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  • How to use HardInfo to check Linux hardware information

    Need to get a detailed readout on your Linux PC? Install Hardinfo. It’s a fantastic app that can tell you everything from your PC tech specs to CPU benchmarks, Linux kernel module info, and more! Here’s how to get it running on Linux!


    The installation of Hardinfo is roughly similar for all mainstream Linux operating systems, as the app is very popular and available in almost all distro software repositories. To start installing the Hardinfo app on your computer, launch a terminal window, and follow along with the installation instructions outlined below that correspond with your distribution.

  • How to Use the AUR with Arch Linux – Linux Hint

    The AUR, which stands for Arch Unit Repository, is used to install software pertinent to Arch Linux and otherArch distributions in the Linux operating system. But, before diving deep into the procedure for using AUR with Arch Linux, it is crucial to comprehend the concept of the AUR. Using the AUR not only enhances the efficacy of the system, but it also provides easy installation of various applications and packages. This guide provides an introduction to AUR, methods for using the AUR, and reasons to opt for the AUR. The step-by-step procedure provided in this article will allow you to run and install apps effectively via the AUR and its respective packages.

  • How to Customize the Wallpaper in Arch Linux – Linux Hint

    The Linux operating system is based extensively on the command-line structure. That makes it difficult to download a customized wallpaper for your system. Using a desktop environment changes this, though highly professional programmers do not generally opt for the desktop environment and consider it instead for beginners only in the world of programming.

    That being the case, every IT programmer is not a professional, so a desktop environment can be of much assistance. This guide shows you how to download distinctive wallpapers on your Arch Linux system using a desktop environment. Different desktop environments encompass particular methods for downloading custom wallpapers. You can also use the wallpaper manager to find new and visually appealing wallpapers for your desktop. The wide variety of wallpapers available can make your system screen look more eye-catching.

  • How to Install Arch on Linux Virtual Box – Linux Hint

    Arch Linux is an operating system of Linux that is highly compatible with the central programming unit of i689 and x68-64. Its software packages encompass Pacman that is responsible for auto up-gradation, installation, and removal of software packages. Its other features cover cosmopolitan documentation and binary packages for the effective operationality of the hardware system.

  • Install and start steam on Arch Linux – Linux Hint

    Steam is a prevailing digitalize platform that chiefly deals with the gaming. In the Arch Linux, Steam is a life savior for the gaming geeks. Visually, most of the best games are mostly congruent with the OS of Windows. But, Steam had made it convenient for the users of Arch Linux to play games without any trouble. It has become an unshakable credential element for the gaming on Arch Linux. You can now access the pre-eminent games on your Arch Linux due to Steam. It falls in the category of applications that provides entertainment on the delicate OS of Arch Linux. Steam has various features that can facilitate you in the active management of your gaming gears. In inhibits the in-home streaming particularity, with which you can stream your online gaming platform. Arch Linux is not perfectly stabilizing OS for gaming, so it’s better to configure the audio and video drivers before initiating the process of installation. This guide will promote the effective usance of Steam on Arch Linux so you could enjoy your gaming time.

  • How to go to Line X in Nano? – Linux Hint

    There are two different methods of going to line X in the nano editor which we will discuss one by one over here.

  • How can I Select and Delete all Text in Nano? – Linux Hint

    Note: This solution has been tested with Ubuntu 20.04.

  • How do you get to the Last Line in Nano? – Linux Hint

    While working with the nano editor, you might want to jump to the last line of a file without having to scroll through the entire file.

  • How to install KDE on Arch Linux – Linux Hint

    KDE is a desktop environment specifically designed for the operating system of Arch Linux. It is favorable over other desktop environments because of its exclusive features. It requires less space and can operate swiftly without any issue. Professional programmers prefer to work directly on Arch Linux, instead of using a desktop environment. But KDE is highly compatible for you if you are not at an advanced level of the operating system of Arch Linux. The response rate of KDE is relatively grater then other desktop environments. The weigh of KDE is light because of its minimal space requirement. In this guide, all the steps that you need for the installation of the KDE4 desktop environment are available in detail. Arch Linux is a bit tricky to operate, but it has amazing features that incorporate well with the KDE. KDE is the perfect tool for you to launch your applications on Arch Linux smoothly. It offers various features that can be of great help in your coding functions. KDE falls in the list of best desktop environments for Arch Linux. You need to verify that the KDE version you are using doesn’t conflict with the codes of plasma. Because in that case, your server will ask you to kill plasma before continuing with KDE installation. It is one of the prime reasons why programmers prefer KDE over other Linux desktop environments.

