The "Linux questions (and other stuff)" thread


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  1. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog Moderator

    Looks Interesting I'll have to keep my eye on it.

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  2. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Well-Known Member

    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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  3. nickdalzell

    nickdalzell Well-Known Member Contributor

    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
  4. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. xstefen

    xstefen Well-Known Member

    This is simple

    When it comes to general/everyday use and android development, What is your perferred Linux distro and why?

    :D
  6. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Disabled

    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.
  7. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    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.
  8. palmtree5

    palmtree5 Sunny Vacation Supporter! Moderator

    FWIW you can set up an environment for building ROMs on other distros. Example, I have a working build environment on ArchLinux
  9. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Well-Known Member

    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.

    *shrugs*
  10. NightHawk877

    NightHawk877 Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. saptech

    saptech Well-Known Member

    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.
  12. mikedt

    mikedt 你好 Guide

    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).
  13. saptech

    saptech Well-Known Member

    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!
  14. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues - Crazy peacock person -

    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. :)
  15. mikedt

    mikedt 你好 Guide

    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.
  16. saptech

    saptech Well-Known Member

    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. :smokingsomb:
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  17. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    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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  18. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog Moderator

    I don't do development but my flavors are Fedora and Sabayon. I do play around and try different distro's in a live environment just to check them out.
  19. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Disabled

    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, Ga
  20. saptech

    saptech Well-Known Member

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  21. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Disabled

    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". :D
  22. saptech

    saptech Well-Known Member

    Maybe I'll have to take another look at Ubuntu on my system!!! Unity...

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  23. Dngrsone

    Dngrsone Well-Known Member

    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.
  24. PhysicsGuyBria

    PhysicsGuyBria New Member

    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!
  25. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues - Crazy peacock person -

    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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