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18 years of DEBIAN starting from version 5 "Sid" until the recent 10 "Buster".
Before that done 6 years of system administration including a SCO UNIX Server and a couple of Windows Servers and dozens of workstations. The largest system was nearly 100 PC's, devices etc. at 3 locations with LAN and VPN's, Firewall and Phone via landline and VoIP.

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    Debian 8 on ACER Aspire E15 - E5-573

    Thank You for the info! I went straight into BIOS and changed the touchpad setting to BASIC---now everything works on my E5-575 running Mint 19.1.
    Posted 12-29-2018 at 01:03 PM by hayseed hayseed is offline
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    Debian 8.2 on ACER E1-532

    Thanks for the write-up. I've been putting-off buying a laptop for a couple of months now waiting for the dust to settle on the Windows 10 upheaval, but I can't hold off much longer.
    Posted 12-19-2015 at 08:10 AM by GazL GazL is offline
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    Debian 8 on ACER Aspire E15 - E5-573

    Actually I hate and have killed it altogether on that machine retaining only the restore partition.

    During install I have simply choosen the large windows partition in which win8 is installed as the target for my linux install. No dual-boot or such. Just kept the ability to restore it to windows.

    I'm running windows in virtualbox and for the license I'm not too sure if it would be stretching it if installing with the OEM wich came with the machine itself. You have a valid license to run on that hardware. Nobody said how it has to be run...
    AFAIK there is no specific limitation that it has to run on the hardware directly but is associated with the computer it came with.

    I'm just now updating the tech section above with the latest findings.

    Posted 10-06-2015 at 06:20 AM by error_401 error_401 is offline
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    Debian 8 on ACER Aspire E15 - E5-573

    I have a similar laptop. It's the Aspire E15 E5-571. Mine has the i5 CPU, 8Gb RAM and 1Tb HD.

    It's a pretty nice unit, but feels a little flimsier than my old ASUS.

    I'm an accountant, so the numeric keypad was a big factor in choosing this one. Price was the other main factor...

    Does Windows 8.1 still boot if you disable UEFI? I've not tried it.

    Did you keep Windows on it? The applications I use for work demand Windows, so, unfortunately, I had to keep it. I'm using rEFInd to enable the ability to dual boot. The unit is pretty powerful, so I might end up running Windows inside of VirtualBox, but then I'd have to buy another licence... something I'm not really keen on.

    My distro of choice is Slackware64. The version I've installed is the current development version, and I did not experience any of the troubles you seem to have had. This might be because it has a very late kernel, which probably has better support for the hardware in this unit than the kernel in Debian 8.

    Wifi worked straight out of the box with NetworkManager. The touchpad also worked straight out of the box. I've not yet tried the Webcam, but will give it a go at the first opportunity.
    Posted 09-18-2015 at 06:04 PM by rkelsen rkelsen is offline
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    ffmpeg - and why it mostly won't work for normal users

    I fully agree - was about the same here. Tried first to get to reformat the videos with several hours of trying, reading, fiddling - no result to get .mov for the "Openshot" video editor.

    Then I thought about installing kdenlive in order to give it another try as I had it installed about two years ago but shortly after removed it again as it was not stable.

    Today it has matured into a very useful application including the transformation of videos.

    Today if i want to use ffmpeg I open kdenlive define a project output and then have a look into what it offers as settings. Works
    Posted 07-09-2012 at 09:22 AM by error_401 error_401 is offline
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    ffmpeg - and why it mostly won't work for normal users

    I hate when I'm trying to find out how to do something with video conversion (or anything else really) and then I find a relatively easy instruction, like "ffmpeg -cropx 100 -cropy 200" (I made it up, but there was something like that in some program), and then I'm going to try it, and I get some message like "cropx and cropy are deprecated. Use this obscure and hardly intelligible alternative command instead: ffmpeg -wxz X(##)=<desired resolution multiplied by the square root of 2> Y(##)=<desired resolution divided by the last two digits of pi> Z(###/###)=<time lenght of the movie in picoseconds since 1976 multiplied by the greek alphabet upside down, multiplied by E=mc²> <desired resolution>/<least desired resolution>*<md5sum of the input file>.

    Most of the time I use avidemux, I prefer the QT version. The GUI is way less intimidating than kdenlive's.
    Posted 07-03-2012 at 06:19 PM by the dsc the dsc is offline
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    aaargh - Windows

    I hold windows separate hdd and when i need to run it, i unplug all other hdds and plug it instead. kind of afraid what it may do to data if, well, you never know
    Posted 05-30-2012 at 01:15 PM by Web31337 Web31337 is offline
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    aaargh - Windows

    @ Web31337
    So do I. I just run Windows in Virtualbox and now I have my Aspire in dual boot.
    Posted 05-30-2012 at 03:40 AM by error_401 error_401 is offline
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    aaargh - Windows

    @ rich_c
    Can you add the link to your blog? Would be nice to read it.
    Posted 05-30-2012 at 03:39 AM by error_401 error_401 is offline
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    aaargh - Windows

    @ brianL
    Don't - just be happy to have a "free" and running OS.
    Always nice to know about Windows - there is a lot of people out there being thankful for your knowledge. Makes for a nice dinner all once in a while with friends having some shortfalls on Windows.
    And since I have Linux I have time to spend on others Windows computers
    Posted 05-30-2012 at 03:38 AM by error_401 error_401 is offline
    Updated 05-30-2012 at 03:39 AM by error_401
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    aaargh - Windows

    what I also absolutely love about linuxes: you can just copycat your rootfs and you get a working system in just time you spent waiting the copy. and of course, once configured, forever working. i'm very lucky not to touch anything in windows for already three years, except rare cases when I boot it to play some games, which happens about once per 3-4 months. however it is fast enough to get me all annoyed.
    Posted 05-19-2012 at 02:41 PM by Web31337 Web31337 is offline
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    aaargh - Windows

    +1 here! I blogged about my experience back in February. Horrible!
    Posted 05-19-2012 at 12:22 PM by rich_c rich_c is offline
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    aaargh - Windows

    Yeah, I know how you feel. I recently wasted time and money installing Windows 7 on my desktop. I didn't really need it, was just curious how it would run. Got rid of it after two days, and been kicking myself since.
    Posted 05-19-2012 at 11:53 AM by brianL brianL is offline
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    Old laptops love Linux - new ones as well

    Do not think we have any hw newer than 5-7 years old excepting the Insignia Infocast. Still use linux on our pI robot stuff.
    Posted 04-13-2012 at 07:18 PM by peonuser peonuser is offline


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