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

Check disk usage at the command line with du

End users and system administrators sometimes struggle to get exact disk usage numbers by folder (directory) or file. The du command can help. It stands for disk usage, and is one of the most useful commands to report disk usage…. Continue Reading →

Getting Started with Flatpak

Fedora is a distribution that does not shy away from emerging technology (after all, one of its founding principles is First). So it comes as no surprise that Fedora is on the leading edge of a revolutionary new software package… Continue Reading →

Using Octave on Fedora 26

Octave is a free alternative to Matlab. It processes numerical computation and offers built-in plotting and visualization tools to evaluate the behavior of formulas and powerful equations. Octave is a multi-platform tool that also contains many scripts compatible with Matlab…. Continue Reading →

4 cool new projects to try in COPR for October

In case you missed last month’s article on COPR, it’s a collection of personal repositories for software not carried in Fedora. Some software doesn’t conform to standards that allow easy packaging. Or it may be free software but doesn’tmeet other Fedora standards…. Continue Reading →

Troubleshooting SELinux

SELinux is one of the most powerful security features in your Fedora system. It’s like a valet key for your computer services, only allowing them to access approved data. SELinux has outgrown its early-days reputation for difficulty. Now it has… Continue Reading →

Running the Fedora kernel regression tests

When a new kernel is released, users often want to know if it’s usable. The kernel has a set of test cases that can be run to help validate it. These tests are run automatically on every successful build. They… Continue Reading →

4 cool new projects to try in COPR

COPR is a collection of personal repositories for software that isn’t carried in Fedora. Some software doesn’t conform to standards that allow easy packaging. Or it may not meet other Fedora standards, despite being free and open source. COPR can… Continue Reading →

Keep DNF automatic updates rolling in Fedora 26

DNF Automatic is an optional Fedora component you can configure for automatic updates of packages. DNF Automatic is provided by the (aptly named) dnf-automatic package. This package has been available in previous releases of Fedora as well as in Fedora 26…. Continue Reading →

Move status icons to your GNOME top bar

The GNOME desktop environment comes installed with Fedora Workstation. GNOME hackers have continued to refine it over several years. However, not all third party software providers update their apps accordingly. Some software providers still make use of outdated status bar icons for… Continue Reading →

Make a Github Pages blog with Pelican

Pelican is a utility that lets you create beautiful weblogs using just text files. The files can be in reStructured Text or Markdown formats, which are both simple to learn. Like other blog software, you can make both timed posts and… Continue Reading →

Never leave IRC again with ZNC

IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is an online chat protocol that has existed since 1988. IRC is a network of large chat rooms. Each room lets members of a community talk with each other from all corners of the world. Those new to IRC may… Continue Reading →

3 ways to trick out your terminal emulator

The command line is one of the most well-loved parts of a Linux distribution. Maybe not just because of what you can do with it, but how you can use it. Terminal windows are notorious for customization, and there’s several… Continue Reading →

Edit images with GNU Parallel and ImageMagick

Imagine you need to make changes to thousands or millions of images. You might write a simple script or batch process to handle the conversion automatically with ImageMagick. Everything is going fine, until you realize this process will take more… Continue Reading →

Installing Ring in Fedora 26

Many communication platforms promise to link people together by video, voice, and data. But almost none of them promise or respect user privacy and freedom to a useful extent. Ring is a universal communication system for any platform. But it… Continue Reading →

5 apps to install on your Fedora Workstation

A few weeks ago, Fedora 26 was released. Every release of Fedora brings new updates and new applications into the official software repositories. Whether you were already a Fedora user and upgraded or you are a first-time user, you might… Continue Reading →

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