Friday, February 1, 2019

Fedora 29 : The Piskel application.

This application is a tool for drawing and create sprites.
You can test online or use it locally by download it into your operating system.
The development team comes with this intro:
Create animations in your browser. Try an example, use Google sign in to access your gallery or simply create a new sprite.
I download it to Fedora 29 distro and working well.
This is result:

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Fedora 29 : Selinux and python.

Today I tested the selinux python module with Fedora 29.
The wikipedia page comes with this intro about SELinux: Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) is a Linux kernel security module that provides a mechanism for supporting access control security policies, including mandatory access controls (MAC). ... A Linux kernel integrating SELinux enforces mandatory access control policies that confine user programs and system services, as well as access to files and network resources.

This kernel module can help you with security the network and running application on your Linux.
This very complex kernel module can be used with your policy configuration files designed to fix your security issues.
First, the install is easy to do with the dnf tool:
[root@desk mythcat]# dnf install python2-libselinux.x86_64 
Last metadata expiration check: 1:31:46 ago on Thu 24 Jan 2019 07:04:16 AM EET.
Dependencies resolved.

I tested this python module with a few simple examples:
[mythcat@desk ~]$ python 
Python 2.7.15 (default, Oct 15 2018, 15:26:09) 
[GCC 8.2.1 20180801 (Red Hat 8.2.1-2)] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import selinux
>>> selinux.is_selinux_enabled()
>>> selinux.lgetfilecon_raw(".bashrc")
[37, 'unconfined_u:object_r:user_home_t:s0']
>>> selinux.lgetfilecon_raw(".bashrc")
[37, 'unconfined_u:object_r:user_home_t:s0']
>>> selinux.selinux_getpolicytype()[1]
>>> selinux.selinux_getpolicytype()
[0, 'targeted']

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Fedora 29 : The AppImage tool and Krita Next.

The AppImage is a universal software package format.
The process of packaging the software in AppImage is a storage file provide by the the developer.
This file is a compressed image with all the dependencies and libraries needed to run the desired software. The AppImage doesn’t really install the software just execute it without no extraction and no installation.
The most common features:
  • Can run on various different Linux distributions;
  • No need of installing and compiling software;
  • No need of root permission and the system files are not touched;
  • Can be run anywhere including live disks;
  • Applications are in read only mode;
  • Software are removed just by just deleting the AppImage file;
  • Applications packaged in AppImage are not sandboxed by default.
More about this can be read at official webpage.
I tested the Krita Next with this tool.
The appimage file of Krita Next can be found here.
About the Krita Next this is a daily builds that contain new features, but could be unstable.
After I download the file I change it to executable with:
[mythcat@desk Downloads]$ chmod +x krita-4.2.0-pre-alpha-95773b5-x86_64.appimage 
[mythcat@desk Downloads]$ ./krita-4.2.0-pre-alpha-95773b5-x86_64.appimage

Monday, January 7, 2019

Fedora 29 : The figlet linux tool.

About this Linux tool you can read at figlet manual :
FIGlet prints its input using large characters (called ``FIGcharac- ters'')made up of ordinary screen characters (called ``sub-charac- ters''). FIGlet output is generally reminiscent of the sort of ``sig- natures'' many people like to put at the end of e-mail and UseNet mes- sages. It is also reminiscent of the output of some banner programs, although it is oriented normally, not sideways. 
Let's see some examples:
[root@desk mythcat]# dnf install figlet
Last metadata expiration check: 1:05:53 ago on Mon 07 Jan 2019 06:52:19 PM EET.
Dependencies resolved.

[mythcat@desk ~]$ figlet --h
figlet: invalid option -- '-'
Usage: figlet [ -cklnoprstvxDELNRSWX ] [ -d fontdirectory ]
              [ -f fontfile ] [ -m smushmode ] [ -w outputwidth ]
              [ -C controlfile ] [ -I infocode ] [ message ]


[mythcat@desk ~]$ figlet -v 
FIGlet Copyright (C) 1991-2012 Glenn Chappell, Ian Chai, John Cowan,
Christiaan Keet and Claudio Matsuoka
Internet:  Version: 2.2.5, date: 31 May 2012

FIGlet, along with the various FIGlet fonts and documentation, may be
freely copied and distributed.

If you use FIGlet, please send an e-mail message to .

The latest version of FIGlet is available from the web site,

Usage: figlet [ -cklnoprstvxDELNRSWX ] [ -d fontdirectory ]
              [ -f fontfile ] [ -m smushmode ] [ -w outputwidth ]
              [ -C controlfile ] [ -I infocode ] [ message ]
The messages can be set and show on output like a print similar to an ASCII banner.
The arguments of this tool set to the left, center and right or change size and font:
The simple one can be this:
[mythcat@desk ~]$ figlet 2019

Friday, December 28, 2018

Fedora 29 : The most common BIOS commands.

Fedora Distribution has many things that many overlook in the maintenance process.
Today I will show you some commands for your BIOS.
These are fairly common and are fairly recent.
First is efibootmgr:
[root@desk mythcat]# efibootmgr
EFI variables are not supported on this system.
The next one is dmidecode, see:
[root@desk mythcat]# dmidecode -t 11
# dmidecode 3.2
Getting SMBIOS data from sysfs.
SMBIOS 2.4 present.
[root@desk mythcat]# dmidecode --type processor
# dmidecode 3.2
The dmidecode command can be used with the arg -t from 0 to 39, or you can use the --type with this keywords:
  • baseboard
  • bios
  • cache
  • chassis;
  • connector
  • memory
  • processor
  • slot
  • system
The last one I used with Fedora 29 is biosdecode.
The dmidecode and biosdecode commands are Linux distro independent and preinstalled in most of them.
Let's see commands that depend on hardware.
The vpddecode command for IBM and Lenovo hardware only, the vpd stands for vital product data.
The ownership command is for only Compaq hardware, to get Compaq specific ownership tag info.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Fedora 29 : Using pytorch on Fedora distro.

