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  1. So I hit up about three forums. I hit this forum (obviously), the fedoraforum.org and ubuntuforums.org. I think these are good forums. I've got a laptop so I look at linux-laptop.net pretty frequently for make Dell laptop model. I like Slashdot for news and I just enjoy looking through the projects at Sourceforge.net. I've also taken to looking in Krugle.com for code pieces that I could use. I like coding for math.....so I have started looking at stuff in the Octave project. I hope this is interesting. Jon
  2. Admittedly, I find that the generated code is verbose and bulky. However, I like Reiver's idea of tweaking the code and adding in more things manually. I've been known to do this before. Unfortunately, in the end, I find that I end up spending about as much time doing this.
  3. Earlier in the year (Feb-Mar) I had the opportunity to use a Macbook Pro. I was very impressed with it. I had terminal access which makes me very happy. Further, I actually was really at home with how SOME things work coming from a very Linux world. I even looked at Mac skins/themes for KDE. I'm guessing that I was doing things in a very difficult manner. I had administrative privileges on this laptop and had difficulty installing software that I liked (not the .dmg installs which are super easy) but installs using Fink Commander/etc. I also struggled with keeping X applications running over SSH without them crashing. Otherwise, I felt that the Mac OS was and is the best effort to push a non-Windows (BSD) OS out and it be commercially accepted. I do believe that one of the best things that could ever happen to Linux is some major computer company adopting it similar to how Mac adopted BSD and spent a lot of time/money on development and polishing. Jon
  4. I like what the titlebar says, "Math for fun". Math is always fun. Jon
  5. hi leo. i wondered that myself. 1.) i hope the rest of OS coders would then be cautious using software from such a group and would highly investigate it. my guess, OSS is going to stay away from software from these groups like crazy. 2.) i also think they were one of the following: a.) intentionally malicious in mislabeling the software thereby entrapping other coders by saying, "this is fair game" instead of labelling it for what it was. b.) ridiculously dumb and will pay some form of a penalty for doing so. i doubt MS has left this option unforseen and will punish any of the linux allies for such a willful or thoughtless distribution of it's patented software. edit: B) was the result of my orignal outlining scheme such as a), ..., c)
  6. Have you done the setup described through the Easy-Urpmi link in the upper right-hand corner of any page on this board? It may just keeps things up to date. I'd also just try urpmi pidgin just to see if it is anywhere else, although so far I've seen that reiver is really knowledgeable. jon
  7. Hi Nick, First off, welcome aboard. This place has proven very useful and friendly for me. Second, why YUM? What distro are you using? When you installed, did a package manager not get installed? Good luck! Jon
  8. Hi Crash, The display seems to imply that you're using Ndiswrapper 1.21. That's pretty old. Are you using this from the easyurpmi repos or from ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net? I always went and compiled from source and that's when I had the most success with Ndiswrapper. If you have the kernel sources, this should be super easy. The sourceforge.net page seems to show versions 1.4x. If you have a working windows install with that NIC, I'd copy the driver directly and give it a shot too. It should be fairly stable. Jon
  9. that's a really great way to use picasaweb.
  10. Hi Crash, For powermanagement, are you going to define the acpi commands in teh events directory, or are you going to use a tool such as kpowersave? Jon
  11. hi wlake, if you go to nvidia's website, you can choose to download drivers and then choose the linux drivers section. you will need the kernel-source in order to install this. you must also be in su mode. i've never used MCN live, so i don't know if you'll be able to do this. good luck, jon
  12. I think that this is fantastic. These projects need money (actively) in order to continue to innovate and produce quality products that will help persuade people that OSS is a viable alternative. This is not so surprising to me concerning Intel. However, this almost seems like a political strategem for Novell in the wake of striking a business deal with MS. I still think this is a fantastic thing. Great job Intel and Novell.
  13. hi mpcrsc, sorry you're having such a difficult time. first, did you backup or was this pretty much a new laptop with little data or settings? i learned this lesson the 'oh-so-hard' way. i've never used the MS Vista tools. when you say that you tried the 'recovery tools but to no avail', what happened? what did MS's tools say? i always only used the MS tools to clean my MBR. when you boot the machine does anything happen? do you get to the bootloader? does a linux boot start and then freeze? if so, what is the last message on teh screen? there may just be a kernel option that you use or there maybe a 'failsafe' kernel that you can boot into. can you boot to the Linux CD that you made? you may be able to enter a recovery mode and edit the bootloader. shoot, you've got nothing to lose concerning your linux install. you may even consider reinstalling. can you enter the laptop BIOS? if not, there may be other problems. a real step-by-step type of information as to what happens could be very helpful. good luck and i hope this gives you some ideas. jon
  14. i think you're totally right on the HAL comment. HAL is supposed to make your Linux experience much better by monitoring immediate changes to connected devices adn other software.
