What is an operating system?

An operating system (OS) is the Application Which, after being initially loaded into the computer by a boot program, oversees all the other application programs in a computer. The application programs make use of the working system by making Furthermore, users can interact directly with the operating system Via a user interface like a command line or a graphical user interface (GUI).

9 Popular Mobile Operating Systems

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Types of operating systems.

Operating systems normally include pre-loaded on almost any Computer you purchase. Many men and women use the operating system which comes with their computer, however it is possible to update or perhaps alter operating systems. The three most frequent operating systems for personal computers are Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux. A GUI enables you to use your mouse to click on icons, switches , and menus, and that which is clearly displayed on the display by means of a combo of images and text. Each operating system's GUI includes a different feel and look, so if you Switch to another operating system it might appear unfamiliar at first. However, modern operating systems have been made to be effortless to utilize , and the majority of the fundamental principles are exactly the same.

Microsoft established the Windows operating platform at the mid-1980s. There have been a number of distinct variants of Windows, but the latest ones are Windows 10 (published in 2015), Windows 8 (2012), Windows 7 (2009), along with Windows Vista (2007). Windows includes pre-loaded on many new PCs, which helps to ensure it is the hottest operating system on the planet.
Microsoft Windows
Microsoft established the Windows operating platform at the mid-1980s. There have been a number of distinct variants of Windows, but the latest ones are Windows 10 (published in 2015), Windows 8 (2012), Windows 7 (2009), along with Windows Vista (2007). Windows includes pre-loaded on many new PCs, which helps to ensure it is the hottest operating system on the planet.
MacOS (formerly called OS X) is a Lineup of operating systems made by Apple. It comes preloaded on all Macintosh computers, or Macs. A number of the specific models include Mojave (published in 2018), High Sierra (2017), and Sierra (2016). Based on StatCounter Global Stats, macOS users accounts for significantly less than 10 percent of international functioning systems--considerably lower than the percent of Windows users (greater than 80 percent ). 1 reason behind this is that Apple computers have a tendency to be costlier. But a lot of individuals do prefer the appearance and feel of macOS over Windows.
macOS
MacOS (formerly called OS X) is a Lineup of operating systems made by Apple. It comes preloaded on all Macintosh computers, or Macs. A number of the specific models include Mojave (published in 2018), High Sierra (2017), and Sierra (2016). Based on StatCounter Global Stats, macOS users accounts for significantly less than 10 percent of international functioning systems--considerably lower than the percent of Windows users (greater than 80 percent ). 1 reason behind this is that Apple computers have a tendency to be costlier. But a lot of individuals do prefer the appearance and feel of macOS over Windows.
Linux (pronounced LINN-ux) is a household of open-source operating systems, so they may be altered and distributed by all around the globe. This differs from proprietary program such as Windows, which may only be altered by the organization that owns it. The benefits of Linux are that it's free, and there are several different distributions or variations you may select from. Based on StatCounter Global Stats, Linux users accounts for under 2 percent of international functioning systems. But most servers run Linux since it's relatively simple to personalize.
Linux
Linux (pronounced LINN-ux) is a household of open-source operating systems, so they may be altered and distributed by all around the globe. This differs from proprietary program such as Windows, which may only be altered by the organization that owns it. The benefits of Linux are that it's free, and there are several different distributions or variations you may select from. Based on StatCounter Global Stats, Linux users accounts for under 2 percent of international functioning systems. But most servers run Linux since it's relatively simple to personalize.
The operating systems we have been speaking about so much were created to operate on desktop and notebook computers. Mobile apparatus like telephones , tablets , and MP3 players Are distinct from desktop and notebook computers, so that they run operating systems that have been designed especially for mobile devices. From the screenshot below, you can view iOS running in an iPad. Operating systems for mobile devices normally are not as fully featured As those created for desktop and notebook computers, and they are not capable to Run each the exact same software. But, you can still perform a Great Deal of things Together, like watch videos, browse the net, manage your calendarand play games.
Operating systems for mobile devices
The operating systems we have been speaking about so much were created to operate on desktop and notebook computers. Mobile apparatus like telephones , tablets , and MP3 players Are distinct from desktop and notebook computers, so that they run operating systems that have been designed especially for mobile devices. From the screenshot below, you can view iOS running in an iPad. Operating systems for mobile devices normally are not as fully featured As those created for desktop and notebook computers, and they are not capable to Run each the exact same software. But, you can still perform a Great Deal of things Together, like watch videos, browse the net, manage your calendarand play games.
One reason why I really enjoy programming using the SwiftUI framework is that it makes so easy to animate view changes. In particular, the introduction of the matchedGeometryEffect modifier, introduced in iOS 14, further simplifies the implementation of view animations. With matchedGeometryEffect, all you need is describe the appearance of two views. The modifier will then compute the difference between those two views and automatically animates the size/position changes. We have written a detailed tutorial on matchedGeometryEffect. I highly recommend you to check it out if this is the very first time you come across this modifier. In this tutorial, […]

