* Posts by Criminny Rickets

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Criminny Rickets

Ad free day

I run uBlock Origin and Noscript. On Facebook today, I have not seen any sponsored ads. It did use to offer my most played games on the right hand side of the screen, which were also missing today. The games are not a big deal though, as they still show up in the left hand side listings.

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Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

Criminny Rickets

Why use Grive or Overgrive, which you have to pay for to access your free account, when you can just use a basic Dropbox account? The basic Dropbox account is free and and installs seamlessly into most Linux distros (not sure about *BSD).

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Criminny Rickets

Dropbox

I use Dropbox myself, mainly because it integrates with my Android phone, my Linux computers and my Windows computers. I have 50GB of space available for free, of which, I have used about 2GB.

What do I use it for? --> It's real handy when I need to copy a file from one computer to another. I have some music on there as well, that I can share amongst my computer.

Do I store important files on there --> Hell no, I have an external drive that I use for keeping important files and doing backups to.

Would I be upset if Dropbox were to suddenly disappear? --> No, I do not keep anything of important on there, and what is there, is also saved elsewhere.

To keep it on the topic of OneDrive, the OneDrive main page says it connects all your devices, but then does not give any info on how to integrate it into a Linux system.

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Spotify, YouTube pay musicians with ever-shrinking buttons

Criminny Rickets
Devil

Re: Weak copyright laws? Are you mad?

"Or can you provide that drug dealer you have on speed deal "

Am I the only one that was hearing Nickleback in my head while reading this?

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Man dies after UK police Taser shooting

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Location Location Location

I wonder if they got the memo and training on where they can and cannot use a taser on a suspect. Apparently, they are now only allowed to taser someone in the lower extremeties, as tasering someone in the chest has been shown to cause heart attacks.

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'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

Criminny Rickets
Devil

Isn't there a name for this? I believe it's called Malware.

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Microsoft shifts Windows 7 and 8.1 fixes to 'rollup' bundles

Criminny Rickets

I had to do a system restore of my Windows 7 system last night. The restore itself went without a hitch, even leaving my Linux Mint partition alone. The only hitch was doing updates. Thanks to 2 update bugs I came across, one where I had to manually download an update from Microsoft to fix the issue, and the other where I had to uninstall Silverlight and re-install it, I have been over 24 hours just doing updates. So yes, I can see where this bundled update could be beneficial.

Unfortunately, the more updates I do, the less space I have left on that partition.

Hmm, wonder if Microsoft counts system restores as a new Windows 7 install?

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Linux Mint to go DIY for multimedia

Criminny Rickets

Re: The end of Mint is complete

Mint is not dropping codecs,

From my original comment...

What the article fails to state, which I just read in the latest Linux Mint blog -

Multimedia codecs can be installed easily:

From the welcome screen, by clicking on “Multimedia Codecs”

or from the main menu, by clicking on “Menu”->”Sound and Video”->”Install Multimedia Codecs”

or during the installation process, by clicking a checkbox option.

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Criminny Rickets

Personally, I prefer Banshee over VLC. I will use VLC for one off's to check out an individual song, but for my music collection library, Banshee works much better.

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Criminny Rickets

Re: Bummer

When I say more Windows like, I am referring to Windows 7, not 8 or 10.

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Bummer

Not happy to read this. The built in codecs is one of the main things I like about Linux Mint, and one of the things that makes it stand out from Ubuntu and other distros. It is also one of the things that helped its reputation as a Windows alternative. Install it, and it just worked. The developers should be making it more Windows like, not the opposite, to make it easier for people to convert.

Edit:

What the article fails to state, which I just read in the latest Linux Mint blog -

Multimedia codecs can be installed easily:

From the welcome screen, by clicking on “Multimedia Codecs”

or from the main menu, by clicking on “Menu”->”Sound and Video”->”Install Multimedia Codecs”

or during the installation process, by clicking a checkbox option.

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Daft Punk: Snowden goes electronica

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WTF?

Where's Daft Punk?

Why was Daft Punk mentioned in the headline when the story had nothing to do with them, but with Jean Michel Jarre instead. Yes, they both do Electronica, but Jean Michel Jarre's is totally different from Daft Punk. Is the term Daft Punk, now considered an adjective to describe Electronica?

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Linux Mint hacked: Malware-infected ISOs linked from official site

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Re: "What happened to the "Linux is malware-free" claim?"

