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Getting started with Sailfish OS

Some Chapters have been split off to their own pages: Applications and CLI/Customisation. I was lucky to get a device that already comes with Sailfish OS 3 preinstalled. This is the most recent free version of Sailfish OS; I assume I will be able to upgrade it to Sailfish X (same version + Android.....

TWM Window Manager

twm is historical. It dates back to 1987, and is still maintained. I wanted to try it out and see what I can do with it, if I can customize it to my needs, both in functionality and looks. Screenshot Gallery click me! Installation It's in most Linux distros' repos. If it isn't, the source is availab.....

Video Streaming without a Browser

The advice is twofold but simple: The python script youtube-dl is able to extract and download video and audio from many, many different sites The media player mpv automatically looks for youtube-dl when passed an internet URL to extract the media and play it directly. Additionally one can use a G.....

Change Useragent string without addon (Mozilla browsers)

Why some webpages deny access because I'm not using one of the top four browsers is beyond me... Anyhow, here's how you can spoof your useragent on all Mozilla-based (Firefox-like) browsers, e.g. Seamonkey, Palemoon etc. - and of course Firefox itself: Enter about:config in your URL bar. Search for.....

Shell Scripting For Speed

Inspired by a forum thread Choose which shell your scripts use, that's the "#/bin/*sh" at the top: dash: very small & fast but limited. you will have to use more external commands to accomplish things. bash: bulkier, takes longer to load, slightly slower (although to notice this at all one ha.....

/sbin/init not found ‑ Bailing ‑ You're on your Own

I did some cleanup on my desktop machine today, uninstalling packages that weren't serving any purpose anymore. One of these packages was called systemd-sysvcompat. I should have taken a closer look, because when I rebooted I was greeted with a message very much like the title, and dropped to a busy.....

Sailfish OS ‑ Applications

This article has a parent article. Stock Browser A.k.a "sailfish-browser". Its settings are not accessed from a pulldown but from the main app menu => Settings => Apps => Browser. There isn't much. Most notably: no (to me) acceptable search engine. But you can install the Search engines m.....