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With Upgraded Specs, Raspberry Pi 4 Takes Aim at Desktop Segment

Monday 24th of June 2019 01:21:12 PM
Raspberry Pi 4 Model B technical specification puts it in entry level desktop segment. You get up to 4GB RAM and you can use two 4K displays. And all this comes at a price tag of $55.

Book Review: A Byte of Vim

Monday 24th of June 2019 06:17:28 AM
We review the classic A Byte of Vim book. It's a short book for beginners to get started with Vim editor. This book can be downloaded for free.

Ubuntu Decides to Keep Supporting Selected 32-bit Libs After Developer Outrage

Saturday 22nd of June 2019 12:09:15 PM
Canonical decided to drop 32-bit completely from Ubuntu 19.10. This made Steam, Wine and Ubuntu Studio devs angry and Ubuntu had to revert its decision.

Open Source Slack Alternative Mattermost Gets $50M Funding

Saturday 22nd of June 2019 03:49:40 AM
In a bid to challenge the domination of Slack, open source team communication software Mattermost gets $50 million funding from the prestigious Y Combinator.

Linux Runs on All of the Top 500 Supercomputers, Again!

Friday 21st of June 2019 04:15:38 AM
Linux might be struggling for a decent desktop market share but it is definitely ruling the world of supercomputers.

11 Free and Open Source Video Editing Software

Wednesday 19th of June 2019 06:04:54 AM
Here is a comprehensive list of top free and open source video editors available on Linux, Windows and macOS along with their main features.

KIT Scenarist is a Powerful Tool for Creating Screenplays

Monday 17th of June 2019 09:51:37 AM
KIT Scenarist is an open source software for creating screenplays. You can use it for creating stories from the birth of the idea and before the transfer of the script to production.

Ubuntu Kylin: The Official Chinese Version of Ubuntu

Thursday 13th of June 2019 06:19:16 AM
Ubuntu Kylin is one of the official Ubuntu flavors. Learn about Ubuntu Kylin, what it is, why it was created and what features it offers.

BitTorrent Client Deluge 2.0 Released: Here’s What’s New

Wednesday 12th of June 2019 06:27:45 AM
One of the best torrent clients, Deluge, has a major new release with several improvements and new features. Here's what's new in this release.

Graviton: A Minimalist Open Source Code Editor

Monday 10th of June 2019 04:13:45 AM
Graviton is a free & open source, cross-platform code editor in development. Check out the features of this promising application.

Free and Open Source Trello Alternative OpenProject 9 Released

Friday 7th of June 2019 02:19:03 PM
Open Source Trello and Jira alternative OpenProject 9 release introduces new Scrum & Agile board view. Check out the features in this new release.

Zorin OS Becomes Even More Awesome With Zorin 15 Release

Thursday 6th of June 2019 05:42:04 PM
Beginner friendly Linux distribution Zorin OS becomes more awesome in its latest release. Zorin 15 brings a number of visual and performance improvements.

Unity Editor is Now Officially Available for Linux

Friday 31st of May 2019 05:58:40 PM
Unity Editor for the cross-platform gaming engine Unity is now officially available for Linux. It comes with support for Ubuntu and CentOS. Read more about using it on Linux.

Best VPN Services for Privacy Minded Linux Users

Friday 31st of May 2019 02:32:11 AM
Here are our recommendations for best VPN services for Linux users to secure their privacy and enhance their online security. Check it out.

A Quick Look at Elvish Shell

Tuesday 28th of May 2019 04:07:00 AM
Bash is not the only shell available for Linux. There have been attempts to improve it in the past and Elvish Shell in of those latest efforts. Check it out.

4 Ways to Run Linux Commands in Windows

Saturday 25th of May 2019 11:00:05 AM
Want to use Linux commands but don't want to leave Windows? Here are several ways to run Linux bash commands in Windows.

GitHub Launches Sponsorship Program for Open Source Contributors

Thursday 23rd of May 2019 03:30:59 PM
Microsoft's GitHub now allows the open source project contributors to accept donation via GitHub Sponsor program. Read more about this new offering from GitHub.

Damn! Antergos Linux has been Discontinued

Wednesday 22nd of May 2019 06:07:43 AM
Beginner-friendly Arch Linux based distribution Antergos has announced that the project is being discontinued.

How to Disable IPv6 on Ubuntu Linux

Tuesday 21st of May 2019 03:09:27 AM
Looking to disable IPv6 on Linux? Learn why you would want to disable IPv6 and how to disable IPv6 in Ubuntu Linux in this tutorial.

Zettlr – Markdown Editor for Writers and Researchers

Monday 20th of May 2019 05:50:11 AM
Zettlr is an open source markdown editor with features that help writers and researchers. Read and see if Zettlr can be your next favorite application.

More in Tux Machines

Deprecating a.out Binaries

Remember a.out binaries? They were the file format of the Linux kernel till around 1995 when ELF took over. ELF is better. It allows you to load shared libraries anywhere in memory, while a.out binaries need you to register shared library locations. That's fine at small scales, but it gets to be more and more of a headache as you have more and more shared libraries to deal with. But a.out is still supported in the Linux source tree, 25 years after ELF became the standard default format. Recently, Borislav Petkov recommended deprecating it in the source tree, with the idea of removing it if it turned out there were no remaining users. He posted a patch to implement the deprecation. Alan Cox also remarked that "in the unlikely event that someone actually has an a.out binary they can't live with, they can also just write an a.out loader as an ELF program entirely in userspace." Read more

