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11 Great Free Linux Foreign Language Tools

21 hours 17 min ago

Learning a new language can provide life changing opportunities and enjoyment. There are so many reasons to learn a foreign language whatever your nationality, to improve employment potential, intellectual curiosity, make travel more enjoyable, sharpen cognitive and life skills, make lifelong friends, and many more. While it is widely acknowledged that it is easier to begin learning a second language at a tender age, starting a new language at any age is eminently worthwhile.

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Tools to Empower Librarians

Saturday 20th of April 2019 08:49:35 AM

Open source software is a popular choice for libraries and librarians, not simply because recent austerity measures in many developed countries have tightened available budgets. The ability to customise the software for a library's particular needs, the potential for interoperation with other software, and the lack of license restrictions makes open source software attractive.

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Tauon Music Box – Excellent desktop music player

Friday 19th of April 2019 01:47:14 PM

Tauon Music Box (Tauon) is an open source music player based around disposable playlists and the assumption that folders are albums. Luke puts it through its paces and loves it tons!

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9 Essential Linux Classroom Tools

Thursday 18th of April 2019 07:59:09 PM

With this software, educators can create, administer, and grade tests, help manage a computer-based classroom, create an interactive whiteboard, and produce modular courses. All of the software featured in this article is released under a freely distributable license and can be downloaded without charge. With even tighter constraints facing the public sector, cost is an important consideration for any ICT solution.

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9 Useful PDF Manipulation Tools

Wednesday 17th of April 2019 08:42:38 AM

In this Group Test we review 9 small tools that manipulate PDF files in some way or another. All of the tools are published under an open source license.

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10 Best Linux Flashcard Software

Tuesday 16th of April 2019 10:11:37 AM

Flashcards are one of the best tools for memorizing information. This is partly because of their versatility. They can help teach multiplication skills, learn a foreign language, recall facts, historical dates, in fact anything that can be learned in an intuitive way.

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QMPlay2 – Qt based video and audio player

Monday 15th of April 2019 08:31:19 AM

QMPlay2 can play most video formats and audio formats. It plays all codecs supported by FFmpeg, and supports YouTube videos too. With internet radio, Audio CD, and a lot more besides, there's lots of functionality on offer. Here's our review of the software.

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9 Best Free Linux HDR Imaging Software

Sunday 14th of April 2019 10:49:48 AM

High dynamic range imaging (HDR) is an important technology for photographers. It is a collection of techniques that allow a wider dynamic range of luminances between the lightest and darkest areas of an image.

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7 Best Free Linux Disk Cloning Software

Saturday 13th of April 2019 04:49:26 PM

This article is the first in a series highlighting all of the best free software that is of real benefit to anyone who needs to maintain a computer system.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 6 high quality Linux disk cloning software. Hopefully, there will be something of interest for anyone who needs to perform system admin tasks.

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ncmpy – curses based Music Player Daemon client

Friday 12th of April 2019 07:52:44 AM

ncmpy is a curses based Music Player Daemon client written in the Python programming language. Luke puts the software through its paces with a detailed review.

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6 Best Free Linux Task Managers

Thursday 11th of April 2019 08:29:12 AM

A task manager is software which enables users to compile a list of tasks to be completed. This list is also known as a to-do list or things-to-do. Here's our recommendations.

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10 Best Free Linux Document Processors

Wednesday 10th of April 2019 07:04:52 AM

A document processor is a document preparation system. Unlike a word processor, this type of application leads the author to concentrate on the structure of the document rather than its appearance. The author therefore focuses on what he/she wants to say, instead of fretting over page borders, font attributes, or formatting. Moreover, the author will be guided in the organisation, structure, and flow within the document.

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7 Best Free Linux Server Provisioning Tools

Tuesday 9th of April 2019 06:29:41 AM

Server provisioning is a set of actions to prepare a server, taking it from bare metal to a functioning system complete with an operating system, data and software.

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Poddr – podcast client built with Electron and Angular

Monday 8th of April 2019 06:49:40 AM

Poddr is an open source podcatcher made with Electron and AngularJS. It sports a very user-friendly interface that really is easy to navigate.

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6 Best Free Linux Collection Managers

Sunday 7th of April 2019 09:29:22 AM

There is a wide range of collection manager software available for Linux. However, the majority of this software is specialised, focusing on one or two different collectable items. The purpose of this review is primarily to identify the finest collection manager software which track a diverse range of items. This type of software has the advantage that users can keep track of all of their different collection types using a single software application. However, specialised collection managers are still worthy of a mention.

