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Reddit: A tiling window-manager setup with eye-candy?

Thursday 10th of July 2014 12:49:34 PM

I currently use Linux Mint with Cinnamon. It supports basic window tiling via keyboard shortcuts and the desktop environment overall is very pleasant, with good features. However I have some problems: multi-monitor support is not up to par (there are no shortcuts to swap a window to another monitor, and when you unplug the external monitor (I use a laptop) windows don't up in optimal positions (in particular: a half-width browser on the external is too small on the laptop display)

These problems could, I believe, easily be solved in a tiling WM like XMonad or whatever, since there's a keyboard shortcut for everything and rules for placing windows. There are two problems though: firstly Cinnamon is quite closely tied to its window manager, and secondly, all tiling window managers that I know of are extremely ugly.

I don't need to feel like an uber-hacker; I like smooth animations for windows opening, for switching workspaces, for resizing things! I also like a little bit of padding between my windows, medium-sized, anti-aliased panel fonts and so on. In short, I like the looks of GNOME Shell and Cinnamon, but I'd prefer some tiling functionality: is there a way of achieving this rather modest goal?

My particular desires for tiling functionality are actually quite minimal: rules-based window placement (preferably easy to configure, preferably predicated on external monitor presence/absence) shortcuts for swapping windows to other monitors, and the functionality provided by Cinnamon's tiling, i.e. shortcuts for tiling windows side-by-side.

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LXer: Linux Kernel 3.10.48 LTS Improves Support for Radeon GPUs

Thursday 10th of July 2014 12:35:21 PM
The 48th maintenance release of the Linux 3.10 kernel was officially announced last night, July 9, by Greg Kroah-Hartman. This build comes along with the Linux kernels 3.4.98 LTS, 3.14.12 LTS, and 3.15.5, for which we have separate announcements on Softpedia.

TuxMachines: The future of realtime Linux in doubt

Thursday 10th of July 2014 12:16:27 PM

In a message about the release of the 3.14.10-rt7 realtime Linux kernel, Thomas Gleixner reiterated that the funding problems that have plagued realtime Linux (which he raised, again, at last year's Real Time Linux Workshop) have only gotten worse.

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TuxMachines: Linux Kernel 3.4.98 LTS Brings Updated Wireless Drivers and Better PowerPC Support

Thursday 10th of July 2014 12:04:59 PM

Linux kernel 3.4.98 LTS is here to introduce better support for the PowerPC (PPC) computer architecture, several updated wireless, Radeon, ACPI, SCSI, and USB drivers, improvements to the CIFS and NFS filesystems, as well as networking enhancements, especially for Bluetooth and Wireless.

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TuxMachines: CentOS 7 GNOME Live CD Screenshot Tour

Thursday 10th of July 2014 12:02:12 PM

Now that the CentOS 7 Linux kernel-based operating system has been officially released, the time has come to enjoy some screenshots of this beautiful distribution of Linux based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

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TuxMachines: DESKTOP CONTAINERS – THE WAY FORWARD

Thursday 10th of July 2014 11:53:04 AM

One feature we are spending quite a bit of effort in around the Workstation is container technologies for the desktop. This has been on the wishlist for quite some time and luckily the pieces for it are now coming together. Thanks to strong collaboration between Red Hat and Docker we have a great baseline to start from. One of the core members of the desktop engineering team, Alex Larsson, has been leading the Docker integration effort inside Red Hat and we are now preparing to build onwards on that work, using the desktop container roadmap created by Lennary Poettering.

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TuxMachines: Linux Kernel 3.10.48 LTS Improves Support for Radeon GPUs

Thursday 10th of July 2014 11:45:36 AM

The 48th maintenance release of the Linux 3.10 kernel was officially announced last night, July 9, by Greg Kroah-Hartman. This build comes along with the Linux kernels 3.4.98 LTS, 3.14.12 LTS, and 3.15.5, for which we have separate announcements on Softpedia.

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Reddit: Kernel headers

Thursday 10th of July 2014 11:42:01 AM

All you people, who use custom or self-compiled kernels, do you also make it a point to install linux-headers package too? I use the vanilla mainline kernel so I get an update every week. So can I skip over the 2 header packages and just install the kernel image?

P.S.: I'm not building any kernel modules.

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TuxMachines: Tech-Friendly: Bring new life to an old PC with Linux Mint

Thursday 10th of July 2014 11:39:18 AM

Linux Mint (Xfce) has a simple interface and is pretty perky, even on old computers. The installer will install Firefox, the LibreOffice office suite, and a variety of programs for managing e-mail, videos and music; perfect for a backup Internet surfing and word processing computer. The installer will ask if you want to install third-party utilities — choose “yes” for compatibility with websites that use Adobe Flash and other multimedia software. Depending on your computer, the installation should complete in fewer than 30 minutes.

