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Os Talk / Re: Bloatware on Ubuntu.
« Last post by dalek on February 05, 2016, 10:46:08 PM »
With the distro I use, you can disable some things you can't in a binary based distro.  That's one of the things about a distro that you have to compile yourself.  Take Firefox for example.  This is the options for it.

[ebuild     U ~] www-client/firefox-44.0::gentoo [43.0::gentoo] USE="dbus ffmpeg%* gmp-autoupdate gstreamer gtk3 hwaccel jemalloc3 jit startup-notification -bindist -custom-cflags -custom-optimization -debug -gstreamer-0 -hardened (-neon) (-pgo) -pulseaudio (-selinux) -system-cairo -system-icu -system-jpeg -system-libevent% -system-libvpx -system-sqlite {-test} -wifi (-egl%) (-minimal%*)" LINGUAS="-af -ar -as -ast -be -bg -bn_BD -bn_IN -br -bs -ca -cs -cy -da -de -el -en_GB -en_ZA -eo -es_AR -es_CL -es_ES -es_MX -et -eu -fa -fi -fr -fy_NL -ga_IE -gd -gl -gu_IN -he -hi_IN -hr -hu -hy_AM -id -is -it -ja -kk -km -kn -ko -lt -lv -mai -mk -ml -mr -nb_NO -nl -nn_NO -or -pa_IN -pl -pt_BR -pt_PT -rm -ro -ru -si -sk -sl -son -sq -sr -sv_SE -ta -te -th -tr -uk -vi -xh -zh_CN -zh_TW"

The USE= part is things that can be enabled/disabled.  The "-" sign means I have it disabled here. The other stuff is language support.  If you don't need a language, disable it.  As a example, I didn't want Firefox to use sqlite.  I don't need it, even tho I have sqlite installed here for other things.  I have it disabled here.  I don't mind other things using it locally but I didn't want Firefox to use it.  That may be one of the things that you wouldn't want either.  Thing is, if you use a binary based distro, they may have it enabled and no method for you to disable it.  You don't have that option.  Of course, about:config may allow you to disable some things too.  You may want to google up on that option as well.  That is if you use Firefox. 

While I'm not quite as privacy oriented as you are, I do understand where you are coming from.  I think there is to much hocus pocus going on that we are not aware of too.  It's one reason I use Linux to begin with because at least it is more secure than anything M$ makes.  My biggest concern is when I visit financial type sites.  That's when I'm a bit picky about privacy. 

One thing I do here as far as someone hacking in, I put a router between my modem and my puter.  I rarely have more than one puter going here so I really don't need one as far as networking goes.  However, it does put one more thing between my puter and the internet.  Basically, they would have to get past the modem and the router to even get to my puter.  Since I don't store important info here, I have no idea why a person would want to spend the time doing all that.  Also, my internet is not that fast so even doing a search of what I have here would take a while and likely be noticed by me since it would slow down other things. 

My hope with these posts is that it will give you some ideas.  It just may be that something I posted will cause that light bulb to come on and a google search later, you have found the Grandma of all solutions.   

 :) :)
Os Talk / Re: Bloatware on Ubuntu.
« Last post by hvysmker on February 02, 2016, 09:28:07 PM »
Thanks for the info.

I  have disabled everything I've found of that nature, but wonder if there's anything I've missed, now or will in the future.

I simply like my privacy and hate the idea  that someone else can find where I've been on the internet and what files I've used in the past.  I don't like the idea of logging off every time I use the restroom or eat a meal to keep inquisitive kids from my computer, or that anyone and their brothers can get in over my modem to search.  It's better if the information isn't there to find.

I use Ubuntu, which is becoming bloatware.  There's a recent addition called zeitgeist that tracks everything, constantly updating it's index and taking major resources to do ... to help in searching I never have occasion to do.  And there are the others, such as smplayer and music players indexing past use.  With all those turned off, I've noticed quite an improvement in speed.  I have no use for "recent documents" or "recent applications."  Sure, I'm an old man and single. 

I often view porn and would rather that use is not available to the rest of the family. If it were, all the computers in my home would be inundated with advertising.  Malware built into downloads from porno sites could easily track my use and send that advertising.  Not a major issue, but one I'd like to avoid. 

