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News and Events / Domain Names ...
April 15, 2022, 04:30:23 PM
Ok, so I'm kind of plugging a vendor here, however as they're supplying at cost it really doesn't feel like an 'advert'. For anyone who uses domain names (UK or US in particular) you'll likely be using a third party vendor who is "probably" charging you between £10 and £20 per year for regular domains. (first year special offers aside) They do this by getting a bulk price from national registries, adding (quite a hefty) markup, then selling the service on.

We now have a vendor (!) who is providing the service with no markup, so you effectively pay wholesale prices, which is between £3 and £4 per year for a UK domain and maybe £6 for a US .com.


And of course once you have your domain name there, you're just a few clicks away from using their primary service which is to protect your website(s) and other online assets. Again they have a free tier so I feel this isn't really an advert as such. Looking at the stats they seem to have foiled around 47,000 malicious attacks on "this" site in the last month alone and have provided a consistently 'good' service.

General Discussion / Just a thought ...
April 07, 2022, 03:15:01 PM
A few people have commented on the visibility of recent posts .. if it helps there's an easy to access listing here https://linux.uk/category/forums/ that's updated every few minutes ...
Ok, so I'm partly testing polls here to see how they look on the new version. Note, if you look in your profile you can change your Theme. I've uploaded 4 for now, let me know if there's anything on the SMF mods page you like the look of.
News and Events / Upgrades ...
March 26, 2022, 11:41:38 AM
Hi Folks,

For various technical reasons we need to perform an upgrade on the Forum software.
Unfortunately this will be a fairly major upgrade which will not be compatible with the theme currently employed by the site.
So, please be aware;

  • We will be upgrading the site in the coming week and during the upgrade, posting will be disabled. We envisage the upgrade and follow-up to take an hour or so, but expect some aspects of the site to be tweaked during the following days / weeks.
  • The current theme will be scrapped, so the "look" of the site will change fairly dramatically, although the functionality and capabilities of the site (and the associated historical postings) should all remain intact.
  • We are hoping to be able to install multiple themes (including light/dark options) and to allow users to choose their own look from a pool of options.
  • In general the upgraded site should have a more modern look / feel to it
There will be a posting here when the upgrade starts, and another when it's complete  :)
News and Events / Reorganise
May 08, 2021, 02:53:44 PM
We're moving some of the Forums boards around a little .. bear with us ...
News and Events / Raspberry Pi 400
November 02, 2020, 07:54:55 PM
For anyone interested in the new Raspberry Pi's re; running Linux, they've just released a model built into a Keyboard which looks quite interesting. On the one hand it's only the 4G model, however it looks like they're using a newer version of the SOC so it's nearly 20% faster than the Stock Pi 4. Looks like it can boot directly from a USB3 SSD, which makes it look like quite an attractive (complete) PC for £67, or £94 including keyboard, mouse and cables. (just need to plug in a bootable USB SSD)

Check it out, but don't get too excited, looks like the first batch sold out pretty quickly .. :(

  • https://thepihut.com/products/raspberry-pi-400 (https://thepihut.com/products/raspberry-pi-400)
  • https://thepihut.com/products/raspberry-pi-400-personal-computer-kit (https://thepihut.com/products/raspberry-pi-400-personal-computer-kit)
  • https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-400/?resellerType=home (https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-400/?resellerType=home)
News and Events / Hell finally freezes over ...
September 23, 2020, 01:26:48 AM
As of October 2020, apparently Microsoft will be releasing a native Linux version of their Edge browser.

https://www.microsoftedgeinsider.com/en-us/whats-next (https://www.microsoftedgeinsider.com/en-us/whats-next)

Hands up everyone running Linux who wants to install Microsoft software on their machine?
(Edge seems to be based on Google's Chromium browser engine, although Wikipedia lists the browser itself as having a Proprietary license)
News and Events / Linux.UK
September 16, 2020, 12:38:08 PM
Hi, we're about to launch a new website at https://linux.uk (https://linux.uk) (not available just yet) and are looking for more content .. specifically if anyone has an article they've written (or would like to write) about their experiences with Linux or getting started with Linux, please message me .. :)
So I just had a box that started throwing both memory errors and disk errors (SSD) so I decided to try something new. The box dates back to 2011, an ASUS ATX motherboard, Phenom II 4-core 3GHz CPU and 8G RAM with a 30 quid NVidia fanless graphics card. Nothing special, but a nice quiet workstation.

