For example, I recently tried installing a remote desktop server because tunneling X through SSH is molasses-slow.
Also, I've got every repository, including multiverse and proprietary, turned on and I can't find an Ubuntu package with the string "freenx"
Well, that and they'd have to pay a license for the codec if they wanted to distribute it internationally. But yeah, rail away, because lord knows it's so fucking difficult to get your machine playing MP3s, WMVs, MOVs, and all those other proprietary multimedia files.
The Gibbon won the G-race to be our engineering mascot for this next release, but it was a close run. We very much wanted to honour the tremendous contributions of the GNU project to Free Software by awarding the role to the Glossy Gnu. This prompted an intense internal debate about trademarks, at which both the Fiery Fox and the Icy Weasel were heard. In the end, however, the judge, jury and elocutionary (that would be me) took a liking to the Gibbon's extraordinary reach, and the Gibbon won outright.
Debian's package manager (and thus, Ubuntu's) is the best going in Linux; it's fast, it's very smart, and it's very easy to maintain. Yes, all the packages are modified slightly to put files in the Debian-specific locations, but if you're willing to accept that files might *gasp* be in a different place than what you're used to, it hangs together incredibly well.
dpkg --get-selections >somefilename
cat somefilename | dpkg --set-selections
dpkg --get-selections | grep -i linux >somefilename
echo "linux-image-2.6-686 hold" | dpkg --set-selections
i use bittornado, actually, btlaunchmanycurses in one of my virtual terminals. it sits there monitoring the specified directory and when a .torrent file appears it downloads. when the file is 100% acquired, it seeds. when the .torrent file leaves the dir, it stops. its that simple. controlled from my x session by moving .torrents into and out of the directory. no memory hogging gui client.
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