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4 Useful Tools to Monitor CPU and GPU Temperature in Ubuntu

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The CPU or GPU temperature depends entirely on the usage of running programs or applications. Sensitive computer components such as CPUs have a finite lifespan and running them at a temperature that exceeds a certain limit (or at higher temperatures generally) can shorten it. Besides, it can also cause thermal throttling especially when the fan is not providing adequate cooling.

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Jonathan Riddell Announces Zanshin 0.5.71

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  • ZANSHIN 0.5.71

    The GPG signing key for the tar is Jonathan Riddell with 0xEC94D18F7F05997E.

  • Jonathan Riddell: Zanshin 0.5.71

    We are happy and proud to announce the immediate availability of Zanshin 0.5.71.

    This updates the code to work with current libraries and apps from Kontact.

Solaar | Application for Logitech Unifying Receivers and Devices on openSUSE

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I recently purchased a new Logitech wireless keyboard for my kitchen computer because the Bluetooth keyboard I previously used was driving me nuts. Mostly for the keyboard layout and sometimes because it didn’t want to connect. Possibly due to hardware failure or bad design. It also doesn’t have media keys so I thought it best just to replace it.

I have previously used ltunify with success but I only used it because “L” comes before “S” so that was my first stop. Since I received feedback that I should try Solaar I did so this time. Since there isn’t an official Linux based application available from Logitech, the fine open source community has stepped in to make managing your devices simple and straight forward.

[...]

Having Solaar in the system try is quite handy. Though, the reality is, I don’t need it all the time but having it to manage your devices is very handy. It’s nice to know that you can manage multiple Unifying receivers with this application. This is easy to use and has a great, well laid out and straight forward interface. I am glad I was recommended to try this application out.

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Software: Forensics, Firebird and TeXstudio

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Linux
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  • File carving tools

    In computers, file carving consists of recovering and rebuilding, reconstructing or reassembling fragmented files after a disk was formatted, its filesystem or partition corrupted or damaged or the metadata of a file removed. All files contain metadata, metadata means: “data that provides information about other data”. Among more information, files metadata contains the location and structure of a file within the filesystem and physical blocks. File Carving consists of bringing back files even if their metadata with the information of their location within the filesystem isn’t available.

  • Firebird 3.0.5 sub-release is available

    Firebird Project is happy to announce general availability of Firebird 3.0.5 — the 5th point release in the Firebird 3.0 series.

    This sub-release offers many bug fixes and also adds a few improvements, please refer to the Release Notes for the full list of changes.
    Binary kits for Windows and Linux platforms are immediately available for download, Android and Mac OS packages will follow shortly.

  • TeXstudio 2.12.20 Released! How to Install via PPA

    The open-source LaTeX text editor TeXstudio 2.12.20 was released today as a new bug-fix release for the 2.12 series.

    Most notably changes in TeXstudio 2.12.20 include fix bug when replacing highlighted search results, and add \text{} to amsmath.cwl.

3 Music Media Players for the Debian 10 Terminal

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If you are addicted to the Terminal and always find the ways to do every possible thing inside the Terminal, then why not listening to music through it. The command line or Terminal gives you everything you need in a more efficient and faster way while also utilizing fewer resources. It also becomes handier when you are using a headless version of your operating system.

In this article, we are going to look at some tools using which you can listen to your favorite music right from your command line. This may be useful in scenarios such as the one I described above. Moreover, we will explain how to install and use these tools and also to remove them if needed.

We have run the commands and procedures mentioned in this article on a Debian 10 OS.

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Git 2.25 Released

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  • [ANNOUNCE] Git v2.25.0
    The latest feature release Git v2.25.0 is now available at the
    usual places.  It is comprised of 583 non-merge commits since
    v2.24.0, contributed by 84 people, 32 of which are new faces.
    
    The tarballs are found at:
    
        https://www.kernel.org/pub/software/scm/git/
    
    The following public repositories all have a copy of the 'v2.25.0'
    tag and the 'master' branch that the tag points at:
    
      url = https://kernel.googlesource.com/pub/scm/git/git
      url = git://repo.or.cz/alt-git.git
      url = https://github.com/gitster/git
    
    New contributors whose contributions weren't in v2.24.0 are as follows.
    Welcome to the Git development community!
    
