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  1. I'm not taking an "elitist" bent with this thread at all. Go back and read the first sentence that I wrote. All I'm saying is that I think if a preson gets a computer they need to know more then just where the "Start" button is and how to fire up Firefox. For Linux users we really NEED to know "sudo apt-get update" and "sudo apt-get upgrade", those are two Terminal commands that are a must for keeping your system up to date. For ANY user it should be basic knowledge as to how to set up your desktop. Adding icons to your panel or setting up font sizes should just be a no brainer. I think a big part of the problem is that MicroSoft and Apple pretty much set up the desktop so that the end user has no real say in the matter. It's a "my way or the highway" kind of deal. You take what you get and if you don't like it well, too bad, you're stuck with it. Then you move to a Linux based Op System and you have all kinds of options, most of which you don't even know that you have until you look around a bit, that is IF you even bother to look around a bit since most are not use to tweaking or setting anything up. I've Distro Hopped so much that I can install a Distro without even thinking. Those Distros that I've liked with a MATE, GNOME 3 or now xfce Desktop are ones I can tweak to my likings without much effort and I'm learning stuff everyday about how to set them up to be even more to my liking. I think too many people (especially where computers are conserned) have been taught "don't mess with it" but with Linux you're suppose to mess with it, that's why I love Linux so much. I can add a start button or weather widget to my panel. I can add programs easily with "sudo apt-get install", I can do so many things on Linux that I either couldn't do or didn't know I could do on my iMac and that just really makes me love Linux all the more. I don't see how everyone doesn't get fired up about the power that Linux brings to us and how they can't just jump in there and learn all they can to get the most out of that power. It really is half of the fun of having a computer, being able to actually "DO" stuff other then just surf the web or check e-mail.
  2. I was going to mention cars. I've worked on my own cars all of my life and unless it's something that takes special tools or is in other ways too much of a job for me to do then I"m the one who does it. I work on my own firearms, computers, do repairs around the house including plumbing, electrical, ect. I'm just a DIY kind of guy I guess, mostly because of the money it'd take to pay someone else to do it and partly because I know I'll do the best job possible and not just half do it. I just think if a person owns a car, computer or whatever they need to have at least a very basic knowledge of how to maintain it or they shouldn't own it. A bit more rant to add to my original rant and your rant Cooper. ;)
  3. Let me preface by saying I'm not a computer genius by any stretch of the imagination BUT I can do basic stuff like load an op system, set it up the way I like it, install basic software through a software center of via a .deb package, ect. Why is it that so many people have and use computers but have no Earthly Clue how to do even simple tasks on them? I talked to my daughter-in-law to wish her happy birthday the other day and somehow(not like I'd say anything,LOL) we got on the subject of computers. She said they were getting their laptop back from repair and she was complaining about how much it'd cost for Anti-Virus Software. I mentioned Linux and she said "Yah, but Macs are so expensive." and I had to explain to her that Macs use OS-X, Linux runs on PC's. They she said they were getting the internet and I told her about how fast Linux would run on her laptop and I guess she thought I was saying something about the internet because she started talking about how much it cost for faster internet and I had to back track her and told her that I was actually talking about the operating system on the computer and not the internet. I told her I'd burn her off a couple DVD's, one of Point Linux and one of SolydX and she could install them on her computer and she'd not have to worry about buying anti-virus software or getting malware and stuff. She thought that was a good idea but I'd be willing to bet that she'd not be able to install the Distro and even if she did she'd not understand that you can tweak stuff to set it up the way you like it, that's it's not Windows where it's the MicroSoft way or the Highway. Then I started thinking about how I'm going to have to walk her through getting the clock and date set up, how I'll probably have to talk her through doing "sudo apt-get update" and "sudo apt-get dist-upgrade" to get things up to date. I just can't understand why EVERYONE doesn't know how to do that stuff, LOL. Seems like pretty basic knowledge to me. Oh well, guess I'll just have to suffer through getting her up to speed with Linux and hopefully she'll take the ball and run with it after she's using it for a while. I mean there's plenty of great Linux forums to ask questions on and plenty of web sites with info it's just that a person has to stop being so helpless and actually make an effort to learn about stuff. I don't mind helping out but there comes a point where it's kind of a "get off your butt and learn it for yourself" kind of deal. Anyway, guess this has turned into a little bit of a rant but I just had to vent a bit and get this off of my chest, LOL See ya'll on the forums.
  4. Ok, just to add to this thread. On April 15th Debian Testing will get Gqrx so anyone running a Distro that's based on Debian Testing like SolydX can simply download Gqrx(and hopefully all of the Dependencies) using Synaptic Package Manager. Thank God, my prayers have been answered. I can move from Kali and all that "extra" drive filling stuff that I don't use to SolydX and still get my SDR on. WooooHooooo.
