Tag Archives: Foss

3 open source alternatives to AutoCAD

By | February 14, 2018

Open source computer-aided design software may not have all the functionality of proprietary solutions, but it may have everything you actually need. CAD—computer-aided design or computer-aided drafting, depending on who you ask—is technology created to make it easier to create specifications for realworld objects. Whether the object you’re building is a house, car, bridge, or… Read More »

How to install Spotify in Ubuntu Linux

By | December 23, 2017

Installing one of the world’s most popular media streaming app.   Since it launch in 2008, Spotify has become a major music, podcast, and video streaming service that have come to be reckoned with. Competing with giants like apple music. Spotify is a web-service that provides digital rights management–protected content from record labels and media companies.   Spotify is a freemium service; basic features are free with advertisements or limitations, while additional features, such as improved streaming quality and music downloads, are offered via paid subscriptions.   Music can be searched for by artist, album, genre, playlist, or record label. Spotify is highly integrated with social media, users can create, edit, and share playlists, share tracks on social media, and make playlists with other users. You can also go through the music collections of friends, artists and celebrities.   Spotify has lived up to expectation as a wonderful web streaming app. It is cross-platform, which means that it’s available for most modern devices, including Windows, macOS, and Linux computers, as well as iOS, Windows Phone and Android smartphones and tablets.   In this post we’d be installing a desktop version of the app available in Linux (a debian package). That is, it is specifically for Debian and debian-based linux operating systems like Ubuntu.   Open the terminal (the command-line interface for linux) in Ubuntu (or any other debian-based linux distro). SHORT CUT: Ctrl + Alt + T. Type in the following commands:   # 1. Add the Spotify repository signing keys to be able to verify downloaded packages:   sudo apt-key adv –keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 –recv-keys 0DF731E45CE24F27EEEB1450EFDC8610341D9410 # 2. Add the Spotify repository echo deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list # 3. Update list of available packages sudo apt-get update # 4. Install Spotify sudo apt-get install spotify-client   You can now enjoy Spotify!!!     Happy Linux’NG!

5 myths busted: Using open source in higher education

How a PhD student finished his degree in fine arts using Linux despite the naysayers. Have you ever heard someone say, “It’s impossible to do X with Linux”? Me too. This is the story of how I busted the myths about open source in my own head and used Linux to finish my PhD in… Read More »

Why Does Open Source Really Matter? It’s about Control, Not Code

A very beautiful piece I would love to share. It would go a long way in answering some lingering questions in the minds of some of those anti-open source advocates. Enjoy below. *** Why is open source software so popular today? You might think it’s about money, open standards or interoperability. Ultimately, however, the most… Read More »

How the internet is strengthening coding communities and e-societies (in Nigeria)

Whether we like it or not, digital technology is making it easier for technology enthusiasts and fanatics alike to create associations and interact in ways not possible before. This has been (in fact still being fueled) by information explosion propagated through the internet. The internet is one of the factors that have catalyzed globalization. It… Read More »

Some challenges for open source software deployment in Nigeria.

Free and Open-source Software (FOSS) is a very important aspect of technological development all over the world. And I have written on how FOSS can be of socio-economic benefit to the country and continent at large. When there is a proliferation of software solutions and frameworks that can easily and quickly deployed with no (or… Read More »

A new vantage point for Canonical’s CEO

From Canonical’s CEO, Jane Silber: “I joined Canonical as COO in 2004, excited by the vision of Ubuntu and the possibilities that could unfold from the software, the collaboration with the open source community, the energy of an international, distributed start-up and the impact it could have on the world. When Mark asked me to… Read More »

An Open Source Collaboration that’s helping kids learn in South Africa.

Following a joint venture by Enterprise Linux, and open source solutions provider, SUSE South Africa and Limpopo Connexion, an Offline Content Project launched which ensures schools get access to educational information even when they have no internet connectivity. This project, which has been running since April 2016, was officially highlighted recently in Polokwane to coincide… Read More »

How to install Java development Kit 8 in Ubuntu Linux

By | February 23, 2017

You’ve probably decided to learn Java as a programming knowledge, or want to test programming Java on the Linux platform. But before your write any code in Java you must fist get you tools together. Aside from a Java text editor or integrated development environment (IDE), and the most important one the Java development kit… Read More »