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Software: KiCad, f3 and 2019’s Best Music Players on Linux

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  • KiCad Open-Source PCB Design Software Keeps Working Towards Its Next Big Release

    KiCad remains the leading open-source electronic design suite for PCB design and other features. KiCad had a successful 2018 with the software even being used by System76 as part of the daughter board PCB designs with Thelio desktop computer, but looking ahead the developers are still working towards version 6.0.

  • Essential System Tools: f3 – detect and fix counterfeit flash storage

    This is the latest in our series of articles highlighting essential system tools. These are small, indispensable utilities, useful for system administrators as well as regular users of Linux based systems. The series examines both graphical and text based open source utilities. For this article, we’ll look at f3, a free and open source set of tools for flash storage. For details of all tools in this series, please check the table at the summary page of this article.

    Despite the efforts of government agencies, there are many fake and counterfeit products around. Many counterfeit goods are sold at car boot sales, pubs, markets, and fairs. This makes it difficult to trace the fraudster once you’ve bought from them. Fake goods are also sold online, although auction sites such as eBay try to clamp down on counterfeiting and piracy.

    In the computer world, flash memory stage is particularly susceptible to counterfeiting. The most commonly affected devices are USB flash drives, but SD/CF and even SSD are affected.

  • 2019’s Best Music Players on Linux

    Linux offers a wide range of choice, and music players are no exception. For quite a while, there have been fantastic options when choosing the perfect music player for your Linux computer. All of these players are just as good, if not better, than their proprietary counterparts on other operating systems. They range from the minimal, light weight, and targeted to feature-rich multipurpose players capable of nearly anything. There's a great choice for every music fan on Linux.

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