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cptutils 1.54

Wednesday 4th of June 2014 07:54:21 PM
The cptutils package contains a number of utilities for the manipulation of color gradients; mainly for translating between different formats. Formats supported include ggr (GIMP gradient), cpt (GMT color palette table), avl (Arcview Legend), the PaintShop Pro and Photoshop formats, SVG, and CSS3.

Release Notes: This release includes improved acceptance testing and introduces an extensive unit-test suite. As a result. several minor bugs have been fixed.

Tags: Scientific/Engineering, Visualization

Licenses: GPLv2

OrientDB 1.7.1

Wednesday 4th of June 2014 06:22:56 PM
OrientDB is a NoSQL DBMS which can store 150,000 documents per second on common hardware. Even with a document-based database, the relationships are managed as in graph databases, with direct connections among records. You can traverse entire or parts of trees and graphs of records in a few milliseconds. It supports schema-less, schema-full, and schema-mixed modes, has a strong security profiling system based on users and roles, and supports SQL between the query languages. Thanks to the SQL layer, it's straightforward to use for people skilled in the relational world.

Release Notes: Hotfixes.

Tags: NoSQL, Database, Document Repositories, graph database

Licenses: Apache 2.0

PhenoTips 1.0-milestone-12r2

Wednesday 4th of June 2014 06:07:36 PM
PhenoTips is a tool for collecting and analyzing phenotypic information for patients with genetic disorders. It combines an easy-to-use interface, compatible with any device which runs a Web browser, with a standardized database backend. The PhenoTips user interface closely mirrors clinician workflows, to facilitate the recording of observations made during the patient encounter. By collecting, classifying, and analyzing phenotypic information during the patient encounter, PhenoTips allows streamlining of clinic workflow, efficient data entry, improved diagnosis, standardization of collected patient phenotypes, and sharing of anonymized patient phenotype data for the study of rare disorders.

Release Notes: This is a quick bugfix release addressing another important regression detected in the 1.0 Milestone 12 release.

Tags: Web, Computational Medicine, Phenotyping

Licenses: LGPL 2.1

coverity-submit 1.13

Wednesday 4th of June 2014 05:33:52 PM
coverity-submit submits scan requests to the Coverity demo server. If you are a registered user of Coverity's self-build server and have the cov-build tools installed locally, this script automates the process of running the tools and submitting the results with an analysis request to Coverity. It can be configured to store build passwords, local build commands, and other required information for multiple projects so you don't have to remember it - just call the tool and let it manage the details.

Release Notes: Documentation improvements and code audited with a new, stricter pylint. Insecure positions on your configuration file are automatically fixed.

Licenses: BSD Revised

Nag H5 (4.2.0beta1)

Wednesday 4th of June 2014 05:09:38 PM
Nag is a Web-based application built upon the Horde Application Framework that provides a simple, clean interface for managing online task lists (i.e. TODO lists). It includes strong integration with the other Horde applications and offers shared task lists.

Release Notes: Doesn't require URL rewriting. Small bugfixes.

Release Tags: Minor feature enhancements, Minor bugfixes

Tags: Information Management, Office/Business, groupware, todo list, tasks

Licenses: GPL

Kronolith H5 (4.2.0beta2)

Wednesday 4th of June 2014 04:59:04 PM
Kronolith is the Horde calendar application. It provides a stable and featureful individual calendar system with integrated collaboration and scheduling features. It makes extensive use of the Horde Framework to provide integration with other applications. It implements a solid, stand-alone calendar system, allowing repeating events, all-day events, custom fields, keywords, shared calendars, iCalendar support, generation of free/busy information, and managing multiple users through Horde Authentication.

Release Notes: Synchronizes attendees via CalDAV. Small bugfixes.

Release Tags: Minor feature enhancements, Minor bugfixes

Tags: Office/Business, Scheduling, groupware, Web Application

Licenses: GPL

Turba H5 (4.2.0beta1)

Wednesday 4th of June 2014 04:53:20 PM
Turba is the Horde contact management application. It is a production level address book, and makes heavy use of the Horde framework to provide integration with IMP and other Horde applications. It supports SQL, LDAP, Kolab, and IMSP address books.

