Adventures in Linux Land

Posted: 8/7/2020 1:12:23 PM
united security

Joined: 8/7/2020

Scanner & Python & AudioGot my scanner working.  I first tried version 3 for Ubuntu 18.04(LTS) located here: but it didn't work for me.  Uninstalled that, did the following:Scanner (Epson Perfection 1660):- Go to:, search for "perfection 1660"- Get file: iscan-bundle-2.30.4.x64.deb.tar.gz- Extract to Download dir.- Console: navigate to ~Downloads/iscan-bundle-2.30.4.x64.deb/, s/b "" there.- Console: sudo ./ --without-network- This also installs a somewhat older version of GIMP!- Installer: uninstall old version of GIMP, install version 2.10.12 (latest stable).One of the reasons for my switch to Linux was to have Python 3 support (WinXP only goes as high as v2).  But invoking it on the command line pulls up Python 2:Make Python 3 the default, install Tkinter:- Console: update-alternatives --remove python /usr/bin/python2- Console: sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/python python /usr/bin/python3 10- Then install Tkinter (if it isn't): sudo apt-get install python3-tkI had to enable audio loopback to monitor the D-Lev via my PC (GUI mixers are one thing SW types seem to really mess up):- Console: "alsamixer"Believe it or not, the above took me several hours.  There is no locally installed help for GIMP 2.10.12, and I spent maybe another hour looking for it only to discover it doesn't exist yet.  Ah, well, it's all free.  Ubuntu 18.04 LTS has been really stable so far.

very informative for everyone

Posted: 8/27/2020 4:28:05 PM

From: Northern NJ, USA

Joined: 2/17/2012

Office (MS, WPS, Libre)

Lots of minor issues after the ill-fated v20 update procedure on my main axe.  Cinnamon sometimes pegs a processor core, and I have to manually restart it (Windows + L) - this seems to be linked to VLC sometimes not opening and becoming a zombie process which won't shut down via the System Monitor unless you right click it (the kill button at the bottom doesn't work).  (Tip: If you have a frozen window you can do an ALT + F2, type "xkill", and then click on the window.)

WPS office needed reinstalling, so I got the latest version and let the deb installer go to town.  Now its complaining about fonts that are installed not being installed, and I'm about to give up on it as it isn't open source and who knows what its future is (or that of the documents I create in it).  It being Chinese SW, I think a lot of its UI awkwardness is due to things getting lost in translation.  And at this point I kinda hate MSWord, so clones of it receive a portion of that ire as a proximity effect.

I hadn't tried LibreOffice in a while, and was shocked to see that it opened a fairly complex Word document fine.  But using a word processor to do page layout has been a long term issue with me (and the place I volunteer to do this) so maybe the writing is on the wall and it's finally time to bite the bullet and learn Scribus.

On-line tutorials and videos are really handy things that can fairly painlessly introduce you to new SW.

[EDIT] Jebus Scribus is clunky!  LibreOffice Writer has come a really long way, I'm probably going to switch to that from now on.

Posted: 8/28/2020 3:03:21 PM

From: Northern NJ, USA

Joined: 2/17/2012

Nacho Libre!

The newsletter is 95% done and it was a relative snap!  The LibreOffice Writer (LOW) section breaks work much better (deleting them in Word 2003 is really tricky, everything pops) and picture placement and editing is very straightforward.  The beauty part: NO FREAKING RIBBON - yay!  Lord I hate that thing, taking up precious vertical real estate, utterly changing context when you don't want it to, etc.  The LOW menus seem well organized and comprehensive.

For the heck of it I opened up an Excel 2003 document with VB in LibreOffice Calc (LOC) and it just about worked, but would need some editing.  Hey, there's a real-time FFT in LOC!  Weee!

These now seem to be full-fledged SW office products, with open file formats.  I'm stoked!  Die MS, die.

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