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  • Ardour 5.5 released

    Ardour 5.5 is now available, with a variety of new features and many notable and not-so-notable fixes. Among the notable new features are support for VST 2.4 plugins on OS X, the ability to have MIDI input follow MIDI track selection, support for Steinberg CC121, Avid Artist & Artist Mix Control surfaces, "fanning out" of instrument outputs to new tracks/busses and the often requested ability to do horizontal zoom via vertical dragging on the rulers. There are also the usual always-ongoing improvements to scripting and OSC support.

  • Ardour 5.5 Digital Audio Workstation Released
  • Kodi 17 "Krypton" Beta 6 Improves Support for ASS Subtitles, Fixes Memory Leaks

    The development cycle of the upcoming Kodi 17 "Krypton" media center continues, and a new Beta release has been announced on November 30, 2016, which attempts to address even more bugs and issues reported by users.

    Arriving a month after the fifth Beta development release, Kodi 17 Beta 6 fixes a total of 20 problems, including a possible EPG lock up, a memory leak with ASS subtitles, as well as several regular ones across all supported platforms, multiple issue in the CMake build system, and a potential memory leak in the image handling functionality.

  • MKVToolNix 9.6.0 MKV Manipulation Tool Adds Support for HDMV TextST Subtitles

    The last day of November 2016 brought us a new maintenance release of the popular, free, open-source, and cross-platform MKVToolNix MKV (Matroska) manipulation tool, version 9.6.0.

    Dubbed "Slave To Your Mind," MKVToolNix 9.6.0 is here one and a half months after the 9.5.0 milestone, but it doesn't look like it's a major version. In fact, there are only eight changes implemented in MKVToolNix 9.6.0, and among the most important ones, there's a fix for an endless loop issue in the mkvmerge component when appending files.

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  • anytime 0.1.1: More robust

    CRAN just accepted the newest release 0.1.1 of anytime, following the previous five releases since September.

    anytime is a very focussed package aiming to do just one thing really well: to convert anything in integer, numeric, character, factor, ordered, ... format to POSIXct (or Date) objects -- and to do so without requiring a format string.

  • FFmpeg 3.2 "Hypatia" Multimedia Backend Gets Its First Point Release, Adds Fixes

    It's been almost a month since the major FFmpeg 3.2 "Hypatia" open-source, free and cross-platform multimedia framework was officially unveiled, and now the first point release arrives for all supported platforms.

    FFmpeg 3.2 "Hypatia" brought us many goodies, including OpenH264 decoder wrapper, libopenmpt demuxer, alias muxer for Ogg Video (.ogv), VP8 support for Ogg muxing, the True Audio (TTA) muxer, as well as the crystalizer, maskedclamp, hysteresis, lut2, yuvtestsrc, vaguedenoiser, weave, avgblur, gblur, and acrusher audio filters.

  • Alduin is an Open-Source Desktop RSS Reader for Linux

    On the look out for a clean, modern and open-source desktop RSS reader app for Linux? I know I am, so I was excited to come across Alduin. Alduin is a simple RSS (and Atom) feed aggregator that’s billed as having an “ergonomic, complete and easy to use interface, which will be suitable for all types of user.”

  • Vivaldi 1.5.676.6 Web Browser Snapshot Introduces Easier Tab Selection by Domain
  • Microsoft enables Linux desktop users to send SMS text messages with latest Skype Alpha [Ed: Missing the fact that Skype already had GNU/Linux support before Microsoft bought it and then abandoned it]

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  • Rspamd 1.4 has been released

    Today, after 4 months of development, we’ve released major updates for both Rspamd and Rmilter: Rspamd is updated to version 1.4 and Rmilter is updated to version 1.10. These updates include many new features, including Redis pool support, new modules, improved neural networks support, zstd compression for protocol and many other important improvements.

  • stress-ng 0.07.07 released

    stress-ng is a tool that I have been developing on-and-off for a few years. It is designed to stress kernels to force out bugs, stress CPU and memory and also contains some performance benchmarking metrics too.

