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Wednesday, June 5th, 2002

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3:13a
dual boot.
Hello. Just thought I'd stop in and say hello. I'm gonna be putting linux on my system soon, and dual boot with Windows XP. I'm not very experienced with linux yet, but I have a real good helper to start out with, so, I have not many worries. Just thought I'd like to welcome myself to the world of linux :)

Current Mood: amused
11:15a
Hi

I'm pretty new as well, and I thought I'd, you know, say hi. I do have a couple of points though...

recently installed Mandrake 8.2 (from CDs) and it seems to have screwed up an awful lot. I had to manually reinstall gcc, almost all the libraries, random stuff won't compile... anyone else had this problem? If this is the install that's supposed to convince first-time, non-geek users that Linux is a nice straightforward OS it's not going to work.

Opera problems - I have the NS compatible flash 5 plugin from Macromedia, which works fine in Mozilla, and I want to use it in Opera cos I like Opera. But it doesn't work. I go to a page with Flash in and it (a) locks up Opera and sometimes the whole machine in a very worrying way for 30-60 seconds, then doesn't display any Flash. I have all the requirements, I checked the Flash install FAQ on the Opera site, I have the other required plugin (uh, Envoy, is it called? can't remember off-hand), I've checked about:plugins and it seems to be there... I'm a bit stuck.

Also, every now and then I'll tweak a setting in Preferences and suddenly, it won't load any pages any more. It just sits there when you tell it to go somewhere and refuses to download anything. It'll work fine with local pages, but nothing on the net. I'm convinced it's something to do with opera6.ini, because when I remove that or restore a backup it suddenly works again - but I haven't a clue whereabouts. Might be connected with the aforementioned plugins.

It all looks much nicer now that I've got it using anti-aliased fonts though.
11:37a
Java?
Hey all, first time posting to the community. I've got a lot of Java questions, being that I'm trying to teach myself applets (a task in itself). Does anyone know of an lj java community? I know the linux community gets a lot of hits, and you guys seem to be able to help each other out really well. I figure that's just what I need for learning java. Any help or hit in the right direction would be greatly appreciated. Thank is advance =)
2:08p
In Which I Break My Silence...
This is not strictly Linux news, but still worth shouting from the rooftops:

Mozilla 1.0 is here!

Yes, after 4 long years of work Mozilla has finally been released to the masses. The download site is already a victim of the slashdot effect: 15 minutes after the announcement. So, I'm going personally going to download at non-peak hours.

I reserved the LJ community name about three months ago, but there's nothing there yet - I'd like some members.

Current Mood: ecstatic
4:14p
Admitting Ignorance is not Easy :)
Okay here's the issue. The server I've been given control over is running proftp, It's a RH 6.2 box and it's a live server. My point lies in I'm getting bitched at by my 'wiser' linux friends telling me that I have got to get proftp off of that box and use something else. So here is my question:
Can someone tell me where to find any sort of documentation on how to replace proftp with another ftp that is more secure and won't require me to take down the box. I'm not even sure what I'm looking for or I'd have looked it up by now.
Thanks
4:20p
Phoning Microsoft
So, I finally got my new computer up and running. I decided I'm going to dual-boot winxp and debian. So, I was installing windows last night and I enter in the 25 digit product key to activate it, and it tells me that I've installed windows too many times with this key and that I have to enter in another one. So, I entered the other one that I have (they are both legal copies) and it gives me the same crap. So, I called Microsoft like it told me to and I had to enter a ~40 digit number on my phone just to have them tell me that it wasn't good, then I had to read that same number to a real person, just to have her read me another ~40 digit code to actually get windows unlocked. It was such a pain in the ass. I like to say that linux is easier to install than windows largely because you don't have to enter the product key.

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