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Advanced Topics / Re: HWE has arrived
« on: February 20, 2017, 07:31:33 pm »
For me the update didn't include the kernel because I've been running 4.8 since December. The X-server drivers however are a disaster, to the point where I'm looking for a way to downgrade. A game that previously run just fine now freezes and lags to the point of being unplayable.

Is there an easy way to go back to non HWE drivers? Re-installing would take far too long

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General Discussion / Re: Straw Poll and Preferences
« on: February 18, 2017, 09:57:10 am »
I just don't see buying one with it pre-installed being much  of a draw.
In case of buying from Dell(I don't know about other vendors), the draw is that your laptop is tested with Linux and receives firmware updates. So it will have hardware graphics acceleration out of the box, it will work with a dock and if anything breaks, customer support won't tell you that it's your OS's fault. Dell sells next-business-day round-the-globe support contracts, so I'd say it's largely an enterprise thing

Selling hardware with Linux is a way we can really take the carpet from under Windows's feet, because the majority of PC users are incapable of operating Thunderbird(can't find the link, but an EU study found that 11% of users are advanced enough to find emails matching a search term and a timeframe), let alone installing an OS

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Advanced Topics / HWE has arrived
« on: February 18, 2017, 09:37:32 am »
According to http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/02/download-ubuntu-16-04-2-lts?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+d0od+%28OMG%21+Ubuntu%21%29 Ubuntu 16.04.2 is here. I know I'll be upgrading(I'm running the 4.8 kernel anyway), because the generic kernel means I can stop checking kernel updates weekly.
One thing I noticed(according to https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Kernel/RollingLTSEnablementStack) is that there are two generic kernel images available, the generic one and a lowlatency one. Which one should I use? I remember some people were advocates of the low latency kernel, but is there a list of pros and cons?

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Development / Re: PM8 ideas?
« on: February 18, 2017, 09:27:08 am »
PM8 will be an LTS release, albeit a shorter-longterm one ;)
PM is built on Ubuntu LTS, specifically PM7 and PM8 is/will be built on Ubuntu 16.04. They will reach EndOfLife simultaneously in 2021.

I don't know if you'll be able to upgrade between them without reinstalling(ask PCNetSpec, it's up to him), but any upgrade would be minor and to PM specific packages only, as the rest of the OS is updated from the same Ubuntu Xenial repositories

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General Discussion / Re: Females using Peppermint ?
« on: February 14, 2017, 05:36:23 pm »
I wonder how many people will still have PCs in 10 years. I always knew tablets were a dead end, but they only started dying when Chromebooks got Android apps. The PC market is shrinking, despite the milions of people bridging the digital divide yearly.

I'm dubious we'll see a lot more Linux users. A bigger share of computer users, sure. But what I'm seeing is people who use computers as typewriters. Phones handle internet browsing, which is increasingly going through apps. I'm increasingly worried that there won't be enough people, who know how stuff works, before we get AI to manage software for us

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General Discussion / Re: Straw Poll and Preferences
« on: February 01, 2017, 06:19:20 pm »
@PCNetSpec
Dell sells Linux laptops running Ubuntu + a few PPA's for firmware updates and such. They started off 13" but the project was a success and now you can but all their Business(1000$+) laptops with Linux: http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/555/campaigns/xps-linux-laptop?c=us&l=en&s=biz They are only available online and Dells says there are no plans to bring them to stores, so it's probably not too big a niche, but one notheless

@cavy:
When you're selling a computer by specs, you can attract gamers and people who deal with computers daily. They're a small marketshare and generally go for trusted producers. At least that's what I do when I exchange hardware. I think you could be better off going for lower end users.

The problem for you is 3-fold:
a) you'd need to find hardware that works well with Linux(because as a refrubisher you won't have leverage to persuade OEMs to fix problems; that said older hardware tends to be well supported on Linux, just pay attention to older AMD GPUs and Wireless cards),
b) you need a market niche,
c) you need customers, but probably don't have funds for advertising

In theory your niche could be low-medium end devices and trying to be cheaper by not paying M$ licenses. In practice, crapware covers them, so you can't win this way.

