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Reddit: Quick note about Fedora 20 and a few other OS's on the Thinkpad T530

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 6:22pm

Just thought I'd write a quick review/suggestion about Fedora 20 and a few other OS's. I was given a Lenovo Thinkpad T530 in September 2013 as part of returning to school for Computer Science. Naturally, I immediately deleted that Windows partition to move onto something different. I am not an advanced Linux user by any means, but I knew enough that it would be a very useful to learn to program/develop within Linux. So I tried a few and here's what happened.

First I tried Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, having used it before on my desktop it seemed like a good first step. Here's what went wrong: Ubuntu:

  • Graphics failed after sleep, fixed by updating driver for Nvidia 5400
  • Failed to connect to schools PEAP/MSCHAPV2 network with network manager, switching to WICD fixed it
  • Finally, installed SFML and it failed to boot after, no Idea why.
  • I didn't mind Ubuntu, but the Unity desktop is definitely not my favourite
  • Power consumption very high, never tried to fix it.

Decided to switch again to Linux Mint after hearing great things:

Linux Mint:

  • Initial problem again with Network-Manager failing to connect to schools network, installed WICD instead.
  • Graphics failed again but were easily fixed with Mint's Driver Manager.
  • After about 3 months of use even WICD started to fail with the notorious "bad password" plague
  • Mint would occasionally hang on shutdown and require a force shutdown. This was about 1/3 times, but I rarely shut it down so it was a non issue.
  • Power consumption was abnormally high, installed PowerTop once and had to reinstall OS because it failed to boot after.

I did love Mint despite minor issues, but I decided to try a few more, next was

Bodhi Linux:

  • Install was difficult and buggy, Many errors with themes on LIVE CD, It would only let me install from Fancy Theme in particular, no idea why
  • Network issues were gone, first glimmer of hope with Bodhi.
  • Bodhi failed to shutdown, would hang on figure 8 logo during shutdown or restart, must have been my inexperience but I wasnt able to fix it.
  • I know simplicity is Bodhi's mantra, but the lack of basic software is time consuming when in School.

I really liked the enlightenment desktop with Bodhi, but the lack of initial and mostly necessary software was annoying, so this, along with the shutdown error, led me to try Fedora 20:

Fedora 20:

  • Nothing went wrong, installation was flawless
  • All features worked out of box, including little things like the Mic, Volume, and Mute buttons on the keyboard that failed to work in all the others, even the brightness settings work fine where they didn't before.
  • Power consumption is great compared to the others
  • No issue's with network connectivity at school or anywhere
  • The desktop looks and feels great, especially if you're doing any programming or other development, everything just flows nicely.
  • Very fast boot and shutdown
  • Apps that aren't in software store or YUM repository get incorporated nicely into app launcher and UI
  • I could go on and on.

Anyway that's my spiel. If you have a ThinkPad T530 or something similar and are looking for a good OS to install, I highly recommend Fedora. I have been using it for a month now and have not had a single issue, if anything I have been working better not having to worry about fixing dumb little hiccups every week or so. If you have any other questions about any of the OS's or the Laptop that I can answer then let me know.

Cheers,

-Disambig

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LXer: What is good LaTeX editor software on Linux?

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 5:44pm
As you may have already read here, LaTeX is an extremely useful document markup language. Whether it is for a research paper, a math homework, a presentation, or a fancy resume, LaTeX is pretty much the go to language. However, its syntax can be a bit confusing at first, and it is recommended, at least in the beginning, to use a LaTeX editor software.

Phoronix: Unvanquished Alpha 26 Improves Rendering & Graphics

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 4:49pm
The latest monthly development release of the open-source Unvanquished first-person shooter is now available...

LXer: Multiple-item data entry with YAD

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 4:47pm
YAD (Yet Another Dialog) creates GUI dialogs for data entry, user notification, etc. It was written by Victor Ananjevsky and is described as a fork of Zenity. In fact, it greatly extends Zenity and has a very large number of handy options. Here I explain how to build a multiple-item data entry form with YAD.

Reddit: Need an image viewer.

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 4:06pm

Looking for a simple X-based image viewer that replaces xv. Must not depend on Gnome/kde or other window manager libraries. Want something to use on a remote shell account over a remote X server. Must be a fast, lightweight program I can compile in it's own directory and run directly. Must be able to zoom in to parts of the image. Must support file formats: png and eps. Must not barf on large, hires images.

