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Trillian runs fairly good using WINE

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Yes, that's pretty much it. It dates all the way back to the days when a very few wealthy people had C-band satellite dishes to watch network TV programming (which was all sent in the clear back then) before the local stations aired the shows. Of course it never dawned on them that all of the low-paid TV station employees who regularly used our stations' satellite equipment for personal viewing and (naturally) had access to broadcast quality recording equipment might be the bigger threat to their precious programming!

By the time that Ku-band home satellite service commenced, there were international treaties in place that prohibited viewing programming that isn't intended to be seen in your country. That carried over to DVD regions, and is now enforced through geolocation software, which isn't working too well according to recent reports.
It's not working too well at all, and neither is DRM. I can watch very much anything that's on Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes Store, CBS, NBC, ABC, etc, and I think you all know where I am.
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Trillian runs fairly good using WINE
Why would you want to run trillian using Wine when you can use Pidgin? You can even run Pidgin natively in Windows.
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perhaps there is something about Trillian that is familiar to the person using it? why is it always up to the Linux people to choose what they think everyone will like? seriously...

and why all this Wine hate? it opens Linux to far more programs. part of what makes Linux work. why all this 'you must only run GNU stuff and NEVER Windows stuff' attitude? You do realize that the biggest reason for most people's resistance to Linux is because there are some programs they refuse to give up? maybe you see no problem but you are not everyone else...
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Well, running Windows program within Linux can make your system unstable. If you exchange alot of files between Linux & Windows systems, it would be a good idea to run an antivirus program on the linux system. The virus may not affect linux but it can be transferred to a Windows system.

It just doesn't make sense to me to start using Linux and then want to run Windows programs with it. That is one reason for a dual boot setup or Virtualbox setup.

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for those who want to use Linux and give up Windows it makes more sense to run both Linux and Windows (or DOS) programs in the Linux OS and not have to reboot back into Windows. seems more convenient to use one to do both but what do i know? for one my games run better in Linux due to less overhead. and when they are closed the RAM is dumped back where it belongs and not occupied by some odd process the way it is in Windows. Linux can be running constantly and never need a reboot. i have yet to even have a Wine program crash. but then i only run programs that are rated 'gold' on WineHQ. thankfully my games are rated gold. i run a combo of Linux programs (Firefox, Clementine, GIMP, etc) with a few games that are Wine needed (FSX, STO, Hoyle) there is just no replacement for those games that are native to Linux. that's not Linux's fault but i won't go from gold to watered down anymore than i'd run a watered down version of an app in Android instead of on an iPad.

Wine does not require running the real Windows the way Virtualbox and dual-booting do. which you'd think would make the purists happy

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I have crashed wine a few times, trying to get certain games to run in Linux.

With that said, I have never created a situation where my system became unstable due to wine. VirtualBox, on the other hand... yeah, I've locked my machine up a few times using that.
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It's not working too well at all, and neither is DRM. I can watch very much anything that's on Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes Store, CBS, NBC, ABC, etc, and I think you all know where I am.
IP geolocation software was originally little more than a FOSS toy, a Linux command that some of us used to confound people on public forums by telling them (roughly) where they lived. It never was intended to be used as it's being used for commercial purposes today.

Back when NetSol was the sole arbiter of the world's IP addresses, it might have been possible to build an accurate IP goelocation system, but not today. As more and more of the deregulated Internet gets caught in the increasingly parochial tentacles of small governments, the ability for anyone to compile a database of truly authoritative IP address data becomes less and less possible. And the technical kludges that have been keeping IPv4 on life support for all these years means that only the ISPs that assign public IP addresses at random to their customers truly know the physical location of any given IP address. It's not unusual for large ISPs to move small IP blocks long distances without having to report it to anyone.

As you noted, the big players who have a lot of money on the line have their businesses sorted. But smaller businesses that try to get by with kludges and not much planning are still out there to make their customers' lives miserable.
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Is there any good weather widgets for KDE? Sort of thing that shows the current temp and conditions in the taskbar, and will show a forecast as well if clicked on. Ideally having the local weather conditions for Xilinhot, Inner Mongolia, China.

If I go into the "Get Hot New Stuff" in the Plasma desktop shell options, there's four listed. There's Plasma Pyweather which appears to be broken, "Script initialisation failed." *, or they just cover Slovenia or Turkey.

* Which is the same problem that a Nixie tube clock widget has, and I had already covered that one earlier in this thread.
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Is there any good weather widgets for KDE? Sort of thing that shows the current temp and conditions in the taskbar, and will show a forecast as well if clicked on. Ideally having the local weather conditions for Xilinhot, Inner Mongolia, China.