One other niche I can think of is computers for the elderly. You'd need a distro with good magnification support(maybe Knoppix Ariadne?), and the advantage over Windows would be the simplicity of use. Linux maintenance seems a lot easier(1 click systemwide updates FTW), there are no lying popups from M$, no installers trying to get you to use MyLittlePony browser search bar and so on. Aiming for first time computer owners, they wouldn't have bad habits, and the list of used applications is small.

These days in this segment you'd probably be fighting Chromebooks though, and I'm not sure if that's a winnable fight, especially because you'd need to convince their children and grandchildren to choose Linux, because they're unlikely to buy hardware themselves.

All in all, it's you to you. GL

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User Submitted Tutorials / Re: Fix screen tearing on Intel graphics chips
« on: January 16, 2017, 08:26:47 pm »
I never noticed the tearing before, but I seem to have it. At least it shows on the white/black stripes video. Can you apply the same fix to newer mesa drivers?
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pshem@PiLenovo ~ $ inxi -G
Graphics:  Card: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1366x768@59.97hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Ivybridge Mobile
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 13.0.3 - padoka PPA
This graphics card is more commonly known as Intel HD4000. The screen tearing is only minor. what are the odds of breaking something with this fix?

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Also I see a lot of Linux distribution from Isles of Man.
Any specific reason for this?  Is there any broader initiative behind that? just curious.
Haven't heard of any but Canonical(company behind Ubuntu) and it's multi-DE offspring: Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Kubuntu(although I heard Kubuntu broke up with Canonical, but Distrowatch information is often outdated), Ubuntu Gnome, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu Bugie being from the Isle of Man. Long story short, it's a tax heaven, and Mark Shuttleworth decided to register his company there.
Actually, most British Oversea Territories are tax heavens. Including Ireland ;)(ok, it's not actually a BOT, but it is a tax heaven)

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Advanced Topics / Re: Mintupdate suggests downgrading my kernel
« on: January 10, 2017, 05:11:47 pm »
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pshem@PiLenovo ~ $ dpkg -l | grep 4.8.0
ii  linux-headers-4.8.0-32                4.8.0-32.34~16.04.1                        all          Header files related to Linux kernel version 4.8.0
ii  linux-headers-4.8.0-32-generic        4.8.0-32.34~16.04.1                        amd64        Linux kernel headers for version 4.8.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-4.8.0-32-generic          4.8.0-32.34~16.04.1                        amd64        Linux kernel image for version 4.8.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-extra-4.8.0-32-generic    4.8.0-32.34~16.04.1                        amd64        Linux kernel extra modules for version 4.8.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
If I understand correctly, HES(Hardware Enablement Stack) will bring 4.8 kernel autoupdating, right?

Anyways, thank you explaining this so clearly

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Advanced Topics / Re: Mintupdate suggests downgrading my kernel
« on: January 10, 2017, 04:40:56 pm »
One more thing though: why isn't mintupdate, nor Synaptic proposing to upgrade the 4.8 kernel? With 4.8-32 installed and 4.8-34 is in the repository, they should :(

The kernel takes less than a MB so it's presence is negligible for my 500 GB HDD. But the thing that matters more is that kernel upgrades go noticeably faster when you have less kernels installed.

Edit: Actually, that was just one of the files. The whole kernel image seems to take ~50MB.
On top of this, that's what caught my eye in the update log: :-\
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Setting up linux-signed-image-4.4.0-59-generic (4.4.0-59.80) ...
warning: file-aligned section .text extends beyond end of file
warning: checksum areas are greater than image size. Invalid section table?
Generating grub configuration file ...

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Advanced Topics / Re: Mintupdate suggests downgrading my kernel
« on: January 10, 2017, 04:18:57 pm »
@Slim.Fatz Never used Synaptic consciously before. I checked the "upgradeable" section, and it also suggested upgrading the 4.4 series kernel.

