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People want their problem solved, not another distro.

Posted 02-17-2017 at 08:57 AM by goumba

I've really been trying hard not to post this. Really, but it gets harder each day.

One trend I've noticed growing on LQ lately.

Newbie posts their problem. "I can't get X working on distro Y."

A response from certain (many senior) users, "You don't want distro Y. You want to install distro Z. It's super fantabulous, lightweight, based on distro ZZ, and oh by the way nothing I have to say here solves your problem."

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A Python OpenBox pipe menu for recently used documents

Posted 11-15-2016 at 09:58 AM by goumba
Updated 11-16-2016 at 09:10 AM by goumba

I threw this one together in a few minutes as the others I've been able to find on the 'Net were shell scripts. This looks nicer, and can be expanded upon easier (I'm thinking icons in the future)...

Pass True for the parameter show_path if you want the path displayed in the menu (shown in parens following the short file name), otherwise it will only display the short file name.

#!/usr/bin/env python
# Copyright (c) who am I kidding, this is
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A little background on myself, and thoughts to a new 'blog-column'

Posted 03-23-2016 at 10:13 AM by goumba

Hey guys,

So, a little about me. Until a few years back, I was a big computer nerd. I still use Linux exclusively, but I used to spend every spare waking hour (that I wasn't working my day job which was typically 12-16 hours a day) just killing time. I know UNIX and Linux, but never really delved too deep.

Enter the big D word, which I blamed on my time wasting in front a computer. Where did my life go? I hit 35 years old, and 'd' set in big time. Not where I wanted...
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Back to XFCE? ...

Posted 01-02-2015 at 04:03 AM by goumba
Updated 01-02-2015 at 04:04 AM by goumba

Well, for work at least.

I use Debian Live (Jessie) to do my work, at work, rather than using Windows as installed. The boxes are unfortunately P4s, so not exactly modern and snappy.

For the past few months, I have been using a desktop which I replicated from Crunchbang. Openbox, tint2, a simple conky config and their keyboard shortcuts. I've been happy with it, and accessing the menu with <Super>-<Space> is great.

With a new live build, something...
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[bash] Continue to attempt running a command until it succeeds, or a specified number of tries.

Posted 08-12-2014 at 10:56 PM by goumba

Inspired by the dsc in his post,, I decided to try and get the number of tries part working, and here's what I came up with:

set -x # remove/comment when you no longer wish to see debugging output

case $1 in
        # shift so that $@ only contains the command we're interested
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