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Process-per-tab is coming to Firefox. \O/  Currently available in Firefox Nightly.  https://wiki.mozilla.org/Electrolysis
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In the latest LL episode, Paddy mentioned an internet test which was quite comprehensive. Where can I find the site?
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Hey people - Strange one but a very important one for me.

My daughter is disabled and has recently been given splints to help her start to walk. She's never been able to wear shoes other then ones given to her to help her feet, and they have been very unfeminine huge boots. 

So I am calling on the community to see if someone more skilled could design something or make some vinyl graphics just to make them more girly for her. You can help just by sharing the post and hopefully someone that can help will see it.

#disability
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Want to have a video chat with someone without the hassle of an account with Google, Skype, Apple etc, and using only a WebRTC-enabled browser? Try appear.in.
Video conversations with up to 8 people for free - no login, no downloads. Create a video room. Share the link. Appear together. Try it now at https://appear.in
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Skype always drops when Kim videocalls her mum. I keep telling them to use Hangouts as they both have Android tablets. But they battle on with Skype ::shakes head::
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Flowblade Movie Editor is a multitrack non-linear video editor for Linux released under GPL-3 license, that I had not heard of before. 
Nonlinear video editor for Linux
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installed... now I need to collect some footage to edit
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Since Xfce 4.12 will be released soon, it is possible the Korora Xfce spin could be updated to include it?
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For anyone wanting to try 4.11 the COPR is working now as the dependency problem has been fixed. It is safe to install.
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Trello + Pomodoro = Pomello. Looks like a great match to me. Get the Chrome extension here: http://www.tinynudge.co/pomello/
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In a recent episode, the fate of Firefox was again discussed. I also believe Mozilla is putting resources to projects and products which I think are a waste of time - e.g. Firefox OS. Regardless, I am also torn between Chromium and Firefox as my main browser. As with their side projects, I believe Firefox has recently made some significant UI and UX changes which have upset a lot of people. The shift to a very Chrome-like UI is perhaps the most significant change.

For the sake of balance, here are some features of Firefox (the browser and project) which I think are a positive.

* Ability to customise the UI by moving elements around. No such feature in Chrome exists.
* Ability to group tabs, switching between them at will. This is very similar to the use of virtual desktops on Xfce/GNOME/Plasma/MATE etc.
* Downloads' status shown in the toolbar, not occupying space at the bottom of the screen (Chrome).
* UI themes. Firefox calls them "complete" themes, as opposed to those which apply a background to the "window frame".
* Ability to see what features and changes are planned and in development.

In the latest, Nightly, builds is the process-per-tab feature so desperately sought by Firefox users frustrated that a single tab's crash could bring down the entire browser.

The main point here, though, is... if FLOSS fans choose not to use Firefox, then what alternatives are available? Chromium is the best I know of, but it is not a community project. Feature requests sought by its users are generally ignored.

What could Mozilla do to turn around the fate of Firefox?
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The new multithreaded Servo engine sounds promising (https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/research/projects/). It could make the Browser competitive again on the typical desktop.
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This site is useful when you're organising an event with a few people and trying to agree on a suitable date and time.
The easiest way to find the best time for meetings and other appointments with multiple people. It is built by fruux, a free service that keeps your contacts, calendars and tasks synced on all your devices.
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Reason #235 I love the AsciiDoc markup. It is scalable, so you can use just a little to add structure to your own notes, or use advanced (yet still simple) features and produce an entire book, and everything in between. #asciidoc  After looking at the AsciiDoc home page, also take a look at the Asciidoctor site: asciidoctor.org. Asciidoctor is an alternative AsciiDoc processor written in Ruby and used by GitHub to provide dynamic rendering of AsciiDoc-formatted content. 
AsciiDoc is a text document format for writing notes, documentation, articles, books, ebooks, slideshows, web pages, man pages and blogs. AsciiDoc files can be translated to many formats including HTML, PDF, EPUB, man page.
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+Marc Paul Rubin Oops. Thanks for catching that. :O  I've fixed it up now.
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HOWTO - Defeat ugly fonts with fontconfig's font substitution


Problem

Some locally-installed applications use ugly fonts (IMHO) by default. A common UI font is 'Helvetica', and if it's not installed, the Linux font system will find what it believes is the next closest in appearance. The end result can be rather ugly, which brings tears to my eyes.


Solution

A solution to this problem is to fontconfig's font substitution feature to have ugly fonts replaced with more attractive alternatives. In my case I like the appearance of the DejaVu font family. The changes detailed below in the "How To" section apply GLOBALLY, that is, to all application and all users on the Fedora installation.

While I have tested these steps on my Fedora 21 installation, you follow them at your own risk. The relevant information for this message came from [1]

What the following configuration achieves (assuming I understand this correctly) is:

* It specifies certain font families in place of the general aliases 'serif', 'sans-serif', and 'monospace'
* It specifies that one font family is to be used in place of another. For example, any request for "Arial" will be replaced with "DejaVu Sans" which looks more attractive in my eyes. Be aware that font families tend to have different character widths, and text in DejaVu Sans tends to be wider than Arial and Helvetica. If you don't like the effect you could instead try another, narrower font, perhaps the Droid family.


How To

1. Create the file /etc/fonts/local.conf  (Note: This requires root-level access via 'sudo').
2. Copy and paste the following text (between the ---- lines).

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<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">
<fontconfig>

# Preferred serif, sans and mono fonts

    <alias>
            <family>serif</family>
            <prefer>
                    <family>DejaVu Serif</family>
            </prefer>
    </alias>
    <alias>
            <family>sans-serif</family>
            <prefer>
                    <family>DejaVu Sans</family>
            </prefer>
    </alias>
    <alias>
            <family>monospace</family>
            <prefer>
                    <family>DejaVu Mono</family>
            </prefer>
    </alias>

# Replace some fonts with ones I like

    <match target="pattern">
        <test qual="any" name="family"><string>arial</string></test>
        <edit name="family" mode="assign" binding="same"><string>DejaVu Sans</string></edit>
    </match>
    <match target="pattern">
        <test qual="any" name="family"><string>times</string></test>
        <edit name="family" mode="assign" binding="same"><string>ejaVu Serif</string></edit>
    </match>
    <match target="pattern">
            <test qual="any" name="family"><string>helvetica</string></test>
            <edit name="family" mode="assign" binding="same"><string>DejaVu Sans</string></edit>
    </match>
----

3. Restart Fedora

It's not strictly necessary to restart but it doesn't hurt. :-)


[1] https://www.happyassassin.net/2014/01/17/fonts-and-font-sizes-in-fedora-on-the-internet-hold-onto-your-hats/
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will do :)
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What's the best way of getting the Korora 20 wallpapers? Do I need to clone the 'wallpapers' git repo, then switch to the 20 branch, or is there an easier method?
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+Chris Smart Good point! Thanks - I'll do that as I love those wallpapers.
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