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Wine Staging 1.9.8

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  • Wine Staging 1.9.8 Has Better Support for Running 64-bit Windows Apps on Linux

    The Wine Staging team announced a few minutes ago, April 19, 2016, that the Wine Staging 1.9.8 development release is now available for download via the official channels.

  • Release 1.9.8

    Time for another release! Wine Staging 1.9.8 is now available. This version contains improvements for 64 bit support and MSYS2.

  • Wine-Staging 1.9.8 Improves 64-bit Windows App/Game Support

    Adding in more experimental patches over last week's Wine 1.9.8 development release is the routine Wine-Staging update.

    Wine-Staging 1.9.8 is carrying more patches to improve support for running 64-bit Windows software -- particularly on OS X, there is improved compatibility with MSYS2, and a variety of other improvements that are ready in the Wine-Staging realm but not yet ready to be mainlined in Wine.

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  • Clementine Music Player Scores Juicy New Update
  • RcppCCTZ 0.0.4

    A few days ago a new upstream version "2.0" of CCTZ was released. See here for the corresponding post on the Google OpenSource Blog.

  • Vivaldi Web Browser Rebased on Chromium 50, Vivaldi 1.1 Might Land This Week

    We have just been informed by Vivaldi's Ruarí Ødegaard that there's a new snapshot available for testing, which might just become the first point release of the Vivaldi 1.0 web browser.

  • KDE PIM Spring Sprint Report in Toulouse

    Like a routine now, the KDE PIM spring sprint was held in Toulouse again, first week of April at Ekito's city center office, many thanks to them.

    First of all thank to all the participants: Franck Arrecot, Andre Heinecke, Sandro Knauß, Volker Krause, John Layt, Christian Mollekopf, Laurent Montel, Kevin Ottens, Daniel Vrátil that made of this sprint an awesome moment.

  • Designing APIs for multiple languages

    Designing software that is both fast and available to higher level languages generally means you end up writing C. There are guiding principles you should follow when doing so to ensure that you give your software the best chance for success.

  • Writing a plugin for GNOME To Do – Introduction

    Every plugin has a single entry point: GtdActivatable. Plugins must provide an implementation of this interface. I’ll write more about this interface below.

Oracle Releases VirtualBox 5.0.18, Adds Initial Support for Linux Kernel 4.6

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Just a few moments ago, April 18, 2016, Oracle published a new update for its acclaimed VirtualBox open-source and multiplatform virtualization software, version 5.0.18.

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  • Cross-Platform Music Player `Clementine` 1.3.0 Released With Vk.com And Seafile Support

    After a year of development, Clementine 1.3.0 was released recently, bringing Vk.com and Seafile support along with various other improvements and bug fixes.

  • Zbackup 1.5.0 Alpha Has Been Released. Install It On Ubuntu Or Arch Linux Now

    As you may know, zbackup is a globally-deduplicating tool that uses rsync. When you feed a large .tar archive into it, the software will store duplicate regions on it only once and reuse it, when needed. This way, if the files are not very different, the storage required is very low.

  • XiX Music Player 0.97.106 Has Been Released

    As you may know, XiX Music Player is an open-source lightweight music player that has support for most popular architectures, including ARM, therefore works well on both Linux and Raspberry Pi Systems.

  • 17 Excellent Open Source Linux Note Takers

    It has often been said that information confers power, and that the most important currency in our culture today is information. Keeping track of bits and pieces of information is a minefield. In part, this is because of my passable short term memory, coupled with what can only be described as 'brain fog'. To combat this, I arm myself with open source software that helps me efficiently capture a lot of information. I generally prefer to keep my information local and cloud-free, primarily for security reasons.

    There is a wide range of competent note taking software for Linux, and this article seeks to cover the finest open source solutions. I have compiled this roundup of my pick of 17 excellent note applications for organizing, sharing, and taking notes. Besides the basic note-taking functionality, the software featured here provides a good array of advanced features. I strongly believe in open source software; all of the applications listed here are released under a freely distributable license.

  • Opera Beta Adds New Video Pop Out Feature

    The latest Opera beta adds a cool new feature across all supported desktops: video pop out. This feature allows shifting the video frame outside the browser, the goal being to allow "true multitasking".

