Posts Tagged ‘free software’

Looking for open source and privacy friendly android apps?

January 18, 2017

If you are interested in open source and privacy friendly android apps you should have a look at this two projects.

The group Privacy Friendly Apps are a collection of Android-Applications, which are optimized based on privacy. This means that only a minimum of permissions is used. There are no unnecessary permissions, e.g. a torch application would ask for a permission to read the contacts.

They provide apps like dicer, sudoko, weather and more. You can find a list of all their apps in the google playstore.

Simple Mobile Tools: A group of simple, stupid, open source Android apps with customizable widgets, without annoying ads and unnecessary permissions.

They develop camera, file-manager, gallery apps and more. You can find the apps on github/f-droid and play store.


Alternative to GoogleReader? rsslounge

August 25, 2011

Maybe you are one of the people who is using GoogleReader not because you like Google that much, but because you are not aware of a nice online alternative.

organize and read your feeds, set priorities, filter your feeds and items and fetch news, images and photos in a really easy way
simple ⋅ free ⋅ open source

You can install rsslounge on your own server. You just need apache/php/mysql.

Update September 2014: I’m now using Tiny Tiny RSS which is great. Easy to install and it has an open source android client too.

Where is the RSS Feed Icon in Firefox 4?

July 31, 2011

Have you ever asked yourself: Where the $&”(% is the RSS Feed Icon in Firefox 4?” I did.

By default the new RSS web feeds subscription button is not visible. To add this to the toolbar ( or navigation tool-bar as it is called in Firefox 4 ) just right-click on the toolbar and select customize. In the customize tool bar window that appears, click and drag the “Subscribe” icon to the desired location. Done.

More Details can be found on

Use blogilo with wordpress

June 3, 2011

Blogilo is a Free/Open Source Blogging client, focused on simplicity and usability.

It is a KDE program, which allows you to create a blog posting offline and submit it to your blog. Using a normal client instead of a browser can be more convenient.

I’m using wordpress with a handfull of a blogs and discovered a problem with blogilo: It only allows me to submit postings to my primary wordpress blog. For everyone who has the same problem, there is an easy solution

BTW, To get out of this problem, You can set as your blog url and try! It will fetch all of your blogs, and you can select which one you want!

KDE 4.3 and KDE netbook remix

August 6, 2009

First of all I want to gratulate the KDE team for releasing their new version of KDE. Since KDE 4.2 is a pleasure to work with the software and I’m eager to try the new version.
There is also a video describing the changes in KDE 4.3 (also viewable with HTML5 or as ogg theora download ).

KDE 4.3 Desktop

KDE 4.3 Desktop

Also there is an update on the KDE netbook remix project.

(or download the ogg theora file)

KDE 4.3 plasma screencast

July 3, 2009

The KDE 4.3 Plasma screencast arrives! It’s 10:36 in length and covers some of the nice improvements we’ve in Plasmaland for 4.3

Aaron Seigo has created a screencast which can be download via bittorrent oder http.

Source: Aaron Seigos Blog

iotop: simple top-like I/O monitor

June 26, 2009

iotop is a console application for monitoring the I/O usage of processes on your system. It is especially handy for answering the question “Grrr, sloooowness, why is my disk churning so much?”
iotop is available in Debian since Lenny and in Ubuntu (universe) since Intrepid.

Source: DebianTimes

The triumph of Linux as a supercomputer OS

June 25, 2009

Operating systems on supercomputers used to be custom-made affairs, but this has changed. These days, Linux has become a popular choice for supercomputers. But how popular? You may be surprised.

19 of the top 20 supercomputers in the world are running some form of Linux. That’s 95%! And if you just look at the top 10, ALL of them use Linux.

You can read the rest of the article on pingdom.

Introducing KDE 4 plasmoids

June 15, 2009

IBM’s developerWorks has an article about how to create a KDE plasmoid

KDE 4 includes many exciting new technologies, including Plasma, a feature that forms the desktop shell of KDE 4. See how to write simple Plasma applets (known as plasmoids) to greatly improve the desktop experience and how to turn a plasmoid into a simple memory monitor.

Source: IBM developerWorks

Firefox 3.5 commercial

June 1, 2009

There is a Mozilla Firefox 3.5 commercial which is quite similar to a car commercial. I don’t like it that much. What do you think about it?