In designing the async/await construct, Apple is hoping to increase the readability, and thus maintainability, of implementing concurrency/parallelism in Swift. What I see in it are attempts: to make asynchronous/parallel code almost look like synchronous/sequential code; and, to make asynchronous/parallel code much more semantically clear (more readable, less verbose, compact, doing what it says). These are laudable and ambitious goals, but I’d say Apple’s heading in the right direction. I’m glad because I write a lot a asynchronous code to keep my apps responsive — to create the best possible user experience for my customers. I have a feeling that […]

With the release of SwiftUI, some people have asked if UIKit is going to be dead. It’s far from dead. In iOS 15, Apple’s engineers continues to pour new features into UIKit. One of the highlights is UISheetPresentationController. This new class lets you easily create a expandable bottom sheet with just a few lines of code. If you have no ideas about what a bottom sheet is, open the built-in Maps app to take a look. It displays a bottom sheet for users to perform search and access their saved locations. The sheet is resizable. You can drag the bottom […]

Prior to iOS 15, SwiftUI didn’t come with a built-in modifier for handling search in List views. Developers have to create your own solution. We have written a tutorial showing you how to implement a search bar in SwiftUI using TextField and display the search result. With the release of iOS 15, the SwiftUI framework brings a new modifier named searchable to List views. In this tutorial, we will look into this modifier and see easily it is to implement search for a list. Basic Usage of Searchable Let’s suppose you have created a list view to display a set […]

In WWDC 2021, Apple announced tons of new features for the SwiftUI framework to make developers’ life easier. AsyncImage is definitely one of the new views, introduced in iOS 15, that is worth a mention. If your app needs to retrieve and display images from remote servers, this new view should save you from writing your own code to handle asynchronous download. AsyncImage is a built-in view for loading and displaying remote images asynchronously. All you need is to tell it what the image URL is. AsyncImage then does the heavy lifting to grab the remote image and show it […]

In WWDC 21, Apple introduced some of the most anticipated enhancements for List view in the SwiftUI framework. Prior to iOS 15, it is not very straightforward to hide line separators in a List view. We’ve shown you a workaround by using UIKit APIs in this tutorial. But this year, SwiftUI provides a dedicated modifier named .listRowSeparator for developers to control the visibility of line separators. On top of that, you are also allowed to modify the tint color of the separators. The UIKit framework has built-in APIs for you to create swipe actions in a table view. In iOS […]

The process of making an app includes various parts, with the code implementation being the most important one. However, programming is not just about writing code; it’s also about testing using the available tools each programming environment provides. The first and foremost thing we all need to understand is the importance of testing. Writing automated tests should be considered a task equal to writing code, but unfortunately that’s quite often neglected. Lack of time, the need to meet a deadline, or the the fact that one person is the only developer of an app are common reasons behind that. Making […]

Vulnerability Detection and Patching Linux
by Joao Correia

Detecting vulnerabilities and managing the associated patching is challenging even in a small-scale Linux environment. Scale things up and the challenge becomes almost unsurmountable. There are approaches that help, but these approaches are unevenly applied.

In our survey, State of Enterprise Vulnerability Detection and Patch Management, we set out to investigate how large organizations handle the dual, linked security concerns of vulnerability detection and patch management.

The results produced interesting insights into the tools that organizations depend on to effectively deal with vulnerability and patch management at scale, how these tools are used, and which restrictions organizations face in their battle against threat actors. Download the copy of the report here.

Vulnerability management is an enterprise responsibility

Before we dive into the results of our survey, let’s take a quick look at why vulnerability management operations matter so much in large organizations.

Vulnerabilities are widespread and a major cybersecurity headache. In fact, vulnerabilities are such a critical...

Live patching a key threat management tool
by Joao Correia

We know that live patching has real benefits because it significantly reduces the downtime associated with frequent patching. But live patching is relatively difficult to achieve without causing other problems and for that reason live patching is not implemented as frequently as it could be. After all, the last thing sysadmins want is a live patch that crashes a system.

Reproducible builds are one of the tools that can help developers to implement live patching consistently and safely. In this article, I explain why reproducible builds matter for live patching, what exactly reproducible builds are, and how containers are coming to the rescue.

Live patching: a key threat management tool

Patching is a critical part of systems maintenance because patching fixes faulty and buggy code. More importantly, security teams rely on patching to plug security holes, and there is a real urgency to it. Waiting for a convenient maintenance window to patch is risky because it leaves an opportunity for hackers to take advantage of an exploit.

It creates a difficult conundrum: maintain high availability but run...

A launch screen is the very first screen presented to users when your app starts up. When you create a new project with UIKit, Xcode automatically generates a storyboard file named LaunchScreen.storyboard for developers to design the launch screen of the app. However, if you are developing an app with the SwiftUI framework, the launch screen file is no longer there. So, how can you prepare a launch screen in SwiftUI projects? In Xcode 12, the tool provides a new way to implement a launch screen in SwiftUI. I will walk you through the procedures in this tutorial. Editor’s note: […]

An Abridged Guide to the Enterprise Linux Landscape
by Rod Cope

Whether you are welcoming CentOS Stream or looking for alternatives, the recent decision from the CentOS community to focus on CentOS Stream has forced a lot of technical leaders to rethink their Enterprise Linux strategy.  Beneath that decision, the business landscape involving Linux has shifted and expanded since its enterprise debut in the late 90s, when IBM would invest $1 billion in its development.

