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Kraft out of KDE

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Following my last blog about Krafts upcoming release 0.80 I got a lot of positive reactions.

There was one reaction however, that puzzles me a bit and I want to share my thoughts here. It is about a comment about my announcement that I prefer to continue to develop Kraft on Github. The commenter reminded my friendly that there is still Kraft code on KDE infrastructure, and that switching to a different repository might waste peoples time when they work with the KDE repo.

That is a fair statement, of course I don’t want to waste peoples time. What sounds a bit strange to me is the second paragraph, that says that if I decide to stay with Github, I should let KDE people know that I wish Kraft to not be a KDE project anymore.

But … I never felt that Kraft should not be a KDE project any more.

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Software: Lector, Yoda, Suplemon, Cockpit, QSoas and More

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  • Lector – A Qt Based eBook Reader for Linux

    Lector is a customizable, open-source Qt-based eBook that you probably haven’t heard about yet because it saw its first official release approximately 11 days ago.

    It is not an eBook manager like the famous Calibre, but it has one of the best User Interfaces and data management methods among its peers; and you can use it to read all the popular eBook formats including PDFs, Amazon Kindle books, and comics.

    For starters, it features a library viewer typical of an eBook reader, except that it is eye candy. You can customize its font type and size; page color, zoom controls, and letter spacing. You can also right-click on books to edit their metadata i.e. author, title, genre, and publication year.

  • Yoda – The Command line Personal Assistant For Your Linux System

    A while ago, we wrote about a command line virtual assistant named “Betty”. Today, I stumbled upon a similar utility called “Yoda”. Yoda is a command line personal assistant who can help you to do some trivial tasks in Linux. It is a free, open source application written in Python. In this guide, we will see how to install and use Yoda in GNU/Linux.

  • Suplemon – A Powerful Console Text Editor with Multi Cursor Support
  • Cockpit 164

    Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. We release regularly. Here are the release notes from version 164.

  • Release 2.2 of QSoas

    The new release of QSoas is finally ready ! It brings in a lot of new features and improvements, notably greatly improved memory use for massive multifits, a fit for linear (in)activation processes (the one we used in Fourmond et al, Nature Chemistry 2014), a new way to transform "numbers" like peak position or stats into new datasets and even SVG output ! Following popular demand, it also finally brings back the peak area output in the find-peaks command (and the other, related commands) ! You can browse the full list of changes there.

  • Progress in monitoring

    Let's start with the netstats (hard)work @antares has done (still under review for merging into libgtop master, #1 merge request on libgtop gitlab): she did investigate a lot to find the best way to get per-process network statistics into libgtop, something Usage and System Monitor both should benefit from. This is implemented currently as a root daemon using libpcap for capturing packets and summing their sizes, exposing a dbus-interface, congratulate her for the great job and tremendous patience she has shown enduring all my reviews and nitpicking comments.

The Magnificent Seven unique Linux projects

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While the technology landscape feels big, complex and colorful, the actual variation in creativity and uniqueness isn’t that huge. Often, ideas build upon other ideas, with small changes and incremental improvements. This is also true of our favorite domain, Linux, with its towering pyramid of distros and forks and still more forks, a whole cutlery division. Lots of stuff but not necessarily variety.

In fact, I even believe there’s a decrease in uniqueness over the years, caused by over-saturation of ideas, the demise (or at least, the decline) of several major projects, and with them, the hope and enthusiasm, and of course, the weariness of the human intellect involved. Having inadequate resources, with teams and projects stretched thin, sure does not help. But that’s the negative side. The good thing is, alongside mediocrity, there have been some really amazing things out there, and I want to give them special attention in this article.

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RawTherapee 5.4 Released

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RawTherapee provides you with a selection of powerful tools with which you can practise the art of developing raw photos. Be sure to read RawPedia to understand how each tool works so that you may make the most of it. A great place to start is the "Getting Started" article. Click on "Main page" in the top-left corner when you have finished reading that article to see all other articles.

If you find a problem, don't keep it to yourself. Find out how to write useful bug reports to get the problem fixed.

Talk with other users and developers in our shared forum. You can also have a live chat using IRC - no installation necessary.

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Software: Goto, Dry, QEMU, GStreamer

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  • Goto – Quickly Navigate to Aliased Directories with Auto-Completion Support

    In a recent article, we talked about Gogo – a tool to create shortcuts for long paths in a Linux shell. Although gogo is a great way to bookmark your favorite directories inside a shell, however, it has one major limitation; it lacks an auto-completion feature.

    Because of the above reason, we went all out to find a similar utility with auto-completion support – where the shell can prompt with suggestions of the available aliases (shortcuts to long and complicated paths) and luckily, after crawling through Github, we discovered Goto.

  • Dry – An Interactive CLI Manager For Docker Containers

    Docker is a software that allows operating-system-level virtualization also known as containerization.

    It uses the resource isolation features of the Linux kernel such as cgroups and kernel namespaces, and others to allows independent containers to run within a single Linux instance.

    Docker provides a way to run applications securely isolated in a container, packaged with all its dependencies and libraries.

