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|Close to the iron (29/03/13 16:47:11)||Reply|
These days I've treated myself to a completely new computer experience - an ITX motherboard with a dual-core AMD processor with built-in graphics, a 3GB disk, 8 GB RAM and a DVD, in the vain hope (so far) of making myself a cheap media centre. OpenSUSE 12.3 did not give me a working system. Neither did CentOS 6.4 in the full version. The former didn't boot, and the latter gave me the grub pprompt. But CentOS 6.3, the live CD, installed nicely and gave me a boot from the HD. OK - so there was Google to help me (so far not 8-\) - and in the process
My guess is that there is going to be a lot of it. Like whisky bottles which sound a warning when you are about to pour a too large drink - registering the pouring angle, the volume already passed, the decent amount to be served to the person in focus of the bottle-top camera in view of the drinks already served to that person.
And then there are the important uses.
|A long way (03/04/13 19:28:03)||Reply|
OK - disk formatted and OK. Weird screen format, but nevermind. But no sound with the builtins. VLC gave me a cryptic message about the wrong ALSA libraries, but my system had a higher version than the requested.
Audacious. I enabled all options in all menus - and there it was.
So if you want an E350N media center with more than 2 TB disk, then go directly for Debian and Audacious. It will save you hours of frustration.
If you don't believe it: just ask me.
|Re: A long way (05/04/13 20:30:34)||Reply|
|Forking and in-fighting (07/04/13 20:18:32)||Reply|
There seems to be a need to manually configure a backend (but first you must guess which one). A rudimentary default to be tweaked afterwards isn't on offer.
And then - I made some experiments with an old KVM box to avoid all that flipping of signal cables to the screen. XP made no fuss - it gave me my HD resolution - but Debian refused to give me high resolution and offered me the choice between VGA and 800x600 - even after I had removed the KVM box. I finally managed to reset video to the old high resolution by running the Knoppix live DVD.
Replacing Windows? No chance when it is almost impossible to configure a sound system. It needs to work out of the box. And breaking the screen resolution without giving me a tool to fix it?
There is a need for a well-ordered commercial Linux distro for the private desktop. How about CentOS with an entertainment package, and an updated driver library?
|Too many ways (07/04/13 21:24:00)||Reply|
But maybe it was only my weird choice of hardware, and maybe the hardware was intended as a Windows Only configuration.
|Re: Too many ways (09/04/13 19:31:35)||Reply|
to some extent they're successfull.
but not all works. and now there's nearly as much bloat in it as in windoze.
the other old-green-monitor-friendly-ones (read: debian, arch etc) dont really call to me - i may know how to setup and fix them but gosh, why bother. i do have a live. spending 2days upfront and then 1hr a week to setup a printer / usb / monitor / u-name-it isn't my idea of living.
it's not clear which one of all the possible platform choices sucks less. ios, android, blah*inux, windoze, ... all have diff.kind of idiocies.
|Re: Re: Too many ways (10/04/13 11:53:30)||Reply|
I've tried to avoid Debian as it's too old and still needs a lot of tweaking to get to a useful setup, at least for me. However, it has the largest software repository.
Ubuntu has been my choice for the last few years. It's ok if you stick to 10.4LTS. Everything more recent is bloated or unusable (like that Unity desktop). Advantage: You can use many of the packages from Debian repositories.
Next time I set up a new machine I might try Linux Mint XFCE edition. Seems to be the least painful distro for the moment.
ios and Android are out of the question, as far as I'm concerned. I like to be able to control what my machine does, at least kind of.
|Re: Re: Re: Too many ways (10/04/13 19:38:19)||Reply|
|Re: Close to the iron (08/04/13 19:18:28)||Reply|
|Opening the iron gates (09/05/13 17:49:39)||Reply|
So for the music. Flac was working out of the box - no hassles with configuring backends like in Debian. So - how about MP3? There were missing files, and they were nowhere to be found. Like libfridi.so.0. rpmforge didn't help either. Finally Google gave me what I had been searching for:
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