I managed to get myself a new PC through work at a great price, specs are HP Desktop Mini Tower, Quad Core Intel Core i5-6500 Skylake processor, 1 TB HDD 8GB RAM. This is a great PC especially since my last desktop was a single core 32 bit with 3GB RAM which worked not too bad with Slackware 12 but seemed to struggle with later Slackwares. I am planning on upgrading to 16GB RAM (can take 32GB) and possible installing a better graphics card as i would like to play more games. Anyway the old PC got left sitting under a desk when I got hold of a second hand Dell Vostro laptop (Core 2 Duo 4GB RAM) which I have been using as my primary machine for a couple of years dual booting Windows 10 and Debian 8* and with an upgrade to an SSD it is a good fast machine for what I need (upgradable to 16GB RAM as well but that is quite expensive).

The new PC came with Windows 10 and since I need to use Windows for work (some tools we use are Windows only) I figured I would partition the drive and dual boot again with Debian. So partitioning done and Debian 8 installed but graphics are stuck at 800x600 which is horrid, turns out that the Intel HD530 graphics are only supported in Kernel 4.3 and above, no problem I think I can compile and install a new kernel so set out to install latest 4.7 Kernel. Compile goes fine and install new kernel and boot to it, graphics still stuck on 800x600. After spending time trying to work out the issue I thought I can just reinstall using Debian testing as it has a supported kernel. I then thought I would check the kernel version in Slackware 14.2 and see it is 4.4. As I was going to reinstall using Debian testing and I already had a Slackware 14.2 install USB I decided to install Slackware.

Install goes fine and boots first time and resolution is fixed. Next issue is EFI so had to install rEFInd to get back option to dual boot.

So I now have a nice new shiny install of Slackware 14.2 running XFCE and it feels like I am back where I should be.

My thoughts on Debian vs Slackware

I have used Slackware from version 8 right through to version 13 so it is my Favourite Distro. Installing is a bit more involved than other distros although these days it is just select to do a full install and let it run. I always preferred KDE to Gnome as well although on my old system I used XFCE as it was lighter on the old hardware. The main issue with Slackware is software installation. I still find that I have to manually install some programs by the .configure, make , make install process although this is better now than it used to be as there are a lot of precompiled programs available through slackpkg and other third party sites like slackbuilds. where you can download the slackpkg configs and package sources saving the hard work of finding it yourself.

I like Debian and it is my second choice although if I just need a linux system up and running fast it is the primary option as it is really quick to install and configure, software install and upgrades are really easy using apt-get as well and it works really well on my laptop running MATE. The only real issue i have is the outdated versions of software in Debian stable which sometimes causes issues.

* I tried installing Slackware 14.1 on the laptop but had some issues getting it to boot and run so needing linux installed I tried Debian next as it was my next distro of choice. Apart from requiring Broadcom firmware for the wireless it installed quickly and easily and I have been using it since.

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According to this article -> http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2011/08/ibm-leads-the-way-in-the-post-pc-era.html, an interview with one of the original computer guys at IBM the end of the PC is nigh.

Well as far as I know PC stands for Personal Computer and at least in the beginning it was a term used to define a (usually) single user, multi purpose machine of small(er) size as opposed to a multiuser mainframe/server system.

Quoted from linked article:

I, personally, have moved beyond the PC as well. My primary computer now is a tablet. When I helped design the PC, I didn’t think I’d live long enough to witness its decline. But, while PCs will continue to be much-used devices, they’re no longer at the leading edge of computing. They’re going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs. PCs are being replaced at the center of computing not by another type of device—though there’s plenty of excitement about smart phones and tablets—but by new ideas about the role that computing can play in progress

Replace PC with Desktop Computer in the above quote and it makes abit more sense although I still disagree.

I, personally, have moved beyond the PC as well. My primary computer now is a tablet.

Actually that tablet computer IS a PC just in a different form factor!! I guess what is being touted in that quote is that the DESKTOP form of computer is dying out, since a tablet form computer is still a Personal Computer as is a smart phone and a laptop or netbook.

But, while PCs will continue to be much-used devices, they’re no longer at the leading edge of computing

Again replace PC with desktop computer and the sentence is more accurate. I bet that the people that designed all those cutting edge devices used desktop machines, be they IBM Clones or MACs, and probably will continue to do so because they need a system with a decent size screen and good processing power that doesn't need charged every couple of hours. Desktop machines are easier and cheaper to upgrade, you want a more powerful tablet/better graphics capability, added connectivity? tough! WE decide what YOU get for your money. Try spending 8 hours working on a tablet and tell me it is more convenient than a traditional form of a laptop or desktop computer. Sure you might be able to use it if you get the external keyboard and mouse and the little stand so you can prop it up but for all that extra stuff you need to carry you could just get a laptop and put the money you saved towards that nice holiday.


...well not really dead, the switch component of the router is knackered. I've had bad internet connectivity for a couple of days, most pages were timing out with failed connections.

Pinging was fine, 100% connectivity and no packet loss so network card is good.

Pinging router gateway was giving between 54% and 98% (WTF) packet loss so changed ethernet cable and still same result so cable is good.

Unplugged the router and connected cable directly to cable modem and rebooted both, to reset IP address and gateway, and hey presto full internet speed and no packet loss.

Wireless connection is still 100% fine too.

So new router shopping it is.

(that was 2 years of college well paid for)

I received my certificate from the SQA today so I am officially the holder of an HND in Networking and Internet Technology...

...which means I can now charge for plugging in your computer HA!!


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