Tag: Debian

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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Over the past weekend my Internet connection was pretty horrible. After the failure of antiX I wasted a lot of time pulling down 4MLinux. Many attempts to get a successful download then a lot of disappointment trying out the distro. My standard philosophy when trying out new distros, even bad ones, is to burn a DVD which eventually ends up in this Case Logic carry case because it will be used on more than one machine in the next 6-8 months. This disk and antiX went in the trash. Once I got over the weirdness of this distro I tried to install the NVidia drivers. Nope, distro doesn’t host pre-built ones, you have to endure the pain of installing build-essentials and compiling from scratch the first time. Guess what? There…

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I finally got fed up with the sluggish performance of Linux Lite on my I7 Quad-core. I mean a box with 16Gig of RAM, an SSD and an Nvidia card having 384 CUDA core ought to run much better. Indeed it has run much better with other distros but those distros had issues I couldn’t live with and couldn’t take the time to try and fix. Eventually I will be playing with some YOCTO builds on my 6-core AMD so needed to find a responsive distro. Installation occurred on 3 different machines: I7 Quad-core HP small form factor desktop with Nvidia card 16Gig RAM HP laptop (sorry don’t have it handy but believe it to be AMD based) 8Gig RAM Acer Aspire One 722-0022 netbook AMD C60 dual core 8Gig…

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Back in the day of Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) everyone had to use a modem to connect to either a bulletin board or friend’s computer. This was long before the Internet. Ordinarily people ran their Unix/Linux desktop systems from the root (all powerful) account and DOS, well, it didn’t have the concept of user accounts. Well, it later did when Digital Research released DR MDOS, but that is a story for a different time. At any rate, if you were on the computer you had access to everything. This has changed over the years. DOS came out with a GUI task switching front end called Windows (which was not an operating system though branded as such on the packaging) and the Unix/Linux world decided the default user account needed to…

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Ah, the continuing saga of trying to get Linux on Nextbook devices. Much additional research turned up Debian having a multi-arch distro. I downloaded the nearly 4 Gig file and followed procedures listed in my earlier post. I was quite pleased to see the thumb drive needed no modifications for Debian installer to boot, however, my pleasure was short lived. Debian has no driver for RTL8723BS SDIO wifi devices. Adding insult to injury, it would not allow the MicroSD card to be an installation target. This was really infuriating since Elementary, which claims to be Ubuntu based worked just fine. I even booted the machine in Windows and nuked the partition table on that card in case the problem was due to previous installation. No dice. This appears to be…

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