Freedom is Worth the Inconvenience: An Interview with Richard Stallman

I’ve followed a bit of Dr. Richard Stallman in the past. I occasionally check out interviews or articles he rights on software or digital rights. He tends to come off as a crazy radical to people who are just using their software happily and obliviously. However, to many of those are concerned about digital rights, privacy, or freedoms in the digital world, Dr. Richard Stallman is a revolutionary who has created some of the most powerful concepts in digital sharing. These concepts include the GNU Public License and the Free Software Foundation. I came across this interview a day or two ago. It is the best interview with Stallman I have seen. The interviewer is patient, asks great questions, and seems to really grasp the concepts behind the discussion. This is more than I can say for many of the previous interviews people and media outlets have done with Stallman.

Thanks to Singularity for this great interview that discusses: the definition of Free Software, why freedom is worth the inconvenience, the GNU OS, the Linux kernel, freedom, technology, innovation and ethics, free software as a political movement with elements from capitalism, socialism and anarchism, AI and the technological singularity, Moore’s Law and the Law of Accelerating Returns; hacking and transhumanism; security, privacy and surveillance, free software for mobiles.

source: singularityweblog@youtube

How To Enable NVIDIA SLI in Ubuntu

Warning: this doesn’t work for most video cards and applications. SLI is extremely poorly implemented by NVidia in Linux. It does not work. I’d recommend getting a single card for a Linux system. Don’t bother unless you know what you’re doing.

I’ve been attempting to use Linux and Ubuntu a bit more. Its a bit of a learning experience for me, but its not too bad if you have some patience and can search for the right documentation. There has been a lot of concerns over Microsoft’s strong-handing users into Windows 10, privacy policies, and interface designs. Sounds like a good time to start committing to Linux a bit more.

Anyways, I game with some of my free time and I currently have two NVIDIA 760’s in a dual SLI configuration. It took me a minute to figure out how to enable SLI in Ubuntu 15.10. I figure I’ll write up a short document to help anyone else trying a similar process.

First, you’ll need to install NVIDIA proprietary drivers. You can usually get these from your operating system’s repository. Go into your system settings and select the the hardware or drivers subsection. This should allow you to search for a 3rd party NVIDIA driver to use. If for some reason this doesn’t work, you’ll need to get the drivers from NVIDIA’s website and install them manually. This is a longer and more involved process, so I won’t go into that.

Secondly, you’ll need to open up a terminal session and enter the following command with sudo.

sudo nvidia-xconfig --sli=on

If everything worked OK, you should get a confirmation like the one pictured below. At this point, you’re done. Enjoy SLI on your system!