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IMP H5 (6.2.0beta1)

Wednesday 21st of May 2014 04:43:52 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: This release adds automatic configuration of remote accounts. LMTP servers are now supported for sending mail. Small bugfixes and improvements have been added.

Release Tags: Minor feature enhancements

Tags: Communications, Email, Email Clients (MUA)

Licenses: GPL

Horde Application Framework 5.2.0beta1

Wednesday 21st of May 2014 04:32:46 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: This release adds sending messages via LMTP, improves ActiveSync device administration, and adds a small bugfix.

Release Tags: Minor feature enhancements, Minor bugfixes

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

Licenses: LGPL

rdesktop 1.8.2

Wednesday 21st of May 2014 03:13:29 PM
rdesktop is an open source client for the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), which is used in a number of Microsoft products including Windows NT Terminal Server, Windows 2000 Server, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server, and Windows 2008 R2 Server. rdesktop currently runs on Linux and other Unix based platforms with the X Window System.

Release Notes: This release add support for server redirection when connecting to a Windows 2012 RDS Farm and fixes issues related to server redirection for Windows 2003/2008. There are also a few other issues solved when connecting to Windows 8/Windows 2012 . The default printer driver "HP LaserJet 8500 PS" used for local printer redirection has been changed to "MS Publisher Imagesetter". This makes printing work out-of-the-box with Windows 2003 and later versions.

Release Tags: Minor bugfixes, Major feature enhancements

Tags: Networking

Licenses: GPL

MIMEDefang 2.75

Wednesday 21st of May 2014 02:59:26 PM
MIMEDefang is a flexible MIME email scanner designed to do all kinds of email processing, including anti-virus scanning, anti-spam scanning, replacing parts of messages with URLs, adding boilerplate disclaimers, and so on. It can alter or delete various parts of a MIME message according to a Perl-based policy filter. It can also bounce messages with unacceptable attachments and modify SMTP response codes on the fly. It works with the Sendmail 8.11 and newer "Milter" API, which makes it more flexible and efficient than procmail-based approaches.

Release Notes: There have been many cosmetic improvements to watch-multiple-mimedefangs.tcl. The "md_get_bogus_mx_hosts" function now checks A records if a domain has no MX records. A forward declaration of rebuild_entity was added to avoid warnings on recent Perl versions.

Release Tags: Stable

Tags: Communications, Email, Filters, Security

Licenses: GPL

inadyn 1.99.9

Wednesday 21st of May 2014 02:53:57 PM
Inadyn is a small and simple DDNS client with HTTPS support. It automates the task of keeping a DNS record up-to-date with a user’s dynamic IP address.

Release Notes: This release fixes a memory leak in new HTTPS support, found by Valgrind. It adds support for Zerigo and DHSI DDNS providers.

Release Tags: Stable

Tags: Internet, ddns, Dynamic DNS

Licenses: GPL v2 Or Later

privacyIDEA 1.0dev1

Wednesday 21st of May 2014 02:22:52 PM
privacyIDEA is a multi-factor authentication solution. It can manage any type of authentication device. All common OTP (one time password) devices are supported, including Google Authenticator, eToken Pass, OTP cards, and Yubikey. New devices can be added easily. Users can be retrieved from flat files, LDAP, Active Directory, SQL databases, and SCIM services. It can also handle authorization and writes all events to a digitially signed audit log, giving you basic AAA functionalities.

Release Notes: Presetting SQL resolver for Wordpress, Tine 2.0, and OTRS. Code cleanup. Test coverage.

Release Tags: SQL Resolver

Tags: Authentication, Security, OTP, two factor authentication, multifactor authentication, Audit, Google Authenticator, Yubikey, 2FA, OpenID, SAML, SCIM, LDAP, SQL

Licenses: AGPLv3

OAQL Server 2.1u36

Wednesday 21st of May 2014 01:58:12 PM
OAQL Server allows you to connect, on all your networks, all your Java applications and all your SQL/NoSQL databases (from different suppliers), as if you had a single application/database in an oriented architecture environment.

Release Notes: More functions were added, and the OAQL language was improved.

Tags: programming language, query, Server, SOA

Licenses: GPL v3

Collax Security Gateway 5.5.14

Wednesday 21st of May 2014 01:38:55 PM
The Collax Security Gateway is a Unified Threat Management (UTM) Solution for small- and medium-sized businesses. It includes an easy to configure stateful inspection firewall, email security features including anti-spam and anti-virus, Internet access control, Internet SSL interception, Internet networking optimization tools, Internet network fault tolerance, clientless VPN technology, and remote administration.

Release Notes: The administration GUI was updated for compatibility with the Firefox Gecko 29 engine.

Release Tags: minor stable

Tags: Networking, Communication, Security, Firewall, Monitoring, Authentication, VPN, DNS, DHCP, VLAN, IM, Policy groups, gateway, pdc, active directory, Email, Web Proxy, LDAP, lvm, 64 bit

Licenses: Free To Use But Restricted

Collax V-Cube+ 6.1.10

Wednesday 21st of May 2014 01:14:21 PM
Collax V-Cube+ is a HA cluster management suite based on a 64bit Linux system and KVM to provide server virtualization. It offers solutions for single virtualization hosts, as well as high availability management on two or more nodes, allowing embedded HA storage using DRBD and iSCSI. By using live snapshots, automatic live migration, and incremental backups, the availability of virtual machines is increased tremendously in case of hardware and software maintenance or even hardware failures. Virtual network switches and the protocols GVRP, LLDP, and RSTP help to set up a virtual DMZ.

