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  1. Old Comment
    Posted 09-29-2016 at 02:33 AM by exton exton is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Posted 09-28-2016 at 09:54 AM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    Poor, but acceptable, work-around to the lack of image previews for XCF and ORA (maybe other formats as well)

    Thanks. It's ImageMagick. I haven't tried GraphicsMagick that yet, but the problem with some non-GIMP XCF-to-something conversion methods is that they often won't deal correctly with transparencies, creating images with some 100% black rectangular areas, sometimes obscuring stuff that was supposed to be visible.
    Posted 09-27-2016 at 07:33 PM by the dsc the dsc is offline
    Updated 09-27-2016 at 08:16 PM by the dsc
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    Poor, but acceptable, work-around to the lack of image previews for XCF and ORA (maybe other formats as well)

    I see you're using convert for the ORA previews, so I guess you are using GraphicsMagick? At least on Sid, GM supports XCF.

    If so, give this one a shot:

    convert -layers merge -quality 72 ${1} ${however_you_want_to_name_preview}
    would perhaps knock down your script to :

    function make_thumbnail() {
        convert_flags="-layers merge -quality 72"
        case ${1##*.} in
                # Check ORA version and proceed...?
                unzip -p ${1} mergedimage.png | convert png:- ${convert_flags} ${new_filename}
                convert ${convert_flags} ${1} ${new_filename}
    Of course you don't need to make it a function, but doesn't hurt either if you want to add it to a larger library later on.
    Posted 09-27-2016 at 09:30 AM by goumba goumba is offline
    Updated 09-27-2016 at 09:44 AM by goumba
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    A little background on myself, and thoughts to a new 'blog-column'

    Ya know guys, thanks. I had let life get in the way again and got sidetracked. Six months later I doubt you'll even read this, but thank you.

    I know a blog is to "scratch an itch"... my "itch" as with Linux as well as in life is to help others. I'm not talking some grand sacrifice type of help, but just the little things that normally no one would think about, such as in this case: helping someone to discover something new about their PC that would be *useful*. This case, I figured I'd get some use as well, learning new things myself.

    I'm on my way to Best Buy to get myself a cheap netbook for my long commutes, in which I'll be able to play with this idea more.

    As far as the widespread knowledge of these blogs... yeah, I hate to say they probably go unnoticed as they're at the bottom of the menu. How many people really look there?
    Posted 09-27-2016 at 09:17 AM by goumba goumba is offline
    Updated 09-27-2016 at 09:18 AM by goumba
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    My Wife and Best Friend died today.

    Originally Posted by Habitual View Comment
    God Bless LQ and its members.
    Thank you and may God bless you as well.

    Posted 09-20-2016 at 09:50 AM by ardvark71 ardvark71 is offline
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    My Wife and Best Friend died today.


    I'm sorry as I have been busy and had not seen it originally.

    I'd be remiss in not expressing my sympathies this time around. As member of the community who is as helpful and supportive as you have been, I hope your communities, whether virtual or physical, are able to extend the same to you during this difficult time.

    - Anthony
    Posted 09-20-2016 at 06:38 AM by goumba goumba is offline
  8. Old Comment
    Posted 09-16-2016 at 01:40 AM by exton exton is offline
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    My Wife and Best Friend died today.

    Thanks Jjanel for remembering.
    Today would have been our 21st Wedding Anniversary.

    God Bless LQ and its members.
    Posted 09-15-2016 at 07:18 AM by Habitual Habitual is offline
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    My Wife and Best Friend died today.

    May the universe supportively return to you
    the great Love which you are always generously giving
    esp. during this week, the anniversary of
    the loss of a huge part of your life.

    "Best Wishes", always...
    Posted 09-14-2016 at 11:02 PM by Jjanel Jjanel is offline
  11. Old Comment

    Android-x86_64 Nougat 7.0 with GAPPS and kernel 4.4.19-exton-android-x86_64

    Softpedia 160904: "AndEX Project Brings Android 7.0 Nougat with GAPPS & Linux Kernel 4.4 to Your PC"

    And: "Today, September 4, 2016, Arne Exton is happy to inform us about the release of the first build of his AndEX project based on Google's recently released Android 7.0 Nougat mobile operating system.

    For those of you who never heard of AndEX, it is an Android-x86 operating system for personal computers, and until today it was based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. We have to admit that we were wondering when Arne Exton will start rebasing AndEX on Android 7.0 Nougat, and it looks like that just happened".

    Posted 09-05-2016 at 01:07 AM by exton exton is offline
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    Hello, and welcome !

    SUCCESS # 1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanx to Yancek, one of the Magnificent 6, I have Ubuntu 12.4.1 onboard and running!!! I am typing this from the browser that came with it (FireFox, unexpectedly voted Users' Choice #1 on LQ just this week, I personally don't use anything else) !!!!!! The site he cited - lost the url, see previous post, I onlyremember it's the "12.4.1" wubi at the bottom of the page -- actually did what it said it would. The wubi downloaded and installed Ubuntu with one click, which is exactly what this blog is about.

