Comments for Penguinway http://www.penguinway.net Linux and Tech Stuff Wed, 04 Mar 2009 17:39:51 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.6.3 Comment on Linux Mint 6 Felicia Review : It Must Be Christmas by Neil http://www.penguinway.net/?p=247#comment-5466 Neil Fri, 13 Feb 2009 11:16:38 +0000 http://www.penguinway.net/?p=247#comment-5466 @BlueKnight - I appreciate what you are saying, but despite your claims you are clearly dissing Mint because it is user friendly. You actually say "So for packages management they are created a new toy just for “the convenience of the users”" as if that's a bad thing! What on earth is an OS for if it isn't for users? And why is it deemed a bad thing to make it easier to use? I've been using Ubuntu for a while now and while I didn't struggle to install the MP3 support I understand completely that people would prefer it to be there already (let's face it no-one uses Ogg Vorbis). Also, when I setup a Samba share I right-clicked on the folder to share it and all seemed fine. But it didn't work - I had manually configure the smb.conf flie to get it working. Why should I need to do that? Why can't I just right-click to share? Can you seriously tell me that it is easier or better to have to alter configuration files to make basic things work? I also want my PC to shutdown on certain conditions. A shell script can be written to do this, and it's a really powerful thing. But writing scripts and editing cron is hardly a simple process. It's this kind of thing that Linux needs simple UI tools to perform so that people do not have to rely on script writing and file editing. After all, you are ignoring the fact that while file editing is very powerful it is also very dangerous. You can easily break things, which wouldn't be possible with a decent UI interface on top. I'm sure Linux will run faster if it's slimmed down and controlled by a knowledgeable user from the command line but to assume that a GUI doesn't make things better and easier is just crazy. After all, Windows was the success it was because it made everyone's life easier. Linux has plenty of distros, as you say, and if it is ever to take off then distros like Mint are essential. Though I do agree that the number of them needs to be slimmed down considerably - too much choice can be a bad thing. Sorry to waffle but I just find the whole thing where geeks slag off an OS for being easy to use a complete joke. @BlueKnight - I appreciate what you are saying, but despite your claims you are clearly dissing Mint because it is user friendly. You actually say “So for packages management they are created a new toy just for “the convenience of the users”” as if that’s a bad thing! What on earth is an OS for if it isn’t for users? And why is it deemed a bad thing to make it easier to use?

I’ve been using Ubuntu for a while now and while I didn’t struggle to install the MP3 support I understand completely that people would prefer it to be there already (let’s face it no-one uses Ogg Vorbis). Also, when I setup a Samba share I right-clicked on the folder to share it and all seemed fine. But it didn’t work - I had manually configure the smb.conf flie to get it working. Why should I need to do that? Why can’t I just right-click to share? Can you seriously tell me that it is easier or better to have to alter configuration files to make basic things work?

I also want my PC to shutdown on certain conditions. A shell script can be written to do this, and it’s a really powerful thing. But writing scripts and editing cron is hardly a simple process. It’s this kind of thing that Linux needs simple UI tools to perform so that people do not have to rely on script writing and file editing.

After all, you are ignoring the fact that while file editing is very powerful it is also very dangerous. You can easily break things, which wouldn’t be possible with a decent UI interface on top.

I’m sure Linux will run faster if it’s slimmed down and controlled by a knowledgeable user from the command line but to assume that a GUI doesn’t make things better and easier is just crazy. After all, Windows was the success it was because it made everyone’s life easier.

Linux has plenty of distros, as you say, and if it is ever to take off then distros like Mint are essential. Though I do agree that the number of them needs to be slimmed down considerably - too much choice can be a bad thing.

Sorry to waffle but I just find the whole thing where geeks slag off an OS for being easy to use a complete joke.

