Celebrate the 2016 extra second the Linux way!

This year at exactly 23:56:60 on December 31 UTC there will be one extra second added. It will therefore be at 18:59:60 EST or 15:59:60 PST. What better way to celebrate the extra second than by watching the date change in a Linux console?

Here is a command to display the UTC as it counts down:

watch -p -n 1 date -u

Kubuntu users: Backport upgrade to Plasma 5.8 now available!

Ok, so this was available for a few days now but I’m reporting it here now after having used it for the past several days. If you’re using either Kubuntu 16.04 “Xenial” or 16.10 “Yakkety” you can now upgrade Plasma to version 5.8 via the Kubuntu Backports PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

A huge thanks to the Kubuntu guys and all the KDE developers for continuing to do amazing work in creating such an excellent desktop environment which truly defines the cutting edge!

More good news for LibreOffice

LibreOffice 5.3 which will feature the new MUFFIN interface is planned to be released in February.

Also, if you’re on Ubuntu you can use the LibreOffice “fresh” PPA which will give you a more recent stable version.

To use the PPA just do:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

LibreOffice will be getting a ribbon UI

I admit that I’m kind of an app slut. I don’t believe in Open Source purity when it comes to applications. Operating system: Absolutely. A major app like a web browser: Definitely. But then there are a lot of other apps for things and I’m happy to use the best tool available.

That said, I’m happy to run things under Wine, which I must say has made my transition to being a full-time Linux user that much easier. The apps I now use under Wine are: Adobe Acrobat, Notepad++, Amazon Kindle for PC, and MediaMonkey. I also have Photoshop installed and use it although there are some issues with it.

One thing I don’t run under Wine is MS Office 2013 although I would if I could. Crossover Office just released the newest version of their Wine-based tool that allows you to run and easily install many apps on both Linux and Mac OSX and that version does now support MS Office 2013, so I also expect it to start working on regular Wine soon.

LibreOffice is the leading Open Source office suite and I do use it quite a lot. However the interface has not been my favorite and has left me longing for Word 2013. But now there is news that the upcoming version 5.3 release of LibreOffice will support a ribbon! Good news!

This is a great time to switch to Linux. Now more than ever it should be overwhelmingly clear why it’s important that your operating system be under your control and be based on Open Source software, not under the control of any company.

Run on it what you will. I really like the idea of running things in their separate containers – then I don’t have to worry about security issues nearly as much. There’s no substitute for the freedom and security gained by using a free, Open Source operating system. It’s crucially important.

Check out KDE Neon user edition or Linux Mint Cinnamon “Serena” release. Get used to a totally different way of existing and comporting with both personal and collective information logos.

If you need help, get an IRC client and check out some of the channels on the Freenode network such as #linuxmint, #kubuntu, #ubuntu, and others. Community is what makes free Open Source software great.

Some notes on Linux, Ubuntu PPAs, Wine apps, and more

1. Check out KDE Neon User Edition. It is based on the current Ubuntu long-term support (LTS) edition which is currently version 16.04 codename “Xenial”. Neon seems to be the way of the future for KDE. But I must qualify this statement because there is also criticism of Neon since it is not an offical Ubuntu derivative any longer. For the most part this doesn’t seem like an issue, but it potentially could be although the possibility is very slight. If you’re running Kubuntu you can setup the Kubuntu Backports PPA to upgrade to KDE Plasma destkop version 5.8.4.

Another distro to check out is Linux Mint Cinnamon which is based on the Cinnamon desktop. Linux Mint are also the developers of the Cinnamon desktop environment which is derived from Gnome. Linux Mint is also based on Ubuntu like KDE Neon above (and many other distros). The latest Linux Mint Cinnamon version 18.1 codename “Serena” features Cinnamon 3.2 which brings significant updates including support for vertical panels.

2. If you install Ubuntu or an Ubuntu-based distro like either of the two above, here are some useful extras that can be added. Most of these use what are called PPA’s – personal package archives – which are basically repositories for different projects:

The main Ubuntu page for PPA’s: https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+ppas

Owncloud client
If you use Owncloud then you need the client.
https://software.opensuse.org/download/package?project=isv:ownCloud:desktop&package=owncloud-client
Note that Nextcloud has forked from Owncloud, and I’m not sure but it looks like Nextcloud is gaining momentum at the moment so you might want to check out Nextcloud. Also KDE and Nextcloud are apparently working on tight integration of Nextcloud into KDE. Also expect other things to integrate with Nextcloud/Owncloud in the future. Any app that supports remote backup or storage functionality could potentially integrate with it. Plus there are other cool features in Owncloud/Nextcloud like galleries, collaborative document editing, calendaring, and more. All you need to do is wean yourself off the “free” shit that is provided by companies like Google and Facebook, pay a little bit of money to a hosting company each year (or set up your own server at home if you have decent bandwidth and a plan from a non-fucked-up Internet provider who doesn’t try to block it or charge you extra for a static IP which is robbery – the bottom line is they don’t want people going the Owncloud/Nextcloud route. They want you addicted to their “free” apps so they can steal your data, money, and freedom.)

