Desktop Extravaganza

If you haven't already done so, please visit my YouTube channel and subscribe. Then, tell everyone that you know to subscribe as well. [ insert appropriate smiley here ] Now, on with the show.  Welcome to "Cooking With Linux", episode 6, the show that combines wine, food, and free software. It's all desktops all the time on this episode of "Cooking With Linux". One question that I get asked regularly is why we have all these distributions. One explanation I give is that it provides a way for people to work they way they want to with an environment that …

Rainbowstream, a command line Twitter client

I'm playing with a Linux command line Twitter client called "Rainbowstream" and it's pretty cool. The screenshot shows it running inside a KDE Konsole terminal. It can even display images, sort of, in striking ASCII art. You can download the latest from rainbowstream.org or from the command line using the following: sudo pip install rainbowstream Have some colourful 140 character fun!

Minecraft PE Server

Minecraft Pocket Edition is an awesome multiplayer game. On a local network, such as in your home, friends can easily join you, as they can on the Internet. Unfortunately, when the person running the session is done, the fun is over for everyone. With your Linux system, whether desktop or server, you can set up and run a Minecraft PE server so that you and your friends can join anytime and the world continues without you. Friends can log in and continue building in a shared world at any time and, conceivably, from anywhere. In this video, I'm going to …

Installing Software

Look around just a bit and you're going to find that there are lots and lots of Linux distributions. There's also an incredible number of software packages for you to download, install, and use, and most of them are completely free. With so much at your disposal, you might be wondering where to start when it comes to installing software. Luckily, every distribution has a desire to make it as easy as possible for desktop users but, of course, they all do it a little differently. Come with me and I'll give you a tour. When I'm done, you'll see …

FOSS Sacrilege!

Someone asked me recently about Google's Fuchsia, which this video is not about by the way. He asked what was more important to me, that a device run Linux or that the product be open source and open standards. I stood on the side of open source and open standards. On that note, welcome to the Sacrilege episode of Cooking With Linux. Pull up a chair, enjoy some wine, and enjoy this treat from my open source kitchen.  

Let’s Get Virtual

Before I unleash this next episode of Cooking With Linux (the YouTube edition), I'm going to make a promise . . . well, maybe more like a "hopefully, I stick to this better than my New Year's resolution" promise. Anyhow, the third Cooking With Linux is already in the can, so to speak, and I will release it tomorrow. Which brings me to the promise-ey thing . . . my plan, such as it is, is to release a new episode of the show each and every Thursday, weather permitting. Okay, on to episode two of "Cooking With Linux", the …

Cooking With Linux v 2.0, the YouTube Edition, Episode 1

And so, I've decided to make "Cooking With Linux" a regular YouTube show which you'll hopefully find useful, interesting, and maybe even entertaining. I've been experimenting with this idea for a while, so I can't be sure if this qualifies as episode 1, but there it is. For this first official episode, we're going to start on a Windows 10 desktop. Yes, you read correctly. With the latest update of Windows 10, the so-called "Anniversary Update", everyone can now install and run a Linux shell on Windows and, as I'll show you, quite a bit more. It's called "Windows Subsystem …

Zombies are your friends, and other news.

Yeah, I know. Zombies are scary undead things that eat brains. The whole "eating your brain" thing would be (or should be) scary enough, but the fact that you then turn into a filthy, smelly, parts falling off, undead thing yourself is also pretty bad. And even though I agree that it's pretty bad, there's something you need to know about zombies before you go passing final judgement.  Zombies are actually just big goofy creatures that love gummies. You know? Gummies? Like in gummy bear. Yeah, those. Anyhow, zombies also have X-ray vision and can see into your head. On …

Anonymous Trolls on the Rick Mercer Report

The right to post anonymously is a contentious one, made that much more difficult by the low-life scum whose entire purpose it to sow discord. They are a pox on the Internet and they are, as Rick Mercer rightly points out, ruining it for the rest of us. However, I can understand, and appreciate, that for some people, posting anonymously can be a matter of life and death. That fact makes RIck's rant on the Rick Mercer Report (scroll down for the video) more complicated than it might otherwise be. I do tend to believe that people should be accountable …

Cemeteries and Churches

Today was another day of summer camp for the boys. One was at soccer camp and the other at skateboard camp. That, however, is not really what this post is about.  After picking the boys up, we passed by a cemetery on the way home. My youngest, the 8 year old, looked out the winder and asked, "Dad, why are cemeteries often beside churches?" I told him that was a good question and built my explanation thusly. You see, my boy, churches are often thought of as God's house. What's happening then is that people are being buried next to …