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Comment on Puppy Linux 4.0 on a Dell Inspiron 1150 Review by Dennis http://www.penguinway.net/?p=89#comment-4835 Dennis Sun, 01 Feb 2009 12:14:45 +0000 http://www.penguinway.net/?p=89#comment-4835 fstephens, I reckon the lack of professionalism is what gives puppy its charm. Its very user friendly, and the dialog boxes its brings up are very helpful. They do not require previous knowledge of Linux yet allow the user, if technically competent complete control. The best thing about Puppy, is that its run FAST and works well. Auto detection of settings could work better, but configuration is great. It's the only distro which with each upgrade, gets better, rather than regretablly changing things for the worse. My only criticisms are 1) Some of the GTK1/TclTk apps were good, and sadly missing. 2) Some apps seem to be doubled up, ie there appears to be more than one music ripping app. But Puppy Linux is the BEST live distro I have used, and one of the few Linux distros that I think really takes documentation and user friendliness seriously and succeeds in being accessible. Being able to configure everything without having to use the command line at all is qutie an acheivement. fstephens, I reckon the lack of professionalism is what gives puppy its charm. Its very user friendly, and the dialog boxes its brings up are very helpful. They do not require previous knowledge of Linux yet allow the user, if technically competent complete control.

The best thing about Puppy, is that its run FAST and works well. Auto detection of settings could work better, but configuration is great. It’s the only distro which with each upgrade, gets better, rather than regretablly changing things for the worse.

My only criticisms are
1) Some of the GTK1/TclTk apps were good, and sadly missing.
2) Some apps seem to be doubled up, ie there appears to be more than one music ripping app.

But Puppy Linux is the BEST live distro I have used, and one of the few Linux distros that I think really takes documentation and user friendliness seriously and succeeds in being accessible. Being able to configure everything without having to use the command line at all is qutie an acheivement.

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Comment on Linux Mint 6 Felicia Review : It Must Be Christmas by Bevin http://www.penguinway.net/?p=247#comment-4758 Bevin Thu, 29 Jan 2009 18:38:52 +0000 http://www.penguinway.net/?p=247#comment-4758 Linux users who are contemptuous of Mint seem to labor under a peculiar delusion. They seem to think that because user friendly distros such as Mint offend their sensibilities, that they have the right to urge their elimination. Linux Mint was not subsidized using their tax dollars. It was created by volunteers, and is offered free to anyone who wants it. Anyone who doesn't want it, doesn't have to use it, or more importantly, pay for it. Don't like it? Don't use it! Don't like it? Don't donate any money to it!! Can Mint bashers wrap them minds around that concept? Or is the idea of diversity and freedom too complex for these self-styled software geniuses to grasp? Linux users who are contemptuous of Mint seem to labor under a peculiar delusion. They seem to think that because user friendly distros such as Mint offend their sensibilities, that they have the right to urge their elimination.

Linux Mint was not subsidized using their tax dollars. It was created by volunteers, and is offered free to anyone who wants it.

Anyone who doesn’t want it, doesn’t have to use it, or more importantly, pay for it.

Don’t like it? Don’t use it! Don’t like it? Don’t donate any money to it!!

Can Mint bashers wrap them minds around that concept? Or is the idea of diversity and freedom too complex for these self-styled software geniuses to grasp?

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Comment on Linux Mint 6 Felicia Review : It Must Be Christmas by Tom http://www.penguinway.net/?p=247#comment-4636 Tom Sun, 25 Jan 2009 10:04:29 +0000 http://www.penguinway.net/?p=247#comment-4636 I have tried several distributions of linux over the last few years.. first one I believe was Redhat4something. I think the changes and development of Linux has been better and faster than MS. So - back to my linux - testing. I have tried a lot.. I have searched a lot - to find a good alternative to MS. It has been a hard time, with a lot of live-cd and install-cd all over the place in periods. :) I have now LinuxMint installed in my PC. and for the first time EVER, MS Windows is not my favourite. I normally used to boot WinXP or Win2k to do my normal tasks, and booted linux to please my search-spirit. Today, after using Linux Mint for about 2 months or so, I know that I'm in love.. I think I have booted XP maybe 10 times at the same period, and I use my computer a lot - several times pr day. My only reason for booting XP is to use Corel Draw, have not found something similar for Linux yet. I use skype - available linux version, and what was a problem before - MSN messenger is now available as aMSN, works like a walk in the park.! Tom I have tried several distributions of linux over the last few years.. first one I believe was Redhat4something.

I think the changes and development of Linux has been better and faster than MS.

