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What are good command line HTTP clients?

10 hours 56 min ago

This article looks at 4 open source command line HTTP clients. These clients let you download files off the internet over the command line. But they can also be used for many more interesting purposes such as testing, debugging and interacting with HTTP servers and web applications.

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Essential System Tools: QDirStat – Excellent Qt-based directory statistics

Wednesday 20th of February 2019 01:06:06 PM

QDirStat is an open source graphical application to show where your disk space has gone and to help you to clean up the mess. It fully merits its inclusion in our Essential System Tools feature.

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5 Excellent Free Mind Mapping Software

Tuesday 19th of February 2019 07:00:40 AM

A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. Mind mapping is a fairly free flowing concept. This means you need software that is versatile, and can adapt to your requirements. Your idea of a neat and tidy mind map might be another person's idea of bamboozling.

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5 Best Free Linux Typing Tutors

Monday 18th of February 2019 08:33:15 AM

Typing tutor software teaches fast and accurate typing through a system of informative lessons and progress tracking. We think it is important that learning should be fun, so we have included some typing games in this feature.

To provide an insight into the quality of software available, we have compiled a list of 5 excellent typing tutors. Hopefully there will be something of interest for anyone looking to improve their typing skills.

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14 Excellent Free Plotting Tools

Sunday 17th of February 2019 08:43:18 AM

Linux is well endowed with plotting software. There are some heavyweight commercial Linux applications which include plotting functionality. These include MATLAB, Maple, and Mathematica. However, we are fervent advocates of open source software. The purpose of this article is to help promote open source plotting tools.

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4 Excellent Command-line FTP clients

Saturday 16th of February 2019 09:28:44 AM

This article provides our pick of the best open source command line file transfer programs. The software featured here supports a number of different protocols, not just FTP. They offer shell-like command syntax, and are great for scripting purposes.

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Latte – Excellent KDE Dock based on Plasma Frameworks

Friday 15th of February 2019 09:03:20 AM

Latte is a dock based on Plasma frameworks that aims to offer an elegant and intuitive experience for your tasks and KDE Plasma widgets. It animates its contents by using parabolic zoom effect and tries to be as unobtrusive is possible.

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8 Best Free Linux Food and Drink Software

Thursday 14th of February 2019 08:52:43 AM

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 6 high quality food and drink software. Hopefully there will be something of interest for anyone interested in keeping fit, making beer, or the art of cooking.

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24 Excellent GNOME Extensions (Updated)

Wednesday 13th of February 2019 09:04:23 AM

Here's our recommended GNOME shell extensions. Most of the extensions are not officially supported by GNOME. But they all take the desktop to the next level, either by adding useful functionality, improving your workflow, or simply offering a touch of panache to the desktop. All the extensions all compatible with the latest release of GNOME. Naturally there's only open source goodness on offer.

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Essential System Tools: QJournalctl – Graphical User Interface for systemd’s journalctl

Wednesday 13th of February 2019 07:22:15 AM

This is the latest in our series of articles highlighting essential system tools. These are small, indispensable utilities, useful for system administrators as well as regular users of Linux based systems. The series examines both graphical and text based open source utilities.

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Top 10 Free Linux Painting Tools

Tuesday 12th of February 2019 10:42:25 AM

Linux is a particularly strong platform for professionals that work within the graphic design and graphic arts industry. With low cost hardware, quality open source software, and an ounce of talent, artists can produce professional-looking computer graphics.

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21 Excellent KDE Plasma Widgets

Monday 11th of February 2019 05:20:57 AM

KDE is most of the most popular desktop environments. It's also one of the most configurable. KDE widgets (sometimes called Plasmoids) help to improve the user experience. Here's my favorites.

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10 Best Free Linux Synthesizers

Sunday 10th of February 2019 01:40:57 PM

Linux has a good range of open source software to be a serious contender in music production without having to venture into the commercial software world. Some of the software featured in this article provide operation similar to analog synths from the 1970s, such as the Moog Minimoog and Roland Juno-60.

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8 Best Free Linux Webcam Tools (Updated 2019)

Saturday 9th of February 2019 01:14:42 PM

A webcam is a video capture device that is either connected to a computer directly (typically by USB) or over a computer network. Many modern netbooks and laptops have a built-in webcam.

Webcams spice up online communication by offering real-time video chat and webcasting. These tiny cameras enable users to chat in realtime with friends and family, send video email around the world, to videoconference with co-workers and clients, and even to broadcast a TV-like channel over the net.

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16 Best Linux IRC Clients (Updated 2019)

Saturday 9th of February 2019 07:06:16 AM

Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a form of real-time Internet text messaging (chat) or synchronous conferencing. IRC was born during summer 1988 when Jarkko Oikarinen wrote the first IRC client and server when he was working in the Department of Information Processing Science at the University of Oulu, Finland. This system enables millions of people around the world to communicate in real time. While IRC has lost some popularity, IRCv3 looks interesting with some advanced client features such as instant notifications, improved security and more.

