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1 • PUIAS Inclusion is a good news! (by manmath sahu on 2011-07-25 08:24:26 GMT from India) |
Good that you've included PUIAS into your db. The project seems very promising.
Also the basename tricks really helped me maintain sanity of my files that were lying cluttered for several years.
2 • PUIAS (by earlybird on 2011-07-25 09:40:12 GMT from Canada)
Agree with #1-manmath sahu - That sounds really interesting. Will have to check that out and see how it compares to Scientific Linux.
Also enjoyed the review on kfreebsd. Again, something out of left field. Even if not immediately useful for most of us, such experimentation is one of the attractions of opensource, not being constrained by the the hands of a monopoly, and perhaps being able to integrate successful ideas back into the mainstream for the benefit of all.
The best part of this weeks edition was on the command line. It was fitting that the same edition mentioned the stability of Slackware and it's use of the commandline for most configuration.
So refreshing to find 3 really good topics and no mention of Ubuntu (forgive me; couldn't resist)
Now getting back to the commandline; if I could just remember how to reset a mucked-up terminal when a typo, or perhaps accidentally catting a binary scrambles the screen.....
3 • Resetting a terminal (by Dolphin on 2011-07-25 10:10:22 GMT from Israel)
Just type a "reset" command.
4 • alias (by laoguy on 2011-07-25 10:22:23 GMT from Australia)
Should those quotation marks be single or double in the alias examples?
5 • ZFS Debian/KFreeBSD (by Fossala on 2011-07-25 10:45:27 GMT from United Kingdom)
I'm fairly sure that the ZFS is only included in the amd64 iso because of instablity of ZFS in i386. It is also recomended to have 4GB ram for ZFS and without PAE i386 can only use ~3GB.
6 • Debian GNU/kFreeBSD (by koroshiya itchy on 2011-07-25 12:12:09 GMT from Belgium)
I have installed Debian GNU/kFreeBSD in two different computers (one laptop and one workstation) using the netinstall CD without any problem. It is great that one can use different kernels in an GNU environment (namely in Debian). The main problem I currently see with such "hybrid" systems have to do with the compilation of new kernel modules (in may case, mainly the proprietary Nvidia drivers, that I really need, not only for 3D acceleration but also for GPU computing).
Regarding, ZFS. Installing ZFS in a root filesystem is not a trivial task for any of the distros I know, except for OpenIndiana (well, last time I tried it was still OpenSolaris). Even user-friendly FreeBSD derivatives such as PC-BSD and Ghost-BSD require a lot of manual configuration and know-how. ZFS is great but beware that it requires a lot of RAM memory (several GB) for optimal functioning.
7 • Debian GNU/kFreeBSD (by Mathew John Roberts on 2011-07-25 12:14:10 GMT from United Kingdom)
Good to see a review of this. I've installed it in a vm (virtualbox). It is rather flakey but the install was smooth and it boots up fine into the login screen. I get to the gnome desktop (ugh, i wish they packaged xfce) and it seems to work sometimes. It is hard to describe.
I really like the fact that people work on these type of projects just because they can. I fully agree with the "cool" factor and it also helps to debug applications so that they are truly cross-platform (not just linux specific).
I wish other distros would do this too. An Arch/kfreebsd would totally rock! They do have Arch/Hurd! It would be brilliant to see Debian/Minix or Debian/OpenIndiana. Even better would be a Debian/OpenBSD. I'm more of an Arch fan than Debian but it does seem to me that Debian is more willing to push the boundaries.
8 • 1975 versus 1985 (by CAI ENG on 2011-07-25 13:29:17 GMT from United States)
In defense of Slackware's requirement to employ the keyboard, rather than the mouse, for installation/configuration, Jack Wallen wrote
"This approach helps create much cleaner configuration files."
What is he talking about?
"Cleaner" for the user? Or, simpler for the developer?
This is the sort of nonsense one read, a quarter century ago, let's stop repeating it.....There is nothing "cleaner" about code designed to intercept the user's intention using a keyboard, than code designed to intercept the user's intention using a mouse.
9 • PU_IAS (by Dave Postles on 2011-07-25 13:37:04 GMT from United Kingdom)
I've been using PU_IAS for most of this year now, on my desktop PC for the stability. I've installed LibO,but I've placed an icon in the top panel (the green tick from LibO) rather than use the desktop-integration which needs some work with PU_IAS and RHEL derivatives. From the repositories, I've added VLC, LyX, K3B, and gretl. I use *nix ftp from the terminal. The one programme that I miss is QGIS, so I have other distros on my laptops. I've found PU_IAS rock solid and what I used most of the time. The people at PU_IAS (through the mailing lists) have been so kind too. My desktop is at:
10 • I'm Slack and I'm proud (by Microlinux on 2011-07-25 14:02:10 GMT from France)
@8: Greetings from an IT professional (see link) using Slackware 13.37 on both servers and desktops. Folks who prefer doing it manually are not necessarily a bunch of wankers.
