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TuxMachines: See How Your Linux System Performs Against The Latest Intel/AMD CPUs

Monday 1st of September 2014 12:38:10 AM

This holiday weekend (in the US) can be a great time to test your Linux system to see how it's performing against the latest AMD and Intel processors to see if it's time for a good upgrade.

This weekend I'm working on many Linux CPU benchmarks for the upcoming Linux review of the Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E system (still waiting for Intel's review sample to arrive though...) and also have some other hardware in preparation for an unrelated launch that's happening next week from another vendor. I'm testing several different Intel/AMD CPUs from the latest desktop CPUs to the Extreme Edition models to some slightly older parts. Beyond the raw performance results are also the power consumption data and much more.

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TuxMachines: Linux has run out of time - I looked into the trap, Jim

Monday 1st of September 2014 12:33:34 AM

Is Word better than LibreOffice Writer or is LibreOffice Writer better than Word? Is Android better than Apple? Were Nirvana better than Pearl Jam? Which were better "The Beatles" or "The Rolling Stones"?

Microsoft Word has a lot of flaws that people seem to gloss over. Bullets and numbering for instance are just random. The fonts change, the numbering changes, the indentation changes and for no apparent reason.

The Microsoft ribbon bars have surely just been added to sell training courses because there is no way they are better than menus, toolbars and keyboard shortcuts. Everything we have been used to for 20 years all switched around for no seemingly good reason. I don't like it when my local supermarket rearranges all the shelves for no apparent reason either. If you want a ribbon bar then there is always Kingsoft Office.

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Reddit: Operating System Idea

Monday 1st of September 2014 12:32:06 AM

Recently, I've been studying many different linux distros. Most importantly gentoo, arch, and fedora. Even though gentoo might say its different, Its very similar to the other two. The only difference is its package manager. So I've come up with my own operating system. Unlike gentoo, arch, fedora, debian, and many more, this one plans to be changing the file structure instead of the package manager. The idea is that you choose your own package manager that has been customized for the file structure, like you would install a custom version of pacman that would be customized for the file structure, or a custom version of portage, or APT. So what is this file structure? The idea is instead of applications data being stored in a complication of folders (usr, etc, lib, etc.) its instead stored in its own personal folder. In this case lets say you want to copy the vim config file. Instead of doing this:

~ cp /etc/vim/vimrc ~/.vimrc

You would do:

~ cp /app/vim/vim/etc/vim/vimrc ~/.vimrc

This would seem complicated, but makes since in a user perspective. In this case it hurts the problem, but in this case it improves it:

Without the new file structure:

~ ls /etc

xdg 2 ufw updatedb.conf update-manager update-motd.d update-notifier UPower upstart-xsessions upstream-release usb_modeswitch.conf usb_modeswitch.d vim vtrgb wgetrc wildmidi wpa_supplicant X11 xdg xml zsh_command_not_found ml

With it:

~ ls /app/vim/vim/etc


So its much simpler to edit config files. Noticed how I put the name of the app twice? This is because your folder with the app plans to have dependency apps, like this:

~ ls /app/portage

portage python etc.

This way you can do things like this:

~ cp /app/portage /mnt

So its very easy to move applications from one point to another. Although, the idea is there is no extra dependencies. I plan to do this by using bind chroots to make a folder act like its in two places at once, while only really being in one place. This is how bedrock linux makes the home folder accessible to multiple clients, and that's how I plan to treat dependencies.

So that's my operating system idea. Or file structure idea. Never the less I don't want any operating system I make to be bound by a specific package manager, and this seems like a good idea. So I want to know what you think.

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Reddit: What do you use your free year of Amazon AWS for?

Monday 1st of September 2014 12:03:56 AM

Just set up my free year of AWS and am looking for some ideas. I set up an email server on an EC2 instance but am looking for some interesting ideas on what else can be accomplished on the free tier.

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Reddit: My laptop died today. Any recommendations?

Sunday 31st of August 2014 11:43:47 PM

My Acer Aspire v5 (i7) running Arch died today. Looks like the GPU crapped itself. So I'm looking for a new laptop. Going to put Arch on it again but not sure what to get. My previous laptop was an HP that I would have kept longer if I didn't have to keep replacing the power sister board because the dc jack kept breaking. I wasn't a huge fan of the Acer. The chasis was very weak. I would routinely click the touchpad by resting my hands on the wrist wrests and inadvertently bending the laptop enough to "click" the pad.

As for requirements, I'm not a gamer but I do use computers heavily. Tons of browser tabs (usually >40), a lot of open terminals to vim sessions, compiling code, Eclipse, Netflix and what not. So obviously I don't need anything too flashy but a healthy amount of RAM and many cores makes my experience pleasant. Right now I'm looking for something in the $700 range and fairly durable.

