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Reddit: I want to run Linux from an external HDD...

Saturday 6th of August 2016 06:05:15 AM

When I copy files to/from the HDD, the speed is 70 MB/s. It's a Hitachi 250GB internal HDD in an enclosure through a USB 3.0. How will it handle running Linux?

I wanna install a lightweight distro on it like Lubuntu or Xubuntu or Steam OS. Since I'm not a serious gamer, I could in theory switch to Linux but then I wouldn't have Lightroom.

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Reddit: Need help choosing a laptop

Saturday 6th of August 2016 05:44:36 AM

Hi there, I am need of some help choosing a laptop that will run Linux. I am buying the laptop in Ireland/UK and willing to spend €900-€1100. I will be doing so development and planning on running a few VMs on it so RAM (min 8gb, ideally 16gb) is important. I have been looking around and found TUXEDO Book BC1505 - 15,6" ( or a Clevo P640RE from pcspecialist (

So experts of Reddit, please help me choose the correct laptop for me? Is there a Reddit favourite laptop to run Linux? I have also heard good think about Thinkpads so I am open to them too. Thanks in advance

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LXer: Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 Delayed for September 7, to Bring Android 6.0 BSP Support

Saturday 6th of August 2016 05:42:12 AM
A new OTA (Over the Air) update of the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system is in development for Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet devices, the OTA-13, which should land in the first week of September 2016.

LXer: 5 Best Linux Distributions To Recover Dead Computers Data (Linux Data Recovery)

Saturday 6th of August 2016 03:47:50 AM
Hay! Linux newbies. Have you ever corrupted your Computer while you're experimenting something? I am sure you would have. It often happens that you wanna try out new commands, or install beta updates that crash your computer on the very next restart. In this article, I'll walk you through the 5 Linux distributions that can work as Linux data recovery tools. So let's get started

Phoronix: Wine 1.9.16 Brings Further Direct3D CS Improvements

Saturday 6th of August 2016 02:36:04 AM
Wine 1.9.16 is now available as the latest bi-weekly release of Wine for running Windows programs on Linux and other operating systems...

Reddit: What's the difference between Ubuntu and SUSE?

Saturday 6th of August 2016 02:14:04 AM

Hello everyone, I have a question: What's the difference between Ubuntu and SUSE? I am planning to try other Linux distros and SUSE looks like a good OS to start with. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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LinuxToday: Tiny Linux SBC with mini-PCIe slot runs Linux or Android on 2W

Saturday 6th of August 2016 02:00:00 AM

The Gateworks GW5530 SBC runs Linux, OpenWrt, or Android on an i.MX6 SoC, and features video I/O, an inertial sensor, optional GPS, and mini-PCIe expansion.

LXer: IBM’s Linux Birthday, Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ PSA & More…

Saturday 6th of August 2016 01:53:28 AM
Also included: FCC requires TP-Link to allow users to install open source firmware on routers, five new distro releases, new releases of LibreOffice and KDE Plasma, and Microsoft releases Skype 1.3 Alpha for Linux.

TuxMachines: Let's Encrypt Root to be Trusted by Mozilla

Saturday 6th of August 2016 01:17:15 AM

The Let’s Encrypt root key (ISRG Root X1) will be trusted by default in Firefox 50, which is scheduled to ship in Q4 2016. Acceptance into the Mozilla root program is a major milestone as we aim to rely on our own root for trust and have greater independence as a certificate authority (CA).

Public CAs need their certificates to be trusted by browsers and devices. CAs that want to issue independently under their own root accomplish this by either buying an existing trusted root, or by creating a new root and working to get it trusted. Let’s Encrypt chose to go the second route.

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TuxMachines: Raspberry Pi Zero sized HAT has four sensors with 10 variables

Saturday 6th of August 2016 01:04:54 AM

Pimeroni’s Enviro pHAT is a $20 Raspberry Pi HAT add-on that provides sensors including temperature/pressure, light/color, motion, and ADC.

The Enviro pHAT, available at Pimeroni in the UK and Adafruit in the US, is a Raspberry Pi HAT (Hardware Attached on Top) add-on with four multipurpose sensors that provide up to 10 different sensor variables. The Enviro pHAT is part of Pimeroni’s pHAT family of HAT add-ons, which includes last year’s motor-controlling Explorer HAT, now called the Explorer pHAT.

