The "Linux questions (and other stuff)" thread


Last Updated: 2015-05-17 22:10:01
  1. saptech

    saptech Well-Known Member

    I'm able to access my phone running Mga under both KDE4 & Gnome 3 as Mass Storage Device.

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  2. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Well-Known Member

    Hmm.. I'll now have to try out KDE (or maybe opensuse)... I've been having a hell of a time with MTP.

    My workaround:
    >Install AndFTP
    >Install Filezilla Server
    >FTP files back and forth to windows
    >Copy/Paste/Flash Drive to Linux [could use FTP too, but it's a bit slow and throws off my wifi usage statistics on my phone]
  3. Joelgp83

    Joelgp83 Well-Known Member

    *Points you in the direction of libMTP* ;)

    Also, Samba for Android........
  4. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    I've been mulling it over for a bit, but I've decided today's the day I clean up my hard disk a bit and give the Wubi install of Ubuntu a shot for a while with a view to full migration (if I like it) in a couple of weeks.

    Installation seems relatively easy, so no issues there, but how easy is it to uninstall?

    Also, is there an way to access stuff on my windows "partition" whilst in the Ubuntu install?
  5. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog VIP Member

    Never done the Wubi install. accessing windows files from Linux is not really an issue as its fairly easy to do. However accessing Linux files in windows is a no go. Personally I recommend doing a dual boot and running it straight from its own environment. Also a lot of other great distro's out there if Ubuntu is not to your liking :)
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  6. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    The wubi install was just to get my feet wet, it seems the easiest, quickest and safest option (for someone who is completely new to Linux). Once I'm comfortable, I'll probably give some of the other distros a try.

    I've the 12.04 Ubuntu .iso downloaded. Once I've burned to disk does it give an option to repartition during install or do I have to do that myself before hand? The installation guide isn't very clear on how that stuff works.

    Edit - Found it on the Wiki: https://help.ubuntu.com/12.04/installation-guide/amd64/backup.html
  7. Dngrsone

    Dngrsone Well-Known Member

    There is a utility for viewing ext files from Windows, but it isn't the most elegant thing in the world... I keep a separate partition (NTFS) specially for data that may need to be accessed from both Windows and Linux.
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  8. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Well-Known Member

  9. mysticspiral

    mysticspiral Well-Known Member

    I have been going through the same conflict . I will most definitely give it a try thank you.
  10. OverByter

    OverByter Resident Slide Rule Guru

    EP, instead of partitioning I would definitely recommend putting it on a separate drive, you can easily get by with a 250 GB drive for whatever distro you end up running. :D
    OB
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  11. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator


    Another drive isn't an option unfortunately, I'm using a laptop and I can't afford, nor do I have space for an additional drive :(.
  12. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog VIP Member

    How familiar are you with partitioning? Do make sure you have recent backups before going that route. Also with a wubi install if memory servers me you don't have to partition its only when you go to actually install it.
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  13. OverByter

    OverByter Resident Slide Rule Guru

    I thought that you might have one laying around, even with a laptop, you should be able to boot from an external, just have to change your bios settings. For partitioning I recommend Easus, used it on at least 6 drives without losing any files. Good luck, I think your gonna like it! :D
    OB
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  14. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    Well, I went for a wubi install.

    Gonna mess about with this for a while, get things setup & get a feel for Linux. I'll partition and do a proper install a couple of weeks down the line.

    Cheers for the Easus recommendation, when I'm ready, I'll give that a go. :)
  15. Joelgp83

    Joelgp83 Well-Known Member

    If you're running Vista or later, I'd recommend using Windows' own "Disk Management" tool to do the partitioning.

    All you have to do is launch it, select your drive, right-click>shrink partition, and enter in how much you wanna chop off the windows drive. :D

    As for entering amounts, a good rule of thumb is to enter in the number of gb you want, followed by three zeroes (e.g., 80 gb = 80000 in the dialog box).
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  16. fixitevilson

    fixitevilson Active Member

    What's the best audio- (OGG/M3U) streamer available on Linux? I've tried VLC, and I have gotten clear sounding audio one time, and haven't gotten it again. Any ideas of what I should use?
    I was using Ubuntu.
  17. palmtree5

    palmtree5 Sunny Vacation Supporter! Moderator

    Actually, if you want exactly 80 GB, enter 81920
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  18. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues - Crazy peacock person - Guide

    Really? VLC is my go-to media app. It's never failed me. :confused: I use Kubuntu and Bodhi.

    I wonder if there are certain plug-ins and/or other VLC-related files that aren't installed. I'd fire up Synaptic and then search for VLC; look at anything that comes up and doesn't show that it's installed. Read its description and then decide if you want/need to install it. Or just install them all if you're lazy. :) Then report back.
  19. fixitevilson

    fixitevilson Active Member

    I guess I gotta install Ubuntu in a VM, and I'll do that. :) As of right now, I kinda need to have at least one Windows machine [and I have 2], for school purposes (Long story, I had to redo a PowerPoint for Spanish class because of saving a MS-PowerPoint in LibreOffice on Ubuntu)
  20. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues - Crazy peacock person - Guide

    I can't help you with that, as all my computers are pure Linux. But others can help!

    I have no experience saving M$ PP files in LibreOffice, but I guess I was under the impression that it should work fine. Would you like to explain a bit about what happened, how you saved it, whatever?
  21. palmtree5

    palmtree5 Sunny Vacation Supporter! Moderator

    Why not put Windows in a VM?
  22. fixitevilson

    fixitevilson Active Member

    I Am kinda lazy, that's the main thing. Also, I like the ease of accessing the other windows networked drives.
  23. Dngrsone

    Dngrsone Well-Known Member

    Yeah, last time I tried to mix LibreOffice and Power Point, it didn't go well, either...
  24. mikedt

    mikedt 你好 Guide

    I use a lot of presentations that were originally created in M$ Powerpoint, that I download from Baidu Wenku. Sometimes they work fine in LibreOffice, and don't have to change anything. but often there are formatting issues that have to be fixed. It's usually when they contain Chinese characters, or an image might be misplaced and is obscuring the text. It's not really a big problem for me now, because I'm always making changes to them anyway, to make them suitable for my lessons. And then I save them as .ODP, the native format.

    I'd rather do this because I prefer not to be using Micro$oft products these days, if I can avoid it. Think I've come to detest Micro$oft almost as much as Moody now. :D
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  25. fixitevilson

    fixitevilson Active Member

    It happened in a PowerPoint file that I made for Spanish class, (About the Country of Chile) for my Spanish class. Everything ran smoothly, editing in Windows at school. Everything changed at the last second. When I finished up with the presentation before I left for school, I was using Ubuntu 12.04 (It was a fresh release, about a month old). I forgot to check to see if it would work in PowerPoint 2007 (My school is old Microsoft software users). That day, I was confident that I had it perfect, and I plugged in my USB Flash Drive (A SanDisk Cruzer Micro 2GB), and went to the file, and Office said my file was corrupt.

    Looking back, I should have brought my Linux-based netbook to school, and done my presentation on that machine, heh heh. :D

    Pretty much, if I want to do any presentations, and I'm using Linux, I'm gonna be sure that I have a Linux machine with me.

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