  • How to install Sunflower file manager on Ubuntu 20.04

    If you like to organize folders in a quick and intuitive manner on Ubuntu 20.04, Sunflower can be the right tool for you. In this short tutorial you will learn how to install Sunflower on Ubuntu 20.04 and similar distros.

  • How to install BalenaEtcher on Ubuntu 20.04

    Here’s how to install BalenaEtcher quickly and conveniently. With it you can create pen drives and memory cards to boot from various systems. Learn how to Install BalenaEtcher on Ubuntu.

    BalenaEtcher is a free and open source utility used to flash image files, such as .iso or .img files, as well as compressed folders to create SD cards and USB flash drives.

  • How to Install Arch Linux 2020.09 + LXDE Desktop + Apps + VMware Tools on VMware Workstation - SysAdmin

    This video tutorial shows how to install Arch Linux 2020.09 with LXDE Desktop on VMware Workstation step by step. We'll install applications such as Firefox, VLC, FileZilla, Leafpad and Arch Linux Wallpaper on Arch Linux 2020. We'll also install VMware Tools (Open VM Tools) on Arch Linux 2020 LXDE Desktop for better performance and usability (Fit Guest Now and Drag-Drop File and Mouse Integration). This tutorial also helps for installing Arch Linux on physical computer or laptop.

  • [Older] How to setup printer on Manjaro Linux -

    Printing in Manjaro and the majority of other Linux distributions is handled through the CUPS system. After installing Manjaro Linux, setting up a printer is one of the first tasks that many users will need to tackle.

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Unity Desktop Review: Good for the Nostalgic Ubuntu Users

Continuing with our series of Linux Desktop Environment reviews, we’re going back to a classic. The Unity is just as much a blast from the past as MATE. This review covers the Unity Desktop: first impressions, the user experience, some notable features, and some recommendations on who should use it. When I first boot into Unity, I’m struck by how much it looks like GNOME and Budgie. This makes sense, as Unity is a graphical shell that sits on top of the GNOME Desktop Environment (rather than GNOME Shell), and it does offer some separate features that are different than GNOME Shell. Read more

Debian-Based DebEX Linux Now Ships with GNOME 3.38 and Linux Kernel 5.9

Based on the Debian Testing repositories, where the development of the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye” operating system series takes place, the new DebEX Linux release is here with goodies that no other live Linux distribution currently offers. For starters, the developer removed the lightweight MATE desktop environment, which was used in previous DebEX versions, and replaced it with the latest GNOME 3.38 desktop environment. So that right there might be a very good reason for many wanting to try GNOME 3.38 on Debian GNU/Linux to download this distro. Read more

Further Exploring The Intel Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7 Performance On Ubuntu Linux

Last week I published initial benchmarks of the Intel Core i7 1165G7 "Tiger Lake" performance on Linux with the Dell XPS 13 9310 Developer Edition laptop. Of most surprise from those preliminary Linux figures were finding that for some single-threaded workloads the performance was actually worse than the previous generation Ice Lake. Since then I've been running more tests around the clock with some interesting discoveries to note today. It is possible to enhance the single-threaded performance so it's performing better than Ice Lake as would be expected, but comes with lowering the multi-threaded performance compared to the results shared last week. Read more

Free Software and OSS Leftovers

  • From Continuous Compliance to Continuous Risk Mitigation

    The explosive adoption of open source has meant that companies are having to take open source risk assessment and mitigation seriously. As open source contributions and usage grow, the attack surface for vulnerabilities has increased considerably, leading to higher security risk. In fact, Forrester’s 2018 Global Business Technographics Security Survey revealed that 35% of global security decision makers who experienced an external breach said that it occurred due to software vulnerabilities.

