Maui Linux Review: The New Netrunner?

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In today’s Linux OS review, I take a look at Maui, the latest offering from the Netrunner developers and the replacement for their Kubuntu-bused distribution. Watch to see what I think of the new Linux spin!

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  1. I don't know if this will work for an AMD/ATI card, but when I get tearing with my nvidia card (with nvidia blob) on KDE, I create one file that fixes it after reboot. You create a file named in the /etc/profile.d/ directory. Inside the file, you put:
    export __GL_YIELD="USLEEP"

    That completely does away with all tearing for me, in all apps and it doesn't slow down my WINE games, either.

    Now, I don't know if that works with AMD/ATI, but it might be worth a try. If, for whatever reason, KDE craps out and refuses to boot, just log into a tty and rm the file and you're back to the way you were before.

    I've pretty much decided that I will never buy another AMD GPU. I was one of the unfortunate ones who got left out in the cold with a GPU that's only 2 generations old, yet will no longer receive any driver updates from AMD for Linux, so my choices are run OLD software (catalyst with old xorg) or run the open source driver, which stinks and doesn't take advantage of the hardware. It's all nvidia, all the time, from here on, for me. I'm stuck running Windoze (bleh) on one computer so I can run seti@home and it's killing me to have a Win machine in my home. I've relegated it to a cold, dark room by itself, so it won't infect my other computers, but just knowing its in my house troubles me.

  2. Hi AJ, have you checked out Open Runnable Bundle (ORB)? I think it's a great alternative to snaps and flatpacks because those two are still under heavy development and not really usable yet: not yet integrated in any GUI software center. App Image is also a good alternative but ORB has more security features. I would like to hear your thoughts about it.

  3. Enjoyed the video as I have many of yours in the past. Thanks. I currently have Maui as the sole OS on my primary laptop which I've been using for about a month or perhaps a little over that, and so far, it's been operating wonderfully. I tried Solus sometime in early Summer and had difficulty, enough that I dumped it accordingly. I haven't tried to newest version but I will on my test laptop to see if I have better luck. Like you, I tried straight Neon KDE and it was indeed buggy, I have all Intel and Nvidia in all of my systems, desktop included. I hadn't noticed Maui taking long to booth, but perhaps it's not as long on my laptop? For whatever reason I'm not encountered any of the problems I found in Neon with Maui, even though it is based or underpinned with Neon. At any rate I'll try Solus and see what luck I have with this new version.

  4. IMO Blue Systems is the best KDE/Plasma dev team out there. However I'm pissed at them for discontinueing Netrunner Rolling, which runs my bedroom HTPC. It's still getting timely updates so I guess I'll hold onto it till an update breaks it. They do a fantastic job of theming and application selection, as well as the way they config Dolphin and other things. I think they do great work. I'm leaning towards Maui for a Virt Manager lab environment since I need a LTS component system but with fresh KDE/Plasma so things stay fresh yet won't break with updates. I have 4 PCs with AMD graphics running around 15 OSes on various partitions and MOST use open source drivers and I favor KDE and I have very few performance issues. Most run just fine. On the triple monitor system Catalyst(in KDE) crashes or won't hold multimonitor settings so I just use open source drivers on that system with Linux(in KDE). When/if I get screen tearing issues in KDE, Catalyst usually does the trick, but that hasn't been an issue lately.

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