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Ryzen 3 Linux Gaming Benchmarks: NVIDIA vs. AMD Radeon

Phoronix - Sun, 2017-08-20 17:29
This week I posted some fresh OpenGL vs. Vulkan benchmarks on the AMD Ryzen 3 while for this weekend article are some more Linux gmaing benchmarks from the budget-friendly Ryzen 3 1200 and Ryzen 3 1300X processors.

Discussion: why does Linux struggle to enter in the Desktop segment?

Reddit - Sun, 2017-08-20 16:35

Hi guys!

First of all, sorry, this will be a big post. I would like to start a discussion about why, after so many years, Linux still struggles to enter in the Desktop segment.

Just a little background, I use linux since Redhat 7.1 (2002 I think) and as my sole operational system since 2007.

I saw many things, many transitions, many distributions coming and going. However, one thing stayed always the same: the adoption rate in Desktops. A little boost was seeing with Ubuntu, but not that big.

I started to wondering why this is happening. Under the hood, Linux is undoubtedly more interesting than Windows. But, for the end-user this does not matter. The end-user wants something easy to play with and with the softwares. KDE/Gnome is as easy as Windows, just different. Hence, the problem should be the software.

Now, I arrived in an interesting paradigm: Linux lacks professional software because of the small user base or the user base is small because of the lack of professional software?

The answer to this question, which I don't know, is very important. I just want to add a point to this. Linux is free, and we have the freedom to create many distributions and things and whatever. But it turns out that this is also a major problem. In order to pack a software to Linux, you need to deal with very heterogenous environments. I tried once, but the solution was to bundle every single library I could in order to make the software work. And you still can have problems with very new or very old distros.

I know that there are some projects trying to merge all of that (like Flatpack), but it seems a little bit stalled.

Just one curiosity: my bank requires to install a security software to use their web interface. This software is allegedly said to be supported in Windows, Linux, and macOS. However, they only provide a .deb that will work only in the latest version of Ubuntu :)

Finally, I would like to see your opinion: why Linux is still far far away of being a major Desktop operational system?

EDIT: Typos

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This is my favorite (imaginary) DE. What's yours?

Reddit - Sun, 2017-08-20 16:32

So I've been distrohopping for a lot of time, but ever since KDE5.4 I haven't used another DE (tested some for a day or so but not seriously used anything else). It's been almost two years and I'm more and more satisfied with the way things are going.

However my favorite DE would be a mix of KDE with stuff I think other DEs do better.

Note: I'm just a regular user, not a programmer or very tech savvy so perhaps my suggestion will seem superficial/stupid/...? Anyway, here it goes:

  1. KDE (of course :) ) with:
  2. Unity's layout & the way the top bar works with the global menu/window title & the drag from the top bar
  3. Elementary's notification animations & look, and the close (X) button appearing on the left when you mouse over. Also the way elementary's top bar changes colors depending on the wallpaper and goes dark with maximized windows.
  4. Krunner looking more like mac's spotlight. I actually like Krunner a lot but I think showing the results with bigger fonts would be better, and generally I like spotlight's layout. Also HUD functionality.
  5. Notification badges on program icons on the dock/left panel. (for programs that notifications make sense)

For icons, window decorations and fonts:

KDE's defaults look ok. I've changed the icon theme and decorations to others that I found nicer, but I can't remember since I haven't been on my pc for months

For fonts all look ok I guess, though I haven't found a font to love.

These are the things I can think of right now. I'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions!

EDIT: I forgot something important: window control buttons up left on the top bar - by going at the far upper left corner you can click and close the focused program. I actually have this on my KDE install with a widget. It's easier to just go to the corner and click than trying to locate the x window button. (you can have a keyboard binding but still..)

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Some Fresh I/O Scheduler Benchmarks: Linux 4.13 With BFQ, CFQ, Kyber, Deadline

TuxMachines - Sun, 2017-08-20 16:31

For those curious about the state of I/O schedulers with the in-development Linux 4.13 kernel, here are some fresh disk benchmarks using the 4.13 Git kernel on an Intel laptop/ultrabook and testing the various in-kernel options.

Tests were done from a Broadwell era Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon with SSD. In the days ahead I'll have some tests as well from a slower, rotational media system.

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Wine 2.15

TuxMachines - Sun, 2017-08-20 16:23

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Grub tries to boot from sd every time there's one inserted, even if it's empty, so it gets stuck, what can I do?

Reddit - Sun, 2017-08-20 16:17

Whenever I try to boot into ubuntu when there's a card inserted it gives me a 'Error mounting /boot/efi. Press S to don't mount or M for manual recovery', I have to remove the card and restart the computer in order to use it, what can I do?

I ran grub customizer and this is how it's configured:

recordfail load_video gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode insmod gzio insmod part_gpt insmod ext2 if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 8f86a0a0-9914-44f5-adf0-67e13eb0cec0 else search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 8f86a0a0-9914-44f5-adf0-67e13eb0cec0 fi echo 'Cargando Linux 4.4.13-ecs+ ...' linux /boot/vmlinuz-4.4.13-ecs+ root=UUID=8f86a0a0-9914-44f5-adf0-67e13eb0cec0 ro quiet splash $vt_handoff echo 'Cargando el disco RAM inicial...' initrd /boot/initrd.img-4.4.13-ecs+ submitted by /u/AlexTCGPro
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Some Fresh I/O Scheduler Benchmarks: Linux 4.13 With BFQ, CFQ, Kyber, Deadline

Phoronix - Sun, 2017-08-20 15:53
For those curious about the state of I/O schedulers with the in-development Linux 4.13 kernel, here are some fresh disk benchmarks using the 4.13 Git kernel on an Intel laptop/ultrabook and testing the various in-kernel options...

Calm down there vim!

Reddit - Sun, 2017-08-20 15:26

Linux redditors, did you ever have to cheat?

Reddit - Sun, 2017-08-20 15:18

Did you, as a daily Linux user, ever have to go back to Windows/macOS? What was the reason (program, issue, etc)? What steps do you think will make it a non-issue in the future?

I got curious because I had to temporarily switch to Windows today, because of some program that wanted Internet Explorer (shudder) and ActiveX (nooooooo), it was only for fifteen minutes but I hated every second. I wanted to know similar experiences while being on the Linux platform.

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3 tips for transforming into an employee-centered workplace

LXer - Sun, 2017-08-20 14:34
Elon Musk acts like space is the next frontier, but business pioneers know true innovation is happening on terra firma. Instead of exploring the cosmos, business leaders are experimenting with office dynamics. The 21st-century workplace is characterized by perpetual changes and increasingly unconventional setups.read more

Piper Continues To Be Tweaked For Configuring Your Gaming Mouse On Linux

Phoronix - Sun, 2017-08-20 14:21
The Piper user-interface for configuring gaming mice tunables on Linux via libratbag is nearing the finish line for this year's Google Summer of Code...

Vulkan 1.0.59 Released With Shader Stencil Export

Phoronix - Sun, 2017-08-20 14:02
Vulkan 1.0.59 is now available this weekend as the latest minor update to this high-performance graphics API...

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