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Eva's Useful Guide to Ubuntu 9.10
johannes-eva.net ^ | Novembre 2009 | Johannes Eva

Posted on 11/16/2009 4:45:08 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Welcome to the third edition of Eva's Useful Guide to Ubuntu!
This guide contains many tips to enhance and customize a fresh Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" installation.

I have been using various Linux distributions since 1998, and Ubuntu since its first release in 2004. During the last five years, I have accumulated some experience installing and maintaining Ubuntu systems.

This guide was first meant to be my own reference, but I think it can be useful to anyone wanting to get the best of his Ubuntu box.

 

Summary

A. Media codecs, DVD support and more
B. Use the Gnome Control Center
C. Set up Firefox & Thunderbird
D. Install useful software
E. System & administration software
F. How to install fonts
G. Get more languages
H. How to force the package architecture
I. How to install Virtualbox
J. External monitor with NVidia
K. Hardware specific issues
L. Tips & tricks
M. Miscellaneous
N. Ubuntu branding
Final thoughts & comments

(Excerpt) Read more at johannes-eva.net ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: hitech; linux; ubuntu
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1 posted on 11/16/2009 4:45:09 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: ShadowAce
This appears to be very useful for those trying the Karmaic version of Ubuntu....aka 9.10.

I have Mint Helena 32 bit ( which is based on 9.10 ) running and seems very good so far . I plan to look thru this Eva Guide .

2 posted on 11/16/2009 4:50:44 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

After 60 years UNIX (aka linux) still cannot come out of the box and install itself and give a user one double-click access to email

Until it does (which it never will because Linux geeks need to feel so much more superior than everyone else) it will never be THE operating system the world uses.

And I am a software engineer- i KNOW it is superior operating system to windows, technically.


3 posted on 11/16/2009 4:53:18 AM PST by Mr. K (Deathly afraid one of my typos becomes a freeper catchphrase...I'm series!)
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To: Mr. K

Linux has been hovering around 3% market share for years. It makes a good Live CD rescue disk if you can find one that will boot on your machine.


4 posted on 11/16/2009 4:58:34 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Mr. K
because Linux geeks need to feel so much more superior than everyone else

Please don't include me in that group....I just prefer to NOT do all the work to keep Malware off of my system and I just enjoy looking at operating systems.....

5 posted on 11/16/2009 5:10:20 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Mr. K
 

Dilbert Unix

 

6 posted on 11/16/2009 5:16:03 AM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Mr. K
After 60 years UNIX (aka linux)

OK. Whatever.

7 posted on 11/16/2009 5:25:05 AM PST by Lee N. Field (I am not a navi, nor do I ramble on pretending to be one on teh Interwebz.)
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To: Incorrigible

One of my favorite vintage Dilbert strips.


8 posted on 11/16/2009 5:25:26 AM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

bookmark


9 posted on 11/16/2009 5:55:44 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

10 posted on 11/16/2009 6:17:26 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Mr. K

I dunno... I installed Fedora Core 9 (and since upgraded through 10 to 11) with no more hassle than a stock install of Windows XP.

I don’t recall Ubuntu being any more difficult than that.

Now, folks who buy Dells, Gateways, or Apples are used to not doing the install themselves at all (pre-installed Windows or OS X), so this may seem cumbersome, but I don’t see an appreciable difference in the install and “get going” process for any of them.


11 posted on 11/16/2009 6:25:04 AM PST by kevkrom (Obama's Waterloo: a "hockey mom" with a laptop and a Facebook account)
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To: Incorrigible

That’s a classic Dilbert and my favorite.


12 posted on 11/16/2009 6:35:20 AM PST by dmcnash (y)
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To: Mr. K
Well Mr. K, obviously you haven't tried Ubuntu or, better yet(although not touted as loudly as Ubuntu), Mint. Both of these systems install with most of what you need to run, email or anything else, without ever going to a terminal to type unless a person desires to do so. I can run most of the windows aps I can't get for linux(which is not the fault of linux)with wine, play all my old games that I like, run the equivalent of office or, through wine, run office itself.

All of the office docs that I made on XP run just fine in the Open Office of linux, as for a double click to your email right out of the box that is also possible and, in fact, I run the same email on both linux and XP.