So - back to my linux - testing. I have tried a lot.. I have searched a lot - to find a good alternative to MS. It has been a hard time, with a lot of live-cd and install-cd all over the place in periods. :)

I have now LinuxMint installed in my PC. and for the first time EVER, MS Windows is not my favourite. I normally used to boot WinXP or Win2k to do my normal tasks, and booted linux to please my search-spirit. Today, after using Linux Mint for about 2 months or so, I know that I’m in love..

I think I have booted XP maybe 10 times at the same period, and I use my computer a lot - several times pr day. My only reason for booting XP is to use Corel Draw, have not found something similar for Linux yet. I use skype - available linux version, and what was a problem before - MSN messenger is now available as aMSN, works like a walk in the park.!

Tom

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Comment on Linux Mint 6 Felicia Review : It Must Be Christmas by Joe http://www.penguinway.net/?p=247#comment-4627 Joe Sun, 25 Jan 2009 05:33:09 +0000 http://www.penguinway.net/?p=247#comment-4627 Hello, I would like to say.... Windows Vista is the worst OS I have ever used and after downloading "Windows Se7en" beta, that is (Vista Light) and it sucks too. So heres to the new Mint and Micrap$oft can burn in Hell with all the other (FAT BLOATED) Corporations!! Burn in the lake of fire you Jews!!!..... no, I love jews, just not the rich ones. And for all you Geeks that would like to see users turn from they Evil Micro$oft ways, stop crying about Linux Os being like windows.... Its whats going to get users to switch! Forgive my spelling and stop ripping on those who dont want to spend 3 days on an instal configing all those damn codecs just to get things to work..... Get a Girl friend and unplug for a bit.....damn Hello, I would like to say…. Windows Vista is the worst OS I have ever used and after downloading “Windows Se7en” beta, that is (Vista Light) and it sucks too. So heres to the new Mint and Micrap$oft can burn in Hell with all the other (FAT BLOATED) Corporations!! Burn in the lake of fire you Jews!!!….. no, I love jews, just not the rich ones. And for all you Geeks that would like to see users turn from they Evil Micro$oft ways, stop crying about Linux Os being like windows…. Its whats going to get users to switch! Forgive my spelling and stop ripping on those who dont want to spend 3 days on an instal configing all those damn codecs just to get things to work….. Get a Girl friend and unplug for a bit…..damn

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Comment on Linux Mint 6 Felicia Review : It Must Be Christmas by Nick http://www.penguinway.net/?p=247#comment-4575 Nick Fri, 23 Jan 2009 11:54:30 +0000 http://www.penguinway.net/?p=247#comment-4575 I think Mint is the way forward. Windows became big by making/stealing user freidnly features and including them in all one place. Mint making their own applications will set them apart - Mint, Suse and Mandriva seem to be the only distros that are not bit-parts of applications and a linux core slapped together. The 3 mentioned distros have taken the time to develop something that makes their distro user friendly and set themselves apart. I think Mint is the way forward. Windows became big by making/stealing user freidnly features and including them in all one place. Mint making their own applications will set them apart - Mint, Suse and Mandriva seem to be the only distros that are not bit-parts of applications and a linux core slapped together. The 3 mentioned distros have taken the time to develop something that makes their distro user friendly and set themselves apart.

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Comment on Zenwalk 5.2 on a Dell Inspiron 1150 Review by Nic http://www.penguinway.net/?p=113#comment-4521 Nic Thu, 22 Jan 2009 00:17:05 +0000 http://www.penguinway.net/?p=113#comment-4521 I use a DSL modem, it's also a usb modem and it's recognized in linux as a dialup modem. I use a DSL modem, it’s also a usb modem and it’s recognized in linux as a dialup modem.

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Comment on Damn Small Linux 4.4 Review by David http://www.penguinway.net/?p=103#comment-4450 David Mon, 19 Jan 2009 10:31:25 +0000 http://www.penguinway.net/?p=103#comment-4450 @deBebbler Thanks for your comment. I am glad you were able to get DSL installed on that old machine. You might want to try http://www.lighttpd.net/ for a web server. It is touted as being faster and using less RAM than Apache. I've heard of Apache running on boxes with 128 megs and not using swap space, but I think with just 48 megs you would be pushing it. If you get a chance, let me know how it goes. @deBebbler

Thanks for your comment. I am glad you were able to get DSL installed on that old machine. You might want to try http://www.lighttpd.net/ for a web server. It is touted as being faster and using less RAM than Apache. I’ve heard of Apache running on boxes with 128 megs and not using swap space, but I think with just 48 megs you would be pushing it. If you get a chance, let me know how it goes.

