HOW TO: Create Time-Saving Aliases

save your precious time with command line aliases

If you don’t often use the terminal, but you find yourself having to type the same commands over and over, here’s a tip for you: create aliases. What’s an alias? It’s a shortcut that will save you time.

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SuperTuxKart: A Free, Open Source and Cross Platform 3D Kart Racing Game

A fun, free, open source and cross platform 3D racing game

SuperTuxKart is a cross-platform, free and open-source kart racing game. The gameplay is similar to that of the Mario Kart series, but also has distinct elements, such as collecting and using cans of Nitro. It features mascots of various open-source projects.

You can play in Story mode where you must face the evil Nolok, and defeat him in order to make the Mascot Kingdom safe once again! You can race by yourself against the computer, compete in several Grand Prix cups, or try to beat your fastest time in Time Trial mode. You can also race or battle with up to eight friends on a single computer, play on a local network or play online with other players all over the world.

Download SuperTuxKart for Linux, macOS, Windows and Android here. iOS users can try SuperTuxKart beta via Apple TestFlight.

KDE Plasma BigScreen Turns Your Dumb TV Into a Smart TV With Open Source Technologies [video]

Plasma Bigscreen is the free open-source user interface experience for “dumb” TVs

Smart TVs are everywhere these days. Most of them are based on Android and they collect a whole bunch of data from you. Some of them are even spying on you. Vizio was busted for using 11 million TVs to spy on its customers.

So what to do? You can:

1. If you already own a smart TV ( or don’t want to bother with option #2 ), consider using Pi-Hole and avoid smart TV with incorporated webcams and mics or remote with incporporated mics.

2. Take a look at KDE’s Plasma Bigscreen project.

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Joplin Adds Experimental WYSIWYG Editor

Joplin adds experimental WYSIWYG editor

Joplin is a free, open source, cross platform ( Linux, macOS, Windows, Android and iOS ), end-to-end encrypted note taking and to-do application with synchronisation capabilities. The notes are searchable, can be tagged and images or other resources can be attached to them. The notes can be synchronised with various cloud services including Nextcloud, Dropbox, OneDrive or any WebDAV server.

Over the weekend Joplin was updated to add a new experimental WYSIWYG editor. However, the keyword here is  “experimental” and the devs warn us not to use it for important notes as we may lose the content of the note, or it might get corrupted.

Other changes:

  • Added way to upgrade master key encryption and sync target encryption
  • Add button to About box to copy Joplin’s information to the clipboard
  • Api: Add support for “tags” property for note PUT request
  • Add global shortcut to show/hide Joplin Ctrl+Alt+J on Linux and Windows, and Cmd+Opt+J on macOS
  • Bug fixes

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A Terminal Interface for Tetris

Here’s classic tile-matching puzzle video game for Linux and macOS users: Tetris.

You can have a lot of fun in the terminal, including gaming. Here’s classic tile-matching puzzle video game for Linux and macOS users: Tetris.

 

Install:

  • on macOS via Homebrew brew install samtay/tui/tetris
  • on Arch/Manjaro/Arco etc the package is available in AUR yay -S tetris-terminal-git
  • other Linux distros via snapcraft sudo snap install tetris-thefenriswolf

 

Usage:

Once installed start the game with tetris.

 

Available options:

 
-h,--help                Show this help text
-n,--no-preview          Don't show preview cell
-a,--ascii-only          Use '[]' as hard drop preview cell
-p,--preview-chars CHARS Customize two character preview cell (default: ◤◢)
-l,--level LEVEL         Specify level (unspecified results in prompt)
--high-score             Print high score and exit