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    People want their problem solved, not another distro.


    You say that “people want their problem solved, not another distro”.

    Often the problem can be solved using the existing distro but in other cases
    it may not be possible to do so, or it will be extremely difficult for a novice Linux user.

    In many cases the installed Linux distro may be totally unsuitable because:

    1. The user’s hardware is old and/or low-powered.

    2. There is a bug in that particular distro, but not in an alternative one.

    3. It has a relatively old kernel compared to another distro which uses the latest kernel.

    4. It is a FOSS distro and it is difficult or virtually impossible to add non-free firmware/software packages etc.

    5. A required driver may already be installed in an alternative distro and it may very difficult (e.g. lots of use of the command line) or impossible to add this driver to the existing distro.

    6. Last, but not least, a fresh installation of a more suitable distro takes a much shorter time than a Linux novice would take trying to deal with the complexities of the command line in the existing distro.

    Your suggestion is for people to keep their existing distro regardless of any other considerations and keep banging their heads against a brick wall.
    Posted Today at 10:06 AM by beachboy2 beachboy2 is offline
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    People want their problem solved, not another distro.

    YES!!!! This is -burried- here: (bold&font=4 on the NOT are mine)
    Don't use that distro - use distro xyz instead.
    ... it does not matter how ill informed you believe the users choice of distro is, if their choice is not directly appropriate to their problem do not suggest changing it. If you want to convince people which distro is best, there is a thread for you.
    An "exception"?: [you were 'here'! but no conclusion yet]

    p.s. I'll keep this in mind, when I'm tempted to 'illegally' say:
    "don't install linux!!: keep Win$$ undisturbed: use VBox!"
    Posted Yesterday at 01:58 AM by Jjanel Jjanel is offline
    Updated Yesterday at 02:03 AM by Jjanel
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    CruxEX 3.3 (CRUX 3.3) live USB with LXDE and kernel 4.9.9-exton – Build 170216

    Softpedia 170217: CruxEX 3.3 Live USB Is Based on CRUX 3.3, Ships with Linux Kernel 4.9.9 and LXDE

    "GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton was happy to announce the immediate availability for download of a new build of his CruxEX 64-bit Linux Live operating system for personal computers.

    Tagged as with the build number 170216, CruxEX 3.3 is based on the recently released CRUX 3.3 operating system and it's powered by a custom compiled Linux 4.9.9 kernel that Arne Exton injected with some extra drivers to support more of the latest and newest hardware components."

    Posted 02-17-2017 at 07:52 AM by exton exton is offline
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    Sharing Write Access to a Web Directory for Multiple Users

    Such much better than the 777 nonsense you see posted around various places. People just don't seem to see the security caveats of such open permissions... personally I think 777 is taking a gamble.
    Posted 02-15-2017 at 06:54 AM by r3sistance r3sistance is offline
    Updated 02-15-2017 at 06:56 AM by r3sistance
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    Chromium OS – Exton Build 170212 – with YouTube and Spotify working fast and responsive

    Softpedia 170213: "GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton informs us about the availability of the second build of his custom compiled Chromium OS distribution, ChromX, an open-source alternative to Google's Chrome OS for Chromebooks" -
    Posted 02-14-2017 at 02:31 PM by exton exton is offline
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    Linux Made Simple-A FREE Guide for Beginners

    Thanks for this beachboy. I will be borrowing/stealing/using your blog post links on a Windows/Mac forum I moderate at.

    If it helps convert 1 computer user from the dark side.
    It will be worth the effort.
    Posted 02-13-2017 at 07:49 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
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    Ubuntu OS upgrades usually degrade function on older machines

    After a software update to my nVidia 304 driver a few weeks ago, Unity started working again. Its response is very good and I have started using it again. At log in, however, I still get error boxes for Akondia and ktimezoned that don't seem to affect anything I do.
    Posted 02-11-2017 at 09:37 PM by flshope flshope is offline
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    Slackware wins LQ's Members Choice Award: Desktop Distro of the Year 2016

    You're quite right Frank, and as you say the demographic bias towards Slackware here on LQ is well known and nothing new.

    To be honest, as much as I like Slackware, I don't think it's the "Best Desktop Distribution" given the generally understood meaning of "Desktop" and the expectations of your typical "desktop" user. If there was a "Best Hobbyist/General Purpose Linux/X11 Workstation Distribution" award then I think it would deserve that title, but the LQ polls only give Server/Desktop as categories.

    I prefer a native X11 environment to a Desktop anyway, so I use neither KDE, XFCE or any other big name Desktop Environment. And yes, that Slackware comes with all the compilers, development tools and other good stuff pre-installed is one of the things that keeps me using the distro too.

