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GNU nano: a minimalist console editor

Text console editors are useful in many ways. For example, they’re indispensable for editing files while recovering from a failure. Fedora contains a wide selection of applications for editing text files, ranging from GUI editors like gedit and GNOME Builder to... Continue Reading →

Building Linux Firewalls With Good Old Iptables: Part 1

  •; By Carla Schroder (Posted by bob on May 5, 2017 1:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Of course, we still need firewalls on our computers, even though that is not a subject we see much in these here modern times. There are Linux and BSD firewalls, prefab firewalls on commercial hardware from little to big that are most likely based on an open source firewall and a multitude of GUI helpers. In this two-part series, we will learn how to run iptables from the command line and then how to set up a firewall for an individual PC and a LAN firewall.

How to Install the Latest AMDGPU-PRO Drivers on Ubuntu

  • Make Tech Easier; By Nick Congleton (Posted by damien on May 5, 2017 11:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux, Ubuntu
AMDGPU-PRO is AMD’s graphics driver for professional users, but it’s also great for gamers. Learn how to install it on Ubuntu Linux.

How to convert xls file to csv file in Linux and vice versa

Excel is an Microsoft spreadsheet program and its extension is .xls or .xlsx. Now we as Linux user can convert xls file to csv file in Linux and .xls to .csv. This quick guide will help you how we can convert xls file to csv file in Linux using program called SSConvert and Unoconv.

The May 2017 Issue of the PCLinuxOS Magazine

The PCLinuxOS Magazine staff is pleased to announce the release of the May 2017 issue.

Fake Google Docs phishing deluge hits Gmail

A new phishing attack has appeared in inboxes around the world that masquerades as an email contact sharing a Google Doc. The emails appear to originate from a legitimate account, with the email addressed to and dozens of contact email addresses blind carbon copied (bcc) in.

How to mount an encrypted Linux home directory to salvage data

Let's say you've been using a Linux machine for either a desktop or a server. During the installation you opted to have the home directory encrypted and, at some point (for whatever reason) the system will no longer boot. Is that encrypted data lost? With a little bit of work, no. I want to walk you through the process of recovering the data from your encrypted home directory. This process will require a working Linux machine with the drive containing the encrypted home directory attached and mounted. Your best bet is to handle this process on the likes of one of the more recent Ubuntu releases, as it will ensure your drive is automatically mounted when you attach it. You will also need the encryption password you created to protect your home directory.

GStreamer 1.12.0 Open-Source Multimedia Framework Hits Stable, Adds Many Changes

The GStreamer project, through Sebastian Dröge, is pleased to announce today the immediate availability of the GStreamer 1.12.0 stable series of the open-source multimedia framework for GNU/Linux distributions.

Redshift – A Nifty Tool to Reduce Eye Strain at Night in Linux

Redshift adjusts the color temperature of your screen according to your surroundings (position of the sun).

Asus Tinker Board – An Inexpensive Home Theatre Solution

The Asus Tinker Board is a computer designed for Single Board Computer hobbyists, makers [he] Internet of things enthusiasts. One of the highlights of the device is its multimedia support - it’s a tremendous prospect for the multimedia enthusiast on a budget. The computer has a respectable 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A17 quad-core processor. It’s only 32-bit (unlike the Raspberry Pi 3) but it has a higher clock speed. The Tinker Board also sports an integrated ARM-based Mali-T760 graphics processor (GPU). It’s available to purchase from Amazon (and other retailers), and currently priced at $59.99.

Ubuntu 17.04 and future versions

After the release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, lots of people were frustrated because AMD dropped their driver support for legacy hardware. That mean that legacy GPU won't be running on fglrx drivers anymore. One of our PC is also running with Radeon GPUs and we were also frustrated with this move from AMD. We did run Ubuntu on that machine on minimal UI and without driver support. To save the day, there were some open-source alternatives, but those weren't giving enough performance. This was just the same in 16.10.

Ubuntu Server GUIs

  • ThisHosting.Rocks; By Nick Reiner (Posted by Feenta on May 5, 2017 12:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
The ultimate guide to Ubuntu Server GUIs - screenshots, details, recommendations etc.

Tesseract OCR: Installation and Usage on Ubuntu 16.04

  • Howtoforge Linux Howtos und Tutorials (Posted by bob on May 4, 2017 10:52 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu, Linux; Story Type: News Story
Tesseract is one of the most powerful open source OCR engine available today. OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition. This tutorial shows the installation and usage of Tesseract on Ubuntu 16.04.

In the Depths of the Cloud, Open Source and Proprietary Leviathans Fight to the Death

Just because open source is winning in the enterprise, that doesn't mean that the proprietary folks have given up their old tricks.

What to do when your open team has impostor syndrome

  • (Posted by bob on May 4, 2017 8:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Recently I facilitated a creative work week for my colleagues working on the Planet 4 project at Greenpeace. One evening, when we came together in a closing circle after a day of intense creative work, I asked the participants to share how they were each feeling about the day. We allowed these reflections to manifest into conversation. read more

Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro -- Microsoft

We're gonna make 'em an offer they can't refuse After Tuesday's big launch of Windows 10 S, it emerged the software will force people to use Edge and Bing. How can that be?…

Raspberry Pi Foundation: We'll Ship the 250,000th Raspberry Pi Zero W This Week

Raspberry Pi Foundation is today announcing that the 250,000th Raspberry Pi Zero W single-board computer (SBC) will be shipped this week, two months after its launch at the end of February.

How to Make Gnome Shell Look Like Unity

  • Make Tech Easier; By Derrik Diener (Posted by damien on May 4, 2017 4:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux, Ubuntu
Canonical has decided to abandon the Unity desktop and embrace Gnome. If you are a fan of the Unity desktop, you can easily make Gnome Shell look like Unity. Here’s how.

Open-source chip mimics Linux's path to take on closed x86, ARM CPUs

  •; By Agam Shah (Posted by abennett on May 4, 2017 3:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The RISC-V open-source architecture, created by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2010, is open to all who want to use it. The RISC-V design can be modified for PCs, servers, smartphones, wearables, and other devices.

How I got started with Linux

  • (Posted by bob on May 4, 2017 2:20 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
In the late 1980s and into the 1990s, I considered myself a power user of the PC operating system MS-DOS. DOS was a modest system, running only one task at a time, and interacting via the command line to launch applications or simple utilities. As an undergraduate physics student, I relied on DOS to do much of my work. And like many other DOS power users at the time, I wrote my own tools and utilities to expand the features of the DOS command line. I was a DOS power user. read more

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