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Just installed MX 18.2 today and want to say thank you

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Just installed MX 18.2 today and want to say thank you

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Post by vancouver » Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:25 am

I'm an old(er) Linux user that switched to OS X in late 2009. Last summer, my old iMac had too many issues and could no longer do the things it used to do so I returned to where I came from.
Instead of another iMac, I bought a new workstation from Dell and run several distros for a while but each one had advantages and disadvantages. My needs are pretty simple. Give me Blender 2.8, Gimp, a file manager that can do an SFTP connection to our web server, a code editor and a reliable way to share files on the local network.

Amazingly, not many distros can do all of that. About a month ago, I came across MX Linux and it just grew on me. Today, I installed 18.2 on a few machines and was so impressed that I registered here just to say "Thank you" to those who made MX Linux. I'm with a local startup and as of now, all machines run MX Linux 18.2.
I'm also writing an eBook that will help us with the configuration of the workstations and once it's done, I'll release it for free. It is aimed at web and graphics designers and goes into details with configuring things like Wacom tablets and illuminated keyboards on our MSI laptops etc.

Again, thanks for putting such an amazing distribution together. Everything works out of the box and I am more productive than ever. :)
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Re: Just installed MX 18.2 today and want to say thank you

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Post by Stevo » Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:31 am

Hi, vancouver, and welcome to MX land!

Ooh, MSI laptops! Are they RGB keyboards? If so, have you tried keyboard-visualizer in the test repo? It works a treat with mine, though you do have to reset it after coming back from suspend like the other keyboard light control apps.

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Post by vancouver » Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:34 am

Hello Stevo,
There is an amazing script called MSIKLM which is available on github.
I used to run Arch and had issues with reliability but in MX, it's perfect.
If you happen to have an MSI laptop, then you can check it out here:

https://github.com/Gibtnix/MSIKLM
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Post by vancouver » Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:37 am

@ Stevo
WOW, I did not know about keyboard-visualizer

I just googled it and saw that it works with Razer keyboards.
A perfect ending to a great day! Thanks for mentioning it. :)
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Post by Stevo » Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:16 pm

vancouver wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:37 am
@ Stevo
WOW, I did not know about keyboard-visualizer

I just googled it and saw that it works with Razer keyboards.
A perfect ending to a great day! Thanks for mentioning it. :)
First I was using a big Electron GUI front-end to MSIKLM, but then I found the command line msi-keyboard in the stock Debian repos and just had some different scripts to set colors and effects, like "msibl":

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#!/bin/sh

msi-keyboard -m normal -c left,blue,light -c middle,blue,light -c right,blue,light
But keyboard-visualizer has more options and can boogie with the audio you're listening to, if you want. Here's the thread about the package: viewtopic.php?f=134&t=48977

I should get back to packaging those other Razer control programs...

I also undervolt my MSI with the iuvolt script, which reduces thermal throttling on the i7-8750H and increases the maximum speed under full load from 3.2 to 3.6 GHz, as well as have it run cooler and extend battery life: https://github.com/tiziw/iuvolt

On the MSI, it works after I install msr-tools, but on an Acer laptop it only works if I first install i7z and run "sudo i7z".

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Post by Stevo » Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:16 pm

Thanks for the heads-up about MSIKLM! I installed it, but I changed the udev rules file it uses for autostart to run /etc/rc.local instead, which I had already set up to run "msibl" and iuvolt at boot time. So now those run after a resume, too--nice! Keyboard-visualizer also supports command-line arguments, so could be scripted for autostarts, too. :happy:

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