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LXer: How operating companies can stop patent trolls: Cut off the ammo

Thursday 10th of July 2014 11:38:10 AM
Six tech companies have kicked off a new program that they hope will put a major dent in patent trolling, even with Congress unable to pass patent reform. It's called the License on Transfer (LOT) Network, founded today by Google, Newegg, Canon, Dropbox, SAP, and teamwork-software startup Asana. The idea behind LOT is that members put all their patents in a pool, which is immediately licensed to every other company in the network—if, and only if, they're ever sold (transferred) outside the network. That would include a sale to a patent troll or a hostile non-network competitor.

TuxMachines: Volvo Cars add Android Auto to its next generation cars

Thursday 10th of July 2014 11:00:05 AM

Volvo Cars has joined the Open Automotive Alliance to make the Android smartphone platform available to drivers through its new ground breaking user interface. This move brings together one of the world’s most progressive car companies and the world’s most popular smartphone platform, developed by Google.

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TuxMachines: Android mirroring is now available on Chromecast

Thursday 10th of July 2014 10:53:10 AM

Chromecast users can now start ‘mirroring’ their Android devices over the WiFi. Google has pushed an update for Chromecast, which adds this new feature to the device. The feature was already there on Apple TV and the star Android developer Koushik Dutta (Koush) also offered mirroring for his ‘AllCast’ app.

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LXer: Grim Fandango Remake Coming To Linux

Thursday 10th of July 2014 10:40:59 AM
GNU/Linux gaming keeps on getting better and a recent announcement from developer Double Fine has caused much excitement. The remake of Grim Fandango is coming to Linux, alongside the console exclusive Playstation 4 and Vita versions as well as Windows and Mac!

Reddit: Desktop Containers - The Way Foward

Thursday 10th of July 2014 10:18:21 AM

Reddit: Which graphics card should I buy?

Thursday 10th of July 2014 10:06:07 AM

After a month or so of trying to get my Radeon HD 7790 to perform reasonably well, I have decided to return it and ask for another one. Games are unplayable on free drivers, Unity has so many bugs when using the proprietary ones. With any set of drivers I barely get over 20FPS when playing TF2 (a low tier game), and the desktop experience is awful on any drivers - it's smoother on my 5 year old laptop.

However I don't know which card should I get. It should be less expensive than the 7790 most likely - and probably an older card that already has good drivers.

So which cards work perfectly? I don't have any preference over AMD/Nvidia, or free/proprietary drivers.

  • Motherboard: M5A97 R2.0 EVO
  • Proc: AMD FX-8320
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LXer: YES, you CAN install paid-for apps on Android Wear – if devs rebuild them

Thursday 10th of July 2014 09:43:48 AM
Google has published a workaround that allows paid-for apps to be installed on Android Wear devices, but it's hardly straightforward and it's nothing device owners can do themselves. Early adopters who purchased LG G or Samsung Gear Live smartwatches have been stymied by a glitch in the Google Play store's app encryption scheme that makes it impossible to load store-bought apps onto their devices.

Reddit: Anyone got a Sony Vaio Pro 13?

Thursday 10th of July 2014 09:33:26 AM

About to drop over £1k on this ultrabook as it looks pretty sex-ay however I wanted to know the state of linux on it.

I've tried googling and it sounds like a bit of a hackjob because of that shite UEFI.

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Reddit: DPT Board, an easy WiFi Linux board

Thursday 10th of July 2014 09:06:01 AM
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LXer: eNovance Aims to Solve OpenStack Cloud Business Use-Cases VIDEO

Thursday 10th of July 2014 08:46:37 AM
French vendor eNovance is one of the top ten contributors to the OpenStack cloud platform and was recently acquired by Red Hat in a deal valued at $95 million. Unlike Red Hat's OpenStack Platform, which is an OpenStack distribution, eNovance focused on cloud services and does not build its own unique OpenStack distribution. In a video interview, Raphael Ferreira, co-founder of eNovance, explains his company's strategy and identifies the key challenges.

TuxMachines: RHEL 5.11 Beta, Gaming News, and Fedora Playground

Thursday 10th of July 2014 08:39:32 AM

In today's Linux news, Red Hat announces the "beta availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.11." Several gaming posts caught my attention and Ryan Lerch says try out new kernel features in the new Fedora kernel-playground. The first Linux.com Linux poetry contest winner was announced and his poem posted. And another Deepin review pops up.

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