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Beginner Question about Dual Booting

Wed, 2017-03-29 20:40

Hey all! I'm fairly new to Linux, but I am strongly considering making the switch from Win 10 to Manjaro, even if Linux sort of throttles video game performance (the numbers I've seen/read about wouldn't be noticeable to me). Though since I'm not 100% on it, especially since I tried dual booting openSUSE a few years ago and didn't really like it (mostly because I didn't understand how to use it nor did I bother to learn because I didn't think I had to) so I was thinking of picking up a cheap SSD and putting Manjaro on it, but keeping my Win 10 install and any storage (both on Linux and Windows) on the 1tb HDD I already have in there. My main question is this: can I have one OS on one drive and another on another while having all my storage for both OS's on the same drive (at least for now, if I like Linux, I might either move the 10 install over to the SSD or just scrap Windows entirely)? And if so, do I have to anything special during the install of Manjaro and/or any Linux programs? TIA everyone!!

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Second boot drive

Wed, 2017-03-29 20:39


So I am fairly new to linux. I am currently taking a C++ course and they have us use ubuntu through VMware. However, since i have two hard drives on my laptop, I was wondering how i could set it up so i could have a linux OS on one hard drive and my main windows OS on the drive it is already on. I want to be able to restart my computer and have the option to boot from either drive.

I looked it up on google and i have already cleared and partitioned my second drive. I am jut not sure how to go about installing ubuntu on the second drive and setting it up so i have a boot option on restart.

thank you!

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Shoutout to the Antergros Devs / Project Managers

Wed, 2017-03-29 19:52

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to give a shoutout to the Antergros devs and PM's for keeping this distribution alive.

Having tried quite a few distributions, Antergros is practically always the one that I end up coming back too. I love how simple it is to install, I love the inclusion of options to 'personalize' your install (giving you the choice to preinstall Chromium, AUR Support, Bluetooth, Steam + PlayOnLinux), and most of all I love not having to take an hour or more to install Arch the conventional way (though I haven't done so in quite some time, I should probably go through it in a VM and familiarize myself with the process).

Antergros is the first Linux Distribution that I've donated money too, and I really just wanted to vocalize my feelings about this great distro and make sure the people keeping it alive know that it's easily, no-question, my distro of choice!

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Hey, I just got a donation of six desktop all-in-one HP PCs for my non-profit. The catch is that they come without an OS.

Wed, 2017-03-29 19:04

I'm looking for an easy to use, low maintenance, linux distro. Low maintenance is a requirement simply because I work in education with High Schoolers who've never heard of anything other than IOS or Microsoft. Any suggestions?

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Why is gcc required to build the kernel?

Wed, 2017-03-29 18:09

Hey, quick question - might seem daft to some more experienced people here but my experience with Linux ends at actually using it - I've never played around with the source code or needed to build it myself. I read on a thread today about how Linux couldn't exist without gcc and the related compilation toolchain. I understand this historically, as gcc was the only FOSS compiler that was capable of doing the job, or the only one that the Linux devs had access to. Why is it still required now, however? There are several standards-compliant C compilers that anyone can use, clang being the obvious alternative. If you have access to it, the Intel C compiler is also standards compliant, as far as I'm aware. Surely C is C, no? Why are other compilers unable to compile Linux? Is it a licensing issue (eg. you can't compile a GPL product with a more permissively licensed compiler?) Does gcc support something that other compilers don't, like outputting non-elf executables? Which bit of the kernel relies on gcc-specific features? I tried to look for answers here on reddit and elsewhere but I could only find answers on how to use GCC to compile the kernel which isn't what I'm looking for.

Cheers. :)

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[META] Phoronix being caught by spam filter

Wed, 2017-03-29 17:46

It seems Phoronix is being spam filtered from this sub. I tested by submitting a link here and so far it hasn't shown up in /new.

I fully support heavily restricting Phoronix as I consider it spam for numerous reasons:

  • tons of ads

  • low to no content quality

  • Many articles of high speculation or baseless accusations

  • copy/pasting of email threads instead of linking directly to the source

  • reddit vote manipulation by its members

But we should probably make sure the community is aware of this ban as it has been a hot topic issue in the past:

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I can't use USB pen drives.

Wed, 2017-03-29 16:24


I can't seem to use pen drives on linux. Before i used Ubuntu, now I'm using Solus and i have the same problems.

