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  1. It's DPMS at work. https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Display_Power_Management_Signaling
  2. Sorry John, I find the above to be erroneous. I have been able to use several different model Canon printers with Linux. My current MG8120 works fine in Mageia 1 KDE, Fedora 16 Gnome, and Arch Linux XFCE. Previously I have used a MP600 successfully. I got all of my Linux drivers from Canon directly. Canon Australia to be exact. Canon Europe is another good source. Canon USA is useless as far as Linux is concerned. True, there are some Canon printers that Canon does not provide Linux drivers for, but a search before purchase can prevent one from purchasing a (Linux) paperweight. Regarding the MP280, Canon does supply Linux drivers for that model. See link below. http://support-au.canon.com.au/P/search?model=PIXMA+MP280&menu=download&filter=0&tagname=g_os&g_os=Linux
  3. Just tried Arch Linux today myself. Bit of a rocky start. For some reason the "arch linux installation framework" could not properly format the existing partition I had waiting for a new OS. I already had Fedora 15 Gnome, Mageia 1 KDE, and Windows 7 installed on that drive, and I wanted to keep them. For quite awhile I could not figure out why "arch linux installation framework" could not install GRUB, (and putting some lines in Mageia's GRUB didn't work either) then I realized the partition was seen by Arch as Fat 16. I tried to reformat the partition to Journaled EXT4 from the Arch CD, but it never took right. From the Arch CD, "fdisk -l" kept showing that partition as FAT 16. Finally I booted Mageia 1 and used MCC to reformat the partition, then the Arch CD was able to install GRUB. Now that I booted Arch successfully I only had the CLI (of course), but no Wired LAN or WiFi. I had to use "ip link set eth0 up", then "dhcpcd --release", then "dhcpcd eth0" to get the Wired LAN working and get internet access. I had to use similar commands with wlan0 along with some wpa_supplicant stuff to get WiFi working. Now that I had internet, I downloaded some packages with pacman and installed Xfce. Great balls of GUI! Installed Opera and now am posting to this thread!
  4. Fedora 15 uses Gnome 3 by default. Not sure why you would want it (Gnome 3) though... :P I use Fedora 15 some and it seems ok. I prefer booting into Classic Gnome with Compiz (a login option) instead of the Gnome 3 shell. I want to give Arch a try myself. I will once I get some time to devote to it and when am not tied to a cellular internet connection as I am at the moment.
  5. Someone posted on the official mandriva forum that powerpack will become available for 2011. Of course, nothing's certain until it happens.
  6. There is a way to create a boot CD and install from the network or from a local mirror downloaded to the hard drive. See wiki below for more info. I personally have not tried this method. http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/Docs/Installing_Mandriva_Linux#Installation_from_a_local_mirror.2C_hard_disk.2C_local_network.2C_or_the_Internet Here is one mirror where you can get the boot.iso file to burn to CD. ftp://distrib-coffee.ipsl.jussieu.fr/pub/linux/MandrivaLinux/official/2011/i586/install/images/
  7. In Fedora, the fonts are themselves are stored in /usr/shared/fonts/ libfreetype is stored in /usr/lib/ and /usr/lib64/ both. $ whereis libfreetype.so.6.6.2 libfreetype.so.6.6: /usr/lib/libfreetype.so.6.6.2 /usr/lib64/libfreetype.so.6.6.2
  8. I've got a brand new laptop with no Linux distributions on it yet. When I get home next week where I can download Mageia, I'll definitely give it a spin! :) Any comments on Gnome vs KDE? Which versions of each are available with Mageia?
  9. I agree with your comment dexter11 that the Gnome developers seem to have "tablet-fever". I was thinking the same thing. I'll be away from the internet for a few days. I'll see if there are any more comments when I have internet access again.
  10. I suppose it's telling that one of the Fedora Forum Admins posted the following sticky at the top of each forum. Announcement: Gnome 3 rants and raves prohibited for several days!
  11. Well Fedora 15 Final has been released... I really liked Fedora 14. Tried Fedora 15 Gnome beta RC2 and my comment is the same as Korben Dallas' when asked [what he thought of Fhloston Paradise] by Ruby Rhod: "Tell me, my man, you happy here in the big world?" [you need to see the movie]. Apparently the author of the ZDNET article below felt similarly - at least regarding Gnome 3. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/open-source/fedora-15s-five-best-features/8968
  12. I downloaded the Live CD and gave it a quick spin. I could not set up my Sierra Wireless 890 AirCard. It keeps asking for a PIN number which I never needed in any other OS. I tried some standard 4 digit combinations without success. I connected successfully with my Intel 6205 WiFi, but the connection seemed temperamental. Sometimes I could connect and other times not.
  13. Thanks for the info. I'm on mobile broadband atm. Will download in the next couple of days when I get back to my cable internet connection.
  14. The Sansa Fuse is pretty nice. Not sure of Linux support. May be newer Sansa MP3 players out now.
  15. I would try it if they came out with a live CD or DVD.
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