@Ayespy Ta for the time & effort you put into that. It was interesting.
"It's perhaps not so much psychological as situational for many persons" ... i suspect that is not only a fair but probably also accurate summation... of why more people don't actually use Linux, but not [i humbly suggest] of some people's almost aggressive mindset of not even being curious. That's not applicable to you; on your own words you admitted curiosity, but that all your "other stuff" obstructs you. So, with that said, you're not one of the hypothetical "types" i was contemplating. Having a curiosity but not the wherewithal to investigate something new, is entirely sensible in my mind. Conversely having no curiosity in the first place, irrespective of temporal wherewithal, is the characteristic which really intrigues me.
That said, i'd just like to respectfully contradict something you touched on a few times, above. It's an old myth, when applied to many contemporary Nix distros & Desktop Environments, that it's "terminal or nothing" in Linux. Yes it's true that in terminal / console / command-line-interface a knowledgeable exponent [not me] can do phenomenal things. However, modern DEs including KDE, Xfce, MATE bring a very Windows-ish look & feel [if that's what is wanted] to Nix, & with these many users can perform grandly without ever needing to alternate GUI with CLI. That you can leverage your operability with CLI as well as GUI is one thing, but in no way is to imply that these GUIs provide anything but a simply remarkable suite of easy aesthetic point & click power to users who want it that way.
OK, I had another look at this. The package I refered to is the one you want, is it? But it doesn't work, whatever you do? At least that was my experience when I just gave it a try.
The reason is plain simple: The Equalizer 'installs' a new output device, and even sets it as default. However, Pulse remembers 'prefered' output devices based on application, so my music player just used the direct output.
Right-click the volume control in the panel, and click on the 'Audio Volume Settings'. Start your player, it should show up in the 'Application' Tab. There's a pulldown menu on the right, open it and select the 'LADSPA ...' output, and the equalizer will work.
At least it does for me
Well, well, well... it's now 3:20AM for me, but i just couldn't go to bed until i sussed this out, & happily now i have, at long last. I'm immensely grateful for your kind help -- vielen danke! Much of what you wrote i already knew, & had already done, but you definitely set me off in the right direction... as i followed through your steps in real-time, to ensure i wasn't overlooking/skipping something, i stumbled onto THE fault, although i do not know if the blame goes to the EQ, or to TW. Whatever, now that i know of the fault, i can simply work around it from now on. It's a huge relief to me, coz not only does it mean i do not have to return Lappy to Maui [yippee], but... i can now also confidently migrate my Tower to OSS FW once i have the time.
FYI, here's what i discovered. Oh, before that, i need to clarify my earlier grumbles about the EQ when i said it didn't work. It always did launch, always did let me operate the sliders, always did let me create & save custom profiles or select existing ones... it's just that the actual sound output from Lappy's speakers always still came from the normal audio device, not the EQ device. Here's why:
I ensured that all 6 items in "Audio Playback" correctly prioritised the EQ not the std device, eg:
I superimposed the EQ atop the System Settings Audio Volume window whilst streaming a Netflix movie in Vivaldi [of course], so that i could watch everything at once. To my surprise [& exactly as you had advised me - thanks again!], despite my defaults in #1 above, initially my marked button below did NOT show the EQ, but was still showing the std device. I had never checked this before, as it never occurred to me that my defaults in #1 above would be ignored. In the pic below, it only shows the EQ specifically coz i manually changed it before taking the screenshot. The instant i made that change, to my delight, for the first time in OSS TW, i was hearing the EQ output. Wow.
However, every single time i made ANY change to the EQ settings, instantly [& THIS is the fault] the output jumped back to the std device not the EQ, eg:
So now that i finally get to see what the damn thing was doing, the workaround whilst inelegant, is simple... plan ahead prior to starting my music / videos by getting the EQ Presets just how i want them & then do NOT touch them again, &/or do this IF i forget what i just said & accidentally do fiddle with the EQ --> bring up the tray popup, click the EQ icon on the RHS, observe the FALSE indication that it's already Default [yes it was, until i disturbed the EQ, when the std device kicked in again], click on the Default box anyway... & instantly the EQ takes over again:
IMO it really should not misbehave like this, but hey, so what, with your great help i now have a totally viable arrangement. Yay.
@Steffie Ha, another change of heart by me! To my surprise & amusement, from early this month i've found myself [willingly] looped back right to the beginning re an Office suite in Linux, to where i was when i first experimented with Linux in 2013 [back then i was still a Windows user]... ie, now once more i am using Libre Office, but this time around as my default, & for the most part rather liking it. This could not be a more extreme reversal of opinion by me if i tried!
