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Stories, guides, and news for users of Fedora distribution.

Try Tilix — a new terminal emulator in Fedora

Fedora users are spoilt for choice when it comes to terminal emulators. From the default gnome-terminal, to xterm, konsole, terminator, or tilda, there is certain to be a terminal emulator that suits your workflow. However, in Fedora 26, there is a new choice available to Fedora users: Tilix (previously named Terminix).

Read your MRI using aeskulap in Fedora

Open source probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think about medicine. But with standards for exchanging digital data comes a foot in the door for open source. By implementing these standards, open source gives patients access… Continue Reading →

Creating and using Nautilus templates

Have you ever noticed that by default there’s a Templates folder in your home directory? In some file managers, there’s an item in the right-click menu to “Create empty file” or “Create new file”.  However, Files (also known as Nautilus) lets you… Continue Reading →

Tether a digital camera using Entangle

Ever wanted to be able to control your digital camera or DSLR from Fedora? Entangle — an application to tether digital cameras — allows you to take a shot, tweak settings, and view the shot all from the comfort of… Continue Reading →

Using cloud-init to initialize Fedora Cloud VMs on oVirt

This article shows how to use cloud-init on the oVirt management platform. With cloud-init, you can start up a Fedora Cloud Base Image template, configured for network and logins, without logging into the virtual machine. What is oVirt? oVirt is a free, open-source virtualization… Continue Reading →

How to use Java and other NPAPI plugins in Firefox

Mozilla decided to stop supporting NPAPI plugins for Firefox browser two years ago. NPAPI plugins are binary components integrated to the browser. Some well known NPAPI plugins are Flash, Java, and the GNOME Shell web extension. The stock Firefox 52 browser… Continue Reading →

Record a Screencast with the EasyScreenCast extension

Fedora Workstation — thanks to the GNOME Desktop — has a simple built-in function to take a screencast. However, if you require more control over how you take your screencasts, use the EasyScreenCast GNOME extension. This awesome extension has many… Continue Reading →

Integrating scripts in Nautilus to perform useful tasks

Files (also known as Nautilus) is the default file browser in Fedora Workstation. One of the super-handy, yet lesser known features in Nautilus is the ability to add scripts to run against one or more files. You can use this… Continue Reading →

How to install Wireshark network analyzer on Fedora

Wireshark is popular tool for network protocol analysis used by education institutions and in the industry. It offers both terminal and graphical user interfaces and both are available on Fedora. You can use it either for real-time network analysis or… Continue Reading →

Get the most out of GNOME notifications

For many users, GNOME 3, also known as Gnome Shell, is the definitive desktop interface. It’s clean and simple, without too many twinkles or distractions. That said, this article describes some tricks to change the GNOME notifications experience. Notifications Alert extension Notifications in… Continue Reading →

Master efficient typing with Ibus typing booster

The Ibus typing booster is a predictive text input method. The project goal is to empower existing keyboard layouts with predictions to allow users to boost their typing speed without compromising on data accuracy. This project started in 2010 with… Continue Reading →

Automate building Fedora Atomic Host

Atomic Host from Project Atomic is a lightweight, container-based OS built upon the principle of immutable infrastructure using the LDK (Linux, Docker, Kubernetes) stack. Atomic Hosts are built from standard RPM packages composed into filesystem trees using rpm-ostree. Atomic Host comes… Continue Reading →

Gitlab, Pelican and Let’s Encrypt for a secure blog

SSL security allows users to trust the authenticity of a site’s content. While you can host an SSL blog on both GitHub and GitLab pages, only GitLab supports SSL for custom domains. This article shows you how to use Pelican and Let’s Encrypt to produce… Continue Reading →

3 mind mapping tools in Fedora

In a previous Magazine article, we covered tracking your time and tasks. In that article we mentioned some mind mapping tools. Now we’ll cover three mind mapping apps you can use in Fedora. You can use these tools to generate and manipulate maps that show… Continue Reading →

Saving laptop power with powertop

If there’s one thing you want from a laptop, it’s long battery life. You want every drop of power you can get to work, read, or just be entertained on a long jaunt. So it’s good to know where your power is going. You can… Continue Reading →

How to install supplemental wallpapers

Supplemental wallpapers make each release of Fedora a joy to run. This article explains how to install and select them on your Fedora system.

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