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Ascii Design 1.0.3

Friday 30th of May 2014 10:51:30 AM
Ascii Design is an ASCII art program based on the FIGlet engine. You can create text-based art for many types of decorations for Web sites, email, text files, etc.

Release Notes: This release brings AppData file for Linux.

Release Tags: Stable, Minor

Tags: Text Processing

Licenses: GPLv2

PowerDNS Recursor 3.6.0-RC1

Friday 30th of May 2014 09:52:46 AM
With a small codebase, the PowerDNS Recursor is an advanced resolver currently serving the DNS resolving needs of over 80 million Internet connections. Besides high performance (using kqueue or epoll, over 100 thousand qps on commodity hardware), it provides advanced anti-spoofing measures. In addition, the program caches server performance and timeouts, making it both network and user friendly. It also has built-in hooks for making graphs with rrdtool, providing insight into nameserver performance.

Release Notes: This is a performance, feature, and bugfix update. It contains important fixes for slightly broken domain names, which your users expect to work anyhow. It also brings robust resilience against certain classes of attacks.

Tags: Internet, DNS

Licenses: GPL

Aspose.Cells for Android 8.0.0

Friday 30th of May 2014 09:08:25 AM
Aspose.Cells for Android is a MS Excel spreadsheet component that allows programmer to develop Android applications for reading, writing, and manipulating Excel spreadsheets (XLS, XLSX, XLSM, SpreadsheetML, CSV, tab delimited) and HTML file formats without needing to rely on Microsoft Excel. It supports a robust formula calculation engine, pivot tables, VBA, workbook encryption, named ranges, custom charts, spreadsheet formatting, drawing objects like images, OLE objects, importing or creating charts, auto-filters, and page breaks through the product API, and much more.

Release Notes: A setTextDirection method allows the direction of text in shapes including spreadsheet comments to be set. Direction can be set as Left to Right, Right to Left, or to Context. The HtmlLoadOptions class was enhanced to allow the API to interpret any string value starting with the "=" character as a formula. Also enhanced were rendering and manipulating charts, converting Excel to PDF format, and rendering and manipulating PivotTables.

Release Tags: Control Text Direction in Excel Shapes, interpret text as formula, custom theme for shape properties, Set direction of Text in Shapes, enhanced Spreadsheets to HTML, Set Rendering Hints for Images, Convert Excel file to PDF, generate Excel bookmarks, Control Images in Rendering Spreadsheets to HTML

Tags: Android Excel, Android Excel API, Android Excel component, mobile programming, mobile apps development, programming for android, android read excel, Spreadsheet component, Android XLS, android spreadsheet, Android XLSX, Android xlsm

Licenses: Developer Small Business, Developer OEM License, Site Small Business, Site OEM License

W3Perl 3.19

Friday 30th of May 2014 08:08:10 AM
W3Perl is a free logfile analyzer. It can read Web/FTP/Squid/CUPS/DHCP/SSH or mail logfiles. It allows most statistical data to be ouput with graphical and textual information. An administration interface is available to manage the package.

Release Notes: Countries and regions maps have been added thanks to jvectormap. SSH logfiles can now be parsed. Remote logfiles can be retrieved using rsync/sftp or wget. More graphs are available (status code, robots, requests, etc.). Many bugs have been fixed.

Release Tags: Stable

Tags: Internet, Log Analysis, Web

Licenses: GPL

DataNucleus AccessPlatform 4.0.0 M4

Friday 30th of May 2014 07:31:56 AM
DataNucleus AccessPlatform is a standards-compliant Java persistence product. It is fully compliant with the JDO1, JDO2, JDO2.1, JDO2.2, JDO3, JPA1, JPA2 and JPA2.1 Java standards, and provides a REST API. It complies with the OGC Simple Feature Spec for persistence of geospatial Java types. It allows access to all popular RDBMS available today, together with the MongoDB, LDAP, NeoDatis, JSON, Excel/ODF spreadsheets, XML, BigTable, HBase, and Neo4j databases.

