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'Big Bang Theory's' Stuart wears Ubuntu T-shirt

Am I the only person to notice that comic book shop-owning Stuart (Kevin Sussman) on the "The Big Bang Theory" is wearing an Ubuntu T-shirt on the episode airing Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017?

Have you heard of ONLYOFFICE? It’s like Google Docs, only it’s not from Google … and you might be able to run your own instance

How could I have missed ONLYOFFICE? If not for a How to Forge article on installing it, I would have never known that it existed as a hosted alternative to Google Docs/Spreadsheets or that you can self-host the software, though I’m not sure how functional the roll-your-own version is at this point.

I’m running Fedora 21 with Wayland, and so far (almost) everything is working just fine

After saying I wouldn’t jump into a Fedora 21 upgrade, I rather quickly had a change of heart and mind, ran a Fedup upgrade and am now running Fedora 21 on my go-to HP Pavilion g6 laptop. With Wayland.

Fedora 21 so popular on release day, it’s overloading all things Fedora

Demand for Fedora 21, the project's first release in at least a year, and the first to offer distinct Workstation, Cloud and Server products is so high, it's overloading many of the project's services. As the message on the Fedora Infrastructure Status page says, "High traffic due to F21 release, try again later"

Unhappy Node.js users fork the Joyent-run project, creating community-driven io.js

Even though Node.js is an open-source project, its direction is largely guided by the for-profit Joyent. And that doesn’t sit so well with some Node users/developers. A group of them just started a fork of Node.js called io.js, which is now living on GitHub and prepared to take the Node code in a community-driven direction.

So I did a Fedora 21 install, and the Anaconda installer was efficient and super quick

I needed to do a bare-metal install of Fedora 21 today, and I used the beta image for the live Xfce Spin. I didn’t do anything special. The whole disk was devoted to Fedora. I encrypted everything.

The Adiwata Global Dark theme is enough to get me using GNOME 3

Through the GNOME Tweak Tool, I discovered the GNOME 3 Adiwata Global Dark Theme, which makes GNOME 3 looks so good, I find myself leaving Xfce aside for the time being.

Why OpenBSD runs so hot on AMD A4 APU hardware — and how to cool it down 20 degrees C

The good news is that I can run X in OpenBSD 5.6 on my AMD A4 APU-equipped HP Pavilion g6 laptop. Before now, starting X would cause a kernel panic. The bad news is that the laptop runs very, very hot. But there's a way to shave 20 degrees C right off the top with a single command.

The Debian Jessie installer: first impressions -- desktop choice (yay), encryption fail (boo)

  • Frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair; By Steven Rosenberg (Posted by Steven_Rosenber on Oct 21, 2014 11:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial, Reviews; Groups: Debian
As much as I've praised the Debian installer in the past, and I'll praise it a little bit right now, I will also drop it in a hole and throw a shallow layer of dirt over it just because.

Catalyst/fglrx trouble in Debian (and not just in Fedora)

My AMD Catalyst (aka fglrx) trouble in Fedora is well-documented. Biggest of the big at this point is that the proprietary AMD driver DOES NOT work with GNOME 3. So I did a test install of Debian Jessie last week, and the same thing happened: GNOME 3 runs fine with the open-source Radeon driver, not at all with the closed-source fglrx.

Developer of Stella, the best CentOS-based distro for the desktop, not looking to create a CentOS 7 version any time soon

There was a time when Nux, developer of the best CentOS spin for desktops, was game for producing a Stella 7. But looking at the Stella forums today, that doesn’t seem likely. No matter, with the Nux 'dextop' repo, you can have a CentOS desktop with most of the packages that are hard to find anywhere else.

Dropbox goes from 100 GB to 1 TB for $99/year ‘pro’ accounts in competitor-skewering move that’s great for Linux

Dropbox just dropped a bomb in the cloud-storage race, upping the amount of space for customers with its $99/year “Pro” account from the not-nearly enough 100 GB to a very-comfortable 1 TB. That’s 1 terabyte, as in 1000 GB, for those counting along at home. It makes Dropbox that much more compelling. And it had to happen.

Why I don't distro-hop: Because work. And pain.

  • Frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair; By Steven Rosenberg (Posted by Steven_Rosenber on Aug 23, 2014 6:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community, Fedora
I still see people installing new Linux distributions, one after the other, on their "production" laptops and desktops. I don't. Sure, I fire up live images via USB or old-timey CD/DVD fairly regularly. But I almost never do full, bare-metal installs on hardware I'm actually using.

Another great experience in Fedora bug reporting: Wine font fix solves my web-browsing problem

Fedora‘s motto is “Freedom. Friends. Features. First.” I’m here to tell you Fedora lives up to that billing. Why do I say this now? I’ve just had another positive experience with Fedora, this time in finding a bug in my system, adding my information to an existing bug report and now seeing updated packages pushed to the Fedora 20 stable repositories and onto my system, where the problem has been fixed.

Jordi Mallach says GNOME should be the default desktop environment in Debian Jessie — and why I agree

Jordi Mallach details in a post I found via Google Plus why GNOME should remain the default desktop environment in Debian Jessie despite the usual switch to Xfce prompted by a desire to keep the ISO image at CD size. You might be surprised at how I arrive at the same conclusion despite not using GNOME due to my own personal technical issues.

One year, two months with Fedora this time around

Problems on the Linux desktop happen. Despite everything, I’ve been very happy with Fedora. Especially with Xfce. With the help of RPM Fusion and other savvy Fedora users, I’ve been able to run every kind of multimedia I want. Just about everything works most of the time. And despite the constant newness, things seem remarkably stable.

Debian Developer switches to Mac, doesn’t look back (and yes, we should be worried)

Debian Developer Jon Dowland writes: "It appears I have switched for good. I’ve been meaning to write about this for some time, but I couldn’t quite get the words right. I doubted I could express my frustrations in a constructive, helpful way, even if I think that my experiences are useful and my discoveries valuable, perhaps I would put them across in a way that seemed inciteful rather than insightful. I wasn’t sure anyone cared. Certainly the GNOME community doesn’t seem interested in feedback." What can we say to that?

You might want to pay for an e-mail service like the OpenBSD-running Neomailbox

  • Frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair; By Steven Rosenberg (Posted by Steven_Rosenber on May 9, 2014 2:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story, Security; Groups:
I don't look on the OpenBSD Misc mailing list very often, but today a message from that list introduced me to Neomailbox, which offers services that include secure, encrypted e-mail and anonymous web surfing for prices that are very reasonable.

Hashover: A free-software alternative to Disqus and other hosted-commenting services

  • Frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair; By Steven Rosenberg (Posted by Steven_Rosenber on May 8, 2014 9:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
I’ve been waiting for this: Hashover is a free-software project that aims to replace hosted-comments services like Disqus and those offered by Facebook and others that keep your comments in their database.

Linux and international politics: What we’re seeing about Russia’s takeover of Crimea in tzdata update

The tzdata package is updating in Fedora today, and just to show you how international politics — you know, when one country takes over another — can show up in a software update, take a look at the changelog entry.

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