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Sounds good to me.
It's also a PITA to have to surf 2 different forums.....
It would help me out too for tips and tricks that I need to get for either OS
You might get the occasional "Windows is teh ghey" or "Lunix suxors" from the fanboys (think the Halo vs Half-Life2 thread) but overall it could be a good experiment.
Things have become a little stagnant here and I guess will do until Vista beta gets a good following. Bring it!
On a different subject associated with the merger. Do you think you will make a sticky for people on how to post before they make a post in the forums?
Understatement of the century!
Quote:Quote:Things have become a little stagnant here
Understatement of the century!
I wouldn't call myself a big poster but I read through every thread on the "Latest Threads" daily and try to help when I can, with the limited knowledge I have (which was all nearly gained by reading threads here.) What I'm saying is that when I read through the threads there are about 8-10 names I see giving replies and many many times that asking questions. I think a merger would be a good idea to maybe incorporate a few more knowledgable readers to both sides of the site. This group of "computer nerds" (Myself and others) is the nicest and most easy going of any forum I am a member of and I always post my questions here first to avoid getting 5 flames and 1 real helpful answer the way I do on sites like Toms Hardware or a couple others.
Turned into a long way to say I think a merger would be helpful for many people and I look forward to learning more from a larger group of individuals smarter than I.
It may make it a little more difficult for me to sort through the posts (Linux vs. Windows), but this may just be my perception, or my limited expertise/ability to do so effectively.
I also agree that some sticky posts would be helpful to quide folks to the right place in general. I like the idea of a sticky on how to post questions (general guidelines), which could save time and result in more accurate and complete answers being posted by those who would like to share possible solutions.
A fair number of new members who post questions don't know how to search for answers to questions that have been asked and answered frequently. Perhaps a sticky or introductory statement could help in this regard, as well.
I still like the idea of having some space dedicated to posting articles of small how-to articles on such frequently asked questions. I have placed several on my own website to refer to when needed.
On the Linux side, there are a very few folks who attempt to answer questions. Having the forum combined should also increase the pool of folks who would like to post suggested solutions and share their knowledge with others.
So, to make this a less winded response, Why not? Merge the two forums and give it a go! Because <signature>
Originally posted by danleff:
I like the idea of a sticky on how to post questions (general guidelines), which could save time and result in more accurate and complete answers being posted by those who would like to share possible solutions.
I still like the idea of having some space dedicated to posting articles of small how-to articles on such frequently asked questions.
Now if I could just get the motivation to get my watercooled HTPC and Gaming rigs assembled I might actually check the forum a little more often than the once a week that I do from work.
Roughly how difficult is it to run a Linux machine. I have enough leftover parts from upgrades and new builds that I can toss together a box that would surf the internet to death and make a decent file server or something if need be. I have a little knowledge of C++ if that helps and will be taking Intermediate Computer Science this fall. Is there any good guides that you guys use/ have used? I'm sure google will show me some but any recommendations are greatly appreciated! Thanks!
And again: thumbs up on the merger.
Using Ubuntu or Suse 10 are really no more harder to use than Windows. It's just that you are used to Windows and how to do things there and are not used to Linux.
With that said alot of things in Linux make more sense than Windows and some things are even easier to use.
For instance just yesterday a user had a hard drive with bad sectors. I tried everything with my BartPE disc and all of it's HD fixing/imaging tools. Nothing was able to recover the files....heck windows wouldn't even let me view the partition!
Not even Acronis or Ghost could do anything since as soon as it hit those bad sectors either Ghost would crash or Acronis would hang for hours.
Heck, I even tried SpinRite 6! I left it running for days! (Yeah, I know all about proper data recovery but according to the user the data wasn't that important and I wanted to test out Spinrite).
Finally I booted up the latest Ubuntu Live CD. Mounted the NTFS parition. Simply opened up a window viewing all of the files on the filesystem. Opened up another Window to a fileshare on my Windows server. Copied over the files and I'm done!
Now why couldn't I do that using Windows with all of the tons of utilities I've accumulated over the years? Truth is those utilities still have to rely on the underlying OS......and that was the problem right there.
As for Learning Linux Books. I can't really help ya there. Just segment off a block of time and dig right in there with some Ubuntu/Slackware/Suse/Fedora CD/DVD's.
Let me know if there are any problems. Your old logins should work with the new forum software and the (old) front page.
Structure looks good but I'm wondering where I can change the colours? Also, Philip, are you able to tell us what new features you've implemented in this release?
I like the bookmark icon too. Has anyone posted notification to slashdot or such that these forums have merged, seems to be a little more activity.