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General Support / New Laptop...
« on: May 02, 2016, 05:47:51 AM »
Hi all...

Got a new laptop on the last day of Feb.  (that'll give you some idea of how long I've tried to get it running)  Best laptop I've had to date.  Bar NONE!!!!  MSI GT72S 6QE Dominator Pro G.  Rolls right off the tongue eh?   :D  Anyway I have it running fine with Arch, but have had no joy at all with anything else.  Yeah, I do have a little hackery going on to make it all work, but well worth it imo.

Anybody runs into a decent link concerning the above mentioned laptop and Linux, please post a link for it if it's a "real" link...

Mines a beast!
Intel Quad Core i7 Skylake 6820HK
intel CM236 chipset
32GiB (dual channel 1366Mhz)  DDR5 2666MHz RAM
512GiB Samsung pro 951 NVMe m.2 SSD
Hitachi 1TB 7200 rpm HDD
Nvidia GTX980M 8GiB's gDDR5 vRAM
6 USB 3.0 ports, 1 HDMI, 1 Mini Display port, 2 Thunderbird ports...  (ports, ports, ports,)
Blue Ray Burner

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General Support / Window Decorations?
« on: April 11, 2016, 04:19:57 PM »
Hi all, just wondering what, if anything, I can do to get my themes working on Spacefm?  If I switch to Adwaita, all is good.  Adwaita sucks!  Too bright for my tender eyes.  I like the dark themes as they don't cause me to have migraines...

Check this out, and any advice appreciated!   :'(

  ???

The menubar (File, Edit, View, etc) is all smashed together.  No sliders to scroll with, don't recognize the icons on the tabs, but pretty sure they aren't LinuxLex-8 which is my default icons.  Theme is Dorian-theme-slate-3.14.

  8)

Menubar in Medit looking normal...

  ???

Transmission looking bad as well.  I have added the line to Trolltech.conf
Code: [Select]
[Qt]
style=GTK+
to no avail.

(p.s. uhmmmm, this is on an Arch Linux build.  Long story.  Sad ending.  Much mental anguish involved, as well as a large sum of non-returnable funds...)   :'(

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VSIDO Discussions / The Cloud
« on: January 02, 2016, 03:33:32 PM »
Hey fellow VSIDO'ans!

I've recently dropped Dropbox.  (no pun intended)  MEGAsync which was founded by the now infamous Kim Dotcom? chucklehead, which he is no longer a part of, has a staggering 50Gb free plan with a 10Gb per month bandwidth allotment.  For me on a personal computing level, this is serious overkill.  I'm not complaining.  Dropbox was getting more and more inconsistent.  Files missing, uploads interrupted, etc.  So far with Mega, no issues whatsoever.  It syncs all my selected folders/files in the background and does so quickly and efficiently.  You can even specify on the Cloud where each file will be synced to.  All in all, a really good service considering it is free!

I've always tried to keep current bu's, but on occasion I've lost my share of data.  My current setup allows me to now do all my testing on VSIDO and be secure in the knowledge that all my configs will always be there for me to grab when needed.  Though I must confess here, VSIDO needs less and less testing as time goes by.  The last ISO's (which certainly came out perfectly as per usual with VastOne's dedication) allowed me to test my new method and I'm totally satisfied.  Install VSIDO, which usually takes less than 5 minutes anyway, then at my leisure, apt-get my way back to my needed apps, then start up Megasync and sit back and grin!

Their security is really top notch as well.  For that alone, worth looking at if your looking for some free off-site storage...

I highly recommend it!  Here's the link; MEGA  Enjoy your free space in the Cloud!

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How To's / Compiling your own Kernel
« on: August 25, 2015, 07:27:58 AM »
Got this idea from PackRat.  Thought I'd just post it here so I don't lose it!  If it helps you out, thank PackRat and the other individuals listed in this post.  I copied all of it

It is smooth. I tweak it for my cpu and unload some of the video drivers - like trident - that I'll never use and pick up a bit of performance.

Using VSIDO for an NFS file/media server. Need to get it going as an (internal) ftp server; I carried over my ftp configuration from slackware (or so I thought), but something isn't right now. But all things considered VSIDO as server = happiness.

Great to hear that about a VSIDO server...  How do you go about the tweak and removal with the kernel?  That would be a great How To if you ever felt up to it

This is the method I use for a debian kernel -

http://verahill.blogspot.com/2012/07/compiling-kernel-35-on-debian-testing.html

You need to install kernel-package, fakeroot, and build-essential for this to work.