So, what laptops and/or manufacturers do you like?

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LXer: LXer Weekly Roundup for 31-Aug-2014

Sunday 31st of August 2014 11:26:31 PM
[url=][img][/img][/url] [b]LXer Feature: 31-Aug-2014[/b]In the Roundup this week we have Mozilla's new programming language Rust, 14 Raspberry Pi projects, with the 23rd Birthday of Linux on the 25th we have some interesting facts about Linux, did Red Hat’s CTO walk or was he pushed?, what happens when a non-coder tries to learn Linux and a lot more. Enjoy!

LXer: Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition For Linux & Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Linux Update

Sunday 31st of August 2014 09:57:08 PM
Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition has been announced to much fanfare and it looks like it will be getting a Linux version. Well sort of, maybe, we aren't quite sure. Also there's another small bit of hope for the Baldur's Gate EE Linux version.

TuxMachines: today's leftovers

Sunday 31st of August 2014 08:51:36 PM

TuxMachines: Ubuntu 14.10's Lack Of X.Org Server 1.16 Gets Blamed On AMD

Sunday 31st of August 2014 08:50:17 PM

Yesterday I wrote about Ubuntu 14.10 not yet having X.Org Server 1.16 even though the first beta was issued this week and there's been a testing package repository for more than one month. This lack of X.Org Server 1.16 thus far is apparently due to AMD with not yet having a supportive Catalyst driver.

In the comments to yesterday's story, Timo Aaltonen of Canonical and part of their X/graphics team responded. "no fglrx, can't force people to switch to radeon and likely regress, on newer hw at least."

So Canonical is keeping away from using the latest X.Org code since the Catalyst (fglrx) driver doesn't yet support it and they don't want to regress users by forcing them to use the improving but still less than perfect open-source driver. Canonical's effectively bowing down to a binary blob.

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TuxMachines: The state of Android updates: Who’s fast, who’s slow, and why

Sunday 31st of August 2014 08:19:14 PM

Android 4.4, KitKat was released on October 31, 2013, or at least, that's what you can say about one device: the Nexus 5. For the rest of the ecosystem, the date you got KitKat—if you got KitKat—varied wildly depending on your device, OEM, and carrier.

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LXer: How to change an user password under Linux

Sunday 31st of August 2014 08:13:52 PM
If you manage a server with many different users or just your family computer you will probably have many different accounts to manage, and one important aspect of any account it’s its password. In this small article I’ll show you how to use the basic passwd command but also how to do some small bash script or use a web application, if you have a more complex environment, such as a central ldap server that keep all your accounts information.

Phoronix: Ubuntu 14.10's Lack Of X.Org Server 1.16 Gets Blamed On AMD

Sunday 31st of August 2014 07:47:33 PM
Yesterday I wrote about Ubuntu 14.10 not yet having X.Org Server 1.16 even though the first beta was issued this week and there's been a testing package repository for more than one month. This lack of X.Org Server 1.16 thus far is apparently due to AMD with not yet having a supportive Catalyst driver...

TuxMachines: Akademy 2014: Navigating the tracks

Sunday 31st of August 2014 06:41:36 PM

I meant to write a post about the upcoming Akademy for a while now. Since I submitted quite a few sessions (obviously requiring preparation) and I had to prepare for the KDE Frameworks BoF, I never quite found the time... until now! I'm all done! Actually I just have to pack my bags and hit the road at that point. It's probably the first Akademy where I'm ready four days before the first flight of my journey.

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TuxMachines: Low-Spec Hardware? Try these Desktop Environments

Sunday 31st of August 2014 06:34:35 PM

Popular Linux distributions for beginners typically default to one of two desktop environments, KDE or GNOME. Both of these environments provide users with an intuitive and attractive desktop, as well as offering all the applications users love, ranging from multimedia software, games, administration programs, network tools, educational applications, utilities, artwork, web development tools and more. However, these two desktops focus more on providing users with a modern computing environment with all the bells and whistles, rather than minimising the amount of system resources they use.

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TuxMachines: OpenELEC 4.2 Beta 5 Is Now Out with New Linux Kernel and NVIDIA Drivers

Sunday 31st of August 2014 06:12:08 PM

The OpenELEC devs have released yet another Beta version of their embedded operating systems and they are getting really close to get a new stable version out the door. Some of the major components have been updated as well and the Raspberry Pi users should be really thrilled about this latest upgrade, as it includes some interesting changes for them as well.

"This release includes some bugfixes, security fixes and improvements since OpenELEC-4.1.4. Besides the usual bugfixes and package updates we updated XBMC to XBMC Gotham 13.2 final, FFmpeg to ffmpeg-2.3.3, Mesa to Mesa-10.3-rc1and systemd to systemd-216. We fixed crashes while playing FLAC files with ID3v2 tags, optimized some software packages and updated the RaspberryPi firmware to include the last fixes and features," said the devs in the official announcement.

