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Reddit: Alsa configuration

Thursday 1st of January 2015 08:59:46 AM

So I'm try to achieve bit-perfect playback via S/PDIF to my USB DAC. I have achieved the bit-perfect part but I'm not sure if it is outputting via S/PDIF. Here is what aplay -L shows me:

null Discard all samples (playback) or generate zero samples (capture) pulse PulseAudio Sound Server sysdefault:CARD=PCH HDA Intel PCH, 92HD87B1/3 Analog Default Audio Device front:CARD=PCH,DEV=0 HDA Intel PCH, 92HD87B1/3 Analog Front speakers surround21:CARD=PCH,DEV=0 HDA Intel PCH, 92HD87B1/3 Analog 2.1 Surround output to Front and Subwoofer speakers surround40:CARD=PCH,DEV=0 HDA Intel PCH, 92HD87B1/3 Analog 4.0 Surround output to Front and Rear speakers surround41:CARD=PCH,DEV=0 HDA Intel PCH, 92HD87B1/3 Analog 4.1 Surround output to Front, Rear and Subwoofer speakers surround50:CARD=PCH,DEV=0 HDA Intel PCH, 92HD87B1/3 Analog 5.0 Surround output to Front, Center and Rear speakers surround51:CARD=PCH,DEV=0 HDA Intel PCH, 92HD87B1/3 Analog 5.1 Surround output to Front, Center, Rear and Subwoofer speakers surround71:CARD=PCH,DEV=0 HDA Intel PCH, 92HD87B1/3 Analog 7.1 Surround output to Front, Center, Side, Rear and Woofer speakers hdmi:CARD=PCH,DEV=0 HDA Intel PCH, HDMI 0 HDMI Audio Output sysdefault:CARD=DAC FiiO USB Audio Class 2.0 DAC, USB Audio Default Audio Device front:CARD=DAC,DEV=0 FiiO USB Audio Class 2.0 DAC, USB Audio Front speakers surround21:CARD=DAC,DEV=0 FiiO USB Audio Class 2.0 DAC, USB Audio 2.1 Surround output to Front and Subwoofer speakers surround40:CARD=DAC,DEV=0 FiiO USB Audio Class 2.0 DAC, USB Audio 4.0 Surround output to Front and Rear speakers surround41:CARD=DAC,DEV=0 FiiO USB Audio Class 2.0 DAC, USB Audio 4.1 Surround output to Front, Rear and Subwoofer speakers surround50:CARD=DAC,DEV=0 FiiO USB Audio Class 2.0 DAC, USB Audio 5.0 Surround output to Front, Center and Rear speakers surround51:CARD=DAC,DEV=0 FiiO USB Audio Class 2.0 DAC, USB Audio 5.1 Surround output to Front, Center, Rear and Subwoofer speakers surround71:CARD=DAC,DEV=0 FiiO USB Audio Class 2.0 DAC, USB Audio 7.1 Surround output to Front, Center, Side, Rear and Woofer speakers iec958:CARD=DAC,DEV=0 FiiO USB Audio Class 2.0 DAC, USB Audio S/PDIF output

And here is my current asound.conf

pcm.!iec958 { type hw card DAC } pcm.!default { type plug slave { pcm "iec958" } }

With this as my current alsa configuration, the iec958:CARD=DAC,DEV=0 option disappears under aplay -L. Does this mean that it is outputting via S/PDIF?

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TuxMachines: Best Android Smartphones 2014: Your Favorite Devices And The Features That Made You Love Them

Thursday 1st of January 2015 08:56:16 AM

While it may seem to most consumers that all smartphones are pretty much the same -- and for Apple users, they are -- Android phone manufacturers brought a diverse array of hardware to the market in 2014. The theme of the year was standout features, including large (and even curved) displays, water-resistant designs and powerful cameras. Manufacturers competed fiercely to win the favor of consumers, and many handsets stood out for very specific reasons. Below is a rundown of the best Android devices of 2014 and their best features.

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Reddit: Types of people in the Linux Community that drive me nuts.

Thursday 1st of January 2015 08:25:05 AM

I just write that to practice English and vent my anger, so feel free to correct my grammar and spelling as well as giving your opinion.

Groups of people that upset me more and more, especially on online boards but unfortunately also in RL:

  1. Guys that think installing Arch or Gentoo makes them the Ferrari drivers within the Linux Community and can't shut up about it

  2. Distro „reviewers“ on Youtube - point

  3. Guys which discovered Linux 1 month ago and now think it's their profession to convert everybody to Linux while being completely unaware of what they are talking about

1) Idiots that confuse an OS with some status symbol.

Seems to be a continuously growing group, I'd guess probably teenagers without any success in life. They heard that there are Linux distributions for advanced users and because it's their biggest dream to be advanced in at least one thing on earth they switch to Arch or Gentoo, install it by following some Youtube guide and now think that is some sort of achievement.