In an attempt to replace that, for the first time in 9 years I bought a new CPU and motherboard.
Just for reference, this combination worked first time for me;

  • ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming ATX Motherboard, AMD Socket AM4, Ryzen 3000 Ready (£109)
  • AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler (£109)
  • Corsair CMK16GX4M2B3200C16 Vengeance LPX 16 GB (£75)
  • Kingston A400 SSD SA400M8/120G - Internal Solid State Drive M.2 (£28)
(Total of £321)

Thus far very happy, the M2 unbuffered is doing between 500M and 1G/sec, CPU has 12 (yes 12!) cores. I was a little worried I'd "get the wrong stuff" after not buying kit for a while, but this lot seemed happy on the first pass .. not seeing any incompatibilities. Thrown a bit by the lack of PATA interface so I had to swap the DVD for a unit with a USB interface, but apart from that .. 2W sleep and ~ 55W idle with a 3-disk RAID added.

I've a few more boxes to do over the coming months (well a few more boxes the same age), if anyone has any alternative working combinations I'd be interesting in comparing notes ... :)

News and Events / FORUM MODERATORS
March 07, 2020, 02:53:41 PM
Hi, Unfortunately these forums don't moderate themselves, so I'm in search of one or more individuals who can take-over some of the work that Mark has been doing these past years. It's not something I have time for at the moment so unless someone out there has time on their hands the forums will probably go Read-Only shortly, at least for a little while. Anyone interested, please get in touch here or via madpenguin at linux.co.uk ...  :)

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General Discussion / Memorial Fund for Mark Greaves
February 06, 2020, 01:57:29 PM
For anyone who would like to contribute, Mark's family have set up a Memorial fund here;

https://www.gofundme.com/f/memorial-fund-for-mark-greaves-peppermintos-ceo (https://www.gofundme.com/f/memorial-fund-for-mark-greaves-peppermintos-ceo)

The Peppermint forum announcement is here;

https://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php/topic,9283.0.html (https://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php/topic,9283.0.html)
News and Events / Changes to the site (!)
March 04, 2017, 04:30:07 PM
Hi, I'm making a few changes to the site - if anyone sees any problems, please let me know ....
General Discussion / Help!!
February 01, 2017, 04:45:10 PM
Hi, if anyone has a little time tonight, I'm trying to put together a screenshot of some new software I'm writing but I need a few people from different geographical locations to browse a website to get a decent picture. So, if anyone is able to bring up "https://linux.co.uk (https://linux.co.uk)" in a browser and leave it open in a tab over 10pm, I would be very grateful.

Quoteit's a "real time" Analytics plugin for wordpress so you can see who's on a given site at any given point in time, which page they're on and which pages they've visited.

Essentially I'm after a "better populated" version of this;
[smg id=1607 type=preview]

With rolling daily totals;
[smg id=1608 type=preview]
News and Events / UPGRADE NOW!
February 17, 2016, 10:57:37 AM
Ok, for anyone who missed it, one of the core Linux maintenance teams appears to have screwed up really badly. As a result, you should really consider upgrading your system ASAP. You will hear people say "yeah, but it's difficult to implement the exploit", and they may be correct. However, once someone does produce a comprehensive exploit, my guess is that many (most!) home Linux installations are open.

Details of the issue are here; https://sourceware.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=18665 (https://sourceware.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=18665)
The Ubuntu-specific details / fix details are here; http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-2900-1/ (http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-2900-1/)

General Discussion / Mr Robot
October 24, 2015, 11:25:16 AM
Hi, has anyone been watching "Mr Robot", which has just appeared on Amazon Prime?

