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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 ... :)


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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 linux.co.uk ...  :)
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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;

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

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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 ....

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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 "https://linux.co.uk" in a browser and leave it open in a tab over 10pm, I would be very grateful.

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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;

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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.

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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; 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/




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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 .. :)  )

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General Discussion / New Linux Distribution :: ProLinux
« on: October 05, 2015, 08:22:26 pm »
Hi,

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)

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Full working order, offers + postage ...

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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 ...

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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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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/

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
GOOG-411
Google Blog Search
Google Building Maker
Google Latitude
Google Offers
Google Questions and Answers
Google Schemer
Google Health
IGoogle
Google Image Labeler
Google Image Swirl
Knol
Google Labs
Google Lively
Google Mashup Editor
Google Notebook
Orkut
Google Page Creator
Picnik
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 ..

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News and Events / Linux Chat
« on: 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)

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