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Am I kidding myself?

Posted 09-13-2010 at 03:34 PM by MrCode
Updated 12-28-2010 at 08:31 PM by MrCode
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No, this is not another existential rant.

Okay, we got that across.

Basically the scenario is this: I don't do a whole lot of programming anymore (in fact, the last time I wrote a C program, useful or not, was probably a good few months ago), I'm somewhat of a gamer (Neverball, LTris, various old games in DOSBox), and I like all the pretty bling on my GPU-composited desktop (i.e. I like my Compiz ). why am I using Linux? Am I kidding myself?...
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Howto install gimp 2.6.10 in ubuntu 10.04(Lucid)

Posted 09-13-2010 at 03:59 AM by sridhar11

GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, a image format converter, etc.

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Rolling-Release Distro Face-Off: Linux Mint Debian Edition vs. Gentoo

Posted 09-12-2010 at 12:08 AM by Kenny_Strawn (Kenny the one-teen comittee to stamp out Proprietary $uckware)
Updated 09-14-2010 at 05:28 PM by Kenny_Strawn

Here are the pros and cons of several rolling-release distros that I have found:

Pros of Gentoo:
  • Is rolling-release and also source-based
  • Gentoo's ebuilds pull the most bleeding-edge software and dependencies from the apps' websites' Git repositories
  • Package manager actually supports binary packages (in the confines of proprietary drivers/browser plugins)

Cons of Gentoo:
  • Live CD only boots to a console
  • The command that
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Currently trying out the rolling-release Linux Mint Debian edition -- and loving it

Posted 09-11-2010 at 10:26 PM by Kenny_Strawn (Kenny the one-teen comittee to stamp out Proprietary $uckware)
Updated 09-12-2010 at 11:17 AM by Kenny_Strawn

Thanks to the wonderful LXer News Bot, I have found a Linux distro that just might be my new favorite: A version of Mint that is based on Debian instead of Ubuntu, and is rolling-release.

"Rolling-release" means that there is only one repository for one version that is constantly being updated. This means that you don't have to keep adding repositories to add bleeding-edge software. Ultimately this means that I don't have to keep upgrading to alpha/beta versions of Linux...
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About quantum computing: The Quantum Integrity Postulate

Posted 09-09-2010 at 05:09 PM by Kenny_Strawn (Kenny the one-teen comittee to stamp out Proprietary $uckware)

While in physics class today at school, reading about nuclear/quantum physics reminded me of several PC World articles I have read before about quantum computing and the horror stories about data decoherence.

First of all, let me tell you what quantum computing is: It's the ability to process large numbers much faster and more accurately than current-day computers through the use of quantum binary data.

Example of classical (current) binary data:

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