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  1. SimplyMEPIS no contest I'm running the new ProMEPIS on my laptop right now... Just gets better and better. Dapper Dan you should think about replacing your Red Hat
  2. How to learn linux..?

    Well, as others here know, I'm quite biased. Mepis has tought me more about linux and given me a more stable desktop than anything else I've ever tried. What I think of the current SimplyMEPIS is here:http://mepislovers.com/modules/weblog/details.php?blog_id=10
  3. Your opinion counts!

    Debian is the best way to go. Nothing beats the reliability of their packaging method for maintaining and upgrading your system. However, even though it's gotten better, Debian can still be a pita to set up. Mepis offers a great way to set up a really nice Debian complyant build with a minimum of hassle. You'll also be able to check your hardware compatability before you install.
  4. Go to control center under kde components/file associations find the rm and ram entrys and make sure that realplayer is at the top of the list.
  5. Xorg 6.7 - Binary or Source?

    I'm too pragmatic to do a huge amount of compilation unless I have to, but, I can definately respect a person who does and still understands the overall reality of the situation Love your 'machine profile'
  6. Gentoo Linux?

    Ahh... You don't mean the bug in Mepis, you mean the bug in the promise pdc20276 controller... What a piece of crap. I gave up on mine after 10 bios changes and a lot of work. Never did work right in Window$ or Linux.
  7. Gentoo Linux?

    Since you are used to synaptic, as soon as you have Mepis installed, open a terminal, type: apt-get update type: apt-get install synaptic You're back in familiar territory. Mepis has the whole of the Debian repository available soo... It's a heck of a lot of apps ;-) It's set to pull from testing, but you can change that depending on how adventurous you are.
  8. Originally posted by blackpage: Quote: Generally speaking: Many "mobile" notebook-gfx cards seem to be made of gremlins rather than transistors as their major intent seems to be to pull the jolly linux-user's nerves by making a lot ado and fuss. You got that right ;-). Mepis configuration has a whole special section for configuring sony VAIO laptops. The graphics card may not be th only problem.
  9. Gentoo Linux?

    Originally posted by Vermyn: Quote: MEPIS is an awesome pick, even though 2004.1 has a little bug or two in the kernel (which happens to prevent me from using it at the moment), Specificly what 'bugs'? Have you mentioned this on the mepis.org forum? Quote: but it is an excellent system. Any Debian distro will treat you right with apt-get. Apt-get will solve most of your packaging nightmares. Honestly, I'm still running SimplyMepis2004 RC4... This might be missing some eyecandy, but otherwise it's the same as the final. The kernel is a touch leaner, and, I've found it to be a real sweetheart. Also the latest versions of SimplyMepis do not have the option for a boot floppy RC4 still does. There will be a (final.final?) release about the middle of this month, but I probally won't change unless it's for something like the 2.6.8 kernel (unlikely).
  10. Is new Asus P5GD2 linux compatible???

    Tough question... Overall Asus has a great reputation, but, I think that the board just hasn't been out there long enough for anyone to give a difinative answer. Looking at the extended spec, I'd be concrned about a number of the onboard features compatability. Here are the issues I see: PEG16X One slot * this is a new spec, and, although I wouldn' t expect problems, one never knows... Audio CMI 9880 from ICH6/R - High-definition audio * this is probably ok IDE RAID ITE 8212F. 2 ATA133 ports. Capable of RAID0, RAID1, RAID0+1 and JBOD modes SATA 4 ports from ICH6/R and a further 4 ports from Silicon Image 3114R controller SATA RAID RAID0 and RAID1 from Intel Matrix Storage and RAID0, RAID1, RAID0+1, RAID5 (via software patch) and JBOD from Sil3114 * SATA is still problematic at times, but the controller is pretty mainstream, so, cross your fingers. Networking Dual Gigabit Ethernet Controllers. Marvell 88E8001-LKJ PCI-based controller and 88E8053 PCI Express-based controller * I don't have experence with this one and network cards/chips can be a problem. Networking Wireless Marvell 88W8310 two-chip 802.11g Wireless controller with on-board antenna port * this is the one that scares me. If network cards/chips can be a problem, then wifi can be a nightmare. I seriously doubt there is curent support. As you should know by now, hardware support in Linux can lag behind the latest and greatest. I'm pretty certain that, sooner or later, this will all be suported. Right now I'm not sure that you can get everything working. Without booting Mepis or Koppinx to verfy some of the features, I don't know how you can tell for sure. Of course that means that you bought the board ;-)
  11. Gentoo Linux?

    Have you thought about Mepis? Your laptop would be a good candadate for the new SimplyMepis2004.01. I also think that you would be a lot happier with the debian apt method of installing and upgrading apps. To my mind a superior way of doing things and certainly a lot less time consuming than Gentoo's. If you downloaded the iso, you could check hardware compatibility before you install.
  12. Modem drivers

    I have used a number of different modems under linux. anything from internal hardware to winmodems with varing degrees of sucess. About a month ago Dapper Dan recomended an external hardware modem. Best thing I ever did. Totally compatably with both Linux and window$ and hardware based so it's noload on your cpu. The most suprising thing is that it's cheaper than comparable internal modems. Take a look: http://store.yahoo.com/i-software/107839.html
  13. NTFS and linux

    Originally posted by SoulNothing: Quote: hey guys i just wanted to pop in i havent had any issues whatsover in with linux and ntfs live cds or installs ive done it mostly with my hp and that was the only feature that worked it took some tweaking but i edited the ntfs partition accessed changed files etc. good tips though so far i really didnt do anything special but play round with the partitions No, we were talking about read/write of files on the NTFS volume from Linux. Read is fine, but write support is a very iffy proposition with a better than excelent chance of corrupting the volume or at very least the file. Write support is very experemental and may never be reliable. That's why a fat32 transfer volume is recomended. The seperate issue of resizing NTSF volumes has been covered in other threads. You may have sucess when resizing with qparted... then again, I wouldn't do it... ;-)
  14. NTFS and linux

    I don't think the SIS chipset should be a problem. As for the rest read my post on mepislovers.
  15. heatsink/fan compatibility

    Gee guy they're both 80mm. One is 1/4 thick and the other 3/8. Worst case you gotta source longer screws or just use the fan that comes with it. either way it's no heart attack.