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Reddit: Why are live cds such a poor representation of post-install experience?

Saturday 21st of January 2017 04:05:06 AM

I needed to reinstall my Dell M4800 Precision laptop, and with Windows frustrating me the last few months and being able to do 90% of my .Net development cross platform I decided to try Linux again (I haven't used it as a desktop in well over a decade).

While I am amazed at how well things are working out of the box, it is painfully clear that something is wrong with the way both Fedora and Ubuntu do installs, because the live cds are flawless and the initial install is anything but. Some examples are:

  • Fedora 25's live cd booted right into Wayland and was fully functional and nice. I then installed the live cd and I could not get wayland to run, it would always revert to X11 and not let me use Wayland at all.
  • Ubuntu 16.10 and 16.04 work flawlessly in my dock with an external monitor hooked up on the live cd. After installing every time I move mouse the screen shakes. It's extremely irritating and unworkable without changing from 1920x1200 to 1920x1080 (which causes scaling issues and sucks). I was able to fix this on 16.04 with a 4.4 kernel upgrade but I have no idea how to fix this on 16.10 since it's on 4.8.
  • Xubuntu 16.04 worked flawlessly on the live cd, including the lock screen. After install anytime I would lock or log out of my account the login screen would appear but my mouse cursor would not show. Someone commented that going to a virtual console then back to X might fix it but I didn't care enough to try it.

The list goes on with a lot of minor stuff that works flawlessly on a Live CD but not on the post-install. Everything I wanted worked perfectly fine on the live cd, from my dell docking station to utilizing igp but upgrading apps to use the dedicated graphics card with DRI_PRIME. I wish I could just have my system be an exact copy of a live cd setup.

Right now I'm mostly happy with my Ubuntu 16.04 environment (with some caveats) but does anyone know why post-install (even without installing extra stuff) is such poorly represented by the live cds?

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Reddit: All the videos from Linux.conf.au 2017

Saturday 21st of January 2017 03:47:18 AM

LXer: Vinux 5.1 released

Saturday 21st of January 2017 03:36:03 AM
Vinux is distribution which mainly focus on blind and partially sighted people. Vinux is based on Ubuntu. Latest version of Vinux is 5.1 and it is based on Ubuntu 14.05.5 which is Long Term Support. Vinux uses Unity, Gnome or MATE as desktop environment. New release includes lots of updated packages and other fixes.

Phoronix: ARB_gpu_shader_int64 Lands For Intel Mesa Git

Saturday 21st of January 2017 02:37:26 AM
There's some early feature development work that's landed in Mesa Git this Friday as the initial feature development towards Mesa 17.1...

LXer: How to Install Elastic Stack on CentOS 7

Saturday 21st of January 2017 02:27:26 AM
In this tutorial, I will show you how to install and configure Elastic Stack on a CentOS 7 server for monitoring server logs. Then I'll show you how to install 'Elastic beats' on a CentOS 7 and a Ubuntu 16 client operating system.

LXer: vmstat – A Standard Nifty Tool to Report Virtual Memory Statistics

Saturday 21st of January 2017 01:18:49 AM
vmstat is a standard nifty tool that reports virtual memory statistics of Linux system.

TuxMachines: today's leftovers

Saturday 21st of January 2017 01:10:43 AM

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TuxMachines: UNIX or OSS in the Back End

Saturday 21st of January 2017 01:09:50 AM

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TuxMachines: Desktop environments, Cinnamon, and GNOME

Saturday 21st of January 2017 01:07:37 AM
  • Desktop environments in my computer

    I started my Linux journey with Gnome, as it was the default desktop environment in RHL. I took some time to find out about KDE. I guess I found out accidentally during re-installation. It used to be fun to have a desktop that looks different, behaves differently than the normal. During the earlier years in college while I was trying to find out more about Linux, using KDE marked me as a Linux expert. I was powered with the right syntax of mount command to mount the windows partitions and the xmms-mp3 rpm. I spent most of my time in the terminal.

