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  1. This is what it boils down to. Linux is new to you, you will have to learn it. Windows is just "easier" because it's what you're already familiar with. If possible, old laptops are a great way to get into linux, particularly thinkpads. Everything is nicer on real hardware, and it's easier to use your main machine to look stuff up when you don't know how to do something.
  2. (Hopefully this is properly catagorised) So youtube's all knowing, all seeing algos showed me that Taran did a video on waifu2x. I happen to use waifu2x, so I figured it'd be worth a watch. I was quite surprised that he didn't mention anything about how waifu2x was designed (and is "trained" for) 2d art, specifically anime style things. He touches briefly on the models when using the windows based program that someone wrote, but not much about what they are. Although it's still working well for his uses regardless, I think it would have been even more interesting if he investigated training his own model for photos or text. I've thought about training models before but never got around to actually trying it... He also didn't mention anything about setting up CUDA. It's not bad, but it's a mild pain (I think you have to sign up for their developer something or other) and worth mentioning. Then again, if you're already using CUDA for anything else, you've probably got everything in place. All of that being said, waifu2x is an amazing program. I'm sure there are others here that have experience using it. Has anyone tried training models? (Oh, and regarding webpage scaling, I bet you could build a "simple" python script that will take a downloaded HTML page and throw all of the images inside through waifu2x automagically. Could even use Selenium do screenshot the webpage at an artificial resolution so you can have the text/elements scaled past 4k/8k for zooming? Not a quick task, but could make the whole process take a minute or two.)
  3. Actually on (x)ubuntu 18.10 you don't even need to add the PPA, I just ran "sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall" the other day and it was done. Yeah it was only 390 instead of 418, but that's fine for me. EDIT: And in response to the CLI stuff, I do feel like you need to know the CLI to have a good linux experience. You can usually get stuff done in the GUI, but the CLI is the first class UI in the linux world and usually the best way to get stuff done. People just have this irrational fear/hatred of it, likely from using cmd in windows...
  4. It would be incredibly time consuming, but I think it'd be interesting to see some folk go "under cover" with regards to getting support for linux issues, particularly with gaming. Getting help from the community on a whole for linux related issues can be a big mixed bag, especially when you're starting out. Nothing kills motivation to learn faster than getting canned responses blasted at you by a bot wielding fiend on IRC because no one is willing to take the time to try to get you to the point where you can correctly elaborate your problem. Although thankfully a lot of that is irrelevant with web search nowadays. And the community is better... but linux is a learning experience for most (unless you grew up with it like most folk did windows) and I think the quality of that learning experience dictates people's opinions more than the technical aspects of the OS.
  5. If you've got real concerns about memory stability, boot into memtest86 and let it run for a full test or two. Don't try to test it from within windows.
  6. Anyone have direct experience doing device passthrough with their X470 boards? I'd like to pass through individual PCIe slots (Most boards should do this?), but it would also be nice if it has USB controllers split so I can pass through some onboard USB2 ports and leave 4 or more USB3 (or higher) ports on the host. Not sure how realistic that is, it's been a while since I messed with my current setup but I recall things being buggy if I didn't pass the entire controller through to the VM. And in my case that means the USB3 ports (2x rear+2x front) stay with the host and everything else gets passed through, requiring an additional PCIe USB card. Also, if it matters, I do all of this on linux, but experience with unraid should still be relevant.
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    Dual X5650 Good for gaming?

    Short answer: No Long answer: If you can get it for free and the current system you have is OLDER than a first gen i7, maybe. The single core performance is bad, they suck power, you can't overclock them unless you're on a pretty rare motherboard, and there's a good chance that this is some server you found which means it's gonna have a bunch of server inconveniences too, like taking forever to boot. If you look in the cinebench R20 press release from the other day, a single 1700X outperforms a dual X5650 setup pretty handily in multitasking, despite being down four cores. Edit: Missed the part with the price. They're basically worthless unless you already have a system to throw them into.
  8. This should be saved for future generations. Worth bumping this thread to point out how good it is, as well as how true it rings in MANY situations where I hear people talk about switching to linux.
  9. df -h shows human readable, OP was using df -m for megabytes. Different, but still functional. If you are talking about df vs du, the later shows disk usage, but specifically by showing file sizes. du is much more useful for hunting down disk use.
  10. du -h --max-depth=1 is good for finding where all that data is being used. There's also good ol k4dirstat since you're in a gui. Be careful running du from the root dir, it'll run through /proc and throw a bunch of errors that gum up the output. Try and knock a few hundred MB out and see if df shows a difference. This is all also assuming you don't just have a full trash bin somewhere.
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    Raid 01

    Ah, my mistake. I overlooked that. It should work, but it will also be a bit of a hack. Having hacks managing your data isn't something I personally like, but the decision is ultimately up to you. I'd highly recommend picking up a 6 or 8 TB external and do manual/automated backups to that, and then throw the preexisting drives you have in JBOD. Huge externals are relatively cheap, and you could even put the external in a closet hooked up to a Pi or something.
  12. Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Bunsenlabs. Or, most distros without a desktop environment running.
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    Raid 01

    3 of your disks (2.7TB each) will come out to 8.1TB in raid 0. So your original idea... Oh, I just realized you can -not- do raid 1 lopsided because both arrays need to be the same size. Duh. Sorry, I was up late. So scrap that whole lopsided raid 01 idea, it doesn't work. Now, back to a raid 0 + backup, 3 of your drives in raid 0 comes out to 8.1TB. Also keep in mind you only have 2.7TB of space on that 4th drive to back up data from your "I hate my data but I want it fast" raid 0 array. With four drives in raid 5, the total array size will also be 8.1TB. Raid 5 won't be quite as fast as raid 10, but it will be more expandable in the future. If your goal is just bulk storage, you'd probably be fine with raid 5. If you plan on running a big database or something of the sorts, then raid 10 might be better.
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    Raid 01

    I think raid 5 might be better for what you are trying to do. With a setup like you are describing, the software is likely going to choke somewhere trying to buffer all of the data that needs to be changed on the single drive after the changes have been made on the 3 drive array, assuming it's even nice enough to try and buffer it for you. The goal of raid 1 is to keep both disks (physical or virtual) in unison at all times, so there's a good chance most software will just wait for the changes to be made to the single drive before doing anything else, which will effectively limit the 3 drive raid 0 array to single drive speeds. At least for writes. Raid 5 spreads a single disk's worth of parity across all drives in the array. So any single drive can die and you don't lose any data. It would also make adding drives to the array in the future much simpler. I also feel inclined to post the typical "Raid isn't a backup" bit here. If your config somehow gets mangled it's possible to lose entire array's worth of data. At least with software raid you don't need to worry about your HW raid controller failing. Alas, very few of us actually have proper data safety procedures...
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    What os on a old netbook

    Early were capable of running Windows XP if memory serves. This particular model shipped with "Windows 7 Starter". One can make an argument about how well any of those NT based OSes ran on them, but it is possible if you're so inclined. Bunsenlabs is a great place to start. Xubuntu miiiiiiight run as well, it's got a more traditional desktop layout but isn't as lightweight as openbox (the desktop environment that Bunsenlabs uses).