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Software: Alkasir, I2P, Brave, Inkscape and YouTube-DL

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  • Alkasir: Lets You Access Censored Websites, Available for Linux

    Alkasir is an free, open-source and cross-platform (Linux, Windows and Mac) tool that lets you access the blocked websites, it is developed by Walid al-saqaf. With its split-tunneling feature, Alkasir can optimize bandwidth consumption to provide better speed compared to many other circumvention tools.

  • I2P (Invisible Internet Project)  0.9.31

    The changes in this release are much more noticeable than usual! We have refreshed the router console to make it easier to understand, improve accessibility and cross-browser support, and generally tidy things up. This is the first step in a longer-term plan to make the router console more user-friendly. We have also added torrent ratings and comments support to i2psnark.

  • Brave Browser

    As an unabashed fan of Brendan Eich, and someone appalled by his dismissal from Mozilla Corp. for political reasons, I had high hopes for the newish Brave browser. In fact, I spent several months holding out for the updates to it, hoping that they would fix the many problems that plague this browser.

    [...]

    It is unfortunate to report that this is a good product with certain glitches that are so profound that they make it a total failure. Many of us wanted this to succeed, want Brendan Eich to succeed, and wish for more alternatives in the browser market. Those are all legitimate, but the fact is that the browser must also work as a browser; ideology alone is not enough.

  • Inkscape 0.92.2 Delivers Greater Stability and Easier Contributions

    Inkscape 0.92.2 brings a number of fixes and small usability enhancements to this popular vector-graphics application. It is also the first release after migrating the project's code to GitLab. These amount to a more stable and capable creative tool that can now receive improvements from a much larger development community.

  • What's New in Inkscape 0.92.2 and PPA for Ubuntu 14.04 until 17.10

    The latest Inkscape 0.9.22 has been released at 07 August 2017. This release comes with more stability, a lot of fixes, and contribution is now easier because Inkscape development has been moved to GitLab. This article also includes a PPA to install Inkscape 0.9.22 for Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04, until 17.10 Artful Aardvark. Now time to install it and enjoy!

  • YouTube-DL GUI 0.4 Ships With New User Interface, More [PPA]

    After two years since the previous version, a new YouTube-DL GUI (YouTube-DLG) version was made available for download recently. The new 0.4 version ships with a a new user interface, easier format and save path selection and more.

Software: Weblate, OBS Studio, and LosslessCut

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  • Weblate 2.16

    Weblate 2.16 has been released today while I'm at DebConf17. There are quite some performance improvements (and more of that is scheduled for 2.17), new file formats support and various other improvements.

  • OBS Studio 20.0 Released (Capturing & Live Streaming Software for Linux) | Brings a New Modular User Interface & Stinger Transitions

    OBS Studio Brings everything you need for streaming purposes in a single place. It support recording, compositing visual elements, encoding videos with the desired quality output, audio mixing with various audio filters (noise suppression and Gain control) via VST plugins, image corrections options, many custom scenes configurations with custom switching transitions and many more features that could help you to produce high quality and professional live streaming broadcasts on Linux Platforms.

  • LosslessCut – A Simple Cross-Platform Video and Audio Cutter

    LosslessCut is a free cross-platform tool for trimming/cutting both video and audio files. With it, you can cut out and discard large parts of video and audio files without losing any quality.

    It has no need for encoding or decoding which allows it deliver a speedy service. Said to be great for rough processing of video files taken from a video camera, drone, GoPro, e.t.c.

Software: Albert, PDF Readers, Atom, Opera and Google Earth

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  • A look at Albert Launcher for GNU/Linux

    There are many different tools and applications to help enhance speed and productivity in GNU/Linux.

    One of the greatest things about the operating system is its flexibility; granted it can sometimes come with a cost of complexity – Thankfully Albert is simple to install and even easier to use!