Today, Linux comes in every shape and size imaginable — with the kernel running on tiny low power computers and IoT devices, mobile phones, tablets, laptops all the way up to midrange and high-power mainframe servers.

Cutting through that expansive selection to understand which Linux distributions truly align with the needs of a business can lead to more frictionless deployments and successful execution while minimizing waste in maintenance cycles and optimizing overall cost.

This abridged guide to the Enterprise Linux landscape can give businesses an overview of which flavor (or flavors) of Linux will most adequately match their use cases.

For those looking for a more comprehensive guide, be sure...

Systemd Service Strengthening
by Alessio Greggi

Introduction

In an age where hacker attacks are a daily occurrence, it is of fundamental importance to minimize the attack surface. Containerization is probably the best way to isolate a service provided for the public, but this is not always possible for several reasons. For example, think of a legacy system application developed on systemd. This could make the most of the capabilities provided by a systemd-based operative system and it could be managed via a systemd unit, or it could automatically pull updates using a systemd timer, and so on.

For this reason, we are going to explain how to improve the security of a systemd service. But first, we need to step back for a moment.  With the latest releases systemd has implemented some interesting features relating to security, especially sandboxing. In this article we are going to show step-by-step how to strengthen services using specific directives, and how to check them with the provided systemd suite.

Debugging

Systemd provided an interesting tool named systemd-analyze. This command analyzes the security and the sandboxing settings of one...

SwiftUI is a great framework in order to build user interfaces, as it speeds up and automates many tasks comparing to UIKit. However several features were missing during the original release. Thankfully, over the course of time SwiftUI gets better, enriched with more capabilities and provides more and more built-in tools to use. One of those missing features in the first release was the toolbar; the control we all know from UIKit that allows to place navigation and action buttons at the top or the bottom of a view. That absence lasted for almost a year though, as toolbar has […]

eBPF for Advanced Linux Infrastructure Monitoring
by Odysseas Lamztidis

A year has passed since the pandemic left us spending the better part of our days sheltering inside our homes. It has been a challenging time for developers, Sysadmins, and entire IT teams for that matter who began to juggle the task of monitoring and troubleshooting an influx of data within their systems and infrastructures as the world was forced online. To do their job properly, free, open-source technologies like Linux have become increasingly attractive, especially amongst Ops professionals and Sysadmins in charge of maintaining growing and complex environments. Engineers, as well, are using more open-source technologies largely due to the flexibility and openness they have to offer, versus commercial offerings that are accompanied by high-cost pricing and stringent feature lock-ins.

One emerging technology in particular - eBPF - has made its appearance in multiple projects, including commercial and open-source offerings. Before discussing more about the community surrounding eBPF and its growth during the pandemic, it’s important to understand what it is and how it’s being utilized....

How to set up a CrowdSec multi-server installation
by Manuel Sabban

Introduction

CrowdSec is an open-source & collaborative security solution built to secure Internet-exposed Linux services, servers, containers, or virtual machines with a server-side agent. It is a modernized version of Fail2ban which was a great source of inspiration to the project founders.

CrowdSec is free (under an MIT License) and its source code available on GitHub. The solution is leveraging a log-based IP behavior analysis engine to detect attacks. When the CrowdSec agent detects any aggression, it offers different types of remediation to deal with the IP behind it (access prohibition, captcha, 2FA authentication etc.). The report is curated by the platform and, if legitimate, shared across the CrowdSec community so users can also protect their assets from this IP address.

A few months ago, we added some interesting features to CrowdSec when releasing v1.0.x. One of the most exciting ones is the ability of the CrowdSec agent to act as an HTTP rest API to collect signals from other CrowdSec agents. Thus, it is the responsibility of this special agent to store and share the collected...

With the release of Xcode 12.5, Apple finally lets developers record videos and animated GIF right from simulators. In this tutorial, I will walk you through this new feature. Please note that the latest version of Xcode requires you to run macOS Big Sur. Prior to Xcode 12.5, you can still record videos of a simulator. However, you need to open Terminal and run the following command: In Xcode 12.5, you can forget this command and record videos (or animated gifs) directly from simulators. Note: Have you checked out all the new features for Xcode 12? You can refer to […]

realitykit-ar-demoRealityKit was a new framework introduced in 2019 to implement high-performance 3D simulation and rendering. We’ve explored ARKit development for 3D objects using SceneKit. In this tutorial, we will see how to build an interactive 3D AR app using RealityKit and Reality Composer, which was released alongside with RealityKit. With Reality Composer, Apple is taking AR app development a step further, making it simpler for beginners to create an interactive AR experience without writing a line of code. You will understand what I mean after going through this tutorial. Designing the AR Scene We’ll start with Reality Composer to create […]

swiftui-list-hide-disclosure-indicatorSwiftUI has made it very easy for developers to create a list view, similar to a table view in UIKit. When working with table view in UIKit, you can easily configure a cell’s indicator by setting the accessoryType property. For example, to disable the disclosure indicator, you set the property to .none like this: In SwiftUI, it seems Apple doesn’t offer an API to configure the disclosure indicator in the list view. In this short tutorial, I will show you a workaround to hide disclosure indicators if you need to. Let’s begin with a simple list view: If you run […]

Develop a Linux command-line Tool to Track and Plot Covid-19 Stats
by Nawaz Abbasi

It’s been over a year and we are still fighting with the pandemic at almost every aspect of our life. Thanks to technology, we have various tools and mechanisms to track Covid-19 related metrics which help us make informed decisions. This introductory-level tutorial discusses developing one such tool at just Linux command-line, from scratch.

