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Paul Parker
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ANZAC day 2017, Lest We Forget.


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Romeo & Juliet each performance or reporting of is an ongoing learning experience, some new discovery, some new nuance...

Thanks to you William Shakespeare, wonder IF he would like the representation of him in the 1998 great movie: "Shakespeare In Love"

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Agree entirely :-)

Over 10 years using Linux with openSUSE GNOME

Recommend SUSE for businesses as certainly appreciated their excellent technical support, they taught myself how to fix things easier !

2016 has been a big year for Linux. Chromebooks continue to sell like hotcakes, and Chrome OS is technically a Linux distro. But Google’s web-centric devices are hardly what free software enthusiasts had in mind when cracking the same joke every year: Is this the year of the Linux desktop?
For many of us, it doesn’t matter if Linux achieves world computing domination. What matters is that we can use it today, and it’s awesome. Are you considering making the switch for the first time? Then 2017 can be your year of the Linux desktop.
And let me say, with all of the work taking place in the open source world today, this really is a great time to take the plunge.
Why Is That?
Linux has a reputation for being difficult to use and only intended for computer geeks. That isn’t the case at all. These days Linux is arguably easier to use than Windows, especially for first time computer users.
If you recently installed Windows 10, you may have experienced a rather cold piece of automation. Contrast this with installing Linux, which is warm and informative - just two of many reasons to choose Linux...
Not only is Linux increasingly simple, it’s also pretty. There are versions out there that are as nice to look at as anything being sold in stores. It’s hard to go back to paying for commercial operating systems when, depending on your needs, you can get a better experience for free. Just take a look at Elementary OS.

Switching to Linux is not only good for your wallet, it’s great for the environment. The OS runs on just about anything, and the system requirements are much lower. This encourages you use your existing computers for years longer than you thought you could. Adopting Linux helps you fight back against planned obsolescence and reduce electronic waste.
Unlike a 5-year-old PC, a 5-year-old smartphone can barely run any modern apps. But there is a way to enjoy the benefits of technology without buying new hardware: embrace Linux and free software!
This freedom empowers you to be more creative. Since you can run Linux in so many form factors, makers all over the world are using cheap hardware like the Raspberry Pi to produce their own gadgets.
Even if you’re only running Linux on your desktop, the customization options empower you to create an interface that is uniquely yours.
Plus with all of the leaks, breaches, and other privacy concerns making the news, switching to Linux is a good way to increase your security. Attackers prefer to target more popular OSes like Windows, and Linux developers are far less inclined to monitor your usage (and the community is quick to call them out if they even try).

How to Switch
There are two ways to make the switch. One requires zero technical experience, while the other option is free.
1 Buy a Computer Running Linux
Aside from Chromebooks, you can’t walk into your local big box store and walk out with a computer running Linux. But you can buy one online. You’re not limited to one site or vendor either.
System76 has a flashy website and computers that ship with Linux running out of the box. All you need to do is create your account to start using your new laptop or desktop, as though you had just picked up a Windows or Mac.
Some other vendors give you a choice of which version (or rather, distribution) of Linux you run. ZaReason and Think Penguin are two sites that will let you choose your preferred Linux distro at checkout.

2 Install Linux on Your Current Computer
You may not be aware that you can replace the operating system powering your current computer. Well, you can, and this can often breathe new life into hardware that Apple and Microsoft would tell you needs to be replaced.
Installing Linux yourself does require some comfort with certain computer terms, but it’s not that hard.
Linux distros usually come in the form of an ISO or IMG file. You then burn this data to a blank CD or USB drive. After this, you restart your computer and fire up your new CD or flash drive before your operating system kicks in.
USB drives are great, not just for installing portable versions of Linux but for protecting your computer when things go awry. Here are the 5 most useful Linux distributions for installing on a USB drive.
I know this sounds complicated, but we have guides to walk you through the process. Most Linux distros let you demo the experience before beginning installation, which involves following on-screen prompts as though you were running a program for the first time in Windows.

What Version to Pick?
Linux doesn’t come in the form of a single product. Rather, it’s collection of programs made by many different developers. When bundled together, this software is capable of making your machine run as well, and often better, than it does running a commercial operating system.
This means typing “Linux” into a search engine won’t bring you to a website with a giant download button. You’re going to need to learn a few new terms in order figure out what you want.

1 Distribution (“Distro”)
Instead of installing something called Linux, you have to choose which distribution, or collection, or software you want running on your computer. Some other popular options are Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, Linux Mint, and Elementary OS.
There are many Linux distributions available for a number of different purposes, which makes it difficult to choose at times. Here's a list of the very best to help you decide.
Yes, the list above is pretty long. Picking one can seem overwhelming, but there are a few that are aimed at first time switchers from Windows and Mac.

