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#1 marcoose777

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Posted 14 July 2015 - 03:36 PM

In the light of a lot of dark threads hereabouts, me thoughts it was about time for a bit of a sideline for lighter stuff and a chance to share positive experiences with Linux. Recently (8 months ago) I acquired a graphics tablet, I like a bit of art n sketching n stuff like that - it's relaxing. With trepidation I payed for the device and noted the box had lot's to say about Mac and Windows, it even had a disk for drivers to install. That's when doubts started to manifest, my printer a canon model MP5XX is something of a pig and only recent years became automagically supported in gutenprint. With that experience and a couple of similar no-support for you memories I nervously attached the tablet, and started my generic linux box up, fingers crossed, toes crossed I nervously waited for inevitable scrabble around forums and IRC looking for a fix. Then I realised, that a bit of product research would have been a good idea. That day though something of the free spirit took hold, and product research was for procrastinators, dithering do nothings, and other such types.

Thankfully the linux gods Stallman and Torvalds were smiling amiably at me, and wouldn't you know it that tablet support was provided out of the box, and that pesky driver disk can be used as another metallic effect coffee coaster. So I have a nice new coffee coaster, and all the sketching I'll ever need.

 

Win Win, thank you Linux for another stress free moment

 

 



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Posted 18 July 2015 - 02:23 AM

marcoosse777, glad that the graphics tablet worked out for you! :thumbup2:

 

Which make & model is it, there may be another floating around on eBay or Amazon for grabs? Tablets are popular these days. Those that works with Linux would be even more popular here. 

 

Yes, those driver CD's make great coasters for cups, among some of the best you'l get. I've collected a few over the years. 

 

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 10:12 PM

I really can't think of one at them moment... there no doubt has been a few. This may not really be a "moment of Linux joy" but I was estatic to get a job where the entire program is developed on Linux systems. Working with Linux on a day to day basis for a day job is one of the greatest things ever!


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Posted 19 July 2015 - 01:22 AM

 

 

 Working with Linux on a day to day basis for a day job is one of the greatest things ever!

 

That is many moments of joy! :thumbup2:

 

While those who works for Windows in general are a dime a dozen, it takes more to get employed in the Linux sector. At most places the pay & benefits are better than their Windows counterparts in the same position. Linux is very large, much more so than many thinks. I was recently reading an article that showed in late 2008, nearly 50% of corporations were using Linux for day to day operations, and this doesn't count the many government agencies whom does also. 

 

DC, I wish you the very best in your Linux career, stick with it, learn as much as you can, and move up the chain. You'll never be unemployed for long as a dedicated Linux employee.  :)

 

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Posted 19 July 2015 - 05:29 PM

 

 

 

 Working with Linux on a day to day basis for a day job is one of the greatest things ever!

 

That is many moments of joy! :thumbup2:

 

While those who works for Windows in general are a dime a dozen, it takes more to get employed in the Linux sector. At most places the pay & benefits are better than their Windows counterparts in the same position. Linux is very large, much more so than many thinks. I was recently reading an article that showed in late 2008, nearly 50% of corporations were using Linux for day to day operations, and this doesn't count the many government agencies whom does also. 

 

DC, I wish you the very best in your Linux career, stick with it, learn as much as you can, and move up the chain. You'll never be unemployed for long as a dedicated Linux employee.  :)

 

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All very true!

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Posted 19 July 2015 - 05:52 PM

marcoosse777, glad that the graphics tablet worked out for you! :thumbup2:

 

Which make & model is it, there may be another floating around on eBay or Amazon for grabs? Tablets are popular these days. Those that works with Linux would be even more popular here. 

 

Yes, those driver CD's make great coasters for cups, among some of the best you'l get. I've collected a few over the years. 

 

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Thanks Cat,

It's just a small thing that pleased me, knowing full well that manufacturers driver disks should be and are becoming a thing of the past. The tablet is a wacom intuos or some such, importantly it's much more hands on art than with a mouse. Generally tho I mess with my PC as a hobby programmer/OS tinkerer (currently learning a bit of haskell from this book ps I bought a copy), so the switch to linux was a given. Setting up a windows dev environment on a budget as I recall was painful, having to use a gnu environment emulator thingy (minGW) which kinda defeated the object why not just use a gnu environment and keep it clean: linux?



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Posted 23 July 2015 - 12:39 PM

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away . . . A moment of Linux joy.

 

Many years ago, my son gave me Christmas gift of a wireless game controller for playing my favourite RPG, Morrowind.

I had it on a dedicated box, with just enough HDD and RAM to run WinXP and the game.  

The wireless controller was nice because it didn't get all tangled up as the game got exciting.

 

Alas, I gave up the game when I gave up Windows.

 

About two years ago, I came across a reference to Morrowind running in Linux!  I had to try, what could I loose!

 

The complete set of disks, including the Tribunal and Bloodmoon CD's installed through wine!  

OK, I said, if it runs in wine, then so be it.  But no hope for stability.

 

No only does it run at least as stable in wine as it did in WinXP, but the wireless game controller works as well!  Yahoo!  

 

Now I get to go be a big bad SOB once again!

 

Cheers!

 

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Posted 24 July 2015 - 06:56 AM

Hmm.  Most of my jobs have been developing on Linux systems, with the target either a Linux based appliance or embedded Linux on custom hardware.  Before that the trend had been development on Solaris or other Unix machines, targets typically were VxWorks (BSD-based distribution).  Last time my development machine was Windows, we all installed CygWin and built on Linux servers.

So I guess I'm "Linux Joy" pretty much every day at work. :devil:


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Posted 24 July 2015 - 09:28 AM

@marcoose777 thank you for the trailblazing comment on Wacom.  That is a tablet I want to try.  It's supposed to work in Windows 7.  Would be great if it works in Mint, Fedora, and/or PCLinuxOS, as well.