The goal of this tutorial is about how to install and start using the pytorch python module.
Another part is to show tensors without using matplotlib python module.
The reason I wrote this simple tutorial and not on my python blogger is Fedora distro.
The python module named pytorch is based on Torch, used for applications such as natural language processing.
The installation of pytorch into many operating systems can be tricky.
Let's start this tutorial using GitHub clone commands:
[mythcat@desk ~]$  git clone --recursive
running install_scripts
Installing convert-caffe2-to-onnx script to /home/mythcat/.local/bin
Installing convert-onnx-to-caffe2 script to /home/mythcat/.local/bin
Using this commands un Fedora linux shell will install easy this python module:
[mythcat@desk ~]$  cd pytorch/
[mythcat@desk ~]$ pip install typing
[mythcat@desk ~]$ python install --user
[mythcat@desk ~]$ pip install torchvision --user
Collecting torchvision
You cannot use the pytorch into pytorch folder.
[mythcat@desk pytorch]$ cd ..
[mythcat@desk ~]$ python -c "import torch; print(torch.__version__)"
The result of this output is not an common error. You can fix if you set the paths for pytorch installation. Let's test the pytorch installation:
[mythcat@desk ~]$ python
Python 2.7.15 (default, Oct 15 2018, 15:26:09) 
[GCC 8.2.1 20180801 (Red Hat 8.2.1-2)] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import torch 
>>> import torchvision
>>> import torchvision.dataset as datasets
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "", line 1, in 
ImportError: No module named dataset
>>> import torchvision.datasets as datasets
>>> print(dir(torch))
['Argument', 'ArgumentSpec', 'Block', 'BoolType', 'ByteStorage', 'ByteTensor', 'CharStorage', 'CharTensor', 'Code', 
'CompleteArgumentSpec', 'DoubleStorage', 'DoubleTensor', 'DynamicType', 'ExecutionPlanState', 'FatalError', 'FloatStorage',
 'FloatTensor', 'FloatType', 'FunctionSchema', 'Future', 'Generator', 'Gradient', 'Graph', 'GraphExecutor', 
'GraphExecutorState', 'HalfStorage', 'HalfStorageBase', 'HalfTensor', 'IODescriptor', 'IntStorage', 'IntTensor', 'IntType',
 'JITException', 'ListType',
>>> print(dir(datasets))
['CIFAR10', 'CIFAR100', 'CocoCaptions', 'CocoDetection', 'DatasetFolder', 'EMNIST', 'FakeData', 'FashionMNIST', 
'ImageFolder', 'LSUN', 'LSUNClass', 'MNIST', 'Omniglot', 'PhotoTour', 'SEMEION', 'STL10', 'SVHN', '__all__', 
'__builtins__', '__doc__', '__file__', '__name__', '__package__', '__path__', 'cifar', 'coco', 'fakedata', 
'folder', 'lsun', 'mnist', 'omniglot', 'phototour', 'semeion', 'stl10', 'svhn', 'utils']
>>> x = torch.rand(76)
>>> x.size()
>>> print(x)
tensor([0.9839, 0.5844, 0.4347, 0.5883, 0.1383, 0.7701, 0.1879, 0.5604, 0.4486,
        0.6782, 0.5038, 0.1078, 0.1244, 0.0996, 0.0230, 0.5457, 0.8903, 0.7732,
        0.9948, 0.3201, 0.3149, 0.7180, 0.8811, 0.4468, 0.8169, 0.2998, 0.3900,
        0.8067, 0.0090, 0.6006, 0.8385, 0.8786, 0.3652, 0.5630, 0.1407, 0.7747,
        0.5734, 0.4998, 0.4056, 0.7473, 0.2797, 0.8852, 0.3563, 0.9421, 0.1136,
        0.7676, 0.4224, 0.4350, 0.4968, 0.4457, 0.3047, 0.6792, 0.1026, 0.3593,
        0.4147, 0.6517, 0.5916, 0.3567, 0.8584, 0.9421, 0.2091, 0.6339, 0.5428,
        0.3811, 0.9310, 0.8856, 0.0770, 0.7920, 0.4860, 0.4276, 0.4780, 0.8627,
        0.7287, 0.4340, 0.2859, 0.2213])
>>> from PIL import Image
>>> logo = np.array('logo.png').resize((512,512)))
>>> logo_tensor = torch.from_numpy(logo)
>>> logo_tensor.size()
(512, 512, 4)
>>> img = Image.fromarray(logo)

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Fedora 29 : Python 3 and Jupyter notebook.

Today I tested the Jupyter Notebook with Fedora 29.
About the Jupyter Notebook the official website comes with this intro:
The Jupyter Notebook is an open-source web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text. Uses include: data cleaning and transformation, numerical simulation, statistical modeling, data visualization, machine learning, and much more.
First I check with DNF tool the update and the upgrade of the Fedora 29 distro.
The next step was to install this:
# dnf install python3-pip
# dnf install python3-devel.x86_64
# pip3 install --upgrade pip
With my account shell I used this commands to create and run the Jupiter Notebook:
$ pip3 install --user virtualenv
$ mkdir my_project
$ cd my_project/
$ virtualenv my_project_env
$ source my_project_env/bin/activate
$ pip3 install jupiter
$ jupiter notebook
The last command will start your default browser and will see this:
You can see I created a new notebook with Python 3.
The result is shown into another tab webpage browser where I used few commands to install new module scipy and I check if this working well:
!pip3 install scipy
The result of this notebook looks like this image: