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.submitted by F0sh
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.submitted by abhinavk
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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.
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.
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.
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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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.