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Meet the first South African elected to lead Debian Linux

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Earlier this year, the developers of Debian elected Jonathan Carter, a South African based in Cape Town, as the Debian Project Lead.

Debian is a Linux distribution that is an important component in the free software and open-source ecosystems.

Aside from being used as an operating system on servers and desktop computers, Debian is used as the foundation of several other popular Linux distributions, including Ubuntu which was founded by Mark Shuttleworth.

Debian was also a pioneer in providing users with central software repositories, releasing its Advanced Packaging Tool in 1999.

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Jonathan Carter: bashtop, now in buster-backports

  • Jonathan Carter: bashtop, now in buster-backports

    Recently, I discovered bashtop, yet another fancy top-like utility that’s mostly written in bash (it uses some python3-psutil and shells out to other common system utilities). I like its use of high-colour graphics and despite being written in bash, it’s not as resource heavy as I would have expected and also quite snappy (even on a raspberry pi). While writing this post, I also discovered that the author of bashtop ported it to Python and that the python version is called bpytop (hmm, doesn’t quite have the same ring to it), which is even faster and less resource intensive than the bash version (although I haven’t tried that yet, I guess I will soon…).

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