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Posted by: jburkm002 - 2 hours ago - Forum: Ideas - No Replies

I don't know if Joe does this on some videos or not. I was watching someone else doing a video and of course there were command lines. So you have to pause the video, try to read and enter commands. I was always wishing someone would just add the commands to there video. Well I am not sure but I looked below the video and hit read more and there were in print all the commands. So now all I had to do was copy and paste. I am sure it's time consuming as heck. Just thought it was a nice added touch.

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  Limitations of Xubuntu?
Posted by: bey322 - Yesterday, 02:31 PM - Forum: Ubuntu - No Replies

I am relatively new to linux and am currently running Xubuntu 18.04. It runs well on my older hardware and I am considering putting it on one of my newer systems.  My question is are there any important differences or system limitations (other than the desktop) in Xubuntu when compared to the standard Ubuntu 18.04?

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  Learning Linux Is Easy If You Already Know How to Use It!
Posted by: EzeeLinux - Yesterday, 12:14 PM - Forum: EzeeLinux Community Commons - Replies (5)

There’s an old saying that goes something like, “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him stick his head in and drown.” It’s a good one to describe what it’s like to try and help people learn how to use Linux. You don’t have to sell Linux to people these days because they’ll come to you thanks to Windows being a cesspit millions are trying to climb out of. The problems start when you realize that people have some crazy ideas about how they want to use Linux and oftentimes computers in general. For example, I have come across those who won’t save any files to the machine but instead have their entire collection of relevant data on a USB stick. They have no backups, just this one USB drive. While this may seem like a simple solution if you are always moving from one machine to another, the problem is that USB drives are much more susceptible to catastrophic failure than built in drives. They quite literally have all their eggs in one basket, if you’ll excuse my drawing on yet another cliche in the opening paragraph.  Trying to help these sorts of people can be maddening. 

Many people come to Linux with strange misconceptions about how they can use it. They don’t take the time to look around and see how things work before they start trying to bend the system to their will. Now, it is absolutely true that Linux is the most flexible operating system there is and you can certainly create your very own unique computing environment with it. That comes with much learning and experience, though. Getting ahead of your own skill level can put you in some very frustrating situations. It is then that most find themselves reaching out for help. Many of these situations can be avoided entirely if they slow down and try to go with the flow for a while. The developers of modern Linux desktop systems agonize over ways to make thing simple and straightforward. Unfortunately, trusting developers is hard for new users more accustomed to dealing with systems that seem more designed to be out to get them than to help them along. It’s understandable. 

We assume thus far that they have gotten through the installation process, of coarse. Many people don’t get that far… Why? A combination of their own ignorance the Linux community’s ever eagerness to please…

I will steadfastly maintain until my dying breath that the very best way to learn how to use Linux is to install it on its own separate physical machine. The very worst way to learn Linux is to blow out your current Windows installation, replace it with Linux and then try learning how to use it while you depend on it to be your only computer. This is a recipe for failure because people tend to get very, very frustrated and without something they are familiar with to fall back on, they throw up their hands in disgust and re-install Windows. The often repeated mantra “Switch to Linux” is to blame here.  What we really should say is that people should “migrate” to Linux. This implies an easy transition over time rather than a sudden traumatic event. All that said, there will still be those who dive into the deep end of the Linux pool and find themselves floundering no matter how much those of us who know better try and warm them. 

While the deep divers can be forgiven for not looking before they leap, I have a harder time coping with the neophyte computer geek wannabes who attempt to dual boot Windows and Linux without knowing anything at all about how boot loaders work or very often not even the foggiest notion what a disk partition is. To be quite frank about it, I hate dual boots and I generally refuse to help anyone who tries to ask me for help with one. That may sound harsh but there are some really good reasons why I have taken this stand. Before you get all pissy about it, hear me out. 