      Ben Keene, Colin Stolley, Dominic Jäger, Erik Chen, Hariom
      Verma, Heba Waly, James Coglan, James Shubin, Johannes Schindelin
      via GitGitGadget, Jonathan Gilbert, Josh Holland, Kazuhiro
      Kato, Łukasz Niemier, Manish Goregaokar, Matthew Rogers,
      Mihail Atanassov, Miriam Rubio, Nathan Stocks, Naveen Nathan,
      Nika Layzell, pan93412, Paul Menzel, Philippe Blain, Prarit
      Bhargava, r.burenkov, Ruud van Asseldonk, ryenus, Slavica
      Đukić, Thomas Menzel, Utsav Shah, Yi-Jyun Pan, and Zoli Szabó.
    
    Returning contributors who helped this release are as follows.
    Thanks for your continued support.
    
      Alban Gruin, Alessandro Menti, Alexander Shopov, Alexandr
      Miloslavskiy, Andreas Schwab, Andrei Rybak, brian m. carlson,
      Christopher Diaz Riveros, Daniel Ferreira, Denis Ovsienko,
      Denton Liu, Derrick Stolee, Dimitriy Ryazantcev, Đoàn Trần
      Công Danh, Ed Maste, Elia Pinto, Elijah Newren, Emily Shaffer,
      Eric Wong, Garima Singh, Hans Jerry Illikainen, Jean-Noël
      Avila, Jeff Hostetler, Jeff King, Jiang Xin, Johannes Berg,
      Johannes Schindelin, Johannes Sixt, Jonathan Nieder, Jonathan
      Tan, Jordi Mas, Junio C Hamano, Kevin Willford, Martin Ågren,
      Matthias Rüster, Mike Hommey, Peter Krefting, Philip Oakley,
      Phillip Wood, Pratyush Yadav, Ralf Thielow, René Scharfe, Robin
      H. Johnson, Rohit Ashiwal, SZEDER Gábor, Tanushree Tumane,
      Taylor Blau, Thomas Braun, Thomas Gummerer, Todd Zullinger,
      Trần Ngọc Quân, and William Baker.
    
  • Git v2.25.0

    Git 2.25 has been released. This blog post looks at "partial clone support" and "sparse checkouts" as these features mature. "A clone of a Git repository copies all of its data: every version of every file in the history.

  • Highlights from Git 2.25

    The open source Git project just released Git 2.25 with features and bug fixes from over 84 contributors, 32 of them new. Here’s our look at some of the most exciting features and changes introduced since Git 2.24.

  • Git 2.25 Released As Its First Update Of 2020

    Git 2.25 is out today with over 500 commits making up this latest feature release.

    The Git distributed revision control system is up to version 2.25 with a variety of changes. There aren't too many notable user-facing changes but a lot of churn internally:

    - The git multi-pack index functionality now can show progress indicators.

Corebird Continuation ‘Cawbird’ Updates with Improvements

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Cawbird is a fork of the Corebird GTK twitter client that continues to work with Twitter on Linux.

Corebird became unsupported after Twitter disabled the streaming API. Cawbird takes up the job to work with the new APIs and includes a few fixes and modifications.

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Software: Melody, OfflineIMAP and LibreOffice Development

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  • Melody – music player written in Vala

    I’ve written scores of reviews of open source graphical music players. They’ve been a fairly mixed bag. Some music players are genuinely excellent, others fall way short of my (fairly) modest requirements. There’s still a few interesting music players I’ve yet to cover. I’ll try to rectify this in the next few months, although most of my time is currently spent tinkering with the Raspberry Pi 4 (RPI4), which includes penning my weekly blog looking at whether the RPI4 is a capable desktop machine.

    John Denmore of Arizona asked me to look at Melody, software billed as “a music player for listening to local music files, online radios, and Audio CD’s”.

    What intrigued me is that Melody is designed for elementary OS, a distribution based on Ubuntu that focuses mainly on non-technical users. That pretty much describes me. I’ve been meaning to try elementary OS for a while. Before doing so, I’m going to explore some apps designed for it.

