This tutorial explains how someone can setup C++ language and Qt Software Development Kit on Ubuntu 21.10 for doing software development that is world-class, full-featured, complete and crossplatform under free software licenses. For your information, Qt is the material that built professional computing software like Kubuntu, KDE and Telegram. With this tutorial you will get a full set of tools ready to use consisted of an advanced IDE Qt Creator, a GUI editor Qt Designer, a lot of code examples Qt Examples, an internationalization tool Qt Linguist and a documentation viewer Qt Assistant aside from the compiler G++ and the build tool QMake. Let's start!

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This tutorial will explain step by step to install Parabola computer operating system with GNOME Desktop to a virtual machine. Let's practice!

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This tutorial explains how to install Microsoft Windows applications on Trisquel operating sistem. This workaround uses a popular program called Wine, that is, a technology that allows GNU/Linux system to run a lot of W32 executable programs. With Wine, we technically can run both categories, libre software and proprietary software, however in this tutorial we only give examples using libre software. We will install and run W32 version of Gimp, Inkscape, and Super Tux Kart. Enjoy!

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This tutorial explains step by step how to install Guix Operating System with GNOME desktop on a virtual machine. We will use the user friendly AQEMU, thus you can exercise this too with another tools if you want. This tutorial can be viewed as a beginner's guide for you who want to try out computing with Guix. By this, we hope you find installing Guix Desktop is reasonably easier compared to any other source code based operating systems. Welcome to GNU system!

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Slitaz GNU/Linux is an Swiss computer operating system that is user-friendly, super lightweight and very fast to install, with a spider logo, for both desktop and server. It can run on a quarter of a GB memory. Its installation image is only fifty megabytes, full desktop included, with LiveCD capability. We overview Slitaz in this article with short highlights on where you can get it, available versions and how its desktops and applications are. Happy discovering!


 

About Slitaz

Slitaz is a computer operating system originated from Switzerland and is a GNU/Linux distribution. It empowers both desktop and server and both i386 and x86_64 kinds of computers. It is a rare distro that collects three special advantages together, that is, being actively developed, very small, and full-featured (easy to use included). Slitaz offers 5000 software packages on its official repository and is installable through its own package manager called Tazpkg.



Features and Advantages

  • Slitaz is Free Libre Open Source Software. 
  • Supports three architectures, i386, x86_64 and ARM.
  • Fast booting, fast performance, very fast system installation.
  • Lightweight.
  • Small and full featured.
  • Automatic hardware detection.
  • Independent, it is a combination of GNU and Linux by itself, has its own package manager named Tazpkg and own package format .tazpkg, not a derivative of Debian or other distribution.
  • Features LiveCD as well as installer.
  • Offers more than 5000 software packages for general computing purposes, like any other GNU/Linux, including office suites, utilities, programming and multimedia tools, and games.
  • Reasonably easier to use compared to another super lightweight desktop systems like TinyCore and Puppy.
  • Can be used for file rescue, data recovery, and disk forensic purposes.

 

Where to get Slitaz

Visit https://www.slitaz.org to freely download Slitaz. For 32-bit computer, select slitaz-rolling.iso and for 64-bit computer select slitaz-rolling-core64.iso.  


Available Versions and Editions

Currently, Slitaz released a new version every week without version numbers -- a method of release also known as rolling release. Its latest version at the moment we write this article is by 14 November 2021 or very up to date.


Installation Process

Uniquely, Slitaz has its own system installer and it is web browser based and it is very crazy fast. We should know that Slitaz is just 50MB small (or forty times smaller than Ubuntu) so it is not strange the installation process could be so fast. No other GNU/Linux has such installer.


Desktop Environment

Slitaz offers LXDE as its default desktop environment and PCManFM as its file manager and Faenza as its icon theme. It works very fast from since login time, faster than Lubuntu. However, it offers drop shadow effects by right-click context menu on desktop.


Applications Included

By default, Slitaz includes a set of applications from the Accessories to the System Tools categories for basic computing purposes like file exploring and web browsing. Some apps are, among the others, Midori (web browser), Leafpad (text editor), Slitaz Installer, MtPaint (drawing), and GColor (color selector).