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Essential System Tools: f3 – detect and fix counterfeit flash storage

Friday 8th of February 2019 07:57:23 AM

f3 is a set of 5 open source utilities that detect and repair counterfeit flash storage. It achieves this by testing the flash cards' capacity and performance.

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7 Excellent Console Linux File Managers (Updated 2019)

Thursday 7th of February 2019 09:22:08 AM

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 7 high quality console based open source file managers. Hopefully, there will be something of interest for anyone who wishes to revel in the power of the console.

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7 Useful Free Graphical User Interfaces for R

Thursday 7th of February 2019 08:23:57 AM

R is an open source programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It consists of a language together with a run-time environment with a debugger, graphics, access to system functions, and scripting.

To provide an insight into the quality of software available for Linux, we have compiled a list of 7 of the best graphical user interfaces for R.

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aux.app – desktop music player

Wednesday 6th of February 2019 07:20:20 AM

aux.app plays music from YouTube, SoundCloud and Deezer. It's built with web technologies including Electron. How does it fare?

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11 Best Free Linux Bibliography Tools (Updated 2019)

Tuesday 5th of February 2019 09:05:30 AM

A common misconception is that bibliography tools are really only useful for academics. However, this type of software is a type of reference manager offering the ability to collect large amounts of metadata.

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Server: HTTP Clients, IIS DDoS and 'DevOps' Hype From Red Hat

  • What are good command line HTTP clients?
    The whole is greater than the sum of its parts is a very famous quote from Aristotle, a Greek philosopher and scientist. This quote is particularly pertinent to Linux. In my view, one of Linux’s biggest strengths is its synergy. The usefulness of Linux doesn’t derive only from the huge raft of open source (command line) utilities. Instead, it’s the synergy generated by using them together, sometimes in conjunction with larger applications. The Unix philosophy spawned a “software tools” movement which focused on developing concise, basic, clear, modular and extensible code that can be used for other projects. This philosophy remains an important element for many Linux projects. Good open source developers writing utilities seek to make sure the utility does its job as well as possible, and work well with other utilities. The goal is that users have a handful of tools, each of which seeks to excel at one thing. Some utilities work well independently. This article looks at 4 open source command line HTTP clients. These clients let you download files over the internet from the command line. But they can also be used for many more interesting purposes such as testing, debugging and interacting with HTTP servers and web applications. Working with HTTP from the command-line is a worthwhile skill for HTTP architects and API designers. If you need to play around with an API, HTTPie and curl will be invaluable.
  • Microsoft publishes security alert on IIS bug that causes 100% CPU usage spikes
    The Microsoft Security Response Center published yesterday a security advisory about a denial of service (DOS) issue impacting IIS (Internet Information Services), Microsoft's web server technology.
  • 5 things to master to be a DevOps engineer
    There's an increasing global demand for DevOps professionals, IT pros who are skilled in software development and operations. In fact, the Linux Foundation's Open Source Jobs Report ranked DevOps as the most in-demand skill, and DevOps career opportunities are thriving worldwide. The main focus of DevOps is bridging the gap between development and operations teams by reducing painful handoffs and increasing collaboration. This is not accomplished by making developers work on operations tasks nor by making system administrators work on development tasks. Instead, both of these roles are replaced by a single role, DevOps, that works on tasks within a cooperative team. As Dave Zwieback wrote in DevOps Hiring, "organizations that have embraced DevOps need people who would naturally resist organization silos."

Purism's Privacy and Security-Focused Librem 5 Linux Phone to Arrive in Q3 2019

Initially planned to ship in early 2019, the revolutionary Librem 5 mobile phone was delayed for April 2019, but now it suffered just one more delay due to the CPU choices the development team had to make to deliver a stable and reliable device that won't heat up or discharge too quickly. Purism had to choose between the i.MX8M Quad or the i.MX8M Mini processors for their Librem 5 Linux-powered smartphone, but after many trials and errors they decided to go with the i.MX8M Quad CPU as manufacturer NXP recently released a new software stack solving all previous power consumption and heating issues. Read more

Qt Creator 4.9 Beta released

We are happy to announce the release of Qt Creator 4.9 Beta! There are many improvements and fixes included in Qt Creator 4.9. I’ll just mention some highlights in this blog post. Please refer to our change log for a more thorough overview. Read more

Hack Week - Browsersync integration for Online

Recently my LibreOffice work is mostly focused on the Online. It's nice to see how it is growing with new features and has better UI. But when I was working on improving toolbars (eg. folding menubar or reorganization of items) I noticed one annoying thing from the developer perspective. After every small change, I had to restart the server to provide updated content for the browser. It takes few seconds for switching windows, killing old server then running new one which requires some tests to be passed. Last week during the Hack Week funded by Collabora Productivity I was able to work on my own projects. It was a good opportunity for me to try to improve the process mentioned above. I've heard previously about browsersync so I decided to try it out. It is a tool which can automatically reload used .css and .js files in all browser sessions after change detection. To make it work browsersync can start proxy server watching files on the original server and sending events to the browser clients if needed. Read more