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OpenSUSE 12.3: Proof not all Linux PCs are Um Bongo-grade bonkers

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Re: Linux as a desktop is a failure, its time to move on

"However there is no compelling reason for the average Joe Public to switch "

There is no likelihood 'Joe Public' as you call them will switch anymore than if all PCs came with Linux installed and people had to choose to switch to Windows.

1% market share, whatever that means, is a great percentage when people have to CHOOSE to change.

Given how disparaging you are about Linux I'm amazed you feel the need to bang on about it as though it threatens you in some way.

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Re: KDE submenus still don't work

"Ah I see. "Works for me, thus the other poster must be a liar (despite their supplying evidence)""

Not calling anyone a liar, I can only report what I find, no menu problems on 6 different machines with various OpenSUSEs/KDEs. After many years of using KDE I've never seen this problem

How about other KDE users ?

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Re: KDE submenus still don't work

""Works for me, thus the other poster must be a liar "

It does work for me, further on reading the bug-reports I can't see what they are talking about.

Click on a menu, menu drops down, slide down to a sub-menu item, sub-menu opens, slide across, ditto if there are any further sub-sub menus. No lag, no problems.

Of course replying to a group of individual ACs isn't the easiest - or are they all one person, and why the need for AC - it's not a confidential topic.Or have you reason to think that you might not get a warm welcome.

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Re: Upgraded. Hoping my NVidia card would still work..

"you look at any tutorial (assuming you network card actually works) you'll see the CLI"

Are you sure ? That's a rhetorical question actually as I know that you are not.

Try http://linux.about.com/od/linux101/a/desktop14.htm

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Re: Upgraded. Hoping my NVidia card would still work..

"want to share a folder?"

As it happens although I don't normally need Samba being all Linux so use NFS , my wife needed access to the fileserver for her Nexus 7 and Android phone. As the filemanager we'd installed on the Androids needed Samba I set it up on the fileserver. It took a handful of clicks. on the YAST GUI to get it working.

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Re: KDE submenus still don't work

"Then you clearly do not use KDE"

I use KDE all day, every day. I'm writing this on it now. Menus are all fine

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Re: Upgraded. Hoping my NVidia card would still work..

"It was good to see the troll being totally ignored"

It was but as you see I answered almost certainly the same one below. The reason is simple, experienced users of Linux know he's a troll, interested onlookers might actually believe some of the garbage spouted.

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Re: Eh? Wifi?

You might have run foul of this problem :

http://lizards.opensuse.org/2013/03/13/one-that-got-away-12-3-networking/

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Re: Upgraded. Hoping my NVidia card would still work..

"The truth is that every OEM and service (e.g. Netflix, AMD, Broadcom...) supports Windows, almost none support Linux.

Broadcom : http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php

Intel : http://www.intel.com/support/wireless/sb/cs-006408.htm

AMD : http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/linux/Pages/radeon_linux.aspx

NVIDIA : http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html

Even your beloved Microsoft is contributing to the kernel.

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Re: KDE submenus still don't work

"KDE submenus still don't work "

Nonsense, absolute nonsense. Never seen anything like that and IF I had it would be fixed rapidly.

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Re: Linux as a desktop is a failure, its time to move on

"Stuff Just Works."

Agree entirely. I've used SUSE & OpenSUSE for years at home, certainly since SUSE 5.0, and I've used RH at work again for years.

Installation on a wide variety of hardware has generally been trouble free even years ago and these days I'd no more expect to have a problem than I would expect to compile the kernel or use the CLI for installation. (I notice one of the usual troublemakers is spreading that FUD at the moment and in doing so is displaying the depths of his ignorance)

OpenSUSE is my only desktop these days and I also use it on my file/odds&sods/proxy server. 3 machines of 6 have wireless networking which never gives a problem ( and I travel a lot with a laptop or netbook and connect to all manner of access points ). I have a NVidia accelerated graphics card on one machine that I do 1080p/50 video editing on, scanner/printer and laser printer, webcam, RAW photo processing.

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"called a folder view."

Yes, I tend to have several on my desktop, regularly used program links in one and regularly used documents and network directories in another

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New nuke could POWER WORLD UNTIL 2083

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Re: connected to a drain plug of salt that has been frozen solid

"Although the idea of disolving stuff in molten salt is quite enthralling."

It's common in many industrial processes already e.g. aluminium production. Note that the article should say a salt not salt which many might take to be sodium chloride.

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Ten pi-fect projects for your new Raspberry Pi

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Re: How is that "netbook" running Windows?

That's, in fact, why I asked my question above as I couldn't see anything running Windows.

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Re: How is that "netbook" running Windows?

What netbook ?

