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Intel NUC Desktop Linux Review
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- Outside of video games, it has a completely uncompromised feeling and desktop experience. Video games do work well at lower resolutions, but struggle at 1080p.
- This NUC requires 1.35 volt memory, it also required timing 11 not timing 9 memory. The computer will not boot with 1.5 volt memory or refresh timing 9 memory. This applies to newer generation NUCs, which is fairly confusing as older generations accepted both 1.5 and 1.35v memory.
My NUC as Speced:
- Up the amount of vram allocated to the intel gpu to something reasonable (1gb+) in UEFI, vastly improves video performance.
- Enable Early KMS start, gives a high resolution terminal and allows a smoother transition to the desktop.
- Install xf86-video-intel, enable multilib, install lib32-intel-dri
- Drivers already default to the new SNA mode, so ignore the first section but do the second section that enables glamour mode
- install libva-intel-driver, you can also use VDPAU as well
- If using gnome, add to /etc/enviroment CLUTTER_PAINT=disable-clipped-redraws:disable-culling to get tear-free video
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Desktop App Pick
- Open source!
- Imports from Delicious.com, Google Bookmarks, Google Chrome, and Firefox.
- Google Chrome extension
- Firefox extension
- Bookmarklet for other browsers (mobile devices)
- Store page content and fulltext searches it
- Support for Sqlite, MySQL, and Postgresql
- Mobile friendly responsive layout
- Android app
CoreOS is one of the few. While CoreOS is originally based on Chrome OS (another of the few), it has a much different target than that mobile-focused distribution; CoreOS calls itself: “Linux for Massive Server Deployments”.
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The Heartbleed flaw, introduced in early 2012 in a minor adjustment to the OpenSSL protocol, highlights one of the failings of open source software development.
While many Internet companies rely on the free code, its integrity depends on a small number of underfunded researchers who devote their energies to the projects.
It may not be widely known, but Linux did revolutionize computing. If you own an Android phone or a Kindle e-reader, you are a Linux user. Linux is at the core of those popular devices and is found in a variety of other places, from the world’s most powerful supercomputers down to the tiny Raspberry Pi device that is a favorite among electronics hobbyists.
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