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Top 6 Linux Diary Software

Saturday 6th of April 2019 07:09:44 AM

Keeping a diary of your daily life is an activity that is held dear by many people. It represents a good way of storing personal or business information on a day-to-day-basis. Keep track of notes and thoughts through the day, organize and secure memories, ideas, business transactions, emails, accounts, future plans, contact lists, and even secret information.

This article identifies flexible and useful diary tools for the Linux desktop. With features like tag support, encryption, multiple journals, and live searches, Linux diary software makes it easier to keep track of events as they occur.

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ncmpc – Frugal Music Player Daemon client

Friday 5th of April 2019 08:38:40 AM

MPD is a free and open music player server. It plays audio files, organizes playlists and maintains a music database. In order to interact with it, a client program is needed. ncmpc is billed as a fully featured MPD client with a tiny memory footprint. It runs in the terminal, provides an intuitive to use ncurses user interface and comes with a large set of useful features, including the ability to search and browse your music library, create playlists and read song lyrics.

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8 Best Free Linux Personal Information Managers (Updated 2019)

Thursday 4th of April 2019 07:05:49 AM

A personal information manager (often known as a PIM tool) is a type of collaborative software that can help you manage your life by offering personal organizing functionality. This type of software enables you to more efficiently manage and plan

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Essential System Tools: Unison – Excellent Console and Graphical File Synchronization Software

Wednesday 3rd of April 2019 07:12:05 AM

Unison is a file-synchronization tool that allows two replicas of a collection of files and directories to be stored on different hosts (or different disks on the same host), modified separately, and then brought up to date by propagating the changes in each replica to the other.

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9 Best Free Linux Digital Forensics Tools

Tuesday 2nd of April 2019 07:44:52 AM

Digital forensics is a specialist art. It allows investigations to be undertaken without modifying the media. Being able to preserve and analyze data in a safe and non-destructive way is crucial when using digital evidence as part of an investigation, and even more so when a legal audit trail needs to be maintained. Digital forensics can be used in a wide range of investigations such as computer intrusion, unauthorised use of computers including the violation of an organisation's internet-usage policy, gathering intelligence from documents and emails, as well as the protection of corporate assets.

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NomadBSD 1.2 released!

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Review: Alpine Linux 3.9.2

Alpine Linux is different in some important ways compared to most other distributions. It uses different libraries, it uses a different service manager (than most), it has different command line tools and a custom installer. All of this can, at first, make Alpine feel a bit unfamiliar, a bit alien. But what I found was that, after a little work had been done to get the system up and running (and after a few missteps on my part) I began to greatly appreciate the distribution. Alpine is unusually small and requires few resources. Even the larger Extended edition I was running required less than 100MB of RAM and less than a gigabyte of disk space after all my services were enabled. I also appreciated that Alpine ships with some security features, like PIE, and does not enable any services it does not need to run. I believe it is fair to say this distribution requires more work to set up. Installing Alpine is not a point-n-click experience, it's more manual and requires a bit of typing. Not as much as setting up Arch Linux, but still more work than average. Setting up services requires a little more work and, in some cases, reading too since Alpine works a little differently than mainstream Linux projects. I repeatedly found it was a good idea to refer to the project's wiki to learn which steps were different on Alpine. What I came away thinking at the end of my trial, and I probably sound old (or at least old fashioned), is Alpine Linux reminds me of what got me into running Linux in the first place, about 20 years ago. Alpine is fast, light, and transparent. It offered very few surprises and does almost nothing automatically. This results in a little more effort on our parts, but it means that Alpine does not do things unless we ask it to perform an action. It is lean, efficient and does not go around changing things or trying to guess what we want to do. These are characteristics I sometimes miss these days in the Linux ecosystem. Read more

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Linux v5.1-rc6

It's Easter Sunday here, but I don't let little things like random major religious holidays interrupt my kernel development workflow. The occasional scuba trip? Sure. But everybody sitting around eating traditional foods? No. You have to have priorities. There's only so much memma you can eat even if your wife had to make it from scratch because nobody eats that stuff in the US. Anyway, rc6 is actually larger than I would have liked, which made me go back and look at history, and for some reason that's not all that unusual. We recently had similar rc6 bumps in both 4.18 and 5.0. So I'm not going to worry about it. I think it's just random timing of pull requests, and almost certainly at least partly due to the networking pull request in here (with just over a third of the changes being networking-related, either in drivers or core networking). Read more Also: Linux 5.1-rc6 Kernel Released In Linus Torvalds' Easter Day Message