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#1 2018-08-30 08:36:30

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Hi!

I've found BunsenLabs Helium on a cover disc in the latest issue of "Linux Format" magazine and it's perfect! Simple, fast, lightweight, but with power of Debian behind it. Great work, guys! smile

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#2 2018-08-30 10:53:48

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Re: Hi!

hello! I have found it by accident on reddit when someone asked for something different than *buntu. Fell in love straight away after trying about 10 distros.

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#3 2018-08-30 13:45:07

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Welcome to BL Pirx!

Being included on the cover disc of Linux Format might bring in a few new users, right? It's apparently the best selling Linux magazine in the UK anyway.

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#4 2018-08-30 17:05:04

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Pirx - you wouldn't happen to be a Stanisław Lem fan?

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#5 2018-08-30 20:53:54

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Yes, I used to read him a lot 20-25 years ago and "Tales of Pirx the pilot" was one of my favoutite books.

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#6 2018-08-30 23:20:46

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Welcome Pirx! We hope you enjoy BunsenLabs and our forums. Which issue was that?

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#7 2018-08-30 23:21:30

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cherkie wrote:

hello! I have found it by accident on reddit when someone asked for something different than *buntu. Fell in love straight away after trying about 10 distros.

Welcome to the forums!

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#8 2018-08-31 05:02:36

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Pirx wrote:

Yes, I used to read him a lot 20-25 years ago and "Tales of Pirx the pilot" was one of my favoutite books.

i knew it!
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i was more into the novels, Solaris, Eden etc.

any time i open my terminal with the Terminus font, i remember that there's a Lem story of that name.
that's one of pirx's.

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#9 2018-08-31 08:04:28

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hhh wrote:

Welcome Pirx! We hope you enjoy BunsenLabs and our forums. Which issue was that?


Issue 241 (September 2018) - on sale now.

ohnonot wrote:

any time i open my terminal with the Terminus font, i remember that there's a Lem story of that name.
that's one of pirx's.

My favourite from "Tales of Pirx the pilot"!

Last edited by Pirx (2018-08-31 08:07:12)

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#10 2018-08-31 09:57:26

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Pirx wrote:
hhh wrote:

Welcome Pirx! We hope you enjoy BunsenLabs and our forums. Which issue was that?


Issue 241 (September 2018) - on sale now.

ohnonot wrote:

any time i open my terminal with the Terminus font, i remember that there's a Lem story of that name.
that's one of pirx's.

My favourite from "Tales of Pirx the pilot"!

To be honest I should probably read something of Lem's since I am Polish and heavily into sci-fi... Just never occurred to me to pick his books up.

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#11 2018-08-31 12:09:27

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You definitely should! Just be aware that Lem has written books representing many sci-fi subgenres. I like his hard sci-fi the most. "Solaris", "The Invincible", " Tales of Pirx the pilot".

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#12 2018-08-31 23:34:00

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Wow, cool introduction thread. Sci-Fi, Poland, literature, Linux... nice.

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#13 2018-08-31 23:49:07

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Welcome to BL.


I like my Metal like my coffee.......Black!

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#14 2018-09-01 15:32:01

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Re: Hi!

Pirx wrote:

You definitely should! Just be aware that Lem has written books representing many sci-fi subgenres. I like his hard sci-fi the most. "Solaris", "The Invincible", " Tales of Pirx the pilot".

for me "Eden" was his masterwork.
not sure you would call it "hard" (i wouldn't call Solaris that, either) - rather "critical", maybe even "dystopian".
Both books are full of very imaginative descriptions of things (and beings) completely alien.

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#15 2018-09-02 09:18:57

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ohnonot wrote:
Pirx wrote:

You definitely should! Just be aware that Lem has written books representing many sci-fi subgenres. I like his hard sci-fi the most. "Solaris", "The Invincible", " Tales of Pirx the pilot".

for me "Eden" was his masterwork.
not sure you would call it "hard" (i wouldn't call Solaris that, either) - rather "critical", maybe even "dystopian".
Both books are full of very imaginative descriptions of things (and beings) completely alien.


ok, on the scale from Dune to Hitchhiker's where is Lem? Or is it a league of his own?

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#16 2018-09-02 09:22:15

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Eden is certainly in a league of it's own, Ijon Tichy might be in the Hitchhiker region (From memory, I read those stuff decades ago).

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#17 2018-09-02 09:22:50

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Possibly, but books like "The Star Diaries", "The Futurological Congress" or "The Cyberiad" are the opposite. They are funny, grotesque stories that have nothing in common with hard sci-fi. There is also Lem's philosophical work, but I never got into that.

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#18 2018-09-02 19:05:11

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cherkie wrote:

ok, on the scale from Dune to Hitchhiker's where is Lem? Or is it a league of his own?

Sorry, I missed your post. Well... "The Invincible" and "Tales of Pirx the pilot" are hard sci-fi. Arthur C. Clarke like. "The Star Diaries" are more like Hitchiker's. "The Cyberiad" is a book of fairy tales. "The Chain of Chance" and "The Investigation" are crime novels. "The Futurological Congress" could have been written by Philip K.Dick.

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#19 2018-09-02 21:24:44

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And of course, there is "Solaris" - probably his greatest work.

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#20 2018-09-03 15:18:15

cherkie
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thanks smile

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#21 2018-09-04 04:52:11

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Re: Hi!

just one addition to my last post (i'm sure i have said this before on these very boards):

stanislaw lem has always/often dealt with "alien" - the nature of alien is that it is completely alien to us, and how do you describe something like that adequately?

have you ever felt annoyed about sci-fi clutching at anthropomorphisms (or "Earthisms" to be more precise) to describe the alien, both its looks, surroundings, culture, behaviour?

if yes, you should definitely read one of his big novels.

i hope they have public libraries in poland so you can check it all out.

PS: how do i get the "ł" on a non-polish keyboard?

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#22 2018-09-04 06:13:46

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ohnonot wrote:

how do i get the "ł" on a non-polish keyboard?

3rd time: /usr/share/X11/locale/en_US.UTF-8/Compose tongue

 <Multi_key> <l> <slash> 		: "ł"   U0142 # LATIN SMALL LETTER L WITH STROKE

Proof, on a Japanese keyboard: ł


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#23 2018-09-04 17:08:16

Pirx
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ohnonot wrote:

have you ever felt annoyed about sci-fi clutching at anthropomorphisms (or "Earthisms" to be more precise) to describe the alien, both its looks, surroundings, culture, behaviour?

if yes, you should definitely read one of his big novels.

Start from "Solaris" and "The Invincible". They are exactly about this subject.

Next year you will be able to see "Solaris" on stage - https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/ … -1-4794009 (if you're happy to travel to Scotland wink)

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#24 2018-09-04 18:06:20

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hhh wrote:

Wow, cool introduction thread. Sci-Fi, Poland, literature, Linux... nice.

Maybe we now need a Sci-Fi subforum big_smile

Welcome aboard Pirx and great to have you with us. I love Star Trek though smile


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#25 2018-09-04 21:10:17

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DeepDayze wrote:

Maybe we now need a Sci-Fi subforum big_smile

IMO the genre has not lived up to its potential in cinema. For every Blade Runner there is a Planet of the Apes with Mark Wahlberg. BR 2049 was brilliant and a critical success but audiences treated it like poison, which means the chance of something similar being released is reduced. Freaking Prometheus with its mind-blowing visuals and script/characters written by a not-so-bright 8 year old, don't get me started.

Gravity and some of the other new big-production films were good, but we're really getting into the cheese with that much Hollywood involved.

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