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[#] Tue Dec 01 2009 12:11:09 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Yeah, I was using NTFS-3g and the Fedora 11 live CD to do image dumps of my 2 Windows boxes to a large external drive that was formatted NTFS. I wanted to keep it as all one big filesystem becaause I was using ArcSoft or something like that to also do partial incremental file backups... it's nice to have both some full drive images and file images. But NTFS-3g did cause some (fairly minor) filesystem corruption on one occasion. Don't remember whether I lost any files but CHKDSK had to clean up after it...

[#] Tue Dec 01 2009 12:17:21 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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And although "one occasion" may not sound like a lot, this was out of only like 1 day of using Fedora 11. It's one data point, but it's not a very good ratio :)

[#] Tue Dec 01 2009 12:21:03 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Not That Files Stay...

[#] Tue Dec 01 2009 12:40:22 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The most reliable way to go would be to put that data on a server, and access it from any operating system you like at any time.

[#] Tue Dec 01 2009 13:21:05 EST from Harbard @ Uncensored

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You beat me to that advice....

I am in the process of doing exactly that.  So which distro do you reccomend for a dedicated file server?  I am going to run it with no monitor, command line only.  I'm thinking Slackware.....



[#] Tue Dec 01 2009 15:20:13 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Di Dez 01 2009 13:21:05 EST von Harbard @ Uncensored

You beat me to that advice....

I am in the process of doing exactly that.  So which distro do you reccomend for a dedicated file server?  I am going to run it with no monitor, command line only.  I'm thinking Slackware.....



slackware is next to gentoo. If time has no value, a good choice.

If you want solid base configs, and less fiddling around , debian / ubuntu is a good choice.

If you want to edit all system configs with nice ui frames use suse/mandrake

If you want to do all the configs by hand, use fedora.



[#] Tue Dec 01 2009 22:58:31 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Everyone's going to have a different answer to the "what distro" question.
What I can tell you is that the "go-to Linux" in our data center is CentOS.
It's more stable than Fedora, looks and quacks like Red Hat, and is exceptionally reliable.

Oh, and ... you're soaking in it. :)

[#] Wed Dec 02 2009 16:27:52 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Dec 1 2009 12:40pm from IGnatius T Foobar @uncnsrd
The most reliable way to go would be to put that data on a server, and

access it from any operating system you like at any time.

Not very space efficient unless I were to buy one of those fancy schmancy fileserver + wireless router gadgets. I think I'll either just stick with the Fedora 11 "backup" solution and pray the Linux kernel doesn't crash on me again like it did last time... or else just use the windows 7 image backup (which would require me to upgrade the laptop but the pc is already on 7.)

[#] Wed Dec 02 2009 18:00:38 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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Wed Dec 02 2009 04:27:52 PM EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored
windows 7 image backup


heh... good luck with that.



[#] Wed Dec 02 2009 18:03:59 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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O?

[#] Wed Dec 02 2009 18:13:24 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Webcams!

A couple of days ago the IGlet was lamenting the fact that telephones don't have video, like the ones on TV do. I told him that most people do that with computers, not telephones.

He wants to videoconference with his grandmother. I think they'd both like that a lot. They both have computers running Linux. Any particular webcam brands or chipsets that work well with Linux? Any in particular to avoid?
Can I just get two of whatever's cheap on eBay with a good chance of it working?

[#] Thu Dec 03 2009 12:16:47 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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i've been doing that with ekiga.

I remember there being trouble with pwc (phillips...) some times now and then, don't know the actual state.

in general linuxtv.org seems to be the authorative source for these gizmos.



[#] Thu Dec 03 2009 12:35:44 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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I've always been a fan of Logitech peripherals. I've almost never had issues with their hardware or software, and their stuff is pretty sturdy and comfortable to use.

Unfortunately, I don't see a lot of official Linux support for their webcams on their website, though a quick google shows that there are Linux drivers available. I've not used any webcams under Linux, so I can't say how reliable they are.
Logitech Binder

[#] Thu Dec 03 2009 14:18:32 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Curious timing coincidence. My mom just wrote me today asking the same thing.
She uses skype, and there's a linux version of skype, so it's just a matter of finding a webcam that's linux/skype compatible.

[#] Thu Dec 03 2009 16:35:53 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Your mom has a Linux box and wants to skype with her grandmother?

[#] Fri Dec 04 2009 00:32:23 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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I successfully updated my laptop to Ubuntu9.10 WITHOUT a CD/USB

 

used unetbootin to get basic installation and did sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop from there. went like a greased breeze. easier than Pie, and i love pie....

 

Mind you, my laptop is getting close to 10 years old and is on its last legs... but hey, better to get the most out of it with linux than waste my time with windows...



[#] Fri Dec 04 2009 09:31:17 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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somebody told me last night that either kmart, walmart or target or some place like that has some kind of small machine for $35 that somebody managed to hack linux onto, thus making a $35 netbook.
Anybody hear of such a thing I can't find it anywhere.

[#] Fri Dec 04 2009 11:47:41 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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used unetbootin to get basic installation and did sudo apt-get
install ubuntu-desktop from there. went like a greased breeze. easier
than Pie, and i love pie....

Do you have any other Ubuntu machines? There's a menu item under System-->Administration called "USB Startup Disk Creator" which lets you create installable USB images from .iso images. It works surprisingly well.

[#] Fri Dec 04 2009 11:48:26 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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some place like that has some kind of small machine for $35 that
somebody managed to hack linux onto, thus making a $35 netbook.

ZipIt wireless ... that name sounds familiar. I think someone among us works there, but I can't remember who.

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