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Two Minimalist Linux Text Editors That Make Writing Easy

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makeuseof.com: It took decades of writing, but I’ve come to a realisation: word processors do way more than what I need. And so I started to wonder: why should I be doing my writing with software designed to make it easy to arrange text for being printed out on letter-sized pieces of paper? Why can’t I find software that just lets me write?

Time to look at the Linux GUI?

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raiden.net: Graphical interfaces have come a long way since the fertile minds at Palo Alto came up with a way to make the nowadays plague proportions of plastic rodents useful. While GUI's look very pretty and are so full of eye candy I am surprised that our eyeballs don't have cavities, the current GUI's seem to be lacking in user efficiency.

Wally: A Cross Platform Wallpaper Changer

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maketecheasier.com: Wallpapers breathe life into a desktop. But the same wallpaper can be boring after some days. if you want to automatically rotate wallpapers in your desktop, Wally is just the tool you need.

GNOME 3: The Future of the Linux Desktop Revealed

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linuxplanet.com: For many Linux desktop users, GNOME is their home. But it's a home that's in the process of a major renovation.

Malware Hidden Inside Screensaver On Gnome-Look

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omgubuntu.co.uk: Malware has been found hidden inside an innocuous 'waterfall' screensaver .deb file made available on popular artwork sharing site Gnome-Look.org.

Avoiding Mono

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linuxcanuck.wordpress: Mono is a trap. It is a divisive topic if ever there was one in the Linux community. There are anti-Mono and anti-Novell sites and there is no shortage of strong opinion. This distracts us from what we have traditionally done which is to lead and set our own course.

Free and Open Source CAD Software for Linux

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junauza.com: Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of computer technology for the design of objects whether 2D or 3D, real or virtual. Here are some of the best free and open source CAD software for Linux that you may want to check out:

Empathy ... best voice and video chat

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Making chats and even video calls using Empathy

Appreciating Rhythmbox Again

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everyjoe.com: I haven’t used Rhythmbox for the longest time because Listen met my needs. Well, it was Listen, Sound Juicer and Ex Falso.

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  • Discovery of Terminal app for Chrome OS suggests future support for Linux software
    Chrome OS is a fairly flexible operating system, and its support for Android apps via the Google Play Store opens up a world of software. It has been thought -- and hoped -- for some time that Linux support might be on its way, and this is looking increasingly likely. A Terminal app has appeared in the Chrome OS dev channel, strongly suggesting that support for Linux applications could well be on the horizon -- something which will give Chromebooks a new appeal.
  • Put Wind into your Deployments with Kubernetes and Helm
    I’m a Software Engineer. Every day, I come into work and write code. That’s what I’m paid to do. As I write my code, I need to be confident that it’s of the highest quality. I can test it locally, but anyone who’s ever heard the words, “...but it works on my machine,” knows that’s not enough. There are huge differences between my local environment and my company’s production systems, both in terms of scale and integration with other components. Back in the day, production systems were complex, and setting them up required a deep knowledge of the underlying systems and infrastructure. To get a production-like environment to test my code, I would have to open a ticket with my IT department and wait for them to get to it and provision a new server (whether physical or virtual). This was a process that took a few days at best. That used to be OK when release cycles were several months apart. Today, it’s completely unacceptable.
  • KDE Plasma 5.13 Desktop Environment Promises Much Better Wayland Support
    The adoption of the next-generation Wayland display server amongst Linux-based operating systems is slowly, but surely, changing the Linux world for better. While most of the popular GNU/Linux distributions out there are shy on adopting Wayland by default, major Linux desktop environments like GNOME and KDE continue to offer improved Wayland support with each new major release. KDE Plasma 5.13 is being worked on these days, and KDE developer Roman Gilg reported over the weekend on the progress, so far, on the Plasma Wayland component for the next major release, which looks to be pretty promising. One of the most significant changes implemented in Plasma Wayland for KDE Plasma 5.13 is the ability to run more Linux apps on the Wayland display manager, either as native Wayland clients or as Xwayland clients.
  • [Mageia] Weekly Roundup 2018 – Week 16
    Work on the LXQt packages is still ongoing; watch this space for Great Plasma Update news.
  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 524
  • Is English Wikipedia’s ‘rise and decline’ typical?
    The figure comes from “The Rise and Decline of an Open Collaboration System,” a well-known 2013 paper that argued that Wikipedia’s transition from rapid growth to slow decline in 2007 was driven by an increase in quality control systems. Although many people have treated the paper’s finding as representative of broader patterns in online communities, Wikipedia is a very unusual community in many respects. Do other online communities follow Wikipedia’s pattern of rise and decline? Does increased use of quality control systems coincide with community decline elsewhere?
  • Two DMV Startups Are Updating an Open Source Security System to Prevent Data Hacks
  • Comprehensive Android Binary Scans Find Known Security Vulnerabilities in 1 Out of Every 5 of the 700 Most Popular Apps on Google Play Store [Ed: Insignary is again badmouthing FOSS platforms as a form of marketing that's basically disguised as 'research' or 'study']
  • Ryzen Stability Issues Are Still Affecting Some FreeBSD Users
    While in recent months there have been some improvements to FreeBSD that have helped yield greater reliability in running AMD Ryzen processors on this BSD operating system, some users are still reporting hard to diagnose stability problems on FreeBSD. For some, FreeBSD on Ryzen is still leading to lock-ups, even while the system may be idle. Also making it hard to debug, for some they can trigger a lock-up within an hour of booting their system while for others they may be able to make it a week or two before hitting any stability problem.
  • 6 DevOps trends to watch in 2018
    Here at Loggly, we live and breathe logs and uncovering underlying data. It probably comes as no surprise that we’re passionate about the future of log analysis and metric monitoring. Communicating with key subject matter experts in the DevOps space plays an important role in helping us understand where the industry is headed.
  • Trouble in techno hippie paradise
    Another interesting point: while the number of people addicted to nicotine has been going down globally lately, the number of network addicts has outnumbered those by far now. And yet the long term effects of being online almost 24/365 have not yet been researched at all. The cigarette companies claimed that most doctors smoke. The IT industry claims it's normal to be online. What's your wakeup2smartphone time? Do you check email every day?