  • Revamped Cinnamon Desktop Add-ons Website Is Now Live

    A revamped version of the Cinnamon Spices website is now live, showcasing the latest and most popular add-ons for the Linux Mint desktop.

  • Emoji Picker GNOME Extension

    You folks must think that I’m obsessed with Emoji, but you’d be …No, you’d be absolutely right about that. Actually, I don’t overuse the popular pictorial glyphs that dominate daily communication. But I do appreciate being able to find the one I want to use in a timely manner.

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TuxMachines: Linux on Servers

Saturday 21st of January 2017 01:06:20 AM
  • Who's cashing in on containers? Look to the cloud

    Docker-style containers are so hot they’ve broken the scale ETR uses to measure CIO intent to purchase enterprise technology, registering “the strongest buying intention score ever recorded in [its] six-year history.”

    While that data is more than a year old, more recent analyses peg Docker adoption up by a factor of 2.6 in 2016 over 2015, yielding a market worth $762 million in 2016, projected to bloat to $2.7 billion by 2020, according to 451 Research.

  • Serverless Computing Is the Stack Reimagined [Ed: Serverless=you have less control over the computer you use. Cloud=you have no ownership of the computer you use. Serverless Cloud=suicide.]

    In Ho's own words, "Serverless computing is the code execution model that the cloud provider abstracts the complexity of managing individual servers." This basically means the provider worries about the servers. You just run your code on them.

  • Docker 1.13 Prunes Containers, Improves Security

    The Docker 1.13 release introduces multiple new commands including prune and squash, which can help containers to use disk space more efficiently.

    Docker officially announced its 1.13 release on Jan. 19, with new capabilities to help build, manage and secure containers.

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TuxMachines: Android Leftovers

Saturday 21st of January 2017 01:03:43 AM

Reddit: Old computer strategies? 2gb RAM isn't enough for browsing anymore? :(... would android-x86 fair better? )

Saturday 21st of January 2017 12:41:51 AM

I have a cheap Windows tablet. 2gb ram, something like 2ghz celeron CPU. Slow... But not unusable I'd like to think.

The biggest problem is client side java script. This has become so pervasive I'm finding it harder and harder to avoid.

A light browser without plugins works better but it's slowed down by adverts.

At the moment I tend to use Firefox on Linux with uBlock edge. I'm wondering if android-x86 might be smoother?

In thinking to get a new laptop, probably a chromebook 4 or 8gb... But I don't like to admit defeat. It's really only heavy websites causing the problem. I miss having 20 tabs open and stuff.

Edit : I've try using Chrome on Windows10 (tried dual boot). Opera neon has been fastest but it's unstable.

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Reddit: Wine 2.0-rc6 Released

Saturday 21st of January 2017 12:29:06 AM

LXer: Keeping Linux devices secure with rigorous long-term maintenance

Saturday 21st of January 2017 12:10:11 AM
In this ELCE talk, Jan Lübbe of Pengutronix reveals how syncing with upstream projects can keep Linux devices secure and functional for 10 years and beyond. The good old days when security breaches only happened to Windows folk are fading fast. Malware hackers and denial of service specialists are increasingly targeting out of date embedded […]

TuxMachines: Linux Kernel 4.4.44 LTS Brings Some x86 Improvements, Various Updated Drivers

Saturday 21st of January 2017 12:00:17 AM

After informing us about the availability of the fifth maintenance update of the Linux 4.9 kernel series, which has recently become a long-term supported branch, Greg Kroah-Hartman is today announcing the availability of Linux 4.4.44 LTS.

If you're reading our regular reports on the Linux kernel, you should be aware of the fact that the Linux 4.4 kernel branch is a long-term support (LTS) one that should get security patches for one more year, until February 2018. This branch is currently available in several popular GNU/Linux distributions, including Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Alpine Linux, and Arch Linux, and Linux 4.4.44 LTS is now the most advanced release.

