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Close to the iron (29/03/13 16:47:11) Reply
    Ages ago GoW let me in on the secret known as QNX - and after that I've been on the alert with regard to real-time systems. Not that I understand anything of it - but perhaps in some future, if I become very old and keep my mind and my body, I can make use of it. Now QNX has become the OS of a not-too-successful mobile telephone system.

    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
    So - Sabayon didn't even boot from the DVD. Knoppix, installed on the HD, found only those blessed 800 something GB and refused to format the remaining 2.2 TB. Mint Debian didn't cope with the disk either. So - not Canossa this time, just Debian Stable.

    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
    3T? it will take 10 years until industry (read mainstream) gets that. i had to re-flash new firmware in a brand new very expensive just-released-2-months-ago external box coz it wasn't understanding 3TB properly. What these ppl are thinghking? i know what. "the smart would find a way anyway. but they are disappearing minority. get the rest."

Forking and in-fighting (07/04/13 20:18:32) Reply
    Alsalib or audiosink - it seems that drivers are mutually exclusive.

    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
    My test round of Linux distros was a depressing eye opening experience. I would have expected that hardware support could be one field where various distros could have collaborated - with a pool of drivers adequately packed (or packed on the fly "specially for you, Sir (or Ma'am)" - like the pdf files from Wikipedia). The VLC experience was particularly disappointing. Seems like running it on Debian was deliberately blocked.

    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
    ubuntu tried do that.
    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
    Yep, every software is bad. And like you I hate being forced to spend hours of my life maintaining a system.

    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
    Thank you both. It's a real comfort.

Re: Close to the iron (08/04/13 19:18:28) Reply
    we've for testing-reasons a Z10 in the company, but my colleagues & trainees (all with an additional iphone beside the company-blackberry) are no friend of it

Opening the iron gates (09/05/13 17:49:39) Reply
    After some more sorrows - with PCLinuxOS and Mint, I returned to rpm land and to Scientific Linux - the CERN ripoff of Red Hat. It installed beautifully, gave me my 3 TB with no nags about disk partitioning. OK - the usual hassles with firewall settings to enter the Web - but I found the KDE games and had that beautiful solitaire suite.

    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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