Features

Tutorial – Plasma

Pretty (Inter)face

Nov 29, 2018

If you want features, bells and whistles, and configurability in spades, your best choice of desktop is probably KDE's Plasma desktop. Navigating and discovering all that's on offer can be a challenge, though.

Charly’s Column – Sysdig

Alpha Beast

Feb 21, 2018

In this issue, sys admin columnist and tool veterinarian Charly Kühnast invites Sysdig, the jack-of-all-trades among system diagnostic tools, into his surgery for a quick checkup. The project promises to unite the functionality of lsof, iftop, netstat, tcpdump, and others.

Many Branches

Manage and share files with Git

Oct 31, 2018

Software projects often comprise several code branches, some of which exist in parallel. Git supports community code development through remote repositories and code branching.

The Year 2018 in Open Hardware

Emerging Markets

Dec 11, 2018

2018 saw several open hardware projects reach fruition. Where the open hardware movement goes from here, remains to be seen.

TreeTime

Mind-mapping tools

Oct 04, 2018

Mind maps are designed to help display processes and projects clearly in a graphical format. This review explores the design possibilities offered by five mind map programs.

Tutorials – Cordova Sensor

Sensor & Sensoribility

Oct 04, 2018

Frameworks like Cordova make creating simple mobile apps quite easy. Making apps that use your phone's sensor is slightly trickier, but, thanks to a new universal standard, things are not as hard as you may think.

Tutorials – Docker

Docker 101

Aug 30, 2018

You might think Docker is a tool reserved for gnarly sys admins, useful only to service companies that run complicated SaaS applications, but that is not true: Docker is useful for everybody.

Tutorials – FFmpeg

Video Wizardry

Nov 30, 2017

Linux has some excellent graphical video-editing tools, but sometimes working from the command line with FFmpeg is just better.

Open Source Tools for Writers

The Writer’s Toolbox

Nov 27, 2018

When it comes to writing, using the right tools can free you up to focus on your content.

Tutorials – ODF Metadata

Metadata in ODF Files

Aug 30, 2018

It is no secret that the native file format of LibreOffice and OpenOffice, the OpenDocument Format (ODF), is a truly open standard for word processing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. What most people do not know is that ODF files contain lots of metadata that is very easy to read or modify.

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