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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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Sci/Tech

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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Asterisk 15 and Evergreen 3.0.0 Released

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  • Asterisk 15 Debuts Advancing Open Source Collaboration Technology with Video

    Digium, the lead commercial sponsor behind the Asterisk open source PBX project, announced the release Asterisk 15 on Oct. 3, pushing the 13 year—old effort into the world of video conferencing.

  • Digium Announces Asterisk 15 Open Source Communications Software

    Asterisk is well known as the standard in open source audio communications and features an expansive ecosystem and installed base. Asterisk 15 extends the power of Asterisk by adding enhanced multi-party video conferencing and collaboration capabilities. With Asterisk 15, business application developers can now create custom audio and video communication solutions within one platform, bridging the gap between modern web-based communications and legacy telephony solutions.

  • Evergreen 3.0.0 released

    The Evergreen community is proud to announce the release of Evergreen 3.0.0, highly-scalable software for libraries that helps library patrons find library materials and helps libraries manage, catalog, and circulate those materials, no matter how large or complex the libraries.

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    Evergreen 3.0.0 requires PostgreSQL 9.4 or later and OpenSRF 3.0.0 or later.

    Evergreen 3.0.0 represents the culmination of a four-year project to create a web-based staff interface for Evergreen. It includes contributions from at least 45 individuals and 8 funding institutions across the globe.

Software: ListenBrainz, Xfce PulseAudio Plugin 0.3.1, Nuclear Music Player

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  • On the data refrain: Contributing to ListenBrainz

    Methods for generating basic reports, charts, and statistics about listening history are important. They help make ListenBrainz a more interesting platform for a casual music listener, not just a developer. Therefore, my goal was to add a way to add basic reports or specific metrics for presenting to the user in the front-end.

  • Development Release: Xfce PulseAudio Plugin 0.3.1

    A new release, some handy new features! But, I’ve never posted about this plugin before, so we’ll start with a proper introduction.

  • Nuclear Music Player for Multi Source Music Streaming in Linux

    Although I do maintain a collection of good ol’ mp3 files on my PC, I don’t disagree with the advantages of streaming music. I mean, you don’t have to worry about storage. It’s kinda unlimited storage capacity with streaming services.    

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