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external nvme ssd no faster than sd-card

Bought this kingston xs2000 a while ago. It's officially rated for "up to" 2000Mb\s read\write but slows to a crawl after 30GB have been copied. Fyi, I'm copying files from an internal nvme (samsung 980 pro) via a usb 3.0 cable, so this kingston ssd is the only bottleneck.

bad battery?

I opened my laptop for unrelated reasons and was greeted by a slightly bloated battery. Idk if the picture makes it clear, but the individual segments of the battery have slightly raised above the solid structure pieces in between. Laptop is just over a year old. I have already contacted the manufacturer, but with the holidays and everything I'm not sure when I'll get an answer.

Basically, I'm worried about the potential danger. I use my laptop a lot (usually plugged in). Since the battery seems to be screwed in and not glued, I could just take it out, but idk if that would be better than just leaving it in until the manufacturer sends me a new one or has me send it in for battery replacement.

Also, I hope that consumer hardware posts like this are accepted in this community. The rules at least don't state otherwise.

Edit: thank you all for your comments. I brought the bloated battery to a recycling center the day after I made this post. Communication with Medion support eventually led to me talking to a very pleasant service technician on the phone. He sent me a new battery, which I just installed. Everything is working great again.

EFF call to action against government spying Tell Congress: They Must Defeat HPSCI’s Horrific Surveillance Bill

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) has introduced the FISA Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2023–an absolutely awful bill that ignores years of abuse and unconstitutional surveillance in order to renew a mass surveillance law with no real changes, reforms, or new oversight...

Tell Congress: They Must Defeat HPSCI’s Horrific Surveillance Bill

"The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) has introduced the FISA Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2023–an absolutely awful bill that ignores years of abuse and unconstitutional surveillance in order to renew a mass surveillance law with no real changes, reforms, or new oversight.

Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is set to expire on December 31, 2023, and there is currently a race to see what bill will renew Big Brother’s favorite surveillance law. Any reauthorizations must come with significant reforms in order to protect the privacy of people’s communications. To that end, the choice is clear - we urge all Members to vote NO on the Intelligence Committee’s bill, H.R.6611, the FISA Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2023."

Warning: ubuntu tpm recovery key cannot unlock disk outside of boot

Hi everybody, bit of a warning here: The recovery key generated during the installation of Ubuntu 23.10 (if you select tpm-backed fde) cannot be used to unlock the disk outside of boot, as in any 'cryptsetup' command and so on will not accept the recovery key. unlocking when accessed from different system does not work etc.

You can use it to unlock the disk while booting if your tpm somehow fails, but ONLY in that specific situation.

I kind of purposefully broke my tpm keys to see if it could be restored with 23.10 and ended up having to reinstal, as I ended up having to enter the recovery key at boot every time and no way of adding additional unlock options to the volume, as cryptsetup would not accept the recovery key as passphrase.

This bug could be very bad for new users.

See this bug report:

WakeOnLAN on OpenSUSE Leap

Because my NAS isn't used while I'm at work, I set up a systemd service that reliably suspends the OS to memory at the same time every day (excluding weekends), and uses rtcwake to then wake it up again just before I typically get home from work. I also have an alias set up on my laptop to send a magic packet to the NAS in case I get home earlier etc. The issue is, that while the nas wakes up automatically, it does not wake up if I send a magic packet. In the BIOS of my MSI motherboard, I can change who handles wake events from OS to BIOS and doing so fixes my magic packet issues, but it also causes the systemd service to no longer wake the nas. WakeOnLAN is enabled in the network card, the network card is bridged ( I use the 'real' mac for WoL though). I got it to work while my nas ran ubuntu on different hardware (Biostar motherboard), but I'm a bit confused as to why I can no longer make it work.

any ideas?

Edit: I fixed it. On my specific MSI motherboard, wake event handling needs to be set to BIOS controlled, then wake on pcie needs to be enabled and wake on rtc needs to be disabled (!). This way, I guess, the BIOS does not take control over the rtc alarm, allowing the OS to write to it instead. Wake On LAN is still handled by the BIOS though, as it should be.

I also realize that this was an MSI-related topic, not so much OpenSUSE, but I'd ask the mods to keep this post around in case anybody else ever stumbles across it.


Hi everybody, I recently installed OpenSuse Leap, but I have trouble working with firewalld. The goal is to accept incoming ssh and vnc connections from two IPs exclusively, but it just does'nt work. I removed all interfaces from zone public, set the internal zone up so that it has only the two IPs as sources and only the ssh and vnc services, but I still get asked for password when I try to ssh into the machine from an IP that is not listed. Any hints?

firewall-cmd --get-active-zones returns this: docker interfaces: docker0 internal sources:

firewall-cmd --zone=internal --list-all returns this: internal (active) target: default icmp-block-inversion: no interfaces: sources: services: ssh vnc-server ports: 22/tcp 5900/tcp 5901/tcp protocols: forward: no masquerade: no forward-ports: source-ports: icmp-blocks: rich rules:

edit: Even with this configuration here, incoming ssh connections from an unlisted address still ask for password: firewall-cmd --get-active-zones docker interfaces: docker0 drop interfaces: eth0 br0 internal sources:

wanted: opinions on opensuse leap

I currently have a personal nas running ubuntu server, but I'm considering moving it to opensuse leap. I've dabbled a bit with leap inside of virtual machines, but maybe someone more experienced with it can give me a more complete opinion. Also, is btrfs worth getting into, or can I just use ext4 and loose out on nothing (except snapshots)?

external monitor adjust brightness

I just learned that there are programs to control the brightness of external monitors just like you can adjust your laptop's integrated display. On windows, the most well known one is monitorian (FOSS), on linux you can (on Gnome) even use shell-extensions to have a brightness slider just like you do for the integrated display.

I might be out of touch, but is this well known?

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