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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 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”.
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?
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!
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.
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!