    The new video pop out feature skipped the Opera developer channel, landing directly into beta, as a surprise for Opera users. This feature only supports HTML5 videos so it won't work with Flash.

  • Paradox posts pictures of Hearts of Iron IV development on Linux

    It’s no secret that Paradox Interactive has been on the forefront of Linux gaming as both a publisher and developer of games. However, it’s still exciting to see screenshots of Linux on official development posts, especially when the contents of the posts themselves are pretty interesting.

    For those unaware, Hearts of Iron IV is the latest instalment of Paradox Development Studio’s WW2 themed grand strategy game, which has been in development for some time and seen a number of delays. Release does seem close now though, as shown in an article published by BTRE.

  • Road to Xfce 4.14

    The looong road to xfce 4.14. I hope you still want some news about Xfce !

  • GNOME Twitch 0.2.0 Adds Chat Feature (Ubuntu PPA)

    GNOME Twitch was updated to version 0.2.0 recently, adding a much needed chat feature, along with various user interface improvements and bug fixes.

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  • MPV: An Open-Source Mplayer Based Video Player for Ubuntu/Linux Mint (PPA)

    MPV video player is forked from mplayer2 and MPlayer, MPV supports wide variety of audio and video file formats. It offers some of the features with the former project while introducing many more. It is an command-line video player as well as offers GUI, it is lightweight and cross-platform available for Linux, Mac and Windows. From command line MPlayer's options parser was improved to behave more like other CLI programs, and many option names and semantics were reworked to make them more intuitive and memorable.

  • NetSurf Web Browser 3.5 released
  • Universal Install Script by XKCD – Combat test

    Several days ago, I was gazing at the Universal Install Script comic by Randall Munroe, wondering if he may not have solved all the world’s problems, save for the usual famine, war, poverty, education, corruption, and so on. But there’s a certain appeal to having THE one script to rule them all, and in BASH-ness bind them. Yes, I was bored, so I thought, let’s try it out.

  • [MythTV] Release Notes - 0.28
  • MythTV 0.28 Has Been Released, Bringing A Lot Of Fixes And New Features

    As you may know, MythTV is an digital video recorder application. It is ideal for watching and recording television programs and has many plugins that can increase Myth-TV’s power.

  • Brackets An Open Source Text/Code Editor By Adobe Developers
  • Atom 1.7.1 Has Been Released

    As you may know, Atom is an open-source, multi-platform text editor developed by GitHub, having a simple and intuitive graphical user interface and a bunch of interesting features for writing: CSS, HTML, JavaScript and other web programming languages. Among others, it has support for macros, auto-completion a split screen feature and it integrates with the file manager.

  • Modernizing AbiWord code

    Nonetheless, when AbiWord started in 1998, it was meant as a cross-platform code base written in C++ that had to compile on both Windows and Linux. C++ compiler where not as standard compliant as today so a lot of things where excluded: no template, so not standard C++ library (it was called STL at the time). Over the years, things have evolved, Mac support was added, gcc 4 got released (with much better C++ support), and in 2003 we started using template for the containers (not necessarily in that oder, BTW). Still no standard library. This came later. I just flipped the switch to make C++11 mandatory, more on that later.

  • Cool-Retro-Term is a great Mimic of old Command Lines, Install in Ubuntu/Linux Mint

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  • Apache HTTP Server 2.4.20 Updated for HTTP/2

    Now with the new Apache HTTP 2.4.20 update, there are some incremental improvements, most notably in HTTP2 support.

  • Introducing AppStream-Generator

    Since mid-2015 we were using the dep11-generator in Debian to build AppStream metadata about available software components in the distribution.

  • Volumio2 Release Candidate

    Last night I found time to finally install the first release candidate of Volumio 2, my preferred audio player software. This is more exciting than it sounds, because when I read the blogpost last summer that Volumio is going to be completely rewritten, with replacing the base technologies, I was a bit afraid that this will be one of the last bits that we heard from this project. Too many cool projects died after famous last announcements like that.

  • Calibre 2.55 eBook Viewer and Converter Adds New Rules, Settings, News Sources

    Kovid Goyal, the developer of the open-source and cross-platform Calibre ebook library management software, has announced today, April 15, 2016, the release of the Calibre 2.55 update for all supported platforms.