Release Notes: Performance for some cases was improved by 60%. Support for USING was added to Cassandra schema generation. Support for some PostgreSQL types was improved. Support for more java.time classes was added. Many bugs and minor features were fixed.

Release Tags: JDO, JPA, Persistence

Tags: Database, API, ORM, JDO, JPA, Persistence

Licenses: Apache 2.0

Mojolicious 5.0

Friday 30th of May 2014 05:46:07 AM
Mojolicious is "Duct Tape For The HTML5 Web". It is powerful with no dependencies out of the box with RESTful routes, plugins, Perl-ish templates, session management, signed cookies, asynchronous client, a testing framework, a static file server, first class Unicode support, and much more. It has a clean, portable, object oriented pure Perl API without any hidden magic and no requirements besides modern Perl, but can use many CPAN packages out of the box. It has a HTTP 1.1 and WebSocket client/server implementation with TLS, IDNA, Comet (long polling), chunking, and multipart support, and an async I/O Web server supporting EV pluggable event queue, Unix domain sockets, and hot deployment. Automatic CGI, FastCGI, and PSGI detection allows for any deployment situation. It has a JSON and XML/HTML5 parser/emitter with an advanced CSS3 selector support and DOM.

Release Notes: New exception and not_found pages, form validation, CSRF protection, Template variants, and new Mojo::DOM, with support for many different node types and new ways to manipulate HTML. There are also new hooks for more extensibiliy, SO_REUSEPORT for even more zero downtime restarts, rotating secrets that add more security without invalidation of existing sessions, non-blocking bridges, cheap helpers, optional placeholders everywhere in your requst routing chain, support for the new JSON spec (RFC 7159), permessage-deflate WebSocket compression, and Minion job queue.

Tags: Sotware Development, Perl, Web Framework, mvc

Licenses: Artistic

OpenNMS 1.13.2

Friday 30th of May 2014 02:02:49 AM
OpenNMS is the first enterprise-grade network management platform developed using the open source model. The three main functional areas of OpenNMS are service polling, which monitors services on the network and reports on their "service level"; data collection from the remote systems via SNMP in order to measure the performance of the network; and a system for event management and notifications.

Release Notes: This release contains all of the changes in 1.12.7, as well as more refactoring work, cleanup, topology map updates, auto-acknowledge notification updates, linkd changes, and more.

Release Tags: topology, linkd, notifications

Tags: Networking, Monitoring, Hardware

Licenses: GPL

OpenNMS 1.12.7

Friday 30th of May 2014 02:01:21 AM
OpenNMS is the first enterprise-grade network management platform developed using the open source model. The three main functional areas of OpenNMS are service polling, which monitors services on the network and reports on their "service level"; data collection from the remote systems via SNMP in order to measure the performance of the network; and a system for event management and notifications.

Release Notes: This release contains a fix for a cross-site-scripting vulnerability, a potentially incompatible change to the way the Web UI is configured (see the "What's New" link for details), and a number of other bugfixes and small enhancements.

Release Tags: Bugfixes, Jetty, collection, Graphs

Tags: Networking, Monitoring, Hardware

Licenses: GPL

Delta Reporting 1.8

Friday 30th of May 2014 12:47:55 AM
Delta Reporting is a central logging service for CFEngine. CFEngine promises and classes are stored in a central database and made available for advanced searches and reports via the command line and a modern Web interface.

Release Notes: Adds a new promise percent summary report.

Tags: Configuration Management, Security Audit, Security and Compliance, compliance, System Administration, devops

Licenses: GPLv3

Conseptizer 2558

Thursday 29th of May 2014 09:03:25 PM
Conseptizer is the combination of two ideas: a closure(-mimic) / higher-order programming and dynamic typing library for the C programming language, and a very dynamic programming language that provides expressiveness through simplicity. It offers powerful features that cannot be found in the mainstream today. Each of these two aspects can be useful on their own, but the combination and tight integration in Conseptizer means that if at some point your runtime performance requirements are not fulfilled by the dynamic language, it is very easy to migrate parts of your program code to C.

