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Sep 30, 2005
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GUI To Batch Rename Files On Linux With Exif And Music Tags Support: Inviska Rename

is a free and open source GUI batch file rename utility for Linux, Mac and Windows.
Besides the usual rename functions like replacing a portion of the text with some other text, inserting or removing text, renaming file extensions, and so on, this tool can rename folders, rename music based on tags, and rename photos using their Exif information. It can even batch rename using file attributes like the creation or modification date.

Inviska Rename can perform the following operations:

  • Insert, remove and replace text in filename or extension.
  • Rename using music tag information, such as mp3 ID3v2 tags, FLAC tags and other audio tags.
  • Rename using Exif information from digital photographs.
  • Rename using file creation or modification date.
  • Automatically number files for easy ordering.
  • Change filename to uppercase, lowercase, title case or sentence case.
  • Filter items to be renamed based on extension, selection, files only or folders only.
  • Save common rename settings for frequent tasks.
  • Undo previous rename operation to restore original filenames.
  • Show/hide hidden files to include/exclude them from rename operations.
  • Navigate through directories in preview list to locate the files you wish to rename.
  • Easily see which filenames will be changed with highlighting of modified filenames in the preview pane.
  • View tags present in file (Exif screenshot, Music screenshot) and edit music tags before renaming.
  • Rename in any language thanks to full Unicode support.
  • Cross platform, running on Windows 7+, macOS 10.12+ and Linux.
  • Free open-source software released under the GPLv2+ licence.

You should take note of below if running this on a penguin.

Version 7.0

  • Switched to AppImage - The Linux build is now distributed as an AppImage. I'll look to add a Flatpak in the future, and possibly a Snap. The AppImage has been tested to work on Linux Mint 18.0, 19.0 & 19.1, Ubuntu 16.04, 18.04 & 19.04, Debian 9.1.0, OpenSUSE 15 & Leap, Fedora 30, Manjaro and Antergos. Note that, after downloading, you will have to make the AppImage executable to run it.
  • Portable AppImage - A portable version of the AppImage is available which stores the settings in the application directory.
  • Dropped .deb, .rpm and .pkg.tar.xz packages - For various reasons I've decided to drop the traditional package formats and will move towards newer formats, like Flatpak.
I will give this a whirl at some time and report back as I think it would be a very useful tool.

Enjoy :cool:



Sep 30, 2005
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Valve gives Ubuntu the boot :eek:

Valve developer Pierre-Loup Griffais working on Steam for Linux announced that they will drop support for the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10 release, as well as future Ubuntu Linux releases.

Valve's harsh announcement comes just a few days after Canonical's announcement that they will drop support for 32-bit (i386) architectures in Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine). Pierre-Loup Griffais said on Twitter that Steam for Linux won't be officially supported on Ubuntu 19.10, nor any future releases.
The Steam developer also added that Valve will focus their efforts on supporting other Linux-based operating systems for Steam for Linux. They will be looking for a GNU/Linux distribution that still offers support for 32-bit apps, and that they will try to minimize the breakage for Ubuntu users.
"Ubuntu 19.10 and future releases will not be officially supported by Steam or recommended to our users. We will evaluate ways to minimize breakage for existing users, but will also switch our focus to a different distribution, currently TBD," said Valve developer Pierre-Loup Griffais.

Remember WINE also uses 32 Bit stuff, soooooooooooooooooooo,

Canonical returning 32-bit Ubuntu Linux support after gaming uproar

32-bit software should be functionally obsolete, but it turns out to live on in a 64-bit computing world. So, Canonical is putting 32-bit libraries back in to its next Ubuntu Linux releases.

There are few--if any--people demanding new Linux versions for their antique i386 PCs.Linux itself dropped support for the seminal 32-bit processor in 2012. At the time, Linus Torvalds bid 32-bit Linux good-bye saying, "I'm not sentimental. Good riddance."

Ubuntu developer Will Cooke explained that while "386 makes up around 1% of the Ubuntu install base," the potential problems were larger. While the 32-bit operating system are history, it turns out, 32-bit software libraries have lived on, and some very popular programs -- mostly games -- still use them. Developers and Ubuntu users were not happy.

