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Moving From Windows to Linux

Post by Gallivan » Sat Jul 28, 2007 3:45 pm

So I'll be out of commission for the day as I pick up some stuff. Here's a before screenshot of my Windows XP:

[IMG:150:135]http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/5717/winxpnl5.th.jpg[/img]

The after photo to come. :)
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Post by Jetryl » Sun Jul 29, 2007 3:43 am

Ya know, it's funny thing that windows ends up doing the "desktop of doom" in a worse way than macs usually do.

There's the archetypical story of "some mac user" who saved every single document/app/anything that they ever downloaded or made onto their desktop; in truth, this seems to be as prevalent on windows as it was on macs. The question of how they find their stuff in there is a question for the ages.
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Re: Moving From Windows to Linux

Post by gorzuate » Sun Jul 29, 2007 2:12 pm

Gallivan wrote:So I'll be out of commission for the day as I pick up some stuff. Here's a before screenshot of my Windows XP:

[IMG:150:135]http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/5717/winxpnl5.th.jpg[/img]

The after photo to come. :)
I'd never be able to work with something like that :eyespin:
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Post by KingHanco » Sun Jul 29, 2007 11:09 pm

Shortcuts can stay on Desktop. But...

Move the rest into "C:\Save". You need to point the downloading on "C:\Save" as well.

Try to keep your Desktop clean. :uhoh:

I never put my stuff on Desktop.
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Whatever works for you.

Post by Winter Knight » Mon Oct 01, 2007 8:59 am

When I used Windows, I would generally save stuff to the desktop. When it got a little cluttered (rarely more than two columns of icons) I would put the stuff into it's appropriate place. This worked well for me. Most applications, such as Firefox, can easily save to the desktop, whereas searching for the right place using that save dialog gui would have been an unnecessary hassle.

Now I use Debian Linux, with Fluxbox. I don't have the Fluxbox icons package installed, so I don't even have a desktop to save to. I don't need it. I use my home directory in the same way I used the Desktop directory in Windows, and for the same reason.

Navigating in the save dialogs is just too painful. If it is a current project, why not keep it in plain view?
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Post by Gallivan » Mon Oct 01, 2007 10:20 am

Forgot about this thread... :D

Well I switched to Linux, and the only thing on my Desktop at the moment is a stupid .rpm file that is locked and I cannot move/delete. Other than that, it's quite nice to look at.

However, I think part of the problem (solution?) is that I have no real things I NEED to save to desktop at the moment.
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Post by KingHanco » Mon Oct 01, 2007 3:44 pm

sudo rm -rfd /home/<name>/<File name>

For a example. sudo rm -rfd /home/mitchell/Examples will be deleted.

This will get rid of that .rpm file.
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Post by Gallivan » Mon Oct 01, 2007 5:44 pm

Awesome, thanks!
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Post by turin » Mon Oct 01, 2007 8:47 pm

You might want to stick a "-i" in there too to make sure you don't screw yourself over too badly... ;)
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Post by Jetryl » Mon Oct 01, 2007 10:26 pm

turin wrote:You might want to stick a "-i" in there too to make sure you don't screw yourself over too badly... ;)
What turin is saying is that the "sudo rm" command is very powerful, and in Unix style, very dangerous, because unix generally won't do user-friendly confirmations like "You seem to be deleting a ton of files when you might have only wanted to delete one; you sure you want to do that?". It's like swinging a real, sharpened sword around, rather than a stage blade - be careful where you're pointing it.

This command can basically be issued a set of parameters that tell it to "delete the entire hard drive" - to do this, you'd need to run it as a child of the "sudo" command, so that it has the privilege to delete any file, and you'd need to run it with the "recursive" option to delete any subfolders. You're probably thinking "gosh, Jet, I'm already doing both of those... :uhoh: ".

And you are - you're holding a loaded gun in your hands, the trick is what folder/directory/path you point it at. Make freaking sure it's the right one, because whatever directory it is pointing at is getting deleted instantly - not moved to the recycle bin, but just outright deleted.
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Post by Winter Knight » Tue Oct 02, 2007 6:29 am

To demonstrate what turin and Jetryl are saying:
Good command wrote:sudo rm -rf /home/wk/tmp/
Hose entire system without confirmation wrote:sudo rm -rf / home/wk/tmp/
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Post by Roots » Tue Oct 02, 2007 10:49 am

Here's a safer way to do it:

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$ sudo rm -rf ~/tmp/
The ~ means "my home directory", which would be "/home/wk" it WK's example.

An even safer way would be to use relative instead of absolute directory referencing:

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$ cd    # Changes current directory to your home, /home/myuser
$ sudo rm -rf tmp/
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Post by Gallivan » Tue Oct 02, 2007 12:28 pm

Thanks guys - I'm still very much new to the whole command console thing.
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Post by Roots » Tue Oct 02, 2007 1:22 pm

Gallivan wrote:Thanks guys - I'm still very much new to the whole command console thing.
Its very, very powerful and can do in one line what takes a ton of clicking and manual tediousness with Windows or a GUI based file system. For example, you can perform a move/copy/delete/etc operation on all files in a recursive directory tree that match a regular expression that you provide it, such as "any file with the word "dog" in it" or "any file with a .jpg extension". Once you know how to do these sorts of things well, the girls will be flocking all over you :approve:
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Post by prophile » Tue Oct 02, 2007 4:29 pm

Roots wrote:Once you know how to do these sorts of things well, the girls will be flocking all over you :approve:
Not only is that sexist, it's also incorrect.









...you really need perl to get the girls.
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Post by Roots » Tue Oct 02, 2007 5:03 pm

prophile wrote:...you really need perl to get the girls.
The only type of people attracted to Perl are masochists and legally insane individuals. :rolleyes:
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Post by ChopperDave » Tue Oct 02, 2007 10:48 pm

...you really need perl to get the girls.
Absolutely. They even love it when...

Oh wait, you mean the language. My bad :uhoh: .
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Post by Winter Knight » Wed Oct 03, 2007 12:07 am

Roots wrote:
prophile wrote:...you really need perl to get the girls.
The only type of people attracted to Perl are masochists and legally insane individuals. :rolleyes:
You know what they say about crazy girls? :)
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Post by Disto » Wed Oct 03, 2007 10:39 am

I have a 17gb folder on my Desktop called "Desktop" where I dump all those annoying downloads/icons of mine.
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Post by Black Knight » Wed Oct 03, 2007 10:55 am

I do something similar I have a desktop folder on my desktop which holds some junk but every large folder sits on my second partition and only has shortcuts on the desktop.
I have movies/music etc on another harddrive.
I have 2 160gb hdds 1 is partitioned into 3 the other is just one huge storage O_O.

And here is my desktop for showoff :devil:

http://members.gamedev.net/shadowytree/ ... op2007.bmp
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