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Some detourious shots

08 August 2017 - 07:53 PM

Was going through the online gallery and it was time to close a loose end, and here is the result. You can view the original dA submission on this page.full_circle_by_shedied-dbjbpy8.jpg

Survey for Ubuntu fans

21 July 2017 - 03:08 PM

desktop default application survey for interested users of ubuntu; also crossposted on reddit and hackernews--your feedback matters.

Install fails in attempt to install to USB Drive

14 June 2017 - 08:13 PM

I have a wired eth connection, but I unchecked 'download updates while installing' and 'Download mp3 codecs and nonfree graphics drivers' to speed things up for a quick install to another USB stick /dev/sdc2. 


/dev/sdc is a 20G USB stick that looks like this; the first 4G partition is unseen, virtually untouchable, and already taken by another distro that works with Broadcom out-of-the-box (OB Revenge, a lucky find) but I want to have Bodhi take over the 16G, so that I can personalize it and make this Dell Studio work with Bodhi with all of that 16G (with swap too).


I proceeded to install, picked 'other' when it came to partitions, and the install starts the slideshow while it is copying over the files it needs. It takes a while, but it fails, and the installer tells me the next few screens will let me fill out a report so that our intrepid crew can work out some kinks left in the installation. 


From what I can discern, I was notified that /dev/sdc2 is read-only. I was able to glean that much before another black box told me there were no error messages, and that this box will be saved in some-file-I-could-not-find.log. I am going to give it another try tonight. The 15" laptop is a Dell studio with a 64bit AMD Turion chip and DVD-RW drive and 4G ram. Maybe somebody here has a few ideas?

How to ask questions

29 May 2017 - 07:08 PM

Sometimes when you are stuck you are tempted to post your problem right away, but we actually need more than the words "It doesn't work"; the staff or the team can assist you more efficiently with a little more information. 


In case you are not sure what to include, here is some timeless advice. The turnaround time will be much quicker if the thread started out the right way--a win/win in my book. My favorite part is Don't rush to claim that you have found a bug

AMD64,Radeon, broadcom all in one laptop

01 May 2017 - 09:15 PM

Ubuntu recently came out with Ubuntu Studio. Ubuntu was one of those distros that could run on a Turion. If Ubuntu can work on this, Bodhi cannot be far behind. The Broadcom wireless can be overcome, as can be gleaned from our own forums. The Radeon was giving the black screen on boot issue; this was not going to be easy. But I checked to see what should work on this Turion chip: Ubuntu, SLAMD64 (A Slackware spinoff), Manjaro, etc.


But TAILS turned out ready to run with both the wifi and the Radeon graphics, out-of-the-box. If I weren't looking for other laptops--a friend needed to run special auto diagnostics with this gadget, I would just nuke the existing OS and install these distros. It's a play-it-by-ear thing.