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  1. Old Comment

    Another Pointless Endeavour

    I would not want to ride a bicycle here: 100F and very humid. Peddling a bicycle would be most uncomfortable. Riding the scooter is nice though. Wonderful breeze!

    You should have told her Windows 10 is a pointless endeavour and pretended to be drunk.
    Posted 08-14-2015 at 04:14 AM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is offline
  2. Old Comment

    Another Pointless Endeavour

    Geeks are fun for this rough and tumble user to hang around and learn new things in his limited way.

    Would sure like to teleport to http://hackaday.com/2015/08/11/chaos...p-2015-teaser/

    Quote:
    Its time to break out the tent and go camping
    Need some cooler bicycling weather.

    Code:
    $ inxi -W  79772
    Weather:   Conditions: 100 F (38 C) - Clear Time: August 13, 7:48 PM CDT
    oh, the arch bsd thing? I am stuck on a gig of updates on my Wifes Windows 7 laptop with all her work gear on it. Actually more than a gig. 587MB and only 39 percent complete. She had updates turned off and asked if I could try and get Windows 10 on her laptop.

    I'm headed to the dog house and sleeping on the ground if I screw the pooch on this update. All her work files are on this rig and there is no backup or reinstall media or recovery section that I know of.

    I'm screwed. Now there is a pointless endeavor for ya.
    Posted 08-13-2015 at 07:53 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
    Updated 08-13-2015 at 07:58 PM by rokytnji
  3. Old Comment

    Another Pointless Endeavour

    "Folders" is one of those Windowisms that have become infused in the minds of the masses. Another one is "document". Unfortunately, most people who use Windows terminology do so, because they move from Windows to "beginner" Linux systems without "bothering" to learn anything about their new systems. They believe Windows terminology is computer terminology. But those are the people Linux caters to, so no surprise.

    Quote:
    I understood these were being referred as OSs/not-distros in the preceding quotation.
    It is possible the person meant neither a distribution nor an OS, but then what is it?
    Posted 08-10-2015 at 02:19 AM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is offline
  4. Old Comment

    Another Pointless Endeavour

    "Really? When did BSD systems become distributions?"

    I understood these were being referred as OSs/not-distros in the preceding quotation.

    ...I used to call directories "directories" ever since DOS had it, but sometime along the way it seems to have becamo synonymous with "folders", and in the pre-google era of "search engines" I thought there was some ambiguity when speaking of "directories", so I almost use "folders" nowadays.
    Posted 08-10-2015 at 12:14 AM by the dsc the dsc is offline
  5. Old Comment

    Another Pointless Endeavour

    (Grin) I nearly added something to the effect that "doing something in order to learn" is worthwhile reason for doing something, but I couldn't word it to my satisfaction.

    Oh, well, it will get sorted. The Linux landscape, for example, is littered with defunct distros that someone once thought were good ideas.
    Posted 08-06-2015 at 08:46 PM by frankbell frankbell is offline
  6. Old Comment

    Another Pointless Endeavour

    I have nothing against people doing things, because they can, as a hobby. Trying to combine two systems as a learning experience might even be useful, but trying to create a hybrid as a serious project to fill an imaginary gap in the computer landscape is another matter. I would disagree, but would understand, if someone wanted to create a new BSD system on the Arch model: rolling release for computer hobbyists. But replacing FreeBSD's package management tools with Arch's strikes me as utterly pointless.
    Posted 08-06-2015 at 07:04 PM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is offline
  7. Old Comment

    Another Pointless Endeavour

    For many persons, "because you can" is all the reason they need.
    Posted 08-06-2015 at 03:45 PM by frankbell frankbell is offline
  8. Old Comment

    Another Pointless Endeavour

    Regarding the "latest and greatest" software version (yes, it's old, but like BSD packages, still strangely relevant):

    http://i.imgur.com/HTisMpC.jpg
    Posted 08-06-2015 at 10:07 AM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
  9. Old Comment

    Fortunately BSD is still an alternative.

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by devnod12 View Comment
    I think your statement is a bit too stereotypical...and if you use a system which sticks to the original system setups like Gentoo, Arch and Slackware especially, one could not easily compare it to windows at all.
    Look at what the corporations "guiding" Linux have been doing and where Linux is going. Gentoo, Slackware and Crux can hold out for a while, but eventually they will succumb to the transition. Linux is in the middle of the journey, not at the end.
    Posted 05-25-2015 at 11:33 PM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is offline
  10. Old Comment

    Fortunately BSD is still an alternative.

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by devnod12 View Comment
    BSD could easily go the same direction if Canonical decided to corrupt FreeBSD's system to be more "desktop oriented" as well. Thank God they haven't. :-)
    I would think FreeBSD would be in more danger of corruption from Apple than Canonical, and they've managed to not go all "Mac Desktop-y" in that timeframe.

    And Ubuntu is to Linux what FreeBSD is to BSD...a big portion of the userbase, but not the only game in town. Canonical has weight, but they aren't the only corporate entity with an interest in Linux.
    Posted 05-25-2015 at 10:22 AM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
  11. Old Comment

    Fortunately BSD is still an alternative.

    I think your statement is a bit too stereotypical...

    First off, "Linux" isn't the system. Its the kernel. The system is Linux/GNU at its core, and if you use a system which sticks to the original system setups like Gentoo, Arch and Slackware especially, one could not easily compare it to windows at all.