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Comment on Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10 64 bit Review by Karl http://www.penguinway.net/?p=154#comment-4437 Karl Mon, 19 Jan 2009 00:35:42 +0000 http://www.penguinway.net/?p=154#comment-4437 Drawbacks (comparisons with 8.04): - Not as easy to install SElinux... nobody seems to have been able to install it, not anybody in the forums at least. - Displayconfig-gtk is removed ... Hardy Heron is more of a finished product, compared to Ibex wich has more of a betaish feeling compared to the Hardy Ergo, i'll still go for the Hardy Heron Drawbacks (comparisons with 8.04):

- Not as easy to install SElinux… nobody seems to have been able to install it, not anybody in the forums at least.

- Displayconfig-gtk is removed

… Hardy Heron is more of a finished product, compared to Ibex wich has more of a betaish feeling compared to the Hardy

Ergo, i’ll still go for the Hardy Heron

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Comment on Damn Small Linux 4.4 Review by deBebbler http://www.penguinway.net/?p=103#comment-4430 deBebbler Sun, 18 Jan 2009 19:00:48 +0000 http://www.penguinway.net/?p=103#comment-4430 I was given a Presario 4505 desktop (PI 166MHz, 16MB RAM, 2.1 GB HD), and I wanted to see if I could use it as a small web/email server. I was able to boot the DSL Live CD, but it dogged a bit. After maxing out the RAM at 48MB for $7 on eBay, I tried again, and this time there was much better preformance, but a slow startup and apps started slowly. It detected a random old ethernet card I threw in it and I was surfing immediately. I decided that a hard drive install would do me some good so I set off... DSL doesn't come packaged with GParted (which I like), so I booted puppy 4 Live CD and dealt with the HORRENDOUS lag in order to partition a swap space on this old WIN95 machine (I tried to use SystemRescueCD 1.0, but this Old Bird wouldn't load it). Since I only have 48MB RAM, I chose to have 128MB swap space to ease the use of larger apps. Partitions in hand, I rebooted DSL and using the handy right-click fluxbox menu, chose a hard drive install. After a few short scripts, it said it had installed and ended, without offering to configure a grub or lilo bootloader. Needless to say, attempts to boot the machine without the live cd were unsuccessful. Another attempt using the DSL menu hard drive install also failed. After a little research (ie. RTFM) I found that typing 'install' at the DSL live CD boot prompt began a non-GUI installation script. I was asked only which partition I was to install to, and DSL auto configured my swap space and after some quick choices (lilo or grub, single vs multi-user) I had a fully functional desktop capable of surfing, email, word processing/spreadsheets, and music. I plugged in an external USB hard drive enclosure housing a 130GB drive. DSL recognized it perfectly, and now I have space to host my own website with 100+GB of email storage. I'm off to install XAMPP and away I go. Thankx Damn Small Linux!!! I was given a Presario 4505 desktop (PI 166MHz, 16MB RAM, 2.1 GB HD), and I wanted to see if I could use it as a small web/email server. I was able to boot the DSL Live CD, but it dogged a bit. After maxing out the RAM at 48MB for $7 on eBay, I tried again, and this time there was much better preformance, but a slow startup and apps started slowly. It detected a random old ethernet card I threw in it and I was surfing immediately. I decided that a hard drive install would do me some good so I set off…

DSL doesn’t come packaged with GParted (which I like), so I booted puppy 4 Live CD and dealt with the HORRENDOUS lag in order to partition a swap space on this old WIN95 machine (I tried to use SystemRescueCD 1.0, but this Old Bird wouldn’t load it). Since I only have 48MB RAM, I chose to have 128MB swap space to ease the use of larger apps.