    Tan mile mahagut to Yancek, who gets a $50 gift card of his choice and my undying gratitude. Yancek, where do I send that?

    * Ubuntu, for you even-newbier-than-me newbies, is probably the traditional #1 choice of free Linux distros among those living in their mum's basement or just vying for a Guiness entry as "Biggest Cheapskate". It's rather old, like me, and it was my first intrtroduction to the world of Linux, somewhere around Y2K. I loved it then and I love it now.
    Now to be honest, this new install is noticeably sluggish, but it IS the initial boot from a triple-option boot menu, and i AM on an old Pentium D 3Ghz.... 18 Gigabytes sounds to me like an unconscionably LARGE OS for an old machine with an 80-gig harddrive, but I'm betting it warms up and flies next boot, and even moreso when I pare down the Winblows partition and toss the Puppy out. (Linux Puppy is a novelty OS, so tiny that it loaded itself into my ONE Gig of RAM on this machine and flew like a scalded ape. It worked first-time for me, and though the install process may get a little unnerving you might want to try it, while you're struggling to get full-blown Linux onboard. Browser, wordprocessor, spreadsheets, apps and manager, more.... very impressive for 478 Megabytes.)
    Will advise on further experience with Ubuntu 12.4.1, wubi'd flawlessly from.... (see previous post for url)
    Posted 09-02-2016 at 11:28 PM by danrevell danrevell is offline
    Updated Yesterday at 01:34 AM by danrevell (technical adjustment)
  13. Old Comment

    If you have already succeeded...

    Here is a dot of light from one of the Magnificent Six. It might even WORK, for you... if so, please post your experience here at LINUX 001.

    Never having used wubi before and curious about this, I went to the Ubuntu site at the link below for release 12.04 as that is the last version I was aware of fully supporting wubi. At the bottom of the page, you will see 6 different wubi files. Tried a couple that failed, couldn't find the image file message. The one that worked was "wubi-12.04.1" which I downloaded and ran and it successfully installed Ubuntu on the windows partition. Total time for the entire process including downloading wubi was less than 30 minutes.

    If you use wubi, I would suggest using the older 12.04 as it is a little lighter. The 14.04 has a wubi.exe but 16.04 does not and those are the only two versions besides 12.04 currently supported.

    I'm not sure the process will be that simple for Lubuntu but apparently you can use it also.
    << end quote
    Posted 09-02-2016 at 10:10 PM by danrevell danrevell is offline
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    Hello, and welcome !

    Here's a fine example of what I'm all about here; hope this doesn't get me bashed by one of the moderators. Hey, guys/gals, I LOVE LINUX, it's the INSANITY I'm grinding my axe against!

    Opening page of LQ; first thing I notice is a prominently-placed ad for an Introduction to Linux handbook, "FREE", "download <here>".... maybe the sort of panacea I'm trying to create here?
    Enter my email? What if I don't have one, or it's a morass of spam and old mssgs I still haven't reviewed, or I just don't want to have it sent to my email, I want to DOWNLOAD IT, LIKE YOU SAID??!?
    Ah, no biggy, just my email addy... okay, here....
    ................................. click .....................
    "Enter your" Name, address, age, sex, location, family history, type of work, personal data of your first three white children, browsing habits and criminal activities for which you were never caught or convicted........ HEY !!! IT SAID "FREE DOWNLOAD" !!!! My TIME is not FREE, THIS IS NOT a DOWNLOAD it's a demand for personal information, and I have already wasted the time you should have taken to DOWNLOAD this FREE DOWNLOAD !!! DAMMIT !!!!! ---- kill page.

    Some of you younger folks are probably thinking I'm bonkers and/or off my meds and/or just beefing and grousing... but the world wasn't always like this, and it wasn't always acceptable or expectable for someone to advertise something just to suck you in and waste your time getting your personal data. It falls roughly under the category of "switch-and-bait", and we actually passed laws against this sort of behaviour years ago, not that THAT seems to matter much any more.
    And that's a large part of why old folks are so cranky. WE didn't make subterfuge and scamming the modus operandi, but we sat idly by and let it happen, and now WE are paying for it, same as you younger folk... only we remember when it just wasn't tolerated, let alone the norm.
    Posted 09-02-2016 at 09:23 PM by danrevell danrevell is offline
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    August 21 & it's only 58 in the morning

    I remember him. Lucy is a pit mix but she is scared of everything bigger than a rabbit and has poor vision so she comes across as a moron and is incredibly stubborn. She and I sat in the road for 45 minutes last week because she wanted to investigate some animal stuck in a window well at a house across the road. I wouldn't let her, but I couldn't get her to move past the house. She's too big for me to pull. I had to call my son to come out to where we were and carry her away from the house. So Muttley is laughing at me.
    Posted 09-02-2016 at 01:40 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    August 21 & it's only 58 in the morning

    Originally Posted by vmccord View Comment
    My dog is a chucklehead.
    Is Muttley your dog's name?

    Thanks for reminding of that dogs name.
    Posted 09-02-2016 at 08:28 AM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline


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