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This is really what KDE Neon should have been. Not some buggy YABU but straight off of Debian. Hopefully those in charge will consume this distro and re-brand it KDE Neon. Having heaped that kind of praise it is not without its quirks. While the “Welcome” screen slide show you manually navigate through seems nice, most of the “install” buttons just show the user a blue Cylon Eye with not so much as an idiot indicator bar. No messages and no concept of just how long something was going to take. I tried to install the NVidia drivers this way three times. Each time it took forever and claimed success. Each reboot showed that nothing worked. Finally I closed that and ran the “Device Driver Manager” directly. The second or…

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Over the past weekend my Internet connection was pretty horrible. After the failure of antiX I wasted a lot of time pulling down 4MLinux. Many attempts to get a successful download then a lot of disappointment trying out the distro. My standard philosophy when trying out new distros, even bad ones, is to burn a DVD which eventually ends up in this Case Logic carry case because it will be used on more than one machine in the next 6-8 months. This disk and antiX went in the trash. Once I got over the weirdness of this distro I tried to install the NVidia drivers. Nope, distro doesn’t host pre-built ones, you have to endure the pain of installing build-essentials and compiling from scratch the first time. Guess what? There…

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Every now and then you are going to need to send email from the command line. In the world of OpenVMS we did it from batch jobs all of the time. Yes, there were abort routines which would notify all operators currently logged in and who had typed REPLY/ENABLE at their terminal, but, you still sent email just in case. OpenVMS had a robust email system long before we had an Internet, indeed, long before personal computers. Yes, even you Web only children will find yourselves in need of sending email from a back end process. The simplest way is via a batch job which some people in that world call “shell scripts.” In my case I was testing the blog-via-email plug-in on this site. You see, the HTML editor…

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The other day I put a 250GB SSD in the current desktop unit and made it the primary. I wiped the (now) secondary 1TB hard drive and left it be until I had time to mess with it. Yesterday I finally finished the much needed update of The Minimum You Need to Know Web site so I played with getting the second drive to auto mount just a bit. In theory we shouldn’t need to know any of this. Linux Lite and most other YABUs (Yet Another uBUntu) have a “Disks” utility which is supposed to remove the arcane knowledge requirement. Only one problem. The “Disks” utility was crashing fast an furious trying to mess with the second drive. It couldn’t/wouldn’t successfully finish formatting and had other issues. GParted was…

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Let this be a cautionary tale for anyone who things wanna-be operating systems on wanna-be computers using software written under a fraudulent methodology named Agile is fit to run a business on. GitLab.com Melts Down There is a reason real computers with real operating systems have a /VERIFY clause on their BACKUP command. There is a reason their backups take longer, because quality matters. On a real operating system using a real database you cannot “delete the file” because the database engine has it locked. You have to physically drop the database from within the cluster wide database engine.

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