[sf-lug] Precis of Linux Pro Magazine issue 248 July 2021
bliss-sf4ever at dslextreme.com
Thu Jun 3 15:30:13 PDT 2021
As promised. Some articles I have given greater space to due
to my prejudices, not that there is anything wrong with the rest
of the articles.
Linux Pro Magazine issue 248 ISSUE 248 – JULY 2021
On the Cover
36 COVID Crunch Create custom scripts to access online pandemic data.
Brain Tools - Stay sharp with these free tools to study and play.
62 Lakka Torpedo the past with this retro gaming distro.
88 Zotero Use this personal research assistant to create better and
more thorough reports.
56 Z-Wave Build a smart home with a Rasp Pi brain.
74 Tox Peer-to-peer messaging with free tools.
Distributions of the Month Fedora 34 Workstation and Ubuntu 21.04 Desktop
We have these in the library.
Editorial: PROFITS AND VALUES - conflict with China for Microsoft and
over insufficient censorship.
• Armbian 21.05 Now Available
• StarLabs has Released Another Linux Laptop
• Ubuntu 21.04 Adds Support for Active Directory
• Gnome 40 Available on openSUSE
• Kernel 5.13 Merges Apple M1 Hardware Support
• KDE Launches the Qt 5 Patch Collection
11 Kernel News
• Want vs. Need
• Hiding System Resources ... from the System
32 Distro Walk – Zorin OS We interview one of the creators of Zorin
Debian derivative with a minimal yet friendly desktop.
14 Anki - Anki brings a virtual flash card box to the desktop. Thanks to a
useful collection of add-ons, you can adapt this helpful learning tool
20 Dia - If you need to make the occasional diagram, Dia gives you
professional results with a minimal learning curve.
24 gbrainy -Develop your logical thinking skills with this collection
of brain teasers.
28 Manim - Create video sequences to present mathematical problems in an
36 Statistics with gawk With very little overhead, you can access
on the spread of COVID-19 using gawk scripts and simple shell commands.
42 Command Line – Pandoc - Convert files from one markup format to
the command line.
46 Nix and NixOS - This package manager and native distro offer a promising
new approach to the challenge of managing packages.
52 Programming Snapshot – SymPy -Whether he’s filling the bathtub with
or routing electricity through resistors, Mike Schilli juggles mathematical
formulas with Python.
55 Charly’s Column – User Groups - Charly investigates the three most
frequently asked questions about user groups.
67 Welcome - This month in Linux Voice.
69 Doghouse – Distributions - Which distribution is the best choice for
maddog offers some suggestions.
70 Micro - Micro brings the ease and intuitiveness of a graphical
the Linux terminal.
74 Tox - The Tox protocol uses file-sharing techniques for messaging and
82 FOSSPicks - This month Graham looks at Vital, Shortwave, doggo,
Bonzomatic, Ultimate Plumber, Open Brush, and more!
88 Tutorial – Zotero - Use this reference management tool to organize
citations and create bibliographies.
56 Z-Wave - Use your Rasp Pi as a powerful smart home control center.
62 Lakka - This Pi-based distro comes with everything you need to play
games. Just bring your Raspberry Pi and, ideally, a simple gamepad.
08 Armbian 21.05 Now Available - For anyone that makes use of ARM-based
architecture, you have a friend in Armbian, a Debian-based Linux
purpose-built for ARM and embedded devices (including development boards
Linux phones). Armbian is a simple-to-use, lightweight, secure Linux
distribution, optimized for ARM-based hardware...
Apple M1 Hardware Support to be Merged into Linux Kernel 5.13
Hector Martin has merged the initial support for Apple M1 hardware into the
Linux system on a chip (SoC) tree. Martin is the founder of Asahi Linux
(https://asahilinux.org/about/), a project to port Linux to Apple
The project was started in 2020, using the M1 Mac Mini, MacBook Air, and
Pro hardware. The Asahi goal is “not just to make Linux run on these
but to polish it to the point where it can
be used as a daily OS.”...
55 The sys admin’s daily grind: Users and groups
Who, and with Whom?
This time Charly investigates the three most frequently asked questions
user groups. By Charly Kühnast
68 FOSSPicks - Sparkling Gems and New releases from the world of Free
from Open Source Software.
69 Vital by Matt Tytel. He’s the developer behind Helm, the former
source synthesizer you could run on Linux, and Vital improves on Helm in
88 Literature management with Zotero - Perfect References
Reference management software like Zotero helps you record and
organize citations and create bibliographies. by ANNA SIMON
Programs for managing technical Literature often are important tools
for students and scientist.
Launched back in 2006, Zotero  is a powerful open source literature
management program that harmonizes perfectly with LibreOffice and
Microsoft Word. It is especially suitable for fields that do not usually
LaTeX for writing (i.e., the humanities, economics, health, and
some natural sciences). A special version of Zotero, called Jurism , is
adapted specifically for the field of law.
Zotero not only runs on Linux but also on macOS and Windows. It also
mobile operating systems. Several (unofficial) apps for Android and iOS
import and edit title data, including scanning ISBNs.
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travel, as many events are being canceled or converted
to virtual events due to the effects of COVID-19.
USENIX ATC '21 Date: June 18-20, 2021 Location: Virtual Event
USENIX ATC brings together leading systems researchers for the presentation
of cutting-edge systems research and the opportunity to gain insight into a
wealth of must-know topics, including virtualization, system and network
management, troubleshooting, cloud and edge computing, security, privacy
trust, mobile and wireless, and much more.
GUADEC 2021 Date: July 21-25, 2021 Location: Virtual Event
GUADEC is the GNOME community’s largest conference, bringing together
hundreds of users, contributors, community members, and enthusiastic
supporters for a week of talks and workshops. View the GUADEC schedule
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