Today I will show you how to easily block the servers hosting Spotify ads on your Linux/Mac or Windows machine. This will allow you to listen all day long on a free account without hearing a single ad. This trick is very simple, legal and works great. Spotify may catch on and find some way to stop this from working but, as of today (13 March 2019) it works swimmingly.
UPDATE 20-02-19: List updated thanks to Johan, ad blocking works again. Somehow Spotify found cheap way to block music if you block they DNS ad services by pinging it back from client. Note to update your HOSTS entries.
UPDATE 10-03-19: Huge DNS list update, added lots of new advertising entries.
Blocking Ad Server
In order to remove those pesky ads, all we need to do is setup out hosts file to override the DNS for Spotify’s ad servers and redirect that traffic to our local machine. When the traffic hits out local machine the call will fail and the ad will be skipped. Follow the steps below to add the entries needed.
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Today’s the 24th first anniversary of 1st Linux kernel release. October 5th is the day when Linus Torvalds released the 1st Linux kernel.
If you remember, back in August, we celebrated the birthday of Linux
. August 25th is the day when Linus Torvalds first told the world that he was working on a project named Linux. However, the Linux community celebrates October 5th as another anniversary of Linux.
So, is Linux confused about its birthday just like Google? Well, October 5th is the day when Linus released the first kernel.
Today, Linux is running the world and more companies are adopting it to run their systems.
On the occasion of Linux kernel birthday, The Linux Foundation shared some interesting facts about the same. Let’s take a look at them:
Version 0.01 of the Linux kernel had 10,239 lines of code.
Version 4.1, released in July 2015, has more than 19 million lines of code.
The current Linux kernel is the result of one of the largest collaborative projects ever attempted.
Nearly 12,000 developers from more than 1,200 companies have contributed to the Linux kernel since tracking began 10 years ago.
The rate of Linux development is unmatched. The average number of changes accepted into the kernel per hour is 7.71, which translates to 185 changes every day and nearly 1,300 per week.
As of last month, 115,013,302 total lines of source code were present in The Linux Foundation’s Collaborative Projects.
It would take a team of 1,356 developers over 30 years to recreate the code base in these projects.
The total economic value of this work is estimated at more than $5 billion.
Free as in beer, not free as in freedom – though some of it is both. I didn’t put trialware there, or things that require you to pay, to get certain features. You can use Ninite.com to install a lot of it automatically, without any toolbars and crap like that. I didn’t include things like Blender and Sketchup, as they are, in my opinion, very niche. If you need such software, I’d assume you would already know about it. Obviously most of it is for Windows, but a lot of it is multi-platform.
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