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today's leftovers

  • Leaping Over Tumbleweed | LUP 118
  • ​Supercomputer leaders come together on new open-source framework
  • The Linux Foundation Announces the OpenHPC Collaborative Project Initiative

    On November 12, the non-profit organization The Linux Foundation was proud to announce that they will attempt to create a new open source framework, called the OpenHPC Collaborative Project.

  • X.Org Developers' Conference 2016 To Be Hosted In Finland

    The X.Org Foundation Board of Directors decided at yesterday's bi-weekly board meeting to go ahead with a plan to host XDC2016 in Helsinki, Finland.

  • Are There Any Raspberry Pi 2 Benchmarks You'd Like To See?

    While the level of performance out of the Raspberry Pi devices have had me less than interested, I decided to finally pick up a Raspberry Pi 2 anyways for some benchmarking and testing of the VC4 DRM+Gallium3D driver stack.

  • Football Manager 2016 Released For SteamOS / Linux

    Fooball Manager 2016 was released today by SEGA. Compared to the past where the Linux port came after the fact, Football Manager 2016 has seen a same-day release for Windows, OS X, and SteamOS/Linux.

  • GNOME 3.18.2 Officially Released, the Devs Will Now Concentrate on GNOME 3.20

    Just a few moments ago, the GNOME Project, through Matthias Clasen, proudly announced the release of the second and last maintenance release for the stable GNOME 3.18 open-source desktop environment for GNU/Linux operating systems.

  • Calculate Linux Scratch 15 KDE Distro Brings KDE Goodness, Including Plasma 5.4.2

    Alexander Tratsevskiy, the lead developer and creator of the Russian Calculate Linux operating system has announced earlier today, November 12, that the his Calculate Linux Scratch 15 KDE distribution has been released, and it's available for download.

  • Microsoft Active Directory Replacement, Samba 4 Directory Added in ClearOS 7.1.0

    ClearFoundation, through Peter Baldwin, has announced today, November 11, the release and immediate availability for download of the final build of the highly anticipated ClearOS 7.1.0 GNU/Linux operating system.

  • Quirky 7.3 Screenshot Tour
  • ClearOS 7.1.0 Screenshot Tour
  • Making Fedora GNOME your working system in less than an hour

    It is a very good question. Ultimately, Linux is Linux. The only difference is the time you spend on the setup and adjustment of the necessary components. And what you get as the result. Whether it's clean system without a graphical environment, or a distribution with thousands of unnecessary packets. It is worth noting that the most of this article is built on the idea that I do not want to have arch + i3wm right now. Maybe later.

  • Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, October 2015

    Like each month, here comes a report about the work of paid contributors to Debian LTS.

  • Debian Live Dead, Linux Ransomware & More…

    Larry’s away today, hiding beneath his tinfoil hat and hoping to escape the ravishes of Friday the thirteenth, so I was volunteered to write this week’s review. Sorry. Larry will return next week — as long as his astrologer says it’s safe.

    G’bye Debian Live: By now you’ve probably heard the news that evidently the Debian Live project is no more. This according to the project’s leader, Daniel Baumann, who posted An Abrupt End to Debian Live on the Debian website on Monday. According to him, the project was “hijacked by the Debian-cd and the Debian-installer teams.”

  • “Extreme rugged” Mini-ITX SBC runs Linux on Bay Trail

    Adlink’s Mini-ITX-BST-I SBC runs Linux on Intel Bay Trail SoCs, and offers 8GB RAM, dual GbE, and rich multimedia, plus MIL spec shake-and-bake ruggedness.

    Adlink says its “AmITX-BT-I” single board computer targets applications that demand high-level processing and graphics performance, along with low power consumption. The “Extreme Rugged” board joins an assortment of competing Bay Trail-based Mini-ITX SBCs including Habey’s MITX-6771 and MITX-6770, Aaeon’s EMB-BTx series, Axiomtek’s MANO842, DFI’s BT160, and Portwell’s WADE-8078. Adlink’s board appears to be unique among the pack in its MIL spec-level shock and vibration resistance (see table farther below), and support for -40 to 85°C operating environments. Presumably, meeting these specs requires the use of carefully designed thermal management solutions.