We will start with introducing the most important parts of the tool – the APIs and the commands. We will be using 2 APIs for our tool - COVID19 API and Quickchart API and 2 key commands – curl and jq. In simple terms, curl command is used for data transfer and jq command to process JSON data.

The complete tool can be broken down into 2 keys steps:

1. Fetching (GET request) data from the COVID19 API and piping the JSON output to jq so as to process out only global data (or similarly, country specific data).

$ curl -s --location --request GET 'https://api.covid19api.com/summary' | jq -r '.Global'

{

  "NewConfirmed": 561661,

  "TotalConfirmed": 136069313,

  "NewDeaths": 8077,

  "TotalDeaths": 2937292,

  "NewRecovered": 487901,

  "TotalRecovered":...

ScrollViewReader is one of my favorite new features in the new version of SwiftUI. Before the release of iOS 14, it’s not easy to control the scrolling position of the built-in ScrollView. If you want the scroll view to scroll to a particular location, you have to figure out your own solution. With ScrollViewReader, you can programmatically make the scroll view to scroll to a specific location with just a few lines of code. In this tutorial, we will look into this new view component and see how you can apply it to your app. Creating a Horizontal ScrollView To […]

Welcome to a new tutorial, where we are going to discuss about two quite interesting, related and interconnected concepts; how to scan images and perform text recognition on them. It might sound like a complicated task, but soon you will find out that this is far from being true. Thanks to Vision framework, performing text scanning and recognition is nowadays a quite straightforward job. Let’s see briefly a few details regarding both tasks. In order to scan images with a device, VisionKit framework provides a specific class called VNDocumentCameraViewController for that purpose. It’s a UIKit view controller that allows to […]

It’s easy to make an app by throwing some code together. But without best practices and robust architecture, you soon end up with unmanageable spaghetti code. Most programming courses teach you how to code, but don’t show you how to structure your apps and how all the pieces come together. In this guide, you will learn: How architectural design patterns give you a blueprint to know where each piece of code goes. If you feel you never know how to structure your apps, this will fix the problem forever. Making your app’s structure more robust and with fewer bugs by […]

LibrePlanet 2021 Free Software Conference
by George Whittaker

On Saturday and Sunday, March 20th and 21st, 2021, free software supporters from all over the world will log in to share knowledge and experiences, and to socialize with others within the free software community. This year’s theme is “Empowering Users,” and keynotes will be Julia Reda, Nathan Freitas, and Nadya Peek. Free Software Foundation (FSF) associate members and students attend gratis at the Supporter level. 

You can see the schedule and learn more about the conference at https://libreplanet.org/2021/, and participants are encouraged to register in advance at https://u.fsf.org/lp21-sp. 

The conference will also include workshops, community-submitted five-minute Lightning Talks, Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions, and an interactive “exhibitor hall” and “hallway” for socializing.

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weLees Visual LVM Manager
by George Whittaker

Maintenance of the storage system is a daily job for system administrators. Linux provides users with a wealth of storage capabilities, and powerful built-in maintenance tools. However, these tools are hardly friendly to system administrators while generally considerable effort is required for mastery.

As a Linux built-in storage model, LVM provides users with plenty flexible management modes to fit various needs. For users who can fully utilize its functions, LVM could meet almost all needs. But the premise is thorough understanding of the LVM model, dozens of commands as well as accompanying parameters.

The graphical interface would dramatically simplify both learning curve and operation with LVM, in a similar approach as partition tools that are widely used on Windows/Linux platforms. Although scripts with commands are suitable for daily, automatic tasks, the script could not handle all functions in LVM. For instance, manual calculation and processing are still required by many tasks.

Significant effort had been spent on this problem. Nowadays, several graphical LVM management tools are...

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Nvidia Linux Drivers

The recent fiasco with Nvidia trying to block Hardware Unboxed from future GPU review samples for the content of their review is one example of how they choose to play this game. This hatred is not only shared by reviewers, but also developers and especially Linux users.

The infamous Torvalds videos still traverse the web today as Nvidia conjures up another evil plan to suck up more of your money and market share. This is not just one off shoot case; oh how much I wish it was. I just want my computer to work.

If anyone has used Sway-WM with an Nvidia GPU I’m sure they would remember the –my-next-gpu-wont-be-nvidia option.

These are a few examples of many.

The Nvidia Linux drivers have never been good but whatever has been happening at Nvidia for the past decade has to stop today. The topic in question today is this bug: [https://forums.developer.nvidia.com/t/bug-report-455-23-04-kernel-panic-due-to-null-pointer-dereference]

This bug causes hard irrecoverable crashes from driver 440+. This issue is still happening 5+ months later with no end in sight. At first users could work around this by using an older...