Your prejudist of Linux is not due to facts based on modern versions of linux, but on versions that were in existence as few as 2 years ago.

Not only is linux superior technically, it is superior in all ways but one, that one is the fault of software manufacturers not wanting to make progs for linux due to fear of MS retalitation.

Linux is an open source program, it installs ALL of your drivers, sees ALL of your hardware and stuff works when it finishes installing, especially Mint, which, in my opinion, is a better version of Ubuntu.

People don't run linux to feel superior, they run linux because it is virtually virus free, and things work on it, in short people use linux for much the same reasons that apple users use Apple products, to get away from MS and their heavy hand on the computer industry.

13 posted on 11/16/2009 6:35:43 AM PST by calex59
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To: Mr. K
After 60 years UNIX (aka linux) still cannot come out of the box and install itself and give a user one double-click access to email.

Gotta disagree with you there. I just loaded Ubuntu on a box in my basement and was on the internet within five minutes of final installation. It used to have Linux Mint and I overwrote it with Ubuntu.

My kids were playing online video games within an hour.

14 posted on 11/16/2009 6:38:14 AM PST by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I use Ubuntu for our internet boxes and would use it for my image processing machine if there was a Linux version of Photoshop (WINE doesn't quite hack it for running Windows PS in Linux), but I wish to Hell they'd give up on the cutsey-poo version names: the numbers are enough and I can never remember if Reckless Rodent comes before or after Winsome Wallaby.
15 posted on 11/16/2009 6:53:12 AM PST by Grut
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To: Grut
How close does Gimp come?

And I thought I read there was another one that someone said had Layers...whatever that does for one.

16 posted on 11/16/2009 6:59:05 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Mr. K

That is just so wrong, on so many levels. lol

ALL distributions of any Debian based .nix (and Debian is the widest in use) come with the Evolution Suite pre-installed. ONE CLICK to start ‘er up, enter your provider’s info, your account info, and your on your way.

Evolution is an Open Source competitor to Microsoft’s Outlook Suite, with full Calendaring, Contacts, Tasks, Collaboration, etc.

Windows Vista and Windows 7 can’t do that, because they don’t even come with an email client (MS wants to suck you into their “Live Mail” bs).

As well, there is a plethora of email clients (and servers) available for FREE, from the “select and run” Software Center or, through the synaptic package manager. Choices. Choices. Choice. FREE. FREE. FREE.

As for the superiority, well, just be glad we aren’t Mac-nuts. LOL


17 posted on 11/16/2009 7:01:24 AM PST by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: Grut
Winsome Wallaby

LOL!

I just remember the numbers.

18 posted on 11/16/2009 7:01:50 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Mr. K
After 60 years UNIX (aka linux) ...

Some more accuracy in this subject area counts. :) Unix "escaped" from AT&T Bell Labs in the 1970's. That would be around 35+ years ago, not 60 years. Linux was released by Linus Torvalds to the USENET newsgroup comp.os.minix in late August 1991. That would be 18 or so years ago, not 60 years.

19 posted on 11/16/2009 7:28:36 AM PST by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: calex59; raybbr; Grut; papasmurf; kevkrom; Marine_Uncle; SunkenCiv; ShadowAce; Mr. K
Well,...we do have this...from a Blog: Polar Bears and Penguins

*******************EXCERPT***********************************

Friday, November 6, 2009

What if...Linux had it's own Commandments?

Sometimes we in the Linux "world" get a bit carried away with a piece of software. We get into out little geek niches and form clubs and setup forums. We have fun with it. Sometimes though, we get a bit "too" carried away. When you live in a digital world and you begin to spend too much time online, the line between reality and virtual reality can get hazy.

"If Linux were a great and demanding God of OS's, what might it demand from us?" is a topic I saw recently. I immediately had to have fun with this.

1) Thou shall worship no distro before me.

Behold that the distro is the messenger and it is the message they carry that is to be focused on, not the messengers themselves. I am the one and only OpenSource OS and the distros but carry my message in all variety of possible uses to the world.

2) Thou shall "tweak" thy install.