Whilst in many ways my previously posted usage of MS Office 2010 Pro in a WinePrefix had continued to work well overall, i chose to revisit LO once more [& subsequently adopted it] early May coz:
There were various reasons of principle, as well as pragmatism, that drove me from Win to Linux in 2013/14, & my recent adoption of MS Office in Linux had been weighing on my conscience as implying i was still beholden to a company i dislike. It's been making me feel "dirty".
For security reasons i strongly prefer to run most of my installed Linux pgms sandboxed with FireJail, & that especially included MS Office given that it & Wine itself are widely regarded as potentially compromising a Linux user's security. However, to my disappointment i discovered that whilst running any individual MS Office pgm in FJ still worked fine, whenever i would launch any subsequent one [& after all, i commonly need Word & Excel simultaneously] they would both lock up, either instantly, or sometimes a bit later, needing both to be killed, with data loss. Running them naked [no FJ] worked well, but it just always felt "wrong" to me.
I rediscovered that LO v5.3.x, available via their PPA, has their MUFFIN "Ribbon" -- i much prefer ribbons over the older UI. Furthermore, compared to my earlier unhappy experiences with LO, i found that with v184.108.40.206:
a. Much better compatibility with most of my existing .docx, .xlsx & .pptx files that i retested [as long as i do not need to subsequently (in LO) need to edit them... for new docs, or when editing old ones is needed, see #f].
b. I learned how to customise the right-click context menu to give me most [albeit not all] of the functions i rely on from MS Office 2010.
c. I learned how to customise the Toolbar also to my tastes.
d. I serendipitously discovered several pretty cool features & functions i'd not realised, as i did #b & #c.
e. v5.3.x has done something nice with its font management & display. Earlier times that i tested LO Writer, my docs rendered "ugly", but now somehow with this new version they are "nice". Hmmm, i just realised; credit for that improvement might rest with LO, or possibly instead with my distro -- Mint 17.x KDE4 when i first tested LO in 2013/14, but [the more sophisticated??] Maui Plasma5 nowadays.
f. Whilst the LO .docx, .xlsx & .pptx files compatibility is notionally good, in practice i found it to be dangerously untrustworthy, frequently damaging some of my docs [either LO-edited MSOffice-originated ones, or LO-originated ones in MSOffice2010 file-type] when later reopened. In contrast, the LO default ODF file format [which gave me hideously bad incompatibility pains when first tried in 2013/14] now seems to be quite excellent for my docs. Weird how some things can totally turn-around!
g. Whilst the method seems arcane even labyrinthine, i learned how to customise Writer's & Calc's Default templates to match my needs.
h. Again the method is unnecessarily indirect, but i worked out how to edit Calc's Comments' format, balloon size & position.
i. I discovered Calc's cell Validation with Pick Lists, important for me in Excel, & which initially i thought was missing in LO.
j. Being a native Linux pgm suite, LO completely unlike MS Office in WinePrefix, & also actually better than WPS Office for Linux, really excellently integrates with all my Plasma5 colour schemes, themes, & KWin Desktop Effects. Cool!!
Whilst overall this new LO version has proven surprisingly pleasant & powerful for me [hence it's now my default], it's not all ponies & rose-petals:
Its current MUFFIN ribbon is not user-editable
Calc seems not to have cell/column filtering based on cell colour [bummer]
I have not yet deduced how to make my MS Office macros work in LO.
Not the end of the world, but disappointing, is the inability to pin specific "Recent" docs to the Recent menu, for those files i need to frequently open [MS Office 2010 & WPS Office both do this well].
All in all, this latest LO has made me almost entirely have to rescind my original negativity about LO. I am happy to be now proven wrong [or at least, that my earlier views have been rendered obsolete]. Yay.
Tower & Lappy = Maui Linux 17.03 x64 Plasma 5.9.3.
Vivaldi 1.10.845.3 (Official Build) dev (64-bit)
Linux Mint 18.1 with Cinnamon. It works great to me. Install lot of software and it's already fast and stable (actual pc is not that performing hardware). Plans for the future is Mint on KDE... when i buy new pc, and try some distro's (Manjaro, Antergos) with this one that i'm using now.
Anyone got news about Pardus?
Netflix seems to fail in getting a progressive team for good server-sided programming. Struggling around with HTTP header User Agent is a technique from 2000 when all was "Optimied for XYZ browser". A No-Go!
