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Sottware News: VLC, Quod Libet, Gerbera, VirtualBox, FreeCAD, Calibre, GNOME, and LibreOffice

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  • What's the story with VLC?

    VLC is one of the most used software in the world, and it's completely free. Where does it come from? This is your answer ...

  • [Very old] 8 Free Linux BitTorrent Clients For linux users

    BitTorrent is an open source peer-to-peer file protocol for sharing large software and media files. It is a well established protocol which accounts for a significant proportion of internet traffic. Many Linux companies rely on BitTorrent as a key method of distributing their software, relieving the bandwidth burden on their servers. Downloads get faster when there are lots of users downloading and sharing at once. So to provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 8 polished Linux BitTorrent clients. Hopefully,We think the software presented here represents the big players, and a wide range of interfaces and features.

  • Quod Libet 3.9 Highlights

    (Quod Libet is a audio library tagger, manager, and player for Linux / Windows / macOS)

  • Gerbera v1.0 Released

    I am proud to announce the first release of the Gerbera media server!

    There have been over 340 commits since the last commit on the MediaTomb git. These including porting the build system to cmake, removing lots of bundled code (including libupnp itself), replacing spidermonkey with duktape, code housekeeping, album artwork support, bugfixes and more.

  • VirtualBox: Are You Getting Your Money’s Worth?

    Well of course you are. It’s free, isn’t it? Ok, so then why not double the return on your investment? Why not find out how much more you can accomplish as a VirtualBox power user?

    Oracle’s VirtualBox is easy to install, easy to use, and gives you the ability to run virtual versions of just about any modern operating system from within any other modern operating system. Windows 10 on Ubuntu Linux? I’ve done it myself. FreeBSD on CentOS Linux? Sure, why not?

  • FreeCAD Arch development news - May 2017

    So here we are for our monthly report of what has been going on on the FreeCAD front this month. As usual, I will mostly talk about what I have been doing myself, but don't forget that many people are working on FreeCAD, so there is always much more happening than what I talk about in these notes.

  • 10 Alternative Web browsers for the Linux operating system
  • Top 10 Text Editors for Linux Desktop

    In this article we are going to look at the top 10 text editors for Linux desktop environment. Some text editors are not just a default editor to edit text but also doubles up as an IDE, which makes it quite useful. These are very helpful in developing application in the linux environment and even though there are a lot of text editors out there, we are only going to focus on the ten best text editors for the linux desktop environment. So let’s quickly jump into the list without wasting any more time:

  • [Older] Arcan 0.5.2

    A new version of Arcan has been tagged. There is no demo video or fancy screenshots this time around; those things will have to wait until updates come to the related projects (mainly Durden) in a few weeks. Most of the work that remains on the 0.5 series isn’t much to look at by itself – but is nevertheless conceptually and technically interesting.

  • Ambient Noise (ANoise) Player Fixed For Ubuntu 16.04 And Newer

    Ambient Noise, or ANoise is a simple, lightweight application for playing ambient noises, such as waves, rain, fire, and so on, useful to help you stay focused and boost productivity, or fall asleep.

    The application didn't work in Ubuntu 16.04 and newer until recently, when it was updated to GStreamer 1.0 and Python 3, along with some bug fixes.

  • Calibre 3.0 Adds Support for Reading Books In-Browser on Your Phone or Tablet

    Calibre developer Kovid Goyal unveiled today Calibre 3.0, a major update of the open-source and cross-platform ebook library management application for all GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows computers.

    Compared to the 2.0 series of the app, Calibre 3.0's biggest new feature is an entirely re-written Content Server component that lets users read book in-browser on their phone and tablet devices. Best of all, the implementation also works offline, so you won't need an Internet connection to read your favorite books while on the go.

  • Canonical/GNOME Hackfest, Huge Sale & SteamOS Update | This Week in Linux (Ep.4)

    Big Linux Gaming news this week from and Valve. In App News, updates from Wireshark and the Tor Browser. GnuPG announced a crowdfunding campaign and KDE Connect has something really cool on the horizon. This week we saw quite a few Distro Releases from Bodhi Linux, KaOS, and ROSA. We got some cool updates from the GNOME team including how Canonical has been working with GNOME to improve many aspects of it. All that and more.

  • Troubleshooting Builder

    If you find yourself needing to troubleshoot Builder (hopefully just during our development cycles) you can now run the command “counters” from the command bar (Ctrl+Enter). This gives you access to some internal counters.

    You can get these out of process too, using dazzle-list-counters PID which cracks open the shared memory page and dumps the counters.

  • GNOME: The Desktop I Don’t Need to Think About

    I moved to GNOME from Xfce a few months ago (spurred by a new desktop machine), but I couldn’t find the time to write up my experiences. Canonical announcing the death of Unity last month seemed like a good to finally get my thoughts down.

    Way back in November, I got a new desktop. My beloved Thinkpad T420 was aging and slightly slow, but since it never left my desk, a small desktop and large monitor seemed to make more sense. I knew from the beginning I was going with GNOME, since it’s always felt fast and wired for people like me, who don’t want to use their mouse. Of course, Xfce has that same kind of configureability, but if I was using new hardware, why not take advantage of the processing power and use something nice looking, like GNOME?

  • LibreOffice Quality Assurance: six months in statistics (part 1)

    During the last six months (from 23 November 2016 to 21 May 2017), many things have happened in LibreOffice and in Bugzilla, its bug tracker, where bugs are reported by users, triaged by the quality assurance (QA) team and finally handled by developers, if needed.

Leftovers: Software, KDE, GNOME, Mozilla...

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  • Atom Editor 1.18 Released with Rich Git Integration

    Y’all love the Atom text editor. You can’t lie. I’ve seen download stats.

    So you’ll be super stoked to know that Atom 1.18 is available for you to download — and it comes with a BIG new feature: git and Github integration.

  • Tomahawk Music Player is “Essentially Abandoned”

    Don’t expect to see any new releases of Tomahawk player, a multi-service music app Windows, Mac and Linux.

    A recent Github commit to the project code announces that the project “is essentially abandoned”.

    “There is noone (sic) working on it. There isn’t much sense in adding any new issues in the issue tracker unless you want to fix them yourself,” the update adds.

  • New in calibre 3.0

    Welcome back, calibre users. It has been almost three years since calibre 2.0. In that time lots has happened. The biggest new feature, which was in development for almost that entire period, is a completely re-written calibre Content server.

  • GCC 6.4 To Be Released In Early July

    Richard Biener has announced plans for releasing GCC 6.4 in the near future as another maintenance update to last year's GCC 6 launch.

  • New projects on Hosted Weblate

    Hosted Weblate provides also free hosting for free software projects. The hosting requests queue was over one month long, so it's time to process it and include new project.

  • Jetico's BestCrypt Container Encryption for Linux

    Cyber-attacks are now constant, threats to privacy are increasing, and more rigid regulations are looming worldwide. To help IT folks relax in the face of these challenges, Jetico updated its BestCrypt Container Encryption solution to include Container Guard.

  • KDE Applications 17.08 Schedule finalized
  • I’m going to Akademy! Neon team and more..

    But all is now well in the land of Scarlett Gately Clark. I have now settled into my new life in beautiful Payson, AZ.

  • Vulkan Support in Qt 5.10 – Part 2

    In Vulkan all per-application state is stored in a VkInstance object, see the the specification for a detailed overview. In Qt, Vulkan instances are represented by QVulkanInstance. This is backed by a QPlatformVulkanInstance following the usual QPA patterns. The platform plugins, at least the ones that are interested in providing Vulkan support, are expected to provide an implementation for it under the hood. As described earlier, this currently covers windows, xcb and android.

  • Making Use Of Vulkan In Qt 5.10
  • GNOME Calendar: The much awaited recurrence-dialog is finally here!

    It’s been quite a while since I last posted here and there’s a reason behind it. Lesson learnt: implementing ‘Evolution Data Server’ API correctly requires lot of effort and also some amount of experimentation. So finally, after a lot of hard work, ‘Editing recurrent events’ is now possible in GNOME Calendar.

  • Container secrets: size allocation, part 6

    We are entering another of the more mysterious areas of GTK+ size allocation. Baselines move widgets from a simple box-with-width-and-height model to one where widgets can be aligned vertically in more interesting ways. The main place where this is matters is text. The readers eye is very sensitive to words moving up and down as you move along a line of text. Baselines are there to avoid that.

  • Todoist Preferences Panel for To Do

    A lot has happened in the first two weeks of coding period and i am excited to share it with everyone. So, for the first two weekend I worked on adding a Preferences Panel that allows users to add/modify Todoist account that they want to use with To Do. Earlier we had planned to make it work in sandboxed environment, but upon mclasen’s suggestion we are sticking with getting the Goa Portal and Todoist account addition to work on non-sandboxed environment first.

  • Firefox 55 Beta Prepping Numerous Changes

    With Firefox 54 having shipped this week, Firefox 55 is now in beta.

Software: Gitter, git-cinnabar 0.5.0 Beta 2, and GitHub's Atom 1.18

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  • Gitter and Mattermost: two desktop apps for your future chat platform

    In the hunt for the perfect communication platform or protocol, a lot of companies are experimenting, which can lead to some confusion as not everyone is moving at the same pace: one team on IRC, another one on Slack, one on “anything but Slack, have you tried Mattermost? It’s almost like RocketChat”. Then, if a platform emerges victorious, come the clients wars: which version, does the web version has less features than the desktop client, what about the mobile client?

  • Announcing git-cinnabar 0.5.0 beta 2

    Git-cinnabar is a git remote helper to interact with mercurial repositories. It allows to clone, pull and push from/to mercurial remote repositories, using git.

  • Atom 1.18

    Today’s Atom 1.18 release introduces Git and GitHub integration right inside your editor!

  • GitHub Improves Launching of Its Atom Editor from Windows Subsystem for Linux

    As teased last month when Atom 1.18 was promoted to the Beta channel, along with the stable Atom 1.17 release, the biggest new feature is the integration of both Git and GitHub straight into the heart of Atom.

    "We’re thrilled to be shipping rich integration with Git and GitHub in Atom 1.18! This is merely the first release but we’re excited about what it already brings to the editor," says Ian Olsen, Atom and Electron developer at GitHub.

Leftovers: Software

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  • The end for fedfs-utils

    Chuck Lever has announced that the fedfs-utils project, which created utilities for the Federated Filesystem, will no longer be developed.

  • Proposal for end-of-life for fedfs-utils development

    Upstream fedfs-utils has not been under active development for two years or more, and there is a scant user base. I'd like to propose making 0.10 the final major release of fedfs-utils.

  • Tilix Review: One Awesome Terminal Emulator

    Looking for more features than what the default Gnome terminal provides? Let me introduce you to Tilix, a GTK3 tiling terminal emulator for Linux. If you haven’t heard of Tilix, you may recognize it by its old name, Terminix (there was a name change due to trademark infringement). But whatever we call it, this terminal emulator has some great features that even the casual user will find useful.

  • WPS Office for Linux 2016 (Apparently) Released
  • Starting up! [Marble]

    Marble Virtual Globe is an open-source globe that allows users to explore a 3D model of Earth, Mars, Venus, and the Moon, with a wide-variety of maps ranging from political to topographic. This year we will be focusing on its Android version, Marble Maps, and in my case, I am tasked with tidying up the UI, adding features and making sure it's all up to Material Design standards!

  • Integrate Git on Your Nautilus File Manager with This Extension

    Git is a version control system with which you can keep track of changes made to files even as you work with several people on the same directory (or project).

    It is probably no news to you that it is primarily used as a version control mechanism for open-source code and is the backbone of the most referenced website in our articles, GitHub.

  • Hands-on with Chrome’s wild new mobile interface

    As phones get bigger and bigger, putting all the controls at the top of the display—Desktop OS style—becomes less and less ergonomic. Phones like the Galaxy S8 Plus have displays that are about six inches tall, so there is no way most people can reach the top of the display one-handed. It's with this in mind that Google is totally rethinking the Chrome mobile design with a new layout that puts all the controls—even the address bar—at the bottom of the screen.

  • Firefox 54 Web Browser Lands in All Supported Ubuntu Linux Releases, Update Now

    Mozilla launched Firefox 54 web browser the other day for all supported platforms and dubbed it as "the best Firefox ever." The release was made available for download from the browser's official website for Linux, Mac, and Windows OSes.

    The biggest new feature of Firefox 54, the one that makes it "the best Firefox ever," is support for multiple content processes (also known as e10s-multi). In other words, Firefox 54 is the first release of the web browser to use multiple operating system processes for rendering web page content, making it faster and more reliable.

Leftovers: Software

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  • Using the latest syslog-ng on Turris Omnia

    The release candidate of version 3.7 of Turris OS – the OpenWRT-based operating system of Turris Omnia routers – is now available. Among many other changes, this updates syslog-ng from version 3.0 to 3.9, so it adds about seven years’ worth of new syslog-ng features, including new parsers, filters, formatting options, destinations, and performance enhancements.

  • Ayatana Indicators

    In the near future various upstream projects related to the Ubuntu desktop experience as we have known it so far may become only sporadically maintained or even fully unmaintained. Ubuntu will switch to the Gnome desktop environment with 18.04 LTS as its default desktop, maybe even earlier. The Application Indicators [1] brought into being by Canonical Ltd. will not be needed in Gnome (AFAIK) any more. We can expect the Application Indicator related projects become unmaintained upstream. (In fact I have recently been offered continuation of upstream maintenance of libdbusmenu).

  • Komorebi – A Beautiful Wallpapers Manager with Parallax Effect for Linux

    You might not be tired of seeing still wallpapers on your desktop just yet but maybe it’s time to move on to backgrounds with cooler features anyway – parallax wallpapers.

  • Restoring tabs

    In order to be able to restore a tab in Nautilus, we have to keep a list with the minimum of information to recover the tab. This means that we’ll store the history, the view before search, in case the closed tab is a search, so that we know what was the view type before searching and last but not least, the location which was closed. Storing the location also means that the window will now keep a reference of the closed locations.

  • An Observation in UI Design

    Reading the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines gives a good idea on how to arrange elements and reduce complexity. The HIGs also emphasize on having a clear goal which helps in deciding which elements need to be arranged at all. But I did not grasp the wideness of being purpose-driven for this goal of the application which might then mean to abstract from technical details on the way. So now I try to explain this observation here.


Leftovers: Software and Games

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  • CopyQ -An Advanced Clipboard Manager for Linux

    CopyQ is an advanced clipboard manager with editing and scripting features, that lets you intelligently manipulate your system’s clipboard content and use it within a wide range of applications. It monitors your system’s clipboard and saves its content in a way you can later paste it directly into another application.

  • RcppMsgPack 0.1.1

    A new package! Or at least new on CRAN as the very initial version 0.1.0 had been available via the ghrr drat for over a year. But now we have version 0.1.1 to announce as a CRAN package.

    RcppMspPack provides R with MessagePack header files for use via C++ (or C, if you must) packages such as RcppRedis.

  • Smack v4.2 Introduces OMEMO Support!

    I have the honour to announce the latest release of Smack! Version 4.2 brings among bug fixes and additional features like Explicit Message Encryption (XEP-0380) and Message Processing Hints (XEP-0334) support for OMEMO Multi-End-Message-and-Object encryption (XEP-0384). OMEMO was developed by Andreas Straub for the Conversations messenger (also as a Google Summer of Code project) in 2015. Since then it got quite popular and drew a lot of attention for XMPP in the media. My hope is that my efforts to develop an easy to use Smack module will result in an even broader adoption.

  • Tropico 6 Will Debut With Linux Support Next Year
  • Feral Is Bringing XCOM 2: War of the Chosen To Linux
  • Steam Direct Now Available For More Easily Getting Games On Steam

    Following the retirement of Valve's Steam Greenlight program, Steam Direct is now available as the streamlined, transparent, and accessible method for game developers to bring their games to Steam.

Wine Staging Release 2.10

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  • Wine Staging Release 2.10

    The Wine Staging release 2.10 is now available.

  • Wine-Staging 2.10 Released With macOS Preloader

    Building off last week's Wine 2.10 release is now the adjoining Wine-Staging 2.10 release with various experimental/testing features tacked on.

    New functionality added to Wine-Staging 2.10 includes a macOS preloader, ntoskrnl and winedevice improvements, and various other bug fixes and improvements.

  • Wine 2.10 released, nothing massive this time around

    Wine 2.10 has release recently and this release is one of the less exciting releases for Linux gamers. I imagine the Wine-Staging release isn't far behind now too.

Software: Pomodoro, Stacer, UDisks, Qtractor

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  • Gnome Pomodoro – A Timer to Help Increase Your Productivity

    I have written about apps that will help you concentrate by playing ambient noises e.g. Focusli and ANoise.

    This time around I’m introducing to you a timer app. It is based on the Pomodoro technique developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s and you might have come across it before (perhaps as a Chrome extension).

    The Pomodoro technique works by breaking down work into assigned time intervals (typically 25 minutes in length) separated by short breaks and that is exactly how Gnome Pomodoro works.

  • Linux System Utility ‘Stacer’ Updated with Process Monitoring Panel, New Look

    A new version Stacer, an open-source system cleaning n’ tune-up tool for Linux desktops, is available to download. Stacer 1.0.7 ships with improved language support, adds in a choice of light or dark theme, and introduces a new processes monitor. Processes can be sorted based on PID, CPU and memory usage, etc.

  • UDisks 2.7 Released, Migrates To Libblockdev

    The UDisks project that provides a D-Bus interface for querying and manipulating storage devices issued a big release earlier this month.

  • Lay down some audio tracks with Qtractor

    Whether you're an aspiring or accomplished musician, a volunteer roadie, or an experienced audio engineer, you'll be glad to hear that there are many options for making music with open source. This month, I want to introduce you to the sequencer that I use for my audio work, whether it's mixing soundtracks for short films or making music with my band or for myself: Qtractor.

    Qtractor is a digital audio workstation, a term that's a little fuzzy, but generally implies a model based around music tracks in the tradition of a multitrack recorder with an allowance for plugins and effects. In other words, Qtractor isn't a waveform editor like Audacity, and it isn't a DJ mixer like Mixxx. It's a big, all-in-one, one-stop-shop audio studio.

Software Releases: The New and the Slightly Older

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Software Releases: SDL2, Opus, Nikita, Cockpit, Chirp, G'MIC, and GNU Software (GnuTLS, Gnuastro, Remotecontrol)

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  • SDL2 Gets Initial Support For JACK Audio Kit

    SDL2 now has initial support for the JACK Audio Connection Kit sound server.

    SDL2 is now capable of targeting the multi-platform JACK sound server. It's a bit surprising JACK support for SDL has taken so long, but now it's there.

  • Opus Audio Codec 1.2 Release Candidate 1 Arrives

    Just weeks after the Opus 1.2 beta, the release candidate for this forthcoming audio codec update / library has been released.

    Libopus 1.2-rc1 is now available with additional fixes and improvements over the previous work in the 1.2 series, that included some ARM optimizations, low-bit-rate quality tuning, and more.

  • Release 0.1.1 of free software archive system Nikita announced

    I am very happy to report that the Nikita Noark 5 core project tagged its second release today. The free software solution is an implementation of the Norwegian archive standard Noark 5 used by government offices in Norway.

  • Cockpit 142

    Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. We release regularly. Here are the release notes from versions 141 and 142.

  • Chirp – An Electron-Based Twitter Client for Linux

    Twitter is arguably the biggest social media network after Facebook and that comes to us as no surprise since it is clear how it appeals to many users as not just a social site for exchanging photos but also as one to that helps one stay updated with online news and connected to various networking services.

  • G'MIC 2.0

    The IMAGE team of the research laboratory GREYC in Caen/France is pleased to announce the release of a new major version (numbered 2.0) of its project G’MIC: a generic, extensible, and open source framework for image processing. Here, we present the main advances made in the software since our last article. The new features presented here include the work carried out over the last twelve months (versions 2.0.0 and 1.7.x, for x varying from 2 to 9).

  • Sixteen new GNU releases in the month of May
  • GnuTLS 3.5.13
  • Gnuastro [GNU Astronomy Utilities] 0.3 released

    The third (version 0.3) release of GNU Astronomy Utilities (Gnuastro) is now available.

  • GNU Remotecontrol: Newsletter – June 2017
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