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Saturday, May 8th, 2004

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hello everyone, dont make fun of me, but i'm still new to this.
yeah, over the past few month i've gotten quite an interest for computers. it started when my friend and i took apart my 2 less than great computers, and he showed me what thngs did, and how to take out and put new things in, and now i have a good enough knowledge of computers, that i can go out, buy parts, and build a computer. but thats not enough...

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Disclaimer: Don't take this post as flaming because I do not mean it that way at all....

I consider myself to be pretty damn computer saavy. I got a CS degree 2 years ago and currently work as a software engineer. I do all my real work on Solaris so I am also quite the Unix guru. Well my task this past week was to install GAIM on this new linux server that we got. I like Linux a lot but I have to say that it is still a really long way off before the average computer user will embrace it. This task turned out to be pretty damn difficult. I had to install like 6 library packages. It seemed like everytime I got a new one, it would have some dependency on yet ANOTHER package. Then when I finally got down to the GAIM code, I had to go in and fix errors. What the hell? Why do I have to compile anything and everything that I want for Linux? Will the day ever come when I can just download a binary like in Windows, click install and it does all the work for me? Until that day, I believe Linux will just be the little guy.
Not really a linux question but...
I am configuring Postfix on my system and the last thing I have to do to make it usable is to set up POP3 (or IMAP).

My question is what is your preferred program to accomplish this?  I see two options in my SuSE distro, qpopper (no IMAP) and imap (POP2, POP3 or IMAP4).

Current Mood: curious
kernel advice
It was made clear in my last post that I should probably update my kernel (2.4.18bf24 on sid) to something more recent. As I've never (successfully) compiled a kernel, my question to you guys is: which one?

This is for your average home PC so I dont necessarily need latest-and-greatest but I'd like something that would last me a while without the need to do it all over again. So, what suggestions do you have for kernel of choice?
hello all...

i was planning on building a video server some time this summer, so i can consolidate my video collection (dvd backups, tv captures, etc.). i was curious as to what would be a good, linux compatible raid card that supported raid5 (i know there are several out there that do 0,1,0+1, etc....but i wanted some level of fault tolerance). it doesn't have to be a top-of-the-line card, seeing as there will be, at most, 3 concurrent connections.

my distro of choice is debian, as that is what i have the most experience with.

thanks for any input.
Kernel bug or my hardware?
I am currently using Kernel-2.6.5 on Slackware-9.1. Its currently running on a Pentium III/I686. However I have noticed something rather odd. Every time I have to reboot (which isn't very
often), I notice that I lose the keyboard...Literally. I get no response whatsoever. The only way I have found thus far to get the keyboard working again is, while the machine is booting,
the keyboard and switch it over to the opposite PS/2 port. I have rebooted many times to replicate the problem, and every time the port is reversed. So in other words, I have to keep switching
the keyboard over every time I reboot. I tried plugging in the spare mouse I have just to see if its the keyboard driver somehow bailing out because of it because it can't find a mouse (I
compiled in support for PS/2 mouse), however I get the same symptoms. In fact its worse because of the fact that I'd have to reverse the mouse/keyboard instead of just the keyboard. I have
filed bug 2655 on bugzilla.kernel.org on this very problem, however I'm wondering if anyone here has ever experienced this? Thanks!

Current Mood: curious
BT Broadband and Linux Mandrake 10
Does anyone know how to make Linux Mandrake 10 connect to the net via BT Broadband, using their 2-wire USB adaptor thingy? I can't find anything along these lines in the DSL Howto.

Current Mood: stressed

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