not all change is progress
November 28, 2016
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00:40:03 More Pi Gubbins
01:03:19 Chapeau 24
For those not wanting to risk life and limb by living on the bleeding edge, a new release of Fedora is always a good time to look at derivatives based on the previous version. So this show we span up Chapeau 24, which aims to provide a more feature-rich and useful desktop environment than stock Fedora.00:05:48 News
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Alienware manager on Steam Machines lull: Windows 10 changed
Microsoft’s Linux love affair leads it to join The Linux Foundation
Microsoft & Linux & Patents & Tweets
SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why?
O’Reilly Humble Unix Book Bundle
offering bounties for
curl Security Audit
Major Linux security hole gapes open
KDE Project Security Advisory
Chinese company installed secret backdoor on hundreds of
thousands of phones
Google is pretty much abandoning Android 2.3 Gingerbread in 2017
Pinebook is a Linux laptop with an ARM CPU for $89 and
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for Raspberry Pi
00:40:03 More Pi Gubbins
Jesse talked about Lychee and the Energenie Pi-mote, whilst Joe chatted about how he uses WordPress and AntennaPod in a somewhat unconventional manner.
A huge thank you to Wiktor Wajsberg for your PayPal donation, and to Joshua Scott, Robert Rijkhoff, Diego Reyes Quintana and Thomas Larsen Wessel for joining our band of Monthly Supporters. Thanks, guys!
Gavin Hewins got in touch to plug the upcoming HackHorsham Raspberry Jam in Horsham, due to take place on December 11th. If anyone else has community events they’d like us to mention, please do let us know.
David Carollo and Morten wondered if there shouldn’t be more Red Hat and Fedora coverage on both this show and others, and questioned the amount of advocacy those projects undertake.
Following up on Jesse’s comments last time about 3D printing, Victor and Nathan Wolf suggested some software to try for both design and slicing, and Brian got in touch with a pointer to a podcast he recorded on the subject a couple of years ago.
01:03:19 Chapeau 24
We took Chapeau 24 for a spin to see how it stood up against both Korora and stock Fedora. And whilst the team behind Chapeau have undoubtedly made some good decisions regarding application and system defaults, we were ultimately left wondering whether this should be a stand-alone distro at all?
In the wonderfull lands of unicorns and continues
integration there’s probably a place for a fedora server
edition. One could have $PRODUCT/$PROJECT tested on the
supported RHEL/CentOS versions and Fedora. You’d be
prepared for all the horrors RHEL/CentOS N+1 brings
In the real world though CentOS + EPEL will be good enough for most. And for those who don’t want accept this there is the core edition which probably runs just fine as a container on RHEL/CentOS.
Thanks guys for mentioning our Pi Jam in Horsham on December 11th – it’s going to be awesome. Do pop along if you have chance, would love to see you there. /Marcus (Hack Horsham)
Today’s show was timely for me, since I’m in the same luddite hdd/ssd situation as +paddy with my 6 year old Thinkpad T410. I had a hard drive failure which led me to buying a cheap second hand replacement 1TB drive which was much larger than my old 320gb main drive but was a downgrade from 7200rmp to 5400. My boot time and program startup went from not that great to painfully slow.
The added insult was that this all happened shortly after I upgraded the wifi, ram, etc to max spec and just before I upgraded the processor to completely spec out the lappy. It’s not great, 2.8Ghz dual core arrandale G1 mobile i7, 8 gigs ram and dual-band, but it felt like a kick in the teeth that just as I was maxing out the hardware, I was taking this massive hit to performance and speed. I had spent the money and time to spec out my lappy, and I couldn’t even enjoy it because of this painfully slow hdd.
But SSD’s aren’t cheap, and took a couple of months daily use before I finally pried open my wallet and splashed out $130 on a 500GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD that should be arriving this week. To put that in perspective I’ve only spent about $220 since buying this lappy for $56 bucks and that includes a dock, compuer desk, parts, a battery.. everything I’ve spent so far. This single purchase is more than half as much as that total cost. I had the same concerns you did about my old crusty sata2 interface bottlenecking the transfer rate, making the high price less worth while. Thus, I am very encouraged by your positive experience with finally putting ssd in your old Core2Duo machine.
I wanted to ask +paddy, which program you used to benchmark the 2 drives for comparison as I would like to do the same when my ssd comes in the mail and I didn’t catch what you said. Thanks as ever for the great and timely show content from and for Luddites like me, but you brits can sometimes sound like you have a mouth full of marbles. (just kidding of course, love the show, but I didn’t catch the name of that program) Thanks again, and keep up the great work you are doing for crotchety luddites like myself.
Hi Helam — the disk benchmarking software that I
mentioned was fio. There’s a good write-up on using
Glad to hear that you have a new ssd. I have one in my t420 and now I want more ssds.
Regarding the 64 bit achievement with the Pi 3, I thought Eben Upton said on the Pi Podcast that the Pi 3 processor was chosen because it was a better 32 bit processor, not because it was 64 bit and that they weren’t too interested in running it in 64 bit mode because it would draw more power and other limitations of the hardware (like the fact that the RAM size is fixed) would keep it from gaining much performance benefit. Is there any reason to use a 64 bit kernel on the Pi 3?
He did say that it was chosen for better 32 bit performance but the main reason for keeping Raspbian 32 bit was compatibility with the other Pi models. He said that only having 1GB RAM meant that a 64 bit OS was unlikely to be of huge benefit but that it was at least worth a try for others in the community.
I’m still sticking with my trusty 2TB and 1TB HDDs on my 2 main computers.
I have a small SSD for / and a large HDD for /home.
I use full disk encryption (LUKS) so having separate drives is not practical.
A few years ago I got my x201 thinkpad and I have continued to be in love with it depsite it’s age. I would say it runs really well despite using an hdd. Just the same, putting in an ssd is a bit of a no-brainer at this point and I really look forward to doing so.
I know it will be a really nice upgrade to what I have already.
Will you need to upgrade the SSD firmware? How?
I recently replaced the HDD on my X201 with a
Sandisk Z410 480GB SSD at a cost of £104, it only
took a couple of mins to swap out and now not
only has it provided a significant performance
boost it is also a lot lighter the the HDD it
I choose the Z410 because at the time it was the cheapest branded 1/2TB SSD that I could find.
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