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Off Topic / Viruses.
« on: June 03, 2014, 11:37:33 AM »
Someone who was on my family's computer downloaded a file called simcity2000dos-setup.exe and ran it. Now it's filled with all sorts of stuff. Adware, browser hijackers, viruses, etc. I'm going to try to do a full scan with malwarebytes, but I know that it won't get it all. Any suggestions on what programs I should use to get rid of all of it?

All this and I still can't convince them to switch to Linux.
Note to self: Don't ever mention Linux unless people are already talking about it.

Off Topic / MS-DOS open source! Kinda...
« on: May 26, 2014, 07:37:33 PM »

I don't know all the details, but now we can look at the source code, but not do anything with it. I think...

You may use, copy, compile, and create Derivative Works of the software, and run the software and Derivative Works on simulators or hardware solely for non-commercial research, experimentation, and educational purposes.
You may not distribute or publish the software or Derivative Works.

So you can forget around with it if you want to learn how it was made. Cool I guess.

Off Topic / Virtualbox Help (Arch Linux)
« on: May 25, 2014, 06:22:49 PM »
I installed virtualbox and got an iso for android x86.
I made a new VM and tried to boot from the iso.
However, I cannot actually get it to boot because an error comes up stating that I do not have the required drivers.
It suggested that I install a package called virtualbox-host-modules, but I already have that.
I tried all of the solutions listed in the error window, but none of them changed anything.
I then rebooted my computer after trying the solutions again, but that didn't work.

Off Topic / Laptop suggestions?
« on: May 17, 2014, 04:23:18 PM »
I want to get a Windows 8 laptop, but I don't know which one to get. My budget is around $300. I don't really want all of those useless features like a touchscreen, or turning into a tablet. I just want a standard laptop with decent hardware.

Off Topic / Nasa has a livestream on the ISS.
« on: May 10, 2014, 02:18:59 PM »
Ever wanted to see live video of the earth from a space station? No? Too bad.

Off Topic / Badly drawn blockhead avatars?
« on: April 25, 2014, 02:53:45 PM »
I've seen a lot of them around, and I really hope that it's a joke. Like, seriously are they all making fun of someone?

Off Topic / Is this a good laptop?
« on: April 18, 2014, 06:56:20 PM »

My old laptop broke yesterday and I wanted to get a Windows 8 one so I could dual boot it with Manjaro Linux. I noticed that this one was $150 off and it was a touchscreen laptop. Is this one worth the price it's at?

Off Topic / Convince me to switch to Firefox.
« on: April 16, 2014, 12:30:29 PM »
I currently use Google Chrome, but I have been wondering why people like Firefox so much. Try to convince me to switch by listing good and useful features that it has and chrome doesn't.

Features so far:
Better browsing data management

Off Topic / Random applications acting erratically?
« on: April 12, 2014, 05:13:36 PM »
Whenever I put my mouse over any of the "Add BBC tags:" buttons in the topic editor, Chrome just shuts off. No error message or anything. Anyone else having similar issues?

EDIT: Now I've found that it's something with my computer that's wrong.
If it helps, I am currently running the latest version of Manjaro Linux with 13 wm.

Off Topic / Pacnet still lurking?
« on: April 08, 2014, 03:12:50 PM »

Off Topic / linux_megathread_3.pkg.tar.xz -- Post your desktop!
« on: March 22, 2014, 09:09:18 PM »
Linux Megathread 3.0

Because the old one died a while ago.

What is Linux?
Linux is, in simplest terms, an operating system. It is the software on a computer that enables applications and the computer operator to access the devices on the computer to perform desired functions. As an open operating system, Linux is developed collaboratively, meaning no one company is solely responsible for its development or ongoing support. Companies participating in the Linux economy share research and development costs with their partners and competitors. This spreading of development burden amongst individuals and companies has resulted in a large and efficient ecosystem and unheralded software innovation.

What different distributions are available?

Ubuntu is currently the most popular Linux distribution, and the world's most popular open-source OS. This is a good starting point for Linux beginners. The default Desktop Environment, Unity, is a bit slow, but many other DE's are available from the Ubuntu Software Center(sort of like an appstore for ubuntu). The community support is amazingly helpful. They have just about any problem you can think of already handled.

Debian is the most basic Linux distro you can ask for. Pretty much completely vanilla. Ubuntu and all of its variants stem from Debian. It comes with two DE's pre installed, GNOME and XFCE. You can always get a different one if you want.

Linux Mint is good for both experienced users and beginners. It has a wide variety of DE's to choose from as well.

Arch Linux is sort of like the final boss of Linux distros. It's probably the most difficult to use distro out there. New users should steer clear of this one. Also, you shouldn't ask their community for help. Apparently, they're just a bunch of starfishs. Sound familiar?

Manjaro is a more user-friendly alternative to Arch. It is based on arch, but it is ready to use right out of the box. No partitioning, or lists of required packages, or bleeding-edge software. And since it's based on Arch, you can use the all-knowing amazingly helpful Arch Wiki. It's Arch made easy.

Elementary OS is a project that stems from Ubuntu. Like Ubuntu, Elementary has it's own special desktop environment called pantheon. If you like Mac OS x, then you will like this because the interface is pretty much the same. It's not as lightweight as other distros, but it looks amazing. If you prefer convenience and looks, but don't care for customization or lightweightness, this is what you are looking for.

And more!

That's great, but what do I use it for?
Linux is a very flexible platform. It works really well on lower-end computers. If you've got a laptop that is struggling to run Windows, then this is the OS for you. It is also extremely useful for networking. If you want a server computer, then this is something you should look out for.

How do I install it?
On each website linked above, there is a download link somewhere for an iso. Burn that iso to a disc and then you have your install disk. After that just boot from it. It will tell you how to do the rest.

Where do I get news about Linux?
Right here!

If you want support for a problem you are having, and the users here can't figure it out, then take a look at the Debian Wiki or post a topic on the distribution's forums. They'll figure it out for ya.

I know it's short for a megathread. I'll add more later.

Off Topic / Is this a good computer?
« on: March 21, 2014, 04:43:41 PM »
This one right here.

And if not, can you recommend me a good one that is $300 or less? (I have amazon prime and I am eligible for those discounts BTW)
Note: My definition of "good" is very broad. My current gaming platform is a laptop with Intel integrated graphics.

General Discussion / Badspot's Block Party?
« on: March 17, 2014, 09:16:47 AM »
Something tells me it's not like it used to be.

Waaay back when Badspot hosted the first one it had a huuuge terrain build with great detail and work put into it.
But the newest one just looks like a mess.
Anyone know what happened? At this point it's nothing more than a freebuild.

Game Modes / C.T.F. Battlegrounds
« on: March 15, 2014, 07:23:19 PM »
C.T.F. Battlegrounds

Everyone has seen this default map when they first bought Blockland, but how many people actually played on it? I have set up this classic map to use Greek2Me's Slayer CTF addon. As stated in the description of the map, this is the battlegrounds for the war of good vs. evil. It consists of two castles, one of which is seen in the above picture. Each player can wield the sword, the bow, or the spear. The goal of this gamemode is to infiltrate the enemy castle and escape back to your castle with the enemy's flag. You win by getting five flag captures. The map was originally made by Jirue.

This gamemode requires that you have GameMode_Slayer and GameMode_Slayer_CTF.
It will not work without those packages.

Off Topic / What DE does SteamOS use by default?
« on: March 07, 2014, 10:22:17 PM »
I currently use the default unity DE with Ubuntu 12.10 LTE. I would like to start using a different one where I can customize a bit more than I can in unity. Any ideas?

Bonus question: What DE does SteamOS use by default?

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