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We're giving away two copies of 3dSen PC
24 June 2020 at 7:23 pm UTC

Hello. I would like a copy of 3Dsen please. Thank you :)

AMD Wattman-like open source app CoreCtrl adds NAVI support
4 June 2020 at 1:17 pm UTC

Quoting: gradyvuckovicThis is exactly the kind of thing Linux needs to encourage more gamers to make the switch to Linux.

Next we just need a universal app for managing your devices, like headsets, keyboards, mice, for changing hotkey mappings, RGB lighting, DPI settings, etc.

Yes please.

Lenovo adding Ubuntu & Red Hat on their entire ThinkStation and ThinkPad P lines
3 June 2020 at 4:26 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: Ardje
It's a bit messy since I use a lot of tissues (for my nose!), and I am reworking some led lighting.
I had 2 weeks to make that DDJ-SX3 work on linux: make it work, or send it back under consumer law. That screen is a 4k 40" screen.
I've divided my laptop in 2 seats: the DJ console and my (new) desktop. My other desktop is an exynos 5422. I don't really like PC's, because there is a lot of things wrong in the design due to legacy. And an arm is cheaper and doesn't need a fan. And mmc drivers on PC's are always crap, especially on a GPD WIN(2). But not on this T430.

The biggest crap is the Nvidia, the same as in your system. I had to return my pure intel T430 for repairs, and I got back a T430 with a better screen, but also with that nvidia. Really... The intel has better support, and still gets TLC. The best thing to do with the Nvidia is to turn it off in the bios. When I turn it on, but actually of using prime, it still uses more power, and the fans run higher than normal.

Also the replacement got a different CPU, a high end i7 with a tdp of 45W, but by limiting the CPU to 60% it was fast and usable.

Cool, thanks, nice set up! I looked into this and found this one on Amazon that looks pretty decent:

I don't mind the Nvidia GPU, it's just old Fermi doesn't get new drivers anymore, stuck on legacy 390 drivers (no vulkan support). It's just old, that's all.
Anyway, the T530 is so big and heavy I'm not going to be moving it anywhere, so adding an external GPU to it seems sensible, if not just for the experiment factor alone :) Thanks for the idea and info!

Lenovo adding Ubuntu & Red Hat on their entire ThinkStation and ThinkPad P lines
2 June 2020 at 11:34 pm UTC

Quoting: ArdjeNice... I have a refurbished thinkpad T430 from a second hand store... It feels like the best PC linux system I've ever had at home, except for the supermicro's.
Everything works. Except of course that nvidia crap.
Added an eGPU using express card. RX580. The system feels a lot faster than my zotac sn970.

Dude, this sounds fun! Which express card do you have? Can you send a pic of what this looks like?

I have a T530 with Nvidia NVS5400. It works fine in FreeBSD, but it's not a whole lot better performance than Intel IGP. Just upgraded ram to 16GB and an RX580 would make really make it complete :)

Come tell us about what you've been gaming on Linux lately
17 May 2020 at 10:44 pm UTC

Couple of weeks ago I was hooked on Dirt 4. Clocked 55 hours on it...finished the Triple Crown Challenge. After that, I looked through my GoG collection and installed Grim Fandango Remastered and Full Throttle Remastered...sunk another week into those two titles :)

Thanks for the heads up about Lego Ninjago...I always hear about the freebies from here first. Added to library :)

Manjaro Linux and Star Labs team up for their Linux-focused hardware
5 May 2020 at 5:25 pm UTC

Quoting: drlambI hope Google is still working towards getting coreboot working for their Ryzen-based chromebooks as that may be the catalyst needed to start seeing Ryzen-based premium Linux offerings.

Do Star Labs use coreboot? I don't see any mention of it anywhere on their site... Would make sense if they did if they manufacture their own hardware. Ryzen notebook with coreboot would be sweet, I'd definitely look into getting one :)

Distro News - Ubuntu 20.04 'Focal Fossa', Ubuntu MATE and other flavours released
24 April 2020 at 4:39 am UTC

Quoting: eldakingIt actually looks like a meaningful improvement in most aspects; there were many important updates to hardware support and big applications since 18.04, which I mostly had to backport or install in some way (newer mesa fixed several games, newer KDE had some nice features and look for those of us that use Kubuntu, newer libre office had a few important features, and I expect the version of wine in their repositories will be less awful). Plus generally looking nice and bugfixes, as always.

But the way they keep trying to push snaps almost makes me want to not update at all, or switch distros permanently. I used to assume that snaps weren't that bad, but after actually having more contact with them I was shocked by how horrible it is. First, snaps had ridiculously bad performance problems; so it was not even a "non-technical users wouldn't even notice" - people did notice, for example how ridiculously slow chromium was. Second, as a system it is way too closed and centralized, which is particularly bad for something that is intended to work across distros (other distros can't just host their own snap repositories, the backend isn't FOSS, and it is entirely developed by Canonical without any cooperation with other distros). And third, Canonical are actively pushing for it to replace other alternatives, which means we can't even ignore it if we don't like it.

I'll wait a bit anyway and probably will update to 20.04 if it isn't too obnoxious to avoid snaps for most things, or if at least it works well. But frankly, I'm already looking to jump boat from Kubuntu, and particularly for something better to recommend for newbies.

Yea, I agree, snaps suck. I have a use case where I run Ubuntu vdis in Docker container (full UI in docker, it's sick! :D ), and as of 19.10, they no longer have a chromium deb package. If you apt-get install chromium, you get the snapd migration package (it's called something along those lines, i don't remember anymore) and there is no official deb.

The thing is, because snap is basically a container, you can't install it in a Docker container...the snapd service doesn't even work in docker. There are some hacky ways to get it working, but chromium still does not launch. So this was a big problem for me.

To work around this, I have a separate pipeline that builds chromium from source and spits out a deb that I host in a different location (should probably use aptly to host a local repo, haven't got there yet) and then my docker image pipeline fetches the deb from there and installs it. Basically a shitload of work needed to be done to get chromium working in Docker. I haven't tested 20.04 yet, but if they start doing the same for other applications I use in the VDI, I'll probably move to debian or something.

AMD announces the Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X budget processors and a new B550 chipset
21 April 2020 at 6:53 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: The_Aquabatsome b450 and some b350 have been bios enabled for PCIE 4.0 compatibility, mine has, it's a b350 (gigabyte gaming ver 1 ).

Whoa, nice, didn't know about this, that's cool! I decided to look into this more and found tihs article:,39859.html

Unfortunately for me, the Asus ROG Strix B450-I Gaming board I use for HTPC does not support PCIE4.

Seems Valve do intend to go back to SteamOS at some point
25 March 2020 at 2:38 pm UTC Likes: 4

Quoting: TimeFreezeWhats all that talk about Debian vs Arch? We all know Valve will base the next SteamOS on Gentoo :P

Agreed :)

ChromeOS uses Gentoo, so maybe Valve is looking at a similar approach (Steam Cloud and all).

Here's another quick pick of some games currently free for you to pass the time with
21 March 2020 at 10:17 pm UTC

Quoting: AcrophobicThanks for the heads up, especially for Kenney's big pack.

+1, thank you :)