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Software: TopIcons Plus, Groupware, GNU Lib C and GIMP

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  • TopIcons Plus – Display All GNOME Shell Icons in the Top Panel

    TopIcons Plus is a GNOME extension that moves the tray icons (usually from the bottom left of the GNOME shell) to the top panel.

  • 5 Awesome Open Source Groupware Software Suite

    Groupware (also known as “Collaborative software”) is nothing but an app that helps users in everyday tasks such as calendar/scheduling, address books, email, forums, mailing lists, IM, wiki and more. The use of collaborative software in the work space creates a collaborative working environment. You can synchronize and share your files and photos easily using your hardware while maintaining privacy and security. Here is a list of 5 of them that you must know.

  • Tunables story continued - glibc 2.26

    Those of you tuned in to the wonderful world of system programming may have noticed that glibc 2.26 was released last night (or daytime if you live west of me or middle of the night/dawn if you live east of me, well you get the drift) and it came out with a host of new improvements, including the much awaited thread cache for malloc. The thread cache for malloc is truly a great step forward - it brings down latency of a bulk of allocations from hundreds of cycles to tens of cycles. The other major improvement that a bulk of users and developers will notice is the fact that glibc now detects when resolv.conf has changed and reloads the lookup configuration. Yes, this was long overdue but hey, it’s not like we were refusing patches for the past half a decade, so thank the nice soul (Florian Weimer) who actually got it done in the end.

    [...]

    Tunables allow you to take this idea further because there are two ways to get performance benefits, (1) by utilizing all of the CPU features that help and (2) by catering to the workload. For example, you could have a workload that performs better with a supposedly sub-optimal memcpy variant for the CPU purely because of the way your data is structured or laid out. Tunables allow you to select that routine by pretending that the CPU has a different set of capabilities than it actually reports, by setting the glibc.tune.hwcaps tunable on x86 processors. Not only that, you can even tune cache sizes and non-temporal thresholds (i.e. threshold beyond which some routines use non-temporal instructions for loads and stores to optimize cache usage) to suit your workload. I won’t be surprised if some years down the line we see specialized implementations of these routines that cater to specific workloads, like memcpy_db for databases or memset_paranoid for a time invariant (or mostly invariant) implementation of memset.

  • GIMP Motion: part 1 — basic animations

Software: QEMU for ARM. PiCluster 2.0, Rainlendar

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  • QEMU for ARM Processes

    I’m currently doing some embedded work on ARM systems. Having a virtual ARM environment is of course helpful. For the i586 class embedded systems that I run it’s very easy to setup a virtual environment, I just have a chroot run from systemd-nspawn with the --personality=x86 option. I run it on my laptop for my own development and on a server my client owns so that they can deal with the “hit by a bus” scenario. I also occasionally run KVM virtual machines to test the boot image of i586 embedded systems (they use GRUB etc and are just like any other 32bit Intel system).

  • Announcing PiCluster 2.0 – Even Better Container Management

    I am pleased to announce PiCluster version 2.0!  In case you are unfamiliar with PiCluster, it is a container management tool written in Node.js used to manage Docker containers.  It has been a long journey this past year coming up with new features and trying to community involvement. In this post, I will go over the contributions that the community has made for this release and discuss the exciting new feature:  automatic container failover to different hosts.

  • Rainlendar – A Customizable Calendar App for Linux

    Rainlendar is an open source calendar application with a focus on keeping your tasks and events visibly organized on your desktop without being any hindrance to your workflow.

Software: GNOME Disks, Hyper Terminal Themes, Thunderbird Alternatives, Calibre in Debian

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  • GNOME Disks Is Adding Partition Resize & Repair Features

    GParted has long been the go-to tool for disk and file-system management on Linux — but GNOME Disks is fast catching up.

