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Windoze is rapidly disappearing in this house.

OCD Sprocket says:

for a second I thought that was a rubber-keyed Spectrum on the right

22nd Nov 2008, 20:06

MaggieD says:

Haha .... Dave has just converted his ZX81 to run Linux .... I will have to post pics ...

22nd Nov 2008, 20:14

540air says:

HAHAHAHAHA Not quite dude, not quite :)

22nd Nov 2008, 20:14

Dhamaka says:

I recognise those fingernails...

22nd Nov 2008, 20:54

540air says:


22nd Nov 2008, 21:03

jongsuwat says:

i had one of those! But i took linux out and installed windows instead
Are you liking it ao far? :D

22nd Nov 2008, 21:28

540air says:

So far linux, in my opinion, is terrific. The only thing that is a little frustrating, is that firefox keeps crashing on my Eee when accessing gmail, facebook, or the BBC's websites.

22nd Nov 2008, 23:24

i have a problem with firefox and just one of my gmail accounts. on my usual account it's fine, but when i sign into my sustrans account it freezes up and crashes. this only happens on the laptop, on which i'm running linux.

23rd Nov 2008, 06:24

dan jacob says:

could be a memory issue - memory management on FF / linux can be a bit iffy, at least on debian/ ubuntu. Having lots of tabs open can often cause that.

23rd Nov 2008, 10:28

nige says:

Does the screen size frustrate you guys when using it at home?

23rd Nov 2008, 10:44

540air says:

nige - To be honest, it doesn't bother either of us. If we need a bigger screen, then we can use one, but the portability more than makes up for that dude.

hobo/dan - my gmail makes it crash, as does logging in to facebook, or trying bbc.co.uk. But, moblog, news.bbc.co.uk, google maps and various others are fine. It doesn't seem to make any difference how many tabs are open either.

23rd Nov 2008, 23:31

dan jacob says:

Those sites use AJAX quite heavily. There have been reports of memory leaks with AJAX calls in some versions of Firefox.

I'd suggest at least upgrading to latest version of FF to see if that helps at all.

24th Nov 2008, 08:16

taniwha says:

Excuse my ignorance but what about word processing software. Do you use Microsoft office on those or something that is interoperable with those packages?

24th Nov 2008, 08:45

dan jacob says:

taniwha: you can use Open Office with Linux. That can understand most MS formats.

You can also use Wine, a Windows emulator, to run Windows programs, although it doesn't work with all software.

The biggest hassle I've had with Linux (despite its many pluses) has been finding compatible drivers for things like printers.

24th Nov 2008, 09:06

540air says:

taniwha - It comes with open office, which is very similar to MS office and can also be set up to save things in a MS format such as .doc as a default.

dan - my biggest problem so far having downloaded ff3, is that I can't work out how to install it!! I'm a bit of a simpleton in computery terms and can't see an obvious setup file to click on. Also, I read somewhere aout having to adjust something else to take ff3 by opening terminals or somesuch?

26th Nov 2008, 20:38

dan jacob says:

This may be of use (I'm assuming you are running Ubuntu, but should be similar in other distros):


28th Nov 2008, 15:26

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