  • Latest MiniTube 2.5.2 Version Available for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    MiniTube is beautiful, lightweight and a native YouTube client. With MiniTube you can watch YouTube videos by typing keyword into the search-box and MiniTube will immediately loads the results. It offers two type of searches: channel search and keyword search. It provides endless video stream, playback on MiniTube is smooth and instant, without a noticeable buffering time, as I tested. Minitube does not require the Flash Player.

  • Debian, Fedora 25, PHP, systemd, Humble Bundle, dply, Pipfile & more!
  • Commix, Trigger Happy, iocage, DNS, systemd-nspawn, ACME & more!
  • Photo Funnel: Drag-and-Drop Photo Copying Tool For Linux

    Sometimes you need to transfer and organize just a handful of specific photos and raw files from your camera, and a simple GUI tool can help your with that. This tool is just a short Bash shell script uses the YAD tool to generate a drag-and-drop floating palette. When you drop files onto the palette and press the Execute button, the script copies the selected files to the specified directory and organizes them using the ExifTool-based commands.

  • Spotify & Local Files problems on Linux

    Roughly a month ago, I reviewed Spotify here on OCS-Mag, testing the recently revived Ubuntu version. My experience was mixed. While the media player sported good looks and a sleek interface, the overall behavior was slightly erratic, culminating in crashes when trying to play local files.

    Since, I have spent more time exploring Spotify, not necessarily because I was enamored by its features and abilities, mostly because I felt it would be a worthy exercise for all those seeking the thrills of popular media streaming on Linux. Furthermore, like my past endeavors with Steam, Sketchup and alike, it’s part of a possibly Don Quixotic attempt to bridge the application gap between Windows and Linux, and give the users of the latter system some more freedom and choice. But there’s a cost. Sometimes, things do not work right away, or they do not work at all. This article is the diary of my journey.

  • Vivaldi Browser Sees New Stable Release

    Vivaldi, the browser aimed at power users, was updated to version 1.5 today, bringing support for bulk tab commands, smart-home lighting integration, and more.

    As a reminder, Vivaldi browser is built using open source technologies, like the Blink engine, Node.js, and React.js, but is not open source software. It includes features such as tab stacks, Opera-like Speed dial which supports multiple folders, as well as built-in notes, and a tool called Quick Commands, that can be used to search through the Vivaldi history, open tabs, settings, bookmarks and more.

  • Microsoft has been working hard on Skype for Linux: v1.13 released with more improvements

Wine 1.9.24

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  • Wine Announcement

    The Wine development release 1.9.24 is now available.

  • Wine 1.9.24 Ships With More Fixes & Improvements

    Wine 1.9.24 is out as the newest bi-weekly development release of this program for running Windows binaries on Linux and other operating systems.

    Wine 1.9.24 isn't the most exciting release by far in recent memory but does have support for unordered access views in Direct3D, fixes to regression tests, improvements in HID support, and various bug-fixes. In total there are 28 known bug-fixes with this new version.

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  • Calibre 2.73 eBook Manager Allows Import and Export of Column Coloring Rules

    Today, November 25, 2016, Calibre developer Kovid Goyal proudly announced the release of yet another maintenance update of his popular, open-source, cross-platform, and free ebook library management tool.

    Calibre 2.73 is here exactly one week after the previous point release, namely Calibre 2.72, to add a bunch of interesting new features, such as the ability to hide row numbers in the main book list by using the new option implemented in the Look & Feel section of the Preferences dialog.

  • darktable 2.2 RAW Image Editor Gets New RC with Support for 4-Year-Old XMP Files

    The developers behind the open-source and cross-platform darktable photography workflow application and RAW image editor are hard at work these days to prepare the final release of the major darktable 2.2 series.

    It's been only two weeks since our initial report on the upcoming darktable 2.2 release, so we recommend that you read that article first to get yourself familiar with the upcoming new features and improvements, which we have to admit that are overwhelming.

