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wherever you are clevo is the maker of what I have. for the fiddlers & upgraders try their amd with 2 x hdd (mine is 100g each, dual dvd drives, 4G ram & modest nvidia geforce go 7900 with 256mb feeding a 17inch 1920 x 1200 lcd screen plus your other little bits & pieces. Even when I could not afford a notebook and used a 'mini-tower' I found that I replaced before the need to tinker/upgrade the internals.

I have found the screen better on these aging eyes & even movies are OK with the note on my belly in bed!

A recent contract to the tropics of PNG made me happy with my AMD core as the apples & Multiple Sclerosis people using intel on top of fan mounted stands warning that my machine would die from the excessive heat. I went bush for a couple of days, with the machine left on so a friend could use it in my absence - no problems. So why the need for a BIG box.

use the web and find that which meets your needs.

Go linux

Definitely desktop!

I mean, if someone really needs mobility, than he doesn't even have a choice, only laptop will do. But for anything else, and especially 16hr/day computing/playing/whatever, desktop rules. MNSHO.

[ ...typing this on 22", two 320GB SATA disks in mirror, 2GB RAM... ]
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mobility and performance

I tend to use a laptop for everything and upgrade them. For example this L2005CL has an upgraded hard drive 160g, upgraded ram (all the way), upgraded Turion MT-36 and upgraded DVD-DLx8 lightscribe burner.

At the end of these somewhat extended life cycles (4 years) I tend to go for AMD dual or quad core Laptop Chips, (Maybe AMD Video next time) SATA drives (I hope external SATA ports appear on laptops).

I can't upgrade the motherboard and LCD but I can dock them via the Expansion Port or USB.

And I buy the most common brand that has the batteries and parts. I am very selective about the motherboard and LCD/Video since they have to last the longest.

Now if we can only get HP to install a Linux on their laptops. Now I just take a live kubuntu disk make sure that works before sale then put openSuSE on.

Hasta Le Vista Baby!

mobility vs performance

It's hard to say.

At the moment I only have a laptop, easier for me with the fact I am moving around a lot at Uni and it allows me to have access to things when I need them.

But a desktop does have the advantage of upgrading when you want to and you can tinker with things a bit more (and generally better support for *nix)

But then my laptop has a lot of things integrated, usb/firewire/bluetooth/wireless/ethernet/card reader etc. Which does make me feel like I am buying a well rounded system as opposed to a box with parts in...