11 • UUID (by Anonymous on 2011-07-25 14:23:36 GMT from United States)
so disk device renumbering will not be such a headache the next time you add or remove disks
Because UUID=86fr5683f-4this-8is879-very998-86753elstupid01 is far more memorable and easier to use than /dev/sda or /dev/ad0
12 • Alias and ZFS (by Jesse on 2011-07-25 14:47:18 GMT from Canada)
>> "Should those quotation marks be single or double in the alias examples?"
Those are double quotes around the alias commands.
Regarding the ZFS option (or lack of) in the installer, I suspect there's a check in Debian's installer which looks for a certain amount of disk space or memory. Which is a fairly reasonable precaution. Though I wish the install manual listed the requirements. I've run ZFS on OpenSolaris with 512MB of RAM and about 8GB of disk space in a virtual environment, so the requirements shouldn't be too high.
As I mentioned, the ZFS tools are in kFreeBSD's repository, so people wanting to set up ZFS can do so manually.
13 • Please stop re-inventing the wheel. (by os2_user on 2011-07-25 15:14:23 GMT from United States)
"For people who just like to tinker with computers kFreeBSD is right up there with trying MINIX or running NetBSD on a toaster."
Have to say ENOUGH already with re-inventing wheels after reading the Feature Story and the above quote. I understand the fun of "just" tinkering, but it's also as in #8: "This is the sort of nonsense one read, a quarter century ago, let's stop repeating it....."
Nothing is being advanced or even perfected by endless repetition of same old basics.
Take specifically: for Debian's GNU/kFreeBSD to pretty much freeze during install because downloading from a repository -- if one doesn't remove the cable at the right time -- OUGHT to just be laughed out of existence. But it won't be because SO ingrained in Unix culture that many actually think it's GOOD to spend a couple of hours on just installing, requiring more arcane expertise than any sane person would acquire just to get sort of going.
So, anyway, that's why though I WISH Linux would take off and wipe out M$, I've my doubts that its internal culture will ever, er, move on from the 1980's.
14 • Market dominace is not the goal (by Brotherred on 2011-07-25 15:40:00 GMT from United States)
For many market dominance is not the goal. There are many things that BSD, Linux and Hurd can learn from one another. Can learn and *have been* learning from each other all long. Does that slow time to market or common Joe recondition? Likely yes. But this is a vast and more diverse community than most can imagine and for some of those market presence is the least of their concerns.
Further more who are we the end u$ers to say that those more talented than us are working on the wrong things.
15 • #13 Linux wiping out M$ (by imnotrich on 2011-07-25 16:16:41 GMT from Mexico)
I'm sad to admit but IMHO Linux will never overtake Microsoft or Apple for end users because:
1. Microsoft and Apple have better hardware support, and they don't abandon hardware just because it's two or three years old. Drivers are available for many years.
2. It's easy to install Windows or MAC OS, no hours or days or weeks of endless tinkering and googling to get everything working. Problematic installs are rare.
3. A gui that makes sense (vs guis that change every few months just to be different, move buttons around and such)
4. Microsoft Office vs. Open Office vs. Word Perfect vs. Libre Office file format pissing matches. "People, can't we all get along?" (Rodney King).
Linux developers do an incredible job with #1, but not all hardware manufacturers cooperate, then there are distros who insist on omitting proprietary code, either way I've never found a distro that consistently supports a wide variety of hardware across multiple machines. Worse yet because Linux wants to be bleeding edge, it's quick to drop support for common devices (such as video and wireless) simply because those devices are a few years old. Hint from the perspective of a user: Hardware support is not "bloat."
Re #2, Linux is all about tinkering and experimentation. Linux Developers would consider themselves failures if they produce a flawless, working distro that required no tweaking, and honestly...how many of us would lose interest in Linux if "just worked" was the rule, not the exception?
GUI's - users should be given choices during the initial install. People will argue that you can change your desktop environment later but...that goes back to #2. Mucho tinkering and experimentation and maybe it will work. Maybe it won't and there's a good chance you will bork your install.
Finally, office file formats. If you're going to have interoperability with the "other" OS's, there needs to be standards that all Office/Word processing suites support. As long as there is no 100% functional equivalent for Microsoft Office, company IT departments will be reluctant to switch to Linux for Open Office or other alternatives which may be 75% or 80% equivalent...not good enough. Expect Microsoft will not cooperate, and plan accordingly.
Linux market share will grow in future years, and I expect web servers and corporate servers will migrate to Linux in greater numbers but for end users.. Linux has to be more like Windows in order to be Windows (the thought of which is enough to make most Linux developers puke I am sure).
16 • review request (by Andrei Raevky on 2011-07-25 16:22:09 GMT from United States)
First, I want to thank you for a fantastic show! Second, since you reviewed Kubuntu, I would like to suggest that you review Xubuntu which is, I believe, an even better alternative for those running away from the inanity of Unity (and possibly GNOME3).
17 • @15 (by fernbap on 2011-07-25 17:10:35 GMT from Portugal)
"I'm sad to admit but IMHO Linux will never overtake Microsoft or Apple for end users because:"
Linux objective is not world domination;
"It's easy to install Windows or MAC OS, no hours or days or weeks of endless tinkering and googling to get everything working. Problematic installs are rare."
Are you kidding me? A linux desktop distro takes typically 30 minutes to install. If a windows install doesn't work, too bad for you, you will have to change the hardware. If a linux install doesn't work, you will be able to make it work.