  • Clementine 1.3 Free Music Player Is a Massive Release with over 150 Changes

    The final release of the Clementine 1.3 open-source and multiplatform music player software has debuted today for all supported operating systems, bringing dozens of new features and improvements over previous versions.

  • Gammu 1.37.2

    Yesterday, Gammu 1.37.1 and Gammu 1.37.2 have been released. As usual it collects bug fixes and minor improvements.

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Wine 1.9.8 Released with Better Support for DirectX10 Games, Mono Engine Fixes

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The Wine developers have just announced today, April 15, 2016, the release of the eighth milestone towards the 2.0 stable branch of the free implementation of Windows on Unix software.

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Also: Wine 1.9.8 Lands More D3D Command Stream Prep Work

New ownCloud

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  • ownCloud 9.0 Enterprise Edition Arrives with Extensive File Control Capabilities

    ownCloud, Inc. has had the great pleasure of announcing the availability of the Enterprise Edition (EE) of its powerful ownCloud 9.0 self-hosting cloud server solution.

    Engineered exclusively for small and medium-sized business, as well as major organizations and enterprises, ownCloud 9.0 Enterprise Edition is now available with extensive file control capabilities and all the cool new features that made the open-source version of the project famous amongst Linux users.

  • Is there a need for open source file sharing?

    Want a solution like Box, Dropbox or Egnyte but one you can deploy everywhere? Feel passionate about open source and want to leverage a community solution? ownCloud might just have something for you.

    ownCloud offers an on-premises enterprise file access platform, but one which is an open source solution. The company firmly pitches its wares with stated differentiation through openness, modular architecture, extensibility and federated sharing abilities. So are they onto something here?

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  • How to use Darktable as a digital darkroom
  • Diggin’ the crates

    For a small team, GNOME design generates a huge amount of work. While we try to publicise as much of it as possible, not everything gets blogged about. In this post, I’m going to present design material from our archives that hasn’t featured in a blog post previously, and which you might not have encountered before. A lot of it is for less critical applications which, while interesting and important, aren’t the core focus of our activities.

  • Chromium Browser on xdg-app

    So, while Joaquim and Rob were working on the GNOME Software related bits and discussing aspects related to Continuous Integration with the rest of the crowd, I spent some time learning about xdg-app and trying to get Chromium to build that way which, unsurprisingly, was not an easy task.

  • Google Promotes Chrome 50 to the Stable Channel for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows

    Earlier, April 13, 2016, Google has promoted the Chrome 50 web browser to the stable channel for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

  • Thunderbird 45.0 has been released

    Mozilla has released an update to the desktop email client Thunderbird that brings the version of the program to Thunderbird 45.0.

    It is a major update of the application which has been on life support ever since Mozilla decided to hand over development to the community in 2012 and use freed up resources for other projects.

  • Vim 8.0 Will See GTK3 Support, Async I/O, Jobs & More

    Vim 7.4 is still the latest stable series for this popular text editor, but Vim 8.0 development is being worked on and as implied by the version number will see a lot of new functionality.

  • Libav Adds H.264 & MPEG4 Encoders Using OpenMAX IL

    For those still using the FFmpeg-forked Libav project for your multimedia needs, the latest Git code has landed H.264 and MPEG4 encoders using OpenMAX IL.

    I haven't yet seen any reports yet to confirm that the OpenMAX implementation is suitable, but it should be good news for those with the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver stack looking to make use of the AMD VCE encoding engine using the Gallium3D OpenMAX state tracker, among other OpenMAX-supported drivers.

  • gnuplot – command your graphs

    It’s 1990, or thereabouts. Linux is not even a twinkle in Torvalds’ eye and GNU is a six-year old showing real promise. An astrophysics PhD student a few years my senior is sitting at a Sun workstation enthusing about a new plotting program he’s found. It strikes me as being simple yet powerful and also a bit odd. I spend some time learning it, grow to like it and go on to use it to create all the plots in my PhD thesis. But during the late 1990s spreadsheets and other software tools became more powerful and ubiquitous and I fell into using them. However, a quarter of a century later, when writing an article for this very magazine, I stumble across gnuplot again and find, to my amazement, that it’s still being developed and it’s just as odd and useful as it ever was. So, let’s take a look at the curious beast that is gnuplot.

  • FSF Blogs: Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup: April 15th

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