It's been known for some time that both Steam and Wine depended on archaic 32-bit libraries. "On the list of known blockers for removing the i386 port are Steam and Wine." It also appears that some drivers -- in particular for older Brother printers -- are only functional with 32-bit libraries.

In the meantime, a bit of testing by Alan Pope, a Canonical developer advocate, found that some existing Steam and Wine programs won't run on beta Ubuntu 19.10. Ubuntu developers worried --naturally enough -- that this will make some Linux desktop users drop Ubuntu.

Moving forward, Canonical has decided "it's relatively easy for us to change plans and enable natively in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS the applications for which there is a specific need."
Canonical also stated it "work with the WINE, Ubuntu Studio and gaming communities to use container technology to address the ultimate end of life of 32-bit libraries; it should stay possible to run old applications on newer versions of Ubuntu. Snaps and LXD enable us both to have complete 32-bit environments, and bundled libraries, to solve these issues in the long term."

So if they knew Wine and Steam needed 32 Bit stuff why on earth did they drop the 32 Bit stuff ? hat a bunch of total D***H**ds. :rolleyes:

Storm in a teacup over and done with in less than 24 hours, blink and you would have missed it. :cool:


Sep 30, 2005
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10 PRINT Memorial in New Hampshire marks the birthplace of BASIC

"After just over 55 years, the birthplace of BASIC has been honoured with a memorial marker in New Hampshire, USA.

Thanks to a campaign by local paper columnist David Brooks, the New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker was installed earlier this month.

Professor John Kemeny, Maths professor Thomas Kurtz, and a group undergraduate students at Dartmouth College (pics) created BASIC (Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code). The first program ran on 1 May 1964.

They also created time-sharing to open up access to all students at the college. The idea was that the computers should be used by all students, not just those studying technical subjects.

The marker was going to include both these achievements but they wouldn't fit onto a small road sign."



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Sep 30, 2005
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10 ways to get started with Linux

"The article What is a Linux user? by Anderson Silva made it clear that these days people are as likely to use Linux (in some way) as they are to use Windows, as long as your definition of "using Linux" is sufficiently broad. Still, if you don't have enough Linux in your life, now is a great time to try Linux in a way you've never tried before.

Here are 10 ways to get started with Linux. Try one or try them all."

Neat article.




Sep 30, 2005
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5 tiny Linux distros to try before you die

Resurrect an ancient machine, boot a broken system, or ensure a safe public computing session with these tiny Linux distros.

"There are plenty of Linux distributions out there to choose from when you're deciding what to run on a daily basis, yet some are so small that they get little notice. But tiny Linux distributions are powerful innovations: having an entire operating system drive a computer with less than 1GB of storage and half as much RAM is the ultimate software hack.

Tiny distros have many uses, such as:

  • Save old and slow computers from the rubbish bin. Reject planned obsolescence and use computers until they fall apart, not just until they start to feel slow.
  • Boot broken or corrupted systems from a thumb drive to recover data or repair boot partitions.
  • Ensure a safe and private environment when on a public computer. If you boot a public computer in a hotel lobby or a library from a thumb drive, you'll know your operating environment is secure."

I have over the years tried all five of the distros mentioned and had a great deal of fun with them. I have also used them to rescue a borked install, run them on pc's with no hard drives and even run some from a sd card.





Sep 30, 2005
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Immutable Linux with Silverblue: My favorite superpower

Silverblue is basically a version of Fedora. There’s one key difference, however, which is that the operating system is mounted read-only, meaning that it’s immutable.

What does "immutable" mean? It means that it can’t be changed. To be more accurate, in a software context, it generally means that something can’t be changed during run time.

In Silverblue’s case, it’s the operating system that’s immutable. You install applications in containers (more on this later) using Flatpak, rather than onto the root filesystem. This means not only that the installation of applications is isolated from the core filesystem, but also that the ability for malicious applications to compromise your system is significantly reduced.

