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  • The Beginner's Guide to Btrfs - Make Tech Easier

    Most desktop Linux users have probably heard of a “Copy on Write” filesystem like ZFS or Btrfs, and along with that, the benefits of those CoW filesystems. Compression, built-in RAID functionality, and snapshot capabilities make them incredibly advanced and modern filesystems. But how do you get started with one of these filesystems? Given that Btrfs is fully FOSS and built into the Linux Kernel, that’s a great place to start. Here we walk you through our beginner’s guide to Btrfs.

  • How to play multiplayer arcade games on Linux

    Fightcade is an emulator that allows PC gamers to enjoy fighting arcade video games with their friends over the internet. If you’re a Linux gamer who loves playing old arcade games, this guide is for you. Follow along as we go over how to set up Fightcade on Linux!

    Installing Fightcade on Linux

    Before we can go over how to play fighting arcade games online with friends on Linux, the Fightcade client must be installed. Thankfully, the developers behind the app make it super easy to install on a multitude of Linux distributions.

    To start installing Fightcade on your Linux PC, open up a terminal window on the Linux desktop. Once the terminal window is open on your computer, follow along with the installation instructions below to get Fightcade set up on your computer.

  • How to Install MySQL 8 on CentOS 8

    MySQL Server is the most popular tool used for relational databases. It hosts multiple databases using a single server where allows multi-user can access these databases individually. At the time, when we are writing this article MySQL Server 8.0 is available for installation. This version introduced some new features that are not compatible with some applications. So, first, read the application documentation before deploy on CentOS 8 server.

    In this article, we will explain how to install MySQL on CentOS 8 using the terminal. We will also show you how to get started with using MySQL 8.

  • Recording animated Gifs with Peek on Debian 10 Buster

    If you want to extract a gif from any video without having a lot of video editing expertise, Peek should be your go-to tool. It is a very simple screen recorder with an easy to use interface. Peek makes it easy to create short screencasts of a screen area. It was built for the specific use case of recording screen areas, e.g. for easily showing UI features of your own apps or for showing a bug in bug reports. With Peek, you simply place the Peek window over the area you want to record and press “Record”. Peek is optimized for generating animated GIFs, but you can also directly record to WebM or MP4 if you prefer. Peek is not a general-purpose screencast app with extended features but rather focuses on the single task of creating small, silent screencasts of an area of the screen for creating GIF animations or silent WebM or MP4 videos.

  • How to install FileZilla Client on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux - Linux Shout

    Most of us managing files on hosting servers by directly opening the file manager on CPANEL via HTTP protocol, however, that is actually not an FTP connection. The FTP protocol is meant for uploading or downloading files to web servers and file servers. And if you want to use an FTP connection to connect your Cloud or hosting server then Filezilla is one of the best clients available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

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Valve Backs Zink Work

  • Mike Blumenkrantz: Don’t Call It A Comeback

    I guess I never left, really, since I’ve been vicariously living the life of someone who still writes zink patches through reviewing and discussing some great community efforts that are ongoing. But now I’m back living that life of someone who writes zink patches. Valve has generously agreed to sponsor my work on graphics-related projects. For the time being, that work happens to be zink.

  • Valve Now Funding Blumenkrantz - Zink OpenGL-On-Vulkan To Continue

    Longtime open-source developer Mike Blumenkrantz who has been an Enlightenment developer for many years and was working for Samsung's Open-Source Group prior to its demise jumped into the open-source Linux graphics world this year. While being unemployed he began hacking on the Zink Gallium3D code that allows generic OpenGL acceleration over the Vulkan API. He quickly got the code to the point of OpenGL 4.6 support and quite compelling performance compared to where Zink was at earlier this year. Now it turns out he will continue with his Linux graphics adventures thanks to funding from Valve. Mike Blumenkrantz shared today that Valve is going to be sponsoring his graphics-related work moving forward. At least for now, that Linux graphics work is still on the matter of Zink.