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Just because a program is free and open source doesn't mean that it's good. Unless you're Clementine that is; an intense media player for Windows, Mac and Linux. || Add me: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+NixiePixel/ See how it stacks up to the competition!
My final review in the battle of open source operating systems; Sailfish. Many of you thought that MeeGo had a good thing going before it was canceled a couple years ago. Have no fear! Sailfish has risen from the ashes of MeeGo and proves to be even better still. || Add me: http://plus.google.com/+NixiePixel/
Regular Expressions rock. They are an ultra-powerful search pattern language that almost anyone can learn, whether you are into programming or not. || Add me: http://plus.google.com/+NixiePixel/
Useful bash commands in terminal:
GUI for Regular Expressions / Regex :
Kodos (geared towards PCRE standard; python, perl, php - free and open source)
more robust and open platform (but paid, NOT open source)
For the 1st time in the history of Linux gaming, we have the trifecta. Hardware support, digital distribution, game engines all working together... I may be a bit excited. || Add me here: http://bit.ly/nixgoogleplus
GDC Intro music by Bill Kiley: http://billkiley.bandcamp.com"
Tizen claims to be more open than Android. Unlike it's peers Ubuntu Touch and Firefox, Tizen 2.0 was designed for high end phones. Versatile, high performance and open source? || Add me : http://facebook.com/nixiepixel This Samsung - Intel team is making a lot of promises, let's see if they can deliver.
I continue the battle of open source OS's with a more developed project, Firefox OS. (previously named B2G ; Boot to Gecko) It's the new mobile pride and joy of Mozilla.. Let's see how it stacks up to the competition. || Add me: http://plus.google.com/+NixiePixel/
Is Ubuntu on our phones seem like a dream come true. But with Android dominating the Linux mobile space, what can Ubuntu Touch really bring to the market? Add me: http://plus.google.com/+NixiePixel/ Find out this week on OS.ALT as I begin my open source mobile operating system BATTLE ROYALE... n' stuff. =)
I should have known better to have you ask me anything. You definitely didn't hold back and so I'm not going to either - here are the more tame (yet equally popular) FAQ from me to you! If you like this style, I'll get to some of the more... challenging ones when I don't have the zombie plague.
Be your own Success Kid with these 4 must-have open source applications! Works on Linux, PC and Mac. || Add Me: http://bit.ly/nixgoogleplus || Resources and Software Info (in order of appearance)
Plone - http://plone.org/
KeePass - http://keepass.info/download.html
GnuCash - http://gnucash.org/
This week I'm showing you some tried and true ways to get the most performance out of your Ubuntu box. Add me: || http://bit.ly/nixgoogleplus Code used in Video (in order of appearance)
* Show Hidden Startup Apps:
sudo sed -i "s/NoDisplay=true/NoDisplay=false/g" /etc/xdg/autostart/*.desktop
* Install Preload from Software Center
* Change Swappiness Value
1. Run terminal
2. Enter following line to see current swappiness value
(default value in Ubuntu for swappiness is 60)
3. Open file /etc/sysctl.conf in a text editor, I did
4. nter the following parameter
# Decrease swappiness value
5. Save the file and restart the computer
Whether you're a veteran or new to playing games on Steam, the Linux Steam beta is a new experience all on its own. Add me: http://facebook.com/nixiepixel Here's my review of the beta, outlining all the features that Valve has to offer with it's steam client.
Valve has finally opened the steam beta for ALL Linux users to download, install and play. Learn how to install steam on your machine with this quick tutorial! Add me: https://plus.google.com/+NixiePixel/
First download the .deb files for your installation located here: http://media.steampowered.com/client/installer/steam.deb
Hardware specifications and more here:
Though gz, tar, zcat and gunzip sound like names of rejected superheroes, they're actually part of a really powerful archive and compression tool in Linux. || Add me: http://twitter.com/nixiepixel - Learn about tar and more with my terminal tutorial
You've probably heard - Netflix works on Linux! Yes, installing Netflix on Linux has become easier, but we still need to use the cmd line. (COMMANDS BELOW) || Add me: http://facebook.com/nixiepixel || Let me show you the easy way to watch Netflix on Ubuntu, Mint and Fedora!
Netflix in Ubuntu clips courtesy of Buzzinh, http://youtube.com/watch?v=Kdk2URwS4rs&feature=share&list=UUQ7h7vfvbGE3TIrthsMFa0Q
To install on Ubuntu / Mint -
$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop
For Fedora (only 32 bit systems)
You need wget first:
su -c 'yum -y install wget'
wget -c http://sourceforge.net/projects/postinstaller/files/data/Netflixplayer.tar.gz
tar -xvzf Netflixplayer.tar.gz
su -c 'sh Netflixplayer.sh'
Running Netflix from cmd line:
Finally, Netflix for Linux runs easily, Munich saves millions by switching to LiMux, and San Francisco girl shows us what an open source sex toy is really like. Giggity. || Add me: https://plus.google.com/+NixiePixel/ More references:
Netflix works wonders on Ubuntu, for real - http://iheartubuntu.com/2012/11/ppa-for-netflix-desktop-app.html
Munich saves millions by switching to Linux - http://itworld.com/operating-systems/321474/switching-linux-saves-munich-over-11-million
More about the epic hands-free vibrator of glory (thanks to scanlime) : "This is a prototype hands-free remote which uses a sonar beam to control a vibrator wirelessly.