Lo my devs are good and righteous, but not even their splendid ( or otherwise) displays shall be so eminent that thou ( the end user) may not alter your install to your wishes, this is my promise to you.

3) Thou shall not demand instant gratification for free.

I give thee a gift called "search" use it wisely and harass not others to do for you that which you can do for yourself.

4) Beware of capitalists bearing promises.

My gifts are for all the world to use and no one, regardless of the riches they bring and the splendors they promise, shall intervene. Step not lightly into their house, for it is a gilded cage.

5) Take thyself not too seriously.

These digital wonders are not the periphery of life. Strange and incredible things lay beyond your front door. Lo I shall call it "outside". Go and explore this "outside" and let not your faces pale or your wrists ache there.


OK, I could only think of five instead of ten. I still think it's a tremendously funny thing to take some digitized code so seriously as to place it in the same arena as a deity.

20 posted on 11/16/2009 7:49:58 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Mr. K
After 60 years UNIX (aka linux) still cannot come out of the box and install itself and give a user one double-click access to email

First off, UNIX has only existed for 40 years, and Linux has only existed since 1991.

Second, NO operating system can "install itself". Somebody had to pre-install Windows on the computer you bought or built.

Third, no operating system will give a user one double-click access to email. You have to set up the account, or type in username/password in the case of webmail.

My installation of OpenSuSE 11.1 on this old HP Pavilion took about 25 minutes including updates. No hardware problems. Last time i had to do a fresh install of Windows XP it took me about two hours, and i had to search for/install third party drivers. Incidentally, i LOVED Windows XP, never had a problem with it, not one BSOD.

Any other FUD you wish to distribute this fine morning?

21 posted on 11/16/2009 7:53:16 AM PST by Calvinist_Dark_Lord ((I have come here to kick @$$ and chew bubblegum...and I'm all outta bubblegum! ~Roddy Piper))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; raybbr

Good morning FRiends!

So, I played with Eldy. ‘nuff said. LOL Let me describe it for you.

Junk
Crap
Spam
Scam
Spyware

Too bad, so sad.

I got kicked off of their blog last night for pointing out it’s, uh, shortcomings. haha

First of all, it’s not a distribution, it’s merely a Java based interface that runs in either Windows, or (they say) any .nix distribution. I installed it on Ubuntu 8.10, 9.10, and Puppy Linux, as wells as, Win XP and 7. It behaved nicely on all except Puppy. In fact, it froze puppy, and spewed error messages left and right.

The first screen that pops up wants you to register, or select another option saying you’re a tech and using it only for evaluation purposes, and only for 30 days without full functionality. I registered (I thought) because I wanted full functionality.

After inputting all of my info, I was offered to select my Locale, sort of. I could select any City from a list of Italian Cities, and only major Cities were on the list. So much for “personalization” and getting weather info, unless of course, I lived in one of those major Italian Cities.

Next, I was presented with (what I can only describe it as) an advertisement for several corporations, a pop up like box with Corporate logos and info on it. I really couldn’t derive that for sure, as everything is in Italian. LOL

OK, so I decided to “Walk in the Internet”, as it is described. On Windows, I received an error message in a “DOS” box, that said it was killing a process-literally-it said “invoking death”!..in English.

I rebooted and tried it again, and this time I was allowed to get to the next screen, which was a page of “Favorites”, and one big green button that said “Your Favorites” on it. In order to add a Favorite, you need to click, at least, three more times, on smaller non colored in boxes/buttons, and type in the address and then enter a name for it. Still, you can’t get to it, until you use the big “Back” button under the main screen, but, you can from there.

Finally, I was allowed to access it’s (?)browser(?), which has a huge address bar that directs you to “type in your destination here”, I did, and Foxnews and FR filled the screen...completely. Alas, no flash, but I did have Flash installed on the Ubuntu box. Arrgghh! No way to back out, and no tabs, you have to hit the big “Back” button underneath the (?)browser(?), which takes you back to the “Walk in the Internet” screen. If you keep clicking on the “back” button, you’ll get taken back to the “Big Square”, which is the default screen upon opening.

