I'll buy a brand new laptop and i can't decide on some things:
- Should i pick one with a ssd, hdd or sshd? I know the advantages of ssds but i don't know if they are supported well in linux.
- An intel i3 broadwell will be enough for KDE?
- What brand should i choose: Asus, Lenovo etc?
Thanks in advance ! :)submitted by /u/Arco_void
Lenovo ThinkPad T460 – A Good Linux Laptop For Development
After several years with my Dell Latitude E6400 I was searching for a new, more powerful Linux machine for my coding and performance tweaking tasks. And although the Dell XPS line sounded interesting due to the “native” Linux support, it was also expensive with 16GB RAM (>2200€) and several users reported problems with CPU whining. I didn’t want to risc this and also reviews of the Lenovo T460 suggested a more silent and longer lasting experience. So I finally bought the T460 and was just hoping to get a good Linux support. Here are my experiences after a usage for a few months. Keep in mind that everyone has different requirements so maybe the title should be “a good Linux laptop for a certain subset of development tasks”. E.g. I’ve not yet tested 3D suff / hardware acceleration.
GLSL Copy Propagation Optimizations For Mesa
A developer has published a set of 14 patches providing copy propagation optimizations for Mesa's GLSL/Nir code.
Thomas Helland on Sunday sent out the set of optimizations to lower the overhead of the copy propagation pass in GLSL. This code isn't yet ready to be merged but is at a "request for comments" stage.
OpenELEC 7.0 Linux OS Released Based On Kodi 16 Media Center
This week a new and stable version of OpenELEC 7.0 Linux operating system has been released by its development team which is based on the Kodi 16 Media Center.
OpenELEC 7.0 is a lightweight distro that is capable of running on older and lower specification PC systems breathing life into them once again and supports Intel, AMD, or ARM chips.
A notebook that TLW uses was the last machine in our house to run Ubuntu GNU/Linux.
The solution was simple. I installed Debian GNU/Linux over top of the crapware. The only real problem with that was I could not find a USB-drive anywhere. I had “loaned” them all out to various ladies who come and go here so they could do “this and that”. Finally, I remembered that the MP3 player I often used while hiking or working in my classroom up North also functioned as a USB-drive. I copied onto it as root (dd if=debian-8.6.0-amd64-netinst.iso of=/dev/sd.. bs=1024k) a “net-install” image of the Debian-installer and booted the notebook from that. I also verified the download against its SHA512SUM (sha512sum debian-8.6.0-amd64-netinst.iso and grep … SHA512SUM). Worked like a charm. Further, there was a means to extricate the backup files from the notebook via a scripted web-server built in to Debian-installer. Cute.
A Look At The GTK4 Development In Early 2017
Prolific GNOME developer Matthias Clasen has written a blog post about recent and ongoing work for GTK4 at the start of 2017.
I said that I would post regular updates on what is happening in GTK+ 4 land. This was a while ago, so an update is overdue.
SQLite 3.16 Released, Uses Less CPU Cycles & Adds Experimental PRAGMA Support
SQLite 3.16.0 was released today and it's quite a feature-packed release for being the first update of 2017.
SQLite 3.16.0 now uses about 9% fewer CPU cycles, adds experimental support for PRAGMA functions, enhancements to date and time functions, changes to the look-aside memory allocator, faster LIKE and GLOB when using multiple wildcards, and various other changes.
The 5 best Linux gaming consoles to check out
Gaming had been a major choke point for the Linux platform over the last couple of years. Following its launch in the early ‘90s, the open source operating system had difficulty competing in the gaming arena for decades. Thanks to the significant upgrades in recent years, gaming on Linux has now improved.
“Clear Linux” By Intel — The Next Great Linux Distro For Gaming?
Gaming on Linux is going to get better, thanks to the upcoming Steam support on Intel’s Clear Linux distribution. Currently focused on workstation and server performance, this OS already ships with latest Mesa stack. While Clear Linux doesn’t offer dedicated graphics support, it can surely help one build a good Steam gaming box with Intel hardware.
- The most popular Linux & SteamOS gaming articles for December 2016, 181 in total
- The top 100 best sellers on Steam from 2016 are on sale
Fossil Echo, a beautiful looking story-driven platformer should come to Linux soon
We've been waiting a while on it, but Fossil Echo [Steam, GOG, Official Site] looks like it's finally nearing a release for Linux.
- Raft, a rather brilliant prototype game about being stuck in the middle of the ocean
Hey, it's been a really slow week between Christmas Day and New Years
Day, and I am not complaining at all.
It does mean that rc2 is ridiculously and unrealistically small. I
almost decided to skip rc2 entirely, but a small little meaningless
release every once in a while never hurt anybody. So here it is.
A number of interesting and notable legal developments in open source took place in 2016.
We are proud to announce the third Neptune 4.5 service release.
This version comes with the newest updates like Chromium 55 & Icedove 45.5 aswell as an upgraded graphicsstack based on Mesa 13.0.2. Besides that this version comes by default with the LTS Kernel 3.18.45. (Newer 4.4 based kernel releases can be found in our repository)
Soon after the initial release of Kirigami UI, KDE's framework for convergent (mobile and desktop) user interfaces, its main developer Marco Martin started porting it from Qt Quick Controls 1 to Qt Quick Controls 2, the next generation of Qt's ready-made standard controls for Qt Quick-based user interfaces. Since QQC 2 offers a much more extended range of controls than QQC 1, the port allowed the reduction of Kirigami's own code, while improving stability and performance. Kirigami 2 is kept as close to QQC 2's API as possible in order to extend it seamlessly.
Best of Android 2016: Camera
We have already talked about the best displays, audio, battery, and performance on Android devices. Now it’s time to move into one of the most important factors when buying a new phone – the camera.
This year’s top smartphones vary in features, megapixels, aperture and more. They have one thing in common, though: the argument that the camera on each phone is outstanding. But which of these is the best? That’s a tough question to answer, but we have put the top smartphones to the test and are ready to give you more details.
Lineage OS, formerly CyanogenMod, kicks off 2017 with a new logo
With the breakup and shut down of Cyanogen Inc, CyanogenMod — Android's most popular ROM — is also being discontinued. Of course, the advantage of an open source project is that it never really dies, and so Lineage OS is picking up where CyanogenMod left off (hence the lineage, get it?). The new OS is just a few weeks old, so many things are still falling into place. After having received a definitive name, Lineage OS is now getting an official new logo as well.
A few hours ago, an image of three interconnected circles on a greenish background was uploaded to Lineage's Github, and the file has since also appeared on the OS's official website. The logo seems to allude to the software's namesake, depicting a continued evolution of Android distributions — apparently both past and future.
- The OnePlus 3 and 3T receive OxygenOS 4.0 (Nougat) today
- Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge's Official Android Nougat Update Arriving Early January?
- OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T Now Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat-Based OxygenOS 4.0 Update
- Android 7.0 Nougat UPDATE comes to OnePlus 3 and 3T - Release date for OS upgrade REVEALED
- Android Was 2016's Most Vulnerable Product [Ed: Catalin Cimpanu uses the wrong yardstick given intentional back doors]
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Android Nougat Update: 6 Expected Features
- Huawei Mate 9 International Giveaway!