  • 9 Best Alternatives To Adobe Reader On Linux (Ebook/PDF Readers)

    ​Adobe Reader has been known to be among the best PDF viewers and readers on most PC platforms. The free version of Adobe reader provides features such as; viewing and reading of documents, adding annotations to documents and provides printing functionalities. The Adobe Acrobat PRO which is a paid version provides additional features such as PDF editing, conversion, and signing of PDFs.  

  • Atom 1.19

    Today’s Atom 1.19 release offers improved performance and responsiveness via major architectural updates and an upgrade to Electron 1.6.9.

  • Atom 1.19 Hackable Text Editor Improves Responsiveness and Memory Usage

    GitHub's Atom developer Ian Olsen is pleased to announce the promotion of the Atom 1.19 open-source hackable text editor to the stable channel for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

    It's been almost two months since Atom 1.19 entered Beta stages of development, along with the promotion of Atom 1.18 to the stable channel, which introduced Git and GitHub integration straight into the heart of the editor, and the biggest new change is improvements to responsiveness and memory usage by implementing a native C++ text buffer.

  • Opera 47 Web Browser Smooths Video Playback, Lets Users Export Their Bookmarks

    Based on the Chromium 60 open-source web browser, Opera 47 is now ready to conquer your Linux, Mac, or Windows desktop with its numerous enhancements and new features, starting with the ability to export all of your bookmarks to a single HTML file that you can import on another Opera instance, or a different web browser.

  • Google Earth Free Download For Compatible Mac, PC, And Linux Devices

    If you are going to download the app for Android, make sure that it runs on Android version 4.1 and later. The latest update can be downloaded from the Google Play Store in the device. The update was released in May 2017 to cater to the needs of Android users.

A look at Atom text editor for GNU/Linux

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There are so many different text editors out there, some have a GUI, some are terminal based; and so many people prefer different ones for different reasons.

With all that said, there are times when I stumble upon new piece of software that seems to stand out above the rest, and in the case of text editors; Atom has done just that.

Atom is a hackable text editor, meaning that it can be customized almost to an extreme, but yet, is perfectly usable and awesome even just with its default setup.

It’s also available for Windows and MacOS X, but truth be told I’ve only really encountered people using it on GNU/Linux. Not to say there aren’t people using it on other platforms, just my own observations.

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Wine Staging 2.14 and PPSSPP Emulator 1.4.x

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  • Release 2.14

    The Wine Staging release 2.14 is now available.

  • Wine Staging 2.14 officially released, more performance fixes and a basic UAC implementation
  • Wine-Staging 2.14 Adds User Account Control, Heap Manager Performance Boost

    Building off last week's Wine 2.14 feature update is now a re-based version of Wine-Staging that also tacks on a few extra features.

    Most prominent to Wine-Staging 2.14 is a basic User Access Control (UAC) implementation that Windows uses for limiting or granting user/administrative rights. In Wine's context this UAC implementation doesn't mean much but is mostly there for appeasing Windows programs expecting certain security rights be setup for their environment, not that Wine's security is going to be any different.

  • Install PPSSPP (PSP) Emulator 1.4.x Version In Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    PPSSPP is a PSP emulator (PPSSPP an acronym for "PlayStation Portable Simulator Suitable for Playing Portably"), PPSSPP is an open source project and cross platform available for Linux, Windows and Mac (The source code also unofficially supports a wide variety of operating systems and platforms, including Raspberry Pi, Loongson, Maemo, Meego Harmattan and Pandora). it is licensed under the GNU GPL-v2 and written in C++ language, it translates PSP CPU instructions directly into optimized x86, x64 and ARM machine code, using JIT recompilers (dynarecs). It lets you run PSP games on PC in full HD resolution but you may not get perfect results. It can even upscale textures that would otherwise be too blurry as they were made for the small screen of the original PSP.

Software: José, Retroshare, nginx, and Nuvola Player

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  • Wait! What’s José?

    By analogy, José is to JOSE what GPG is to OpenPGP and OpenSSL is to X.509.