If I go into the "Get Hot New Stuff" in the Plasma desktop shell options, there's four listed. There's Plasma Pyweather which appears to be broken, "Script initialisation failed." *, or they just cover Slovenia or Turkey.

* Which is the same problem that a Nixie tube clock widget has, and I had already covered that one earlier in this thread.
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Cairo Dock has a gadget like that, if you mouse-over it it will display like a 5-day forecast and normally shows current conditions, but not sure if you can get your location on it. that i am not too knowledgeable about.

KDE also has a built-in tool that displays similar but in the form of a desktop widget.
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Anyone using gkrellm with the weather plugin? If so, how do you change the city location? I'm not seeing it!

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I found how to change it. I was looking in the wrong area, silly me!
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Sorry guys, I don't use weather gadgets :/

But, I was wondering, besides KDE, what WM|DM would you guys recommend as a replacement for Unity?

I've been thinking of messing around with openbox but it just kinda takes a while to get it set up, and I don't have the skill to get something running that looks 'pretty'.

Also, on a netbook so I've only got like 1 and a half horses under the proverbial hood.
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Xfce4, LXDE are two good environments to try, I think. If you don't want to try Openbox now, try Fluxbox, it's easy to get going with.

When I had my netbook I did run Gnome 2 and it ran pretty good. Gnome 3 may be heavy for it. On my current tower system, I'm running Xfce4 and Gnome3 & KDE4.
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Cairo Dock has a gadget like that, if you mouse-over it it will display like a 5-day forecast and normally shows current conditions, but not sure if you can get your location on it. that i am not too knowledgeable about.
I looked at Cairo a few weeks ago, but I've now really settled on what is pretty much stock KDE 4.8.5, but with the Lancelot launcher rather than the default Kickoff. And I use LXDE, when I want a quick start-up for when I'm teaching in the classroom.

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Saw the desktop one, but can't see it under the browser or whatever else might be running. I'm currently using what is basically a netbook, with a 10 inch screen.

I doesn't really matter, I was just was curious if a weather widget existed would work in the standard KDE taskbar. There is one, but it seems to have the same broken dependency issue as that Nixie tube clock widget you posted about last month Nick. Presumably they require someone with a knowledge of Python and KDE development to go in there and fix them. I usually look at my phone's screen for the weather.
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I know about Conky. Works in KDE, and very versatile. But I'd have to write a script wouldn't I, go and show weather for Xilinhot, China?
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I know about Conky. Works in KDE, and very versatile. But I'd have to write a script wouldn't I, go and show weather for Xilinhot, China?
Yes. There is a massive thread over at Ubuntu Forums dedicated to conky, and another one that addresses a particular user's script, which looks really nice, but requires some work.

I played with the scripting for that a little, but ran out of time and patience for it, and for me, a continually running script is not something I want using resources on my laptop.

Particularly since I do not always have a connection to the internet.
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None that I've seen.

I'm an obsessive weather watcher, and I've been disappointed by the crudeness of KDE weather applets. One of the reasons why I went back to KDE3 was because none of the Plasmoids even worked, and none of the working KDE3 applets got ported to KDE4.

This may have changed. I Googled one that looks promising, but you'll have to judge for yourself:

yaWP (Yet Another Weather Plasmoid) KDE-Look.org

This one shows promise because it appears to be able to query various weather services, not just METAR airports. I couldn't find anything else that was new, working and useful outside the US.
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for the record i have grown quite accustomed to Widgetlocker. i have gotten into the habit of tapping my phone's power/sleep button to be greeted by not only the current weather but a nice five-day forecast, too. even with the ZTE Merit's limited hardware (underclocked to 480MHz currently) it seems to do well with Widgetlocker.
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Is there any good weather widgets for KDE? Sort of thing that shows the current temp and conditions in the taskbar, and will show a forecast as well if clicked on. Ideally having the local weather conditions for Xilinhot, Inner Mongolia, China.

If I go into the "Get Hot New Stuff" in the Plasma desktop shell options, there's four listed. There's Plasma Pyweather which appears to be broken, "Script initialisation failed." *, or they just cover Slovenia or Turkey.
Is yaWP not a choice? It's what I use and has lots of options for customizing it to look/act as you prefer.







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Hey thanks Speed and Moody, didn't know about yaWP. Sorted. Just found it in the repo. And it does Xilin Hot, that's nice. I'm a bit of a weather bug as well.