The article has nothing to do with Malware in Linux. This wasn't about someone clicking on a link or installing something and getting infected, it's about the main Linux Mint website being hacked to point to an already compromised version of Linux Mint. Big difference.

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Criminny Rickets

Re: In your dreams.

Have to disagree with you here. I had to (reluctantly) work on one of these average users computers last night, running Windows 10 (where the reluctantly comes in), and they were running Firefox as their default browser, not Internet Explorer or Edge.

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Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours

Criminny Rickets

I'll stick to Accuradio.com thanks. No subscriptions and very little advertising. Actually, can't even remember the last time I heard an ad that wasn't station identification on there. Great selection of channels to choose from though.

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Booking.com smacked by EU competition bods. Yeah, yeah, yeah

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Re: Zoo

> I've never used Booking.com. As other commentards have pointed out, they rarely seem to be the cheapest, which makes this story rather surprising.

Speaking from experience, we have never put anyone in a "crap" room because they used a booking site to book. We want these people to have just a good experience as any other guest. If anything, we want to impress them, so next time they will book directly with us, saving us the cost of commission that we pay the booking site for that room.

As for being more expensive or cheapest, most hotels that deal with third party agents like Booking.com or Expedia, have to follow rate parity rules, meaning they cannot offer a rate to one site that is higher or lower than what they advertise on their own site or offer to another site. However, when the third party site books a room at a hotel, the hotel then pays them a commission on that room. It is not common, but it has happened where the third party site will offer a lower pre-paid rate to try and get a booking. Even though the third party site is offering the lower rate, which the guest has to pay up front, the site actually pays the hotel the full rate. They take a hit on their commission so as to undercut their competition and make the sale.

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Re: All very odd

> I've turned up at a hotel booked through booking.com, and they are full, farming us off on another hotel!

It is is common practice in the hotel industry to overbook their rooms by a small margin, as they tend to get no shows and cancellations. When they do get enough no shows and cancellations, they end up with an overbooking which they then have to "Walk" to another hotel.

Disclosure - I work at the front desk of a hotel.

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Re: All very odd

> Three years ago I tried to book a hotel, where I have stayed before, by ringing them: no vacancies for the time I wanted. However, booking.com had rooms available in the same hotel - I booked, I stayed.

This can happen where the hotels are not directly connected to Booking.com and have to update their inventory on the Bookink.com site manually. I have had this happen where my my hotel had sold out for a particular day and before we were able to get into Bookiing.com to close out inventory, had received a reservation through them, which we took. Luckily, we had a cancellation, which balanced it out.

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

Criminny Rickets

Religious Freedom vs Persecution

Let me see if I have this straight, If a Chrsitian criticizes me for being gay, it's called Freedom of Religion, if I criticize the Christian for doing so, it's called Persecution. Sound about right?

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

Criminny Rickets

Re: Nice article

I agree with the first half or your statement re: Byte Magazine. I disagree about your statement regarding Outlook. I always found it very hard to do any changes to it, as updated mail servers.

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Need to switch from Windows Server 2003? Here’s a workshop just for you

Criminny Rickets

You had me interested right up to the point you said "migration to Microsoft’s Cloud OS". Then I just had a good morning laugh. Not bloody likely.

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Hey Linux newbie: If you've never had a taste, try perfect Petra ... mmm, smells like Mint 16

Criminny Rickets

After seriously trying Windiows 8, that was precisely the reason I swicthed to Linux Mint with Cinnamon. Running Mint 13 LTS on the desktop and Mint 16 Petra on the laptop.

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Who’s Who: a Reg quest to find the BEST DOCTOR

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Thumb Up

I started watching during the Tom Baker years, saw the Paul McGann movie, including the just posted webisode. I have also seen every episode of the newest incarnation since it returned in 2005. I will say hands down, the best Doctor has to be David Tennant. I have yet to see any other Doctor show the range and depth of true emotion that David Tennant showed in “Human Nature“/”Family of Blood“, or on his last episode of "The End of Time part 2", especially just as he was about to regenerate into Matt Smith.

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Microsoft, Nokia and the sound of colliding garbage trucks

Criminny Rickets
Holmes

Left Behind

"Microsoft is like Sun: tied to a once thriving business - PCs - that market is getting left behind as the world moves on"

You're forgetting to mention that one of the reasons the world is moving on is because of Microsoft itself, and its horrible excuse of new operating system, Windows 8. Given the choice of buying a new PC with Windows 8, and not buying a PC, a lot of people are opting not to buy a new PC.

