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#1 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » [SOLVED] Stupid music player tricks » 2024-03-20 07:19:21

cmus  is console based music player.
Just run cmus in a terminal. You'll have to learn how to get playlists going though.

#2 Re: Other Issues » save my refractasnapshot » 2024-03-16 17:13:46

It is possible to make an Iso from live usb.

You must edit your refractasnapshot.conf
Change your working directory to a physical location otherwise unless it's really small it will try to write it to the live system.
So mount a physical hard drive
for example


Also make sure to add /target/* to your excludes list or else you will start making a live iso potentially bloated with more isos smile

#3 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » The importance of Microcode » 2024-03-16 16:24:33

of course. I have been using an old x200 thinkpad with 0 microcode just fine there is that whole memory sinkhole thing because the APIC register can move I believe you can partially disable it though? My laptop ever a dell e6410 I installed the oldest bios available and it doesn't include microcode either.  I just advise what I read skylake and onwards SGX is present and continues to be a thing on todays Xeon processors. So microcode helps mitigate issues.
Most people recommend it, as CPUs come with baked in microcode anyway. My concern is when loading microcode can flip some CPU registers.

#4 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » The importance of Microcode » 2024-03-16 15:25:38

yeah on a Q9550 I could see you just leave the old microcode packages. It's not something you update often! But I was deliberately removing it, depends on the hardware honestly. some UEFI systems have quite a few features that may expose the user to more attack vectors than other systems. It all depends I am sure. smile I'm sure there are realtek micro controllers that play much nicer than others for instance.

#5 Re: Off-topic » The Joke Thread » 2024-03-16 00:31:11

Would Mark May sue my family / estate if I put the 'super S'
on my grave stone? 
The guy is a pretty good copy right troll.

#6 Hardware & System Configuration » The importance of Microcode » 2024-03-15 16:49:18

Replies: 5

Hi guys,

I used to never really use microcode updates. However, recently I was exposed to some kind of low level rootkit like malware on my UEFI bios or within the Intel NIC PXE like system.


An attacker can use intel rapl to potentially find encryption keys and other secrets. I noticed this when intel_rapl kernel module was not able to be disabled and other conditions where they were trying to maintain persistance. It could effect every linux OS on intel platform post Sandybridge with SGX enclaves built in.

So from now on, I will be utilizing microcode updates to protect myself going forward from these kinds of attacks where SGX instructions are present.  I thought I should share with others so they can evaluate their choice in keeping their microcode up to date depending on their hardware and the presence of intel SGX enclaves instructions.

#7 Re: Installation » [SOLVED] Beowulf to Chimaera - precautions » 2024-03-10 03:53:05

If you do upgrade from beowulf to chimaera. Disable os-prober before you do any upgrading. It's been default disabled.

Also I'd update critical packages first before just doing a mass upgrade. You can start with backported stuff first is a good idea to help make the transition smoother.

You're also going to want to make sure you have an up to date keyring there was a point when you had to manually install it when upgrading from beowulf.

#8 Re: Installation » [SOLVED] Beowulf to Chimaera - precautions II » 2024-03-10 03:49:51

For wireless I'd use this. It would be pretty hard to break like wicd does with python 2 getting marked as depreciated. much like the old obmenu needing python 3.7. You can still install old dependencies from beowulf but again it probably got removed for a reason in newer releases.

#9 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » [SOLVED] Stupid music player tricks » 2024-03-10 03:40:25

You seem kind of picky for music player. can cmus work for your lossless files? I have it work for flak I believe,

I don't use VLC because of the metadata thing. There is mplayer.

I don't see why you would use WMA unless you had a zune or something you wanted to get some use out of.
I'd be migrating to flak and mp3 if I were you, but it's your choice. mplayer has WMA support.

#10 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » problems with wifi, I can't activate it » 2024-03-06 23:15:28

I saw a guy on youtube switch a resister or something around in the wiring 180 and the NIC stopped working but on a reboot worked on windows.
some newer hardware seems to have sometimes weird setups even on the NIC.

The solutions are either a button (function keys) on the laptop, or “magic” - disconnect it from the power adapter, remove the battery and wait 10...15 minutes. smile

yes, pressing certain function keys sometimes works magic smile

#11 Re: Devuan » Malicious Programs, and Malicious People On Devuan » 2024-03-06 21:49:34

Look into Out of Band. It's actually pretty clearly evident it's happening when using devuan. The devuan maintainers have proven to be highly capable.
It's present on most consumer platforms. From long wave radio to shortwave. Depending what machine I am using and where I am.

