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The Robolinux developer doesn’t hide the fact that he's interested in the Windows audience and he is targeting those particular users with this Linux distribution. Sure enough, regular Linux users can also take advantage of the distro, but the OS features a few options that should only prove interesting if you are already running a Microsoft product.
When I first started using Linux twelve years ago, no one I knew, other than folks on the local LUG, were interested in giving Linux or FOSS a try whatsoever. Don’t get me wrong; my friends were nice. They supported my enthusiasm for this Linux thing I’d discovered, but were politely uninterested when I suggested they might want to give Linux a try too. That didn’t surprise me at all. Hell, I’d been trying to get people to give Star Office a try since the turn of the millennium and they wouldn’t go for that either, even though they were paying through the nose for MS Office.
The idea of convergence has been floating around for quite some time and companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Canonical are already working towards this goal. On the other hand, there are some voices that say it will never happen. KDE developer Aaron Seigo is one of those voices.
FOSSforce: If the owner can disable a phone with nothing but access to a computer or another mobile device, so can Google, Samsung, Microsoft, Nokia or Apple.
I have been investigating the possibilities of 5 monitors on Linux. I have found several posts from 2013 saying that both nvidia and ATI support at least 4 monitors per card, depending on the model of card (i.e. there is a phoronix write up about it).
I have been trying to find a way to run multiple monitors with compositing on Linux (Specifically Ubuntu Gnome). My preference is to work with the Gnome desktop but the base could shift pending support.
I have currently a desktop that has a GTX 660, an Intel integrated video from the I7 4790k, and I Have a spare GT 650. I have enabled a monitor on both of the nvidia cards but GDM doesn't present a login prompt with Xinerama enabled.
For the Intel/nvidia combo, I havent really been able to get to the point where I can turn on both monitors. I suspect this is just my lack of understanding.
I am running Xrandr 1.4 with Xorg 1.15 on Kernel 3.13 with the nvidia drivers 340 or 343.
For testing I am just trying to get 2 monitors working (one per card).
I would be willing to get an ATI card with eyefinity if someone can tell me for sure that it works with little to no problems. Every few years I toy with ATI and always come back to nvidia with my tail tucked between my legs.
Last time I attempted this was 2 years ago with a card I don't remember. I could either get HDMI sound with video tearing (proprietary drivers) or no video tearing with no sound.
Anyways, I am looking for help and/or pointers to things that have worked in the last 3 months or so, as I understand that the nvidia drivers have changed to have "feature parity" with windows drivers (i.e. no more 4 monitors per card)
Thanks in advancesubmitted by stratus-ss
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The waste of time is so huge and if each of us had to compile it, it would be so impractical. Precompiled software gives you almost the same result but in way less time. Poor devs, I never thought that compiling large programs was so time-expensive.
I know no one cares but I was "emerging" chromium on a laptop (1GB RAM, 1.66GHz). Just experimenting with gentoo, nothing serious. <more irrelevant info> And the 19 hours would be like 15 if I had more RAM, because the last hours were of constant swapping (moving ram to disk), almost no cpu was used (acording to top) and the ram used by "ld" was like 987MBsubmitted by Badel2
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This is a PSA for anybody who is setting up a headless Linux server which will host anything crypto heavy. e.g. a SSL site, lots of SSH sessions, a VPN server etc.
If what you are hosting makes use of /dev/random for entropy, you will eventually find that the entropy pool gets depleted and your server's performance suffers very badly.
We encountered this when our Tomcat instances started showing latencies and then connection time outs to a database server due to the starting of a lot of crypto heavy Java modules during environment start up. The CPU/memory/disk/network usage was monitored and they showed that we didn't have a resource blockage when we were experiencing the issue. We thoroughly checked networking connectivity and tested against different database servers and on different hardware as well.
In the end, running the following command in a terminal during environment start up showed us that the issue was that /dev/random was blocking due to the entropy pool having been depleted:watch -n 1 "cat /proc/sys/kernel/random/entropy_avail"
What to do to fix this situation
Solutions we are currently trialling:
- Using a 3rd party tool to introduce sufficient random entropy. e.g. "haveged - A simple entropy daemon", "Entropy Broker - infrastructure for distributing cryptographically secure random numbers"
- Java specific workaround to enforce the use of /dev/urandom: (Modify jre/lib/security/java.security file so it has a line "securerandom.source=file:/dev/./urandom" or directly pass in the "-Djava.security.egd=file:/dev/./urandom" parameter when starting the Java applications)
haveged - A simple entropy daemon
I see it has been mentioned once before on /r/linux:
Researching whether it is appropriate to use it or not, I came across the following:
- Is it appropriate to use haveged as a source of entropy on virtual machines?
- Quality of randomness on a Linux system with haveged
- I also found that since v11.4 openSuSE ships with haveged installed/enabled by default. 1, 2
Have any of you come across the above problem and implemented haveged?
We're shortly going to test whether our Linux virtual machines (VMware) are emulating rdtsc instructions or allowing access through. link explaining why this is important. If the latter then haveged would be our preferred solution since it would stop entropy depletition from affecting all processes whereas the Java workaround will only work for our Java applications.
EDITS: Fixing formattingsubmitted by aerodynamicchuddies
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What a week it has been in terms of leaks and rumors. With September rolling round and the expecting release of the Moto 360, Note 4, Moto X and Moto G we have seen a number of leaks involving product specs, leaked images and release dates.
Today OMG Ubuntu did an article entitled "The Justice League of Linux: If Distros Were Superheroes Ubuntu Would Be Superman" [link], but unfortunately all they talked about were distros in the Ubuntu family and nothing else. Essentially it was Doctor Doom'd from the start because they simply created the Ubuntu Flavors League and in a Flash I was disappointed.
So I thought, maybe others would find it fun to do a survey over which distro is which superhero.
We aren't going to limit it to the Justice League or even just DC like they pointlessly did...there are just as many Superheroes to choose from as their are Linux Distros so we could really make a solid "Thing", I mean list.
So let's charge our rings and boot up Jarvis...
Choose from any Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, etc...any superhero from any universe.
Must be an active distro for comparison. Unless you can find a dead superhero to associate to a dead distro, that would be cool too.
No minimum or maximum items needed...whether you want to do 50 comparisons or just 1...up to you.
MUST give a reason why you chose a specific superhero with a specific distro...lists that don't explain why are voided.
If you have any rule suggestions that could make the list better just let me know and I'll add it...I dont want to screw up our plan like the Rogues.
Hail Hydra!submitted by MichaelTunnell
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