"Microsoft and Apple have better hardware support, and they don't abandon hardware just because it's two or three years old. Drivers are available for many years."
Wrong. They don't have hardware support. They rely on third party drivers, and many are not even tested.
"A gui that makes sense (vs guis that change every few months just to be different, move buttons around and such)"
I'm sure you can find a gui that makes sense to you amongst the many Linux has to offer. Besides, that statement is entirely subjective.
"Microsoft Office vs. Open Office vs. Word Perfect vs. Libre Office file format pissing matches. "People, can't we all get along?" (Rodney King).!
There are a lot of formats that all of those offices support. However, M$ makes sure that every of his releases uses a format that is incompatible with the former releases. Talk about having the user interest in mind... :P
18 • #15 troll? (by Chris on 2011-07-25 17:16:15 GMT from United Kingdom)
I'm not sure whether you are being serious?
Re #1 there are plenty of Linux distributions with amazing hardware support, and yes my ancient desktop still runs on Linux without problem. I haven't experienced this "abandon hardware" that you talk about. What drivers have been dropped that you need? Seems like hogwash to me.
Re #2 it is actually easier in some cases to install say Linux than Windows, since often your hardware works straight away and you don't need to track down drivers. It's actually extremely difficult to install MacOS on anything except Mac hardware. The Ubuntu's and Mints are making it extremely easy these days to install Linux.
Re #3 are you suggesting that the Windows and Mac OS interfaces haven't changed at all? Also, last time I checked, you don't have to upgrade if you're happy with what you've got. People are still using Windows XP, and people are still using Debian 5.
Re #4 I'm guessing you haven't seen this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenDocument
19 • Re: #8 Configuration (by silent on 2011-07-25 17:18:29 GMT from Hungary)
I guess 'cleaner' simply means that there is only one way of modifying configuration files, and there is only one configuration file for each attribute. Imagine a Linux distribution with several GUI configuration frontends and several config file options (eg. mimeapps.list and defaults.list for default applications). Some of those GUI frontends may completely erase the previous version of the config file, some will add extra lines without removing anything, some will modify one configuration file, some another one, so the precedences may decide what settings are applied at the end.
20 • Cleaner Configurations (by DavidEF on 2011-07-25 17:22:37 GMT from United States)
@ #8 -CAI ENG
I'm sure the word "cleaner" there is referring to keeping configuration options simple, organized, and in the right places. The problem with using a GUI for configuration is the same as using a republican survey for democrats, or vice-versa. There is an extra layer of "interpretation" involved which can cause confusion. Part of the problem is that there are sometimes different ways to get similar, but not exactly the same, results.
If I know exactly what I want, I'd rather have a list of well-documented commands to choose from, rather than a GUI application which may describe things in a way that I only "think" I might get what I want out of it. When it turns out that I don't get what I want, I have to go back and change that option back, then keep looking for the option that will ultimately give me what I'm looking for. If the GUI application is complex and/or I haven't used it before, that might be the start of a lot of mess for me!
I love GUI applications. I don't really prefer the command line. But, for config files, the command line is definitely the "cleaner" way to do it.
21 • @16 (by Gustavo on 2011-07-25 17:30:16 GMT from Brazil)
Xubuntu 10.04 LTS is still the best distro/version for those who just want a trouble free system. It is like the "Windows XP" of linuxes [without malware] ;)
22 • Windows faster to install? (by DavidEF on 2011-07-25 17:34:01 GMT from United States)
@ #15 - imnotrich
"2. It's easy to install Windows or MAC OS, no hours or days or weeks of endless tinkering and googling to get everything working. Problematic installs are rare."
Thanks for the laugh! I don't know about MacOS, but Windows always takes at least several hours, if not days, to get to a usable installed state. That includes getting all the updates, and installing any applications you need, since there are several which Windows doesn't supply.
Most linux distributions are installed in working order, with applications for just about everything, in 30 minutes or less. If you do happen to install an older version, you may have an hour or two of updates, which also includes all of the applications, as well as the OS.
23 • re #13 (by x on 2011-07-25 17:37:17 GMT from United States)
"Reinventing the wheel" ? If no one tried reinventing the proverbial wheel, we would still be living in caves. So from technological view, it is important to constantly reinvent and tweak that old wheel. Admittedly, this is not what mainstream users want, they just want it to work.
If someone did not take the initiative and 'reinvent', FreeBSD would most likely be the operating system of choice among the non-proprietary operating systems.
Attempts to reinvent the wheel is one of the reasons there are multiple tire and wheel manufacturers. Just choose one that fits your needs and don't complain about the competitors unless you have actually had unresolvable problems.
24 • Downloading updates at install time (by Pixel on 2011-07-25 17:43:12 GMT from United States)
In your review of kFreeBSD, you mentioned the problems incurred when trying to download updates during the installation. Several distros are now trying to do this (Ubuntu/Mint/LMDE, so far in my experience), and it seems misguided. This is especially problematic for those distros which target new users.