Once someone cracks it like the amazon fire stick that was built defective. That got the GTA 6 hacker pretty much life in a gulag.
We can maybe install grub where they install their lies. Stay away from untrusted devices tongue

physical position to keep away from malicious things is a good idea.

I've seen them installing antenna's in the crosses on churches in the states. You wonder why people in hong kong were breaking towers?

#12 Re: Installation » Depthcarge threw an error and failed installation » 2024-03-06 20:54:14

I was installing with sync as a file system condition when the error arrived. Seems to install okay, just slower

#13 Re: Off-topic » Designated Surveillance » 2024-03-06 20:49:50

So if IRGC is terrorist organization under us legislation what does that make bypol.
shortwave transmitters are noisy. Really they will only use those if they are trying to terrorize wink.
Basically firing at you with tracer rounds.

#14 Re: Off-topic » What do you think about electric cars? » 2024-03-06 15:44:39

Well as far as I see it,
I will keep short as we are getting old smile
But electric cars + computers. Hard to service batteries. Probably has a lot of capacitors ext.
Even gas and diesel now have modems in them with front and rear facing cameras. With radio antennas of course for oldschool radio. Machines built to wardrive by factories owned by a harlot in a world of supply chain issues.
The Gas and diesel you can pull out fuses like tar out of a tin can. Also the wireless keys act as a RFID ofcourse they can tag nearby devices almost certainly.
I'd say western manufactures are probably the worst but the ecosystem you'd have to talk to a mechanic how he feels about it.

I'd say they are not worth the price they are asking for. Also heated seat subscriptions classic.

as far as energy crisis. Well, lithium will be non-renewable. We should of had liquid thorium reactors being built in the 60's to 70's but they wanted fast breeders for their weapons potential. But we can conserve things like copper, like golinux says. Less things is more room for knowledge and growth.

It's like vegas a fountain in the desert, completely unsustainable, it's not a question of what makes the water flow but who provides it.

#15 Installation » Depthcarge threw an error and failed installation » 2024-02-21 11:32:59

Replies: 2

Hi everyone,
I was installed devuan 5.0 using the debian installer and while installing depth charge threw an error it failed to install chrome OS. Couldn't complete the install.
Even though second run at it I was able to install with no errors and nothing mentioning chrome OS. I left the uninstaller running unattended last time I might of did something wrong or skipped a step to get that error.

Any one experience a similar situation? I never really used depthcharge before except when running the debian installer.

#16 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » merged /usr » 2024-02-20 22:37:45

Sinking boat? Famous book? You lost me . . .

There are actually 3 options. You forgot about actually DOING SOMETHING besides talking about it.

What can the user do?

golinux is right
idle worship is not much better than idol worship.
Good work on the usrmerge guys smile
May Devuan live long and prosper!

#17 Re: Installation » all the new kernel disturb some old PC's! » 2023-12-21 15:37:54

Fair enough, eventually I will build my own kernel myself but I only learn so much in a day smile. I wouldn't call it lazy, just life day to day.

So I have a question. Removing support for apparmor, what is the inherent benefit of removing? It helps performance on older machines? Just a more minimal setup is actually ideal? But I couldn't imagine not having iptables installed for instance.

I don't have issues running 64 bit devuan on a x201 either smile But  I keep apparmor support as it comes default.

#18 Re: Installation » all the new kernel disturb some old PC's! » 2023-12-21 02:31:20

aluma wrote:

It depends on the task; on the dpreview forum, 16Gb RAM is not enough for photographers.
I decided to stop tormenting my E-300 netbook and yesterday I bought an ancient ThinkPad X201 with an i5-560M processor.
The asking price is two cartons of cigarettes (~$70).


