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    RaspAnd Nougat 7.1.2 for Raspberry Pi 3 – Build 170805 – with Google Play Store, Aptoide TV, Kodi 17.3 and Google Chrome

    Softpedia 170812: Android-Based RaspAnd OS Updated for Raspberry Pi 3 with Google Play Support

    "After announcing the latest build of his Ubuntu-based RaspEX Linux distro for Raspberry Pi 3 and 2 SBCs, GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton now informs Softpedia about the release of RaspAnd Nougat 7.1.2 Build 170805.

    It's been two months since Arne Exton's RaspAnd received an update, and the latest build is here to finally make Google Play Store work, allowing users to install various of the supported Android apps on their Raspberry Pi 3 single-board computers.

    "I have finally managed to make a version of RaspAnd Nougat 7.1.2 (for Raspberry Pi 3), which has GAPPS installed and Google Play store working," said Arne Exton. "The video performance is generally much better than in previous versions and the screen flickering is (almost) gone."
    "Run Google's Android 7.1.2 Nougat mobile OS on your Raspberry Pi 3"

    As its name suggests, RaspAnd Nougat 7.1.2 lets you run Google's Android 7.1.2 Nougat mobile operating system on your Raspberry Pi 3 single-board computer. Unfortunately, it's not compatible with previous Raspberry Pi models as Android Nougat requires quite a lot of hardware power."

    READ MORE: http://news.softpedia.com/news/andro...t-517389.shtml
    Posted 08-12-2017 at 02:27 PM by exton exton is offline
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    ExTiX 17.7 with Budgie Desktop, Refracta Tools and kernel 4.11.0.10-exton

    Softpedia 170712 about ExTiX 17.7 with the Budgie Desktop:

    "ExTiX developer Arne Exton is informing us today about the availability of a new update to his Ubuntu- and Debian-based ExTiX Linux distribution, versioned 17.7.

    ExTiX 17.7 comes as an update for the previous release, ExTiX 17.5, which the developer launched in early May as the first of the GNU/Linux operating system to be powered by a kernel from the Linux 4.11 series, and it introduces the first ever flavor that's built around the Budgie desktop environment from the Solus Project.

    "I’ve made a new extra version of ExTiX with Budgie Desktop," says Arne Exton in today's announcement. "Budgie is focused on simplicity and elegance. Designed with the modern user in mind. Only a minimum of packages are installed in ExTiX Budgie. You can, of course, install all packages you want."

    But the good news is that ExTiX Budgie is designed from the offset to allow users to use it directly from a bootable medium, be either a USB flash drive or DVD disc, as they can install package and make other settings in live mode. If you're curious to know with what set of apps ExTiX Budgie ships, study the list of installed packages.
    "Refracta Tools is pre-installed, so you can build your own Live ISO"

    On top of that, ExTiX Budgie comes pre-installed with Refracta Tools, which lets users create their own Ubuntu/Debian/ExTiX-based Live ISO images, with their own selection of packages and features. Refracta Tools can be used to generate custom live images even when using ExTiX in live mode, if you have at least 2GB RAM."

    READ MORE: http://news.softpedia.com/news/ubunt...t-516952.shtml
    Posted 08-11-2017 at 08:04 AM by exton exton is offline
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    RaspEX for Raspberry Pi 3/2 – Build 170810 – based on Ubuntu 17.04 with LXDE and kernel 4.9.41-exton-v7+

    Softpedia about RaspEX Build 170810:

    "GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton on Thursday announced the release and general availability of a new stable build of his Ubuntu-based RaspEX Linux operating system for Raspberry Pi 3 and 2 single-board computers.

    A lot of improvements went into the new RaspEX release, which was tagged as build 170810, starting with the replacement of the Linux 4.4 LTS kernel packages that were used in previous versions, with the more newer Linux 4.9 LTS kernel, and continuing with the rebase of the entire OS to Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus).

    RaspEX Build 170810 also uses packages from the Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" and Linaro repositories and adds Wicd as default network manager, Mozilla Firefox as default web browser to replace Chromium because it features better support for watching YouTube videos.

    Additionally, the developer installed Samba and VNC4Server to let users easily connect to their Windows PCs on the LAN (Local Area Network) and control the RaspEX OS on a Raspberry Pi 3 or Raspberry Pi 2 SBC, if they use Putty, VNC Viewer, or a similar SSH/VNC/Telnet client."

    READ MORE: http://news.softpedia.com/news/raspe...s-517380.shtml
    Posted 08-11-2017 at 07:55 AM by exton exton is offline
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    Posted 08-06-2017 at 07:09 AM by exton exton is offline
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    NFS-RAMBOOT - How-To for Debian 9 Stretch

    Alternative State-save Method

    One annoying thing about NFS-RAMBOOT is that it takes a while to create a new image and it hogs network bandwidth. An alternative is to use rsync - which is very fast - to keep another copy of the "/" filetree on the server in sync with what's in RAM. Then, you run tar on the server to compress that filetree into the image tarball. This costs some extra space on the server, but it conserves network bandwidth and it keeps you going instead of waiting for the tarball to finish.

