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Linux is a family of open source Unix-like operating systems based on the Linux kernel, an operating system kernel first released on September 17, 1991 by Linus Torvalds. Linux is typically packaged in a Linux distribution (or distro for short).

Distributions include the Linux kernel and supporting system software and libraries, many of which are provided by the GNU Project. Many Linux distributions use the word "Linux" in their name, but the Free Software Foundation uses the name GNU/Linux to emphasize the importance of GNU software, causing some controversy.

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I thought I'll make this thread for all of you out there who have questions but are afraid to ask them. This is your chance!

I'll try my best to answer any questions here, but I hope others in the community will contribute too!

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What's up with homebrew that you'd have it installed by default on linux?

I don't understand the appeal of it, can someone help me?

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While Plasma 6.0 was all about getting the migration to the underlying Qt 6 frameworks correct (and what a massive job that was), 6.1 is where developers start implementing the features that will take you desktop to a new level.

In this release, you will find features that go far beyond subtle changes to themes and tweaks to animations (although there is plenty of those too), as you delve into interacting with desktops on remote machines, become more productive with usability and accessibility enhancements galore, and discover customizations that will even affect the hardware of your computer.

These features and more are being built directly into Plasma's Wayland version natively, avoiding the need for third party software and hacky extensions required by similar solutions implemented in X.

Things will only get more interesting from here. But meanwhile enjoy what will land on your desktop with your next update.

Some of the new features:

  • Improved remote desktop support with a new built-in server
  • Overhauled desktop edit mode
  • Restoration of open applications from the previous session on Wayland
  • Synchronization of keyboard LED colors with the desktop accent color
  • Making mouse cursor bigger and easier to find by shaking it
  • Edge barriers (a sticky area for mouse cursor near the edge between screens)
  • Explicit support eliminates flickering and glitches for NVidia graphics card users on Wayland
  • Triple Buffering support for smoother animations and screen rendering
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I have been planning to install Kinoite on my laptop, dual booting with Windows.

However depending on what I read online, it is either not possible, not recommended, tricky to setup or it is just a matter of setting partitions up before installing Kinoite. Broad range of opinions and no good "tutorial" how to do it.

Anyone having direct experience with that?

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submitted 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago) by [email protected] to c/[email protected]
 
 

Hello all,

I have a cool little project I'm doing for myself, I bought a ThinkPad T60 and I'm going to install Libreboot on it. I want it to be themed and look as close as possible to Windows XP. I plan on installing Trisquel and building Cinammon DE from source (they don't have it in the repositories), and then theming it from there. I'm wondering, can I change the bootsplash to the animated Windows XP loading screen?

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submitted 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago) by [email protected] to c/[email protected]
 
 

I use the following oneliner to switch sinks:

wpctl set-default $(pw-cli i $(pactl list short sinks | awk '{print $2}' | sd 'easyeffects_sink\n' '' | sd "$(pactl get-default-sink)\n" '' | rg '.' || echo "$(pactl get-default-sink)" | tofi --prompt-text " " --height 40% --width 40% --auto-accept-single true ) | rg -oP 'id: \K\w+') && notify-send --urgency=low --icon=/usr/share/icons/Flat-Remix-Red-Dark/panel/audio-volume-high-symbolic.svg "$(pactl list sinks | rg -A 1 "Name: $(pactl get-default-sink)" | rg Description: | sd ' Description: ' '')" -h string:x-canonical-private-synchronous:sink-state && pw-play --volume=0.2 /usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/audio-volume-change.oga &!

This is great, however, i'd like it if the sink menu showed the descriptions for selection instead of the actual sink names

I've started a script like the following:

RET=$(pactl list sinks | rg Description: | sd '	Description: ' '') | tofi
case $RET in
	pactl list sinks | rg Description: | sd '	Description: ' '') pactl list short sinks | awk '{print $2}'
esac

but that doesn't seem to work at all, any ideas for how to get this working?