    I think the point I was aiming for with my post, was not that Slackware won, but that there is no longer a 30%+ distro out there and that people seem to have distributed themselves over a much wider set of distro than used to happen... but maybe that's just because Mint stole half of Ubuntu's users and I'm reading too much into it.

    Thanks for the comment.
    Posted 02-09-2017 at 04:53 AM by GazL GazL is offline
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    Slackware wins LQ's Members Choice Award: Desktop Distro of the Year 2016

    Two thoughts:

    There are many Linux distros that provide an excellent desktop experience, so a widely distributed tally of votes does not surprise. But I'm happy to see the news.

    This is the unofficial official Slackware support forum, so the large number of Slackware users here is no surprise.

    Right now, I'm using Mageia on my laptop, and it is a nice piece of work (I used it for several years on my dual-boot computer, which is now dual-booting Windows and Debian), and I was mildly surprised to learn that I had to install whois (I wanted to "whois" a website). Plus Slackware includes everything you need to compile from sources; most distros do not. At the least, on many distros you usually have to go out and get the kernel headers.

    That emphasized to me once more what an impressive collection of tools Pat includes in Slackware by default.
    Posted 02-08-2017 at 10:43 PM by frankbell frankbell is online now
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    exGENT (Gentoo) 64 bit Linux Live DVD with kernel 4.9.8-gentoo-exton – Build 170206

    Softpedia 170208: "GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton, who is known for many Linux-based operating systems, informs us about the general availability of a new version of his Gentoo-based exGENT Linux distribution.

    Designed only for 64-bit platforms, exGENT 2017 Xfce4 Live DVD Build 170206 is now using the latest Xfce 4.12.1 desktop environment, and it's powered by the recently released Linux 4.9.8 kernel. It's using all the latest security patches and software releases from the official Gentoo Linux repositories." -
    Posted 02-08-2017 at 02:26 AM by exton exton is offline
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    Android-x86_64 Nougat 7.1.1 – Build 170201 – with GAPPS and kernel 4.4.40-exton-android-x86_64

    Softpedia 170202: AndEX Project Now Lets You Run Android 7.1.1 Nougat Live on Your PC or Laptop

    "If you've been waiting to install the latest Android 7 Nougat mobile operating system on your PC, we'd like to give you the good news that developer Arne Exton just updated its AndEX project to the latest Android 7.1.1 stable release".

    Posted 02-02-2017 at 03:03 AM by exton exton is offline
  12. Old Comment

    The danger of '.desktop' files!

    Very interesting. Thanks.
    Posted 01-31-2017 at 02:05 PM by frankbell frankbell is online now
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    Have you ever noticed?

    Proper (per MY specs) how-to link MISSING in your post saying:
    ChromeOS/Android i386 can be installed on any computer anytime.

    Please correct. Req@Earliest.
    Posted 01-30-2017 at 10:42 PM by GentleThotSeaMonkey GentleThotSeaMonkey is offline
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    RaspAnd Nougat 7.1.1 for Raspberry Pi 3 and Pi 2 – Build 170127 – with GAPPS and Kodi 17.0-RC2

    Softpedia 170130: RaspAnd Now Lets You Run Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Kodi 17 RC4 on Raspberry Pi 3

    "RaspAnd Nougat 7.1.1 Build 170127 is an operating system that you can run on your Raspberry Pi 3 or Raspberry Pi 2 device, shipping with many attractive applications and tools, including the recently released Kodi 17.0 RC4 media center, which features YouTube support working out of the box" -
    Posted 01-30-2017 at 03:35 AM by exton exton is offline
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    The decline and fall of the Linux forum - Episode IV : Sadly Linux got popular

    Well said my friend, well said. It's a shame that veterans have come to such a jaded view of things, but it is nonetheless the reality of things as they are.

    Worse are those who are being spoonfed are those who are arrogant about the amount that you put on that spoon, they want that spoon spilling over, so as to not have to do anything for themselves. Then afterward, turn to mommy and say "look I fed myself with no help!" making it look like they had actually achieved something when it was actually done for them.

    This is the future, and I feel sorry for it.

    The next generation should actually be quite amusing. With the current getting along on the backs of the older, they will be in no position to do the same for the next. This laziness and slothfulness is going to rear its ugly head.

    Originally Posted by verdaz

    Within various knowledge domains, given the rapid rate of pace of change, seat of the pants learning is sort of a necessity for tech professionals
    If those we speak of are making an attempt to learn, then there is no issue, but let's be honest, a lot of those that come to LQ for solutions just want the solutions. When we try to point many in the direction, they get upset and in cases uncivil and demand the complete solution. That is not learning in any way.
    Posted 01-25-2017 at 01:03 PM by goumba goumba is offline
    Updated 01-25-2017 at 01:06 PM by goumba
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    Posted 01-23-2017 at 02:00 AM by exton exton is offline


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