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  1. There can be significant differences between the distros. Ussually each disto will add its own patches to the kernel (some like gentoo give you the option of the vanilla kernel) Some add patches and will use a different kernel config by default which can lead to stablity or proformance issues. Add this to a list of other things and those differences can add up
  2. I run Gentoo, I really really like it. I did the install from stage 1, went very smooth. You just print and follow the install docs pretty much to the letter and it will go well. I notice a bit of a proformance boost, though nothing extream. The best thing about gentoo I think is portage and the fact that if you keep all the packages updated you will have the latest gentoo. to install things all you have to do is type emerge programName then it will check out all the dependacies and install them automatically. For example typing "emerge kde" (before you have installed X and all that) it will see that you need X and these other packages, then it will download all the sources and compile them. Drawbacks: -getting the base system setup takes a fair bit of time -a bit of a learning curve at the start if you are not used to editing config files by hand. the last drawback after you get used to it is not a drawback as I have learned so much One good thing is during the install your computer is still usable. During the install I surfed with lynx including reading the forums :) But once done you will know just how much the mandrake installer and tools do for you
  3. Does he really think that there are no developments to the systems, as in Unix is exactly the same code (minus bug fixes) that has been around since the 1970's give me a break! lol I was worth a laugh
  4. I could be wrong but ussally when you attempt to remove files that are needed using the software manager it will tell you XXXXX.file is needed by XXXX.file2 so you should be safe uninstalling thing. You may want to wait for a second oppinion though ;)
  5. I have put it http://www.php-scripter.com/downloads/wampager incase anyone else reads the thread and has the same problem. (rightclick and save as on the link) tar is not working for some reason so I cannot packager it up the only file produced is the bianary wampager file, I cannot see anything to customize it unfortuantly but if you figure something out let me know
  6. it has been sent hope it works. Gentoo can use rpm's I just dont know if it can make them. I dont think a lot of people use the rpm package, I dont because the portage system is quite nice (slow for the full install though) Using Gentoo actually made me apreciate just how much the mandrake installer and tools do for you
  7. Why cannot Mandrake sell download comercial versions? I realize one of the big reasons to buy the boxed set is the manuals, but I would buy and burn the commercial version if they sold it in that way. Ive seen it done this way before if you buy the download it is i $30 and if you but the commercial it is $50 for example. This is based off of that I think some of the commercial apps are included with the comercial version
  8. Ok I am on Gentoo, would I be able to give you a compiled version of the pager if I can find all of the files and tell you where to put them? or if someone could tell me how to make a rpm I could give that a go too
  9. Try replacing <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" border="0" width="770" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"><img src="images/header.png" alt="PenguinPC A beginners guide to Linux" width="770" height="80"> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="1" border="1" width="770" align="center" bgcolor="#cccccc"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" align="center"><b><small>General Information</small></b><br> </td> <td valign="top" align="center"><b><a href="http://www.com.com"><small>The Linux Desktop</small></a></b><br> </td> <td valign="top" align="center"><b><a href="http://www.com.com"><small>Linux Applications</small></a></b><br> </td> <td valign="top" align="center"><b><a href="http://www.com.com"><small>Tricks & Tips</small></a></b><br> </td> <td valign="top" align="center"><b><a href="http://www.com.com"><small>Advanced Topics</small></a></b><br> </td> <td valign="top" align="center"><b><a href="http://www.com.com"><small>Useful Links</small></a></b><br> </td> <td valign="top" align="center"><b><a href="http://www.com.com"><small>Contact Us</small></a></b><br> </td> <td valign="top" align="center"><b><a href="http://www.com.com"><small>About Us</small></a></b><br> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> with: <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" border="0" width="770" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"><img src="images/header.png" alt="PenguinPC A beginners guide to Linux" width="770" height="80"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="1" border="1" width="770" align="center" bgcolor="#cccccc"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" align="center"><b><small>General Information</small></b><br> </td> <td valign="top" align="center"><b><a href="http://www.com.com"><small>The Linux Desktop</small></a></b><br> </td> <td valign="top" align="center"><b><a href="http://www.com.com"><small>Linux Applications</small></a></b><br> </td> <td valign="top" align="center"><b><a href="http://www.com.com"><small>Tricks & Tips</small></a></b><br> </td> <td valign="top" align="center"><b><a href="http://www.com.com"><small>Advanced Topics</small></a></b><br> </td> <td valign="top" align="center"><b><a href="http://www.com.com"><small>Useful Links</small></a></b><br> </td> <td valign="top" align="center"><b><a href="http://www.com.com"><small>Contact Us</small></a></b><br> </td> <td valign="top" align="center"><b><a href="http://www.com.com"><small>About Us</small></a></b><br> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> please excuse the tabbing, I cut and pasted and typed it into here so it is going to look messed up. It is also untested of course but should work. Basically all it I did is put one table inside the other one (you actually didnt need the table for the image originally as it was all by itslelf, but I used the table the image was in to hold the menu table as well.
