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Discussion in 'Geeks Unite' started by ThePriseInferno, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. ThePriseInferno

    ThePriseInferno Well... does it?

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    I keep a clean system - Only the running kernel and the one immediately before it. In this case I had already removed the "immediately before" kernel version before trying to do this and I was still short by a couple of MB. feelsbadman.jpg

    It's okay - I had to nuke my Windows partition to expand the boot partition (couldn't shrink root or home because they're on a logical partition... forgot about that), so now I just have to re-install Windows and then re-install grub to sda and I should be golden.

    We'll see.

    ......

    Man, you guys make me feel really young. My first exposure to Linux was Ubuntu 8.04, which was a cakewalk compared to what y'all had to go through in Ye Olden Days.

    Also, finally had enough of KDE and switched back to awesomewm, porting my config to awesome 4.0 specs in the process. Still less painful than losing my task manager on the toolbar every time I went from single-head to multi-head on my laptop.
     
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  2. ThePriseInferno

    ThePriseInferno Well... does it?

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    Updated the display in my laptop to a full 1080p IPS panel.

    THE COLORS. OH LAWD, THE COLORS.

    Brightness control doesn't work in Windows because of Lenovo's stupid display whitelist, but the brightness control works fine in Linux because the Linux intel display module doesn't care about EDID whitelists.

    Yet another point in the Linux camp!
     
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  3. Magnus Pym

    Magnus Pym Grudges rot the soul

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    I'm considering getting an external monitor for my laptop (Lenovo T410) to get some more screen real estate. This sounds like it might be a good alternative was it difficult?
     
  4. ThePriseInferno

    ThePriseInferno Well... does it?

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    Honestly, to me, an internal panel upgrade and an external monitor solve two totally different issues. I wanted better viewing angles and a better resolution and better color representation, and that's what I got. My screen real-estate hasn't changed too much, so if I wanted more real estate I'd still go with the external monitor for sure.

    But to answer your question - figuring out compatible panels will be the most difficult part, otherwise (in theory) it's as simple as "unbolt the old monitor and bolt on the new monitor" (this is all I had to do). Realistically, there may be some cable swaps to be done, and I have no experience with the purchase or compatibility of such cables, so YMMV.

    Let us know how it turns out if you try, though!
     
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  5. ThePriseInferno

    ThePriseInferno Well... does it?

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    Recent accomplishments: installing Arch on UEFI with a GPT. Never done that before - always switched the MB to legacy mode and used DOS like always.

    Obviously userland never really notices changes like this, but I know, and it feels good to be not using a technology that has been obsolete since 2011 or earlier.

    Oh, and for those playing along at home, I've left awesomewm and am back on Cinnamon again.
     
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  6. ElectricSaga

    ElectricSaga Bearded person

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    Just noticed this entire forum section. I have been an avid GNU/Linux user for around 13 years but also used Unices like Solaris (in Sun computers), Open Solaris, and my favorite, FreeBSD, which was my everyday desktop OS for a while. Linux-wise I started out with Red Hat 9, switched to Fedora, and then tried out and stayed with Debian Testing, which has been my system of choice for over a decade.

    I used to be more of a Linux enthusiast, and coupled with a computing major it resulted in lots of unnecessarily nerdy hobbies like compiling my own custom kernel. I did briefly work as a sysadmin setting up stuff like NFS, DHCP, DNS, LDAP, etc., in a parallel computing cluster, which I also used to run my undergrad work.

    I'm more of a passive user now, I still do bits of MPI/OpenMP programming but my work day mostly consists of mathematical modeling and analysis, and eventually these things become C++ programs that I run to get experimental results and then write the corresponding academic papers in LaTeX.

    I could not imagine working in Windows, but at home I still have a dual-boot setup and use Win 7 as my gaming platform. Most of the games I play are now on Linux though, so things are looking good.

    At home we're both very pro-Linux. My wife used KXStudio on her laptop before but recently switched to UbuntuStudio, which she uses for recording with a combination of LMMS, Ardour and other tools, and is also her normal/main OS.
     
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  7. Robstafarian

    Robstafarian The Good and Wise Call Me “Rufus”

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    :cool:
    :hug:
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    (Posted via Ubuntu Studio 16.04.4)
     
  8. digitalscream

    digitalscream Well-Known Member

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    Here because I'm unable to sleep again, so a Linux update...

    Currently recording our debut album (it's only taken this band seven years to get there...) using Ubuntu + KXStudio extensions + Reaper (native Linux version) + Helix Native (under WINE).

    Was forced (briefly) to use Windows 10 today at the other guitarist's house in order to get some vocal sessions off his laptop. Dear god, it was a painful experience - it wouldn't recognise any of the four USB drives I had with me (despite all being FAT- or NTFS-formatted), and when I finally gave in and formatted one of them it decided it needed a reboot to do the job properly, but declined to give me an option to reboot without installing updates. That turned what should've been a two minute job of copying a few files into a 45 minute sit-and-stare operation.

    Got home and decided to do some patch backups on my Helix - since it won't work with Linux and I have to have the Mac Mini for testing at work, I use that. Anyway...OS X decided there was a problem with its system drive and wouldn't boot. Reinstalled OS X with a new SSD (a ludicrously long process compared with Ubuntu's 5-10 minutes...) and now it won't recognise any USB peripherals other than the mouse and keyboard, and won't let me update the OS because the Apple ID I created when I installed the OS is apparently invalid, despite being able to log into the App Store and select everything I need to.

    Meanwhile, all of my Ubuntu computers continue to do exactly what I ask of them, and only when I ask them to do it.

    I think I need somebody to explain "It just works" to me, because I don't think it means what they think it does.
     
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    Robstafarian The Good and Wise Call Me “Rufus”

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    I am starting to think that the people who say that are unable to recognize problems when they occur. Then again, someone survived the 1918 influenza outbreak.
     
  10. ElectricSaga

    ElectricSaga Bearded person

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    Well yeah, "it just works". You simply pay for broken updates, deal with license activation issues and questionable drivers from obscure websites. That's normal, right? Large corporations would never purposefully deceive their customers.
     
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