I would think install time should be given over to simply laying down a working system. Ttrying to update at that time adds an unnecessary complication. Of the three times I've tried this, two resulted in broken installs, requiring me to start over, and one added about 30 minutes to an install that would otherwise have taken 10. Since then, I've just turned off the network during that part of the install, resulting in cleanliness every time.
If its that important to have users update immediately, why not just present a dialog on first and subsequent boots of the installed system as a reminder? For example, the Mint welcome dialog could do this.
25 • Xubuntu (by Jesse on 2011-07-25 17:46:23 GMT from Canada)
>> "since you reviewed Kubuntu, I would like to suggest that you review Xubuntu which is, I believe, an even better alternative for those running away from the inanity of Unity (and possibly GNOME3)."
I probably won't review Xubuntu this release cycle, but remind me again when 11.10 comes out. I'll probably end up doing a review of Ubuntu and one of the alternatives (either Xubuntu or Lubuntu) for comparison.
26 • Debian GNU/kFreeBSD (by Alwin on 2011-07-25 19:03:15 GMT from United States)
Comment deleted (off-topic).
27 • Ethernet on FreeBSD (by Fossala on 2011-07-25 19:16:49 GMT from United Kingdom)
Just want to give people a heads up ethernet names e.g. re0 em0 bge0 are related to the hardware and not just a generic name for the network device (eth0).
28 • RE 24 Updates at install. (by Bunky on 2011-07-25 19:21:45 GMT from United States)
Sometimes I wonder why they ask you anything, the installer is going to do what it wants. It has been like this for a while, everything from partitioning, choosing the install media, what you want to load on install, what video resolution and what driver, etc.
Specifically to the debian installer, I do not have DHCP on my network and even if I want to install from a CD it will crash 2/3 of the way through because of all things it insists on setting the time.
It will then ask you for the IP, which it did not do waiting for 5 minutes to make a connection the first time. Then it will get updates anyway. Then when it comes up the first time it will install more stuff.
Either update from the CD or don't build on top of it taking up double or triple the HD space. That is where I get the bad installs, it is from getting stuck in the middle of update heck or ignore your wishes and leave you in a command line.
29 • CentOS 6 (by coolpup on 2011-07-25 19:30:38 GMT from Canada)
I checked out CentOS 6 "Live" today. It installed nicely, and worked well until I updated it. After updates, the panel with the menu, clock, etc., magically disappeared with no way to replace it. It looks like an interesting distro, but leaves a lot to be desired if one can't do much with it. I mentioned the "bug" to the CentOS folks, and will see what they have to say about it.
30 • bashisms (by Daniel on 2011-07-25 22:08:39 GMT from Israel)
Jesse's 'history -c' tips only work in bash. They aren't portable to POSIX sh or to ash/ksh/zsh etc.
31 • PUIAS Linux (by :wq on 2011-07-25 22:13:27 GMT from United States)
In addition to PUIAS 6.1, the installation boot.iso for PUIAS 5.7 can be found @
"Select URL when prompted for installation media source. The url should be automatically filled in for the princeton server. If you wish to use the IAS server, change puias.princeton.edu to puias.math.ias.edu or one of the European mirrors."
32 • Review of debianKFreeBSD (by @nyMoUSE on 2011-07-25 22:50:38 GMT from United States)
What does KFreeBSD Debian offer over native FreeBSD? What does it offer that is not over in the other camp? Does it allow flash + java without Linuxulation?
Is it just a Toy OS? Can you do most things with it that you can with Debian or with vanilla FreeBSD?
33 • Deleted off-topic posts (by ladislav on 2011-07-26 00:50:10 GMT from Taiwan)
Guys please, stay on topic. This week's DWW is about Debian GNU/kFreeBSD, there a good variety of news, some interesting command-line tricks that you could maybe expand on. The Linux vs Windows topic has been beaten to death here and elsewhere so don't start it again (or if you must, find an appropriate forum). All Windows vs Linux posts will be deleted.
Also, it's amazing how many people felt the need to comment on the kFreeBSD screenshot! Next time I think I'll just create a user "jesse" so that some readers aren't too SHOCKED to see one editor writing a review and the other taking the screenshots. Is that really that extraordinary that some of you had to comment on it?
In all honesty, I'd rather have ten quality comments per week (something that other readers can find useful - think Adam Williamson here), than hundreds of chit-chat kind of posts that don't serve anybody. So before pressing the "submit" button, ask yourself: is my post going to provide useful information to other readers? If the answer is "no" then please try to resist the temptation to post the comment.
34 • @11 UUID (by William Barath on 2011-07-26 00:50:50 GMT from Canada)
It's not about being memorable to us humans. For that, disklabel is a much better choice.
35 • @33, Ladislav, Content (by William Barath on 2011-07-26 00:59:18 GMT from Canada)
I applaud you for trying to keep the signal to noise ration as high as possible.
Maybe you should consider taking the "best" comments from the previous DWW comments and making a summary article in the following DWW. That would help the useful content find its audience and vice versa, and possibly encourage a competitive urge to post higher quality content. =)
36 • kFreeBSD (by Jesse on 2011-07-26 01:06:57 GMT from Canada)
>> "What does KFreeBSD Debian offer over native FreeBSD? What does it offer that is not over in the other camp? Does it allow flash + java without Linuxulation?