An easier way to test Plasma

Having the Plasma and Usability & Productivity sprints held at the same time and place had an unexpected benefit: we were able to come up with a way to make it easier to test a custom-compiled version of Plasma! Previously, we had some documentation that asked people to create a shell script on their computers, copy files to various locations, and perform a few other steps. Unfortunately, many of the details were out of date, and the whole process was quite error-prone. It turned out that almost none of the Plasma developers at the sprint were actually using this method, and each had cobbled together something for themselves. Some (including myself) had given up on it and were doing Plasma development in a virtual machine. So we put some time into easing this pain by making Plasma itself produce all the right pieces automatically when compiled from source. Then, we created a simple script to install everything properly. Read more

Benchmarking The Experimental Bcachefs File-System Against Btrfs, EXT4, F2FS, XFS & ZFS

Bcachefs is the file-system born out of the Linux kernel's block cache code and has been worked on the past several years by developer Kent Overstreet. Our most recent benchmarking of Bcachefs was last year, so with the prospects of Bcachefs potentially being staged soon in the mainline Linux kernel, I ran some benchmarks using the latest kernel code for this next-generation file-system. Those unfamiliar with this copy-on-write file-system can learn more at Bcachefs.org. The design features of this file-system are similar to ZFS/Btrfs and include native encryption, snapshots, compression, caching, multi-device/RAID support, and more. But even with all of its features, it aims to offer XFS/EXT4-like performance, which is something that can't generally be said for Btrfs. Read more

Games: TheoTown, Prison Architect and More

  • Retro themed city-builder 'TheoTown' has now added Linux support

    TheoTown, developed by blueflower is a city-builder with a retro style that looks to be inspired by the classic Sim City 2000 and it's now available on Steam for Linux. Released on Steam earlier this month, TheoTown is also available on mobile but the PC version is a full and proper game with no in-app purchase nonsense. On Android at least, the game is very highly rated and I imagine a number of readers have played it there so now you can pick it up again on your Linux PC and continue building the city of your dreams. So far, the Steam user reviews are also giving it a good overall picture.

  • Reminder: Update your PC info for the next round of statistics updates

    This is your once a month reminder to make sure your PC information is correct on your user profiles. A fresh batch of statistics is generated on the 1st of each month.

  • Prison Architect gains a new warden with Double Eleven, free update incoming

    After Paradox Interactive acquired the rights to Prison Architect from Introversion Software, they've now announced that Double Eleven will be handling future updates. Double Eleven are a well-known developer and publisher of quite a number of titles, with them also previously been responsible for the console versions of Prison Architect so it seems like a pretty good fit as they already worked with the game.

  • Steam To Drop Support For Ubuntu

    Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distribution and that’s why it gets the attention of big companies like steam to design software for it. But recently, Linux community is kind of unhappy over Canonical decision on dropping Ubuntu 32-bit packages. The community already discussed that in case Ubuntu drops 32-bit packages support in upcoming Ubuntu 19.10 or future releases, it’d create big problems including Wine users and Linux gamers. And here comes the first news from Steam, the gaming platform. Pierre-Loup Griffais from Valve tweeted that Ubuntu 19.10 or any future Ubuntu releases will not be officially supported by Steam. He also said that the team will work on to minimize the breakage for existing users and thinking to focus on any other Linux distribution.

  • Canonical to Continue Building Selected 32-Bit i386 Packages for Ubuntu 19.10, Azul Systems Announces Zulu Mission Control v7.0, Elisa v. 0.4.1 Now Available, Firefox Adds Fission to the Nightly Build and Tails Emergency Release

    After much feedback from the community, Canonical yesterday announced it will continue to build selected 32-bit i386 packages for Ubuntu 19.10 and 20.04 LTS. The statement notes that Canonical "will also work with the WINE, Ubuntu Studio and gaming communities to use container technology to address the ultimate end of life of 32-bit libraries; it should stay possible to run old applications on newer versions of Ubuntu. Snaps and LXD enable us both to have complete 32-bit environments, and bundled libraries, to solve these issues in the long term."

  • OpenVIII, an in-development open source game engine for Final Fantasy VIII

    Any fans of Final Fantasy VIII reading? You're going to want to keep an eye on the in-development game engine OpenVIII. While it doesn't seem like it's currently playable, plenty of work has already gone into OpenVIII to work with "video support, music support, audio support, in-game menu" and more. The project is currently classed by the developer as a "pre-prototype" so don't go getting any hopes up yet about playing Final Fantasy VIII natively on Linux.

  • Littlewood hasn't been out for long, but this peaceful RPG has a lot to like about it

    Entering Early Access last week, Sean Young's peaceful RPG Littlewood is a game for those who like to relax a little. Note: Key provided directly by the developer. What happens after the world has been saved, after all the major battles have already been fought? That's exactly what Littlewood is all about, you saved the world and lost your memory so you're helping to re-build the town. In some ways, it actually reminds me of my experience with Forager. It's small, it's sweet and it doesn't feel like it's constantly begging for attention. Quite different in setting though of course, more along the lines of Stardew Valley but with less emphasis on constant farming. I love the building interface too, while it's quite simplistic it allows you to pick up trees, stones and move everything out of your way. Nothing feels annoying, so it's really sweet.

  • Cyberspace first-person shooter 'Black Ice' just had a massive upgrade

    Currently in Early Access, it has been a long time since Black Ice had an update to the "stable" version but the developer hasn't been sat idle. A massive update to the entire game just landed. Featuring some of what I showed off recently, Black Ice has come a very long was since the initial few releases making it a vastly more interesting game. One of the biggest changes, is an overhaul to the entire world design full of new areas, combat arenas with even more to come. Additionally, there's now some random events that will happen to also make the world seem a bit more lively. One server might try to hack another, so you can jump in and fight them all or sit back and watch the fireworks.