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Welcome to Leck Linux!
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About Leck Linux

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this section of leck linux will be 2 fold. until leck linux is installable and functional, I will be keeping instructions how to install and set debian up, because debian is what i'm basing leck linux on due to the fact debian is the best free linux to my knowledge. if you are reading this and are not that computer savy, i suggest trying one of the leading linux distributions. debian's leading finished distro is "linux mint". otherwise read on.
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i cut down a lot of the explanations i wrote about things here because people are actually reading this webpage and using it for reference. i want people to be able to get the information easier without reading all about my leck linux distro. if you want to read about my leck linux distro before the first release, join my newsletter by sending me your email or instant messanger client and screen name. you can find my contact information at the top of this webpage. i also frequent the chat rooms on this website http://www.cupoflinux.com/SBB/index.php
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screenshot of the leck linux splash screen:

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Installing Debian
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note that this works at this time, but things change so this might not work 1 day after i wrote these instructions. i don't manage debian, so if they change something and you use the most current installation image of debian (which you should) it just might not be the same as what i wrote here. i'm not going to explain everything, like how to boot into a cd rom, because if i wrote this for the non computer savy user, it would be more than twice the amount of words.
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the first thing is to download the "net install" (meaning network installation image) of debian i suggest i386 or x86 in ".iso". (using a windows computer you can burn a cd with this http://cdburnerxp.se/ ) you need to connect your computer to the internet with a wire if debian does not recognize your internet connection during the installation. this is extremely important, because debian does not include a lot of wireless drivers in the netinstall even though the netinstall image only takes up half a cd in size. if you do not have a wire to connect your computer at this time (or it's impossible to connect your computer to the internet with a wire) it is very difficult to install and update debian after installation. it's easiest to install debian and after debian is finished installing. if debian boots up and has an internet connection, then you can keep using debian. if debian didn't have an internet connection during the installation, i suggest uninstalling debian right away unless you want to search the internet on another computer and transfer a few required packages to the debian computer via usb flash drive and then install manually (which is a headache but it's possible). the goal is to get an internet connection. debian will handle the rest, like installing wireless drivers after it's connected to the internet, so you can unhook the wire (ethernet cable) from your computer after wireless works. (because wireless is better in almost every way)
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assuming you have installed debian and have installed gnome and have an internet connection (you aren't looking at a black screen with a dos prompt) and are logged in as an administrator or root (if you aren't, it will require you to do everything by command line interface and you'll have to add sudo or su before every command). there really isn't a reason to use a non admin account anyway. debian is the best linux distro from the few dozen distros i've tried, but that doesn't mean debian is faultless. below i am going to explain how to fix the problems debian should have fixed already.
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you should always use the application named "root terminal" to input command line commands. it's a waste of time to use "terminal". just close the debian updater when it asks you to run the debian software updater. i forget how to disable the software updater. use the commands apt-get update and apt-get upgrade in root terminal to update. do not use the software updater. remember if you arne't using root terminal or aren't on an administrator account, you might have to put sudo or su before apt-get update and apt-get upgrade (and all terminal commands, so get on the admin/root account!)
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to install skype
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using root terminal copy and paste or retype the lines below
apt-get install libxss1
cd /tmp
wget -O skype-install.deb http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-deb
dpkg -i skype-install.deb
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to install new programs
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option 1 is using something named "synaptic" this is by far the easiest way to install software in debian. if you don't have synaptic, try installing synaptic by using root terminal
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option 2 is important if synaptic does not have the software but debian repositories do. it doesn't hurt to try this.
apt-get install (program)
example apt-get install synaptic
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option 3 is if you download a package from the internet and install it manually. make sure it's a linux package not a windows or macintosh package. skip over the instructions to change the extension if it's already .deb
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if software isn't in .deb you need to do this to change it to .deb
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install alien with synaptic
close synaptic and in root terminal copy and paste below
alien "package path and name without quotes"
example alien /home/fedoraprogram.fed
look in your "\home" folder for the .deb package
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to install a .deb package
dpkg -i "package path and name without quotes"
example dpkg -i /home/fedoraprogram.deb
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option 4 is if there is a program you can only get by ftp in a file tree. i'm not going to explain how to do this. you need to use a recursion application to download the package (or download it manually file by file and rebuild it) and then install with dpkg -i.
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to enable videos in iceweasel (like youtube)
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using root terminal
apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree
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to install a fully working audio and video player
use synaptic and install vlc. i suggest uninstalling all other media players so debian doesn't get confused.
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enabling file transfer between computers at the same location
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install samba with synaptic. this will get most things working fine. here are 2 ways to share folders (and everything in the folders will be shared) the first way is easier.
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way 1 is to open up a root terminal and write or copy and paste gksudo nautilus. right click on the folder you want to share, and there should be a tab named "sharing" or "properties" left click on one of them and change the options to be able to share. do not enable the ability to "write" only enable the ability to "read" or "read only" the ability to write remotely is a security risk.
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way 2 is to paste gksudo nautilus in root terminal. navigate to the smb config file here /etc/samba/smb.conf and edit it using gedit. at the very bottom of smb.conf input this and save it. this is an example of how to share the "desktop" folder. of course you can share any folder you want. the folder name and path ARE CASE SENSITIVE, so you need to capitilize desktop for example.
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[Desktop]
path = /home/leck/Desktop
available = yes
read only = yes
browseable = yes
public = yes
comment = desktop
writable = no
guest ok = yes
guest account = ftp
guest only = no
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then in a root terminal copy and paste
service samba restart
optionally you can copy and paste this to see if there are any syntax errors in smb.conf
testparm
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you should be able to search in a file explorer and find your shared folder. if you are unable to see the file for whatever reason, you can use a web browser to find the folder.
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if you are using linux you need to have samba installed on both computers. copy and paste this into iceweasel. replace the desktop with the name of your folder you are sharing. replace leck with the name of the computer or ip address of the computer with the shared folder
smb://leck/Desktop
another example smb://leckscomputer/Music/mybest
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if you are using a windows computer, open up firefox or internet explorer and paste something like this. replace LECK with your computer name or ip address, and replace Desktop with the folder you are sharing.
\\LECK\Desktop
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optional programs and instructions
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probably the best audio editor (it has a crappy audio player built in for convienence)
using synaptic install audacity
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this program is the best disk memory formater (which means erasing mass storage and flash disks). it does other less important things along the same lines too. it cannot format your master hard drive running debian, so make sure you don't format C: with gparted, because gparted will try and get interrupted when debian crashes and corrupts at the same time 8) gparted should transfer your current os to ram in order to format the master hard drive, which is something i will include in leck linux, but gparted cannot do currently.
using synaptic install gparted
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moving your mouse to the top left of the screen shows 2 tabs (windows and applications). if you move to applications, "system settings" and "advanced system settings" are everything you need to customize your graphical user interface of debian gnome.
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to take a screenshot move your mouse to the top left of the screen and left click on application. left click on the application named "screenshot"
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a simple picture editor like mspaint is pinta. use synaptic to install pinta.