Is it just a Toy OS? Can you do most things with it that you can with Debian or with vanilla FreeBSD?"
Debian's kFreeBSD offers Debian's massive software collection. FreeBSD has a lot of ports (around 22,000 I think), but some of them may need to be compiled. kFreeBSD should be able to run most of Debian's 29,000 pre-compiled packages. So convenient package management, lots of software and familiar GNU tools all come to mind as positives.
Assuming you can get kFreeBSD to run with a desktop environment you should be able to run Flash and Java. Though, to be fair, you can do that on FreeBSD too. Flash will require the Linux compatibility layer as there isn't a FreeBSD version of Flash (that I know of).
Is it a toy OS? Define toy. Assuming Debian's kFreeBSD runs on your hardware it should be able to do anything Debian GNU/Linux does. It's the same software, just running a different kernel. I doubt many places would offer commercial support for kFreeBSD if that's what you're asking.
37 • RE: 36 • kFreeBSD (by @nyMoUSE on 2011-07-26 01:20:19 GMT from United States)
Thanks Jesse for the clarification :)
It makes sense now. I don't know why but I prefer native FreeBSD over it, there are other little things that would also be useful to cover like GNU utilities vs BSD utilities, clang vs gcc, etc. I know for a fact that FreeBSD stays a little behind with regards to development and following upstream, but in return one gets a robust system that works well. With regards, to flash player, I try to avoid it and prefer not to install it on FreeBSD and use noscript & flashblock add ons.
A while ago I remember that you reviewed BSD LiveCDs, among them were BSDAnywhere(*ceased development), FreeSBIE(*no new releases as of 2.0.1 release). Ladislav mentioned an OpenBSD based livecd FujuIta. There was a livecd called Frenzy it exists, but developed by another guy. I remember there was a small 200-250 MB livecd with firefox and useful applications that could be copied to ram(Run off RAM) like Austrumi, Slax, Porteus, but for BSD :), it would be interesting to know that such a livecd variant exists :). RoFreeSBIE apparently has died, but now GhostBSD has taken over but it is big and does not have the packages that were on RoFreeSBIE to make me like it.
Also, does there exist a toolkit for *BSD that can make a livecd from your running system?, or one has to make a separate directory/partition to make it?
I know too many questions, and too little time. Thank you guys for Distrowatch.com, a must read every Monday :)
38 • Debian, kfreebsd, and stuff... (by davemc on 2011-07-26 02:38:13 GMT from United States)
Why a BSD port for Debian?
Thats why. Its clearly stated there on the very same website that Jesse claimed far and wide in his last Debian review as flawed and inferior. No need to look any further as the Debian Wiki very clearly and quite concisely lays everything out there for anyone to read.
I am writing this from a fresh Debian kfreebsd install that worked flawless the first time through with no freezes. No hiccups. No issues. I used the i386 netinst cd and accepted all defaults, unlike Jesse, and everything just worked, as is typically the case with Debian I think for the vast majority of people who do give an honest and fair trial a shot.
39 • @38 does kfreebsd have a livecd/livedvd to try? (by bSDuser on 2011-07-26 03:20:45 GMT from United States)
Thanks for your input regarding kFreeBSD from Debian. Is there a livecd/liveDVD that one can try? Can one build a livecd from an installed kFreeBSD?
Thanks for your input.
I am using NetBSD livecd
$ uname -r
$ uname -a
NetBSD livecd.jibbed.org 5.1 NetBSD 5.1 (JIBBED) #0: Wed Nov 10 22:47:59 CET 2010 firstname.lastname@example.org:/root/livecd/work/JIBBED i386
it works very well.
40 • fedora feature list (by JR on 2011-07-26 03:29:55 GMT from Brazil)
"However, the Fedora project may well discard some of the features, or postpone their inclusion until Fedora 17, if they prove to be not mature enough. This could potentially happen with the planned use of Btrfs as the distribution's standard file system."
I really did not like to know that. I'm anxious to see Btrfs by default in fedora! Would accelerate the adoption of the file system.
I do not understand how we still use as a default a file system that has no dynamic allocation of inodes. The ext4 upgrades compared to ext3 (and ext2) are great, but they are like having a electronic turbo intercooler in a old car with carburetor!
Also, how long it takes to format a hard drive of 2TB with ext4?
No offense, ext4 is a great file system, the best for desktops, but the old ReiserFS had abilities that the family "extended" will never have like dynamic allocation and automatic bad blocks marking for example ....
41 • kFreeBSD (by tdockery97 on 2011-07-26 03:50:46 GMT from United States)
So tell me, totally omitting binary drivers from the kernel means installing a system with absolutely no wifi capability? Why would I want to do that? No ath9k kind of makes it useless to me and thousands of others with laptops using Atheros chips.
42 • kfreebsd and things.. (by davemc on 2011-07-26 03:51:25 GMT from United States)
Stable as a rock so far but its missing some of the functionality now common to Linux systems such as flash support via the debian multimedia repo's. It apparently uses OSS, which has always been a mixed bag for me. Its a very new port for them and you can clearly tell that they have put a lot of work into it with more to follow. It will be fun to follow their progress with it as it continues to mature.