@PCNetSpec That's slightly confusing, but good to know GRUB knows it's job. I though they were considered newest based on release date, and hence the update
Is there a rule on how many I should keep? I'll probably hold onto 2 of each: the last I know workes(probably the one I'm running) and the latest I can get

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Advanced Topics / Re: Mintupdate suggests downgrading my kernel
« on: January 10, 2017, 03:54:32 pm »
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pshem@PiLenovo ~ $ dpkg -l | grep 4.4.0
ii  linux-generic                         4.4.0.57.60                                amd64        Complete Generic Linux kernel and headers
ii  linux-headers-4.4.0-24                4.4.0-24.43                                all          Header files related to Linux kernel version 4.4.0
ii  linux-headers-4.4.0-24-generic        4.4.0-24.43                                amd64        Linux kernel headers for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-headers-4.4.0-38                4.4.0-38.57                                all          Header files related to Linux kernel version 4.4.0
ii  linux-headers-4.4.0-38-generic        4.4.0-38.57                                amd64        Linux kernel headers for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-headers-4.4.0-43                4.4.0-43.63                                all          Header files related to Linux kernel version 4.4.0
ii  linux-headers-4.4.0-43-generic        4.4.0-43.63                                amd64        Linux kernel headers for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-headers-4.4.0-45                4.4.0-45.66                                all          Header files related to Linux kernel version 4.4.0
ii  linux-headers-4.4.0-45-generic        4.4.0-45.66                                amd64        Linux kernel headers for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-headers-4.4.0-47                4.4.0-47.68                                all          Header files related to Linux kernel version 4.4.0
ii  linux-headers-4.4.0-47-generic        4.4.0-47.68                                amd64        Linux kernel headers for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-headers-4.4.0-51                4.4.0-51.72                                all          Header files related to Linux kernel version 4.4.0
ii  linux-headers-4.4.0-51-generic        4.4.0-51.72                                amd64        Linux kernel headers for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-headers-4.4.0-57                4.4.0-57.78                                all          Header files related to Linux kernel version 4.4.0
ii  linux-headers-4.4.0-57-generic        4.4.0-57.78                                amd64        Linux kernel headers for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-headers-generic                 4.4.0.57.60                                amd64        Generic Linux kernel headers
ii  linux-image-4.4.0-24-generic          4.4.0-24.43                                amd64        Linux kernel image for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
rc  linux-image-4.4.0-31-generic          4.4.0-31.50                                amd64        Linux kernel image for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
rc  linux-image-4.4.0-34-generic          4.4.0-34.53                                amd64        Linux kernel image for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
rc  linux-image-4.4.0-36-generic          4.4.0-36.55                                amd64        Linux kernel image for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-4.4.0-38-generic          4.4.0-38.57                                amd64        Linux kernel image for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-4.4.0-43-generic          4.4.0-43.63                                amd64        Linux kernel image for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-4.4.0-45-generic          4.4.0-45.66                                amd64        Linux kernel image for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-4.4.0-47-generic          4.4.0-47.68                                amd64        Linux kernel image for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-4.4.0-51-generic          4.4.0-51.72                                amd64        Linux kernel image for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
rc  linux-image-4.4.0-53-generic          4.4.0-53.74                                amd64        Linux kernel image for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-4.4.0-57-generic          4.4.0-57.78                                amd64        Linux kernel image for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-extra-4.4.0-24-generic    4.4.0-24.43                                amd64        Linux kernel extra modules for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
rc  linux-image-extra-4.4.0-31-generic    4.4.0-31.50                                amd64        Linux kernel extra modules for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
rc  linux-image-extra-4.4.0-34-generic    4.4.0-34.53                                amd64        Linux kernel extra modules for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
rc  linux-image-extra-4.4.0-36-generic    4.4.0-36.55                                amd64        Linux kernel extra modules for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-extra-4.4.0-38-generic    4.4.0-38.57                                amd64        Linux kernel extra modules for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-extra-4.4.0-43-generic    4.4.0-43.63                                amd64        Linux kernel extra modules for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-extra-4.4.0-45-generic    4.4.0-45.66                                amd64        Linux kernel extra modules for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-extra-4.4.0-47-generic    4.4.0-47.68                                amd64        Linux kernel extra modules for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-extra-4.4.0-51-generic    4.4.0-51.72                                amd64        Linux kernel extra modules for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
rc  linux-image-extra-4.4.0-53-generic    4.4.0-53.74                                amd64        Linux kernel extra modules for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-extra-4.4.0-57-generic    4.4.0-57.78                                amd64        Linux kernel extra modules for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-image-generic                   4.4.0.57.60                                amd64        Generic Linux kernel image
ii  linux-libc-dev:amd64                  4.4.0-57.78                                amd64        Linux Kernel Headers for development
ii  linux-signed-generic                  4.4.0.57.60                                amd64        Complete Signed Generic Linux kernel and headers
ii  linux-signed-image-4.4.0-24-generic   4.4.0-24.43                                amd64        Signed kernel image generic
rc  linux-signed-image-4.4.0-31-generic   4.4.0-31.50                                amd64        Signed kernel image generic
rc  linux-signed-image-4.4.0-34-generic   4.4.0-34.53                                amd64        Signed kernel image generic
rc  linux-signed-image-4.4.0-36-generic   4.4.0-36.55                                amd64        Signed kernel image generic
ii  linux-signed-image-4.4.0-38-generic   4.4.0-38.57                                amd64        Signed kernel image generic
ii  linux-signed-image-4.4.0-43-generic   4.4.0-43.63                                amd64        Signed kernel image generic
ii  linux-signed-image-4.4.0-45-generic   4.4.0-45.66                                amd64        Signed kernel image generic
ii  linux-signed-image-4.4.0-47-generic   4.4.0-47.68                                amd64        Signed kernel image generic
ii  linux-signed-image-4.4.0-51-generic   4.4.0-51.72                                amd64        Signed kernel image generic
rc  linux-signed-image-4.4.0-53-generic   4.4.0-53.74                                amd64        Signed kernel image generic
ii  linux-signed-image-4.4.0-57-generic   4.4.0-57.78                                amd64        Signed kernel image generic
ii  linux-signed-image-generic            4.4.0.57.60                                amd64        Signed Generic Linux kernel image
I really like mintupdate. It automates updates, and clearly states what is upgraded into what. I'd like to continue using it, but having to untick the kernel downgrades every time takes a lot of the "automatic" magic out of it.

