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  1. abarbarian

    Linux Fringe distros.

    Thought it might be a good idea to have a thread about odd ball distros. So here goes. We all know that for some strange reason penguin developers have a manga or anime itch so this first post is for them. Mangaka Is an Artful Blend of Simplicity and Style home site, https://animesoft.wordpress.com/linux/help/ More weird and wonder fulls coming soon.
  2. Thought it might be a good idea to have seperate threads thread devoted to articles about particular os's. In this way folk can have easy access to articles they may not normaly come across. Seeing as I use Arch that is what this thread is all about. http://keithcu.com/wordpress/?p=3270 Arch Linux on a HiDPI Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro (2013) IF YOU FIND A DECENT RELEVANT ARTICLE PLEASE DO POST
  3. Whenever I want to buy a new piece of kit I always look for benchmarking test results comparing several different manufacturers offerings. Once I have the kit I run a few tests on my own pc to see if they match the test results posted in articles. Sometimes you do not need to buy the latest and best kit to get a decent up grade. Sometimes buying a middle of the road piece of kit will save you a load of loot and you will still get almost the same performance as a high end high cost piece of kit. So here is a simple way to benchmark a ssd which will only take a few moments of your time. If you run the tests and post the output here, along with the operating system used and the ssd model and manufacturer information it may help someone to save some loot. At the very least it would be a fun geeky thing to do. An we are all dye in the wool geeks ain't we. https://www.shellhacks.com/disk-speed-test-read-write-hdd-ssd-perfomance-linux/ Samsung SP951 NVME 256 GB with Arch 64 on 20/100 GB root/home partitions. $ sync; dd if=/dev/zero of=tempfile bs=1M count=1024; sync 1024+0 records in 1024+0 records out 1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB, 1.0 GiB) copied, 0.436009 s, 2.5 GB/s $ dd if=tempfile of=/dev/null bs=1M count=1024 1024+0 records in 1024+0 records out 1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB, 1.0 GiB) copied, 0.0811887 s, 13.2 GB/s $ sudo /sbin/sysctl -w vm.drop_caches=3 vm.drop_caches = 3 $ dd if=tempfile of=/dev/null bs=1M count=1024 1024+0 records in 1024+0 records out 1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB, 1.0 GiB) copied, 0.559377 s, 1.9 GB/s $ sudo hdparm -Tt /dev/nvme0n1p5 /dev/nvme0n1p5: Timing cached reads: 34302 MB in 1.99 seconds = 17217.89 MB/sec Timing buffered disk reads: 4330 MB in 3.00 seconds = 1443.31 MB/sec Results can vary so it is best to run the tests several times and cherry pick the top results I'll try and post some results from a different ssd later on.
  4. Studying can be a real drag if you never take a break. So I found this little gem which should provide some relief from the drudgery. http://www.unixmen.com/audit-the-security-of-your-unixlinux-systems-using-lynis/ http://www.rootkit.nl/files/lynis-documentation.html https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/lynis/ Well I gave the program a run through on my home pc. Worked just fine and gave these warnings, and theses suggestions, There is tons of stuff in the suggestions list an I am not sure about how to do everything it suggests or even if I need to act on every thing. Can someone suggest a decent simple to use " file integrity tool " Can a network expert help me to " Configure a firewall/packet filter to filter incoming and outgoing traffic " Can someone give a very brief explanation of this " Default umask in /etc/profile could be more strict like 027 " Thanks in advance and happy playing Eric.
  5. abarbarian

    Window Maker

    Latest news is WM has an entry in the Arch Wiki its own page no less. https://wiki.archlin...hp/Window_Maker This thread is slightly out of date but is full of useful stuff. Anyone wanting to try out Window Maker on Arch will find these packages useful. https://www.archlinu...64/windowmaker/ https://www.archlinu...dowmaker-extra/ https://www.archlinu.../x86_64/docker/ https://www.archlinu.../any/menumaker/ I have not tried out the "menumaker" package. Instead I brought my main menu up to date with this tip from the WM home site. It is worth the time reading the "Doc's" at the site. http://windowmaker.o...nstallation.php Hundreds of themes with funky wallpapers can be found here http://www.jessanderson.org/wmthemes/ There are some dock apps at the AUR but not all of them run. There are loads and loads of dock apps to be found on the web. Do not be put of by the fact that development on some of them stopped decades ago. I managed to get a 1999 dock app to run though I was told that I really should have made an Arch package out of it first. With a bit of reading up and some minor twiddling I recon most reasonably experienced linux users would be able to find heaps of dock apps and get them running on Arch. From the wiki https://en.wikipedia...ki/Window_Maker To avoid litigation take note Anyone playing with Pi's might find this window manager a perfect fit both for its low use of resources and its ease of customisation using simple coding. I am enjoying playing with Window Maker and can heartily recommend it to folk. THEME PACKS --- in post 12. More Theme Packs --- in post 112. TIP - Shutdown pc -- in post 114. TIP -- Change Docked Icon Behaviour --- in post 115. TIP -- Manual Menu Entry -- in post 116 TIP - Closing windows
  6. MX-18 Continuum Now Available Submitted by dolphin_oracle on Thu, 12/20/2018 - 05:20 MX-18 Continuum Official Release December 20, 2018 --direct download: https://sourceforge.net/projects/mx-lin ... inal/MX18/ mirror sites (these may take some time to populate) https://mxlinux.org/wiki/system/iso-download-mirrors torrents: 32 bit Linuxtracker 64 bit Linuxtracker We are pleased to offer MX-18 Continuum.
  7. https://www.zdnet.com/article/debian-linux-founder-ian-murdock-dies-at-42-cause-unknown/ There seems to be a mystery surrounding his death. Whatever the cause a sad loss.
  8. Introducing Thelio: A new desktop computer from System76 https://system76.com/desktops Windows -----------------only buy them if they are double glazed
  9. abarbarian

