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  • Free Software Artists and their Tools — Part II: Evelyne Schulz & GIMP

    Evelyne Schulz (aka eleathyra), is a Danish artist that uses GIMP to conjure images from a realm of magic and fantasy. Her paintings then go onto the cover and the inside of books. Her work is highly regarded by other electronic painters who are often surprised with her choice of tools. She talked to us about her projects, her art, and why she prefers GIMP to alternative proprietary drawing apps,.

  • ProtonMail v3.3 Release Notes

    One of the goals of ProtonMail is to make encrypted email easy-to-use. This is why ProtonMail version 3.3 puts a heavy emphasis on the usability of ProtonMail by adding these two highly requested features. Below, we discuss these two enhancements to your secure inbox and how to make best use of them.

  • File-format analysis tools for archivists

    Preserving files for the long term isn't as easy as just putting them on a drive. As xkcd points out, in its subtle way, some other issues are involved. Will the software of the future be able to read the files of today without losing information? If it can, will people be able to tell what those files contain and where they came from?

    Digital archives and libraries store files for future generations, just as physical ones store books, photographs, and art; the digital institutions have a similar responsibility for the preservation of electronic documents. In a way, digital data is more problematic, since file formats change more quickly than human languages. On the other hand, effective use of metadata lets a file carry its history with it.

    For these reasons, detailed characterization of files is important. The file command just isn't enough, so developers have created a variety of open-source tools to check the quality of documents going into archives. These tools analyze files, reporting those that are outright broken or might cause problems, and showing how forthcoming or reticent the files are about describing themselves.

  • Gis-Weather Widget Updated and Now Support Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial/15.10 Wily [PPA]

    Gis-Weather widget tool is easily and massively customizable for Linux desktop, it displays detailed weather forecast. It acts just like conky but with this you don't need to worry about fixing the code in any kind of script, it has super easy weather setup. You can add as much location as you want and add as many widgets as you like, you choose location by right-click + choose to display weather information on the widget. It allows you to change its appearance (background, icons, text, window settings), display on all desktops, lock position to the desktop, choose presets themes for widgets and more customization can be done from its preferences.

  • gtk3-nocsd (Module To Disable Client-Side Decorations) Sees New Release

    gtk3-nocsd is a module used to disable client-side decorations, either globally (for all applications) or only for certain applications.

  • libblockdev 1.6 released

    A new version of libblockdev was released this week. As usual it brings bug fixes while keeping the API stable, but this time it also brings two new plugins - part and FS - with many new functions. As their names suggest these two plugins target partitioning and file system manipulations respectively.

  • Discord – A Cross-Platform VoIP Service For Gaming Enthusiasts

    VoIP apps are potentially in their hundreds out there and there are millions of users around the world using these services for various purposes ranging from conference calls to business meetings and basic chat amongst friends and family.

  • Collabora Productivity releases Collabora Online 1.0 “Engine” for Hosters and Clouds.

    Collabora Productivity, the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the Cloud, has released the first production grade version of Collabora Online, its flagship cloud document suite solution. “Engine” is targeted specifically at Hosting and Cloud businesses who wish to support both commercial and consumer document viewing, creation and editing services in their portfolios.

  • VirtualBox 5.1 Will No Longer Rely on DKMS for Kernel Module Rebuilding on Linux

    Oracle announced just a few minutes ago that the first Beta build of the upcoming VirtualBox 5.1 virtualization software is available for testing for all supported platforms.

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  • QuiteRSS 0.18.3 review

    The little symbol indicating a feed of headlines from a site is perhaps not so ubiquitous as it was a few years ago, but for most important news sites there is a feed – even if it’s easier to find it through Google. Google’s own Reader service closed three years ago – a small boost to desktop feed readers – but many just jumped ship to other services like Feedly.

    If you’d like to bring feed reading back to your desktop, to avoid relying on some web-based service that could disappear as easily as Google Reader, QuiteRSS is a neat little reader to try. Packages are available for Arch, Fedora, FreeBSD, Gentoo, Mandriva and OpenSUSE, as well as OS X and Windows – with the pre-Qt5 version from last year also available ported to IBM’s OS/2, for the seriously retro amongst you.

  • Calibre 2.58 eBook Converter Released with Improved Qt 5.5 Support on Ubuntu

    Today, June 3, 2016, Calibre developer Kovid Goyal has announced the availability of the Calibre 2.58 open-source and cross-platform ebook library management software for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

  • Substance Painter 2, a feature-filled 3D texture painting app comes to Linux

    Substance Painter 2 looks like an incredibly useful application for game developers to get to work on their graphics and you can now do so on Linux.