Ubuntu and its many derivatives employ an installer called Ubiquity that offers users the opportunity to automatically setup a dual boot with just the click of a mouse. It has been like this for many years. If we rewind to about 10 years ago, we’d find that folks are using Windows Vista or still sporting Windows XP. The installer generally works quite well with those systems and the only issue is that users who didn’t want to keep Ubuntu on their machines have to go off and figure out how to remove Ubuntu and reclaim all the space it was taking up. This usually meant you had to boot Windows off a CD and the run a command to re-install the Windows boot loader then you’d have to delete the Linux partitions and resize Windows to take up the freed space. This may sound simple to you but for many it was so far over their heads that they had to take their machine into a shop and have someone fix it for them. Some folks ended up losing all of their data. They panicked and restored Windows themselves without a good backup. To this day there are Windows users out there who hold a grudge because of that experience and they won’t touch Linux because of it.

Microsoft does not want you to dual boot. They have made that perfectly clear by introducing to the PC world things like UEFI and Secure Boot. The end result is that dual booting is much more difficult to setup and maintain than it was 10 years ago. Yes, it can be done but you really need to know what’s going on and the automated option to set it up rarely works anymore. Users are forced to dig around in BIOS settings to try and figure out how to setup or disable Secure Boot and sometimes UEFI simply install Linux nowadays, let alone setup a dual boot with an already installed Windows 10 system. To make matters worse, each motherboard manufacturer handles Secure Boot and UEFI differently, making it just about impossible for me or anyone else to help these people figure out how to change the settings. I gave up trying a long time ago.

As you can imagine, all of this poking around can easily render a computer unbootable, sending the ill-informed off to the shop to get things fixed and away from Linux. I dare say that dual boots have driven more people away from Linux than they have brought to the platform. This option should eb removed from Ubiquity or strong warnings should be added to alert unsuspecting potential users. 

I already here you saying, “Well what about learning Linux in a virtual machine?” Yes, that a nice avenue but it usually works for users who are savvy enough to know how to use virtualization software and have hardware beefy enough to make it work. This is not an option for those clinging to Windows 7 on their old core duo.

One last mythical unicorn of an idea that I deal with is the one that says you can “clone” your entire installation and restore it again exactly as it was. Well, of course you can do this… theoretically. The problems start when people start thinking of this sort of thing as a backup option. I write backup software so this is a subject I can expound on with some authority. Utilities like CloneZilla are useful for doing things like upgrading hard drives. You can create a disk image and then take the old drive out and put the new one in and restore it. Usually the new drive is bigger so you then have to resize the partitions to take advantage of the new space. All good and fine but there are dangers all along the line with something like this. My testing led me to conclude that it doesn't always work the first time and with a more complex setups that have several partitions on the disk it can be very unpredictable. If you want to use CloneZilla, be sure to have good backups somewhere else before you start. Don’t rely on it as backup in and of itself. 

The most important aspect of any backup solution is whether you can reliably access the data and restore it. Ubuntu and Linux Mint ship with a great backup utility called Deja Dup, usually just called Backups in the menu. You also have wonderful operating system snapshot and restore software like Timeshift. Unfortunately, people tend to overthink these too… Deja Dup is not designed to back up system data and Timeshift isn’t designed to be a full backup utility but there are those who still try to use them that way. My XBT program is designed to be super stupid simple to use and it will make a very accurate backup of your /home directory and the settings stored in /etc. What do people do? They complain to me that they can’t exclude caches and trash cans with XBT. What they don’t understand is that those are important parts of the overall file system structure. Exclusions introduce variables that make for unpredictable restoration of backups. It’s safer just backup everything and put it all back the way it was. They’ve been told time and again they don’t need to keep caches so they think they shouldn't back them up. An oversimplified view if ever there was one! 

I don’t think my little monograph will change much when it comes to weird people and their strange ideas but it does make me feel better. This is what folks like me face as we bring more people into the Linux world: Windows refugees seeking shelter from the storm but still clinging to outmoded beliefs and illogical computing practices.  It’s our job to help them un-learn all of this crap and help them get started on a new computing adventure with Linux.

