rtorrent force-upgrade how-to

debian stable might not have the latest versions of some software with features that you want right now. here's how to upgrade in-place. tip: http://lizardking.biz/2009/12/rtorrent-11-on-debian-5/

install rtorrent

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
apt-get install rtorrent


remove rtorrent and libtorrent, leaving dependencies installed

apt-get remove rtorrent libtorrent10


download latest versions from

http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/pool/main/r/rtorrent
http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/pool/main/libt/libtorrent


install, force if necessary

dpkg -i libtorrent*
dpkg -i [--force-all] rtorrent*

Re: Dear LazyWeb, please help persuade my dad to move to Linux

Response to a blog post at crunchbang.org
Dear LazyWeb, please help persuade my dad to move to Linux

"I get the feeling that my dad would be more inclined to accept advice from a PC World salesman than he would from me."

If that is the case, my advice would be to take your dad to PC World! Show him some of the Linux netbooks, and get the salesman to convince your dad why he might like them. :-)

BTW, I have converted two of my family to Linux. Last Christmas, a cousin who always complains about his PC, got his Windows replaced by Ubuntu. Last month, another who has had me spend many many hours sorting his PC, got the same treatment. They are both happy bunnies now… and perhaps evangelists in their own accord! :-)Joseph

crunchbang.org response:
does PC World still sell netbooks with Linux? I know they did a year or so ago, but my understanding is that Linux has been discontinued by most netbook manufacturers? Either way, I think the chances of being able to find a salesman in my local PC World that can talk about the merits of Linux are pretty slim. :( Good job on converting your cousins to Ubuntu and thank you for the comment! :)

Re: Dear LazyWeb, please help persuade my dad to move to Linux

Response to a blog post at crunchbang.org
Dear LazyWeb, please help persuade my dad to move to Linux

I just stopped giving free support to them if they run Windows. I don't run Windows. I don't care about Windows. If they want to keep running Windows, they can do so and there are a number of places they can buy support or they can bug someone else to fix their problems for them. If, on the other hand, they want to run Linux, I'll gladly do the support.

Solves my problems two ways: less support annoyance if they go with Linux and I keep supporting them, or less support annoyance if they stick with Windows and I don't have to support them anymore. Catch-11. :)

crunchbang.org response:
Interestingly, I have never really had to support my dad with his Windows installation. As far as I know, for the most part it has just worked. It is only now, when his Windows installation has come to the end of its life, that I have had to offer any help. I have offered to install Linux. I have not and will not offer to look at fixing his ageing XP installation, but only because I know it would be a pointless exercise. Thank you for your comment. :)

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