Skype
Now available as a 64-bit build for Linux

Before installing skypeforlinux_1.14.0.5_amd64.deb you have to install gnome-keyring.
When the Skype package is installed it will automatically set up its own PPA.

Enlightenment 21
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:niko2040/e19
This is yet another window manager which goes way back. Way back. Is really cool with a unique look. And you can run it on a system running KDE, Cinnamon, or anything else because this is Linux and you can do what the fuck you want freely. You just select Enlightenment (or any other desktop environments you have installed such as LXDE, Xfce, etc) from the login screen. The PPA listed above is for the latest version 21 even though it says 19.

Wine
To run the latest version of Wine, which is always increasing support for more programs and compatiblity:
wget https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/Release.key
sudo apt-key add Release.key
sudo apt-add-repository 'https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/'
sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install --install-recommends winehq-devel wine-mono0.0.8

winetricks which is a great way to do simple installs of a wide variety of programs. I recommend the latest version from the link above, and not installing the Ubuntu version from the package manager. You can also install playonlinux (install with the package manager similar to other apps using Discover as mentioned below) which is similar to winetricks and simplifies the installation and configuration of apps under Wine.

Ubuntu Containers Team LXD stable
If you plan on using virtual machines then check out Ubuntu LXD. This is their PPA for the latest stable builds.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-lxc/lxd-stable

Ubuntu Graphics Drivers Team PPA
For proprietary (NVidia) drivers.
Useful if you have an NVidia graphics chip.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa

3. Wine apps
Below is a list of some Wine apps and the commands to create their containers and run winetricks:

Acrobat
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.acrobat bin/winetricks

Notepad++
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.npp bin/winetricks

MediaMonkey
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.MediaMonkey bin/winetricks

Kindle
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.kindle32 bin/winetricks

Photoshop
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/..photoshop32 bin/winetricks

Some other useful programs:

To install most if not all of these you can just hit the Win key or click on the menu and type “software” which will open the Discover app.

LibreOffice – includes LibreOffice Writer (word-processor) and Calc (spreadsheet) apps

pavucontrol – PulseAudio Volume Control, the best mixer app

smplayer – the best video player for Linux. vlc is also good.

hexchat – excellent IRC client.

okular – KDE-based PDF viewer

kate – KDE-based notepad app

The sovereignty of the United States is under attack

The sovereignty of the United States is under attack both externally and internally. The United States is being threatened and harassed militarily while it is under a massive third-world invasion, with large numbers of public officials committing open acts of treason.

No words for this, it’s so beautiful


wikimedia: Sonate f-moll D. Scarlatti ( Longo Nr. 382 / Kirkpatrick Nr. 69 )

Imagine making a sacrifice: Giving up all forms of music except owning a spinet, and any other acoustic instruments, and of course the voice. That is all you have. The only music is what you or others create with their voices and hands.

One thing that makes me sad – a true loss of our times – is the music playing everywhere you go, in all the stores. It is really disturbing. People don’t even comprehend what they’ve lost – a precious part of themselves – a beautiful sonority that thrives in silence. The ubiquitous music drowns out the sound of life.

MS Office 2013 comes to Linux via Crossover Office

softpedia.com: CrossOver 16 Debuts with Support for Microsoft Office 2013, 64-bit Windows Apps

Crossover Office website

Let’s talk about Brahmins thriving (or not)

scmp.com: The poorest 10% of Vietnamese students performed better on an international exam than the average American teen

Am pretty much settled on the future plan

I understand the future plan now. I understand the future, if it is going to happen, what the future needs to be and how it can happen. (I’m thinking about technology and the ultimate goal of the global information logos and how it unfolds.)

But I don’t know if there is any will to create it. I also don’t really feel like trying to convince people although I will describe it in later posts.

One reason I don’t want to is because all the components already exist. I’m not doing anything new, it’s just that there might not be enough will or vision to see it.

It’s kind of the same way with diet. I don’t really try to change anyone’s diet because I accept that they eat what they want and will probably continue to, even if it’s not the healthiest and there is knowledge about better things.

But I will write about it. The core of it is that it needs to be ensured for the future that the building blocks are available to everyone. Once those building blocks are assured then all sorts of things can be constructed with them. But those blocks *need* to be in place and I can almost guarantee there will be attempts to deprive them. In fact there already are. I have no doubt that this has been identified already and to some extent targeted. In the future such targeting will only increase.

Yes what I’m describing is war and that’s why I’m just not interested at this point.

The most basic building block is: Bandwidth. Unrestricted, free bandwidth to use as you want, free from interference or infiltration of any kind.

What the future means – a few of the things would be: No more Facebook, Google, YouTube, etc. All will be replaced with purely open alternatives that everyone runs on their own and shared bandwidth.

They will try to deprive bandwidth. Guaranteed.

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