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What is XFCE

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Xfce is a free desktop environment and an open-source (under GPL) for UNIX-compliant operating systems. Thus, it runs on Linux, BSD, Solaris, AIX platforms. Xfce is based, just like GNOME, on the GTK+ toolkit for desktop and menus generation and on Xfwm as window manager. It was originally designed to be similar to the commercial CDE desktop environment. It uses the Xforms toolkit and from here...

A basic list of Linux commands

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Linux is an operating system that originates from UNIX. Until now, Linux has been used as a reliable and complex server operating system, due to the fact that it is open source and free. Because all operating systems use various common commands to create new directories or edit them, we’ve been thinking of presenting you some of these universal commands. 1. /bin┬áHere are the basic commands...

What is Gnome

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GNOME is a free desktop environment for UNIX-compatible systems. Gnome is one of the most widespread graphical media for Linux being present on most of the distributions. It has lower resource consumption compared to KDE but also fewer visual effects. The distinctive features of Gnome are the two bars (called panels) and the three main menus instead of one. GNOME originated in 1997, the original...

What is a Software Developer Kit

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A Software Developer Kit is a set of tools for software developers. A Software Developer Kit is a set of tools that enable the development of software applications for a particular operating system (Windows, iOS, Linux, Android) or a specific hardware platform (iPhone). A Software Developer Kit contains an integrated development environment, or IDE, which in turn includes an application for...

What is firmware

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Firmware is a small software that makes hardware work and does what its manufacturer intended. It is composed of programs written by software developers to make the hardware go. Without firmware, most of the electronic devices we use on a daily basis would not be able to do anything. They cover an extensive range; Typical examples are digital cameras, computers, CD players, DVD players or MP3...

Linux hardware drivers

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In Linux environments, device drivers can be deployed as part of the kernel, but they can also be loaded separately as modules. The kernel modules in Linux have loaded drivers, the advantage of these drivers is that they will be in memory only during the time the device is needed, otherwise, it will not be loaded, thus freeing the memory during the inactivity. Linux is an open-source operating...

What is Advanced Linux Sound Architecture

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ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) is a Linux kernel module that replaces several single-kernel drivers that manage the various sound cards internally. Advanced Linux Sound Architecture is a GPL and LGPL Open Source software underlying the Linux kernel audio subsystem. In addition to drivers for a multitude of sound cards, the ALSA project also includes a lib sound for applications...

What is KDE

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KDE or K Desktop Environment, is a free desktop environment for Unix-compatible systems. The goal of the project is to provide a complete, user-friendly, easy-to-use interface for each user’s personal needs. KDE is the standard desktop environment on the following distributions: Mandriva, Kubuntu, SUSE, Knoppix, Slackware and can be one of the options on Debian, Gentoo or can be installed...

What are DLLs and what are they used for

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The DLL is the abbreviation of the Dynamic Link Library and it is a memory management feature that can include all the basic functions that are required by all programs in modules that contain sets of functions commonly used by applications. The DLL principle consists in the fact that a running program “knows” before which function it must use to perform specific processing and thus...

What is SteamOS

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SteamOS is a Linux kernel-based Debian, developed by Valve Corporation, designed to become the primary operating system for Steam Games consoles. It was launched on December 13, 2013. The role of this operating system is to enable Steam to run without users having to have a Windows PC for this purpose. Unlike other platforms such as Xbox One or PlayStation 4, with SteamOS, each user will be able...

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