Issue #242 / Jan 2021

DVD: Ubuntu 20.10 "Groovy Gorilla" and Fedora 33 Workstation

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The weird, wonderful, futuristic world of 3D printing is waiting for you right now if you're willing to invest a little time and energy. This month we help you get started with practical 3D printing in Linux. Also in this month's issue:

  • TOPSIS – Use Python and the TOPSIS urban planning technique to choose the best solution from a group of competing alternatives.
  • Nyttig – Turn your Raspberry Pi into a personal micro server.

Look in MakerSpace for a tutorial on building an electronic Nerf ball game, and check out the Stacer system maintenance tool in this month's Linux Voice.

SERVICE: Welcome

Keep Squawking

Today I'm remembering an episode that happened a few years ago. We are still a proud print publishing company, but, like most publishers, we deliver some of our copies in electronic form through content platforms available for personal computers and mobile devices.

SERVICE: This Month's DVD

Ubuntu 20.10 "Groovy Gorilla" and Fedora 33 Workstation

NEWS: News

In the news: Dell to Enable Privacy Controls for Linux Hardware; Linux Mint Unveils New Packages; Pop!_OS 20.10 Now Supports DEB822 Format; Ubuntu 20.10 with Raspberry Pi Support; SaltStack Acquisition Brings More Automation to VMware; and New Storage Model Could Replace POSIX.

NEWS: Kernel News

This month in Kernel News: Dealing with Older GCC Versions; and On-boarding New Kernel Hackers.

: 3D Printing: A Case Study

Getting started with the Ender 5 Pro 3D printer

Just unpack and get started? It's not so easy with hobby 3D printing.

: 3D Printing: Idea to Object

Going from a sketch to a printed object

How do you get from an idea to a finished printed object? We'll take you through the steps with a glamorous example: a pair of 3D-printed earrings.

REVIEWS: Go Your Own Way

Alternative Linux desktop environments

If you are looking for an alternative desktop interface, Bruce gives a rundown of seven Linux distros with unique desktops worth exploring.


Secure online communication with MOFO Linux

Controls, surveillance, and censorship are increasing rapidly on the Internet. MOFO Linux lets you anonymize your communication on the web with an easy-to-use live system.

: Terminal Tweeter

A command-line Twitter client

If you prefer to work from the command line, Rainbow Stream offers a quick and flexible Twitter client.


Choosing the best alternative with topsis-python

Complex decisions require the evaluation of multiple criteria. This article shows how to support such decisions with Linux, Python, and the TOPSIS Multi-Criteria Decision Model.

NEWS: Shallow Blue

In the absence of an IBM supercomputer at his data center in Germany's Lower Rhine region, Charly has to make do with a Linux desktop, Stockfish, and chs in order to follow in the footsteps of chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov.

: Free Writing Tools

Hacking free software for creative writing

Some tools designed for programming can also be very helpful for writing fiction. A few to look at include personal wikis, random word generators, and version control tools.

: Nyttig

Personal micro server

Turn a Raspberry Pi into a useful personal micro server for streaming Internet radio, reading RSS feeds, jotting down notes, sharing files, and more.

: Book Collector

Finding and retrieving Google Drive files with Go

Mike Schilli does not put books on the shelf; instead, he scans them and saves the PDFs in Google Drive. A command-line Go program then rummages through the digitized books and downloads them as required.

: Netdata

Network monitoring from the cloud

Netdata helps you monitor your network with ease through a cloud dashboard.

: Nerf Target Game

Home-built shooting game with Nerf targets and a Raspberry Pi

A cool Nerf gun game for a neighborhood party provides a lesson in Python coding with multiple processors.

LINUX VOICE: Introduction

This month in Linux Voice.

LINUX VOICE: maddog's Doghouse

Problems with Restrictions

Recent discussions of introducing moral restrictions into free and open source software licensing have maddog remembering all the reasons early developers decided not to go down that road.


Digital House Cleaning

Stacer simplifies the configuration and maintenance of Linux for newcomers by allowing users to handle most of these tasks conveniently in a graphical interface.

LINUX VOICE: Create appealing presentations with Inkscape and JessyInk

Your Feature Presentation

Using Inkscape with the JessyInk add-on helps you to create graphically appealing presentations that can be run in a web browser and are indexable by search engines.

LINUX VOICE: Sparkling gems and new releases from the world of Free and Open Source Software


This month, Graham looks at QGIS, PrettyEQ, dupeGuru,, KTechLab, bit, EmissionControl2, and more!

LINUX VOICE: Manage your assets with Portfolio Performance

Stock Watcher

Portfolio Performance helps you manage and analyze your investment portfolio.

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