The vibrator itself is manufactured by LELO. This remote takes the place of the manufacturer's original remote, sending its own data directly to the vibrator via 2.4 GHz radio.
Blog post with lots more details: http://scanlime.org/2012/11/hacking-my-vagina/
Source code and CAD models are available on Github, under a CC-BY-SA license:
Get ready, get set, it's wget! The most robust command to download all your favorite videos, music and media in every way imaginable. For Linux, Mac and Windows alike! || Join the chat: https://plus.google.com/+NixiePixel/ ||
wget for windows: http://users.ugent.be/~bpuype/wget/#download
wget for mac:
wget for linux:
Doing things a bit differently today since there's so much linux news to be shared! So in the FOSS spirit, here's this week in open source. Enjoy! Join the chat: https://plus.google.com/+NixiePixel/
Sources (listed in order of appearance)
- Ubuntu and Amazon Make Uneasy Bedfellows: http://linuxinsider.com/story/76282.html
- FOSS' Fight Against China's Free-as-in-Pirated Syndrome : http://linuxinsider.com/story/FOSS-Fight-Against-Chinas-Free-as-in-Pirated-Syndrome-76451.html
- Security: It's Not You, Android - It's Your Apps - http://linuxinsider.com/story/Its-Not-You-Android---Its-Your-Apps-76454.html
The Linux gaming scene is continuing to look more promising, and recent news reinforces this. Except for some negative opinions about Steam on Linux.. What do you think? https://plus.google.com/+NixiePixel/ The most recent indie bundle, Humble Bundle 6, is full of great Linux games and recently added 4 more indie games to the bundle. With Obsidian adding Linux as a stretch goal to Project Eternity, and more Steam on Linux news, things are looking great for Linux gaming!
We've known for a while that Valve is bringing Steam to Linux. One of the most exciting Steam projects for Linux gamers is... || Join the chat: http://bit.ly/nixgoogleplus || Steam Greenlight, where we, the gamers, can vote on which games we want to see made. In this week's OS.ALT I discuss Steam Greenlight and how it impacts Linux Games.
Disclaimer: I like John Carmack, he's an intelligent and strong-willed businessman. I just had to set him straight on a few things. What do you think? http://bit.ly/nixgoogleplus
Watch his full keynote from Quakecon 2012 here (if you have the stamina): http://youtu.be/wt-iVFxgFWk
Free access to Jackthreads for watching: http://jackthreads.com/osalt
Join the chat: http://plus.google.com/u/0/+NixiePixel || The heart of the home theater PC is its media center software. This is one area where free and open source applications shine - some of the top HTPC programs, home automation systems, and operating systems are FOSS. Check out this week's OS.ALT for my thoughts on some of the very best, including mythtv, xbmc media center, and LinuxMCE.
Free Audiobook for watching! http://bit.ly/nixie-audible
From a free antivirus to a sweet FTP - there are many ways to improve the performance of your computer for free! In this OS ALT I talk about some of the best open source utility software available today. Join the chat: http://bit.ly/nixgoogleplus
Get the Free Utility Software here:
FileZilla - http://filezilla-project.org/
Clamtk / Clamav - http://clamtk.sourceforge.net/
Wireshark - http://wireshark.org/
Windirstat - http://sourceforge.net/projects/windirstat/
Kdirstat - https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/k4dirstat/
Gparted - http://gparted.sourceforge.net/
By popular request I'll be providing a couple of tutorials to help solve some problems you have identified... || Add me: http://bit.ly/nixgoogleplus || This week I go over how to fix the black screen some Ubuntu users have seen with the latest version, especially for people with Intel HD graphics.
Valve's recent announcement that Left 4 Dead 2 runs better on Ubuntu than on Windows has caused a lot of excitement and controversy. || Free Audio book just for watching!http://audiblepodcast.com/osalt || Pre-order the gaming console here: http://ouya.tv/ Also, there's some amazing partnerships and games coming to the Android video game console, OUYA!
The Ouya is a $99, open, totally hackable Android-based console with a touchscreen controller, and free to play games. S
For Linux, Mac and Windows! While most free and open source games don't have the production values of big AAA titles, that doesn't mean that the perception that they all "suck" is true. || Join the chat! http://twitter.com/nixiepixel || In this week's OS.ALT I talk about five of the most addicting open source games available to be downloaded free today.
