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I've been spending more and more time on #Debian in a virtual machine on my iMac, for no other reason than I enjoy tinkering with stuff and playing around in different desktop environments. (If you care: I've always been a #KDE guy, but I'm running #Gnome right now, and it's pretty neat.)

So I usually travel with my MacBook Pro, and it's a great machine. If I wanted to, I could do the virtual machine thing there, too (I'm not going to wipe OS X off any of these devices, because I like OS X) ... but I've been looking for a lightweight (as in actual weight and software weight) alternative for quick weekend travels or runs to the coffee shop or the library or some other place to write and respond to emails. I've been trying to fall in love with the ASUS #Chromebook Flip, and when I'm connected to the Internet it's good for simple things like reading Reddit, watching Netflix or Plex or Hulu, and writing in Google Docs. But when I'm not connected to the Internet, it's pretty useless. Also, I expected ChromeOS to have more Android-like apps, so the Flip could almost be an iPad replacement, but it looks like ChromeOS development isn't quite there, yet.

So I unlocked my Flip, installed crouton, and got a Linux environment running on it. It's neat, and it's fun, but it's still so thin that it isn't much more useful to me as a MBP replacement than it was in its ChromeOS state.

And that's where all of this is leading: I was looking at the #ASUSX205TA as a potential Debian laptop/notebook. I looked on Debian's wiki and I see that getting it to work the way we expect (turn it on and go to whatever you want to do) takes a little bit of work, but it doesn't seem impossible, and for under $200, it feels like something I can invest in as a hobby project, a challenge to myself to get back to the BIOS and kernel-level hacking I did in the 90s.

My question, which is probably only answerable by someone who is still reading this, is: have you tried something like this? Have you put Debian on a laptop or netbook? If you have, what model did you use? Before I pull the trigger on the 205TA, I thought I'd ask.

Thanks!
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Yes, I ran Debian on multiple different Dell and ThinkPad laptops without any big problems.
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This is just fantastic, and now I have a go-to video to show people who ask me what games I suggest for couples to play.
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+Jae Staar I always describe Battle Line as 9-handed 3 card poker.
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For anyone who wanted closure from this morning's Nexus 6 fiasco:

Okay, I kept getting an error on the bootloader, and I couldn't get the new bootloader image to flash to my device. I tried everything I could think of, including all the thigns suggested by folks here.

So I decided to OEM lock and unlock it again, in the hopes that somehow that would kick loose (technical term) whatever was preventing fastboot from writing the new bootloader ... AND IT WORKED!

My device is currently restoring everything from yesterday's backup.

Thank you for your kindness and willingness to help, everyone!
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Glad it worked brother. My bootloader seems to be OK. There's nothing preventing my fastboot from doing what it needs to.
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I expect this to be the most polarizing episode of the season.
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+Wil Wheaton That was incredible! Props to you & Ryan!
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I love this.
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What are you talking about
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After finding themselves declared terrorists in Nestora, the party follows Aucker — a friend of the Beer Baron — to the Nestoran sewers in order to escape their current situation. The city above may have held danger for our adventurers, but will they find even more peril in the ancient city below?
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Really enjoying Titans Grave and would like to play it one day if its ever out in the UK. Would you know of a good place to get some advice on brewing, or maybe if you would be willing, could ask you some questions about it please? would like to try your two recipe kits but sadly NB dont ship overseas :(
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For weeks, I’ve been a wreck. The stress dreams were relentless, my appetite was unpredictable, and I got massively sick for the first time in years. My depression and anxiety have been as bad as they’ve been in months, and it’s been a challenge to get to…
For weeks, I've been a wreck. The stress dreams were relentless, my appetite was unpredictable, and I got massively sick for the first time in years. My
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i  love  this     story
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My son clued me in to this track. It reminds me of an ethereal Richie Hayward.  Really great.
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I had chill bumps go all over me about 4 mins. Into the song. That was really awesome. Thank you for sharing. I'm going back to the tube to listen to more. He really gets into it to. Nice..
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I think I bricked my Nexus 6 ... I'm hoping that someone reading this can help me save it.