Release Notes: First public version.

Tags: closures, hop, C, dynamic typing, programming language

Licenses: ISC

sql2o 1.5.0-RC1

Thursday 29th of May 2014 07:54:17 PM
sql2o is a Java library which allows you to run SQL queries and parse the result into your POJOs using only a few lines of code.

Release Notes: Sql2o 1.5.0-RC1 is released, with a focus on performance and flexibility.

Release Tags: Release Candidate

Tags: Java library, Java API, SQL, SQL Query, Java, jdbc

Licenses: MIT License

TCPDF 6.0.083

Thursday 29th of May 2014 06:37:57 PM
TCPDF is a PHP class for generating PDF documents without requiring external extensions. TCPDF supports all ISO page formats and custom page formats, custom margins and units of measure, UTF-8 Unicode, RTL languages, HTML, barcodes, TrueTypeUnicode, TrueType, OpenType, Type1, and CID-0 fonts, images, graphic functions, clipping, bookmarks, JavaScript, forms, page compression, digital signatures, and encryption.

Release Notes: This version includes the ability to specify vertical spaces for the HR tag.

Tags: Software Development, Libraries, php classes, Text Processing

Licenses: LGPL

Minimum Profit 5.2.8

Thursday 29th of May 2014 06:06:34 PM
Minimum Profit (mp) is a programmer's text editor. It features small memory and disk requirements, syntax highlighting, context-sensitive help for the source code being edited, multiple simultaneous file editing, ctags support, word wrapping, and more. It can be compiled for Qt, Ncurses, GTK, and MS Windows.

Release Notes: This release includes mouse support on text interfaces (curses and win32) and support for the MS Windows console.

Tags: Text Editors

Licenses: GPL

Scribus 1.4.4

Thursday 29th of May 2014 05:22:43 PM
Scribus is a desktop page layout program with the aim of producing commercial grade output in PDF and Postscript.

Release Notes: This release adds PDF-X1a support. It has bugfixes and updated bar codes. It has full support for the OpenICC Directory Proposal (http://www.oyranos.org /wiki/index.php?title=OpenIccDirectoryProposal). The CMYK color palette created by the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) for newspaper advertisements has been integrated into Scribus.

Release Tags: Stable, Major feature enhancements, Minor bugfixes

Tags: Text Editors, multimedia, Graphics, Editors, PDF

Licenses: GPL

C-ICAP Classify 20140529

Thursday 29th of May 2014 04:44:00 PM
C-ICAP Classify is a module that allows classification (labeling) of Web pages, images, and soon video based on content. Labels are placed in HTTP headers. Any PIC-Label META tags are exported into HTTP headers. This allows for creation of very flexible filters according to rules defined by the user, using the ICAP enabled proxy's ACLs. It is not a URL filter, so implementing it with sslBump or similar proxy technologies makes it very difficult to bypass. Text classification is done using Fast Hyperspace (based on Hyperspace from CRM114) and/or a Fast Naive Bayes. Image and video (when implemented) use haar feature detection from the OpenCV library.

Release Notes: This release contains a bugfix (rarely triggered memory leak) and optimizations. These optimizations can be quite significant in reducing time to classify for larger documents. There are also large gains in iterative training with fnb_learn, especially with the -d option.

Release Tags: 20140529

Tags: Internet, Web, Networking, Monitoring, Security, Content Filtering

Licenses: LGPLv3

OGLplus 0.46.0

Thursday 29th of May 2014 03:23:54 PM
OGLplus is a header-only library that implements a thin object-oriented facade over the OpenGL (version 3 and higher) C-language API. It provides wrappers that automate the resource and object management and make the use of OpenGL in C++ safer and easier.

Release Notes: This release brings a complete rewrite of several key parts, including the object and GPU program variable wrappers, error reporting and handling, source directory structure, and others.

