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About blackbox.fl

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  1. Okay, so, suppose I wanted to throw my own packages together, and customize my install of any given distro of Linux. How do find install "base" for each of the packages I'd like to include, then, slap it together to be installed? I realize that you can choose your packages at install-time with most distros, to some extent. I also realize that Gentoo is usually used for this end (which is why people tend to call it a "Ricer" Linux flavor). Debian would be a primary start, for me, if I were to go by any single distro., but if you can supply better information more generically, I'm still all ears. B.Box
  2. My simple answer, would be this - focus what will advance you in your technical skills in relation to both your long term and short term goals. This could mean taking easier certifications such as A+, and then moving onto something more specific in the field you work in or what you wish to advance to. I'd say this goes for for anyone looking to certify, and even if you're not looking to take any certifications. You have to walk before you can run. B.Box.
  3. Wow, the poll results left me speechless! Windows 7 has a lot of enthusiasm behind it here on BinRev. I picked 'Other'. The reason being is that even though I am enthusiastic about eventually learning the in's and out's of Free/Open-BSD, I've not put in much time to do so, yet. However, I rather like Debian, only because of the easiness of Aptitude for installing and removing software. I'm not really fan-boy'ish towards any distro./OS any more than any other - and I just started using Debian a couple months or so back. I'd like to develop my own personal micro-distro of Debian, custom tailored to what I like and what I most commonly use. A lot of times, for all practical purposes, that means installing Fluxbox WM, and 'nixing Gnome.
  4. You's trolllllllin'!
  5. I can't recommend a PCI Wireless card that'll work with Linux, as I've never had one that did. However, I can definitely *not* recommend NetGear WG311. If you do buy a NetGear card, I know that usually, if they work with Linux right out of the box, it should say on the box. Mine, the WG311, incidentally, only says "Works with Windows Vista", and also that the requirements are "Windows Vista, XP, 2000, 98SE or ME". I've owned a couple USB wifi cards that do work under Linux. One was by Hawking (I can't remember the model, but I liked that one a lot), and a TrendNet USB B/G wifi card (which I don't recommend TrendNet products at all). is great for looking up products like these, and they also have user reviews and ratings. A lot of times the user reviews will mention if the owner had tried to use the card with Linux, and whether or not they had any success, and to what degree. I recommend that site, for sure! Last thing, I haven't really had many good experiences using WiFi with a desktop. I can say, however, that the Hawking USB WiFi B/G adapter I owned was the best of these. It also had a Wifi signal detector with a push-button to scan, and LEDs to indicate the strength of the signal, if it is a B/G network, and whether or not the network is protected by wireless encryption. Good luck! B.Box.