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Reddit: We simply need more people using Linux

Friday 3rd of February 2017 07:20:13 AM

Why do I use Linux? I'm your average dude. I bought a PC and I don't want it bogged down with something prone to viruses which may resort to having to buy some Anti-Virus shit for a problem that I shouldn't have to worry about in the first place.

What initially repelled me from this community was encountering problems, having to look them up burning time, only to have been met by a super complex set of instructions that you can tell is written in such a pretentious "only smart people get this" type of way.

If we want to expose Microsoft's gradual invasion of privacy and Apple's exploitation of simplicity for profit, then we need to help the average user more. Do not show them how smart you are. Show them how easy it CAN be. It is extremely intimidating coming into a community where they expect you to just blast your way in through command line. Instead, just say, this is all you really need to know... and here is a graphical-friendly way to do it. We actually have that luxury now of showing GUI programs off. The rest of the world would probably have little problem considering an extremely cost-efficient way of doing shit on the computer... NOT TO MENTION, the removal of the worry that their computer is not performing in top-shape either through unseen viruses or bullshit microsoft clutter.

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LXer: Best Linux Distributions To Try In 2017

Friday 3rd of February 2017 07:03:04 AM
Hey folks! Here is the new year of 2017. As a new year comes we all are excited to know what is new in the world of Linux. Whether you are a newbie or a regular user we want to know which are the best and awesome distro for this year to have a new experience. So Here am I who is gonna help you to see and choose the best Linux distro to try in 2017.

Reddit: How SAFE is it to store SENSITIVE INFORMATION in a .txt file on my desktop?

Friday 3rd of February 2017 06:19:03 AM

So, I want to digitize all my journals, and type them up. The only way I can think to do this is to just have a .txt file on my desktop on to type them up.

Are there any risks here? If any of this information got out, it would literally ruin my life. Could I be hacked?

Does anyone have any advice? Any alternatives I should consider?

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LXer: 8 Essential WordPress Plugins Your Website Must Have

Friday 3rd of February 2017 06:05:53 AM
WordPress, what a CMS right? So many available plugins, themes, and tutorials. More than 27% of world websites are powered by a WordPress CMS. A staggering statistic which kinda indicates the level of functionality and flexibility it offers to webmasters. A complete website solution with an easy-to-use aura surrounding it.

LXer: Setting up an automated software lab for Linux SBCs

Friday 3rd of February 2017 05:08:42 AM
Demand is increasing for embedded software projects to support a variety of Linux hacker boards — and that requires time consuming hardware testing to prove that your software works reliably.

LXer: How to Install/Enable ELRepo on RHEL, CentOS & Scientific Linux

Friday 3rd of February 2017 04:11:31 AM
ELRepo is a CentOS Community Approved third-party RPM repository mainly focuses on hardware related packages to enhance your experience with Enterprise Linux.

Reddit: [Question] ubuntu server

Friday 3rd of February 2017 04:04:29 AM

Hi, I installed ubuntu server on my computer and it says /dev/sda: clean at a black screen and I cannot type anything can anyone help?

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Reddit: How do I simply set the permissions/owner for a web app eg. making /var/www/mywebapp

Friday 3rd of February 2017 03:59:03 AM

I am setting up Nodejs and Express for a simple web app. Right now I made /var/www but it required root and then I had to do /var/www/mywebapp and it required root again. Now anytime I start doing some dev work in mywebapp dir, I have to use sudo. What am I doing wrong? I feel I am fragmented....am I supposed to make a new user eg. "webwww" and then make the owner of /var/www "webwww" that way root isnt going to run the httpd but webwww and it will be more secure?

  • Also, which user am I supposed to be using to do the dev work while working in the directory, right now im using the default ubuntu users in this new VPS, but should I make a new user and add to the group that will own the directory?
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Reddit: Turbo charge bash with fzf + ripgrep

Friday 3rd of February 2017 03:52:25 AM

I've always had fzf and ripgrep on my radar, and I've finally gotten around to using them together. Good lord it makes a world of difference, especially when added to Vim as well as Bash.

