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Articles on Moving to GNU/Linux

  • A Beginners Guide to Linux

    The Linux operating system offers a rich mix of features and security that make it a great free and (mostly) open-source alternative to macOS and Microsoft Windows. Because it's different "under the hood," consider some of the big-picture aspects of Linux and how it compares to the other desktop operating systems, before you take the plunge.

  • [Older] 5 Linux Distributions for Windows 7 Users

    While you may not find the same applications or tools on Linux – the user interface is what will make you feel comfortable using the OS.

    So, in this article, I shall mention only the distributions that resemble the look and feel of Windows (to some extent, at least).

    Once, you’re done choosing what you want – you can simply take a look around for the essential applications available on Linux, installing themes, and a lot of similar resources available in our portal.

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  • The Complete Beginner's Guide to Ubuntu Linux
                     
                       

    Before you install Ubuntu on top of your current operating system, it's a good idea to try it out first. There are various ways to try Ubuntu, and the following guides will help: [...]

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  • [Old] Try Ubuntu before you install it
                     
                       

    Running Ubuntu directly from either a USB stick or a DVD is a quick and easy way to experience how Ubuntu works for you, and how it works with your hardware. Most importantly, it doesn’t alter your computer’s configuration in any way, and a simple restart without the USB stick or DVD is all that’s needed to restore your machine to its previous state.

                       

    With a live Ubuntu, you can do almost anything you can from an installed Ubuntu:

The state of open source contribution through the lens of Hacktoberfest

In 2019, DigitalOcean and the open source community celebrated the sixth annual Hacktoberfest, an inclusive community event that inspires open source participation and maintenance. It was an exciting year with record-breaking numbers of pull requests, participants, and events around the world. From the start, our goal has always been to encourage all types of people, from seasoned developers to total newcomers, to get more involved with open source, all while promoting DigitalOcean's longstanding values of simplicity, community, and love. We recapped Hacktoberfest 2019 on our blog, but in honor of the 22nd anniversary of open source, we decided to dive into the results of our annual participant survey within the context of our seasonal Currents report on the state of open source. This year, we revamped the Hacktoberfest survey to better understand what it means to the community, as well as their involvement with open source projects, key motivators for participating, and more. So how did the community do? Here are some findings. Read more

Android Leftovers

today's howtos

  • Sergio Schvezov: Fingerprint Reader Support for Lenovo x390Y on Ubuntu
  • How to get a direct WebRTC connections between two computers

    WebRTC is a standard real-time communication protocol built directly into modern web browsers. It enables the creation of video conferencing services which do not require participants to download additional software. Many services make use of it and it almost always works out of the box. The reason it just works is that it uses a protocol called ICE to establish a connection regardless of the network environment. What that means however is that in some cases, your video/audio connection will need to be relayed (using end-to-end encryption) to the other person via third-party TURN server. In addition to adding extra network latency to your call that relay server might overloaded at some point and drop or delay packets coming through. Here's how to tell whether or not your WebRTC calls are being relayed, and how to ensure you get a direct connection to the other host.

  • Installing Vidyo on Ubuntu 18.04
  • How to Install and Use PHP Composer on CentOS 8