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Wine Announcement

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The Wine development release 1.8-rc4 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Bug fixes only, we are in code freeze.

The source is available from the following locations:

Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:

You will find documentation on

You can also get the current source directly from the git
repository. Check for details.

Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file
AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list.

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Leftovers: Software

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  • Second Animation Beta
  • The Krita Team Releases Another Animation Beta

    Since last month Krita 2.9 Animation Edition has been in beta as the version of this KDE drawing program that supports animations and uses OpenGL 3 on the GPU for rendering. The second beta of it is now available.

  • ownCloud Partnerships with WD to Bring Self-Hosted Cloud Storage in Users' Homes

    On December 11, ownCloud was proud to announce that they would start a collaboration with the tech giant Western Digital to bring self-hosted cloud storage solutions powered by ownCloud for home users.

  • Kdenlive 15.12 Brings Basic Copy / Paste Feature
  • Powerful and Free Video Editor Kdenlive 15.12 Launches Next Week

    Kdenlive is a multi-track video editor for Linux that supports DV, AVCHD and HDV editing, among many other features. The developers are preparing the launch of a new major update, and they have informed us of some of the features that are going to land.

  • GNU wget 1.17.1 released

    Noteworthy changes:

    Fix compile error when IPv6 is disabled or SSL is not present.
    Fix HSTS memory leak.
    Fix progress output in non-C locales.
    Fix SIGSEGV when -N and --content-disposition are used together.
    Add --check-certificate=quiet to tell wget to not print any warning about invalid certificates.

  • Proxmox VE 4.1 Released

    Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH today released version 4.1 of its open-source server virtualization solution Proxmox Virtual Environment (VE). The virtualization platform enables users to create and manage containers and KVM virtual machines on the same host as well as to set up highly available clusters via an integrated web-based interface.

  • guam: an IMAP session filter/proxy

    These days, the bulk of my work at Kolab Systems does not involve writing code. I have been spending quite a bit of time on the business side of things (and we have some genuinely exciting things coming in 2016), customer and partner interactions, as well as on higher-level technical design and consideration. So I get to roll around Roundcube Next, Kube (an Akonadi2-based client for desktop and mobile ... but more on that another time), Kolab server hardware pre-installs .. and that's all good and fun. Still, I do manage to write a bit of code most weeks, and one of the projects I've been working on lately is an IMAP filter/proxy called Guam.

  • eimap: because what the world needs is another IMAP client

    Erlang is a very nice fit for many of the requirements various components in Kolab have ... perhaps one of these days I'll write something more in detail about why that is. For now, suffice it to say that we've started using Erlang for some of the new server-side components in Kolab.

  • Calibre 2.46.0 Adds Support for New Kobo Firmware, Disables Amazon EU Stores

    Just a few moments ago, Kovid Goyal announced the release and immediate availability for download of the Calibre 2.46.0 open-source ebook library management software for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

  • Vivaldi Web Browser Approaches Beta 2, Latest Snapshot Fixes Linux Packaging

    The developers behind the cross-platform, Chromium-based Vivaldi web browser have announced earlier today, December 11, the immediate availability for download of a new snapshot for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

  • Opera 36 Web Browser Promises a Refreshed Speed Dial, Simple UI, Personalized News

    Opera Software, through Błażej Kaźmierczak, has had the great pleasure of announcing the availability of the first development milestone of the Opera 36 web browser for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

  • It Will Soon Be Easier To Run The Latest Wine On Popular Linux Distributions

    With the Wine crew shipping new unstable releases every two weeks, the Wine packages that end up in Linux distributions tend to be out of date for fetching the bleeding edge support for running Windows programs on Linux. As a result, Wine developers are stepping up their game in providing packages for popular Linux distributions.

  • Wine Developers Are Preparing Packages for Debian, Fedora, and Other Distros

    The Wine developers are now working to provide more up-to-date packages specific to some of the major distributions out there, which should make it easier for users to get their hands on bleeding-edge stuff.

Wine Staging

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In the past the bi-weekly release cycle of Wine causes a lot of work for developers and packagers. Not all distros can afford to update a single package every two weeks. As a result, they often only provide packages for the stable branch or ship an outdated version of the development branch. To solve this problem, there was the decision at WineConf 2015 that WineHQ should provide packages for popular distributions. Since we already build packages for Wine Staging, we offered to extend our current system to include the development branch. As part of this process we decided to drop our dependency on external build services (except Launchpad) and instead build everything in our own VMs. We also extended our build scripts to provide a more general way of building packages which is less tied to Wine Staging or Wine in general. These changes do not only affect the newly built Wine development packages but also our existing Wine Staging packages. The changes differ between distros and are described below.

