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 »
A fundamental design flaw in Intel’s processor chips has forced a significant redesign of the Linux and Windows kernels to defang the chip-level security bug. Programmers are scrambling to overhaul the open-source Linux kernel’s virtual memory system. Meanwhile, Microsoft is expected to publicly introduce the necessary changes to its Windows operating system in an upcoming… Read More »
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!
There are a couple of ways to get (install) software package(s) or applications (apps) installed in Ubuntu. The common way is through the Ubuntu software centre. This process is the easiest. It is basically point-and-click style. Many of the intricacies involve in the process are abstracted from the view of the Linux user. But some… Read More »
Amid the big cash and fierce corporate jockeying around Linux, it’s the developers who truly give the operating system its vitality. The Linux community works, it turns out, because the Linux community isn’t too concerned about work, per se. As much as Linux has come to dominate many areas of corporate computing – from HPC… Read More »
Foxit PDF Reader (FPR) is a very sophisticated cross-platform PDF reader with rich features. It makes reading portable document format (PDF) documents/files enjoyable in many ways. And most importantly it’s free of to download. Apart from it basic functions of creating, editing, and viewing PDF documents. Foxit Reader has awesome features like; * Encrypt and digitally signing documents. * Multiple document tab viewing (my favourite). And so many more. Note: there are some features that are available in the Windows version which are absent in the ubuntu version (e.g. The text-to-speech, TTS, feature – at least out-of-the-box). INSTALL FOXIT ON UBUNTU STEP 1: Go to the Foxit website and download the binary package for the Linux distribution (distro) you’re using. (For this post I would be demonstrating on Ubuntu 16). The file should be in this format: FoxitReader_version_setup.run.tar.gz (FoxitReader2.4.1.0609_Server_x64_enu_Setup.run.tar.gz). STEP 2: After a successful downloading, extract the the compressed archive. By right-clicking on the archive and the selecting “Extract here” from the drop-down options (To learn how to extract compressed archives on the command line read this). STEP 3: The extraction creates an executable file (FoxitReader2.4.1.0609_Server_x64_enu_Setup.run). Simply double click on the executable file and follow the installation steps on the screen. Happy Linux’NG!
Microsoft announced at its Build 2017 developer conference earlier this year that Ubuntu would be heading to the Windows Store, and now the popular Linux distribution (distro) is available to download. Ubuntu — like SUSE Linux and Fedora, the other two forthcoming Linux distros heading to the store — runs in a sandbox alongside Windows… Read More »
In three simple steps. The Opera browser is one very common browser in Africa when it comes to usage on mobile devices (phones and tablets). But on the desktop/laptop placement its not so prominent. Apart from the fact that the popular windows installation comes with it default edge (and Internet Explorer) browser, only a “relatively”… Read More »
The MySQL database server can be administered using the command line, by running commands in the terminal. But it is more convenient and less tedious to use a graphical user interface (phpmyadmin) – most especially for those who are not comfortable with entering commands on a terminal. phpMyAdmin is a free and open source GUI… Read More »
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 »