Freetype 2.7.0: major Linux font improvements

tux_compAnnouncing 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 breached, again!

ubuntu_logo_81x81Ubuntu 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!

The cli or the gui?

coffee_compRecently 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?

Snaps would run on ‘any’ distro

compress_compWould 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

Open source and open nuisance

coffee_compIt’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