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William Houser
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For my money, it's Banshee. I am more for the library oriented, cover-art centric media players. Banshee is a one-stop shop for managing the library, Playing web-based content, ripping cd's, and whatever. It can be a little buggy, but I'd say it's more than reliable.
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this is off-topic but after watching these, I got curious so I started playing around with i3...now I'm hooked! this has got to be the slickest wm out there.
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+Bubba Lichvar yea..I tried unity when it first came out, and a couple of times since then...I liked the concept, but didn't like how closed up it is as it relates to hackability. I too like to tinker, and am constantly trying stuff (sometimes to my system's demise) I've been using Xfce for years, and felt much the same as you did; that I had tinkered it to the edge of it's capabilities. I installed i3 when you posted that second video out of curiosity, got to tinkering with it, and thought I'd use it as a second option to Xfce for when I really need to give my apps the power, but now, after my yearly fresh Arch install  (the other day) I'm running i3 exclusively. I've always been a fan of Openbox, and thought if I'd go for a standalone wm, that would be the way I'd go, but I can't get over the responsiveness of i3. My challenge right now is to figure out how to make the default layout "tabbed" instead of horizontal.
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ok...now here's a question. One reason I like using xfs is the command that checks the file-system for fragmentation. While I'm aware of the command to defragment a Btrfs system, I can't seem to find a command to check whether the filesystem actually needs it. Do you know anything about that?
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+Bubba Lichvar that sounds like a good option. Yea, I understand that under normal circumstances fragmentation can be somewhat trivial, but I'm one of those Arch users that likes to try out new packages...I mean like every day...then quickly get rid of the ones that are crap (which are most of them). This seems to cause the file system to fragment on the order of about 20-25% in a matter of a week (or at least it did back when I was using Xfs for everything) it's too bad btrfs-progs doesn't have a tool to simply print the frag percentage. Xfs has a tool that will give you the percentage, the number of files, as well as the recommended number of files. I might drop the developer a line on this.
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just downloaded the video, will watch later. I just did a fresh install (it do it yearly) with Btrfs as my root with a 4 gig swap, and home dir mounted to Xfs. So far so good. It's the first time I've ventured away from the Ext file systems. I've seen some bench-marking from a couple of years ago, showing Ext3&4 out-performing Btrfs, and Xfs out-performing Ext3&4, but my experience has been that Btrfs seems a little faster. To be fair they were using Windows in all cases which will react poorly to the fragmentation. I'll comment further as soon as I get a chance to watch. I just subscribed. I'm a hard-core Arch user too.
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+William Houser One of the big issues I see with benchmarks in filesystems is that the "reviewer" doesn't optimize the filesystems at all. For example: btrfs supports transparent compression with a simple mount option, which for large text files (or other easy to compress data) can be read or written extremely fast compared to when it is not compressed (I've heard as much as 5X faster on SSD's). So, really I feel that btrfs is probably just as fast, if not faster in some cases. Not to mention all of the additional features it has. 
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Do you happen to know; will this convert to a full copy of W10, upon it's actual release? Meaning; can I install it and keep it (not on my pc...lol) for the foreseeable future?
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+midfingr groovy
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yea....I just went ahead and tried to install this to try the vsync. I have no words to describe the absolute mayhem it caused. It works fine on Manjaro, I don't know what the difference is. Luckily, I made myself a nice little rescue script to get rid of this developer version, and go back to the stock version. It's a little irritating - the slow rate of development with Xfce. Of course, it might be an AMD/ATI problem too.
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Hi William
Thank you for reminding me ... there's been a recent update to the power management, which requires an additional package: 'libxfce4util-devel' Without that package, I had no control over keyboard shortcuts, themes, etc.

I'm not sure if that's related to the vsync issue however.
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lol....I would alway use ie to install chrome, and firefox, then go to programs and features, and turn ie off.
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I nominate you the pre-eminent professor of all things Btrfs. I'd like to see more tutorials on the subject. There's not much out there relevant to the subject, which needs to change, given Btrfs is quite likely the future for Linux. Keep it up, man. I'd like to see some tutorials on enabling the features in the fstab, using some of the tools, and explanations of the same. I've been hearing about Btrfs for a few years, however I've only recently switched from an exclusively ext4 file system to Btrfs as my root (Xfs as the home) I still use a swap partition so I've not felt the desire to create an entirely Btrfs Scheme with Sub-systems, though if there is benefits to doing so that out-weigh having a swap, I may choose to do so in  the future. Right now I'm using a spinning HD, so there you go, but yea....Great Job!
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+William Houser Thanks for your kind words. This was part of a final project for a Linux class at my college (Which was to give back to the world of open source). While I definatly do agree that there needs to be more information about btrfs I'm not sure how much more I can really do/talk about. I had an idea on zfs vs btrfs video, and an idea for a btrfs pitfalls video. Though, I'm not sure how much they are really needed (looking at the analytics of my videos). 

Though to answer two of the statements from your previous post. If you would like to know more about what the mount options for btrfs you can look at them here: https://btrfs.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/Mount_options.
And, as far as using btrfs with a swap partition, you can totally do that just as you would on an ext* filesystem. You just can't use a swap file on btrfs w/o some hackery of using /dev/loop (https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Btrfs#Swap_file). Cheers.
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this might be a silly question, and I haven't watched this video yet, but I run two conky scripts, nowhere do I have Xfce set up to run them automatically at startup, yet they always startup at login. how does this happen?
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It's strange, isn't it? I've never noticed conky in the session either ...
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When I first started hearing about this some time back, I thought it was just Archboot with a OB desktop. I see now that it's so much more. I tried it for the first time on VB the other day. I gotta say: This is some amazing work on the part of those whom contributed to this project. I can't think of a thing you could reasonably do to improve it. Making the install process entirely graphical would make it hard to provide the level of choices you have, which are amazing as well. The openSUSE installer might be a step in the right direction, but I'm happy with Evolution the way it is, and I don't feel guilty for using it. (only an Arch user would know what I mean by that)
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+William Houser It is amazing. And version 0.4 is on the way with more goodies. Tried the beta and it excellent.
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so...to be clear; do you always have to give the boot dir. it's own partition, and does it HAVE to be fat32? it seems as though it's the biggest thing to take from this. I don't have any machines with efi right now, but my sons do, and they usually give me their old stuff, so I figured I better learn how to do it. Also, do you have to use a GPT table on an efi machine?
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If you can disable UEFI from windows advanced boot, then via the BIOS, you can dual-boot using the 'traditional' method.
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50GB!!!....lol...can you install an OS on it?
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haha !! wouldn't that be something? !! :D
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