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WebP Thumbnail Images in Thunar

WebP Thumbnail Images in Thunar

The WebP format, which is developed by Google is becoming ever more popular on the net these days. With many popular websites and web browsers adopting it. WebP offers a modern image format that “provides superior and lossy compression for images on th web”. Having played with the file format myself, I can confirm that using WebP can dramatically reduce the file size of images, while keeping almost the same level of detail as a source image as in the “PNG” format.
Favourite Linux YouTube Channels

Favourite Linux YouTube Channels

Below is a list of my favourite Linux and technology related YouTube channels. This isn’t an exhaustive list of all the content I watch. Simply, a list of the ones I personally frequent on a regular basis. Hopefully this will be a good introduction for those curious about the Linux and the technology community. If you have any favourites of your own, and you’d like me to list them below, send me an email and I’ll check them out.
Install Firestorm on Linux

Install Firestorm on Linux

New users to Linux may find it a bit “fiddly” getting Second Life up and running. So, in this guide I’ll quickly show you how to install the Firestorm client to access Second Life. The Linux distro I use is Manjaro Xfce 20.0.3, which is a Arch based distro. However, the steps below should work on other Linux distros like Ubuntu, Linux Mint or Pop!_OS 📝 Ensure you have your Linux graphics drivers up to date and installed correctly before following the steps below.
Capture Gameplay with OBS Replay Buffer

Capture Gameplay with OBS Replay Buffer

No Geforce Experience?! Windows gamers will be familiar with “NVIDIA Geforce Experience”, and its ability to allow you to record the last 30 seconds of gameplay as a video file to the hard drive. Annoyingly however, for us Linux gamers, even though NVIDIA supports Linux with its proprietary binary graphics drivers - they haven’t made a Linux version of Geforce Experience. Enter OBS To Save The Day! Thankfully, with “OBS Studio”, we can use its “Replay Buffer” feature, which can act in much the same way.
MX Linux Gaming Tweaks

MX Linux Gaming Tweaks

These problems may have been fixed after this page was written, so be sure to test things fully before you apply these fixes. I moved from “UBUNTU MATE 18.04 LTS” to “MX Linux 18.3 Continuum” about two weeks ago, and I have to say I love it. Although there were a few little niggles I had to sort out for gaming on this distro. XBox 360 Controller Issues The first fix, was to stop my wired X-box 360 controller analogue sticks from moving my mouse cursor around the screen.
Custom Lutris Game Banner Images

Custom Lutris Game Banner Images

For those using the “Thunar” file manager in Linux - i’ve written a small script which adds a custom action to Thunar. It uses ffmpeg to convert large screen grab images to the size required for Lutris game banners images. For games that don’t have a banner, you can screenshot your own to your Pictures/ folder when the game is open, then convert the saved images for use as game banners with this script.