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Debian 9 on a Dell OptiPlex 9020 Micro

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TL;DR: Works fine (see title). The little old box I bought my last desktop from VG Computing (now Linux Now) in Melbourne. It arrived without an operating system and was basically a Mini-ITX board in a Shuttle XH61 case, with selected add-ins. (Specs below). I installed Debian stable and got years…

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The Importance of Static Social Media Buttons

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So, let's talk social media buttons. You know them; you probably see them on most sites that you visit these days. The little badges or icons that load, encouraging you to click on them to either connect with the associated social media account or to share the article you may be reading at the…

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What is YOUR Essential FOSS Program?

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We all have at least one or maybe even a handful of programs we seemingly just can't live without. You know, that program that you instantly go looking for as soon as you've installed your new shiny OS (or Linux distribution, more specifically in our case). For me, personally it's the Vim text…

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Canonical Quits Unity/Mir/Convergence; My Thoughts

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In stunning news, which is apparently NOT a late April Fools joke, Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Canonical will be dumping the Unity, Mir projects and ultimately the goal of 'convergence'. Canonical is also planning to then return to GNOME as the default desktop by the release of Ubuntu…

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The State of NVIDIA Optimus on Linux

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For those unaware, NVIDIA Optimus is a technology that allows integrated Intel graphics and a discrete NVIDIA graphics card to be built into the same computer (generally a laptop) and switch between the two on-demand. This same technology is also the cause of Linus Torvalds' infamous…

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What is Ubuntu Snappy?

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If you're anything like me, you've probably heard about this new thing from Canonical called "Snappy" Ubuntu Core, but at the same time trying to understand exactly what it is may leave you cross-eyed, especially with the buzzwords such as "cloud", "containers" and…

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Over a Month On - Conclusion to the GNOME Shell Challenge

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Over a month ago I embarked on my own personal challenge to use GNOME Shell (otherwise just known as GNOME 3) for an entire week. That week happened and went, I wrote some thoughts I had after that initial week, but did not officially end my usage of the Shell. Fast forward to now... I'm still…

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Is Ubuntu's Unity Really All That Bad Nowadays?

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Now, don't get me wrong - when it comes to choice of desktop interface it's a very subjective matter and often a matter of taste and what you, as the user, finds most comfortable and/or productive. Still, browse through various forums, comment sections or blogs across the internet concerning Unity…

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How FOSS Brought New Life To My Once Linux-Unfriendly Laptop

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Many of you can probably relate to this: that machine, whether it be a laptop or a desktop computer, that just seems to hate any Linux operating system you throw at it. Poor performance, inefficiency or non-working bits of hardware or functionalities seem the norm whenever you try your favourite…

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GOG.com bringing Linux support is a great thing

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Unless you have been living in a cave for the last few weeks, you would have heard about GOG.com (formally known as Good Old Games) finally announcing they will be adding Linux support! I think this is a great thing and here's 5 good reasons why. Now okay, technically, they are (at least initially)…

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Alpine Linux 3.13 Released with Official Cloud Images, Linux 5.10 LTS, and PHP 8.0

Alpine Linux 3.13 is powered by the latest and greatest Linux 5.10 LTS kernel series and introduces ifupdown-ng network device manager as a replacement for BusyBox's ifupdown.

How to Install TensorFlow machine-learning framework on Ubuntu 20.04

TensorFlow is a free and open-source machine-learning platform developed by Google. It helps developers and data scientists simplify the process of implementing machine-learning models.

How to Launch AWS EC2 Instance Using Terraform

Learn how to launch an AWS EC2 instance using Terraform from Ubuntu 20.04. Terraform is an open source "infrastructure as code" command line tool used to manage infrastructure in the cloud.

Deploying a virtual TripleO standalone OpenStack system

A walk-through on how to deploy a virtualized TripleO standalone system, including creating the components needed to launch and connect to a VM.

Bash Background Process Management

Being able to start, manage and destroy background processes is a requirement for many more advanced level tasks, especially in the areas of advanced scripting and process control.

How to Create a KVM Virtual Machine Template

Creating a template involves creating a virtual machine, installing all the requisites packages that you want, and then cleaning up the template.

Raspberry Pi OS Now Supports Epson Printers, Drops Adobe Flash Player

This is the first Raspberry Pi OS release in 2021, introducing support for Epson printers and screen reader support in the Chromium web browser.

The (in)complete Guide To DOCKER FOR LINUX

The purpose of writing these tutorials is to actually make it easy for Docker Enthusiasts to get all the Docker tutorials at one place. You can consider this as a single reference point for all things Docker.

5 advanced rsync tips for Linux sysadmins

Use rsync compression and checksums to better manage file synchronization.

