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Feb
21
comment Can I use a Logitech M505 wireless mouse with Fedora?
FWIW, my Fedora 16 system has shown no problems with any of its hardware.
Oct
29
comment Can I use a Logitech M505 wireless mouse with Fedora?
@sr_: I looked for any sort of xorg.conf. There's stuff in /etc/X11, but not xorg.conf, and doing a find . -name \*org.conf from the root directory didn't get anything.
Sep
16
comment Linux for low-end hardware and internet browsing
@gabe: I've read that the BSDs tend not to support as much varied hardware as Linux, which may make it impractical with existing computers.
Sep
12
comment Can't reach DNS through wireless router
Fixed my problem, thanks.
Sep
3
comment Version Control System similar to Bazaar needed for CentOS 4.8 dedicated hosting server
You might consider changing hosting companies anyway. A hosting company that will arbitrarily switch to an older OS version that will be out of support in a year and a half doesn't sound reliable to me.
Sep
2
comment Linux replacement for Apple Keynote software?
@Warren Young: Mac OSX is very nice, I agree, but it has a thick graphics and UI layer on top that doesn't play well with more traditional Unix graphics and UI. This means that programs that will run reasonably well on any normal Unix will look out of place on the Mac, and may have other problems. Ports of traditional programs are often out of date. Fundamentally, there are things Mac OSX does better, and things Linux does better. Take your pick. I work mostly on Linux, myself, but also like my Mac.
Sep
2
comment How do you choose a distribution?
Personally, I'd think it a better question if you'd tell us what you want to do with your old laptop, how much time you want to devote to using it as a Unixy laptop rather than fiddling with the system (both are worthwhile, but very different), that sort of thing.
Aug
30
comment Configuring IPoD on Linux
Apple doesn't really play cat and mouse games. However, they're very clear on what they do or do not support, and pay no attention to what they don't. For example, they don't support jailbreaking iOS, so all such is done through security holes, which Apple fixes when it finds them, and Apple doesn't care what updates may do to jailbroken iDevices. Bear in mind that current iTunes should work with most iPs out there, and current iPs should work with lots of generations of iTunes, so they don't have all that much flexibility.
Aug
27
comment How can I edit a large file in place?
@Hernant: That message tells you all you need to know about editing in place: vi is trying to copy it over to /tmp to work on. I think vim will do the same thing, and it does like to create a backup in the same directory.
Aug
27
comment I accidentally chmod -R +x on a directory. How do I restore the correct permissions?
How many files are we talking about? How many should be executable? Is there any way to tell from the file names?
Aug
27
comment What does the -f parameter do in the tar command
@Toby: I suspect this is for historical reasons. "tar" is short for "tape archive", and presumably the original versions didn't envision people using disk files for archives all that often.
Aug
25
comment Concern about logging in as root overrated?
@xenoterracide: It constitutes doing something stupid if you're logged in as root, I'd say.
Aug
25
comment How do you work with old servers?
@Jorelli: Weigh the risks. There is a danger that you will do something, intelligent or not, that breaks the system, and a likelihood you will be blamed for it if that happens, and a danger that this blame will affect your career. Figure risks and make an informed decision. If you have a good supervisor, make sure he or she understands the situation.
Aug
24
comment Concern about logging in as root overrated?
@Mrozek: Agreed. Now, I'd never give the OP root password to any system I had control over, but trashing one's system by typing the wrong thing can be very educational. Perhaps the OP writing "So far I've never had any problem with it" will learn something useful, like the fact that things can happen for the first time.
Aug
24
comment Software developer switching from Linux to OS X, what are the gotchas?
Are you going to be developing more conventional Unix/Linux apps, or Mac OSX apps?
Aug
24
comment Concern about logging in as root overrated?
I think thermite is an excellent computer security tool for the person who just can't risk a security breach.
Aug
24
comment Concern about logging in as root overrated?
+1 for reminding me of a few old experiences. Or should that be -1 for bringing them back up?
Aug
24
comment Which laptop is most compatible with Linux?
Last I looked, www.dell.com/ubuntu still worked. I don't have any idea how you're supposed to find it, but it listed some machines. (Not that I'll guarantee that they're still current....)
Aug
22
comment Downsides of umask 077?
@xenoterracide: I wasn't aware of su -c. The advantage of sudo is that it's something else I have to type before trashing my system. It is an improvement in security in the sense that I can't absent-mindedly type a command that's a Bad Idea as root. Other than that, a separate root account would, I think, be more secure.
Aug
19
comment Downsides of umask 077?
@xenoterracide: Actually using the root command means I'm likely to type something into the wrong window. Using "sudo" means I have to specify I want this to be executed by root. I know perfectly well there's a root account, so I don't see where the false sense of security comes from. It's just one more little ritual (like sitting on my hands) that makes it less likely that I'll do something fatally stupid as root.