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9 Admirable Graphical File Managers

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Being able to navigate your local filesystem is an important function of personal computing. File managers have come a long way since early directory editors like DIRED. While they aren’t cutting-edge technology, they are essential software to manage any computer.

File management consists of creating, opening, renaming, moving / copying, deleting and searching for files. But file managers also frequently offer other functionality.

In the field of desktop environments, there are two desktops that dominate the open source landscape: KDE and GNOME. They are smart, stable, and generally stay out of the way. These use the widget toolkits Qt and GTK respectively. And there are many excellent Qt and GTK file managers available. We covered the finest in our Qt File Managers Roundup and GTK File Managers Roundup. But with Linux, you’re never short of alternatives.

There are many graphical non-Qt and non-Gtk file managers available. This article examines 9 such file managers. The quality is remarkably good.

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Best 15 Fractal Software for Linux For Beginners and Professionals

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Are you seriously seeking to know about some fantastic fractal software for Linux? It may seem to be a common and normal thing to find, but only a few resources will show you the right solution. Yes, you came one of the proper places to check! I am gonna show you the best 15 Linux fractal tools that are excellent in the drawing, shading, and creating a perfect and appealing artistic work.

Before going the main part, let’s have a look what actually the tool means. From the dictionary, fractal means a geometrical figure which holds the same statistical character as the whole. It may define as a complex pattern showing self-similarity in different scales. That means, whatever you do with any part (like zooming or the opposite), it shows the same amount of detail as before.

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6 Best Free Linux Electronic Medical Records Software

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In developed countries, healthcare workers represent a significant proportion of the working population. For example, in the United Kingdom, more than 1 million people work for the National Health Service, a publicly funded healthcare system. Medical software therefore has a huge market to tap. Whatever stage of a country’s economic development, health care is one of the most important elements in society.

This article focuses on software that provides Electronic Medical Records (EMR) functionality. This type of record is used in a hospital and doctor’s surgery to capture medical information, reducing the amount of physical records, and the costs associated in storing them. EMR software can make an appreciable difference to improve a medical organisation’s efficiency and raise quality standards. For example, it reduces storage costs, minimises medical errors, provides statistical reporting, and assists clinical studies.

Open source EMR software has an important role to play. In a resource poor country, commercial healthcare computer software may simply not be affordable. Alternatively, developed countries can make significant savings in IT costs by using an open source EMR system without compromising on patient care.

To provide in insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 6 high quality open source EMR software. Here’s our rating for each program.

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Top 10 Best Comic Book Viewers for Linux System

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There is hardly anyone who is not acquainted with comic books. Most of us grew old reading these books. These helped us to pass our leisure time with joy and delight. But if you are not a regular comic reader let us introduce you with it. I assure the beginners that if you start reading comic books you will be able to spend your mundane time easily.

So, guys, a comic book is actually a book containing the images and caricatures arranged sequentially which beautifully represents a story and in balloon-like shape, their conversations are given. The images make the magazine funnier and through this, you will be able to see the portrayal of their reactions while talking. Here, in this article, we will be focusing on the Linux platform with a list of best comic book viewers for Linux. I hope it will be useful and helpful for Linux users.

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Software: GSConnect, Watchman, Museeks and Essential System Tools

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  • GSConnect - Say Gee-es, and connect you Android to Gnome

    GSConnect seems like a nice, handy tool - and it does give Gnome users the functionality they require without having to install the full KDE set of libraries just to get KDE Connect to run. Now, I'd like to see this program support other phones too, like iPhone and Windows Phone, because the current set is limiting in its choice. But if you have an Android device, then you get a reliable, colorful productivity tool.

    I think the initial pairing can be easier to configure, as well as getting GSConnect installed. Most people will not necessarily find the extension - or use it, or be able to configure Gnome to use extensions, whereas KDE has this by default in the Plasma desktop. That aside, GSConnect works and behaves as it should, and it sits well in your Gnome environment, so there's no reason why you shouldn't give it a go. I think you'll be pleased.

  • Watchman – A File and Directory Watching Tool for Changes

    Watchman is an open source and cross-platform file watching service that watches files and records or performs actions when they change. It is developed by Facebook and runs on Linux, OS X, FreeBSD, and Solaris. It runs in a client-server model and employs the inotify utility of the Linux kernel to provide a more powerful notification.