Add the following snippet to your ~/.bashrc, this add's fzf keybindings to bash and gets fzf to use ripgrep by default for faster searching.

[ -f ~/.fzf.bash ] && source ~/.fzf.bash export FZF_DEFAULT_COMMAND='rg --files --no-ignore --hidden --follow --glob "!.git/*"' bind -x '"\C-p": vim $(fzf);'

Okay now what can you do?

  • Ctrl + r - search through bash history with fzf
  • Ctrl + p - edit a file in vim from fzf
  • mv dir/** - expand a directory with (**) and select from fzf
  • Alt + c - change directory from fzf
  • Ctrl + t - insert file from fzf into command

Neat right! Now if you are a vim user there is more, add the fzf plugin to your ~/.vimrc, along with this snippet. Obviously customise the bindings, and excludes / includes to your workflows!

let g:rg_command = ' \ rg --column --line-number --no-heading --fixed-strings --ignore-case --no-ignore --hidden --follow --color "always" \ -g "*.{js,json,php,md,styl,jade,html,config,py,cpp,c,go,hs,rb,conf}" \ -g "!*.min.js" \ -g "!.git/*" -g "!node_modules/*" -g "!vendor/*" ' command! -bang -nargs=* F call fzf#vim#grep(g:rg_command .shellescape(<q-args>), 1, <bang>0)

You now have a killer free text search with :F that uses ripgrep and is faster than any I've seen before.

I've done more with this, but want to leave it there for now. There are even more goodies in my .vimrc, and in my .bashrc, including auto installing fzf and ripgrep (admittedly hackily) from the .vimrc and a nice snippet that uses fzf for git logs.

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Reddit: Issues installing linux on dell xps13

Friday 3rd of February 2017 03:29:13 AM

I hope I am asking this in the right place. I imagine the people on this sub would understand what I am trying to ask better than most other places I ask.

I have an xps 13 that I am trying to install linux on. I changed the bios to disabe eufi boot and I am able to boot from a flash drive. However, whenever I try to boot something from the flash drive it runs excruciatingly slow for an old lap top let alone this one which has 16gb of ram and a 7th gen i7.

Example: I have waited for over 5 minutes for something as simple as GParted to even boot. It slowly moves alone line by line for the start up optoins. I imagine if I let it sit an hour it MIGHT finish booting.

I have no idea what is making this move so slow.

Edit1: 15 minuts later waiting for gparted to boot. It just went to black screen and nothing else. Letting it sit for now to see if its doing something.

Of note this laptop only supports usb c so I have to use a dongle to plug in the flash drive but im not sure that would make it run slow.

Any ideas?

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LXer: Privacy-Focused Tails 2.10 Linux Includes Security Updates, New Tools

Friday 3rd of February 2017 03:14:20 AM
The Amnesic Incognito Live System, also known more simply as Tails, is a privacy-focused Linux distribution loaded with tools and features to help users stay somewhat anonymous on the internet.

LXer: Why we need open leaders more than ever

Friday 3rd of February 2017 02:17:09 AM
Leadership is power. More specifically, leadership is the power to influence the actions of others. The mythology of leadership can certainly conjure images of not only the romantic but also the sinister side of the human condition. How we ultimately decide to engage in leadership determines its true nature.read more

Phoronix: Mir Display Server Lands API Changes, Relicenses Headers To LGPL

Friday 3rd of February 2017 02:01:54 AM
Canonical's Mir developers are working to get Mir 1.0 released in 2017 and in preparation for that stable milestone they have just landed a number of API changes...

Reddit: Is it possible to completely stop using MS Word?

Friday 3rd of February 2017 01:51:09 AM

I'm a CS student tinkering with Ubuntu since last three years. The only reason I dual-boot with Windows 7 is for MS Office products—Word, PowerPoint, Excel etc.

I'm aware of the alternatives such as Libre Office, Apache Open Office, and several others, but these aren't completely compatible with MS Office. With Word documents, I notice many misalignments, and visual differences in formatting when working on a file sent to me by a Windows user. So, this requires me to boot into Windows and work on that file.

Is it possible to completely stop using MS Word? How do you deal with those little formatting issues when dealing with documents created by MS Word? Or is it good to stick with MS Word to avoid all the hassles?