Release Notes: With version 29 of Firefox, the elements of the Web administration GUI of Collax servers were erroneous, and the administration of Collax servers was not possible in an appropriate way. This update resolves the issue.

Release Tags: minor stable

Tags: virtualization, DRBD, kvm, Pacemaker, QEMU, libvirt, Clustering/Distributed Networks, Cluster, web admin interface

Licenses: Free trial, Proprietary

Collax Groupware Suite 5.5.14

Wednesday 21st of May 2014 01:12:34 PM
Collax Groupware Suite is a complete collaboration, e-mail, and messaging server with Outlook MAPI support. It offers enterprise email server functions, anti-spam and anti-virus filters, GUI management, a file server for SMB, NFS, FTP, and Apple shares, backup/restore server, IM server, and fax and SMS server. The groupware offers AJAX Web mail, calendar, team calendar, contacts, and tasks, and supports ActiveSync for mobile devices. It is free for private or commercial use of up to five users.

Release Notes: With version 29 of Firefox, the elements of the Web administration GUI of Collax servers were erroneous, and the administration of Collax servers was not possible in an appropriate way. This update resolves the issue.

Release Tags: minor stable

Tags: Office/Business, groupware, Email, file backup, Security, anti-spam, anti-virus, MAPI, Communication, Fax, GUI, Policy groups, Monitoring, LDAP, active directory

Licenses: Free To Use But Restricted, Affero GPLv3

Collax Business Server 5.5.14

Wednesday 21st of May 2014 01:11:25 PM
Collax Business Server is an all-in-one Linux server for small- and medium-sized businesses. It delivers all the important network services within a heterogeneous business environment for communication, infrastructure, compliance, groupware, and storage, all in a reliable and secure way which is easy to manage. It also provides essential security functions such as firewalling and virus and spam filtering, to protect against hacker attacks, viruses, and unsolicited email messages.

Release Notes: With version 29 of Firefox, the elements of the Web administration GUI of Collax servers were erroneous, and the administration of Collax servers was not possible in an appropriate way. This update resolves the issue.

Release Tags: minor stable

Tags: Networking, Communication, groupware, backup, restore, Security, Firewall, Monitoring, Authentication, VPN, DNS, DHCP, VLAN, IM, Policy groups, gateway, pdc, active directory, Email, Development Kit, Web Application, web server, Web Proxy, file server, iSCSI, CIFS, LDAP, lvm, 64 bit, Zarafa, Software Development

Licenses: Free To Use But Restricted

shipper 0.23

Wednesday 21st of May 2014 01:09:59 PM
shipper is a power distribution tool for developers with multiple projects who do frequent releases. It automates the tedious process of shipping a software release and (if desired) templating a project Web page. It can deliver releases in correct form to SourceForge, Berlios, and Savannah, and knows how to post a release announcement to freecode.com via freecode-submit.

Release Notes: Corrects a bug in Freecode name processing.

Tags: Software Distribution Tools

Licenses: GPL

VMS Empire 1.12

Wednesday 21st of May 2014 01:03:42 PM
VMS Empire is a simulation of a full-scale war between two emperors, the computer and you. Naturally, there is only room for one, so the object of the game is to destroy the other. The computer plays by the same rules that you do. This game was ancestral to all later expand/explore/exploit/exterminate games, including Civilization and Master of Orion.

Release Notes: This release incorporates Dennis Pinckard's fix for a Mac OS/X port bug and adds a desktop file.

Tags: Games/Entertainment

Licenses: GPL

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  • Usability testing for early-stage software prototypes
    In this article, Ciarrai Cunneen and I describe how to do a paper-based usability test, using an early redesign of the GNOME Settings app as an example. The updated Settings features in GNOME 3.26, released on September 13. When writing open source software, we often obsess about making our logic elegant and concise, coming up with clever ways to execute tasks and demonstrate ideas. But we sometimes forget a key fact: Software is not useful if it is not easy to use. To make sure our programs can be used by our intended audience, we need usability testing. Usability is basically asking the question, "Can people easily use this thing?" or "Can real people use the software to do real tasks in a reasonable amount of time?" Usability is crucial to the creative process of building anything user-based. If real people can't use our software, then all the hard work of creating it is pointless. [...] In early 2016, GNOME decided to make a major UI update to its Settings application. This visual refresh shifts from an icon-based menu to drop-down lists and adds important changes to several individual Settings panels. The GNOME design team wanted to test these early-stage design changes to see how easily real people could navigate the new GNOME Settings application. Previously, GNOME relied on traditional usability tests, where users explore the software's UI directly. But this wouldn't work, since the software updates hadn't been completed.

FSF, GNU and FSFE

  • LibrePlanet 2018: Let's talk about Freedom. Embedded.
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    The call for proposals is open now, until November 2, 2017. General registration and exhibitor and sponsor registration are also open. LibrePlanet is an annual conference for free software enthusiasts and anyone who cares about the intersection of technology and social justice. For the past nine years, LibrePlanet has brought together free software developers, policy experts, activists, hackers, students, and people who are at the beginning of their free software journeys. LibrePlanet 2018 will feature programming for all ages and experience levels.
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  • FSFE Newsletter - September 2017

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  • Free Software Foundation Europe Leads Call For Taxpayer-Funded Software To Be Licensed For Free Re-use
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Security: WordPress 4.8.2, CCleaner 5.33, Apache Patch and Cryptocurrencies

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  • Apache bug leaks contents of server memory for all to see—Patch now
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  • The Pirate Bay Takes Heat for Testing Monero Mining
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