43 • UUID vs. disklabel; installing linux v. windows. (by ArkanabarTverrickIlarsadin on 2011-07-26 06:37:14 GMT from United States)
I do only UUIDs in fstab. A partition's UUID doesn't change unless I format it, whereas /dev labels can change every boot. And I can certainly believe they'd change in BSD if you added another disk.
I recently got a lappy with win7 preinstalled. I worked on that bastard for days, trying to get everything installed that I wanted. I partitioned the HD, installed Lubuntu 11.04, and had it running like I wanted within three hours. And with Granola, Jupiter, and xfce-power-manager, I get a couple more hours out of the battery than with win7.
44 • ZFS RAM (by vermaden on 2011-07-26 08:18:27 GMT from Poland)
I am using ZFS on my home storage box with Intel T8100 and 965GM MiniITX motherboard along with 1GB of RAM. I have 2 x 2TB drives put together in ZFS mirror for storage purposes, everything under control of 64bit FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE (amd64). I share that almost 2TB ZFS pool over SAMBA/NFS protocols to the local LAN/WLAN and even use that box as a server (converting various video formats using FFMPEG and so) ... and everything is stable as rock, You definitely do not need 16GB RAM to use ZFS with FreeBSD, also do not ave any 'manual' limits set in /boot/loader.conf, only modules loading:
$ cat /boot/loader.conf
... and ...
10:14AM up 52 days, 16 mins, 7 users, load averages: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
It would be about 200+ days, but this box does not uses UPS, so when the power is gone, so is the box ;)
45 • Fun stuff (by megadriver on 2011-07-26 08:27:28 GMT from Iceland)
Congratulations for a great DWW this week!
I mean, it was all about "having fun with computing using Linux and BSD", as this site's motto says. The "U word" was also mentioned just in passing, which is great, too! :)
I've always wanted to play with a BSD. Unfortunately, no BSD variant seems to like my current hardware that much. Specially my network card (SIS191). Apparently it's a bit "weird". Even the Linux driver for it contains a lot of "magic numbers" and other strangeness. Oh well...
46 • #43 (by zykoda on 2011-07-26 11:50:59 GMT from United Kingdom)
The /dev/sdx is not a disk label in that sense. See "man mount -L" option and device specification parameter.
47 • Gnome 3 (by pfb on 2011-07-26 12:59:38 GMT from United States)
After re-installing Fedora 15 it seems to working somewhat correctly in Gnome 3. The only trouble I have now is finding out how to activate a program from the icons. Don't laugh -- I tried to search the net. Apparently nobody else has my problem. Through trial and error I found that a triple right click will usually bring up a balloon, wherein I can select "New Window". Some how I don't believe that this is the intended mode of operation. Should not a single left click, or a double click, be sufficient to launch a program?
48 • @40 (by Blue Knight on 2011-07-26 17:31:36 GMT from France)
> "No offense, ext4 is a great file system, the best for desktops, but the old ReiserFS..."
No offense but ReiserFS was often crap and no, ext4 is not the "best" file system, if never there is one. XFS and JFS are quite/much better.
49 • re #47 triple clicking Gnome 3 (by gnomic on 2011-07-26 21:28:24 GMT from New Zealand)
Not seeing your reported difficulty here on various laptops and desktops - perhaps there is something untoward going on with your hardware? Sounds like clicks are getting lost. A double click works here. Perhaps investigate mouse settings - I expect there must still be some in Gnome 3, can't check just now.
50 • Coupla things (by CopperStuff on 2011-07-26 23:24:35 GMT from United States)
Ladislav I understand your post about keeping to the topic of DW at hand but I am doing this in hopes of getting a response.
I registered for the PCLinuxOS forum several weeks ago and not only have I not heard from them I seem to have been blocked. I am curious about this.
I also asked about this using the reply button on their initial email and have not heard from them.
I am using the same name I used in registering. Did I inadvertently use a name over the billions that could be picked that has already been used and it's a bad one?
And there is a thing called manners. Time after time I see the "forum rules" on various distro sites about conduct and that is understandable. Asking questions from volunteers is different than paid support. I doubt anyone would question that. Fine. But manners and common decency is a 2-way street. And I have seen some very short and biting responses to noobs asking questions. Maybe asking questions in an approved manner is part of the learning process. Any of the high and mighty mods ever think about that?
Maybe that is part of why Linux isn't as far along as it could be. People trying to learn get jumped on out of the gate and give up and go back to either windows or mac. And who could blame them.
51 • Review request - Mint LXDE (by fernbap on 2011-07-26 23:46:47 GMT from Portugal)
I always had a crush on Mint LXDE. It is typically the distro i install on older hardware to replace XP, with excelent results.
52 • #43 Partition labels (by jaglu on 2011-07-26 23:49:21 GMT from Denmark)
dev/sda8 might change to dev/sda10 if you delete a partition. But the labels you yourself put on a partition do not change and are easy to read. Mint11, Fedora15, DATA etc.
In my multi boot setup, 5 distros plus a Data partition I just run a mkdir /media/DATA in each partition and then in each fstab add the following line: LABEL=DATA /media/DATA ext4 defaults,noatime 0 2 and the DATA partition is automounted in each distro.