  • Release notes for Retroshare v0.6.3

    Messages in GxsTrans groups are encrypted using the public key of their destination, and are signed by the sender. The encrypted packet only contains a symmetric AES128 key encrypted using the public key of the destination ID without header. Consequently there is no way to know who can decrypt this plain 16-bytes key and peers need to try their own keys to check whether they are the destination or not. A hint system however allows to limit the cost of trying all possible keys without fully disclosing the destination. We’re currently working on a way to implement Perfect Forward Secrecy within this system.

  • nginx 1.13.4 released
  • Install Nuvola Player 3.0.9 Stable In Ubuntu/Linux Mint Via PPA

    Nuvola Player runs a web-based interface of cloud music services in its own window and provides integration with a Linux desktop (multimedia keys, system tray, media player applets, dock menu, notifications and more) offers more native user experience and integration with Linux desktop environments than usual web browsers can offer. .Nuvola Player is an open-source project licensed under GNU GPL 3 and written mainly in Vala (the core) and JavaScript (service integrations). It tries to feel and look like a native application as possible. However, it cannot overcome common drawbacks of web-based music streaming: some music streaming services require Flash plugin and web apps usually have higher memory usage than native apps.

Software: QOwnNotes, VirtualBox, Green Recorder, Notes

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  • QOwnNotes – A To-Do List Manager with Markdown and OwnCloud Support

    QOwnNotes is a free, open source, and cross-platform note taking and to-do list application with support for Markdown editing and ownCloud integration. It features several panels with all the text entry and editing options all note-taking apps have to offer and even more.

    You can place all the panels wherever you want, get notified about external modifications of your current note, and connect to your ownCloud or Nextcloud server for additional features like versioning and trash, among other things.

  • VirtualBox 5.2 to Let Users Export VMs to Oracle Public Cloud, Add GUI Changes

    Oracle's Director of Product Management Simon Coter recently announced the availability of the first Beta release of the upcoming VirtualBox 5.2 major version of the open-source and cross-platform virtualization software.

    VirtualBox 5.2 looks to be a great release that should allow users to export virtual machines to the Oracle Public Cloud so that they can easily use them on other machines without all the hustle of exporting VMs to external drives and then import them to another VirtualBox installation.

    Another interesting change coming to VirtualBox 5.2 later this year is automatic, unattended guest OS installation, similar to the "Easy Install" feature found on the commercial VMware Workstation 6.5 and 7 virtualization software. Additionally, VirtualBox 5.2 will improve the Virtual Machine selector GUI.

  • Linux Desktop Recorder App Green Recorder 3.0 Released

    A new version of the Linux screen recorder, Green Recorder has been released. Green Recorder 3.0 which is built using Python, FFmpeg and GTK+3 comes along with many new features and updates.

  • Notes, the Mac-Inspired Note Taking App, Has Been Updated

    Remember that Mac-inspired Notes app we mentioned well over a year ago? Well it just received a big ol’ update, and we reckon some of you will want to know about it.

Software: Riot, Screenlets, and Firefox

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  • [Reposted] IRC for the 21st century: introducing Riot

    Riot is a free, open source, and multi-platform client based on the Matrix protocol. To understand better, think of Matrix as the protocol and Riot as the client. Matrix is a decentralized, secure, messaging protocol. It has the benefit of using HTTP / JSON APIs, is capable of sending and receiving messages with full end-to-end encryption, WebRTC VoIP / video calling, and maybe most importantly, integration capabilities. Matrix was built to integrate with IRC servers and other communication protocols, meaning you can use the Riot client as an IRC bouncer. You can read more of the details on what separates Matrix from Riot on their FAQ.

  • Screenlets – Easily Add Widgets to Your Linux Desktop

    One method you can use to get Widgets on your Linux desktop is Conky but setting up custom configurations can be a bit too technical for some people. A simpler way to achieve the same goal, although less technically complex ones, is to use Screenlets.

    Screenlets is an open source Python-based tool that allows you add widgets to your desktop. It supports adding numerous screenlets including RSS readers, weather, countdown, clock, folder view, sensors, calendars, a Conky-like system information widget, among others widget options.

