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GNOME: Maintainer of Tomboy and Snowy, contributor to various other projects

litl hacker by day


Oct
18
comment Is the Zalman ZM-RSSC 5.1 USB Sound Card supported in Linux?
Why are these questions being voted down? They seem straight-forward enough...
Oct
11
comment how do i tell gnome to reread my ~/.profile
Correct. You'll need to log out and back in, or launch every app from a terminal with an updated environment.
Sep
2
comment How do I delete a file whose name begins with “-” (hyphen a.k.a. dash or minus)?
Would be great if this question was renamed to "How to delete a file whose name starts with --".
Aug
25
comment Is there a way to make the prompt definition multiline?
@xenoterracide I really think the way you describe here is the best way to do it. A few clearly defined variables on their own lines, then string them together when defining $PS1. I'm not sure how you could get more readable than that.
Aug
24
comment Help with a find command
@gabe's suggestion totally works on OS X 10.6. I suspect you typed it wrong or something.
Aug
24
comment How can I get a count of files in a directory using the command line?
wc is a "word count" program. The -l switch causes it to count lines. In this case, it's counting the lines in the output from ls. This is the always the way I was taught to get a file count for a given directory, too.
Aug
20
comment What is the benefit of compiling your own linux kernel?
@Michael if it's an unverified assumption, I think replacing "considerably faster" with "potentially faster" in your answer might be a good idea...just to make sure no n00bs are misled. :-)
Aug
20
comment What is the benefit of compiling your own linux kernel?
I'd argue that if you want to build your own kernel simply for the learning experience, that you do it with a source-based Linux distribution like Gentoo or Linux From Scratch. The Gentoo stage 2 install documentation is an excellent guide to understanding what it means to build Linux from the kernel up.
Aug
20
comment What is the benefit of compiling your own linux kernel?
I agree with most of your answer, but I'd be curious for some hard facts on "considerably faster". I wouldn't want to give a new user the impression that their desktop will run generally faster with a hand-built kernel (from my experience with Gentoo, this is simply not true). Can you quantify the gains in boot speed?
Aug
20
comment Linux adoption path for a .NET developer
A useful resource for checking package popularity is: popcon.ubuntu.com . Note that ~90% of users have Mono installed. Compare this to 73% with ubuntu-desktop or 87% with gnome-panel (indicators of number of desktop users reporting in). Also compare to 64% with anything resembling Java.
Aug
20
comment Linux adoption path for a .NET developer
Recommending Python+Gtk+GNOME was good advice, but recommending Java seemed a poor choice considering the relatively poor library support on Linux. I also felt the anti-mono advice was phrased in an argumentative way. "not many like to have Mono" is simply false and would really need to be backed up by some hard facts. Just because the detractors are noisy does not mean they are a significant enough population to impact one's choice in development language. And it seems that most Mono haters have similar reservations about Java, anyway.
Aug
20
comment How can I (and should I) use my Linux file server as a Time Machine backup server for my Macs?
So, this is actually incorrect, I've found out. Time Machine over AFP is supported, as long as the machine serving AFP is running OS X. For details, see: docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.6/en/15139.html . You don't have to enable any secret preferences; it works out-of-the-box (I just tried it).
Aug
18
comment How can I (and should I) use my Linux file server as a Time Machine backup server for my Macs?
Thanks for the alternate tool recommendations. I'll have to decide if I want to buy a drive specifically for Time Machine or use on of these other tools. Do you happen to know if Time Machine will let my Macbook back up a hard drive that is always connected to my iMac?
Aug
18
comment Where does Mac OS X come from?
The title of this question should really be "Where does Mac OS X come from", as all versions of Mac OS prior to X are a completely different non-unix-based operating system.
Aug
17
comment Good distro for a VM?
If you need anything more advanced, you could make your own VM in SUSE Studio, which is probably the coolest thing on the planet.
Aug
17
comment Linux as a complete development platform?
Right, you could of course use OS X as your host OS and run Linux and Windows with VMware Fusion.
Aug
16
comment Keep SSH Sessions running after disconnection
Hey that's cool, I didn't know you could do that. Very useful in cases where you can't use screen for whatever reason.
Aug
14
comment How do you free up resources in Ubuntu?
In fact, I'd expect that this question is not very Ubuntu-specific at all, and depending on the answers that tag might be something we could remove.
Aug
14
comment How do you free up resources in Ubuntu?
@itsmyown: I disagree with "this question belongs on ubuntu.stackexchange". Why would an ubuntu-specific question not be accepted on unix.stackexchange? We accept specific questions for every other *nix variant.
Aug
14
comment How do I add MP3/etc support to my *nix desktop?
By the way, I've intentionally left this question vague as to which specific *nix I mean, to test how well this sort of question works. If folks decide to close it and think a separate question for each *nix is more appropriate, that is fine. It would be kind of cool to have one resource that answers the question for all distros and OS's, though. :-)