  • Vivaldi 1.2 Brings Ability To Set Custom Mouse Gestures For Commands/Actions

    Vivaldi is an advanced web browser build by the co-founder & CEO of Opera Software, Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner. The browser is built on the latest web technologies like, HTML5, Node.js, React.js, and numerous NPM modules. Vivaldi latest release 1.2 brings one more new feature that enables users to create custom mouse gestures for different commands. Let's see how we can create custom mouse gestures in Vivaldi.

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Enlightenment 0.21 RC

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Emacspeak, an audible interface for Linux

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Screen readers such as Orca work by describing the graphical environment to the user. They deconstruct an arbitrary visual environment that's built on top of an inherently text-based system. On some systems, this is necessary because there's no access—at least pragmatically—to the OS by any other means than the graphical interface. As most Linux users know, however, a graphical interface on a good Unix system is entirely optional in the first place, so there's no need to generate one, deconstruct it, and describe it; the computer can just spit out text.

I am aware of two efforts forging this path: Emacspeak and ADRIANE (on Knoppix). In this article, we'll take an in-depth look at the former.

Emacspeak is an audible interface that allows non-sighted users to interact independently and efficiently with a computer, entirely by way of text input and output. Emacspeak uses "audio formatting" and W3C's Aural CSS to produce a full audio representation of input and output.

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Software and Games

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  • Ecotone Now available for Linux on Steam
  • Feral Interactive Confirms Life Is Strange is Coming to Mac, Linux
  • Open-source painting application Krita gets a version bump

    Boudewijn Rempt, the maintainer of open-source painting software Krita has announced the release of version 3.0.

    3.0 is a major version bump and with this release the project now has its own repository and wiki. The main focus of the developers for this release was code cleaning. With this release Krita has been ported to the latest Qt 5 and KDE Framework 5, thus keeping the codebase modern.

  • GNOME Calendar App Getting Major Year and Month View Improvements for GNOME 3.22

    The GNOME Calendar app is getting a lot of attention lately, especially now that it has been integrated by default into the Ubuntu Linux operating system, but also because the development cycle of the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment is ongoing.

    We reported a few days ago that the second snapshot, version 3.21.2, of the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment, due for release later this year, on September 21, 2016, was released to public beta testers and early adopters, bringing various improvements to its core applications and components.

  • Samba releases client for ChromeOS

    The Samba project, the standard Windows interoperability suite of programs for Linux and Unix, has released a client for ChromeOS.

    The client, Network File Share, is available for installation from the Chrome Web Store and can be used to access network files directly from the Files app on ChromeOS.

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  • Phoronix Test Suite 6.4 M4 Brings Suite Editing To The Phoromatic Server
  • TOR Browser 6.0 Released With Better HTML5 Support And Improved Security

    TOR Browser 6.0 has been released with multiple changes and improvements.

  • Top 5 Screen cast Softwares for Linux

    A Screen cast software(screen recorder) is the recording of computer screen, also known as a screen capture with audio. we can also hear a regular word screenshot, the difference between screenshot and screen cast is the screenshot generates a single picture of a computer screen but, where as screen cast records all the user activities on screen with audio narration like movie it would be saved as in video format. the video is in sevaral formats like flv,mp4,avi etc..

  • Calamares 2.2.3 Universal Installer Adds Locale Choice Support on Debian Linux

    Today, May 30, 2016, the development team behind Calamares, the next-generation, distribution-independent graphical installer framework announced the release of Calamares 2.2.3.

  • Back to Backups

    The most encouraging part about getting followup e-mail messages from readers about their backup solutions is to hear that lots of folks actually have backup solutions! Regardless of the complexity of your backup process or the level of automation you deem appropriate for your data, apart from creating the memories in the first place, few things are as important as backing them up!

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  • Whatsie An Unofficial WhatsApp Alternative Client Available For Linux

    Whatsie is a simple, free, open source desktop client for WhatsApp web, it is cross-platform available for Linux, Windows and OS X. Whatsie client offers many features like Themes (7 different variants) & Minimode, Native Notifications, Spell Checker & Auto Correct, Keyboard Shortcuts, Start on Boot up, and AppIndicator/close to tray option. You can also join the development of Whatsie and help developer by any means, see the GitHub page.