  • Star Wars Themes for Hyper Terminal

    Star Wars fans can use the The Force to assist them with apt upgrades and exiting vim thanks to a new set of terminal themes from a Github far, far away… Designed for Hyper, the terminal emulator built using web technologies we mentioned at the end of last year, the themes change the terminal background design to show one […]

  • 4 lightweight email alternatives to Thunderbird

    It's easy to think other people use their computers and software in the same way you do. That they need every feature and function you rely on. That your computing choices are, or should be, their choices.

    Take, for example, email clients for the Linux desktop. Mozilla Thunderbird is arguably one of the most popular open source email applications. It's big, packed with features, and very extensible. I know a number of people who rely on Thunderbird in the same way that others rely on Emacs or Vim.

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  • Calibre in Debian

    Some news about Calibre in Debian: I have been added to the list of maintainers, thanks Martin, and the recent release of Calibre 3.4 into Debian/unstable brought some fixes concerning the desktop integration. Now I am working on Calibre 3.5.

MythTV 29 Released

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  • [MythTV] v29.0 Released

    The MythTV Team is pleased to announce the release of MythTV version v29.0

    This release is the first release of the new stable branch fixes/29.

  • MythTV 29 Released

    It's been a while since last having anything to report on with the once very popular MythTV HTPC/DVR software, but today it's out with a new stable release: MythTV 29.

    Rather than being released as MythTV 0.29 with v0.28.1 being their previous stable release, instead they have bumped their major version number and are now MythTV 29. 

Software: Rapid Photo Download, Brackets, Battery Monitor, Weblate, Meteo-Qt and More

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  • Rapid Photo Download – Import Photos and Videos Reliably and Efficiently

    Rapid Photo Download (RPD) is an image downloader with which you can rapidly import photos and videos from a connected smartphone and or camera into your workstation. The statement on the app’s website reads that its goal is to be the best photo and video downloader for the Linux Desktop.

    It has a simple and intuitive GUI which is easy to navigate with special thanks to its unique Timeline feature which groups photos and videos based on their time difference. This is effective for identifying photos and videos shot during different periods in either a single day or over a period of consecutive days.

  • Brackets: A Great Code Editor For You? Find Out By Yourself

    Brackets is an open-source, modern text/code editor that specifically designed for web designers but it doesn't mean if you don't do web development then you can't use it. It is lightweight, powerful, cross-platform (Linux, Mac and Windows) and focused on front-end web development (JavaScript, CSS and HTML), initially it was developed by Adobe, licensed under the MIT license and it is currently maintained on GitHub. Now it is maintained by almost 282 community contributors.

  • Battery Monitor Notifies You Current State Of The Battery

    The default battery monitor of Linux doesn't notify what is current condition of the battery juice but only when it is low. Battery Monitor comes in handy and keep you up-to-update about charging, discharging, not charging, critically low battery state of the battery. This utility is written using Python3 programming language and PyGtk3. It is available for Ubuntu and its derivatives via PPA but it can also be installed easily on any other distribution by pulling its source from github page.

  • [Video] GNU/Linux & Video Editing - Computerphile

    Rob Miles talks editing with GNU/Linux & free software.

  • Weblate 2.16: Call for translations

    Weblate 2.16 is almost ready (I expect no further code changes), so it's really great time to contribute to it's translations! Weblate 2.16 will be probably released during my presence at DebConf 17.

  • Meteo-Qt: Keep An Eye On Weather Directly From Indicator Panel

    There are various weather applications available for Linux. Meteo-Qt is an elegant weather application written in Python3 and Qt5 licensed under GNU General Public License v3, it displays weather information right on the panel and show notifications, further more you can check current week weather on its own window.

  • GSoC’17-Week #6

    I will just give an overview of what all I have worked on during the past few weeks. The main aim of the project was to integrate share. krita.org with our Krita application. It should have the ability to download the items from the site directly into default folders of the resources we choose to download. So, I created a widget content_downloader widget to perform all sorts of functionalities we needed to get from the downloader. The functions like download then install and to perform uninstall the items downloaded were added. Then search functionality, different ways to filter resources using the categories and order by method too. Used KRating API to rate the items showed inside the content downloader. Also, small functionalities like, Description viewer as labels and printing out certain data like the author and all as well were added.

  • Chromium 60 packages available

    Google released chrome/chromium 60.0.3112.78 on 25 July. My mother-in-law passed away which shifted my priorities this week, but I found some time to compile new packages. In my VM, the 64bit package creation took more than 24 hours… perhaps now is a good time to look at that Ryzen CPU and empty my savings account. This is getting ridiculous.

Software: mtPaint, Suricata, Gabedit, Mozilla, LibreOffice, and GNU Binutils

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  • mtPaint – A Lightweight Paint Software for Digital Photos

    mtPaint is an open source paint application for both Linux and Windows developed for the purpose of creating and manipulating pixel images.

    It was developed from scratch by Mark Tyler and maintained by Dmitry Groshev. If you hadn’t heard about it prior to reading this article it is probably because before its latest update in June 2016, its last update was in 2011!

    Update frequency not withstanding, mtPaint has a focus on being memory friendly and its latest update came with a handful of both new and improved features.

  • Suricata 4.0 released!

    We are thrilled to announce Suricata 4.0. This is a major new release, improving detection capabilities, adding new output options and more protocols.

  • Suricata 4.0 released
  • Gabedit: the Portal to Chemistry

        

    Many chemistry software applications are available for doing scientific work on Linux. I've covered several here in previous issues of the magazine, and of them have their own peculiar specialties—areas where one may work better than another. So, depending on what your research entails, you may need to use multiple software packages to handle all of the work. This is where Gabedit will step in to help you out.

  • How Could You Use a Speech Interface?

    Last month in San Francisco, my colleagues at Mozilla took to the streets to collect samples of spoken English from passers-by. It was the kickoff of our Common Voice Project, an effort to build an open database of audio files that developers can use to train new speech-to-text (STT) applications.

    What’s the big deal about speech recognition?

    Speech is fast becoming a preferred way to interact with personal electronics like phones, computers, tablets and televisions. Anyone who’s ever had to type in a movie title using their TV’s remote control can attest to the convenience of a speech interface. According to one study, it’s three times faster to talk to your phone or computer than to type a search query into a screen interface.

    Plus, the number of speech-enabled devices is increasing daily, as Google Home, Amazon Echo and Apple HomePod gain traction in the market. Speech is also finding its way into multi-modal interfaces, in-car assistants, smart watches, lightbulbs, bicycles and thermostats. So speech interfaces are handy — and fast becoming ubiquitous.

  • LibreOffice 5.4 Released with ‘Significant New Features’

    LibreOffice 5.4 serves as the final major release in the LibreOffice 5.x series (meaning LibreOffice 6.x will be next). The update is said to add “significant new features in every module” and (as always) improved Microsoft Office file compatibility.

  • LibreOffice 5.4 released with new features for Writer, Calc and Impress

    The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 5.4, the last major release of the LibreOffice 5.x family, immediately available for Windows, macOS and Linux, and for the cloud. LibreOffice 5.4 adds significant new features in every module, including the usual large number of incremental improvements to Microsoft Office file compatibility.

  • GNU Binutils 2.29 Released

    Binutils 2.29 is now available as well as a Binutils 2.28.1 point release.

    Binutils 2.29 brings a lot for MIPS and SPARC users. MIPS improvements for Binutils 2.29 include support for microMIPS eXtended Physical Addressing (PXA), microMIPS Release 5 ISA for assembly/disassembly, support for the Imagination interAptiv MR2 CPU, and support for the MIPS16e2 ASE assembly/disassembly.

  • AMD Ryzen 3 Rolls Out, Linux Benchmarks Coming

Flash's Death and a New Petition

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Software: Linux Applications For Office, NNN, GNU nano 2.8.6, and Opera "Snap"

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  • 10 Must Have Linux Applications For Office

    When it comes to office work, you want to be as productive and efficient as possible. Today, let’s look at 10 must have Linux apps for your office which will get your working like a Boss. Read along.

