December 26th, 2016 No comments

This post was originally published on June 24, 2012. The original can be found here. Ever wanted your computer to be on when you need it but automatically put itself to sleep (suspended) when you don’t? Or maybe you just wanted to create a really elaborate alarm clock? I stumbled across this very useful command…

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December 23rd, 2016 No comments

This post was originally published on November 27, 2011. The original can be found here. As you may be able to tell from my recent, snooze-worthy technical posts about compilers and makefiles and other assorted garbage, my experience with Linux from Scratch has been equally educational and enraging. Like Dave, I’ve had the pleasure of…

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December 22nd, 2016 No comments

Everyone loves apt. It’s a simple command line tool to install new programs and update your system, but beyond the standard commands like update, install and upgrade did you know there are a load of other useful apt-based commands you can run? 1) Search for a package name with apt-cache search Can’t remember the exact…

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December 21st, 2016 No comments

This post was originally published on July 7, 2010. The original can be found here. Last evening while reading the SA forums, I encountered a thread about Linux and what was required to bring it to the general public. One of the goons mentioned a post that indicated ten reasons why Ubuntu wasn’t ready for…

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December 20th, 2016 No comments

Jamendo is a wonderful website where artists can share their music and fans can listen all for free. The music featured is all released under various Creative Commons licenses and so it is free to use and listen to, burn it onto a CD (if people still do that?), put it on your music device…

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December 19th, 2016 No comments

This post was originally published on December 23, 2009. The original can be found here. Earlier this week I had an experience where using Linux got me out of trouble in a relatively quick and easy manner. The catch? It was kind of Linux’s fault that I was in trouble in the first place. Around…

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December 18th, 2016 No comments

The next version of CoreGTK, version 3.18.0, has been tagged for release! This is the first version of CoreGTK to support GTK+ 3.18. Highlights for this release: Rebased on GTK+ 3.18 New supported GtkWidgets in this release: GtkActionBar GtkFlowBox GtkFlowBoxChild GtkGLArea GtkModelButton GtkPopover GtkPopoverMenu GtkStackSidebar Reverted to using GCC as the default compiler (but clang…

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December 16th, 2016 No comments

This post was originally published on June 15, 2013. The original can be found here. Recently I read an interesting article by Vint Cerf, mostly known as the man behind the TCP/IP protocol that underpins modern Internet communication, where he brought up a very scary problem with everything going digital. I’ll quote from the article…

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December 15th, 2016 No comments

Have you ever connected to a remote Linux computer, using a… let’s say less than ideal WiFi connection, and started running a command only to have your ssh connection drop and your command killed off in a half finished state? In the best of cases this is simply annoying but if it happens during something…

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December 14th, 2016 No comments

This post was originally published on December 12, 2009. The original can be found here. As we prepare to bring The Linux Experiment to a close over the coming weeks, I find that this has been a time of (mostly solemn) reflection for myself and others. At the very least, it’s been an interesting experience…

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December 13th, 2016 No comments

This isn’t a normal post for The Linux Experiment but I wanted to give a shout out to the guys over at the Linux Action Show. The Linux Action Show is a long running weekly Jupiter Broadcasting podcast that aims to bring the listeners up to speed on all things Linux news as well as cover…

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December 12th, 2016 No comments

This post was originally published on December 8, 2009. The original can be found here. The following is a cautionary tale about putting more trust in the software installed on your system than in your own knowledge. Recently, while preparing for a big presentation that relied on me running a Java applet in Iceweasel, I…

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December 9th, 2016 No comments

This post was originally published on October 2, 2009. The original can be found here. In a nod to Dave’s classic top ten segment I will now share with you the top 10 things I have learned since starting this experiment one month ago. 10: IRC is not dead Who knew? I’m joking of course…

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December 8th, 2016 No comments

This is a podcast presentation from the Kitchener Waterloo Linux Users Group on the topic of C Language, WebOS published on December 6th 2016. You can find the original Kitchener Waterloo Linux Users Group post here.

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December 8th, 2016 No comments

Continuing my ‘quest to seek out the hidden gems amongst the Linux alternative software pile’ I decided to take a look into alternative word processors this time. Outside of the major two offerings, LibreOffice and OpenOffice, there are two smaller word processors that often get mentioned: Abiword and Calligra Words. This post is about the…

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December 7th, 2016 No comments

This is a podcast presentation from the Kitchener Waterloo Linux Users Group on the topic of OpenWRT customization published on December 6th 2016. You can find the original Kitchener Waterloo Linux Users Group post here.

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December 7th, 2016 No comments

This post was originally published on December 15, 2009. The original can be found here. Just about everything that I’ve ever read about media playback on Linux has been negative. As I understand the situation, the general consensus of the internet is that Linux should not be relied on to play media of any kind….

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December 6th, 2016 No comments

LibriVox is a really neat project that takes volunteer readers who record themselves reading public domain works aloud and packages up the results as completely free audiobooks. This is a great alternative to something like the commercial offerings found at Audible, although it doesn’t have anywhere near the same number of available books to choose from. This…

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December 5th, 2016 No comments

This post was originally published on November 23, 2009. The original can be found here. GNOME Do is a fantastic little program that makes Linux Mint a very comfortable experience. At first glance, GNOME Do just looks like a collection of launchers that can be docked to your window, with a search function attached for…

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December 2nd, 2016 No comments

This post was originally published on January 17, 2016. The original can be found here. Over the past few years there has been a big push to replace proprietary formats with open formats. For example Open Document Format and Office Open XML have largely replaced the legacy binary formats, we’re now seeing HTML5 + JavaScript…

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