You might have already read that Linux is turning 25 this 25th August. Linux Torvalds announced his hobby OS on Aug 25, 1991. Here’s a collection of a few informative speeches and documentaries on Linux and open source to enjoy the rest of the week. Continue reading 25 years of Linux: some timeless videos
Announcing a huge improvement to the current status of font-rendering on Linux, developer Nikolaus Waxweiler has posted Freetype v2.7.0 will ship the new v40 TrueType instructions interpreter enabled by default. Linux users have long been barred from the best rendering available, thanks to some patents from Microsoft. However, the patents have expired now and this very very commonplace complaint is going to be addressed. Continue reading Freetype 2.7.0: major Linux font improvements
Ubuntu forums have been hacked, again. Details of 2 million users have been breached giving away usernames, email addresses and IP addresses. User passwords were not compromised. If you remember, this is a repetition of the massive hack in Jun 2013 giving away details to 1.82 million user accounts. Despite the measures being taken and the assurances, the incident is definitely going to hurt the popularity of the forum. Continue reading Ubuntu forums breached, again!
Recently I read about a fun experiment – 30 days in a terminal challenge that ended in 10 days. While it might sound a geeky affair, I failed to understand why anyone with a rational mind would want to seclude himself in the terminal even for a single day. Our regular readers might be surprised with the statement. I’ll explain my stand in the rest of the article. Continue reading The cli or the gui?
Speech Pad is a voice recognition application for converting speech or audio file to text.
Would you like to see a single package running on any Linux device, irrespective of the distribution? Seems like the long wait for a universal package format is finally going to end. There has been several attempts in the recent past (e.g., ORB & Superdeb, AppImage and more) to achieve this but snaps has emerged the winner. Continue reading Snaps would run on ‘any’ distro
This article is supposed to be a comparison of the GTK and Qt GUI frameworks. GTK had its first release in April, 1998 and Qt in May, 1995. Though Qt is 3 years elder, it has been developed in the hands of 5 different groups (Trolltech being the original one) till date whereas GTK is being developed by the The GNOME Project since its inception. Continue reading GTK vs Qt
It’s more than 15 years I am in touch with open source. I had been working on Linux most of my career and I have seen open source thrive and take the place it has today. Off late, a trend that disturbs me is the growing culture of harsh and derogatory discussions in the name of code reviews and technical standoffs. Continue reading Open source and open nuisance
Voyager 16.04 is a Linux distro based on Ubuntu Xenial Xerus with lots of additional applications and awesome looks. Uses the XFCE desktop environment. Give it a spin!