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Reddit: Looking for a high-end notebook to run GNU/Linux, with a UK Keyboard Layout! [May 2016]

7 hours 45 min ago

I am looking to buy a notebook computer, which meet as many of the following requirements as possible, ordered by priority (highest priority first). Attempted to create an exhaustive list.

Compatibility with GNU/Linux, Debian 8 (Jessie) UK Keyboard Layout (built-in)! 5+ Hours of Battery Life (under a light load - browsing the web, programming, etc) Intel Core i7 Processor 16GB of Memory 256GB SSD <~ £1500 (will go higher for the right system) ~15 Inches in Size < 3kg in Weight 60Hz Display Discrete Graphics Card Good enough cooling not to require a cooling pad. Wi-Fi card capable of packet injection. AC Wi-Fi Would prefer to avoid lenovo after superfish. GNU/Linux Pre-Installed?

The following is my intended use-cases, ordered by priority (highest priority first). University Lectures and Labs Document Processing Web Browsing Programming Desktop Visualisation Occasional Gaming (when away from my desktop computer)

Does such a computer exist, what are my options? My first post, thanks to everyone who answers. : )

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LinuxToday: How to Encrypt/Decrypt and Password Protect Files in Linux

8 hours 20 min ago

 tecmint: It's easy with Linux

LXer: Open source SDR SBC runs Snappy Ubuntu on Cyclone V

8 hours 36 min ago
The open source, $299 “LimeSDR” board runs Snappy Ubuntu Core on an Altera Cyclone V, and supports user-defined radios ranging from ZigBee to LTE. UK-based Lime Microsystems, which develops field programmable RF (FPRF) transceivers for wireless broadband systems, has launched an open source software defined radio (SDR) board on CrowdSupply. Like other Linux-based SDR systems […]

LXer: 12 Linux geeks worth following on social media

9 hours 33 min ago
Also in today's open source roundup: DistroWatch reviews Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, and some Pirate Bay visitors have been infected with crypto-ransomware.

Reddit: What linux desktop is for me?

9 hours 47 min ago

I'm Used to windows 10 + cygwin.

I'm using cygwin a lot, but some tools are unavailable, like ansible.

I don't have money to buy a Mac (because live in 3rd world)

I built a desktop with 16G RAM + SSD disk + 2 Screens

I hate using the mose

On a daily basis I use this:

-Sublimetext -Photoshop -Irfanview -Firefox -Dropbox -WinSCP -Git Extensions -LibreOffice -Skype -TeamViewer -WinMerge

What distro would be the best for me? I'd love to get rid of mouse completely.

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TuxMachines: User Editorial: A different approach to calculating the popularity of Linux gaming on Steam

9 hours 48 min ago

Now that the monthly Steam statistics are out again, we can see that the result has increased slightly from last month, we are back up to 0.90% from 0.85%. While that is a positive sign, we are again looking at a number below 1% this month.

As has been previously pointed out there are a few flaws with the Steam statistics, such as that users of the Big Picture Mode do not get the survey at all. There are also likely a few flaws we don't know about. Still, we can safely assume that the Steam Hardware Survey isn't completely lying either: Linux usage might be off by a bit, but if it says below 1%, it is rather unlikely that the real numbers are for example above 2%. It is a statistic, and we have to treat it like a statistic, that gives us an indication of the Linux market share on Steam. An increase likely means a larger market share and a decrease a smaller market share.

A fair point that has been made, however, that the amount of Steam users has been increasing over time. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume the number of Linux Steam users has increased as well. The question is: How did Steam grow?

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Reddit: I wrote an article/opinion piece, mainly aimed at newbies looking to find information on Linux.

9 hours 54 min ago

Quick link to the article and here is the archived version. Keep reading for some background!

I wrote an article and posted it here on /r/linux, and got a more positive response than I expected! I was really happy to see that people enjoyed the article, and I've been wanting to write more personal/opinion pieces on Linux, so that's just what I did! This piece is a little more personal to me, but I think others who have had similar experiences with the community will appreciate it.

I wrote about asking for help and getting very opinionated responses, and what to do with those opinions. The Linux community is huge and varied in their opinions of what's right/best. I have been using Linux for around 10 years, and am finally comfortable in deciding which answers are actually useful when I ask questions, so I wanted to write a post for newbies on how they can judge whether or not to take advice on questions they ask.

This post could be slightly offensive, but I really tried to write with the idea in mind that everyone wants something different out of their computer. The people who are really passionate about what they believe is best shouldn't feel attacked by this post, because I understand that in their specific case, their answer is the best! I wrote this mainly for people who want to try Linux, but are intimidated by the sheer amount of options, and the community being so divided in their responses to questions.

Here is the post on Medium, and here is a link to the archived article for those who don't want to go to Medium or have trouble with it.

Again, please realize this post is not meant to attack anyone; I simply wanted to write about how I get information from the Linux community, and how I decide which answers are actually valuable to my specific use case, and how others can do the same when they are looking for help. Everyone has their opinions, and a lot of the time their opinions are very well researched and have great reasoning behind them...but sometimes, these opinions are not very newbie friendly, and instead of chasing Linux newbies away, there has been a big push in welcoming them and helping them, especially in recent years.

Thanks for reading, and again, I'd love feedback, because I am new to writing about Linux, and love doing so!