I get errors when I'm copying files, i get corrupted files (e.g. i copied a .mp4 file, i was told the file stopped playing halfway through), i get errors when removing the pen drives, sometimes i get permissions errors. No matter if i use differet drives or fat, fat32, NTFS.

Wtf is going on? I have to use pendrives and i need to be sure the files i give to people are the same i have on my PC and they're working.

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Trusted source for ready-to-use virtual machines?

Wed, 2017-03-29 16:13

Is there a trusted source from which I can download ready-to-use virtual machines for VitualBox? The VM will be connected to the internet and I don't want to become part of a botnet by downloading from some dodgy site, so looking for a website people trust.

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which linux os for me?

Wed, 2017-03-29 15:13


I want to install Linux, but I dont know which one is the best for me.

I know few commands like sudo, chmod. I want a stable version, not getting new features as soon they are released until they are fixed. Also no "bugs". Something easy to install, I dont want to spam commands to have an OS operational. After the install finish, I want to use it immediatly instead of searching drivers.

I will install softwares like Apache, PHP, Mysql, maybe a SSH server, OpenOffice or LibreOffice, Chromium. If it can support Skype, it could be nice ( I saw few version of Linux on Skype website ).

Thanks :)

PS : sorry for bad english.

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So I was reading GNU's website...

Wed, 2017-03-29 14:55

In their "about" section they repeated constantly that distro we use to today are GNU/Linux and not just Linux(like to the point every paragraph mentioned this).

While I know this is true it just seemed very self serving, one paragraph even mentioned Linux only takes up about 3% of the source code of a distro while GNU takes up the largest majority, so simply calling it GNU rather than Linux would make more sense.

At the very end it makes a plea for people to stop saying Linux and say GNU/Linux instead.

Now, I completely understand Linux is just the Kernel and GNU is most of the OS packages(including shell) that make it usable to the average user. But I don't see the entirety of the big deal about just calling it Linux, since in reality Linux was the engine to GNU software becoming prevalent. The Hurd never came close to Linux's use in the Kernel world.

Lately Linux kernel has been the base of immensely popular systems like Android, but we call it Android and not Linux.

Maybe GNU is not liking the fact commercial products aren't getting buried under the term "Linux" like GNU is?

Now, Stallman is a genius, don't get me wrong. But I am just commenting on the rhetoric I got when I read all this.

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looking for disc rip automation program/script

Wed, 2017-03-29 13:36

brother has about 150-180 dvd's. sister has about 50. i have only 10. parents have about 30. all stored in the attic. folks are selling the house and im looking for a way to rip them all as automatically as possible. every guide/ program/ script i find is horribly out of date and doesnt work anymore. i dont have the bash fu skills to fix the scripts i do find.

ideally just want to put disc in, it gets ripped to a folder then spits disc out. only user interaction is inserting disc. anyone have any experience with a similar situation? the thought of having to do each one through handbrake manually is a bit daunting.

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[Help] Trying to create a SS-Musicbot on my Debian server

Wed, 2017-03-29 11:19

So, I own a Debian server where I host my teamspeak. The only way I am communicating with this server is through SSH (if that wasn't obvious).

Now I wish to create a musicbot that is hosted by the server itself, where I create a fake "player" entity that joins the teamspeak and streams music directly through a directory, or spotify (preferbly spotify).

The problem is; I am SUPER NEW to all that is Linux, so I have no idea where to start, what to read or think. Does anyone know how to do this and have some time to spare to help me? Links to relevant information is also super appreciated!

I'm Swedish, the spelling mistakes comes in the package!

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Is LinuxBrew needed for Linux?

Wed, 2017-03-29 11:18

I was surprised to find that HomeBrew was forked as LinuxBrew. I was under the impression that Homebrew was a fork of apt or pacman. What does Linuxbrew offer more than APT or pacman?

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Idea needed how to accomplish this task

Wed, 2017-03-29 10:24

I download podcasts to a machine with little amount of storage. Therefore I use Newsbeuter. The downloads are stored in ~/podcasts.

I want to automatically move this files to a directory on my NAS, which is password protected, every time the sum of the files sizes exceed 2 GB.

How may I reach this goal?

My idea was

a) creating a script that sums up the size of the files

b) export this filesize (value) to a variable

c) another script which moves the files to the NAS if the value is above 2 GB -> How to handle login to the NAS?

d) a cron job to run this every hour

I'm sure, this is not the right way, but I couldn't find a solution to this online.

Many thanks in advance.

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