Thursday, 30 April 2020
Tuesday, 28 April 2020
Canonical's Livepatch allows you to install kernel updates without a system reboot. First introduced in Ubuntu 16.04 it is a great utility for servers to maximise uptime and reduce server restarts. It also works on desktops, where kernel restarts can be just as inconvenient.
Sunday, 26 April 2020
How many of these have you seen in the wild so far this year?
Friday, 24 April 2020
snapd. It will install whatever you ask it based on the software in its catalogue - any whatever is the 'best' format - Snaps first.
Monday, 20 April 2020
And in his 2015 TED Talk, the one and only Bill Gates outlined the lessons we needed to learn from the 2014 Ebola near-miss. Just in case another global pandemic should strike...
Snaps, Flatpacks or Debs? No idea what I'm talking about? These are the three competing package management, hm, 'standards'(?) currently supported in Ubuntu Linux.
Ubuntu draws from the Debian repositories upstream to assemble and add to the distribution, as do a slew of other Linux distributions from Mint to Puppy and many between. The default package format for all of these is the .deb. So why do we need the others?
Saturday, 18 April 2020
Thursday, 16 April 2020
Cutting to the chase, then, PayPal offers 3 Account Types: personal, business and premier. All PayPal accounts allow you to send and receive payments, so what's the difference?
Tuesday, 14 April 2020
It may not be radical or sexy, but Gnome Shell doesn't support desktop icons natively and while I don't use a lot, I do park certain things on the desktop where I don't have to go clicking around to find them. RC
Monday, 13 April 2020
Ubuntu AppIndicators; this a mock extension which is an alias for the extension KStatusNotifierItem/AppIndicator Support.
Sunday, 12 April 2020
Frippery Applications Menu.
Saturday, 11 April 2020
Dash to Panel.
This is an icon taskbar for Gnome-Shell, which moves the dash into the Gnome main panel. The application launchers and system tray are combined into a single panel, similar to that found in KDE Plasma and Windows 7+. A separate dock is no longer needed for easy access to pinned and running applications.
Friday, 10 April 2020
Previously known as Tweak Tool, this extension is a graphical interface for advanced GNOME 3 settings. Yes, you could dive into several configuration files and edit things painfully in Vi, but why would you...?
Thursday, 9 April 2020
Wednesday, 8 April 2020
ditched Ubuntu for Debian for five years from 2013 to 2018, was my inability to contend with the Unity desktop. Clunky, clumsy and unintuitive, it simply got in my way.
That wasn't the only reason, Canonical made quite a few questionable technical and commercial decisions in the run up, but Unity really set the cap on it.
Tuesday, 7 April 2020
2020 so far: fire, flood, almost WWIII, plague and pestilence. I can do without living through a moment of history, thank you. Although the alternative of not living through it is equally unappealing...
Often times various browser-based video downloaders, even the good ones, fail to penetrate YouTube's byzantine front-end to access all the formats available.
This is where the terminal-based Youtube-dl is able to query the server directly to get exactly what you want. And, for a terminal based tool, it is simplicity itself.