• Issue 681 (2016-10-03): OpenBSD 6.0, DragonFly BSD to support LibreSSL in ports, systemd denial of service bug, upgraded Mintbox Mini|
|• Issue 680 (2016-09-26): Uruk GNU/Linux 1.0, blocking applications at the firewall, Lenovo controversy, Ubuntu running on the Nextcloud Box|
|• Issue 679 (2016-09-19): OpenMandriva 3.0, 32-bit vs 64-bit performance, openSUSE updates, KaOS unveils first run wizard|
|• Issue 678 (2016-09-12): Apricity 07.2016, Mageia adopts DNF, KDE neon to use Wayland, FreeBSD updates Linux compatibility, creating cron jobs|
|• Issue 677 (2016-09-05): Peppermint OS 7, Manjaro updates leadership, TrueOS becomes rolling release, organizing files, creating torrents|
|• Issue 676 (2016-08-29): Korora 24, Fedora 25 to use Wayland by default, Linux turns 25, PC-BSD becomes TrueOS, finding software licensing information|
|• Issue 675 (2016-08-22): Gentoo LiveDVD "Choice Edition", moreutils, Ubuntu improves terminal convergence, MATE packaged for Openindiana, FreeBSD improves video support|
|• Issue 674 (2016-08-15): Zenwalk Linux 8.0, Ubuntu phone follow-up, Lubuntu transitioning to LXQt, Steam running on FreeBSD|
|• Issue 673 (2016-08-03): noop linux and EasyNAS, Debian's GnuPG switch, Fedora "Flock", using "nice"|
|• Issue 672 (2016-08-01): Ubuntu Phone 15.04, Solus embraces rolling release model, interview with Jane Silber, FreeBSD Quarterly Report|
|• Issue 671 (2016-07-25): Slackware 14.2, Point Linux 3.2, OpenBSD disables usermount, KaOS releases significant changes, Fedora 22 reaches end of life.|
|• Issue 670 (2016-07-18): Linux Lite 3.0, Bodhi team plans 4.0.0, pfSense changes licensing, running software across distributions, Linux Mint upgrade path|
|• Issue 669 (2016-07-11): Linux Mint 18, proving a system is secure, LibreSSL in FreeBSD, Ubuntu plans phasing out 32-bit, pfSense status report|
|• Issue 668 (2016-07-04): Fedora 24, Linux Mint plans for 18.1, FreeBSD and DragonFly BSD improve their file systems, comparing Flatpak, Snap and AppImage|
|• Issue 667 (2016-06-27): GeckoLinux 421, Fedora supports Flatpak, Solus unveils new features, running GNU/Linux on tablets|
|• Issue 666 (2016-06-20): Comparing more live update methods, Ubuntu's snap packages, Antergos drops 32-bit media, GeckoLinux unveils Rolling edition, learning Linux resources|
|• Issue 665 (2016-06-13): BunsenLabs Linux Hydrogen, Fedora 24 delayed, NetBSD grows in size, Clonezilla questions|
|• Issue 664 (2016-06-06): Sabayon 16.05, Debian updates install media, the cost of free software, Qubes explains secure build process|
|• Issue 663 (2016-05-30): Comparing live update methods, Ubuntu MATE's progress, distros debate systemd change, DistroWatch turns 15|
|• Issue 662 (2016-05-23): Clonezilla Live, new Fedora community repository, DragonFlyBSD runs Wayland, a live edition of Slackware and kernel components|
|• Issue 661 (2016-05-16): FreeBSD 10.3, OpenMandriva adopts Clang, Debian adds ZFS packages, PCLinuxOS drops 32-bit and comparing CentOS with RHEL|
|• Issue 660 (2016-05-09): Ubuntu MATE 16.04, Mint's xapps, FreeBSD Quarterly Report, Debian updates 32-bit support, addressing GPL violations|
|• Issue 659 (2016-05-02): Ubuntu 16.04, compiling custom kernels, Cinnamon 3.0, Sabayon launches ARM build, Devuan ships Beta release|
|• Issue 658 (2016-04-25): Kali Linux 2016.1, elementary OS 0.3.2, Debian elects Project Leader, Fedora 24 feature preview, Nard reaches 1.0|
|• Issue 657 (2016-04-18): Redox, Linux Mint improves update manager, planned Fedora 24 features, Ubuntu 16.04 getting Snappy packages|
|• Issue 656 (2016-04-11): Qubes OS 3.1, Whonix offers bug bounties, Puppy's family tree, setting up disk partitions and running bash on Windows|
|• Issue 655 (2016-04-04): Parsix 8.5, Sabayon's Community repository, Red Hat offers free subscriptions, Ubuntu tablets, command line tips|
|• Issue 654 (2016-03-28): PCLinuxOS 2016.03, Using signatures to create a web of trust, Arch Linux rolls out Pacman update, GuixSD packages GNOME|
|• Issue 653 (2016-03-21): Antergos 2016.02.21, Debian prepares for election, a Unix-like OS written in Rust, watching Netflix on FreeBSD|
|• Issue 652 (2016-03-14): ReactOS 0.4.0, Debian swaps Iceweasel for Firefox, Fedora moving forward with Wayland, Verifying ISO files|
|• Issue 651 (2016-03-07): Korora 23, Linux Mint improves security, Ubuntu MATE on Raspberry Pi 3 computers, trying different file systems|
|• Issue 650 (2016-02-29): Haiku in 2016, running Android apps on GNU/Linux, 30 years of MINIX, Fedora plans Atomic Workstation|
|• Issue 649 (2016-02-22): Zorin OS 11, openSUSE launches new editions, Linux Mint website compromised, sandboxing applications using Firejail|
|• Issue 648 (2016-02-15): XStream Desktop 153, Raspbian unveils OpenGL feature, free hardware, Ikey Doherty talks desktop design|
|• Issue 647 (2016-02-08): Tails 2.0, KDE project launches Neon, Manjaro unveils ARM support, FreeBSD's quarterly report|
|• Issue 646 (2016-02-01): deepin 15, Mint plans X-Apps, FreeBSD to support boot environments, logging into the desktop as root|
|• Issue 645 (2016-01-25): Linux Mint 17.3 "Xfce", Chromixium changes its name, Ubuntu tablets coming soon, Linux vs BSD comparision|
|• Issue 644 (2016-01-18): Kwort 4.3, Sabayon tests ARM images, Slackware adopts PulseAudio, running Linux without GNU software|
|• Issue 643 (2016-01-11): Solus 1.0, Mint provide upgrade path to 17.3, Fedora developers work on stability, running the LXQt desktop|
|• Full list of all issues|
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