Re: OT: Linux

Jim Mcilroy


I'm currently using Fedora 30 which took a little shaking down but it's now very stable.

Over the years I've used just about every OS there is. Settled on Linux and OSX.

OSX is very useful using the Notes function. A bit of iPad research gets synced to the OSX desktops.

I keep W10 for certain applications - one particularly handy one is using an SDRplay as a spectrum analyser.



On 17/10/2019 12:26, Hans Summers wrote:
Hi Ken

Xubuntu 18.04

73 Hans G0UPL 

On Thu, Oct 17, 2019, 14:19 Ken KM4NFQ <km4nfq@...> wrote:
Good on you, Hans!

I first installed a Slackware distribution of GNU/Linux on a 486DX2/80
in late 1995 from 100 3.5" floppy discs. :-D It took me five tries
over a period of three days to get it installed, but I was finally
rewarded with Joy. My other OS was MSDOS 6.2 and the MSWindows 3.1
shell that ran on top of it, running on a 486SX25. By late 1996 I was
using GNU/Linux as my primary OS. I was able to make the transition
fairly easily because I did not have a large investment in Microsoft
software. In fact, the GNU/Linux distributions provided me with more
software that I had ever had on a PC before. I have never looked back.

I was more of a DOS weenie than a MSWindows user, so the bash shell
Command Line was a real JOY to use, compared to the the MSDOS prompt.
Soon I was able to do everything that I had done on the MS PC, but
with GNU/Linux, and more. Compare MSDOS Batch commands with the bash
shell! Actually, there is no comparison.

Familiarity is the key. As I became more familiar with GNU/Linux, it
became easier to use. Much easier to use. The whole UNIX philosophy is
that each utility does one thing very well. And the output of one
utility can be piped as the input to another utility.

Congratulations on discovering GNU/Linux, and giving it a try! Best
wishes for success in all of your GNU/Linux projects. BTW, which
distribution of GNU/Linux are you using? (I use Debian GNU/Linux).

Ken, KM4NFQ "Not Fully Qualified"

On Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 4:48 AM Hans Summers <hans.summers@...> wrote:
> Hi,
> Topic change ;-)
> I had been using Windows for ~25 years but earlier this year, switched to Linux and I have been very happy with it. I had bought a Win10 machine at Dayton in May 2017 and in less than 2 years it had got slower and slower and there were lots of problems - even though it was a top spec machine. On Linux everything went blindingly fast.
> A few days ago I bought a new mouse, 4000 DPI gaming mouse (though I don't game)... it moved so slowly across the screen compared to my old mouse. Then I discovered the Settings->Mouse window sliders don't have any effect on the mouse sensitivity. A bug! Google confirmed other people also experienced it.
> A friend of mine summed it up nicely... on Windows there are bugs and issues, but there is nobody to talk to and no hope of fixing them. Linux has bugs and issues too, but at least you have a way to fix them. After a bit of googling I was able to identify the mouse device and set up the "coordination transformation matrix" to apply a gain of 5, to get the new mouse behaving like the old one. And created a little script which I put in the Startup to autorun on login. So all is well :-)
> 73 Hans G0UPL
> On Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 11:39 AM <jmh6@...> wrote:
>> Hi Andy :),
>>     So True!!
>>     I wonder who will be the first to get old cell phones running with real
>> linux?
>>     The war between 'secure' boot and open source!
>>     Just gotta boot the chip and get USB running with some dist. Opening up
>> the rest of the phone or laptop should be cake :).
>>     Lots of fun!!
>> On Wed, 16 Oct 2019, Andy Brilleaux via Groups.Io wrote:
>> > Let's add..
>> >
>> > Fldigi for rtty, psk31 etc etc
>> > QSSTV
>> > WSJTX for WSPR, FT4, FT8 etc  etc
>> > VOACAP propagation odelling
>> > XNEC antenna modelling
>> > PA2OHH oscope
>> > QRSS grabber software
>> > Utils to support ATMEGA chips (QRP Labs)
>> > Every goddamn file downloader and converter known to mankind, from PC Linux to Raspberry Pi's.
>> > Ability to run ANY MSDOS, PCDOS etc program
>> >
>> > I'm getting bored with writing about all these advantages ;-)
>> >
>> > - Andy -
>> >
>> >
>> > Boot it from an sd card.
>> > Boot it from a usb stick
>> > Steal a HD and stuff it in any other PC and it boots, runs, and has your software on it.
>> > Boot from an external HD.
>> > No licence
>> > Share it with anyone
>> > Make your own versions
>> > No driver problems
>> > No privacy issues
>> > 1000's more geek utils
>> > Free Office software
>> > Choice of desktops and window managers
>> > Source code available, customise as you wish
>> > Distribute copies of originals or your own freely
>> > 98% of the worlds super computers run Linux (fact)
>> > Linux has just about everything Windows has, and can run  a lot of Windows apps right down to MSDOS / BBC Basic stuff.
>> > Can update with no reboots.
>> > Can update, write a dvd, surf the web and do a backup up without crashing.
>> > Uses less memory than anything Windows
>> > Does not hammer the hard disk for swap file like Windows
>> > No virus checkers needed. (Only virus checkers are for WINDOWS apps on a Linux drive !!!!) Linux virus checkers don't exist, no need.
>> > Can run and install old 16/32 bit apps for Windows.
>> > Every single board PC like Acer tinker boards, Raspberry Pi's etc support Linux as a main OS, as well as derivative motherboards.
>> > You can run Linux on any PC.
>> > 98% of worlds super computers run it.
>> > Very low RAM usage.
>> > Recognised by most printer manufacturers and graphics providers.
>> > Even gamers on Second Life are supported.
>> > Does not require reconfiguration or licensing problems if you change hardware
>> > Supports test mode web browsers, as well as normal Firefox, Chrome etc (yeah text mode)
>> > No firewall backdoors. Firewalls are absolute !
>> > No forced updates.
>> > Selective updates with REAL information about changes. No generic KB numbers.
>> > No illegal drivers that destroy your hardware. Check out FTDI-Gate !!
>> >
>> >

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