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LXer: Automatic mass scanning of documents tutorial

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 11:55pm
We’re going to show you how to set up a mass document scanning system. To accomplish this, we’ll make use of a variety of Linux tools. The advantage of this approach is that you can tailor the process to match your specific requirements. This gives you a system that can handle big jobs and that is open to a lot of customisation.

Reddit: Looking for laptop with dual 1920x1200 video output

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 11:28pm

Any idea what I could find? I honestly have done tons of research and the little info I find is mostly for windows.

I am looking, preferably, a decent laptop that can output two monitors, awesome if the 3rd (laptop's screen) works too.

I thought about a MacBook pro simply due to the dual thunderbolt ports, and it allows 3 monitors (screen + 2 external) but it will never work on linux and I couldn't stand OSX for more than a day. Is there any hardward similar to this but for linux?

USB DisplayPort I don't think works as of now, or does it?

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LXer: AMD, Mentor Graphics Partner on Embedded Linux Development

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 11:08pm
AMD and Mentor Graphics have announced a partnership to encourage open source development of Linux for embedded devices, including AMD's latest x86 chips.

LXer: Ballpoint Universe - Infinite, A Crazy Hand Drawn Action Platformer On Steam For Linux

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 10:21pm
Sadly this one seems to have been missed, it was released last month for Linux, but as it's not a brand new game (only new to Linux) it didn't pop up as new to Linux on Steam. This is after at the start of last month they pushed out an "unofficial" Linux version for tester.

LXer: Open education resources combat high textbook prices

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 9:33pm
Eben Upton is best known as the man behind the Raspberry Pi, a tiny, $25 computer designed to help turn kids into programmers. Upton priced it at $25 because he thought that's around what an average textbook cost: "I now understand that's an incorrect estimate. If we had a better idea of what school textbooks cost we would have had an easier job with the engineering over the years," he joked to Wired years later.It's a funny story but also a sad story. Textbooks are expensive. More expensive than most non-students even realize.

Reddit: History of the 32-bit int for time_t

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 8:53pm

More of a Unix question:

So Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson make Unix on a PDP-7. They re-specify a few times in the early '70s what the 32-bit integer represents (1/60th of a second, 1 second, etc.), but either way, it was always 32 bits.

Interviews with Ritchie and Thompson are usually just comical (Thompson saying he'll be dead by 2038, Ritchie saying he liked a signed 32-bit int so his entire life would fit in it, etc.).

I'm wondering, does anyone know the real reason they used 32 bits for a date instead of, say, 16 or 64 ,etc.? I'm specifically looking for a reference where either one or them or someone close knows precisely why.


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Phoronix: LTO Support Coming To Linux 3.15, Making For A Faster Kernel

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 8:49pm
As a potentially significant performance win for the Linux kernel, when compiling the Linux kernel support for link-time optimizations (LTO) are now supported...

Reddit: Saw Best Buy's offer for Windows XP trade ins -- wondering what's out there with good Linux support nowadays

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 8:43pm

I have an older Dell laptop that I actually bought used several years ago, when it was already old, and never really use it. It's big/slow/heavy. But since I don't have a huge need for a laptop, I haven't bothered to replace it. I wasn't able to easily get a Linux install that I was happy on that one, so I liked it even less with the stock WinXP install. (So pretty much all of my Linux experience has been with desktops.)

I heard of Best Buy's offer today and now I'm really intrigued. I know there are several Chromebooks that could be available for $100 out of pocket or less with the trade in. I've used some Chromebooks and like them, but I usually desire the option to totally customize my computers.

So I got to thinking.... I don't really keep up with tech trends all that much. I don't really keep up with Linux trends too much anymore either.

Basically, I'm wondering, does Best Buy carry anything that's on the low end of cheap that has good/great/stellar Linux support? I use Arch Linux at home, and would likely go with that, but maybe not. Sleep/suspend/hibernate would be pretty big for me, but I guess aren't 100% necessary. Working wireless obviously -- are any of these even issues anymore?

EDIT: I'm doing a little research now and it looks like the low-end C720-2802 Chromebook might actually be a good choice. Still looking/still interested in others' feedback though.

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LXer: Netrunner releases 32bit Rolling Edition 2014.04i

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 8:36pm
Netrunner, the KDE Linux distribution is now also available as Rolling Release. Hilary Mason's ApacheCon Keynote: 3 Ways to Improve Data Science

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 8:35pm

Data science still has a long way to go in developing systems that solve real-world, human problems, said Hilary Mason, data scientist in residence at Accel Partners, in her ApacheCon keynote today. The open source community will be key to helping big data evolve into a more accessible technology.

Reddit: Any Super Lightweight Easy To Use "thin client" Distros Out There?

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 8:30pm

I have a Pentium MMX laptop with 16 megs of RAM and a 40 gig HD. I purchased this back in 1998 and it runs Windows 98 pretty well. It also handled Windows 2000 well and RedHat 9 (the old days of free RedHat). I've looked at all the typical small distros out there like DSL (which runs on it), but I want something with a more modern look and feel.

There HAS to be a thin client distro out there that works on 16 megs of RAM and a Pentium MMX with only 2D acceleration. My goal is to make this an X terminal for the kitchen running at 1 gigbit (of course limited to probably 200 Mb/s by the PCMCIA slot).

Everything I've tried won't even boot because most of the light weight distros outside of DSL want 32 megs of RAM. I did manage to get Debian 6 on it once but it took 75 minutes to log into the desktop as the thing was swapping like crazy for a Gnome 2 desktop. (Odd since Gnome 2 was fine on it in RedHat 9). I would attempt DSL again and try to force it to just run X -query server-ip but DSL seems to be a dead project and the replacement needs 32 megs of RAM!! Any ideas?

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Reddit: Group chat client with offline message support on Linux

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 8:19pm

Hi Everyone,

We are a small group of people and currently use Skype to communicate with each other. This has been a pain point for most of us and are looking for good alternatives.

I really want to do Private IRC Channels but I am not sure if it supports offline messages (i.e. look at the message log in the channel while you have been offline).

I'd preferably want a solution that requires its own client software. Has anyone had any experience setting up a similar environment via Jabber or XMPP or something else?

Any feedback is greatly appreciated!

P.S. Video calls and Audio calls are preferred but not necessary.

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TuxMachines: The end of Windows XP: Is it time to give Linux a try?

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 8:19pm

This week, Microsoft ends free support for Windows XP, cutting off the supply of security updates and bug fixes to anyone unwilling to pay the $200 per desktop fee MS is asking for extended support.

XP machines aren't just going to explode at midnight on 8th April but with hackers and malware authors already comfortable with the antiquated OS, it won't be long before some new exploit is discovered that will never be fixed. In short, if you value security then it makes sense to stop using XP.

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TuxMachines: Why so much fuss over Windows XP’s expiry?

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 8:07pm

Other than Windows, users and companies could look at Linux versions that run many Internet servers and those in companies. GNU/Linux is also at the foundation of Google Inc’s Android mobile OS.

Linux distributions include Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary, Zorin and Lububtu. Ubuntu 12.04, for instance, comes pre-installed with the LibreOffice suite—a Microsoft Office equivalent. However, migrating applications from Windows XP to a non-Windows (read Linux) platform is easier said than done. But then, Linux distributions are free.

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Reddit: GNU Stow Template

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 7:55pm