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TuxMachines: Tiny Linux SBC with mini-PCIe slot runs Linux or Android on 2W

Saturday 6th of August 2016 01:02:17 AM

The Gateworks GW5530 SBC runs Linux, OpenWrt, or Android on an i.MX6 SoC, and features video I/O, an inertial sensor, optional GPS, and mini-PCIe expansion.

Gateworks announced a tiny new single-board computer in its “Vantana” product line that’s hardly bigger than the mini-PCIe socket with which it expands. The 100 x 35mm GW5530 SBC is built around a dual-core, Cortex-A9 based NXP i.MX6 SoC. The processor is clocked at 800MHz, and is accompanied by 512MB DDR3 SDRAM and up to 2GB flash storage.

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Reddit: My Linux Story

Saturday 6th of August 2016 12:44:09 AM

LXer: Tor Is Released

Friday 5th of August 2016 11:59:06 PM
The latest version of the Tor project was released this week, offeringgreater security and anonymity to individuals and organizations. Here'swhy you should care.

Reddit: [X-post from /r/guitar] Is there any free software to find chords from a music file?

Friday 5th of August 2016 11:56:48 PM

Is there any open source or at least free software available for Linux that take a music file (.mp3 or whatever) as input and gives chords used in the song with their timings. I hope I have conveyed what I mean. I post here because I duckduckgoed and did not find anything.

For example, used to have a free option to upload a youtube link to a song and then would tell the chords used in the song and where they were used. Now it is not free.

I understand that it might be difficult for such programs to be very accurate. Some inaccuracy is manageable.

Thanks for reading.

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Reddit: Vim Issues - Ubuntu 16.0.04

Friday 5th of August 2016 11:21:52 PM

I recently installed 16.04, as a fresh install, and I had an issue. I use vim as my main development env, but I had a config issue. no matter what I did, be it in .vimrc or running the commands in vim itself, I couldn't map keys.

I did everything, installing vim from the repo, using vim over the vi install. This is an issue I have never had before, I solved it by uninstalling all vim (including .tiny) and reinstalling from the repo. As soon as I did that my rc worked as normal.

Anyone know what the initial issue could have been?

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TuxMachines: Disney on GNU/Linux

Friday 5th of August 2016 10:38:07 PM

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TuxMachines: The Joy of Linux Desktop Environments

Friday 5th of August 2016 10:36:38 PM

I’m endlessly fascinated by Linux, to the extent that I wrote a book about it, Learn Linux in a Month of Lunches. My very favorite thing about Linux is the desktop environment concept. Desktop environments are graphical interfaces for the entire operating system, but where most operating systems, like Windows, OS X, iOS, and Android, have one common interface, Linux users can easily install and user a variety of interfaces without changing their underlying system.

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TuxMachines: Red Hat and Fedora

Friday 5th of August 2016 10:35:32 PM

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Conferences and Kids

I've taken my daughter, now 13, to FOSDEM in Brussels every year that I had slots there. She isn't a geek, yet enjoys the crowds and the freebies. When I could, I also took my kids to other events, where I was speaking. In this post I'd like to capture my feelings about why children should be part of conferences, and what conferences can do to make this easier. First off, the "why?" Traditional conferences (in all domains, not just software) are boring, ritualized events where the participants compete to see who can send the most people to sleep at once. The real event starts later, over alcohol. It is a strictly adult affair, and what happens at the conf stays at the conf. Now our business is a little different. It is far more participative. Despite our history of finicky magic technologies that seem to attract mainly male brains, we strive for diversity, openness, broad tolerance. Most of what we learn and teach comes through informal channels. Finished is formal education, elitism, and formal credentials. We are smashing the barriers of distance, wealth, background, gender, and age. Read more

50 Essential Linux Applications

If you’re a refugee from Windows, you may be finding the Linux world slightly confusing, wondering how you can get the all same functionality you had in Windows, but still enjoy the freedom that Linux offers. Never fear! Linux is not some scary, difficult to use monster that’s only used by hackers and programmers, it’s actually becoming more and more user friendly every day. Read

