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[#] Fri Oct 16 2009 10:17:46 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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songbird doesn't appear to be in the ubuntu repositories.

[#] Fri Oct 16 2009 12:03:48 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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You could try Audacious.  When I went back to using Slackware (needed to get back to the root of how things work)... I found that Audacious does a nice job with most of my music.  I think it is in Ubuntu and is a lightweight player with playlists.

[#] Sat Oct 17 2009 14:13:23 EDT from Harbard @ Uncensored

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Sombody tell me again how Linux is so much better than Windows.  Like how it won't crash without warning and cause me to lose an hours worth of work on a spreadsheet....

[#] Sat Oct 17 2009 14:16:25 EDT from Harbard @ Uncensored

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Crisis averted...I recovered my work.  Still, the whole damn machine shouldn't be crashing.  I think it's Gwibber that is the problem.

[#] Sun Oct 18 2009 14:38:40 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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songbird doesn't appear to be in the ubuntu repositories.

Nope. It's pretty easy to install though. You just download the tarball from their web site and run the executable inside. No installation required.

[#] Mon Oct 19 2009 16:02:09 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Over the weekend, the wireless stopped working on my netbook. I think someone accidentally hit the wireless kill button instead of the power button when shutting it down. Stupidly, there does not appear to be any way of turning it back on. A quick scan of some web boards revealed that others have had this problem too, and no one has figured out a workaround. Both the Linux and Windows versions of this machine have this problem. Epic fail!

I eventually discovered that by erasing the machine's NVRAM it will "forget" that the wifi has been permanently disabled. But I originally thought that this was a software problem, so I had downloaded a copy of Ubuntu Netbook Remix [] to see whether a fresh OS install would clear it up (it didn't).

But ... UNR is quite a bit nicer than HP's "Mi" netbook Linux, so I'm keeping it.
It has been permanently installed to the Mini's flash drive. UNR looks great, performs great, and makes *very* efficient use of the limited screen real estate on a netbook.

[#] Mon Oct 19 2009 16:53:54 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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.... a permanent shut off wifi button?

[#] Mon Oct 19 2009 17:14:55 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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yea. the RF-Kill switch gave quiet some headaches on both, the eee and the aspire one...

its function and availability varies with kernel version...

its also bad mood to switch window manager, and suddenly (since its control sequences narrow it more than the last WM) the wifi starts to disapear on an irregular base (hit the wrong keys next...)

currently i'm on i3. its most important key: ALT+F switch app to fullscreen on that desktop. verry important if you don't want to waste space with window decorations and shit.

Firefox plus F11 also is one of the netbook-keys to know. plus... Alfred Kaysers mini mozilla theme.

[#] Tue Oct 20 2009 00:22:19 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Yeah, it's really stupid. I guess the "RF kill" function is handled in hardware and the software is merely told about it, but coming out of that mode requires software support. Stupid stupid. I may just put a couple of drops of epoxy in the switch so it doesn't get touched again.

And it isn't just a Linux thing either; Windows users are having the same problem.

I sure do love having a netbook to toss around though.

[#] Fri Oct 23 2009 09:48:18 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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my ubuntu update thing wants to install a new kernel.
I'm afraid.
I'm afraid it will break my raid setup and I'm afraid it will break my vmware kernel drivers.
What to do...

[#] Fri Oct 23 2009 11:33:02 EDT from skpacman @ Uncensored

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i'd say deny the kernel update until you do some research on what the kernel affects and what changes were made.


if it's not necessary then why do it?

[#] Fri Oct 23 2009 16:10:13 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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A kernel upgrade is not likely to break your RAID setup, because the kernel is loaded in non-RAID mode. Your VMware drivers will definitely need to be rebuilt, though.

[#] Mon Oct 26 2009 01:10:49 EDT from Harbard @ Uncensored

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It also screws up your video drivers...wait at least a week.  All the bugs should be gone by then.

[#] Mon Oct 26 2009 17:32:24 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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it keeps pestering me. :-(

[#] Tue Nov 11 2008 14:15:27 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Like most Linux users, I haven't compiled a kernel in years. That's pretty much reserved for kernel developers these days.

Today I'm trying to build one, because it's needed in order to build a target mode SAN appliance ( with fibre channel support.

It really is a huge task now. The set of options and modules is so much bigger. Thankfully, the folks at Red Hat provide the .config file that they used to build the kernel that ships with the OS, otherwise I'd be wading through menus for days.

[#] Tue Nov 11 2008 14:49:53 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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I must admit that the frequency has dropped, and I didn't gain that sped I once had menuconfiguring a 2.4 kernel... But most of the time i'd say its an easier task than configuring some windoze bullshit.

[#] Tue Nov 11 2008 15:36:20 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Your best bet, if you are compiling a RedHat kernel, is not to compile it the traditional way, but to build the source RPM with any patches needed.

[#] Tue Nov 11 2008 15:54:37 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I imagine the gentoo people are pretty good at it.
They've probably got some optimized system since there are so many of them doing it.

[#] Tue Nov 11 2008 16:00:13 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I started with the SRPM, figuring that would be the cleanest method. I ended up going to a stock kernel because I needed to be a bit more bleeding edge.

[#] Tue Nov 11 2008 17:56:12 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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debian has make-kpkg to create debs from a kernel... used it once in a while... but if you just want to create a kernel for just one box I always was to lazy to use it. And since I dislike grub, there is no advantage from the package integrating nicely with it ;-)

I allways managed to have setups making me start read documentations for grub because of tricky disk setups... Since they work out of the box for me with lilo... Hey, its just the bootloader. you just need it once in a while. If I want versatality I use grml.

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