I usea acer n260g as my main computer which I bought about 2 years ago for a song at the time (£185 sterling). It has 1gb ram, a 160gb hard disk and the atom n270 cpu. Initially I had Crunchbang installed on it but 6 months ago I moved on to KDE (Debian Squeeze). I must say that it is a brilliant in a modest sort of way. It is snappy even with kde and does all that you need to do except cpu intensive tasks such as hd flash or image processing. The case fan is practically inaudible which is a great bonus too, when listening to music. I have the unit mounted onto the back of my monitor and have a separate cd rom player for when I need to burn cds. The unit is very modest in terms of energy consumed too.
ignorance on my part. I should have suspected. Some sites have an embedded mp3, ogg or wav player in the page therefore the browser will not need to open a separate page to play the files. A simple link to a sound file will on the other hands require the browser to open the file in a media player. Makes sense.
Now I just have to work out why opera won't open these files in mplayer or the vlc plugin etc. I am getting an error message about one of my plugins. Perhaps a reinstall of plugins might be in order!
Have had no luck googling this question.
I would like to open sound files directly in the browser of choice (opera, chromium or konqueror) rather than in an associated application vlc, mplayer. I have the full array of plugins installed (geckomedia-plugin etc). I have looked at browser options but have come up with nothing so far. I seem to remember opening sound files on a dictionary site within opera on my netbook so i must be missing something. It is extremely inconvenient constantly opening and closing a media application when dealing with lots of short sound files, hence my question.
Two months after my original posting I am still running Debian Squeeze kde 4.4 and am enjoying using it. I run it on two Atom 270 powered machines and, far from being slow as the previous poster suggested, it performs quickly and efficiently. Obviously not as fast as cb xfce but very well all the same.
It seems very solid, is not necessarily resource heavy (depending on whether you turn on compositing and run a multitude of desktop widgets) and so far hasn't gone Krunchbang.
@merellyjim I shall certainly check out Opensuse in greater detail as I agree with you that fewer variables should lead to greater stability.
I shall certainly be around the forum as it is such an informative and friendly place. I think I just needed to get this "kde confession" off my chest.
Like many things in life, it happened quite by accident! As the result of installing Mint KDE (Isadora) on my daughter's laptop after a Vista meltdown, I was, surprisingly, greatly impressed by the integration and quality of the core applications and the overall user experience of KDE. Quite shocking after my 2 years or so of minimalism on Crunchbang. I never thought that I would consider using, let alone install, such a "bloated" desktop environment and core system on my humble atom nettop. But it chugs along very nicely and responsively and I have been enjoying its many refinements.
Perhaps as the new year approaches I am at another crossroads in life and the time is only ripe to move on to another experience. From minimalism to maximalism: well not exactly, but I am amused by the irony of it. Time I think to shift distro shade from dark to blue, if you get my drift. Perhaps other areas in my life may well make similar shifts in direction!
I shall continue to check out the very informative crunchbang forums and would like to thank all those who have helped me during my time here. I shall continue to follow Corenominal's project very closely.
It has been a real pleasure.
I am using mobile broadband on the Italian TIM network and it works beautifully. No need for the software that comes with the internet key. The gnome network manager works a treat. Three also works well here in Florence, just as it does in the uk.
It is far less hassle than a microsoft installation in my experience. Vpn works really well too.
Well you can't avoid saving the file; then it's best to see the file in a browser rather than a preview pane which sort of brings us back to square one.
I use gedit with some of the IDE plugins to make development easier. Geany is good too. They run a lot faster than Aptana and Komodo and are a lot stabler.
I have found a temporary fix by removing GDM and also turning off Conky in the startup script. (Conky was doing some strange flickering during this period). Cpu usage has now returned to its normal 2-3% idle rate.
My netbook is even lighter now without GDM. After login, password and startx then the full desktop environment is up and running.
I am running Statler2 xfce and yesterday noticed a marked slowdown in my samsung nc10 netbook performance; with all other applications closed htop revealed the following process eating up cpu .
command:/usr/bin/x :0 -audit 0 -auth /var/lib/gdm/:0.Xauth -nolisten tcp vt7
Previously cpu idled at about 10%. The user is root unlike all the other processes:
Other than doing my usual apt-get upgrade, I have recently installed some third-party software for two dfferent types of internet keys (dongles).
I have found the following partitioning scheme has worked consistently well for me with statler on a variety of machines. If I remember well, the ext 2 flagged boot partition suggestion I found somewhere on the Debian site.
Boot - ext2 - 200mb (used 25mb) - boot flag turned on
Root - ext3 - 3.5gb (used 2.5gb)
Home - ext3 - 115gb
Swap - 2gb - (=2xram)
Though I understand the itch for new Linux experiences, isn't the point that we are already there and don't need to look for something else. Debian has so much to offer. It's the case of delving into the bonnet and seeing the beauty of its inner workings.
But then if that were the case, who would try out the new distros? Happy distro hopping! And let us know how it goes. Just in case I tire of looking under the bonnet!
If you are not doing video or sound encoding, the atom A270 cpu and 1 gig of ram will run like a race horse with #cb with most applications. That has been my own personal experience. Firefox with Minitube running uses approx 20% cpu. Gimp runs pretty snappily too. I do web development and feel no need to upgrade for more speed. Everything runs cool and quiet too.