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AWOW AK41 Mini Desktop PC – Gaming – Week 5

Wednesday 5th of August 2020 08:39:56 AM

For this week's blog, Luke looks at gaming on the AWOW AK41 Mini PC. This tiny computer uses the Intel UHD Graphics 605, an integrated processor graphics unit from the Gemini Lake generation.

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Excellent Free Tutorials to Learn Vala

Tuesday 4th of August 2020 08:58:34 AM

Vala is an object-oriented programming language with a self-hosting compiler that generates C code and uses the GObject system. Here's our recommended free tutorials to learn Vala.

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Stretchly – reminder to take breaks

Monday 3rd of August 2020 12:52:00 PM

Stretchly is a cross-platform Electron program that reminds you to take breaks when working on your computer. Stretchly is free and open source software.

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23 Best Free Linux Window Managers

Saturday 1st of August 2020 01:44:17 PM

A window manager manages the windows that applications bring up. We recommend the best c.ompositing, stacking, tiling, and dynamic window managers.

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Linux Candy: Buoh – online strips comics reader

Friday 31st of July 2020 04:28:49 AM

Buoh is a reader for online strips comics. It's free and open source software.

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7 Best Free Compositing Window Managers

Thursday 30th of July 2020 09:34:09 AM

A compositing window manager, or compositor, is a window manager that provides applications with an off-screen buffer for each window. The window manager composites the window buffers into an image representing the screen and writes the result into the display memory.

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AWOW AK41 Mini Desktop PC – Multiple Operating Systems – Week 4

Wednesday 29th of July 2020 12:48:07 PM

In this week's blog, I look at some of the ways you can run programs from different operating systems on the AWOW AK41. I examine hardware virtualization, dual booting, as well as using a compatibility layer.

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3 Free Books to Learn Vala

Tuesday 28th of July 2020 07:57:24 AM

Vala is an object-oriented programming language with a self-hosting compiler that generates C code and uses the GObject system. Here's our recommended books to learn Vala.

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Excellent System Utilities: Glances – CLI curses-based monitoring tool

Monday 27th of July 2020 11:54:22 AM

Glances is a system administration tool that replaces a whole host of command-line utilities. Here's our review of Glances.

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Linux Candy: Boxes – command line ASCII boxes

Friday 24th of July 2020 01:18:33 PM

Boxes is a text filter which can draw ASCII art boxes around its input text. It can spice up news posting, emails, documenting files, and much more.

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6 Best Free Dynamic Window Managers

Thursday 23rd of July 2020 07:56:11 AM

A dynamic window manager is a tiling window manager where windows are tiled based on preset layouts between which the user can switch. Here's our recommended free dynamic window managers.

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AWOW AK41 Mini Desktop PC – Video and Audio – Week 3

Wednesday 22nd of July 2020 06:57:14 AM

A weekly blog about the AWOW AK41 Mini Desktop PC. This week examines multimedia on this tiny PC including video, audio, and more.

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Excellent Free Tutorials to Learn XML

Tuesday 21st of July 2020 11:11:56 AM

XML is a set of rules for defining semantic tags that describe the structure and meaning of a document. Here's our recommended free tutorials to learn XML

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ExifCleaner – image metadata tool

Monday 20th of July 2020 08:46:26 AM

ExifCleaner lets you remove privacy-invading information from your photos. It's a cross-platform tool that runs on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.

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tint2 – simple and light open source taskbar

Friday 17th of July 2020 06:13:29 AM

tint2 is a simple panel/taskbar made for window managers. It was specifically made for Openbox, a popular stacking window manager.

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10 Best Free Tiling Window Managers

Thursday 16th of July 2020 07:34:47 AM

There are a few different types of window managers. This article recommends the best tiling window managers. They automate the common task of arranging windows.

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AWOW AK41 Mini Desktop PC – Running Linux – Benchmarks – Week 2

Wednesday 15th of July 2020 08:49:05 AM

This article benchmarks the AWOW AK41 Mini PC with three other systems to put the results into context. All the tests use the Phoronix Test Suite unless stated. This is the second article in a series focusing on the AWOW AK41 Mini Desktop PC.

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10 Excellent Free Books to Learn XML

Tuesday 14th of July 2020 02:53:24 PM

XML is a set of rules for defining semantic tags that describe the structure and meaning of a document. Here's our recommended free XML books.

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Introduction to Python for Data Science

Monday 13th of July 2020 07:42:00 AM

This is a short introductory training session on the use of Python in data science using Jupyter, pandas library and plotnine package. We focus on a common task in data science: import a data set, manipulate its structure, and then visualise the data. We shall use Python and a Jupyter Notebook to accomplish this task.

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20 Best Free Stacking Window Managers

Thursday 9th of July 2020 09:12:04 AM

Stacking window managers (also known as floating window managers) that draws all windows in a specific order, allowing them to overlap.

