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Bill Gates wants to eat your soul
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(Jun 24, 2020, 06:53 am)Fant0men Wrote: If you're getting a laptop then I guess you could buy a Lenovo or something.

Used thinkpads and install the loonix flavor of your choice - that's how I've done it over the past 8 years or so (unfortunately stuck with a crappy HP Pavilion atm).

Then there's Raspberry PI - I ordered mine yesterday. 1.5GHz / 8GB ram. OS runs on a micro sd card - I'm getting a 264 GB one. Hook up a keyboard, mouse and a screen and maybe an external harddrive and you should be good to go - theoretically speaking. Imma test the shit out of it Big Grin
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#52
(Jun 24, 2020, 16:47 pm)RobertX Wrote: You said that the best way to buy a computer is to build it and not pay for OEM software, and that you've done it for a long time.

Now, off-topic: how "easy" is it to turn off Secure Boot or UEFI, if you need to do that to install GNU/Linux distributions?

Back on-topic: After saying all that about Gates, do you think Gates deserve a little amount of respect? After all, most tyrants in history are praised and respected before they fall.

There's one thing I think Microsoft did right, and that's the Win9x GUI, which was a major step up from Win3.11 and also other systems at the time. The Linux desktop has historically mostly copied what exists on the Windows and Mac side of things, and it took a while for the Linux desktop environments to blossom in their own right (through experimentation). The only thing holding the Linux desktop back right now is its reliance on X, and I wish people would just get onboard with Wayland so we could finally be competitive on the desktop market. Getting rid of that old dusty X architecture would instantly free up resources for the DEs to focus on actually re-inventing the desktop and make it better.

Apple still offers the best desktop computing experience, as of now, for anyone willing to actually spend some time with the Mac desktop and deprogram from the Windows way of doing things. Apple has the unified menu bar at the top of the screen, in which the menu items change depending on what window you have in focus. I think that's the right way of doing things, as there's minimal waste of pixels and screen space.  It is just wasteful for each program / window to have its own menu bar. That being said, I don't support Apple as a company as their love of open source is as shallow and fake as Microsoft's.

I have no experience with older Mac OS, as I only got into Macs when OS X had already been around for a few years. I'd say up until OS X was released in 2001, Windows did have the better GUI. But as of right now, if I had to pick between the Win10 GUI and modern macOS, I'd pick macOS in a heartbeat. It's a much more well thought out design. It's a consistent GUI with clear human interface guidelines (HIG), and the underlying architecture of the GUI is much more modern than both Windows and Linux (with X).

Microsoft has gradually made the design of the desktop worse, and I'd argue it had its heyday back in the Win2000 days.

It's clear that the Windows GUI is just devolving into an incoherent soup of stupidity. It started going south with Win8 and its dumbass Metro UI, and it's only going downhill from there. I don't want ads for Candy Crush Saga in my fucking start menu. That is just plain tasteless and has that disgusting commercial undertone, turning the desktop into a billboard for the highest bidder to run their ads on. Instead of having a clean, simple and de-cluttered desktop ready to be filled with the content of the user's choosing, not content of companies with financial interests.

I'm gonna be totally honest and say I don't even know if I have SecureBoot enabled or not at this point. I have some important processes running and don't want to reboot and check in my UEFI. But I had no problem installing Linux on this build.
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#53
(Jun 23, 2020, 03:47 am)RobertX Wrote: Then I discovered that I can customise my OS by using Remastersys, until that was eventually discontinued. Now, I just use Cubic and make my own distro from there. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, just go to Cubic's Launchpad page, it's actually pretty good.

Now why do I use Cubic and Remastersys? Because in an event of an OS fuck-up, I can just re-install the customised OS without having to install everything else. Maybe it's criminal, or that it's not following traditional practises, but I stand by my methods.

Apparently Cubic is only made for Ubuntu, and PPA's are considered dangerous for Debian. And damn Bazaar wont permit access to the full source. I do have the option in Debian 10 to import ubunto packages, its just that some idjit decided to make it a daemon, which I turned off long ago, and forgot tis name! A 'service' like that should only come when called.

Remastersys is apparently down. I cannot access its site. The good news is that I believe I have it lying around somewhere. Only about 10Tb to scan for. mostly in DVD's...

I am also at the point of going 'off grid' and forging my own fork of Debian.
Its a massive project as I have around half of it installed, to say nothing of the /opt packages, and my programming languages stocked from their own repos.

Having a set of personalized DVD (USBStick) installs would greatly simplify matters... (I have my latest software versions already in a personal mirror. )
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#54
waregim, you can try JLIVECD.

Get the Neurobin version; I believe that this version is more up-to-date than the other ones. Don't get the Github version.