The Email was about the same experience, except, after jumping through all of the hoops, and you get to hit send, it tells you it’s only a “Trial” version, and to get this function, I would have to click on the “Elephant” on the desktop, and install Eldy Lombardia or some such nonsense. my Elephant wasn’t clickable.

Clicking on “Help” got me to, you might have guessed it, the Corporate Logo screen again. So, I tried the “Guides” button, this time I got a bunch of Italian instructions telling me, I think, the setup process. Now, if I got this far, would I really need a guide to tell me how to get this far?

In Ubuntu, I was not able to access the Ubuntu desktop, except by clicking on the Exit button, which presents a dialog box that offers three choices, “Exit” (closing Eldy), “Reduce” (minimize the interface), and “Cancel” (you made a mistake). In Windows, I was able to minimize or close it out by clicking on the Windows controls in the top RH corner.

Eldy TV, ditto. Chat, ditto.

So, there is some form of payment required, I think, to have a fully functioning version, they are probably receiving some “click through” revenue on the so called “Favorites”, and the only email address you can have is {username}@eldy.it, so all of your email goes through their servers.

I would be suspicious of letting my Grandparents, or anyone, rely on this application. As well, I would make sure they were close to a Heart & Stroke Center...


22 posted on 11/16/2009 7:59:17 AM PST by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: papasmurf
Damn,....crossing that one off my List....

Thanks very much for looking into that....

23 posted on 11/16/2009 8:02:11 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

That was hilarious! They should offer that to the Mac fan(atics), as well.


24 posted on 11/16/2009 8:02:48 AM PST by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: Moonman62
Linux has been hovering around 3% market share for years. It makes a good Live CD rescue disk if you can find one that will boot on your machine.

i think that because of Live CD/DVD versions of *nix that percentage will eventually start to climb if it hasn't yet. The more people get familiar with it the more will want to use it. The marketing of *nix hasn't been great, Microsoft has to be saluted for their work on that end.

The Live CD/DVD is something that Microsoft should probably make more readily available to their customers. It would come in handy because of the reasons you've stated. i've used live DVD Linux disks when i've screwed up something on my Linux configuration. It is a very handy tool to have.

25 posted on 11/16/2009 8:04:06 AM PST by Calvinist_Dark_Lord ((I have come here to kick @$$ and chew bubblegum...and I'm all outta bubblegum! ~Roddy Piper))
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To: papasmurf
So, I played with Eldy. ‘nuff said. LOL Let me describe it for you.

Gotta admit. I have no idea what "Eldy" is.

P.S. did you get my info on that other thread?

26 posted on 11/16/2009 8:11:34 AM PST by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: raybbr
Eldy . Eldy allows seniors use computers and enjoy the Internet revolution, by providing a software that allows easy access to all the most important functions: e-mail (any pop3/imap account), chat, Web browsing, weather, text editor, streaming and a lot more.

So they say, those are their words from their website.
27 posted on 11/16/2009 8:16:46 AM PST by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: papasmurf
Oh, I see it now. "Computing for Seniors" (Even though I don't read Italian I know that's not what the image says.)

LOL


28 posted on 11/16/2009 8:19:27 AM PST by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: papasmurf; Mr. K
After 60 years UNIX (aka linux) still cannot come out of the box and install itself and give a user one double-click access to email

Until it does (which it never will because Linux geeks need to feel so much more superior than everyone else) it will never be THE operating system the world uses.

And I am a software engineer- i KNOW it is superior operating system to windows, technically.

That is just so wrong, on so many levels. lol

ALL distributions of any Debian based .nix (and Debian is the widest in use) come with the Evolution Suite pre-installed. ONE CLICK to start ‘er up, enter your provider’s info, your account info, and your on your way.

Evolution is an Open Source competitor to Microsoft’s Outlook Suite, with full Calendaring, Contacts, Tasks, Collaboration, etc.

Windows Vista and Windows 7 can’t do that, because they don’t even come with an email client (MS wants to suck you into their “Live Mail” bs).

As well, there is a plethora of email clients (and servers) available for FREE, from the “select and run” Software Center or, through the synaptic package manager. Choices. Choices. Choice. FREE. FREE. FREE.

