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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The AVE on: June 07, 2014, 07:04:03 AM
Looks nice smiley

Tried some instructions on getting it working in a terminal, but didn't succeed.  Would be nice if it becomes trivial to set up in a future version for vim!
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The AVE on: June 06, 2014, 11:12:14 PM
Was having a hard time reading comments (they were dark blue on a black background) while using vim.  The following was a quick help:

  http://unix.stackexchange.com/a/88880
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How long do hard drives actually live for? on: June 06, 2014, 08:09:36 PM
SO.. it looks like the lesson is, IF YOUR DRIVES ARE ALWAYS RUNNING RELATIVELY COOL, trying to run them cooler won't improve reliability.

Nice obvservation!  So there's a data point that in favor of keeping drive temperatures between 14 and 38 C -- so if it's too hot for us, perhaps it's too hot for them?
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Quiana" released to distribution on: June 04, 2014, 09:18:25 PM
He he -- you have nicer toys to place with Wink
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Quiana" released to distribution on: June 04, 2014, 08:51:34 PM
FWIW, I've used VirtualBox a fair bit with Windows 7 64-bit quite stably for some time -- virtual machines being *NIX, Windows, etc.
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Quiana" released to distribution on: June 04, 2014, 05:50:27 PM
FWIW, I didn't use LVM.  Also, I think I may have used the following packages for guest additions via apt-get, synaptic, or equivalent:

  virtualbox-guest-x11
  virtualbox-guest-utils

May be 40hz can comment on whether that sounds appropriate.
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to remove CDFS partition from a USB Stick on: June 04, 2014, 05:44:36 PM
Don't know if the following will be of any help, but regarding gparted and missing partitions:

  http://www.rodsbooks.com/missing-parts/



Thanks 40hz and Stoic Joker for that interesting info!
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Quiana" released to distribution on: June 04, 2014, 08:25:26 AM
May be you'll find the triggers functionality to your liking (check out the examples):

  http://engla.github.io/kupfer/help/plugin-triggers.html

FWIW, there's also a "Google Search" plugin.



Actually, it doesn't look like it's possible to do what I was thinking.  IIUC, kupfer is inspired by the QuickSilver application, and IIRC, there it was possible to create a trigger (global shortcut) that invoked a command which let you type some text which if followed by Enter would perform a web search.  I didn't figure out how to do the comparable thing in kupfer unfortunately -- triggers exist in kupfer and it is also possible to create commands...however, it doesn't look like it's possible to create commands that when invoked allow you to type the text of your query (though you can make commands that operate on "selected text").
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Debian Tails OS question on: June 04, 2014, 05:31:29 AM
I'll include more in-depth comments, some how-to links, and list a few more I found that were missed this time.  Maybe even *gasp* use a few of them to see what happens.  Might take a few days though.   Wink

I came across the following today:

  https://launchpad.net/ubuntu-builder
  https://github.com/clearkimura/Customizer

via:

  http://www.ubuntu-mini-remix.org/



FWIW, I tried UCW at 40hz's suggestion, and it seems to have worked with Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon.
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Relatively Minimal Host OS for VirtualBox Use on: June 04, 2014, 03:10:32 AM
In the process of transferring the customized media to SDHC -- hope to boot from it soon.



On a side note, tried the persistence feature of LM (Ubuntu actually I guess) to add VirtualBox, but may be it was because of the USB set up I have...it worked but was intolerably slow...For reference, below are the instructions I adapted:

  http://tuxtweaks.com/2014/03/create-linux-mint-persistent-live-usb/



Booted customized "CD" (> 1 GB, USB media) ok, and had some success with running VirtualBox.  ATM, speed seems better than when using LM + persistence.

BTW, as part of the customization, I chose to delete some "Windows" related stuff -- the resulting iso is about 150 MB smaller than the original iso Wink  May be if I work at removing other things I can fit the result on a CD...
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How high can we count to? on: June 04, 2014, 03:02:44 AM
How about some nice transfinite numbers? Wink

Hmm, this thread has a slight aroma of some kind of meat, no?
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Relatively Minimal Host OS for VirtualBox Use on: June 04, 2014, 01:19:21 AM
I've heard from some that Ubu's remastering tool (UCK) works just fine with Mint.

Thanks!  I'll give the GUI (looks like uck-gui) a try -- may be if I run into problems the HOWTO you mentioned will come in handy.



The following helped to give an overall sense of the process involved in using UCK:

  http://www.linux.com/learn/tutorials/739139-roll-your-own-customized-ubuntu-with-uck
  http://www.geekyprojects.com/ubuntu/build-your-own-custom-ubuntu-livecd/

It looks like Ubuntu's version of tasksel has a "Virtual Machine Host" option -- I just compared the sources of Debian's (version 3.14.1) and Ubuntu's (2.73ubuntu26), and I don't see such an option in the former.  Anyone tried this?

I didn't try it, but rather:

  • chose "run console application" when prompted
  • used apt-get to install virtualbox (and virtualbox-dkms and other recommended packages)
  • added the mint user to the vboxusers and vboxsf groups (used vigr and vigr -s for this)
  • exited the terminal
  • continued with the rest of the outlined steps

I then worked on transferring the iso to an appropriate location.
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Quiana" released to distribution on: June 03, 2014, 10:12:50 PM
I installed it on a VM and it crashes VirtualBox every time it tries to shutdown. I'm not sure what went wrong. VirtualBox is working just fine with my other VMs.

