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Posted in linux on August 9, 2018
📅 August 8, 2018
MicroSD cards continue to increase in capacity, decrease in price, and increase in speed.
I purchased my own PNY Elite-X, and here are my results.
Posted in linux on August 6, 2018
📅 August 6, 2018
Linux Mint 19 was released about a month ago, and for the past few weeks, I have been reveling in the continued delight of yet another great Linux distribution.
Quick installation, a refined user interface, excellent hardware support (for my hardware, at least), and familiarity make this an enjoyable operating system to pick up and use without the desktop environment getting in the way of using the computer.
Other than a few issues, such as cumbersome proprietary video drivers (which is not the fault of Linux Mint) and cryptswap, I have experienced good success and switched to this distribution for my main system. Version 19 is based upon Ubuntu 18.04 LTS released a few months prior, so the support will be valid for another two years.
If you like Linux Mint and are already familiar with its operation, then you will feel at home with this new release. If not, Linux Mint is friendly to new users. It’s a win for both parties.
Well worth checking out either on real hardware or in a virtual machine, so give it a try if you are looking for an easy-to-use Linux distribution to share with your friends or those new to Linux.
Posted in linux on June 22, 2018
📅 June 22, 2018
So, you purchased a brand new Ryzen 5 2600 3.4Ghz processor only to discover that Linux reports its speed as 1550 MHz. Why? Can it be fixed?
It turns out that that newer motherboards (X470, for example) for Ryzen CPUs include extra features. One feature is called PSS Support, and it needs to be disabled when using Linux in order for Linux to show the 3400 MHz CPU speed rating.
Posted in linux on June 21, 2018
📅 June 21, 2018
How does a 2nd-generation Ryzen 5 2600 CPU at 3.40 GHz on a recent X470 motherboard compare to an older Intel i7-4770 at 3.40GHz?
Does the six-core AMD Ryzen 5 2600 blow the Intel i7-4770 out of the swimming pool like a tubby chubby doing a cannonball? Or does it leave mere ripples in the shallow end of the kiddie pool like a cautious granny?
Having an opportunity to use both processors, I performed a few kind-of-real-world tests of my own to compare them while keeping most other factors equivalent.
Here are my results.
Posted in linux on June 12, 2018
📅 June 12, 2018
You are probably aware that you can set a custom icon using the file manager’s GUI, but did you know that you can also set a custom icon on a folder using the command line?
That’s right. The gvfs-set-attribute command will allow you to set a custom icon to a directory so that the new icon will appear in place of the default folder icon when viewed in a GUI file manager.
This is particularly handy for assigning multiple custom icons for movie and music directories while preserving the default folder icons for other system directories. It can be scripted, and it is easier to do than you think.
Posted in linux on June 9, 2018
📅 June 9, 2018
Does the SanDisk Ultra 500G SSD work with Linux?
After all, it touts a whopping (up to) 560/530 MB/s on the box and a 5-year warranty. That’s pretty fast for SATA-III, so will this SSD meet these numbers?
Needing a higher-capacity SSD for a Linux system, this drive was purchased mainly for its low price. Given that it was also on sale at the time of purchase, it was a bargain. However, I was not expecting this bargain-priced SSD to perform as well as it did in both Linux Mint 18.3 and Windows 7.