There is also a site called kernel seeds (kernelseeds.org I think) that has some good commands to determine your hardware - appears to be down at the moment.

The only additional step I do is after the make oldconfig command. Once you have answered all the questions, use the command -

Code: [Select]
make menuconfig
to bring up a graphical menu of your kernel config file. I make these changes -

Change the cpu type to my cpu - the default is generic 64 or 32 bit
Change the maximum number of CPUs to what you have or 2x what you have - the default is 512 CPUs and something like 8k of memory is alloted for each one.

The real changes are in the drivers sections - usually your hardware isn't going yo change, so you can remove plenty of stuff you don't have - like broadcom ethernet devices and trident video cards.

That decreases the size of the compiled kernel, as well as memory needed since those drivers are dropped - and won't get loaded.

Save the new config and finish the steps in that linked guide.

The performance increases are really only slight - it's more about building a more efficient kernel designed for your computer.

The Slackware beginners' guide and Arch Wiki have good HowTo's for building kernels that are generic build instructions.

Doc. attached with start to finish directions.

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Artwork & Screenshots / May 2015 Screenshots
« on: May 01, 2015, 06:51:56 AM »
A new month, an old pic!


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WM Designs and Discussions / not really awesomewm...
« on: April 30, 2015, 03:24:26 AM »
A few months/weeks/days back I had installed and configured the 'awesomewm' and will confess to still having it installed.  I use Fluxbox daily and probably always will.  scrots to prove it below.  never got the wifi indicator to work.  it eluded me.  It is no harder to navigate in, and once you learned all the key-bindings that come preconfigured in it, things are nice.  Not 'awesome' though.  I played with both the rc/wi.lua files and just never could get that wifi indicator going...





If it just wasn't all 'lua' based.  text configs are the greatest.  as you can see above, i can still log-in and nibble at it...

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How To's / How To: SSD + TRIM + Linux
« on: March 30, 2015, 02:57:36 AM »
*****This is a very dated post.  Most new (if not all)  SSD's come with all of this as a standard feature, or it is otherwise built into the Kernel now.*****

I have edited the posts where I advised using the "discard" option in your fstab to enable TRIM.

First, since 2011 or so, TRIM has been enabled by default in the Linux Kernel but not what you'd call optimally.  I don't know the why of that so don't ask!  I have learned over the last few weeks that enabling TRIM using the "discard" option in /etc/fstab will end up significantly slowing your drive down.  That option will make Linux use TRIM the same way Windows does.  (which can cause your drive to slow down)  TRIM tells the SSD drive to delete the information in the blocks and then write to them.  In reality, there is no need to do this every time you write to the disk in Linux.  (yes I know it is arguable, but this seems to be the consensus of the majority)

The smart thing to do is to create a 'cron' job to deal with TRIM, say, once a day, or once a week.  You can do this with the 'fstrim' command.  To see if your SSD drive even supports TRIM try the following in your terminal;

Code: [Select]
sudo fstrim -v /
If you see no error, and it tells you "/: 19 GiB (20374241280 bytes) trimmed" you'll know you have a TRIM capable drive!  (obviously your size will differ from mine probably).  The above command is a way for you to manually TRIM your SSD drive whenever you like.  The above command was to TRIM the '/' (or root) partition or your SSD.  Do the same thing for your '/home' partition if you create separate partitions on your SSD when you do an install.  So, for '/home';

Code: [Select]
sudo fstrim -v /home
The 'cron' job would look just a tiny bit different.  Your not going to use the -v option.  Here is a simple and effective way to create your own 'cron' job to TRIM your SSD drives;

Code: [Select]
sudo medit /etc/cron.daily/fstrim
and create a file with the following

Code: [Select]
#!/bin/sh
fstrim / && fstrim /home

That takes care of the '/' (or root) and '/home' partitions.

Do not forget to go into the properties of the files you just created and mark them as 'executable'.

You should now get consistent performance from your SSD, as well as quite possibly extending it's lifetime!

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General Support / Does LightDM have a memory leak?
« on: January 14, 2015, 01:01:20 PM »
Hello all,
Is anyone else noticing a memory leak in LightDM over time?  The longer my system is up the more memory LightDM is consuming.  Rebooted last night when it reached 390Mb's.  Currently after only 5 hrs of uptime it is sitting at 90Mb.  I've not noticed this behavior until only recently.
Thoughts or ideas welcome!