2 Desktop Environment
When you’re looking at distros, what you see in the screenshots are various desktop environments. Windows and macOS each have their own, which you aren’t able to change. In Linux, you can fundamentally transform how your computer looks and feels by swapping one environment for another. Some will feel familiar to what you’re already used to. Others offer experiences that are unique to Linux and other open source operating systems.
Some of the desktop environments you will see mentioned most often include GNOME, KDE, Unity, Xfce, LXDE, Cinnamon, and MATE. That sounds like a lot, but in the Linux world, we’re only getting started.
Don’t worry, you can save experimenting with desktop environments for later, or you can choose to stick with the one you start off with. You will find plenty of Linux users taking either approach.

3 Free and Open Source Software
The vast majority of Linux programs are considered free and open source software. The “free” part doesn’t refer to price, though most don’t cost you any money to use.
Free software is code that you’re free to use, tweak, and share however you wish.
The only way you risk running into any legal trouble is if you try to take someone else’s code and try to sell it as your own. This is very different from most commercial software, where you have to read (“skip”) a long license agreement and accept the terms before use. This often means giving companies control of your data and what you can do with it.
Free software doesn't just mean you get to use the app or game without paying. It's about longevity and much more, in fact, all software should be free and open source!
Open source means an application’s code is visible to you. Most commercial software is hidden, leaving you to trust that the developer is only doing what you expect them to. You have no easy way of knowing what information is being logged or if there are security holes that make your machine vulnerable to attack. Most of us can’t look at source code and make sense of it ourselves, but we can rest a little easier knowing that other people with expertise can do that for us.

Getting Software
When you want new applications on Windows, you look for a big download button on a website and click on the EXE. Life is different on Linux.
You can grab most software from your distro’s repositories. That’s a big word, but it means most of what you want is available in an app store of sorts. Installing programs is roughly as easy on Linux as it is on a smartphone.
Each distro comes with its own way of distributing software. Newcomers will feel right at home with GNOME Software, Linux Mint’s Software Manager, or Elementary OS’s AppCenter. Only the more technical distros will force you to use the command line. Once you get used to the Linux way of doing things, you may not want to go back.
You've switched to Linux, and want to install some software. But package managers differ depending on your distro. So which apps can you download and install? It's all in the acronyms.
The bigger question is whether you can find the software you want. Most commercial software isn’t available for Linux, but there are plenty of free and open source alternatives you can try instead. I’m going to quickly go over a few categories.

1 Web Browsers
Firefox is an open source web browser, and Google Chrome is based on one. Both support Linux. Mozilla’s browser is often included by default, while Google’s is available from the company’s site (it’s one of the few programs you will have to download the same way you do on Windows). The fully open source version of Chrome, Chromium, is also an option. Plus there’s Opera and Vivaldi, two freeware (but not open source) browsers that work on Linux. If you hate ads, consider Brave.
You can also find browsers made specifically for Linux. I’m a big fan of GNOME Web (also known as Epiphany). Other options include Midori and QupZilla.
2 Office Suites
Having a valid office suite used to be a make or break issue for Linux desktop users. Not being able to submit homework assignments or view documents without compatibility issues meant someone couldn’t use Linux at work or school. These days, that’s largely a moot issue.
LibreOffice can open and save Microsoft Office documents with a good amount of success. Likewise, Microsoft Office is now able to open the OpenDocument format. In many ways, LibreOffice is ready for the office suite crown.
With so many people in the Windows world now turning to free office suites, Microsoft Office doesn’t have the stranglehold it used to. But even if you must have access to Microsoft’s software, you can now access online versions with an Office 365 account. You could run older desktop versions with PlayOnLinux, too. If it’s merely the interface you’re after, WPS Office can provide something similar on your Linux desktop.
Depending on how often you collaborate with others, you may prefer to use Google Docs instead. That works on Linux. So do other cloud-based options such as ZoHo Docs.
3 Creative Editing
These seems to be two types of photo takers who use computers — those who swear they can’t get anything done without PhotoShop, and those who use GIMP. GIMP was made for Linux before it came to Windows and Mac, so that’s not a problem. PhotoShop doesn’t support Linux, but there are alternatives.
Plus there are many other open source tools out there for letting your creative side show. There are even entire distros aimed at artists and musicians.
4 Gaming
Many Windows users list gaming as a big reason they haven’t switched to Linux. The vast majority of PC games are developed with Microsoft’s platform in mind.
This remains true, but gaming on Linux has come a long way. You’re no longer limited to the open source games in your distro’s repositories. The Humble Indie Bundle has brought plenty of ports to Linux. Plus Steam is available, and while you don’t get the full library, the selection for Linux is pretty good. Plus if you’re a fan of classic games, there are more than a few ways to get your fix.

