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Linux Magazine #243 - Print Issue

Linux Magazine #243 - Print Issue

February 2021: iNet

With Linux, more innovation is always on the way. This month we take a look at the iNet wireless daemon, a new wireless client that is poised to replace the venerable WPA Supplicant.

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Kernel News
* Debugging Production Systems
* Patch Submission Guidelines
* New Filesystem for SSD and Flash Drives
* Unlocking Memory Access

iNet Wireless Daemon
Intel's iNet Wireless Daemon offers virtually all of the features found in the obsolete WPA Supplicant, and it is smaller by a factor of 10.

Distro Walk -- Trends
Bruce takes a look at DistroWatch data for a glimpse into the current state of Linux distributions.

Following in the footsteps of Norton Commander and its clones, the Sunflower twin-panel file manager takes a giant leap forward with a switch to Python 3 and GTK3.

Command Line -- Git Branches
To manage your Git branches successfully, you need to learn the ins and outs of git branch and git merge.

ExifTool and jExifToolGUI
ExifTool lets you modify and analyze metadata in multimedia files from the command line, but its comprehensive feature set results in a lengthy learning curve. Luckily, jExifToolGUI offers an intuitive interface.

Charly -- Shell History
For admins like Charly, who try to avoid typing at all costs, the shell offers an excellent opportunity to avoid wear on your fingertips in the form of built-in history.

Firefox VA-API Integration
Today's graphics cards not only specialize in quickly drawing graphics on the screen, but they can also speed up video playback, reducing the CPU's load. Firefox supports this optimization, but you must manually enable hardware acceleration.

Programming Snapshot -- Shell Stats
In the history log, the Bash shell records all commands typed by the user. Mike Schilli extracts this data with Go for a statistical analysis of his typing behavior.

Optimizing Vector Graphics
Inkscape creates W3C-compliant SVG files, but they are usually larger than they need to be for the web. We'll show you how to optimize SVG files.

Tiny Core Linux
Tiny Core Linux does not boast a big repository. Sooner or later, you'll need to create your own extensions.

VS Code for Rasp Pi
Set up a Linux system to serve as a Visual Studio Code development environment for remote coding of a Raspberry Pi.

Escape Room Puzzle
A digital puzzle presents a challenge for young people in an escape room.

Doghouse -- Weather Forecast
A recent rocket launch has maddog thinking about high performance computing and accurate weather forecasts.

With the Variety wallpaper manager, you can easily set up a rotating selection of background images and other customized options.

Linux users have many options for monitoring system resources, but bpytop, a new Python port of bashtop, stands out from the crowd.

This month Graham looks at Kushview Element, Artisan, NetSurf, SimulIDE, Oh My Zsh, and more!

Tutorial -- Ventoy
Ventoy lets you put multiple bootable ISO images on a single USB drive.