So I had the CM nightly for my device on it (shamu for lyz28j) and everything was running like a dream. Then, yesterday morning, all the google services started crashing and locking up my device. I presumed that this was caused by my one of my security cameras sending almost 500 emails (with images) overnight, because a spider built a web in front of it.

I rebooted the phone after I'd deleted all the emails from my desktop, and it worked normally for a little bit, but then I started getting the Google Services error popup again, followed by nearly every app on the device stopping unexpectedly.

I figured that gapps must have gotten messed up somehow, so I booted up recovery and tried to reflash the gapps package, and that's when everything went to hell. TWRP couldn't mount /cache or /system, and everything I tried to repair that using the tools available to me failed.

Finally, I erased system and cache, and since then my phone just sits on the blank screen that says GOOGLE when I try to reboot it. I thought maybe it needed lots of time to create new partitions or something, so I left it on that screen for two hours last night, without any changes. Before bed, I decided to do a factory wipe/restore from the bootloader, but it just stayed on that same screen for nine hours.

So this is where I am now, and this is why I think I bricked my phone.

I downloaded the stock image from google, and I tried to run the script to flash all, but that failed.

This is what it looks like when I try to flash just the bootloader:

Bort:shamu-lyz28j wilw$ fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-shamu-moto-apq8084-71.10.img
target reported max download size of 536870912 bytes
sending 'bootloader' (3807 KB)...
OKAY [  0.182s]
writing 'bootloader'...
(bootloader) flashing partition ...
(bootloader) This may take a few seconds if a
(bootloader) different partition table is being
(bootloader) flashed since we need to backup
(bootloader) and restore a few partitions
(bootloader) Flashing primary GPT image...
(bootloader) Flashing backup GPT image...
(bootloader) Failed to write EFI backup GPT header.

(bootloader) Failed to flash partition
FAILED (remote failure)
finished. total time: 0.451s

I can't figure out why it won't flash the partition, and I'm pretty sure that's the root of this issue.

Can anyone help me?
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Had you rooted it?  
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Here's the @quarterly WIL02 unboxing video. WIL03 is coming soon!
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I'll vote.
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I really, really loved playing this game, and I got to meet one of my heroes, Allie Brosh!
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Been curious about this one so glad to see it pop up on Tabletop. Hoping for Flying Frog's game, A Touch of Evil to pop up for Halloween as thinking the Tabletop crew would definitely dig that horror game as it has competitive/co-op or team based co-op/competitive.
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Titansgrave is now on YouTube

Our release schedule for Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana is New episodes every Tuesday at Geek And Sundry dot Com That same episode on YouTube a few days later, on Fridays. We’re doing this for a bunch of business reasons that aren’t interesting enough…
Our release schedule for Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana is New episodes every Tuesday at Geek And Sundry dot Com That same episode on YouTube a few
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Do you ever sleep? You are everywhere and as much as I enjoy watching you "When do you ever stop?  I know when I have many projects going on I find myself running around like the energizer rabbit. Then reality hits me and I get so depressed. Hang in there. Remember how much your family and friends love you.
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    Executive Producer, Co-Creator of Tabletop, 2011 - present
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I'm Wil Wheaton. I'm an author (that's why I'm wilwheatonbooks), an actor, and a lifelong geek.

I wrote Just A Geek, The Happiest Days of Our Lives, and Memories of the Future. I played Wesley on Star Trek, Gordie in Stand By Me, and Fawkes in The Guild. I occasionally play Dr. Parrish on Eureka, Evil Wil Wheaton on Big Bang Theory, and Cha0s on Leverage.
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Found a dead body when I was 12, saved the Enterprise a few times, Ran the Axis of Anarchy, broke up Penny and Leonard. Currently running the non-lethal weapons lab at Global Dynamics.
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    Warp Field Theory and Practice. Also, Nanites., 1989 - 1992
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