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?submitted by /u/KallDrexx
Mesa 13.0.3 Headed to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Mesa 13.0.3 will shortly be available to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS users to install, without needing to add any additional PPAs.
Goodvibes is an Internet Radio Player App for Ubuntu
I don’t listen to the radio that often, but when I do it’s certainly not in the traditional way. Like many, I listen to internet radio on my PC using a Linux radio app. A small selection of such players are available.
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Mini PC invasion: These radically tiny computers fit in the palm of your hand
Computers have been shrinking for years, and the revolution has only accelerated in recent times. As chipmakers focus on creating processors that sip power without sacrificing performance, thermal concerns have largely been alleviated in modern CPUs. Because of that, today’s pint-sized PCs offer enough performance to play HD video and satisfy Office jockeys, the opposite of the janky, compromised experience of yesteryear’s microcomputers.
From PCs-on-a-stick to discreet boxes no larger than a deck of cards, let’s take a look at the wide range of computers available that can fit in the palm of your hand—starting with the one that brought teeny-tiny PCs to public attention.
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The flatpak security model – part 2: Who needs sandboxing anyway?
The ability to run an application sandboxed is a very important feature of flatpak. However, its is not the only reason you might want to use flatpak. In fact, since currently very few applications work in a fully sandboxed environment, most of the apps you’d run are not sandboxed.
EIT Digital to Launch Hadoop-Based Software Framework, and a Startup
While not everyone in the U.S. is familiar with it, EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organization, and it has just launched a new innovation program called HopsWorks to work on a next-generation Hadoop open-source software framework for distributed storage and processing of very large data sets.
The idea is to leverage Hadoop's Big Data strengths in a new type of software framework, and a whole new startup comany will be created to take it to market.
Dr. Jim Dowling, Senior Researcher at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS Swedish ICT) and the leader of EIT Digital HopsWorks Innovation Activity, said: "Hadoop is an open-source software framework for storing data and running applications on clusters of commodity hardware. Our product, dubbed 'Hops', will provide the first truly multi-tenant, elastic Hadoop distribution service with unified batch and streaming."
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Oracle Drops Plans for Solaris 12
Rumors have been flying since at least December that Oracle is on the verge of shutting down its Solaris Unix operating system, as well as discontinuing its SPARC server line. Well, at long last Oracle has spoken (excuse the redundancy), and as with most rumors, these had a smidgen of truth, but missed the mark.
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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.
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.
Android’s new ‘Instant Tethering’ feature gets you online without unlocking your phone
Earlier today, Android Police spotted a new feature getting rolled out to some Android devices called “Instant Tethering.” The idea cribs from one of the best features that Mac and iPhone users enjoy: instead of pulling your phone out and manually turning on tethering, you can just turn it on directly from the device that needs internet. On the Mac, you just click the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar and select your iPhone. On Android, it seems like it can pop up a request if you aren’t online.
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Reddit: Old computer strategies? 2gb RAM isn't enough for browsing anymore? :(... would android-x86 fair better? )
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.submitted by /u/j2598
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.