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LXer: How to Customize the Terminal in Ubuntu

Friday 3rd of February 2017 01:19:58 AM
Unknown to many, there are plenty of customization options for the terminal in Linux. Here we will show you how to customize the terminal in Ubuntu.

LXer: Linux Malware Detect (LMD) Overview

Friday 3rd of February 2017 12:22:47 AM
When connecting to the Internet there are many malicious threats which can harm the data on your computer. The Operating System (OS) can become in-operable and require to be re-installed. The OS and data and can be restored from a backup if you are able to perform backups of the OS and data. New threats appear on the Internet daily.

TuxMachines: KDE Plasma 5.9, Wine 2.0, and PulseAudio 10 Hit openSUSE Tumbleweed's Repos

Friday 3rd of February 2017 12:22:08 AM

The time has come for users of the openSUSE Tumbleweed rolling operating system to update their systems as openSUSE Project's Douglas DeMaio informed the community today, February 2, 2017, about the availability of multiple updated packages.

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TuxMachines: Ubuntu Developers Still Tracking Linux Kernel 4.10 for Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus

Friday 3rd of February 2017 12:20:16 AM

The development of the upcoming Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system continues at a fast pace, and Ubuntu Kernel team is hard at work these days testing the latest Release Candidates of Linux 4.10 kernel.

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TuxMachines: Mozilla gives up on Firefox OS, lays off 50

Friday 3rd of February 2017 12:18:01 AM

Mozilla has laid off a team of about 50 people working on bringing Firefox OS to "connected devices" and is ending its attempts to build a commercial platform for such devices reports CNet.

Firefox OS originally started life as Mozilla's attempt at a smartphone platform. The ambition was to create a free and open source platform that used Web technology to build applications, suitable for low cost phones in emerging markets. Although a few products did materialize, Firefox OS was rapidly squeezed out by Android, so just over a year ago Mozilla repositioned the operating system. Instead of being a smartphone platform, it was aimed at devices such as smart TVs.

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More in Tux Machines

Digital audio and video editing in GNU/Linux

  • Linux Digital Audio Workstation Roundup
    In the world of home studio recording, the digital audio workstation is one of the most important tools of the trade. Digital audio workstations are used to record audio and MIDI data into patterns or tracks. This information is then typically mixed down into songs or albums. In the Linux ecosystem, there is no shortage of Digital audio workstations to chose from. Whether you wish to create minimalist techno or full orchestral pieces, chances are there is an application that has you covered. In this article, we will take a brief look into several of these applications and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. I will try to provide a fair evaluation of the DAWs presented here but at the end of the day, I urge you to try a few of these applications and to form an opinion of your own.
  • Shotcut Video Editor Available As A Snap Package [Quick Update]
    Shotcut is a free, open source Qt5 video editor developed on the MLT Multimedia Framework (it's developed by the same author as MLT), available for Linux, Windows and Mac. Under the hood, Shotcut uses FFmpeg, so it supports many audio, video and image formats, along with screen, webcam and audio capture. The application doesn't require importing files, thanks to its native timeline editing. Other features worth mentioning are multitrack timeline with thumbnails and waveforms, 4k resolution support, video effects, as well as a flexible UI with dockable panels.
  • Simple Screen Recorder Is Now Available as a Snap App
    Simple Screen Recorder, a popular screen recording app for Linux desktops, is now available to install as a Snap app from the Ubuntu Store.