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Sabayon 11 is out for those interested. Also if you haven't tried Cinnarch its pretty good. A bit nostalgic with the gnomish way but a much nicer to work with interface than gnome 3 IMO. Also The Chakra Project has an update for you kde fans featuring kde 4.10. Havent got it downloaded yet but working on it

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I am already testing out Mageia 3 and report bugs and whatnot. Other then that I don't distro hop much anymore. I would like to check out Fedora 18 as soon as I install this 250gb hard drive in my system. I'm also running SalixOS 14, which is the lastest version with Xfce4.

That's about it for me.
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That's about it for me.
I have fedora and Sabayon installed. I just check out other distro's in live mode. I like to see what else is out there besides the mainstream.
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This current C2D system I bought used came with Ubuntu 12.10 with Unity and I ran it for a few weeks and I must, Unity wasn't as bad as I had heard. But then, I'm always looking to try different things.

Here's one that I've recently heard about but haven't checked it out.

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Looks promising though.
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Installed the 12.04 ubuntu release a few nights ago... not really digging unity yet, but it's much nicer than the last time I used it. And to be fair, the majority of what I do, the DE/WM doesn't matter much.
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Unity was alright, but it lacked the level of customization that Linux is known for so i switched to KDE. it also played up with my games. the 'unity bar' up top that acts like a system tray/menu bar always stayed on top and could not be moved, cutting off important info (such as my XP-stats and level in Star Trek: Online or the menu bar in Flight Simulator X). also while able to auto-hide, the app dock was huge and took up a good amount of screen real estate, could not be relocated more naturally to the bottom of the screen, and also when auto-hide was on the adjustment was somewhere between 'why won't you go away?' to 'how do i get the bloody thing back?!'

the unity dock and Unity itself were meant for netbooks. which is why they really need to rethink the size of it, given that most netbooks only have 10" of screen area to begin with
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Yeah, I used it on the Ubuntu Netbook Remix in the 9.X version... worked pretty well then, but was pretty buggy. At least now most of those things are resolved.

And really, I pretty much have all applications in full screen anyways.
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When it comes to general/everyday use and android development, What is your perferred Linux distro and why?

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I'm not an Android developer, but I've been a Linux user since 1995. I use several distributions because the people who I work with have special Linux needs. For my personal desktop and server boxes, I prefer OpenSUSE.

Why? I've met the original S.u.S.E. people at COMDEX, have used Novell products for decades, and (most of all) I just like how it works. Yast is the best native administration tool that I've ever used, and it allows me to be every bit as lazy as I can be with a Mac or Windows box. It's stable, mature and refined. After 18 years of using Linux, I expect my Linux distro to be as production ready as I am. It's not a toy.
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I use Ubuntu because most of the development and build environment setup guides are based on ubuntu, even from google so it was a logical choice for me.
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I use Ubuntu because most of the development and build environment setup guides are based on ubuntu, even from google so it was a logical choice for me.
FWIW you can set up an environment for building ROMs on other distros. Example, I have a working build environment on ArchLinux
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I'd say thus far, my favorite distro has been a debian install I was using for about a year. But you can set up an android dev environment probably anywhere.

A few months back I set on up in backtrack (but that is/was ubuntu based)...

For general use, here's my rough set up -

I generally like a more traditional DE/WM - gnome2 or something similar.

> Terminal Emulator
> Text Editor
> cmus
> bluefish
> browser (firefox/chromium)
> IM client (pidgin or something - though most chatting now seems to be moving towards web-based).

That's about all I can really think of for what I use most often. I don't do too much with documents, but when I do libre office is nice.

Now for why. I am most comfortable with a traditional desktop...that's what I grew up on. That being said, I'm currently trying out unity on ubuntu 12.04. Most of my use relates towards scripting and web development.

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I have been using Ubuntu since 2008 and moved to Mint last fall. I was not happy with how commercialized Ubuntu was heading and Unity sucks on a desktop. Mint is what Ubuntu should have been.
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I went from using the so-called hard distros to Mandriva around 2008, up till 2011 or whenever Mageia forked and started it's own. I'm now using Mageia Beta, while waiting for version 3 to become final. I also use SalixOS (based on Slackware).

The reason I use linux is I can not afford Windows! I do not do any android development either.
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That's Shuttleworth and Canonical Ltd, presumably they want to successfully monetize Ubuntu. There's Ubuntu One including Amazon affiliate stuff.