  • Give your eyes a break in the evenings with Redshift

    If you've heard of either Twilight or f.lux, you'll probably know what these sorts of programs do: they adjust the colour temperature of your screen according to the time of day, often by altering the amount of blue light being emitted, to make the colour temperature and brightness more suitable for viewing in your environment. The end result is "normal" bright light during the day, for easy screen visibility during the day, but at night your screen will display a much softer and less bright image, with a reddish hue, which can greatly reduce eye strain and just generally make night time computer use a lot more comfortable.

  • Mcomix Is An Ace Desktop Comic Book Reader for Ubuntu

    I very recently stumbled across a blog post that shared something I’ve been looking for for years: the little-known run of 35p ‘choose your own adventure’ comics.

  • Intel Graphics Installer 2.0.3 Now Supports Ubuntu 16.10

    The Intel Linux graphics driver tool has been updated to support Ubuntu 16.10 and Fedora 24. The Intel Graphics Update Tool for Linux v2.0.3 offers up the latest Intel 2016Q3 graphics stack.

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  • Qt 5.9 Planning For Feature Freeze, Other Changes

    While Qt 5.8 hasn't even been released yet, there is already release planning that is happening around Qt 5.9.

    Qt 5.8.0 isn't going to be released until the beginning of January due to the latest delays hampering the release. There is now a thread on the Qt mailing list simply entitled Qt 5.9. The Qt 5.9 plans being talked about are to do a feature freeze in early 2017, as soon as 1 February. They would be sticking hard to the feature freeze date to try to avoid any delays holding back the 5.9.0 release.

  • Darktable 2.2 Being Prepared For Release With Many Changes

    This week marks the Darktable 2.2.0-RC1 release as the developers of this open-source photography workflow software prepare for its official release, just in time if you are planning to get some new camera gear this holiday season.

    Darktable 2.2 is a big release even though Darktable 2.0 was great -- more than two thousand commits have gone into this 2.2 development code thus far.

  • Linux Users Unhappy as Adobe Flash Player keeps NPAPI architecture

    Adobe has announced that they will be continuing to support the NPAPI architecture for the Linux version of Flash in 2017 as well. This was not a decision embraced by everyone, as some Linux users voiced their complaints across the online medium.

  • SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why? [Ed: Anderson pushes for Windows layer (back doors) on top of GNU/Linux which is what SQL Server technically requires. It's not really a Linux port.]

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  • NeoFetch — See System Information from the Command Line on Linux

    While not to everyone’s tastes, such tools are often a lot quicker and surfacing what you need when you need it, rather than you having to point and click you way through apps like i-Nex or CPU-g.

    That garble is why I was stoked to find a link to Neofetch in my tips inbox recently (our recent call for content has done wonders). Neofetch is now my favourite CLI system information tool.

  • LibreOffice 5.3 Beta Coming Soon, New Bug Hunting Event Takes Place November 25

    We're getting closer and closer to the final release of the LibreOffice 5.3 open-source and cross-platform office suite, and now The Document Foundation, through Italo Vignoli, informs us about the next bug hunting session, for the LibreOffice 5.3 Beta.

  • Changelog for VirtualBox 5.1
  • VirtualBox 5.1.10 Brings Initial Linux Kernel 4.9 Support, Many GUI Improvements

    Oracle announced the release of yet another stable maintenance update to the VirtualBox 5.1 series of the popular, cross-platform, and open-source virtualization software.

    VirtualBox 5.1.10 is here exactly two months after the previous point release, namely VirtualBox 5.1.8, and we have some good news for Linux users, as Oracle added initial support for the upcoming Linux 4.9 kernel, which will be released in the second week of December 2016. It also fixes the Linux kernel module override rule in Linux Additions.

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  • Avidemux 2.6.15 Improves Hardware Decoding, Adds Encoding and Usability Fixes

    The weekend that just passed brought us a new maintenance update to the free, open-source and cross-platform Avidemux video editor, versioned 2.6.15, which comes two months after the previous point release.

