freeware, software

Installing Gitless from source code

Git receives a lot of flack for having a poorly created UI on top of a technological monster. Underneath the hood, it may be a beast of an engine, but the user gets to use a 5-in-1 for its keys. Gitless is a convenient hood, but there’s only one catch: all the binaries you can download are 64-bit which means… compiling from source for those of us running 32-bit Linux operating systems.

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freeware, Japanese, software

Japanese Vertical Text … in Libre Office

While I don’t particularly have a preference for how words are written, I thought it would be nice to write Japanese vertically, for the sake of feeling authentic if nothing else. The real trick is actually finding an editor that supports vertical text, but it turns out LibreOffice allows it.

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freeware, software

Restoring the File Explorer Appearance on Linux Mint (no more ’98 look)

If you’ve played with Linux Mint long enough, you’ll eventually become aware of a rather annoying issue when browsing files: At some seemingly random point, you may hear a sweet bell sound (no kidding) and your file browser/explorer suddenly looks ugly. i.e. Your folders have these antiquated-looking tan appearance and the nav panel looks like something out of Windows 98… (maybe not quite that bad, but you get the idea). There’s a way to get those shiny green folders back, and here’s how I did it… without restarting the OS.

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art, freeware, software

Is Krita better than Gimp?

The Gimp is arguably the most popular free software for non-vector digital art and image editing. (Inkscape is the best free program for vector graphics in my opinion.) Some time ago, I analyzed Paint Tool SAI, comparing it with the Gimp, and the results are in. But SAI has an unrelated, nay, a mirror image in the FOSS world trying to do what SAI does in a better way: Krita. Krita is a cross-platform open-source free software tool for digital art. In fact, I’d argue that, in light of what Krita has to offer, Gimp may be considered the best for image editing and not for art creation. But here’s a run-down comparison of the two.

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freeware, software

Restoring The Menu Panel on Linux Mint Cinnamon

I got back into using Linux Mint Cinnamon not too long ago (Good bye, Windows! Hello, Mint 17) (the installation on a computer with NVidia I should write about since that’s it’s own fun mess), but like any piece of complicated software, it has its bugs. One of the more annoying bugs is when the menu panel / menu bar on the bottom (equivalent to Window’s Task Bar) just so happens to lose all of its text and icons…

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art, fractal, freeware, software

Chaotica vs JWildfire Rendering

If you’re a fractal artist, you might be aware of a few popular programs for fractal art, including JWildfire and the up-and-coming Chaotica. JWildfire is almost a fractal creation suite, an all-in-one package that allows you to not only make fractals, but watch them dance to music and make videos with them. Chaotica, on the other hand, can’t do much functionally but is an excellent program for rendering… assuming you can figure out how to get the thing to work for you.

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