Is This the Year of the Linux Desktop?
Only if you make it. There aren’t many companies trying to push Linux into the hands of consumers. Many users adopt the operating system out of their own interest. Rather than the kind of instant name recognition you get from big ad campaigns, Linux’s growth is slow. But it is growing. This year we saw Linux usage reach 2 percent of desktop users.
*For many people, the time to use Linux is now.*

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Nice to see, while rarely use KDE as a GNOME user, for each improvement eventually helps us all :- )

Video editors have historically been a source of difficulty for Linux users. But, my oh my, has that changed in a big way lately.
I’ve personally been using Kdenlive a video editor produced by the KDE project, with great success over the last year. I had absolutely no reason or need to look elsewhere for my video production needs.
But then along came OpenShot 2.3. And, holy guacamole, Batman, if it isn’t absolutely amazing.
OpenShot is, quite simply, a cross-platform, free software (GPL licensed) video editing package. It’s available for Linux and, according to their download page, for Windows and Mac, as well.
Interestingly, OpenShot is distributed via appimage.
That means they provide a single binary that can be run on just about any modern Linux distribution. I personally tested this out on openSUSE Tumbleweed with great success—but it should run just as easily on Debian, Fedora or others. I love this approach to distributing software directly from the developers.

Features that make OpenShot 2.3 amazing
So, what makes OpenShot 2.3 so ridiculously awesome?
To start with, the new transformation tool is absolutely stupendous. It allows you to easily add some very cool animations to your videos. Simply drop an item (say, an image of your kid playing hockey) on the timeline. Select a spot on the timeline to start the animation, select Transform, then adjust the image however you want in a WYSIWYG way. Drag it around. Resize/reshape it. Then move to the next spot on the timeline that you want the image to do something else and repeat.
OpenShot will do the hard work of calculating and rendering all of the frames in between those two points for you. The result is a nice smooth animation put together in just a few minutes. Not only is it easy, but the performance was quite peppy.
This new version also adds a seriously beefy way to create titles for your videos. This is, hands down, the most fun title editor I’ve ever laid my grubby mitts on. Some of the built-in templates are a ton of fun and look absolutely fantastic.
Aside from these two new features, which are fantastic all by themselves, the big thing that jumped out at me about version 2.3 is how much polish there seems to have been since the last time I really gave OpenShot a try (back after the 2.0 release).
The interface seems to be more responsive, everything is quite pleasant looking, and it has all the little niceties I like in my video editor.

My favorite feature in OpenShot 2.3
That brings me to possibly my favorite thing about OpenShot 2.3:
If you go into the Preferences within OpenShot, there is a Keyboard tab. In there you can change every single stinkin’ hotkey. I love this. So much. I’ve grown accustomed to having a certain set of key bindings in my video editor—and now I can use them within OpenShot.
Oh! And there’s a button that’ll toggle you in and out of Full Screen mode, which is very handy for sitting down and focusing on the video in front of you.
All in all, I’m damn impressed. OpenShot is turning into something I can see myself using for my own video projects with great regularity.
Will I ditch my trusted Kdenlive and move all of my production over to OpenShot? Not quite yet. I need to do some more testing to feel completely confident in the stability and reliability. But things are looking awfully good.

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This change may take some time before the Approved occupations list changes.

IF you applied, check you are still approved.

IF considering, to lodge application, do so quickly.


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Adani is not just another coalmine, it is a turning point for the nation

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Rising slowly this morning (Mon, 3 April 2017) we awoke to find Bungawalbyn Creek has arrived in town, rising slowly yesterday and through the night.

Rising slowly as such a large flat area of country to fill first.

Rising remains a disaster for many farmers with crops ruined by the flooding, and other damage to their resources as service gear.

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Some may be posted twice. Updated adding some from Friday, then others from later on Saturday.

Earlier were taken evening Friday 31 March 2017.

Others during earlier, then later walks on Saturday, 01 April, 2017.

Posted earlier, however all in this collection.

the Coraki Wilson and Richmond Rivers higher overnight result they now over-flowing in Richmond Terrace.

Bungawalbin Creek previously contributed to flooding in Coraki is not yet contributing, approaching slowly some flood levels may rise around town.

Bungawalbin Creek back-flooding previously resulted in buildings and areas being flooded downstairs.

Tidal changes effected afternoon levels.

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Saturday, 01 April, 2017 the Coraki Wilson and Richmond Rivers higher overnight result they now over-flowing in Richmond Terrace.

Bungawalbin Creek previously contributed to flooding in Coraki is not yet contributing, so flood levels may rise around town.

Bungawalbin Creek back-flooding previously resulted in buildings and areas being flooded downstairs.

Remain alert.

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This is terrorism fighting civil society.

Our politicians responsible for this, ALL need re-commit to building a civil society.

Our civil society is constructed upon working towards agreements, not just winning by numbers.

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