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9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: April 18th, 2021

This has been a very interesting week as we saw new releases of the LXQt desktop environment, Nuvola Player web-based music player for popular music streaming services, as well as the Escuelas Linux and EndeavourOS Linux distributions. In addition, the OpenMandriva team teased us with their upcoming OpenMandriva Lx 4.3 release and openSUSE Tumbleweed devs added the latest GNOME 40 desktop environment in their repos. Linux hardware vendors System76 and Star Labs also teased us with their upcoming COSMIC desktop environment for Pop!_OS Linux and the Coreboot Configurator tool, and the Metro Exodus FPS game arrived on Steam for Linux. Security-wise, there were new Linux kernel updates for all supported Ubuntu and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 releases, as well as for CentOS Linux 7. Read more

Tales of the KDE Network Kerala

Kerala is a fertile ground for Free/Libre Software. If you want to know a more detailed history, please see the article by Sasi Kumar. Though KDE couldn’t get the momentum it deserves there. Yet, various KDE products are well integrated into the curriculum of public schools, such as GCompris, Kpaint, Kstars etc. Apart from those, Kdenlive is used as a tool in the creative works of school children, Krita is getting famous in universities and Plasma desktop is used by a daily newspaper. Our strategy to reach out to more users and spread the community is through the already famous applications. But we felt that we are not equipped enough to reach out to more people. So in the first half of the year 2021, we decided to fix that. We are making Plasma workspace localization as good and complete as we can. And we decided to do GCompris and Krita tutorials in Malayalam. But our work is not restricted to it. We didn’t miss any occasion where we can talk and spread the news about KDE and its products. Read more

Dialog on Raspberry Pi and CM4

  • Beautiful Terminal User Interface with Dialog and Raspberry PI

    Writing terminal scripts for Linux on shell can need at some point getting user inputs from a graphic box. A common and elegant solution uses Dialog (also available on Raspberry PI) to create terminal user interfaces, able to interact with user mouse In this tutorial I’m going to show how to install and use Dialog on Raspberry PI, as in many debian-based linux distributions. Dialog is an application allowing to create text user interface widgets from a shell script, without the need for a desktop environment. An appreciated feature from dialog is that it provides users with the ability to interact with your boxe from a mouse.

  • MirkoPC -> CM4 carrier board

    Carrier board for Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4.

Author on Vim and Jobs Outside Tech

  • F(r)iction: Or How I Learnt to Stop Worrying and Start Loving Vim

    It is Dec 2009, and I am ready to quit my job. I wanted to focus on writing my first book; neither my commitments at work nor the state of technology was helping. Writing is hard work. Few tasks in the modern world can be as singular – or as daunting – a pursuit as sitting down in front of a blank piece of paper, and asking your brain to vomit out words that communicate an idea to readers. I am not suggesting that writing can’t be collaborative of course, but merely illustrating how daunting it can be for writers to set off on a new piece by themselves. This is true for fiction and non-fiction writing, but since I am a novelist I’d like to focus primarily on fiction in this article.

  • What job did you do before tech?

    Who doesn't love a trip down memory lane? When recounting our career paths, they're often crooked and veer in unexpected directions. Many of us take pride in that. We trusted our intuition or a friend's advice and it led to experiences we'll never forget that shaped who we are today. And where we are today. I asked our community of writers to share a little bit about what kind of jobs they had before they got into tech. Here are 13 of them you're sure to enjoy.