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    I have a picture somewhere of the Cyrix 686 processor based motherboard that's in the garage at the old house, if you want some hardware nostalgia... that one has an external L2 cache board on it, too.

    Oh, BTW, I got KDE connect to see my phone via BT!
     

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    You bet! I'd love to see some old hardware. :)
    How?! Mine was working great, stopped, and that was that. :eek: Multiple uninstalls/reinstalls, on both computer and phone, have failed to resuscitate it. :(

    Edit: it just dawned on me you did it using Bluetooth; I haven't tried that...
     
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    :eek: :eek: :eek:

    I'd still wear it too if I had it. Very cool hat. Red Hat is kicking some serious rump these days. ;)

    That's a tough act to follow. You've set the bar very high with that impressive nix collection. It's worth a mint in my books. ;)
     
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    Oh, shoot, thanks. :) (That's actually just a few of them.)

    You know, somewhere out in my garage, there are SCO Xenix manuals from c. 1987. Each manual consisted of a looseleaf binder filled with [literal!] man pages, with pretty, glossy covers, and a matching box to put them away in.

    The looseleaf design was brilliant. Any time a new command came out, or an existing command added new arguments/functionality, you'd get the new versions [on 5¼" floppies] along with new man pages. Out went the old page, in went the new!

    I remember having to special request crypt, which was needed, among other things, in order to password-protect files using vi -x; some law about it only being legal to sell to US-located customers.

    My helper's been straightening up the garage; I may ask her to find some of this old stuff...
     
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    Hm... I also have a machine language booklet for a Harris H100 "Mini" 24-bit mainframe somewhere.
     
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    Cyrix 686 Processor, external L2 cache module
     

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    Whole board

    ...ish; I think that's an Athlon 939 board on top.
     

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    Man you seriously need to de-clutter. :)
    I was going to present my Amdahl 5890 reference manual, but I think you trump that.
     
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    I think I still have an old IBM ThinkPad ca.1998 in the garage or basement somewhere. It's got a 40MB hard drive and a blazing 286 processor. ;)
     
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    Nothing that ancient here! I've got a couple of 10 year old AMD boxes (both AM3 with Phenom CPUs one is dual core (I tried unlocking the other 2 cores - They unlocked but would only run reliably at around 600MHz so I re-locked them). The other is a genuine quad core one. both still going strong running Linux (Mint 18.3 and the latest Sparky). There's lots of life in them yet.
    Oh, and I still have a Windows phone (Another endangered Species I believe).
     
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    You had me up until "Windows phone". :p
     
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    Trying to. Those boards are mounted in the garage of the house I am trying to sell.
     
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    I have a 70 pound monitor out there that will soon be gone. My helper has been working on the garage, and we're getting ready to schedule a "bulk pickup"--which will include Monster Monitor!
     
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    A 286 in 1998? Are you sure? :thinking: I was using 386s in the late 1980s. I'm confused...
     
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    Why do I get a sneaky feeling that Microsoft is trying to co-opt Linux?

    Wouldn't it be fun to use nemo or thunar instead of Explorer for file management, though?
     
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    Intel Unveils Clear Linux OS Update at Open Source Summit

    Interesting article about Clear Linux. A snippet:

    One of the major unveils that’s happening with the OSTS this week is a new installer and storefront for Intel’s own Clear Linux distribution. If you haven’t heard of Clear Linux, Intel describes the OS as “an open source, rolling release Linux distribution optimized for performance and security, from the Cloud to the Edge, designed for customization and manageability.” Forbes has covered this Linux distro and its recent improvements, while Phoronix has detailed performance breakdowns that show Clear Linux as the, well, clear winner in a range of benchmarks across Linux distros.
     
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    So it's actually made by Intel and not some Chinese company?
     
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    Wow, if that wasn't written by Intel's Marketing department, somebody needs to change jobs.
     
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    We have a member wanting to automatically convert many FLAC files, in multiple directories, to MP3. He's using windows...yeah, I know, I know--I just had to jump in and tell him it's easy with Linux. I can't help myself! :)

    Anyway, after a quick search in Synaptic, I found SoundConverter, which looks perfect, and offered it as just one solution on Linux. I think a bash script making use of SoundConverter could automate the hell out of this. :eek:

    He asked about Linux emulators, and I answered honestly that I have no experience with them.

    If you're at all familiar with Linux emulators, could I please ask you to drop into this thread and see if you can help? Of course, once you're there, if you have other suggestions, let him know!

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Heads up if you're using the following:

    - LUKS+dm_crypt if: (Linux kernel software encryption)
    - A Samsung SSD is used
    - Linux 5.1.2 is used


    You could face data loss! :eek: This article on LinusTechTips has the story.

    Note for my fellow *buntu users, Ubuntu-based distros are not affected. Whew! *wipes forehead*
     
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    This came in my mail (although I canceled my Linux Journal subscription awhile back), and thought it was interesting enough to share, but I decided to redact its links since I don't know that they should be posted publicly. If you're interested, I'm sure contacting LJ would get you going. I replaced all links with underlines.

    BTW, I'm *so* out of the loop...let's just say I'm really not sure what this is or why I would want it. :D
    -----------------------------------------------

    Hello Linux Journal Subscribers,

    No cloud, no problem. Self host and holepunch.io takes care of the rest.

    holepunch.io is a new tunneling service developed by some folks at London Trust Media (our parent company), and they'd like to share it with you for free. The service is currently in beta testing, and LJ readers are the first to hear of it.

    You can use holepunch.io to host a website locally over http or https and share it with friends or clients via a public URL (support for tcp or udp coming in the near future). To get started, simply sign up and then go to the download page to get the punch CLI that you will use for starting a tunnel. You also can use the CLI to do other things, like reserving a specific subdomain to use for your site.

    Now, other services similar to holepunch.io do exist, but holepunch.io is focused on providing the best quality at a lower price while being more private, secure and open than other options. The holepunch.io team is making business, architectural and development decisions that will allow you to trust your data going through their service. You already can find much of their code on github.

    The development team would love to hear your feedback, so please tell them what you like or don't like, and let them know if you find any bugs (email support@holepunch.io).

    Thanks,

    Linux Journal and the Holepunch.io teams
     
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    Has anyone tried Pop!_OS? I've seen it offered on System76 computers instead of Ubuntu, but I really don't know much about it.

    I have no business whatsoever to even be thinking about buying another laptop, but that doesn't stop me from checking out System76 occasionally. :)

    As I was looking over 'my' new laptop, the 17" Serval WS, and putting its configuration together, choosing which OS came up. Pop!_OS certainly sounds great--but I'm so die-hard into Kubuntu, I think I'd end up ordering it with Ubuntu and then installing Kubuntu (after wiping the drive, and partitioning it per my normal scheme).

    Thoughts?
     
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    Too rich for me... though dngrswife is due for a new 17" lappy
     
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    But I'm asking about Pop!_OS. ;)

    As for the laptop, when you're ready to buy one I just can't say enough about System76. From the quality of its products to its outstanding customer service, they're amazing.
     
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    Hey there, Linux buddies! I wonder if you'd mind taking a look at this thread?

    The OP is using BusyBox and attempting to run a dd command, which is failing. I vaguely remember BusyBox from my rooting days, though right now I don't recall ever using it.

    As for dd, it's literally been decades. I used it at work for nightly backups to a Bernoulli drive...ending around 1991. :eek: I've used it here and there since then, but not recently.

    I'm just so out of the loop now, I don't want to steer him wrong. I sat down at one of my computers today and read the man page for dd. That refreshed my memory, but I just need some help...

    Thanks. :)
     

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