Parallel Shells With xargs Unix
by Charles Fisher

Introduction

One particular frustration with the UNIX shell is the inability to easily schedule multiple, concurrent tasks that fully utilize CPU cores presented on modern systems. The example of focus in this article is file compression, but the problem rises with many computationally intensive tasks, such as image/audio/media processing, password cracking and hash analysis, database Extract, Transform, and Load, and backup activities. It is understandably frustrating to wait for gzip * running on a single CPU core, while most of a machine's processing power lies idle.

This can be understood as a weakness of the first decade of Research UNIX which was not developed on machines with SMP. The Bourne shell did not emerge from the 7th edition with any native syntax or controls for cohesively managing the resource consumption of background processes.

Utilities have haphazardly evolved to perform some of these functions. The GNU version of xargs is able to exercise some primitive control in allocating background processes, which is discussed at some length in the documentation. While the GNU...

When the SwiftUI framework was first released, developers are required to wrap the MKMapView class in order to embed a map in a SwiftUI application. With the release of Xcode 12, the latest version of SwiftUI provides a native SwiftUI Map view for you to display a map interface . Optionally, you can display annotations using the built-in annotation views such as MapMarker. In this tutorial, I will show you how to use the Map structure in SwiftUI and create annotations at a specific locations on the map. Displaying a Map View in SwiftUI By referring the documentation of Map, […]

Bypassing Deep Packet Inspection
by Dmitriy Kuptsov

In some countries, network operators employ deep packet inspection techniques to block certain types of traffic. For example, Virtual Private Network (VPN) traffic can be analyzed and blocked to prevent users from sending encrypted packets over such networks.

By observing that HTTPS works all over the world (configured for an extremely large number of web-servers) and cannot be easily analyzed (the payload is usually encrypted), we argue that in the same manner VPN tunneling can be organized: By masquerading the VPN traffic with TLS or its older version - SSL, we can build a reliable and secure network. Packets, which are sent over such tunnels, can cross multiple domains, which have various (strict and not so strict) security policies. Despite that the SSH can be potentially used to build such network, we have evidence that in certain countries connections made over such tunnels are analyzed statistically: If the network utilization by such tunnels is high, bursts do exist, or connections are long-living, then underlying TCP connections are reset by network operators.

Thus, here we make an...

Knapsack Pro Ruby JavaScript Tests
by Artur Trzop

Automated tests are part of many programming projects, ensuring the software is flawless. The bigger the project, the larger the test suite can be.This can result in automated tests taking a lot of time to run. In this article you will learn how to run automated tests faster with parallel Continuous Integration machines (CI) and what problems can be encountered. The article covers common parallel testing problems, based on Ruby & JavaScript tests.

Knapsack Pro LogoSlow automated tests

Automated tests can be considered slow when programmers stop running the whole test suite on their local machine because it is too time consuming. Most of the time you use CI servers such as Jenkins, CircleCI, Github Actions to run your tests on an external machine instead of your own. When you have a test suite that runs for an hour then it’s not efficient to run it on your computer. Browser end-to-end tests for your web project can take a really long time to execute. Running tests on a CI server for an hour is also not efficient. You as a developer need a fast feedback loop to know if your software works fine. Automated tests...

KISS Framework
by Blake McBride

Perhaps the most popular platform for applications is the web. There are many reasons for this including portability across platforms, no need to update the program, data backup, sharing data with others, and many more. This popularity has driven many of us to the platform.

Unfortunately, the platform is a bit complex. Rather than developing in a particular environment, with web applications it is necessary to create two halves of a program utilizing vastly different technologies. On top of that, there are many additional challenges such as the communications and security between the two halves.

A typical web application would include all of the following building blocks:

  1. Front-end layout (HTML/CSS)
  2. Front-end functionality (JavaScript)
  3. Back-end server code (Java, C#, etc.)
  4. Communications (REST, etc.)
  5. Authentication
  6. Data persistence (SQL, etc.)

All these don't even touch on all the other pieces that are not part of your application proper, such as the server (Apache, tomcat, etc), the database server (PostgreSQL, MySQL, MongoDB, etc), the OS (Linux, etc.), domain name, DNS, yadda, yadda,...

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Shells Virtual Machine and Cloud Computing

Startup turns devices you probably already own - from smartphones and tablets to smart TVs and game consoles - into full-fledged computers.

Shells (shells.com), a new entrant in the virtual machine and cloud computing space, is excited to launch their new product which gives new users the freedom to code and create on nearly any device with an internet connection.  Flexibility, ease, and competitive pricing are a focus for Shells which makes it easy for a user to start-up their own virtual cloud computer in minutes.  The company is also offering multiple Linux distros (and continuing to add more offerings) to ensure the user can have the computer that they “want” to have and are most comfortable with.

The US-based startup Shells turns idle screens, including smart TVs, tablets, older or low-spec laptops, gaming consoles, smartphones, and more, into fully-functioning cloud computers. The company utilizes real computers, with Intel processors and top-of-the-line components, to send processing power into your device of choice. When a user accesses their Shell, they are essentially seeing the screen of the...