Easier to do without that darned Zeitgeist keeping an ongoing "Journal" of all my activities.  The privacy issue didn't much interest me up until I found that "Journal" and now it's become somewhat of an obsession. That program tracks EVERYTHING, and takes a lot of resources to do it, or did before I disabled it.  Doing so crippled the original desktop by deleting "Unity".  No big thing since I use the Xfce desktop, which is considerably faster.


Other Devices / Re: Encrypted Hard Drive By Mistake!!!
« Last post by dalek on February 01, 2016, 08:42:02 PM »
I'm not sure if this will help but I've never used encrypted stuff before.  I can use google a bit tho.  ;-)



From what I read on those, if you have forgot the password, you may be out of luck. 

Hope that helps. 
Os Talk / Re: Bloatware on Ubuntu.
« Last post by dalek on February 01, 2016, 08:27:17 PM »
While the distro is not noobie friendly, nothing gets installed without you knowing about. Also, some things can be switched off if you don't want a "feature" installed.  The distro I use is Gentoo.  Most of the things you mentioned can either be disabled by a USE flag or turned off in a config file or tool. 

The reason I said it is not noobie friendly, it is not easy to install.  It also requires some knowledge and time to keep updated as well.  It also requires you to compile every package that gets installed.  If you have a really fast puter, that may not be a problem but if your puter is older or limited in some way, CPU speed, memory and/or slow drives, then it may not be what you want. 

Another option.  Find a distro that is based on Gentoo but has binaries like you want.  That way you get a Gentoo based system with some things disabled but someone else does the compiling for you. 

Another thing to consider.  Your desktop GUI.  If you use KDE or Gnome, maybe you want something lighter like Fluxbox, blackbox, Icewm or some other light weight GUI.  KDE certainly comes with some bloat and I've read Gnome does as well lately.   I use KDE4 but haven't seen Gnome in a really long time. 

Also, Linux is a multi-user system.  You could set up a different user for certain tasks.  That way when you are doing something on one user, the other user has no knowledge of what the other is doing or has done. 

There is a couple paths you can take.  Maybe one of those will give you a option to consider. 
Other Devices / Encrypted Hard Drive By Mistake!!!
« Last post by tbayhawks on January 28, 2016, 01:54:41 PM »
Hello linuxsolved,

not sure if this is the right place to post this...but I have a issue I cannot solve and I'm phishing for the best resources so I can fix my problem and any other problems that the future entails related to Linux.  So somehow I encrypted a hard drive by mistake I know Ubuntu doesn't use LUKS by default but now my files are stuck on this encrypted hard drive and I can't access them.  Even better, the mother board on the laptop the hard drive was in has now failed.  I'm sure I can boot into Ubuntu on a Desktop system with a live CD...I think anyways but still now that is encrypted am I screwed royally?

(btw I have a bitcoin .dat file on the hard drive) plz don't judge me live and learn... thanks guys looking forward to hearing any feed back

from your friends at tbayhawks
Os Talk / Bloatware on Ubuntu.
« Last post by hvysmker on January 27, 2016, 08:11:47 PM »
Although a longtime user of Kubuntu, I'm about ready to switch to another distribution, if I can find one with more privacy.

Recently I've been checking out privacy policies with Kubuntu, and find them seriously lacking.  No sooner do I manage to get rid of one search, index, or log of past use than I find another. I don't use Facebook or other social sites, nor do I wish my computer resources wasted on searching programs I never use.

Bloatware and lack of privacy (viruses and malware) were the reasons I switched from Windows. Now, that bloatware is intruding on Linux.

Is there a method that will get rid of all that, what I think of as, junk?  A few minutes ago, I found instant message programs running in the background,  I got rid of them, but what else have I missed? Zeitgeist, Amarok, music and movie players keeping lists (constantly updated) just to name a few. I read that local searches also go to Facebook, Google and that crap. I stopped those, but still feel unsafe.

I'm a fiction writer. I do a lot of internet research. Lately, the last few years, whenever I search on a subject, I have to go down ten or twenty pages for relevent information. The first pages are nothing but sales attempts.

Oh, for the good old days on the internet, without web browsers or commercialization. Those were a time where anyone trying to sell something over the internet were "flamed."  There was one lawyer, I forget his name, that kept trying.  When spotted, he invariably recieved so many flame emails that he'd lose his provider.

