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    OpenWrt is often ideal for older or cheaper modems to provide lots of extra, and up to date, features and security patches - Check when you buy, that a modem is OpenWrt compatible

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · 10:23

It's a fact of life that most proprietary vendors only support their hardware for a few years with updates. Another practice is selling their cheaper modems with a lot of functionality missing, to encourage buyers to pay up for a more expensive model to for example get mesh networking, load balancing, real-time network monitoring stats, etc.

So it's worth always checking, when buying a new modem, if it is OpenWrt compatible, as this will allow you to reflash the modem with OpenWrt. It could also mean buying a cheaper modem now, and gaining some extra functionality at no extra cost. But most important is that you can continue to get software updates and security patches.


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    OpenWrt (from open wireless router) is an open-source project for embedded operating systems based on Linux, primarily used on embedded devices to route network traffic. The main components are Linux, util-linux, musl, and BusyBox. All components have been optimized to be small enough to fit into the limited storage and memory available in home routers. OpenWrt is configured using a command-line interface (ash shell) or a web interface (LuCI). There are about 3500 optional software packages available for installation via the opkg package management system. OpenWrt can run on various types of devices, including CPE routers, residential gateways, smartphones, pocket computers (e.g. Ben NanoNote). It is also possible to run OpenWrt on personal computers and laptops, which are most commonly based on the x86 architecture. History The OpenWrt project was started in 2004 after Linksys had built the firmware for their WRT54G series of wireless routers with code licensed under the GNU General Public License. Under the terms of that license, Linksys was required to make the source code of...

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    Hugin is an open-source image editing tool for Linux, Mac OS, Windows, and BSD, allowing users to stitch photographs together and create panoramas digitally

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Yesterday - 20:52

With Hugin you can assemble a mosaic of photographs into a complete immersive panorama, stitch any series of overlapping pictures and much more. Hugin can stitch photos taken with different lenses and even different cameras, correct lens barrel distortion and re-align the perspective. It has localised language support for 22 languages.


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    13 Best Dark GTK Themes for Your Linux Desktop... Because You Have Lots of Great Options

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Yesterday - 12:55

With the near infinite customization options you have on any given Linux distribution, the most visually noticeable difference is customizing the theme. Let’s take a look at some of the GTK themes with dark mode.

You can decide when applying, to apply it as a global theme change, or leave desktop backgrounds as they are, or apply them separately to windows, cursors, icons, etc.


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    ZombieTrackerGPS (ZTGPS) is a Fitness Tracker for Linux, and a Linux alternative to Garmin’s BaseCamp Software

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · 4 days ago - 20:57

ZombieTrackerGPS is a free and open source application that allows you to view and organize maps, data points and routes from your GPS enabled devices on your computer. In other words, ZTGPS acts as a connection between your GPS device and your computer.

ZombieTrackerGPS is a KDE native PIM application satisfying the same purpose as Garmin’s BaseCamp software, which unfortunately does not run on Linux. It’s a professional quality application with goal to fill a hole in the open source ecosystem and provide an alternative to mainstream software business models which monetize your data.

It’s important to note that privacy of your data is a central design goal in ZTGPS Linux fitness tracker. All program data resides on your local disk.

The software is written for the KDE desktop, but will work on other desktops if the KDE and Qt libraries are available.


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    5 Ways to Remove Background in Image Using Free and Open-Source GIMP

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · 4 days ago - 20:41

GIMP is the free and open-source closest Photoshop Alternative application which is used by millions every day. And if you are a beginner in GIMP or learning image processing, then there is no harm learning these steps to make any sections of a complex image transparent, including background.

For some reason, many online background removal tools either have limited functionality or want to charge for the service as a value-added extra e.g. Canva.


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    10 Best KDE Plasma Widgets and Extensions (Yes from 2020, but it sparks some ideas)

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · 5 days ago - 17:11

The video may be a year old, but I had not noticed this Event Calendar widget before (I love overloads of info, but you can select what shows), and I quite like the Win7 Volume Mixer too. It makes you realise that you need to go browse those wonderful KDE Plasma widgets every now and again.


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    Just because you can do it doesn't mean you should: Install Linux on NTFS – on the same partition as Windows... Never mind the practicality, feel the grief

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · 5 days ago - 14:42

As alert folks of a cross-platform inclination will have noticed, Paragon's NTFS driver was accepted into the Linux kernel, and was released as part of 5.15. This has had a consequence they probably didn't consider, though: you can now boot Linux from an NTFS partition.

But wait, there's more. Since a Linux installation doesn't use any of the same file or folder names in the root directory, you can even install them into the same partition.

Yes, you probably really don't want to do this. I keep my OS's on separate drives altogether, and rather share common data partitions where needed.


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