[edit] in just the last few minutes since posting the above, the mem usage has climbed to 112Mb's...
Something weird is going on with my setup evidently.

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VSIDO Discussions / I'm thinking Iceweasel replacement
« on: January 14, 2015, 01:14:41 AM »
In regards to this thread > http://vsido.org/index.php?topic=917.0
I got to thinking...
Most of you know what that means.  Here comes the novel...

Linux, PPAPI, and the Browser...  (Originally posted at jedsdesk.com)

In the beginning, was Lynx.  And, it was good.  The time was 1992.  Linux was in it's infancy.  The Internet was becoming more easy to access.  Linux as we know it had reached a milestone.  It was now 1 year old.

I am going to cite some Linux history below to give perspective to why I wrote this article, and further explain my anger at Adobe and Microsoft.

The most popular web server has always been FLOSS since such data has been being collected. For example, Apache is the current #1 web server powering the Internet.  To my knowledge, it has never fell below this statistic.  Contrary to what Microsoft would have you believe, they have never held the number one position.  Ever.  Some current estimates put the number of Internet servers running Linux at or better than 95%.  Microsoft?  About 1%.  Ironically enough, Microsoft's own Azure Cloud services offer "Linux Infrastructure as a Service" (IaaS).

According to the The OSS/FLOSS Numbers Database, Windows NT actually crippled a U.S. Navy Cruiser in 1998.  Almost all of Europe's governments use Linux in some form or fashion, or are in the process of converting existing systems including their educational institutions.  In the U.S. check out the statistics for banks, ATM machines, or mobile devices, or, for that matter, look at the U.S. governments most secretive 3 letter agencies and you'll find they too depend on Linux.  From the NSA, to the CIA, and the Department of Homeland Security.  It is not simply that Linux is free, and the government has run out of money (which they have as we all know seeing how we just passed $18,000,000,000,000 dollars in debt), it is because of the SECURITY.  It is unparalleled in OS history.

Perhaps one of the best papers written regarding OSS/FLOSS, can be found on David Wheeler's site at http://www.dwheeler.com/oss_fs_why.html.  A direct quote from his paper on the site says the following; "More recently, The U.S. Department of Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has certified Linux distributor Red Hat’s Advanced Server operating system as a “Common Operating Environment” (COE), meaning the server product meets the agency’s software security and interoperability specification".

Lets jump ahead to Feb. 22, 2012.  Adobe announces it will no longer be providing updates to Flash for Linux.  The following month, in March, they released version 11.2, officially saying goodbye to Linux.  At the time, Flash was the most common video rendering software available to users on the Internet.  So, Adobe officially has crawled into bed with Microsoft.  While I am of the belief that Flash has outlived its usefulness, it is still widely used and even required to view some websites.  Facebook for example.

Today Adobe has accepted Google's PPAPI code-named "Pepper".  Chrome is the 'ONLY' browser available that can use the PPAPI.  Mozilla, and most other Linux compliant browsers only support NPAPI.  (the N in NPAPI stands for Netscape, the predecessor of Firefox and Iceweasel)  Mozilla has decided (right from the beginning, and stuck to their guns) that they will not work or develop PPAPI implementation for any Mozilla based browser.

It is well known and has been for a long time that the NPAPI has many security flaws and vulnerabilities.  It is an old API.  The problem here is licensing.  Mozilla is concerned by all of the proprietary code involved in the PPAPI, as well as the absolutely horrible documentation from Google.  Iceweasel uses the GNU/GPL licensing allowing it to be used in Linux distro's that firmly support OSS/FLOSS.  PPAPI will never (IMO) adhere to that license.  Firefox to a lesser degree also uses a type of this licensing that while it is not as open as that of Iceweasel, still allows it to be a part of the OSS project.

By stripping NPAPI support, browsers like Firefox and Iceweasel, not to mention numerous other OSS/FLOSS browsers no longer have the ability to serve up video that will now require the PPAPI.  While hopefully HTML5 and CSS3 will eventually solve this problem, for the foreseeable future, Linux users will be forced to use Google's browsers or simply not be able to watch video on the web.  I know that is a broad statement, and perhaps simplifying the situation to some degree, but in fact, an accurate one no less.  Yes, I know there are wrappers that you can use in place of the NPAPI, however, they are not a total fix.  While the 'Youtube All HTML5' plugin allows the user to watch Youtube videos, it is simply not a solution for other video sites on the Internet.  The same holds true with the 'Fresh Player Plugin' a wrapper that supposedly allows the user to take advantage of the PPAPI.  It is a sketchy solution that the last time I checked, was still in the 'Alpha' stage and barely worked on the sites I tried.