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Beamdog need your help to test Enhanced Editions of Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate

Getting real close to release now is the huge 2.6 upgrade for the Beamdog classic RPGs now including Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition, Baldur's Gate:…

Axiom Verge gets a first ever free update six years later with the Randomizer Mode

While work continues on the sequel, Axiom Verge has a first ever free content update following the release back in 2015 with a new Randomizer Mode.…

Stockholm to host the 2021 CS:GO Major, with the biggest ever prize pool

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Proton 5.13-5 is now up bringing in some of the experimental changes

The Proton compatibility layer for running Windows games on Steam for Linux has levelled up some more with the latest Proton 5.13-5 now available to…

Get a free copy of Bomber Crew during the Humble Winter Sale

How about a free game for the coming weekend? Humble Store has Bomber Crew going free during their new Winter Sale so you can pick up some other…

Prison Architect: Going Green announced for release on January 28

Paradox Interactive and Double Eleven have announced the next expansion and free update for Prison Architect with the Prison Architect: Going Green…

Wine compatibility layer version 6.0 released

Wine, the compatibility layer designed to run Windows games and applications on other systems has a big 6.0 release now officially available with…

Love turn-based strategies? Check out the Turn-Based Tactical Bundle on Steam

It appears that more developers are teaming up to create game bundles on Steam, where you get a couple games from different teams plus a discount to…

What Never Was: Chapter II gets a teaser trailer and a Steam page

What Never Was is a free short, story-driven first-person puzzle-solving adventure that released back in 2019. It was so popular that the developer…

Dead Cells: Fatal Falls releases January 26 and gets a new trailer

Ready for more Dead Cells? I know I am! Motion Twin and Evil Empire have announced the Dead Cells: Fatal Falls expansion will release on January 26.…

Mali Midgard and Bifrost GPUs to get OpenGL 3.1 with Mesa 21.0 - first RC up

With the first Mesa release of 2021 for open source Linux GPU drivers upcoming with Mesa 21.0 hitting the Release Candidate stage, Collabora…

Valve's review of 2020 shows off pretty big numbers - 120 million monthly active users

With 2020 done and out the way, Valve have put up a 'Year in Review' post highlighting a bunch of facts about what people were doing on Steam and…

Kitsune Tails is an upcoming Japanese mythology inspired adventure platformer

From the developer of MidBoss and Super Bernie World (Kitsune Games) and 2064: Read Only Memories (MidBoss, LLC.) comes Kitsune Tails. An adventure…

Grab some indie goodies in the Devolver Digital Hidden Gems Bundle

Need some more games to get you through 2021? The Devolver Digital Hidden Gems Bundle is live up on Steam (again) and comes with some quality…

Shot in the Dark is a clever tough platformer where enemies blend into the background

Shot in the Dark needs you to have good platforming skills, good point and click aiming skills and it's a whole lot of fun if you're up for the…

PRIM looks like an incredible gothic burtonesque adventure with a demo coming soon

Common Colors are currently creating PRIM, a point and click adventure with traditional frame-by-frame animation and a dark gothic style that's…

Dust: The Abandoned Land is a surprising free open-world 2D survival game

Dust: The Abandoned Land is an in-development 2D open-world survival game, one that has a surprising amount of features and you can play it online…

The Ranchers is an upcoming open-world country-life RPG sim

Love your open-world games? How about farming life sims? The Ranchers looks like another great entry into this more casual and laid-back part of the…

Slimbook reveal the Ryzen 7 and RTX 3070 powered Titan

Slimbook, the Linux friendly hardware company that offers Linux as a choice on their hardware has revealed the powerful Titan laptop that's ready for…

Stadia gets Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and HITMAN 3 this month

For the Stadia users amongst our readership: two more big name games will be heading to the Linux and Vulkan powered game streaming service this…

NVIDIA reveal the GeForce RTX 3060, plus lots of GeForce RTX laptops

Today CES continues on with Intel and AMD having their announcements, and now it's NVIDIA up with the GeForce RTX 3060, plus lots of GeForce RTX…

AMD announces Ryzen 5000 Series Mobile CPUs, RDNA 2 GPUs in the first half of 2021

Plenty of AMD news announced today during the digital CES event, with new CPUs and GPUs on the way for this year including the Ryzen 5000 Series…

Revolutionary Games continue building up their free evolution game Thrive

Starting off as nothing but a tiny little cell in a massive world, Thrive is a free and open source evolution sim backed up by the power of science.…

Virtual Reality voxel building game cyubeVR will be supporting Linux in a future build

Minecraft in VR that's a bit more hands on? cyubeVR (pronounced Cube VR) looks absolutely delightful, and the developer has confirmed their full…

Experimental Nintendo Switch emulator yuzu adds Linux AppImage for easier launching