This approach also makes it easy to maintain different versions of an operating system or installations with different sets of packages. If you need to test an application in a particular environment, you boot into the image that reflects that environment and do the testing. Another environment? Another image.

Silverblue Fedora 30 has been released today!

Before we chose the name Team Silverblue, the team was the Fedora Atomic Workstation SIG, and the Atomic Workstation is what we are producing, now under its new name, Silverblue. At its core, it is a variant of the Fedora Workstation which uses rpm-ostree to provide an immutable OS image with reliable updates and easy rollbacks.

The concrete goals of the Team Silverblue project are to provide excellent support for container-based workflows and make Silverblue the preferred variant of Fedora Workstation.

This is a very interesting development by Fedora.




Sep 30, 2005
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SparkyLinux 2020.02 GameOver, Multimedia and Rescue Editions Are Out Now

Now, the SparkyLinux 2020.02 GameOver, Multimedia and Rescue special editions are available for download as well. They’re also based on the Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye” repos, but include special software components.

While the GameOver edition comes preloaded with numerous games, the Multimedia edition contains a collections of utilities for audio, graphics, and video creation, and the Rescue edition brings useful tools for system maintenance and repair.

Multimedia Edition
SparkyLinux “Multimedia” Edition uses a lightweight desktop environment and features a large set of tools for creating and editing graphics, audio, video and HTML pages, such as:
  • Graphics: Blender, Darktable, GIMP, ImageMagick, Inkscape, K-3D, Karbon, Krita, LibreOffice Draw, MyPaint, Phatch, RawTherapee, Scribus, Simple Scan, Synfig Studio
  • Audio: Aeolus, Ardour4, AT1, Audacity, Audio Tag Tool, Bitmeter, Composite, Foo YC20, Gmidimonitor, Guitarix, Gxtuner, Hydrogen, Internet DJ Console, Jaaa, JACK Keyboard, JAMin, Jnoisemeter, Lingot, LMMS, Meterbridge, Mixxx, Patchage, Petri-Foo, PHASEX, QjackCTL, QJackRcd, Qsynth, Qtractor, Rakarrack, Rosengarden, samplv1, SooperLooper, Sound Converter, Sound Juicer, Sweep, Timemachine, Tuxguitar, Yoshimi, Zita
  • Video: Avidemux, Blender, Brasero, DeVeDe, dvd::rip, DVD Styler, Kdenlive, LiVES, OGMRip, OpenShot, RecordMyDesktop, Stopmotion, Subtitle Editor, Transmageddon, Video Transcoder, VideoCut, VLC, WinFF, Xine, Xjadeo,
  • HTML: BlueGriffon, Blue Fish

GameOver Edition

Sparky “GameOver” Edition features a lightweight desktop, a very large number of preinstalled games, useful tools and scripts. Built for gamers.
Preinstalled games (can be changed):
0ad, 3dchess, Airstrike, Alienblaster, Amphetamine, Antigravitaattori, Armagetronad, Ascii Jump, Asylum, Atomix, Balder2d, Barrage, Berusky, Billard-gl, Biniax2, Black Bbox, Blobby, Bloboats, Blockout2, Brainparty, Bygfoot, Chromium-bsu, Einstein, ExtremeTuxRacer, Five or More, Flare, Four in a row, Freedroid, Frozen Bubble, Funnyboat, Gnome Chess, Gnome Hearts, Gnome Klotski, Gnome Mahjongg, Gnome Mastermind, Gnome Mines, Gnome Nibbles, Gnome Robots, Gnome Sudoku, Gnome Tetravex, Gnubik, GnuChess, Gnugo, GtkAtlantic, GtkPool, Gunroar, Holdingnuts, Iagno, Lbreakout2, Lightsoff, Liquidwar, Ltris, Maelstrom, Megaglest, Minetest, Mokomaze, Monopd, Monsterz, Moon Buggy, Moon Lander, Net Maze, Net Panzer, Open Arena, Pacman, Performous, Quad Rapassel, Slime Volley, Snake4, Snowballz, Supertux, Swell Foop, Tali, Tee Worlds, Tennix, Tetzle, Tomatoes, Transcend, War Zone 2100, Wesnoth, Widelands, Xblast TNT, Xmoto, ZAZ
Preinstalled tools:
  • Steam
  • Itch client for Linux
  • Wine
  • PlayOnLinux
  • TeamSpeak Installer
  • Sparky IA - gives you quick access to Internet Archive old games via a web browser
  • Sparky APTus Gamer - helps you quick install applications such as: AdvenceMENU, Atari800, DeSmuME, Desura Installer, DOSBox, DOSEMU, ePSXe, FCEUX, FS-UAE, GNOME Video Arcade, Hatari, Higan, Hega Fusion,, MAME, Mednafen, MESS, Nestopia, PCSX, PlayOnLinux, PPSSPP, Steam, Stella, VisualBoyAdvance, Virtual Jaguar, Wine, Winetricks, Yabause, ZSNES.

