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KStars 2.8.3 Released and a Look at Pithos

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  • KStars 2.8.3 aka Tommy is out!

    The bugfix release of KStars 2.8.3 is available for all major platforms. In this version, we finally managed to release translations for Windows & MacOS users, thanks to the efforts of Hannah and Kevin over at Craft, and the KDE translation team.

  • Pithos, the Linux Pandora Radio App, Adds 10-Band Equalizer + More!

    A new version of Pithos, the open-source Pandora Radio client for Linux desktops, is available to download. Pithos 1.4.0 introduces a number of new plugins that extend its feature set, including a 10-band equalizer, a screensaver/lock screen inhibiter, and a volume normalizer.

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Software: VLC, OpenShot, OBS Studio, Caffeine

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  • VLC Has Begun Working On Some 3D Video Playback Support

    It's been a while since last having anything to report on with VLC with the VLC 3.0 release still not available, but thanks to this year's Google Summer of Code, there was an interesting project around working on 3D format support.

    Mohammed Huzaifa is the student developer who spent the summer working on 3D support for libVLC.

  • OpenShot 2.4 Open-Source Video Editor Adds New Freeze & Zoom Presets, Many Fixes

    Jonathan Thomas, the creator of the open-source and cross-platform OpenShot video editor, announced OpenShot 2.4, a major release that adds new freeze and freeze & zoom presets, improves stability, as well as undo/redo history.

    First and foremost, OpenShot 2.4 wants to be a stability release that fixes a bunch of bugs and issues reported by users since previous versions of the applications. Most importantly, it addresses a nasty issue that was apparently the leading cause of numerous crashes. Therefore, it is recommended that all users update to OpenShot 2.4 or later as soon as possible.

  • OBS Studio – Record and Live Stream Videos from Linux Desktop

    OBS Studio is a free and open source cross-platform app with which you can create video records of your desktop screen and also live stream directly.

    You can use it to conveniently share your gaming, art, entertainment activities with Twitch.tv, YouTube, Hitbox.tv, DailyMotion, Connectcast.tv, CyberGame.tv, CashPlay.tv along with custom streaming servers free of charge!

  • CobiBird Theme Updated And Available For 17.04 Zesty/16.04 Xenial/Linux Mint 18
  • Caffeine Can Help You Disable Screenlock And Screensaver Temporarily

    Caffeine is pretty famous utility designed for Linux to disable screen-lock and screensaver temporarily so you can focus on what you are doing on your system. It stays in the panel and fairly straightforward application. It can be useful either you are working or listening or watching something that players don't prevent computer from going into sleep mode or prevent screensaver.

    Without caffeine you need to go to power management in the system settings then disable sleep and also screensaver, Caffeine solves this issue and it comes in handy as well because you can activate/deactivate it right from system tray just with a single click.

Software and Games: Kolab, Green Recorder, ownCloud, Geary and Molecats

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  • Kolab Now Really Beta (DevOps Edition)

    This is a work in progress. It means that many of the additional functionality that Kolab has brought to Roundcube needs adapting to become responsive [^2]. I will certainly work to make beta.kolabnow.com appear more “kolab” — a logo or two, some colour scheme, you know the drill.

  • Green Recorder – A Simple Screen Recorder For Linux With Wayland Support

    Green recorder is a free, open source, simple desktop recorder for Linux systems and written using Python, GTK+3 and ffmpeg. It supports audio and video recording on most of the Linux desktop environments such as Unity, Gnome, Cinnamon, Mate, Xfce, etc.,. It is the first application that supports Wayland display server on GNOME session.

    Currently it supports mkv, avi, mp4, wmv, gif and nut (And only WebM for Wayland’s GNOME session). You can simple start & stop the recording by clicking the appropriate button in main menu. A play button has been added in the main menu which allows user to playback of a recorded video.

  • Latest OwnCloud Is A Major Release So Far, Install In Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    ownCloud is a cloud hosting solution which can be deployed at home and using it locally or access it from anywhere. It functions similar to Dropbox/Google Drive and so on but with more functionality. It is open-source, free to use that means anyone can create a private server at home/office or for business. ownCloud also support online services like Google Drive, with online document editing, calendar and contact synchronization, and more.

  • Geary Is An Amazing Email Client For Linux

    Geary is a free and open-source desktop email application, developed for Linux users written vala language and released under GNU LGPL-v2.1 license. It is simple and straightforward to setup and has modern user interface. It shows email messages as conversations which lets you read a complete discussion without having to find and click from message to message.
    It supports almost every major email provider such as Yahoo, Gmail, Outlook and so on, as well as other email services either your own or by some company using IMAP configuration. It notifies you for the new email using desktop notifications so you will never miss an email. It's interface easy and straightforward and email setup is fairly simple. Further more it lets you search and organize your emails easily.

  • Molecats, a Lemmings-like puzzle game where you adjust the environment to progress

Software: Cockpit 150, Komorebi 2, FFmpeg and Chromium

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  • Cockpit 150

    Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. We release regularly. Here are the release notes from versions 149 and 150.

  • Your Desktop Wallpaper Just Got Interesting Again

    Komorebi 2 claims to be “faster, smoother, and better” than before. There are new features, a new codebase and (naturally) new wallpapers.