And because achievements are boring if nobody knows about them, they can't shut up about it even if nobody asked them or it doesn't have anything to do with the topic.

Topic 'Should I try Ubuntu or Debian as a beginner'

Opensourcemasta97: 'Well I personally love Arch Linux but maybe nothing for beginners hehehe' <sits in front of the screen with a big smile>

Topic 'I think Mint is perfectly for beginners'

anonymous98: Mint??? Really? Dude if you wanna learn Linux go out and install Gentoo!

What crowns that movement of course is that stupid 4chan tech board. beginner? You should install gentoo hihihihihi (you understand it's funny because it isn't really for beginners it is for geeks hihihi but it is our official distro because we are so high skilled geeks yeah,and now I have to download the ddos tool for the next anonymous attack)

YES WE GOT IT. You use an advanced OS, you are a real bad ass Linuxer. Dudes it isn't an accomplishment in life to use a certain OS. Even within a frame of reference where high IT skills and stuff like that are the scale, it says NOTHING. You aren't skilled or something because you use Arch. It's not like Karate, if you have a blackbelt you are skilled and if you meet another person you can ask what belt he wears and compare your level. Just use it if you like it and then STFU if nobody asks about.

2) What's wrong with that guys that 'review' distros on YouTube?

I don't like that Youtube generation in general, just making videos in order to make videos. First 'hey i wanna have a YT channel', second 'hm what should I talk about' And Linux reviewers seem to bee a blue print of that, self promoters without any talent, knowledge or skills that could help viewers. They just talk and talk and talk and at the end of the day they said nothing.

A great review of elementaryOS Skips through every button on the screen for six minutes before he comes to the conclusion 'ok so this was elementary OS I'd say it's for beginners, bye.

This guy here thinks an appropriate way to review Fedora 21 is to install it in virtualbox without guest extensions (not even full screen you have to scroll you desktop), open the software center and searching for a screen recorder before explaining that Fedora is a fail because he didn't find any. 15 Minutes, why not.

Whats the point of such long reviews anyways? Here he talks over 30 minutes about Manjaro.

When I want to spend 30 minutes for looking at a OS, I simply install it and try it.

If you wanna talk that long then give some in depth infos about the technical side. If you can't provide that but address the basic home user, than just record how you do everyday stuff and explain something. What is different from other distros with the same desktop environment? But this going through the desktop environment 'so here is this, here is that, if I press that button, man it's so damn lame. And they somehow always talk in a way as if they were some sort of expert or teacher, making videos named 'advanced Linux stuff' while explaining how to change your icon theme.

3) Living in an open source world would be great but I think we should stop with that converting the entire world to Linux.

It's just simply not an OS for everybody, it'd be great but we aren't there yet. There are different operating systems, and they ALL have their advantages and disadvantages, period. And Linux is not 'the best' for every single person on that planet that works with a computer.

All this, I want my parents to use Linux, which distribution can you recommend for my 105 years old grandmother, how do I get my Call of Duty obsessed 15 year old brother to Linux is bullshit and should stop. This isn't even debatable.

If your parents call you all the time because they have this or that problem on their Windows machine and you really, like really honestly think this will become better with Ubuntu you have completely lost your mind.

Even worse when people that have no clue what they are talking about try to do that because they think it's cool and constantly give wrong information. That only will lead to frustration, disappointment and ultimately hate and negative reviews of Linux from users which read things like 'you can install any windows software with wine' or 'there are very decent games for Linux'.

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LXer: Purism Librem 15

Thursday 1st of January 2015 07:26:22 AM
I've been a fan of Free Software for quite some time, but for the most part I've found my opinions lean in the more pragmatic Bruce Perens Open Source camp. I value free software ideals but also accept other Open Source licenses that may not meet the strict definition of Free Software. I also don't refer to it as GNU/Linux.

Reddit: Is there an online library for stock computer kernel config files?

Thursday 1st of January 2015 06:29:48 AM

Generic kernels are great for the layman; however, learning to configure and compile custom kernels has taught me how much more efficiently a machine can operate when correctly configured. My boot times have dropped from ~20s to as low as 4s, just from keeping external hardware as modules and specifying internal components as built into the kernel. That being said, as well as I've configured, there always seems to be another error to troubleshoot. Having done the work for a Lenovo E440, and a Dell XPS 12, it'd be nice to have a repository to upload the config file I created, as well as a dmesg, for others to download and compile without needing to spend hours perfecting their build. What are your thoughts?

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LXer: Run Linux in a window on your Chromebook

Thursday 1st of January 2015 05:32:00 AM
In today's open source roundup: Chromebooks can now run Linux in a window. Plus: NixOS 14.12 "Caterpillar" released, and Google Keep for Android versus Evernote.

