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#1 Re: News & Announcements » The end. » 2015-02-06 16:41:32

Ah, bittersweet.  I came to Crunchbang after switching my household computers to Linux.  Ubuntu was getting too bloated but I didn't have the time to make raw Debian look the way I wanted; I wanted to spend more time on the commandline but didn't feel like going all Gentoo-like.  Crunchbang really hit the sweet spot for me.  Thoughtful defaults and a great-looking UI that just got out of my way so I could focus on what I was doing.

Corenominal, no, Phillip: Sir, you are a gentleman and I thank you for all the time you put into this project.
bobobex: Thank you, thank you for granting Corenominal the time to work on this project for all of us, and for your presence in the forums.
Moderators: You've been doing an awesome job of keeping the forums civil, friendly, and technical.  Hat's off to you!

Crunchbang FTW!

#2 Re: Help & Support (Testing/Unstable) » [Solved] Random crashes on laptop running waldorf 3.2.0-4-amd64 » 2013-02-11 13:03:35

I've got Waldorf installed on my Thinkpad x200 and my wife's x230.  Hers was experiencing crashes like thes a couple weeks ago, but mine was fine.  I installed the Liquorix kernel and that seems to have solved it.  Sorry, didn't record the kernel version that was causing the problems.

#3 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Liquorix kernel ? The good, bad ... ugly ? » 2012-07-09 17:02:31

I installed the Liquorix kernel because it looked interesting and once I tried my computer seemed snappier.  Everything was fine until this morning.

- I did an apt-get update/upgrade and noticed that the liquorix kernel was held back.
- Did a dist-upgrade with smxi.  Everything seemed fine.
- Then I tried to fire up to run a VM in VirtualBox (non-OSE) and it wouldn't work.  VBox complained that the "VirtualBox Linux kernel driver (vboxdrv) is either not loaded or there is a permission problem with /dev/vboxdrv".
- I tried running /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup as suggested in the pop-up but it complained that the kernel source was missing or some such.
- I wish I'd cut-and-pasted that message because after a reinstall of VBox and booting with an earlier kernel /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup is now missing.

Update: Solved the VBox problem by uninstalling and reinstalling again. False alarm. But the issue of the kernel source being missing was worrisome.

#4 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » #! Movie List » 2012-06-27 06:46:03

Pi was one of my coolest movie experiences.  Went to see an advance screening after seeing a rack card in a record shop.  The card had almost no information on it, just the symbol, the digits of pi in tiny print, and a time and place.  There was no information on the Net (this was 1998).  It was a truly mind-altering experience.

I came out of that movie with a fascination for the aesthetic of the command-line and for weird/obsolete computing form-factors like the S-100 bus.  Researching the movie I discovered a real instance of  mathematicians building a supercomputer in their New York apartment: … _000362534

I also really like this Argentinian movie called Moebius that screened once at the UCLA Film School in the late 1990s.  It was a low-budget movie by a film teacher and his students about a Buenos Aires subway train that goes missing.  The city of course hires a topologist to figure out what's going on (of course!).  The spirit of Borges hangs over the film and it has an ending that feels kind-of like 2001.  Not ever released as far as I know. Saw it on Google Video once.

#5 Re: CrunchBang Talk » Why do you use #!Crunchbang » 2012-06-27 06:25:44

In no particular order:
- Coolest distro name evar.
- Looks really geeky, especially with a lot of terminals open.
- It gets out of my way when I want it to.  No extra chrome to distract.  It has the simplicity I want from a tiling window manager but with normal key commands.
- Debian Testing.
- The community comes up with cool hacks like dunst and crunchbox.
- Crunchbang makes my Thinkpad x200 feel like a new laptop.

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