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  • D-Bus Broker Updated To Version 5

    Earlier this year was word of BUS1 working on a D-Bus Broker while announced in late August was this D-Bus Broker project as a high performance message bus.

  • 10 Free Linux Productivity Apps You Haven’t Heard Of

    Productivity apps can really make your work easier. If you are a Linux user, these 10 lesser-known free productivity apps for the Linux desktop can help you.. As a matter of fact, it’s possible keen Linux users have heard of all the apps on the list, but for somebody who hasn’t gone beyond the main apps, these should be unknown.

  • Krita 3.3.1
  • KDE Plasma 5.12 Pushing For "An Awesome Release On Wayland"

    While today's release of KDE Plasma 5.11 brings with it many Wayland improvements, KWin maintainer Martin Flöser (né Gräßlin) is proposing to get the Plasma 5.12 support into better shape on Wayland.

  • GNOME Foundation hackfest in Berlin

    Last weekend we held a GNOME Foundation hackfest in Berlin, as planned in August. That means not just a hackfest organised by the foundation, but to improve the foundation itself. Many of the topics we had to cover are interconnected and it’s a challenge to untangle it all and sort it out. Being in the same room, with a projector and a whiteboard, helped a lot. Many thanks to Kinvolk who let us use their

Software: Kdenlive, OnionShare, stardicter, and Weblate

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  • Kdenlive – An Open Source Non-Linear Video Editor for Pros & Beginners

    Just recently we published on the award-winning OpenShot Video Editor, and before that, FlowBlade, LosslessCut, and Lightworks Video Editors.

    Today, we bring you another Linux video editor that needs no introduction to editing professionals but will definitely be a good addition to the list for beginners – Kdenlive.

    Kdenlive stands for KDE Non-Linear Video Editor. It is an open source video editor created in 2003 based on Qt and the KDE Frameworks libraries to answer almost all the needs of professional video editors.

  • OnionShare – A Tool To Share Any Size Of Files Securely And Anonymously

    When we wrote an article about file sharing utilities such as Magic Womhole & transfer.sh most of the users asked is it secure? and where the files are stored.

    So, we decided to bring one of the best utility that stores and share files securely over the Internet. When we dig on that, we came to know about OnionShare which fulfill all this requirements.

  • stardicter 1.1

    Stardicter 1.1, the set of scripts to convert some freely available dictionaries to StarDict format, has been released today. The biggest change is that it will also keep source data together with generated dictionaries. This is good for licensing reasons and will also allow to actually build these as packages within Debian.

  • Better acess control in Weblate

    Upcoming Weblate 2.17 will bring improved access control settings. Previously this could be controlled only by server admins, but now the project visibility and access presets can be configured.

  • Cloud9- A Cloud-Based Dev Environment for Web Projects

    Many web developers I know prefer using Linux-based distros for their work for a variety of reasons. Many users will argue that Linux OSes don’t particularly have an edge over Mac or Windows PCs but with time, such arguments seem to be going extinct owing to the trend of coding in the cloud.

    Cloud-based IDEs are becoming more popular (especially in developed countries) and it’s about time we started paying them some attention.

    Today, we introduce to you a freemium cloud service for developers who appreciate not having to keep their project files on their local machines
    and it goes by the name of CLoud9.

Software: SDDM, Simple Weather Indicator, Borg Backup

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  • SDDM v0.16.0

    SDDM is a Qt based Display Manager used by multiple desktops, such as Liri, KDE and LXQt. After a little more than one month since v0.15.0, I released SDDM v0.16.0 today. It contains a few bug fixes, translation updates and improvements to the configuration system. Read the release notes and download here.

  • SDDM 0.16 Released - The Simple Desktop Display Manager

    SDDM 0.16 is now available as the latest feature release of the Simple Desktop Display Manager, commonly used by some KDE-based Linux desktops for log-in management needs.

  • Simple Weather Indicator Hits 1.0, Adds “Feels Like”, More Stats

    Simple Weather Indicator for Ubuntu's Unity desktop has reached version 1.0. It adds more meteorological metadata including 'feels like' temperature.

  • Borg Backup 1.1 Released

    Borg Backup for those that haven't heard is a deduplicating backup program that also builds in compression and encryption abilities.

