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Proprietary Software: International Day Against DRM, Windows Causes Deaths in Hospitals, 'Sherlocked by Apple' and "Bad Old Days Are Coming Back"

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  • International Day Against DRM 2019 Focuses on Education
  • Hospitals Resume Accepting Patients After Malware Attack [iophk: Windows TCO]

    The DCH Health System said its hospitals in the west Alabama cities of Tuscaloosa, Northport and Fayette resumed admitting patients Thursday, and its imaging and patient scheduling services were going back online Friday.

    The system said key operations were back to normal 10 days after a ransomware attack encrypted information and prevented its computer systems from communicating with each other. The hospitals kept treating people, but new patients were sent to alternative locations in Birmingham or Mississippi.

    The company hasn't said how much ransom it paid to regain control of its systems, but an executive said insurance covered the cost.

  • What To Do When You Get Sherlocked By Apple

    It’s pretty standard for at least a few third-party developers to get crushed during Apple’s annual press conference. At some point in the presentation, Apple will announce a new OS feature, while some developer watches in disbelief as Apple swindles their entire business.

    It’s a phenomenon widely referred to as getting “sherlocked” (you can read more about how the term came to be here). It’s oddly flattering and intensely infuriating, and I know this first hand because it happened to the company I work for.

  • With Windows Virtual Desktop, the bad old days are coming back

    This is not a good thing. Ultimately, I want computing power to be in my hands, not Microsoft’s or any other company’s. If you go along with this, as any poor sod working in Venezuela with Adobe products can tell you, you’re asking for pure misery.

4 Best Docker GUI tools to manage containers graphically

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Docker is basically a virtualized open-source environment that allows users to distribute and install multiple apps on the server but without interfering each other’s installation and process. Docker benefits most from cluster environments and data centres. It provides an isolated environment for the container. Now, what are Docker containers?

You can compare the Docker Container with multiple containers available on a single shipyard with different articles. In the same way, Docker has implemented a technology called containers, which you can say a term used alternatively instead of virtual machines. However, containers take less space as compared to regular VMs.

The operating system images created by different developers to be used on containers are a package of a single application and all dependencies such as libraries, utilities, and static data into one image file, but without a complete operating system. That’s why containers can be compared to lightweight virtualization. All containers installed on any Docker can run simultaneously using the host OS kernel but with isolated processes. This gives them better performance while using low resource. The images running on it are only of few MBs. However, unlike VirtualBox or Hyper-V, natively the containers and Docker is available to manage using a command-line interface whether you want to download some OS image or managing of different apps, you need to type commands. It could be cumbersome for noobs or professionals those have to manage multiple containers on personal desktop or data centres or server clusters.

Thus, to mitigate all such incommodious the Docker provides an API that can be used to manage it using GUI (graphical user interface) based desktop applications and web-based management tools.

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man-pages-5.03 is released

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I've released man-pages-5.03. The release tarball is available on kernel.org. The browsable online pages can be found on man7.org. The Git repository for man-pages is available on kernel.org.

This release resulted from patches, bug reports, reviews, and comments from 45 contributors. The release includes over 200 commits that change around 80 pages.

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Rspamd 2.0 has been released

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We have released Rspamd 2.0 today.

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Also: Rspamd 2.0 Released For Advancing Free Software Spam Filtering

System Cleaner BleachBit 2.3 Switches To GTK+ 3, Includes Much Faster File Scanning

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BleachBit, a system cleaner (and more) for Linux and Windows, was updated to version 2.3 beta recently, receiving some major changes. The new version was upgraded from GTK+ 2 to GTK+ 3, file scanning should be much faster, and there's also a new dark mode, among other changes.

BleachBit is a free and open source tool to clean up your computer to free up disk space, with some privacy features on top. It can remove the web cache, cookies, URL history, temporary files and log files of popular web browsers like Firefox, Google Chrome / Chromium, Opera, Safari, etc., remove the cache, recently used and temporary files for many popular applications, remove unused localization (language) files, and much more. The tool may also be used to shred files to prevent data recovery, and wipe free disk space to hide previously deleted files.

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Software: SVT-VP9, Kitty and Must-Have Browser Addon for Mastodon Users

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  • Intel SVT-VP9 Finally Makes Its First Pre-Release For Speedy VP9 Encoding

    While Intel's SVT-VP9 video encode has been public since February and receiving frequent Git commits for advancing this very fast open-source VP9 video encoder, finally today it saw its first tagged release, being called the SVT-VP9 0.1 pre-release.

    While its version is just 0.1, at least from our extensive testing over the past number of months it is surprising they are not calling it SVT-VP9 1.0 yet. SVT-VP9 is super fast on modern x86_64 CPUs and has been working out very well along with Intel's other open-source Scalable Video Technology (SVT) encoders.