"Sparky is fast, lightweight and fully customizable OS which offers a few versions for different users and different tasks, such as:

• fully featured OS with a lightweight desktop environment, which works out of the box and contain a selection of pré installed common use software for home users;
• MinimalGUI with Openbox window manager preinstalled only with basic software installed for users whose want to configure their OS/desktop as they want, on the top of Debian + any desktop environment or window manager they like;
• 3 Special Editions for different tasks, all with Openbox as default:
* GameOver for gamers;
* Multimedia for audio, video and html pages creating;
* Rescue for fixing broken OS or so;
• MinimalCLI with no X server – for last, but not less important in any way, for advanced users whose want to build and configure their desktops in own way;

Sparky supports about 20 desktop environments and window managers giving you freedom of choice, having in mind that your computer is made for working, having fun, entertainment, keeping in touch with friends, and many, many other things.

Sparky “stable flavor” is the best choice to change your existing, other operating system and try a GNU/Linux distribution without need of installation and changing your computer partition table."

Sparky seems to have all bases covered. Along with ready to roll specialist os's you have a very minimal GUI edition that enables you to easily configure an os to suit yourself easily. The most interesting offering for folk who like total control of their customisations is the MinimalCLI edition.

You can tell that the team doing all the work are of the highest calibre as they have included WINDOW MAKER as one of their supported WM's.



Sep 30, 2005
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The Most Extensive Live-usb on the Planet!

Back in 2009, the antiX devs foresaw that usb flash drives would be the wave of the future for live Linux media. During the ensuing eight years antiX has been refining their live-usb technology striving to improve the live-usb experience and to find new and unique ways for making use of fast read-write live boot media. During this same time usb flash drives have got larger, more reliable, much cheaper, and much much faster.

Live Bootloaders
The antiX distro provides legacy, 64-bit UEFI, and 32-bit UEFI live bootloaders. Like many other distros, our legacy bootloader provides convenient popup menus for easy customization. But, unlike the others, on the live-usb we also offer an "F8 Save" feature that saves your choices across reboots. This has got to be just about the easiest way possible to customize a live-usb. It is a trivial way to customize the language, timezone, and many other things.

Video Tutorials
Both antiX and MX have many other live-usb features that haven't been covered here. Many of them are explained in more detail on the Run with the Dolphin YouTube Channel . For example:

antiX 17 - Make a live-USB w/ persistence! and Remaster your antiX live-USB

MX has the same live-usb features and both distros are well worth a look at. :cool:


Sep 30, 2005
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This is not an article on a distro but it may be of some interest to folk distro hopping or folk wanting to try out several live os's.

Create A Bootable USB Drive By Simply Copying The ISO To The USB With Ventoy (Linux And Windows)

Ventoy is a fairly new open source tool to create bootable USB drives using Linux or Microsoft Windows ISO files. You install this tool to a USB drive, then simply copy some ISO files to the USB drive and you can boot from it with no other changes (so without having to reformat the USB drive every time you want to create a bootable USB drive, and without having to extract the ISO file contents).

