Linux Tips and Tweaks and Other Help

Discussion in 'Linux Compatibility and Software' started by Mr. Fox, Jul 15, 2020.

  1. Mr. Fox

    Mr. Fox BGA Filth-Hating Elitist

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    MR has saved my bacon more times than I can count. The more you tinker, the more you need it. It's almost a necessity, like having an SPI programmer for firmware.
     
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    POP_OS! with Cinnamon desktop. Lutris works nice for running Cinebench R20 and R23 on Linux. I have to run a CPU-X benchmark in the background to get the Turboboost clocks to show for screenshots.
    CBR20.jpg CBR23.jpg
     
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    So I mentioned earlier that I wasn't able to upgrade my Ubunto 20.04 that came preinstalled on my XPS 13 to Ubuntu 20.1. When I hit upgrade, I choose upgrade now but nothing happens.

    I just tried using Dell's Recovery tool to have it download a fresh new image on my laptop and everything was fine until I Upgraded. This time, the upgrade did work but the moment the machine rebooted and I was on the desktop, it upgraded but no drivers were there, even WiFi and Bluetooth were not working! With all due respect to this community and people who love Linux, not only it is very annoying to install an application having to use Sudo commands but such basic thingssuch as a minor OS upgrade causing such issues is just not acceptable at this day and age. This OS is lightyears behind Windows despite all its telemetry, tracking, etc. At least it just works without having the person to reinvent the wheel.
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    Why didn't you just install Pop! _OS?

    The reality is that Linux is not for everyone, and Linux on a laptop can be extra tricky, unless you are using a super user-friendly distro such as Pop. Most Windows users probably never had to use the command line, never mind powershell.
    With Linux the bar is definitely higher. Whether it makes sense to use it depends. Completely non-technical people should generally stay away unless they are prepared to learn quite a bit about POSIX and GNU. Benefits include much improved privacy and security, lower system requirements, improved performance in some use cases, access to native Linux tools and software without any emulation layers, unparalled flexibility of customisation, cost reduction etc. Remember Android is just a Linux overlay, MacOS is based on closely related BSD.

    Put another way, Linux can be friendly, it's just a bit picky about its friends :)
     
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    Because of the drivers I guess? I bought this "Developers Edition" XPS laptop to finally be able to try Linux on a laptop without having to worry about drivers.

    When I did upgrade to Ubuntu 20.1 from 20.04, it did say that it needs to remove some packages and there was no other option so I hit remove I think that was the problem then again, I am not happy that I am not able to update to just on .X version of an OS and run into such basic issues such as no drivers; heck, the most important driver which is the WiFi so no access to the net to do or fix anything.
     
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    Everything on my m15 with Ax210 WiFi 6E works out of the box on the latest PopOs, Ubuntu 20.1 was close, but less smooth with Nvidia drivers. Pop! just seems to be regarded as the easiest distro to use on a laptop. I quite like the default Gnome, but if you don't you can install KDE Plasma, Cinnamon etc.

    The other question is: was your issue a vanilla Ubuntu problem or something Dell-specific?

    Normally the fallback is to plug in the Ethernet to sort out the WiFi driver or install it from a USB stick.
     
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    Some people love cars, but their "maintenance" capabilities go as far as pumping their own gas, changing wiper blades and using a drive-through car wash. They can do a few more things like changing a blown fuse or burned out bulb as long as it does not require a lot of fuss accessing those things or time figuring out what they need to do. They enjoy driving it.

    There are lots of people that love computers, but have a similar appetite for anything that is inconvenient of challenging. Linux is not for this type of computer user. They will go back to Windows or Mac OS simply because it requires less effort. They enjoy using it.

    Linux is actually very easy most of the time. Considering the fact that it is used by such a tiny percentage of the overall computer market, it is surprisingly good. Poor documentation can be frustrating, even for those that enjoy getting their hands dirty.
     
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    Right. Apparently, Linux runs on about 2% of desktops and laptops (not including ChromeOS) which actually trebled over the last decade. I guess it's fair to say that anyone using a Linux desktop/laptop is part of the 2% elite in a good way :)

    However, it has dominated the server-side enterprise, and other commercial applications. The result has been an investment in Linux development which does spill into the desktop experience.
     
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    Reps for getting Wine to run CB20 and CB23 - I only managed CB15 lol

    Did you run installers? I think I tied CB20 portable and failed.
     
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    You don't have to upgrade from Long Term Service version to lower 9 months supported distro point release, the reason why LTS is released is prevent constant upgrades and frustrations.
    In case you like you have bleeding edge kernel and always have system backups I'd suggest installing hwe kernel which will keep you on upgraded kernels used in 20.10.
    Usually Linux install on a Dell jokebook needs a Master Degree in IT since their BIOS complicates things and works best with Windows most of the times. I usually had great out of the box experience on Lenovo, HP and Acer PCs.
     
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