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Ubuntu? Fedora? Mint? Debian? We'll find you the right Linux to swallow

Criminny Rickets
Facepalm

Re: Mint is great but ...

I switched from Windows 7, and after much researching choose Mint 12 Cinnamon. When Mint 13 came out, I upgraded to that. My biggest complaints pre Mint 14 is twofold. It is a b*tch installing a printer. For some reason, the Add Printer function is broken in Ubuntu, therefore it is also broken in Mint 12. It is also broken in Mint 13, and I found out in Mint 14. In order to install a printer, you have to do a search for how to use CUPS, and install the printer via the CUPS html interface.

My other complaint pre Mint 14, is the lack of simulated 5.1 surround sound using 5.1 surround speakrs and a on board sound card. In Windows 7, when I play Dark Side of the Moon, it sounds like a different instrument from each speaker with the voice coming from the middle speaker. In Mint, using the same setup, the sound is all combined and comes from all surround sound speakers.

Another big issue that has come up in Mint 14, and a lot of the newer Linux distros, including Ubuntu, OpenSuse, Mageia etc., is that they have all gone to X.Org 1.13 or greater, which does not work with an AMD/ATI HD Radeon graphics card 4XXX or earlier, which both my laptop (which is just a couple of years old) and my desktop both have. The proprietry AMD drivers for that chipset only work with X.Org 1.12 or earlier, and has AMD has made those legacy drivers, there is little chance of there being an update. Yes, there are solutions to roll back X.Org to 1.12, but they do not always work (didn't for me). I need the proprietry drivers on my laptop in order to get sound to work over HDMI to my sound system and HDTV which I have connected to it.

However, contrary to what I said above regarding 5.1 surround sound, when I play a 2 channel song from my laptop to my sound system over HDMI, it does play in simulated 5.1 surround sound, which I like.

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Patent trolling surges, but righteous cavalry on the way

Criminny Rickets
Boffin

Wrong legislation wording

The litmus test should be... "Does the company bringing this lawsuit currently, or have in the past, produce technology that this patent covers?" If the answer is no, then the litigant pays double the defendants costs and this patent is invalidated and unenforceable in any future lawsuit.

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Minicam movie pirate gets record-breaking five years in prison

Criminny Rickets
Trollface

Downloading Movies

Speaking of downloading movies off the internet. Since I already paid to go see the Hobbit in the Theatre only to find they have filled it with a lot of filler so they could split it up into three movies, does this mean I can legally download the other two parts off the internet?

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Report: Apple, Google, Microsoft join forces to buy Kodak patents

Criminny Rickets
Devil

Re: This is BAD news for ...

"lawyers, litigants actually talking to each other?"

Of course it's not. The lawyers will just convice some pour startup to sue Microsoft, Apple and Google for collusion on the patents, in the District Court of East Texas . It doesn't matter what the outcome of the trial is, the lawyers on both sides still win.

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Stallman: Ubuntu spyware makes it JUST AS BAD as Windows

Criminny Rickets

Re: Been using Fuduntu

I checked out the page. The pic of the desktop reminds me too much of a Mac. Sorry, not a Mac fan so tend to stay away from distros that have show that as the default desktop.

I am a recent Windows convert who switched after finding out about Windows 8 and TIFKAM. The first distro I looked at was Ubuntu as it kept getting so much press on El Reg and other places on how easy it was to install and use. Though I must have been reading articles before that gawd-awful Gnome 3 Menu / Unity mess. I settled on Mint Cinnamon. It us a buntu derivitive without the unity mess.

Even though I settled on Mint does not mean I have not looked at other distros. I have checked out a number, including Opensuse and Mageia. I think I could like Magae 3 if it didn't have that stupid Activities bar which reminds me too much of Unity and Windows 8 Desktop. (Yes, I did seriously check out Windows 8 as well).

As a newish convert to Linux, I actually do not know too much about Richard Stallman, except what I have read in these comments. Reading the article however, I do agree with him about Ubuntu installing spyware.