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when i first started looking into linux as an alternative main operating system for my computers in 2007, i wanted to operate 100% in text, but i didn't know that you cannot navigate half of the websites using a text only interface. installing and running debian then running root terminal is the best and fastest way to operate a computer which can do everything. for example you can run an application by typing in the exact name in a root terminal, instead of double click and wait in windows, which is the fastest possible way to open anything in windows. The terminal in debian looks like dos, and functions very much like the command (msdos or run) app in windows
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to uninstall software use autoremove (i haven't figured out how to install this yet, because it was installed by default in ubuntu)

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DOS anchor link

chances are if you are on this webpage, you are looking for a free operating system. leck linux is still in the early stages, but dos would be more complicated for anything other than running applications. nevertheless you can run the dos operating system as your main os, or a dos emulator inside any os
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to install the ms dos operating system as your only operating system you will want to download a full installer from the link below. to just try dos you can use a windows vista/7 or xp installation cd. for a vista/7 cd, press shift+F10 as soon as it loads. for windows xp, there are a number of different ways to access dos, the easiest being a full install of windows xp, and use a command prompt after you start up the operating system. the link to download a full installer of ms dos is: (you'll need to burn the iso to a cd or make a boot usb)
http://www.syschat.com/download60.html&act=down (latest version 7.1)
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to install a dos emulator (dosbox is the preferred way to run dos) you can download it from the application link on my download page here: (or a current version from the dosbox website)
http://www.lecksitegd1.com/
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Windows XP anchor link

if you have a copy of windows xp, you can install windows xp and update it manually. all support for xp has stopped as of 040814.
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1. install windows xp by cd or usb boot disk: (usb boot software available in application download on my download page)
http://www.lecksitegd1.com/
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2. update windows xp to service pack 3 if it's not sp3 (which is the last sp) you will have to search the internet for the "standalone" downloads of the service packs
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3. use windows update (windows update may not work for xp) or windiz update (keep rerunning it until it shows no more updates needed)
a. windiz update: (use firefox with this solution)
http://windizupdate.com/
b. for windows update use the link in your start menu (then programs or control panel)
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4. update any software or drivers which were not updated (software like your internet browser and drivers like your graphics card and printer)
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User interfaces anchor link

