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Excellent Free Distraction-Free Tools for Writers

Fans of the typewriter remain a vehement group. They view the typewriter as something really special, a tool which makes the connection between languages. One of the attractions of a typewriter is that it offers a distraction-free alternative of modern day methods for producing a document. They challenge the writer to concentrate on what really matters - the content. They force the writer to think.

In many countries, the typewriter has been largely consigned to history by the computer. Yet, the computer is jam-packed with distractions. The desktop with its cluttered interface, the chatter of social media, the almost limitless content of the internet, the chirping email notifications, the list of distractions is endless. When writing, concentration is vital. Fortunately, there are computer applications which are designed to offer a distraction-free environment, to ensure the writer has mental clarity, by not being distracted by the operating system and a cluttered interface.

Here is my take on the finest distraction-free applications to help you focus on writing without interruption. Each of the applications run in Linux, most are available as desktop applications.

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Test read/write speed of usb and ssd drives with dd command on Linux

Drive speed The speed of a drive is measured in terms of how much data it can read or write in unit time. The dd command is a simple command line tool that can be used to read and write arbitrary blocks of data to a drive and measure the speed at which the data transfer took place. In this post we shall use the dd command to test and read and write speed of...
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How to fix Virtualbox error “Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)” on Ubuntu

Virtualbox I recently installed the latest version of Virtualbox (4.3.12) by downloading the deb files from virtualbox.org on Ubuntu 14.04. The installation goes fine, but when trying to run Virtualbox, it reports the following error. Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908) The VirtualBox Linux kernel driver (vboxdrv) is either not loaded or there is a permission problem with /dev/vboxdrv. Please reinstall the kernel module by executing '/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup' as root. If it is available in your distribution, you should install the DKMS package first. This package keeps track of Linux kernel changes and recompiles...
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CentOS 6.5 vs. CentOS 7.0 NAS Performance Comparison

After years of development, RedHat finally released the next major version of RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) v7. RedHat Enterprise Linux is an enterprise-grade Linux distribution, which is frequently used in corporate data centers as an operating system for NAS storage devices. From the performance point of view, the new Linux kernel and the new default file system may have a significant impact on a NAS storage device and therefore it is very important to understand how the newly released RedHat Enterprise Linux version 7.0 compares to the last stable version 6.5.

 

http://www.flexense.com/centos6_vs_centos7_nas_performance.html

 

 

How To : Install NVIDIA 331.89 (Stable) Graphics Drivers in Ubuntu/Linux Mint Systems

The latest version of Nvidia Graphics driver for Linux which is Nvidia 331.89 has been released and is available for download. It comes with plenty of fixes and changes. This article will guide you to install Nvidia 331.89 in Ubuntu and Linux Mint systems.

Fixes

  • Added support for the following GPU:
      GeForce GT 730
  • Fixed a race condition in the NVIDIA kernel module that caused some GPUs to sporadically become unresponsive.
  • Updated the error reporting in the NVIDIA kernel module to include the GPU serial number, when available, in error messages written to the system log.
  • Fixed a bug that caused blank screens when transforming or rotating displays in an SLI Mosaic layout.
  • Fixed a bug that corrupted certain software rendering on 32-bit systems.

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CentOS 6.5 vs. CentOS 7.0 NAS Performance Comparison

After years of development, RedHat finally released the next major version of RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) v7. RedHat Enterprise Linux is an enterprise-grade Linux distribution, which is frequently used in corporate data centers as an operating system for NAS storage devices. From the performance point of view, the new Linux kernel and the new default file system may have a significant impact on a NAS storage device and therefore it is very important to understand how the newly released RedHat Enterprise Linux version 7.0 compares to the last stable version 6.5.