  • Museeks – web-technologies based music player

    I’ve reviewed a fair few music players that embrace web-technologies, but I’m always looking for new entrants. One of our regulars asked me to take Museeks out for a spin. Always willing to try out new software, I took the bait! Only later did I realize that I’d tried a release of Museeks when it didn’t have FLAC support.

    Museeks is an Electron based cross-platform music player using React.js as its user interface framework, as well as Node.js and TypeScript.

    It’s important to appreciate Museeks is in a fairly early stage of development. The software’s initial release was way back in June 2016, but there’s been steady development since then.

  • 20 Excellent Ways to Manage Your System – Essential System Tools

    This is a series of cornerstone articles highlighting essential system tools. These are small, indispensable utilities, useful for system administrators as well as regular users of Linux based systems.

    You’ve moved over from Windows or Mac OS X to the wonderful world of Linux. You’ve selected a Linux distro (after a bit of fruitful distro hopping), chosen a desktop environment, and studied the basic Linux commands. Now you want some really useful free applications. Well this article picks the finest open source software to help you manage your system.

    The series examines both graphical and text based open source utilities. There’s a wide range of software we’ve recommended. There’s genuinely useful utilities, productivity software, networking, backup, monitoring, system cleaning and much more. All to download for nothing.

    Every application featured in the series is open source goodness at its finest.

    The series is growing. We’re currently adding an essential system tool to the series every fortnight or so.


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There is a new tool available for Sparkers: mkusb

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NetworkManager 1.16 and WireGuard in NetworkManager

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  • NetworkManager 1.16 released, adding WPA3-Personal and WireGuard support

    NetworkManager needs no introduction. In fifteen years since its initial release, it has reached the status of the standard Linux network configuration daemon of choice of all major Linux distributions. What, on the other hand, may need some introduction, are the features of its 28th major release.

    Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome: NetworkManager-1.16.

  • NetworkManager 1.16 Brings WireGuard Support, WiFi Direct/P2P

    NetworkManager 1.16 is now available as the newest feature release for this widely used Linux networking configuration component.

    NetworkManager 1.16 is a big feature release bringing support for WireGuard VPN tunnels, WiFi direction connections (WiFi P2P), SAE authentication, AP and ad-hoc support for the Intel IWD back-end, improved handling of DHCP router options, enhancements around network boot, and a lot of other enhancements.

  • WireGuard in NetworkManager

    NetworkManager 1.16 got native support for WireGuard VPN tunnels (NEWS). WireGuard is a novel VPN tunnel protocol and implementation that spawned a lot of interest. Here I will not explain how WireGuard itself works. You can find very good documentation and introduction at

  • Haller: WireGuard in NetworkManager

    Thomas Haller writes about the WireGuard integration in NetworkManager 1.16.

DXVK 1.0.1

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8 Best Free Linux Family History Software

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Family history (or genealogy) software is computer software used to record, organise and publish genealogical data. With this software, you can help unlock the past, discover secrets and surprises from your past. Genealogy, the study of one’s ancestry, allows people to personalise the past.

There are useful websites devoted to helping would-be genealogists. Further, radio and TV programmes such as the immortal Who Do You Think You Are?, and other shows such as Secrets of the Clink have encouraged a growing band people to trace their roots, sparking new interest. It’s not just celebrities when tracing their ancestry who come up with secrets and surprises from their past.

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Top 5 Free Benchmarking Tools

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Benchmarking is probably of one the most mind-bending and involved process of computer science and technology. They are supposed to represent what your hardware is capable of doing in real world scenarios and also worst possible scenarios.There are a lot of things you might want to consider while benchmarking. What are you benchmarking? The CPU, the memory, SSD IOPs, or maybe it is your GPU. What workloads are you benchmarking for? This is where the entire system may have to be considered as a single entity rather than just focusing on one component. For example, if you are benchmarking a system’s performance as a database you can’t just measure the SSD’s speeds and be done with it. The CPU can be a bottleneck or so can be the memory.
Given how involved the process of benchmarking is, and how important it is when making a decision. We need some standard set of tools that we can use to benchmark our systems, get a simple to understand result and use it to compare different hardware components and configurations effectively.