    Full Throttle Remastered

    Full Throttle Remastered A super fun game, I would have paid full price for it but luckily I got it for next to nowt in a sale. Runs very well indeed on Arch. I do have to set up "Full Screen" in the options every time I fire it up otherwise it plays in a window. There may be a work around but I have not looked for one.
  10. The NVIDIA/AMD Linux GPU Gaming Benchmarks & Performance-Per-Dollar For July 2018 With graphic cards coming down in price I thought this might be of interest. I noticed a article doing a comparison of eight distros which I found very interesting whilst reading the graphics article. 9-Way Linux Desktop Distribution Benchmarks With The Intel Core i7 8086K There was also a comparison article with eight distros running as servers. The standout fact from both articles was the performance of Clear Linux which was way faster in many of the tests.
  11. TrackMania Nations Forever Available As A Snap Application I managed to install the snapd program on Arch but the game would not install. Had a missing file or folder or some such. I could not be bothered sorting the fault as the whole idea is that everything should be contained in the snap so no fiddling about is needed. Buntu based users may have better results.
  12. Feral Interactive Releases Tool for Linux Gamers to Optimize Their Gaming Rigs #FeralPlays Rise of the Tomb Raider on Linux (Tuesday 10 April 2018) Twitch link above. Go Laura go
  13. abarbarian

    Build your own Laptop

    http://www.zdnet.com/article/diy-linux-laptop-build-your-own-for-240-with-fully-open-source-olimex-teres-i/ At the main site, https://www.olimex.com/Products/DIY-Laptop/ Now that is what I think is a great idea. You can configure the pc to suit yourself. You can replace every bit if they fail. You can upgrade parts of the pc to suit your changing needs. It will be interesting to see what different parts they will offer when they get underway and how much they will cost. The company has links to CERN. https://home.cern/about/updates/2015/02/kicad-software-gets-cern-treatment
  14. abarbarian

    File Manager -- which ?

    So I am back up and running with Arch and I need a file manager as I am too lazy to do everything with the cli. I'd like something like SpaceFM where you could open up several panes and drag and drop content across them. Would like the ability to open up a root version for when I need to alter system .configs. Nice to have the ability to open up a terminal from the program. Needs to be light on system use and fast and reliable. Has to be pretty and look good with Window Maker. Any suggestions folks ?
  15. I always knew there was a reason for not using Mint. A sort of nagging in the dark recesses of the mind that it would end in tears. Seems I was right. Linux Mint-using terror nerd awaits sentence for training Islamic State Inside the Site Teaching Islamic State Supporters How to Use Encryption Welsh Linux Mint terror nerd jailed for 8 years Personally I am all for hanging terrorists. This guy seems to be a very sad sort and not very clued up so perhaps he deserves some leniency. However if someone made use of his information and killed folk...............
  16. abarbarian

    Netflix just added Linux support !!!