53 • #49 Triple Clicking (by pfb on 2011-07-27 01:05:09 GMT from United States)
Perhaps you have the answer. I am running a Pentium 4 at 3 GHz w/2Gb memory and an ATI 9600 All-in-Wonder. I suspect Fedora has passed me by. It is not the first time that Fedora has proven too much for one of my computers.
Only this time, since I have too many, I will have to pass on Fedora maybe. I do not need to buy another computer.
I just tried CentOS 6, and it works like a charm. As does Koraraa. I have downloaded KDE (FEDORA) to see if it will work, but I have little hope for it. Neither XFCE nor LXDE seem to be able to handle dual monitors. And before I reloaded Fedora, KDE was no better.
But, I do like Fedora.
54 • @48 (by JR on 2011-07-27 03:47:17 GMT from Brazil)
>"No offense but ReiserFS was often crap and no, ext4 is not the "best" file system, if never there is one. XFS and JFS are quite/much better."
For desktops that may have data journaling they are not much better, they have just meta-data journaling, only the filesystem itself is preserved ("with guaranteed filesystem consistency" like XFS guys like to say)
they are in fact file systems developed more recently, if you compare them to the ext family, which makes them somewhat more advanced, but you have to think about what is most important, each case is unique .....
and... the best IS NOT perfect, it is only the best for a certain task!
55 • @ 50 : Re-registration PCLinuxOS forumk (by Chon on 2011-07-27 05:48:59 GMT from Thailand)
>>>>I registered for the PCLinuxOS forum several weeks ago and not only have I not heard from them I seem to have been blocked. I am curious about this.<<<<<
You are registered on the PCLinuxOS forum
Registration date :2011/07/13
Registration time : 05:38:42
Amount of posts : 0 ( as in zero )
Your email : hidden
If you think you have a problem, try to contact a moderator like / OP / Neal / .......
I also will inform them today about your problem
56 • Dual Monitors, @49 (by Stan on 2011-07-27 06:16:47 GMT from United States)
Unless you want to do something weird, both KDE and XFCE can handle dual monitors just fine. With KDE, click on Display in the System Settings, and with XFCE, it's also Display, but this time in the Settings menu (or Settings Manager application). Both work just fine here, with open-source drivers no less.
If you have a NVIDIA card and are using the proprietary drivers, you might have more luck with TwinView, under any desktop environment.
57 • #53 CENTOS (by Michael King on 2011-07-27 07:55:58 GMT from United Kingdom)
I have to agree with PB and the recent Dedoimedo review on this, CentOS 6 is a really good desktop OS! It offers Gnome 2 refugees a stable functional desktop supported if you want right up until 2016! I downloaded the Live dvd version which also has lots of usable KDE apps added as well and all the office multimedia tools and games.. try the live CD if you want to add all your own software choices!
58 • @7 other distros (by disi on 2011-07-27 12:07:16 GMT from Germany)
Gentoo has a *BSD project going on for a longer time.
technical the same installation guides, but different kernels.
I once tried it myself ~2-3years ago and it worked pretty well, bash and GNU userland worked fine. Not sure about the current status but all the pages were updated a couple of months ago.
The FreeBSD port is based on 7.2 btw.
59 • Humble Bundle (by Jesse on 2011-07-27 13:56:09 GMT from Canada)
For those of you interested, there is a new Humble Bundle event on at the moment. This gives us the chance to purchase DRM-free games for the Linux platform for the amount we want to pay. Proceeds go to the developers, the EFF, Child's Play charity and the event coordinators.
60 • @44 FreeBSD and zfs (by disi on 2011-07-27 14:39:02 GMT from Germany)
I had a little trouble with the Marvell controller, which was fixed with a recent patch I hope. We will see in about 2 months uptime, if it still goes nuts :D
Other than that, it runs on a miniITX board with dual atom and 2GB RAM without problems. Using LZO compression for the zpools (except for the root zpool on a seperate 32GB SSD) on ~7.2TB storage (2xzpools with each 3x2TB WD). All drives shared via NFS.
This is a nasty machine and is also DHCP, DNS, Router, icecast streaming :P
61 • *56 -- Dual Monitors (by pfb on 2011-07-27 20:16:54 GMT from United States)
Yes i understand that XFCE, LXDE, and KDE handle dual monitors just fine. However monitor number 2 is a Dell E193something. And a number of distro versions of X, L, and K cannot recognize this monitor and do not believe that it can handle 1280x1024. Consequently, when I force it with xrandr some systems disconnect VGA-1. (I have yet to find anything that will reconnect it.) Sometimes the monitor is actually disconnected, and other times it is still on but only partially usable. I.e., I cannot move open windows onto the monitor.
I find it somewhat amusing that Gnome (the desktop that knows what is best for me, better than I do myself) can function with this monitor, while others (that provide some flexibility for me to have it my way) cannot. But this is just Fedora 15 (although I did have similar problems with Mint 11).
