oh rly?

Reverting 10.9.2 to 10.8, as above but with the hard drive erased.

Mavericks a bit rocky, but if you get past the gmail and Creative Suite issues and only use it as a television, still not up to snuff. Having following deal-breaker issues:

1) file transfer to SMB/SMB2 poor
2) openvpn broken
3) diskutils 10.9 segfault/crash when attempting to restore 10.8.dmg to usb

Loved the better bluetooth in 10.9.

Now that mac os is free like beer, can we start bitching about it like linux?

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oh rly?

Reverting 10.9.2 to 10.8, as above but with the hard drive erased.

Mavericks a bit rocky, but if you get past the gmail and Creative Suite issues and only use it as a television, still not up to snuff. Having following deal-breaker issues:

1) file transfer to SMB/SMB2 poor
2) openvpn broken
3) diskutils 10.9 segfault/crash when attempting to restore 10.8.dmg to usb

Loved the better bluetooth in 10.9.

Now that mac os is free like beer, can we start bitching about it like linux?

Fedora 20 Notes

Install:

San Francisco, California USA

yum install -y fedup
fedup --network 20

This chugs for a bit, and then on restart the screen may go black or appear hung on firstboot for
some time before booting into a desktop splash screen. One may need to wait for as long as 45 minutes here, so be chill. Grab a cocktail or go to lunch.

For the mac, you’ll need to create the usual EFI boot disk (netinst and use –efi in iso-usb-to-disk).

Update/Post-Install:

Install KDE and MATE

yum install -y @mate-desktop @kde-desktop

Install GNOME classic and tweak tool.

yum install -y gnome-classic-session gnome-tweak-tool

Google earth install via this answer. YMMV.

For USB microscope, software choice is GXSM, GNOME X Scanning Microscopy. Hardware recommends GTK+ UVC Viewer.

yum install -y guvcview

For rdate, install openrdate

yum install -y openrdate

Running openframeworks.080.

Get FaceTracker library. See video explaining it. Get ofxFaceTracker addon for openframeworks.

Things that Don’t Work:

  • bluetooth broken or missing when using MATE desktop. Frankly, bluetooth in *any* desktop is pretty flaky on current linux, but when using MATE it’s missing. This is a known issue with the bluez-libs upgrade to the 5.x version. In ye old days of previous Fedora’s, one could download the srpm for bluetooth-mate and rebuild it, solving everything. This approach doesn’t work with f20, and the suggestion to install bluedevil requires the invocation of the following as root to connect to the previously paired keyboard.
    bluedevil-wizard

    And then selecting the bluetooth device in the GUI and explicitly connecting.

    Other issues are 1) booting with encrypted drive renders decryption with bluetooth keyboard impossible (Bug 863883) 2) booting to GNOME login screen with bluetooth keyboard impossible (Bug 1056682)
    . Another solution: try KDE.

  • awful default font rendering. See known issues, and switch to a decent default font for system typography.

Previously broken things that may now be fixed, at least on first inspection:

  • high-resolution printing from large format Epson printers. Broken post Fedora 14, initial testing shows progress. But is it now fixed? More as this develops.
  • yum install -y libbdplus
  • wget http://vlc-bluray.whoknowsmy.name/files/KEYDB.cfg ~/.config/aacs/

Previous install: Fedora 19

Fedora 19 Notes

Install:

San Francisco, California USA

yum install -y fedup
fedup --network 19

This chugs for a bit, and then on restart the screen may go black or appear hung on firstboot for
some time before booting into a desktop splash screen. One may need to wait for as long as 45 minutes here, so be chill. Grab a cocktail or go to lunch.

For the mac, you’ll need to create the usual EFI boot disk (netinst and use –efi in iso-usb-to-disk).

Update/Post-Install:

Mostly the same as Fedora 18.

Current desktop is MATE, via

yum install -y @mate-desktop

Install nightingale, the linux fork of Mozilla.org’s Songbird music player.

Install simple-mtpfs, so that linux can play nice with android devices, and natively mount the
phone filesystem and copy files directly to it.

yum install -y simple-mtpfs

Install inkscape-pages,so that inkscape multi-page pdfs can be created.

Current issues:

0) printing with Samsung laser printers

No foo2qpdl package in Fedora 19, which defeats printing setup with certain Samsung printers. Instead, go to the homepage. Download foo2qpdl, compile, install. Then try to set it up with the usual admin tools on Fedora.

1) printing with Epson Large Format inkjets

Unknown if the print quality issues that surfaced > Fedora 14 are fixed or debug-gable. All output still stuck on Fedora 14 for the time being.

2) mtp support for android devices.

Good background page from archlinux. And for Fedora 19, here.

yum install -y simple-mtpfs

Then, assuming device is attached with a USB cable to the powered-on linux workstation:

simple-mtpfs -l

shows something like this for a Nexus 4

Device 0 (VID=18d1 and PID=4ee2) is a Google Inc (for LG Electronics/Samsung) Nexus 4/10 (MTP+ADB).
1: Google Inc (for LG Electronics/Samsung)Nexus 4/10 (MTP+ADB)

Create a mount point on the linux system, here /mnt/drive/1, and mount via

simple-mtpfs /mnt/drive/1

Checking with df -h

df -h

says:

simple-mtpfs             13G  4.6G  8.5G  35% /mnt/drive/1

3) Apple EFI macs and dual booting. Sigh, oh this again.

Previous install: Fedora 18