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by edbarx
2021-07-06 07:12
Forum: Offtopic
Topic: For how many years have you been using GNU/Linux?
Replies: 32
Views: 5677

For how many years have you been using GNU/Linux?

I have been using GNU/Linux since 2007. Before the conversion, I studied some Unix terminal commands to be more adapted for the plunge. The appeal from the powerful terminal was too much not to sucumb to. And, the fact Debian had a huge repositiory of free software, which ranged from simple every ma...
by edbarx
2021-06-10 06:29
Forum: General Debian
Topic: Share Your BASH Aliases
Replies: 3
Views: 4165

Re: Share Your BASH Aliases

I almost never used aliases. Terminals have a nice feature which allows me to navigate the history of commands. It is easy to use and helps me remember full commands. Since .bash_history contains bash's command history, it is a good idea to occasionally backup this file for future reference. The oth...
by edbarx
2021-03-17 17:50
Forum: General Debian
Topic: The Best Router Tables to use while in the Workshop
Replies: 8
Views: 6376

Re: How to use terminal of Linux?

The most important hint I ever got on these forums when I was still a Debian beginner, was to read the manpage for 'man'. This is the manual page to understand command syntax. Type "man man" and you will be directed to that particular page. It will empower you with command syntax understan...
by edbarx
2021-03-09 17:49
Forum: Offtopic
Topic: Amarok mediaplayer, why is it being removed from LInux os?
Replies: 14
Views: 11412

Re: Amarok mediaplayer, why is it being removed from LInux o

I realize that technology is pushing so many forms of playing music to cloud service applications. As an older person I spent a lot of time streaming music from LPs, cassette tapes, and CDs to MP3 and Wav files and then set up folder directories as a music library along with time consuming tagging....
by edbarx
2021-03-07 09:12
Forum: General Debian
Topic: [Article] Must 'completely free' mean 'hard to install'?
Replies: 30
Views: 20850

Re: [Article] Must 'completely free' mean 'hard to install'?

What I always found extremely unintuitive, is the disk partitioner. Since, usually, I have other installations on the same disk, I must always opt to use the manual partitioner. But I always end up not being able to continue with the installation except for the last two installations. Previously, I ...
by edbarx
2021-03-04 16:57
Forum: General Debian
Topic: [Article] Must 'completely free' mean 'hard to install'?
Replies: 30
Views: 20850

Re: [Article] Must 'completely free' mean 'hard to install'?

've used Hantek oscilloscopes - their firmware is littered with bugs (starting from little bugs in GUI and ending with broken fourier transform or software bandwith limiter) - better buy FLUKE FLUKE?! You mean, the exorbitantly priced brand? Well, if one wants to impress the gullible and naive, one...
by edbarx
2021-03-01 04:12
Forum: General Debian
Topic: [Article] Must 'completely free' mean 'hard to install'?
Replies: 30
Views: 20850

Re: [Article] Must 'completely free' mean 'hard to install'?

Huh, the Politics of Operating Systems! It is always 'interesting' to discuss politics whatever the subject may be, and this, holds for a vast proportion of the population. Politics is all about values on which decisions are made which affect people. In our case, they are the decisions made by polit...
by edbarx
2021-01-28 13:47
Forum: Offtopic
Topic: Power supply surges in thundery weather.
Replies: 7
Views: 9507

Re: Power supply surges in thundery weather.

The best precaution against lightning is to turn off all electronics and disconnect from the mains when very severe weather strikes. This is what I use, but businesses which cannot turn off their digital services, have to invest in protection. I know what I will write might be laughable for some, bu...
by edbarx
2021-01-06 05:00
Forum: General Debian
Topic: Sudo or not sudo?
Replies: 45
Views: 45989

Re: Sudo or not sudo?

People communicate using words grammatically arranged in sentences, paragraphs, chapters and even books. Yet, some peope find it difficult to use a textual command in a terminal! I cannot understand, struggling with a maze of graphical windows is harder to me, especially, those 'new age' little imag...
by edbarx
2020-07-12 09:37
Forum: Docs, Howtos, Tips & Tricks
Topic: How to change the root password when you forget it.
Replies: 2
Views: 5960

Re: How to change the root password when you forget it.

