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When Bluetooth on Linux fails, this command can come to the rescue. Here’s how to set it up

How to install bluezWhat you'll need: To make this feature work, you'll need a machine that includes a Bluetooth option and a user with sudo privileges (for the installation of bluez, which provides the bluetoothctl command). The first thing to do is open a terminal window, so you can install Bluez. You should find the terminal window app in your desktop menu. Debian/Ubuntu - sudo apt-get install bluez -y Feodra - sudo dnf install bluez -y Arch Linux - sudo pacman -S bluez-utils Using bluetoothctl Before you can

rlxOS is an immutable Linux distribution that proves looks can be deceiving

rlxOS is a beauty, but you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Jack Wallen/ZDNETZDNET's key takeawaysrlxOS is an immutable Linux distribution that is available now and shows real promise but has real issues.It offers a lovely take on Xfce and offers high performance for new and old hardware.Plagued by an SSL issue, it's very challenging (if not impossible) to install applications in its current state.rlxOS is immutable. For those who don't know, the idea behind an immutable operating system means the core of the…

PipeWire 1.0: Linux audio comes of age

ALSA is an essential tool for all Linux audio work. PulseAudio is aimed more at consumers. When you're listening to YouTube Music, Spotify, or Pandora on your Linux desktop, you're almost certainly using PulseAudio. But, if you're a professional musician or audio engineer, you need JACK. PipeWire, however, works for both ordinary users who want to listen to their music and for people mixing 24-track audio sessions.That dual role isn't how PipeWire started, though. At the start, PipeWire was all about sharing video

Ultramarine Linux Flagship is a contender for desktop of the year

It took me a couple of minutes to have Ultramarine Linux Flagship looking and behaving exactly how I wanted. Jack Wallen/ZDNETZDNET's key takeawaysUltramarine Linux Flagship edition is available now for free.This is a beautiful take on the Budgie desktop which offers a few more tweaks than the default and runs on top of the high-reliable and speedy Fedora Linux.Some updates (even non-kernel) require a restart before they're applied.I always enjoy seeing how different Linux distributions shape and mold desktop…

How to install Geary email on Linux (and why you should or shouldn’t)

Geary is a Linux-only, open-source email client that has been around since 2012. I first met Geary when I was using Elementary OS as my primary operating system. At the time, I found Geary to have a pleasant-enough interface but it lacked a lot of the features I depended on. These days, I don't require so many features for my email client (such as GPG support). What I require now is just the means to manage my email. I want something simple with an interface that doesn't look like I'm still back in the early 2000s.The

How openSUSE Tumbleweed makes a great case for rolling release Linux distributions

Let me explain: This distribution includes a very powerful tool called YaST, which is like System Settings on steroids. Where System Settings allows you to configure the standard operating system options (appearance, users, printers, etc.), YaST (which stands for Yet another Setup Tool) takes it a few steps forward and allows you to configure software sources, boot loader, partitions, services, hostnames, proxies, Windows domain membership, AppArmor virtualization, file system snapshots, and more. YaST offers quite a

Linux kernel 6.6 is the next long-term support release

Linux 6.7 will also include numerous new features, such as the bcachefs file system, which is a new robust copy-on-write (COW) file system that boasts fresh attributes while maintaining high performance. Linux 6.7 will also include support for Nvidia's GPU System Processor (GSP) firmware in the Nouveau open-source graphics drive and lots of networking updates. It's a big release in every sense of the word.In the meantime, Linux 6.6 delivers many good features. These include the KSMBD In-Kernel SMB3 Server, the Earliest

How to Use Hidden Browser Window Controls

ChromeOS users, learn how to use these hidden browser window controls, and find out why you’ll want to use them. ChromeOS offers several ways to efficiently position windows, which means for many purposes you won’t need to manually move or resize browser windows or Android apps. The controls let you rapidly make a window full screen, half-screen, partial screen or float in front of other windows. While these controls work for all browser windows, not all Android apps resize smoothly. If you use…

Tuning the Linux kernel with AI, according to ByteDance

Why? Well, the idea, as Wang wryly put it, "is not to put Linux kernel engineers out of business." No, the goal is "to liberate human engineers from tuning performance for each individual workload. While making better decisions with historical data, which humans often struggle with. And, last, but never least, find better solutions than those we come up with using our current trial and error, heuristic methods.Also: If you want to try BSD, go with GhostBSDHow? The autotuning system is designed to automatically adjust