Balena Etcher OS Flash Tool

Balena Etcher is software to flash Operating System images to USB drives and SD cards. It works well. Normally it is offered as an AppImage, but it is also possible to add the Balena Etcher github repository and install as a .deb file from there. Installing Balena Etcher on Debian with apt Debian installation instructions ... Read more

neofetch cli system information

Neofetch is a CLI system information tool written in BASH. Neofetch displays information about your system next to an image, your OS logo, or any ASCII file of your choice. It is an active Github repository with 230 contributors and over 5,000 edits. Neofetch Readme Neofetch is a command-line system information tool written in bash ... Read more

Fig and Bash-it

At first glance, Fig seems to be re-inventing the wheel when it comes to autocomplete, but it is actually doing this at the OS level, and not integrating into the shell. Linux is not yet supported (10 April 2022), but coming soon. This means a faster implementation of extending the shell. Bash-it is the great ... Read more

Window Managers

Beneath every window-based Desktop Environment (DE) there is a windows manager. And beneath the windows manager, is a display server protocol such as X.org, Mir, and Wayland. When choosing a Desktop Environment, one can simply choose a windows manager and then add various other utilities such as menus, panels, search interfaces, configuration interfaces, etc. This ... Read more

SomaFM Linux Clients

Playing internet radio from the command line is quite a thing, especially the excellent Soma FM. Unfortunately there are some problems of late with various clients including: Uscheck, my favorite until this issue in October, 2021 Rocky Madden, who also suffers from the problems of October, 2021 The best approach is to fall back to ... Read more

OBS Studio on Debian

OBS (Open Broadcaster Studio) Studio is a popular, open source multiplatform broadcasting and recording control panel. OBS Installation for Debian sudo apt install linux-headers-$(uname -r) ffmpeg obs-studio v4l2loopback-dkms Note that the Linux headers and loopback (not included in the most recent release of OBS as of February 2022) enable a virtual camera button, so that ... Read more

YouTube Premium and YouTube Music

Google is a behemoth and has a variety of properties that one may need to use, for example: YouTube - to watch YouTube content, and to create and upload YouTube content YouTube Music - to listen to YouTube Music There are subscriptions available for YouTube Premium as well as YouTube Music Premium. As far as ... Read more

Pix Image Editor

Pix is another Linux Mint application (the second I use, along with Nemo) that is a useful, lightweight, simple image editor, good for cropping, scaling, and converting between filetypes. However, for actual editing, Inkscape is my editor of choice (I find GIMP hard to use). The latest versions of Inkscape may not be available under ... Read more