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William Houser
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it appears to me that Sabayon tries to accomplish with Gentoo what Manjaro does with Arch. I run Arch on my machine, and I've got Manjaro running on my wife's. From my perspective, it's gotten to the point where the only similarities any more are the commands given in the terminal wen using the package manager. And in Sabayon/Gentoo's case not even that. I think someone should have at least some understanding of the deeper components of Linux before using any of these distros.
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thanks for this one, Sir!
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I was wondering if you could do a tutorial on how to make a PKGBUILD, along with the instrall scripts when needed. That's one of the few things that's got me stumped.
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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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every time I've complained about a package on the Arch forums, the answer has always been to make my own "simple" PKGBUILD. Clearly "simple" has no place in a sentence including the word PKGBUILD. One thing I am eager to learn is why some lines in the script are needed, while some are not. Also, I've noticed that some packages in the AUR come with a "install" script in addition to the PKGBUILD. Clearly we have a long way to go in terms of learning this stuff. Thanks again for the video.
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so if I download the iso and install it from scratch, can I just use my windows 7 product key to activate it?
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+William Houser I think you need to upgrade first. Then clean install. That's what I did. It appears if you sign in with your MS account (email), Win10 activates. I also did this over a few days, making it seem like less of a hassle.

Oh and for me. Multiple reboots, asking the same questions during clean install.
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well...now I want to hit someone in the throat
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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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