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What can save the Xmas PC market? Not Windows 8, say analysts

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Facepalm

Re: Ugly

I was in the computer department last week with a couple of friends who were both looking to get a new laptop. I showed them Windows 8 and explained how to do things in it, then I showed them the Windows 7 ones that were luckily still there. One said he would be getting a Windows 7 one. The other one said he didn't care as he was going to have me wipe it and install Linux on it like is on my home computer. I told hom to make sure to get a Windows 7 one to save on the headaches of switching.

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Criminny Rickets
Boffin

Re: Reverse Vista effect - Linux

"Any old music manager will do. Linux has hundreds of them. I'm strictly a mpd/ncmpc man myself. GtkPod manages my Nano well enough."

I've been using Linix Mint 13 for a couple of months now. I actually like Linux better than Windows. The one thing I miss about Windows 7 though is Windows Media Player. I am currently using Banshee. I am big into listening to music and I have yet to find a music program that even comes close to WMP. The other thing is that the audio experience was way better and way easier to customize for surround sound speakers (playing mp3's in 5.1 surround). In Windows. I just had to install the Realtek sound card drivers and use their customization program. In Linux, you are stuck with Alsa and Pulseaudio, which just does not have the same level of customization in it. Realtek does provide Linux drivers, but they are built using Alsa. It is possible to get sound from all your speakers in Linux, but it is not 5.1 surround. In Windows, you can actually simulate the 5.1 sound.

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Design guru: Windows 8 is 'a monster' and 'a tortured soul'

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Holmes

Re: Linux Mint

You are partially correct sir. Linix Mint Mate is a fork of Gnome 2. Linux Mint Cinnamon on the other hand, while it looks and feels like Gnome 2, is actually built on Gnome 3. The menuing system in Cinnamon and Windows 7 is quite similar, so made it very easy to switch for us Windows converts.

I have tried out Window 8 a few time. Trying ti get that damn bar to come up when sweeping your finger in from the right hand side really ticked me off. I got it once in 5 tries. Your finger has to be in the exact right place or it will not worlk. Great for productivitity... NOT!!!

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Criminny Rickets
Thumb Down

Re: What's new?

Sorry, but no. Linux Mint installed quite easily for me (installed it as a dual boot with Windows 7, rarely boot in Windows 7 anymore), I tried checking out BSD, and couldn't figure out how to get the darn thing installed. While I admit I am not an IT guru, I do know my way around computers. If I couldn't do it, then I doubt the non-techies would be able to.

(Note - I am only responding as I do not see a Joke Alert icon on your post)

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Lawyer sues Microsoft rather than slot an SD card into his Surface

Criminny Rickets
Joke

I am not even going to dignify this story with a comment... D'OH

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Phone users favour Wi-Fi for dataslurp

Criminny Rickets
Mushroom

I'm in Canada and even I prefer to use WI-FI rather than pay for cellular data. Virgin Mobility offers a Bell Mobile TV app on their phones, however you can't use it over WI-FI, you have to use your Data plan to watch it. My answer to that is NO. I pay extra if I use Data, so in the year I've had this phone, I have user the Data plan 3 times, and that was only because I was somewhere where there were no WI-Fi connections when I had to use it.

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Surface sales 'modest' so far, Ballmer modestly admits

Criminny Rickets
Devil

How to stock up

"the company has run out of the cheapest 32-GB units in the US and the UK at times, although they are back in stock again."

I wonder if that is from people returning them?

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Hacker sentenced to six years – WITH NO INTERNET

Criminny Rickets
Big Brother

Asking the Impossible

I understand what the kid did and that the Court wants to set an example, but with this restriction, it will be damn near impossible NOT to break his probation and end up in jail. Let's think about it, just about everywhere you go now has some form of access to the Internet. Schools do more and more on computers, which means he will be required to be on them, and they have access to the Internet. He can't get a cell phone as the phones coming out today all have access to the Internet, either via a data plan or using wi-fi. If he gets a job, chances are there will be computers there with access to the Internet. That's just today, it will probably only get worse within the next 6 years, so just how is he supposed to avoid going on the Internet? Will the school have to let the kids parole officer know in advance what classes the kid will be in that will have computers with Internet access, and make sure he's supervised there? If he gets a cell phone, will somone else have to hold it for him and give it to him whenever he wants to make a call? Will any potential employers have to be vetted to make sure he is never on a computer at work unsupervised?.. It's like the Court is setting him up tp fail.

