20 Most Useful Commands for Newbies Who Switched from Windows to Linux

Date Published: Fri, 27 Aug 2021 17:19:07 +0200

Must say, I was not aware / did not remember the cal one, which is pretty nice. The two that are possibly missing are man (for manual reference info pages) and rmdir (maybe because it sometimes happens folks remove the / root directory and everything else on the hard drive with one command).

Apt of course is for Debian/Ubuntu based package management systems, so Manjaro and Arch users would look at pacman instead, and YUM is used for RPM-based distros. But a newer approach is to use AppImage, Snaps or Flatpak files which install universally across all distros.

But these really are the essential ones to know about.

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So you are planning to switch from Windows to Linux, or have just switched to Linux? Then, here are the 20 useful Linux commands for Newbies.

Matrix - An Open Network for Secure, Decentralised Communication

Date Published: Fri, 27 Aug 2021 11:58:03 +0200

Matrix is an open source project that publishes the Matrix open standard for secure, decentralised, real-time communication. You can self-host and federate, or join existing servers, to enable instant messaging, text chat in chatrooms, voice and video chat, file transfer, and even bridging between many other networks such as IRC, XMPP, Signal, Telegram, WhatsApp, RSS, Facebook Messenger, Discord, Slack, and many more.

End-to-End-Encryption, device verification and trust, replication of chatrooms for redundancy, are all hallmarks of Matrix. It can serve as a secure communications platform for governments with roving diplomats, or for end users be an alternative to Signal, Telegram and WhatsApp.

It is the opposite of a walled garden, with its vision of acting as a generic HTTP messaging and data synchronisation system for the whole web - allowing people, services and devices to easily communicate with each other, empowering users to own and control their data, and select the services and vendors they want to use.

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Matrix is an open source project that publishes the Matrix open standard for secure, decentralised, real-time communication. You can self-host and federate, ...

Add An Open Source News Ticker To Your Windows Or Linux Desktop With TICKR (Scrolling News Feed Widget)

Date Published: Thu, 26 Aug 2021 19:04:02 +0200

Add your favorite website RSS feeds to TICKR, and the tool will show the latest headlines scrolling in a thin, semi-transparent window similar to those available on news TV channels. Hovering the mouse over the ticker pauses the scrolling, while pointing the mouse to a headline shows an excerpt of the article in a tooltip. Left-click the headline in TICKR to open it in your web browser.

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TICKR is a news ticker desktop widget - a feed reader that displays news headlines as a small scrolling text line (ticker) on your desktop, available

Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to Microsoft GitHub

Date Published: Thu, 26 Aug 2021 18:29:06 +0200

Microsoft acquired GitHub in 2018. Although GitHub is the largest repository of open source code, version control, and issue tracking, ironically enough, GitHub itself is not open source...

There are lots of alternatives to GitHub, and the one's listed in the article linked below are all open source themselves.

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This series looks at the best free and open source alternatives to products and services offered by Microsoft.

How Big Tech (Oil and Pharma) Charms and Bullies European Politicians, Journalists and Academics under the guise of furthering research - Transparency is long overdue

Date Published: Thu, 26 Aug 2021 12:13:03 +0200

In a recent investigation, the New Statesman showed that Facebook, Google and Microsoft paid millions to research institutes linked to reputable universities, ostensibly to help further science.

Facebook, on the other hand tried to hide their involvement. They announced a $7.5 million grant to the Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence at the Technical University of Munich and claimed that no strings were attached to the money. But an investigation by Süddeutsche Zeitung revealed that Facebook reserved itself the right to withhold funding from year to year if the institute’s personnel was not to their liking.

Together, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Bytedance (TikTok), Snap and Microsoft declared close to €25 million in lobbying spending in 2020, according to the official transparency register of the European Union. This does not include Big Pharma or Big Oil, nor what Big Tech spends across other countries or research foundations.

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Google, Facebook and other very large tech companies built a lobbying system that, under the guise of furthering research or journalism, binds intellectuals in a complex network of patronage. Transparency is long overdue.

Open Source OpenShot Video Editor for Windows, macOS and Linux Adds ‘Computer Vision and AI’ Effects

Date Published: Thu, 26 Aug 2021 10:33:04 +0200

Bundled up inside the latest build are new ‘computer vision and AI’ effects. These include some impressive-sounding motion tracking and object detection capabilities, plus configurable stabilisation effect to (try to) straighten out any shaky footage.

