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LinuxQuestions.org latest posts - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 21:51
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Also included: FBI hacks 8,000 with single warrant, new Cinnamon desktop release, "government-backed attackers" after journalists and FOSS Force adds beef to newsfeed.


AMD, Radeon, and RadeonSI

tuxmachines.org - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 21:32
  • RadeonSI's Gallium3D Driver Performance Has Improved Massively In The Past Year

    As some more exciting benchmarks to carry out this US holiday week, here are benchmarks of all major Mesa releases from Mesa 11.0 from mid 2015 through the latest Mesa 13.1-dev code as of this week. Additionally, the latest AMDGPU-PRO numbers are provided too for easy comparison of how the open-source AMD GCN 3D driver performance has evolved over the past year. It's a huge difference!

  • LLVM 4.0 Causes Slow Performance For RadeonSI?

    Several times in the past few weeks I've heard Phoronix readers claim the LLVM 4.0 SVN code causes "slow performance" or has rendering issues. Yet it's gone on for weeks and I haven't seen such myself, so I decided to run some definitive tests at least for the OpenGL games most relevant to our benchmarking here.

  • It Looks Like We'll Still See A GUI Control Panel For AMD Linux

    Earlier this year I exclusively reported on the "Radeon Settings" GUI control panel may be open-sourced for AMD Linux users but since then I hadn't heard anything publicly or privately about getting this graphics driver control panel on Linux for AMDGPU-PRO and the fully-open AMDGPU stack. But it looks like that it's still being worked on internally at AMD.

  • Yet More AMDGPU DAL Patches This Week For Testing

    It had been a few weeks since last seeing any new enablement patches for AMD's DAL display abstraction layer code, which is a big requirement for HDMI/DP audio, HDMI 2.0, potential FreeSync support, and also needed for next-generation GPUs. The lack of fresh DAL patches changed though this week when new patches were sent out and already another round of revising to this display code has now been mailed out for review.

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How to manage a multi-disk, multi-partition setup when migrating from XP to Linux?

LinuxQuestions.org latest posts - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 21:32
Although this is my first post, I've had a system running Ubuntu server for 6+ months, as well as Linux distros on my laptop and netbook. Now I'm working on migrating my primary desktop running Windows XP to Lubuntu.

I've got Lubuntu installed and the dual-boot working. My "problem" is disk management... how best to migrate a mature, extensive, multi-disk and multi-partition XP setup to Linux. I have 16 partitions on 3 HDD's totaling 4TB. I'm trying to identify what can be migrated straight to Linux, what needs to remain available to both OS's, what will be Wine drives, etc. But I'm having trouble since I can't seem to visualize what the final Linux setup should look like.

All of the posts that I've found are for relatively simple configurations. And I think my issue is more theoretical/philosophical than the actual commands. I just can't visualize it for Linux. On my server I did have to add additional disks, but the needs there were very cut-and-dried. Even so, I still divided my HDD's up into 1TB partitions just out of paranoia.

So, for those of you who have multiple HDD's, how do you manage them? Do you let Linux manage the whole thing as a single partition? Do you chunk them up? If they don't need to be divided because of defrag, are there other reasons that still apply to Linux? With the latest disks is there still any practical/noticeable difference in performance between the beginning of the disk and the end? Does segregating data to minimize risk of corruption apply in Linux? Should Wine drives be on a separate partition?

All opinions welcome,


Additional details:

My disk management strategy has been old-school, ie, partition your spindles so you can take advantage of fast zones and put more static data in the slow zones, as well as having smaller sizes to defrag. I've also always adhered to "get as much off the system disk as you can" and have re-directed many of XP's default locations to other partitions. Years of running windows does leave one a little paranoid about data loss... and I've never had the funds to go for RAID.

My goal is to replace as much as I can with Linux native software and run some of the more critical XP software under Wine. Then I'd like to encapsulate the existing/remaining XP into a virtual machine. There is a lot of stuff installed and some of it won't migrate to Linux, or even newer Windows. If I can't encapsulate the XP then I'll leave the system as dual-boot since I can't risk losing complete access to some of this older stuff, and I don't always know what I need until the moment a specific need comes up. Also, I've got archived DVD's that require some of these programs.

I realize the existing XP installation needs to be "simplified" whether it is to be encapsulated or left as dual-boot, so I'm currently working on moving temp files and such back to the windows system disk.

Calamares 2.4.5 Installer Fixes Security Issue with Unencrypted Boot Partitions

tuxmachines.org - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 21:03

Today, November 25, 2016, Calamares, the open-source distribution-independent system installer framework, received a new maintenance update, versioned 2.4.5.

