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Software: Rclone, Stellarium Web, Kiwi TCMS 5.3.1

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  • Cloud Storage Sync Tool Rclone 1.43 Includes New Jottacloud Backend, Reworked Configuration

    Rclone is a command line program used to synchronize files and folders to and from multiple cloud storage services, including Amazon Drive, Amazon S3, Google Drive, Google Cloud Storage, Dropbox, Microsoft oneDrive, Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, ownCloud, Nextcloud, DigitalOcean Spaces, and many others (WebDAV and SFTP are also supported). The tool is free and open source software, and is available on multiple platforms, including Linux, Windows, macOS, *BSD, and Solaris.

  • Track the Stars From Your Browser With Stellarium Web

    Like stargazing? Stellarium, the open source astronomy software used by universities all over the world, now runs in your browser.

    Head to right now to check out what’s in the sky above you. This is a stripped down version of the desktop and mobile version, but you don’t need to install anything. This means you can quickly reference it on any device, even one you’re borrowing.

  • Kiwi TCMS 5.3.1

    We're happy to announce Kiwi TCMS version 5.3.1! This release brings lots of UI updates and removal of unused and/or duplicated functionality and source code. Many pages have been redesigned with the Patternfly library to have a modern look and feel which you can experience at

Proprietary: VMware Workstation 14 and Victory At Sea Pacific

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6 Most Awesome Quick File Searching Tools for Linux Desktop

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Over the years we have covered some of the best file searching tools for the Linux desktop and till date, the titles that we covered remain the most sought out for by users.

Today, we bring you a compiled list of the 6 most awesome so that you don’t have to do all that work yourself any longer.

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Proprietary Software, Deception and FUD

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  • Tracktion 7 Digital Audio Workstation is Now a Free Download

    Tracktion Software has made its powerful cross-platform digital audio workstation (DAW) available to download for free.

    T7 DAW (often known as Tracktion 7) was first released back in 2016 at a cost of $59. Warmly received, the app managed to score a number of awards and plaudits from industry magazines and websites.


    T7 DAW is free to download and use but it is not open-source; it’s simply freeware. That said, more choice never hurts, especially when it supports Linux as a core OS and not an afterthought.

    T7 DAW is a digital audio workstation and music production suite written in C++ that allows you to record, edit, and mix audio and MIDI tracks.

  • 2 Interesting Open-Source Tools for Power-Communicators [Ed: No. Proprietary, so the title is misleading]
  • Open source economics borked [Ed: Lyft is proprietary. This broad headline from Fudzilla is what's "borked". That's like citing Microsoft on such matters.]

    Matt Klein, a senior software engineer at Lyft, the outfit which created Envoy, has warned that open source economics are fundamentally broken.

Best Tools For Taking and Editing Screenshots in Linux

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Here are several ways you can take screenshots and edit the screenshots by adding text, arrows etc. Instructions and mentioned screenshot tools are valid for Ubuntu and other major Linux distributions.
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DXVK 0.71

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  • DXVK 0.71 Continues Lowering CPU Overhead, Adds New Overrides

    DXVK is out with a new release, the Direct3D 10/11 to Vulkan API translation layer used by a growing number of Wine gamers and now by Steam Play's Proton with Valve funding the developer behind this open-source project.

    DXVK 0.71 is the new version this weekend and the first release since Valve announced Steam Play for running Windows games on Linux. With DXVK 0.71 there are new tunables for adjusting the exposed maximum device memory and maximum shared memory for dealing with some games that have issues where too much vRAM might be exposed (some apparently have issues with 4GB+ of video memory). Another new tunable is the DXVK_FILTER_DEVICE_NAME environment variable to force DXVK to use a specific Vulkan device by matching the device from vulkaninfo or captured log files.

  • DXVK 0.71 is out for Vulkan-based D3D11 and D3D10 in Wine, minor reduction in CPU overhead and more

    DXVK [GitHub], one of the projects that makes up Valve's Steam Play that enables Vulkan-based D3D11 and D3D10 in Wine has a new version out.

Wine 3.15

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Software: gPodder, Puppet Bolt and Last howtos for the Week

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  • gPodder – podcast client written in Python

    gPodder is an open source tool that downloads and manages free audio and video content (“podcasts”) for you. The software is written in Python and sports a simple GTK interface. The software package also includes a command-line interface which is called gpo. It lets you listen to podcasts on your computer or on mobile devices. The software is very mature; it’s been in development since 2005.

  • FOSS Project Spotlight: Run Remote Tasks on Linux and Windows with Puppet Bolt

    Puppet, the company that makes automation software for managing systems and delivering software, has introduced Puppet Bolt, an open-source, agentless multiplatform tool for running commands, scripts, tasks and orchestrated workflows on remote Linux and Windows systems.