  • Three years since the Polhem prize |

    Today, exactly three years ago, I received flowers, money and a gold medal at a grand prize ceremony that will forever live on in my mind and memory. I was awarded the Polhem Prize for my decades of work on curl. The prize itself was handed over to me by no one else than the Swedish king himself. One of the absolute top honors I can imagine in my little home country. In some aspects, my life is divided into the life before this event and the life after. The prize has even made little me being presented on a poster in the Technical Museum in Stockholm. The medal itself still sits on my work desk and if I just stop starring at my monitors for a moment and glance a little over to the left – I can see it. I think the prize made my surroundings, my family and friends get a slightly different view and realization of what I actually do all these hours in front of my screens. In the tree years since I received the prize, we’ve increased the total number of contributors and authors in curl by 50%. We’ve done over 3,700 commits and 25 releases since then. Upwards and onward. Life moved on. It was not “peak curl”. There was no “prize curse” that left us unable to keep up the pace and development. It was possibly a “peak life moment” there for me personally. As an open source maintainer, I can’t imagine many bigger honors or awards to come my way ever again, but I’m not complaining. I got the prize and I still smile when I think about it.

  • Louis-Philippe Véronneau - Musings on long-term software support and economic incentives

    Although I still read a lot, during my college sophomore years my reading habits shifted from novels to more academic works. Indeed, reading dry textbooks and economic papers for classes often kept me from reading anything else substantial. Nowadays, I tend to binge read novels: I won't touch a book for months on end, and suddenly, I'll read 10 novels back to back. At the start of a novel binge, I always follow the same ritual: I take out my e-reader from its storage box, marvel at the fact the battery is still pretty full, turn on the WiFi and check if there are OS updates. And I have to admit, Kobo Inc. (now Rakuten Kobo) has done a stellar job of keeping my e-reader up to date. I've owned this model (a Kobo Aura 1st generation) for 7 years now and I'm still running the latest version of Kobo's Linux-based OS.

  • FSFE at SFSCon 2020 - FSFE

    The South Tyrol Free Software Conference, SFSCon, is one of Europe’s most established annual conferences on Free Software. In recent years we have been represented with talks, workshops and our information booth. Last year we also organised our Community Event in the context of SFSCon, so that we could meet not only our community but also many interested people and report about our work. Due to the current situation, the SFSCon 2020 can unfortunately only take place in blended mode: both online and at NOI Techpark, for a limited number of people. But of course, the FSFE is again contributing to the programme. The FSFE has organised several talks in which legal issues are clarified and current political developments are analysed. Concrete practical questions concerning compliance, for example for SMEs, will be addressed as well as questions about machine learning and which problems arise in the development of a free smartphone.

  • Intense weeks

    End of October turns out to be one of the highs when it comes to workload this year. Everything happens at once – there are two public events that I’d like to tell you about. The first one is running lights. This is an annual running competition organized by AIF Friidrott, the sports club my kids are active in. This year, this means organized by me and postponed due to COVID-19, but the virtual races started this weekend and the arena race will take place on the 24th. If anyone of you are in the Alingsås area and enjoy I highly recommend you to join. The weather looks nice, and we will light up the arena with live fire, so it will be a great evening. The second one is the foss-north 2020 take II event. This spring, we decided to try to organize a physical foss-north event this fall, as obviously the pandemic must be over by November. This seems to not be the case. :-)

  • Community Member Monday: Marcin Popko - The Document Foundation Blog

    Hello! I’m from Bialystok, a city in north-east Poland. I work as an electromagnetic compatibility tester – it’s a seriously crazy and interesting area of electronics development. I’m quite an artist soul; in my free time I dance bachata and sing in a folk band called “Kurpie Zielone”. I also write a blog about dance, emotions and technology here. What is the free software/Linux/LibreOffice scene like in Poland? FLOSS (free/libre and open source software) has rather more awareness in geeky and technological domains, than in everyday normal life. LibreOffice is not well know among my friends – some of them are using Microsoft Office, and some of them are even using OpenOffice. So that’s my mission here: inform them :-) Companies use LibreOffice when they can’t afford Microsoft Office or when it’s not seriously needed.