Features

Mermaid

Drawing on Command

May 31, 2018

Mermaid lets you create diagrams from simple text-based statements.

soundKonverter and fre:ac

Refound Sound

May 31, 2018

Transfer the contents of audio CDs to your PC and convert the contents of music folders with soundKonverter and fre:ac.

Open Source Prosthetics

The Hidden Revolution

Jun 12, 2018

Open source software and hardware quietly transforms the field of human prosthetics.

Treasure Chest

Anonymous communication with PirateBox

Apr 27, 2018

PirateBox provides an easily accessible server for files, chats, and forum posts for meetings of all kinds. The system works without logins and protocols, so users remain anonymous.

Tutorials – Minetest

Building your own nodes and mods in Minetest

May 31, 2018

Minetest is much more than a clone of a certain popular proprietary game. It offers infinite customization that allows you to create blocks, objects, fun educational exercises, and even games within the game, dishing up features well beyond those of any other closed source alternative.

Programming Snapshot – Probability

Shared birthdays among party guests

Apr 27, 2018

At a party with 23 guests, having two guests with the same birthday in more than 50 percent of cases may sound fairly unlikely to amateur mathematicians. Armed with statistical methods, party animal Mike Schilli sets out to prove this claim.

Three in One

Red Hat's Jim Perrin contrasts the company's three sponsored Linux projects

May 31, 2018

Swapnil sorts through the complex relationships of CentOS, Fedora, and RHEL with Red Hat's Jim Perrin.

Choosing an Ebook Manager

Buka, Calibre, and Lucidor

May 29, 2018

When it comes to organizing your online reading materials, the three main contenders on Linux are Buka, Calibre, and Lucidor. Read on to find out which one is right for you.

Command Line – BorgBackup

Your files will be assimilated

Apr 04, 2018

In Star Trek, the Borg adds individuals to its collective consciousness, an apt metaphor for any backup application that stores individual files in an archive. BorgBackup creates folder repositories for multiple archives, making it an especially befitting description of assimilation.

Tutorial – gpsd

Location, Location, Location

Apr 04, 2018

Even though your computer does not come with its own GPS, you can hack one onto it using a mobile phone. Although, it does take quite a bit of fiddling.

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