Convert Any Website into Desktop Application in Linux Mint (soon)

More innovation from the Linux Mint teaaaam!

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Imagine this situation. You are working on a certain topic and you have more than twenty tabs open in your web browser, mostly related to the work.

Some of these tabs are for YouTube or some other music streaming website you are listening to.

You finished the work on the topic and close the browser. Your intent was to close all the work related tabs but it also closed the tabs that you were using for listening to music or some other activities.

Now you’ll have to log in to those websites again and find the track you were listening to or whatever you were doing.

Frustrating, isn’t it? Linux Mint understands your pain and they have an upcoming project to help you out in such scenario.

Linux Mint’s Web App Manager

Web App Manager Linux Mint

In a recent post, Linux Mint team revealed that it is working on a new tool called Web…

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OpenSUSE Virtualization Changes from VirtualBox to QEMU/KVM

For those of you who love virtual OSes and cutting-edge stuff:

Reformed Musings

In this post, I talked about how switching to the open source nouveau and mesa video drivers and VirtualBox insulated me from Linux kernel changes and made OpenSUSE Tumbleweed a viable option for me. Well…not so fast. With the Linux kernel 5.8.x memory allocation changes, VirtualBox would no longer load. But, as Mr. Spock used to say, there are always alternatives.

KVM is the native Linux hypervisor. QEMU provides an interface to it. Back in 2007, when I first moved to Linux, I looked at QEMU but decided then that it was too complex. No longer. OpenSUSE makes the KVM/QEMU installation and operation easy. 

Important safety tip – Before burning down VirtualBox, write down the hardware characteristics of your VMs – memory, CPUs, network, USB setup, etc., as well as the location of your virtual hard drives. You’ll need to match the key hardware characteristics when you recreate your…

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Have I Been Too Hard On Microsoft Windows?

I don’t hate Windows users, just Windows. Most people use whatever operating system “comes with the computer,” I get that. But as this article states, with examples, it doesn’t have to be Microsoft’s Google’s, or Apple’s.

Renard's World

Those of you who have been following Renard’s World for quite some time would know that I am a hardcore Linux user (I would not touch any of the Microsoft Windows operating systems with a ten-foot pole).

I am satisfied with Linux because it does exactly what I want it to do.

For the record, we all have different needs; a particular operating system may fall short where our needs are concerned.

Therefore, the most appropriate action to take is to use an operating system that fulfills those needs of ours.

Ironically, Microsoft seems to be fulfilling the needs of a lot of people via their Windows 10 operating system.

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Why People Are Crazy About Arch Linux? What’s so Special About it?

Not for technophobes, but there are good reasons for the growing devotion and loyalty to Arch Linux! Here are a few.

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ByAbhishek Prakash

BTW, I use Arch!

You may have come across this term in Linux forums, discussion or in memes.

You might wonder why Arch Linux is so popular? Why people like it so much when there are easier to use, if not better, Arch-based distributions available.

In this article, I’ll list some of the reasons why Linux users like to use Arch Linux.
6 reasons why people love to use Arch Linux

Now, this is my perception. There is no set rule, of course, why you should be using Arch Linux. It’s what I have observed in my over a decade of experience with Linux users and communities.

Let’s see why Arch Linux is so popular.

  1. The DIY approach gives you the control over every aspect of your operating system

I have always found Arch Linux as a DIY (Do It Yourself) operating system. From installing to managing…

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Why Desktop Linux Still Matters

WHY desktop Linux matters: Now more than ever!

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A developer coding on a Linux desktop PC.

The fabled “Year of the Linux Desktop” has never materialized, and it likely never will. Does that mean Linux on a desktop PC is irrelevant? Not at all! Desktop Linux is still awesome.
The Year of the Linux Desktop?

Dirk Hohndel, who was then the chief Linux and open-source technologist at Intel, predicted that in 1999, Linux would penetrate the PC desktop market and displace Windows. He’s credited with coining the phrase “the year of the Linux desktop.”