Although it's not "about" Linux, technically, it pretty much is all about Linux.  :o 
(it's now one of my favourite shows .. :)  )
General Discussion / New Linux Distribution :: ProLinux
October 05, 2015, 08:22:26 PM

I'm in the process of trying to set up a new Linux distribution, if anyone's interested in getting involved (at any level) please drop me a line.

Useful links

  • There is a brief overview here. (https://gareth.bult.co.uk/2015/10/03/prolinux/)
  • There is a community site set up on slack (https://prolinux.slack.com/)
  • If you want access to slack, just email [email protected] with your email address and forum ID ...
    (this will open a ticket on the tracker)
  • The website *will* be available at http://pro.linux.uk (http://pro.linux.uk/), but it's not been completed yet.
(if you've not seen Slack (https://slack.com/), it's worth a look irrespective)
(and also Groove (https://www.groovehq.com/) which is the ticket tracker)
(and also AgileCRM (https://www.agilecrm.com/) which we're using for CRM)
(and also Xero (https://www.xero.com/uk/) which we're using for Accounts)
This topic has been moved to Jobs Offered (http://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?board=182.0).

In the beginning they were all young an innocent, full of promise ...
As time passed they became more powerful and more cynical ...
And eventually, they turn to the dark-side ...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/24/chrome_npapi_plugin_death_date/ (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/24/chrome_npapi_plugin_death_date/)

Anything else to kill . GoogleWallet maybe .. oh, no, already gone.

How about ...

Aardvark (search engine)
Google Answers
Google Base
Google Buzz
Google Code Search
Google Dictionary
Google Fast Flip
Google Friend Connect
Google Blog Search
Google Building Maker
Google Latitude
Google Offers
Google Questions and Answers
Google Schemer
Google Health
Google Image Labeler
Google Image Swirl
Google Labs
Google Lively
Google Mashup Editor
Google Notebook
Google Page Creator
Google Reader
Google Script Converter
Google SearchWiki
Google Sidewiki
Google Squared
Urchin (software)
Google Video Marketplace
Apache Wave

.. did I miss any??

.. Which one is due to go next ??

.. Perhaps they could make Google search only work from Chrome ..
News and Events / Linux Chat
April 06, 2014, 02:24:25 PM
Hi,  I've run up an OpenFire server at jabber.linux.co.uk.  I've always been aware that the 'chat' facility here wasn't the best in the world, would be interested to see if OpenFire is a better solution - if anyone has 10 mins to kill .. :)

To try it out, run up "Pidgin" and create a new account.
This will be a Jabber (or XMPP) account of the form <your choice of id>@jabber.linux.co.uk, if you tick the right buttons it should try to create a new account for you.
Once in, you can friend others, or try to join the "LinuxForums" chat room ...

If it proves useful, I'll try to add a Javascript XMPP client for anyone not wanting to use Pidgin.
(incidentally, I'm using Empathy, this works just as well [better?] that Pidgin , with the exception it doesn't seem to like 'creating' new accounts)
News and Events / Completely off-topic, but ...
April 03, 2014, 03:47:23 PM
Is it me? or was this just not in the news this week ??

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2593556/Frances-Socialist-PM-entire-government-quit-following-electoral-meltdown-Hollande-set-hand-job-interior-minister-Manuel-Valls.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2593556/Frances-Socialist-PM-entire-government-quit-following-electoral-meltdown-Hollande-set-hand-job-interior-minister-Manuel-Valls.html)

It just seems incredible that the entire government of our nearest neighbor resigns and neither the BBC or Sky seem to have covered the issue, at least I've not seen it on TV and I can see no mention on their respective news sites.  Apparently Farage isn't the only Euro-skeptic doing well this week, albeit , apparently, not all the press want us to know about it. One wonders if the French will already have left the EU before we actually get to vote on it (?!)