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[suggestions / advice] Using a graphics tablet with Linux

Fri, 2018-08-17 07:05

So, my SO was looking for a graphics tablet for her new system! I recently introduced her to Linux, and has regained her passion for digital art. Anyone got any good suggestions for tablets about 50$ or less that has good native Linux support? If not plug and play, one with drivers that aren't bad? I appreciate it, mates.

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Linux Drivers Development

Fri, 2018-08-17 03:52

Linux is great and I really would like to make it my daily OS however I’m finding it difficult finding drivers that work for my new laptop. In particular WiFi and Bluetooth. Since most hardware manufacturers don’t release Linux drivers for their components, the open source community ends up having to write them. How could I get involved in this process? I know code is written in C but any links to resources that would help me get started? Thanks.

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Flatpak doesn't use themes and icons

Fri, 2018-08-17 02:00

I recently installed Thunderbird and libreoffice using flatpak since the latest versions weren't in my repositories. When I opened both apps I saw they were using a light theme and the icons that came on my system. Before using the non-flatpak version they used the dark theme and the icons I set for the system. How can I get my flatpak apps to use the theme and icons I set. (Linux Mint Cinnamon 19)

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I just switched to Linux from Windows and I AM CRYING I'M SO HAPPY

Thu, 2018-08-16 23:27


Seriously, this is awesome. Windows is the worst. With a bad computer, it was so slow. But I installed Linux. And now it is fast!!! I feel so freeeeeeeee

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My experiences with installing various linux distributions on the Lenovo IdeaPad 320-14IAP laptop

Thu, 2018-08-16 20:52

I needed a new laptop for writing, so I just went down and picked up the first cheap thing I saw with nice keyboard, which turned out to be a Lenovo IdeaPad 320-14IAP. It's a nice laptop with 8 GB of RAM so I can switch between lots of browser tabs and my trusted TeXstudio, but some parts of the keyboard are slightly annoying with having to use Fn+arrows for page up/down, home, and end.

As it turns out, I had loads of trouble with installing linux, and I ended up trying several different distributions. Every distribution I tried except one flavor of Manjaro would hang during installation of Grub2, and the only one that recovered from the Grub2 crash was openSUSE which was able to boot from the hard drive despite the crash. Hence, openSUSE is what I ended up using. The other problem for EVERY distribution was that the WiFi regional codes were not set up on the live USB / installation so that I couldn't go online. Some distributions (i.e. Manjaro and openSUSE) were possible to fix after installation, and others (i.e. Ubuntu and Lubuntu) were possible to fix on the live USB by manually editing /etc/default/crda or wpa_supplicant.conf and add country=SE.

These are the distributions tried:

  • Ubuntu (live USB worked great, but no install)
  • Lubuntu (live USB worked great, but no install)
  • Fedora (didn't work)
  • Funtoo (only one to not raise an error on Grub2 install, but still didn't work)
  • Manjaro Gnome (official, didn't install)
  • Manjaro Openbox (community, didn't install)
  • Manjaro Openbox minimal (community, worked with Grub2, and WiFi after tinkering)
  • CentOS (didn't work)
  • openSUSE (didn't have WiFi during install, but did after install. Crashed on Grub2 install, but recovered after reboot, didn't clear Fedora from previous EFI though)
  • Sabayon (didn't work)
  • Debian (didn't work)

After trying out a lot of distros that I normally wouldn't look at, here are some first impressions:

Best package manager:

1) Funtoo / Sabayon 2) Debian / Ubuntu / Lubuntu 3) Manjaro 4) openSUSE 5) Fedora / CentOS

Best looks / graphics / theming:

1) openSUSE 2) Fedora 3) Manjaro Openbox 4) Lubuntu

Best installation experience:

1) openSUSE (most professional looking installer, and it worked) 2) Ubuntu / Lubuntu (working live USB) 3) Fedora (looks professional, didn't work) 4) Manjaro (looks pretty good, super slow) 5) Funtoo (great customization options, but didn't work after hours of waiting for compilations to finish) 6) others

Best user experience:

1) Funtoo (well, based on my other setups) 2) Lubuntu (even though it didn't end up on the hard drive) 3) openSUSE (although my Firefox keeps crashing the whole system so I have to use Opera) 4) Manjaro (getting things like WiFi to work is excruciating, and I don't like the package management of pacman / yaourt division)

Would I recommend this laptop for a linux user? Well, apparently a lot of other users had less problems by switching to legacy MBR instead of using GPT/EFI. I'm a stubborn old fool so I didn't want to back to MBR. If you're willing to do that, and especially if you're OK with openSUSE or Manjaro, go for it.

Were I to get a new chance, I would probably wait another couple of months and get some more money to get a ThinkPad instead.

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I'm a learning Technical Writer who wants to contribute to your project!

Thu, 2018-08-16 19:59

I've worked in the editorial and journalism fields for over six years. I'm transitioning to technical writing and have contributed some API documentation to open-source projects.

If you need any documentation help, please send me a message. I'd be happy to contribute. I'm trying to do as much as possible in order to gain experience and compile a solid portfolio.

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