My question is "Can you *Shudder!* suggest a distribution that keeps less personal data on files and activities?"


Os Talk / Re: Why I am moving to linux
« Last post by hvysmker on January 27, 2016, 08:05:33 PM »
I've experimented with different Linux distributions since the early nineties. I kept going back to Windoze. I'd even order my copy of the new Windows long before it came out.

Windows XP cured me. Windows XP changed all that, letting them onto MY computer anytime they wanted. Sure, they SAY it's only to check the install, but how do I know that?  My first computer with XP came installed with the "Home" version.  Since I already owned a store-bought copy of a higher version, I installed it onto that new computer.  Then, I tried to install the original that came with the computer onto an older computer. I was told that it wouldn't install because the computer wasn't the same make and model.  Consequently, I lost the money I'd spent for that "Home" version.

When I tried Linux again, I forget the distribution, I found it WAS roughly the equivalent of Windows XP.  It was FREE, both in cost and in malware. Even program updates were FREE.  I was free to put it on any number of computers..It was faster than XP. There was a short learning curve and the word processer wasn't as good as the one with XP. But, then, MS Word did cost extra, so I didn't mind having a slightly inferior one for FREE.

Being a novel writer, I sometimes went back to Windows on another computer when finishing a novel or long story. That was  the only downside I noticed. Also, I'm not a gamer, so I didn't notice that aspect.

I was on a dual boot and noticed, quite a while later, that I was never using Windows on that computer, except for an occasional update. So, when needing more space for data, I simply deleted that system.

Right now, I have four computer at home with Windows on only one ... hardly ever using it.

I've finished 30 Orc actions




I also started to create Titan's actions, so in the playable demo, I could demonstrate the gameplay of 3 different sizes (Dwarf, Orc, Titan)

And this is first testing actions of Titan

Linux Application / Do you need a 3D fighting game for Japanese learning on Linux?
« Last post by HORDECOMBAT on January 13, 2016, 08:42:10 AM »
Hi guys, I'm indie game developer, I'm creating a free open resource 3D fighting game, here are some Youtube clips about the demo


The main purpose when I start this project, not just for entertainment, but also for education. In particular, it's a language learning system for hardcore gamers.
The are many language learning games, but most of them are for kid and girl. With true gamers, those simply games are so boring.
In my dream, this game could teach people how to write kanji of Japanese.I know it will be very risky, but these are what gamers need from indie game developers (implementing crazy ideas is my duty).
I really want to hear your opinions, listen what you want.
And of course , there will be another languages like Chinese, Spanish...
May be, you just need a game for fun, so I will continue make a normal fighting game. But if you say YES, I will create demo about learning game ideas.
Yeah, gamers we spend a lot of time in playing game, just want to beat any challenge while gaming. Society says it's a waste of time. So why we shouldn't learn a foreign language at the same time? It will help us get a better life. (It's just what about gamification).
There will be two separate games. The first game's just a normal fighting game, nothing to discuss here. The second game is a learning mode, where we should master Japanese to defeat opponent (your win depends on your playing skills like combo committing, strategy... and your Japanese vocabulary, grammar... the ratio is 50:50).
Because this game is designed for hardcore gamer, so the system will be quite complicated, then it isn't suitable for popular audience. It will also help gamer could learn Japanese for playing Japanese fantasy video games, so the vocabulary will start with epic words like: dragon, sword, magic... Modern words like airport, car... will appear later.

There are many quizzes inside a battle. The quiz has form: What does X mean? and three choices. Player choose his choice by attacking opponent with rule: first choice is high parts like head, chest... second choice is middle parts like lower torso, hands... third choice is low parts like thighs and foot. If a player answer right first, he will get bonuses like HP, DEF, ATK, GAUGE, MOVEMENT... If the answer is wrong, he will be punished.

