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Twister OS was recommended to us to solve DRM issues. It comes with a selection of Windows and Mac themes, as well as their default XFCE / Gnome hybrid layout.
Twister OS was well packed with a variety of Games, as well as Chromium, Kodi, LibreOffice and custom Raspberry Pi utilities.
Unfortunately, performance wasn’t as good as Lubuntu or Ubuntu MATE.
A lot of reboots were required during the initial configuration.

https://twisteros.com/

Raspberry Pi Items I used:
Raspberry Pi 4 Model B: https://thepihut.com/products/raspberry-pi-4-model-b
Official Pi 4 Power Supply: https://thepihut.com/products/raspberry-pi-psu-uk
Aluminium Armour Heatsink Case: https://thepihut.com/products/aluminium-armour-heatsink-case-for-raspberry-pi-4
USB-C Cable with On/Off Switch: https://thepihut.com/products/usb-c-cable-with-switch
Total spend £101

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Three years ago Admiral submitted a DMCA takedown request against EasyList when they included one of their domains.
I’ve found 360 of Admiral tracking domains and I’m puzzling over whether to include it in NoTrack based on Admiral’s previous agression.
Or should I walk away and pretend I never saw anything?

Public Sources:
https://github.com/LevenLabs/
https://twitter.com/quidsup/status/1304421688835272704
https://blog.getadmiral.com/dmca-easylist-adblock-copyright-access-control-admiral-10-things-to-know
https://www.neowin.net/news/anti-ad-blocking-firm-admiral-deals-potentially-damaging-blow-to-adblockers
https://spreadprivacy.com/duckduckgo-tracker-radar/
https://gitlab.com/quidsup/ntrk-tracker-radar/-/tree/master

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BPyTop is a system resource monitor that shows usage and stats for CPU, Memory, Disk, Network and Processes.
Has both keyboard and mouse control. Can be used remotely via SSH or just on your main system via the GUI.

Project Page: https://github.com/aristocratos/bpytop
Snap package installation: https://github.com/kz6fittycent/bpytop-snap

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Not really an ugly duckling, but the first officially supported MX/antiX release with KDE Plasma Desktop.
Comes without Systemd enabled.
MX Linux includes MX Tools for easily tweaking the system and installing some basic applications, along with proprietary codecs.
The addition of a welcome screen, along with a perhaps bulkier selection of pre-installed applications makes this a good KDE distribution for new users.

https://mxlinux.org/

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’ve moved to using a Python Script running as a Daemon to handle parsing of DNS logs and updating DNS blocklists. Performance has continued to improve, bearing in mind I’m running the server off a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ with Ubuntu 20.04 as the base OS.

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KDE Neon has now been rebased on Ubuntu 20.04 Long Term Support release, which was codenamed Focal Fossa.
KDE Neon is a minimal Linux OS with which provides a bleeding edge rolling release of the aggressively developed KDE Plasma desktop, as well as the latest releases of KDE Apps on top of a solid Ubuntu base.

Neon Website: https://neon.kde.org/
KDE Apps: https://kde.org/applications/

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Breaking Ubuntu Linux with some deadly commands: Sinkhole tmp to /dev/null, Crashing the Linux kernel with Magic System Request Key, Enigma Terminal (more of an April fools joke), Invert sudoers groups, and Delete your sudo rights.

0:54 Sinkhole tmp to Null
sudo rm -R /tmp
sudo ln -s /dev/null /tmp

1:47 Magic System Request Key
https://www.kernel.org/doc/html/latest/admin-guide/sysrq.html
echo i >/proc/sysrq-trigger
echo c > /proc/sysrq-trigger

2:53 Enigma Terminal
nano ~/.bashrc
while true; do echo -ne $(tr -cd ‘[:alnum:]’ < /dev/urandom | fold -w1 | head -n1); read -rsn 1; done;

4:00 Invert Sudoers
sudo sed -i ‘s/%/%:/g’ /etc/sudoers

5:08 Delete yourself from Sudo
sudo deluser $(whoami) sudo

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The Raspberry Pi 4 B has Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 Ports, which allows you to construct a basic NAS (Network Attached Storage). In this tutorial video I show how to install and setup Ubuntu Server on Raspberry Pi and share mounted USB Drives with other Linux and Windows computers with NFS and Samba/SMB respectively.
Although initial tests shows read/write speed to be about 1/3 of what I would have expected from an x86 system.

Tutorial: https://quidsup.net/tutorials/?p=pi-nas

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Raspberry Pi Items I used:
Raspberry Pi 4 Model B: https://thepihut.com/products/raspberry-pi-4-model-b
Official Pi 4 Power Supply: https://thepihut.com/products/raspberry-pi-psu-uk
Aluminium Armour Heatsink Case: https://thepihut.com/products/aluminium-armour-heatsink-case-for-raspberry-pi-4
USB-C Cable with On/Off Switch: https://thepihut.com/products/usb-c-cable-with-switch
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Looking at the Ubuntu MATE 20.04 Beta image for the Pi 4 is now out. The V3D Graphics Drivers have been enabled, which allows for OpenGL compositing and other processing to be offloaded to the GPU.

Although Lubuntu handled better under heavy loads compared to Ubuntu MATE.

https://ubuntu-mate.org/ports/raspberry-pi/

Full review of UbuntuMATE 20.04: https://www.bitchute.com/video/wmIkZ8fd9puL/
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Looking at the Ubuntu MATE 20.04 Beta image for the Pi 4 is now out. The V3D Graphics Drivers have been enabled, which allows for OpenGL compositing and other processing to be offloaded to the GPU.