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  • [Nano] Latest Version 2.8.6

    GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekulé" offers a new feature: the ability
    to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
    instead of always at the edge of the screen.  This can
    be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
    together with the softwrap option.  This release further
    fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
    failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
    files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
    (please update your nanorc files before 2020).

  • Opera Web Browser Now Has a Screen Capture Utility, Too, and It's Called "Snap"

    Following the latest trends of implementing a built-in screenshot utility into a web browser product, Opera Software on Monday announced that it added a new screen capture tool to the latest Opera developer release.

    Opera developer 48.0.2664.0 appears to be the first version of the popular and free web browser to add a new camera icon to the sidebar, making easier for users to snap an image of the coolest parts, or even an entire web page. Opera is the third web browser we know to offer a screenshot utility, after Vivaldi and Firefox.

Software: QEMU, Etcher, eBook Readers, and Flash

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  • QEMU 2.10 Working On Xen 9pfs Support, MIPS EVA

    QEMU 2.10 is under development as the next step for this important piece of the open-source Linux virtualization stack.

    As of yesterday, QEMU 2.10-rc0 is now available for testing.

  • Etcher Image Writer Scores a Sizeable Summer Update

    A bunch of handy new features and bug fixes recently landed in Etcher, the open-source, cross-platform image writing tool.

    In this post I’m going to run you through a few of the more notable additions, though feel free to peruse the full change-log yourself for more details.

    You’ll now see image name, drive name, and a relevant icon (where supported) in Etcher’s desktop notifications — perfect for when you’re writing an image in the background.

  • 5 Excellent eBook Reader Apps for Ubuntu

    Wondering what the best ebook reader for ubuntu is? So were we, so we tried a bunch to write this list of the 5 best ebook reading apps available on Ubuntu.

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  • Adobe to kill off Flash plug-in by 2020

    Adobe Systems has said that it plans to phase out its Flash Player plug-in by the end of 2020.

    The technology was once one of the most widely used ways for people to watch video clips and play games online.

    But it also attracted much criticism, particularly as flaws in its code meant it became a popular way for hackers to infect computers.

Wine Staging 2.13 Released

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Programming: Programming Skills, Beignet OpenCL Now Supports LLVM 5.0, DRUD Tech Releases DDEV Community

     
  • The Four Layers of Programming Skills
    When learning how to code for the first time, there's a common misconception that learning how to code is primarily about learning the syntax of a programming language. That is, learning how the special symbols, keywords, and characters must be written in the right order for the language to run without errors. However, focusing only on knowledge of syntax is a bit like practicing to write a novel by only studying grammar and spelling. Grammar and spelling are needed to write a novel, but there are many other layers of skills that are needed in order to write an original, creative novel. [...] This is the layer that is most often focused on in the early learning phase. Syntax skills essentially means how to read and write a programming language using the rules for how different characters must be used for the code to actually work.
  • Beignet OpenCL Now Supports LLVM 5.0
    For those making use of Beignet for Intel graphics OpenCL acceleration on Linux, it finally has added support for LLVM 5.0. Beignet doesn't tend to support new LLVM versions early but rather a bit notorious for their tardiness in supporting new LLVM releases. LLVM 5.0 has been out for two weeks, so Beignet Git has moved on to adding support for LLVM 5. There were Beignet changes to libocl and GBE for enabling the LLVM 5.0 support.
  • DRUD Tech Releases DDEV Community, the Premier Open Source Toolkit to Simplify End-to-End Web Development Processes

Microsoft EEE

  • Why the Windows Subsystem for Linux Matters to You – Even if You Don’t Use it [Ed: Microsoft pulling an EEE on GNU/Linux matters. Sure it does... while suing GNU/Linux with software patents Microsoft says it "loves Linux".]
  • Canonical Teams Up with Microsoft to Enable New Azure Tailored Ubuntu Kernel
    In a joint collaboration with Microsoft's Azure team, Canonical managed to enable a new Azure tailored Ubuntu kernel in the Ubuntu Cloud Images for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on Azure starting today, September 21, 2017. The Azure tailored Ubuntu kernel is now enabled by default for the Ubuntu Cloud images running the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system on Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform, and Canonical vows to offer the same level of support as the rest of its Ubuntu kernels until the operating system reaches end of life.

