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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 »

Can Android flourish WITHOUT Google?

By | January 17, 2018

  That was the question that lurked in the back of my mind when I heard the news of Gaël Duval‘s quest to produce an android mobile operating system (OS) – eelo – with little or no influence from Google as much as possible. A mobile OS that should respect users’ privacy and rights –… 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!

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 »

You and the Shadow of open Source Software

The world of open source is not a distant wonderland where everybody lives happily ever after – as many would like to paint it. Instead of being a far-to-reach utopia, open source is closer to you than you think even more than your shadow – huh, just think about that for a moment. There are… Read More »

Graphics For Linux: The Pinta Image Editor

One beautiful aspect of the software ecosystem in Linux is that there are variety. From office packages to email and design, Linux has it all. For those Linux’ers out there that do having graphics work the world of the popular Graphics Image Manipulator (GIMP) software is paradise. But there some times when you want to… Read More »

First FOSS server in Nigeria courtesy Web4Africa

By | September 6, 2016

I received an email from Web4Africa, yesterday and in it was a news announcement that it has launch the “first FOSS mirror in west Africa at miror.ng”. The happy thing about it is that the project is physically hosted (located) in Nigeria. For those of you who do not know, Web4Africa is a reputable domain… Read More »

Browsing on Ubuntu Linux with Etisalat USB modem

STEP 1 – Plug the Etisalat usb modem into one of the USB port and wait for red the power indicator light on n the modem to turn blue. The modem should be automatically detected and the setup window/wizard should appear. But if not, go to the upper-right side of your desktop an click on… Read More »

Software licensing and FOSS

Since software most of the time is written by somebody (like art: paintings, music, books) and hence it constitute a type of intellectual property that is usually governed by copyright laws. And some countries guide them by patent laws. For a software to be distributed, only the software author could specify the term to do… Read More »

Linux installation: Dual-booting with Windows 7

In a previous post I showed how you can install a Linux distro using the VMware virtualization software. In this post we would do the same thing, but this time installing directly to the computer hard drive along side windows (7). There are some things that should be put in mind first. First make sure… Read More »