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  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 7:28 am on March 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , LibreKrsnah Desktop OS, , OS,   

    I Got A New Laptop 

    Bam!

    Here we go!

    I finally got a “brand new” laptop.
    I spent a lot of time procrastinating on the announcement because I was working on some other things.

    Like my previous netbook, I will not be revealing any specifics at this point.
    As far as I can remember, I’d never mentioned specific details regarding my netbook, until I was finally in the process of moving away from it.

    Now that I’ve switched devices, I can finally make the announcement.

    I know this sounds ridiculous but this is part of my privacy-security threat model.
    Writing articles in my no-nonsense, straight-forward, factual style is a dangerous hobby. It could get me killed.
    Don’t believe me? Just look at China, India, Thailand, Egypt and a dozen other countries where bloggers have been arrested, jailed, or assassinated.

    So I will not be discussing which laptop I finally managed to procure. At least not yet.

    I will say this – I had to hassle a lot to finally get my hands on this device.
    Had to go through a lot of hurdles to buy it.
    First of all, all the stores that I visited had Intel laptops.
    And once I mentioned that I wanted a dedicated GPU, they directed me to the gaming sections, with the Lenovo Legions and HP Omens.
    I was disgusted!

    It’s going to get worse from now on. Because laptop manufacturers have finally found a new way to scam consumers with yet another useless genre – laptops for creators, which are becoming increasingly popular in demand.

    Remember when they came up with the ultrabooks? Then they invented the convertibles.
    Now, they’ve invented laptops with microbials. Have you heard of this shit?
    Pretty soon, they’ll invent laptops with retractible silicon hands targeted towards the basement dwelling neckbeards.

    The first thing that I did was to look up the prices of all the laptops online.
    Then I went to all the stores in my area and gathered their prices.
    All the local stores had jacked up the prices by a significant amount compared to online stores.

    I’m not a rich bastard.
    And every online site I visited had some bad reviews from customers regarding opened packages and faulty devices and receiving devices with different specs…
    I didn’t have enough money to tolerate all these fucking problems, okay?
    I just wanted a brand new device with no problems! Delivered ON TIME.

    Now I did order a laptop online.
    But I did it directly from the manufacturer’s. Figured I’d have less problems in doing so. Buoyiyiyiyiy! Was I so wrong!
    But that’s a story for another day.

    And then I pulled a real gangsta move: I went to a couple of stores, showed them a different manufacturer’s laptop and asked them if they could get me one and for how much.
    Imagine going to an Apple store and asking if you could buy a Surface Pro.
    LOL

    They all agreed. All I had to do was pick the one with the lowest estimate.
    In doing so, I was able to avoid getting ripped off.

    Now I chose a 2 year old laptop model, because it’s the only one I could afford. And that really sucks because I spent 800 bucks on a 2 year old model that sold for really cheap in the US.
    In fact, I could get a refurbished laptop for 600 bucks with better specs!

    A part of me has some percentage of buyer’s remorse because the laptop that I bought has now been made obsolete by newer better models at the same price point.

    And I feel like an idiot because now, my new laptop is literally old and the only consolation I can give myself is that maybe it suits me because I’m a minimalist. But we all know that’s bullshit. I got conned.

    Had I waited until now, I could’ve got myself a hexacore brand new 2021 edition laptop or at least the powerful Ideapad gaming 3.
    And, on that line of thought, if I could wait a few more weeks or months, I could get an even more powerful laptop!
    Jesus Christ!
    Where does this all end?

    In the market today, CPUs get obsolete really fast! GPUs are likely to stay relevant for at least 2-3 years. But new CPUs are been churned out annually so it kinda sucks for people who don’t have money to buy a new laptop every year or so.

    So this machine has a quad core processor, a dedicated GPU, a single channel 8 Gig RAM and a slow ass HDD.
    That’s right folks, I couldn’t afford an SSD. And I couldn’t afford 16 gigs of dual channel memory either.
    BUT, it is upgradable. So in the future, I could add another RAM stick, an SSD and so on.
    The NVIDIA GPU wasn’t compatible with LibreKrsnah Desktop OS v0.1 beta. I did spend several days working on LibreKrsnah Desktop OS v0.2 beta but the GPU problem still isn’t fixed.
    So, I have to switch to Windows whenever I want to use the GPU.

    In hindsight, perhaps I should’ve chosen an AMD CPU – AMD GPU config since I primarily run Linux. AMD CPU – NVIDIA GPU configs have a lot of problems on Linux. AMD GPUs though, aren’t as powerful as NVIDIA’s.

    AMD CPUs just became faster than Intel. Up until 2019, Intel chips were still more powerful than AMD’s.

    So, how does my “new” laptop stack up against my old ones?
    Well, the CPU is at least 500% faster than my HP laptop and over 1300% faster than my Lenovo netbook!

    The integrated GPU is at least 900% faster than the integrated GPU in my HP laptop and over 1000% faster than the integrated GPU in my Lenovo netbook.

    The dedicated GPU is at least 2800% faster than the integrated GPU in my HP laptop, and over 3000% faster than the integrated GPU in my Lenovo netbook.

    So, is it an upgrade? Of course!
    But is it the best upgrade I could’ve made? No.