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binary BI -
if you want to build a type of computer, you start here
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machine TUI -
this is the most basic of interfaces with a computer. i want to eventually use this type of programming language to make my operating system. this would be the last thing i do. machine language is probably perfect in that all it does is make it so you don't have to look at binary to program. it probably reduces the binary to hexadecimal (16 different characters) instead of looking at long lines of base 2 (1s 0s and spaces). (our number system is base 10 and the english alphabet is base 26)
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dos TUI -
i'm sure everyone who has used a computer has seen dos. it's what you see when a computer first starts, and it's in english (or your native language). it's a very simple form of basic programming where there are only about 100 commands. all current operating systems use a form of dos to build upon
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linux TUI -
similar to dos with many more than 100 commands. it simplifies things like ejecting a cd rom and downloading from the internet. Linux is the free form of unix
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debian TUI -
there are a dozen main types of distributions of linux. I use debian because you can run either of the 2 most popular free GUIs from debain: ubuntu or mint
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ubuntu GUI -
even though you can use graphics in any operating system, ubuntu attempts to copy the way other operating systems function for user familiarity. there are more computers than people in america, so this is a good idea.
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Leck Linux GUI -
this will begin with my own distribution of linux. there are hundreds of popular linux distributions, but i won't stop here. i want to redo ubuntu next and eventually redo all the levels in this section. the good thing about using Leck Linux instead of others like Mint is that i have tested the best type of each software, and i will make linux easier than windows/mac/otheroses to use. updating and installing software does not have to be complicated. why does windows make you run windows update 4x after installing windows? why isn't free software loaded with other operating systems that allows you to do what you want with a computer. why isn't software free? i don't have a problem paying for better software if you work with a computer professionally, which is why when you buy a computer, you should be able to have a free operating system that is easy enough a child or grandparent can use it without being taught.
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audio user interface -
siri, dragon, and Leck skeleton AUI are types of this already. most new devices have some form of speech input now.
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cranial user interface -
they are making astonishing progress in this type of interface. the first breakthrough was a toy car that would drive or stop depending on what you think.
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definitions anchor link

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Binary Interface -
computers (and your brain) operate on electric or light transmission where when the electricity (electrons) or light (photons) is being transferred over a predetermined time period, it returns a 1 and if nothing is being transferred it returns a 0. This interface isn't usually used by a human because it's only 0s, 1s, and spaces on a computer screen.
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Text User Interface (also referred to as command line interface) -
we still default back to text user interfaces with the interfaces below, because there have always been faults in every os that i've seen, which is why you need to be able to access the text based interface to fix those problems.
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Graphical User Interface -
using a mouse (mostly) and keyboard. because of the popularity of windows, most GUIs are box based. it could have been circles or appear like you are reading a book if windows didn't become popular.
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Audio User Interface -
this is being developed and implemented now. it means you speak to a computer and the computer is able to do what you want instead of using other ways of interfacing.
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Touch User Interface -
this is a cool idea but it's not being handled the correct way in computers yet. there are major problems with trying to use touch screen controls on software designed for mouse and keyboard. it is possible to do this correctly but it will be consumed by a motion user interface when they realize you are touching a mouse and keyboard instead of touching a surface that works very similarly to a computer mouse.
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Cranial User Interface -
it's being developed now. this means you think and a computer is able to take inputs from your thoughts. the helmet needs to be calibrated to the person's brain because every brain is different. this doesn't mean that a computer will be able to read a person's thoughts. scientists are still a ways away from decoding thoughts and memories of a brain. the brain isn't just encoded. the brain has a quantum entanglement, and is a much more powerful computer than we have nowadays for the space used. the human brain is inefficent (due to inability to use a brain properly) so people don't realize how powerful their brain is.
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i'm not asking for donations, but if you want this to be worked on faster donating is the best way. make sure you tell me you are donating so i work on this more often.
http://www.lecksite.com/paypal.html
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this is my contact info to tell me you donated
http://www.lecksite.com/leck.html
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extra notes:
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this helps with the workings of a lot of programs.
mjpegtools
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you can share your desktop without using extra software. find "desktop sharing" in unbuntu to do so
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the ubuntu forums and websites aren't always correct when they say what is the best software for a particular job. i know i don't have a good audio converter yet, but i'm working on it.
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i will have all of this happen automatically, but for now you have to do it manually
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notes for leck (from leck)
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slitaz
su -
root
tazpkg get-install unetbootin
http://hg.slitaz.org/tazpkg/raw-file/tip/doc/tazpkg.en.html#get-install
if there are errors and you want to try to fix them do this:
sudo dpkg --configure -a
sudo apt-get install -f
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THIS DOESN"T WORK YET BUT I"M LEAVING IT ON THIS WEBPAGE TO REMIND ME TO FIX THIS. JUST CLOSE THE UPDATE MANAGER EVERY TIME IT COMES UP (I'M SORRY)
disables the automatic popup updater
gconf-editor
it will appear on your left taskbar at the bottom
after opening open Apps then Update Notifier and uncheck the auto_launch then press the X at the top left
if the notifier pops up just close it. The next time you restart it won't pop up anymore. You should update by going to a terminal and copying and pasting these in succession
sudo apt-get update
enter your ubuntu password
sudo apt-get upgrade
then press y and enter
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