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Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

dn15 Try live CDs, stick with major distros (573 comments)

You could save a lot of time by trying different distributions via Live CD/DVD. (Many distros install discs actually double as an installer and a live CD.) Obviously you don't want to do this long-term but it would be an easy way to test drive and see which stock interface appeals to you before jumping in.

I'd definitely go with a major distro so that it's easy to find setup/troubleshooting instructions online. Different distros may store files in different locations so even though all Linux flavors are largely similar, it can be really frustrating trying to look for a certain config file and realizing it's not in the same place as the directions say it should be. Once you're more experienced you'll know where to look but it can be a deal breaker when you're just getting started.

Some to look at are Ubuntu, Mint, and Fedora. Personally I prefer Debian-based distros but that choice is probably not very relevant until you start diving deeper into things.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: A Cheap, DIY Home Security and Surveillance System?

dn15 Just having cameras is probably a good deterrent (508 comments)

I am not a security expert...
I've never been broken into, but for peace of mind and the geek factor, I wanted to have cameras at my house. I got a cheapo Zmodo kit from woot and set it up so the path to all the doors and windows can be seen by at least one camera. That, plus window stickers advertising video surveillance, make a pretty good deterrent. I don't have any items that would make my house a target compared to neighbors, so hopefully a would-be smash-and-grab thief would move along to a place that doesn't have a camera recording them smashing in the front door.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Smartest Way To Transfer an Old Domain/Site?

dn15 Keep domain but point it to his server (113 comments)

In addition to the suggestions that you redirect to a new domain

You could keep control over DNS so that you just point yourdomain.com and www.yourdomain.com to the new guy's server, but keep MX pointed wherever you want.

more than 2 years ago
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Android Update Alliance Already Struggling

dn15 Re:And yet... (364 comments)

Do those "updates" perform equally well (Cough, iPhone 3) and are all of the features available (cough, Siri) on all of the platforms? If the answer to either question is no, then what is an upgrade besides a change to the text in the version number and perhaps some alternate windowdressing?

You could make the same argument of Windows, Mac or other operating systems. You may not get every new feature because the vendor set a minimum requirement that is too high. But even so that's just one or two missing features out of a plethora of other changes.

And don't forget the importance of changed/new APIs that may will eventually be required to actually run the latest apps. So I argue that would be beneficial to update even if you got zero new user-facing features.

about 2 years ago
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Firefox Too Big To Link On 32-bit Windows

dn15 Re:Trying to do too much (753 comments)

And this would be the point where the fact that the Firefox devs have been trying to do too much with a "browser" becomes beyond blatantly obvious.

Firefox is a great operating system, if only it included a decent browser :P

more than 2 years ago
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Google To Allow Location Service Opt-out

dn15 Re:What about other mapping systems? (284 comments)

What happens if I want to hide my access point from Apple, Google and Skyhook at once? Should I name by AP as

LINKSYS_NOMAP_NOAPPLE_NOSKYHOOK

or will this be a global suffix?

From TFA:

Finally, because other location providers will also be able to observe these opt-outs, we hope that over time the “_nomap” string will be adopted universally. This would help benefit all users by providing everyone with a unified opt-out process regardless of location provider.

more than 2 years ago
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Google To Allow Location Service Opt-out

dn15 Not sure why it matters (284 comments)

I value privacy as much as the next person but I don't see why this matters. Network names do not give away anything personal unless you *choose* to put something personal into the SSID. And if you do that you have "opted in" to broadcasting your personal information. Or am I missing something here?

more than 2 years ago
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Newb-Friendly Linux Flavor For LAMP Server?

dn15 Host somewhere else while learning LAMP admn (382 comments)

Even if it's just for fun that's a heck of a lot of users to let down if you run into trouble. I'd be concerned that even if you get it set up and running, some day it will go down and it'll take several days to figure to while the community languishes. I'd host somewhere else until you are really comfortable and familiar with LAMP administration.

more than 2 years ago
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Windows 8 To Natively Support ISO and VHD Mounting

dn15 Re:WTF? (656 comments)

It probably has something to do with checksums being built in to protect against corrupt installers mucking things up. Though I'm sure something like that could be added to the standard compressed formats such as .zip or .gz or .tar if it doesn't already exist.

about 3 years ago
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Windows 8 To Natively Support ISO and VHD Mounting

dn15 Umm, what? (656 comments)

in a year or two, it wouldn't be surprising if all software is made available as an ISO on a USB drive

Why have ISOs on a USB drive? If you need to boot to install something (such as an OS) you'd boot straight from the drive. For anything else I think "in a year or two" it'll look pretty much like it does today -- app stores and package managers. What will change is that less and less software will be sold in stores.

about 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What OS For a Donated Computer?

dn15 Just depends... (360 comments)

It depends on what they want to do with it, and whether they have any sort of IT support.

If they have somebody doing tech support already, just wipe the drive and give them the computer (with restore discs just in case they want to use the bundled OS.)

If they don't have support but have any sort of established standard OS, then install the same OS as they're already using.

If they have no support and no standards, it's pretty much just up to you. A Linux distro if they just want to surf the web and use a word processor. Windows if they want to be able to install software purchased in a big box store.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Patches 30 Chrome Bugs, Adds Instant Pages

dn15 Re:Pre-fetching requires PERFECT security... (103 comments)

That's a good point. But... to be the devil's advocate, all that it's doing is pre-loading stuff into cache, right? If that's true, then it seems like it should only be able to do something if you actually click on that page. Is the end result really any different from a security standpoint?

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Removes MySQL From Lion Server

dn15 This just in... (303 comments)

This just in, MySQL is still free / open source and you can install it if you want.

A more appropriate headline would have been "Postgres becomes default OS X Server database"

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 8 20% Faster Than Firefox 5

dn15 Re:What about Firefox 6? (441 comments)

To be fair I'd say the new release system has nothing to do with browser performance. Whatever optimizations happened could have been done no matter what the version number is. :)

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Store Artist Raided By Secret Service

dn15 Re:Admin Privs?? (376 comments)

Since when was using a webcam something that should require admin access?

more than 3 years ago
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Using Old Linksys Routers to Control BBQ Smokers

dn15 OMGWIFIBBQ (118 comments)

n/t

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Web Site Editing Software For the Long Haul?

dn15 Code it yourself or use a text editor (545 comments)

If it's a relatively static site where you need fine-tuned control over design and layout, write it yourself in a text editor. If it's frequently changing, or has multiple contributors, set up a CMS such as WordPress. Select or create a good theme, then "set it and forget it."

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Causes Religious Reaction In Brains of Fans

dn15 Doubt this is Apple-specific (636 comments)

If somebody opened a "Linux Store" I guarantee you that it, too, would trigger the same parts of the brain for certain people. :)

more than 3 years ago

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