JLIVECD is purported to work on Linux Mint, Ubuntu Derivatives, Debian, and Arch.

Don't know much beyond that.

EDIT: waregim, Cubic can work with any Ubuntu derivatives, like Linux Mint and Peppermint.

I am using Linux Mint and have been using Cubic to make respins of Linux Mint for more than two years.
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(Jun 23, 2020, 08:09 am)Fant0men Wrote: The only real problem with Wayland is that desktop environments and window managers won't support it. Many people have this inaccurate idea that Wayland isn't ready or finished yet, but it's been ready for years.
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Right now I'm using MATE, as I like it better than GNOME. Sadly, MATE won't support Wayland anytime soon due to there not being many developers working on MATE to begin with, and they're focused on other things. That's the story with most of the less popular DEs.


Odd. Wayland installed by default on Debian 9, where I have Mate running (though now in 10). I disabled it as it was not needed, and also due to the fact that it decided I should not run as root.
That is something I determine, and usually kill or recompile something that decides to second guess my security policies.

KDE is not that bad on memory, but you should disable the akonadi PIM, the indexer and some other garbage that infests it. And pin it so it doesnt update it.

(Jun 28, 2020, 01:07 am)RobertX Wrote: waregim, you can try JLIVECD.

Get the Neurobin version; I believe that this version is more up-to-date than the other ones. Don't get the Github version.

JLIVECD is purported to work on Linux Mint, Ubuntu Derivatives, Debian, and Arch.

Don't know much beyond that.

EDIT: waregim, Cubic can work with any Ubuntu derivatives, like Linux Mint and Peppermint.

I am using Linux Mint and have been using Cubic to make respins of Linux Mint for more than two years.

I'll need to fire up the Ubuntu VM on the other machine to grab the Cube package. I should be able to install it manually, or edit the installer if necessary. Just remembered that my file manager has .xz support so I can edit the ubuntu .debs manually.

The Neurobin site seems interesting but still a *work in progress*. Some nice utils on it though.

Eventually I will be needing to migrate my Linux install to a larger drive, especially one with a larger /boot , so i can have the space to experiment with more varieties of kernel.


@FO
Personally, I regard the idiotic phobia about 'direct driver access' as nonsensical and pointless on single user systems and networks. Especially as the *hardware* drivers
are the current vectors for boogers. Graphics systems would be alot faster without the 'NT' method, which is what I presume Apple has done all along.

The 'newer' Win methods of security seem to be well designed to frustrate users attempts to gain actual control over their own systems, and certainly not prevent any 'hacker' type attempts. Which cannot, will not, and must not - occur in any system with a remote software controllable firewall. Better known as a honeypot.

The good news is that the propellorheads at m$ have permitted older versions of Win10 some leeway at least in better user control. Using an e-chainsaw it is possible to chop down a Win10 install to half its daemons, kill off alot of garbage like Defender, and effectively double the speed of the system.

Though long ignored, I've been looking at Powershell lately, and there are plenty of tools and scripts for it to give a much more finer grained control than would be normally assumed for m$. Its an interesting language that looks like the better parts of Python, Perl, and C mixed into one. The main annoyance was that I could not seem to get the .PS1 scripts to run from a normal command prompt, though after some putzing around it suddenly started to work. Possibly from installing the Nuget executable.

PS and .NET have already been ported to Linux. Something that may have some interesting consequences for Wine (and Darwin) developers....
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(Jun 25, 2020, 06:40 am)ill88eagle Wrote:
(Jun 24, 2020, 06:53 am)Fant0men Wrote: If you're getting a laptop then I guess you could buy a Lenovo or something.

Used thinkpads and install the loonix flavor of your choice - that's how I've done it over the past 8 years or so (unfortunately stuck with a crappy HP Pavilion atm).

Then there's Raspberry PI -  I ordered mine yesterday. 1.5GHz / 8GB ram. OS runs on a micro sd card - I'm getting a 264 GB one. Hook up a keyboard, mouse and a screen and maybe an external harddrive and you should be good to go - theoretically speaking. Imma test the shit out of it Big Grin

If I had the money to spend I would get a Pi 4 as well. It looks like a really interesting machine, and I'm sure I could put it to good use. I like that they have their own Linux distro, as that will work to increase the Linux userbase, due to the hardware being so cheap and all. I'm sure many schools use Raspberry Pi's for IT classes and such, maybe teaching programming, networking or Linux in general.

I was thinking perhaps I could even rip movies on it if I got one. I think the CPU has HEVC hardware acceleration so the only issue might be if HandBrakeCLI is available for ARM or not.

What case did you get for your Pi?
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