edit: I found a better solution

$sinkswitch = wpctl set-default $(pw-cli i $(pactl list sinks | rg --fixed-strings -B 1 "$(pactl list sinks | rg Description: | sd ' Description: ' '' | sd 'Easy Effects Sink' '' | sd --fixed-strings "$(pactl list sinks | rg -A 1 "Name: $(pactl get-default-sink)" | rg Description: | sd ' Description: ' '')" '' | rg '.' || echo "$(pactl list sinks | rg -A 1 "Name: $(pactl get-default-sink)" | rg Description: | sd ' Description: ' '')" | tofi --prompt-text " " --height 40% --width 40% --auto-accept-single true )" | rg Name: | awk '{print $2}' ) | rg -oP 'id: \K\w+') && notify-send --urgency=low --icon=/usr/share/icons/Flat-Remix-Red-Dark/panel/audio-volume-high-symbolic.svg "$(pactl list sinks | rg -A 1 "Name: $(pactl get-default-sink)" | rg Description: | sd ' Description: ' '')" -h string:x-canonical-private-synchronous:sink-state && pw-play --volume=0.2 /usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/audio-volume-change.oga &!

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tl;dr

Editing;

$photoortexteditoryoulike $(find / -iname incompletefilenam*)

Running;

exec $(find / -iname incompletepackagenam*)

Interacting (copying, moving, etc);

$desiredinteraction $(find / -iname desiredfileorpackag*) /desired/output/directory

It may be a "not-so-attractive" tip for most of you, but I find it really useful when I want to edit a specific file (that is located alongside several ones, like a picture or a text file). Or when I've finished compiling something and I want to find the binary file asap. Saves me lots of time on really slow pcs (like a rpi zero).

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I just bought a new computer. I'll install fedora silverblue. Do I just need to copy the home directory? And crontab. What else do I need to move?

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I need some help finding a distro for a very old machine.

It's my family's old desktop with 2001 components (bought in 2004) and a Pentium CPU that is NOT i686. I checked the exact model and architecture once but I don't remember it now. The only thing I remember is that it's not i686 so 99% of modern 32 bit distros don't work on it (stuck right after grub).

The machine has 1 Gb of DDR1 RAM though so I think it may be useful or at least fun to play around with.

Now it's on Windows XP that runs quite well but doesn't support modern SSL certificates so it can't browse the internet (idk how to fix it ok?).

A long time ago I tried to run multiple distros in live mode on it and got only one (Puppy) to work. Display, sound, ethernet and pretty much everything worked fine. GPU seemed to be an issue though because NVidia and I couldn't install the driver (it was skill issue and I think it's possible to do). But now it doesn't work for some reason.

Are there any Linux distros or other operating systems (preferably not deprecated) that I can install on it? And btw it does have bootable USB support.

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I took some photos at an event and I need to go through them and get rid of the bad ones (eyes closed, things in the shot, out of focus, blurred etc.) I'm not a pro photographer so no idea where to begin with photo apps. I've used RawTherapee and Gimp a bit.

What app will let me quickly browse the photos and handle (delete/tag) photo formats together (both the RAW and the JPG)?

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I have a fedora with GNOME. When i want to use a mod key in virtual machine in GNOME Boxes my main os captures it and shows workspaces. What should I do to use mod key inside a virtual machine in GNOME Boxes?

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I'm running OpenSUSE leap 15.5, When I was on the linux mint, I was using warpinator but using it on openSUSE is troublesome and I wish there was a linux version of blip but unfortunately there is not.

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I setup a Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 for my Dad with Fedora 40 Kinoite. He wants a basic stylus but I don't know anything about them. All the info I can find on the product page is saying that you can use an "active pen." What am I looking for in a stylus to let me know if it'll work? The Dell and Wacom stylus' say they're for Windows. Do these stylus' need software to work and thus be stuck only working on Windows? Do they actually work on a firmware level? If you know of any that work I'm down for suggestions too.

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I am running Kubuntu 24.04 and I have an issue I can't seem to figure out. I am using my onboard intel sound card with optical output. The sound is great, but every 5-10 minutes the sound turns into a loud mess of noise (its hard to describe, kinda like static).

After some tinkering I have determined that what is happening is the sound card is outputting volume much higher than expected. If I turn the volume down to just above mute, I can hear the sound normally its just badly over-driven. The volume levels in my mixer look fine, so I'm really confused. If I am in firefox, muting the sound for about 10 seconds will resolve the issue when I unmute, but if I am playing a game, I have to quit to fix it.

I've been searching the web for several days and found a couple possible solutions that involve disabling snd_hda_intel powersaving modes via module options. But they have had no effect.

I also found one article with a nearly exact description of my issue on Archlinux forums, but the guy never figured it out, it just started working after an update one day.

Is there anything else I can try to fix this?

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