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by claudecat
Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:04 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Mageia 2??
Replies: 3
Views: 1757

Re: Mageia 2??

I keep an install of Mageia KDE on my machine and I kinda like it. Sure it's a bit slow to boot, but it's remarkably stable and they have left KDE in a fairly vanilla state (unlike relatives like PCLOS, ROSA and Mandriva). I'd have no problem recommending it to a linux newcomer. Not sure of why it l...
by claudecat
Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:37 pm
Forum: KDE
Topic: Mint 14 KDE vs. regular Mint 14 + apt-get KDE
Replies: 7
Views: 3774

Re: Mint 14 KDE vs. regular Mint 14 + apt-get KDE

Both versions use the same set of repositories, so update timing will be the same for each.
by claudecat
Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:04 pm
Forum: KDE
Topic: alt+tab appearance
Replies: 5
Views: 1348

Re: alt+tab appearance

It is indeed under Window Behavior in System Settings. Personally, I like to use flip switch - which must first be enabled under Desktop Effects.
by claudecat
Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:59 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Compiz on maintenance-only
Replies: 10
Views: 2561

Re: Compiz on maintenance-only

Compiz is (or was) a really unique piece of software that has been swallowed up in large part by Canonical's Unity. I find it interesting that the newest branch is used only by 'buntu - and it really doen't work that well. It seems like the emphasis is now on making Unity work smoothly at the expens...
by claudecat
Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:02 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Write an SSD optimization guide?
Replies: 2
Views: 2996

Re: Write an SSD optimization guide?

As usual, the Arch wiki provides an embarrassment of riches on the topic:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Solid_State_Drives
by claudecat
Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:12 pm
Forum: KDE
Topic: Help needed with Desktop Effects and Cairo Dock (14 RC)
Replies: 2
Views: 1737

Re: Help needed with Desktop Effects and Cairo Dock (14 RC)

I can't address your question directly as I haven't used cairo-dock much, but my advice would be to try using what KDE gives you to achieve what you want. It's really easy to set up additional panel(s) with launchers and other widgets and put them wherever you want. I've always wondered why people u...
by claudecat
Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:23 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Switching to MINT?
Replies: 14
Views: 2388

Re: Switching to MINT?

I'd suggest that you try Manjaro. It's a rolling release, supports bumblebee well, and has friendly forums and a helpful wiki. It's essentially Arch in an easier-to-install and more friendly (in terms of support) guise. The main edition is a nicely polished Xfce which plays nicely with compiz, but o...
by claudecat
Sun Dec 02, 2012 12:44 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How do I save all my updates
Replies: 5
Views: 560

Re: How do I save all my updates

weirddan has it exactly right - packages in the cache folder will be used rather than downloaded again. This is true no matter which method you use to update (Mintupdate, Synaptic, Software Centre or command line apt-get).
by claudecat
Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:20 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How do I save all my updates
Replies: 5
Views: 560

Re: How do I save all my updates

Yes. Simply copy the contents of /var/cache/apt/archives (that's where all your updates and additions are cached) onto a flash drive (or something) and copy the files back to the same location after you reinstall. I do this all the time to keep 2 machines updated without using too much bandwidth. Th...
by claudecat
Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:40 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: whats the easiest linux distro to learn
Replies: 12
Views: 3671

Re: whats the easiest linux distro to learn

I may well be insane, but I read into the original question the intent to "learn linux". Mint and Zorin are great and user friendly and all, but you won't really "learn linux" (whatever that means) by installing them. I stand by my opinion that Slack, Arch or Gentoo are better wa...
by claudecat
Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:06 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: whats the easiest linux distro to learn
Replies: 12
Views: 3671

Re: whats the easiest linux distro to learn

It all depends on what you mean by "learn linux". Installing Mint or other Ubuntu based distros may not be the way to go if you want to truly learn the ins and outs of how linux is put together. It's often been said "Install Ubuntu and you'll learn Ubuntu; install Slackware and you'll...
by claudecat
Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:10 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Manjaro 0.8.2
Replies: 39
Views: 10087

Re: Manjaro 0.8.2

I'd recommend Manjaro only in its default xfce form, as that's where the developers are focusing their effort. I too have found some minor oddities with other desktops that might be troublesome for newcomers. Let's keep in mind that this is a very young project. As such, I am highly impressed with t...
by claudecat
Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:16 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Manjaro 0.8.2
Replies: 39
Views: 10087

Re: Manjaro 0.8.2

I too have encountered no issues when installing it to actual hardware - on both my nvidia gpu desktop and an aging netbook with intel gpu. I should add that I always partition my drive(s) prior to install of any distro, and I NEVER let grub touch the mbr - rather, I let it install to the root of th...
by claudecat
Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:18 am
Forum: KDE
Topic: Installation problems with Mint 13 KDE 64 bit
Replies: 3
Views: 1429

Re: Installation problems with Mint 13 KDE 64 bit

I like Synaptic because it just plain works and I've become very familiar with its behavior in using Ubuntu and Debian over the years. My typical usage is to show packages in categories like installed, all available, upgradable, auto-removable, etc, by clicking on the "Status" button on th...
by claudecat
Mon Nov 12, 2012 1:14 am
Forum: KDE
Topic: Installation problems with Mint 13 KDE 64 bit
Replies: 3
Views: 1429

Re: Installation problems with Mint 13 KDE 64 bit

I've never run into any of the issues you mention, aside from once having trouble using mintupdate after a fresh install. The reasons for this are as follows: 1. First thing I do in any KDE distro install is go into systemsettings and disable desktop search and kwallet entirely (among other things)....
by claudecat
Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:37 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Manjaro 0.8.2
Replies: 39
Views: 10087

Manjaro 0.8.2

I just installed this distro after having played with several of the previous versions in various forms, and I'm quite impressed. For those unfamiliar with it, it's an Arch/Xfce based distro (other DEs are available) with an emphasis on ease of use and install, with some nice tools for handling gpu ...
by claudecat
Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:03 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Linux distro
Replies: 11
Views: 1566

Re: Linux distro

Only if you do it wrong. ;) Hehe... well, the last time I installed nvidia on Fedora it involved using dracut to forcibly remove nouveau from the initrd. Perhaps something has changed? I'd love to be enlightened as to the right way. BTW - I agree totally with your sig - people that refer to "W...
by claudecat
Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:33 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Linux distro
Replies: 11
Views: 1566

Re: Linux distro

I believe Chakra, PCLinuxOS and Sabayon all come with proprietary drivers as an option at livecd boot. Manjaro may as well (can't recall for sure). As for Fedora making it easy? That's a good one! It may be the single most frustrating distro for nvidia owners, as disabling nouveau in Fedora is a hug...
by claudecat
Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:18 am
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Switched to Mint KDE... what a relief!
Replies: 4
Views: 1775

Re: Switched to Mint KDE... what a relief!

It will come as no surprise to anyone that has read my posts here or elsewhere that I love KDE, so I agree wholeheartedly with the OP. However, I am an inveterate distro-tester and as such always have distros with other DE's to play with at my disposal (my grub screen contains ~ 30 choices). I like ...
by claudecat
Sun Oct 28, 2012 2:18 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Reasoning Behind Gentoo and Arch
Replies: 8
Views: 5815

Re: Reasoning Behind Gentoo and Arch

Just to clarify a few things visa vis Arch/Gentoo vs Debian testing/unstable: Arch/Gentoo will always be more current, particularly for things like LibreOffice, KDE, vlc, etc. Debian testing is basically not going to change much until it becomes stable (within the next year?), and unstable will also...

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