 

http://www.flexense.com/centos6_vs_centos7_nas_performance.html

 

 

How To : Install NVIDIA 340.24 Graphics Drivers in Ubuntu/Linux Mint Systems

  The latest version of Nvidia Graphics driver for Linux which is Nvidia 340.24 has been released and is available for download. It comes with plenty of fixes and changes. This article will guide you to install Nvidia 340.24 in Ubuntu and Linux Mint systems.

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented 3D Vision stereo and ultra low motion blur modes from working on G-SYNC capable monitors in some cases.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the "Allow G-SYNC" checkbox to be displayed in nvidia-settings even if the GPUs in the system are not capable of G-SYNC.
  • Fixed a kernel crash when running some applications with IOMMU functionality enabled.
  • Fixed a floating point exception in the OpenGL driver when running "Risk of Rain" under Wine.
  • Made various improvements and corrections to the information reported to GL applications via the KHR_debug and ARB_debug_output extensions.
  • Fixed a bug that caused GLX applications which simultaneously create drawables on multiple X servers to crash when swapping buffers.
  • Updated nvidia-settings to report all valid names for each target when querying target types, e.g. `nvidia-settings -q gpus`.
  • Added support for controlling the availability of Fast Approximate Antialiasing (FXAA) on a per-application basis via the new __GL_ALLOW_FXAA_USAGE environment variable and the corresponding GLAllowFXAAUsage application profile key. See the README for details.
  • Fixed a bug where indirect rendering could become corrupted on system configurations that disallow writing to executable memory.
  • Updated the nvidia-settings Makefiles to allow nvidia-settings to be dynamically linked against the host system's libjansson. This option can be enabled by setting the NV_USE_BUNDLED_LIBJANSSON Makefile variable to 0.Please note that nvidia-settings requires libjansson version 2.2 or later.

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How To : Install/Upgrade to Linux Kernel 3.15.5 in Ubuntu/Linux Mint Systems

   "The Linux Kernel 3.15.5 is now available for the users and all the users of 3.15 kernel series must upgrade", announced Greg Kroah-Hartman.This Linux Kernel version comes with plenty of fixes and improvements. This article will guide you to install or upgrade to Linux Kernel 3.15.5 in your Ubuntu or Linux Mint system.

 

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Devscript: Local Development Environments on Linux with just one Command

Did you ever have that experience when you’re setting up a new Development Environment when you’ve just formatted your system or when you somehow screwed up your Configuration?.

Or Maybe you just don’t want to google for an hour every time you set this stuff up?

Let me show you what it is like with the usual installation:

sudo apt-get install apache2

sudo apt-get install php5

sudo apt-get install mysql

sudo apt-get install php5-mcrypt

php5enmod mcrypt

Arghhh!!!!!

We are really smart Developers, We shouldn’t need to do this stupid stuff.

So, How do we fix this?

You don’t need to, Its already fixed.

Have a look at this little tool called Devscript.

Its Local Development Environments with just one Command.

Don’t believe me? Just have a look at this little Video.

DevScript from Nihal Sahu on Vimeo.

Cool, Right?

Anyway ,Try Using DevScript for your projects too.

The Official Github Page

 

How to check processor and cpu details on Linux

Processor/Cpu details The details about the processor that we shall be talking about include, number of cores, availability of hyper threading, architecture, cache size etc. To find these details about the cpu on your system can be a bit difficult because the way different commands check them. The commands that we are going to use include lscpu, /proc/cpuinfo and lstopo (hwloc). They report detailed information about the cpu cores/processing units. The examples...
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Easy File Comparisons With These Great Free Diff Tools

File comparison compares the contents of computer files, finding their common contents and their differences. The result of the comparison is often known as a diff.

diff is also the name of a famous console based file comparison utility that outputs the differences between two files. The diff utility was developed in the early 1970s on the Unix operating system. diff will output the parts of the files where they are different.

Linux has many good GUI tools that enable you to clearly see the difference between two files or two versions of the same file. This roundup selects 5 of my favourite GUI diff tools, with all but one released under an open source license.

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