Importing photos and videos as media items is one of the most common features that the majority of iOS applications include. In general lines, there are two ways to do that; either by using a system-provided controller, or by implementing a custom picker manually. Obviously, going with the second approach is a much harder and complicated process. In this post we are going to focus on the first option, and particularly on a brand new photo picker controller that was first introduced in iOS 14. That is the PHPicker API! Let’s take a look at a few interesting and useful […]

If you have some experience with iOS app development, you should be very familiar with the data source protocols such as UICollectionViewDataSource and UITableViewDataSource. Traditionally, to populate data in a collection view, you have to adopt the UICollectionViewDataSource protocol and implement two required methods: func collectionView(_ collectionView: UICollectionView, numberOfItemsInSection section: Int) -> Int func collectionView(_ collectionView: UICollectionView, cellForItemAt indexPath: IndexPath) -> UICollectionViewCell Since the release of iOS 13, Apple introduced a new approach known as Diffable Data Sources to manage data for a collection view. This approach replaces the old approach which uses the UICollectionViewDataSource protocol. You no longer need […]

Linux in Healthcare
by Alex Gosselin

Healthcare domain directly deals with our health and lives. Healthcare is prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of any disease, injury, illness, or any other physical and mental impairments in humans. Emergency situations are often dealt with by the healthcare sector very frequently. With immense scope for improvisations, a thriving healthcare domain deals from telemedicine to insurance, and inpatient hospitals to outpatient clinics.  With practitioners practicing in multiple areas like medicine, chiropractic, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, allied health, and others, it's an industry with complex processes and data-oriented maintenance systems often difficult to manage manually with paperwork.

Need is the mother of innovation and hence people across the world have invented software and systems to manage:

  • Patients’ data or rather medical history
  • Bills and claims for own and third-party services
  • Inventory management
  • Communication channels among various departments like reception, doctor’s room, investigation rooms, wards, Operation theaters, etc.
  • Controlled Medical equipment and much...

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MuseScore

MuseScore represents a free notation software for operating systems such as Windows, macOS and Linux. It is designed and suitable for music teachers, students & both amateur and professional composers. MuseScore is released as FOSS under the GNU GPL license and it’s accompanied by freemium MuseScore.com sheet music catalogue with mobile score viewer, playback app and an online score sharing platform. In 2018, the MuseScore company was acquired by Ultimate Guitar, which included full-time paid developers in the open source team. Since 2019 the MuseScore design team has been led by Martin Keary, known as blogger Tantacrul, who has consistently criticized composer software in connection with design and usability. From that moment on, a qualitative change was set in motion in MuseScore.

Historically, the engraving quality in MuseScore has not been entirely satisfactory. After the review by Martin Keary, MuseScore product owner (previously known as MuseScore head of design) and Simon Smith, an engraving expert, who has produced multiple detailed reports on the engraving quality of MuseScore 3.5, it has become...

An Introduction to Linux Gaming thanks to ProtonDB
by Zachary Renz

Video Games On Linux? 

In this article, the newest compatibility feature for gaming will be introduced and explained for all you dedicated video game fanatics. 

Valve releases its new compatibility feature to innovate Linux gaming, included with its own community of play testers and reviewers.

In recent years we have made leaps and strides on making Linux and Unix systems more accessible for everyone. Now we come to a commonly asked question, can we play games on Linux? Well, of course! And almost, let me explain. 

Proton compatibility layer for Steam client 

With the rising popularity of Linux systems, valve is going ahead of the crowd yet again with proton for their steam client (computer program that runs your purchased games from Steam). Proton is a variant of Wine and DXVK that lets Microsoft Games run on Linux operating systems. Proton is backed by Valve itself and can easily be added to any steam account for Linux gaming, through an integration called "Steam Play." 

Lately, there has been a lot of controversy as Microsoft is rumored to someday release its own app store and disable...

GUI LVM Tools
by Ares Lee

The LVM is a powerful storage management module which is included in all the distributions of Linux now. It provides users with a variety of valuable features to fit different requirements. The management tools that come with LVM are based on the command line interface, which is very powerful and suitable for automated/batch operations. But LVM's operations and configuration are quite complex because of its own complexity. So many software companies including Red Hat have launched some GUI-based LVM tools to help users manage LVM more easily. Let’s review them here to see the similarities and differences between individual tools.

system-config-lvm (alternate name LVM GUI)

Provider: Red Hat

The system-config-lvm is the first GUI LVM tool which was originally released as part of Red Hat Linux. It is also called LVM GUI because it is the first one. Later, Red Hat also created an installation package for it. So system-config-lvm is able to be used in other Linux distributions. The installation package includes RPM packages and DEB packages.

The main panel of system-config-lvm

The main panel of system-config-lvm

The system-config-lvm...

Terminal Vitality - Difference Engine
by George F Rice

Ever since Douglas Engelbart flipped over a trackball and discovered a mouse, our interactions with computers have shifted from linguistics to hieroglyphics. That is, instead of typing commands at a prompt in what we now call a Command Line Interface (CLI), we click little icons and drag them to other little icons to guide our machines to perform the tasks we desire. 

