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Prime Numbers, Encryption and the Linux Factor Command

Have you ever needed to print the prime factors of a number on the Linux command line? Me neither. However, a tool does exist for it. Enter the factor command. The factor command is part of the GNU Core Utilities package, therefore it is available on almost any Linux system. This little beauty has the singular purpose of producing the prime factors of any number. To me, this is pretty neat. To anyone interested in learning cryptography or number theory, this may be a useful, if not fun, little utility. Read more

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Best Laptops for Arch Linux in 2020

When selecting a laptop for Arch Linux, the first thing you should always do is to check the ArchWiki and see if the laptop already has its own page. If it does, you can learn what works and what doesn’t work and decide if the laptop is worth it to you. It’s also a good idea to search the Arch Linux Forums for any useful information about the laptop. The chances are that at least a couple of Arch users who already own it shared their experience with others or asked the Arch community for help when trying to get Arch Linux to work on the laptop. If you can’t find any useful information, you should make things easier for yourself and select a laptop with hardware components that are known to be compatible with Linux in general. It used to be that Intel and Nvidia hardware was the only way for Linux users, but that’s no longer the case. AMD has really stepped up its game, offering reliable open-source GPU drivers and value-oriented CPUs. As long as you avoid latest-generation hardware and do a very basic compatibility check before you confirm your purchase, you should be good to go. Read more

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