  • Firefox 55 Is Ready To Shine With Performance Improvements

    Mozilla's Firefox 55 web browser is now deemed stable while Firefox 56 enters beta and Firefox 57 is the new nightly build.

Software: Flowblade, Exa, UDisks, Write!, and Vivaldi

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  • Flowblade Another Video Editor for Linux? Give It A Try!

    You may have favorite video editor to edit your videos but there is no harm to try something new, its initial release was not that long, with time it made some great improvements. It can be bit hard to master this video editor but if you are not new in this field you can make it easily and will be total worth of time.

  • Exa – A Modern Replacement for “ls Command” Written in Rust

    Exa is a lightweight, fast and modern replacement for the popular ls command on Unix-like operating systems. It is written in Rust programming language and comes with several additional features not available in the traditional ls command. Importantly, its options are similar, but not exactly the same, as for ls command as we shall see later on.

  • UDisks 2.7.2 released

    A new upstream version of UDisks2 was released on Thursday (July 3rd) -- version 2.7.2. This is only a minor release and contains mostly bug fixes, but it has some new features, mostly for working with filesystems and partitions.

  • Write! – No-Distraction Writing App for Your Productivity

    There are over 100 different kinds of text editors available on Windows and macOS. There are some alternatives to Microsoft Office for Linux OS, but when it comes to finding a light minimalist text editor, Linux users do not have such a wide variety of choices.

    Being a professional or an amateur writer, a student, a person who just needs to make some notes, there is always a need to write down some important stuff. For this purpose there’s an app you can install on any of your machines and use for writing texts of any kind.

  • Power User Web Browser 'Vivaldi' Can Be Installed From Official Repository

    Vivaldi is the new web browser compare to other famous browsers, the initial release of Vivaldi was in January, 2015. It has improved a lot and evolved since the first release. Basically it is based on the open-source frameworks of Chromium, Blink and Google's V8 JavaScript engine and has a lot of great feature which I will table later. It is known to be the most customizable browser for power users, debuts features that make browsing more personal than ever before.

Software: Green Recorder, Sandman, Lollypop and BiglyBT

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  • Green Recorder 3.0 Released With Huge Updates

    Green Recorder is a simple desktop recorder which we develop for Linux systems. It supports both Xorg and Wayland (GNOME session). It’s built using Python, GTK+ and ffmpeg. Released under GPL 3.

  • Let Sandman Make You Be More Productive With Time Alerts For Sleep

    You may know handful of applications that can lead you to be more productive, Sandman is one of them, it is free, open-source and cross-platform application available for Linux, Windows and Mac. It notifies you about your sleep timings that you need to get 7-8 hour of sleep everyday and keep yourself energized and refreshed. First you need to tell the Sandman at that time you need to wake up the next day, and then it tell you when you should go to bed. Now a days like everybody uses their cellphones as an alarm clock, which just wake you up not tell you to sleep.

  • Lollypop Another Modern Audio Player for Linux

    There are plenty of music players available and you may have your favorite one installed but there is no harm to try something different. Lollypop is a modern and fast audio player, inspired from material design, it is free and works with almost every Linux distribution and FreeBSD.

    It does great job of organizing and browsing albums and artists. You can view all the albums you have in one long list. Clicking on one of them will bring a popup at the bottom of the screen where you will see a list of all the songs on that album. Queue option works as temporary playlist. You can add songs to a queue, and then re-order or remove songs as you please.
    It lets you integrate online radios, most recent version features a nice interface for adding, browsing, and playing online radio stations. It supports common audio formats: mp3, mp4, ogg and flac.

  • BiglyBT: A ‘New’ Open Source Torrent Client Launched By Former Vuze Developers

    Original Vuze developers create a new torrent client ‘BiglyBT’

    Two of the core original developers of the once very famous BitTorrent client, Vuze (originally known as Azureus), have come together to start a new open source torrent client.

