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News and Events / Reorganise
« on: 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
« on: 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 On the one hand it's only the 4G model, however it looks like they're using a newer version of the SOC so it's nearly 20% faster than the Stock Pi 4.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 .. :(

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;

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)

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 ...

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
« on: April 06, 2014, 02:24:25 pm »
Hi,  I've run up an OpenFire server at  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>, 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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