A Privacy and Freedom Conscious Email Service?

The time has come for me to sign up to a new and better email service provider. This time I want an email provider that is respecting my privacy, respecting freedom and is green in use. Is that even possible? Well, more or less. Read on to find out what I figured out.


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2048 Linux and VIM Adventures

Let me present to you some random geek entertainment: 2048 Linux and VIM Adventures. VIM Adventures will help you learn Vim in a gamified manner (sorry Emacs fans). 2048 Linux is a GNU/Linux edition of the famous tile moving game 2048. I don’t know if this game will learn you anything, but it makes time fly by. It uses logos of distros instead of numbers as in 2048, and it looks pretty appealing. Both games run in your Internet browser.

VIM Adventures

VIM Adventures

First off, VIM Adventures. Their slogan is “Learn VIM while playing a game”, which is, well, suitable. Vim is a renowned text editor and almost a must to learn for true free software fans and GNU/Linux system administrators. GNU Emacs is a good alternative, and another alternative is GNU nano, a text editor for the command line, which is a bit simpler to use than the other two. Vim can be the only text editor you have on a minimal/basic installation of GNU/Linux, so it’s an essential tool to learn. Learning Vim and/or GNU Emacs also gets you major geek cred.

For a less gamified way to learn Vim, visit the all so mighty ArchWiki.

2048 Linux

2048 Linux

And now to 2048 Linux. It’s based on the 2048 version created by Gabriele Cirulli. If you haven’t tried 2048 yet, don’t worry, the rules for playing the games are on the links provided. It’s a simple, fun, time consuming game.

There is an offline version of the 2048 game for GNU/Linux as well, that can be downloaded here. Note that it’s a .deb file, which means that it’s for Debian and Debian based distros (Ubuntu, Linux Mint, etc.).

Now all that is left to say is: Goodbye productivity!

RadicalPenguin.me is Powered by Wind Turbines

This blog as well as the rest of RadicalPenguin.me is hosted on a One.com data centre, which is powered by wind turbines. So far I’m satisfied with the services and support from One.com, and this fact doesn’t make my impressions of them any worse.

Green Leaf
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As One.com writes: “All websites hosted by One.com are placed on servers that solely run on power from wind turbines.”

Power from wind turbines is better for the environment because it’s 100 % renewable energy. One.com makes this possible by placing their servers “…at data centres that run on power purchased with RECS-certificates, which guarantees that the power used comes from wind turbines. RECS stands for Renewable Energy Certificate System, and is a worldwide collaboration that makes it possible to book and claim power.”

This is One.com’s and my own contribution to a greener planet (while I’m still keeping this website). But keep in mind that One.com is not the only hosting (and email) service provider that runs on green energy. The Norwegian based Runbox also does this (among others I guess), but they run on hydroelectric power, not power from wind turbines. You can read more about Runbox’ sustainable services in their article about it.

I hope you care about the environment and keep renewable energy in mind when you’re looking for your hosting, email provider, etc.. Data centres do use a lot of power.

The short One.com article about power from wind turbines can be found here, for those interested.

openSUSE 13.2 is Finally Here!

The GNU/Linux distribution openSUSE 13.2 was released today. I have been watching their countdown on their website the last days to be honest. I was really looking forward to this. openSUSE 13.2 ships with some of the newest technology and features from GNOME and KDE, and the openSUSE team has improved and cleaned up some code for their own tools. It also comes with the Linux kernel version 3.16. I gave it a spin today, so read on to find out about my first impressions.

Green light for openSUSE 13.2

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