Posts Tagged: Linux

Blackslab back on Linux

Title says it all. First I tried using Windows 8 on her and it kinda sorta worked… but it was just too much for the computer. I tried Windows 7 and it worked without a hitch… before I actually installed software. Once I did, the system bogged down to the point where I would dread… Read more »

Linux desktop “progress”

Northfield/Norwood isn’t about changing anything fundamentally with Wayland/Weston, but Moreau doesn’t like the pace of development within Wayland/Weston and it being bottlenecked at times by Kristian’s workload. Moreau is also more focused on just “desktop bling” and effects than low-level graphics subsystem work. Among the desktop effects he wants to bring over from Compiz into… Read more »

Redesigning the Thinkpad for Windows 8 and ONLY Windows 8

ThinkPad loyalists will almost certainly direct their attention to the new trackpad when first laying eyes on the T431s. Or, perhaps, they’ll spot the notable (and very deliberate) omission of the physical buttons that have historically sat just beneath and above a far smaller tracking surface. According to Parrish, the overall concept was to “simplify… Read more »

Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow? – Slashdot. Just like me, people are switching back and forth. OS X is getting a lot of iOS stuff into it that professional creators don’t want or need. Windows 8 is not everyone’s cuppa tea… but it’s quite solid as long as you learn how to deal… Read more »

Xorg, Radeon, Thinkpad.

By the pits of elemental chaos, I don’t know where to begin. I truly don’t. I’m typing this up trying to calm down after I was taken against my will on an odyssey of bad documentation, stupid changes and general assholery. It all started with an innocuous aptitude update; aptitude upgrade. Package linux-image-3.2.0-4-686-pae refused to… Read more »

Sadly, this guy is right

Mac, a wonderful genius distribution of Linux – Bootstrap Fabrica. Then again, he’s using a FreeBSD offshoot.


To me, the core of a UNIX system is a philosophical matter. To quote Mike Gancarz’s The UNIX Philosophy from 1994, UNIX has 9 paramount precepts: Small is beautiful. Make each program do one thing well. Build a prototype as soon as possible. Choose portability over efficiency. Store data in flat text files. Use software… Read more »

Bury yourself already.

[Phoronix] GNOME 3.8 Is Dropping Its Fallback Mode. My reaction when I read this is “This will be its death.”

Sinful Interfaces

Windows 8′s Greatest Sin | TechPinions. It is quite telling that Linux is nowhere on the list. This is how hard all open source desktop environments have failed. GNOME lusted after OSX and became a bad imitation of it. KDE lusted after Windows 7′s candied interfaces, and became bloated. Xfce remains too static and people… Read more »

Want to win a war when they can’t even put gas in the car.

Hi guys, I recently updated Arch and I got the new gtk3 stuff. All would be fine except for the fact that now, my gtk2 apps use a theme and the gtk3 ones use another (ugly) one. I searched the forum and I basically found that I should wait for gtk3 and gtk2 to become… Read more »

No, it did not work.

In short, KDE 4 is about one thing and one thing only: 3D rendered eye candy. If that’s what you want, that’s what you’ll get, in spades. But as a desktop, as a single, integrated, holistic sense of place and set of potentialities and operations that are intuitive, minimal, and streamlined and that support productivity,… Read more »

Linux + Bluetooth

What a fucking joke. Save yourself the trouble and stick with Windows. Yet another source of constant annoyance for the so-called “Year of Linux on the Desktop”. It is not worth your time to fight Linux on this.

C’mon, now

I’ve been trying to get the damn Debian Wheezy installer to work via USB on a Thinkpad T60 for the past three days without any success. Sure, it works like a charm when put on a CD or a DVD and booting from there, but that is beside the point. I’ve tried various methods I’ve… Read more »

“One of the biggest arguments the Linux community has brought up for migration from Linux was diversity, but right now, Linux implementors are competely ignoring this plea of their own. Instead, they come up with, well, ”proprietary“ Open Source software which locks people to use Linux and Gnome/KDE.”

The destructive desktop — Linux in trouble?

The easy way to print from Linux to Windows

The usual way printing works on Linux is by connecting your printer directly to your system, or printing through IPP. But what if you need to print to a printer connected to a Windows system? Here is how to get it working while keeping fuss to a minimum. Once again, these instructions are made with… Read more »

Set Qt mouse pointer inside GNOME

You don’t have to install theme packages, engines or extra apps. All you need is already on your Debian system: # update-alternatives –config x-cursor-theme There are 2 choices for the alternative x-cursor-theme (providing /usr/share/icons/default/index.theme). Selection Path Priority Status ———————————————————— * 0 /usr/share/icons/DMZ-White/cursor.theme 90 auto mode 1 /usr/share/icons/DMZ-Black/cursor.theme 30 manual mode 2 /usr/share/icons/DMZ-White/cursor.theme 90 manual mode… Read more »

The no-bullshit Samba plus Nautilus network shares method.

Here is how to setup Samba and GNOME Nautilus to allow user directory sharing without having to allow root access. These commands are made with Debian in mind, so if you want to use them for your Linux distribution, you’ll have to adapt them. Install samba and nautilus-share. # aptitude install samba nautilus-share Rename your… Read more »

Cablemas DNS

So it seems cablemas decided to block DNS requests (port 53) going out of their network. I’m not sure if they’re doing this at the network level — which would be extremely stupid on their part — or by reconfiguring their modem. Either way this means: Cannot use OpenDNS or Google Public DNS for domain… Read more »


Lenny is good. Rock solid, just like the name ‘Stable’ promises. But it wasn’t enough. So I updated to Squeeze. That wasn’t enough. Went up to Sid. These guides helped. So now I’m running the latest and would-be-greatest. Going to run a server with it. Yes, I’m insane.


Used version 1.2.0, which is the one currently being offered as stable. The application itself takes some extra work to get it going since it’s a XUL application. There are pre-built Ubuntu packages which you don’t get from the developers themselves, but rather from third parties who offer them. This means you have to trust… Read more »


After my update to Karmic Koala I found myself in need of a new music player, specially after using the godsforsaken mess that is Amarok 2. In my search for a new music player for Linux I happened to find Exaile. It describes itself thusly: Exaile is a music manager and player for GTK+ written… Read more »

Linux Sound, or lack thereof

So there’s this article on the NYTimes about Ubuntu’s focus on reaching the Mainstream. It’s a pretty good read. But it won’t happen. Why, you ask? Because of sound. You know, the thing that your brain processes as auditory input. I won’t say much about it, since others have already said it far better than… Read more »