A Survey of Init Systems

Init Alternatives

May 25, 2021

While most distros ship with systemd, init alternatives exist. Here are a few of the leading init systems available for Linux.

Newly Wallpapered

Add Variety to your desktop

Dec 23, 2020

Don't let your desktop look boring. With the Variety wallpaper manager, you can easily set up a rotating selection of background images and other customized options.

Tutorial – Ventoy

A tool for distro hoppers

Dec 23, 2020

With Ventoy you can conveniently put multiple bootable ISO images on a single USB drive.

Smart Sort

Looking for an edge with the classic Quicksort algorithm

Mar 25, 2021

If you wanted to assign a flavor to the Quicksort algorithm, it would be sweet and sour. Sweet, because it is very elegant; sour, because typical implementations sometimes leave more questions than they answer.

Hidden Data

Reading and writing metadata from multimedia files

Dec 23, 2020

ExifTool lets you modify and analyze metadata in multimedia files from the command line, but its comprehensive feature set results in a lengthy learning curve. Luckily, jExiftoolGUI offers an intuitive interface that makes using ExifTool easier, even for less experienced users.

Slimming Down

Optimize SVG files for websites

Dec 23, 2020

Inkscape creates W3C-compliant SVG files, but they are usually larger than they need to be for the web. We'll show you how to optimize SVG files for faster load times.

Full Potential

Decoding videos in Firefox with VA-API

Dec 23, 2020

Today's graphics cards not only specialize in quickly drawing graphics on the screen, but they can also speed up video playback, reducing the CPU's load. While Firefox supports this optimization, you must manually enable hardware acceleration to quickly decode video on the browser.

Jail Break

An ASCII puzzle for an escape room challenge

Dec 23, 2020

A digital puzzle presents a challenge for young people in an escape room.

Tiny Extensions

Developing Tiny Core Linux extensions

Dec 23, 2020

Tiny Core Linux does not boast a big repository. Sooner or later, you'll need to create your own extensions to get the most out of Tiny Core. This article shows you how.

Fast and Functional

System resource monitoring with bpytop

Dec 23, 2020

Linux users have many options for monitoring system resources, but bpytop, a new Python port of bashtop, more than stands out from the crowd.

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