Why Distro Watch Rocks

June 01, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on February 15, 2016

Distro Watch is a user-friendly site where you can find info and reviews for over 100 Linux and BSD distributions. There are four reasons why this is awesome:

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12 Types of WordPress Plugins You Don’t Need

June 01, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on April 20, 2020

I’ve said this a few times in the past, but my goals to improve my WordPress blog taught me HTML and web design. I’ve downloaded a lot of WordPress plugins for extra features without knowing I could’ve achieved the same goal with a few lines of HTML or editing a file that already exists.

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User-Friendly Jitsi Meet for Mobile Video Chat

June 01, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on January 27, 2020

I covered using the Jitsi Meet web app in 2017. Recently, someone asked about an easy way to video chat on mobile. Instead of WhatsApp, LINE, Kakao, etc., I recommended Jitsi. But I haven’t used the app yet. So when I was asked how to use it, I had to learn. It’s easy to use.

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Uberstudent 4.3

June 01, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on January 25, 2016

Let me first admit that I haven’t used Edubuntu and therefore can’t compare it to Uberstudent. Now, I want to respect the above image as much as possible. Thankfully, that’s easy to do because Ubuntu-based Uberstudent has so many useful apps pre-installed and quick links included in the menu. Though many senior Linux users may not care much for this, novice FLOSS users and college students will appreciate the pre-installed open-source apps and links which allow you to start doing everything the average user would need to do :

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Syncthing for Syncing Phones and Linux

June 01, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on March 7, 2016

When I made the transition from Windows to GNU / Linux, the one BIG issue I struggled the most with was the inability to connect my smartphone to my laptop to transfer photos and ringtones. I prefer to create my own ringtones. Since I didn’t want to use Google Drive or Dropbox (because popular apps and weird me), I had to find another alternative. Somehow, probably from Podnutz, I found out about Syncthing, and I’ve been using it ever since.

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Shutter for Linux Screenshot

June 01, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on March 21, 2016

For Linux distros, XFCE4-Screenshooter (or Screenshot) seems to be the norm based off the few distros I’ve used. It does what the average user would need it to do – in the GUI or CLI.

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Free or Open Source Software Starter Pack 2016

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on February 6, 2017

Continuing the trend from 2015, this late list is specifically for Linux users. I published the Windows list months ago.

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Open Source (Read “FREE”) Software Starter Pack 2015

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on November 16, 2015

Are you hesitant about jumping into Linux but enjoy the idea of using Open Source Software? Check these apps out.

Libre Office – This software suite is capable of just as much as Microsoft Office, excluding Microsoft Outlook. I donate sometimes to show gratitude for the product. Oh. . .

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My Plans for 2017

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on January 23, 2017

I asked IT professionals from the Rallypoint community what topics I should cover in future Linux and FOSS related podcasts. I got great suggestions involving security:

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Linux Ubuntu Server versus Windows Server

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on April 10, 2017

This post goes further in-depth with my thoughts in the Syracuse University InfoSpace blog about evolving with open source software.

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5 Reasons Why a Linux Newbie Would Like Linux Mint Cinnamon

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on October 19, 2015

Linux Mint is a great full-featured Linux distribution for beginners with decent laptops with adequate RAM.

Why?

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Linux 2018

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on March 1, 2019

Notes

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Linux 2017

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on February 26, 2018

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Linux 2016

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on May 30, 2017

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Evolving with Open Source Software at Syracuse University

May 30, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on May 15, 2017

I decided to do some guest blogging for an IT blog since I’ve already done two military-related for RallyPoint. Over the last few months I’ve done two for Syracuse University iSchool (school of information studies) InfoSpace blog. My first post explained 5 applications I think everyone should use. My second InfoSpace post – Evolving with Open Source Software at the iSchool – explains how I found ways to use open source software in six IT courses.

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5 Reasons I Enjoy Linux Distro Hopping

May 29, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on November 7, 2016

DistroWatch.com lists over 200 operating systems, or distributions (distros), built on top of the Linux kernel for many different purposes – older and smaller laptops, multimedia production, data rescue, security, and more. “Distro hopping” refers to whenever a Linux user switches from one Linux distro to another – same concept as ditching Windows for an Apple computer but you don’t need to buy new hardware, you have more options, and its free. Linux users distro hop for many reasons. I have five.

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10 Things To Do After Installing deepin 15.9

May 27, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on May 6, 2019

A couple months ago I realized I’d only published one IT blog in 2018. But I posted it on Syracuse InfoSpace. Since my deepin blogs are my most popular, I decided to check out the newest version at the time – deepin 15.7 – but never published a blog.

Months after focusing on distributing music (yes, I’m on Spotify) and music blogs, I wanted to fix this ASAP. So I installed 15.9 (15.10 is available for download as of May 3, 2019) and edited this blog.

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10 Free or Open Source Programs for Windows in 2016

May 25, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on September 12, 2016

Last November, I made a very basic “2015” Open Source Software Starter Pack more focused on average user’s needs. This year, I’m doing a separate and more detailed list for Windows and Linux. This is for Windows users.

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