    For those hearing about Borg for the first time, it's explained in more details via their documentation, "BorgBackup (short: Borg) is a deduplicating backup program. Optionally, it supports compression and authenticated encryption. The main goal of Borg is to provide an efficient and secure way to backup data. The data deduplication technique used makes Borg suitable for daily backups since only changes are stored. The authenticated encryption technique makes it suitable for backups to not fully trusted targets."

Software: Blender, KDE Connect, GNUHealth, GCC

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  • New Blender 2.8 Design Document Published

    Blender 2.8 remains planned for 2018 brings many modern features including its "Eevee" physically based rendering engine, a grease pencil feature, a overhaul to the dependency graph feature, asset management, and much more. It also ups the requirement on Blender to OpenGL 3.3+ for rendering.

    Coming out this weekend is a new Blender 2.8 design document covering more about this huge release.

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  • KDE connect makes your mobile life easier

    KDE Connect connects between your mobile and Linux, wirelessly.

    You can copy photos, videos, or other files from mobile, or vise versa.

  • GNUHealth 3.2.5 patchset released

    GNU Health 3.2.5 patchset has been released !

  • Facebook Has Been Working On C++ Modules Support For GCC

    For C++20 the long-awaited modules system is likely to finally land. Facebook engineers have been working on a C++ modules implementation already for the GNU Compiler Collection.

    Since LLVM Clang 5.0 has been an experimental C++ modules implementation there while on the GCC side there hasn't been any implementation merged to master, but then again this technical specification isn't yet set in stone for C++20. Nathan Sidwell of Facebook has been among the developers working on supporting C++ modules within GCC's G++ front-end. Those unfamiliar with the proposed C++ module system can see the current TS.

Software: Blender, OpenShot, Code Editors

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  • Blender 2.79 released with new features and improvements

    Blender is a cross-platform community-driven project under the GNU General Public License (GPL) and runs equally well on Linux, Windows and Macintosh computers. Its interface uses OpenGL to provide a consistent experience. It provides a broad spectrum of modeling, texturing, lighting, animation and video post-processing functionality in one package. Through its open architecture, Blender provides cross-platform interoperability, extensibility, an incredibly small footprint, and a tightly integrated workflow. Blender is one of the most popular Open Source 3D graphics applications in the world. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.

  • OpenShot – An Award Winning Open Source Video Editor

    We have posted a couple of video editors for Linux before including FlowBlade, LosslessCut, and Lightworks. Today, I introduce to you a video editor that has been very useful to the open source video community it needs no introduction – the reputable OpenShot Video Editor.

    OpenShot is an open source and cross-platform powerful video editor that is used for professionally creating and editing videos. It features a host of fantastic video editing tools including 3D animations, time & keyframes, audio effects, trimming & slicing, etc. It features a simple and uncluttered User Interface that is quick to learn, customize, and to use.

  • 4 Best Modern Open Source Code Editors For Linux

    If you ask the old school Linux users, their answer would be Vi, Vim, Emacs, Nano etc. But I am not talking about them. I am going to talk about new age, cutting edge, great looking, sleek and yet powerful, feature-rich best open source code editors for Linux that would enhance your programming experience.

Dynamic Users with systemd

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Today we released systemd 235. Among other improvements this greatly extends the dynamic user logic of systemd. Dynamic users are a powerful but little known concept, supported in its basic form since systemd 232. With this blog story I hope to make it a bit better known.

The UNIX user concept is the most basic and well-understood security concept in POSIX operating systems. It is UNIX/POSIX' primary security concept, the one everybody can agree on, and most security concepts that came after it (such as process capabilities, SELinux and other MACs, user name-spaces, …) in some form or another build on it, extend it or at least interface with it. If you build a Linux kernel with all security features turned off, the user concept is pretty much the one you'll still retain.

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KStars 2.8.5 is released!

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So here comes another minor release for KStars v2.8.5 just less than two weeks after 2.8.4 was released. KStars v2.8.5 is available for Windows, MacOS, and Linux.

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Wine Staging 2.18

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OpenSSH 7.6 and FreeBSD 10.4

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Graphics: Texture Compression, Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL), and AMD FreeSync

  • Unity Continues Crunching More Out Of Crunch Texture Compression
    Unity is one of the big public users of the open-source Crunch DXT texture compression library. While it's no longer maintained by Rich Geldreich / Binomial, Unity has continued advancing this open-source code to further improve the compression ratio and speed. For months Unity has been talking about their promising findings with Crunch. But this is the project that Rich Geldreich, the former Valve developer, previously expressed regret having open-sourced all of it. While he is on to working on better and more advanced technologies at his Binomial startup, Unity is working to squeeze more out of this open-source library.
  • Improving EFL Graphics With Wayland Application Redraws
    Under X, application redraws are tricky to do without tearing because content can be updated at any chosen time with no clear feedback as to when the compositor will read it. EFL uses some clever tricks to this end (check out the state of the art X redraw timing for yourself), but it’s difficult to get right in all cases. For a lot of people this just works, or they’re not sensitive to the issue when it doesn’t.
  • Improved Wayland Application Redraws Coming To Enlightenment's EFL
    Samsung's Open-Source Group has been working on making their Wayland support in the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) even better. The latest Wayland work on the Enlightenment/EFL front has been improving the application redraw process. The EFL toolkit with the upcoming v1.21 release will now be hooking into Wayland's frame callbacks to better dealing with drawing, only drawing when necessary, and doing so without the possibility of tearing.
  • AMD FreeSync For Tear-Free Linux Gaming - Current State In 2017
    If you are thinking of gifting yourself (or someone else) a FreeSync-compatible monitor this holiday season, here's a look at how the AMD FreeSync support is working right now, the driver bits you need to be aware of, and how it's all playing out for those wanting to use this tear-free capability for Linux gaming.

KStars 2.8.9 is released!

Here comes the last KStars release for 2017! KStars v2.8.9 is available now for Windows, MacOS, and Linux. Robert Lancaster worked on improving PHD2 support with Ekos. This includes retrieving the guide star image, drift errors and RMS values, among other minor improvements and refactoring of the Ekos PHD2 codebase to support future extensions. Read more

Security: Mirai, Vista 10, Starbucks, and Hacking Team Investigation

  • Mirai IoT Botnet Co-Authors Plead Guilty

    The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday unsealed the guilty pleas of two men first identified in January 2017 by KrebsOnSecurity as the likely co-authors of Mirai, a malware strain that remotely enslaves so-called “Internet of Things” devices such as security cameras, routers, and digital video recorders for use in large scale attacks designed to knock Web sites and entire networks offline (including multiple major attacks against this site).

  • Google Researcher Finds Flaw in Pre-Installed Windows 10 Password Manager
    Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy, who has previously discovered, reported, and disclosed several major bugs in Windows and its features, came across a new security vulnerability affecting Microsoft users. This time, the flaw exists in the Keeper password manager that comes pre-installed in some Windows 10 versions, with Ormandy explaining that it’s similar to a vulnerability that he discovered in August 2016. “I remember filing a bug a while ago about how they were injecting privileged UI into pages,” Ormandy explained on December 14. “I checked and, they're doing the same thing again with this version,” he continues.
  • Starbucks Wi-Fi Turned People’s Laptops into Cryptocurrency Miners
    The free Wi-Fi that the Buenos Aires Starbucks offers to its customers was being used to mine for cryptocurrency, and what’s worse, it used people’s laptops to do it. The whole thing was discovered by Stensul CEO Noah Dinkin who actually paid a visit to the store and wanted to browse the web using the free Wi-Fi, only to discover that his laptop was unknowingly converted into a cryptocurrency miner. He then turned to Twitter to ask Starbucks if they know about the what he described as bitcoin mining taking place without customers knowing about it. “Hi Starbucks, did you know that your in-store wifi provider in Buenos Aires forces a 10 second delay when you first connect to the wifi so it can mine bitcoin using a customer's laptop? Feels a little off-brand,” he said in his tweet.
  • Italian Prosecutor Makes Request to Close Hacking Team Investigation
    The damaging data breach that exposed the secrets of an infamous surveillance tech company might go unsolved forever. After more than two years, the Italian prosecutor who was investigating the attack on the Milan-based Hacking Team has asked the case to be dismissed, according to multiple sources. On Monday, the Milan prosecutor Alessandro Gobbis sent a notice to the people under investigation informing them that he had sent the judge a request to shut down the investigation, according to a copy of the document obtained by Motherboard.