Nothing serious!

Neofetch on Mac

Nice on Mac...

Triumph is the official partner for Moto2 as of 2019!

Bell Bullit Solid Black

I now have the helmet...

Can't wait for my Triumph Bonneville Bobber

New Linux distributions available for windows

After Ubuntu, Fedora & OpenSUSE are coming to windows

Windows is bringing some good stuff...

Qnap upgrade and SMB high CPU

I just upgraded my QNAP TVS 462 from 4.2 to and now the NAS was running high CPU between 85 & 99% for several hours.

After disabling container station, virtualization station and all other services I discovered that disabling the "file service for Microsoft Networking" made the CPU back to less than 20%.

I need to connect to my NAS using SFTP from my linux boxes, not really a problem.

I will open a ticket to QNAP support.

Ubuntu 18.04 will drop Unity for Gnome

Last week Mark Shuttleworth announced that Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will use GNOME as its default desktop environment, and not Unity.

I understand the disappointment of people who are using Unity and like it. I also like the way Shuttleworth is respecting the market & community strength:

I took the view that, if convergence was the future and we could deliver it as free software, that would be widely appreciated both in the free software community and in the technology industry, where there is substantial frustration with the existing, closed, alternatives available to manufacturers. I was wrong on both counts.
In the community, our efforts were seen fragmentation not innovation. And industry has not rallied to the possibility, instead taking a ‘better the devil you know’ approach to those form factors, or investing in home-grown platforms. What the Unity8 team has delivered so far is beautiful, usable and solid, but I respect that markets, and community, ultimately decide which products grow and which disappear.

Ubuntu is my favourite distro when I need to use Linux at work or at home (even if my company by default uses Centos/Redhat). But for any desktop I was not using Unity. It has always been too far from my likings.

Let's see what will be the Ubuntu future.

KDE Neon on MacBook Pro

I have a MacBook Pro Retina 13" early 2015. I wanted to test the KDE NEON distribution on it.

After googling the best way to install it I found this article describing the different steps and it looked easy...

I first downloaded the User Edition Live/Install image.

I had some issues to write the image on a USB stick on Mac OSX with ROSA Image writer and decided to go with UNetbootin.

I decided to completely wipe out my OSX installation instead of having a dual boot. I just prepared a Sierra restoration USB stick in case things were going wrong.

I booted the macbook from the USB stick: Hold the Option (⌥) and choose the USB stick to boot from.

I first tested the live mode to see what are the potential problem I will face and nice surprise, the wifi chipset is supported out of the box, the magic mouse is recognized and paired (as my mouse is an apple magic mouse 2, the scrolling is not working).

I decided to install it and followed the normal installation of KDE Neon as on any PC.

So far I enjoy my KDE Neon on my MacBook.

My comments on the current setup:

  • Kmail is still not really a good email application, switching to Thunderbird, with firetray extension is a very good move.
  • Mouse sensitivity by default requires a bit of tweaking to be usable.
  • Screen size is providing much more place to have several windows opened but requires good eyes ;-)
  • I did not manage to have Scale Display setting working correctly.
  • LibreOffice on KDE is really ugly out of the box, I need to dig a bit around styles, but after a while I realized the Libreoffice version provided by KDE Neon is not the latest. Installing the latest Libreoffice (Fresh) gives a much better interface.
  • KDE Neon is working very well, no crashes or big issues.

Jabra Evolve Link headset problem with KDE neon

Connecting a Jabra Evolve Link MS headset to my KDE Neon laptop creates a problem by preventing my mouse & trackpad to stop functioning correctly.

This post helped me to understand the problem.

I just had to create the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file like this:

Section "InputClass"
Identifier "Jabra"
MatchUSBID "0b0e:0305"
Option "Ignore" "on"

To find the correct MatchUSBID I just run the command dmesg to view the system message when I connected the headset to my laptop.

Forgot password on QNAP Linux VM

Reset of a forgotten password on a linux computer is quite easy when you have physical access to the machine.

The mandatory operation is to boot the machine in recovery mode. When running a VM it is quite difficult to reboot and get the prompt and change the boot option to a recovery kernel.

The solution is to go to the QNAP virtual machine console and click the Control-Alt-Delete icon to restart the machine.

Then you will be able to choose the boot option to recovery mode.

Once done you just have to type this command to mount the filesystem:

mount -rw -o remount /

and then:

passwd myuser

to reset the forgotten password.