Computing notes 2018 part one

This document contains only my personal opinions and calls of judgement, and where any comment is made as to the quality of anybody's work, the comment is an opinion, in my judgement.

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2018 July

180704 Wed: Sort order and physical directory order can surprise

Today I demonstrated to to someone that it is hard to rely on the order of directory entries to establish an ordering of files to read because:

180701 Sat: Which nVidia proprietary driver packages for Ubuntu?

For various reasons it is often best to use the nVidia provided proprietary drivers for nVidia cards. For Ubuntu there are several alternative choices:

Probably the best choice is to use the drivers included in the nVidia-hosted CUDA package repository, specially is CUDA is also require, but not just.

It is often useful to lock the nVidia driver version to a specific value, using pinning in /etc/apt/preference for example like this:

Package: nvidia-*
Pin: version 396.26-*
Pin-Priority: 1100