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5 tips for making documentation a priority in open source projects

Open source software is now mainstream; long gone are the days when open source projects attracted developers alone. Nowadays, users across numerous industries are active consumers of open source software, and you can't expect everyone to know how to use the software just by reading the code. Even for developers (including those with plenty of experience in other open source projects), good documentation serves as a valuable onboarding tool when people join a community. People who are interested in contributing to a project often start by working on documentation to get familiar with the project, the community, and the community workflow. Read more

5 reasons to run Kubernetes on your Raspberry Pi homelab

There's a saying about the cloud, and it goes something like this: The cloud is just somebody else's computer. While the cloud is actually more complex than that (it's a lot of computers), there's a lot of truth to the sentiment. When you move to the cloud, you're moving data and services and computing power to an entity you don't own or fully control. On the one hand, this frees you from having to perform administrative tasks you don't want to do, but, on the other hand, it could mean you no longer control your own computer. This is why the open source world likes to talk about an open hybrid cloud, a model that allows you to choose your own infrastructure, select your own OS, and orchestrate your workloads as you see fit. However, if you don't happen to have an open hybrid cloud available to you, you can create your own—either to help you learn how the cloud works or to serve your local network. Read more

today's howtos and leftovers

  • Linux commands for user management
  • CONSOOM All Your PODCASTS From Your Terminal With Castero
  • Install Blender 3D on Debian 10 (Buster)
  • Things To Do After Installing openSUSE Leap 15.2
  • GSoC Reports: Fuzzing Rumpkernel Syscalls, Part 2

    I have been working on Fuzzing Rumpkernel Syscalls. This blogpost details the work I have done during my second coding period.

  • Holger Levsen: DebConf7

    DebConf7 was also special because it had a very special night venue, which was in an ex-church in a rather normal building, operated as sort of community center or some such, while the old church interior was still very much visible as in everything new was build around the old stuff. And while the night venue was cool, it also ment we (video team) had no access to our machines over night (or for much of the evening), because we had to leave the university over night and the networking situation didn't allow remote access with the bandwidth needed to do anything video. The night venue had some very simple house rules, like don't rearrange stuff, don't break stuff, don't fix stuff and just a few little more and of course we broke them in the best possible way: Toresbe with the help of people I don't remember fixed the organ, which was broken for decades. And so the house sounded in some very nice new old tune and I think everybody was happy we broke that rule.

Programming Leftovers

  • Podcast: COBOL development on the mainframe

    Nic reached out when COBOL hit the news this spring to get some background on what COBOL is good for historically, and where it lives in the modern infrastructure stack. I was able to talk about the basics of COBOL and the COBOL standard, strengths today in concert with the latest mainframes, and how COBOL back-end code is now being integrated into front ends via intermediary databases and data-interchange formats like JSON, which COBOL natively supports.

  • What I learned while teaching C programming on YouTube

    The act of breaking something down in order to teach it to others can be a great way to reacquaint yourself with some old concepts and, in many cases, gain new insights. I have a YouTube channel where I demonstrate FreeDOS programs and show off classic DOS applications and games. The channel has a small following, so I tend to explore the topics directly suggested by my audience. When several subscribers asked if I could do more videos about programming, I decided to launch a new video series to teach C programming. I learned a lot from teaching C, and in the process, I came across some meaningful takeaways I think others will appreciate. Make a plan For my day job, I lead training and workshops to help new and emerging IT leaders develop new skills. Outside of regular work, I also enjoy teaching as an adjunct professor. So I'm very comfortable constructing a course outline and designing a curriculum. That's where I started. If you want to teach a subject effectively, you can't just wing it. Start by writing an outline of what topics you want to cover and figure out how each new topic will build on the previous ones. The "building block" method of adding new knowledge is key to an effective training program.

  • Google's Flutter 1.20 framework is out: VS Code extension and mobile autofill support
  • Google Engineers Propose "Machine Function Splitter" For Faster Performance

    Google engineers have been working on the Machine Function Splitter as their means of making binaries up to a few percent faster thanks to this compiler-based approach. They are now seeking to upstream the Machine Function Splitter into LLVM. The Machine Function Splitter is a code generation optimization pass for splitting code functions into hot and cold parts. They are doing this stemming from research that in roughly half of code functions that more than 50% of the code bytes are never executed but generally loaded into the CPU's data cache.

  • Modernize network function development with this Rust-based framework

    The world of networking has undergone monumental shifts over the past decade, particularly in the ongoing move from specialized hardware into software defined network functions (NFV) for data plane1 and packet processing. While the transition to software has fashioned the rise of SDN (Software-defined networking) and programmable networks, new challenges have arisen in making these functions flexible, efficient, easier to use, and fast (i.e. little to no performance overhead). Our team at Comcast wanted to both leverage what the network does best, especially with regards to its transport capacity and routing mechanisms, while also being able to develop network programs through a modern software lens—stressing testing, swift iteration, and deployment. So, with these goals in mind, we developed Capsule, a new framework for network function development, written in Rust, inspired by Berkeley's NetBricks research, and built-on Intel's Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK).

  • This Week in Rust 350
  • Firefox extended tracking protection

    This Mozilla Security Blog entry describes the new redirect-tracking protections soon to be provided by the Firefox browser.

  • Karl Dubost: Browser developer tools timeline

    I was reading In a Land Before Dev Tools by Amber, and I thought, Oh here missing in the history the beautifully chiseled Opera Dragonfly and F12 for Internet Explorer. So let's see what are all the things I myself didn't know.

  • Daniel Stenberg: Upcoming Webinar: curl: How to Make Your First Code Contribution

    Abstract: curl is a wildly popular and well-used open source tool and library, and is the result of more than 2,200 named contributors helping out. Over 800 individuals wrote at least one commit so far. In this presentation, curl’s lead developer Daniel Stenberg talks about how any developer can proceed in order to get their first code contribution submitted and ultimately landed in the curl git repository. Approach to code and commits, style, editing, pull-requests, using github etc. After you’ve seen this, you’ll know how to easily submit your improvement to curl and potentially end up running in ten billion installations world-wide.