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Comment Sounds good for me, just make llvmpipe "lighter" (Score 1) 378

I've tested Gnome 3 on kvm virtual machine. I used Fedora 18, and it did seem to work rather well. Also, I have Ubuntu 12.10 installation with vino enabled, and I connect to it using remmina - and it too works pretty well, even when I connected over DSL line.

Llvmpipe option should just automatically reduce all animation effects to minimum levels and it is all fine even on little bit older hardware too.

Comment Re:WTS 1982 C-64 (Score 1) 218

>turn on lights

Good start to the day. Pity it's going to be the worst one of your life. The light is now on.
Bedroom, in the bed

>get up

Very difficult, but you manage it. The room is still spinning. It dips and sways a little.

Comment Re:Splendid decision (Score 1) 202

I Like Gnome 3 quite a lot. I just fits my work habits really well:

* Alt+Tab (and Alt+Key-above) works just as I really want them to work. Perfect
* Dynamic virtual desktops concept is perfect for me
* Minimalistic look. I really hate when toolbars are full of icons, and every place is full of things.
* Desktop overview is good & easy (or whatever it is called, where you can manage your windows, and launch new programs etc.)
* Extensions!

I have only few problems with Gnome 3 - one being that gnome-tweak-tool should really be included by default.

My second favorite is Awesome window manager. I've also tested Xmonad and Kde quite extensively for several weeks, but Kde is way too "stuffed" and confusing for my tastes, and Awesome seems to be better fit than Xmonad for some reason.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: switching to open source tape backup, what about old tapes?

m.ardito writes: I work in the IT staff of a small company, since 2006 we used proprietary (HP openview data protector) software to backup lan/servers data: both incremental and full backup jobs end up being copied to Ultrium/LTO tapes.
Now we would like to switch to some good open source software replacing proprietary software but keeping that backup schema above, I'm thinking of bacula, mainly (suggestions?). We don't want to keep proprietary software around, but may need to read its tapes in the future (at least 1-2 years).
Now what I'm asking slashdot is: is there any easy and reliable way to convert those tapes or make (eg) bacula read them, or... other ways? What would you do pals? Are we forced to keep proprietary software working until we don't need its tapes anymore, while we switch to other software, or there are other workflows we can follow? I can think to restore those data with proprietary software to a temporary location and backing them again to (newer) tapes with (eg) bacula, but there are fulls and incremental jobs in most tapes, i can't figure out an easy and reliable way to to this. What would you do?

Comment Axis powers (Score 2) 194

Finland was not actually part of Axis - at least not fully. They fought with German against Russia, and they received quite significant help from German though.


Various countries fought side by side with the Axis powers for a common cause. These countries were not signatories of the Tripartite Pact and thus not formal members of the Axis."


Comment Re:BLECK! (Score 1) 647

Yes true. I can get KDE 4.8 to suit to my tastes and to work with my workstyle but it requires lots tweaking. Way more that to get Gnome 3 usable for me.

Btw, I did fresh Opensuse 12.1 KDE install to test some KDE things there, and here is some observations from that.

KDE settings are somehow unlogically placed on different categories. Quite hard to find (in Gnome 3, they are not existing, so you need to use dconf-editor...). Either is good.

1. Nepomuk wont die. Even if you disable it. In Opensuse, you cannot uninstall it because it is part of kdebase. Removing nepomuk things from /usr/share/autostart doesn't even prevent them starting up. Uninstalled all akonadi things, then deleted /usr/bin/nepomuk*. Done!
2. Active window glow is horrific. Disabled it immediately
3. All windows have way too many buttons/icons (5) in titlebar. Usually I only need one (close). Tweaked
4. Cashew is there sitting on desktop, and no easy way to get rid of it. ihatecashew should work here
5. KMenu is little bit irritating. For example, when shutting down the machine, you will need pleothra of clicks to get it done. This I could get used to though, same way as I can get used to Gnome 3 menu system.
6. Dolphin toolbar is awful. Okular is even worse with multiple toolbars. Again, I want my toolbars to have only 2-4 icons which I use most. Tweaked. Big plus for ability to get the toolbars to left side of the window instead of the top.
7. Single-click to open items is not good for me.
8. Focus follows mouse is must.
9. Empty black background without icons.