  • kitty – hardware-accelerated terminal emulator

    One of the reasons why I became interested in Linux was the allure of the command line. The command line offers advantages day-to-day because of facets like its scalability, scriptability, simple design, and simple interface. At the command line, there’s enormous power at our fingertips. Its continuing flexibility and power remain big draws to this day. It’s perfectly possible to do everything at the command line with the exception of comfortable web browsing, and a few specialized tasks.

    It’s true that some people consider the command line to be arcane and obsolete. They prefer graphical interfaces. And for non-technical people and beginners, few dispute good graphical user interfaces make life easier. And I love GUI software. But who doesn’t want the best of both worlds?

    The power of the command line can be accessed on the desktop by using a terminal emulator. The terminal window allows the user to access a console and all its applications such as command line interfaces (CLI) and text user interface software. Even with sophisticated modern desktop environments packed with administrative tools, other utilities, and productivity software all sporting attractive graphical user interfaces, it remains the case that some tasks are best undertaken with the command line.

    The terminal emulator is a venerable but essential tool for everyone using the command line. There are so many terminal emulators available for Linux that the choice is, frankly, bamboozling.

    What distinguishes kitty from the vast majority of terminal emulators? It offers GPU-acceleration combined with a wide feature set. It’s targeted at power keyboard users. It’s billed as a modern, hackable, featureful, OpenGL based terminal emulator.

  • Must Have Browser Addon for Mastodon User

    It is Simplified Federation. It's a skipper, it skips our username input whenever we want to Follow or Favorite a user from different Mastodon server. Indeed, in Mastodon today we still cannot work in only one browser window as every of such external interaction opens a new small window. But thanks to this addon, it's a lot more easier now. I will show you how to install it on Mozilla Firefox as it needs a little setup. Let's go!

Try App Outlet On Xubuntu, Universal App Store for Linux Desktop!

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In a forum, I often read the debate between the use of several types of package formats on Linux. In Ubuntu we know a variety of applications that are packaged in various packages. Examples are Flatpak, Appimage, Snap, Apt and others.

Sometimes, one user and another have different opinions when choosing a package. An example is in my post about the advantages of appimage. There are some comments about this package. There are pros and cons to this package. All returned to user needs. We cannot generalize the needs and choices of users who choose certain packages.

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Proprietary Software Leftovers

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  • Discord Confirms Layoffs After Internal Restructuring

    The truth is that Discord has had a really complicated 2018 year. After overcoming the barrier of 250 million registered users, last September they canceled their subscription service, Discord Nitro, which allowed access to different video games through a monthly payment. The company wrote in its blog that users were not playing the games in the Nitro subscription.

    Discord made headlines last December when they changed the policy of percentage of profits that the developers who published their video games took on their platform, a kind of counterattack to Steam and Epic Games Store after their two changes at the end of last year.

  • DJs You Are Warned ⁠— Do NOT Upgrade Into MacOS Catalina

    With the removal of iTunes in Catalina, users lost support for XML files and native playback on Macs. The XML file loss is a massive blow to most DJ software, which relies on the format for setlist organization.

    Popular DJ apps like Traktor and Rekordbox read these XML files. iTunes has been the default way that many DJs find their tracks for years now. With Music replacing iTunes in Catalina, there’s no feature parity there.

The BlueMail Email Client is Now Available for Linux

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The app boasts support for IMAP, Exchange & POP3 as well as all the leading web-mail providers and private mail server configurations.

“With this expansion to Linux, BlueMail is now able to serve a large professional market. Users can benefit from a single, modern user experience across all of their devices without compromising on premium features, security, or privacy,” Blix Inc, makers of BlueMail say.

Until today I had never heard of this app or service — but I’m probably alone because the BlueMail Android app has over 5,000,000 installs (yes, 5 million), and there are iOS and Windows versions available too.

“We set out to make the best email experience from day one and the response from customers has been extremely positive. Developing a platform for Linux was the next step,” Dan Volach, co-founder at Blix, adds.

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Top Photo Metadata Editors (Updated 2019)

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A metadata editor is computer software which allows users to view and edit metadata tags interactively and save them in the graphics file. So, metadata is information that is part of the image file and contains information about the image itself and the creation of the image. It can set textual information such as title, description, exposure time, ISO value, focal length, and copyright. Some modern digital cameras and camera phones are GPS enabled and they can save the location co-ordinates (latitude and longitude) with the photographs. Metadata editors can also set geolocation information by browsing a map or setting coordinates directly, which is particularly useful for cameras without GPS. There are many reasons why users might wish to modify metadata of photographs.

This “metadata” is embedded into photographs using the standard Exif format that can easily be read by image editing programs as well as online photo sharing websites like Flickr.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of the finest metadata editors available for Linux. We have whittled the available range down to the top 6 superior tools for metadata management.

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