    The tool, which is freely available as a Linux package, Ruby gem and macOS or Windows installer, is ideal for sysadmins and others who want to perform a wide range of automation tasks on remote bare-metal servers, VMs or cloud instances without the need for any prerequisites. Puppet Bolt doesn't require any previous Puppet know-how. Nor does it require a Puppet agent or Puppet master. It uses only SSH and WinRM (or can piggyback Puppet transports) to communicate and execute tasks on remote nodes.

    Despite its simplicity, Puppet Bolt can execute all your existing scripts written in Bash, PowerShell, Python or any other language, stop and start Linux or Windows services, gather information about packages and system facts, or deploy procedural orchestrated workflows, otherwise known as plans. You can do all this right from your workstation or laptop.

  • How to install MediaWiki on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • How to Install MyWebSQL 3.7 on CentOS 7
  • Fix GTK File Chooser Cannot Add/Remove Bookmarks
  • Docker Guide: Deploying Ghost Blog with MySQL and Traefik with Docker
  • Move the Ubuntu Launcher to Bottom or Right

Roundup: Best Free Open Source BASIC Tools

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BASIC (an acronym for Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) is a family of general-purpose, high-level programming languages whose design philosophy emphasizes ease of use.

The original BASIC was designed in 1964 by John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. BASIC was first successfully used to run programs on the school’s General Electric computer system. They wanted to enable students in fields other than science and mathematics to use computers.

In the 1970s and early 1980s, when home computers were in their heyday, BASIC did as much as anything else to make them useful.

According to the TIOBE index, Visual Basic .NET is ranked as the 5th most popular programming language. BBC BASIC is ranked outside the top 50.

There is a good range of open source software available to write and compile BASIC programs. The table below shows our 11 recommended free BASIC software. Click the links to learn about the software.

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Top 10 Linux applications for entertainment and leisure

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As the summer vacation season comes to a close in the northern hemisphere I reflect on 10 applications my family and I used during the summer to keep ourselves entertained. All of the following applications are available as Snaps that work on all major Linux distros once snapd is installed.

The Snapcraft team share 3 new and interesting applications each week via the Snapcraft Twitter account, so give us a follow to stay informed.

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Also: VLC Saw A Lot Of Exciting Work Thanks To Google Summer of Code 2018

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Kernel: Virtme, 2018 Linux Audio Miniconference and Linux Foundation Articles

  • Virtme: The kernel developers' best friend
    When working on the Linux Kernel, testing via QEMU is pretty common. Many virtual drivers have been recently merged, useful either to test the kernel core code, or your application. These virtual drivers make QEMU even more attractive.
  • 2018 Linux Audio Miniconference
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  • How Writing Can Expand Your Skills and Grow Your Career [Ed: Linux Foundation article]
    At the recent Open Source Summit in Vancouver, I participated in a panel discussion called How Writing can Change Your Career for the Better (Even if You don't Identify as a Writer. The panel was moderated by Rikki Endsley, Community Manager and Editor for, and it included VM (Vicky) Brasseur, Open Source Strategy Consultant; Alex Williams, Founder, Editor in Chief, The New Stack; and Dawn Foster, Consultant, The Scale Factory.
  • At the Crossroads of Open Source and Open Standards [Ed: Another Linux Foundation article]
    A new crop of high-value open source software projects stands ready to make a big impact in enterprise production, but structural issues like governance, IPR, and long-term maintenance plague OSS communities at every turn. Meanwhile, facing significant pressures from open source software and the industry groups that support them, standards development organizations are fighting harder than ever to retain members and publish innovative standards. What can these two vastly different philosophies learn from each other, and can they do it in time to ensure they remain relevant for the next 10 years?

Red Hat: PodCTL, Security Embargos at Red Hat and Energy Sector

  • [Podcast] PodCTL #50 – Listener Mailbag Questions
    As the community around PodCTL has grown (~8000 weekly listeners) we’ve constantly asked them to give us feedback on topics to discuss and areas where they want to learn. This week we discussed and answered a number of questions about big data and analytics, application deployments, routing security, and storage deployment models.
  • Security Embargos at Red Hat
    The software security industry uses the term Embargo to describe the period of time that a security flaw is known privately, prior to a deadline, after which time the details become known to the public. There are no concrete rules for handling embargoed security flaws, but Red Hat uses some industry standard guidelines on how we handle them. When an issue is under embargo, Red Hat cannot share information about that issue prior to it becoming public after an agreed upon deadline. It is likely that any software project will have to deal with an embargoed security flaw at some point, and this is often the case for Red Hat.
  • Transforming oil & gas: Exploration and production will reap the rewards
    Through advanced technologies based on open standards, Red Hat deliver solutions that can support oil and gas companies as they modernize their IT infrastructures and build a framework to meet market and technology challenges. Taking advantage of modern, open architectures can help oil and gas providers attract new customers and provide entry into markets where these kinds of services were technologically impossible a decade ago.