Two decades later, we’re still waiting. Every year or so, an industry pundit will stick their neck out and declare that year the year of the Linux desktop. It’s just not happening. About two percent of desktop PCs and laptops use Linux, and there were over 2 billion in use in 2015. That’s about 4 million computers running Linux. The figure would be higher now, of course—possibly about 4.5 million, which is…

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PCLinuxOS the distribution for everyone without systemd

A less partial review of PCLinuxOS from the folks at systemd-free.

systemd-free linux community

You may think that we gave up and not “producing” anymore, but we haven’t.  We are still at it, but we are not under this “productive” insanity pressure most others live with.  If there is nothing interesting to report we will not waste your time.  When we try various distributions that we either disliked or found nothing of interest, just another tried recipe with a twist of personalization, we just scrap the installation and move on.  Then one day a couple of weeks ago we took on PCLinuxOS.  If that says something, we are still at it, on a HD installation.

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He just wanted a normal life and to be happy.

People have no idea.

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Q. What was the cruelest rumor you’ve heard about another kid when you were in school?

answered byRobert Hartford(Studied Building Technology at RMIT University, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology)

There was this boy in my class at school in 7th grade. He was short for his age. He kept to himself and never really mixed with anyone. He always ate his lunch alone on a bench seat which was on the edge of the playground just staring into space. It was like he was in his own little world and nothing mattered to him. I never saw him smile in all the time I knew him.

He would get called all kinds of names that really hurt him deep down. But he never retaliated or showed how much it hurt him, which seemed to infuriate his tormentors.

They were relentless. Mean. One day he stepped in front of…

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Linux Sucks 2020

The annual “Linux Sucks” clog. It’s very lengthy, and you can kinda skip through the slides one at a time to get the larger picture, but listen with your heart and soul to the last 15 minutes or so.

Thar She Blows!


You was too stupid to access Bryan’s talk over at No problemo, here it is on his YouTube channel:

You seen it when I posted the first time? No reason to klikka now, it’s the same widdioh. So go on and enjoy this year’s rendition of Linux Sucks.

Today, until now, 10:12 a.m., is the lamest day in lockdown yet. :/ Maybe another day without my semi-regular prison report?

We shall see.

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PCLinuxOS 2020.01 and XFCE

Good stuff here! This caught my eye both as a Xfce fanboy and a PCLinuxOS user.

My favourite Linux distribution is PCLinuxOS, and I have been using it for years. My favourite Desktop is XFCE. More recently, I discovered another Linux Distro, MX Linux, which specialises in the XFCE desktop. So, the aim of this article is to get XFCE working in PCLinuxOS, as well as, or better, than it does in MX Linux, so I can return home. I shall be listing, in this article, a number of tips to do this. Some will be straightforward and others might need some digging into the system. I hope you can make use of them!

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KDE vs Xfce on PCLinuxOS

Well KDE is an awesome, hungry and bewildering desktop on PCLinuxOS! Timeshift (backup-and-restore utility) refused to let me create a snapshot after two days of work getting it kinda-sorta mostly to how I wanted my configuration. It’s default pdf reader is Krita, which offered all kindsa fancy options, except to simply print the damned thing. Really? Setting up the printer was easy, but keeping it was a whole ‘nother story. It would quit working, seem to set up my printer again, but refuse to print unless I rebooted! What?! The forum is full of wonderful people, but I apparently confused the heck out of them with the way I asked about the Timeshift issue – solved by installing task-xfce and logging into an xfce session. What the hell does the desktop environment have to do with whether or not Timeshift works??

I dunno, maybe I had a bad copy of PCLinuxOS KDE Edition. But a community released Xfce edition is flawless. Everything works, and it’s a helluvalot less confusing. And much faster.

I’ll play with some other desktops in Virtualbox or on LiveCDs when I have time, but in the meanwhile here’s a look at the good ol’ Xfce desktop on PCLinuxOS!