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The size actually stays the same, it's just the screen that get's bigger.
Old(5 year old) 11" laptops were roughly A4 paper size. This is crucial, because many backpacks and cases are meant to hold papers and don't have space for much more.
13" ultrabooks are A4 size, thus they fit the same spots. And I can't think of anybody wishing they had a smaller screen in their device of the same size. Can you?

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Advanced Topics / Mintupdate suggests downgrading my kernel
« on: January 10, 2017, 03:24:49 pm »
I'm running 4.8-32 kernel, and it works like a charm. Recently, an update landed in the repositories, to both kernel branches Ubuntu 16.04 provides: 4.4 and 4.8. Unfortunately, by default, mintupdate would downgrade me to the 4.4 kernel branch, despite having the 4.8-34 image avaliable as well.
Is there a way to switch the kernel updates mintupdate suggests? I could just turn off level 5 updates as it's done in Mint proper, but I don't want to.

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New Users / Re: Wi-fi eduroam
« on: January 10, 2017, 03:08:20 pm »
I'm sorry to hear this is not working for you. I still suggest trying GTC instead of MSCHAPv2. For me, only this specific setup worked, while in an email the universities 3rd line support(if you want to skip 1st line and 2nd line, just put Linux into your ticket  ;) ) said:
Quote
We currently support the following inner authentication methods.
1.EAP-MSCHAPv2
2.EAP-TLS
3.EAP-GTC
I actually bruteforced my way though all options in Network Manager before they replied.

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