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Linux on X1 Extreme?

Thu, 2018-09-13 05:18

Has anyone loaded a distro on this machine yet? Did you find any issues?

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Kubuntu vs Mint

Thu, 2018-09-13 03:35

am looking to move away from ubuntu and arch, any thoughts you'd like to share on how these compare?

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What happened to Arch Anywhere?

Wed, 2018-09-12 19:55

The site seems dead, and I can't find it anywhere. Was hoping for a fresh download.

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Pardus 17.3 released

Wed, 2018-09-12 19:30

LINUX questions

Wed, 2018-09-12 17:56

I’m interested in removing the windows 8 software and installing Linux on my crappy laptop in an attempt to speed it up, anyways I have some questions regarding Linux. 1: I’ve been told it is faster, but how so? 2: How many game titles like steam run on Linux? 3: How easy is it to get the hang of? 4: Can I install windows programs on it? Thanks in advance.

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Do you know any gui that ins't calibre that can convert to Kindle readable formats?

Wed, 2018-09-12 17:46

I just need something to convert some doc files into azw3 so that I can read them on my kindle. I just want a simple tool that converts the files and saves them in just one folder. But calibre creates one folder for each file.

I've also tried to use the terminal tool ebook-convert (it's a part of the calibre package) but there's no way that I know of to convert 20+ files with just one command. I've tried with ebook-convert '*.docx' '*.azw3' but the program is unable to detect "*" as the symbol known as "select every file" (yeah I know that's not the real meaning but I hope you get what I mean). It's so frustrating. Moreover all my files have long names with spaces and such, so it makes it even more complicated....

Somewhere on the web they said that you could do a script to automate this but I don't know how to code. I can't do anything so that's why I'm here. Hoping any of you could point me in the right direction to do what I need. Is there any alternative tool to convert documents into kindle formats?

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You Don't Need GUI

Wed, 2018-09-12 14:54

Acer Switch Alpha 12 1-month linux info/review

Wed, 2018-09-12 07:57
TLDR: everything works OK

here's some information to help people looking for info about this laptop and linux compatibility, because there wasn't too much out there when I bought it.

Distro: Linux Mint 19 Tara (cinnamon) I wanted something with good hardware compatibility, that would work out of the box, and have the cinnamon desktop by default.

Boot: I could not get it to install with either UEFI or secure boot on. Legacy mode and secure boot off worked like a charm. Live USB ran flawlessly. Enabling UEFI/secure boot back on in BIOS boots to Windows 10 for me.

Screen: The touch screen is functional and accurate out of the box. Default resolution is fine but text is small, so you may need to increase font scaling (1.4 is what I use under cinnamon font settings). Gorgeous display.

Bluetooth: Works well, files successfully transferred between the laptop and my Android device. Sound plays over bluetooth fine for speakers.

Wifi: Functions as it should. Normal networks connect perfectly. My university’s wifi is more secure, and they wanted to install something with an exe, but I was able to manually configure it after talking with some other linux nerds and it wasn’t a big deal.

Keyboard: Key backlight works. Function keys work.

Battery: About identical battery life to Windows 10. Windows battery life is slightly better, but this doesn’t impact what I do too much. Light web browsing with chrome ~6 hours life, medium-low brightness and bluetooth off. Windows achieves the same with ~7 hours life. Cinnamon battery indicator does its job correctly.

Partitioning: I created a 500mb xfs /boot partition, and the remainder for root in an ext4 partition.

Graphics: Might as well put this on here too. I hardly play games anymore, but Wargame: Red Dragon runs alright on the integrated graphics on the lowest settings and throttled CPU. Kerbal Space Program struggles quite a bit. Computer gets very hot (71 C) both games. Measurements taken after closing a game of W:RD with tlp limiting cpu to 68%.

Things I did that you may/may not want to do:

  1. Disable bluetooth on by default. In the cinnamon startup applications list I just added the command:

    rfkill blk bluetooth

    and added a 3 second delay.

  2. Limit cpu % with tlp, even when plugged in on AC. I also disabled turbo boost for both modes. Before, 1080p youtube videos would raise temperatures to 61-62 degrees C. At 68% AC mode 1080p youtube vids run fine and under 50 C. 1080p 60fps stutter occasionally.

    Restricting to something low like 34% unplugged obviously saves on battery life.

    If you do end up deciding to limit, here’s the relevant tlp settings in etc/default/tlp



Hoped this helps, overall very pleased with the laptop so far.

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