I edited the first post in accordance to the feedback from p.H.
by edbarx
2020-07-11 10:54
Forum: Docs, Howtos, Tips & Tricks
Topic: How to change the root password when you forget it.
Replies: 2
Views: 5960

How to change the root password when you forget it.

Warning: Hardened installations which prevent interacting with GRUB, the bootloader, are not included, especially, as that can be used maliciously to access systems illicitly. Note: Since I have been away from Debian for several years, I did mix some things up. This is why I am re-writing the how-t...
by edbarx
2020-01-11 19:56
Forum: General Debian
Topic: What new software would you like to see ported to Debian?
Replies: 15
Views: 16840

Re: What new software would you like to see ported to Debian

I would like to see OpenHantek oscilloscope frontend ported to Debian. Trying Ubuntu's packages installed successfully but failed to detect the device. Inspecting output from strace after running the frontend indicated there are incompatibilities between Debian's /sys file hierarchy and Ubuntu's but...
by edbarx
2019-11-28 13:17
Forum: General Debian
Topic: init diversity in Debian
Replies: 30
Views: 25148

Re: init diversity in Debian

For the alternative init systems shell scripts are used instead and these require more skill to create than a unit file and are consequently more likely to be buggy. Shell scripts can still be replaced, provided a script or executable does their job. When I was still coding for Devuan, I made this ...
by edbarx
2019-09-15 19:24
Forum: Offtopic
Topic: Options for those not wanting systemd as Wheezy EOL looms
Replies: 85
Views: 81610

Re: Options for those not wanting systemd as Wheezy EOL loom

Since I have been not using pure Debian for some years, I would like to ask whether it is still possible to run Debian with virtually no limitations, but with PID 1 other than systemd. More specifically, is it still possible to have systemd installed, but having its init component not used?
by edbarx
2019-08-15 21:17
Forum: General Debian
Topic: Is it just me...
Replies: 106
Views: 101955

Re: Is it just me...

The 'everything is easy' mentality is a generational trend that can only intensify. Technology and advances in medicine will continue to condition people everything is as easy as pushing a button or taking a pill. This goes diametrically opposite to having to strive and sweat to get anything. So, mo...
by edbarx
2019-06-17 21:02
Forum: General Debian
Topic: idea for a backup tool
Replies: 11
Views: 9837

Re: idea for a backup tool

I use fsarchiver for the reason it produces a single large file. With fsarchiver an archived partition can be restored to a physically larger partition.

The package fsarchiver is in the Debian repositories.
by edbarx
2018-05-08 10:49
Forum: General Debian
Topic: [SOLVED]Making Debian more user-friendly
Replies: 48
Views: 45291

Re: [SOLVED]Making Debian more user-friendly

Not even walking on two legs is "user-friendly" as toddlers make several attempts before they succeed. At first, they are also very unsteady until their brain learns how to handle the multitude of muscles involved in walking upright and standing upright. Knowledge is empowerment, but knowl...
by edbarx
2018-03-11 15:03
Forum: Offtopic
Topic: Linux use when RAM amounted to a few Megabytes.
Replies: 5
Views: 3526

Re: Linux use when RAM amounted to a few Megabytes.

reinob wrote:@edbarx,

The question is too vague to answer.
Well, others had no problem understanding it.
by edbarx
2018-03-08 09:07
Forum: Offtopic
Topic: Linux use when RAM amounted to a few Megabytes.
Replies: 5
Views: 3526

Linux use when RAM amounted to a few Megabytes.

Since I never used Linux when RAM was very costly and limited to only a few tens of megabytes, I would like to ask those who used Linux during those times. I remember MS Windows was 'slow' and used disk swapping very heavily making applications take quite a noticeable time to load. Did old Linux suf...
by edbarx
2018-01-20 07:39
Forum: Offtopic
Topic: Installing Windows from Debian
Replies: 7
Views: 4505

Re: Installing Windows from Debian

For an attentive person doing Windows' installation, the Windows' installer states cleary what it is going to do before installing to the entire disk erasing Linux. The same thing can be said about the GNU/Linux installer. If it finds that the disk is already used up by another installation, it will...