Techno Tips and News

Text based internet browsing; Brute-force dual booting; Gnome may kill KDE; Backup your Linux stuff.I have been accused of not being sufficiently committed to truly geeky intefaces. This happened when I asserted that Lynx is/was not a true browser since it is text based. Well, screw that. I’ve now tweaked my Firefox browser to be a Text-Only Interface. You can do it too. Instructions are here.An interesting way to have a dual-boot PC (with, say, two versions of Linux, or maybe one version of Linux and some other operating system) is described in this post at Computer Bob’s blog. Bob uses a removable hard drive system, and simply swaps the hard drives depending on which system he wants to run.You are familiar with the PC vs. Mac discourse, which is akin to any inter-faith dialog between, say, tribal groups who have hated each other since the beginning of time. I’ m not sure that the Gnome (pronounced Ge-nome, roughly) vs. KDE x-server desktops (basically, Linux front ends) is a vitriolic, but sometimes it seems to be. According to Inside Edge, it appears as though Gnome is overtaking KDE as the main desktop, owing to a number of factors. If you are Gnome user, this may not matter to you. If you are a KDE user it does. Most likely you are a PC or a Mac user and stopped reading this paragraph up around where I was telling you how to pronounce “Gnome.” The post of interest is here.Howto Forge…

…describes how to set up, configure and use Timevault on Ubuntu 7.10. The resulting system provides a powerful backup system for desktop usage. TimeVault is a simple front-end for making snapshots of a set of directories. Snapshots are a copy of a directory structure or file at a certain point in time. Restore functionality is integrated into Nautilus – previous versions of a file or directory that has a snapshot can be accessed by examining the properties and selecting the ‘Previous Versions’ tab.

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5 thoughts on “Techno Tips and News

  1. Greg, I’m sure you don’t want to be passing along disinformation. “Gnome may kill KDE” is a typical tech headline scaraficing accuracy for brevity. The article you link to at least uses a slightly more informative title: “Has GNOME finally killed off KDE in the Ubuntu interface wars?” And it’s only a short term issue for Canonical (a commercial company) and not Linux users (or even Ubuntu users) in general.

  2. Trin: You are probably right, and see my other posts reporting on the new KDE.Personally, I look forward to the new version of KDE. There are many aspects of KDE that I like. I have chosen to use Gnome because it simply works better for me, but I won’t shun the new KDE.

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