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Old 17. Jun 2011, 08:42 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Doesn't 7-Zip have a Linux version?
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Old 17. Jun 2011, 10:05 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Doesn't 7-Zip have a Linux version?
According to Synaptic, p7zip is installed in Bodhi yet I can't find it unless it happens to be terminal client in which case I was glad I used the Windows option
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Old 17. Jun 2011, 02:13 PM   #13 (permalink)
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When I installed 7zip it did not have its own GUI instead I could access 7zip via the context menu as depicted is this snapshot.

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Old 17. Jun 2011, 03:22 PM   #14 (permalink)
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For GUI, I usually use PeaZip, listed in freeware for Linux. It supports 7zip format.

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Thanks guys. PeaZip isn't listed in Synaptic and I don't want to break anything else by attempting to install something that isn't compatible, so I'll take a closer look at this later
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Had an hour to spare today so thought I'd revisit Fedora 15 Gnome 3.

Often first impressions can be misleading, especially with something radically different to the norm.

This time the network issues were still in evidence although after clicking the options window several times, a second window eventually appeared and allowed me to enter my DSL details. The broadband modem on the other hand was faultless. Nice for this to be the exact opposite of most other distros Once I managed to get the details set, the connections behaved fine no matter how many times I swapped between them. By chance, my modem was alternating between HSDPA and EDGE due to a weak signal but this didn't lose me the connection. Maybe the configuration issues are connected with the live CD and would be better with a full install although I can't see how this would make any difference.

After some time playing around with the new desktop I did begin to appreciate the logic of some of it, but not to any great extent.

What disappointed me most was the total lack of appearance options for things like themes and icons. Yes there are some tweak methods on offer in the forums but the killer post was that from an obvious Fedora stalwart who bleated that this distro was for computer users, not tweakers. Well, kid I got news for you. Users/tweakers or not, if Gnome 3 only allows for an easy change of wallpaper, folks are gonna desert this desktop in droves. Surely the whole point about Linux is choice and customization. If we all wanted the same buttons and little else, Microsoft would be quids in

I'm hoping that the Gnome devs will respond to feedback but considering so much Linux still seems to evolve from six people shut away in a cellar, I'm not holding my breath. In the meantime this is handing everything to KDE on plate for those who want the full glitz. I can also see Enlightenment taking a share if only more folks would take a detailed look at it. IMO it appears they might try LXDE or XFCE and then give up on the alternatives.

I still can't believe how quick Bodhi is to set up and how fast and stable it is in use. Ask a question in their forum and the answer comes back quickly, politely and constructively. The things I've encountered with it are really too minor to bother with such as the clock gadget superimposing a "0" and"1" for some reason at midday, but removing it and putting it back again fixes that. The only real gripe i have is with the space allocated for individual applications within the taskbar gadget. For most this is fine, but with Evolution minimized, there's only enough space to display part of the mail count and without another means of notification, it's easy to miss new mail if the number starts with the same figure. I thought this allocation might "stretch" if I allowed the bottom shelf to fill the whole screen width, but it stays put. This is a shame because the new space created is then wasted.

Some of the other gadgets could do with extra options too if this is possible. The temperature gadget for instance looks great but only displays one figure which in my case bears no relationship to any of those being read by GKrellM

Still, back to Gnome 3 and I feel like I've been looking forward to chocolates all week, only to find the fillings weak and disappointing. Certainly it will have develop a lot more than this if it's ever going to appeal to me.
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I passed on trying Fedora all though it is on DistroWatch's top ten list. I felt it was more suited for the experienced linux user I also think it doesn't have all the tweaking gadgets because its used still used as a test bed for RedHat and RedHat is widely used for corporate operating systems. At least that is what I took from reading about it at
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Although Fedora's direction is still largely controlled by Red Hat, Inc. and the product is sometimes seen -- rightly or wrongly -- as a test bed for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, there is no denying that Fedora is one of the most innovative distributions available today. Its contributions to the Linux kernel, glibc and GCC are well-known and its more recent integration of SELinux functionality, Xen virtualisation technologies and other enterprise-level features are much appreciated among the company's customers. On a negative side, Fedora still lacks a clear desktop-oriented strategy that would make the product easier to use for those beyond the "Linux hobbyist" target.
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P.S. I also tried PClinuxOS Enlightenment and found it very buggy will be trying out XFCE version real soon

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P.S. I also tried PClinuxOS Enlightenment and found it very buggy will be trying out XFCE version real soon
Great, I've never looked at XFCE in great detail so it will be good to see how you get on with it.
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Although this is not specifically about Gnome3, XFCE feels allot like Gnome (to me)

I've been playing around with PClinuxOS XFCE for most of my spare time today and I am very impressed. It was, for the most part a breeze to customize because of the straight forward and easy to understand menus and management utilities Although I could not find a way to modify the start menu (yet) The OS its self is very snappy and was easy on the memory and CPU. Samba worked straight away and I was easily able to access my computers system files.

On the bad side there is no way could get Firefox to run even though I was able to install it from Synaptic but I could not get it to execute. This was not a huge set back because I was able to install Iron and import my Firefox bookmarks. Midori is the default browser and I was not impressed with it at all.

So far I'm really liking this distro although I would not recommend this for beginners. Novices should have little trouble finding their way around. There is also a Gnome version of PClinusOS and I will probably be trying that after I've spent some time with this one.

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Thanks for the feedback

There's also a Peppermint 2 recently released which you might find worth a look. Certainly seems to have some useful developments. I briefly tried the live CD but their "upgrade" has done a KDE as far as my network is concerned in that it now recognizes my broadband modem out of the box, but the wired connection just spins round and does nothing
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