Kernel News: Linux 4.10 in SparkyLinux, Wayland 1.13.0, and Weston 2.0 RC2

  • Linux Kernel 4.10 Lands in SparkyLinux's Unstable Repo, Here's How to Install It
    The trend of offering users the most recent Linux kernel release continues today with SparkyLinux, an open-source, Debian-based distribution that always ships with the latest GNU/Linux technologies and software versions. SparkyLinux appears to be the third distro to offer its users the ability to install the recently released Linux 4.10 kernel, after Linux Lite and Ubuntu, as the developers announced earlier that the Linux kernel 4.10 packages are now available from the unstable repository.
  • Wayland 1.13.0 Display Server Officially Released, Wayland 1.14 Lands in June
    Bryce Harrington, a Senior Open Source Developer at Samsung, announced today the release and general availability of the Wayland 1.13.0 for GNU/Linux distributions that already adopted the next-generation display server.next-generation display server. Wayland 1.13.0 has entered development in the first days of the year, but the first Alpha build arrived at the end of January, along with the Alpha version of the Weston 2.0 compositor, including most of the new features that are present in this final release that you'll be able to install on your Linux-based operating systems in the coming days.
  • Weston 2.0 RC2 Wayland Compositor Arrives With Last Minute Fixes
    While Wayland 1.13 was released today, Bryce Harrington today opted against releasing the Weston 2.0 reference compositor and instead issue a second release candidate. Weston 2.0 is the next version of this "playground" for Wayland compositor technologies since the new output configuration API had broke the ABI, necessitating a break from the same versioning as Wayland.
  • [ANNOUNCE] weston 1.99.94

KDE Leftovers

  • Fedora 25 KDE: disappointing experience
    Fedora is not a frequent guest on the review deck of Linux notes from DarkDuck blog. The most recent review was of Fedora 22 back in July 2015. That was a review of the GNOME version, the most native for Fedora. You are probably aware of the tight link between the GNOME project and RedHat, the Fedora Project main sponsor.
  • [Video] Ubuntu 17.04 Unity 8 - KDE apps native on Mir
  • Plasma in a Snap?
    Shortly before FOSDEM, Aleix Pol asked if I had ever put Plasma in a Snap. While I was a bit perplexed by the notion itself, I also found this a rather interesting idea. So, the past couple of weeks I spent a bit of time here and there on trying to see if it is possible.
  • QStringView Diaries: Advances in QStringLiteral
    This is the first in a series of blog posts on QStringView, the std::u16string_view equivalent for Qt. You can read about QStringView in my original post to the Qt development mailing-list, follow its status by tracking the “qstringview” topic on Gerrit and learn about string views in general in Marshall Clow’s CppCon 2015 talk, aptly named “string_view”.
  • Making Movies with QML
    One of the interesting things about working with Qt is seeing all the unexpected ways our users use the APIs we create. Last year I got a bug report requesting an API to set a custom frame rate for QML animations when using QQuickRenderControl. The reason was that the user was using QQuickRenderControl as an engine to render video output from Qt Quick, and if your target was say 24 frames per second, the animations were not smooth because of how the default animation driver behaves. So inspired by this use case I decided to take a stab at creating such an example myself.
  • How to Create a Look and Feel Theme
  • United Desktop Theme for KDE Plasma 5.9
  • KDE Talks at FOSDEM
    The continuation of the original talk from Dirk Hohndel and Linus Torvalds about the port of Subsurface from Gtk to Qt, now with mobile in mind.

SteamVR for Linux, Benchmarks of HITMAN on NVIDIA

  • SteamVR for Linux is now officially in Beta
    Valve have put up SteamVR for Linux officially in Beta form and they are keen to stress that this is a development release. You will need to run the latest Steam Beta Client for it to work at all, so be sure to opt-in if you want to play around with it.
  • Valve Publishes A SteamVR Developer Build For Linux
    Valve has begun rolling out their SteamVR Linux support by announcing today a beta/developer build of their VR support for Linux. Valve's SteamVR for Linux page was updated today to reflect the build becoming public via the Steam beta channel, "This is a development release. It is intended to allow developers to start creating SteamVR content for Linux platforms. Limited hardware support is provided, and pre-release drivers are required. Linux support is currently only available in the "beta" branch, make sure you are using SteamVR[beta] before reporting issues."
  • HITMAN Linux Benchmarks On 12 NVIDIA GPUs
    Last week Feral Interactive released the much anticipated port of HITMAN for Linux. While at first it didn't look like this Linux game port would work out for our benchmarking requirements, thanks to Feral it does indeed work for another interesting Linux gaming test perspective. For our initial HITMAN Linux benchmarks are tests from 12 NVIDIA GeForce GPUs while our Radeon tests will come tomorrow.