today's leftovers

  • Debugging gnome-session problems on Ubuntu 14.04
  • Introducing snapd-glib
  • An awesome experience!
    GUADEC has been a week full of memorable moments. As my friend Rares mentioned in his post, our newcomers group was welcomed by friendly community members right as we arrived at the hotel. For someone who has never attended a similar event before, this really helped with getting into the conference atmosphere. In the first couple days of the conference, I found myself meeting a lot of people that I knew from IRC. It felt really nice to finally know the person behind the internet nick. I was especially excited about getting to meet my mentor, Carlos Soriano =). In between the presentations I also took the time to prepare my own lightning talk about compressed files in Nautilus. Speaking in front of the GNOME community for the first time was a unique experience.
  • Commvault Announces Support of Red Hat Virtualization 4 with Commvault Software
  • Modularity Infrastructure Design
    The purpose of our Modularity initiative is to support the building, maintaining, and shipping of modular things. So, in order to ensure these three requirements are met, we need to design a framework for building and composing the distribution. In terms of the framework, in general, we are concerned about the possibility of creating an exponential number of component combinations with independent lifecycles. That is, when the number of component combinations becomes too large, we will not be able to manage them. So that we don’t accidentally make our lives worse, we must limit the number of supported modules with a policy and provide infrastructure automation to reduce the amount of manual work required.
  • more, less, and a story of typical Unix fossilization
    In the beginning, by which we mean V7, Unix didn't have a pager at all. That was okay; Unix wasn't very visual in those days, partly because it was still sort of the era of the hard copy terminal. Then along came Berkeley and BSD. People at Berkeley were into CRT terminals, and so BSD Unix gave us things like vi and the first pager program, more (which showed up quite early, in 3BSD, although this isn't as early as vi, which appears in 2BSD). Calling a pager more is a little bit odd but it's a Unix type of name and from the beginning more prompted you with '--More--' at the bottom of the screen. All of the Unix vendors that based their work on BSD Unix (like Sun and DEC) naturally shipped versions of more along with the rest of the BSD programs, and so more spread around the BSD side of things. However, more was by no means the best pager ever; as you might expect, it was actually a bit primitive and lacking in features. So fairly early on Mark Nudelman wrote a pager with somewhat more features and it wound up being called less as somewhat of a joke. When less was distributed via Usenet's net.sources in 1985 it became immediately popular, as everyone could see that it was clearly nicer than more, and pretty soon it was reasonably ubiquitous on Unix machines (or at least ones that had some degree of access to stuff from Usenet). In 4.3 BSD, more itself picked up the 'page backwards' feature that had motived Mark Nudelman to write less, cf the 4.3BSD manpage, but this wasn't the only attraction of less. And this is where we get into Unix fossilization.
  • PNScan Linux Trojan Resurfaces with New Attacks Targeting Routers in India
    A trojan thought to have died out resurfaced with new attacks and a new and improved version, launching new attacks on routers running Linux-based firmware located in India's cyber-space.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • 4 tips for teaching kids how to build electronics
    Kids are naturally curious about how things work, and with a new trend in hardware companies creating open source hardware products, it's a great time to teach kids about electronics. But modern technology can seem too complex to even begin to understand. So where do you start?
  • Oil companies joining open source world by sharing data [Ed: No, oil companies, sharing data is open data and not open source. More openwashing, like greenwashing]
    The oil and gas industry has long collected huge volumes of data, but it hasn’t always known quite what to do with it all. Often, the terabytes aren’t even stored on computer systems that readily talk to each other. Industry insiders are used to it, said Michael Jones, senior director of strategy at the oil and gas software maker Landmark. But it’s not OK, he said. So, about a year ago, Jones and some of his oil industry colleagues set about to fix it. This week, at Landmark’s Innovation Forum & Expo at the Westin hotel in northwest Houston, the company unveiled the beginnings of a collaborative its members called groundbreaking. In a move to drive technology further, faster — and, perhaps, take a bigger piece of the burgeoning big-data market — Landmark is pushing its main computing platform into the cloud, for all to use.
  • Interactive, open source visualizations of nocturnal bird migrations in near real-time
    New flow visualizations using data from weather radar networks depict nocturnal bird migrations, according to a study published August 24, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Judy Shamoun-Baranes from University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and colleagues.
  • Go! Speed Racer Go!
    I finally reached a point where I could start running the go version of sm-photo-tool. I finished the option validation for the list command. While I was testing it I noticed how much faster the Go version felt. Here are the python vs Go versions of the commands.
  • Semantic Interoperability for European Public Services will be presented at the SEMANTiCS 2016 conference
    The revision of the European Interoperability Framework and the importance of data and information standardisation for promoting semantic interoperability for European Public Services will be presented by Dr. Vassilios Peristeras, DG Informatics, ISA unit at the SEMANTiCS 2016 conference which takes place in Leipzig on September 13th and 14th 2016. The title of the presentation is “Promoting Semantic Interoperability for European Public Services: the European Commission ISA2 Programme” (slideset to appear here soon).