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Comment Hoo Boy ... (Score 1) 510

Joseph --

I run Linux as my Primary OS and have been doing so for 20 years now.

You posted a 'gotcha':

I just need something to work with the mechanical equipment it controls.

What exactly does that mean ?

How do you presently 'work with the mechanical equipment it controls' ?.

Is it a 'Windows-ONLY' App, a Browser-Based WebApp, what ?

If it is Windows-ONLY, you're stuck with that Windows.exe program.

Maybe it will work in WINE or a VM but you have to figure that out for yourself,

If it is a Browser-Based WebApp, you'll probably be OK.

Then there are all the 'oh yeah, I do that too' Apps like OutLook and Word and the like.

Those will annoy you too.

I run Slackware Linux as my main OS and VMWare Workstation for all the nasty Windows-Only tools I have to have for my job.

Slackware is a little more work to set up, but once it's configured, you'll not suffer WTF's where things suddenly stop working for no good reason.


-- kjh

Comment Greedy Lawyers Seeking Deep Pockets (Score 1) 250

A self driving car is a tool.

In the days before we began to lose our collective societal mind, the wielder of the tool was completely liable for any damage resulting from his wielding of ANY tool, no matter who owned or manufactured that tool.

But greedy lawyers, looking for deep pockets to pick have slowly but surely taken us to the place we are now ...

The one with the deepest pocket is liable of course -- otherwise how would the lawyers ever make an 'honest' living ?

I feel like a frog in a pot of cool water ... Is it me or is it getting warm in here ?

-- kjh

Submission + - Strange New World: Samba Server running on Windows ! ( 1

Jeremy Allison - Sam writes: "Do you know what this is? This is a non-Windows SMB file server running natively on Windows."

"To be more specific, this is a Virtualbox Ubuntu virtual machine running on Windows 10, grabbing a file across SMB from a Samba file server running inside the Windows Subsystem for Linux through Bash."

Comment Re:Sorry, Slackware is NOT an option. Nor is Gento (Score 1) 924

Again and again I've heard people like you suggest that Slackware is a replacement for a modern mainstream distro like Debian. Others suggest Gentoo.

Well, the reality is that neither is sufficient.

Slackware is, to put it politely, very primitive. While simplicity is a good thing, Slackware takes it to the point where it becomes a liability.

When using Debian, it's possible to get a full-featured desktop or server set up with very little effort, and this can be done quickly. Thanks to sensible defaults and a practical installer, manual configuration is kept to a minimum.

Slackware, on the other hand, requires far too much manual intervention just to get a minimally usable system set up ...

A.C. --

Please define primitive, very little effort and manual intervention.

I can have a fully functioning Slackware system up and running in 30 min, including formatting the HDD with very little manual intervention.

Slackware 14.2 is about to be released. It boots either BIOS or EFI and runs Linux 4.4.11 and a number of Desktop Environments, all without systemd.

There is now a set of 'slackware live' ISO images where I can run with persistence and optionally encrypted from a USB Drive:

a complete 64bit Slackware-current Live Edition (in a 2.6 GB ISO);
a slimmed-down XFCE ISO (700 MB) with XDM as the graphical login manager. It fits on a CDROM medium or a 1 GB USB stick;
an ISO image (3.1 GB) of Slackware64-current containing Plasma 5 instead of KDE 4, with an addition of several other packages from the alienBOB repositories: vlc, libreoffice, calibre, qbittorrent, ffmpeg, chromium, openjdk, veracrypt.
a Mate variant (1.7 GB) where KDE 4 has been replaced by Mate (a Gnome 2 fork);
a Cinnamon flavour (a fork of the Gnome 3 Shell replacing Slackware's KDE 4).
a Custom variant which you can give your own name, its own package list and custom post-install configuration.

When I like what I see, there is an option to install liveslak to the HDD.

As I said Slackware 14.2 is about to be released. This version has succeeded in leaving systemd out while still being able to run the most recent releases of upstream Apps.

Have you actually looked at Slackware ?

There's a lot to like.

-- kjh

Comment Geebus (Score 1) 144

There are enough REAL security issues floating around without getting our panties all in a wad over an issue that requires PHYSICAL access to the Console and Keyboard on a machine that has already been rebooted ...

Along the same lines, even after this 'Zero-Day' is repaired, if I can access the Console and Keyboard, I can access the Boot Menu, and boot from a Thumb-Drive and then do everything I could do via the Grub2 Bug.

Sheesh !

-- kjh

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