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Leftovers: Software

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  • NetworkManager Now Supports Creating MAC VLANs

    As of this morning in NetworkManager is support for creating MAC VLAN and MAC VTAP devices.

    MAC VLAN is like a reverse VLAN where a single network connection creates multiple virtual connections with different MAC addresses. MacVTap meanwhile is a new driver to simplify virtualized bridged networking. MacVTap is described in more detail here.

  • Git 2.6.4 Open Source Distributed Version Control System Has Many Improvements and Fixes

    The Git developers have announced the release and immediate availability for download of the fourth maintenance build for the stable Git 2.6 branch of the world's most popular distributed version control system.

  • Gammu 1.36.8

    This time the focus was mostly on fixing problems introduced in 1.36.7.

  • Announcing QSoas, a powerful y=f(x) data analysis software

    I'm a researcher at the interface between physics, chemistry and biology, and in our team, we pride ourselves on making the most of the data we acquire, especially through quantitative analysis and modelling. In fact, we spend a lot of time doing fitting simple formulas or complex differential equations to our data. As we were not really satisfied with the data fitting capacities of the software available, we've had our custom data processing/fitting tool, SOAS, for ages. However, that tool was hard to maintain (Fortran + Fortran libraries interfacing with X11 with ABI changing every once in a while without notice), impossible to port to non-X11 platforms, not very user-friendly, and not easy to extend at all. So, when I got my permanent position, a rewrote a completely new version from scratch, called QSoas using C++, Qt, Ruby and the GNU Scientific Library. The result is incomparably more powerful, more easy to maintain, more user-friendly, and more portable (I build it for Linux, Mac and Windows).

  • SoftMaker brings its Office 2016 suite to Linux

    Unsurprisingly called SoftMaker Office 2016, the company, which won an INQUIRER Tech Hero award earlier this year, claims it's the fastest office suite for Linux, being five quicker than Microsoft Office. It also offers more than 400 new features including vastly improved compatibility with Microsoft Office.

  • SoftMaker Office 2016 now available for Linux users

Calligra 2.9.10 Released

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We are happy to announce the release of the Calligra Suite, and Calligra Active 2.9.10. It is recommended update for the 2.9 series of the applications and underlying development frameworks.

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Also: Krita 2.9.10 Digital Painting Software Released with More Photoshop PSD Improvements

Syncing and publishing SUSE repositories with Pulp

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I was recently looking into Pulp’s ability to sync and publish SUSE repositories, including those from openSUSE, SLES 11, and (after a little bit of work) SLES 12.

If you’re interested, I put together a quick demo of the features and their usage with Pulp. Enjoy!

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Leftovers: Software

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  • git-pbuilder 1.39
  • Term::ANSIColor 4.04

    The recent work I've been doing on podlators taught me that the build system of my other core module, Term::ANSIColor, was also doing the wrong thing when installed on Perl versions older than 5.11, even though no one had reported it. While I was there, I also switched back to ExtUtils::MakeMaker for the build system so that I'm testing the same build system that's also used for Perl core.

  • podlators 4.03

    There was a bug in the test suite of the last few versions of podlators that caused the test for devising dates to fail if POD_MAN_DATE or SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH were already set. Since I needed to fix that anyway, I decided to poke at the test suite some more, and made some good progress towards refactoring it, breaking out common code, and making it easier to add new tests. It's still in the stage where I've added more code than I've removed, but a lot of that is comments and the new code is much better.

  • Kodi 16.0 Beta 3 Release Brings More Fixes

    Kodi continues to subscribe to the "release early, release often" philosophy with today announcing the latest test release for Kodi 16.

    Kodi 16 is bringing DirectX 11 support on Windows, better Android rendering support, long-press support, music scanning library improvements, and much more.

  • FileZilla A Free FTP Client To Upload Files To Server Database

    Whether you are hosting WordPress on your own server or uploading files to your server database such as plugins, themes etc. You are going to need an FTP client. FileZilla is the most popular, open-source and free FTP client. It’s very easy to use and cross-platform. So you can use it on Windows, Linux and Mac.

  • git-pbuilder 1.38

    A minor update to the builder glue script for git-buildpackage. This release just has documentation fixes. I had missed that you no longer need explicit gbp.conf configuration because git-buildpackage now has a --git-pbuilder flag, and, when using that, there are a variety of other command-line flags to use instead of environment variables.

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