  • Keep your email in sync with OfflineIMAP

    Last year, I brought you 19 days of new (to you) productivity tools for 2019. This year, I'm taking a different approach: building an environment that will allow you to be more productive in the new year, using tools you may or may not already be using.

    [...]

    Almost all the tools I've tried (outside of the big mail providers) that work really well with large amounts of mail have one thing in common: they all rely on a local copy of your mail stored in Maildir format. And the most useful tool for that is OfflineIMAP. OfflineIMAP is a Python script that mirrors IMAP mailboxes to a local Maildir folder tree. I use it to create a local copy of my mail and keep it in sync. Most Linux distributions include it, and it is available via Python's pip package manager.

  • Custom label in LibreOffice charts

    There has been some progress in LibreOffice related to custom labels on charts.

    [...]

    LibreOffice is now able to import custom text extracted from an OOXML document and store it in the ODF format. In order to do this, there was no need for extending the ODF structure, because it can already be accomplished using the <chart:data-label> tag. Multiple paragraphs are supported in one label. Apparently, style elements are not yet imported correctly, but the good news is it can be further developed without modifying the ODF format.

Software: CPU and GPU Temperature Software, HomeBank 5.3.1 and Curl With wolfSSH

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  • Command Line Apps to View CPU and GPU Temperature in Linux

    Many Linux distributions ship with applets and widgets to view information about hardware sensors and their respective temperature values. Third party apps like system-monitor extension for GNOME Shell and Psensor also provide graphical frontend to monitor thermal values. As far as command line apps are concerned, only a few exist but they are capable of showing accurate temperature values.

    [...]

    Psutil is a Python module that can look up hardware information, active processes and real time system utilization data. Since Psutil can show a lot of data about your hardware, you can effectively use it as a replacement for multiple command line apps and bash commands that are used separately for retrieving various hardware utilization values.

  • HomeBank 5.3.1

    HomeBank is a free software (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") that will assist you to manage your personal accounting. It is designed to easy to use and be able to analyse your personal finance and budget in detail using powerful filtering tools and beautiful charts. If you are looking for a completely free and easy application to manage your personal accounting, budget, finance then HomeBank should be the software of choice.

  • curl even more wolfed

    I’m happy to announce that curl now supports a third SSH library option: wolfSSH. Using this, you can build curl and libcurl to do SFTP transfers in a really small footprint that’s perfectly suitable for embedded systems and others. This goes excellent together with the tiny-curl effort.

    SFTP only

    The initial merge of this functionality only provides SFTP ability and not SCP. There’s really no deeper thoughts behind this other than that the work has been staged and the code is smaller for SFTP-only and it might be that users on these smaller devices are happy with SFTP-only.

    Work on adding SCP support for the wolfSSH backend can be done at a later time if we feel the need. Let me know if you’re one such user!

    Build time selection

    You select which SSH backend to use at build time. When you invoke the configure script, you decide if wolfSSH, libssh2 or libssh is the correct choice for you (and you need to have the correct dev version of the desired library installed).

    The initial SFTP and SCP support was added to curl in November 2006, powered by libssh2 (the first release to ship it was 7.16.1). Support for getting those protocols handled by libssh instead (which is a separate library, they’re just named very similarly) was merged in October 2017.

Photopea – A Web Based Photoshop Alternative for Linux

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The first thing the opensource faithful say is use GIMP. Don’t get me wrong, GIMP is an incredible tool. However, if you have been using Photoshop for 20+ years, the transition to GIMP is painful.

The interface is so much different that my workflow suffers as I hunt for tools. Plus, there is a reason why Photoshop is the industry standard, it just crushes GIMP in feature set and maturity of it’s interface. Digital Trends did a piece on Photoshop vs GIMP that sums this point up nicely.

In my opinion, GIMP is a superb opensource tool, but it is hard to transition to once you have worked with Photoshop for an extended amount of time.

Once the GIMP vs Photoshop conversation fades out, then comes the Wine discussion. Sure you can run a 20 year old version of Photoshop in Wine. Nonetheless, it still runs like #*&$. I have tried several times over the years to get Photoshop running in Wine and have had various degrees of success. The complexity and nuances of getting Photoshop to run correctly in Wine is just too painful. In my opinion this isn’t even an option for the average user.

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