In default Gnome 3 installation, I did steps 3, 5, 7,8 and 9. Too bad in Gnome 3 I did not found a way to have application toolbars on left instead of top

Comment Re:BLECK! (Score 2) 647

If I try to remove nepomuk, it wants to remove all kde as well. On my Ubuntu machine I actually did just that you suggested, which then meant goodbye to my KDE installation. Do you have better option?

Just to test this, I did install Opensuse 12.1 to my virtual machine. Within default installation, nepomuk cannot be disabled (it still runs even after disable + reboot). In Opensuse, nepomuk is part of kdebase package, so removing this would remove KDE altogether too.

Comment Re:BLECK! (Score 1) 647

Oh. I meant Application toolbar, not the one on desktop. Because on KDE 4.8 by default, application toolbars are too cluttered by default. Customization is of course an option.

I will download and try newest Opensuse. I haven't tried that long time.

I don't care at all about KDEPIM applications or search. I am using recall as search, and that works beautifully for me, and indexes just whenever I want it. So, Nepomuk has been really pain.

Yes, best thing about KDE is its tweakability. And then if I hit my head to thing I cannot tweak of properly (like the cashew or nepomuk starting whatever I do) it really bothers me a lot. It should not force anything if everything is about customization options, right?

On my desktop, I want absolutely nothing. Nada. No icons, no picture. Only thing on my desktop has is pure black colored background. If all its functions are accessible via KMenu/panel, why then it needs to be on desktop? KMenu can be autohidden, that thing cannot.

Comment Re:BLECK! (Score 1) 647

Yes. I like my toolbars to only have the buttons I really need. Which is about 2-4 icons, maybe sometimes even 5 at maximum. So, I need to configure every toolbar to my liking.

Also, I want my desktop to be clean. Usually there is nothing there. Only way to disable it was to install "I hate cashew". If there is any other way, it was not told anywhere. I really hated it so I wanted it gone.

In clean install of KDE 4.8, there seem no configured virtual desktops by default, only several activities. Those can be easily configured and added to panel but that was the default. It seem that KDE folks really try to promote activites.

As I wrote, even if I disabled Nepomuk, it was always starting and running. Those two clicks did not help. Searching from forums, somebody told that there is some application explicitly starting it. So I disabled all KDE mail/calendar/whatever things, and still it started. Then, I deleted the executables. And in clean install, I did notice it.

The thing is, people are complaining that Gnome forces them to use it Gnome-way, without a way modifying the thing. But, KDE does lots of same things, and no-one complains? Sounds unfair to me.

(I am using Awesome window manager normally, not Gnome. But I prefer Gnome 3 over KDE 4.8 if I would not use tiling window manager)

Comment Re:BLECK! (Score 2, Insightful) 647

KDE is NOT doing perfectly sensible decisions. I have tried it multiple times and here is things that annoy me most:

1. All toolbars are full of crap by default. Way too much icons and things. I want it clean and nice.
2. There is "Activity Cashew" button in desktop which cannot be removed easily.
3. I tried the new Activities, and so far they are totally useless for me (and yes, I did read long tutorials from net to try to get them). And by default there is no virtual desktops.
4. Nepomuk is useless crap if you are not using those KDE applications like mail/calendar. And it cannot be easily disabled (even I disabled it everywhere, it still started up). Manually deleting executables did help.

There is lots of totally redundant cruft installed by default, at least in Ubuntu 11.10, with KDE 4.8 ppa. Why I would need two file managers for example?

It was way worse experience than default Gnome 3. I did get it workable by doing lots of configuration, but it was not "perfectly sensible" defaults!

Comment Nice (Score 1) 204

I have been using Gnome 3.2 since Ubuntu 11.10 came out. So far I have been liking it quite a lot, it feels really natural and clean way to work. Before Gnome 3, I have been using Awesome & Gnome 2 desktops for years.

Gnome 3 extensions seem to be really easy to install, just two clicks and that was. I was already using some via ppa's, but this seems nicer.

Now, just if I can get automatic window tiling extension Gnome 3 would be perfect (there is manual tiling extension available, and one automatic one, but it is still buggy). Also, there is some small bugs in Gnome 3 still, but nothing earth-breaking anymore.

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