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Mozilla: Windows 7 browser bungle cost us nine MILLION downloads

Criminny Rickets
Linux

Re: still upbto their old tricks

You missed the part where I said I was a Firefox fanboi. I was using Firefox in Windows, so when I recently switched to Linux, I had no reason to research other browsers as it also had Firefox.

You're right, I have never heard or SWIron, however, I have heard of Chromium, though have not looked into it enough to know it did not have the Google spyware. I just assumed (yes I know what that means) that it was Google Chrome for Linux so still would have the spyware.

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Re: I wonder

With a choice of OS, it would still favour Windows;

Choice A - Windows 8 or Windows 7 (pick one)

Choice B - Mac (Sorry, Apple has deemed you are not running Apple hardware so this choice is unavaiable)

Choice C - Linux (Pick a distro - 1 2 3 4 . . . . . . . 98 99 100) (Note you are responsilble for picking one suited to a beginner)

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Criminny Rickets
Unhappy

Re: still upbto their old tricks

Being a Firefix fanboi (been using it for years) I was going to make a scathing remark to your post. Then I got to thinking just how bloated Firefox has been getting in the past year or so with each new release and realized you may be right.

I'm running Linux now, so the Firefox version isn't as bloated, but it's still better than being spied on when using Chrome.

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TSA fails again with adjustable boarding passes

Criminny Rickets
Devil

Says it all

This video pretty much says it all about TSA...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_j6Z2gPX_U

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Windows 8: An awful lot of change for a single release

Criminny Rickets
Facepalm

Missing a version

I don't see any mention of Windows ME in the article. It's an interesting article so would be nice to see how ME fit into the release cycle.

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Apple ordered to open its books on iPhone, iPad profits

Criminny Rickets
Alien

Bait and Switch

I can see it happening now. Apple reluctantly releases the figures the judge is asking for, then the judge turns around and grants Samsungs application for a mistrial and orders a new trial.

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Brains behind Kazaa and Morpheus unleash patent storm

Criminny Rickets
Devil

It would be Ironic if...

they could get their hands on a patent that covers translating music from the original recorded format to CD, then charge the RIAA $2000.00 for every CD ever sold!!!

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Torvalds bellows: 'The GNOME PEOPLE are in TOTAL DENIAL'

Criminny Rickets

When I bought the printer, I wasn't even considering switching to Linux at that point. I needed a printer, this one fit what I wanted it to do, so I bought it and it worked. I don't know anything about postscript compatibility, It works. As for it being a Win-Printer, none of the printers I looked at in the store said they were Linux compatable, not even the HP ones which I later found out there are Linux drivers for. My ATI video card doesn't say it's Linux compatable, yet we know that works with Linux, so why should I expect my printer to be any different? As for it being Canons fault it doesn't work with Linux, someone wrote and made drivers available via a PPA in Ubuntu, so obviously they worked. Which begs the question, why didn't the "well-established crew of Linux devs formed to deal with this sort of situation" take this solution and make it available across Linux?

You're blaming Canon, but the problem is Linux.

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Criminny Rickets
Flame

"also, if I have to do insanely complex commands in order to get a sound card working, but can't do it, thats not me being dumb, thats the system not doing it's job."

It's not just the sound card but other hardware as well. My biggest problem switching to Linux was getting my printer to work as there is apparently no Linux equivalent driver for a Canon Wireless MX350 printer. I finally found an Ubuntu PPA that carried the driver for it, which limited me to Ubuntu based Linux distros. Coming from a Windows background, I found KDE too konfusing (intentional typo) so I opted for Gnome. I couldn't stand the Unity crap of Ubuntu itself, so went with Linux Mint. Now my big issue, getting back to the replied to topic, is getting the sound to work properly. I have an onboard 5.1 surround sound system with the speakers to go with it. Now granted, actual 5.1 audio does come through properly, but for an mp3 file that is in stereo, Linux's idea of surround sound leaves a lot to be desired. In Linux, they take the sound from the left and right front speaker, and reproduce the same sound in the other 3 speakers (and pretty much ignore the woofer) and call it surround sound. In Windows, playing the same mp3 file, vocals come out the center speaker, bass comes from the woofer and it sounds like a mixture of instruments coming from the other speakers, just like you were sitting on a stage listening to the band. I have been trying for about a month now to get some simblance of that Windows sound in Linux with no luck.

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