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Linux Magazine #248 - Print Issue

Linux Magazine #248 - Print Issue

Brain Tools

Sometimes you want the computer to think for you, and sometimes you want the computer to make you think. This month we present a selection of free Linux tools for learning and thinking.

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    Kernel News
    * Want vs. Need
    * Hiding System Resources... from the System

    Anki brings a virtual flash card box to the desktop. Thanks to a useful collection of add-ons, you can adapt this helpful learning tool to suit your needs.

    If you need to make the occasional diagram, Dia gives you professional results with a minimal learning curve.

    Develop your logical thinking skills with this collection of brain teasers.

    Create video sequences to present mathematical problems in an engaging way.

    Distro Walk – Zorin OS
    We interview one of the creators of Zorin OS, a Debian derivative with a minimal yet friendly desktop.

    Statistics with gawk
    With very little overhead, you can access statistics on the spread of COVID-19 using gawk scripts and simple shell commands.

    Command Line – Pandoc
    Convert files from one markup format to another at the command line.

    Nix and NixOS
    This package manager and native distro offer a promising new approach to the challenge of managing packages.

    Programming Snapshot – SymPy
    Whether he's filling the bathtub with water or routing electricity through resistors, Mike Schilli juggles mathematical formulas with Python.

    Charly's Column – User Groups
    Charly investigates the three most frequently asked questions about user groups.

    Use your Rasp Pi as a powerful smart home control center.

    This Pi-based distro comes with everything you need to play retro games. Just bring your Raspberry Pi and, ideally, a simple gamepad.

    Doghouse – Distributions
    Which distribution is the best choice for you? maddog offers some suggestions.

    Micro brings the ease and intuitiveness of a graphical editor to the Linux terminal.

    The Tox protocol uses file-sharing techniques for messaging and audio-video chats.

    This month Graham looks at Vital, Shortwave, doggo, Bonzomatic, Ultimate Plumber, Open Brush, and more!

    Tutorial – Zotero
    Use this reference management tool to organize citations and create bibliographies.