    Yet systems like Ubuntu and its multitude of offspring, as well as Mageia, Mint, even Fedora and PCLinuxOS are so borderline Windows that you may as well use windows.
    The easier you make it for the average user to change whatever they want on the system, graphically, and without proper authentication, the less security you will have. The more you change a developers original software to fit your system because you want pretty pathnames, you will develop problems.

    BSD could easily go the same direction if Canonical decided to corrupt FreeBSD's system to be more "desktop oriented" as well. Thank God they haven't. :-)
    Posted 05-25-2015 at 09:33 AM by devnod12 devnod12 is offline
  12. Old Comment

    Fortunately BSD is still an alternative.

    There is definitely some learning to do, but if someone has learned* to use Linux, learning BSD is not difficult. However, it does require spending time doing lots of reading. I went from probably lower intermediate Linux user to BSD beginner. But at least I can keep my system working.

    * Learned how to actually use Linux: learned the layout of the file tree; know what root is; learned how to occasionally enter a command into a terminal. Not learned how to click an update icon.

    And since you like older hardware, BSD might be a better fit for you, since hardware support is not as complete as Linux. If not using a big DE, the BSDs will run well on older machines.
    Posted 05-09-2015 at 05:12 PM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is offline
  13. Old Comment

    Fortunately BSD is still an alternative.

    Hey R.A.D.

    City Management in my one horse town is upgrading their gear to Windows 10 or what ever, (to infinity and beyond with my tax money), and their IT guy is handing me the old Dell T3400's, GX 280,IBM E50, IBM M41, and Optiplex 755 before they make it to the land fill with the hard
    drives pulled. I posted a few pictures in the

    http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...mpster-divers/

    social group. I have yet to ever try BSD. I usually try things with busy box like Slitaz and such 1st so when things quiet down here.

    I may give BSD a fling on a spare box myself. But I am clue less when it comes to BSD. So it will be like starting over again for me.
    I don't start many threads or ask any questions mainly as I try and
    learn on my own. But once I learn something. I own it.

    Glad to hear things are cool with you.
    Posted 05-09-2015 at 10:25 AM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
    Updated 05-09-2015 at 10:27 AM by rokytnji
  14. Old Comment

    Fortunately BSD is still an alternative.

    I don't see Linux trying to be a Windows clone, but it is moving in the wrong direction with certain "features" lately.
    Posted 05-08-2015 at 11:35 PM by goumba goumba is offline
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    Posted 05-07-2015 at 12:14 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
  16. Old Comment

    Good-bye Debian

    I figured I should update this blog, since a month or two ago I migrated to BSD. I decided to leave Linux behind, because the rot destroying Debian is simply a symptom of the disease infecting Linux. I had enough of the hostile corporate takeover and the hordes of users who believe a Windows clone is a good thing. Consider me a happy OpenBSD user.
    Posted 10-22-2014 at 05:41 AM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is offline
  17. Old Comment

    Good-bye Debian

    Well, it is what the majority wishes AND it keeps post count down on
    "my dvd won't play in vlc" or what ever.

    I have my own gripe with Chromebooks AND ChromeOS support myself.
    But this is your rant so I'll stay on topic.

    So I guess you gotta cut the Pardus folks a break on the codec thing and flashplayer because it cuts back on support posts. You already have seen the clueless main stream Kali users who think running Kali makes them hackers and cool or something. Though they have no reason, skill set, or right, to run such a distro other
    than to hack into their neighbors wireless router.

    At least it is not that bad.
    Posted 08-29-2014 at 08:32 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
  18. Old Comment

    Good-bye Debian

    Yea! A reason to not use the system. But then, I ruled it out at this point:
    Quote:
    To increase the distribution's user friendliness, Flash player and many multimedia codecs are installed and pre-configured for immediate use.
    Another such distribution?
    Posted 08-28-2014 at 04:39 PM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is offline
  19. Old Comment
    Posted 08-27-2014 at 05:45 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
  20. Old Comment

    Good-bye Debian

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by goumba View Comment
    this would be an opportunity for XFCE to push to become *the* DE for the BSDs.
    There are two camps of thought on this. One is that there should be tighter integration to provide a more seamless "experience" for the end user. The other camp is all about choice. Unfortunately, more choice tends to lead to a less "coherent" system and more fragmentation.

    In the end, it breaks down into "aesthetics" or "functionality". A purely coherent system such as Mac OS X or Windows doesn't give you the flexibility that old Linux or the BSD's give, whereas old Linux and the BSD's don't give you the "seamless" experience that Mac OS X and Windows provide.

    I could give a crap less about aesthetics, personally, so I don't believe there should be a "*the* DE" for the BSDs (well, OpenBSD...not really concerned with Free/Net/Dragonfly). I am a strict minimalist when I can get away with it, so having all of my fonts or icons match is meaningless to me (you will find no icons on my "desktop" and I use the default system font, whatever that may happen to be)...I do recognise, however, that my point of view on the topic is not the only way to view the situation. systemd pulls together many disparate pieces of the system into one "coherent" manager. It's neat for some, but from the point of view of flexibility it really hurts. Just like the switch to mobile really hurts the ability to build custom computers =P

    In the end, this is the direction Linux is going. I don't like it, truth be told, but it is what it is.
    Posted 08-24-2014 at 03:30 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
    Updated 08-24-2014 at 03:32 PM by rocket357

  



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