Solydxk screenshot

First Look – Solydxk

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 third time it actually worked. I believe there is some needed piece missing from the dependency list. I installed a few other software packages such as BOINC and some editors and things before rebooting and the next installation attempt magically worked.

Well, worked might be a big of a stretch.

While I could see the NVidia logo splash on the screen and pull up the NVidia control center to see I had driver, BOINC could not find the GPU. A bit of poking around confirmed what I suspected, isn’t packaged correctly in the repositories. I probably should not have installed BOINC until NVidia was installed either. Synaptic package manager to the rescue.

  1. Mark for re-install boinc, boinc-client and boinc-manager. Yes, boinc is a meta package, but just do all 3.
  2. Mark libboinc-app7 for installation
  3. search for “cuda” without the quotes and mark libcuda1 for installation as well as boinc-nvidia-cuda.
  4. Apply all changes and reboot. Your BONIC event log should happily find the cuda.

This is the distro which has so far managed to stay on the 6-core.

Most of the Linux world has become dissatisfied with Ubuntu. As the heads of the company desperately try to get rich with an IPO cash grab, the quality of what everyone does has suffered greatly. It also appears Canonical may be positioning itself to abandoned Linux like Google is abandoning its Linux-Android bastardization. Google is focusing on Fuchsia which is based on Magenta and Canonical has its own repos for Magenta. Scroll down and read the text found at the link.

It does not surprise me to learn both Google and Canonical are potentially abandoning Linux. The kernel and security infrastructure have had severe design flaws since day one. You cannot make it secure without creating a completely new kernel from scratch passing everything via descriptor. The OS needs to support logical name tables which have full SOGW (System, Owner, Group, World) and ACL (Access Control List) level security on each table.

Honestly, I have not pulled down the source for Magenta or Fuchsia. I know this though. Both Google and Canonical are looking for “one OS to rule them all” from identity theft enabling device all the way up to desktop so, security, if it exists at all, will be a bolt-on of North Korean knock-off quality. You simply can’t add shit like that later, it has to be designed in.

Don’t fret little campers. Microsoft will be taking over/forking the Ubuntu distro, following the same path as Apple. What? You thought Apple still made an OS? Nah, they put a pretty pretty front end on BSD. While I would never install a virus known as Windows on any computer made in the last 10 years, some who do inflict this terror onto devices tell me under Windows 10 the included Bash shell is actually Ubuntu. I suspect they are several years away from having their own desktop sitting on top of Ubuntu, completely abandoning Windows as an OS but still calling whatever they ship Windows. They have already end-of-lifed Windows 10 Mobile and provided no migration path which makes me suspect they are banking on Magenta panning out.

Personally I consider that a bit more honest than frantically working on Fuchsia without officially announcing the bastard child known as Android will soon be taken out to the woods and have 2 put behind its ear.

Roland Hughes started his IT career in the early 1980s. He quickly became a consultant and president of Logikal Solutions, a software consulting firm specializing in OpenVMS application and C++/Qt touchscreen/embedded Linux development. Early in his career he became involved in what is now called cross platform development. Given the dearth of useful books on the subject he ventured into the world of professional author in 1995 writing the first of the "Zinc It!" book series for John Gordon Burke Publisher, Inc. A decade later he released a massive (nearly 800 pages) tome "The Minimum You Need to Know to Be an OpenVMS Application Developer" which tried to encapsulate the essential skills gained over what was nearly a 20 year career at that point. From there "The Minimum You Need to Know" book series was born. Three years later he wrote his first novel "Infinite Exposure" which got much notice from people involved in the banking and financial security worlds. Some of the attacks predicted in that book have since come to pass. While it was not originally intended to be a trilogy, it became the first book of "The Earth That Was" trilogy: Infinite Exposure Lesedi - The Greatest Lie Ever Told John Smith - Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars When he is not consulting Roland Hughes posts about technology and sometimes politics on his blog. He also has regularly scheduled Sunday posts appearing on the Interesting Authors blog.