The application is available for Microsoft Windows and Linux. It has a graphical user interface on Windows only; on Linux you'll need to use it from the command line.

When copying multiple ISO files to the USB drive, Ventoy provides a menu on boot from where you can choose which ISO to boot. You can even create a multiboot USB drive by adding ISO files for some Linux distributions and Windows ISO files on the same USB

How to create a bootable USB drive with persistence using Ventoy​

When you create a regular Linux live USB, you can install software, download files, make changes to the system, and so on, but all of these changes are lost after a reboot. A persistent live USB allows saving any changes you make to the live system, so they are still present the next time you boot to it.

Ventoy supports creating bootable USB drive with persistence support. Among the Linux distributions for which Ventoy supports persistence are Ubuntu, MX Linux, Linux Mint, Elementary OS and Zorin OS, although more probably work, but haven't been tested. Generally, any Linux distribution based on Ubuntu should work.

Ventoy has some pretty neat features and is a most interesting tool.:cool:


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This is not an article on a distro but it may be of some interest to folk distro hopping or folk wanting to try out several live os's.

Create A Bootable USB Drive By Simply Copying The ISO To The USB With Ventoy (Linux And Windows)

Ventoy has some pretty neat features and is a most interesting tool.:cool:
Oh this is a brilliant tool! So you're saying I can make one Ventoy USB drive, then stick a Windows 10 installation ISO, recovery ISO, UBCD, Ubuntu, etc... all on the drive and choose what the boot? I'll be making one of these!



Sep 30, 2005
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Oh this is a brilliant tool! So you're saying I can make one Ventoy USB drive, then stick a Windows 10 installation ISO, recovery ISO, UBCD, Ubuntu, etc... all on the drive and choose what the boot? I'll be making one of these!

I have not tried it yet as am busy resuscitating my main rig. However reading the article it looks like you can on just one usb stick have,

Any amount of bootable .iso's, Windows or LInux
any amount of Live Distros with persistence or without
Use the spare space on the usb as a normal usb for data
Have the usb boot on legacy and UEFI

All at the same time :bow:

Just having the ability to copy an .iso to the usb and have it bootable is pretty darn neat on its own. No more dd, Etcher, Rufus or whatever just a plain old copy and paste and away you go.


This is the home site for Ventoy with loads more information
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Sep 30, 2005
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Debian Bullseye released

It's that time that happens only every two years or so, Debian release time! We welcome our new stable Bullseye overlord.

The Debian Project
Debian 11 "bullseye" released (e-mail address removed)
August 14th, 2021

After 2 years, 1 month, and 9 days of development, the Debian project is
proud to present its new stable version 11 (code name "bullseye"), which
will be supported for the next 5 years thanks to the combined work of
the Debian Security team [1] and the Debian Long Term Support [2] team.


Debian 11 "bullseye" ships with several desktop applications and
environments. Amongst others it now includes the desktop environments:

* Gnome 3.38,
* KDE Plasma 5.20,
* LXDE 11,
* LXQt 0.16,
* MATE 1.24,
* Xfce 4.16.

This release contains over 11,294 new packages for a total count of
59,551 packages, along with a significant reduction of over 9,519
packages which were marked as "obsolete" and removed. 42,821 packages
were updated and 5,434 packages remained unchanged.

"bullseye" becomes our first release to provide a Linux kernel with
support for the exFAT filesystem and defaults to using it for mount
exFAT filesystems. Consequently it is no longer required to use the
filesystem-in-userspace implementation provided via the exfat-fuse
package. Tools for creating and checking an exFAT filesystem are
provided in the exfatprogs package.

Most modern printers are able to use driverless printing and scanning
without the need for vendor specific (often non-free) drivers.
"bullseye" brings forward a new package, ipp-usb, which uses the vendor
neutral IPP-over-USB protocol supported by many modern printers. This
allows a USB device to be treated as a network device. The official SANE
driverless backend is provided by sane-escl in libsane1, which uses the
eSCL protocol.

Systemd in "bullseye" activates its persistent journal functionality, by
default, with an implicit fallback to volatile storage. This allows
users that are not relying on special features to uninstall traditional
logging daemons and switch over to using only the systemd journal.

