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Mystical Kimchi

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  1. Frankly if you just want to browse the web and stream music, I would recommend FreeBSD (or maybe GhostBSD which gives a nice OOTB desktop installation) rather than Linux because I have found that it gives better performance than Linux on low-end hardware. But whether you go with Linux or BSD, the desktop environment makes a bigger difference than distro when it comes to resource usage. I'm a big fan of KDE Plasma 5 which is resource-efficient, but LXQt or Enlightenment are lighter-resource desktop environments if you need something even lighter. Oh, and if you do go with FreeBSD, y
  2. Yes. You can have both OSes installed simultaneously -- either on separate partitions or on separate disks if you have multiple disks installed. I've been in the Gentoo camp for a long time now. The thing about Gentoo is that you compile almost all software on the system from source. That makes the system easy to customize and optimize. Running Gentoo also helped me get a much better understanding of the inner workings of software and how different components of the system interact with each other. Gentoo isn't for everyone, but it will definitely give the user some valuable experi
  3. Frankly Linux has matured to the point that the gaming experience is often just as good as on Windows unless you're trying to run a Windows game that just doesn't work correctly under Wine yet.
  4. Although I personally don't like Gnome 3, it now has parental controls built in. It may be worth checking into and switching to that DE if you need those kinds of features.
  5. Frankly the distro doesn't make that much difference. The choice of desktop environment makes the biggest difference regarding resource usage. Back in the day, both Gnome and KDE were considered big and resource-hungry. I think that's still true of Gnome 3, but the new KDE Plasma 5 DE is really resource-efficient. I've even run it on a netbook with an Atom processor and 1GB RAM, and it worked fine (I could only have maybe 1 or 2 tabs open in Chrome, but that was more than I expected after the terrible Windows 7 Starter Edition experience). I'd recommend at least trying it. But if you still nee
  6. Okay, I found this on Microsoft's website: So it would seem that, if bitlocker is working correctly, it probably resumed after your next reboot. So again I'd suggest downloading and running a diagnostic tool to check the drive. Or even try running the checkdisk utility that comes with Windows. I'll even provide links to the download pages for utilities from the two most common brands of hard drives: https://support.wdc.com/downloads.aspx?p=171&lang=en https://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/seatools/
  7. Honestly I have no experience with bitlocker since I don't use Windows much these days. I suppose it's possible that the decryption process didn't complete, and so some of the data is still encrypted. If it were my computer, and that happened to me, then I'd probably try turning bitlocker back on, then turn it off again so that I could ensure that the decryption process completed.
  8. I have an Emby server running on top of FreeBSD serving up movies and TV shows ripped from DVDs I've purchased. Recently my wife was watching a movie from our server via Google Chrome on her Macbook Pro, and I noticed that the CPU usage was really high. The server has dual Xeon 5680 CPUs. So it has 12 hyperthreaded cores. There were two ffmpeg processes using over 600% CPU each. I've never seen the CPU usage that high while streaming media. So I was wondering if it might have something to do with her using a Mac and the media format it was expecting to receive so that the server was having to
  9. As above, if it's making odd sounds, it's likely failing mechanically. If you're really lucky, maybe there's just a bad sector it is constantly trying to read, and the drive could be fixed by scanning and fixing the sector or marking it bad. You could download and run the diagnostic tools from the website of your hard drive manufacturer and/or try some SMART monitoring tools to help diagnose the issue. But most likely the drive needs to be replaced. If you must get important data off the drive first, and you're unable to, you could try a commercial product like Spinrite. I don't know of any fr
  10. The command you are looking for is pwd. I don't understand what you mean by having a file inside another file. Do you mean there is a directory named cat which contains a directory named dog? Also, what do you mean by "navigate from the desktop"? The desktop usually refers to a GUI environment -- not a command line. Do you maybe mean the commonly found Desktop directory in a user's home directory? I'm going to assume "yes" to both of my questions. I'm assuming you have a directory structure like this: / /home/ /home/username/ /home/username/Desktop/
  11. I have an HP DL380 G7 server at home. It's the model that holds up to 8 2.5" drives. I'd rather use 3.5" drives since 3.5" drives are less expensive and come in larger capacities. So I'd like to find a decent storage array that I can attach to my server and make use of 3.5" drives. But frankly this is something I don't know much about. Can anyone recommend what I should look for in a general sense (such as features or even things to avoid)? And can anyone suggest specific models that would be good? I've got a 72U server rack with plenty of space, so size isn't a major concern. Low power draw w
  12. "Best" Linux distro is highly subjective. The KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment will likely give you a desktop experience most similar to Windows, and you can use that on any Linux distro. I personally like Gentoo and the Gentoo variant called Funtoo. I also think that Gentoo is a great distro for developers. It may be true that it's not as user-friendly as Ubuntu, Mint, Elementary, and so on, but it is chock full of developer tools. If you plan on doing cross-compiling for other architectures, I think it would be hard to beat Gentoo. And although it's not Linux, and it has some rou
  13. Well, my CPUs weren't getting hot, either. I never saw temps go over 70 degrees celsius even before changing the thermal paste. But changing the thermal paste meant that the fans could achieve better cooling with less work. So the fans ramp up far less than they did before. And that resulted in significantly less noise.