  10. Now I would remove the gap between the graphic and the menu, I think that would make things a bit better :)
  11. We are at RC6 which is hopefully the last RC. Anyone heard any rumours about the potential final release date? I run Waimea if not that fluxbox but I am biting at the bit to give the final kde 3.1 a go
  12. The way I get pager to run at start up is to have a called with autostart.sh with this in it: xmms & gkrellm2 -w & wampager & Esetroot /home/brad/.waimea/backgrounds/valley2k.jpg (the other stuff optional ;)) then I add rootCommand: sh /home/brad/.waimea/styles/autostart.sh to the bottom of my blah.style file. Seems to work well for me :) I cant help with the compile errors though, I am on Gentoo
  13. :) thats the one, though if you want my desktop, I got the image from http://www.digitalblasphmy.com and the rest was by tweeking. I could let you or anyone else download it. Oh and if you do use Waimea I really recomend using its pager, without it it is very hard to see where you are sitting. I use a 3X3 desktop and before I had the pager I sometimes lost where I was
  14. It is mozilla 1.2 with the breeze theme :)
  15. I have been using Waimea for a while now and quite like it here is an old screenshot, I have an new background image now http://www.php-scripter.com/pit/mountainskin2.jpg which I am going to change as for some reason with no windows open it makes my monitor flicker
  16. Thanks for the advice. I will be giving things a go when I get back from holidays. I just finished my last exam and was bogged down before so couldnt come back here sooner. Well see you all in about 2 weeks :)
  17. I have a copy of 8.2 on CD actually. Actually I have done a fair amount of distro hoping to find what I like so I have Mandrake 7.2,8.0,8.1,8.2,9.0 Debian Potato redhat 7.3, 8.0 Gentoo 1.4RC2 all of those on CD, so I could put 8.2 on his system. If I put gnome on would you recommend gnome2? or is that heavier then gnome 1? Thanks :)
  18. No what lol. He is very interested I talked to him about open source, and how great linux is and he wants me when I get back from holidays to pop linux (I recommended mandrake) onto his computer. But his parting words were that he has a P166, amount of ram unknown. Hasnt been upgraded since 1996 so I am guessing low ram. I am sure he is going to like somethink like kde, but I am thinking either fluxbox or blackbox. what would you recomend? Someone new to linux in general what window manager? and any other set-ups? I have been telling people for a long time to give linux a try and now when someone finally says ok I am like "errrrrr now what?" I may have doomed myself to never ending tech support when he said he didnt have a burner, I said I would drop by install mandrake then give him a quick lesson. I get side tracked easily, so what do you recomend?
  19. after looking at things I may have steered you wrong I dont know, I am not sure now if the direct rendering thing is ati cards only I found this http://download.nvidia.com/XFree86_40/1.0-3123/README does that help?
  20. try in a console glxinfo look for direct rendering it should say yes if it says no enabling it should help you out. I tihnk anyway
  21. you guys tease me 526 frames in 5.0 seconds = 105.200 FPS 480 frames in 5.0 seconds = 96.000 FPS 480 frames in 5.0 seconds = 96.000 FPS 400 frames in 5.0 seconds = 80.000 FPS 480 frames in 5.0 seconds = 96.000 FPS 480 frames in 5.0 seconds = 96.000 FPS 480 frames in 5.0 seconds = 96.000 FPS 480 frames in 5.0 seconds = 96.000 FPS 480 frames in 5.0 seconds = 96.000 FPS that is the best I can get, worked on it for several hours today and I got it up from 50-60 FPS I have come to the determination my 4MB video card cannot handle this too well
  22. I am currently using gentoo. Got my start with mandrake though
  23. My wife met a guy at UNB while she was there for a job interview who loved linux and the freedom it gives, I am willing to bet there are students at the university (besides myself) that are users. I bet there is enough people around for one to start provided the people can be reached
  24. I was kind of interested in finding a LUG in my area to kind of check it out, and came up dry. I found two different links to NB LUGs but both were dead. Any tips on finding a LUG in New Brunswick, Canada? It would be great if it was anywhere near Fredericton as my truck is dead for the time being. So any sites etc would be apreciated :)
  25. About three weeks ago I made a switch to Gentoo and love it. But in the switch I got to see what Mandrake actually does for you and does very well. The install takes care of configuration quite well, for Gentoo I had to do it partly by XFconfig and partly by hand as I had to make my scroll wheel work. It always just worked in mandrake. To get sound I had to muck around failing getting alsa going I broke down and compiled sound into the kernel. Getting printing going was a nightmare as my printer is not supported but under mandrake I just tried out a couple of drivers until it worked well in greyscale. There are many things that Mandrake does that you would not even think of. The actual install of Gentoo is not hard you basically just follow the instructions and type what they say (making slight adjustments for your customizations) But mandrake's is way way easier, just answer a few questions and relax :) Gentoo will not be a distro for the masses, but Mandrake is. Gentoo has some very very nice features though... like portage, I dont think I will go back to rpms after portage. I have difficulty saying that there should be a standard way to distribute packages as the choice of ways to do things is what makes linux so great. But the only thing that makes me consider a standard packaging system is for people who are really new and wont know things intitially and dont want to take the time to learn them.
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