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    TinyPilot is open source software to allow you control a remote computer giving you a virtual console during BIOS and boot

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · 4 days ago - 12:29

It is basically a hardware device (buy theirs or build your own with a Raspberry Pi 4 or above), that is connected to the remote device's HDMI/DVI/VGA/USB so that you have a working keyboard and mouse, and can see the actual display output. It therefore requires no software or drivers at all on the remote device that you want to manage.

I have a use case for this with my CCTV device where nearly everything can be down through it's web interface remotely, except that I cannot actually shut it down, nor can I update camera firmware remotely. TinyPilot allows me to do this.

One thing to note though is the open source version does not remotely mount media such as a USB stick. You'd have to have the USB stick stuck into the remote device, allowing you still though to flash that USB stick, or work with other files remotely downloaded.


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    ONLYOFFICE 7.1 is Out With New PDF Viewer, Slideshow Animations + More, as an open source alternative to MS Office and LibreOffice for Windows, macOS and Linux

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Monday, 16 May - 09:48

ONLYOFFICE offers a high-performance, well-featured, and fully-functional alternative to LibreOffice (which, though awesome, is a bit ‘old-school’ for some folks’ UI tastes). It’s also the next-best thing to that stalwart of the productivity software scene: Microsoft Office.

ONLYOFFICE 7.1 inherits a swathe of improvements recently deposited in the cloud-side version of the suite, such as improved performance, better Microsoft Office compatibility, and a handy new print preview mode in all of the suite’s respective components.


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    Why is the open source driver release from NVidia so important for Linux?

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Thursday, 12 May - 11:44

On 11 May 2022 NVidia announced that they are releasing an open source kernel driver for their GPUs, and this linked article shares with you some background information and how this will impact Linux graphics and compute going forward.

The driver will only support NVidia Turing chip GPUs and newer, which means it is not targeting GPUs from before 2018. Luckily I see this will include my RTX2060 GPU.

I'm still wondering if the sudden timing of this move to open source was not somehow related to NVidia's source code being taken during the hack in February 2022, where Lapsus$ demanded NVidia "make current and all future drivers for all cards open source", or they'd release the code themselves. NVidia had no doubt already been moving in the direction of open sourcing, but the hack may have tipped the scales for them.


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    Open Source JobHub: A new job site just for open-source jobs opens its doors

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Tuesday, 10 May - 12:59

There are many online job sites for technologists. They include Dice, The Ladders, and Crunchboard. But, while there are open-source programs for job sites, such as Jobberbase, there are only a handful of sites specializing in open-source jobs. Now, there's a new entry trying to become The site for open-source technology jobs: Open Source JobHub.

Linux New Media USA, the open-source publishing company behind Linux Magazine and FOSSlife, launched the new global job board to help people find their place in the global open-source ecosystem.


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    Gramps is free and open source software to research, organise and share your family tree

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Sunday, 8 May - 19:38

Every person has their own story but they are also part of a collective family history. Gramps gives you the ability to record the many details of an individual’s life as well as the complex relationships between various people, places and events.

A summary of the active person’s parents, siblings, spouses and children is shown, which is a great way to graphically show children what their relationship is to others in the family.

The software is available for Linux, Windows and macOS, and works with standard GEDCOM genealogy files. If you're looking to self-host a web version of your family tree, then Webtrees is worth looking at.


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    Crontab-ui is an open source GUI web frontend that helps manage the Linux crontab file

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Saturday, 7 May - 21:00

Adding and editing cron jobs is very simple. Add a name, the full command you want to run, and the time (using cron syntax), and save. As a bonus, you can also capture logs, and set up the mailing of job status to your email of choice. With crontab-ui, you can view logs at the click of a button, which is useful when troubleshooting.

It certainly can be useful for cron jobs, although I'm not very fond of web services running on a desktop computer. But it does start and can be stopped, so it should not be an issue really.


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    Pine64's PineBuds: Hackable high-end in-ear wireless headphones on the horizon

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Saturday, 30 April - 19:26

A pair of high-end in-ear wireless headphones called PineBuds are on the horizon. These include features most would expect in 2022, like ambient and environment noise cancellation, and a lengthy battery life. The earbuds will also be end-user flashable, opening up a world of possible uses.

“There will be a wide variety of things developers and (eventually) end-users will be able to do with the earbuds – flash custom sound signatures, determine touch controls, adjust resonance to fit the user’s ear canal resonance,” Pine64 say.

If I can change the batteries, that would be a major winner for me!


#technology #audio #earbuds #pine64 #pinebuds #opensource