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LinuxToday: 4 Spreadsheet Alternatives to MS Excel

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 4:00pm

TuxArena: There was a time when office compatibility was a bit of a problem on Linux, but with the latest office suites out there available for Linux, this is not an issue anymore.

Phoronix: 20-Way Intel/AMD/NVIDIA GPU Comparison With Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 4:00pm
Last week we covered a 13-way Radeon GPU comparison on Ubuntu 14.04 and we also looked at the state of Nouveau on Ubuntu 14.04 with many NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards. In concluding our latest round of open-source graphics driver tests from the upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr", here's a 20-way graphics processor comparison using AMD Radeon, NVIDIA GeForce, and Intel HD Graphics hardware.

LXer: Facebook rebooting their open source contributions

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 3:50pm
Facebook is on a new open source journey. They're managing hundreds of active open source projects across the company and over the last nine months, have rebooted how they run those projects. Just scroll through their GitHub pages to browse the projects they're actively contributing to. Yes, they have six pages of projects on GitHub.

TuxMachines: Manjaro 0.8.9 Gets Its Third Update Pack with Newer Linux Kernels

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 3:39pm

Manjaro 0.8.9, a Linux distribution based on well-tested snapshots of the Arch Linux repositories and 100% compatible with Arch, has just received its third update pack.

Manjaro developers usually launch several update packs for the latest stable release of their distribution, bringing new packages and some new Linux kernels.

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TuxMachines: KDE: Monday Report #10

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 3:17pm

In which we mention the recent Alpha, gush about Community Design its problems and gains. Talk about whats coming for Plasma Next AND hand out freebee's....

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Phoronix: Qualcomm Announces 64-bit Snapdragon Processors

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 3:08pm
Qualcomm announced this morning their next-generation 64-bit processors for what they hope yields "the ultimate connected mobile computing experiences" with a ton of new features and capabilities...

LXer: The Latest Midori Browser Has Rewritten AdBlock, WebKit Improvements (Ubuntu Installation)

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 2:53pm
Midori is a GTK-based browser with a clean interface that resembles the one of Google Chrome, using the WebKit rendering engine, and offering plenty of the usual features browsers like Firefox or Chrome ship with.

Reddit: Looking for help with Linux on Reddit can sometimes be rather irritating experience...

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 2:43pm

Q: Hi, I've just switched to Linux. Can you recommend me some good movie player?

A:

1/ Did you try to read books??? They are great!!!

2/ well last time i saw a movie it was this abysmal rubbish from hollywood complete waste of time dude

3/ Real Player is absolutely fantastic. Except... It's only for Windows.

4/ I don't now, but you can try Gimp. I've heard, you can make animated gifs in it.

5/ Why do you want to play movies? Why did you switch to Linux in the first place!?

6/ I'd recommend you to install Archlinux, it's the best distribution in the world! Then, you can play movies inside your terminal. It's so cool!

7/ Hi. I'm moderator of this subreddit. You should've posted your question to /r/recommendmeamovieplayeronlinuxafteriswitchedfromwindows. Here in /r/linuxmovieapps it's off-topic and I will remove it. Please, read our rules next time. Thanks.

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Phoronix: Mesa 10.2 Planned For Late May / Early June Release

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 2:27pm
In continuing to stick to a three-month release cycle for Mesa releases, Mesa 10.2 should be released within the next two months...

Reddit: Steam (and other stuff too) hates my video card, and I'm kinda poor - how should I upgrade?

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 1:58pm

So I've been loving the Humble Bundles and have ended up with at this point close to 40 games both on and off of Steam, and sadly I'd say close to half or more don't work. In many cases it appears to be issues with my older video card that has some functionality that these games are looking for and aren't finding (I'm not sure of the exact model = KDE tells me it's an Nividia GeForce 6200?). So I know I need to upgrade to get many of these things working, but I don't have a lot of cash to blow on a video card. I saw NewEgg has a ton of Nvidia (which I think I'd like to stick with) cards for under $50 but it's been so long since I've dug into the hardware side of things I'm not sure what to look for - any recommendations on a card in that price range that may not give me amazing performance but would at least be functional? Thanks for your suggestions!

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