Although Lubuntu handled better under heavy loads compared to Ubuntu MATE.

https://ubuntu-mate.org/ports/raspberry-pi/

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#UbuntuMATE #Ubuntu #RaspberryPi

Concluding the week on a high with Lubuntu, which gave us the best desktop experience. I also tested Kubuntu, which performed better than Manjaro ARM KDE, but was still not as responsive as Lubuntu with the LXQt desktop.

Lubuntu 20.04 was not officially released at time of recording. We built it from Ubuntu Server using Desktopify.

Ubuntu Server Download: https://ubuntu.com/download/raspberry-pi
Desktopify Script: https://github.com/wimpysworld/desktopify

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Conclusion of Ubuntu MATE 20.04, which worked very well on the Raspberry Pi 4 turning it into a usable desktop computer.
Ubuntu MATE 20.04 was not officially released at time of recording. We were made aware of a script called Desktopify after this recording, which would have improved performance on the Pi 4

Ubuntu Server Download: https://ubuntu.com/download/raspberry-pi
Desktopify Script: https://github.com/wimpysworld/desktopify

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Ubuntu MATE 20.04 has transformed the Pi 4 into a usable desktop computer. Performance is reasonable and there are plenty of easy options for customisation.
Ubuntu MATE 20.04 is not officially released yet, so we had to build it from an Ubuntu Server 20.04 image.

Ubuntu Server Download: https://ubuntu.com/download/raspberry-pi
Desktopify Script: https://github.com/wimpysworld/desktopify

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Our thoughts so far with the experiment discussing Manjaro ARM KDE and Raspberry Pi OS Pixel.
Both have been a let down in terms of performance for Manjaro and Audio configuration for Raspberry Pi OS.
Miss Quids is trying Ubuntu MATE 20.04 next, which we have tried briefly, and been impressed with performance. Its the first OS that has made the Raspbery Pi 4 feel like a desktop replacement.

Manjaro Pi 4 Download: https://manjaro.org/download/#raspberry-pi-4

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Miss Quids tried Manjaro ARM with KDE Plasma 5.19 desktop. It looked good and Audio configuration was easy. However, performance was awful.

Manjaro Pi 4 Download: https://manjaro.org/download/#raspberry-pi-4

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Miss Quids has been using Raspberry Pi OS with the Pixel Desktop. Unfortunately she suffered issues with Audio output configuration, Audio recording configuration and lack of DRM playback features on Chromium / Firefox.

Items Purchased:
Raspberry Pi 4 Model B: https://thepihut.com/products/raspberry-pi-4-model-b
Official Pi 4 Power Supply: https://thepihut.com/products/raspberry-pi-psu-uk
Aluminium Armour Heatsink Case: https://thepihut.com/products/aluminium-armour-heatsink-case-for-raspberry-pi-4
USB-C Cable with On/Off Switch: https://thepihut.com/products/usb-c-cable-with-switch
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Miss Quids is trying an 8GB Raspberry Pi 4 as a Desktop Computer for a week.
This video shows the items we purchased, initial setup, and our first use of Raspberry Pi OS

Items Purchased:
Raspberry Pi 4 Model B: https://thepihut.com/products/raspberry-pi-4-model-b
Official Pi 4 Power Supply: https://thepihut.com/products/raspberry-pi-psu-uk
Aluminium Armour Heatsink Case: https://thepihut.com/products/aluminium-armour-heatsink-case-for-raspberry-pi-4
USB-C Cable with On/Off Switch: https://thepihut.com/products/usb-c-cable-with-switch
Total spend £101

(Excludes HDMI Cable and MicrosSD card as I already have those items)

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I’ve written a Python script to process the DuckDuckGo Tracker Radar JSON files into a usable DNS blocklist. I have split the blocklists into Confirmed, High, Medium and Low Certainty of a domains being related to tracking.
The blocklist can be used as a local hosts file, or added into PiHole.
I will make the list a selectable option in NoTrack v0.9.6

My Gitlab repo: https://gitlab.com/quidsup/ntrk-tracker-radar

DDG repo: https://github.com/duckduckgo/tracker-radar
Blog post from DDG: https://spreadprivacy.com/duckduckgo-tracker-radar/

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Showing off the latest updates to NoTrack v0.9.6 dev. The local Analytics script has been converted from Bash to Python 3, Default server will be moved to Nginx which allows use of a new fancy block page.

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Miss Quids and I broke quarantine today to visit Miss Quids’ Mother. Some restrictions will be lifted in Wales tomorrow, such as non-essential shops being reopened. Although 5 mile travel restriction remains.

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Facebook developed an exploit to unmask the real IP address of a child predator who used TOR in Tails OS to remain anonymous.
The exploit was against the video player, likely Gnome video player.

Sources:
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/v7gd9b/facebook-helped-fbi-hack-child-predator-buster-hernandez
https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/hernandez-affidavit.pdf

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Linux Mint are actively preventing the end user from installing Snapd package manager and Chromium on their system. I can’t understand their reasoning behind the decision, other than they always seem to want to do the opposite to Canonical and Ubuntu.

How to enable snap installation in Mint:
$ sudo rm etcapt/preferences.d/nosnap.pref
$ sudo apt install snapd

Sources:
https://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=3906
https://www.zdnet.com/article/ubuntu-opens-the-door-to-talking-with-linux-mint-about-snap/
https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2020/06/enable-snap-apps-linux-mint-20

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Long time Linux reviewer, and creator of anti-tracking system NoTrack.
I also focus on IT Security News, Ubuntu, KDE, and Kodi Tutorials, Linux Gaming, and App Reviews.

My current OS of choice is Kubuntu 20.04 which I have customised to look like Unity desktop

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NoTrack: https://gitlab.com/quidsup/notrack