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    Debian's default interface has a bit less...

    Debian's default interface has a bit less "polished beauty", and therefore it can be slightly faster and more efficient; you would only notice a difference if your system is a few years old,...
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    Debian, LMDE, Ubuntu, Mint?

    All four of the Linux-based distributions mentioned in the title of this post: (Debian, LMDE, Ubuntu, Mint?) are very good alternatives to any commercial software.

    To put each "in their place",...
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    A great number of years ago (I believe it was...

    A great number of years ago (I believe it was during the Fall of 1995), I decided to try out my first version of Linux.

    In order to get started, I purchased a book, and it happened to have a...
  4. The package firmware-linux-nonfree has a decent...

    The package firmware-linux-nonfree has a decent chance of installing the wireless firmware that you need, but a better way to ensure that you are installing what will actually work is to do some...
  5. This makes a great deal of sense

    Normally it is a good idea to have rescue media and rescue distributions that are on some form of external media (CD, DVD, USB Flash Drive, external USB disk) because they are often used to recover a...
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    Yeah, that's a good one to add. I have both...

    Yeah, that's a good one to add. I have both antiX and Peppermint OS installed on one of my systems (antiX on ALL of them, actually) and both work well. If you are willing to try somewhat unusual...
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    Sounds like the 'Roky' that I know!

    Roky,

    The original LMDE was a bit 'rocky', but it has come a long way. I've not seen this SolydXK. Is it a direct spin off or descendant of LMDE?

    The most recent MATE/Cinnamon editions of...
  8. Thread: new guy! :o

    by masinick
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    Welcome to the Linux Forums, Callum, and welcome...

    Welcome to the Linux Forums, Callum, and welcome to using free and open technology, where the source code for applications and their system, the forums where you can learn, and the resources you...
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    Before installing software it is necessary (at...

    Before installing software it is necessary (at least once each session) to update the Debian apt package cache.

    You do that like this:


    sudo apt-get update

    Then you ought to be able to...
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    I guess that *I* am the ancient one! I will only...

    I guess that *I* am the ancient one! I will only comment that I was still in elementary school when the MULTICS project started, and even when the UNIX project started, I was only in Junior High...
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    Everything is derived!

    All Linux utilities and libraries are derived (or taken) from either the GNU licensed utilities and libraries or sometimes from a BSD-based utility or library. The Linux kernel itself, though...
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    Unfortunately, though you have a point, you got...

    Unfortunately, though you have a point, you got more of your details incorrect than correct. Yes, SLS was one of the very first, but Yggdrasil Linux/GNU/X, the first CD-ROM based Linux distribution,...
  13. From the Emacs documentation: 14.21 Line...

    From the Emacs documentation:

    14.21 Line Truncation

    As an alternative to continuation (see Continuation Lines), Emacs can display long lines by truncation. This means that all the characters...
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    My overwhelming thought here is to get all of the...

    My overwhelming thought here is to get all of the software to the most currently supported version; Debian is never cutting edge, except in "Debian Sid" form, and even there, it is fairly well tested...
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    I do not know enough about pgsql, other than the...

    I do not know enough about pgsql, other than the high level description that it is an advanced database consisting of both object oriented and relational database methodologies. Clearly some...
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    It may not be a distribution version that is...

    It may not be a distribution version that is responsible for performance related issues, but I would say that you ought to seriously consider using a different Debian version anyway. Debian Squeeze,...
  17. That's for sure; good point, merelyjim! I am...

    That's for sure; good point, merelyjim! I am personally partial to Debian Sid and to projects closely aligned with Debian Testing and Debian Sid, such as antiX and siduction. But you're right; most...
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    Cousin Lucky, good to see you back! I just heard...

    Cousin Lucky, good to see you back! I just heard from Dragonmouth, a friend in another Linux forum who lives in Westchester County; he had been without power all week until today, and still has...
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    Yes, that is a good looking, simple GRUB Legacy...

    Yes, that is a good looking, simple GRUB Legacy config file. Assuming the disk geometry issue that alarmed me has also been taken care of, this approach ought to work just fine.
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    Watch out! Your partitions seem to OVERLAP! Not good!

    OOH! Unless I misread your fdisk -l output, I see a big problem there Cousin! It looks as if /dev/sda1 covers the entire disk, except the first 3800 or so blocks, and both sda2 and sda3 seem to...
  21. I really like antiX for putting together a...

    I really like antiX for putting together a system. It is really easy to run, as is, to start with, and there are currently three variations you can select: a "full version", which is a full...
  22. Thread: Linux?

    by masinick
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    These are good ideas. Keep in mind that even...

    These are good ideas. Keep in mind that even with the computer you already own, you can download CDs, DVDs, or USB images that you do not have to install at first, unless you want to. You can run...
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    I keep backup images of important things and...

    I keep backup images of important things and redundancy wherever possible. I have two portable systems plus a netbook and a smart phone, so if any one of them fails, I have alternatives. I have...
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    We all have choices to make, each and every day. ...

    We all have choices to make, each and every day. When telephones, televisions, radios, and computers add to our convenience, they are useful. When they start to control who we are and what we do,...
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    Cousin Lucky, I am thankful that you are a...

    Cousin Lucky, I am thankful that you are a survivor, and I pray for the survivors who know others who were not as fortunate, and also for those who are so despondent that they have stooped to low...
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