I'm using Mint myself, has become my distro of choice. Although I've changed things quite a bit from the default Mint install. I'm now using KDE and LXDE rather than the default Mate(Gnome 2 fork) that Mint comes with. The Mint repos are still on Canonical's servers though(ubuntu.com).
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Do any of you run the LMDE? When I tried Mint, that was the one I ran for a few months. If you like rolling releases, give it a try!
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I have been using Ubuntu since 2008 and moved to Mint last fall. I was not happy with how commercialized Ubuntu was heading and Unity sucks on a desktop. Mint is what Ubuntu should have been.
Kubuntu is worlds away from Ubuntu. It's what I've used since its first release, and despite occasionally trying other distros I always stick with Kubuntu as my main distro. KDE is light years away from Unity. Too bad you [apparently] only tried Ubuntu proper, and not its much nicer sibling Kubuntu.
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I've not tried that. AFAICT it's still Mint with the default Mate desktop environment, unless you change it. However it uses Debian repos rather than Canonical Ubuntu repo servers. That's why it's rolling release rather than using sixth monthly Ubuntu releases.
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I've not tried that. AFAICT it's still Mint with the default Mate desktop environment, unless you change it. However it uses Debian repos rather than Canonical Ubuntu repo servers. That's why it's rolling release rather than using sixth monthly Ubuntu releases.
Correct. It uses Debian's Testing branch repos, which gives you more current software then using Stable repos. If you use Sid's repos, then you will get the bleeding edge software, but beware of breakage also.
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Yeah true, but I was a new comer to Linux in general at the time so as the guides were mostly Ubuntu based, it made sense for me.
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I went from using the so-called hard distros to Mandriva around 2008, up till 2011 or whenever Mageia forked and started it's own.
Actually Mandrake / Mandriva was quite popular among hard core Linux users because it was well sorted, stable, and had plenty of "power user" packages available for it, while still having the convenience of a solid graphical management utility. But without the distro's founder, GaŽl Duval, who got the sack in 2006, Mandriva withered on the vine, and ceased doing business by 2010. The occasional new releases are mere shadows of the Mandrake distro that I loved and used exclusively before the men in suits ruined it.

Mageia is not so much a fork as a continuation of GaŽl Duval's vision after the profit-takers ruined the Mandriva company. Time will tell if its star ever shines as brightly as the original Mandrake's.
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Actually Mandrake / Mandriva was quite popular among hard core Linux users because it was well sorted, stable, and had plenty of "power user" packages available for it, while still having the convenience of a solid graphical management utility. But without the distro's founder, GaŽl Duval, who got the sack in 2006, Mandriva withered on the vine, and ceased doing business by 2010. The occasional new releases are mere shadows of the Mandrake distro that I loved and used exclusively before the men in suits ruined it.

Mageia is not so much a fork as a continuation of GaŽl Duval's vision after the profit-takers ruined the Mandriva company. Time will tell if its star ever shines as brightly as the original Mandrake's.
Yes, that is so true. One thing Mageia did bring with it is Mandrake/Mandriva's Control Center, which is one of the best system management apps around. If all else fails, you can go to the MCC and fixed just about any issue.
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Yes, that is so true. One thing Mageia did bring with it is Mandrake/Mandriva's Control Center, which is one of the best system management apps around. If all else fails, you can go to the MCC and fixed just about any issue.
I loved my MCC! Only recently has Yast finally become as good, if not as good-looking.

Maybe it's time for me to try out Mageia with the Trinity desktop. It would be like turning back the clock to when (IMO) Linux/X/KDE was "just right".
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Maybe I'll have to take another look at Ubuntu on my system!!! Unity...

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I actually like Unity. I do wish it were more customizable, though.

In the year and a half it's been out, I have managed to get things working decently (and convinced Mozilla to allow Classes again).

I do want to experiment with KDE a little more-- I want that level of power over the desktop, but I am comfortable with Ubuntu and Unity now, so I may try for a Unity-type desktop in a KDE environment.

KDE is powerful enough to accommodate me, the question is whether I have the time and patience to train both myself and KDE to get where I would like.
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As with all things Linux/UNIX, there are many ways to do what you're after. Ask 1,000 different people and you'll probably get 2,000 different answers! With that in mind, here's what I came up with; I'm showing it step by step for clarity, rather than just throwing it all into one script.