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    ON SERVER

    Create the filetree folder and optionally initially populate it with:
    Code:
    mkdir /netroot/ramback
    cd /netroot/ramback/
    tar xzf /netroot/ramboot/image.tar.gz
    Make a utility script to compress a new tarball for use later:
    Code:
    #!/bin/sh
    rm -vi /netroot/ramboot64/image.tar.gz
    cd /netroot/ramback/
    tar cvzf /netroot/ramboot64/image.tar.gz --one-file-system .
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    ON CLIENT

    Use the following command whenever you want to save the current OS state to /netroot/ramback:

    Code:
    rsync -vaxAX --delete /. /netroot/ramback/
    If you want, you can run the tarball utility script on the server each and every time you sync up. Or you can just run the utility script once in a while. Or you can just run the utility script shortly before you intend to (re)boot the client.

    The bottom line is that saving the OS state with rsync is very fast and efficient, and the tarball compression doesn't really need to be done so often. Compression is still useful, though, because it reduces client boot time and network bandwidth use.
    Posted 08-04-2017 at 02:18 PM by IsaacKuo IsaacKuo is offline
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    Posted 08-03-2017 at 06:36 AM by willieaames willieaames is offline
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    Partitions - MBR vs. GPT

    I agree with astrogeek that the LQ Blog section is underused.

    We need more top class efforts like this one from hydrurga.
    Posted 08-02-2017 at 03:02 AM by beachboy2 beachboy2 is offline
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    Posted 08-02-2017 at 02:59 AM by beachboy2 beachboy2 is offline
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    The Holy Grail for Linux users.....a USB wifi adapter that works “out-of-the-box”!

    The best pcmcia card I have ever bought that is plug and play with any Linux connection manager with newer kernels than 3.4 on my old rigs is

    Quote:
    The EZ Connect™ N Pro Draft 11n Wireless Cardbus Adapter (SMCWCB-N2) is another cutting edge introduction in 2.4GHz wireless communication for notebook computers. Designed for the home and office, this wireless cardbus adapter provides the speed, coverage and security expected by today’s wireless users. The SMCWCB-N2 is Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ for full compliance with the 802.11n draft v2.0 standard, as well as the popular Wireless-G (802.11g) and Wireless-B (802.11b) standards. This next generation Cardbus Adapter utilizes advanced MIMO (Multiple-In, Multiple-Out) technology to deliver incredible speed and range. With wireless speeds up to 300Mbps and up to 11x the coverage, there is enough bandwidth to simultaneously stream video and audio, play online games, transfer large fi les, make VoIP calls and surf the Internet. With security being a key consideration, SMCWCB-N2 supports the latest WPA andWPA2 wireless encryption standards, which prevent unauthorized access to wireless networks and ensure data is secure.
    They are not easy to find since wireless N and pcmcia are not widely made because wirless usb is the fad and norm now a days. Here is picture of one.

    picture link

    I cannot comment on other wireless N pcmcia cards because I only own wireless G in other brands. Which is usually the norm for pcmcia. I just figured if anyone with a pcmcia slot on their laptop might be interested in this response.

    Another nice thing about that card is it's low profile sitting in the slot. On a dual slot pcmcia laptop. One can still have room to install a second card if they wish in the other slot. Like usb, fire-wire, cf & SD card reader. I am pretty experienced in making a older panasonic CF-48 or IBM T-23 still be functional in today's modern internet world.

    I'm not a breadline dude. Just a tinkerer.
    Posted 08-01-2017 at 08:35 AM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
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    Firmware - BIOS vs. UEFI

    This is very helpful. Thanks for posting.
    Posted 07-31-2017 at 02:29 AM by mralk3 mralk3 is offline
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    The Holy Grail for Linux users.....a USB wifi adapter that works “out-of-the-box”!

    This has worked well for me. The installation CD is for Windows and not used for Linux. I simply unplugged my Ethernet line and started up my computer with the WiFi dongle in the USB port. After I logged in, I clicked on my WiFi icon and selected my network. I then put in my password; and I was in. The speed of the connection was not noticeably slower than the hard wired connection. I rebooted the computer to see if I would have to go through the process again; but I didn't have to do anything. I just clicked on Chrome, and I was connected. Thanks again to beachboy2 for sticking with me over several posts.
    Posted 07-27-2017 at 04:02 PM by LesBarrett LesBarrett is offline
    Updated 07-28-2017 at 01:27 AM by LesBarrett
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    Firmware - BIOS vs. UEFI

    Thanks for another great post! It is refreshing to read well written posts which actually contain information useful to others! Keep up the good work!
    Posted 07-25-2017 at 02:18 AM by astrogeek astrogeek is online now
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    Posted 07-23-2017 at 07:13 PM by aus9 aus9 is offline
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    Partitions - MBR vs. GPT

    I had previously read this blog entry without commenting. But having read it once more it certainly deserves a big WELL DONE! I think the LQ blog space is much under utilized and am glad to see well written articles posted here! Thanks, and more!
    Posted 07-22-2017 at 10:41 PM by astrogeek astrogeek is online now
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    Partitions - MBR vs. GPT

    Much appreciated, svg. "If careful" is the relevant phrase here. I've added a bullet point to the MBR section ("Note that it is also possible...") to address this point. Please let me know if you have any further comments on this or any other portions of the blog. Cheers.
    Posted 07-22-2017 at 03:34 AM by hydrurga hydrurga is offline
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    Partitions - MBR vs. GPT

    Quote:
    Thus the maximum partition size, as well as the maximum amount of space usable from the start of a device, in a MBR scheme is normally 2TiB.
    Not strictly true - if a partition starts before the 2T limit, it can also be 2T in size (512 byte sectors). Thus up to almost 4T can be assigned if careful.
    Posted 07-22-2017 at 12:07 AM by syg00 syg00 is offline

  



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