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Comment Re:ChromeOS (Score 1) 393

Nostradamus was just guessing and you have to really reach to interpret his predictions as having been right. Verne was an SF writer, and yeah, SF writers are often quite visionary and right about stuff, but he was also wrong about a lot of stuff too.

RMS is not just right sometimes, he made very specific predictions and very few have proven to be wrong or in need to outlandish interpretations.

Comment Re:Scapegoating (Score 1) 327

Read that message, sent 2 minutes before the attack, by someone not even on their radar at the time... They just want to read it after the fact in order to see who it was sent to and if it incriminates them.

What we have now is as good as it can ever reasonably be. You can't stop ever terrorist, especially when they use a car or knife as their weapon. What we can do is protect our freedoms.

Comment Re:suure (Score 1) 291

Friend of a friend got hit with an unwanted Windows 10 upgrade. Tried it for a while on the advice of Microsoft who said it was "better", but hated it. Lots of stuff didn't work. Asked my friend about reverting it because he didn't want to make things worse. By the time the friend gets there it's past the 1 month grace period and the old OS has been deleted.

Comment Re:You may need to install extra vm software (Score 1) 2

To be fair, updates are about 500x faster than Windows. It takes a few seconds to check and most of the updates install without a reboot. It's actually really great, apart from that one message I had.

I'm using VMWare because I've never been able to get USB working properly on VirtualBox (Windows host). Ubuntu seems like the next one to try.

Comment Re:Adjust your vm (Score 1) 4

32GB RAM, 4 core CPU with 8 threads, fast SSD drives... I know VMWare disks are slow but I'm kind of amazed how long it takes to open fairly small apps. Maybe it's just the VM, which I dedicated 8GB and 4 cores to.

Comment Re:Not exactly an easy question (Score 0) 393

Unlike Windows, where there are usually a few ways you can reach a goal, some more intelligent and efficient, some less, there is usually only one way to do something in Linux, and it needn't be the most intuitive one depending on the angle you're approaching from.

I have the opposite problem with Linux. There are too many competing options and few standards. For example, there are many different desktops available, with a choice of various window managers, and either X or Wayland or something else. And if you want to make your mouse wheel work properly with them, there are at least three ways I have found to do it, and at least for Cinnamon none of them work.

On the one hand, choice is good. On the other, especially as a noob I don't want to figure out which desktop system will work with my mouse, I just want a solid one that is easy to configure.

I've used Linux/BSD extensively via the command line and think it's great, but it still seems to be a very long way from being a usable desktop for normal people, even for me. I'm going to take your advice and try Ubuntu, see if I'm wrong.

Comment Re:Mint (Score 1) 393

I'm trying out Mint Cinnamon (the recommended default option) at the moment.

How do I fix the mouse wheel? Scrolling is incredibly slow in some apps and reasonably quick in others. I tried imwheel and libinput but neither seems to have an useful effect.

My next task is to find a good alternative to Github Desktop. I tried Git Kracken and it wouldn't even load, not even an error message, so I'm looking at what to try next.

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