  • XnViewMP is a Full-featured Image Manipulation and Batch Converter Tool

    The quality of image and video capture has improved tremendously over the years and the capabilities of our digital devices continue to push the limits of image quality. However, there is a bummer! The high-res images we take does come at the hefty price of an increase in the size of images taken.

    For this reason, uploading images on the internet can be painfully slow especially if you’re on a network with minimal bandwidth. While there are varying online services and softwares for other platforms that will effectively convert your image files while still maintaining the original quality, it is rather hard to come by native clients for Linux systems.

  • XenServer Dundee Released

    It was a little over a year ago when I introduced a project code named Dundee to this community. In the intervening year, we've had a number pre-release builds; all introducing ever greater capabilities into what I'm now happy to announce as XenServer 7. As you would expect from a major version number, XenServer 7 makes some rather significant strides forward, and defines a significant new capability.

  • Meet Franz – Alles Klar Herr Kommissar?

    I decided to try Franz on Linux, and I chose the somewhat less than obvious CentOS 7 for this task, just to show that it can be done with modernity and delight. The installation package is an archive, which you extract, and then run the Franz binary. That is all. An elegant, somewhat flat and utterly HTML-JS-rich client will launch.

  • Access Blocked Websites In Censored Regions With Lantern

    Lantern is a free, open source internet censorship circumvention software that was created to "give users fast access to the blocked Internet". The application is available for desktops (Linux, Windows, Mac) and Android.

  • MKVToolNix 9.2.0 MKV Manipulation Tool Brings Small Fixes and Improvements

    Moritz Bunkus announced the second major release of his powerful and open source MKV (Matroska) manipulation utility for all supported operating systems, including Linux, Windows, and MacOS.

    MKVToolNix 9.2.0 comes a little over a month since the release of MKVToolNix 9.1.0, but users should not expect any many new features, as the developer only had time to fix some of the issues that have been reported during this time. There is, however, an important change in the mkvinfo component, but it only affects those who use the software on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X platforms.

  • RcppArmadillo 0.7.100.3.0

    The first Armadillo release of the 7.* series is out: a new version 7.100.3. We uploaded RcppArmadillo 0.7.100.3.0 to CRAN and Debian. This followed the usual thorough reverse-dependecy checking of by now 230 packages using it.

Wine 1.9.11

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  • Wine 1.9.11 Has Direct3D 11 Improvements

    Out now is Wine 1.9.11 and its release has improvements in its Direct3D 11 support, but still it doesn't appear that Wine is ready yet for handling all the latest D3D11 AAA games.

    The official Wine 1.9.11 announcement mentions "various Direct3D 11 improvements" along with better support for long URLs in WinInet, down-mixing support in DirectSound, cosmetic improvements to desktop mode, and bug fixes. In total there are 21 known bug fixes for this new development release.

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  • Wine 1.9.11 Gets Direct3D 11 Improvements, DirectSound Down-Mixing Support

    The Wine team announced the release of the eleventh milestone towards Wine 2.0, adding more improvements and fixing issues with various Windows applications and games.

    Release highlights of Wine 1.9.11 include several improvements to the Direct3D 11 implementation, down-mixing support in DirectSound, various enhancements to the desktop mode, as well as better support for long URLs in the WinInet component.

  • The Wine Development Release 1.9.11 Is Now Available

    The Wine team released today another development release of their software. Version 1.9.11 has many small changes including 21 bugfixes.

Leftovers: Software (Nginx, GitLab, Gammu)

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  • Nginx 1.11 Web Server Released

    Version 1.11 of the open-source, high-performance Nginx web-server is now available.

    Nginx 1.11 presents a new transparent parameter for several options, support for loading multiple certificates of different types, various other security-related changes, a $proxy_protocol_port variable, some HTTP/2 changes, and more.

  • GitLab 8.8 released with Pipelines and .gitignore templates

    Fresh off our third GitLab Summit, this time in Austin, Texas, we are releasing our 54th consecutive release on the 22nd of the month. Sunday or not, we are not slowing our release schedule and are excited to show you what we're launching today. GitLab 8.8 is ready to go with GitLab CI improvements, performance enhancements, convenient templates, and more!

  • Gammu release day

    There has been some silence on the Gammu release front and it's time to change that. Today all Gammu, python-gammu and Wammu have been released. As you might guess all are bugfix releases.

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