UFO: Alien Invasion - http://ufoai.sourceforge.net/
Nethack - http://nethack.org/
OpenTTD - http://openttd.org/en/
Battle for Wesnoth - http://wesnoth.org/
In honor of meeting Beefy Miracle in person last week, I have reviewed the latest Fedora release. What other distros would you like reviewed? || Free access to Jackthreads for watching this show: http://jackthreads.com/osalt || Rich with features, including some exciting new cloud service applications, and great for developers, Fedora 17 is an RPM-based linux distribution making a big splash. You know that I am an Ubuntu/Debian girl at heart, so check out what I think of Beefy Miracle in this week's OSALT.
Get Fedora Here: http://fedoraproject.org/get-fedora
Fedora Community support: http://fedoraforum.org/
Ubuntu vs Fedora
The open source movement has many proponents, and the Open Source Initiative, or OSI, has been key to its momentum. || Join the chat: http://bit.ly/nixgoogleplus || In this week's OS.ALT you can see my interview from oscon with Simon Phipps from the OSI. We talk about what the OSI is, what changes are happening to its structure, and how everyone can now both support and benefit from the Open Source Initiative!
So you've finished your Ubuntu install. Now what? You probably want to feel more at home with your new operating system, so here are a few tips on what you can do after installing Ubuntu...|| Join the chat: http://bit.ly/nixgoogleplus || Like installing flash player (so you can watch Youtube videos!), multimedia codecs, changing settings such as your icons and wallpaper, and setting up Ubuntu One.
Ventrilo and Teamspeak are the most popular game voice chat programs, but are they the best? Not many people have heard of Mumble, but you should listen to the hype about it. || Join the chat: http://twitter.com/nixiepixel || As far as in-game VOIP apps go, Mumble (and its server Murmur) are excellent choices, and they are free and open source software! Check out this week's episode of OS.ALT for my review.
Download Mumble for Linux, Mac and Windows here: http://mumble.sourceforge.net/
At a recent Linux Aalto University talk Linus Torvalds, on camera, dropped an f-bomb and flipped NVidia the bird. You can see that here along with my opinion of.. || Join the chat: http://bit.ly/nixgoogleplus || of Why Linus is dissatisfied with NVidia's Linux support, the state of gaming on Linux, and what linux drivers and hardware has to do with it.
*What you can use to help your game in Linux*
On live: http://onlive.com/
Humble Indie Bundle: http://humblebundle.com/
Kick starter: http://kickstarter.com/discover/categories/games
List of Current Programs using OpenGL:
Linus video clip used:
"Aalto Talk with Linus Torvalds, hosted by Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) in Otaniemi on June 14, 2012. Linus was interviewed by Will Cardwell and followed with a Q&A session with the audience. "
Browser Battle time... Chrome vs Firefox - FIGHT! We're not talking just speed folks, this should be everything you need to know to make an informed choice, SCORE! || Join the chat: http://bit.ly/nixgoogleplus ||
Google Chrome (source code released by the Chromium project) has been steadily gaining market share, and is now a very close second to Internet Explorer in usage. Firefox is a close third. So how do these free browsers stack up against each other?
Benchmarks and speedtests - Firefox 13 vs Chrome 19
Worked hard on this one. =o) There's been a lot of controversy around choosing Unity over Gnome 3.. || Join the chat: http://twitter.com/nixiepixel || ..and many of you have requested my opinion. Since recent releases, Ubuntu has used Unity as its default desktop environment. In this week's episode of OS.ALT I describe the important differences for you, and what the improvements found in the latest version of Unity released with Ubuntu 12.04 mean in comparison with Gnome 3. Hint: Ubuntu 12.04 really floored me, in no small part due to Unity and the HUD.
Both Steam and Source have been rumored to be coming to Linux for years. Linux games are probably the biggest need when it comes to Linux software. || Join the chat: http://facebook.com/nixiepixel || And having people adopt OS's like Ubuntu for their desktops at home. | So Valve's recent announcement that Steam & Source will soon be running natively on Linux is a huge deal for gamers like me. I can't wait to load up Steam in Ubuntu - check out this episode of OS.ALT for more of my thoughts!
Valve Needs Linux Developers:
Great Website on Linux Gaming:
After three years of hard work the latest, GIMP 2.8 image editor has finally been released. Does it live up to such high expectations? || Join the chat: http://bit.ly/nixgoogleplus || Get GIMP here: http://gimp.org/ || The GNU Image Manipulation Program is a free and open source picture / photo editor which has generally been regarded as a poor comparison with Adobe Photoshop. Check out this week's episode of OS.ALT for my review of GIMP 2.8 to see how I think the new version turned out.
Adding the GIMP ppa for 2.8:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gimp
Free 15 Day Gamefly - http://gamefly.com/osalt