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  Budgie desktop in Arch-no Preferences tab (Solved)
Posted by: Richard - 04-20-2019, 08:10 PM - Forum: GNU/Linux, Unix, BASH and More - Replies (4)

I have a virtual Arch machine in Virtual Box running the Budgie desktop.
I also have an Ubuntu virtual machine running the Budgie desktop.
A lot of what shows up in the Ubuntu Budgie does not appear in the Arch Budgie. Basic stuff such as the "Preferences" tab in the "Budgie Menu" where you can select "Settings" and change wallpaper and such.
I have installed the "Budgie-extras" but they don't seem to be available.
What am I missing?


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  laptop power usage
Posted by: NoWinBob - 04-19-2019, 01:29 PM - Forum: Ubuntu - Replies (2)

What is the best way to optimize power usage(battery life) for Ubuntu 18.04lts?I am using a Dell Latitude E6520 with Sandybridge mobile graphics and running a 240 gb SSD,sata.I am getting about 2 hrs battery life on Ubuntu.No idea what it did with Windows.Only ran Windows for about 2 min before I installed Ubuntu.Being an older machine,maybe thats as good as it gets.

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  Linux mint USB install fail
Posted by: Snazzy_wizard571 - 04-19-2019, 04:43 AM - Forum: Mint - Replies (5)

I had just installed Linux  mint on a laptop I got for it.  I loaded up the USB and continued to install. No errors popped up, and when I was told to reset I did when it loaded back up it went to a black screen with a flashing line in top left and it sat there for a hour. I messaged a friend who knows about this stuff and he told me to shut it off remove the USB and see if it loads up. Still get the same screen.  How do I get this fixed

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Posted by: TNFrank - 04-18-2019, 08:23 PM - Forum: EzeeLinux Community Commons - No Replies

Just wanted to drop in and say "Howdy" to everyone.  I've been watching EzeeLinux on YouTube for a couple three years now and I've learned a lot. Been using Linux since Ubuntu 12.04 dropped in 2012. Anyway, I'm sure I'll have questions at times and if I know an answer to a question I'll also try to add my .02cents to help out as well. Talk to ya'll later.

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  SSH'ing into my Android Phone.
Posted by: TNFrank - 04-18-2019, 08:21 PM - Forum: Linux Tips & Tricks - Replies (2)

I want to ssh into my Android Phone from my Linux Box but I run into one little issue, I don't know the password to my Android Phone(actually didn't even know it had one to tell you the truth). I tried using my pin that I unlock my phone with but that's not it and I tried "admin" but that's not it either.  Is there anyway I can open Termux on my Android Phone and type a command to find my password or is there some other way or place I can look to find it? Thanks in advance.

Ok, kind of figured out the answer. I know when I install Ubuntu I have to set a root password so I can install my HP drivers so I took a shot and opened terminal on my Android Phone and typed "passwd root" and it ask for a new password, I typed it in then it asked me to confirm it and BINGO, I now have a password on my Android Phone so I can ssh into it.

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  Nord VPN
Posted by: jburkm002 - 04-17-2019, 06:38 PM - Forum: EzeeLinux Community Commons - Replies (2)

I know I am new to Linux but WOW. Maybe it's me. I installed Nord VPN on my Windows 10. Couple clicks and done. To install it on Linux kinda crazy. Then I can't tell if it's running. Then I can't tell if it will run after I reboot. No simple GUI like in Windows. Install Nord VPN. Install OPENVPN. Install from network manager. No VPN icon in network manager. UGH. I installed Brave browser which is commands. Just asking are most programs this hard to install. I gave up. Don't want to spend hours every day trying to figure out how to get a simple program to work. Gonna try Linux a while longer. Hope some things are as easy as Windows.

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  Tech Youtubers, a decent list of noteworthy mainstream and lesser known channels.
Posted by: DamianRath - 04-16-2019, 11:46 PM - Forum: EzeeLinux Community Commons - Replies (9)

Everything from tech news and reviews & recommendations to coding and more in-depth technical aspects of Linux and it's ecosystem and gaming. If I find additional noteworthy channels I will add them to this list. These are Youtube channels providing content in areas I find interesting.


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