Hmm, I just gave this a try a couple of times, but no crashing...this was after having done an initial update of packages.

FWIW, the VirtualBox here is 4.2.22 on Gentoo.
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Quiana" released to distribution on: June 03, 2014, 09:24:33 PM
The option to add search engines is interesting for sure!  Thmbsup

It's particularly convenient if you happen to use FF's search engine integration capability smiley  Though to get kupfer to pick up new additions via FF may be a little bumpy (for better detection consider restarting kupfer -- though there may be a way to manually trigger a rescan).

Good luck!
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Quiana" released to distribution on: June 03, 2014, 08:55:15 PM
BTW, is there a way to perform searches in LM somewhat like the Ubuntu search that also does a Google search (while showing other things on computer etc.)?

On a side note, I just installed kupfer on LM 17 and it provides a way to interface with search engines -- I don't know if it's quite what you're looking for, but FWIW:

  http://engla.github.io/kupfer/help/plugin-websearch.html
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Relatively Minimal Host OS for VirtualBox Use on: June 02, 2014, 09:19:10 PM
Thanks for the info about mintconstructor.

I'm currently trying to create a custom version of SystemRescueCD, but it's a fair bit more involved than what I'll want to do on an ongoing basis.  There appears to be support for a backingstore though:

  http://www.sysresccd.org/news/2008/06/29/creating-a-backing-store-to-keep-your-modifications-in-sysresccd/

Hmm...may be I should look for something like that for LM...I end up using USB memory of some sort anyway for speed reasons...

Looks like there is:

  http://tuxtweaks.com/2014/03/create-linux-mint-persistent-live-usb/
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Relatively Minimal Host OS for VirtualBox Use on: June 02, 2014, 03:59:45 AM
On a related note, I had luck installing and running VirtualBox via the live media for Linux Mint 17 Cinammon -- now if they'd just bundle it or make remastering more practical again...
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Forget about resume if Pale Moon crashes on: June 01, 2014, 10:06:36 PM
FWIW, graphical browsers crashing happens in *NIX too -- I've taken to using command line tools for large downloads (e.g. wget, aria2c, etc.).
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Quiana" released to distribution on: June 01, 2014, 05:04:14 AM
I get good use of their iso images as rescue / live usb tools thumbs up

Getting the 64-bit Cinnamon image now.
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Relatively Minimal Host OS for VirtualBox Use on: May 31, 2014, 01:01:13 AM
BTW, I'm going to try using that nearly-bare-Debian-with-VirtualBox set up as my host OS and install Gentoo Prefix for additional software (perhaps I'll also try Nix and/or Guix).

I was informed on the #gentoo-prefix channel that Debian is not currently supported Sad  But rumor has it that this might start working at some point in the future...

In the mean time had some success installing the Nix package manager.  One benefit of having this on the somewhat minimal system is that packages for the purpose of running the underlying system (and providing VM support) can be kept separate from other things (such as web browsers, video players, etc.).
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Unexpected Behavior of HDD (internal VS enclosure?) on: May 30, 2014, 06:23:54 AM
Thanks for the feedback -- very much appreciated!

I don't seem to have a USB 2 enclosure I can mess around with without voiding a warranty, but may be once an appropriate one expires, I'll try your suggestion.
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Relatively Minimal Host OS for VirtualBox Use on: May 30, 2014, 06:21:21 AM
Because its "compile as needed" design is too time consuming,

I felt this during the process of setting the machine up initially -- but not so much on a day-to-day basis now.

Quote
and its rolling release model is a potential support quagmire once you go beyond your own personal machine. For multiple desktops, it would be a challenge. For production servers, it would be a nightmare - and likely a career threatening environment to be in as well.

It certainly is more work to compile for each machine -- I don't know what Sabayon did, but IIUC they are based on Gentoo and have binary packages...may be they decided to choose some default USE flags?



BTW, I'm going to try using that nearly-bare-Debian-with-VirtualBox set up as my host OS and install Gentoo Prefix for additional software (perhaps I'll also try Nix and/or Guix).
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Relatively Minimal Host OS for VirtualBox Use on: May 26, 2014, 07:41:46 PM
including OpenRC and not systemd

Thmbsup
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Relatively Minimal Host OS for VirtualBox Use on: May 26, 2014, 08:03:31 AM
Oh yeah, that utility for dependency checking I was trying to remember earlier is called equery. It's part of gentoolkit.

I've been using the list and files modules for equery but didn't know about the others.  Thanks!
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Unexpected Behavior of HDD (internal VS enclosure?) on: May 25, 2014, 11:34:30 PM
I ran fdisk using a variety of arrangements for access to a specific HDD and found discrepancies in the reported total bytes (and ofc sectors) of the HDD.

The six things I tried included:

Direct internal SATA connection
3 SATA <-> USB adapters
2 USB 3 enclosures

The results for the direct connection and adapters all agree, but each of the USB 3 enclosures report different numbers (both smaller by different amounts) Sad

Does it sound like I should avoid these enclosures?
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