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A little musing on Linux ( was Re: Zip files to multiple floppies)

On Wed, 2 Jun 2004 21:11:15 -0400 (EDT), <fedora-list-request redhat com> wrote:

Message: 16
Date: Wed, 02 Jun 2004 21:09:00 -0400
From: Phil Schaffner <P R Schaffner IEEE org>
Subject: Re: Zip files to multiple floppies
To: fedora-list redhat com
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On Thu, 2004-06-03 at 00:25 +0530, Parameshwara Bhat wrote:
... snip ...
>But I have a great worry of this mount / unmount stuff (Konqueror has >troubled me a lot).I only want to know whether tar is able to access the >floppy device raw ( without mount / unmount cycle ).I do not know enough.

The floppy should not be mounted for use with tar, but if the user is
other than root he/she must be granted write access - typically by being
added to group floppy.  Use GUI admin tool of your choice or command

# usermod -G floppy <user>

>Additionally ( a little off track ?) I must think creators of Konquerors >and Nautilus'es very [KDE , GNOME]unimaginative.Why don't they write a >nice GUI to these advanced abilities of various linux utilities. E.g., I >use d4x for downloading.but I greatly deplore it's inability to import a >broken download,which wget does so nicely.I had halfdownloaded Knoppix,and >when I installed Linux,used wget to finish it through symlink across ext3 >to vfat.Basically I miss nice GUIs here in Linux.But guys are nice making >up for GUIs.

Personally I'm just an old command-line guy.  GUIs are OK, look slick,
and can be convenient for appropriate functions, but will never have the
flexibility and power available at the command line.  OTOH they are
important to the goal of world domination, so hopefully the nice guys
can make them work better than the ones from Redmond. ;^)

That's greatly assuring.I think my initial not-so-nice experiences with various distributions Of linux have made me think a little harsh about the attitudes.As I said elsewhere on the list,security and other aspects for desktop installations should not be on the same footing as for a server.Also command line mentality still rules the roost.While granting their power,it is really a distraction for a guy like me twho wants to use computer only as a tool to get into their intricacies.Nice,functional GUIs and sensibly setup Desktop Environment spare me time to concentrate on my own job.

I am into Linux for long-haul.I have switched on a point of principle and not because in India here there is any dearth of easily available pirate copies of any new Windows versions.In fact in India,Linux costs and troubles far more than Windows.

Hope we will all be part of the Linux evolution into a nice desktop OS as user community.


Parameshwara Bhat


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