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226  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Relatively Minimal Host OS for VirtualBox Use on: March 08, 2014, 07:35:16 AM
Thanks for the suggestions smiley



I've made a number of attempts to get Xen working over the years, but without much success...never quite make it far enough.  Have you had good experiences with it?

I'm trying to avoid too many steps during set up (cf. getting Arch and/or Gentoo installed - worth it a few times, but not great if I want to recreate a similar set up from scratch) as well as having VirtualBox or comparable stop working somewhere down the line because of an upgrade...



In the mean time, I tried out Manjaro (with Pamac / Octopi) which was a pleasant surprise -- still a bit rough but looks promising.  There also appears to be some kind of remastering support (ManjaroISO).



Now if DistroWatch.com's "Search Distribution" page would let one specify shipped-by-default packages...
227  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / *NIX: Relatively Minimal Host OS for VirtualBox Use on: March 07, 2014, 04:08:21 PM
Looking for an easy to install (so recognizes hardware well) *NIX -- though light on resources -- to run as a host OS for running VirtualBox guest OSes on top of.

Seen requests like this but usually see suggestions such as "start with some minimal system and just add VirtualBox and a few other things" -- but was hoping that there was an effort that shipped with VirtualBox as am not too keen on maintaining too much of a customized set up and was hoping if it were bundled that it might be better tested / integrated.

Any recommendations / ideas?  Am currently looking through this list but might also consider this list.



Currently trying CrunchBang, but this requires installing VirtualBox after the OS installation.
228  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Niklaus Wirth Birthday Symposium on: March 05, 2014, 06:53:51 PM
He was apparently a Ph.D. advisor (?) for Martin Odersky the creator of the Scala programming language too!

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So in the end, I gave up on the idea of joining Borland to write compilers, and went on instead to do a Ph.D with Niklaus Wirth, the inventor of Pascal and Modula-2, at ETH Zurich.

via "The Origins of Scala"
229  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 201403 ISOs just released on: March 05, 2014, 05:51:10 AM
On a side note, concerning resizing windows in Cinnamon, can anyone who has tried the latest LMDE tell whether the commit mentioned at the end of the following made it in?

https://github.com/linuxmint/Cinnamon/issues/2682

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The corner resize zone, where you have the diagonal resize cursor which allows you to left-click and resize vertically and horizontally at the same time, is extremely small in the upper corners, forcing the user to either use the keyboard modifier or to resize vertical and horizontal separately. Play with the cursor around the upper right corner and you'll see what I mean.

Comparing the date of that commit, it seems that it didn't make it into Petra unfortunately.  I don't notice a difference (in LMDE, that is).
230  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What the Internet looks like - Undersea cables wiring the ends of the Earth on: March 05, 2014, 01:06:31 AM
Cool stuff!

Thanks all for sharing  thumbs up
231  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: March 04, 2014, 05:51:58 PM
Thanks for that follow-up!
232  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: double keypress for hotkey on: March 04, 2014, 05:48:39 PM
IIRC, when bugging mouser about this type of functionality, I think he suggested checking out TapTap Hotkey Extender -- at the time of trial it worked (but it didn't survive across multiple machine transitions, so I haven't had much experience with it recently).
233  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Story of Merlin: The 1978 Electronic Game on: March 04, 2014, 12:58:06 AM
Had a Simon at some point - only got to play with a Merlin on a few occasions.
234  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 201403 ISOs just released on: March 03, 2014, 09:21:24 PM
Also, whenever something did go seriously wonky following an upgrade, it was usually fixed within a few days.

That doesn't sound too bad -- though ATM I'm hoping to use it as a host OS from which to run guest OSes via VirtualBox, so if VirtualBox stops working, that doesn't sound so good.

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I guess the best way to think about it is to remember you're running Debian rather than Ubuntu with LMDE - with all that implies. If you let that understanding guide your decision and expectations there shouldn't be any bad surprises. If you've had previous experience with Debian you should be fine. If not, you'll possibly need to learn a little more. But learning something new is always a good thing, so no knock there.

Actually although not so much recently, Debian is what I've had the most experience with so that should be ok.  I'd still be using them mostly if I had figured out a satisfactory way to run newer software (for that Arch seems to have worked out -- and Gentoo was ok for that too).  Though performance might suffer a little, am currently leaning toward experimental / new things running in a guest OS.

I looked around a bit for a distribution that tries to provide a minimal environment with VirtualBox but though I've seen queries that seem to ask for that sort of thing I haven't found one that looks good yet.

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Addenda: regarding approach...

I have the luxury of having several machines at my disposal. So what I do (and would do even if I only had one machine) is throw a new drive into whatever I'm installing on and go from there. I'll keep a new distro up for a week or two, to see how well it works for me, and decide if I like it. (Just because it works doesn't mean I'll want to spend my workday using it. These days I expect more than "just works" from a distro.)