    At the time of my purchase, the Ideapad Gaming sold for around $850 which was already over my $800 baseline. I’m quite surprised that Lenovo dropped the prices so quickly. I think this only goes to prove how Lenovo pricks can’t be trusted. I’ve heard this from several reviewers as well – Lenovo keeps changing their prices all the time. If the Ideapad Gaming started selling so well, I bet they’d bump the prices up to $1000 the very next day!
    FUCK LENOVO! LENOVO SUCKS!

    I’ll be adding an additional RAM stick in the future, and get an SSD. That should significantly bump up the performance.

    It’s very weird that LibreKrsnah Desktop OS v0.1 beta took longer to boot on the “new” laptop than my old netbook. I think there will be some optimizations in the future.
    I do have a roadmap for the upgrades coming next year, so maybe I’ll write an article about that.

    Footnote: In explaining the details of the specs, I believe I’ve already doxxed my laptop. Oh well!

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 7:32 pm on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Artix, , Devuan, , , , , , Lubuntu, , , OpenRC, OS, Qubes, , Runit, , , , , Whonix   

    Linux: Your Distro Sucks! 

    I just posted an article about my Lenovo netbook. To be quite fair, it is the slowest and worst netbook in the history of computers. And it just had to be my luck to be gifted one when my HP laptop died.

    My netbook is so bad, that even a beggar on the streets would bash it on the ground and stomp on it until it broke to pieces.

    The only thing worse than owning this piece of Lenovo crap, is death by Covid-19.

    But I’m the man who had no choices. I didn’t have money to buy another laptop, so I had to figure out a way to make things work.

    The netbook came preinstalled with Windows 8.1. But it was too damn slow. I upgraded it to Windows 10. It was still too damn slow. So I decided to check out Linux.

    Linux in general is known for being lightweight, faster than Windows, and able to run on slow and old hardware.

    However, times are changing fast, and the latest Linux distros can no longer run well on slow and old hardware, especially my netbook.

    Here’s my experience with Linux distros that I’ve tried:

    1. Manjaro: OS did not utilize the SWAP I’d allocated. Running solely on the 2GB RAM made it slow. Package problems showed signs that the OS could break easily during updates, app installations and removal.
    2. Elementary: Loki did not utilize the SWAP. Nice looking distro but too slow on RAM alone.
    3. Solus: Took several hours to figure out how to install. Missing a lot of software.
    4. Fedora: Couldn’t install drivers for WiFi. Hence unusable.
    5. Qubes: Couldn’t meet minimum system requirements to run
    6. Whonix: Couldn’t meet minimum system requirements to run
    7. Debian: Jessie failed to install from Live CD
    8. Subgraph: Failed to install
    9. Sabayon: Failed to complete installation while downloading packages online
    10. Lubuntu: Installed, failed to run, messed up boot options
    11. Krsnah Desktop OS v1.0: Custom Linux build. My first positive experience with an OS on this crappy Lenovo netbook

    Recently there an online debate sparked up regarding systemd’s developer using Google for fallback NTP servers. A lot of people were disgusted by systemd and some people had moved to systems with alternative Inits like Runit and OpenRC I checked out forums and websites mentioning the advantages of Runit and OpenRC over systemd. The general consensus is that Runit and OpenRC are faster, more efficient and easier to manage than systemd. So I thought I’d give it a go.I looked up the distros that used Runit and OpenRC and decided to go with the most popular ones.

    1. Artix – based on Arch. I chose the Runit version. Once I installed it, the OS had no visible package manager. I was left with a bunch of preinstalled basic apps and that was it. There’s less than 100 people on the planet who are currently using Artix. The forums are dead, there isn’t much information available for anyone stuck with a problem, and one has no choice but to sign up, wait for admin approval, and ask questions directly to the devs. I realized that the package manager had to be run from the terminal. There is no front end GUI for their package manager. If there is, users would have to install it manually. I didn’t want to go on a learning curve for an ugly distro which looked like it might die any day now. Did I mention the slow boot times?
    2. Devuan – based on Debian. Website hinted that there might be a lack of drivers for WiFi. Beowulf could not begin installation without formatting the old /home partition. I didn’t have time to backup all the data to an external drive and restore it if and when beowulf disappointed me. So many Linux distros can use the old /home partition without formatting it. What makes Devuan/Debian so special? Boo! Waste of my time.
    3. Lubuntu – Weird installation; poorly written website doesn’t provide any information on configuration during installation. Distro is slow as hell. This is clearly not meant for 2Gb netbooks. Booting is slow, login is slow and the LXQt is the ugliest desktop environment I’ve used. False advertisement. The devs need to specify this distro for high end machines.
    4. Elementary OS – Hera looks beautiful, works like a charm. I’m impressed. Unfortunately, this distro needs a minimum of 4GB RAM. The system uses over 1Gb when idle, so there isn’t much left for applications. Poor utilization of SWAP. Even when running multiple applications, the OS fails to utilize SWAP.

    And so I reinstalled Krsnah Desktop OS v4.3. Took me a day to install all the apps and configure the OS. It works better than any distros that I’ve tried.

    I think the best way to create a distro for low end machines is to build and run them on low end machines. That’s the only way the devs will learn how to utilize the resources efficiently and make the OS fast and fluid to use.

    I’m looking into implementing Runit for Krsnah Desktop OS, which currently uses systemd. However I’m not sure if it will indeed make my system run faster and smoothly when I haven’t seen any positive use cases on the distros that I tried. At the end of the day, making your distro systemd-free doesn’t make a difference if your OS is slow and laggy and has a crappy learning curve.

     
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