  15. by this do you mean remote desktop'ing in windows? if so the application I use is rdesktop. 'man rdesktop' should give you plenty of info.
  16. To add a followup, I tried to use KPilot and KOrganizer instead of JPilot. The problem is that FC6 doesn't want to use the new version of Pilot-Link so the up-to-date Kpilot won't work. You have to get the Pilot-link and Kpilot and build them from source. I wanted this beceause KOrganizer (or Kontact) can pull calendars from links and so I could Google Calendar and keep things more and more updated.
  17. Anybody? Anybody? Something 'o-o' economics.
  18. heh...after reading your post and seeing your icon, i want to ask, "do you feel lucky, punk? well? do ya?" with that out of my system, if I'm starting from scratch, (i'm presuming you want FC5 and a Windows) I install WinXP first. Then I install my Linux so windows doesn't wipe my boot loader. you can pick partition sizes in the windows installer OR you can fix the partition sizes using the Linux installer. You'd write the changes to disk and then just dump out of it after it's all finished. I just download GPartd. It's pretty fabulous and will let you resize NTFS partitions. I don't think the FC5 installer will do that. I've never had any difficulties with Linux recognizing a Windows partition in Grub or Lilo (even way back in the 90's). Jon
  19. I have a journal, but it has been about 1 year now since I've used it.
  20. Hey Coverup, I use Jpilot with SyncMAL to sync my palm to Avantgo and it works fine. My guess is that the Gnome-MAL program will do the same. There may be SOME configuration. I have no idea about the firewalling difficulties. I had Avantgo software installed from the Windows side, but I would guess that if you extract the executable the Palm app is present in those files. Then you can install it using your favorite Palm Linux app. Jon
  21. Hi Crash, How did your 420 end up working out. I have a D-620 which I'm running (gasp!) FC6. It works great including the wireless/wi-fi-catcher. Which wireless NIC did you get? Jon
  22. While I doubt you check this anymore, it might be worthwhile to start looking in the /etc/acpi directory in the events or actions directories. It seems simple enough that you could run this on the resume. I hope this helps.
  23. yes...i'm curious as to what these dishonest tactics are myself. elaborate?
  24. So I'm still a palm guy. I pack my Palm Zire around religiously. I don't need the frills (or even a color display). But I can make appointments, add phone contacts, To-Do Lists, etc. I can then sync my palm whenever i'm on my computer using jpilot (which exports to iCal). I can use the export feature (in iCal, which I find Google Calendar likes better than CSV) and upload my calendar to the Google Calendar. Everytime I get a new phone, I don't lose my contact info. On the other hand, I have to pack around another device. But I hate packing around a cellphone. No, my Palm isn't running Linux. :-(
  25. So far people have been very helpful reminding me that there are definitely reasons why I like MUB way more than other forums. So I'm using Kpowersave (Even with other desktops because I like the interface) to manage some power settings. I'm getting right at 5 hours battery life (I know, I know, why am I messing with this?...). I initally started using Kpowersave (since I was KDE and it was the upgrade from klaptop_acpi_helper). I ASSUMED that Kpowersave was using the powersave daemon. I was however wrong in that Kpowersave uses ACPI/APM settings in conjunction with HAL (according to this link). The powersave site says that Kpowersave uses this, but is almost USELESS while using HAL (such as the gnome app for this as well). Apparently, they say, that the power management in HAL is simplistic. But, hey, I'm getting good battery life with browsing, etc. Why should I care? So concordant to another thread, I download a tickless kernel and install it. My battery life actually did improve. Not by tons but to the 5 hours I'm getting now. I had also read that the Intel PowerTOP app was good to use with the tickless kernel to see what was bringing the laptop out of it's lower-power regime. (I got this from the devel Fedora repo, which is not always advisable.) One of the recommendations was that HAL was crippling the SATA drive built-in power settings and causing the laptop to come out of it's lower consumption modes. I know that HAL is the "Hardware Abstraction Layer" and is meant to make things plug-innable (as one of it's major selling points). I also know that a lot of things rely on HAL now. So what happens if I remove HAL? Am I better off with powersave? Any suggestions, Jon
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