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An Everyday Linux User Review Of Q4OS 1.8

tuxmachines.org - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 20:55

Q4OS is fairly straight forward to get to grips with and it runs like a dream.

When I tried it last year it was on a much older machine and really worked well. On this machine it performs magnificently.

The Windows look and feel might not be to everybody's taste especially the use of "My Documents" and "My Pictures" etc but you can easily rename them.

The desktop environment is Trinity and it lacks certain features such as window snapping.

I haven't tried Q4OS out with my NAS drive or printer and other hardware yet but I did last time around and it had no issues so I suspect it will be the same this time. I will update you in the next blog post about this. I will also update you as to whether Steam works or not.

As with last time around I can't really fault Q4OS on anything. Well I suppoes there are a couple of things that could be improved such as dual booting and the network manager should be installed by default as the one that comes with Q4OS is a bit inconsistent.

After just a couple of hours effort I had Q4OS installed with every application I need including PyCharm. I am now able to listen to music, watch films, surf the web, write software, edit documents, read and send mail, use DropBox, use Skype and play games.

Q4OS also comes with WINE which is useful for running Windows software.

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Microsoft & Linux & Patents & Tweets

tuxmachines.org - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 20:23

Fact-checking some tweets about Linux Foundation’s newest member and their harvesting of other members’ money.

Also: Microsoft Loves Linux Patent Tax

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Issue in extracting package to different location

LinuxQuestions.org latest posts - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 20:09
Hi Friends,

I am facing issue in extracting the tar file to different location. Kindly can someone help on the same.

OS version: AIX 6.1

bash-4.2$ tar xvf text.tar -C staging
tar: file -C: not present in archive
tar: file staging: not present in archive

Thank you !!

LXer: Top 5: Python vs. R, Intro to Eclipse Che, and more

LinuxQuestions.org latest posts - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 19:53
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In this week's top 5, we highlight*Python vs. R, an intro to Eclipse Che, 25 years of Linux in 5 minutes,*tips for DIY makers, and using Sphinx to digitize books.I'm on holiday in the US for Thanksgiving, so no video this week, but I'll be back next week!Top 5 articles of the week5.*How to use Sphinx to give an old book new lifeLearn how to*turn a hard copy book into a polished, web-based version of itself.read more


Do Linux users need anti-virus and malware apps?

LinuxQuestions.org latest posts - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 19:53
I know that until now Linux users haven't needed anti-virus and malware protection, and was wondering whether this still applies when there are so many little oiks out there with nothing better to do than try to upset other peoples lives.

Uncompress sfArk file to sf2

LinuxQuestions.org latest posts - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 19:41
A guitar soundfont that I like downloaded compressed as a sfArk file. How to uncompress it into an sf2 file in my soundfonts folder in musescore?

Probably obvious and simple but I can't find it. Thanks.

Mint 18 Cinnamon 3.0

LXer: The Final Station Post-Apocalyptic 2D Side-Scrolling Shooter Out Now on Linux

LinuxQuestions.org latest posts - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 17:51
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On Thanksgiving day, Russian developer Do My Best Games was proud to announce the availability of the Linux port of their post-apocalyptic train simulator and zombie shooter game, The Final Station.


unmount drive / e2fsck / re-mount -> are my files gone

LinuxQuestions.org latest posts - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 17:37
The journal on my disk had died, and the drive was mounted only as read-only and I could not re-mount it as read write.

So I have unmounted it ran e2fsck and re-mounted the drive.

The disk is fixed, but the files are gone. I can actually see the space on the disk being taken by my files as:
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
1.9T 46G 1.7T 3% /driveSo They are there, I just cannot access it. The following is what I did:
[root@box log]# umount /dev/mapper/drive
[root@box log]# e2fsck /dev/mapper/drive
e2fsck 1.41.12 (17-May-2010)
/dev/mapper/drive: recovering journal
/dev/mapper/drive contains a file system with errors, check forced.
Pass 1: Checking inodes, blocks, and sizes
Pass 2: Checking directory structure
Pass 3: Checking directory connectivity
Pass 4: Checking reference counts
Pass 5: Checking group summary information

/dev/mapper/drive: ***** FILE SYSTEM WAS MODIFIED *****
/dev/mapper/drive: 1704368/124518400 files (1.1% non-contiguous), 19741609/498065408 blocks

[root@box log]# mount -o remount,rw /driveHow can I recover the files? Did I re-mount it incorrectly? Thanks in advance!