There are also RPG elements here. Guardian Card ( just like Guardian Force in Final Fantasy 8 ) will boost your character's status a little. Here are some examples (note: each race has specific Guardian Cards)

The Genius Gnome (Halfling)
+ 2 ATK in each strike of combo

The Wild Orc (Orc)
+ 10 ATK in first strike of combo

The Blue Lizardman (Reptile)
+ 15 ATK in last strike of combo

The Mountain King (Dwarf)
+ 5 DEF

The Dark Elf (Elf)

The Centaur Archer (Centaur)

The Sealed Summoni (Oni)
- 5 DEF of enemy

The Young Mermaid (Mermaid)
+ 5 HP when you Parry

The Minotaur (Beastman)
Special skill Stomp the Earth

The Last Angel (Angel)
+ 2 HP per 10 second

The Brave Titan (Titan)
+ 20 MAX HP

Player could equip several GCs (maximum is 5). Each GC has 10 words. If player answer right a word of a GC in battle, the GC will gain EXPs. The GC could level up, then unlock the new word and increase the status. Max level is 10. If player anwser wrong, the GC will lost EXPs, and the level of GC may be decreased (so player has to remember words). When a GC achieve lv 10, player will gain its passive effect permanently, so player would unequip it and learn another GC.
For GC collecting, he will have to defeat insane bosses, with high HP, DEF and badass skills. The boss could equip GCs too. The bosses will appear follow the storyline and player's learning progress.
Why do I choose Fighting Game?
Because we cram a lot of information into our heads as fighting game players. If you are good at fighting game, there is no doubt that you have a great mind. So, the learning curve could be more suitable.
This game even has a real plot for the reason why you have to learn a foreign language:

Humans are haughty
They conquered Myth-earth
The other races
Allied together
Defeated human
After ten decades
The peace is over
New war has begun
Forever again

An Elf scholar discovered an ancient language (it's the language you want to learn: Japanese, English, Spanish...). It has extreme power, called Rune Force . Everyone who understands it, could gain an unbelievable strength. But Rune Force is very hard to learn. So The Humans invented a device called Guardian Card, for storing Rune Force in creature's form. The Humans could build great armies because they would control Rune Force more efficiently than the other races. The Humans were so ambitious, they wanted to become the Kings of Myth-Earth. They conquered anywhere, and no race could stop them. The other races allied together to stop The Humans. The Humans were defeated, and the other races drove them away from Myth-Earth.. Guardian Cards were banned in Myth-earth. After 100 years, these dangerous weapons have appeared again. Every race fights each other for possession of the Guardian Cards. Meanwhile, The Humans are planning for their revenge...

So you have to learn Rune Force(Japanese) for mastering Guardian Cards.
You could imagine the Rune Force here is something like spell in Harry Potter or Force in Star Wars.
When fighting with bosses, it will be very hard to defeat them, if you don't remember words. So you can not unlock more Guardian Cards, characters... unless you actually study the language by mastering Guardian Cards.
In PvP mode, you can challenge other friend, for proving that you learned more than them. Your friend could choose a different language from you. For example, you are studying Japanese, but your friend just only knew Spanish as second language, so there will be two quizzes in both two languages at the same time, you and your friend will have separate objectives to target. In each round, there will be about 5 quizzes (15 seconds per quiz).
When a quiz appears, not simply that you just attack to choose the answer immediately. Each choice has a progress bar, when a damage was caused in particular body part, this bar will increase (blocking does not matter, just damage). When the bar would achieve 100 %, the last player caused damage will be counted as answered.
For example:
You know the right answer is 1, you should attack to opponent head, then the first progress will increase. If your head gets hit, the first progress bar will increase too. If opponent does the last hit, he will answer the question.

When a new quiz appears again, all progress bar will reset.
I started this project from 2014, and I will continue develop it (I know it would cost several years of my life, but it's worth it).
I'm still working hard on the first playable demo, and I will post it here when I finish.
This is a free game for the horde (just like its name). I even don't have a plan for sell it (or something like freemium, banner ad...) in all platform PC, Linux, Mac, Android, iOS... I will also publish all resource I made (and code) to the indie game development community.
If you have any question, just ask here, I will reply asap. (Please don't suppose me as spammer) :D
Linux Application / Re: how to copy files to disk C by telnet
« Last post by pawartravelspune on April 17, 2015, 11:02:20 AM »
Your best bet is to install a secure shell product on all devices.

Then you can actually share public keys and copy between sytems with the the scp command.


For Windows:


I'm attaching a document on generating and exchanging public keys.

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