Also: Linux 4.9 Confirmed As The New Long-Term Supported Kernel

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TuxMachines: 2017's best Linux laptop: The latest Dell XPS 13

Friday 20th of January 2017 11:29:24 PM

If you still think laptops are generic and the only difference between them are their price-tags, Dell invites you to think again. The latest Dell XPS 13 developer editon is everything a programmer could want from a high-end laptop.

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TuxMachines: Raspberry Pi imitator has GbE, 2GB RAM, and 4K video

Friday 20th of January 2017 11:23:40 PM

Asus has launched a RPi-like “Tinker Board” that runs Debian and Kodi on a quad-core 1.8GHz -A17 RK3288, and offers 2GB RAM, GbE, 4K video, and 40-pin GPIO.

The rumored Asus Tinker Board is finally for sale at Farnell in the UK, with a footprint, layout, and features that are very close to that of the Raspberry Pi, including the much copied 40-pin expansion connector and a Debian Linux image. The quad-core SoC and onboard wireless further reminds one of the Raspberry Pi 3.

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TuxMachines: FastComputer: Fussy but Fixable

Friday 20th of January 2017 11:21:51 PM

Let's assume that the developer soon will issue an updated or fixed version so the Network Manager will work outside a Virtual Machine window. That will give FastComputerLinux a shot at being more useful to those who want a good out-of-the-box simple OS solution.

I am not sure that this distro's name is an indication of speedy performance. I tested it on several machines looking for speed.

As expected, the live session DVD was very sluggish. It was much peppier on the VM. I was expecting a little bit better speed performance on my test gear with a hard drive installation.

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TuxMachines: Linux Kernel 4.9.5 Released with Updated Radeon Drivers, KVM and PPC Fixes

Friday 20th of January 2017 11:21:36 PM

A new maintenance update of the Linux 4.9 kernel series was announced today by renowned Linux kernel maintainer and developer Greg Kroah-Hartman, versioned 4.9.5.

Coming only five days after the previous point release, Linux kernel 4.9.5 appears to be a big milestone that changes a total of 132 files, with 1515 insertions and 821 deletions. There are numerous improvements implemented in this fifth Linux 4.9 maintenance update, but first we'd like to remind you that Greg Kroah-Hartman recently marked this kernel branch as long-term supported (LTS), yet this is not apparent from kernel.org.

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Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Delayed Until February 2, Will Bring Linux 4.8, Newer Mesa

If you've been waiting to upgrade your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system to the 16.04.2 point release, which should have hit the streets a couple of days ago, you'll have to wait until February 2. We hate to give you guys bad news, but Canonical's engineers are still working hard these days to port all the goodies from the Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) repositories to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, which is a long-term supported version, until 2019. These include the Linux 4.8 kernel packages and an updated graphics stack based on a newer X.Org Server version and Mesa 3D Graphics Library. Read more

Calamares Release and Adoption

  • Calamares 3.0 Universal Linux Installer Released, Drops Support for KPMcore 2
    Calamares, the open-source distribution-independent system installer, which is used by many GNU/Linux distributions, including the popular KaOS, Netrunner, Chakra GNU/Linux, and recently KDE Neon, was updated today to version 3.0. Calamares 3.0 is a major milestone, ending the support for the 2.4 series, which recently received its last maintenance update, versioned 2.4.6, bringing numerous improvements, countless bug fixes, and some long-anticipated features, including a brand-new PythonQt-based module interface.
  • Due to Popular Request, KDE Neon Is Adopting the Calamares Graphical Installer
    KDE Neon maintainer Jonathan Riddell is announcing today the immediate availability of the popular Calamares distribution-independent Linux installer framework on the Developer Unstable Edition of KDE Neon. It would appear that many KDE Neon users have voted for Calamares to become the default graphical installer system used for installing the Linux-based operating system on their personal computers. Indeed, Calamares is a popular installer framework that's being successfully used by many distros, including Chakra, Netrunner, and KaOS.

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