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Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse and Ubuntu 18.04, can't get it to work!

Sat, 2018-06-09 15:56

Hi guys,

I run Ubuntu 18.04 as my main OS, and I've been doing it since the beta2 release.

I've just bought the new Microsoft Surface Keyboard and Precision Mouse; they're both bluetooth 4.0 devices, and they've got no special features that I can see that should impede them to work on Linux.

So, the keyboards paired easy peasy, literally just click on connect and badbum, working, perfect.

The mouse is an absolute pain.

Ubuntu sees the device as BTLE Precision Mouse as soon as you go in "pair mode", it connects to it, but then nothing happens; the cursor doesn't move, the buttons don't click, nada.

Upon further inspection it does connect, but doesn't pair.

There's not much online about this, and all I could find I tried. I've installed bluez and blueman (running bluez 5.48, the latest available on the ubuntu repo), and even with blueman no luck.

I really don't know what to try anymore.

I don't want to have to send it back as it goes very well with the keyboard and they're both presents that my partner spent a lot of money on, and I'm determined to have it working, but I'm really out of ideas now.

Any suggestion?

UPDATE:

forgot to mention, I can actually get it to work via blueman, it links almost randomly and after 5 minutes it just stops working. So I've seen it working, but it doesn't stay connected, it still doesn't show up as paired and it lasts all of 5 minutes.

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Need help with command prompt code to allow plex outside network

Sat, 2018-06-09 15:48

So I currently have plex setup on my laptop which is on linux. Its headless so on my laptop iv only got the command prompt, so no visual environment. I was wondering what command i need to type to make my plex available from outside my network? Because at the moment it says no connected to outside network.

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ASUS HYPER M.2 x16 PCIe VROC RAID Card for X299

Sat, 2018-06-09 15:31

Any ideas whether this will work and boot linux on my unsupported motherboard (Z87 Pro)? I only want software RAID (actually btrfs) so not interested in the extended features. It seems to be a cost effective and nice looking way to cram 4 x m.2 slots into a system with a spare x16 slot.

It says it's only for X299 motherboards but I'm thinking that's just for the fancy hardware features?

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-hyper-m2-card-pcie-30-x16-4x-m2-pcie-2242-60-80-110-slots-intel-vroc-support-for-asus-x299-moth

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Encrypting the home folder which is shared on multiple distributions

Sat, 2018-06-09 13:22

I’m thinking about resetting the GPT table (on a single drive) so I can place EFI (Windows), Windows, EFI (grub), Swap, Arch, Mint and the Home Folder respectively. It was set up like hoping that so can access my person files without the need to remount when I switch to another distro.
All I want to know if I encrypt the home folder, will it work on all distros I have installed?

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RDP for Linux

Sat, 2018-06-09 12:58

What's a reliable RDP app on linux? I want my linux gui box to remote in to a Microsoft RDP Server. I need to be able to make an icon(shortcut) called "business app" so the user can click and log in without any extra questions from the app such as , connection type, screen reso...

Just click and you're in, like MS RDP.

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Classic Linux programs and their capabilities compared to newer versions

Sat, 2018-06-09 12:27

Recently I read a blog post about htop and the cool things it could do compared to top. In the comments, someone mentioned that top could do almost all the things pointed out that it supposedly couldn't.

Obviously htop does have features that top doesn't but it got me thinking, are there any other 'classic' programs out there that are misunderstood to an extend where people don't know they are more capable than they actually are?

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Inviting devs to collaborate on Linux-based mobile OS

Sat, 2018-06-09 12:15

Hey guys, have ideas for a new kind of mobile OS based on Linux. Anyone interested to hear them out?

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[MS - GitHub] Nat Friedman answers questions during an AMA.

Sat, 2018-06-09 08:50

During a recent AMA regarding Microsoft’s purchase of Github.

