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    [all variants] Re: Adding launchers to AWM

    My own setup probably uses local .desktop files because I used Awn to configure the launchers rather than dragging and dropping launchers from the desktop. I didn't want to suggest using the DE's...
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    [gnome] Re: Spherical Cube ?

    GNOME seems to have borrowed a bit from Windows Explorer, which isn't necessarily bad. The desktop is a specialized folder.

    Background images really should be handled by GNOME/GTK, not Compiz. I...
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    [all variants] Re: Adding launchers to AWM

    The preferences are stored in the GNOME configuration system, GConf. There's a decent GUI, gconf-editor, that you can use to manually modify AWN's settings. Navigate to

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    Re: Debian? CLI? What for?

    I am familiar with the bazaar analogy, which is something I poked a little fun at in the first post (the bazaar is too bizarre). You're right that the 'Little Napoleon' turn of phrase was too harsh....
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    Re: Debian? CLI? What for?

    This was the basis for my apology. I want Ubuntu to be something that you, and apparently most users, do not want. I'm hoping to take on the corporate-controlled paradigm with self-organized anarchy,...
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    Re: Debian? CLI? What for?

    Sorry but I construed statements such as the following as meaning I offended, to some degree at least:


    You're just annoyed that you don't know what everything is yet.
    And, perhaps most...
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    Re: Debian? CLI? What for?

    I don't hate Linux at all. I love open source on a project-by-project basis. It's the chaos at the distro level that makes me cringe. I don't think the average person responds to being flooded with...
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    Re: Debian? CLI? What for?

    No, I don't think so. Microsoft is a typical corporation (replete with cronies, corruption, monopolization, and state interference) dictating to a community, with a handful of leaders creating the...
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    Re: Debian? CLI? What for?

    I apologize to all who are offended by my opinions. I guess I just want Ubuntu, its controlling body, Canonical, and the OSS community, to be something it's not and never will be. I'm not as in love...
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    Re: Debian? CLI? What for?

    I was talking about the developers, the ones designing and coding the software packages the sysadmins use, though obviously there's a lot of crossover between the two in the OSS community. 'Napoleon'...
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    Re: Debian? CLI? What for?

    I thought I stated my reason. A big reason that Windows is dominant (*) is because both end users and businesses can depend on a consistent interface and tools across the product spectrum, from a...
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    Re: Debian? CLI? What for?

    I don't think that's true or desired. And I blame all the little Napoleons in the Land of OSS, which is more of a resume building exercise than a coherent movement. Everyone seems to splinter into...
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    Re: Your very 1st OS

    The 80486 came out in 1989, but well before that in the 80s computers had hard drives and Disk Operating Systems (DOS). Even in the late 70s and early 80s -- before hard drives were common, back when...
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    [all variants] Re: Adding launchers to AWM

    Yes, the official Ubuntu package was on my system just long enough for me to find another repository. The developer that packaged awn for Ubuntu wasn't able to work out some QA issues with the...
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    [ubuntu] Re: no sound for laptop

    Try the following command:


    ls -la /dev/snd

    If it doesn't list some sound devices, you may not have the kernel modules installed to properly access your sound system. Try the following...
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    [all variants] Re: Adding launchers to AWM

    I had no serious issues adding launchers with 'Launcher Preferences' on AWN 0.3.1, though it is a bit buggy. I use only two launchers, though: Firefox and Nautilus. I noticed when I added them that...
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    [all variants] Re: Find and remove silence from mp3s

    Check out this example on using Pymedia to transcode an audio stream. You could insert some code to analyze the mean value of decoded frames and drop long sequences of silent frames or, as you...
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    Re: Bill Gates Entering Retirement

    As far as I know, and bear in mind I started on micros (I've never even seen in person one of the minicomputers and mainframes from the 60s and early 70s), Microsoft's FAT system in Disk BASIC was...
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    Re: Bill Gates Entering Retirement

    In the mid-to-late 70s Microsoft was successful in the 8-bit microcomputer industry with its BASIC system, which even functioned as the OS for a lot of computers, for example: Applesoft BASIC (Apple...
  20. [ubuntu] Re: Changing the Home Folder location to a different partition

    If you make your current NTFS partition into /home, you may end up wasting a lot of space with a big / partition that you never use. You may wish to follow the above how-to closely, rather than adapt...
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    Re: Bill Gates Entering Retirement

    Funny, but hardly fair. You've never made a silly face before?

    Anyway, it's hardly funny or unexpected that the reins have been passed from one ivy-league privileged man to yet another, or that...
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    Re: Bill Gates Entering Retirement

    Blame the two Steves: corporate strategy [monopoly] criticism goes to the CEO, Steve Ballmer, and Windows architecture [problems] criticism goes to Steven Sinofsky, the the VP in charge of Windows.
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    [ubuntu] Re: /etc permissions stuffed

    Maybe you could try restoring the contents of


    /etc/apt [correct permissions]
    /var/cache/apt
    /var/lib/apt
    /var/lib/aptitude
    /var/lib/dpkg

    Then enable the CD repository (if some packages...
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    [ubuntu] Re: /etc permissions stuffed

    I've never been in your shoes, so take this with a grain of salt. I assume your /home is on the boot partition, in which case reinstalling would overwrite /home. But wouldn't tar work to make a...
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    [ubuntu] Re: /etc permissions stuffed

    Wow, that's a nightmare. :( Personally I would just save my data and reinstall. That being said, the 'find' command might help you. Run these commands on the /etc of your live CD. Then edit the...
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