I do not have cable, satellite, nor even an antennae to watch television, I do have Netflix.  The various news outlet sites on the Internet provide me with all the news I care to hear about.  Netflix allows me to watch most popular TV shows.  My two kids have never complained about our situation, and personally I think we are better off as a family without television.  I believe the media's purpose is truly the "dumbing down of society".  Another article for another time.  That being said, I do enjoy watching the occasional show on Netflix.  As a Linux user, up until recently the only way I could do this was through a Virtual Machine installed on my Linux box.  Thanks to Google's Chrome browser this is now no longer the case.  Because of this, I have left Firefox and Iceweasel behind.  I have used Mozilla browsers since the early '90's, going all the way back to when it was Netscape.  I loved Mozilla.

I have tried Chromium, which has a more tolerable license than does Chrome, but still no Netflix support.  While I can freely choose to use Chrome, I loathe the fact that the decision is being made for me.  Google claims to utilize the OSS/FLOSS principles when it comes to their browser licensing, but it is a non-free piece of software.  This entirely rules Chrome out for a lot of the Linux community who adhere strongly to their principles when following the GNU/GPL OSS/FLOSS philosophy.  Alas, I am not so firmly entrenched in my philosophy that I wont use Chrome.  I enjoy video on the web, and have made the change to Chrome.  It is an entirely personal choice, and I am in no way endorsing Chrome.  Yes, I could continue to use a VM, but that is an even worse choice as I was forced to use one of those "other" OS's.

For Linux, and all it's non Google browsers, NPAPI is the past.  For me, this falls into the realm of "Unfair Business Practices/Monopoly" category.  The rest of the browser world should have, at the very least, been allowed the opportunity come up with a palatable solution to the PPAPI.  By not having that opportunity, the entire Linux community is being punished IMO by Google, and by default Adobe and Microsoft.  I believe it was an intentional move on all three companies parts to just that end.  Google has gone so far as to remove any NPAPI supported apps/plugins from the Google Play store.  I find this a remarkable move on the part of Google as their Android OS is a Linux distribution itself.  Of course, it comes with Chrome so for their part, this is all a non-issue.

For the rest of the Linux world, everyone should be raising their voice in anger at this type of practice.  Especially from Google!

 

Apple's iPads and iPhones have never supported Flash.  However Mac's Safari browser, like Microsoft's Internet Explorer, continue to receive updated Flash software from Adobe.  While Linux has been stuck at version 11.2, not so for MS and Apple.  Example below...  (taken directly from the Adobe Flash website)

Adobe Flash Player updates available for OS X on December 12, 2014

Adobe Flash Player updates address a recently identified Adobe Flash Player web plug-in vulnerability.

Huh!

Currently Microsoft and Apple are on version 16.0.0.257.  Adobe stated that security and bug updates would be provided for Linux version 11.2 of the Flash player in Feb. of 2012 for the next 5 years.  My math gives them 2 more years...

Hopefully, as flawed and vulnerable as Flash is, it will be dead and gone long before then.

Jed

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VSIDO News & Announcements / Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
« on: December 24, 2014, 04:19:40 PM »
Wishing all my VSIDO friends a very Merry Christmas and a really great New Year!  All of you guys make VSIDO what it is, and I must say, this is definitely a pretty Merry place!  Hope all of you and your families have the greatest of Holidays this year!

PS, what better gift to give this year than a VSIDO LiveCD to all your friends and family!

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Feedback & Suggestions / [SOLVED] Swap or no swap...
« on: October 13, 2014, 09:33:19 PM »
On any new install I do, I always choose the no swap choice from the menu.  However, on the very next reboot, and subsequent reboots after that, it takes quite a while for the system to boot.  This is because in /etc/fstab there is always an entry for /dev/swap that is not commented out.  I have to physically go into fstab and edit this line by commenting it out in order for my boot times to be normal.