As for the superiority, well, just be glad we aren’t Mac-nuts. LOL

OS X is Unix which installs quite easily on an Apple-branded PC, called a Macintosh - or more commonly, just a Mac.
Here's Apple's Open Group brand certificate, which entitles Apple to use the UNIX brand. I suggest printing this on high rag content paper, framing it and hanging it in your server room or your Mac-graced cubicle. There are UNIX pretenders, and there is the real thing. Mac users, realize that qualifying for UNIX is no small feat, especially for an open source, BSD-based OS. The Open Group standards, the PDFs for which are idiotically marked as free but blocked from PDF download unless you buy your way into a membership, are rooted in System V. Apple is to be commended.

Leopard gets UNIX 03 certification

OS X can be illegally loaded on non-Apple PCs, of course - but that leaves you to sort out the vagaries of your particular hardware which have traditionally made Windows so problematic, and with no vendor support at all. If you go with a Mac, of course, the price of OSX is embedded in the price of the hardware, since Apple's business model is to sell you not only a good system out of the box but one whose OS you will be able to economically upgrade as Apple upgrades OS X. The upshot is that a Mac is an expensive but good computer which tends to hold its value better than a cheaper PC.

29 posted on 11/16/2009 8:24:22 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (Anyone who claims to be objective marks himself as hopelessly subjective.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thats a very informative guide, thanks.

Have been using Ubuntu since 8.04 LTS.

Just installed Karmic 9.10 on a dell D600 dual boot with XP, and Karmic Ubuntu Netbook Remix on Acer Aspire One.

Karmic is my favorite version by far, very fast and smooth.


30 posted on 11/16/2009 8:38:45 AM PST by msnpatriot
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

To me, computers are like women. I love them all. :O)


31 posted on 11/16/2009 8:58:32 AM PST by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: Incorrigible
Good one!


32 posted on 11/16/2009 9:06:31 AM PST by rdb3 (The mouth is the exhaust pipe of the heart.)
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To: papasmurf
To me, computers are like women. I love them all.

Even the slow and outdated ones?

33 posted on 11/16/2009 10:20:16 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really necessary?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Kewl. ‘Cuz 9.10 is vexing me on one box.


34 posted on 11/16/2009 10:24:45 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Pearls Before Swine
Yes, I like it them slow. Besides, I tried trading in a 40 yr old for two 20 yr old's, and I found I wasn't wired for 220.
35 posted on 11/16/2009 10:25:28 AM PST by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: papasmurf
Yes, I like it them slow. Besides, I tried trading in a 40 yr old for two 20 yr old's, and I found I wasn't wired for 220.

There's slow... and there's slow. In my case, I'm not wired for 320 anymore!

36 posted on 11/16/2009 10:30:34 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really necessary?)
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To: Mr. K
After 60 years UNIX (aka linux) still cannot come out of the box and install itself and give a user one double-click access to email

Gee, by that standard there isn't ANY operating system that works.

For instance, here is a FOUR PART TUTORIAL on how to install Windows 7.

That's right. A four part tutorial. On how to install just the OS. Installing an office suite, a decent email client and web browser not to mention all of the addons required to actually put a Windows machine on the Internet (spyware remover, anti-virus, firewall) are NOT part of the FOUR PART TUTORIAL.

On the other hand, I can boot a Live CD of Ubuntu and be on the 'net, browsing web pages, sending email and creating Word documents and PDF files in under 5 minutes.

37 posted on 11/16/2009 10:34:46 AM PST by Knitebane (Happily Microsoft free since 1999.)
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To: papasmurf
ROFL.....

I have had my Grandson visiting me....man the stories he tells...make me wish for the old days when I was younger....if you know what I mean...

He is heading for Afghanistan in the spring....guess he figures it will be like a drought over there...

38 posted on 11/16/2009 10:39:19 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“make me wish for the old days when I was younger”

My 30’s were the best. Women were no longer girls, and the difference is distinct, and we also had a good time and enjoyed each other’s company, as well as having some, er, fun. haha


39 posted on 11/16/2009 11:03:07 AM PST by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: Pearls Before Swine
There's slow... and there's slow. In my case, I'm not wired for 320 anymore!



