Took the Ubuntu plunge

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxorator View Post
    Screensavers lost their meaning when people started using LCD displays.
    Yeah. I think most of them are actually exercises done by people learning GL.

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    MK27: The Radeon solution used in the Lenovo T43 laptop is DEFINITELY a 3D accellerated solution, and should have good 2D accelleration too.
    Okay, sorry...my last Toshiba is more than a few years old. Don't really like laptops as I ride a skateboard and tip on my chair

    I don't use ubuntu: do they package an ATI driver and install it by default?
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    I'm not sure about ATI driver, but the nvidia driver is installed by default (as a package), but you need to point (restricted driver) and click and type your sudo password to enable it.

    I have always installed NVIDIA proprietary 3D driver and they have given me no trouble at all. It also enables compiz (desktop effects).

    Intel integrated is good, too, with good (and even better, open source) drivers from Intel, except if you really need the performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxorator View Post
    Screensavers lost their meaning when people started using LCD displays.
    It's still nice to be able to prevent people from looking at your screen when you're away from your desk... (Just turning it off doesn't work because they can turn it back on)
    Code:
    //try
    //{
    	if (a) do { f( b); } while(1);
    	else   do { f(!b); } while(1);
    //}

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    windows key + L

    locks teh station, including the display, althoug screen savers that do so automagically are still useful in case you forget and walk away from your station.
    Until you can build a working general purpose reprogrammable computer out of basic components from radio shack, you are not fit to call yourself a programmer in my presence. This is cwhizard, signing off.

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    I believe the default shortcut for that on Ubuntu is Ctrl+Alt+L - I love the "leave a message" feature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brewbuck View Post
    It's still nice to be able to prevent people from looking at your screen when you're away from your desk... (Just turning it off doesn't work because they can turn it back on)
    Touch the mouse or the keyboard and the screensaver is gone... unless you take them with you of course.
    "The Internet treats censorship as damage and routes around it." - John Gilmore

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    Quote Originally Posted by abachler View Post
    windows key + L

    locks teh station, including the display
    At work, I type ctrl+alt+del (which is about the fastest non-trivial thing I can type since using MS-DOS) and press enter, but it doesn't seem to work with all versions (flavors? configurations?) of Windows XP.

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    I've been using Ubuntu for about 3-4 years now, but the out-of-the-box functionality of Jaunty in almost all respects simply amazes me If there is one flavor of linux that can give some tough competition to Windows, it is Ubuntu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxorator View Post
    Touch the mouse or the keyboard and the screensaver is gone... unless you take them with you of course.
    Never heard of a screensaver password?

    Anyway, yes, on Windows you can lock the workstation. Not all Linux desktops have such a feature separately from just a normal screensaver.

    My favorite is the IFS screensaver from the xscreensaver package.
    Code:
    //try
    //{
    	if (a) do { f( b); } while(1);
    	else   do { f(!b); } while(1);
    //}

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    Quote Originally Posted by brewbuck View Post
    Never heard of a screensaver password?

    Anyway, yes, on Windows you can lock the workstation. Not all Linux desktops have such a feature separately from just a normal screensaver.

    My favorite is the IFS screensaver from the xscreensaver package.
    Take the screensaver part away from the "screensaver password" feature, then you'll get a traditional locked workstation. Anyway, the screensaver serves no purpose.
    "The Internet treats censorship as damage and routes around it." - John Gilmore

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    Quote Originally Posted by medievalelks View Post
    After experimenting with a dual-boot config last year, I revisited this yesterday, this time letting the Ubuntu install wipe out my existing XP partition. 9.0.4 desktop on my IBM Thinkpad T43p. Installation was straightforward and a piece of cake.

    Things that make me happy so far:

    - installation was painless
    - wireless adapter a snap to configure
    - broadband adapter a snap to configure with my AT&T card
    - able to download photos from my Nikon digital camera out of box with F-Spot Photo Manager
    - snap to install packages like GVim and g++, that aren't installed out of the box
    - OpenOffice works with all of my spreadsheets and word docs

    The only snafu so far is that some of the screen savers completely lock the system up. Manual reset is the only recourse. I had to rename the screensaver executables that were failing so I don't accidentally lock up again when attempting to change it.

    Anyway, very happy so far. Last time I installed Linux was the late 90s with Red Hat. This was an order of magnitude easier.
    I use Ubuntu. Not out of choice but the fact that it was the only distro that works on my computer. I would prefer Debian, but this is fine other than the new 2d accelerators don't work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brewbuck View Post
    My favorite is the IFS screensaver from the xscreensaver package.
    I just installed xscreensaver, but IFS (and several others) are not available. Is there a secondary package I need to install to get the rest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxorator View Post
    Take the screensaver part away from the "screensaver password" feature, then you'll get a traditional locked workstation. Anyway, the screensaver serves no purpose.
    What purpose does a game serve?
    Code:
    //try
    //{
    	if (a) do { f( b); } while(1);
    	else   do { f(!b); } while(1);
    //}

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    Quote Originally Posted by medievalelks View Post
    I just installed xscreensaver, but IFS (and several others) are not available. Is there a secondary package I need to install to get the rest?
    Hmm. Did you install binary or source? Maybe the binary distro has been trimmed.

    I just downloaded the latest sourceball from here:

    XScreenSaver: Download

    And IFS is there...
    Code:
    //try
    //{
    	if (a) do { f( b); } while(1);
    	else   do { f(!b); } while(1);
    //}

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    Quote Originally Posted by brewbuck View Post
    What purpose does a game serve?
    The first time I saw a screensaver I'd taken a bunch of mushrooms at an Evergreen State College Phish show, and after ward we were wondering around the eerie dark Evergreen campus...my girlfriend noticed this fractal thing in one of the windows.

    It was only fascinating for so long but I can still see the pink, orange, purple, green swirls in my mind's eye.
    C programming resources:
    GNU C Function and Macro Index -- glibc reference manual
    The C Book -- nice online learner guide
    Current ISO draft standard
    CCAN -- new CPAN like open source library repository
    3 (different) GNU debugger tutorials: #1 -- #2 -- #3
    cpwiki -- our wiki on sourceforge

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