Ancient. The topic is on 32 bit OS. x201 can run 64 bit OS. Not so ancient,
side note: Yes x201 can be found at very good price surprising with how rare the machine is. I bought one quite a while ago and yes it was at a better price point then slower hardware.
My friend have you tried to libreboot / coreboot your x201?
I have done mine. It's an interesting venture. Regarding using a 32bit OS on such a system would be interesting, from what a read none of the garbage is on the southbridge and is stuck in spi flash. But theoretically you can remove it all, in practice it's a little sticky due to intel ignition.  The nice thing is the APIC register is not moveable and thus it doesn't not have the memory sinkhole/rowhammer problem. Which can be partially to mostly mitigated on GM45 boards anyway with disk encryption especially rowhammer. But for that is sure fire solution is to just get a real server board with ECC support.
regarding x201 I'm little unsure what to make of it I just flashed the thing and I always just run 64 bit OS. I don't have any machines old enough that can only run a 32 bit machine. But it is really inexpensive hardware.
What is state of older kernels on newer PCs? To flip that question tongue I imagine completely compatible.

Regarding OP again, his machine's in question likely are DDR2 machines and don't have to worry about memory stability issues. I saw a chart somewhere where the older ram is actually much more stable due to less density.

I never really needed much ram in devuan. 4gb usually does enough for me. Even when I use stuff like downloading files, image editing, filestorage and web browsing. But Openshot for video editing I might require 8gb for larger projects for sure.

back on topic,
But stuff like the T60 is 32 bit OS only. That's the age the OP is talking about with computers and newer kernels. I am pretty ignorant on the support newer kernels have on older hardware. Especially 32-bit only machines. As I don't have any myself to play with!

#19 Re: Off-topic » Designated Surveillance » 2023-12-21 02:12:18

cloudflare. Traceroute those bastards wink

But you should be able to ready that stuff to get all sides to make up your own opinion without biases. It's just what we all should of been taught in school when doing your own research.

#20 Re: Off-topic » USA Foods » 2023-12-21 02:02:00

sugar. Americans love sugar. Or at least they don't object to companies forcefully packing that processed garbage into their processed food. Or they ignorantly ingest it and can't figure out why they can't lose weight.

If you want a real 'conspiracy' look into all the food processing plants that were going up in flames all at the same time … nters.html
Quite easy to find articles on the matter.

The-Amnesiac-Philosopher wrote:

Now, with all of that said, I may work in water treatment...but I don't drink the water. wink

I know too much...unless I've forgotten some of it. smile

I understand the chlorine evaporates. You can let it sit for a bit and the smell will dissipate.
But my filters take care of all that.

I wish I had time to eat tons of veggies every day. But I just get veggie juice and put some Tabasco spice in it to ensure I get my veggies in me I usually keep a stock of them and buy some bottles everytime at the store. It's almost always on sale too. Then when I get time to cook I am using tons of brassicas. Like Broccoli, kale, and mustard in my stew. Then tons of Lentils and barley smile

#21 Re: Off-topic » Music » 2023-11-20 03:27:00

Authority Zero - Ollie Ollie Oxen Free

#23 Re: Other Issues » devuan daedalus: nothing is running in wine » 2023-11-20 03:14:37

try using wine-staging direct from wine repos. Follow instructions for debian installation.

#24 Re: DIY » Chimaera Minimal Live ISO Customization Question » 2023-11-20 02:44:11

So I have a live USB. It's an older system from beowulf 3.0
I am going to update it, but right now I can only install encrypted.


was set on original in /etc/default/grub. I tried setting to n and making a new iso from the live image but I think issue is initramfs is not updating when resquashing live image.

cryptsetup will wait for encrypted source device when I installed system unencrypted. I tried modifying grub defaults before installing but same behavior then it drops into initramfs. What would you recommend to solve this? I can work on liveiso. But in order to rebuild initramfs I'd need to have it installed and decrypted. Or get live-update-initramfs working. How to I make a usb read and write? Possibly add multiple OS support I saw is possible on one usb.

What is meant by script?

#25 Re: DIY » So I guess there's no getting around having to use GTK3 and Wayland? » 2023-11-11 00:56:39

fsmithred wrote:

For GTK-3, I'm not worrying about it. I'm experimenting with lxqt in anticipation of GTK-4 and -5. (shudder)

I still using a Frankenstein openbox with xfce packages to get gtk-3.0 working with openbox. I hope openbox keeps being as light as ever. But it might need some updates. For composting I use xcompmgr.
Panel you can use tint2 or xfce4 panel prior to some update that broke the applications menu for me. I have to use an older version of the xfce panel. But that is fine. They somehow made it worse on the newer updates.

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