Partitions in hand, I rebooted DSL and using the handy right-click fluxbox menu, chose a hard drive install. After a few short scripts, it said it had installed and ended, without offering to configure a grub or lilo bootloader. Needless to say, attempts to boot the machine without the live cd were unsuccessful. Another attempt using the DSL menu hard drive install also failed.

After a little research (ie. RTFM) I found that typing ‘install’ at the DSL live CD boot prompt began a non-GUI installation script. I was asked only which partition I was to install to, and DSL auto configured my swap space and after some quick choices (lilo or grub, single vs multi-user) I had a fully functional desktop capable of surfing, email, word processing/spreadsheets, and music.

I plugged in an external USB hard drive enclosure housing a 130GB drive. DSL recognized it perfectly, and now I have space to host my own website with 100+GB of email storage. I’m off to install XAMPP and away I go. Thankx Damn Small Linux!!!

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Comment on Linux Mint 6 Felicia Review : It Must Be Christmas by campamax http://www.penguinway.net/?p=247#comment-4321 campamax Thu, 15 Jan 2009 11:26:45 +0000 http://www.penguinway.net/?p=247#comment-4321 Let's try to express my point of view. I am a Linux noob, but I have spents more than a year, from time to time, trying live distros (not having a PC of my own to play with) to learn something about Linux. This way, having distros with codecs not preconfigured was an annoyance. As soon as I tried Mint 4, I decided I liked it a lot: I just felt comfortable with it, whatever that can mean. As soon as I got a PC to play with, I installed Mint 5, and my 'comfortable' sensation remained: I definitely am among those who like Gnome and like the MintMenu. Initially some utilities (mainly MintInstall) appeared very useful, then gaining some more confidence with the environment (a reinstall after having made something horrible to the system, and then the install of Mint 6) I realized I could easily live without it and just use Synaptic. At last, it remains the distro I prefer since it needs no effort to get the work environment as I feel comfortable with. Then I got a Samsung NC10 netbook, and the *buntu distros still show some annoying flaws on them, so I tried SuSE - being known as the distro which best recognize the NC10 hardware. Well, now - after some days and effort - my netbook start looking close to what I need to use, but with much more effort than with Mint. This is obviously not necessarily negative (I probably learned somethin more this way), but while I had and have the intention to make my Linux box work mostly for personal pleasure (I like Linux and want to use it for my personal activities the most I can), this is exactly what makes Windows being used by >90% of the PC users. Most of them ar not by far geeks, and are not interested in how a PC work: they want it to work, to use them for they needs. So, what can the Linux community offer them? Distrowatch counts hundreds (!) of active distributions, and with them Linux is used on very few percentage points of the overall PCs all over the world. These >90% of the PC users don't care a heck whether something is free or not, they want it to work, and I think they are right! And here all the zealots will cover me with shit, I know, but this is what I think: Linux won't get to the masses because of: - poor hardware support (even this is improving somewhat) - zealots who think that someone should use something free, even if it is crap (that fortunately is NOT what most often free software is!), instead of something working well but related to the Big Evil Microsoft. If we want to keep Linux as a toy for hobyists, this is the way. But if we really want to make Linux a REAL alternative to Windows, distros like Mint are what we need. (Thanks Clem!) My 5 cents. ___ MaX P.S. IMHO, multiple desktop IS a must have feature, Compiz is just a (mostly useless) toy for me. I used it because I like some not eccessive eye candy (cube, woobbling windows, expose, ...), but on the NC10 I have to disable it because of some conflicts: I miss it, but I can perfectly live without, with my multiple desktops still alive. Let’s try to express my point of view.
I am a Linux noob, but I have spents more than a year, from time to time, trying live distros (not having a PC of my own to play with) to learn something about Linux. This way, having distros with codecs not preconfigured was an annoyance. As soon as I tried Mint 4, I decided I liked it a lot: I just felt comfortable with it, whatever that can mean.
As soon as I got a PC to play with, I installed Mint 5, and my ‘comfortable’ sensation remained: I definitely am among those who like Gnome and like the MintMenu. Initially some utilities (mainly MintInstall) appeared very useful, then gaining some more confidence with the environment (a reinstall after having made something horrible to the system, and then the install of Mint 6) I realized I could easily live without it and just use Synaptic.
At last, it remains the distro I prefer since it needs no effort to get the work environment as I feel comfortable with.