The Debian Med team has been taking part in the fight against COVID-19
by packaging software for researching the virus on the sequence level
and for fighting the pandemic with the tools used in epidemiology; this
work will continue with focus on machine learning tools for both fields.
The team's work with Quality Assurance and Continuous integration is
critical to the consistent reproducible results required in the
sciences. Debian Med Blend has a range of performance critical
applications which now benefit from SIMD Everywhere. To install packages
maintained by the Debian Med team, install the metapackages named med-*,
which are at version 3.6.x.

Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and many other languages now have a new Fcitx
5 input method, which is the successor of the popular Fcitx4 in
"buster" ; this new version has much better Wayland (default display
manager) addon support.

Debian 11 "bullseye" includes numerous updated software packages (over
72% of all packages in the previous release), such as:

* Apache 2.4.48
* BIND DNS Server 9.16
* Calligra 3.2
* Cryptsetup 2.3
* Emacs 27.1
* GIMP 2.10.22
* GNU Compiler Collection 10.2
* GnuPG 2.2.20
* Inkscape 1.0.2
* LibreOffice 7.0
* Linux kernel 5.10 series
* MariaDB 10.5
* OpenSSH 8.4p1
* Perl 5.32
* PHP 7.4
* PostgreSQL 13
* Python 3, 3.9.1
* Rustc 1.48
* Samba 4.13
* Vim 8.2
* more than 59,000 other ready-to-use software packages, built from
more than 30,000 source packages.

With this broad selection of packages and its traditional wide
architecture support, Debian once again stays true to its goal of being
"The Universal Operating System". It is suitable for many different use
cases: from desktop systems to netbooks; from development servers to
cluster systems; and for database, web, and storage servers. At the same
time, additional quality assurance efforts like automatic installation
and upgrade tests for all packages in Debian's archive ensure that
"bullseye" fulfills the high expectations that users have of a stable
Debian release.

A total of nine architectures are supported: 64-bit PC / Intel EM64T /
x86-64 (amd64), 32-bit PC / Intel IA-32 (i386), 64-bit little-endian
Motorola/IBM PowerPC (ppc64el), 64-bit IBM S/390 (s390x), for ARM, armel
and armhf for older and more recent 32-bit hardware, plus arm64 for the
64-bit "AArch64" architecture, and for MIPS, mipsel (little-endian)
architectures for 32-bit hardware and mips64el architecture for 64-bit
little-endian hardware.

If you simply want to try Debian 11 "bullseye" without installing it,
you can use one of the available live images [3] which load and run the
complete operating system in a read-only state via your computer's


These live images are provided for the amd64 and i386 architectures and
are available for DVDs, USB sticks, and netboot setups. The user can
choose among different desktop environments to try: GNOME, KDE Plasma,
LXDE, LXQt, MATE, and Xfce. Debian Live "bullseye" has a standard live
image, so it is also possible to try a base Debian system without any of
the graphical user interfaces.

Should you enjoy the operating system you have the option of installing
from the live image onto your computer's hard disk. The live image
includes the Calamares independent installer as well as the standard
Debian Installer. More information is available in the release notes [4]
and the live install images [5] sections of the Debian website.


To install Debian 11 "bullseye" directly onto your computer's hard disk
you can choose from a variety of installation media such as Blu-ray
Disc, DVD, CD, USB stick, or via a network connection. Several desktop
environments — Cinnamon, GNOME, KDE Plasma Desktop and Applications,
LXDE, LXQt, MATE and Xfce — may be installed through those images. In
addition, "multi-architecture" CDs are available which support
installation from a choice of architectures from a single disc. Or you
can always create bootable USB installation media (see the Installation
Guide [6] for more details).


There has been a lot of development on the Debian Installer, resulting
in improved hardware support and other new features.

In some cases, a successful installation can still have display issues
when rebooting into the installed system; for those cases there are a
few workarounds [7] that might help log in anyway. There is also an
isenkram-based procedure [7] which lets users detect and fix missing
firmware on their systems, in an automated fashion. Of course, one has
to weigh the pros and cons of using that tool since it's very likely
that it will need to install non-free packages.


In addition to this, the non-free installer images that include firmware
packages [8] have been improved so that they can anticipate the need for
firmware in the installed system (e.g. firmware for AMD or Nvidia
graphics cards, or newer generations of Intel audio hardware).


For cloud users, Debian offers direct support for many of the best-known
cloud platforms. Official Debian images are easily selected through each
image marketplace. Debian also publishes pre-built OpenStack images [9]
for the amd64 and arm64 architectures, ready to download and use in
local cloud setups.


Debian can now be installed in 76 languages, with most of them available
in both text-based and graphical user interfaces.

The installation images may be downloaded right now via bittorrent [10]
(the recommended method), jigdo [11], or HTTP [12]; see Debian on
CDs [13] for further information. "bullseye" will soon be available on
physical DVD, CD-ROM, and Blu-ray Discs from numerous vendors [14] too.


Upgrades to Debian 11 from the previous release, Debian 10 (code name
"buster") are automatically handled by the APT package management tool
for most configurations.

For bullseye, the security suite is now named bullseye-security and
users should adapt their APT source-list files accordingly when
upgrading. If your APT configuration also involves pinning or
APT:efault-Release, it is likely to require adjustments too. See the
Changed security archive layout [15] section of the release notes for
more details.


If you are upgrading remotely, be aware of the section No new SSH
connections possible during upgrade [16].


As always, Debian systems may be upgraded painlessly, in place, without
any forced downtime, but it is strongly recommended to read the release
notes [17] as well as the installation guide [18] for possible issues,
and for detailed instructions on installing and upgrading. The release
notes will be further improved and translated to additional languages in
the weeks after the release.


About Debian

Debian is a free operating system, developed by thousands of volunteers
from all over the world who collaborate via the Internet. The Debian
project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to the
Debian Social Contract and Free Software, and its commitment to provide
the best operating system possible. This new release is another
important step in that direction.

Contact Information

For further information, please visit the Debian web pages at or send mail to (e-mail address removed).

Well done all of those folk. :bow::bow::bow:



Sep 30, 2005
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Came across this rather neat program that has been resurrected after being dormant since 2011.

Add A News Ticker To Your Desktop With TICKR (Scrolling News Feed Widget)

It's also worth noting that the application is not new. However, there were no new releases for many years - between 2013 and 2020 there was only a beta release. It looks like its developer is active again though, with a new major version being released in 2020, followed by a minor release last month. Even so, the application continues to use GTK2 for now.

The home site

Latest News on your Desktop, in just a click ...

TICKR version 0.7.1 is a Free Open Source, GTK-based RSS READER application which displays RSS FEEDS in a TICKER bar on your desktop. With a single click, you get the latest headlines scrolling in a thin window on your desktop, as what can be seen on Cable News TV channels.
TICKR can also be used with any text files instead of remote XML resources. And it can be used in shell scripts as all parameters can be set from command line.

The help files are useful

Just some links for RSS inspiration

Top 100 World News RSS Feeds

Top 90 Linux RSS Feeds

I made a short video, 12 mins long , 64 MB, which might be of interest, it shows tickr in use.

A fantastic video of Tickr in use.

There are packages for Ubuntu and Debian ox'x and a windows version aswell. As there is no package for Arch I installed tickr on my Arch set up doing this after I cd'd into the tickr folder.



make check

make install check

sudo make install

It installed and runs ok. I will eventually make a Arch PKGBUILD just to keep things tidy.

At the moment I have several RSS feeds, BBC News, BBC4 Extra,NASA Latest News, Phronix, Gizmodo,Arch News, running in a loop. You can just run one feed and you can also run several different instances of tickr at the same time. You can change the font and colours size etc to suit but I have not fiddled around that much with it yet.

This is a very neat program and is not too intrusive.A fine example of the KISS principal that early linux is based upon. I have set it to autostart when booting the system up and will continue to play around with it.



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