    Linux-using mates gone AWOL? Tuesday !!! Heck that's today. See you folks have tv to watch
  17. Linux Mint is Still Number One First a little bit of history about me and Linux. When I First Started With Linux It was in the Early 90’s around 1991 or 1992 as I recall. I tried to play around with a Piece of software called Minnix, But I could never make it work a couple of years later a Linux OS called Suse a (Commercial) version, and a free Linux OS called Mandrake came out. I used the commercial Versions of Suse from Version 5.2 or 5.3 until version 10.1. During that Time I also Used Mandrake which later became Mandriva. About that time I started using Ubuntu which had just came out. I used it until they came out with Unity. That was when I started using Mint Linux and have been using it ever since. For the past 2 weeks I have been downloading and installing Linux Distro’s to my SSD Disks. 22 of them to be exact. I have learned much and have observed a few things about many of the Linux Distro’s. The Greatest Majority of them, are based on Debian / Ubuntu, and most of them configure and react the same. Most use Apt and the Ubuntu Repo’s. Most of the desktops have many of the same features even though different, Cinnamon, Gnome, XFCE, LXDE, Mate, Etc. The difference of many of them, are the color and style of the Icons and the Titles. Some of the different ones were KDE Plasma, Arch Linux, Budgie, and Unity. What follows is a list of the Distro’s that I downloaded, installed, and my opinion about each one.. The first 5 are Favorites of mine. 1. Mint 18.1 Cinnamon: The top one in my Opinion. It just works right out of the box. Easy to configure and do most anything that I need or want. Stable with no hiccups. I have not found another Distro that I like better. It has never failed me. 2. LXLE: A Light weight Distro with to many games and other stuff that is not needed. It is one of my favorites. Based on Lubuntu and not as fast, but is more stable. 3. Gecko: A Suse Spin off. Has the Cinnamon Desktop Much better than Suse for configuring. 4. MX-16: Fast and for the most part very stable. Still being developed. 5. Debian: Most of the other Distro’s are derivatives of Debian / Ubuntu. Most stable OS there is. It is behind the times and has not kept up. Lubunto: Fast, Light, and still needs work. Unstable Apps Abiword had the jitters. Mint KDE: I do not like KDE and it is also bloated and slow. Watt OS: Light weight similar to Pepermint. UA Linux: Ubuntu spin off with several desktops you can choose at boot up time. Ultimate Edition: Bloated and Slow Has pretty Wall Paper. Deepin: comes from China. Installed Grub in the wrong Disk. Different. Linux Lite: Another Light weight. Peppermint: Like the name It is colorful and looks like candy colored Icons. Would drive me crazy looking at it. Zenwalk: A slack derivative. I am Not interested. Rebellin: Could not find UEFI. PCLinux OS: Spin off from Mandrake / Mandriva By Tex Star. Uses RPM Pkg Mgr Solus: uses Budgie DT. Fedora 25: Stable Good Distro, But uses RPM instead of APT. SuSe Leap 42.2: A Big Disappointment, Bloated not easy to configure Printer. Suse Tumbleweed 42.2: Same as Leap.
  18. Was reading the thread concerning weather recently posted and could not get my head around the "F" temps as I think in "C". So I used "wttr" recently posted about here to see what you were all banging on about. Seems most of you are pretty cold. So here is my weather in "C" and "F", Now all I need is to be able to get wttr to do "C" and "mph" and the sun would shine for me. Why not post your weather here with a picture of wttr or any other program you use ? It would be interesting to see what everyone uses to answer this most important daily question. (it is a life or death Q here in the UK)
  19. http://http://fsmsh.com/2107 Debian as a desktop system (2007)
  20. Who would have thought it possible a few years ago ! Microsoft giving love to the penguin, is the end of the world in sight All hail the Green Linux! Never tried SUSE myself but have a couple of mates who swear by it and SUSE has been alive and kicking since 1992, which I believe is longer than Microsoft. The penguin march is slow but relentless.
  21. Raspberry Pi has released a version of linux that can be run on Windows PCs. It is based on Debian and called Pixel OS. http://thehackernews.com/2016/12/raspberry-pi-pixel-os.html So I know there are some bleeding edge people out there willing to test it live and offer some comments.
  22. Now that my new system is up and running and seems to be doing quite well, I still have my old system sitting on a shelf. Although it's officially retired, it still has usable life left in it so I was thinking of reformatting and trying new things. 1 - Does anybody have any experience with Zorin OS? A coworker said I might want to check it out since I have experience with the Ubuntu family. 2 - Any distros that are good with folder sharing with Windows? I previously used Xubuntu and I could access Windows shares from Linux but it didn't work so well trying to access shares in Linux from Windows. It's no loss if something goes wrong. I'm just tinkering with an old system that'll have no important data on it.
  23. Dan Allen and Sarah White: (2015) Any one who helps to get better documentation for open source projects deserves a medal.
  24. amenditman

    Mount options for Swap

    Most documentation, nearly all I saw, says to have your /etc/fstab entry for swap look like this and if you let most installers build your fstab for you it will look like that. A few places have documentation for swap that says to leave it blank except if you need to alter priority, say if you have swap on multiple disks. And yet others list mount options for Swap as "sw". With no listing of what flags are included when "sw" is used. I was wondering about it this week and this is what struck me. The "defaults" mount option = rw,suid,dev,exec,auto,nouser,async . Those mount options seem odd for the swap space. rw = read,write OK, we need this for Swap. suid = set user id Why does this need to be available on Swap? I don't think it does. dev = Interpret character or block special devices on the filesystem. Why does this need to be set on Swap? exec = permit execution of binaries We do not need this in Swap. auto = can be mounted with the -a option I don't think we need this for Swap. nouser = forbid ordinary users from mounting the filesystem OK, we need this for Swap. async = all I/O done asynchronously I don't think that is how Swap should work. It is supposed to be used to get things out of RAM, quickly, Anyone have opinions about this or links to explanations of what mount options to use and why?
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