While still highly experimental and quite a hassle to setup legitimately, the Nintendo Switch emulator yuzu is still another fine example of open…

The open source Epic Games Store app Heroic Games Launcher has a big overhaul

Work on Heroic Games Launcher, the open source Linux alternative to the Epic Games Store continues rapid improvements with a huge new release out…

BROK the InvestiGator is an upcoming amusing sounding 'Punch & Click'

We've seen classic point and click adventures but what about merging one with a beat 'em up? Punch & Click appears to be what you get with BROK…

Get ready for more Intel with new processor announcements for ultraportable gaming

While CES has moved online, many companies continue to make announcements and Intel decided to take the time to announce some fresh CPUs coming aimed…

Get your big-screen Linux gaming on with a new GamerOS release

The SteamOS-like big-screen Linux gaming distribution GamerOS has a fresh release out, with some surprising new features integrated and it's looking…

Is opening up your source code worth it? Terry Cavanagh thinks it was for VVVVVV

A lot of game developer still worry about being more open with their code but it seems Terry Cavanagh (VVVVVV, Super Hexagon, Dicey Dungeons)…

Looks like we may see Steam properly on Chrome OS by the end of 2021

In a move that might help boost Linux gaming numbers, it seems Google are still moving forward with their plan to get Steam running properly native…

Fast-paced competitive score-fight platformer Jumpala releases January 19

Yokereba Games have teamed up with publisher Versus Evil for the release of Jumpala, a game that takes competitive platforming and turns it into a…

Monster taming metroidvania Monster Sanctuary looks like it will have a busy 2021

After releasing in late 2020, the monster battling metroidvania mix in Monster Sanctuary was quite a highlight and it's getting bigger and better…

GNOME Shell to get an Activities Overview design revamp in GNOME 40

GNOME Shell is already quite different to how traditional desktop environments feel, and they're planning to mix things up again with some design…

NES-style free chiptune music maker FamiStudio has a new release up

Free, open source and a lot of fun to get mixing, FamiStudio is a wonderful application for making some retro tunes and there's a new release…

Update your NVIDIA drivers due to multiple security issues found

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Wine 6.0 Release Candidate 6 looks like the last before a final release

Wine compatibility layer leader Alexandre Julliard announced the sixth release candidate for Wine 6.0 and it looks like this will be the last before…

Linux Mint 20.1 released, will be supported until 2025

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AMD make switching between Vulkan drivers AMDVLK and RADV easier

On Linux with AMD GPUs you can decide between the RADV and AMDVLK drivers for Vulkan API support, and it appears AMD want to make things a little…

Malmyr is a thoroughly charming city-building logistics puzzler out now

Blending together city-building, resource gathering and logistics into a fine puzzle game Malmyr is worth taking a good look at with a wonderful…

WHAT THE GOLF? is a good question and a highly amusing game

WHAT THE GOLF? A game created by Triband who clearly have no idea what Golf actually is and as it turns out, they created a game that's pretty…

Getting Linux running properly on Apple M1 Silicon has begun with Asahi Linux

Asahi Linux is the name of a new project aiming to get Linux properly supported and working on Apple Silicon, the new ARM based chips designed by…

Epic Games has acquired RAD Game Tools so they now own Bink video and more

Epic Games latest acquisition is RAD Game Tools, one a great many game developers will be familiar with. As confirmed on the official Epic Games news…

Proton Experimental gets Microsoft Flight Simulator VR working on Linux

A fresh update to Proton Experimental has gone live, the special version of the Proton compatibility layer where all the latest features appear…

NVIDIA 460.32.03 released - their first stable driver with official Vulkan Ray Tracing

Now that The Khronos Group has released the official Vulkan Ray Tracing API, which NVIDIA got in early it's all a bit more official with the NVIDIA…

Simple GOG client for Linux 'Minigalaxy' has a small update out

While GOG continue dragging their feet on supporting Linux with GOG Galaxy, you can use the useful Minigalaxy client which is free and open…

Try the pre-alpha of Hyperspace Harvest and run a farm on top of a giant space mammal

Top marks for originality and total quirkiness here. Sleeper Games have a pre-alpha build out and available for Linux of their new title Hyperspace…

The free Settlers II like strategy game Widelands plans a 1.0 release in 2021

Free, open source and actually really good - Widelands was originally inspired by The Settlers II and they've confirmed their plans for a big release…

EVERSPACE 2 begins Early Access soon, full Linux support in 2022

Keeping you up to date on what's happening with the open-world space shooter EVERSPACE 2, it seems it's just about ready to enter Early Access for…

Space exploration game Earth Analog will have Linux support after the initial release

As a lover of all things space and sci-fi, Earth Analog looks like it could be a lot of fun to explore. Funcraft Games have also said it's going to…