January 19th, 2014 No comments

As mentioned before I am having some issues with my laptop’s hardware and controlling the screen brightness. Previously my work around was to set acpi_backlight=vender in the grub command line options. While this resulted in having full screen brightness it also removed my ability to use my keyboard function keys to adjust the screen brightness…

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January 16th, 2014 No comments

[Please note: this is a historical post – I’m no longer running *BSD in 2014, and this is a collection of thoughts on its setup in case I decide to return to the operating system. Further posts from me will focus on other Linux experiences.] So after not too much effort, I’ve gotten PC-BSD to…

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Categories: Flash, Jake B, PC-BSD Tags: , ,

January 16th, 2014 No comments

My first post here – starting a linux experiment: First of all, I would like to thank Tyler B for helping me get started by patiently answering my level 0 linux questions. I’ve installed linux several times in the last ten years, sometimes for fun, but usually when required for school.  I’ve even developed a…

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Categories: Greg W, Linux Tags:

December 15th, 2013 No comments

Quite a few new Listener Feedback podcast episodes have been released in case you missed them: Episode 25: Crazed Outlook – Double Talk (Indie, Alternative, Rock) Episode 26: 4eyedfish – Right in Time (Funk, Progressive Rock) Episode 27: Bonus Tracks – The Easton Ellises – Ersatz (Dance, Rock) Episode 28: Bonus Tracks – Josh Woodward…

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November 28th, 2013 No comments

If you’re like me you’ve been suffering through a crazy high-pitched sound emanating from your laptop speakers. Apparently this is a common issue with certain types of audio devices. Thankfully via the power of the Internet I’ve been able to finally find a solution! It turns out that the issue actually stems from some power…

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October 14th, 2013 No comments

I recently upgraded my laptop to a brand new Lenovo Y410P and promptly replaced Windows 8 with a Linux install. Unfortunately I immediately ran into a very strange driver(?) issue where, on boot, the computer would default to the absolute lowest screen brightness level. This meant that I would need to manually adjust the screen…

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September 22nd, 2013 1 comment

Some of you may remember my earlier post about contemplating an upgrade from Windows Home Server (Version 1) to a Linux alternative. Since then, I have decided the following: Amahi isn’t worth my time   This conclusion was reached after a fruitless install of the latest Amahi 7 installation on the 500 GB ‘system’ drive, included…

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September 8th, 2013 2 comments

So you want to host an open source project using one of the many free services available but can’t decide which one to use? If only someone would put together a quick summary of each of the major offerings… Hosting providers covered in this post: Bitbucket CodePlex GitHub Gitorious Google Code Launchpad SourceForge Bitbucket Bitbucket…

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September 7th, 2013 2 comments

I’m not even sure what to say about this one… it looks like I might have an angry video card. On my Laptop, I am running Linux Mint 12. On my home media server, I am running Ubuntu 12.04Check out my profile for more information.

Categories: God Damnit Linux, Jon F, Ubuntu Tags:

August 25th, 2013 No comments

I’ll have to admit that during the previous week or so, I haven’t been able to exclusively use FreeBSD at home or Linux as a workstation in the office. Kayla and I have still been using Kubuntu (now with improved PulseAudio support) on the basement machine, and that’s been working quite well for both Netflix…

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Categories: FreeBSD, Jake B Tags:

August 20th, 2013 No comments

Lately I’ve been taking a look at the various open source software licenses in an attempt to better understand the differences between them. Here is my five minute summary of the most popular licenses: GNU Public License (GPL) Requires that any project using a GPL-licensed component must also be made available under the GPL. Basically…

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August 18th, 2013 No comments

Elementary OS is the latest darling for the Linux community at large and with some good reason. It isn’t that Elementary OS is The. Best. Distro. Ever. In fact being only version 0.2 I doubt its own authors would try to make that claim. It does however bring something poorly needed to the Linux desktop…

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August 4th, 2013 2 comments

Full disclosure: I live with Kayla, and had to jump in to help resolve an enraging problem we ran into on the Kubuntu installation with KDE, PulseAudio and the undesirable experience of not having sound in applications. It involved a fair bit of terminal work and investigation, plus a minimal understanding of how sound works…

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August 1st, 2013 3 comments

Every since we announced the start of the third Linux Experiment I’ve been trying to think of a way in which I could contribute that would be different from the excellent ideas the others have come up with so far. After batting around some ideas over the past week I think I’ve finally come up…

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July 29th, 2013 6 comments

Hello, everyone! It’s great to be back in the hot seat for this, our third installment of The Linux Experiment. I know that last time I caused a bit of a stir with my KDE-bashing post, so will try to keep it relatively PG this time around. Not many people know about it or have…

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Categories: Dana H, Hardware, Linux Tags:

July 29th, 2013 2 comments

Hello again everyone! By this point, I have successfully installed ArchLinux, as well as KDE, and various other everyday applications necessary for my desktop. Aside from the issues with the bootloader I experienced, the installation was relatively straight forward. Since I have never used ArchLinux before, I decided to follow the Beginner’s Guide in order…

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July 27th, 2013 No comments

While I haven’t quite figured out what I’m going to be doing for this round of The Linux Experiment, I have decided that now is a good time to try something I’ve been meaning to try for a while: get Linux to boot off of an external hard drive. This was actually such a straight…

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July 27th, 2013 No comments

Some of you may have noticed some previously working links going to 404 (page not found) pages. This is due to a change we’ve made in order to make permalinks more consistent among different authors and topics. Sorry for any inconvinence this may cause. On the plus side the website has a search bar that…

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July 27th, 2013 No comments

The Experiment has officially begun, and with that I’ve gone through the FreeBSD installation process. The actual install was fairly uneventful: apart from the fact that FreeBSD defaults to a different base filesystem and has partitioning identifiers, sysinstall did the trick without the same bootloader issues that Dave experienced. The first major difference, coming from…

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Categories: FreeBSD, Jake B, XFCE, Xorg/X11 Tags:

July 27th, 2013 4 comments

The machine I am running Kubuntu on is primarily used for streaming media like Netflix and Youtube, watching files off of a shared server and downloading media. I decided to try to install Netflix first since it is something I use quite often. I am engrossed in watching the first season of Orange is the…

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