Linux distribution info & kernel info

Do you have multiple vms and real machines you use for random testing, and small tasks? need to know what machine you are on? what kernel you are using? what the current Linux distribution info is? what OS version did you last install on here? and more such questions? well! we have some of the answers for you. well maybe not answers, but more like small tools so you can get the answers! Distribution info lsb_release -a on my ubuntu system it gives the following result : $ lsb_release -a No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu Xenial Xerus (development branch) Release: 16.04 Codename: xenial On a debian system it gives the following result : # lsb_release -a No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Debian Description: Debian GNU/Linux 8.4 (jessie) Release: 8.4 Codename: jessie If lsb_release -a doesn’t cut it for you then you can try cat /etc/issue as a result we see the following examples : # cat /etc/issue Debian GNU/Linux 8 \n \l $ cat /etc/issue Ubuntu Xenial Xerus (development branch) \n \l In some cases where you suspect you are on centos or redhat, maybe because you noticed the package versions are old enough to be used by columbus while sailing the open seas, then you can use either cat /etc/centos-release or cat /etc/redhat-release which will give you result such as : CentOS release 6.2 (Final) Kernel Info now as far as finding the kernel info goes you can get all the info you need via uname. $ uname -a […]

How to make your rooted phone run faster

You just went through all the trouble of rooting your device just to get rid of some bloatware and get more access to the software side of your device, but how can you make your rooted phone run faster? Rooted smartphones always get an upper hand when it comes to being able to do what you want when you want and to just keep those pesky apps that shouldn’t take your phone over at bay. There’s got to be some things you can do to make your handset run smoother and faster now that you went through all that trouble, right?       Disclaimer: the next tips require skilled hands and if you are a novice at modding smartphones, you should not adventure in the world of drastically changing your smartphone’s software as things may go wrong in the process. Stick to more general steps that can help your device perform faster. Do not blame us if you do use any of the following tips and something goes wrong with your smartphone.   What can I do to make my rooted phone run faster? Update your custom ROMs   When you use a factory-sealed phone, you usually get a device with a stock ROM or official custom ROM. Usually, pre-existing operating systems are made to please the masses and you will definitely always find some features, apps and widgets that have no meaning or use to you. You can change that when you root a smartphone and get a custom ROM you can manipulate […]

Moto E 2015 open source files released today

Motorola is working on its current products and their software programs as it is attempting to update all of them. This ultimately means releasing kernel sources to the public as well. This time, the device getting this treatment is the 2015 Moto E, its low-cost smartphone. The device was updated to Android 5.1.1 in May and now its kernel source files are being published.       This will probably interest you developers out there and, if you are intrigued and eager, you can head over to Motorola GitHub (link in source) to find and download this package or any other Moto package that interests you (and is available at this time). After downloading the files, you can start tinkering with the source code to create beautiful ROMs, better recoveries and apps for instance.   Attention: this is not the package for the AT&T Go phone or the Verizon prepaid Moto E.   Source: Motorola GitHub

Android Root Pros and Cons

We have all heard of rooting our android phones and how awesome it may be. Our own in house writer Anna has written an article about this previously. The procedure is simple enough, but is it worth doing? well I have some pros and cons of rooting listed below. The list is by no means complete, and will never be with all the new apps being released and procedures being found every day. so without further ado: Android Root Pros Customization You can customize your phone from themes to default applications. You can change launchers, phone calling app, contacts app etc at a whim. De-Bloat Phone carriers love to include bloatware and crapware with their phones. Rooting allows you to freeze or uninstall these applications so your phone runs better, faster and has better battery life. Backups You can backup individual apps, or entire partitions once you’re rooted so you can experiment with your phone or if you change phones you have a full backup. Custom 3rd party roms You can install custom roms to enjoy lower overhead, no tracking apps like carrierIQ or plain and simple more updated versions of android. Performance Ever hear of overclocking? which is basically making your phone go faster by allowing more voltage to go to the CPU or setting the control algorithms called governor to a different one that processes applications differently. rooting allows you to overclock, undervolt etc at whim. Apps Many carriers block certain apps because .. well mostly because of bullshit rules. Rooting allows you to install and enjoy any such apps. […]

Chainfire’s SuperSu gets beta for rooting Lollipop without using a modified kernel

Chainfire is closer and closer to developing a perfect way of rooting devices without the help of modified kernels. The first attempt is the newest SuperSU beta – version 2.27 – where you will no longer need a modified kernel in order to root Lollipop devices. But if you try this beta release, be warned you could damage your device more than free it from all boundaries.   The previous modded kernel will not create any troubles, but Chainfire is looking for some feedback on the beta, so if you feel courageous, go ahead and give it a try on a secondary device. In case you’re up to it, you should flash back to stock Android and re-root using the new beta SuperSU. When you will try to get root without the kernel, you may get hung up on some errors, as the method is much more invasive than usual ways.   If the beta proves to be viable, it will be updated on the Google Play Store. Remember that Lollipop devices cannot install OTA updates unless their root is reverted.   Source: AndroidPolice

CyanogenMod and OmniROM update nightly builds to Android 4.4.3, AOKP and Paranoid Android updates coming soon

CyanogenMod and OmniROM now have nightly builds updated to Android 4.4.3, the newest Android update out there. The most popular custom Android ROM teams are now working on adopting the kernel source into their own releases. CyanogenMod is now transferring its nightly builds to 4.4.3 and OmniROM has begun to publish 4.4.3 nightly builds for the devices it supports. Paranoid Android, an alternative ROM that focuses on design changes will releases its own nightlies in its next build. It recently became compatible with CyanogenMod’s standard themes. Android Open Kang Project or AOKP, the creators of the world’s only unicorn-powered ROM, say they have already merged the 4.4.3 changes in their code and a build will be published as soon as tests are over. Nightly builds of any ROM have bugs and are not recommended for full-time use. CyanogenMod has the most updated device selection so far and most flagship phones with unlocked bootloaders will find their preferred custom ROMs except for Paranoid Android.