Synaptic Package Manager

LinuxQuestions.org latest posts - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 17:20
Did an update and got the message "broken dependency". Browsed the SPM to find it, but the items I found had a exclamation point in the selection box and was ghosted. Is that what I'm looking to remove?


There's an orange dot next to some selection boxes, what does that mean?

[SOLVED] Question about awk

LinuxQuestions.org latest posts - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 16:59

I am printing the children of a process using this command:

Code: ps -aef | grep 13783 | grep -v grep | grep -v ps | grep -v $0 and it shows the children correctly. (2 in my case)

The thing is that when I pipe it to awk to get the PIDs like this:

Code: ps -aef | grep 13783 | grep -v grep | grep -v ps | grep -v $0 | awk '{print $2}' I get 3 numbers. I don't know where that 3rd number is coming from.

[SOLVED] List arrange on terminal

LinuxQuestions.org latest posts - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 16:45
I have a big list like this (before the names there are empty spaces):

Nicolaes Tulp (1593–1674), physician, surgeon and mayor of Amsterdam
Gustav de Vries (1866–1934), mathematician
Hugo de Vries (1848–1937), geneticist

I would like to cut only names.
So the list should be:

Nicolaes Tulp
Gustav de Vries
Hugo de Vries

How could I do that?
I tried
Code: tr -d ' \t' <inputfile>outputfile But the result was:

Thank you in advance.

Upgrading, mount on existing, possible over wright?

LinuxQuestions.org latest posts - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 16:24
I have had Linux Mint 17 (cinnamon) on my computer for a while but yesterday I started trying to upgrade to 18. I have always had my come directory mounted on a separate drive (/home/me/) and it's causing a lot of problems with the upgrade. After I install 18 over 17 and configure my /etc/fstab file to start auto mounting the drive with all of my files onto /home/me and restart my computer there are a few things out of order. For one on the bottom right corner of the screen Mint has a little blue/silver shield for updates, it disappears after I restart with the updated fstab. My bash screen will either have no color formatting at all or it will have very strange coloring that isn't default, and my vim screen looks really weird. What I did to try and fix this problem was to unmount, restart, and then remount my file drive on another directory and start copying the new default files (most .files & directories) over the same files and directories in the drive with my files that was my original home directory device. That way when I re configured fstab and did another restart I should have all the settings in place from the new install even though I am using my files drive and remounting on /home/me again. The most luck I had was that the terminal screen went from having no coloring to have very strange non default coloring, plus vim still looks very strange even though the same .vimrc file is still in my home directory and I still don't have my update shield. Does anyone know how this could be happening since I've copied all the same files from the new install's home directory into my original file drive and re-mounted. I can edit fstab to stop mounting /home/me, restart and everything looks great but I won't have my files or my home directory. Edit fstab again to start remounting and I have my files and my original home directory but the bash terminal, and vim look terrible and I lose my update shield. Can anyone shed some light on this issue and what might be causing it, and hopefully how to fix it?

Now on to my main question. I've done this re-install several times trying to fix this issue. What I would like to maybe try this time is to do another install but this time tell the installation screen to mount /home/me on the device where my original home directory is and not to format where as before I was doing this in /etc/fstab after the installation was done. If it doesn't format then it shouldn't wipe everything out but I am also afraid of is that the new installation will over wright existing files, like when it goes to create the Desktop directory then it will actually over wright and delete all of my files that are currently on my desktop. Any input. Also, I didn't think that device names stayed the same from installation to installation, so if my home directory is currently installed on /dev/sdc how will I know that the /dev/sdc on the installation screen is the same device?

LXer: How to Install Jenkins with Apache on Ubuntu 16.04

LinuxQuestions.org latest posts - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 16:06
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Jenkins is an automation server forked from the Hudson project. Jenkins is a server based application running in a Java servlet container, it has support for many SCM (Source Control Management) software systems including Git, SVN, and Mercurial. In this tutorial, I will show you how to install the latest Jenkins version on Ubuntu Server 16.04. We will run Jenkins on our own domain name, and we will to install and configure Jenkins to run under the apache web server with the reverse proxy for Jenkins.


Obtaining AIX

LinuxQuestions.org latest posts - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 15:59

My friend is interested in starting a small training institute which will help people learn AIX on a professional level.

He intends to buy IBM hardware, p-series box , switches etc.

Hardware obviously costs money and he is okay to shed some.

So my question is , Assuming you can afford to buy, can you legally buy AIX from IBM as a single person ?

Can he buy softwares like HACMP for clustering, VIO for virtualization etc from IBM specifically for himself ?

Right now all he has , is some deprecated old ibm hardware but he has no os to install obviously.


today's leftovers

tuxmachines.org - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 15:08

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