Apple led the way to commercialization of this concept we now call the Graphical User Interface (GUI), replacing its pioneering and mostly keyboard-driven Apple // microcomputer with the original GUI-only Macintosh. After quickly responding with an almost unusable Windows 1.0 release, Microsoft piled on in later versions with the Start menu and push button toolbars that together solidified mouse-driven operating systems as the default interface for the rest of us. Linux, along with its inspiration Unix, had long championed many users running many programs simultaneously through an insanely powerful CLI. It thus joined the GUI party late with its likewise insanely powerful yet famously insecure X-Windows framework and the many GUIs...

raspberry-pi-zero-w
by Ramon Persaud

I've been playing around with the Raspberry Pi Zero W lately and having so much fun on the command line. For those uninitiated it's a tiny Arm computer running Raspbian, a derivative of Debian. It has a 1 GHz processor that had the ability to be overclocked and 512 MB of RAM, in addition to wireless g and bluetooth.

raspberry pi zero w with wireless g and bluetooth

A few weeks ago I built a garage door opener with video and accessible via the net. I wanted to do something a bit different and settled on a dashcam for my brother-in-law's SUV.

I wanted the camera and Pi Zero W mounted on the dashboard and to be removed with ease. On boot it should autostart the RamDashCam (RDC) and there should also be 4 desktop scripts dashcam.sh, startdashcam.sh, stopdashcam.sh, shutdownshutdown.sh. Also create and a folder named video on the Desktop for the older video files. I also needed a way to power the RDC when there is no power to the vehicle's usb ports. Lastly I wanted it's data accessible on the local LAN when the vehicle is at home.

Here is the parts list:

  1. Raspberry Pi Zero W kit (I got mine from Vilros.com)
  2. Raspberry Pi official camera
  3. Micro...

In the earlier tutorial, we showed you how to work with TabView to display a tab bar interface. In iOS 14, Apple introduced a new style called PageTabViewStyle in the SwiftUI framework for developers to create paged scrolling interface. In this tutorial, we will show you how to implement his type of tab view style. Let’s begin with a simple tab view. Assuming you’ve created a SwiftUI project, you can replace the ContentView struct like this: When you run the app in the preview canvas, this gives you a tab view with 5 tab items. Creating a Paged Scrolling View […]

For experienced developers, you probably have used the Core Graphics APIs to draw shapes and objects. It’s a very powerful framework for you to create vector-based drawings. SwiftUI also provides several vector drawing APIs for developers to draw lines and shapes. In this tutorial, you will learn how to draw lines, arcs, and pie charts using Path and the built-in Shape such as Circle and RoundedRectangle. Here are the topics we’ll cover: Understanding Path and how to draw a line How to draw curve How to draw a pie chart Note: This is a excerpt of our Mastering SwiftUI book. […]

swift-ios14-programming-bookWe are launching an iOS 14 update for our flagship iOS programming course – Beginning iOS 14 Programming with Swift. The course has been fully updated for iOS 14, Swift 5.3, and Xcode 12. The beginner book is still written for beginners who want to grasp the iOS development skills and train yourself to become a profession iOS developer. We have reviewed all the source code and re-captured all screenshots to support Xcode 12. The demo app is also fully updated for iPhone 12 and iPad Pro, plus it now supports dark mode. On top of all that, we will […]

Bash Tips and Tricks
by Antonio Riso

Introduction

When spending most of your day around bash shell, it is not uncommon to waste time typing the same commands over and over again. This is pretty close to the definition of insanity.

Luckily, bash gives us several ways to avoid repetition and increase productivity.

Today, we will explore the tools we can leverage to optimize what I love to call “shell time”.

Aliases

Bash aliases are one of the methods to define custom or override default commands.

You can consider an alias as a “shortcut” to your desired command with options included.

Many popular Linux distributions come with a set of predefined aliases.

Let’s see the default aliases of Ubuntu 20.04, to do so simply type “alias” and press [ENTER].

Bash Tips and Tricks 1

By simply issuing the command “l”, behind the scenes, bash will execute “ls -CF”.

It's as simple as that.

This is definitely nice, but what if we could specify our own aliases for the most used commands?! The answer is, of course we can!

One of the commands I use extremely often is “cd ..” to change the working directory to the parent folder. I have spent so much time hitting...

Pardus GNU/Linux Migration
by Huseyin GUC

Eyüpsultan Municipality decided to use an open source operating system in desktop computers in 2015.

The most important goal of the project was to ensure information security and reduce foreign dependency.

As a result of the research and analyzes prepared, a detailed migration plan was prepared.

As a first step, licensed office software installed on all computers has been removed. LibreOffice software was installed instead.

Later, LibreOffice training was given to the municipal staff.

Pardus GNU/Linux

Meanwhile, preparations were made for the operating system migration.

Instead of the existing licensed operating system, Turkey's developed Pardus GNU / Linux distribution was decided to use.

Applications on the Pardus GNU / linux operating system were examined in detail and unnecessary applications were removed.

And a new ISO file was created with the applications used in Eyüpsultan municipality.

This process automated the setup steps and reduced setup time.

While the project continued at full speed, the staff were again trained on LibreOffice and Pardus GNU / linux.

After their training, the users took...

Linux BPF For Observability: Getting Started Quickly
by Kevin Dankwardt

How and Why for BPF

BPF is a powerful component in the Linux kernel and the tools that make use of it are vastly varied and numerous. In this article we examine the general usefulness of BPF and guide you on a path towards taking advantage of BPF’s utility and power. One aspect of BPF, like many technologies, is that at first blush it can appear overwhelming. We seek to remove that feeling and to get you started.

What is BPF?