  • FFmpeg's VP9 Decoder Is Much Faster Thanks To GSoC 2017

    As we previously reported on, there was a Google Summer of Code project this year optimizing FFmpeg's VP9 decoder particularly around AVX2 instructions and threading. The project was a success and VP9 decoding should be much faster with FFmpeg as a result.

    GSoC '17 student developer Ilia Valiakhmetov spent his time optimizing the FFmpeg VP9 code for AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions) as well as implementing tile threading support. His AVX2 optimizations are already in FFmpeg Git while his tile threading code is still being reviewed.

  • Chromium Now Supports GPU Sandboxing With Radeon Graphics On Linux

    Chrome/Chromium supports GPU sandboxing for security purposes and now it will work fine with the AMD graphics on Linux.

    As explained in this Git commit that was just merged minutes ago, "Default sandboxing fails for AMD platform as the GPU process spawns multiple threads. So GPU sandboxing needs to be started early. And all dependent libraries need to be preloaded."

Software: PulseAudio, PiCluster, Wikit, massif-visualizer, Kdenlive, OpenShot, Elisa, and GNOME

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  • News: New release of PulseAudio.
  • PiCluster – A Simple, Web-based Docker Management Application

    PiCluster is a simple, open source, web-based docker management application used to manage Docker containers across multiple hosts. Unlike Docker Swarm or Kubernetes, PiCluster is easy to setup and use. The latest PiCluster version has brought new features. It makes the process of creating containers much easier than ever. Say for example, the users can now upload a zip of their Dockerfile’s to the PiCluster web console and the files will be copied to every node and extracted in the Docker directory specified in PiCluster config file. Also, when a container is added, the image will be automatically built and run in a single step. In previous releases, users would have to manually create the container. It will work on both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms.

  • Wikit – Get Wikipedia Summaries From Commandline In Linux

    Wikipedia has several millions of articles and the number of articles are steadily increasing every single day. It is the first place that comes to my mind when I’m looking for knowledge. Today, I have stumbled upon a simple, yet useful command-line utility called “Wikit”. It displays the summary of any Wikipedia article in Terminal. As we all know already, the Wikipedia has the largest and most comprehensive articles. If you don’t want to waste time to read a comprehensive Wikipedia article, you can then use Wikit to get Wikipedia summaries from commandline. To be precise, Wikit will display the first few paragraphs (the summary, of course) before the table of contents of a Wikipedia article.

  • massif-visualizer 0.7.0 released

    Massif Visualizer is a visualiser for output generated by Valgrind’s massif tool. It shows you graphs which measure how much heap memory your program uses.

  • Kdenlive 17.08.1 released

    Although the team is at full throttle getting ready for the 17.12 big refactoring release, we make available the first point release of the 17.08 series bringing various bugfixes and usability improvements. Stay tuned for testing the refactoring branch packages to be announced soon.

  • OpenShot 2.4 Released, Focuses on Stability

    A new version of OpenShot, the crash-happy open-source non-linear video editor, is available to download. While the previous couple of releases were big on features the latest release is a “stability-focused release”, says project lead Jonathan Thomas.

  • OpenShot 2.4.0 Released | Improved Stability & More!

    The latest and greatest version of OpenShot Video Editor (version 2.4.0) has been officially released, and I'm proud to bring you all the details! This is a stability-focused release, and much of the effort was "behind-the-scenes" type work.

  • OpenShot 2.4 Brings Better Stability To This Open-Source Video Editor

    Jon Thomas has announced the release of the OpenShot Video Editor 2.4 released. Among the features of OpenShot 2.4 are "vastly improved stability" for this non-linear, cross-platform video editor.

  • Essential Tools for Producing High Quality Podcasts on Linux

    Podcasts are a booming business, and many audio pros are seeing more and more work dedicated to this platform. Mac and Windows users have plenty of options for professionally recording and mastering audio, but Linux users aren’t quite as lucky. Yet if you really love the penguin, there are still awesome podcast tools for producing high-quality podcasts on Linux.

  • Twitter Finally Rolls Out Night Mode Feature to Linux, Windows and Mac Users

    The long-anticipated Night Mode feature is ready to conquer your desktop, help stop eye strain, and help you fall asleep after a long night of twittering. The feature is currently rolling out to the desktop version of twitter.com and should be supported on all modern web browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera.

  • Elisa, Accessibility and other News

    I should be communicating more often about development related to the Elisa music player. Recently Safa Alfulaij added support for right-to-left interface. This is a very good excuse to talk about what happened since my previous post.

  • GNOME 3.26rc2 (2.25.92) RELEASED
  • GNOME 3.26 RC2 Released: The Final Step For This Big GNOME Update

    GNOME 3.25.92 is available today, marking the last development release before the official GNOME 3.26 debut.

  • EA's Frostbite Engine Has Been Internally Up And Running On Linux

    While not for public consumption at least for now, the Electronic Arts' Frostbite game engine has seen internal Linux testing/development.

