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I think you're talking about Wubi.  I used this for a little while, before I switched to an all-Linux system.  Wubi works fine, but it does not operate quite like a full Linux system.

If you are buying equipment for any distro of Linux you do need to make sure beforehand that there are drivers for that equipment. And that may mean asking around for what other people are using. ... But you can load the latest Kubuntu on top of Windows which would allow you to do both.

I found that it's difficult to really predict everything.  However, in my experience, I did not have trouble with most hardware.  My video card, sound card, hard drives (internal and external), and other basics all worked great.  My wireless card worked just fine for Internet access (though not for file sharing).

Yes, I considered running Linux on top of Windows, but I have to admit I never understood the proper way to get a dual-boot working.  It was easier (and more fun) for me to just wipe out Windows!

I can't help but wonder, though... were you using the KDE tools to scan, or did you try Xsane straight?
That's what I'm using and it works fine.

Trust me, I've heard many stories like yours, and just as many success stories.
I've also heard similar stories under Windows, so the Redmond gorilla is not immune either.
Give it a try with the next version, and the best of luck to you.

I was using Xsane, but I also tried so many other things I can't even remember what they were.  I could go back into the Kubuntu forum and take a look at all my posts to refresh my memory.  You know how it is: you get so deep into arcane little changes it's tough to remember it all months later.

No doubt, Windows is not perfect!!  I am using Vista now, and every day I see a new frustration with some stupid design element.  I'm constantly saying, "I like the way Linux does ____ better..."  Just working within the operating system itself, Linux is far superior to Windows (my humble opinion).

I've got one foot firmy in the Linux world.  I'm constantly checking Linux sites and looking at distribution news.  Believe me, I plan to go back to Linux as soon as possible.  Actually, I am planning to buy a cheap laptop just to use as a practice space for Linux distributions.  There is no question in my mind that Linux is moving in the right direction.

... HP is generally moderately good at that; see and -- Hewlett-Packard's Officejet are usually pretty well supported.

Yes, I like the way HP has that printer application built right into Kubuntu (I think it's also in other distributions).  In many ways, HP seems like a model of what other manufacturers should be doing, in terms of providing support for Linux.

However...I was not happy with those pages listing "compatible devices."  Sometimes, the information is wrong.  They will list devices as compatible that actually are only partly compatible, or they will be listed as compatible with conditions (like having to do a whole bunch of things to get them working).  I learned that the hard way!


Good Afternoon,
This is a big subject for me.

Back in summer through winter of 2007, I was really getting big into Linux.  I tried out several versions, and liked Kubuntu most.  You can see my posts (under the same name I use here) all over the Kubuntu forum.

Over the first few weeks, I was in love with the whole Linux concept.  I became a big fan of the KDE system  -- its speed, the simplicity of the overall design of the operating system itself, the terrific repository system, and the helpful user community that was always there to help me.  Little by little, I switched over to Linux full time.  I wiped Windows off my desktop and laptop and was in bliss for a while.  I was downloading all those terrific free applications, and had my desktop all set up beautifully.

Then one day I needed to set up a wireless network, and the trouble began.  I simply could not get my laptop and my desktop to see each other.  I logged in hours and hours chasing down every hint and lead and suggestion from all the gurus on the Kubuntu site.  They made an honest effort to help me, but it just didn't work.  It seems like such a simple thing, but no go on this.

But I was so happy with Linux, I thought I would just live without wireless file sharing.  No big deal.

Well, then one day my old Canon scanner broke.  I figured, no big deal, I'll just buy a new one.  Well, I bought and returned three scanners, and not one of them would work with Linux.  Each one had a different problem, but the important thing is they would not scan.  I edited countless lines in the Linux files, downloaded drivers, and did all kinds of under-the-hood tinkering, and once in a while I could almost make the scanner work.  I bought an HP all-in-one (because everyone says HP works well with Linux), and it wouldn't work.  Again, hours and hours logged into the Linux forums for help.

I can live without a wireless network, but I can't live without a printer.

Finally, I realized I was losing way too much time trying to get basic hardware working properly.  With a heavy heart, I had to restore Windows to my laptop, and I purchased a new dsesktop with Windows Vista.  It hurt, but I had to do it.

Bottom line: I really really really would like to ditch Windows.  I love the way Linux works, when I'm running the operating system and software within the repository.  But you really hit a lot of potholes when you venture out just a bit.

So now I am using Windows Vista.  Not because I like it better, but simply because more hardware drivers work with it.

My hope is that one day soon, Linux developers will get over the last couple of hurdles, then I'll switch to Linux and never go back.