Tags: OpenGL, C++, Library, Computer Graphics

Licenses: Boost Software License

SymmetricDS 3.5.22

Thursday 29th of May 2014 01:40:45 PM
SymmetricDS provides file and database synchronization with support for multi-master replication, filtered synchronization, and transformation across the network in a heterogeneous environment. It supports multiple subscribers with one-direction or bi-directional, asynchronous data replication. It uses Web and database technologies to replicate data as a scheduled or near-realtime operation. The software has been designed to scale for a large number of nodes, work across low-bandwidth connections, and withstand periods of network outage. It works with most operating systems, file systems, and databases, including Oracle, MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, MS SQL Server (including Azure), IBM DB2, H2, HSQLDB, Derby, Firebird, Interbase, Informix, Greenplum, SQLite (including Android), Sybase ASE, and Sybase ASA (SQL Anywhere) databases.

Release Notes: This patch release fixes four bugs and makes six improvements. Fixes include handling large numerics and capturing "updates only" on SQL Server. Improvements include the ability to run SQL on a client before and after initial load, caching to improve performance, a column transform for accessing parameters, and UNC path support for the SQL Server bulk loader.

Release Tags: Bugfixes

Tags: Database, Software Development, Libraries, H2, MySQL, Oracle, postgres, firebird, DB2, HSQLDB, Database Engines/Servers, synchronization, replication, Point-Of-Sale, sql server, Informix, Derby, Data synchronization

Licenses: GPL

JasperReports 5.6.0

Thursday 29th of May 2014 01:15:41 PM
JasperReports is a Java reporting library. XML report templates are used to generate ready to print documents using data from customizable data sources, including JDBC. The output can be delivered to the screen, printer, or stored in PDF, HTML, XLS, RTF, CSV, and XML format.

Release Notes: This version introduces a new overflowType property for subreport elements to control subreport runtime stretch behavior. There were also various other bugfixes and improvements.

Release Tags: Minor feature enhancements

Tags: Internet, Web, Dynamic Content, multimedia, Graphics, Presentation, printing

Licenses: LGPL

abcm2ps 7.8.3

Thursday 29th of May 2014 10:52:59 AM
abcm2ps is a commandline program which converts ABC to sheet music in PostScript or SVG format. It is an extension of abc2ps which can handle many voices per staff.

Release Notes: Many bugs were fixed.

Tags: music, score

Licenses: GPL

GNU FreeDink 108.2

Thursday 29th of May 2014 10:15:29 AM
GNU FreeDink is a portable and enhanced version of the Dink Smallwood game engine. It aims at running the original game as well as its D-Mods (Dink MODules, or add-ons), with close compatibility, under new platforms. The internals of the engines are being cleaned up to allow for portability and later improvements.

Release Notes: A new, simple versioning scheme, without scary .20YYMMDD dates, and proper playing of Dink's intro screen music. FreeDinkedit now plays sounds on Windows. A Brazilian Portuguese translation was provided for the engine strings, and other translations were added. 64-bit Windows is now supported.

Tags: Games/Entertainment, Role-Playing

Licenses: GPLv3

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today's leftovers

  • GoboLinux 016
    GoboLinux is available for 64-bit x86 computers exclusively. The ISO I downloaded for GoboLinux 016 was 958MB in size. Booting from the installation media brings up a text-based menu system where we are asked to select our preferred language from a list of six European languages. We are then asked to select our keyboard's layout from another list. At this point, the system drops us to a command prompt where we are logged in as the root user. The default shell is zsh. A welcome message lets us know we can run the startx command to launch a desktop environment or run the Installer command to begin installing the distribution.
  • Solus Linux Working On A Flatpak-Based, Optimized Steam Runtime
    The Solus Linux developers have been working on their "Linux Steam Integration" for Steam and improvements around the Steam runtime, with this being one of the distributions interested in good Linux performance and making use of some Clear Linux optimizations, while their next step is looking at Flatpak-packaging up of libraries needed by the Steam runtime to fork a Flatpak-happy Linux gaming setup.
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