Servers: Kubernetes, Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), and Sysadmin 101

  • Kubernetes Snaps: The Quick Version
    When we built the Canonical Distribution of Kubernetes (CDK), one of our goals was to provide snap packages for the various Kubernetes clients and services: kubectl, kube-apiserver, kubelet, etc. While we mainly built the snaps for use in CDK, they are freely available to use for other purposes as well. Let’s have a quick look at how to install and configure the Kubernetes snaps directly.
  • Kubernetes is Transforming Operations in the Enterprise
    At many organizations, managing containerized applications at scale is the order of the day (or soon will be). And few open source projects are having the impact in this arena that Kubernetes is. Above all, Kubernetes is ushering in “operations transformation” and helping organizations make the transition to cloud-native computing, says Craig McLuckie co-founder and CEO of Heptio and a co-founder of Kubernetes at Google, in a recent free webinar, ‘Getting to Know Kubernetes.’ Kubernetes was created at Google, which donated the open source project to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.
  • Kubernetes gains momentum as big-name vendors flock to Cloud Native Computing Foundation
    Like a train gaining speed as it leaves the station, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation is quickly gathering momentum, attracting some of the biggest names in tech. In the last month and a half alone AWS, Oracle, Microsoft, VMware and Pivotal have all joined. It’s not every day you see this group of companies agree on anything, but as Kubernetes has developed into an essential industry tool, each of these companies sees it as a necessity to join the CNCF and support its mission. This is partly driven by customer demand and partly by the desire to simply have a say in how Kubernetes and other related cloud-native technologies are developed.
  • The Cloud-Native Architecture: One Stack, Many Options
    As the chief technology officer of a company specialized in cloud native storage, I have a first hand view of the massive transformation happening right now in enterprise IT. In short, two things are happening in parallel right now that make it radically simpler to build, deploy and run sophisticated applications. The first is the move to the cloud. This topic has been discussed so much that I won’t try to add anything new. We all know it’s happening, and we all know that its impact is huge.
  • Sysadmin 101: Leveling Up
    I hope this description of levels in systems administration has been helpful as you plan your own career. When it comes to gaining experience, nothing quite beats making your own mistakes and having to recover from them yourself. At the same time, it sure is a lot easier to invite battle-hardened senior sysadmins to beers and learn from their war stories. I hope this series in Sysadmin 101 fundamentals has been helpful for those of you new to the sysadmin trenches, and also I hope it helps save you from having to learn from your own mistakes as you move forward in your career.

Databases: PostgreSQL 10 RC1 and Greenplum

  • PostgreSQL 10 RC1 Released
    The PostgreSQL Global Development Group announces today that the first release candidate of version 10 is available for download. As a release candidate, 10 RC 1 should be identical to the final release of the new version. It contains fixes for all known issues found during testing, so users should test and report any issues that they find.
  • PostgreSQL 10 Release Candidate 1 Arrives
    PostgreSQL 10 has been queuing up improvements to declarative partitioning, logical replication support, an improved parallel query system, SCRAM authentication, performance speed-ups, hash indexes are now WAL, extended statistics, new integrity checking tools, smart connection handling, and many other promising improvements. Our earlier performance tests of Postgre 10 during its beta phase showed some speed-ups over PostgreSQL 9.
  • Pivotal Greenplum Analytic Database Adds Multicloud Support
    Pivotal’s latest release of its Greenplum analytic database includes multicloud support and, for the first time, is based entirely on open source code. In 2015, the company open sourced the core of Pivotal Greenplum as the Greenplum Database project. “This is the first commercially available release that we are shipping with the open source project truly at its core,” said Elisabeth Hendrickson, VP of data research and development at Pivotal.