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XFree KWin, Plasma, KDE, and Qt/GTK

  • Announcing the XFree KWin project
    Over the last weeks I concentrated my work on KWin on what I call the XFree KWin project. The idea is to be able to start KWin/Wayland without XWayland support. While most of the changes required for it are already in Plasma 5.11, not everything got ready in time, but now everything is under review on phabricator, so it’s a good point in time to talk about this project.
  • Adapta Theme is Now Available for the #KDE Plasma Desktop
    A new port brings the Adapta GTK theme to the KDE Plasma 5 desktop for the first time, news that will please fans of its famous flat stylings.
  • A New Project To Let You Run Qt Apps With GTK+ Windowing System Integration
    A Norwegian developer has developed a new Qt platform abstraction plug-in to let Qt applications make use of GTK+ for windowing system integration. The Qt apps rely upon GTK+ as a host toolkit to provide GTK menus, GTK for input, and other integration bits.
  • Ant is a Flat GTK Theme with a Bloody Bite
    Between Arc, Adapta and Numix it kind of feels like Linux has the whole flat GTK theme thing covered. But proving their’s always room for one more is Ant.

Android Leftovers

Development: Blockchain for Good Hackathon, ASUS Tinker Board, React License, JavaScript, Pascal, Python

  • Blockchain for Good Hackathon, Saturday, 30 September and Sunday, 1 October
    The Blockchain for Good Hackathon takes place Saturday, 30 September and Sunday, 1 October. Full agenda can be found here.
  • ASUS Tinker Board Is An Interesting ARM SBC For About $60 USD
    Earlier this year ASUS announced the Tinker Board as their first step into the ARM single board computer world. Earlier this month I finally received a Tinker Board for testing and it has been quite interesting to say the least. The Tinker Board with its Rockchip SoC has been among the most competitive ARM SBCs we have tested to date in its price range and the form factor is compatible with the Raspberry Pi.
  • Configure Thunderbird to send patch friendly
  • Facebook to Relicense React Under MIT [Ed: as we hoped [1, 2]]
    Facebook has decided to change the React license from BSD+Patents to MIT to make it possible for companies to include React in Apache projects, and to avoid uncertain relationship with the open source community. Adam Wolff, an Engineering Director at Facebook, has announced that a number of projects - React, Jest, Flow, and Immutable.js – will soon start using the more standard MIT License instead of BSD+Patents. The reason provided is "because React is the foundation of a broad ecosystem of open source software for the web, and we don't want to hold back forward progress for nontechnical reasons." While aware that the React’s BSD+Patents license has created "uncertainty" among users of the library, prompting some to select an alternative solution, Facebook does not "expect to win these teams back" but they still hope some will reconsider the issue. The change in license will become effective when React 16 will be released next week. Regarding other projects, Wolff said that "many of our popular projects will keep the BSD + Patents license for now", while they are "evaluating those projects' licenses too, but each project is different and alternative licensing options will depend on a variety of factors." It seems from this clause that Facebook plans to get rid of the BSD+Patents license entirely, but they need to figure out the best option for each project. [...] Facebook’s plan to switch to a standard license MIT, supported by Apache, completely solves this problem with React and several other projects. It remains to see what happens with the license of other Facebook projects, and how much this license issue has affected how React is perceived by the community.
  • To type or not to type: quantifying detectable bugs in JavaScript
  • Plug For PASCAL
  • V. Anton Spraul's Think Like a Programmer, Python Edition

New Manjaro Release

What a week we had. With this update we have removed most of our EOL tagged kernels. Please adopt to newer series of each, when still be used. PulseAudio and Gstreamer got renewed. Also most of our kernels got newer point-releases. Series v4.12 is now marked as EOL. Guillaume worked on Pamac to solve reported issues within our v6 series. The user experience should be much better now. Latest NetworkManager, Python and Haskell updates complete this update-pack. Please report back and give us feedback for given changes made to our repositories. Read more