This is a look at my fstab after a brand new install;
Code: [Select]
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>

proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
# /dev/sda1
/dev/sda1 / ext4 relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1
# /dev/sda2 home
/dev/sda2 /home ext4 relatime 0 0
# /dev/
/dev/ none swap sw 0 0
# cdrom
/dev/cdrom /media/cdrom udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0


After editing it, I have this;
Code: [Select]
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>

proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
# /dev/sda1
/dev/sda1 / ext4 defaults,noatime 0 1
# /dev/sda2 home
/dev/sda2 /home ext4 defaults,noatime 0 0
# /dev/
# /dev/ none swap sw 0 0
# cdrom
/dev/cdrom /media/cdrom udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0


Anyone else running into this issue on new installs?  If so, please respond ASAP here.  Be nice to know if it is just me or if it is happening to everyone.  On my installs, I choose to have a separate "/" and "/home".  (as you can see in the fstab posted above)  (The "defaults,noatime" is an edit I make due to having SSD drives.)  I can't imagine what is causing this.  Any input appreciated...

Thanks

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How To's / Watch Netflix Natively in VSIDO
« on: September 30, 2014, 05:22:57 AM »
I've been waiting for this since Netflix started.  I've been a sullen paying customer for about 7 years now.  Tonight, I'm a happy subscriber!  Forget doing this in a VM, (laggy, unwatchable, and you need to install a compatible OS besides) and for that matter Wine as well!  No more Wine!!!  If I was a hog, I'd be rolling in the mud squealing!!!
So, first thing you have to have is either the beta version or the dev version of Google Chrome.
These are the links for whichever version you go with.  I chose the 'beta' version;

Google Chrome Beta

Google Chrome Dev

If you already use this browser, please be aware that by installing either of the two above versions will overwrite you current install.  Once you have it installed, you'll need to open it and follow these steps using whichever browser you chose above, obviously!  ;D

Once you have installed the browser, you'll need the User Agent Switcher Extension

Once you have that installed, you'll see a new icon at the top right of the browser window.  Right click on it and choose 'Options'.  Your browser window will change and you'll need some information to fill in the appropriate blanks.


   
  • Name: Netflix Linux
  • String: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.3; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/38.0.2114.2 Safari/537.36
  • Group: (is filled in automatically)
  • Append?: Select ‘Replace’
  • Flag: IE

The above is the info you need to fill in the blanks.  When your done you should see something like this if it all went right; (the Group box should be filled automagically after you enter the string, just click in the 'Group' box for it to autofill.)



Click the ‘Add’ button at the far end to save your UA.
Now, load ‘netflix.com‘ in a new tab, and click the User-Agent Switcher toolbar icon, click ‘Chrome’ and select the ‘Netflix Linux’ entry. This will reload the page.
BUT, this is even better, you can fix it so it does all this automatigically so you don't have to manually click the button everytime you want to watch Netflix.
You can set a permanent spoof rule to force this user-agent to take effect when loading Netflix:



Same deal, right click the button at the top right in the browser, click on 'Options', and select 'Permanent Spoof List'.  Fill in the domain box with "netflix.com" (no quotes) and in the drop down box select the 'Netflix Linux' rule you created at the beginning.  Voila!  This will work on 32bit and 64bit versions of VSIDO.

Enjoy TV on your most awesome distro, VSIDO!  OK, I'm off to watch an episode of "Caprica"!



Please note that Netflix could at any time stop this "Spoof" from working.  As it is only one line of text, that seems unlikely to me, but stranger things have happened
I also believe special thanks are in order to Mat Enders for these steps.  8) Also thanks to, wait for it, never thought I'd be saying this, OMG! Ubuntu.   :'(

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GMusicBrowser Layouts & Scripts / [SOLVED] HUGE Desktop Widgets
« on: August 27, 2014, 06:06:33 AM »
I like to have the nice desktop layouts that VastOne has created showing on my desktop.  I'm not certain how long it's been happening, (a while now) but I can't resize them.  i.e. they are taking up a third of my desktop no matter which desktop widget layout I use, i.e. VastOne Thin Layout IV.  Instead of nice and small down in the corner like usual it is very very large.  The time slider covers half the screen and the album cover displayed is 4 or 5 times larger than it should be.

Anyone else seeing this, and if so is there a fix?  I really like having it there, but as large as they are, (no matter which layout I choose, not just VastOne's) it makes for an ugly desktop...

I also just did a rm -rf ~/gmusicbrowser and repulled via git.  No change...

Picture is worth a thousand words;



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VSIDO News & Announcements / Liquorix 3.14-4
« on: May 21, 2014, 10:00:14 PM »
Get it while you can!  Half price through May...

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VSIDO News & Announcements / Liquorix 3.14-3
« on: May 12, 2014, 02:05:29 AM »
It's here, it's running great!  Get it while you can...

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