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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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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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Those of you who follow this blog and Interestingauthors.com/blog know I’ve been experimenting with quite a few Linux distros lately. The YABU (Yet Another uBUntu) tree has frustratingly broken wireless networking (it will usually connect, just disconnect and reconnect you a lot.) You also had to hack it to make it recognize the Doro 626 (and probably many other) phones. The latest candidate for both my desktop and laptop is KaOS. This is a good looking but odd distro. It is completely KDE and Qt 5.x centric. It deliberately has a rather eclectic and unfocused limited repo. They are very adamant about the “built from scratch” moniker yet they use the Arch Build System (ABS) and many times binaries from the Arch repos will install and run just fine. Makes…

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Okay, there are many fatal design flaws, such as the inability to actually cluster like OpenVMS has been able to do since the early 1980s, but one is going to bring it to a screeching halt industry wide. What is that? Requiring a video driver be compiled into/with the kernel. I haven’t looked at the code, nor do I want to. If it is like most Linux/OpenSource code I get to look at it will be ugly. Hacked out by some wet behind the ear script-kiddie then forgotten. What I have been is continually burned by how distros pushing upgrades handle this when it comes to NVIDIA drivers. You may have heard of NVIDIA, they kind of rule the processor world now. There are quite a few articles and papers…

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Even when you have your updater preferences set to “don’t break my system” it appears things get broken horribly. After being rather pleasantly surprised by Mint 18 KDE 64-bit performance and how things worked well with BOINC I decided to apply the kernel updates it kept nagging me about. BIG MISTAKE! Once you install the updates the NVIDIA driver is horribly busted. Screen still works but you and BOINC have no GPU access. Nope! You cannot fix this by backing out the kernel update. The update appears to tweak something which the backout forgets to untweak. I tried every combination of known working kernel version + driver combination (yes, it took a while and required many reboots) with no love. I pulled down the latest driver .run file from NVIDIA…

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