    Avidemux 2.6.15 is here to improve hardware decoding and add encoding and usability fixes. It adds Fraunhofer FDK AAC as a supported audio encoder, introduces a "None" preset to the x26* series of video encoders, and fixes the two-pass x265 encoding on Microsoft Windows operating systems.

  • Rspamd 1.4 Comes With Many Spam Filtering Improvements

    For those using Rspamd for open-source e-mail spam filtering, the new version 1.4 release is now available as a big, stable feature update.

  • Vivaldi 1.5 Lands as the World's First Web Browser to Control Philips Hue Lights

    Today, November 22, 2016, Softpedia was informed by Vivaldi Technologies about the availability of the Vivaldi 1.5 cross-platform and free web browser for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

    Vivaldi is known for being designed with the power user in mind, and it appears to be the most customizable web browser ever made. While it's not yet an Open Source product, it's based on the most recent Chromium open-source web browser. With Vivaldi 1.5, the company has raised the bar to a new level of customization.

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  • Kodi v17 “Krypton” – Default skin: Next Gen

    Past March we announced that v17 would feature a brand new default skin called Estuary and since then it has been included in every build we have released. During this period our developers kept improving on how it looked, behaved and made use of the latest features that got included from what is shaping up to be the final release of v17. Since more and more users also started to use these development builds we started to receive a lot of feedback, where most was positive there was also some negative or at least constructive comments. As we are not deaf to these comments and try to create the best experience, our skin developer phil65 went back to the drawing board and rethought on how to incorporate this feedback into wat should become the final skin. With some help from ryanmah for the mockups, ichabod-fletchman for helping out this didn’t resulted in a total rewrite but simply reworking some parts of how the skin looks and behaves. The underlying skin code still remains the same for a very large part except for the parts where a smarter way of doing this magic was found. The visual top layer what you will see should still feel quite familiar if you have used any past v17 builds as not everything was redone.

  • Fix Ubuntu/Linux Mint boot and grub issues with Boot-Repair

    Boot-Repair is around from quite sometime, released under license GNU-GPL and it is great tool to fix the issues with your Grub and Boot, it repair frequent boot issues you may encounter in Ubuntu like when you can't boot Ubuntu after installing Windows or another Linux distribution, or when you can't boot Windows after installing Ubuntu, or when GRUB is not displayed anymore, some upgrade breaks GRUB, etc. Boot-Repair lets you fix these issues with a simple click, which (generally re-installs GRUB and) restores access to the operating systems you had installed before the issue.

  • Sayonara: Try another great audio player in Ubuntu/Linux Mint/other Ubuntu Derivatives

    Sayonara is a simple, lightweight and quite fast audio player only for Linux which is written in C++, it also supportet by Qt framework. For audio backend it uses gstreamer. It carries a lot of feature to manage big audio collections. While developing this program they focused on it's performance, it consumes very low CPU and memory.

    One of Sayonara's goals are intuitive and easy usability never leading to the impression you are using an unnecessary bloated program therefore it should be able to compete with the most popular music players. It has a lot of features like a library, id3 tag editor, equalizer, lastfm radio, lastfm scrobbler, stream recorder and so on..

  • PacketFence v6.4 released

    The Inverse team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PacketFence v6.4.0. This is a major release with new features, enhancements and important bug fixes. This release is considered ready for production use and upgrading from previous versions is strongly advised.

  • Bypass ISP Website Censorship With Alkasir 2.0

    Alkasir is a free, open source website censorship circumvention tool, available for Linux, Windows and Mac. Android and iOS versions are "main objectives for 2016". For now it only works with Google Chrome.

  • "ANGRYsearch" and "FSearch" Helps You Find Your Files/Folders Quickly And Easily

    ANGRYsearch is a simple and lightweight tool to find files/folders from your mounted drives quickly and easily, it is written in Pythong and inspired from "Everything" which is available for Windows. It displays results as you type the name of the file/folder you are looking for.

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