More in Tux Machines

Review: UBports on the PinePhone

At the end of 2021 I posted a review about the PinePhone and what it was like running the device's default operating system: Manjaro Linux featuring the Plasma Mobile interface. While I've had decent experiences with Plasma Mobile in the past, the combination of Manjaro, the PinePhone, and this interface left a lot to be desired. It was slow, it was unstable, and there were issues with the battery charge indicator. To make matters worse, the default applications were not polished or well named. It was a rough experience and, though I can see where there is hope for Manjaro on the PinePhone, I was eager to try something different. In the past I have had mostly good experiences with the UBports distribution. UBports is a community project which has continued Canonical's Ubuntu Touch operating system for smart phones and tablets. Since I've run UBports on devices which didn't have any more memory or processing power than the PinePhone, I was optimistic about trying out the PinePhone with this alternative distribution. Read more

Switching from OpenNTPd to Chrony

A friend recently reminded me of the existence of chrony, a "versatile implementation of the Network Time Protocol (NTP)". Read more

today's howtos

  • How to Enable MySQL/MariaDB Query Logging

    In this short and easy to follow guide, we cover how to enable MySQL/MariaDB query logging and save queries to a file. When using a database, it often happens that developers want to know what’s going on behind the scene. Whether it is for troubleshooting, performance tuning, or out of sheer curiosity. General query logs remain one of the most popular sources of auditing and diagnostic information in MySQL/MariaDB databases. After logging is enabled, the database server will write information to the log file when clients connect or disconnect, and it will log each SQL statement.

  • How to install Zotero on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 LTS - Linux Shout

    Zotero is a reference management system and academic network, here we learn the steps to install Zotero in Linux such as Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy JellyFish or Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa. Zotero is an open-source and free tool that helps in collecting, organizing, citing, and sharing research. It consists of two components: Zotero standalone (Mac, Windows, Linux) with a plugin for Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari; Zotero web application: computer-independent access to your library, finding and setting up groups on specific topics (see collaboration), making contacts with others. The two components of this tool can be synchronized with each other. If you are often involved in extensive projects at work or have to write a large-scale work during your studies, you quickly lose track of the sources used. With Zotero, you keep all information together and create a clear library for your project without much effort. It is particularly suitable for literature research on the Internet and the direct transfer of the researched data and works in groups that want to manage literature together.

  • How to Copy Directory in Linux: (Beginner to Advance)

    While working in several operating systems, we use to add files and folders, cut, copy, edit and delete them as per our choice. Just like all these, the Linux system provides us the opportunity to copy a single folder to another folder even though the folder is empty or not. Therefore, we will discuss some easy methods to copy one directory to another in Ubuntu 20.04 system. Let’s have a fresh start by using the different ways to copy a directory from one place to another in Linux. For this particular purpose, we must open up the terminal shell as we are going to do all things in it. There are two ways to open it. One is from the activity search area and the other is the shortcut key “Ctrl+Alt+T”. Practice one of the mentioned methods to open it and start implementing the commands in it one by one.

  • How to Change Default Torrent Client for Magnet Links in Ubuntu 20.04+ | UbuntuHandbook

    When clicking a magnet link in Chrome browser, it pops-up with “Open xdg-open” option allows to launch the default app to start the downloading. Unlike Firefox, Google Chrome does not offer an option to choose which app to handle the link. Instead, it launches the default app directly. For those want to change this default app to handle magnet links, here’s how to do the trick in Ubuntu.

  • How to install Microsoft Fonts on Elementary OS 6.0 - Invidious
  • How to install VCV Rack 2 on a Chromebook

    Today we are looking at how to install VCV Rack 2 on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

  • How to Install Papirus Icon Theme on Ubuntu - OMG! Ubuntu!

    Changing the icon theme on Ubuntu is an easy way to give your desktop a new look and feel. In this post we show you how to install Papirus icons on Ubuntu from a PPA. Why use the Papirus icon set? Because it’s good — in fact, it’s one of the best icon themes for Ubuntu not to mention other Linux distros like Linux Mint, Zorin OS, and Manjaro. Thousands of users use this set, and several Linux distributions ship it as their default.

  • Exploring GIT Commit Hashes & Generating Cryptographic Zeros – Jon's FOSS Blog

    So I was trying to research what goes into generating a GIT commit hash and I thought I would try to personalize the cryptographic hash output a little bit. My computer isn’t that powerful but it may be possible to generate more zeros!

Keyboards and Open-Source - Ignorance is bliss..


In my Keyboard Fun post from last year I talked a bit about my interest in mechanical keyboards. Since then, I played around with a few more keyboards/switches/keycaps/… Interesting enough, beside the actual hardware, naturally there is some software component to all these keyboards, too. Whereas most commercial keyboards still come with proprietary firmware, there is the trend within the keyboard enthusiast scene to go for open-source firmware. This allows you to properly update the firmware even from your Linux machine and do proper configuration of e.g. the keymap, too. Read more