    EA developer Johan Andersson was comparing the size of the Linux kernel source tree to that of their Frostbite game engine: there are more files, lines, comments, and code in Frostbite than in the Linux kernel. Johan has been a technical fellow and director at EA since 2000.

  • Shuffle the Decks with These Ace Open Source Card Games

    A card game is a game that uses playing cards as the main way the game is played. The cards can be a standard deck of 52 French playing cards with 4 suits of Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, and Clubs. Or the cards can be game-specific. There is a plethora of card games available, with families of related games.

    Card games offer many positive attributes. They can improve mental skills, memory and logic. They can test your patience, help you focus, and are popular for all ages. Having a good memory is essential to a person’s overall well-being. A good way to improve memory is playing fun games. Whether it’s a board game or a deck of cards, putting your brain to work definitely has its advantages. The earlier a person who has a poor working memory can begin to strengthen it, the more successful they’ll be in life.

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Software: Flathub, gPodder, PulseAudio, MConnect

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  • The Flathub Website Now Lists Apps, Lets You Install Them

    Read this site regularly enough and you’ll learn that I love Flathub. Flathub, for those of you who haven’t heard of it, is the quasi-official app store for apps packaged and distributed using Flatpak. But it hasn’t been easy to find out which apps are available on it. Until now.

  • A look at gPodder – Podcast player for GNU/Linux

    Podcasts have been around for years now, but I’ve noticed an increase among my social circles in people using them, and so using that as a general assumption that others are also starting to enjoy them I thought I should show off my favourite application for downloading and listening to them on my GNU/Linux systems; gPodder.

    gPodder is a GTK+ client that is written using Python, designed to be a podcast client and media aggregator. The interface is very minimalistic, so if you're looking for something with a bunch of bells and whistles, you might want to look elsewhere.

  • PulseAudio 11 Debuts with Support for Newer AirPlay Hardware, Bluetooth Goodies

    The open-source and cross-platform PulseAudio sound system has been updated recently to version 11, a major release adding numerous new features and improvements to the audio to make it sound better on your favorite GNU/Linux distribution.

  • MConnect, the Android GNOME Shell Extension, Has Been Updated

    An updated version of mConnect, the GNOME extension that helps you integrate your Android device with the Linux desktop, is now available. Rolling out on the GNOME Extensions site now, the update adds minor improvements to the Android-ingratiating add-on, including support for keyboard shortcuts, and tooltips to provide helpful pointers about its various features.

Software: Telegram on Tizen, Nginx and Chrome 61

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Software: Sysdig, JumpFm, Nuvola Player

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  • Sysdig – A Powerful System Monitoring and Troubleshooting Tool for Linux

    Sysdig is an open-source, cross-platform, powerful and flexible system monitoring and troubleshooting tool for Linux; it also works on Windows and Mac OSX but with limited functionality and can be used for system analysis, inspection and debugging.

  • JumpFm – An Electron-based File Manager Focused on Performance

    We have covered a couple of Linux file managers recently and the genre doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon. Today, we bring you a file manager that is so skilled at navigation that it had to contain “jump” in its name and go by the name of JumpFm.

    JumpFm is a cross-platform dual panel file manager with a focus on efficient directory navigation, automatic bookmarking, and NPM-based extensibility.

  • Nuvola Player – Stream Cloud Music Directly from Your Desktop

    Nuvola Player is an open source web-based music streaming application with a focus on providing more features than the typical web browsers would.

    It is built to look and feel like a native desktop application as much as possible with features like support for multimedia keys, integration with various sound menus, launchers, desktop notifications, Last FM, lyrics fetching, and Libre FM scrobling.

    The web-based music player features a simple minimal design-based intuitive User Interface that is customizable with themes (both light and dark color schemes available) and will adapt to whatever Linux desktop environment you are running.

Software: Wire, Shutter, Dimmer

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  • Do You Use 'Wire' On Your Mobile? If Yes, Here Is Linux Client For You From Secure Repo

    Wire is a communication application mainly focused on privacy. Wire is available for almost every platform Linux, Windows, Mac and mobile devices, its applications across all platforms uniformly use state-of-the-art encryption mechanisms that are recognized as reliable by experts and the community.
    Wire offers end-to-end encrypted text messaging, video, voice calls and media, all conversation are private and secured, all conversations are available on multiple devices and platforms without weakening security.

  • Screenshot Tool ‘Shutter’ Gets First Update in Over 2 Years

    It’s been well over two and a half years since feature-rich screenshot tool Shutter was last updated — but a new release is finally here! Shutter’s last release was back in 2014, so this update has been a little overdue. But don’t get too excited; the wait doesn’t mean the app picks up any new features.

  • Desktop Dimmer Application Can Help Your Eyes To Stay Safe

    Well, you can adjust your screen brightness for your eyes but at some point. Dimmer lets you make your dark screen to darker. It is a free utility for setting the brightness of your main screen as well as external monitors. You can choose which screens will be set to the selected brightness level. Perfect for dark room, planetariums or anyone working in the dark with multiple monitors. For video presentations use dimmer to dim your laptop screen, while leaving the VGA output at full brightness on the projector. From the system tray you access Dimmer slider, the range from 0% (Means full brightness) to all the way to 100%.

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