Microsoft’s Nat Friedman said:

We are buying GitHub because we like GitHub; our plan is to continue to invest in the GitHub roadmap, and make GitHub better at being GitHub.

A very vague answer if you ask me. What is planned within this roadmap? Advertisements? Selling user data to third parties? Integrate with various social media?

One could be forgiven for questioning the timing of GitHub's change of ownership, as it happens to coincide with Europe's GDPR implementation. Did Europe get in the way of the "roadmap"?

To another question regarding the future of Github.

Nat Friedman said:

GitHub has been successful in large part because of its product philosophy, and we intend to continue that.

Again, a very vague answer. What is this " product philosophy" ? More membership deals?

I guess time will tell.

On the subject of whether the code and data inside private directories will remain just that. Nat Friedman said:

GitHub already has policies and controls in place to limit employee access to private repos, and this will remain as tight as ever under Microsoft.

This answer was a little more accurate, and yet it doesn't quite completely rule out the possibility that Microsoft will snoop in private repos, as the answer clearly referred to a "limit" (not complete restriction) on "Github employees" (ie: not government agencies, or others).

Regarding people moving repos to GitLab and other providers. Nat Friedman said:

Developers are independent thinkers and will always have a healthy degree of skepticism, but I admit I was sad to see that some felt compelled to move their code. I take the responsibility of earning their trust seriously.

And.

I hope those who have tried out other Git hosts in the past few days will keep an open mind and consider moving back once we’ve demonstrated our commitment to openness and made GitHub even better. If they choose not to move back, that’s their prerogative and we celebrate developer choice even when developers don’t choose us.

Looks to me as though Microsoft is on the "Embrace" stage of their "Embrace Extend Extinguish" philosophy regarding Github. So Github may be a good place to continue working with for the time being.

These are my thoughts regarding the AMA, feel free to add your own in the comments or pick up on parts I may have missed. All in all, I believe Microsoft will inevitably (in a not too distant future) do what Microsoft does best, and that's ruin a perfectly good platform. None of Nat Friedman's answers made me feel as though the contrary may happen.

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Fastest/most reliable USB wifi adapater...

Sat, 2018-06-09 06:45

I have a few different USB wifi adapters that work great under Linux, but they are all 2.4GHz and as a result rather slow.

I'm looking for something that's 802.11ac and uses the 5Ghz band. I'd like it to work out of the box with most modern Linuxes (no recompiling kernels or anything).

I'm especially interested in it working out of the box with Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 18.04.

What are my options?

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MPD can play streams from YouTube!

Sat, 2018-06-09 06:36

Check it out!

$ youtube-dl -g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ccaHpy5Ewo https://manifest.googlevideo.com/api/manifest/hls_playlist/id/2ccaHpy5Ewo.2/itag/95/source/yt_live_broadcast/requiressl/yes/ratebypass/yes/live/1/cmbypass/yes/goi/160/sgoap/gir%3Dyes%3Bitag%3D140/sgovp/gir%3Dyes%3Bitag%3D136/hls_chunk_host/r12---sn-nx57yn7r.googlevideo.com/gcr/us/playlist_type/DVR/ei/LFkbW6udDeOt-APsjagw/initcwndbps/11690/mm/32/mn/sn-nx57yn7r/ms/lv/mv/m/pl/14/dover/10/keepalive/yes/mt/1528518803/disable_polymer/true/ip/24.16.66.54/ipbits/0/expire/1528540556/sparams/ip,ipbits,expire,id,itag,source,requiressl,ratebypass,live,cmbypass,goi,sgoap,sgovp,hls_chunk_host,gcr,playlist_type,ei,initcwndbps,mm,mn,ms,mv,pl/signature/1E32E98F6A568B5D4B0D7F7EDA2DFDEE2FF8F96E.1A6630D9FEDB92719CA023173725C77ED8EA696F/key/dg_yt0/playlist/index.m3u8

Queue that link up with MPD and you play the stream! How cool is that?

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