LXer: How to debug a C/C++ program with Nemiver debugger

Thursday 1st of January 2015 03:37:38 AM
If you read my post on GDB, you know how important and useful a debugger I think can be for a C/C++ program. However, if a command line debugger like GDB sounds more like a problem than a solution to you, you might be more interested in Nemiver. Nemiver is a GTK+-based standalone graphical debugger.

Slashdot: Ringing In 2015 With 40 Linux-Friendly Hacker SBCs

Thursday 1st of January 2015 03:05:00 AM
DeviceGuru writes As seen in this year-end summary of 40 hacker-friendly SBCs, 2014 brought us plenty of new Linux and Android friendly single-board computers to tinker with — ranging from $35 bargains, to octa-core powerhouses. Many of the new arrivals feature 1-2GHz multicore SoCs, 1-2GB RAM, generous built-in flash, gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, on-board FPGAs, and other extras. However, most of the growth has been in the sub-$50 segment, where the Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone reign supreme, but are now being challenged by a growing number of feature-enhanced clones, such as the Banana Pi and Orange Pi. Best of all, there's every reason to expect 2015 to accelerate these trends.

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TuxMachines: today's leftovers

Thursday 1st of January 2015 03:04:13 AM

TuxMachines: Happy New Year From Roy and Rianne

Thursday 1st of January 2015 01:55:55 AM

2014 was a great year for Tux Machines. The site moved to a new server with much higher capacity and better caching, Rianne and I moved to a better house, and we finally set up a tree the way we wanted to. Financial contributions from readers were enough to subsidise a laptop for Rianne and she now happily submits a lot of links from there.

In 2015 we expect to improve both volume and quality of links. We are going to think of ways to improve the Web site and we openly welcome suggestions from readers. The goal is to make the site more informative more efficiently. We wish to help readers steer away from cruft and gossip and instead identify news of importance, without repetition unless new information and details arise.

Reddit: Is there a DRM-Free mobile operating system, based off Linux?

Thursday 1st of January 2015 01:48:28 AM

Currently Ubuntu touch sparked my interest; however many people claim that Ubuntu touch isn't ready for everyday use? I am not too sure how truthful that statement is, so I am wondering if there is any FOSS and DRM free alternatives to Android?

Is it possible I could run a GNU Linux distribution such as Fedora on my Nexus 10 as a mobile operating system, or would that require a keyboard and mouse; which ultimately kills the mobile aspect?

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LXer: Top 20 open source stories in 2014

Thursday 1st of January 2015 01:43:16 AM
What an outstanding year for open source and the community! We shared more than 800 stories on how the open source way is changing our world and pushing innovation to new limits. While there were a number of hot topics, the most noise seemed to gravitate around OpenStack, open hardware, and Linux containers, specifically more

Reddit: Battery life on notebooks with linux

Thursday 1st of January 2015 01:00:33 AM

Hey, I am looking for a distro for notebooks. In the past i used to dual boot Win7 and ubuntu but on ubuntu the battery life on my laptop would go down drastically compared to Win7. I assume this is because win7 change the cpu voltage so that the power consumption goes down and ubuntu couldn't i assume. Now is there a distro specifically for notebooks that deals with this problem?

Thx in advace

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TuxMachines: [Video] Hands-On Review of the Samsung Gear S wrist strap – Cobalt Blue

Thursday 1st of January 2015 12:57:27 AM

In all respects this is the Samsung quality as the original Gear S strap you are currently using, so you know this product well, but it is currently selling for £40 in the UK, which is about $62USD. This is a good product, but it’s at a premium price and you have to ask yourself, Do I really need it?

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TuxMachines: Back-up Your Linux OS with Clonezilla Live

Thursday 1st of January 2015 12:50:44 AM

Clonezilla Live, a Linux distribution based on DRBL, Partclone, and udpcast that allows users to do bare metal backup and recovery, is now at version 2.3.2-2. Users should be able to download it and test it.

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Reddit: Linux Workstation for Eric S. Raymond

Thursday 1st of January 2015 12:50:15 AM

Reddit: Surface Pro 3 Review | IGO 1 Jan

Thursday 1st of January 2015 12:40:46 AM

TuxMachines: Is SSH Insecure?

Thursday 1st of January 2015 12:36:52 AM

Fact is, we don’t yet know enough details about all possible attack surfaces against SSH available to the agencies and we badly need more information to know what infrastructure components remain save and reliable for our day to day work. However we do have an idea about the weak spots that should be avoided.

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Phoronix: Happy New Year & Looking Forward To 2015

Thursday 1st of January 2015 12:30:00 AM
Happy New Year to all Phoronix readers and Linux/open-source users alike!..

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