Release Notes: Small bugfixes.

Release Tags: Minor bugfixes

Tags: Internet, Web, Dynamic Content, Communications, Email, Address Book, Office/Business, groupware, Database, Front-Ends

Licenses: Apache

httpry 0.1.8

Wednesday 4th of June 2014 04:42:55 PM
httpry is a specialized packet sniffer designed for displaying and logging HTTP traffic. It is not intended to perform analysis itself, but instead to capture, parse, and log the traffic for later analysis. It can be run in real-time displaying the live traffic on the wire, or as a daemon process that logs to an output file. It is written to be as lightweight and flexible as possible, so that it can be easily adaptable to different applications. It does not display the raw HTTP data transferred, but instead focuses on parsing and displaying the request/response line along with associated header fields.

Release Notes: The latest release adds a number of useful features and tweaks. VLAN tagged packets are now handled, and the PPP link type is supported. There's a new option available for specifying a custom ethernet header offset. Packet parsing is also improved with better handling of partial headers and a non-zero read timeout for live captures.

Tags: Security, Networking, Monitoring, Systems Administration, Internet, Web

Licenses: GPLv2

Talend Open Studio for Data Quality 5.5.0

Wednesday 4th of June 2014 04:38:51 PM
Talend Open Studio for Data Quality helps you to profile your data. The ergonomic interface allows you to define metrics (indicators) and collect statistics on your data in a few clicks. It comes with a set of regular expressions that helps you to identify bad data. You can create your own regular expressions and use them in data profiling analyses. A lot of options exist for each indicator, which change the behavior of the indicator so that it gives you more pertinent information. Data quality options on indicators alert you when your data quality is not what you expected.

Release Notes: This release adds many new features.

Release Tags: new features

Tags: Information Management, Metadata/Semantic Models, Database, Front-Ends, Software Development, Quality Assurance, Records Management

Licenses: LGPLv3

Talend Open Studio for Data Integration 5.5.0

Wednesday 4th of June 2014 04:37:56 PM
Talend Open Studio for Data Integration is an ETL (Extract, Transform, and Load) tool. Talend Open Studio for Data Integration can perform jobs that range from datawarehouse feeding to database synchronization, as well as file format transformations. Its graphical interface is made with Eclipse RCP, and data related scripts are generated in Perl or Java. The application was designed to be extended with components written by users.

Release Notes: This release adds many new features.

Release Tags: new features

Tags: Software Development, Code Generators, Database, Front-Ends

Licenses: LGPLv3

Talend Open Studio for ESB 5.5.0

Wednesday 4th of June 2014 04:36:07 PM
Talend Open Studio for ESB is an innovative, Eclipse-based tooling environment for modeling, configuring, and deploying integration solutions using the Apache-based open source enterprise service bus (ESB), Talend ESB. Talend ESB is a versatile and flexible ESB that allows organizations to address integration challenges, from simple departmental projects to complex, heterogeneous IT environments. Powered by the Apache CXF, Apache Camel, and Apache ActiveMQ Open Source integration projects, it makes enterprise-class integration accessible by delivering a cost-effective and easy-to-use way to integrate and expand systems and applications.

Release Notes: This release adds many new features.

Release Tags: new features

Tags: Software Development, Code Generators, Database, Front-Ends

Licenses: LGPLv3

Talend Open Studio for MDM 5.5.0

Wednesday 4th of June 2014 04:35:05 PM
Talend Open Studio for MDM provides the key data management functions across integration, quality, and governance to get users started with master data in their companies. It allows users to install, implement, and manage a single solution across all these key functional groups, decreasing complexity and time to value for MDM projects.

Release Notes: This release adds many new features.

Release Tags: new features

Tags: Software Development, Code Generators, Database

Licenses: LGPLv3

Ingo H5 (3.2.0beta2)

Wednesday 4th of June 2014 03:56:23 PM
Ingo is an email-filter management application. It is fully internationalized, integrated with Horde and the IMP Webmail client, and supports both server-side (Sieve, procmail, maildrop) and client-side (IMAP) rule creation.

Release Notes: Small bugfixes.