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today's leftovers

  • [LabPlot] Improved data fitting in 2.5
    Until now, the fit parameters could in principle take any values allowed by the fit model, which would lead to a reasonable description of the data. However, sometimes the realistic regions for the parameters are known in advance and it is desirable to set some mathematical constrains on them. LabPlot provides now the possibility to define lower and/or upper bounds for the fit parameters and to limit the internal fit algorithm to these regions only.
  • [GNOME] Maps Towards 3.28
    Some work has been done since the release of 3.26 in September. On the visual side we have adapted the routing sidebar to use a similar styling as is used in Files (Nautilus) and the GTK+ filechooser.
  • MX 17 Beta 2
  • MiniDebconf in Toulouse
    I attended the MiniDebconf in Toulouse, which was hosted in the larger Capitole du Libre, a free software event with talks, presentation of associations, and a keysigning party. I didn't expect the event to be that big, and I was very impressed by its organization. Cheers to all the volunteers, it has been an amazing week-end!
  • DebConf Videoteam sprint report - day 0
    First day of the videoteam autumn sprint! Well, I say first day, but in reality it's more day 0. Even though most of us have arrived in Cambridge already, we are still missing a few people. Last year we decided to sprint in Paris because most of our video gear is stocked there. This year, we instead chose to sprint a few days before the Cambridge Mini-Debconf to help record the conference afterwards.
  • Libre Computer Board Launches Another Allwinner/Mali ARM SBC
    The Tritium is a new ARM single board computer from the Libre Computer Board project. Earlier this year the first Libre Computer Board launched as the Le Potato for trying to be a libre and free software minded ARM SBC. That board offered better specs than the Raspberry Pi 3 and aimed to be "open" though not fully due to the ARM Mali graphics not being open.
  • FOSDEM 2018 Will Be Hosting A Wayland / Mesa / Mir / X.Org Developer Room
    This year at the FOSDEM open-source/Linux event in Brussels there wasn't the usual "X.Org dev room" as it's long been referred to, but for 2018, Luc Verhaegen is stepping back up to the plate and organizing this mini graphics/X.Org developer event within FOSDEM.
  • The Social Network™ releases its data networking code
    Facebook has sent another shiver running up Cisco's spine, by releasing the code it uses for packet routing. Open/R, its now-open source routing platform, runs Facebook's backbone and data centre networks. The Social Network™ first promised to release the platform in May 2017. In the post that announced the release, Facebook said it began developing Open/R for its Terragraph wireless system, but since applied it to its global fibre network, adding: “we are even starting to roll it out into our data center fabrics, running inside FBOSS and on our Open Compute Project networking hardware like Wedge 100.”
  • Intel Icelake Support Added To LLVM Clang
    Initial support for Intel's Icelake microarchitecture that's a follow-on to Cannonlake has been added to the LLVM/Clang compiler stack. Last week came the Icelake patch to GCC and now Clang has landed its initial Icelake enablement too.
  • Microsoft's Surface Book 2 has a power problem
     

    Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 has a power problem. When operating at peak performance, it may draw more power than its stock charger or Surface Dock can handle. What we’ve discovered after talking to Microsoft is that it’s not a bug—it’s a feature.

Kernel: Linux 4.15 and Intel

  • The Big Changes So Far For The Linux 4.15 Kernel - Half Million New Lines Of Code So Far
    We are now through week one of two for the merge window of the Linux 4.15 kernel. If you are behind on your Phoronix reading with the many feature recaps provided this week of the different pull requests, here's a quick recap of the changes so far to be found with Linux 4.15:
  • Intel 2017Q3 Graphics Stack Recipe Released
    Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has put out their quarterly Linux graphics driver stack upgrade in what they are calling the latest recipe. As is the case with the open-source graphics drivers just being one centralized, universal component to be easily installed everywhere, their graphics stack recipe is just the picked versions of all the source components making up their driver.
  • Intel Ironlake Receives Patches For RC6 Power Savings
    Intel Ironlake "Gen 5" graphics have been around for seven years now since being found in Clarkdale and Arrandale processors while finally now the patches are all worked out for enabling RC6 power-savings support under Linux.

Red Hat: OpenStack and Financial News

Security: Google and Morgan Marquis-Boire

  • Google: 25 per cent of black market passwords can access accounts

    The researchers used Google's proprietary data to see whether or not stolen passwords could be used to gain access to user accounts, and found that an estimated 25 per cent of the stolen credentials can successfully be used by cyber crooks to gain access to functioning Google accounts.

  • Data breaches, phishing, or malware? Understanding the risks of stolen credentials

    Drawing upon Google as a case study, we find 7--25\% of exposed passwords match a victim's Google account.

  • Infosec star accused of sexual assault booted from professional affiliations
    A well-known computer security researcher, Morgan Marquis-Boire, has been publicly accused of sexual assault. On Sunday, The Verge published a report saying that it had spoken with 10 women across North America and Marquis-Boire's home country of New Zealand who say that they were assaulted by him in episodes going back years. A woman that The Verge gave the pseudonym "Lila," provided The Verge with "both a chat log and a PGP signed and encrypted e-mail from Morgan Marquis-Boire. In the e-mail, he apologizes at great length for a terrible but unspecified wrong. And in the chat log, he explicitly confesses to raping and beating her in the hotel room in Toronto, and also confesses to raping multiple women in New Zealand and Australia."