Shame, shame, shame! LOL
40 posted on 11/16/2009 11:08:52 AM PST by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: raybbr
>After 60 years UNIX (aka linux) still cannot come out of the box and install itself and give a user one double-click access to email.

Gotta disagree with you there. I just loaded Ubuntu on a box in my basement and was on the internet within five minutes of final installation. It used to have Linux Mint and I overwrote it with Ubuntu.

You must be mistaken.  He said he's a software engineer.  

I must be mistaken as well because I got on the net within seconds of booting up.  I did have to input the mail server and passwords into Evolution for email, but I think that has less to do with me having to feel superior to everyone else (did I mention he pointed out that he's a software engineer) than it does that Ubuntu can't pull the passwords from my mind...

Maybe Windows can.  I wouldn't know, maybe the superior software engineer would know...

41 posted on 11/16/2009 2:02:07 PM PST by MichiganMan (Oprah: Commercial Beef Agriculture=Bad, Commercial Chicken Agriculture=Good...Wait, WTF???)
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To: Grut
but I wish to Hell they'd give up on the cutsey-poo version names: the numbers are enough and I can never remember if Reckless Rodent comes before or after Winsome Wallaby.

The fact that they're in alphabetic order usually tips me off...

42 posted on 11/16/2009 2:03:38 PM PST by MichiganMan (Oprah: Commercial Beef Agriculture=Bad, Commercial Chicken Agriculture=Good...Wait, WTF???)
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To: 21stCenturion

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43 posted on 11/16/2009 2:09:34 PM PST by 21stCenturion ("It's the Judges, Stupid !")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks Ernest.


44 posted on 11/16/2009 6:47:20 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: calex59
People don't run linux to feel superior, they run linux because it is virtually virus free, and things work on it, in short people use linux for much the same reasons that apple users use Apple products, to get away from MS and their heavy hand on the computer industry.

Um, not quite. (And this is likely the reason for Linux' low "market share") We built and run Linux because we want an operating system that we can fix ourselves when problems arise and on that no one can ever take away from us.

I do not view the marketing of Linux as a particularly good thing. I'm not at all pleased with how I have to deal with Linux in the workplace right now. It's every bit as closed as Microsoft Windows and for similar "business" reasons.

I am cheered that a corporation has finally got a GUI over Unix correct. I am not cheered that our biggest ally (RedHat) hates me as much as Stallman does and that everyone who does not agree to his dictatorship of OSS is evil.

(My tagline in this post also includes Richard Stallman)

45 posted on 11/16/2009 8:19:08 PM PST by altair (I want him to fail)
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To: Grut
I can never remember if Reckless Rodent comes before or after Winsome Wallaby.

They're doing it in ISO8859-1 alphabetic order.

46 posted on 11/16/2009 8:21:58 PM PST by altair (I want him to fail)
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To: Knitebane

Then why does “ubuntu’ (who dreams up these silly names anyway) have such a small share?


47 posted on 11/17/2009 4:20:09 AM PST by Mr. K (Deathly afraid my typos become a freeper catchphrase...I'm series!)
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To: altair
They're doing it in ISO8859-1 alphabetic order.

They are now, but the first few weren't in alphabetical order and somehow I never checked beyond that. Color me embarrassed.

However, numbers are still neater and the names are still off-puttingly cute. If you're trying to convince the world that your product is the new Peterbilt, you don't paint it pink.

48 posted on 11/17/2009 6:34:46 AM PST by Grut
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To: Mr. K
Then why does “ubuntu’ (who dreams up these silly names anyway) have such a small share?

To make you look foolish, that's why. They slip onto your brain while you are sleeping and put foolish notions into your head.

See, Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distro as recorded at Distrowatch.

You really should stop posting about subjects in which you have no knowledge. It's rather obvious that Linux is one of those subjects.

49 posted on 11/17/2009 9:26:53 AM PST by Knitebane (Happily Microsoft free since 1999.)
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To: Grut
However, numbers are still neater and the names are still off-puttingly cute

Yes, and that's why the official name for the current Ubuntu release is 9.10.

The code names are unofficial.

50 posted on 11/17/2009 9:31:56 AM PST by Knitebane (Happily Microsoft free since 1999.)
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