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OnlyOffice Images
There’s been a little discussion of late about Snap and Flatpak systems, but there is a third way and that’s AppImage. Tossing its hat into the ring is OnlyOffice, which has announced it’s no longer offering portable tar.gz packages and will move to
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Installing
To get the most out of these programs, you will need to use graphs. For this reason, there are many dependencies for some of the packages – they are heavy on using other libraries. One solution to this problem is to ‘bake’ them into a Snap, Flatpak o
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Jitsi Meet
Jitsi Meet is a completely free, open source videoconferencing program that you can connect to via a browser or smartphone app. You can use it right now by visiting https://meet.jit.si and choosing a name for your virtual meeting (or indeed accepting
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Native Pi Gaming With The Classics
Christian Cawley has gained weight during lockdown, mostly from spending too much time with Raspberry Pis. He hopes to lose weight with some extra micro:bit projects. You probably think of the Raspberry Pi as a useful computing tool that can also h
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Modifying The Amiga
In 2020 the range of aftermarket products to upgrade your Amiga is growing! For the old workhorse A500 and A500+ we see add-on boards to replace the CPU with a more powerful unit. Thanks to a clever design, the new CPU can be slotted over the old and
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Distro Watch
Know previously by a possibly trademark-infringing name, this Ubuntu-based distro aims to ape Windows 10 and offers tools and a transition that’ll make Windows users feel right at home. Now using Ubuntu 20.04 it features a highly customised Cinnamon
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Mathematics Packages
Why would yo want to do mathematics on Linux? Is not mathematics over when you leave school? No! Maths is fun. You may also have forgotten much of what you should have learned in school. With the packages in this Roundup we’ll show which you should c
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What If It Doesn’t Work?
If you can join a room from multiple locations but don’t see any other participants and are stuck with a message telling you you’re the only one here, port forwarding is almost certainly the culprit. In some configurations the extra port 4443 will be
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Get Up And Running With Ubuntu 20.04
Les Pounder is an Associate Editor at Tom’s Hardware and a freelance Creative Technologist. He blogs about his discoveries at bigl.es. Raspberry Pi 4, 2GB min Windows, Linux or macOS PC A 16GB microSD and reader Wired internet connection De
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The History Of The Amiga
The Amiga 1000 released in July 1985 was the start of the Amiga series of computers and the first model looked more like a traditional PC of the era. Retailing for $1,285 in 1985 ($3,100 adjusted for inflation in 2020) the A1000 was an impressive mac
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We’re Very Sensitive!
“When Linux 5.2 was released, a new feature was added to support optimised case-insensitive file name look-ups in the Ext4 filesystem – the first of native Linux filesystems to do it. Over a year has passed since this (controversial) feature was made
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How We Tested…
We carried out the tests on an old laptop to make sure none of the packages needed advanced hardware to do the job. To install the software we looked for as many options as we could find. Note that choosing an install option can affect the function o
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Collabora Online
Collabora has just released the latest version of its enterprise edition of LibreOffice: Collabora Office 6.4 (see www.collaboraoffice.com).Alongside that offering is another enterprise release, Collabora Online, which provides an online version of t
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Some Extra Bells And Whistles
The version of Ubuntu/Xubuntu that we installed in this tutorial comes with many great applications, but we thought it would be good to install a couple of extra handy tools to enhance our install. The first is neofetch, a tool to show system informa
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Quick Up
The Amiga uses Kickstart ROMs that act as firmware between the operating system and the specialist hardware found in the Amiga. Without a Kickstart file, our Amiga won’t boot. The Amiga 1000, the first Amiga actually, had no ROMs, and Kickstart had t
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Gits New And Old
“The Register recently ran a piece in which Microsoft’s representative to the Linux Foundation board, Sarah Novotny, talked about the potential barrier to entry imposed by plain text email and mailing lists for kernel development. The piece sparked a
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Getting Started
The software packages in this Roundup are academic in some form. For that reason, they have both comprehensive documentation and good tutorials. To get through them, you must also learn maths, though sometimes that is part of the reason to use them i
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JITSI Pi IN THE SKY/CLOUD
If you’re feeling adventurous, it is possible to install Jitsi Meet on a Raspberry Pi 4 with 4GB (the 8GB version will perform better though). This isn’t officially supported and setup is a little complicated. Also our Pi 4s are all locked up in Futu
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Get Your Controller Set Up
Incredibly, the Raspberry Pi supports almost all major game controllers, which means you’re going to be able to enjoy your chosen game with the top gaming equipment. In the case of Doom, this is something that simply wasn’t an option when the game wa
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How To Recreate The Doctor Who Theme
Mike Bedford likes to play around with the maths of sound. It shouldn’t come as a surprise – music is mathematically based, after all. Established in 1958, the Radiophonic Workshop was created, according to the BBC, to produce incidental sounds and
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Ongoing Development
The RISC-V architecture may be about to gain support for booting using UEFI. Atish Patra posted version 5 of a patch series that includes the necessary ‘efi stub’ support used to hand off from a suitable bootloader (such as GRUB2, widely used on x86
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Importing And Exporting
Mathematics has always been, and still is, a theoretical approach to understanding the world around us. Since this is the case you need to get data in and out from these applications. The most obvious way to do this is to export files. As you will se
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Nextcloud
Regulars will be familiar with our ranting and raving about how great Nextcloud is. And it keeps getting better – the latest edition of the self-hosted storage and sharing platform, Nextcloud 19, sees it transformed into a complete Collaboration Hub.
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Expanding Espanso
In addition to creating custom triggers, you can also install extensions to expand Espanso’s feature set. These extensions, called packages, provide additional functionality. You’ll find a number of packages at https://hub.espanso.org. To install a p
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Quick Tip
Here we’ve concentrated on the original Doctor Who theme, but it’s changed many times over the years. If you fancy creating something different, therefore, you have plenty of options to choose from and you’ll easily find online recording of all the m
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Your Free Downloads
To replace our regular covermounted DVD we’re offering five top digital bookazines and the DVD ISO image for you to download. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we’re unable to guarantee delivery of our usual Linux Format DVD (they’re trucked to LXF Towers
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Overall Usefulness
The most common use of the applications in this Roundup is to learn maths. However, they were also designed to be used for research and finding new ways of doing things. This gives us, as regular users, an opportunity: can we use them for other thing
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Portainer & Docker
When you’re running a home server or VPS, Docker is pretty great because you can add services without messing (too much) with the underlying system configuration. As we saw with Nextcloud though, even with just four Docker containers things were star
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Expand Text Easily
Shashank Sharma is a trial lawyer in Delhi. An avid Arch user, he’s always on the hunt for discount geeky memorabilia. Whether we’re executing your favourite commands, frequently accessing certain directories, websites, or signing off email message
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Ex-ter-min-ate, Ex-ter-min-ate!
Not quite the music of Doctor Who, but here’s something else you might like to try, that’s most definitely one of the show’s classic sound effects. Using Audacity, make a short recording of your voice. Say whatever you want but, to really get into th
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