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Software news or reviews with focus on GNU/Linux and Free/Open Source software

Powerful Photo Editing Suite jAlbum 12 Released with a Bang

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jAlbum, a tool that can be used to create online photo albums and that has built-in support for organizing and editing images, is now at version 12 and is available for download.

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More Linux Suggestions and Mozilla Outrage

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Linux
Moz/FF

Today in Linux news saw two main themes. Several more articles turned up suggesting Linux for abandoned XP users. In addition, outrage ensues after Mozilla CEO and javascript author is forced to resign his position in response to pressure from activist groups and Mozilla employees. Additionally, The Register is running an article explaining how Microsoft is trying to sabotage Linux.

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Angie Byron on Drupal 8 out of the box

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Drupal

Opensource.com community manager Jason Hibbets interviewed Angie Byron, a Drupal core co-maintainer, about the latest version of this open source content management system.

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KDE: Monday Report #10

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KDE

In which we mention the recent Alpha, gush about Community Design its problems and gains. Talk about whats coming for Plasma Next AND hand out freebee's....

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Leftovers: Software

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New Google Chrome 35 Lands with Small Fixes for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X

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Google
Software

The Google Chrome 35 development branch, a browser built on the Blink layout engine that aims to be minimalistic and versatile at the same time, has been upgraded yet again, but this time it's only a very small update.

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Midori 0.5.8 Browser Pulls In New WebKit2 Code

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Midori 0.5.8 features updates to its WebKit2 rendering engine and AdBlock support (for those web users that unfortunately deprive web publishers of their income... including here; if you appreciate this site, please disable AdBlock or become a Phoronix Premium subscriber to support this site that takes 80+ hours of my week for the past ten years in providing always the latest Linux/open-source news and Linux hardware reviews, etc).

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Acquia’s Dries Buytaert: It’s open-source software that’ll eat the world

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OSS
Drupal

Expect a larger portion of software innovation to come from the world of open source in the future, says Dries Buytaert, original creator of Drupal and co-founder of Acquia. While open source once drew its appeal from being free, now it’s the quality of the software projects — which draw on the skills of huge numbers of contributors — that attracts businesses and developers to use it, he said.

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ODF vs. OOXML: War of the Words Chapter 4 – Eric Kriss, Peter Quinn and the ETRM

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LibO
OOo

By the end of December 2005, I had been blogging on ODF developments in Massachusetts for about four months, providing interviews, legal analysis and news as it happened. In those early days, not many bloggers were covering the ODF story, and email began to come my way from people that I had never met before, from as far away as Australia, and as near as the State House in Boston. Some began with, “This seems really important – what can I do to help?” Others contained important information that someone wanted to share, and that I was happy to receive.

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Wine Announcement

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The Wine development release 1.7.16 is now available. What's new in this release (see below for details): - More regression test fixes. - String arrays better supported in the IDL compiler. - Initial stubs for DirectX Video Acceleration. - Various bug fixes.

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Plasma Next Alpha

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KDE

This week, as well as being a centrefold model in a tabloid rag, another of my life ambitions came true when I had the glory of being the release dude. Plasma 2014.6 is the first version of Plasma using KDE Frameworks 5 and the developers are hard at work coding on it. The release schedule required an Alpha so I was tasked with working out how to release some tars.

This is a very exciting release because it's the start of the next evolution of KDE Software. No major feature overhauls just a solid codebase to work from using nice technologies like QtQuick.

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GCompris 14.03 Can Teach Kids How to Use a Computer, Math, Geography, More

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The latest GCompris 14.03 version is quite extensive and the developers have managed to implement a large number of fixes and new features. For example, support has been implemented for multigraph languages in click_on_letter by GunChleoc, a font selector has been added in the config dialog box and it has replaced the skin selector, the torta py pastel has been replaced in the Spanish text exercise, and support has been added for localized sound.

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Qt Creator 3.1 RC1 Released, Qt 5.3 Advances

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Development
KDE

Digia is working hard and fast to get the next version of the Qt5 tool-kit out the door along with their Qt Creator integrated development environment.

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Qt Creator 3.1 RC1 Released, Qt 5.3 Advances

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KDE

Digia is working hard and fast to get the next version of the Qt5 tool-kit out the door along with their Qt Creator integrated development environment.

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Linux Mint programs for Windows XP users

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GNU
Linux
Software

The biggest challenge for Windows XP users switching to Linux Mint is having to change the programs you've known and used for years. Fortunately, some programs are available on both Linux and Windows. In addition, there are Linux programs that duplicate the functionality of your favorite Windows programs.

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Calligra 2.8 Is Too Sweet for Words Alone

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KDE

Calligra Suite is a massive collection of office writing and editing applications with a database creator and a few other tools added to the mix. Several of the nine modules go well beyond the tool sets found in other office packages. The big advantage to Calligra is that development has continued. Similar office suites for Linux have stalled or forked without much to distinguish one from another.

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Linus Bans RH Hacker, Calligra 2.8 Sweeet, and SUSE 12

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KDE

In today's Linux news, Linus Torvalds banned a Red Hat kernel hacker for not fixing an ugly bug. LinuxInsider.com says Calligra 2.8 is "too sweet for words alone."

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[rust-dev] Rust 0.10 Released

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Moz/FF

Mozilla and the Rust community are pleased to announce version 0.10 of the Rust compiler and tools. Rust is a systems programming language with a focus on safety, performance and concurrency.

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Fedora 21 to Feature KDE Frameworks 5 and MATE 1.8

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KDE
Red Hat

“KDE Frameworks 5 don't provide any UI or applications on their own, but are meant as extensions and addons for the Qt toolkit. In future there will be various desktop shells like Plasma 2 and applications built on top of KDE Frameworks 5 providing the full-featured KDE desktop,” said Red Hat's Jaroslav Reznik.

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Chrome Slips By Firefox in the War of the Browsers

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Google
Moz/FF

While Mozilla has mostly been in the headlines this week for news related to contributions made by its new CEO Brendan Eich, another piece of meaningful news regarding the company is largely being ignored: Google Chrome has moved past Firefox to take second place in desktop browser market share, according to web traffic stats from Net Applications. In March, Chrome grabbed 17.5 percent of desktop brower traffic, while Firefox sat in third place with 17.2 percent. This is a first for Chrome, according to Net Applications' data, and is possibly driven by Google's extensive advertising for Chrome and Mozilla's new focus on Firefox OS and mobile technology.

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