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Comment: Re:bizaro universe (Score 1) 325

This. I had something similar happen to me while I was in 9th grade.

And it all stopped when I said "fuck it!" and got into a fight with the most obnoxious of the bullies.

We fought very publically to a draw.

And from that day on, it was over.

Violence ends bullying. Nothing else, in my experience anyway, ever does.

Comment: Re:Did they fix upgrade-in-place? (Score 1) 185

by mr_shifty (#43855441) Attached to: Linux Mint 15 'Olivia' Is Out

4. Be smart and keep a separate /home partition. Mine has been through about 5 iterations over two different distros now, and still going strong. I keep two different OS install partitions, and when it's time to install a new OS, I blow away the older one and replace it with the new install. That way I can still fall back on my current setup if need be. And yes, I have done that. Disk is cheap. Use it to your advantage.

This, for the love of Torvalds, THIS.

I can't count how many times having a separate /home partition has saved my ass.

And now, rather than deal with the constant re-installing, I switched over to Linux Mint Debian Edition. Rolling releases are where it's at.

Comment: Re:slackware (Score 5, Interesting) 573

by mr_shifty (#43264525) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

Even though I'm a diehard Mint user nowadays, I agree with this.

I started out with Slackware, and I used it for 8 years before moving on to Ubuntu, and finally Linux Mint Debian Edition.

Slackware, while it has a learning curve, is also (as odd as it may sound), actually quite simple. It does what you tell it to do. No more, no less.

It's rock-solid stable.

It's fast.

It forces you to learn about how Linux works, because you have to tell it what to do and how to do it. It isn't as much work to get running as Gentoo, but it makes you think about things like kernel versioning, what's going on in /etc and where your system logs are, and how to compile applications from source from time to time.

I've taken what I've learned from Slackware and found that it's applicable to every other Linux I've knocked around.

I use Linux Mint more like a "casual desktop user" these days, but if I need something rock solid stable and reliable, I will go back to Slackware, because I trust it. It's not a Cadillac like Mint is, but a stock car that has everything accessible and tweakable, so you can bend it to your will and it'll serve whatever purpose you have in mind for it.

So, to sum up, while it doesn't sound like a newbie distro, I still think Slackware is a great way to cut one's teeth in the Linux world, especially if one is truly setting out to learn Linux, not just using it as a launch platform for a browser and an email client.

Comment: Re:This (Score 1) 574

by mr_shifty (#37757722) Attached to: No Tab Relocation Coming For Chrome

Tabs are better and more user friendly on top.

Since I find them worse and less user friendly on top, I think you are misinformed.

And seriously, if tab position is your determination for what browser you use, then you are pretty useless.

What a simpleton.

Well, that is an articulate, logical, and well-reasoned argument, so clearly you have won this round and are 100% right.

Good day, to you sir!

Comment: Re:This (Score 1) 574

by mr_shifty (#37756276) Attached to: No Tab Relocation Coming For Chrome

Agreed.

Or, since people prefer (*smirk*) car analogies, tabs on top in a browser is like a major car manufacturer deciding to replace the steering wheel with a tiller in all of its designs.

And rejecting at least half of customers' cries of how awkward and cumbersome that is for steering the vehicle.

It's a simple matter of a checkbox, in a browser, not a fricking vehicle redesign, in the case of a car.

If it weren't for the lack of that simple checkbox in Chrome, that's the browser I'd be using right now, but without it, it's a dealbreaker for me, and as the comments on the linked bug report demonstrate, I'm not the only one.

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurence of the improbable. - H. L. Mencken

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