ChatGPT (Chat Generative-Pre-Trained Transformer) is only a few months old, but it’s no exaggeration to say that it’s making a name for itself. Millions of users have used this service for all kinds of queries, but each time users had to open a browser, log in, and enter prompts. For Linux users, these steps seem to be skippable. Gnome extension Rafal Mioduszewski, aka horror pill.
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This extension works with the Gnome display manager (KDE Fan, suggested by the author It might be possible to clone the project) and currently this early version is not fully functional in Wayland, so for now it is recommended to use Xorg. Mioduszewski also notes that the mouse integration is currently a bit buggy, so keyboard he navigation is a must.
To install the extension, download the files from Mioduszewski’s Github repository, copy them to the correct directory, and enable them using the gnome-extensions application. If you have an account and ChatGPT isn’t at capacity, a quick reboot/logoff will give you access to ChatGPT from the comfort of your desktop.
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So what can you do with this extension? Almost everything you do in your browser. I commissioned Kobayashi Maru from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan to succeed. Even the AI could not win that battle without reprogramming the simulator. More seriously, I asked him to make his CircuitPython with an LED on pin 13. Next, creating his raw G-code he asked to control the 3D printer’s nozzle and draw a 30mm cube. Its G-code needs some tweaking, but it looks promising. Finally, I asked ChatGPT to calculate the correct resistance for an imaginary LED in a circuit using Ohm’s law.
If you have an account and have a Linux distribution running Gnome, this extension is worth a little time investment. It may save you time.