Why Did Mozilla Remove XUL Add-ons?

By iftttbot

During the past few days, I’ve been chatting with Firefox users, trying to separate fact from rumor regarding the consequences of the August 2020 Mozilla layoffs. One of the topics that came back a few times was the removal of XUL-based add-ons during the move to Firefox Quantum. from https://yoric.github.io/post/why-did-mozilla-remove-xul-addons/

Split Personality Snaps

By iftttbot

Broadly speaking, most snaps in the Snap Store fall into one of two categories, desktop applications and server daemons. The graphical applications such as Chromium and Spotify use desktop files, which ensure they can be opened on demand by any user via a menu or launcher. from https://snapcraft.io/blog/split-personality-snaps

Ubuntu 20.10 Desktop to gain official Raspberry Pi support?

By iftttbot

While Ubuntu server is officially supported on the Pi 2, 3, and 4 (including the new 8GB RAM variant of the Pi 4), getting the Ubuntu desktop running on the mini PC has so far been a community effort. from https://joeress.com/ubuntu-20-10-desktop-to-gain-official-raspberry-pi-support/

Making a snap package of sc-controller

By mcphail

sc-controller is a neat little utility which allows Linux users to use a Steam Controller to play non-Steam games. I’ve used it for a long time on Ubuntu to play games like Pillars of Eternity from the comfort of my armchair. Sadly, it is built with the now-deprecated python2 technology, and the upcoming 20.04 release…

Setting up an email server in 2020 with OpenSMTPD and Dovecot

By iftttbot

So, you want to set up your own email server? In that case, welcome. There are many reasons to run a custom email server, ranging from privacy concerns about providers like Google, to just wanting to do it for fun and/or learning. Since you’re here, I assume you’ve already found a reason. from https://prefet.ch/blog/2020/email-server/

Number word sequences

By iftttbot

I was idly musing about number sequences, and the Lychrel algorithm. If you don’t know about this, there’s a good Numberphile video on it: basically, take any number, reverse it, add the two, and if you get a palindrome stop, and if you don’t, keep doing it. from https://www.kryogenix.org/days/2020/01/19/number-word-sequences/

Looping Music Seamlessly

By iftttbot

I wrote a Python script that lets you loop .mp3 files seamlessly, forever, based on a loop point determined automatically. This means that you can now listen to your favorite video game music on repeat, forever, sounding just like it does in the game! You can download the script here: from http://nolannicholson.com/looper.html

Boosting the Real Time Performance of Gnome Shell 3.34 in Ubuntu 19.10

By iftttbot

As you may have read many times, Gnome 3.34 brings much improved desktop performance. In this article we will describe some of the improvements contributed by Canonical, how the problems were surprising, how they were approached and what other performance work is coming in future. from https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/boosting-the-real-time-performance-of-gnome-shell-3-34-in-ubuntu-19-10/13095

Join GNOME in our fight against a patent troll

By iftttbot

A month ago, GNOME was hit by a patent troll for developing the Shotwell image management application. It’s the first time a free software project has been targeted in this way, but we worry it won’t be the last. from https://blogs.gnome.org/engagement/2019/10/22/join-gnome-in-our-fight-against-a-patent-troll/