  • QEMU 2.12 Release Candidates Begin, GTK2 Support Deprecated

    The first release candidate of QEMU 2.12 is now available as the next feature release for this important piece of the Linux virtualization stack.

    QEMU 2.12 has been working on deprecating a lot of older CLI options that are no longer relevant, s390 architecture enhancements, SMP support by the tiny code generator (TCG) is now considered "non-experimental", PCI support in TCG, QEMU on KVM now supports systems larger than 7.999TB, QMP monitoring improvements, and the GTK2 support by QEMU is now officially deprecated in favor of the existing GTK3 code. QEMU 2.12 is also working on allowing host NVMe controllers to be directly driven via QEMU with VFIO.

  • GStreamer Major Release, OpenBMC Project, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds Free Mobile Version and More

    GStreamer, the cross-platform multimedia framework, announced a new major stable release yesterday. The new version 1.14.0 has lots of new features and bug fixes, including WebRTC support, "experimental support for the next-gen royalty-free AV1 video codec", Video4Linux encoding support and more. See the release notes for more info.

  • GStreamer 1.14 released
  • GStreamer 1.14.0 new major stable release

    The GStreamer team is proud to announce a new major feature release of your favourite cross-platform multimedia framework!

    The 1.14 release series adds new features on top of the previous 1.12 series and is part of the API and ABI-stable 1.x release series of the GStreamer multimedia framework.

GStreamer 1.14

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  • GStreamer Rust bindings 0.11 / plugin writing infrastructure 0.2 release

    Following the GStreamer 1.14 release and the new round of gtk-rs releases, there are also new releases for the GStreamer Rust bindings (0.11) and the plugin writing infrastructure (0.2).

  • GStreamer 1.14.0 Released With WebRTC Support, AV1 Video & Better Rust Bindings

    GStreamer 1.14.0 is now available as the first big feature release of 2018 for this widely-used, open-source multimedia framework.

    GStreamer 1.14 packs in many new features including experimental AV1 video codec support for that royalty-free specification, IPC pipeline improvements, RTSP 2.0 client/server support (Real Time Streaming Protocol 2.0), LAME/mpg123/twolame being promoted to the "good" plugin repository now that the related patents have expired for MP3, improved OpenGL integration, initial WebRTC support for real-time communication, and many other improvements.

GNU Mcron 1.1

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Atom 1.25

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  • Atom 1.25

    Atom 1.25 has been released on our stable channel and includes GitHub package improvements, improved syntax highlighting and code folding, Python and HTML language improvements and more.

  • GitHub's Atom Hackable Text Editor Gets Performance, Responsiveness Improvements

    GitHub released a new stable version of their open-source and cross-platform Atom hackable text editor with a bunch of enhancements, bug fixes, a new Electron version, as well as performance and responsiveness improvements.

    Atom 1.25 is now available for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows platforms, and it is packed with improvements for the GitHub package to let you stage and view changes affecting file mode modifications, additions to symbolic links, as well as the ability for the Diff view to no longer reset its scrolling position.

Software: KDE, DocKnot and More

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  • This week in Usability & Productivity, part 10

    Today’s Usability & Productivity status is jam-packed with awesome stuff that I think you’re all really gonna love.

  • DocKnot 1.03

    This is the software that I use to generate documentation for my software. Currently, it just handles README,, and the top-level web page for the package.

  • Linux Release Roundup: Amarok Sees First Release in 3 Years

    The past 7 days have been pretty dang busy in Linux release land. We’ve taken a look at the best GNOME 3.28 features, recapped the latest Firefox 59 changes, and made ourselves comfortable with the latest changes to Linux audiobook player Cozy.


Software: 5 Online Backup Solutions, Lector, Roundcube

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  • 5 Online Backup Solutions for Ubuntu Linux

    As the digital age progresses, the amount of data we produce each year is snowballing. There was a time when we could fit all of our personal digital data on a few floppy disks, but many of us now have hundreds of gigabytes, or even terabytes, of photos, videos, music, and documents that we need to backup and protect. Backing up our data locally is essential, but any good backup plan should also include off-site backups. “The Cloud” has promised us unlimited, cheap storage where we can save our ever-growing data. Online cloud backups should be a part of your overall backup plan, but it’s crucial that your data is secure, encrypted, and backed up automatically. Here are a few online backup tools that aim to make cloud backups easy for desktop Linux users.

  • This Qt eBook App for Linux is a Real Page Turner

    Lector a new open-source Qt-based ebook app for Linux desktops.

    It supports most common DRM-free ebook files, including EPUB, MOBI, and AZW, as well as comic book files in the CBZ or CBR format.

    In both visuals and in features Lector is something of a page-turner; a desktop ebook reader you can absolutely judge by its cover.

    So join me as I take a closer look at its features.

  • Roundcube fr_FEM locale 1.3.5

    Roundcube 1.3.5 was released today and with it, I've released version 1.3.5 of my fr_FEM (French gender-neutral) locale.

    This latest version is actually the first one that can be used with a production version of Roundcube: the first versions I released were based on the latest commit in the master branch at the time instead of an actual release. Not sure why I did that.

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