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This is­sue we asked our ex­perts: When you’re not stream­ing ex­cit­ing, en­gag­ing and in­for­ma­tive me­dia around your homes, how do you stay en­ter­tained while us­ing Linux?

Linux Format - - WELCOME -

Jonnni Bid­well

Linux is very en­ter­tain­ing – you can stream YouTube clips straight to the ter­mi­nal, for ex­am­ple. There’s also a bit of a cot­tage en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try emerg­ing whereby phone-scam­mers are pranked into try­ing to fig­ure out Linux sys­tems, with hi­lar­i­ous re­sults. “There’s no Start menu”.

Nate Drake

Va­ri­ety is the spice of Linux. I often use The GNOME Tweak tool to in­stall colour­ful new themes and icon sets while work­ing. I also keep the point-and-click ad­ven­ture

Be­neatha SteelSky run­ning in one cor­ner. Does any­one know how to get past the weird eye­ball?

John Knight

In some ways I’m a grumpy lud­dite: I don’t stream to any de­vices, and I’m more tin­foil hat than RFID. But why bother to stream some­thing? I do ev­ery­thing from my Linux PC any­way! I don’t use TV any­more, so the amp and speak­ers are front and cen­tre with the com­puter!

Nick Peers

I prac­tise what I preach on page 30 – I’ve got my mu­sic col­lec­tion (did some­one men­tion A-ha?) in dig­i­tally pris­tine FLAC for­mat, so I can stream tracks and al­bums through my Pi Zero au­dio­phile-friendly setup to suit my mood as I im­merse my­self in the lat­est Linux-based project.

Les Pounder

You may have 4K stream­ing me­dia and the lat­est dazzling CGI. But you haven’t re­ally seen Star Wars un­til you’ve ex­pe­ri­enced it in the orig­i­nal tel­net. Yes, you can watch Star Wars over a net­work con­nec­tion, ren­dered in ASCII text. Open a ter­mi­nal, type tel­net­towel.blinken­lights.nl and enjoy!

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