Applications Available in the Repository

Additionally, the user may install more applications available in the repository. Please be aware that on our Slitaz 5 Rolling Release system, many of popular names will not work after installation. To search through these five hundreds packages, Slitaz offers an online search engine at https://pkgs.slitaz.org. Several names we can tell at the moment are, among the others, Abiword, Frozen Bubble, Gimp, LibreOffice (via a metapackage), Inkscape, Scribus, GCC, QEMU, and SMPlayer, Wireshark and Xarchiver. Please note that just like any other non-FSDG distro, Slitaz also provide proprietary software and among the others are Vivaldi (via a metapackage).

To install packages, Slitaz has its own package manager called Tazpkg. The interesting difference to Ubuntu's APT is that Tazpkg can do multiple installation processes simultaneously while APT cannot. A summary of several most used commands compared to Ubuntu:

Refresh repository database:

  • apt-get update
  • tazpkg recharge

Search for packages:

  • apt-cache search [keyword]
  • tazpkg search [keyword]

Install a package:

  • apt-get install [package_name]
  • tazpkg -gi [package_name]


Daily Uses

We can use Slitaz to do normal life like file exploring, web browsing, email reading, and play some games with the default applications.  

However, available applications as mentioned are limited for now, in number and in version and in ability to run, as there are many outdated applications (even though Slitaz is now rolling release) will not work after installation. Unfortunately, we report here that these apps not working on our system namely AssaultCube, Emacs, Firefox, MPV, SMPlayer (running but not playing any video), VLC, Warzone 2100 and Zoneminder.

 

System Settings

Slitaz includes its own control panel called Tazpanel. It is actually the Slitaz's own web browser that acts as a user interface to the web-based system settings. It is able to show system info, configure our network and boot, and even package management.

Ability to Run Microsoft Windows Programs

Yes, Slitaz is able to run and install executable programs made for Windows via the program called Wine. This includes both normal applications and games. Below is Flare, an adventure game licensed under GPL3 for Windows ran on Slitaz.


Issues

In our discovery, Slitaz system had these issues:
  • Number of packages is still far smaller than Debian's and Ubuntu's, which are tens of thousands, so any Slitaz user may experience missing packages.
  • Missing many packages which are normally available on other distros.
  • Failed to run many available programs.
  • Too old versions for many programs.
  • No built-in archive manager like File Roller or Ark, so extracting from file manager is not easy by default.
  • It does not provide two most full-featured desktops, KDE and GNOME.
  • It also does not have external repositories (unlike Ubuntu with PPA, Arch with AUR) although it does support manually creating custom packages.
  • Its 64-bit version also failed to run many 64-bit AppImages.

 

Summary

Slitaz in general is a very good and full-of-potentials operating system for old desktop computers especially the 32-bit ones when today there is no modern operating system for such particular purposes. It is simple, yet hacky, customizable by its own style through the Tazpkg and its scripting ("Cooking") technology. It is truly lightweight, small and empowering real machines but please note as mentioned above it is reasonably limited or is more suitable if you indeed wanted a limited environment e.g. making a learning playground for children or simply reusing your aging boxes.



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Do you have an old desktop PC or laptop? We have happy news to you. You can reuse it, rather than throw it away or leaving it unused. To revive your computer, install a GNU/Linux operating system that supports old computers and is actively supported. This will give your old computer a fresh life once again, for general purpose, as well as for specific purpose like multimedia creativity and programming. You can receive latest software and security updates by using one of them on your old machine. Finally, we compile these choices in alphabetical order from antiX to Zorin OS that still support up to 15 years old computers a.k.a. 32-bit PCs with tens of thousands latest software packages. Happy computing!

 (Trisquel Mini, a good operating system for old PCs,
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This tutorial explains step by step to upgrade an Ubuntu desktop from version 21.04 Hirsute Hippo to 21.10 Impish Indri with command lines. You will need to prepare a good internet access, enough disk space, and some patience to work with it. Good luck!

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Do you work with multiple Ubuntu computers? You might want to unify or sync all your browsers' bookmarks into one, when you bookmarked something in one, all other browsers got the same and vice versa. You can do that freely and safely with XBrowserSync, a Firefox addon, with a secure service behind. To use XBrowserSync, follow the procedures below. 

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