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TuxMachines: A Down and Dirty Look at Xubuntu 16.04

9 hours 57 min ago

In our look at Xubuntu 16.04, we find it to be stable, quick and intuitive. It’s a distro that makes our short list of recommendations for those wishing to move from Windows to GNU/Linux.

For a look at Ubuntu’s new LTS release, 16.04 or Xenial Xerus, I decided to forgo “Ubuntu prime” in favor of one of the officially sanctioned “baby *buntus,” choosing Xubuntu, the distro’s Xfce implementation. We use Xfce on Mint on nearly all of the computers here at FOSS Force’s office, so I figured this would put me in familiar territory, especially since Mint is also a Ubuntu based distro.

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Reddit: I want to quit Microsoft.

10 hours 4 min ago


I have a windows XP core 2 duo PC that want to quit to go on Linux.

I am not sure how to start and where to go (distribution).

I wanna play my Steam games and being able to go on web using my hdmi 40" tv.

Is there a website that can analyse my computer to see if it's compatible to a Linux before installing it?

Does Ubuntu or Linux Mint is best to play Steam on it?

Thank you!

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LXer: Ubuntu Founder Pledges No Back Doors in Linux

10 hours 31 min ago
VIDEO: Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and Ubuntu, discusses what might be coming in Ubuntu 16.10 later this year and why security is something he will never compromise.

LXer: A look back at the Austin OpenStack Summit

11 hours 28 min ago
The twice-annual OpenStack Summit wrapped up last week in Austin, Texas, bringing together 7,500 developers, users, and others open source cloud enthusiasts from around the globe. Let's take a quick look back at some of the highlights and news from the past week in this special post-Summit edition of our weekly OpenStack news.OpenStack around the webThere's a lot of interesting stuff being written about OpenStack. Here's a sampling:read more

Phoronix: An LLVM Backend For the Raspberry Pi VPU

11 hours 31 min ago
For those looking to make better use of the Raspberry Pi's VPU, an LLVM compiler back-end has been published for it...

TuxMachines: Open source SDR SBC runs Snappy Ubuntu on Cyclone V

11 hours 35 min ago

The open source, $299 “LimeSDR” board runs Snappy Ubuntu Core on a Cyclone V, and supports user-defined radios ranging from ZigBee to LTE.

UK-based Lime Microsystems, which develops field programmable RF (FPRF) transceivers for wireless broadband systems, has launched an open source software defined radio (SDR) board on CrowdSupply. Like other Linux-based SDR systems we’ve seen, the LimeSDR uses an FPGA to help orchestrate wireless communications that can be tuned, manipulated, and reconfigured to different wireless standards via software.

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TuxMachines: Critical Infrastructure Goes Open Source

11 hours 42 min ago

The electrical grid, water, roads and bridges—the infrastructure we take for granted—is seldom noticed until it's unavailable. The burgeoning open source software movement is taking steps to help rebuild crumbling U.S. civil infrastructure while capitalizing on expansion in emerging markets by providing software building blocks to help develop interoperable and secure transportation, electric power, oil and gas as well as the healthcare infrastructure.

Under a program launched in April called the Civil Infrastructure Platform, the Linux Foundation said the initiative would provide "an open source base layer of industrial grade software to enable the use and implementation of software building blocks for civil infrastructure."

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TuxMachines: Where have all the MacBooks gone at Linux conferences?

11 hours 54 min ago

In past years, the vast ocean of Apple logos really undercut any statement of “Linux is great.” People would, inevitably, retort with, “Then why are all the 'Linux People' using Macs?” Admittedly, that was a great point and has been a source of shame for many of us for a very long time.

But now things are different. The Apple logos are (mostly) gone from Linux conferences. This may be an unscientific observation from one person attending a few conferences in North America. Regardless, it's a great feeling.

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: Ubuntu

11 hours 59 min ago
  • Ubuntu 16.04 to-do list

    UBUNTU 16.04 or Xenial Xerus, the latest upgrade of the popular Linux distribution, became available as a free download last month, and early reviews have been favorable. Instead of upgrading my existing Ubuntu 15.10 system, this time I opted for a fresh install. I also decided to give the improved Unity 7 desktop a go, instead of installing my preferred alternative XFCE.

    The installation process was trouble-free, but because I started from scratch, I had quite a bit to add and tweak after the OS itself was installed.

  • Ubuntu Founder Pledges No Back Doors in Linux

    VIDEO: Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and Ubuntu, discusses what might be coming in Ubuntu 16.10 later this year and why security is something he will never compromise.
    Ubuntu developers are gathering this week for the Ubuntu Online Summit (UOS), which runs from May 3-5, to discuss development plans for the upcoming Ubuntu 16.10 Linux distribution release, code-named "Yakkety Yak."

  • Ubuntu & Other Ubuntu Spins Look At Making Room To Grow

    With Ubuntu's install images continuing to be oversized with pushing 1.4GB on recent releases, Ubuntu developer Steve Langasek has raised the new limit for Ubuntu desktop images to 2GB. Other Ubuntu flavors are also following in this move.

    Langasek has raised the size limit for images now to 2GB for being able to accomodate the current oversized images plus still having room to grow.

  • Ubuntu’s Snap packages aren’t yet as secure as Canonical’s marketing claims

    Canonical has been talking up Snaps, a new type of package format featured in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. “Users can install a snap without having to worry whether it will have an impact on their other apps or their system,” reads Canonical’s announcement. But this isn’t true, as prominent free software developer Matthew Garrett recently pointed out.

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