Here are a few free benchmarking tools that you cover a wide array of hardware and use cases.

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Python 3.4.10 and Python 3.5.7 Released

  • Python 3.4.10 is now available
    Python 3.4.10 is the final release in the Python 3.4 series. As of this release, the 3.4 branch has been retired, no further changes to 3.4 will be accepted, and no new releases will be made. This is standard Python policy; Python releases get five years of support and are then retired.
  • Python 3.5.7 is now available

Open Source Doesn’t Make Money Because It Isn’t Designed To Make Money

We all know the story: you can’t make money on open source. Is it really true? I’m thinking about this now because Mozilla would like to diversify its revenue in the next few years, and one constraint we have is that everything we do is open source. There are dozens (hundreds?) of successful open source projects that have tried to become even just modest commercial enterprises, some very seriously. Results aren’t great. I myself am trying to pitch a commercial endeavor in Mozilla right now (if writing up plans and sending them into the ether can qualify as “pitching”), and this question often comes up in feedback: can we sell something that is open source? I have no evidence that we can (or can’t), but I will make this assertion: it’s hard to sell something that wasn’t designed to be sold. Read more

OSS Leftovers

  • What OpenDSP Means to the Future
    Open source software to standardize grid-edge technology.
  • These Emulators Bring WWII Cipher Machines Like Enigma To Your PC
    Alan Turing, the popular mathematician and computer scientist, developed Bombe, a device used for cracking Enigma codes and played a major role in World War II. GCHQ isn’t the first to bring emulators of code-breaking devices. If CodeChef’s emulator looks tedious, you can try this web-based Enigma emulator from Summerside Makerspace or this Enigma Simulator desktop app by Terry Long. Do give these online emulators from WWII a try and tell us about your experience in the comments section.
  • GNU Health installer 3.4.1
    The GNU Health installer (gnuhealth-setup) has been updated to 3.4.1.
  • AWS’ contribution to Elasticsearch may only further entrench the open source vendor and cloud war
    Last week, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced it was launching an open source value-added distribution for search and analytics engine Elasticsearch. As AWS evangelist Jeff Barr put it, the launch would “help continue to accelerate open source Elasticsearch innovation” with the company “strong believers in and supporters of open source software.” Yet for industry-watchers and those sympathetic to the open source space, this has been seen as the latest move in a long-running spat between the developers and software vendors on one side, and the cloud behemoths – in particular AWS – on the other. So who is right? Previous moves in the market have seen a lot of heat thrown in AWS’ direction for, as the open source vendors see it, taking open source code to which they have not contributed and selling software as a service around it. MongoDB, Confluent and Redis Labs were the highest profile companies who changed their licensing to counter this threat, with reactions ranging from understanding through gritted teeth to outright hostility.
  • Andes Technology Strengthens the RISC-V EasyStart Alliance to 15 ASIC Design Service Partners
    As the first public CPU IP company in Asia, specializing in low-power, high-performance 32/64-bit processor IP cores and SoC design platform, Andes Technology Corporation (TWSE:6533) created a RISC-V promotion program called the “EasyStart” in July, 2018. The goal of the RISC-V EasyStart program is to help Andes’ design service partners catch the emerging opportunity in RISC-V based SoC design and development. The expanding global alliance now has 15 members and is on the way to its target 20 members in the near future. The alliance in alphabetical order includes Alchip, ASIC Land, BaySand, CMSC, EE solution, INVECAS, MooreElite, PGC, SiEn (Qingdao) Semiconductor, Silex Insight, Socle , XtremeEDA and 3 unnamed partners. These companies cover foundry process technologies from 90nm to 10nm and some provide both SoC design and turn-key service. The alliance partners will use Andes qualified V5 RISC-V processor cores to provide their end customers total RISC-V design service solutions.

Audiocasts/Shows: GNU/Linux on ARM, GNU World Order and Linux Action News

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    We try out the latest GNOME 3.32 release, and why it might be the best release ever. New leader candidates for Debian emerge, we experience foundation inception, and NGINX is getting acquired. Plus Android Q gets an official Desktop Mode, the story behind the new Open Distro for Elasticsearch, and more!