  5. I wish some of ya'll lived near by so you could come over and give me some lessons in stuff like this. I've learned a lot in the last year but dang, there's just some stuff where you need someone sitting next to you to walk you through it. I appreciat the info, I'll try to use it if I get to that point but for now it looks like I'm just going to take the easy way out and run Kali. So I eat up a bit more drive space with all the extra stuff that I have no clue as to how to use, not a big deal as long as I can get my SDR on. ;)
  6. I stayed up late last night tracking down Dependencie packages for the Gqrx.deb file that I'd downloaded. After around 16 .deb packages later it still won't work even though all the so called "Dependencies" are installed. I have no gqrx icon in my list and when I open it in terminal I get this: linux; GNU C++ version 4.8.2; Boost_105400; UHD_003.005.005-0-unknown gr-osmosdr 0.1.1 (0.1.1) gnuradio built-in source types: file osmosdr fcd rtl rtl_tcp uhd hackrf bladerf rfspace Using Volk machine: sse3_32_orc gr-osmosdr 0.1.1 (0.1.1) gnuradio built-in source types: file osmosdr fcd rtl rtl_tcp uhd hackrf bladerf rfspace Using device #0 Realtek RTL2838UHIDIR SN: 00000001 Kernel driver is active, or device is claimed by second instance of librtlsdr. In the first case, please either detach or blacklist the kernel module (dvb_usb_rtl28xxu), or enable automatic detaching at compile time. usb_claim_interface error -6 FATAL: Failed to open rtlsdr device. Trying to fill up 1 missing channel(s) with null source(s). This is being done to prevent the application from crashing due to gnuradio bug #528. terminate called after throwing an instance of 'boost::exception_detail::clone_impl<boost::exception_detail::error_info_injector<boost::math::rounding_error> >' what(): Error in function boost::math::round<f>(f): Value -inf can not be represented in the target integer type. I'm totally stumped at why it's not working. I mean I know I had zero luck with tar.gz files and with git hub but dang, I can't even get it to work with .deb packages. Am I just doomed to run Kali to get my SDR on or what?
  7. If you have luck with the tar.gz. I've had zero luck with doing that and I'm even having trouble with .deb packages too. I installed 16 .deb packages to get all the dependencies for gqrx last night and it stil won't run. I've even put the Kali Repos into my SolydX sources.list and even fixed the Public Key for Kali and I'm still having trouble with osmo and a couple other things not being installed. It's a big ol' cluster frick and for me right now the ONLY way to get my Gqrx on is to install Kali and run with it. I really wish I didn't have to go that route because of all teh other stuff that Kali has that I don't need that only takes up hard drive space but ya' got to do what ya' got to do.
  8. Well, messing with fstab ended up borking my wife's Netbook. Guess I'll reinstall the op system and leave it alone. So a few extra writes to the SSD will only let it last 5 years instead of 10, probably won't have the Netbook in 5 years anyway,LOL Lesson learned, sometimes ya' just have to leave well enough alone.
  9. https://packages.debian.org/source/testing/gqrx-sdr Gqrx has moved into Debian Testing so it should be available soon in Debian package managers for download. This should mean that I 'll be able to go into Synaptic, type in "Gqrx" and have it come up for install, no more fuss, no more muss. Can't hardly wait. Good News, Good News. Also, just to add to this. Synaptic in Kali has Gqrx, Snyaptic in SolydX doesn't. I know they pull from different Repos so my question is, which Kali Repo has the Gqrx in it so I can add it to sources.list and update my packages to pull it into my SolydX install?
  10. Good, I can use all the help that I can get. I actually have no idea how to do that.
  11. Oh, I know all about Epic Fails, LOL. Like the time I used "sudo apt-get autoremove" to clean up my system and instead of just taking out orphaned stuff it started eating the entire install, yep, I've had a few Epic Fails in my short, just over a year long Linux adventure, LOL.
  12. I added "rw" back in at the beginning. Also someone on another forum said that "fstrim" would be a better way to go then "discard" so do you think I should replace "discard" with "fstrim" instead?
  13. On my wife's Netbook with a SolydX install in fstab after ext4 it had an "rw,errors=remount-ro 0 1" so do I leave the "rw" and just add the other stuff or do I take out the rw and add the other stuff?? Ok, update, I removed the "rw" and added "discard,noatime,nodiratime" so it's like the example in the above post. Rebooted and all seems well. Now sure what difference it makes but hopefully it'll help that little SSD in the Netbook live longer and keep the ones that I'm going to install in my #1 and in Jr. living longer as well. ;)
  14. If you get a chance give this thread a read: https://forums.hak5.org/index.php?/topic/31717-got-my-sdr-kit-now-what/ You'll see that trying to compile from a .tar.gz or git hub was an epic fail on my part. I wish I knew how to simply transfer the SDR stuff from Kali to a USB stick so I could then transfer it over to another Debian Distro but I just don't have that kind of knowledge in my Linux journey at the moment.