OpenShot 2.6.0 also includes 9 new audio effects: Compressor, Distortion, Delay, Echo, Expander, Noise, Parametric EQ, Robotization, and Whisperization.

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A new version of OpenShot video editor is available to download. We checkout the new features and video effects, and show you how to install it on Ubuntu.

30 things you didn't know about the Linux kernel e.g. first OS with USB 3.0 drivers, it can be patched without rebooting

Date Published: Thu, 26 Aug 2021 10:10:02 +0200

The Linux kernel is turning 30 this year. That's three decades of pioneering open source software, enabling users to run free software, to learn from the applications they're running, and to share what they've learned with friends. It's argued that without the Linux kernel, the luxuries of open culture and free software we enjoy today may not have surfaced when they have. It's highly improbable that the parts of Apple and Microsoft and Google that are open would be open at all without Linux as the catalyst. The impact of Linux as a phenomenon for culture, software development, and user experience cannot be overstated, and yet it all started with a kernel.

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The Linux kernel is turning 30 this year. That's three decades of pioneering open source software, enabling users to run free software, to learn from the applications they're running, and to share what they've learned with friends. It's argued that without the Linux kernel, the luxuries of open culture and free software we enjoy today may not have surfaced when they have. It's highly improbable that the parts of Apple and Microsoft and Google that are open would be open at all without Linux as the catalyst.

How Data Brokers Sell Access to the Backbone of the Internet - ISPs are quietly distributing 'netflow' data that can, among other things, trace traffic through VPNs

Date Published: Wed, 25 Aug 2021 19:36:30 +0200

There's something of an open secret in the cybersecurity world: internet service providers quietly give away detailed information about which computer is communicating with another to private businesses, which then sells access to that data to a range of third parties, according to multiple sources in the threat intelligence industry.

The information, known as netflow data, is a useful tool for digital investigators. They can use it to identify servers being used by hackers, or to follow data as it is stolen. But the sale of this information still makes some people nervous because they are concerned about whose hands it may fall into.

At a high level, netflow data creates a picture of traffic flow and volume across a network. It can show which server communicated with another, information that may ordinarily only be available to the server owner or the ISP carrying the traffic. Crucially, this data can be used for, among other things, tracking traffic through virtual private networks, which are used to mask where someone is connecting to a server from, and by extension, their approximate physical location.

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ISPs are quietly distributing "netflow" data that can, among other things, trace traffic through VPNs.

A decade and a half of instability: The history of Google messaging apps - Sixteen years after the launch of Google Talk, Google messaging is still a mess

Date Published: Wed, 25 Aug 2021 16:40:48 +0200

Google's 16 years of messenger wheel-spinning has allowed products from more focused companies to pass it by. Embarrassingly, nearly all of these products are much younger than Google's messaging efforts. Consider competitors like WhatsApp (12 years old), Facebook Messenger (nine years old), iMessage (nine years old), and Slack (eight years old)—Google Talk even had video chat four years before Zoom was a thing.

Currently, you would probably rank Google's offerings behind every other big-tech competitor. A lack of any kind of top-down messaging leadership at Google has led to a decade and a half of messaging purgatory, with Google both unable to leave the space altogether and unable to commit to a single product. While companies like Facebook and Salesforce invest tens of billions of dollars into a lone messaging app, Google seems content only to spin up an innumerable number of under-funded, unstable side projects led by job-hopping project managers.

Because no single company has ever failed at something this badly, for this long, with this many different products (and because it has barely been a month since the rollout of Google Chat), the time has come to outline the history of Google messaging. Prepare yourselves, dear readers, for a non-stop rollercoaster of new product launches, neglected established products, unexpected shut-downs, and legions of confused, frustrated, and exiled users.

In the beginning, there was Google Talk, and things were good...

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Sixteen years after the launch of Google Talk, Google messaging is still a mess.

Happy 30th Birthday, Linux!

Date Published: Wed, 25 Aug 2021 16:16:33 +0200

Today, August 25, is the day most open-source folk bust out the bunting to celebrate the famous kernel’s formal founding. It was on this day 30 years ago that a fresh-faced Fin named Linus Torvalds sat down to type out a small announcement and share it with the Minix newsgroup.

The subject? His ‘hobby’ operating system...

Much of what we use, whether it runs Linux or not, likely relies on Linux in some form.

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Linux is now 30 years old! Today, August 25, is the day most open-source folk bust out the bunting to celebrate the famous kernel's formal founding. It

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