Forums updated and Debian bootloader fixed.

Posted: August 19, 2011. At: 10:06 AM. This was 6 years ago. Post ID: 1837

I have updated the look and feel of my forums at Linux Forums. The theme has been changed to better suit the topics on the boards and I have added a giant list of spammer Internet Protocol addresses to help stop the spam I was getting. This will make a difference if I can make it easier for users to register and post messages without too much hassle. If I get any spam now I can just ban the user and then they would have to re-register on the forums to spam again. I hope I get some people posting and then they will really take off. I had to reinstall my Debian bootloader after an accident with my Debian hard disk and I ended up installing Lubuntu 10.10 temporarily and then after booting into Debian from the Lubuntu boot menu I ran this command: sudo grub-install /dev/sda and the Debian bootloader was re-installed. I have re-booted to test the new bootloader and it works perfectly, now I can remove Lubuntu and keep Debian 6.0 around as it is the best version of Linux with the Debian Stable packages. Coming back to the Debian bootloader installation, use sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda to list the partitions on the target hard disk to make sure it is the right one before you install the bootloader into the boot sector.

FDISK /MBR is the command used on Windows to do the same thing, if it gets corrupted. But Debian runs better than Windows and is more secure to boot. But if you have any questions to ask me, then feel free to post in the forums and ask me and I will get right back to you and give you the answer you are seeking. I am reading an article in the Pc Authority magazine about the new Ubuntu 11.04 release and the writers thoughts on the new Unity interface. It has copied the MacOS X interface, but someone said that the Windows 7 interface copied the KDE4 interface as well, I thought that KDE was copying Windows. There was an option in KDE 3.5 to set it up to look exactly like the MacOS X interface and this worked very well, but now KDE is seemingly fixed in the style of Windows 7 and is quite bloated compared to the KDE 3.5 and 3.4 releases which were usable on lower specced machines. But the Unity interface and other features missing from Ubuntu 11.10 have put the final nail in the coffin for me, the alpha release of Ubuntu 11.10 was missing the font configuration panel from the System Settings window, how are you supposed to configure the fonts appearance on a LCD panel or a CRT without it? Do you use the Gconf editor instead? :(. Although there is the Gnome Tweak tool available for Ubuntu 11.10 that does allow customisation of the fonts and the Unity theme. You may receive instructions on how to install this tool here:

http://www.webupd8.org/2011/04/introducing-gnome-tweak-tool-gui-to.html

This might make using Ubuntu 11.10 a little easier. Having to install a third party tool to configure the fonts and Unity theme in a very popular distribution like Ubuntu is brain dead. In Windows 7 you have the Control Panel where anything you want can be configured. Why does Ubuntu lack this? No wonder I moved to Debian Squeeze and Gnome 2.30.2.

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