Minimalist Linux Desktop

Got bored this afternoon so I decided to change the desktop yet again. You see I think this is one problem most Linux users run in to. Because of so much things you can do with the operating system and the amount of control that you have over it, people tend not to stay into one setting or one app. Everything keeps changing, keeps getting updated, new stuff comes out all the time.

Anyway I stumbled upon a few bits and pieces and combined them and came up with this

Current Desktop... Desktop

So I reformatted my main desktop yesterday and it is set to run exclusively on linux. I felt like the only thing that was stopping me from removing windows was Dota 2, which actually runs fine in Linux. I checked programs I was running on the desktop with windows and most if not all of them have open source equivalents.

So I spent sometime configuring my desktop and came up with this. I still need to work on my creativity.

Linux Mint 18 Dell Inspiron 5521 Fan Issue Fix

Last month I decided to upgrade my Dell laptop to Linux Mint 18 (Sarah) from Linux Mint 17.3. I have been using linux mint as a daily driver for that laptop and so far I have no issues with it until after upgrading to linux mint 18.

The fans on my laptop kept running at full speed even if its idle. A quick google search and I found out that I am not the only one having the issue. It does seem like it is a common issue with Dell laptops not just the model that I own and it is not specific with linux mint as well.

I did try to configure a lot of things including changing settings in acpi to linux but that did not seem to help. I found out about i8kutils during the process but after installing it, the fans just stopped working for a few seconds then went back to it’s merry own way of running at full speed.

Installing lm-sensors (sudo apt-get install lm-sensors) did not show that it detected any fans on my system (an update to this after a kernel upgrade provided by linux mint, running lm-sensors now show that it detects a fan and shows the fan speed) even though you can hear the fan physicall running.

Please watch the video below on how I fixed the issue for my machine. It might or might not work for you but it is worth a try anyway. This might also work for other Dell laptops not just the model that I have. If it does work for you please leave a comment here or on my youtube video and please state the dell laptop model you used it on to help other people.

My config file below (i8kmon.conf)

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# Run as daemon, override with --daemon option
set config(daemon) 0

# Automatic fan control, override with --auto option
set config(auto) 1

# Report status on stdout, override with --verbose option
set config(verbose) 1

# Status check timeout (seconds), override with --timeout option
set config(timeout) 20

# Temperature thresholds: {fan_speeds low_ac high_ac low_batt high_batt}
set config(0) {{-1 0} -1 40 -1 40}
set config(1) {{-1 1} 30 60 30 60}
set config(2) {{-1 2} 59 100 59 100}

# For computer with 2 fans, use a variant of this instead:
# Temperature thresholds: {fan_speeds low_ac high_ac low_batt high_batt}
# set config(0) {{-1 0} -1 52 -1 65}
# set config(1) {{-1 1} 41 66 55 75}
# set config(2) {{-1 1} 55 80 65 85}
# set config(3) {{-1 2} 70 128 75 128}

# end of file