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  1. kenJackson

    Windows Tech Support phone spam

    I just got a phone call from someone claiming to be from Windows Tech Support. He said my computer sent them some error signals. If it wasn't obvious this is a scammer out to do harm, the fact that I don't have a WIndows PC would have tipped me off. So I strung him along. The more time they...
  2. kenJackson

    IPB forums and fonts

    The Firefox default is Deja Vu Serif. I've never had a problem reading it. The white between the dot and the 'i' is indeed tiny, but it's apparently enough. Some websites specify a tiny font size, which I immediately rectify by pounding on CTRL-+ until it's large enough to read comfortably.
  3. kenJackson

    Linux server boot issue suspected due to incorrect sshd_config configuration

    From man sshd_config, "For each keyword, the first obtained value will be used." So the vendor is correct. Only the first line is valid. I don't know if there's a way to do a static test, but just now as a test, I added a junk entry in my /etc/ssh/sshd_config file and ran "systemctl restart...
  4. kenJackson

    I don't want to dual boot

    Fallout 4 seems to be a commercial product. In fact, it seems to have been replaced by Fallout 76. I was hoping there might be something I can download for free that you can't run in VMWare which I could try to run.
  5. kenJackson

    I don't want to dual boot

    Is there a particular game that runs on hardware but not in VMWare that I can download and try in QEMU/KVM to see?
  6. kenJackson

    Anyone wanna help be pick the best option for me? :)

    When I touch-type on a laptop with a mousepad, I always end up dragging my right thumb across it accidentally. This sends the mouse off in wild directions where it selects some other app. Then, without realizing it, I'm typing into something else. That's extremely annoying, so I disable the...
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    Anyone wanna help be pick the best option for me? :)

    You didn't mention QEMU/KVM! That's my choice, though I haven't used VirtualBox in years, so maybe would be similar. You can use KVM directly, but the libvirt packages have better documentation. They form a consistent front end for KVM or Xen or others. You have to install several packages...
  8. kenJackson

    To those who used to use Windows - what made you abandon it and go for Linux?

    I've seen countless movies where the spy slips into someone's office, inserts a thumb drive and starts copying all the secret data to it. The little progress dialog pops up and we watch the sweat build on the spy's face while he/she hears voices down the corridor wondering if there'll be enough...
  9. kenJackson

    To those who used to use Windows - what made you abandon it and go for Linux?

    You just nailed Microsoft's modus operandi. I first noticed it way back when Windows95 came out. I saw a lot of people who were quite content with their computer's performance under Windows for Workgroups 3.1 suddenly decide that their computer was "old and slow" after upgrading to '95. "I...
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    To those who used to use Windows - what made you abandon it and go for Linux?

    I really don't like Windows. It's frustrating to use. Up until Windows2000, Windows stability was absolutely terrible. I continued to use Windows98 at work and at home until early 2002 when I switched to GNU/Linux. I found it necessary to reboot my Windows98 systems every day. I did it at...
  11. kenJackson

    Ethernet failure

    Monday evening I suddenly couldn't access my upstairs PC from downstairs. This seems to happen every month or so. So I ran upstairs and unplugged the ethernet cable and plugged it back in. That's what I do to fix it. I haven't been able to figure out what's happening or why, but I isolated...
  12. kenJackson

    What is your opinion about Russian distributions?

    It is. Then what's the point of singling out Russian distros? How would Russian distros be any different than any others, except that they presumably are compiled and controlled within the country known for lack of freedom and which therefore presumably might be tempted to abuse a Linux distro...
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    What is your opinion about Russian distributions?

    Has there ever been a real Communist government anywhere? Your Wikipedia article surprised me. It sounds brutally honest. In this thread there seems to be fear of politicizing things. But isn't the very nature of a question about "Russian distributions" political? But fear not, I doubt...
  14. kenJackson

    What is your opinion about Russian distributions?

    This is a good point. But regularly, even daily, Linux user the world over enter their root password (or their user password to allow root access through sudo) to turn over control to the distro's update software to make changes as needed. How difficult would it be to hide a secret, non-open...
  15. kenJackson

    What is your opinion about Russian distributions?

    I haven't tried any Russian distro. If all other things were equal, I would choose the non-Russian distro out of distrust for the Russian government. I would be slightly leery that they might mandate that Linux distros serve the state. (In a communist state, you can't just say no.) OTOH, I...
  16. kenJackson

    your favorite distribution of linux? and why?

    Had you tried fdisk (or sfdisk or cfdisk)? If it's really so messed up that fdisk won't work, then surely this will straighten it out, followed by fdisk. Naturally, replace sdd with your disk. sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdd bs=512 count=32 ------ Update: Sorry, fdisk, sfdisk and cfdisk only...
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    your favorite distribution of linux? and why?

    Right now on the Arch website under Latest News, there are four paragraphs with titles that say some package "upgrade requires manual intervention" (or "may" require). So if you use Arch, once in a while the upgrade will fail with some unintelligible error. So you have to go onto their website...
  18. kenJackson

    Passing complier output to bash

    You're trying to read a package configure script and the log file it creates. I've spent a lot of time doing that. It's frustrating. But one thing you need to understand is that it has lots and lots of little tests, each of which answer one particular little question. A point of confusion is...
  19. kenJackson

    Hardware driver

    Linux, especially in popular distros like Ubuntu, is excellent at picking drivers automatically. Lots of people have AMD cards. One of my machines has one and I didn't do anything special to use it. Are you having a driver-related problem? Is Linux not booting to a graphical display? If...
  20. kenJackson

    I don't want to dual boot

    You could do what I do. I installed Windows10 in a QEMU/KVM virtual machine, using virt-install, with it's own LVM2 logical volume for a disk. Best of all, I view it with virt-viewer in it's own virtual console, with no window manager on Linux, so it looks and acts like it's running native.
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