Release Tags: Minor bugfixes

Tags: Communications, Email, Filters, Internet, Web, Dynamic Content, CGI Tools/Libraries, Office/Business, groupware

IMP H5 (6.2.0beta2)

Wednesday 4th of June 2014 03:50:18 PM
IMP, the Internet Messaging Program, allows Web-based access to IMAP and POP3 mail servers and provides a range of features normally found only in desktop email clients.

Release Notes: Allows dragging of text to HTML compose body.

Release Tags: Minor feature enhancements

Tags: Communications, Email, Email Clients (MUA)

Licenses: GPL

Lynis 1.5.4

Wednesday 4th of June 2014 03:29:55 PM
Lynis is an auditing and hardening tool for Unix derivatives like Linux/BSD/Solaris. It scans systems to detect software and security issues. Besides security-related information, it will also scan for general system information, installed packages, and possible configuration mistakes. The software is aimed at assisting automated auditing, software patch management, and vulnerability and malware scanning of Unix-based systems.

Release Notes: This release adds support for parsing Nginx configuration files. It tests the SSL configuration, includes a small fix for SMB daemon on Mac systems, and has an improved report.

Tags: Security, Forensics, Diagnostics, Audit

Licenses: GPLv3

Horde Application Framework 5.2.0beta2

Wednesday 4th of June 2014 03:26:20 PM
The Horde Application Framework is a modular, general-purpose Web application framework. It provides an extensive array of classes that are targeted at the common problems and tasks involved in developing modern Web applications.

Release Notes: Distinguishes application-specific from global login pages.

Release Tags: Minor feature enhancements

Tags: Office/Business, Software Development, Libraries, groupware, php classes

Licenses: LGPL

Expect-lite 4.7.1

Wednesday 4th of June 2014 03:00:24 PM
expect-lite is an quick and easy command line automation tool. Written in expect, it is designed to directly map an interactive terminal session into an automation script. expect-lite scripts use special character(s) at the beginning of each line to indicate the action. Basic expect-lite scripts can be created by simply cutting and pasting text from a terminal window into a script, and adding '>' '<' characters. No knowledge of expect is required. Expect-lite is targeted at the verification testing environment, and will produce a Pass/Fail result at the end of the script. However, its use is not limited to this environment. It includes a powerful debugger with breakpoints, step/skip, and the ability to copy/paste expect-lite lines right into a running script.

Release Notes: Fuzzy Expect: expect an approximate number. Plus several bugfixes: $var ending in semicolon not dereferencing, an IDE issue when typing a line that ended in a semicolon, and while loop comparison if the first value was blank.

Release Tags: Stable, Minor bugfixes, cli, automation

Tags: Software Development, Quality Assurance, automation, cli, verification, scripting language, testing automation tool

Licenses: BSD Revised


Wednesday 4th of June 2014 02:57:18 PM
s6-portable-utils is a set of tiny general Unix utilities, often performing well-known tasks such as cut and grep, but optimized for simplicity and small size. They were designed for embedded systems and other constrained environments, but work everywhere. Other sets of small utilities are usually system-specific; for instance, the (otherwise excellent) BusyBox project only works on Linux.

Release Notes: This release fixes a bug in the build system that would make unexported binaries be searched in the wrong place.

Release Tags: Minor bugfixes

Tags: SysAdmin, Utilities, Command Line Tools

Licenses: ISC

Redline RPM Library 1.1.16

Wednesday 4th of June 2014 02:38:37 PM
Redline is a pure Java RPM library that supports the creation and reading of RPM packages. It includes an Ant task for build script integration.

Release Notes: Reduced logging output for Maven plugin usage. Changing of package naming in the code is complete.

Tags: Software Development, Build Tools

Licenses: MIT/X

sng 1.0.6

Wednesday 4th of June 2014 01:02:26 PM
SNG (Scriptable Network Graphics) is a mini-language designed specifically to represent the entire contents of a PNG in an editable form. Thus, SNGs representing elaborate graphics images and ancillary chunk data can be readily generated or modified using only text tools. SNG is implemented by a compiler/decompiler called sng that losslessly translates between SNG and PNG.

Release Notes: Forward-ported to libpng 1.4. Width and height fields were reversed in sCAL chunk.

Tags: multimedia, Graphics

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