SMF Forum Mods / Re: Inline attachment mod for SMF2.0b3
« on: May 05, 2008, 02:22 PM »
Okay I've found why!
Because you're using 2.0 Beta 3.1 Public and not 2.0 Beta 3 Public

Please found the version updated here

Hey, now it works!  Thanks for all your help.  I run a woodworking forum, and my members post about their projects all the time.  This modification is so important to us.

OK, that's one more thing that works in SMF 2.0!  Still waiting for the official release.


SMF Forum Mods / Re: Inline attachment mod for SMF2.0b3
« on: May 05, 2008, 05:56 AM »
Any ideas?  Has anyone been able to fix this problem?

SMF Forum Mods / Re: Inline attachment mod for SMF2.0b3
« on: May 04, 2008, 09:35 AM »
Thanks for the hard work on this!

I tried to install it on my 2.0 test forum.  Got this error:
The package you are trying to download or install is either corrupt or not compatible with this version of SMF.


SMF Forum Mods / Re: Inline attachment mod for SMF2.0b3
« on: May 04, 2008, 09:06 AM »
Excellent!  OK, now we just need the package!  I am not sure how to edit files.
How about it, slinouille?

SMF Forum Mods / Re: Inline attachment mod for SMF2.0b3
« on: May 04, 2008, 08:24 AM »
Good Morning,
I just found this post (sorry, I posted a question about this elsewhere in the forum).
Has the new modification been developed for 2.0 beta?  I really need this modification -- it's become essential to my forum!!

SMF Forum Mods / Re: inline attachment mod
« on: May 04, 2008, 08:23 AM »
I'm confused all over again!  The inline attachment modification has become essential to my forum!  I'm testing SMF 2.0 beta, and it seems I cannot install this modification.
Can someone tell me if, and where, this modification is being maintained?

Hi Everyone,
This modification has become essential in my forum!  Now, I'm upgrading to 2.0.
Does it work in 2.0 beta 3.1?

I think it was my fault.  After installing this modification, my entire site crashed.  But I have a feeling it was because I changed something in the post.template.php or index.template.php file.  I reinstalled my forum software, then reinstalled the search modification, and everything is working fine now.
Thanks for all the great work!!

SMF Forum Mods / Re: inline attachment mod
« on: December 18, 2007, 09:09 AM »
Thanks for the information.  I found your modification and re-installed it on my forum.
That new modification doesn't work like yours does!  With yours, I am able to go in and customize the pull-down menu, which is great.
Thanks for all your terrific work!

Does this modification work with 1.1.4?  I tried to install it but got errors, including a message that it not compatible with this version of SMF.
I realy like the work you have done and want to keep using this modification on my 1.1.4 site.

Thanks for the link!  I don't know why I couldn't find this before.
This is a great modification -- one of the essential ones in my opinion.

SMF Forum Mods / Re: inline attachment mod
« on: December 17, 2007, 08:48 AM »
I am really bummed this is no longer available / supported.

Me too!  Can someone please tell me how to get this?  My members really love this modification, and now that I have updated my forum I can't get it!

I just updated my forum, and was very upset to see that the Inline Attachment Modification is no longer on the SMF site.  I understand your problems with SMF, but I just think this is a terrific modification.  Actually, my forum absolutely needs this modification, and my members rely on it!!

Is the modification gone now?  If it's still available, where can I get it?


OK, I'm kind of answering my own question here, but it might be helpful for others to see what I've done.

I've added the "Insert Image" functionality into the "Inline Image Attachments" modification.

So now the menu looks like this in my forum:

Now that I have the "Insert Image" functionality, can someone tell me how to drop the standard "Insert Image" button?


I made some changes to the menu items.  Here's a screen shot of what the menu now looks like in my test forum:

I think this is a terrific modification.

I would really like to replace the "Insert Image" button with a line in the Inline Attachment Modification pull-down menu. In other words, I'd like the inline attachment modification to serve as the place for managing all image attachments.

Can someone explain how to get a command in the Inline Attachment pull-down menu for [i m g] [/i m g] tags?


Last night, I downloaded and installed the modified version and it runs great on my forum!

This is a terrific modification.

But when I use the "inline noimage attachment" option, I get this error:
When I attach the same URL using the "Insert Image" button, it works fine.

I have a couple of responses that I think would help make this modification closer to perfect!  This just my opinion, but some of the pulldown menu options have confusing wording.  May I make some suggestions?
        > "inline display attachment" - fine the way it is
        > "inline fullsize attachment" - fine the way it is
        > "inline thumb attachment" - fine the way it is
        > "inline noimage attachment" - should instead be "inline attachment from URL"
        > "inline noimage attachment (no details)" - should instead be "inline link to attached file"

The problem is, the two "noimage" options actually serve quite different functions, but their names imply they are similar.

