Daniel (daniel01@social.isurf.ca) 2020-09-09 21:03:59:

How M$ will take posses over the Linux realm…

How M$ will take posses over the Linux realm…

Recently there has been a lot of excitment around WSL2, with Canonical in front line to make Ubuntu a first class citizen on WSL2.

As usual there is a very well orchestred communication around this topic, and the refrain says that everything that get people closer to linux is welcome, but the only two entities that I see getting closer and closer between each other are just M$ and Canonical.

It seems that Canonical eventually have found a way to push M$ to make purchase offer. If Canonical will be able to make the switching between W10 and Ubuntu transparent at this point there isn’t any reason for M$ for not acquire Canonical. We already knew that at certain this will happen but the one who want the most this a becoming reality is the BDOL of Ubuntu hisself.

Probably are years that Shuttleworth is dreaming to make the best deal of his life, and with Ubuntu as just as second skin of Windows, acquiring Canonical for M$ would be a terrific win-win situation, for instance, with a single shot it may:

* taking over half of the internet server
* taking over AWS which is pratically build on top of Ubuntu
* draining all the Ubuntu based cloud service toward Azure
* Get rid off all the derivates of Ubuntu with a singl blow
* taking over the LinuxDesktop once and forever
* Intercepting all the prospect Linux users before they get closer to GNU/Linux

And Ubuntu will be the rise and the fall of the Linux Desktop.

The servants of the masters have already activated their propaganda’s machine, now it is only a question of time.


Originally posted on friendica.me

Thunderbird and Firefox are GTK+ apps.  GTK+ is a windowing toolkit that GNU/Linux application developers tend to use when creating software on the GNOME Desktop Environment.

If you decide to switch to an alternative desktop environment, such as KDE, the default settings for GNOME/GTK applications may be ignored.  This is because KDE uses the Qt windowing toolkit instead.

To fix this, you need to do it tell KDE to pick up the GTK settings and apply them to your GTK apps.

In Fedora/CentOS, this is simple:

# yum install qtcurve-gtk2.x86_64

Then in KDE, point to Kicker (the application menu) > system settings > Application Appearance > GTK+ Appearance

Change the Widget Style (dropdown) from Redmond to qtCurve.

More information for Ubuntu users is here:

Short one today – I was looking for a way of converting all my ripped CDs to an alternative format for portable audio use.

Here’s a useful link for doing scripted, recursive audio format conversion.

Now you can rip all those CDs to FLAC format (which is lossless, unlike lossy mp3CBR or VBR) and then convert the lot to mp3 for the iPod, car, etc.

Oh, and a copy of Fedora or Ubuntu would probably be handy too 😉

Of course, you could pay for a commercial alternative or even – heaven forbid – “upgrade” your iTunes for DRM-de-restricted AAC files (which are still lossy-format files anyway).

So, why bother, when a CD costs the same and has better sound quality?

Forget digital downloads, until they respect your freedom.  Buy CDs!!

Or, if you are 100% sure your data will always be safe and/or don’t have a hi-fi CD player (in addition to CD/DVD-ROM drive) to justify getting physical media, investigate these forward-looking alternatives: