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Software: Kdenlive, ucaresystem, FFmpeg, Calibre, NetworkManager

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  • Kdenlive 17.08.3 released

    The last dot release of the 17.08 series is out with minor fixes. We continue focus on the refactoring branch with steady progress towards a stable release.

  • ucaresystem core 4.2.3 : One installer for Ubuntu and Debian based distributions

    I am pleased to announce that ucaresystem core version 4.2.3 has been released with some cool features. Now either you have an Ubuntu or Debian based distribution, you just need only one deb package installer.

  • FFmpeg Lands NVDEC-Accelerated H.264 Decoding

    NVIDIA has been shifting their focus from VDPAU for GPU-accelerated video decoding to instead the NVIDIA Video Codec SDK that offers NVENC for encoding and NVDEC for video decoding. FFmpeg has landed initial NVDEC support.

    NVIDIA has been transitioning their focus with Linux video acceleration from using the Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix (VDPAU) to the cross-platform, CUDA-based Video Codec SDK with NVENC/NVDEC while VDPAU continues to be supported for the time being.

  • Calibre Open-Source eBook Management App Now Supports the New Nook Glowlight 3

    A new update of the open-source and cross-platform Calibre ebook management software is now available for download, and it brings support for the new Nook Glowlight 3 e-reader.

    Calibre 3.12 is out, and it introduces a driver for the new Nook Glowlight 3, a 6-inch e-reader with a Carta E-ink screen with touchscreen and color-changing front light. This means that you'll be able to connect your Nook Glowlight 3 e-reader to Calibre to sync e-books.

    Furthermore, Calibre 3.12 now lets users specify extra file formats that the application doesn't support by default for wireless sending in the wireless driver, as well as to configure metadata fields that are displayed in the Book Details pop-up window by clicking on the "Configure" link at the bottom.

  • NetworkManager 1.10 Released With OpenVSwitch & WPS Connection Support

    NetworkManager 1.10 was released today as the newest version of this commonly used Linux network management utility.

Wine 2.21 Released

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  • Wine 2.21 Released

    The Wine development release 2.21 is now available.

  • Wine 2.21 Supports Direct3D Indirect Draws, More ARM Work

    Alexandre Julliard has released the latest bi-weekly development snapshot of Wine as this project approaches its Wine 3.0 release around the end of the year.

  • Wine 2.21 Fixes More Witcher 3 Issues, Improves Serial Port Detection on Linux

    Wine, the open-source compatibility layer for running Windows apps and games on Linux-based and UNIX-like operating systems, has been updated today to version 2.21.

    Wine 2.21 is a development release coming eleven days after the previous milestone, Wine 2.20, to add a bunch of enhancements, such as indirect draws support in Direct 3D, better serial port detection on GNU/Linux systems, as well as better DPI scaling in the Shell Explorer.

Software: GNU Time, Lizard, NetworkManager, Notes Up, SReview

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Software: nomacs, NetworkManager, Opera, PostgreSQL Neon, Krita

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  • nomacs Image Lounge 3.8.0

    nomacs is licensed under the GNU General Public License v3 and available for Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, Mac, and OS/2.

  • NetworkManager 1.9.90
  • NetworkManager 2.0 Promises Basic Open vSwitch Support, Bluetooth NAP and WPS

    Work on the next major NetworkManager 2.0 release started in early September under the 1.9.x umbrella, and the open-source network connection manager recently entered beta stages of development.

    Developer Beniamino Galvani announced the release of NetworkManager 2.0 Beta (1.9.90), giving us an insight into the new features and improvements coming to this major release of the most used network connection management software for GNU/Linux distributions.

    The biggest new feature of NetworkManager 2.0 appears to be initial support for the Open vSwitch open-source implementation of a distributed virtual multilayer switch, which will allow users to set up basic Open vSwitch configurations. Open vSwitch support will be enhanced in future releases.

  • Opera 49 Web Browser Released with Advanced Screenshot Tool, Built-In VR Player

    Opera Software released today the final Opera 49 web browser for all supported platforms, a release that introduces numerous new features and an extra layer of performance improvements.

    Opera 49 has been in development for the past several months, and since we've pretty much covered its entire development cycle, you should already know which are some of the most prominent features included in this release, starting with the built-in, advanced screenshot tool and VR 360 player, and continuing with the ability to rearrange extensions in the toolbar and the refined private browsing mode.

  • PostgreSQL 10.1 Released

    PostgreSQL 10.1 is now available as the first update over the recently released PostgreSQL 10.

  • #KDE #KDENEON Plasma 5.11.3 Bugfix release ready in User edition
  • Learn Digital Painting with Krita in Bogota, Colombia

    Lina Porras and David Saenz from the Ubuntu Colombia user group wrote to tell us that they will give an introduction to digital painting with Krita starting this Saturday. David will be teaching Krita four Saturday sessions.

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Software: Teleconsole, Audacity, AtCore and More

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  • Teleconsole – A Tool To Share Your Terminal Session Instantly To Anyone In Seconds

    You may already know about popular remote desktop sharing applications which is available in market such as Teamviewer, Skype, Join.me, Chrome Remote Desktop, Real VNC, Apache Guacamole, etc,.

    It’s used to share entire system but in some situation, if you want to share your terminal session alone, what you will do?

  • Audacity 2.2 Open-Source Audio Editor Brings MIDI Playback, macOS Sierra Support

    Audacity, the open-source and cross-platform audio editor for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows operating systems, has been updated this week to a new stable series, versioned 2.2.

    Audacity 2.2 wants to be a notable release of the application, introducing some substantial changes, both internal and user-visible ones. Highlights include support for playing MIDI files, which appears to be fully automatic on Windows systems, but requires Linux and macOS users to use a software synthesizer program.

  • Audacity 2.2.0 Released with Big Changes

    The Audacity audio editing software has scored a huge new update. Audacity 2.2.0 adds new themes, improved menus, and new recording behaviour.

  • AtCore’s First public beta!

    The time has finally come to release our first beta of AtCore for the general public to use. We would really like to ensure that AtCore is working with as many machines as possible so we encourage everyone who can to test AtCore and provide us with feedback on what worked and what did not. Included in this release is the Atcore Test Client a simple GUI. This is easy to use and should work well for most people. This client only for testing Atcore and we will be releaseing Atelier as our offical client at a later time.

  • Dirk Eddelbuettel: pinp 0.0.4: Small tweak

    A maintenance release of our pinp package for snazzier one or two column vignettes is now on CRAN as of yesterday.

    In version 0.0.3, we disabled the default pnasbreak command we inherit from the PNAS LaTeX style. That change turns out to have been too drastic. So we reverted yet added a new YAML front-matter option skip_final_break which, if set to TRUE, will skip this break. With a default value of FALSE we maintain prior behaviour.

  • Krita 3.3.2 Update Makes the Digital Painting App Render Up to 10,000 Frames

    The second bugfix release for the Krita 3.3 stable series of the open-source and cross-platform digital painting app arrived this week with several performance improvements and many bug fixes.

    Krita 3.3.2 comes three weeks after the first point release in the new stable series, Krita 3.3.1, to address to important regressions, namely the reading of brush presets with textures and Windows Ink tablet and wintab handling, which were broke in the Microsoft Windows 10 Build 1709 operating system.

Audacity 2.2, Auryo, F1 2017

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  • Audacity 2.2 Released With New Themes, MIDI Playback & Other Changes

    The Audacity open-source digital audio editor is out with a new feature release.

    Audacity 2.2 ships with four UI themes, adds playback support for MIDI files, improves the organization in menus, and now links the help buttons to the relevant manual pages. There are also nearly 200 bug fixes, complete support for macOS 10.12 Sierra, improved error recovery, and more.

  • Auryo is a Desktop SoundCloud App that Works on Linux

    Auyro is a desktop SoundCloud app for Linux, Windows & macOS. It supports Soundcloud features, keyboard shortcuts, and boasts a modern design.

  • Trying Out The Intel Vulkan Driver With F1 2017 On Linux

    With Feral Interactive's port of F1 2017 to Linux, only Radeon via RADV and NVIDIA are supported for this racing game that's making use of the Vulkan graphics API under Linux. For those curious about if Intel graphics can squeeze by for this game with the open-source "ANV" Intel Vulkan driver, I tried it out.

    Following the Radeon RADV vs. NVIDIA GeForce benchmarks yesterday and ahead of some larger comparisons and other discrete GPU Linux tests of this game that was released on Thursday, I decided to see how far Intel graphics could drive this popular game.

Software: Krita, Elisa, YakYak, Narabu, NoFlo, Calibre, Signal

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  • Krita 3.3.2 Released

    Today we are releasing Krita 3.3.2, a bugfix release for Krita 3.3.0.

  • Last Weeks Activity in Elisa

    Elisa is a music player designed to be simple and nice to use.

    I have missed those regular posts due to real life interrupting me a lot the last two weeks.

  • YakYak – A Cross-Platform Google Hangouts Desktop Client

    YakYak is a free and open source (unofficial) desktop client of Google’s Hangouts and it is available for Windows, macOS and Linux, with a wide variety of options.

  • Introducing Narabu, part 5: Encoding
  • Get ready for NoFlo 1.0

    After six years of work, and bunch of different projects done with NoFlo, we’re finally ready for the big 1.0. The two primary pull requests for the 1.0.0 cycle landed today, and so it is time to talk about how to prepare for it.

  • Calibre Open-Source eBook Reader Now Supports Amazon's All-New Kindle Oasis

    Calibre, the open-source and cross-platform ebook management software, received a new update today that brought support for Amazon's latest Kindle device.

    Calibre 3.11 is the latest stable release of the application, and, according to the release notes, it now supports the all-new Kindle Oasis e-reader from Amazon, which is also company's very-first waterproof Kindle device. Support for Kindle Oasis was implemented in the Kindle driver so you can connect it to Calibre to sync books.

  • Signal Finally Gets a Dedicated Desktop App

    Secure messaging service Signal now has a dedicated desktop app for Windows, macOS and Linux.

    Until now, the only way to continue an encrypted chat from your mobile to the desktop was to use a Chrome web app. That app is now deprecated,  replaced by a new, cross-platform Electron-based program.

Brisk Menu 0.5

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  • Brisk Menu 0.5 Released with Support for Favorites and Actions, App Pinning

    Solus Project leader Ikey Doherty announced today the release and immediate availability for download of the Brisk Menu 0.5 application menu for GNU/Linux distributions.

    Brisk Menu 0.5 appears to be a major update coming five months after the last maintenance update to the 0.4 series, bringing highly requested features like a new Favourites category where users can pin their favorite apps simply by right-clicking on an item, support for .desktop file actions in the context menu, as well as the ability to pin and unpin app from the desktop.

  • Brisk Menu 0.5 Released with ‘Favoriting’ & Desktop Action Support

    Brisk menu 0.5 has been released. The fast, efficient app menu applet for MATE desktop adds support for adding apps to a 'favorites' category.

Software and howtos

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  • scikit-survival 0.4 released and presented at PyCon UK 2017
  • Signal Introduces Standalone Desktop App for Windows, Mac, Linux

    Open Whisper Systems launched Signal desktop app through Chrome browser back in 2016. The company is finally bringing a standalone app for the private messaging service. "Signal Desktop is now available in a new, standalone form, and the Chrome App has been deprecated," the company said in an announcement blog post.

    The new standalone desktop version of Signal means that it will run independently of the browser. "If you're a Firefox or Safari user, you don't need to install Chrome to send and receive Signal messages on your computer. If you're a Chrome user, having your browser open will no longer be synonymous with having Signal Desktop open," explains the company in a blog post. The standalone Signal desktop app has been launched with support for platforms including Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 as well as macOS 10.9 and above. The company has also released a standalone app for Linux distributions supporting APT like Ubuntu or Debian.

  • Standalone Signal Desktop

    Signal Desktop is now available in a new, standalone form, and the Chrome App has been deprecated.

    The new desktop version of Signal runs independently of your browser. If you’re a Firefox or Safari user, you don’t need to install Chrome to send and receive Signal messages on your computer. If you’re a Chrome user, having your browser open will no longer be synonymous with having Signal Desktop open.

  • Lucidor – A Lightweight & Cross-Platform Ebook Reader

    Lucidor is a cross-platform ebook reader and manager with support for catalogs in the OPDS format and the EPUB file format.

    As a XULRunner application, it resembles the look and feel of the famous Firefox web browser with its tabbed layout and configuration settings panel.

    As simple as it is, you can use it to convert web pages and web feeds into ebooks, update your library’s metadata from the internet, and even search for and download ebooks online.

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KDE: Linux and Qt in Automotive, KDE Discover, Plasma5 18.01 in Slackware

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    For anyone around the Gothenburg area on Feb 1st, you are most welcome to the Automotive MeetUp held at the Pelagicore and Luxoft offices. There will be talks about Qt/QML, our embedded Linux platform PELUX and some ramblings about open source in automotive by yours truly ;-)
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GNU/Linux: Live Patching, Gravity of Kubernetes, Welcome to 2018

  • How Live Patching Has Improved Xen Virtualization
    The open-source Xen virtualization hypervisor is widely deployed by enterprises and cloud providers alike, which benefit from the continuous innovation that the project delivers. In a video interview with ServerWatch, Lars Kurth, Chairman of the Xen Project Advisory Board and Director, Open Source Solutions at Citrix, details some of the recent additions to Xen and how they are helping move the project forward.
  • The Gravity of Kubernetes
    Most new internet businesses started in the foreseeable future will leverage Kubernetes (whether they realize it or not). Many old applications are migrating to Kubernetes too. Before Kubernetes, there was no standardization around a specific distributed systems platform. Just like Linux became the standard server-side operating system for a single node, Kubernetes has become the standard way to orchestrate all of the nodes in your application. With Kubernetes, distributed systems tools can have network effects. Every time someone builds a new tool for Kubernetes, it makes all the other tools better. And it further cements Kubernetes as the standard.
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