FYI – – for playback of your legally purchased dvd videos:
Link to OMG Ubuntu! article on Kodi . . .
Appropriate subject matter . . . especially for this Winter! And the answer is not “just move your PC to Florida” . . . (btw – – hopefully the next OTC meeting will happen before APRIL!).
Anyway . . . this post is not about the weather, but it focuses on a user’s PC running Ubuntu (or most other Linux distros) . . . that has frozen for a variety of reasons (mainly program, system bugs or browser badware). These freezes can impact just one program that won’t respond to user input or the whole desktop is frozen.
In Windows, one typical response is the good old “ctrl + alt + del” key sequence. This often does nothing on Linux (although a user can create a key-binding to call the reboot command). That is not the preferred or best way to handle Frozen systems.
The following article from the folks at “linuxhandbook.com” does a good job of laying out the options and is worth a read. At a future meeting, this is a key topic I’d like to cover in greater detail.
Here’s the link: How to fix a Frozen Linux System
Great tip for protecting your cables and making them easier to wind and unwind . .
Now, you can recover your data from a Windows PC that refuses to boot due to some malware or just a hosed configuration . . . If you have data worth saving . . . this article is worth a read and follow up.
I will be covering these points in more detail at a future meeting – – – no need to pay some local tech shop $150 or so. Once data is retrieved, then a standard Windows install can be initiated.
According to Softpedia, Ubuntu & Win10 play nice on the SurfacePro3 without need for extra work or tweaks.
Here’s more detail from Softpedia:
Now you can get the best of all major computing platforms on a 3rd generation Chromebook. You can run:
- ChromeOS (an enhanced flavor of the Chrome Browser),
- LinuxOS’s (Xubuntu, Ubuntu, Solus and others – by just switching tabs in the Chrome Browser) (uses the “Crouton” environment)
- Android Apps (will run on ANY 3rd gen Chromebook, e.g., Intel or ARM),
- MS-Windows Apps (several methods including VM’s (requires min of 4 GiB of ram). This works but is more challenging than just running Android Apps or Linux . . .
For those adventurous enough to give it a try . . here’s more info from Cameron Summerson at HTG:
PS: one of the “really” nice features of ChromeOS (unlike any other OS that I’m aware of) . . . is the ability to EASILY restore a pristine factory setup INCLUDING automagically restoring your personal files (photos, media etc.)!!
App restorations are also simple via the official online repos. (Google or Samsung Store, . . etc.).
A handy tool to share your desktops (from phone, tablet or PC) during a club meeting. Link below the graphic explains basic setup. Best to also test on your digital TV at home.
Note that the PC can be a Chromebook or running Windows, Linux, MacOS but does require the Chrome browser on the PC and “Google Home” app on the other devices.