62 • re 61 that elusive 1280x1024 resolution (by gnomic on 2011-07-27 22:54:01 GMT from New Zealand)
I quite often find that Xorg ignores the possibility of 1280x1024 and insists on 1152x864. Attempting to force a resolution using xrandr that has not been generated by Xorg as an available mode will not work as I understand it. The post quoted below on Distrowatch from a while back may shed light in the darkness on this point. It has worked for me. It's a kind of annoying quirk in Xorg I think; perhaps 40-50% of live CDs I point at a 1280x1024 screen show this problem. Sometimes 1280x1024 is available to be selected but for some reason 1152x864 is still preferred by default. Zygmunt was talking about Fedora 14 here but it is a generic solution, provided of course that cvt and xrandr (or equivalent) are available.
F14 (by zygmunt on 2010-11-01 21:22:43 GMT from United Kingdom)
Usual display resolution workaround required to get 1280x1024
cvt 1280 1024 60
xrandr --newmode "1280x1024_60.00" 109.00 1280 1368 1496 1712 1024 1027 1034 1063 -hsync +vsync
xrandr --addmode VGA-0 "1280x1024_60.00"
xrandr --output VGA-0 --mode "1280x1024_60.00"
63 • Zorin os Lite Lxde is awesome (by Roy H Huddleston on 2011-07-27 23:45:54 GMT from United States)
I really liked it that they based this one on Lubuntu 11.04 Natty especially the LXDM part of it. It is certainly the best LXDE version out there in my opinion. :)
64 • kFreeBSD (by RollMeAway on 2011-07-28 05:10:51 GMT from United States)
I've been playing with an installation since Feb. 2010. I 'visit' it for 2 or 3 days about once each month, do a dist-upgrade, checkout progress, regressions, etc.
I treat it as a curiosity, nothing I could regularly use. Coincidently, I spent last weekend doing a dist-upgrade. I am running sid, so problems are always expected. A new one this time was no mouse when X started up. Web searching, I found that /var/run/hald (directory) was not being created at boot. (/var/run is in a tmpfs, not persistent). I now have to open a tty term. mkdir /var/run/hald, and manually start hald. When I go back to X I have a mouse.
Currently kde4 will come up, but with a 1 to 5 sec delay for everything, like open a window, type a character, etc. NOT usable.
Gnome opens with a "gconf / dbus mis-configured" error.
Xfce4 is usable with minor quirks. Cannot move an open terminal window.
LXDE, and e17:55225 both work without any problems.
After reading a few post above of how "stable and great" their kfreebsd install is, perhaps it is time for me to RE-INSTALL. Perhaps my system if beyond my capacity to repair or fix.
Or, perhaps these posters simply have not played the upgrade game yet!
65 • #62 Resolution (by pfb on 2011-07-28 17:33:34 GMT from United States)
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I never occurred to me that I needed to include the --newmode stuff. With past systems I never needed it.
Now Fedora works with LXDE and KDE. And kinda sorta with XFCE. Cool.
66 • quick plug for new puppy forums (by wolf on 2011-07-30 03:04:40 GMT from Canada)
everyone welcome, just starting out..
"Main Mission Statement
This forum serves four main purposes:
Ask for help with Puppy Linux
Give help for Puppy Linux
Discuss the future of Puppy Linux
Personal, friendly, noncombative, non-technical communication"
67 • re #66 new forum for Puppy Linux (by gnomic on 2011-07-30 04:40:43 GMT from New Zealand)
There is an existing forum for Puppy Linux - http://murga-linux.com/puppy/
Is the new forum intended as supplementary or perhaps a replacement? Just curious so I know where to go in future :-)
68 • new puppy forums (by wolf on 2011-07-30 05:38:33 GMT from Canada)
speaking as a member, the new forums are taking a rules and order approach to forums, with focus, rather than the opposite
here's one of the "general rules"
"Links to or mention of murga-linux.com is forbidden"
i would describe the new forums as distinctly different, if not the opposite, with new folks ultimately deciding in witch direction it will go
personally, i have no interest in the original forum
69 • re#67 (by Puppy User on 2011-07-30 06:16:51 GMT from United States)
The new forum was started by a few former members of the Murga forum who were banned.As you can tell by the rule mentioned in #68,they appear to be really open minded.
70 • My Forum (by Puppyite on 2011-07-30 16:37:06 GMT from United States)
re#66 The Puppy Linux Forum @ http://www.puppylinuxforum.org/ will supersede murga-linux.
71 • My FAQ (by Puppyite on 2011-07-30 16:51:22 GMT from United States)
Puppy Linux FAQ @ http://www.puppylinuxfaq.org/ supersedes Lobster - Coolpup wiki.
72 • Scientific Linux 6.1 (by Caraibes on 2011-07-30 19:02:51 GMT from Dominican Republic)
Sci Lin 6.1 looks pretty good, no ? I tried it live on various laptops... Looks like the winner so far... Don't have a machine to install it right now... Would be curious to read reviews... Looks like Gnome 2.x will stay alive & well with the help of RHEL clones, Squeeze & Lucid...
73 • re #70,71 puppy forums (by gnomic on 2011-07-31 00:36:40 GMT from New Zealand)
I take it that your statements above are an expression of your personal opinion, and must therefore be taken with a grain of salt?
I expect the truth of the matter will become apparent in due course. I have no axe to grind here, and am not involved with the existing Puppy forum aside from a few contributions on various topics.
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