 

There are a number of Windows drivers which I've found Linux recognize, if I do a soft reboot and then plug in my Linux external drive/stick.  The driver problems I could have had for the hardware, usually go away on softboot.  Audio, video, cards, peripherals.  Very happy camper.  I plug these external Linuxes into many machines, so they are always a bit slow to boot, but that tradeoff is minor.  They are not locked into one machine's configuration.  Joy.

 

Joys are many.  Now, MS Office 2003 works, DOSbox works -- without those two, I can't run my business.  Many of the Windows programs I use are older ones, requiring only one directory for all their referencing, so I can use their exe files the same way in Linux, as I do in Windows: the programs are not even in Linux directories.  Paint, Notepad, Wordpad (from XP), stuff like that.  So that helps a lot.

 

(Programs which spread themselves in different directories, have to be aliased via Wine or Crossover.)

 

Video recording is better too.  I do a lot of onscreen videos using Bibleworks, and just learned how to (hopefully, haven't done it yet) make it work in Linux (a guy in the Bibleworks forum published a how-to-install for Ubuntu).  So that will be a consummate joy, as I'm always struggling to get my complex and boring exegetical videos recorded, whenever I use Windows.

 

Now if only I could turn off all Linux permissions requirements, but hey: can't have everything.

 

Thank  you again, marcoose777, for posting your topic.


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Posted 24 July 2015 - 06:06 PM

My moment of joy with Linux is everytime I turn on my pc.

 

Next big Linux joy day will be setting up a new laptop that I am about to buy.



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Posted 25 July 2015 - 04:05 AM

My moment of joy with Linux is everytime I turn on my pc.

 

Next big Linux joy day will be setting up a new laptop that I am about to buy.

 

Custom Linux notebook, or a Windows one & blow away the OS? 

 

Asking because many custom Linux notebooks costs more than Macs does, especially if configured to be high powered. Can't do much on a low spec PC, and if purchasing one, will go for one that'll hold at least 8GB RAM & i5. Unfortunately, the base clocks of even the i7 mobile chips continues to fall, with the Turbo Boost not exceeding that of the non-boosted ones of just 4-5 years ago. When I think 'i7', am not thinking about 1.7Ghz cards. 

 

Though there's a bit of light on the other end now, go down to 'Five for desktops, five for laptops'. Read quad core Intel mobile CPU's again after a 2 year dry spell? This is an improvement over current gen i7 mobile (dual core) CPU's, and of course there's the i7-4790K for desktops. 

 

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/06/intel-launches-long-delayed-quad-core-broadwell-cpus-and-the-iris-pro-6200-gpu/

 

I still have to wonder, if the graphics in these new chips can finally break the 7.0 mark on the WEI (Windows)? If so, it's finally time. :P

 

Intel GPU's has usually played well with Linux OS's over the years, no matter the standard. 

 

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 04:36 AM

 

Custom Linux notebook, or a Windows one & blow away the OS?

Windows one & replace HDD with my SSD .

 

And Im not going all that expensive.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/HP-Pavilion-15-R016TU-15-6-HD-LED-i3-4010U-4GB-500GB-DVD-RW-WIFI-HDMI-Win8-1-/141653122092?hash=item20fb2f1c2c

I think Ubuntu will run just fine on something like this. Or something like FatDog64. The keyboard is playing up on my  old HP Pavilion  other than that it works fine.


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Posted 28 July 2015 - 04:19 AM

I hope that you trackpad is better than the one that's identical on my Samsung Series 7, have had to concert to a wireless mouse, which I normally do anyway. 

 

You're correct, one doesn't have to spend a fortune on a computer to run a Linux OS on, most all distros are very light (less overhead) than a Windows OS will be. The 2010 model Toshiba that my wife uses has a 1st gen i3, and can run Linux easily. SSD is installed & battery life is longer on Linux than Windows. The only caveat is there's no discrete graphics card, though she could care less about that, it still looks good plugged into a 24" monitor via HDMI connection (using a HDMI to DVI-D converter cable). The speakers on the notebook are still decent, better than what most monitors provides. 

 

So I feel that you'll be well served by the computer. 

 

 

 

 The keyboard is playing up on my  old HP Pavilion  other than that it works fine.

 

Same with the Toshiba, certain keys no longer works, a new one came in yesterday. I'm going to put her on the MSI, and use the Toshiba as a spare, and place the Samsung on the best cooler, as with a true quad core CPU (i7-3630QM), it runs hot after a bit of use. 

 

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Posted 28 July 2015 - 02:23 PM

Linux Joy this month:

 

A friend of mine is a single mom to a curious teenage boy.  He knows far more about the computer than she does.  She has to share their only computer with him.  Of course he badgers her into giving up her admin password and he runs as admin.  He downloads game cheat codes, game hacking programs, porn, and who knows what else.  End result the computer is unstable, compromised, and almost unusable in Windows.

 

I taught her to use a live linux DVD so she can use the computer for her basic needs.  She can safely check her email, do her online bill paying, use social media, and safely browse the internet.  Her basic computer needs are taken care of while they negotiate what they are going to do with their computer. 

 

In the past I have repaired their computer and set it up as a fairly hardened computer.  But in a matter of weeks he has admin privileges and has fully compromised the computer.  I no longer work on the computer.  But her computer needs are met and he is learning consequences.



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Posted 28 July 2015 - 06:35 PM

My best moment of joy is when I finally found the command to install the NVIDIA drivers without it giving me a stupid message saying some X server was running (which had pretty much nothing to do with what i wanted to do). Awesome... Now I need to find a game I like for Linux that actually works...


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