Then I got a Samsung NC10 netbook, and the *buntu distros still show some annoying flaws on them, so I tried SuSE - being known as the distro which best recognize the NC10 hardware. Well, now - after some days and effort - my netbook start looking close to what I need to use, but with much more effort than with Mint. This is obviously not necessarily negative (I probably learned somethin more this way), but while I had and have the intention to make my Linux box work mostly for personal pleasure (I like Linux and want to use it for my personal activities the most I can), this is exactly what makes Windows being used by >90% of the PC users. Most of them ar not by far geeks, and are not interested in how a PC work: they want it to work, to use them for they needs. So, what can the Linux community offer them? Distrowatch counts hundreds (!) of active distributions, and with them Linux is used on very few percentage points of the overall PCs all over the world. These >90% of the PC users don’t care a heck whether something is free or not, they want it to work, and I think they are right! And here all the zealots will cover me with shit, I know, but this is what I think: Linux won’t get to the masses because of:
- poor hardware support (even this is improving somewhat)
- zealots who think that someone should use something free, even if it is crap (that fortunately is NOT what most often free software is!), instead of something working well but related to the Big Evil Microsoft.

If we want to keep Linux as a toy for hobyists, this is the way. But if we really want to make Linux a REAL alternative to Windows, distros like Mint are what we need. (Thanks Clem!)

My 5 cents.
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MaX

P.S.
IMHO, multiple desktop IS a must have feature, Compiz is just a (mostly useless) toy for me. I used it because I like some not eccessive eye candy (cube, woobbling windows, expose, …), but on the NC10 I have to disable it because of some conflicts: I miss it, but I can perfectly live without, with my multiple desktops still alive.

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Comment on Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10 64 bit Review by James -ner http://www.penguinway.net/?p=154#comment-4223 James -ner Mon, 12 Jan 2009 07:09:35 +0000 http://www.penguinway.net/?p=154#comment-4223 Alpha 64-bit flash-player is available for Linux. It works very well. I only had a little flickering with some flash videos. http://download.macromedia.com/pub/labs/flashplayer10/libflashplayer-10.0.d21.1.linux-x86_64.so.tar.gz Alpha 64-bit flash-player is available for Linux. It works very well. I only had a little flickering with some flash videos.

http://download.macromedia.com/pub/labs/flashplayer10/libflashplayer-10.0.d21.1.linux-x86_64.so.tar.gz

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Comment on Linux Mint 6 Felicia Review : It Must Be Christmas by gazza http://www.penguinway.net/?p=247#comment-4199 gazza Sun, 11 Jan 2009 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.penguinway.net/?p=247#comment-4199 Well done to Linux Mint for making this work out of the box for newbies, everything works great for me, i am pretty good at windows having done a techie exam...but i struggled with Linux dristos with their package mangers and command lines, getting wireless to work and so on.... As a newbie to Linux (2weeks) i don't want to f**K about with codecs, wireless..looking for guides installing just about everything ......i just want the operating system to work which why I've choosen Linux mint over Ubuntu, Pclinuxos, Open SUSE, Federo, puppy Linux, kubuntu. freespire which I've played with over the last 14 days... For me it is not about it being free,but a middle finger up tp Big Coperations like Microsoft trying to control the Markets and their greedy spin offs i can download pirated software for free and have for years. Linux Mint in my opinion should be the Linux operating system Choice for Microsoft users wanting to make the switch without being a Linux GEEK! Well done to Linux Mint for making this work out of the box for newbies, everything works great for me, i am pretty good at windows having done a techie exam…but i struggled with Linux dristos with their package mangers and command lines, getting wireless to work and so on….

As a newbie to Linux (2weeks) i don’t want to f**K about with codecs, wireless..looking for guides installing just about everything ……i just want the operating system to work which why I’ve choosen Linux mint over Ubuntu, Pclinuxos, Open SUSE, Federo, puppy Linux, kubuntu. freespire which I’ve played with over the last 14 days…

For me it is not about it being free,but a middle finger up tp Big Coperations like Microsoft trying to control the Markets and their greedy spin offs i can download pirated software for free and have for years.

