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Ubuntu 20.04 unhappy on the old Dell XPS

Figured I'd try to update the old Dell 15" XPS with the broken keyboard as a machine for the kids to use as a desktop (for at-home schooling, etc) and do a bit of testing on the new release while I'm at it. The machine has been on 18.04, was updated and rebooted right before ...

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Windows Isn't a Horror Show

So it has been a long time since I forced myself to boot into Windows to get support/development work done for the platform. Other than one hard-freeze where the machine updated its drivers, rebooted, and just stopped recognising the keyboard or trackpad, it pretty much just worked (turning it off and on again did, as ...

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Trying out raw Debian on an old Laptop

So I was given an old Celeron M laptop (XP era, 500MB RAM) and decided to try Debian Stretch out on it. The default Debian netinst installer does NOT include proprietary wireless firmware packages... seriously? Practicality needs to beat purity there. The machine can't boot from USB, and my very last CD-R was used up ...

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Prime Nvidia can't find GLX (solved)

So the laptop (XPS 15 Kubuntu 18.04) has an nvidia 900 series mobile GPU. When I went to run the unit tests for PyOpenGL... almost entirely red. Because the X display had no GLX extension. To be clear, X was running, KDE Plasma (which normally uses GLX for rendering) was apparently using XRender silently, basically ...

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Docker on Centos7 host underwhelms

So one of the things I've been working on recently is creating a docker-based container to host a complex application for video processing that requires a lot of OS-level setup. I, of course, work on a number of Ubuntu 17.04 machines for development, and docker there has proven to be exactly what you expect. You ...

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GStreamer Playback Captured mpeg.ts using Timestamps

The use case here is capturing a network input source (mpeg ts stream) and then using that capture for playback later. If you just use a filesrc your playback will run as fast as the machine can process it unless you've got an element in the pipeline that will limit the speed (such as a ...

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Dell XPS 15 (9550) Exploding Battery

So I guess it's necessary that I write this up, as my previous reviews of this laptop were relatively positive, despite the PITA-ish ness of using it with Linux and the coil-whine of the power supply, and the latest issue makes it a "stay the hell away" recommendation.

Background:

A few months ago ...

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Review: Dell XPS 15 (9550) as a Linux Developer's Laptop

Update: the battery in this machine started swelling/exploding at 1.25 years Strongly recommend not buying one!

So I've now had a Dell XPS 15 9550 as my primary driver for approximately 9 months. I covered the (painful) setup process a bit when I first got it, so I won't repeat most of that here. Suffice ...

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Black Screen on KDE after disconnecting external monitor

So yesterday I tried connecting an external monitor to my nVidia proprietary driver KDE laptop. It went meh, as the external display is so much lower resolution (and so much larger) than the configurations on the laptop make the monitor look like a VGA blown up to ridiculous proportions. Oh well, unplugged the monitor this ...

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nVidia, package cudnn for Ubuntu already

It's half-way through 2016 and to get Tensor Flow installed on Ubuntu 16.04 one has to register for an nVidia developer's program? Here's a hint, current LTS for Ubuntu installing a widely-used AI library should require (in total):

apt-get install tensorflow tensorflow-gpu

Seriously, why make installing a widely used library a PITA? It's only useful ...

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