News Category: Desktop

Mechanical Keyboards for Programmers and Gamers

Input Club's mechanical keyboards aren't just about producing exceptional products. They're also proof that open source can solve any problem. Open source software already powers most of the world, partially because it is free and mostly because it is so accessible. Under an open source system, the...
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4 Ways to Take Control of your Wi-Fi Connections on Linux

Easy connection to the Internet over Wi-Fi is no longer a privilege denied Linux users. With a recent distribution on a fairly recent laptop, connecting your Linux laptop to an available Wi-Fi network is often as easy as it is with your phone. But just getting something to work is only the first...
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The Future Of Ubuntu Linux Desktop — What’s Next?

Short Bytes: After announcing that Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will ship with GNOME as the default desktop environment, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth has shared some details regarding Ubuntu’s future. In a Google+ post, he made clear that Canonical will be investing in Ubuntu GNOME with a motive to...
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Canonical Reportedly Slashing Jobs, Seeking Outside Investment

Following news of Ubuntu abandoning Unity 8 there are now reports of headcount reductions happening at Canonical and Mark Shuttleworth eyeing possible outside investments into the company...   Read more at Phoronix.
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5 Cool C/C++ App Dev Tools

As compelling as new languages like Rust are for building systems, C and C++ remain fundamental for writing applications that run close to the metal, despite the waxing and waning of their usage statistics. What's more, the culture of tools for C/C++ development remains deep and fruitful. Here are...
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Install from source
Jack Wallen shows how you can install from source -- yet avoid a dependency nightmare -- with the help of a few tools.

How to Install Packages from Source on Linux

Most modern Linux distributions enjoy standard repositories that include most of the software you’ll need to successfully run your Linux server or desktop. Should a package come up missing, more than likely you’ll find a repository you can add, so that the installation can be managed with the built...
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Bash Scripting Quirks & Safety Tips

Yesterday I was talking to some friends about Bash and I realized that, even though I’ve been using Bash for more than 10 years now there are still a few basic quirks about it that are not totally obvious to me. So as usual I thought I’d write a blog post. We’ll cover some bash basics (“how do you...
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Netflix Launches Support for Firefox on Linux

Linux users have a new option if they want to watch Netflix -- the streaming service is now compatible with Firefox for the platform. Before this, only Google Chrome could play videos from the website outright. There was even a time when users had to make sure they're using a version of Chrome with...
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Paving with Good Intentions: The Attempt to Rescue the Network Time Protocol

After the Heartbleed bug revealed in April 2014 how understaffed and under-funded the OpenSSL project was, the Network Time Foundation was discovered to be one of several projects in a similar condition. Unfortunately, thanks to a project fork, the efforts to lend NTP support have only divided the...
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An Introduction to GRUB2 Configuration for your Linux Machine

When researching my article from last month, An introduction to the Linux boot and startup process, I became interested in learning more about GRUB2. This article provides a quick introduction to configuring GRUB2, which I will mostly refer to as GRUB for simplicity. GRUB GRUB stands for GRand...
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