Linux Mint in my opinion should be the Linux operating system Choice for Microsoft users wanting to make the switch without being a Linux GEEK!

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Comment on Linux Mint 6 Felicia Review : It Must Be Christmas by dabby http://www.penguinway.net/?p=247#comment-4192 dabby Sun, 11 Jan 2009 09:47:44 +0000 http://www.penguinway.net/?p=247#comment-4192 i personally don’t need a distro to hold my hand or have codecs preinstalled. all that preconfigured stuff is just bloat. why not just cut out the middle man and just use debian. plus, it’s faster than mint. it is strictly a noob distro as far as i’m concerned.. i personally don’t need a distro to hold my hand or have codecs preinstalled. all that preconfigured stuff is just bloat. why not just cut out the middle man and just use debian. plus, it’s faster than mint. it is strictly a noob distro as far as i’m concerned..

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Comment on Linux Mint 6 Felicia Review : It Must Be Christmas by galactus http://www.penguinway.net/?p=247#comment-4191 galactus Sun, 11 Jan 2009 09:40:12 +0000 http://www.penguinway.net/?p=247#comment-4191 I have used every version of DOS, Windows and many Linux distros. I think Linux Mint is pretty much flawless. If you don't, who gives a shit? JUST DON'T USE IT! It is really that simple BK and the rest of you fuckwads. I guess the people that invented pencils and paper would have been noobs to you and should have stuck with stone tablets. Give it a rest. I have used every version of DOS, Windows and many Linux distros. I think Linux Mint is pretty much flawless. If you don’t, who gives a shit? JUST DON’T USE IT! It is really that simple BK and the rest of you fuckwads. I guess the people that invented pencils and paper would have been noobs to you and should have stuck with stone tablets. Give it a rest.

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Comment on Xubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10 Alpha 6 Review by Pax http://www.penguinway.net/?p=131#comment-4158 Pax Sat, 10 Jan 2009 14:09:51 +0000 http://www.penguinway.net/?p=131#comment-4158 Nice review. I've been running a number of lightweight distros lately looking for the right distro /for me/. After testing about 25 or so (including a few non-linux OSes - OpenSolaris distros, *BSDs and others), I've settled on Xubuntu. I'm pleased with the both its' lightweight feel (System Monitor tells me it uses 128.4mbs memory at startup, no swap usage) and professionalism (system updates, large repository of apps, good package manager and great support on the 'net). Running it now via VirtualBox on XP. This will give me a chance to really get to know the system as I transition to this new OS. One problem (plus solution) I wanted to pass on to other users. When running this in VirtualBox, I was forced into a 800x600 screen. The only other option available to me was 640x400. After much research I came across a solution I wanted to pass on to other users who might experience the same issue (since apparently it's pretty common among all Ubuntu derivatives when running in VirtualBox on XP and even the MacOS). Fixing the resolution problem is done via Guest Additions in VirtualBox. If this is the first time you're installing guest additions, you might run across other problems, including the inability to even install them (administrator privileges). The detailed instructions on the linked page below worked perfectly for me after having tried many other solutions. I have the added bonus of seamlessly being able to move the mouse from within the Guest OS Window and my main (host) OS without having to use the escape key (right-ctrl) - nice. Copy/Paste works perfectly also between the two environments. Drag/Copy/Move does not:-( I don't believe there's a solution for drag/copy/move in VirtualBox yet. How To Increase Screen Resolution with VirtualBox and Ubuntu (print version of page): http://www.linuxformat.co.uk/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=printview&t=6438&start=0 Hope the info above helps users encountering a similar problem. Nice review. I’ve been running a number of lightweight distros lately looking for the right distro /for me/. After testing about 25 or so (including a few non-linux OSes - OpenSolaris distros, *BSDs and others), I’ve settled on Xubuntu. I’m pleased with the both its’ lightweight feel (System Monitor tells me it uses 128.4mbs memory at startup, no swap usage) and professionalism (system updates, large repository of apps, good package manager and great support on the ‘net).