ArchLinux >>> ALL
Fedora for me is not cool, because he broken my GRUB 2.0beta, by the stupid grub Fedora... and with that, my Windows boot is broken, he explain me "Windows Sign is invalid", approximately message...
For me Fedora, this NO !
As to doing something complicated - you can do it on Linux, you just need to figure out how. Different things are complicated compared to Windows - but believe me, Windows isn't actually simpler, just more familiar.
Installing to different locations comes from my Windows habits. I never liked using the 'Program Files' folders. I like to keep the OS on a small partition with nothing else on it. I move my user (Pictures, Documents, etc.) folders to another drive. And then I like to keep my programs an another drive.
I like to keep everything separate so I have to do less if Windows gets messed up and I need to re-install, or a hard drive inevitably dies. Even better, I like to use portable programs, when available. That way you don't need to really re-install any programs. It let's me get up and running faster. I can pretty quickly pull from a backup.
My setup might not even save myself a significant amount of time, but it's the way I've been doing things for a while and just mentally, that's where I know everything is organized. So when I try Linux I feel a bit lost. I'm thinking I need to find the .exe file or something.
what youre describing for partitions seems simple. i used to do it. when you install, manually configure partitions. configure a seperate partition for /home where user files are stored. you have the option to encrypt or format the partition during install. if you dont do either, you can save user files between installations. simpler still, you can have a non-system fat32 partition. i use one to transfer files between windows and linux on my dual-boot system. if you want, you can encrypt the non-system partition with a mutually supported tool like veracrypt.
if i install drivers on deb system, i can connect the scanner to a windows virtual machine. i cant if im connecting to windows through a rpm operating system with proprietary drivers installed. mostly tested rpm on fedora, would i need to expand repositories? system says that drivers are installed. i thought it would at least be able to bridge usb port to virtual machine, but there is an error with device being read.
Are you the author/coauthor of this post? Until today I couldn't convince myself taking steps toward Joe's Window Manager.
As for JWM: I am a longtime user (& lover, because of its ease of use and configuration) of fluxbox. I knew jwm, when i was a bit involved in testing an adaptation of lubuntu with jwm for g3 and g4 macs. All what i can say is, that jwm is extremely leightweight (lighter than any other *box) and very very sbappy. Moreover, it has a really nice feature of "pseudo"tililing which turns very handy when it comes to, for example, compare 2 versions of a text or to translate. Sure, fluxbox is a bit easier to configure (while openbox is more complicated IME). BTW, spacefm has a nice feature which dribbles around udev: it's called udevil and allows an uncomplicated mounting of usb devices on the fly (without udev and/or policykit).
…Devuan will come, when the actual testing version (ascii) will become stable, with vdev in place of udev. ...
Devuan Jessie and Devuan Ascii are very usable to me, even if the status is still beta. XFCE, Mate, and Fluxbox seem to be suitable environments to work on. At least Vivaldi could be installed and behaves as expected. Do you think there will be a fast decision about the device management?
The decision has been made: It will be vdev in the first stable release of devuan; in this moment there is strong testing going on. Because the lead devs of devuan would like to continue the tradition of debian: May be a bit slow, but try to be as stable and solid as possible.
… Gnome as a desktop option for a systemd free distro is a no-go ...
Gnome, KDE, Unity, Cinnamon, etc - discussion about the desktop environments won't stop but I never understood why someone who doesn't earn money that way would try so hard to convince someone else to use a specific environment. I would be happy, if there was also in future a choice - preferably not only a Hobson's choice!
I do not know for the other 3 but for gnome it's a fact, that it is tightly indented with systemd. Or better: Gnome is one of the major reasons for the existence of systemd. So, and that's why slackware decided to drop support for Gnome (just serveral years ago), when you will avoid systemd Gnome is a no go. (Btw, there is still Mate, which practically is an upgraded and modernized version of gnome 2). It doesn't have to do anything with personal preferences (although i am well aware of all this desktop discussions. I, for one, try to avoid them, my preference rather is leightweight).
Frankly, i think with jwm (as well as with any other *box or pekwm) + pcmanfm or spacefm you CAN build a nice desktop with icons and all wistles and bells - which is not MY preference; i do not need icons on the desktop. I use plank as a launcher bar and xdgmenumaker to make a dynamic built-in right-click menu. That's it (If you have a closer look on the link you mentioned above, you'll see …:) ).
… - ceteris paribus - ...
'all else unchanged' ? Didn't you tweak your operating system to the utmost?
I meant, under pari conditions. The manjaro jwm (systemd) takes a bit more than manjaro jwm openrc to boot (in qemu).