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Boffins build robo-CHIMP for DARPA challenge

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Re: So is it a tele operated remote handler or a true robot?

"So is it a tele operated remote handler or a true robot? "

Both

""Humans provide high-level control, while the robot provides low-level reflexes and self-protective behaviors. This enables CHIMP to be highly capable without the complexity associated with a fully autonomous robot.""

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Enormo-display Apple iPhone prototype surfaces

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Re: RS232 is still relevant

"RS232 is still relevant "

Almost everything I do with PIC microcontrollers has a 232 interface along the lines of :

PIC-232----232/USB convertor ---- Linux daemon---client programs.

For quick look sees I find it a lot easier than PIC-USB

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New UK cyber-champ: Chemist's winning formula cracks 'F1 race hack'

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Re: What does it say?

"when the winner of their most elaborate competition is an untrained chemist?"

Now security I will accept is rather a specialist area.

On the other hand some of the best programmers I've ever met in industry and academia have not been IT specialists. Many have been originally scientists, who writing for their own needs at first, as scientists often need to, have found a niche and moved full-time into scientific programming. Others whilst not getting their hands 'dirty' writing code have generated some wonderful novel algorithms to apply to complex scientific problems.

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Microsoft preps UPDATE EVERYTHING patch batch

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Re: FUD

@AC 10.19

Your OWN link doesn't mention remote exploits at all !

It only mentions local exploits and remote password guessing/bruteforcing

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Re: Silverlight is widely used as an alternative to Flash @Irongut

"I'm going to go for arginine and proline."

Don't know who your post was directed to. If it was me and you're suggesting that arginine and proline are rare then think again. Arginine is very common, being one of those amino acids found on the surface of proteins and is also the source of the vasodilator nitric oxide that we all depend on, proline is also common especially in collagen where it is post-translationally modified to hydroxy-proline and seems necessary to generate the triple helix form of collagen.

On the other hand if you didn't mean me have a good weekend.

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Re: FUD

@CreosoteChris

I think you missed the point - the FUD was directed at opensource update mechanisms.

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Re: Silverlight is widely used as an alternative to Flash @Irongut

"A lot of people could say they couldn't name 2 amino acids."

That's a very strange way of stating the bl**ding obvious. Most people can't know most things, given the size & complexity of the universe .

Now I can name all the amino acids and indeed some rather rare variants - but I don't know many sites that use Silverlight

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Re: XP through to Win 8....

"Don't MS keep telling us that all the code is new at each release?"

Yes, so they keep telling us

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World's 'smallest' mobe unveiled in Japan

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Re: The terrible word 'phablet'

"Tablerone"

Never used a triangular screen but at least it gets around Apple's so-called patents. Mind the Swiss'll be after you.

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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

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Re: funny

"All my laptops are hand-me-downs"

Well my Lenovo is, donated by a relative when a Windows update trashed it. Mind I have a new battery and, indeed somewhere to recharge it on most holidays.

I was going to post about choosing a distro after trying a few and then sticking with it - that's the way to happiness in my view, but I see you've already done something similar.

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Re: Usine arborial defecation

"The only time I have ever had this issue is"

The only time I have ever had this issue is when I got one of the first Canon 550Ds - Dave Craws RAW converter wouldn't handle the 18MP files. A couple of days later it updated to the latest version that did.

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Re: KDE

"hat doesn't look anything like the KDE that I'm writing this on"

Me neither !

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Re: Linux Desktop ? Yes

"Why bother going that far? Once would be enough to indicate once too often."

Don't you write any software ? I do so I compile on Linux. What I don't NEED to do is compile the kernel !

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Re: funny

"Machine would suspend and resume without problem, WiFi just worked, audio did not stop working, I spend three weeks without having to recompile the kernel to adjust this or that, nor fighting the video drivers, or deal with the bizarre and random speed degradation that my ThinkPad suffered."

I take my Lenovo laptop everywhere and for much longer holidays. Using OpenSUSE I can also say I never have any problems - what is this guy going on about - anyone who is constantly recompiling the kernel ( and isn't a kernel dev) has a problem it's true, but inside his head not his laptop

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Europe tickles Microsoft with €561m fine for browser choice gaffe

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Re: No choice popup on Apple, Google or Linux devices devices

"The original poster said Apple and Google, no-one suggested Linux didn't have a plethora of browsers."

Are you sure ?

because the OP's title was "No choice popup on Apple, Google or Linux devices devices "

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Re: No choice popup on Apple, Google or Linux devices devices

"No choice popup on Apple, Google or Linux devices devices "

Well every Linux install ( I use OpenSUSE) gives me a two browsers immediately available (FF & Konqueror) and another 5or 6 others available in the distro. IF Microsoft deigned to write IE for Linux then I assume that would be available too.