Running it now via VirtualBox on XP. This will give me a chance to really get to know the system as I transition to this new OS. One problem (plus solution) I wanted to pass on to other users. When running this in VirtualBox, I was forced into a 800×600 screen. The only other option available to me was 640×400. After much research I came across a solution I wanted to pass on to other users who might experience the same issue (since apparently it’s pretty common among all Ubuntu derivatives when running in VirtualBox on XP and even the MacOS).

Fixing the resolution problem is done via Guest Additions in VirtualBox. If this is the first time you’re installing guest additions, you might run across other problems, including the inability to even install them (administrator privileges). The detailed instructions on the linked page below worked perfectly for me after having tried many other solutions. I have the added bonus of seamlessly being able to move the mouse from within the Guest OS Window and my main (host) OS without having to use the escape key (right-ctrl) - nice. Copy/Paste works perfectly also between the two environments. Drag/Copy/Move does not:-( I don’t believe there’s a solution for drag/copy/move in VirtualBox yet.

How To Increase Screen Resolution with VirtualBox and Ubuntu (print version of page):
http://www.linuxformat.co.uk/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=printview&t=6438&start=0

Hope the info above helps users encountering a similar problem.

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Comment on Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10 64 bit Review by Miyagi http://www.penguinway.net/?p=154#comment-4119 Miyagi Fri, 09 Jan 2009 20:07:55 +0000 http://www.penguinway.net/?p=154#comment-4119 There is a gui available for ufw. You can find it in the repositories. "gufw is an easy and intuitive way to manage your Linux firewall. It supports common tasks such as allowing or blocking pre-configured, common p2p, or individual port(s), and many others!gufw is an easy and intuitive way to manage your Linux firewall. It supports common tasks such as allowing or blocking pre-configured, common p2p, or individual port(s), and many others!" Best regards. There is a gui available for ufw. You can find it in the repositories.

“gufw is an easy and intuitive way to manage your Linux firewall. It supports common tasks such as allowing or blocking pre-configured, common p2p, or
individual port(s), and many others!gufw is an easy and intuitive way to manage your Linux firewall. It supports common tasks such as allowing or blocking pre-configured, common p2p, or individual port(s), and many others!”

Best regards.

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Comment on CrunchBang Linux Review : Dark, Evil, and it has the Mark of The Beast by CrunchBang Linux Review « omns http://www.penguinway.net/?p=346#comment-4044 CrunchBang Linux Review « omns Wed, 07 Jan 2009 22:09:18 +0000 http://www.penguinway.net/?p=346#comment-4044 [...] a comment » at Penguinway.net. A little obsessed with muses about the mark of the beast but a nice review none the [...] [...] a comment » at Penguinway.net. A little obsessed with muses about the mark of the beast but a nice review none the [...]

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Comment on Linux Mint 6 Felicia Review : It Must Be Christmas by max http://www.penguinway.net/?p=247#comment-4030 max Wed, 07 Jan 2009 15:40:15 +0000 http://www.penguinway.net/?p=247#comment-4030 Soon I'll be getting a new computer, which will have XP and Mint installed in dual partitions. I consider my computer to be an appliance, like spanners, to do work with. I don't care about the molecular costruction of the spanners, they only have to be intuitive to use. The same with my computer, I want it to work fully as easily and as soon as possible, out of the box. There are millions like me. I want Linux to be a Windows clone, I want to be free of Microsoft. I have been watching Linux for years, and I will use Mint as my first Linux OS. Soon I’ll be getting a new computer, which will have XP and Mint installed in dual partitions. I consider my computer to be an appliance, like spanners, to do work with.
I don’t care about the molecular costruction of the spanners, they only have to be intuitive to use. The same with my computer, I want it to work fully as easily and as soon as possible, out of the box.

There are millions like me.

I want Linux to be a Windows clone, I want to be free of Microsoft.

I have been watching Linux for years, and I will use Mint as my first Linux OS.

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Comment on Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10 64 bit Review by tomtyi http://www.penguinway.net/?p=154#comment-4023 tomtyi Wed, 07 Jan 2009 04:22:28 +0000 http://www.penguinway.net/?p=154#comment-4023 LinuxCanuck: "it is lunacy to propose that users drop into the commandline to do anything powerful" memento windows powershell! :) LinuxCanuck: “it is lunacy to propose that users drop into the commandline to do anything powerful” memento windows powershell! :)

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