📅 December 17, 2020

HOW TO: Dual Boot macOS and Linux

Dual-booting Linux ( or Windows ) alongside macOS is easy. Learn how to do it.

 

You can install macOS Catalina and macOS Big Sur on Linux. You can even install macOS Catalina in a Docker contrainer in Linux. So how about today we’re switching things around, and install Linux on a Mac? But instead of virtualizing it, which is trivial, we install Linux on bare metal.

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📅 December 11, 2020

HOW TO: Easily Apply and Change Alacritty Themes

easily apply and change alacritty themes

 

Alacritty might just be the fastest cross-platform terminal emulator in existence. You can easily customize it to your liking by creating a .ymlconfig file. Alacritty doesn’t create the config file for you, but it looks for one in the following locations:

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📅 December 5, 2020

Hypnotix: A Linux IPTV Streaming App With Support for Live TV, Movies and Series

a Linux IPTV streaming application with support for live TV, movies and series

 

Hypnotix is an IPTV streaming app, developed by the Linux Mint team ( will be integrated with Linux Mint 20.1 ), with support for live TV, movies and series. It comes with support for M3U URLs, Xtream API or local M3U playlists.

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📅 November 29, 2020

FOSS Front-Ends and Alternatives for Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, YouTube and more…

A list of free and open source front-ends and alternatives to popular services like like Twitter, Instagram, Reddit and YouTube

Here’s a list of free and open source front-ends and alternatives to popular services like Twitter, Instagram, Reddit and YouTube. This list will be updated as soon as more front-ends and alternative services will be available.

 

NOTE: the list is now available and actively maintained on our GitLab.

 

 

1. Nitter – Nitter is a free and open source alternative Twitter front-end focused on privacy.

Features:

  • No JavaScript or ads
  • All requests go through the backend, client never talks to Twitter
  • Prevents Twitter from tracking your IP or JavaScript fingerprint
  • Unofficial API (no rate limits or developer account required)
  • Lightweight ( 60KB vs 784KB from twitter.com )
  • RSS feeds
  • Themes
  • Mobile support (responsive design)
  • AGPLv3 licensed, no proprietary instances permitted

2. Mastodon – Mastodon is a free, open-source social network server based on ActivityPub where users can follow friends and discover new ones. On Mastodon, users can publish anything they want: links, pictures, text, video. All Mastodon servers are interoperable as a federated network

3. Yotter – Allows you to follow and gather all the content from your favorite Twitter and YouTube accounts in a beautiful feed so you can stay up to date without compromising your privacy at all.

4. Misskey – a decentralized microblogging platform born on Earth. Since it exists within the Fediverse (a universe where various social media platforms are organized), it is mutually linked with other social media platforms.

 

 

You also might be interested in HOW TO: Follow People on Twitter and Instagram Without an Account

1. Bibliogram – Bibliogram is a website that takes data from Instagram’s public profile views and puts it into a friendlier page that loads faster, gives downloadable images, eliminates ads, generates RSS feeds, and doesn’t urge you to sign up.

2. Pixelfed – Pixelfed is an image sharing platform, an ethical alternative to centralized platforms like Instagram.

 

 

 

1. Teddit – Teddit is a free and open source alternative Reddit front-end focused on privacy.

Features:

  • No JavaScript or ads
  • All requests go through the backend, client never talks to Reddit
  • Prevents Reddit from tracking your IP or JavaScript fingerprint
  • Lightweight (teddit frontpage: ~30 HTTP requests with ~270 KB of data downloaded vs. Reddit frontpage: ~190 HTTP requests with ~24 MB)

2. Lemmy – Reddit alternative. Lemmy allows you to subscribe to forums you’re interested in, post links and discussions, then vote, and comment on them. Behind the scenes, it is very different; anyone can easily run a server, and all these servers are federated (think email), and connected to the same universe, called the Fediverse.

3. Lobste.rs –  Reddit alternative. Lobsters is a computing-focused community centered around link aggregation and discussion, launched on July 3rd, 2012.

4. Raddle – Reddit alternative. It’s been said Raddle is a community for outsiders, malcontents and wayward dreamers.

5. Aether – Peer-to-peer ephemeral public communities. Open source, self-governing communities with auditable moderation and mod elections

6. Ruqqus – Open source Reddit Alternative

7. SaidIt – Open Source Reddit clone.

8. Libreddit – An alternative private front-end to Reddit

 

 

 

You might also be interested in :

1. Invidious – Invidious is an alternative front-end to YouTube

Features:

  • Copylefted libre software (AGPLv3+ licensed)
  • Audio-only mode (and no need to keep window open on mobile)
  • Lightweight (the homepage is ~4 KB compressed)
  • Tools for managing subscriptions:
    • Only show unseen videos
    • Only show latest (or latest unseen) video from each channel
    • Delivers notifications from all subscribed channels
    • Automatically redirect homepage to feed
    • Import subscriptions from YouTube
  • Dark mode
  • Embed support
  • Set default player options (speed, quality, autoplay, loop)
  • Support for Reddit comments in place of YouTube comments
  • Import/Export subscriptions, watch history, preferences
  • Developer API
  • Does not use any of the official YouTube APIs
  • Does not require JavaScript to play videos
  • No need to create a Google account to save subscriptions
  • No ads
  • No CoC
  • No CLA
  • Multilingual (translated into many languages)

2. FreeTube – FreeTube is an open source desktop YouTube player built with privacy in mind. Use YouTube without advertisements and prevent Google from tracking you with their cookies and JavaScript. Available for Windows, Mac & Linux thanks to Electron.

3. LBRY – Alternative to YouTube. LBRY is a place where users can find great videos, music, ebooks, and more: imagine a vast digital library that is available on all of your devices. But under the hood, LBRY is many components working together.

4. Odysee – Video platform backed by the creators of LBRY and uses the LBRY blockchain protocol

5. Yotter – Allows you to follow and gather all the content from your favorite Twitter and YouTube accounts in a beautiful feed so you can stay up to date without compromising your privacy at all.

6. PeerTube –

 

 

  1. Vutuv – a business network which is hosted at https://www.vutuv.de. Think of it as a free, fast and secure open-source alternative for LinkedIn or XING

 

 

1. Radicle – open-source alternative to GitHub. Peer-to-peer, removes the dependency for a centralized server.

📅 November 26, 2020

SongRec: An Open-Source Shazam Client for Linux

a free and open source Shazam client for Linux

 

Everybody knows Shazam. The service is owned by Apple and it can identify songs from a short sample which is fingerprinted and compared against it’s database. If you’re looking for a way to use Shazam on your Linux machine, you can take a look at SongRec.

SongRec is an open source client that uses Shazam’s audio fingerprinting algorithm and can identify a song from an audio file or by using the microphone.

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📅 November 25, 2020

UPDATED HOW TO: Install macOS Big Sur With OpenCore on Linux

how to install macOS Big Sur on Linux

 

UPDATE: Back in August 2020 I showed you how to install macOS Big Sur with OpenCore on Linux. Back then Big Sur was in beta and you had to take some extra steps to install it. Now, that Big Sur is out of beta, the installation process was simplified and I’ve decided to create a new tutorial instead of editing the old one, to avoid any confusion. Let’s get started…

If you’re running a Linux distro as your daily driver, you can still other distros and OS’. You can even enjoy macOS. You can run Catalina using the clover bootloader and you can even install macOS in a Docker container.

Today we’re going to take a look at how set up a simple macOS Big Sur VM in QEMU, accelerated by KVM.

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📅 November 17, 2020

HOW TO: Easily Automate Deleting Your Old Tweets, Likes, and DMs

Easily Automate Deleting Your Old Tweets, Likes, and DMs

 

There’s too much focus on deleting Facebook ( Instagram and Whatsapp too ) and for good reason. You should stop using it. And no, your business does not depend on it. But nobody seems to talk about Twitter.

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📅 November 13, 2020

Bloat Free, FOSS CLI Weather Apps

This should be the correct way to check the weather.

Thousands of apps and websites allow you to check the weather. Some more accurate than others, but they all ( well 99.9% of them ) have one thing in common. Bloat. They track you and load various of scripts that have nothing to do with you checking what’s the weather going to be like. But they come with a nice UI and it only costs $0.99.

So how to avoid all the unnecessary and potentially harmful bloat? By using free and open source projects that will allow you to check the weather with just one command.

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📅 November 13, 2020

Safe Eyes Helps Prevent Eye Strain

Safe Eyes is a free and open source tool that helps Linux users to reduce and prevent repetitive strain injury (RSI).

 

Safe Eyes is a free and open source tool that helps Linux users to reduce and prevent repetitive strain injury (RSI). The whole purpose of Safe Eyes is reminding you to take breaks while working on the computer for a long time. The break screen asks you to do some exercises which will reduce your RSI.

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📅 November 3, 2020

Screego: Multi User Screen Sharing

a free and open source screen sharing tool

You can’t throw a rock today without hitting a screen-sharing piece of software. Especially today with all this casedemic bullshit. But most apps come with drawbacks.

Both parties need to have the same software installed and running. Most of the time that’s proprietary software. And most of the time screen sharing can be laggy and/or comes with a poor image quality.

Screego aim’s to fix that. It’s free and open source, good image quality and generally low letency.  And all you need is a web browser. However, it’s worth mentioning that Screego only allows you to share your screen and nothing else. Not even audio.

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