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Indian atomic boffins draw up plans for 50,000 TONNE magnet

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Re: Just think...

"your girlfriend has a collection of vibrators you say? I wonder why."

Presumably she works a lot with concrete.

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New class of industrial-scale super-phishing emails threatens biz

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Re: Hmm

"Possibly because anyone booting their own OS in a library"

I wasn't suggesting anyone should boot another OS on a library computer - I'd assume they'd have disallowed that in any case. The OP seemed to suggest that he used a library computer to specifically deal with this sort of e-mail, not for all their computing.

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Re: Hmm

"they were all responded to from a library computer,"

If you really wanted to have 'fun' with this why not use a LiveCD distro ?

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Moscow's speed cameras 'knackered' by MYSTERY malware

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Suspect it's spread by ..

A drive-by download !

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Best Buy takes axe to touchy Windows 8 PCs - lops $100 off price

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Re: or finally ...

"You can't say that for Windows 8 either...."

True - after all people keep saying it's not worth writing malware for an OS with ~1% of the market

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Hands-on with Ubuntu's rudimentary phone and tablet OS

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Re: High Hopes

"Hi Chemist"

I don't know what you are going on about - I didn't criticize or dismiss Ubuntu, I merely pointed out via the illustration of another distro that the problems were being sorted out across Linux. Ubuntu may well have been trivial to install but so was Suse

I have Ubuntu in VMs and have installed Kubuntu on EEEPCs but I find the process no easier or harder than OpenSUSE.

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Re: High Hopes

"Remember back to the Linux world before Ubuntu."

Certainly do - Installed my first Linux ~1995. I DON'T remember any particular need for editing config files after I moved to Suse and then OpenSUSE.

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New blow for Microsoft Surface: Touch Chromebooks 'on sale in 2013'

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Re: Desktop Wars!!!!!

"Microsoft are currently on an exponential trajectory"

Would that be exponential growth or decay ?

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Microsoft legal beagle calls for patent reform cooperation

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Re: Quite Sensible: Don't Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater

"Big pharma get extensions of term on their patents in most countries."

Big pharma may be able to get extensions of term on their patents in most countries. It's not routine.

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Re: Quite Sensible: Don't Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater

"similar way to pharmaceuticals - you get ~5 years to use your patents, then it gets opened up.""

In most countries pharma patents are exactly the same as any other 20 years

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Bill Gates: 'Microsoft didn't MISS cell phone' bandwagon

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Re: "Bing, people have seen is a better search product ."

"Maybe you're just using the wrong frame of reference "

But it's been mentioned before that a card index is better

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

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Re: @Peter Gathercole

"I can't use the software provided with my Canon DSLR without Windows"

I only use Linux and have 2 Canon DSLRs - I don't find it necessary to use the Canon software.

I can process the raw files to 48bit tifs, adjust exposures etc and drive the camera remotely all from Linux.

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Re: OpenSuSE

"KDE4 is (mostly) fine, but KMail is an inflamed pustule on its nether regions."

So use Thunderbird, that's also installed by default

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Re: "Comfortable with the terminal"

@Michael Habel

NVIDIA drivers install perfectly in my experience (OpenSUSE) and that's on about 10-15 occasions in recent years.

I've never seen "You appear to be running an X server please exit X before installing"

I just install from the NVIDIA repository and logout and back in. NO CLI

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Re: Mint is great but ...

"Security seems to be such an afterthought in Linux with add-ons like SEL and having to run specific file systems to get proper ACLs, instead of having security built in from the ground up like in Windows."

Well you stick with Windows if you are so confident - I know what OS is feel most confident with.

(Are you related to RICHTO because there is an AC whose been posting a lot of funny stuff recently who seem to write just like him ?)

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Re: "Comfortable with the terminal"

"Yes, but you might, just as you might in Windows or OSX"

I did qualify it by saying it enhanced the experience, I also used the words "most modern "

You might well have had a problem with one install of one distro where you needed the command line but most people don't have with most modern distros

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Re: "Comfortable with the terminal"

"Until you want to use something that isn't in the official package manager,"

I do often without using the command-line - the point is that an install and use of the (GUI) installed packages doesn't need the command-line. I'm not against the CLI - indeed I use it all the time as I write a lot of programs as well as building/running scripts but there are far too many people out there who spread the FUD " Linux installations need CLI or programs compiling or whatever else. "

They don't !

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Re: Test 'em first in VMs if you can.

"Nothing worse than downloading an ISO, burning it to disc or USB and then watching it crap out half-way through a real hardware install"

Don't do it then. Use a LiveCD that will not affect your existing setup. Check if the hardware works that way then install.

There are several liveCDs at : http://software.opensuse.org/122/en

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