KDE Neon is build on Ubuntu LTS (currently 18.04) with up-to-date Qt and KDE libraries. Updates tend to arrive pretty much every other day and it gets annoying to enter your password every time you launch Discover to install an update.Continue reading
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Environment monitoring using InfluxDB and Grafana
Note: This post was first published on the Mevisys website.
When we talk about environment monitoring, temperature monitoring is one of the most ubiquitous use-cases and makes for an illustrative example as well. The measurement side of the process is not an area that would offer many exciting innovations in this day and age – today it is all about how you process the collected data.Continue reading
Linux and fingerprint sensors in 2018
I have recently gotten involved in setting up both latest Gnome (Ubuntu) and KDE (Manjaro) environment on two X230 Thinkpads with fingerprint sensors and the question of how to make them work appeared.
ThinkPad battery charge thresholds
If you want to take good care of your lithium-based battery, you should not charge or discharge it completely, but stick just to a part of the total range. This way you can increase the number of charge-discharge cycles it survives and thus prolong it’s life.
Certain laptops offer ways to set battery charging thresholds.
Terminal window resizing in xfce
Have you ever been annoyed by terminal windows not aligning their edges with edges of other windows or screen edges in xfce? Seems like there is an easy fix, if you know where to look!
The long and painful road to useful Plasma 5 desktop
Some parts of this angry rant still hold true, but Plasma desktop sure improved greatly since this post was originally written. I now run latest KDE software on Manjaro for several months and it sure got good enough for my day-to-day use. New post incoming… maybe when I get around to it.
First of all, I would like to state that I’m a fan of KDE. Some of their programs and utilities are unmatched by any other. For example file browser Dolphin, text editor Kate, the great PIM suite Kontact, … the list goes on. Also the level of customization is borderline fetishist. KDE desktop lets you do absolutely anything you ever thought possible and more… or it seems so at first. Then, in the moment of awe, the first crash comes. Then you start noticing weirg glitches and somehow missing features.
Running Ubuntu natively on Nvidia Shield Tablet
Thanks to Nvidia’s Linux4Tegra and work of Bogdacutu and Steel01, as of today I’m running desktop Ubuntu on my Shield Tablet. And it works surprisingly well. Except some tablet-specific hardware like the modem, accelerometers and such, of course.
All it takes is to install MultiROM, patch the kernel and install the appropriate Linux4Tegra installation archive next to existing Android system and there you go:
Linux Device Tree – a slight disappointment
After reading about the much discussed Device Tree for quite a long time as a holy savior of the ARM world I had the chance to get my fingers on it in a real world application. The issue was to upgrade Linux system from 3.0 kernel to 3.13 on a custom Vybrid VF610 board. The original 3.0-based system from Timesys was not working properly in some aspects and needed a bit of an overhaul.