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  1. Another left field post! The Arch community isn't what it used to be. There was always an expectation that users at least make some minimal effort to resolve their problem and those that didn't ("how do i install arch? what is pacman?") were politely directed to the relevant wiki page. But you're right, people are faster to respond with RTFM, even when people have made an effort and RTFM'ed - it's a shame. It doesn't help that Arch isn't as simple and minimal as it was. I remember first installing it - everything was simple bash scripts, rc.conf, rc.sysinit, etc. Initial configuration was done with a text editor, no wizard. You manually specified which kernel modules to load and pretty much wrote your own grub/lilo config. Back then, any automation eschewed any automation of those things. But linux has grown since, and generally for the better - I wouldn't give up udev to be manually loading kernel modules again! Some of that minimalism has been lost. Arch is more "vanilla" than "minimal" these days. It'd be interesting to roll a new distro and tear things back down to the bare basics again. ianw1974: It's not trivial to make a one-shot perfect install that will result in a perfect boot on all hardware and configurations. I haven't actually used the newer installer, so I can't comment on it specifically, but it was a long needed rewrite - for a long time the installer needed developer attention. Eventually someone stepped up and gave it the rewrite it needed, but installers take a lot of testing on a very diverse range of configurations before they can be considered stable. Unlike some of the larger distros, Arch has no corporate backing, so this testing falls on the community. Testing an installer properly is time consuming and few users actually spend the time. I'm running Debian on my main box these days, Arch on the raspberry pi.
  2. Chakra is just Arch/KDEmod with a few addons, all of which you can install straight onto Arch, If you've installed Arch already, you might as well persist with that.
  3. Nobody is saying the hardware itself is terrible, just that their driver support is... pathetic. As you found out... Just because a company says something - wait until you see the code. It's like people who buy software and expect updates to provide the features they want - and then the company goes out of business or simply stops providing updates. Media releases aren't binding.
  4. punbb/fluxbb. A decent forum without the useless cruft most have.
  5. iphitus

    KDE 4.2

    It doesn't seem a widespread bug. A quick search of the archlinux bug tracker shows only one bug reporting crashes, with only one reporter, who has ATI. http://bugs.archlinux.org/task/13018 I know you're using KDEmod, but if it's really a KDE bug, then it should be just as common on both. James
  6. iphitus

    Where is Krita?

    Exactly, if they had K3B, then they had kdelibs3 and QT3
  7. Many big windows virii don't depend on user action. They spread through exploits in windows processes and simple methods like storage device. The recent Conficker outbreak is one classic example of this. By doing something as innocent as connecting to a wireless network or using a storage device they're exposed. To take a real world example, I discovered a virus on my girlfriend's flash drive yesterday. By chance too, I plugged the drive in on Linux and noticed some odd files which would have been hidden under Windows. This one silently infects the computer when the usb storage device is plugged in. It then silently infects any future storage devices. By analysing which of our storage devices had this, and when it was used we discovered the path of the infection. I tracked it down to 2 flash drives, 3 ipods, 2 SD cards, 3 laptops. What's most interesting, is what _didnt_ get infected. My brother's windows desktop, despite being exposed not pick the virus up as it's a pretty heavily modified and stripped copy of Windows. A different environment. My recently installed Windows SP3 desktop did not get infected either, I suspect as it is more up to date than any other here. The point of this is that different environments were enough to stop the virus, and this is the big advantage that Linux has. How many distros are there? Even if you attempt to target one distro, how many different programs are people likely to be using? There's far too much variation to create a successful virus. Combine this with the strong security ethos amongst the Linux development community. Security has been a concern through the design of most components of Linux and the desktop right from the start. Compare this to Windows, where security wasn't the policy and now things we take for granted under Linux like permissions have to be shoehorned backwards. The first real application of permissions to the consumer windows desktop environment - UAC came in Vista. 2007. Permissions under Desktop Linux? From the start. Similarly, servers out of the box. Windows had no firewall out of the box till XP (2001), and ran a large number of exposed services. Under most Linux distros, services are fewer and typically only accept local connections unless designed otherwise. Another example of security being shoehorned backwards into Windows. The Linux desktop was built with security in mind, Windows was not. The above are but two examples of this, do you think there's more? So while Adam is totally right in what he says and there's always the human loophole, "CLICK HERE" the design of Linux and the large variety of the install base help reduce the type of virus that I discovered infected computers around me, or at the very least help reduce the vectors a virus may use to spread. Helping stop a virus spread is pretty important isn't it? A virus that doesnt spread fails evolution 101. James * The virus on our computers was a minor one that attempted to steal MMO game passwords, none of us play MMO's, nor used the infected computers for anything financial/personal.
  8. All of this has happened before, and all of it will happen again
  9. Some of inkscape's exports can be a bit dodgy. I never had any luck with it's .ai exporter. Safest bet is PDF.
  10. the data loss issues will be gone by the time it's stable. btrfs is a terribly experimental file system presently. It's not completely implemented or even a complete filesystem yet so data loss is expected.
  11. I still have the CD's :) scarecrow: lol, look at the original thread date, I don't need 9.1.
  12. Nah, that'd be slow too, if not terrible. *shrug* got the torrent going now, plodding along at 27kb/s. I just thought it'd be fun to revive an old thread, and terribly coincidental that I stumble across it while trying to find mirrors... again.
  13. oops, I edited my post, yes 9.1 was a typo, i meant 2009. I'll probably end up torrenting, but local mirrors are usually quicker than torrents. 0.5-1MB/s vs 50kb/s... anyway, I just thought it was funny, I was searching for mirrors and found a really old post of mine...
  14. I've got this problem again with 2009 :P aarnet, pacific, planetmirror, iinet, linux.org.au, internode, none of the mirrors I know of have ISOs yet. internode and pacific did have package repositories for 2009 though, and planet mirror seems to have ditched mandriva entirely.
  15. ffi: Keep trying new versions and update your experiences. There's nothing worse than someone going around saying "this app sucks" and they last used it years ago. Apparently the KDE setup in 2009 is awesome... though that's coming from a Mandrake beta tester I know. Downloading Mandrake 2009 now. It's been a loooong time. edit: Would be downloading, can't find a local mirror.
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