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Some intros and tutorials for some #freelibre #opensource #desktop tools

Intros and tutorials for some feature rich, stable software that is 100% free for personal and commercial use. These programs have been developed by hundreds of talented designers, programmers, and developers from all over the world, and continue to be actively developed and improved. The code for these programs has been made freely available for anyone and everyone to use and modify, with very open and transparent licenses that give you, the end user much more freedom than you get when using paid/closed/proprietary software.

is your open desktop really open ?#opensource #freelibreopensource

is your (free libre) open desktop really (free libre) open ?

this post was prompted by todays project which was to install GNU/linux natively on a HP elitebook notebook so i can run docker and access the @nvidia GPUs in @instaserver @foldingathome containers

phase 1 – install xubuntu

issues

  • NO VIDEO DRIVERS (just VGA)
  • NO WIFI DRIVERS (none nothing nada)

so try a bunch of usb wifi dongles

  • NONE OF THESE WORK

so lets connect notebook to our mobile via an ethernet cable (here’s how)

  • apt update
  • apt install aptitude
  • aptitude update

let try and get missing drivers

  • aptitude install synaptic
  • run synaptic
  • enable PROPRIETARY drivers !

YAY ! NVIDIA VIDEO and BROADCOM WIFI are auto detected

so

  • install the PROPRIETARY drivers

reboot

video and wifi now work

BUT NOTE I and this is the main point I NOW NO LONGER HAVE A FREE LIBRE OPEN SOURCE DESKTOP so I might have well left Microsoft Windows 10 running natively which is what i HAVE been doing for the last 5 years and would have kept doing if hadnt especially wanted to test docker & nvidia GPUs and @foldingathome.

So are you running an open desktop ?

If it is only semi (free libre) open why not run Windows 10 natively and run a TRUE OPEN SOURCE DESKTOP ENVIRONMENT inside Oracle VirtualBox or VMware Player ?

windows desktop ! dev with gcc

although we are normally focused on server dev i though it might be worth posting this since native desktop C++ development seems to be making a bit of a comeback as a side effect of growth of ardunio, arm & IOT

amd

mingw

oracle

microsoft

theia

 

wow a foldable monitor from @iiyama

wow a foldable monitor from @iiyama the GX32ZZHS-B

 

windows 7 users welcomed by linuxliteos 4.8 gnu/linux desktop

windows 7 users welcomed by linux lite os 4.8 gnu/linux desktop – the free libre open source desktop DESIGNED to help you transition off unsupported windows 7

LINUXLITE OS would like to take this opportunity to welcome all Windows 7 people who have come here to find a simple, fast and free alternative to Windows 7 which has reached its end of life and no longer provides security updates. Linux Lite makes the transition to a linux based operating system by offering a full, Microsoft compatible Office suite, familiar software like Firefox, Chrome, Teamviewer, VLC as well as full system back up tools, a comprehensive – easy to follow Help Manual to guide you on your journey

tails is the amnesic incognito private and secure live desktop that runs from a USB stick

tails is the amnesic incognito private and secure live desktop that runs from a USB stick

and some great info and warning on how to be secure as possible

red hat gnu/linux distros & the xfce desktop environment

red hat gnu/linux distros & the xfce desktop environment

according to red hat you can only install from http://www.xfce.org/download

but if you add the fedoraproject EPEL repo you can install xfce desktop onto oracle linux 7 (and red hat ?)

# wget https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm
# yum install epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm
# yum groupinstall xfce

then logout click options and choose xfce session instead of gnome and login

# yum repolist
Loaded plugins: langpacks, ulninfo
repo id                    repo name                                                                         status
epel/x86_64                Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 7 - x86_64                                    13,174
ol7_UEKR5/x86_64           Latest Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5 for Oracle Linux 7Server (x86_64)     125
ol7_developer_EPEL/x86_64  Oracle Linux 7Server Development Packages (x86_64)                                26,135
ol7_latest/x86_64          Oracle Linux 7Server Latest (x86_64)                                              12,818
repolist: 52,252

BTW if you are using centos you can simply use rpm / yum

# yum install epel-release
# yum groupinstall "X Window system"
# yum groupinstall "Xfce"

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