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News and Events / Hell finally freezes over ...
« on: September 23, 2020, 01:26:48 am »
As of October 2020, apparently Microsoft will be releasing a native Linux version of their Edge browser.

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
« on: September 16, 2020, 12:38:08 pm »
Hi, we're about to launch a new website at (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 .. :)

Hardware Compatibility / Refurbishing your Linux box ...
« on: March 14, 2020, 06:21:12 pm »
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
« on: 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 ...  :)
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General Discussion / Memorial Fund for Mark Greaves
« on: February 06, 2020, 01:57:29 pm »
For anyone who would like to contribute, Mark's family have set up a Memorial fund here;

The Peppermint forum announcement is here;,9283.0.html

News and Events / Changes to the site (!)
« on: 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!!
« on: 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 "" in a browser and leave it open in a tab over 10pm, I would be very grateful.

it'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;

With rolling daily totals;

The Penguin's second hand Linux Emporium / Linux Workstations ...
« on: March 20, 2016, 04:40:28 pm »
Hi, just in case anyone is interested .. I've been offered some (brand new / with warranty) Linux Workstations with the following specification;
  • Case (as shown)
  • CPU AMD FX4300, Quad Core, 3.8GHz (this is pretty quick)
  • 600W PSU
  • 24x DVD ReWriter
  • 8G Ram (2x4G)
  • Arctic 7 CPU Cooler
  • GeForce GT710, 192 Core, 2560x1600 (digital)
  • Segate Pipeline 320 HDD
  • Ubuntu Desktop pre-installed
  • (no mouse/keyboard/screen)
£300 + Delivery + VAT, 1 year warranty etc ..

I need a few orders to get this price, so if anyone's interested, please let me know.

News and Events / UPGRADE NOW!
« on: 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;
The Ubuntu-specific details / fix details are here;

General Discussion / Mr Robot
« on: 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
« on: 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

(if you've not seen Slack, it's worth a look irrespective)
(and also Groove which is the ticket tracker)
(and also AgileCRM which we're using for CRM)
(and also Xero which we're using for Accounts)

Full working order, offers + postage ...

The Penguin's second hand Linux Emporium / Boxes to spec *really* cheap ...
« on: September 19, 2015, 05:45:11 pm »
Ok, so I've just cleared out a rack and am left with a whole bunch of kit with nowhere to go. Typically these are all rack mount servers based on AMD Hex-Core chips at either 3.2G or 3.3G with with 16Gb of RAM. These things make really good workstations when packed up in a desktop case ..

If anyone wants a really cheam server/workstation based on this sort of kit I'm happy to build one up with new disks / case and supply it with a years warranty from a company with a 13 year track record. Boxes essentially at cost with the distro of your choice pre-installed ...

The Penguin's second hand Linux Emporium / Dell Poweredge 1950
« on: September 19, 2015, 05:40:56 pm »
Ok, I have six of these, I think they all have 2 x 75GB .. 15K RPM disks ...

They're sat on my Windowsill obscuring the sunlight .. if anyone's interested and would like more details / to make an offer on some or all of them, please let me know, otherwise they're headed for the 99p section on eBay ...

.. last seen in action around 4 years ago, all seem to have Windows 2003 Server licenses attached ..
.. as far as I'm aware they should all be working fine ..

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