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Linuxaria: How to share on linux the output of your shell commands

Sunday 31st of August 2014 05:59:05 PM

Some time ago I posted an article about a website and a service that was made to allow you to share your terminal records directly from the website.

Now the website of seems dead and so I’ve took a look around to see if there are similar websites and I’ve found

For what I can see from their homepage it’s a service similar to the other, so let’s test it.

Step 1 – Register on the website

Just register with a new username/password or use your github account to do it quickly.

Step 2 – download and install the program monitor

Monitor is a command-line tool that captures command-line input/output and sends it to, the program it’s open source and hosted on github.
Monitor makes it easy to automate set-up/install of repos. With it you can easily show at people the most common errors and output from commands.

In short with it you can easily share your commands and their output with the world.

To install it follow these simple steps:

1) Clone the github repository of this project, in this way you’ll get the latest source code.
To do this you need the git command installed on your system, if you get an error with this command install it with your package manager, such as

Debian based distributions:

apt-get install git

Redhat/Centos/Fedora distributions

yum install git

And now from a terminal clone the repository with:

git clone

2) Install readline and curl, these libraries are a pre-requisite for building the program from the sources:

Debian based distributions:

apt-get install libreadline-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev

Redhat/Centos/Fedora distributions

yum install readline-devel curl-devel

3) Build the program:

To do this you have to go to the directory we just cloned with git and compile the c program:

cd monitor make sudo make install

The default installation will put the binary in /usr/local/bin

Step 3 – using the monitor command

The command monitor it’s pretty easy to use:

monitor {-d} {-h} {-u <username>}   -d : do not delete /tmp files -h : help -u : username</username>

To exit the monitor program you just have to use ctrl-c.

So for me this means just opening a terminal and give these commands:

riccio@mint-desktop ~ $ monitor -u ricciocri Password:   Successfully logged in... AuthKey saved to /tmp/ Delete file to return to Anonymous posting. monitor$ cd /tmp ...

Want to see which command I’ve used after these ?
I’ve made this session public (the default it’s private) so you can simply check this url:

From there you can see the commands I’ve used and their output, an interesting options it’s the “fold/expand” so you could fold all commands and just expand the output of the one you like more.


This is just the a basic startup guide, from the website you can make more “social” activity such as comment script/shell sessions, fork them or choose your favorites.

Like github, you can fork any public script/command and change it directly from the website and after that you can also get a public (or private url) that you can use to run directly your script with something like this:

curl | sh

That’s great to store on the net some scripts that you run frequently on different computers/server, as usual don’t put anything with passwords or sensible information on the net and you’ll be safe enough.

Related posts:

  1. puts your Linux shell alias on the clouds
  2. shelr, broadcast your Linux shell on the net

LXer: Low-Spec Hardware? Try these Desktop Environments

Sunday 31st of August 2014 05:54:45 PM
I have selected my pick of desktop environments that are excellent candidates for older hardware. They typically run well on low-spec machines, even a system with a Pentium II 266MHz CPU, a processor that is now 16 years old. All of the desktops are released under freely distributable licenses. If your Linux box feels sluggish in general use, try one of the desktops featured below. It may just save you from discarding a perfectly good machine.

TuxMachines: MSI Motherboard BIOS Updating Remains A Pain For Linux Users

Sunday 31st of August 2014 05:28:40 PM

In recent years with more motherboard vendors enabling the updating of the BIOS/UEFI from within the setup utility itself and support loading the BIOS file off a USB thumb drive or other storage, it's generally easier for Linux users and all around a smoother process than the days of having to make a MS-DOS start-up floppy disk or similar. For most of these BIOS updates, Windows is generally not required as you can just head on over to the vendor's web-site, download a zipped up copy of the BIOS, transfer it to a USB drive, and reboot into the UEFI setup utility and flash away.

Some vendors will package their BIOS file inside an EXE that has to be executed that will then extract the file right away, but fortunately there's many programs capable of straightaway extracting the files from the EXE or the worst case scenario is generally just running the EXE under Wine. As a Linux user, with MSI motherboards their BIOS packaging takes it to an additional level of annoying and for some Linux users could be show-stopping.

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TuxMachines: Linux Kernel 3.12.27 LTS Now Available for Download

Sunday 31st of August 2014 05:02:27 PM

This branch of the Linux kernel is LTS (long term support) and it doesn't usually gathers too many changes, but this latest update is a little bit different and it's quite consistent.

“I'm announcing the release of the 3.12.27 kernel. All users of the 3.12 kernel series must upgrade.”

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