Linux Kernel 4.0.0 Released

📅 April 16, 2015
kernel4bLinux kernel reached version 4.0.0 a few days ago. Updates are rather minor given the major release number that a “4” would otherwise imply, but I have used it for myself on different systems with Xubuntu 14.04 and Linux Mint 17.1, and kernel 4.0.0 runs as smoothly as watching a penguin slide on ice during a nature program.

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Test Your Typing Prowess with Typespeed

📅 April 9, 2015
ts00bHow fast can you type?

Curious to find out? Then, why not test yourself using the Linux program typespeed, a fun terminal-based game that scrolls words across the screen giving you the opportunity to type them correctly before you miss too many.

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A Ghost is Typing! It’s randtype

📅 April 7, 2015
randtypeIt’s possessed!

(…Or your terminal seems like it.)

The program randtype will take text from standard input or from a file and simulate typing. The effect is mysterious and impressive for those new to randtype, and it is certain to put a smile on your face and make you think, “Neat!”

While randtype might not appear to be a super useful program, the novelty factor alone is worth a look.

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Asciijump – The Ski-jumping Terminal Game

📅 April 6, 2015
aj01Do you sometimes have the sudden urge to ski jump while at the command line? Linux has you covered!

The Ubuntu repository is filled with remarkable programs, and one such program is asciijump — an animated ASCII-art rendered ski-jumping mini-game that plays from within a terminal.

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Display an ASCII Table with ascii

📅 March 31, 2015
ascii01Here is the scenario: You are typing away furiously at the command line when you suddenly need the ASCII hex code for the caret character (^). What do you do?

Sure, you could interrupt your typing and consult a GUI character map using the mouse, but why disturb the finger flow when you could easily open a new terminal with a keyboard shortcut and run a simple program that prints an ASCII chart?

That program is called ascii.

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Gedit Themes

📅 March 25, 2015
vibrantinkGedit is an excellent text editor. Not only does it sport a variety of features that facilitate typing, programming, and file organization, but gedit also supports…get ready…wait for it…THEMES!

Yes, themes. Are you dissatisfied with the plain black-on-white color scheme? Maybe you prefer a darker theme with bold neon colors for keywords while programming? Or perhaps you simply want to look at pretty, new colors?

Gedit supports theme files that change the colors of various parts of text. This is especially valuable for highlighting specific programming languages. You can create gedit theme files yourself, or you can download existing themes from others.

Theme files seem to be one of gedit’s best-kept secrets. A few web sites have lists of themes available, but few previews. What does a theme look like before downloading?

This article aims to provide screenshots for a number of gedit themes for preview purposes and to show what is possible with gedit.

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Linux Has a Voice with Espeak

📅 March 23, 2015
espeak1…and it sounds robotic.

Are you curious to hear to what your spoken Linux computer sounds like from the command line? Are you pining away for that nostalgic, early 1980’s synthetic computer voice?

You are? Great! Because in addition to the myriad of other clever tricks Linux can perform, Linux can speak too!

Espeak is a program that converts text to synthetic speech for playback through the speakers (or headphones).
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