BPF is the name, and no longer an acronym, but it was originally Berkeley Packet Filter and then eBPF for Extended BPF, and now just BPF. BPF is a kernel and user-space observability scheme for Linux.

A description is that BPF is a verified-to-be-safe, fast to switch-to, mechanism, for running code in Linux kernel space to react to events such as function calls, function returns, and trace points in kernel or user space.

To use BPF one runs a program that is translated to instructions that will be run in kernel space. Those instructions may be interpreted or translated to native instructions. For most users it doesn’t matter the exact nature.

While in the kernel, the...

Linux For Beginners
by John Duchek

So you have decided to give the Linux operating system a try. You have heard it is a good stable operating system with lots of free software and you are ready to give it a shot. It is downloadable for free, so you get on the net and search for a copy, and you are in for a shock. Because there isn’t one “Linux”, there are many. Now you feel like a deer in the headlights. You want to make a wise choice, but have no idea where to start. Unfortunately, this is where a lot new Linux users give up. It is just too confusing.

The many versions of Linux are often referred to as “flavors” or distributions. Imagine yourself in an ice cream shop displaying 30+ flavors. They all look delicious, but it’s hard to pick one and try it. You may find yourself confused by the many choices but you can be sure you will leave with something delicious. Picking a Linux flavor should be viewed in the same way.

As with ice cream lovers, Linux users have their favorites, so you will hear people profess which is the “best”. Of course, the best is the one that you conclude, will fit your needs. That might not be the first one...

SeaGL - Seattle GNU/Linux Conference
by Webmaster

This Friday, November 13th and Saturday, November 14th, from 9am to 4pm PST the 8th annual SeaGL will be held virtually. This year features four keynotes, and a mix of talks on FOSS tech, community and history. SeaGL is absolutely free to attend and is being run with free software!

Additionally, we are hosting a pre-event career expo on Thursday, November 12th from 1pm to 5pm. Counselors will be available for 30 minute video sessions to provide resume reviews and career guidance.

Mission

The Seattle GNU/Linux conference (SeaGL) is a free, as in freedom and tea, grassroots technical summit dedicated to spreading awareness and knowledge about free/libre/open source software, hardware, and culture.

SeaGL strives to be welcoming, enjoyable, and informative for professional technologists, newcomers, enthusiasts, and all other users of free software, regardless of their background knowledge; providing a space to bridge these experiences and strengthen the free software movement through mentorship, collaboration, and community.

Dates/Times

  • November 13th and 14th
  • Friday and Saturday
  • Main Event:...

Hot Swappable Filesystems, as Smooth as Btrfs
by Tedley Meralus

Filesystems, like file cabinets or drawers, control how your operating system stores data. They also hold metadata like filetypes, what is attached to data, and who has access to that data. For windows or macOS users

Quite honestly, not enough people consider which file system to use for their computers.

Windows and macOS users have no valid reason to look into filesystems because they have one that’s been widely used since its inception. For Windows that’s NTFS and macOS that’s HFS+. For Linux users, there are plenty of different file system options to choose from. The current default in the Linux field is known as the Fourth Extended Filesystem or ext4.

Currently there is discussion for changes in the filesystem space of Linux. Much like the changes to the default init systems and the switch to systemd a few years ago, there has been a push for changing the default Linux filesystem to the Btrfs. No, I'm not using slang or trying to insult you. Btrfs stands for the B-Tree file system. Many Linux users and sysadmins were not too happy with its initial changes. That could be because people are...

How to Try Linux Without a Classical Installation
by Antonio Riso

For many different reasons, you may not be able to install Linux on your computer.

Maybe you are not familiar with words like partitioning and bootloader, maybe you share the PC with your family, maybe you don’t feel comfortable to wipe out your hard drive and start over, or maybe you just want to see how it looks before proceeding with a full installation.

I know, it feels frustrating, but no worries, we have got you covered!

In this article, we will explore several ways to try Linux out without the hassle of a classical installation.

Choosing a distribution

In the Linux world, there are several distributions which are quite different between them.

Some are general purpose operating systems, some others are created with a specific use case in mind. That being said, I know how confusing this can be for a beginner.

If you are moving your first steps with Linux and you are still not sure how and why to pick a distribution instead of another one, there are several resources online available to help you.

A perfect example of these resources is the website https://distrochooser.de/ which will...

Creating EC2 Duplicate with Ansible
by Tomasz Szandała

Many companies like mine use AWS infrastructure as a service (IaaS) heavily. Sometimes we want to perform a potentially risky operation on an EC2 instance. As long as we do not work with immutable infrastructure it is imperative to be prepared for instant revert.

One of the solutions is to use a script that will perform instance duplication, but in modern environments, where unification is an essence it would be wiser to use more common known software instead of making up a custom script.

Here comes the Ansible!

Ansible is a simple automation software. It handles configuration management, application deployment, cloud provisioning, ad-hoc task execution, network automation, and multi-node orchestration. It is marketed as a tool for making complex changes like zero-downtime rolling patching, therefore we have used it for this straightforward snapshotting task.

Requirements

For this example we will only need an Ansible, in my case it was version 2.9 - in subsequent releases there is a major change with introducing collections so let's stick with this one for simplicity.

Due to working with...

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