John Polk wrote:
You probably have dirty contacts on your Serial/Parallel card. Pull it out, clean with rubbing alcohol, and re-insert it.
FWIW: 90% of all computer problems occur somewhere between the chair and the keyboard.
Kathleen Sanderson wrote:
Okay, I have seen the advice to switch to Linux-based systems many times, but nobody has ever explained HOW to do it! Do I have to wipe Windows (and all my files) off my computer first? Do I download the Linux system and then wipe Windows off? Do I download Linux and KEEP Windows? Will my saved files still be readable/usable once I switch, or will I have to start from scratch
I love LINUX!
For home computers I personally recommend either Ubuntu or Pclinuxos, both of which are Linux versions that are very easy to install and work very well on older and newer computers.
Me too, been using since before slackware. My first linux was the fall 1994 Yggdrasil plug and play..... I still have the CD. I can't find the kernel version on it but I think it was somewhere in .6* range. Back in those days, you booted the live cd from a floppy.
Xbuntu is still slow on my 1998 PII with 200m ram. I found antiX is much faster.
yeah, I still have some real old versions, ones that don't even have a graphical interface / X windows. I mention Ubuntu / PClinuxos specifically because of their ease of installation and use for regular non-nerd types.
I used to spend days on end editing config files, experimenting, typing in long command lines. My next door neighbor and I built a network between our houses and setup our own internet mail server. (My friends thought it weird when they started getting emails from "root"
In any case I got tired of sitting in front of a monitor getting pale from lack of sunlight, now I would rather get home, check my email, get on facebook, then go outside and get my hands in the dirt.
I have also tried to use Linux for multitrack recording, but I cannot seem to get around hardware issues. Something is always locking up or inexplicably there is noise or audio level problems or one software will grab the audio card and not let go when I go to something else.
I'll have to try out Ubuntu studio.
LasVegasLee wrote:Turns out that most computers people get rid of are being chucked not because of fried motherboards, blown power supplies, etc, but because they are either old and not powerful enough to run the latest and greatest Windoze
Speaking of which, how hard is it to write a few print standard that just about all printers could follow? Do we really need a different driver for nearly every printer? Guess so if you want to drop support
Question, major differences between different linux distros, bsd distros, etc?
Recommendations on linux server setups - NAS, over air tv recording (HD homerun), media server, firewall, etc? just curious if any of you have set that end up the market up and what your experience has been. Virtualization seems to be the way to go on that stuff. Easy to add and delete services.
Another Comment, notice how in the last few years more and more open source projects are being 'bought up' by 'big companies'? Does that mean anything? Should I read anything into that? Are we going to have fewer options down the road?
John Polk wrote:
As far as firewalls go, Linux comes with as good as it can get. You can easily configure it.
Start with "Forbid EVERYTHING", then "ALLOW" only what you want. No program you install (or installs itself) can ever change that. DUH.
I have a Fedora 15x distro, but I think I will wait 'til I build my desktop to install it. Seems kind of like overkill for this laptop. I grew up on RedHat, and Fedora is basically a Beta of the next v of RH. At least now, I don't have to make everything I install anymore! LOL