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Offline (Male) Josh @ Dreamland
Posted on: September 01, 2009, 06:46:57 PM

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I've actually been running Ubuntu for several days now. But I'm just now posting about it.

I haven't told many people at this point, but college started last Monday. Since then, I've had next to no free time. Even now I should be reading... checking what I have to do for economics tomorrow...

Whatever.

I'm trying to work, but my free time has just been sliced. Every day, a new chapter in my biology book (which I should mention has its own orbit) as well as some awful essay or other worthless priceless piece of shit information from this book calledThe Presence of Others. The thing opens "This is a book for and about reading." Jesus.

Anyway, the good news is that everything I expected to work on Linux does in fact do so. With a little luck (and less homework, mind you) I could probably get this thing working on Mac, too. BUt that's complicated in addition by the fact that I don't have a Mac. (I'll just VM It).

Also, I believe ubuntu fixed my card problem by ignoring it. It's piping things through the card, but it is slow as molasses. (Talking of screen savers, not ENIGMA, don't worry)

Now I need to come up with a molecule-based reason that gas (well, Isooctane) burns better than ethanol for my BIOLOGY class. Have a paper to write for economics on the topic that I had some say in choosing: "Does America 'going green' make economic sense?"... I imagine I can sink my teeth into that one. For the same class, though, I'm supposed to read "The Nature of Man", which is some 40 pages. <_<"

At least English... oh, no wait... In addition to that book about reading I mentioned, there's a paper due. Yeah.

Not to mention random calculus assignments, which are basically just numerous and annoying. (Rather than challenging. Our last task was to give intervals on a graph that were increasing and intervals that are decreasing. I could get a kindergartener to do that)

So basically, I'm swamped. I killed more time than I'd liked to have, just writing this.

Not sure what else to say. I'm in no position to make promises. But I will work some on it today.
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Reply #1 Posted on: September 01, 2009, 07:54:42 PM

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Ubuntu doesn't use proprietary drivers by default, so it pipes things through your card using a non-proprietary non-accelerated driver for your card. To get accelerated graphics (that is to say, to utilize routines that are proprietary to your card in order to run graphics at a reasonable speed), you would need to get the proprietary drivers. System > Administration > Hardware Drivers.
Again, this is if you don't mind polluting your system with proprietary software/drivers (much like myself).
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Reply #2 Posted on: September 01, 2009, 08:08:19 PM

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I use Arch Linux. :cool:

I'm using the default VGA drivers right now, and it's amazingly fast for no hardware acceleration.  Screensavers don't work, though, and Compiz asplodes my computer everytime I turn it on.

Also, Linux is the kernel, not the OS. :P
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Reply #3 Posted on: September 02, 2009, 04:01:12 AM
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Install the proprietary driver. It's using xorg-video-nv by default, which is 2D only, slow and the code is obfuscated so no one can edit it even though it's open source.

@Retro

Linux is the OS, because that's what everyone calls it. It's not technically correct but lots of things aren't and it's a useful and time-saving untruth.

<begin internet stalker mode> We'll do your homework for you josh!!!!! </stalker>
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Reply #4 Posted on: September 02, 2009, 06:27:55 AM

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Linux, while technically the kernel, is still part of the OS's name- GNU/Linux. So calling it Linux is fine, especially if you want to bother the idealistic GNU sillyheads.
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Reply #5 Posted on: September 02, 2009, 09:39:37 AM
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The debate about "GNU/Linux" is precisely that. The fact that Linux distros include GNU code.
However, since nobody bothers calling it "GNU/X11/Mozilla/OpenOffice.org/Mono/Linux"(or worst "GNU/X11/Mozilla/OpenOffice.org/Mono/Apache/PHP/MySQL/Linux"), we might as well just use "Linux" and pretend it includes all that stuff or we just call it "Ubuntu".

And bothering idealistic GNU sillyheads is the best part. :P

Good luck with your homework. Now onto the daily flame, I'm on holidays so I have no homework. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
But I fear I may not be laughing for much longer :(
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Reply #6 Posted on: September 02, 2009, 10:01:12 AM

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or we just call it "Ubuntu".
Which is the better, headacheless version. :P
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Reply #7 Posted on: September 02, 2009, 12:55:19 PM

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For the same class, though, I'm supposed to read "The Nature of Man", which is some 40 pages. <_<"
I hope that's a typo.
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Reply #8 Posted on: September 02, 2009, 04:06:42 PM

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Ubuntu is a single distribution.
Mozilla, OpenOffice.org and Mono are not really part of the operating system, so they're not in its name.
X11 and GNOME/KDE/etc. could be considered part of it, but so much of their operating-system-level stuff is shared anyway that "GNU/Linux" is the most accurate.
Because there's not really <anything else>/Linux, Linux is probably the best name for the operating system.
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Offline (Male) Josh @ Dreamland
Reply #9 Posted on: September 02, 2009, 05:50:47 PM

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We just running low on things to argue about?

Anyway, no, that wasn't a typo. I know 40 pages isn't really that bad, but to just have it dropped on us like that... And that's in addition to my other pages of reading which are about the same number from each class.

Unless you were talking of the subject, which also wasn't a typo. It's really that boring.

I did like this paragraph though:
Quote from: The Nature of Man
       George Bernard Shaw, the famous playwright and social thinker, reportedly once
claimed that while on an ocean voyage he asked a celebrated actress on deck one evening
whether she would be willing to sleep with him for a million dollars. She was agreeable.
He followed with a counterproposal: “What about ten dollars?” “What do you think I
am?” she responded indignantly. He replied, “We’ve already established that—now
we’re just haggling over price.”
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Reply #10 Posted on: September 08, 2009, 08:19:03 PM
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I'm six days late with the southbound mail

Josh, Mac is the only OS you can't VM (or at least easily, with reasonable speed, and legally)

Also, [unrelated], the registration CAPTCHA is very messed up i.e. not random
*fires up spambot*
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Reply #11 Posted on: September 08, 2009, 08:51:21 PM

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Josh, Mac is the only OS you can't VM
It's UNIX.

Solaris works in VM.

Why won't OS X?

Also, Rusky, why do you have to go through all the pain and frustration of arguing over Linux vs. GNU/Linux when you could just say "Greetings from Ubuntu" instead? :P

And for the record, I use Arch Linux.  Which, really, to be honest, is mostly just Linux when you first install it.  The only difference is a fancyized installer and login.
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Reply #12 Posted on: September 09, 2009, 12:35:54 AM

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Solaris works in VM.

Why won't OS X?
http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=102126
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Reply #13 Posted on: September 09, 2009, 10:14:57 AM
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There's no technical reason why it can't be virtualised though, right? Just that the EULA says you can't [and that case is still in court with Apple v. Psystar]?
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Offline (Male) Josh @ Dreamland
Reply #14 Posted on: September 09, 2009, 03:24:25 PM

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Basically.

I had OS X working for a glorious twelve minutes with 100 byte/second internet and basically zero applications. Didn't get as far as installing their 400GB "development basics" package before it all died, though.

(400GB is a slight exaggeration, 100b/s is not)
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