If it makes it past a few weeks with no major disasters or showstoppers - and find myself using the new distro more and more - it's a keeper. If I really love it, I'll install it on everything. If I just like it, I'll keep it on whatever it's running on and leave the other machines as is. (FWIW I'll usually have two or three distros running on my network at any point in time.) Over time. and with day to day use. there's usually one distro I find myself obviously gravitating towards. That becomes my go-to distro until something I "really like" more comes along. It's kind of an organic approach to distro selection and deployment. But it works for me. YMMV.
 Thmbsup

Sounds like a decent approach -- I think I'd try that if I had a spare machine.  Perhaps I can just run something as a guest OS for a bit as a partial test in the mean time.

Regarding LMDE though, I guess it's not likely one can transition (settings and all) easily from Petra -- reinstall from scratch is probably a better approach, huh?
235  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 201403 ISOs just released on: March 03, 2014, 07:31:42 PM
But I will be switching over

I'd like to go in that direction too - have you decided on an approach?

I'd like to not have certain programs get pulled out from under though (I have this vague impression that sometimes things leave testing temporarily) -- do you think that could be a potential problem?
236  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: nixCraft: 30 Cool Open Source Software I Discovered in 2013 on: March 03, 2014, 06:48:18 AM
Definitely things here I hadn't heard of.

Thanks for posting smiley



I got the impression that Miro Video Converter seems to be available for Windows and Mac OS X but not any other *NIX...does that seem correct?
237  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Mint: Temper, temper Mr. Clement Lefebvre on: March 03, 2014, 06:45:59 AM
Ugh.
238  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 201403 ISOs just released on: March 03, 2014, 06:42:35 AM
I'm thinking to try this before long -- just installed Petra as a replacement host OS though so may be next month smiley

Do you already run LMDE?
239  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animated Map of Girl's Names Throughout the Years on: March 03, 2014, 12:49:38 AM

Very nice!
240  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / *NIX: How to Determine What a Particule Dot-File/Dir is For on: March 02, 2014, 09:38:03 PM
Apart from search engine queries and using the man and apropos commands, anyone know of a specific site or resource that documents various dot files and directories?

I know of places to share dot files (github, dotfiles.org, etc.), but haven't noticed much in the direction of learning what specific one are for.
241  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: March 02, 2014, 06:54:19 PM
For those that are curious, the second extension bar there is bendable, which would let you access some otherwise inaccessible areas.  

I've used that feature once so far and for that case it worked ok.



One thing I'd look for in the future is additional larger attachments -- the largest pieces in this set are a little small for some other screws around the house...including the following recent addition to our household:

[attachthumb=1]

Ikea Helmer Cabinet Clone (Amazon Link)



As a side note, found the following "hack" of the cabinet:

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Helmer-Air Renderfarm via Article at IkeaHackers.net
242  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software longevity on: March 02, 2014, 06:25:42 PM
But is any kiddie hacker old enough to remember them?  smiley

I see the smilie here -- so I presume you aren't serious.
243  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software longevity on: March 02, 2014, 03:41:40 AM
No thanks! Putting my system at risk is not my idea of fun. All of those old versions have exploitable security vulnerabilities...lots of them.  ohmy

Good point!
244  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: March 02, 2014, 01:56:39 AM
Replaced a screwdriver set recently with the following set:

[attachthumb=1]

JK 6089C (Amazon Links 1 2)

It far exceeds what I was using before (which was really no good).
245  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: February 24, 2014, 07:27:56 PM
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...there are two hard things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors.

via bottom of Martin Fowler
246  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQRL (Secure Quick Reliable Login) on: February 21, 2014, 10:13:29 PM
Obligatory Wikipedia page.



A ghacks.net article too.
247  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Very interesting images by Erik Johansson on: February 19, 2014, 02:20:35 AM
Wasn't sure either -- looked up the phrase "strax tillbaka".  One result suggested something like "be right back".  May be that's a hint?

May be clues elsewhere?
248  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Very interesting images by Erik Johansson on: February 17, 2014, 11:54:52 PM
With 58 57 of them, with one a day, might make an interesting set to be rotating through on one's desktop smiley



Did any one else see something other than black for the 58th one?
249  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Aptik - a system backup and migration tool for Ubuntu-based distro users on: February 17, 2014, 11:51:19 PM
Nice to hear that it seems to work with Mint!

Thanks for sharing thumbs up
250  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: The TTY demystified on: February 16, 2014, 02:15:15 AM
Seems like a nice write-up, though haven't gotten through the whole thing yet.

Thanks for sharing this thumbs up
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