I'd love to get rid of the "Insert Image" button and use the "inline attachment" modification for all image attachments.  I think this would be possible, if the "inline noimage attachment" option worked well.

Again, this is a terrific modification!

Looking forward to your response.


Thanks for the help.  So, looking at the code, does it seem that the Ignore User modification is the only issue here?
By the way, I like strange people.  The world would be a terribly boring place without them (or should I say "us").
Thanks again!

Thanks for the generous offer.  I see that an "Ignore User" modification is in there, and possibly another one, but I'm not sure.  Perhaps it would be easier if I posted the relevant code here and let you highlight the sections to leave alone?  I'm thinking this might also be helpful to other people as well.

Below is the section of code we're discussing:

      // Show the post itself, finally!
      echo '
                     <hr width="100%" size="1" class="hrcolor" />
                     <div class="post"', $message['can_modify'] ? ' id="msg_' . $message['id'] . '"' : '', '>', $message['body'], '</div>', $message['can_modify'] ? '
                     <img src="' . $settings['images_url'] . '/icons/modify_inline.gif" alt="" align="right" id="modify_button_' . $message['id'] . '" style="cursor: pointer; display: none;" onclick="modify_msg(\'' . $message['id'] . '\', \'' . $context['session_id'] . '\')" />' : '' , '

      // Now for the attachments, signature, ip logged, etc...
      //-Ignore MOD- Start
      if ($message['is_ignored'] && $message['can_be_ignored'])
      echo '
                  <td valign="bottom" class="smalltext" width="85%" style="display: none;" id="ignfooter', $message['counter']+1 , '" >
                     <table width="100%" border="0" style="table-layout: fixed;"><tr>
                        <td colspan="2" class="smalltext" width="100%">';
      //-Ignore MOD- End

      echo '
                  <td valign="bottom" class="smalltext" width="85%">
                     <table width="100%" border="0" style="table-layout: fixed;"><tr>
                        <td colspan="2" class="smalltext" width="100%">';

      // Assuming there are attachments...
      if (!empty($message['attachment']))
         echo '
                           <hr width="100%" size="1" class="hrcolor" />
                           <div style="overflow: auto; width: 100%;">';
         foreach ($message['attachment'] as $attachment)
            if ($attachment['is_image'])
               if ($attachment['thumbnail']['has_thumb'])
                  echo '
                           <a href="', $attachment['href'], ';image" id="link_', $attachment['id'], '" onclick="', $attachment['thumbnail']['javascript'], '"><img src="', $attachment['thumbnail']['href'], '" alt="" id="thumb_', $attachment['id'], '" border="0" /></a><br />';
                  echo '
                           <img src="' . $attachment['href'] . ';image" alt="" width="' . $attachment['width'] . '" height="' . $attachment['height'] . '" border="0" /><br />';
            echo '
                              <a href="' . $attachment['href'] . '"><img src="' . $settings['images_url'] . '/icons/clip.gif" align="middle" alt="*" border="0" />&nbsp;' . $attachment['name'] . '</a> (', $attachment['size'], ($attachment['is_image'] ? ', ' . $attachment['real_width'] . 'x' . $attachment['real_height'] . ' - ' . $txt['attach_viewed'] : ' - ' . $txt['attach_downloaded']) . ' ' . $attachment['downloads'] . ' ' . $txt['attach_times'] . '.)<br />';

         echo '

      echo '
                        <td valign="bottom" class="smalltext" id="modified_', $message['id'], '">';

      // Show "« Last Edit: Time by Person »" if this post was edited.
      if ($settings['show_modify'] && !empty($message['modified']['name']))

I just looked at the files, and it's a bit too confusing.  I have a couple of other modifications inserted in the same areas where I need to replace code for the inline attachment modification.  I tried to make the changes carefully, but it broke my forum, so I had to switch back to the old Display.template.php file. 

Perhaps I'll play with it again later, but right now my head hurts trying to figure it out!  Too bad, I really do want to use this modification.

Thanks for the reply.  I am kind of adventuresome, and have dabbled into the code at times.
What do I have to lose?

I really like the work you're doing with SMF modifications.

I run a woodworking forum (  Your inline attachment modification would be great for us.  Recently, I tried to install this, but received the following error:
1.     Execute Modification     ./Themes/default/Display.template.php     Test failed

How do I fix this to install the modification?

By the way, I'm testing the modification below, first with my avatar:

Next, with a tool picture:

Works well!


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