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I maintain a few Snap packages (installable Linux software packages) and I’ve been very interested in the metrics that Snapcraft (the Snap Store) provides. It’s a (minor) indicator of how large the snap user base is (or at least growth) as well as how useful a snap may or may not be. In October I started this Linux Snap Package Metrics series and I’ll be updating every month with the numbers until someone tells me otherwise 😄.
Here’s the metrics for snaps I maintain for the past month:continue reading →
Update: An engineer from System76 chipped in suggesting that this is not a good way to update the BIOS. Their method is still unavailable though. While this may not be the best way to update the BIOS for Thelio computers, this method should still work for GIGABYTE based PCs that don’t support Linux the way System76 does.
Please don't do this. Your system is now no longer considered a Thelio by our software now that you are no longer using our firmware.— Michael Aaron Murphy (@mmstick) June 9, 2019
The firmware upgrade tool is currently being updated at the moment to support flashing Thelios. You can use the System76 Firmware application.
I bought a System76 Thelio desktop computer earlier this year (btw, I love it). The BIOS on its Gigabyte motherboard is two releases old. All of the instructions I found on how to update the BIOS involved Windows or formatting and imaging a USB flash drive. It’s 2019, there are easier ways.
Here’s how I updated the UEFI BIOS on my Thelio’s Gigabyte motherboard using only Ubuntu and the Q-Flash.continue reading →
Here’s how to install Zoom, a popular video chat software, on Ubuntu 19.04 “Disco”.continue reading →
In continuing with my series of CircleCI desktop wallpapers, I’ve made a couple to celebrate Pride Month 2019. This is the second wallpaper and you can find the first one here.
This particular wallpaper has both a light and dark variant. Take a look below to choose your favorite. You’ll find the preview in this post but you can download the full resolution 4K/16:9 version (for normal screens) and a nearly-4K/16:10 version (for Macbook-like screens) from the links below.continue reading →
In continuing with my series of CircleCI desktop wallpapers, I’ve made a couple to celebrate Pride Month 2019. This is the first wallpaper and you can find the second one here.
You’ll find the preview in this post but you can download the full resolution 4K/16:9 version (for normal screens) and a nearly-4K/16:10 version (for Macbook-like screens) from the links below.continue reading →
There’s a setting in Ubuntu called “Automatic Time Zone”. Even if you have it set to “On”, there’s a good chance it doesn’t work. Here’s why and how to fix it.continue reading →
Hugo has fairly frequent releases. It’s one of the many things I like about it. Once in awhile though you may want to test out the in-development version of Hugo. Maybe there’s a new feature or bug fix that’s merged that you just can’t wait to use, or maybe there’s a larger change coming that the development team needs help testing. Maybe you just like living wildly. Regardless of your reason, here’s three ways to run the development version of Hugo.
This is specifically showing you how to use unreleased, probably buggy software. Keep that in mind.continue reading →
Ubuntu Core is a variant of the traditional Ubuntu operating system with Linux Snaps at its heart. It ditches Apt and Debian packages for Snaps which enables a transactional and lightweight OS. Ubuntu Core is intended to run for IoT use cases such as on embedded devices and popular single-board computers such as the Raspberry Pi. I’m going to show you how to run it on Linode because… well because we can!continue reading →