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Rumors of COBOL's demise have been greatly exaggerated: Meet GnuCOBOL

LinuxToday - Sat, 2016-06-18 00:00

 COBOL? Yes COBOL isn't dead - not by a long shot.

How a student in India got started with open source

LinuxToday - Fri, 2016-06-17 23:00

In this interview, Trishna Guha explains how an open source community in India taught her to become a successful developer.

Fedora 24 feature: Upgrading with the Software app

LXer - Fri, 2016-06-17 22:33
Shortly after the Fedora 24 release, you can upgrade to the newest Fedora Workstation using the built-in Software app (gnome-software). The Software app has always provided the ability to process updates. But to upgrade to the latest Fedora — for example, Fedora 22 to... Continue Reading →

Rip Audio CD and Play on Spotify for Linux

Reddit - Fri, 2016-06-17 22:32

I started to use Spotify a few weeks ago and noted that some tracks I have on physical CDs aren't available on the platform for me, then I started to work on ripping them to be able to use on my playlists.

I am having a hard time trying to make this ripped tracks available as Local Files on Spotify on a Linux computer.

I am running Debian Scratch (testing), tried to RIP using Sound Juicer, Goobox, RipperX and ABCDE.

Sound Juicer can make ogg and m4a files, if I try to select mp3 it tells that the profile isn't available on my installation. This is probably because lame and gstream interation. I was not able to find gstreamer1.0-lame package on the deb-multimedia repository.

Goobox only generates ogg also, could not find any option to change it to mp3.

It is known that Spotify don't support ogg files from local storage, even that it uses ogg on the stream. ogg files simply don't show on the interface.

I tried to make m4a with Sound Juicer, and mp3 with ABCDE and RipperX. On all tries, the files shows on the desktop client, but if I try to play the file, it segfaults.

I added the m4a files on a playlist and configured it as offline on my Android phone. The file was downloaded and played well on the phone, if I change the listening device to computer, it crashes. Same thing happened with mp3 files made by RipperX and ABCDE.

For now, I am adding the local folder on the preferences, managing the playlist, syncing with mobile devices and then removing the folder from the preferences, this way desktop client don't try to play it (as it would crash if it do) and my mobile phone already synced file can be played.

Does anybody else have a solution for this?

Best regards,


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Would snaps allow for a fully portable application?

Reddit - Fri, 2016-06-17 22:12

Could I stick it on a flash drive and use it between different linux OS's? Also, are there 32/64 bit versions of snaps, how is that going to play into the universal nature of snaps?

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30 days in a terminal: Day 1 - The essentials

LinuxToday - Fri, 2016-06-17 22:00

 NetworkWorld: In today's world, is it possible to live 100% in a Linux shell with no GUIs?

How a student in India got started with open source

LXer - Fri, 2016-06-17 21:36
Many of us aspire to contribute to open source projects, but only a few are able to actually do it. We're all perennially short of time, and we're always prioritizing. But how do the people who actually contribute to projects find time? What is it that they know and others don't?read more

The safest way to remove old Kernels in Ubuntu

LinuxToday - Fri, 2016-06-17 21:00

 ostechnix: The purge-old-kernels utility will safely remove old Kernels from your Ubuntu systems.a

Open Source Agriculture

LXer - Fri, 2016-06-17 20:39
An open source tool, the Food Computer, is being developed at MIT that can be used to create, save, and share climates for growing crops, maximized for nutrition, yield and taste, regardless of location or season.

Android applications on Chrome browser in linux

Reddit - Fri, 2016-06-17 20:29

Now that android applications can be loaded and run in Chrome OS, what is preventing them from being run on Chrome browser? What other components of Chrome OS do we need to run android applications in a chrome browser on a linux machine?

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Canonical's and Red Hat's Shameful War Against One Another... and Against the Already-Marginalised Linux Media

LinuxToday - Fri, 2016-06-17 20:00

 techrights: I wouldn’t be the first person to state that the GNU/Linux world can be harsh and brutal.

KDE Plasma 5.7 Beta Release

TuxMachines - Fri, 2016-06-17 19:47

This release brings an all-new login screen design completing the Breeze startup experience we trialed in Plasma 5.6. The layout has been tidied up and is more suitable for workstations that are part of a domain or company network. The Air and Oxygen Plasma themes which we still fully support for users that prefer a more three-dimensional design have also been improved.

Also: KDE Plasma 5.7 Beta Released

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Canonical's and Red Hat's Shameful War Against One Another... and Against the Already-Marginalised Linux Media

LXer - Fri, 2016-06-17 19:41
In an effort to trip each other up and in order to become the ‘industry standard’, Canonical and Red Hat hurt each other and alienate the media (what’s left of it)

KDE Plasma 5.7 Beta Released

Phoronix - Fri, 2016-06-17 19:40
KDE developers quietly released the Plasma 5.7 beta on Thursday for offering a new glimpse at the experience ahead of its official debut in July...

KDE Plasma 5.7 Beta Release

Reddit - Fri, 2016-06-17 19:29

Why does app installation in linux still suck?

Reddit - Fri, 2016-06-17 19:27

Don't get me wrong - I mean all due respect. Linux is amazing and offers something for everyone. But if we take an honest look at it, the process of installing an application in linux is stuck in the dark ages compared to something like macOS. It is a constant pain point for many new users.

A few examples:

  • dependencies, dependencies, dependencies (i.e. points of failure)
  • so many methods (apt-get, rpm, deb, software center, etc.)
  • inconsistent behavior (sometimes a shortcut is added to the system apps menu, many times not)
  • Each app install is a new adventure (a pain) for novice users
  • etc.

I'm genuinely curious and not trying to bash. What is it that makes it difficult or impossible for app installation in Linux (even just select distros) to be as easy as dragging an application icon to your applications folder?

Edit: To be clear, I'm talking about the perspective of the average Joe who's experience might end with Apple's app store or something. To those people, there is no shell command that is easy.

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Samsung’s Next Smartwatch Gear S3 to be Codenamed Solis, Runs Tizen

TuxMachines - Fri, 2016-06-17 19:08

The Gear S2 has served as a fantastic Tizen flagship smartwatch, but now its time for the next iteration in its evolution, and according to a recent report it’s codenamed Solis. We expect this next device to run Tizen, hence the reason we are reporting it, and it will also support a circular display.

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