  15. Good link, thanks. I checked the SSD info on my wife's Netbook and didn't see a "discard" in the fstabs. like it is here: Add discard to your ssd drives or partitions, after ext4 UUID=bef10b86-494d-41c6-aa46-af72cfba90fd / ext4 discard,errors=remount-ro 0 1 I think I'll go back in and add that to fstabs. Also this looked interesting: Add noatime,nodiratime to your ssd drives or partitions, after ext4 UUID=bef10b86-494d-41c6-aa46-af72cfba90fd / ext4 discard,noatime,nodiratime,errors=remount-ro 0 1 Think I'll go do that on her Netbook to test it out. That way when I get my SSD's on Wednesday and get my Op System installed I'll already know a bit about these tweaks.
  16. I'm finally moving from HDD's to SSD's in a couple of my laptops and wonder if there's any tips or tricks I should use to help get longer life out of em'? I'll be using a Debian Distro(Kali or maybe SolydX) and the SSD's will be 32GB Kingston units. I've read that I should set aside 10% as Unallocated so the SSD won't get filled up(no real chance of that, just be running the Distro on it, I do storage on an external HDD) because as they fill up they slow down. Also there's some stuff about doing a tweak to fstab to enable TRIM but shouldn't ext4 already have TRIM enabled?? If there's any SSD Gurus on the forum I'd love to pick your brains and see if there's anything "special" that I need to do after I install the SSD other then install the Distro on it. Thanks in advance.
  17. SolydX Home Edition IS "Testing" and I've looked in Synaptic and Gqrx isn't there. I've ask over at the SolydXK forums if the Devs could add Gqrx to their Repos so that it'd be a simple task of checking the box and doing the install. Guess I'll have to wait and see if they add it or not. In the mean time I'll be stuck using Kali and hoggin' up space on my SSD(when it gets here) just so I can have SDR support.
  18. As much as I love Kali and as easy as it is to use the pre-installed Gqrx that comes with it I'd still like to be able to get Gqrx working on a "normal" Distro like SolydX or Point Linux. I've even tried to install SDR# using PlayonLinux (which uses WINE) in my SolydX install with no luck at all. Is there any easy way to get SDR working under a standard Debian install or am I going to be stuck using Kali. Main reason I ask is because I'm moving to SSD's in my #1 and Jr. and they're only going to be 32GB so I'd like as light of a Distro as I can get. My #2 will still have a 120GB HDD but I'll be running SolydX on it and I'd like to move to SolydX on the other two as well but I'd also like to be able to play with my SDR dongle and even get ADS-B working. Why is something that should be so simple being so hard to do for me?
  19. Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner. It's more about rigging stuff to work or modifying stuff then it is about getting into someone's bank account or web site. You can be a "Hacker" and never touch a computer. Anyone who's dropped a V8 into a Chevy S-10 is a "Hacker" or someone who's had to make a part for something to get it working is a "Hacker". I've been a Hacker all of my life but I've just started messing with computers over the last year or two. Still can't use any of the tools in Kali, not even WireShark but I do have fun with SDR.
  20. My guess was some kind of tracking cookie or similar.
  21. Been looking for another Netbook or a Tablet on EBay and after hanging out there last night I ran ClamTK and found 66 "infected" web pages in my cache. I cleaned everything up then just to test it I went back this a.m. for a little while and sure enough ended up with 10 more. I cleaned them up and did some more surfing on Facebook, Linux Forums, Google+ and here and only found 1 afterwards. This is telling me that there's something going on with EBay and that if I'd not been running a Linux based OS I'd probably have been in really deep doodoo. So, does anyone know exactly what's going on with EBay, what is this "infected" web page stuff? Thanks.
  22. I think it's a good idea. That way you'd not have to be stuck running Windows.
  23. Watched the Linux Action Show on Sunday night and they reviewed a Distro called SolydXK which is Debian Testing with either an xfce or KDE DE environment. Having played with both in the past and not liking KDE because it's just too tweakable(go figure, LOL) I went with SolydX with the xfce DE. The one thing that's always kept me from liking xfce was the stupid clock. I couldn't easily get it set up to 12hr time or get it set with Day, Month and Date, it was always a PITA so I'd just give up and go back to a Distro with either MATE or GNOME 3 Classic shell. Well, the guys at SolydX got it figured out and now it's uber simple to get the clock and day,date and time set up. I am having to get use to my panel being on the bottom of the screen but that's not a huge deal. Also, I did have a problem with the install only giving me the option of the i486 kernel so my Core Duo processor was only using a single core so it was really slowed down. The fix was to install Grub Customizer so I could set the installed i686 kernel as the first option in grub(it wasn't showing up at all before I did this) and now it boots to the newer kernel so both cores are working. Anyway, if someone is looking for something light like the xfce DE with a somewhat cutting edge Distro like Debian Testing then give SolydXK a look, you might like what you see.
  24. So you're runing ADSBScopt under Wine then so it's not an actual Linux program. Maybe I'll need to give that a try. Thanks.
  25. I've been able to get rtl_adsb piped over to using netcat but don't know what to do with it or where to go from there. I'm sure Kali has something pre-installed to pull up a map view of the data but I don't know what it is or how to do it.
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