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10 Tools to Generate and Have Fun With ASCII Art in Linux

Linux terminal is not as scary as you think. Of course, it could be intimidating in the beginning but once you know the terminal better, you start loving it. You are likely to use the terminal for serious work. But there are many fun stuff you can do in the terminal as well. One of them is experimenting with ASCII art. You can display predefined or random messages, play games, or run some animation in ASCII format in the Linux terminal using various command line tools. Read more

today's leftovers

  • How Open Source is Changing the World

    Open source software has helped businesses across all industries develop and deploy innovative new services. It has broken down the siloes that inhibit innovation and allowed companies to share in their success.

    The open source way is also about more than just software – it’s a change in mindset. Through collaboration, meritocracy, transparency, and the support of a diverse community, open source developers are building a better world with better software.

  • Why reproducible machines didn't used to be a priority (I think)

    When I wrote about why we care about being able to (efficiently) reproduce machines, I mentioned that this didn't used to be a priority in the sufficiently old days. By the sufficiently old days I mean broadly the 1990s, at least in more moderate sized environments like what used to be common at the university; I think by even the early 00s, people here were starting to care. Today it's time for my rambles about some reasons why I think we didn't used to care as much. First, back then it was often harder to keep machines running in the first place. Software was more primitive and hardware was sufficiently limited that we were pushing it much closer to the edge than we did later. If much of your time is spent fighting fires, everything else takes second place. This feeds into the other two reasons. (One area of software that was more primitive was the software for automatically managing machines.)

  • Big Savings on Librem 14 and Mini Are Here!

    Based off of the success of the recent promotion, we are extending the $100 off on Librem 14, until stock runs out. We received an amazing response to the Summer Sale, and we’d like to thank our customers, community and supporters. In addition, we have decided to offer $60 off on Librem Mini, till the current inventory runs out. We can ship these in-stock products, within 10 business days for standard orders.

    Purism has designed each component in line with our belief in respecting your rights to privacy, security, and freedom.  Librem 14 is the 14-inch laptop designed for those who value secure and respectful technology. Librem Mini has been our most accessible Librem product, and is highly requested by the community. Both Librem 14 and Mini can be fortified with PureOS, PureBoot (coreboot +Heads) and Librem Key support. If detecting tampering of laptops or other hardware on the way is of concern to you, do consider adding our custom Anti-Interdiction services.

Servers Leftovers

  • Amazon Brings EKS Anywhere To Bare Metal Servers

    Last week, Amazon Web Services announced the availability of the beta version of Amazon EKS Anywhere on bare metal servers. This extends the possibility of running production EKS Anywhere clusters on both vSphere and physical servers.

  • Ambassador Labs Adds HTTP/3 Support to Envoy-Based Platform - Container Journal

    Ambassador Labs has added HTTP/3 support for both its Ambassador Edge Stack control plane for Envoy proxy software deployed on Kubernetes clusters and the Emissary-ingress application programming interface (API) gateway it previously donated to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

  • Christine Lemmer-Webber: Site converted to Haunt

    Lo and behold, I've converted the last of the sites I've been managing for ages to Haunt. Haunt isn't well known. Apparently I am responsible for, er, many of the sites listed on But you know what? I've been making website things for a long time, and Haunt is honestly the only static site generator I've worked with (and I've worked with quite a few) that's actually truly customizable and programmable and pleasant to work with. And hackable! This site has seen quite a few iterations... some custom code when I first launched it some time ago, then I used Zine, then I used PyBlosxom, and for quite a few years everything was running on Pelican. But I never liked hacking on any of those... I always kind of begrudgingly opened up the codebase and regretted having to change anything. But Haunt? Haunt's a dream, it's all there and ready for you, and I've even gotten some patches upstream. (Actually I owe Dave a few more, heh.)

Devices: Raspberry Pi, RISC-V, and More

  • How to run a webserver on Raspberry Pi Pico W

    This means that your Raspberry Pi Pico can now talk to the network, but also that the network can talk back to it; and you can run a webserver on your Pico W to allow you to control things remotely.

  • Popular Linux Distro Ubuntu spotted running on a Google Nest Hub

    We’ve already seen plenty of instances where gamers have run Google Stadia on the wildest devices – even on an Android Auto head unit. The level of modding and customization that fans of a piece of hardware will go to is truly inspiring. Today in my Google Discover feed, I happened upon a guy who got a popular version of Linux called Ubuntu running on a second-generation Nest Hub!

  • RISC-V Is Getting MSIs!

    Message signaled interrupts or MSIs describe a way to signal an interrupt without a dedicated interrupt request pin (IRQ). One of the most prevalent uses for MSIs is the PCI bus, and the PCI specification defines the MSI and MSI-X standards. The potential benefits may include: (1) reduced number of direct wires from the device to the CPU or interrupt controller, (2) improve signaling performance–mainly by forcing in-band signals by design, and (3) improving guest/host signaling for virtualized environments.

  • Pine64 Working on RISC-V Hardware!