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Reddit: Just wanted to share a story of my first time converting someone to linux.

1 hour 52 min ago

I switched my roommate to Ubuntu Mate a month ago because he had issues with wifi on windows 10 (qualcomm wireless card). Wifi still didn't work when I booted into UM after i installed it, but when i left his laptop for a few days and i told him it still had issues with wifi in some corners of the apartment he said: "No dude it works just fine everywhere." ??? Somehow it started working better after i managed to update the system after installation. I thought he would just use it for facebook, Popcorn Time and downloading shows to watch offline.. Few moments ago i came back from work and caught him in terminal learning commands like pwd, ls, rm, mkdir... and he asks me how could he use google in terminal.. So i sit next to him and show him w3m first and googler next, he's like cooool while im showing him, then i noticed he installed some themes and configured his system a little, then he asks if he could open pictures in terminal and i tell him i'm sure there is an app for that, but for right now he could probably just use external app from terminal to open pictures, so i go to start see that Shotwell is installed and i'm like " you could probably do it like this, type the name of the app shotwell then put space and type the name of the picture you want" (he previously typed ls himself to see contents of the folder) and i start typing the name of some random photo and show him tab auto-complete feature and he's like DAMMMN THATS COOL and i press enter accidentaly and it opens up shotwell and the picture i asked for, i turn to him and say: "this was totally random, i had no idea that it would actually work i just guessed that using the name of the app and the name of the picture will open it up, cuz stuff usually works like that on linux, its that easy, you dont even need to know it sometimes" He starts going through pictures using shotwell and is amazed that he can even change pictures once he opens them. After that i showed him how to open videos with vlc through terminal if he likes, enabled tilda in Mate Tweak, showed him how autocomplete work a little deeper and left him with that.

I am so surprised that he actually got interested in linux by himself and started learning it. Bear in mind my roommate is not really a computer literate person, for most of his games he uses his xbox360 and he uses computer only for writing seminars in word (or libre office writer now ;) ) , chatting on FB and watching TV Shows. I was so shocked to see him in terminal learning linux all by himself, i never even said anything to him about linux command line existing let alone told him to research linux..

As i am typing this my roommate is talking to his older brother on skype, he actually asked his brother what OS he's using and told him he should switch to linux, that it's really awesome, it works really good, looks great and is really interesting that you can see how a computer actually works.

I'm still awestruck how interested he is about learning linux and sharing his experience with other people, trying to convert them to it. I never switched anyone to linux before, i never in my wildest dreams thought that anyone would react to switching like that. I am so happy right now.

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LXer: Checking website statistics using Webalizer

1 hour 56 min ago
Webalizer is a free & open source application for analyzing of apache web access logs & usage logs & creating website statistics. After analyzing web logs, it produces various website statistics like daily statistics,...

TuxMachines: Stable kernels 4.14.6 and 4.9.69

2 hours 37 min ago

Two new stable kernels have been released by Greg Kroah-Hartman: 4.14.6 and 4.9.69. As usual, they contain fixes all over the kernel tree; users of those series should upgrade.

See: Linux 4.14.6 and Linux 4.9.69

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TuxMachines: Introducing bolt: Thunderbolt 3 security levels for GNU/Linux

2 hours 42 min ago

Today I released the first version 0.1 (aka "Accidentally Working") of bolt, a system daemon that manages Thunderbolt 3 devices. It provides a D-Bus API to list devices, enroll them (authorize and store them in the local database) and forget them again (remove previously enrolled devices). It also emits signals if new devices are connected (or removed). During enrollment devices can be set to be automatically authorized as soon as they are connected. A command line tool, called boltctl, can be used to control the daemon and perform all the above mentioned tasks (see the man page of boltctl(1) for details).

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TuxMachines: Elementary LibreOffice

2 hours 44 min ago

Two months ago I start to finalize the existing Elementary icon theme for LibreOffice. It’s about 2.000 icons and now they are available in LibreOffice 6.0 beta. In addition all icons are available as svg file so it can be used and edit in an easy way.

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TuxMachines: Huawei Mate9

2 hours 48 min ago

Generally this is a decent phone. As a replacement for a failed Nexus 6P it’s pretty good. But at this time I tend to recommend not buying it as the first generation of Pixel phones are now cheap enough to compete. If the Pixel XL is out of your price range then instead of saving $130 for a less secure phone it would be better to save $400 and choose one of the many cheaper phones on offer.

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LinuxToday: Checking website statistics using Webalizer

3 hours 7 min ago

Webalizer is a free & open source application for analyzing of apache web access logs

Reddit: IS there a way creating custom keyboard layouts

4 hours 13 min ago

Im a programing with a disability and would like a way to create a custom keyboard layout to work with my disability. Ive Tried Dvora, Qwerty and Azerty And none of them have worked for me so far. Maybe Colemak would work for me but i havent had a chance to try it out. I just have to change a couple of keys

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LXer: Open Source OS Still supporting 32-bit Architecture and Why it’s Important

4 hours 40 min ago
One after the other, Linux distributions are dropping 32-bit support. Or, to be accurate, they drop support for the Intel x86 32-bit architecture (IA-32). Indeed, computers based on x86_64 hardware (IA-64) are superior in every way to their 32-bits counterpart: they are more powerful, run faster, are more compact, and more energy efficient.

Phoronix: Red Hat's Latest Project: "Bolt" To Deal With Linux Thunderbolt Security

5 hours 3 min ago
"Bolt" is a new project by Red Hat / GNOME developers in dealing with Thunderbolt 3 security levels on Linux...

LinuxToday: How to update ONLYOFFICE to version 9.5 with Docker

5 hours 7 min ago

HowToForge: Learn how to easily upgrade ONLYOFFICE Community Server to the latest version using Docker with this tutorial.

Phoronix: FreeBSD-Based TrueOS 17.12 Released

5 hours 57 min ago
The FreeBSD-based operating system TrueOS that's formerly known as PC-BSD has put out their last stable update of 2017...

LXer: Bash Scripting: Learn to use REGEX (Basics)

6 hours 26 sec ago
Regular expressions or regex or regexp are basically strings of character that define a search pattern, they can be used for performing ‘Search’ or ‘Search & Replace’ operations as well as can be used...

LinuxToday: How to Install WordPress with Let's Encrypt SSL + W3 Total Cache + CloudFlare CDN on CentOS 7

6 hours 7 min ago

tecmint: Learn how to set up a secure and fast WordPress site.

Phoronix: Mesa 17.2.7 Released For Those Not Yet On Mesa 17.3

6 hours 13 min ago
Emil Velikov of Collabora has announced the release today of Mesa 17.2.7 as the latest point release for this older stable branch of Mesa...

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