  14. I had to follow up because I recently decided to give my DL380 G7 a good cleaning. I blew out all the dust with compressed air. I took cotton swabs with isopropyl alcohol and cleaned all 6 chassis fans thoroughly. Then, most importantly, I replaced the 10 year old thermal paste with Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut. I currently have all 12 cores pegged at 100% running xmrig and Folding@Home with Intel Turbo Boost enabled. The fans turned up a little bit, but not much. And CPU temps are hovering around 60 degrees Celsius. Before this cleaning and thermal paste upgrade, just having 2-4 cores at 100% wit
  15. I have a DL380G7, and I was wondering how I might make mine quieter. I run FreeBSD 12-STABLE on it, and I configured powerdxx so that it disabled Intel Turboboost. By limiting the CPU speed to no more than the highest non-Turbo Boost speed, it has helped keep temps lower and the fans don't rev up nearly as much. I've also thought about tinkering with IPMI to see if I can configure fan speeds manually, but I find IPMI confusing and haven't figured out how to use it -- let alone find out if it would help in any way. Besides that, maybe I could replace the thermal paste. I
  16. I have an HP DL380 G7 server running FreeBSD 12-STABLE. Because the included RAID card wouldn't let ZFS handle the drives directly, I bought an IBM M1015 and reflashed it to IT mode according to this guide: https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/confused-about-that-lsi-card-join-the-crowd.11901/ I currently have two 1TB SAS drives in a ZFS mirror, and I have 6 empty 2.5" drive bays. But the fact is that 2.5" drives are generally more expensive and have a lower capacity than 3.5" drives. I'm in the process of ripping my DVD collection so I can access it via my Emby server, so I'm going
  17. After searching for several days, I did finally find an adapter that should work on Ali Express of all places. It was cheap. If it works, great. If not, I'll take your suggestion and just buy a new antenna that has the right connectors. In case anyone else has this same problem and wonders what I bought, the product description is "2pc IPEX-4 IPEX MHF4 Gen4 UFL Female to IPEX-1 Connector Jack Male Pin Intel 7260 7265 3160 9260 BCM94360HMB BCM94360CS2AX". The card adapters really ought to include antenna adapters to begin with.
  18. My wife was complaining that her Toshiba Satellite was slow, so I ordered her a 500GB SSD to replace her 560GB 5400 RPM HDD, and I also ordered her an Intel AX200 wifi card to replace her Realtek 8188CE card. The SSD went in with no problem, and she loves how much faster her laptop is now. However, the wifi card is a different story. I ordered an adapter because her laptop accepts half mini PCIE wifi cards, and the adapter allows the NGFF M.2 wifi card to go into that slot on her laptop's motherboard. What I didn't know until I received the new wifi card is that the NGFF M.2 cards also have sm
  19. Since no one else has chimed in, I'd like to thank you, King of the Dirty Dans, for your suggestion. I've heard Asus routers are good and full-featured. They're generally not mentioned when it comes to parental control features, but I'll look into what features it has. I still haven't given up on the idea of building my own wireless router, but I'd like to find good wireless card that can act as a wireless access point, has good support under FreeBSD, and can be connected to an external antenna or otherwise can provide as good a signal/connection to connected devices as a standalone router. P
  20. Hopefully you'll get some good advice from people with first-hand experience. I recently had to shop for a low-profile graphics card for a Dell Optiplex 745. Being an older computer, I didn't see the point in getting anything high-end or expensive. I opted for an MSI Radeon R7 240. This was suitable for my needs, but it most certainly isn't what you need. I did a lot of Googling, reading articles and forum posts before I chose my card. This article https://graphicscardhub.com/best-low-profile-graphics-card/ was probably the one that was most helpful for me. But from looking online, the price r
  21. I want a good wireless router that will not only make the most of my 100 MB/s cable internet, but one that will help set daily usage limits for devices (or even limits for pools of devices so that if a certain amount of time is used up on one device, it will leave no more time for other devices in the pool) and one that can help filter internet access. I'd even be willing to build a router if I could find a good, inexpensive list of hardware that I could put together that could act as a wireless router with either Linux, FreeBSD, or PFSense/OPNsense on it (plus software like e2Guardian or Squi
  22. I forgot to mention in my first post that this Optiplex 745 is the desktop model which means it requires a low profile video card. Would a 750 TI be available in low profile?
  23. I'm upgrading a Dell Optiplex 745 so the kids can have a somewhat decent computer to do school work on and maybe even play a few games on. I've ordered 8 GB of PC2-5300 RAM to max it out. I've ordered a QX6800 CPU which seems to be the best CPU possible for that motherboard. So now the video card. The motherboard has a PCIE 1.0a 16x slot. I doubt it would be worthwhile to get a video card that uses PCIE 2 or higher as the motherboard wouldn't support that feature. I also don't want to spend a lot of money. I"ve spent about $58 total on the RAM and CPU. So an amount in keeping with
  24. No. I'm using the same search engine: Google search and eBay's own search feature on their website. I'm using the same browser: Google Chrome for Linux on desktop and Android on mobile. I'm signed into my Google account on both devices.
  25. I'm shopping for some parts online to upgrade an older desktop, and I noticed something. I get different results from my search terms depending on whether I search on my desktop browser or my Android phone. This seems especially noticeable when I search specifically on ebay. For example, I can search for the same RAM modules, and I can find items meeting my criteria for as low as $15.50 on my phone. But on my desktop using the exact same search terms, I get only 2 results, and they're for items selling for $24.95. After playing with my search terms, I finally got different results with one ite