First, I ran the script posted earlier to replace spaces with underscores (this time I've added a little documentation! ). So I started out with 12 files named:

Code:
[www.somesite.com]fantasy (10).jpg
[www.somesite.com]fantasy (11).jpg
[www.somesite.com]fantasy (12).jpg
[www.somesite.com]fantasy (1).jpg
[www.somesite.com]fantasy (2).jpg
[www.somesite.com]fantasy (3).jpg
[www.somesite.com]fantasy (4).jpg
[www.somesite.com]fantasy (5).jpg
[www.somesite.com]fantasy (6).jpg
[www.somesite.com]fantasy (7).jpg
[www.somesite.com]fantasy (8).jpg
[www.somesite.com]fantasy (9).jpg
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[high]#!/bin/bash

# create a list of files that are in current directory, writing only
# their names, in /tmp/current_files
ls > /tmp/current_files

# move the list of file names to current directory
mv /tmp/current_files ./current_files

# run contents of list file through tr, changing spaces into;
# underscores; write modified results to new file
cat current_files | tr ' ' '_' > current_files_new

FileCount=$(wc -l current_files | awk '{print $1}')
count=1
while [ "$count" -le "$FileCount" ]
# this will get fed to awk for processing
do ReadAwk="FNR=="$count
OldName=$(awk $ReadAwk current_files)
NewName=$(awk $ReadAwk current_files_new)
# use quotes so files with spaces in their names are interpreted
# correctly; suppress any output
mv "$OldName" "$NewName" > /dev/null 2>&1
count=$(($count+1))
done

# clean up when done
rm current_files
rm current_files_new

exit 0[/high]

Now my files' names looked like this:

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[www.somesite.com]fantasy_(10).jpg
[www.somesite.com]fantasy_(11).jpg
[www.somesite.com]fantasy_(12).jpg
[www.somesite.com]fantasy_(1).jpg
[www.somesite.com]fantasy_(2).jpg
[www.somesite.com]fantasy_(3).jpg
[www.somesite.com]fantasy_(4).jpg
[www.somesite.com]fantasy_(5).jpg
[www.somesite.com]fantasy_(6).jpg
[www.somesite.com]fantasy_(7).jpg
[www.somesite.com]fantasy_(8).jpg
[www.somesite.com]fantasy_(9).jpg
Next I typed this at a prompt to remove the [www.somesite.com] from each file's name:

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for file in \[www.somesite.com\]fantasy*.jpg
do mv $file ${file#\[www.somesite.com\]}
done
My files now looked like this:

Code:
fantasy_(10).jpg
fantasy_(11).jpg
fantasy_(12).jpg
fantasy_(1).jpg
fantasy_(2).jpg
fantasy_(3).jpg
fantasy_(4).jpg
fantasy_(5).jpg
fantasy_(6).jpg
fantasy_(7).jpg
fantasy_(8).jpg
fantasy_(9).jpg
Next comes this, which strips the "(" from each file's name:

Code:
for file in *\(*.jpg
do mv ${file} ${file/\(/}
done
Yielding:

Code:
fantasy_10).jpg
fantasy_11).jpg
fantasy_12).jpg
fantasy_1).jpg
fantasy_2).jpg
fantasy_3).jpg
fantasy_4).jpg
fantasy_5).jpg
fantasy_6).jpg
fantasy_7).jpg
fantasy_8).jpg
fantasy_9).jpg
Then this, to strip the ")" from each file's name:

Code:
for file in *\)*.jpg
do mv ${file} ${file/\)/}
done
Yielding:

Code:
fantasy_10.jpg
fantasy_11.jpg
fantasy_12.jpg
fantasy_1.jpg
fantasy_2.jpg
fantasy_3.jpg
fantasy_4.jpg
fantasy_5.jpg
fantasy_6.jpg
fantasy_7.jpg
fantasy_8.jpg
fantasy_9.jpg
Done!

Please ask questions if you're not sure what/how/why something is being done in any of the above.

My caveat, as before, is to first try this in a dummy directory that contains *COPIES* of your files. That way, if something doesn't work right, or you make a typo, or whatever, you don't risk losing anything important. Once you're satisfied that it works as expected it, do it for real.
I highly recommend you look into sed and regular expressions. You can do all that work in one line wrapped by a folder/file nested loop structure. I will leave it up to the curious to look up sed and learn regular expressions. Very powerful and concise. It was designed for exactly these sorts of purposes to avoid writing of lengthy scripts. Cheers!
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I highly recommend you look into sed and regular expressions. You can do all that work in one line wrapped by a folder/file nested loop structure. I will leave it up to the curious to look up sed and learn regular expressions. Very powerful and concise. It was designed for exactly these sorts of purposes to avoid writing of lengthy scripts. Cheers!
Thanks. *I* have used sed for over 25 years. However, the point of the 'lengthy script' was to teach a new bash scripting person how to step through various operations--and learn from them, without totally confusing them with symbols and sequences they'd have NO idea about.
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