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This is really what KDE Neon should have been. Not some buggy YABU but straight off of Debian. Hopefully those in charge will consume this distro and re-brand it KDE Neon. Having heaped that kind of praise it is not without its quirks. While the “Welcome” screen slide show you manually navigate through seems nice, most of the “install” buttons just show the user a blue Cylon Eye with not so much as an idiot indicator bar. No messages and no concept of just how long something was going to take. I tried to install the NVidia drivers this way three times. Each time it took forever and claimed success. Each reboot showed that nothing worked. Finally I closed that and ran the “Device Driver Manager” directly. The second or…

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Those who know me know that I load BOINC on my desktop computers so I can give something back to society with their idle time. No, I’m not like the current GOP replacement for Obamacare which could be more aptly named “be rich or die.” Every person who has a desktop computer sitting at home can better the human race by contributing its idle time to the cure for cancer, mapping the human genome, fighting AIDs, Ebola or a rash of other things. Recently I added The Lattice Project to my list of joined projects. I have since disabled getting anymore work units from it. This has to be the biggest violation of the BOINC philosophy I have ever seen. Traditionally the philosophy of BOINC is to only take idle…

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The other day I pulled down the 20170716 Beta 2 of Elementary OS 0.4. I tend to like the look of Elementary and if they ever get around the problems of 32-bit UEFI with a 64-bit CPU it will make a great choice for 2-in-1 computers. I loaded it on a 6-core AMD BOINC machine with 24-Gig of RAM, an SSD and an NVIDIA video card providing 384 CUDA core. Once it booted I noticed BOINC wasn’t finding a GPU. The “Additional Drivers” option was also missing from the system menu. Poking around on-line found some posts with instructions on making a temporary change to the Grub menu item and command line installing a compatible driver. This of course pointed out the problem that, by default, Grub menu is configured…

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The holy grail for people with BOINC machines is a Linux distro which comes with BOINC pre-installed AND automatically installs the NVIDIA drivers so GPU projects can merrily crunch away. It also needs a tiny Web browser and usable text editor, but that is it. Every minimal BOINC distro project seems to die an agonizing death before shipping something usable. The problem is that much of Linux is written by 12-14 year old boys who are all about hacking out something fast and haven’t been to school to learn about the science of software development or the concept of software architecture. Linux isn’t modular. In a nutshell that is the problem. Don’t confuse this with “doesn’t have modules” as it does. Linux isn’t modular because those modules tend to have…

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The search for a Linux distro where BOINC and the NVidia drivers allow access to all 384 CUDA cores without causing the infamous “NVidia Crash” has lead me to discover a new KDE based distro called Chakra. This is a fork from Arch. It’s a rather unique concept, if, they can pull it off. Stable core, bleeding edge apps. It appears to be the inverse of most other distros which continually pump out new kernels which cause previously installed packages to burst into flame or the kernel itself doesn’t run without a lot of tweaking. In short, they have opted to stick with a fully functioning kernel hurling out individual package updates which may burst into flame but at least the system shouldn’t crash. For those of you who don’t…

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