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  • 55.555 downloads of ownCloud in a box

    Recently I passed a magic number with my ownCloud in a box appliance. It hit the five fives, 55.555 total downloads, on SUSE Studio. It is the most popular download there. I would never have imagined that so many people would be interested in it and use it when I started with this. Amazing.

  • Opera 29 Beta Web Browser Is Now Based on Chromium 42.0.2311.68

    Opera Software, through J. Gladykowski, announced on April 9 the immediate availability of another Beta update for the upcoming Opera 29 web browser, a release that fixes no more that ten issues (details below), based on the latest upstream Chromium Beta channel.

  • mpfc: Doing everything so right

    Once I knew what mpfc stood for, it made perfect sense — it is, after all, a music player for the console.

  • boa: Run a server from anywhere
  • Calibre 2.24 Ebook Viewer and Converter Is Now Available for Download

    Kovid Goyal announced today, April 10, the immediate availability for download of Calibre 2.24, an open-source and cross-platform ebook library management software for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

  • Git Success Stories and Tips from Wine Maintainer Alexandre Julliard

    Wine Maintainer Alexandre Julliard decided to try out the Git revision control system just a few months after creator Linux Torvalds released the first version – that was 10 years ago. Now, he says, “I can no longer imagine doing software development without it.”

    Wine, the open source software used to run Windows applications on Linux, still mostly uses email to exchange and review patches. But Git is the project's version control system (VCS.) Here, Julliard discusses why they use Git, their Git success stories, and pro tips for using the open source tool.

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  • KDE4/KF5 Coinstalability and the KWallet

    Plasma 5 is about to become part of the mainstream Linux distributions, and we are getting more and more feedback about this new platform. This blog post is a reaction to this increasing feedback from our users.

    Plasma5 introduces the KDE Frameworks 5 platform (or KF5) which uses Qt5 as it’s foundation. This new platform aims to replace the legacy KDE4 platform, which was mainly the old monolithic kdelibs. More and more applications got ported to this new platform. Just stay tuned with the next release announcement, which is imminent. However, some applications, and among them some important ones, are not yet ported to the KF5 platform. And this brings on, or more appropriately reminds, the coinstalability matter.

  • Choqok IM Client Is Getting a KDE Frameworks 5 Port, But Won't Support Diaspora

    Andrea Scarpino announced today, April 8, that the Choqok instant messenger application used by default in the KDE desktop environment is about to be ported to the KDE Frameworks 5 infrastructures.

  • python-bugzilla 1.2.0 released

    Of course, for popular bugzilla fields we should make sure the command line tool has an explicit and document option, but this takes the pressure off of us to add an option for every custom Red Hat extension.

  • lancat: Zero-configuration network transfer option

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  • Qt Installer Framework 2.0 Is Out

    The Qt Installer Framework allows for offline and online installers for Windows, Linux, and OS X. This framework is focused on Qt's needs but can also be used by other applications as an installer/updater.

  • Stay Focused And Boost Your Productivity With Ambient Noise Player

    The application is very simple, lightweight and doesn't get in your way. In fact, it doesn't even come with a GUI by default and instead, it only shows an entry in the Ubuntu Sound Menu which allows you to play various relaxing sounds like forest, storm, rain, wind, night, fire, coffee shop or sea.

  • Designing Foils with XFLR5

    For any object moving through a fluid, forces are applied to the object as the fluid moves around it. A fluid can be something like water, or even something like the air around us. When the object is specifically designed to maximize the forces that the fluid can apply, you can designate these designs as airfoils. A more common name that most people would use is a wing. The shape of a wing, or airfoil, determines the forces that are applied to it when it moves through a fluid or the air. These forces also depend on the speed of motion through the fluid and the direction of flow around the airfoil.

  • Choqok is using KDE Frameworks

    In fact, I spent the last month porting Choqok bits from Qt 4 to Qt 5, but I also fixed minor bugs you discover when doing this kind of work. Regressions could happen, so please report them and we'll fix them!

  • darktable 1.6.4 Adds Support for Canon 300D, Nikon D5500, and GCC 5.0

    darktable 1.6.4 has been released recently bringing a wide range of improvements, support for new cameras, new white balance presets, new noise profiles, and several updated translations.

  • Taxes plus Windows equals a huge headache
  • iTunes and Linux music managers

    It will probably be a cold day in you-know-where before we ever see a native version of iTunes for Linux. Apple just isn't interested in supporting Linux. But you actually can run iTunes in Linux via WINE, and if that doesn't float your boat then there are some native Linux alternatives to iTunes that are worth considering.

  • patool: Multilingual

    Most of patool seems to work as command-action-target format, so extracting a file — just about any compressed file, I might add — is as simple as patool extract file. The extension of the file appears to be irrelevant to patool — if I rename a file to show a different extension, it manages to extract it anyway.

  • atto: Pushing the limits of practicality


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  • IRC client TalkSoup 1.1 released

    I am pleased to announce that after months of work a new release of GNUstep's IRC client, TalkSoup, is ready!

  • Announcing git-cinnabar 0.2.0

    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.

  • An In-Depth Look at Text-to-Speech in Linux

    It’s been an interesting two weeks, talking about and looking into why text-to-speech (TTS) is such a mess in Linux. I’ve spoken with seventeen of you; seventeen who know a bit about software programming. “A bit” is a purposeful understatement. Some of you have forgotten more about software programming than I will ever know. That being the case, I have learned a bit about why TTS in Linux is next to worthless. For those who are just joining into the conversation, let me catch you up quickly.

  • StorageCraft ShadowProtect SPX offers Linux users mainstream backup and DR solution

    IT administrators who use Linux servers now have access to a backup and disaster recovery from a trusted industry solution with today’s release of StorageCraft® ShadowProtect® SPX. This addition to the StorageCraft Recovery-Ability™ solution offers Linux users reliable backup, protect, migrate and - most importantly – recovery for virtual and physical Linux servers.

digiKam Software Collection 4.9.0 released...

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The digiKam Team is proud to announce the release of digiKam Software Collection 4.9.0. This release includes a new sets of bugs fixes from Maik Qualmann who maintain KDE4 version while KF5 port is under progress.

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Top 6 Ways To Get Your iTunes Experience On Linux

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As you’re getting used to Linux (potentially as your new main operating system), you’ll eventually try to find a way to efficiently manage your music. iTunes comes to mind because it’s been the most popular way to manage music over the years, but you’ll quickly find out that iTunes isn’t available natively on Linux. Plus, better ways exist to manage your music now that it’s 2015.

However, that doesn’t automatically mean that you won’t be able to manage your music the way you want to. There’s plenty of other ways to keep tabs on your music library. Here’s six great ways to get it done.

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Also: Ambient Noise Player for Ubuntu Plays Relaxing Sounds to Keep You Creative

Compiz in Ubuntu Needs Tweaking for Wine Apps to Work Correctly

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A Softpedia user informs us today that there is an old bug in the current Ubuntu releases that affects the way Wine apps are working on the distribution. The issue being related to the Compiz compositing manager.

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First Look at OSMC RC on the Raspberry Pi 2

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OSMC is the successor of Raspbmc and Crystalbuntu, created and maintained by Sam Nazarko. It is licensed under the GNU GPL v2 license. It aims to be simple and easy to use, with no knowledge of Linux needed. This is because the system is managed through the OSMC interface. If you want to experiment, there are the complete Debian repositories available containing more than 30,000 packages.

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Wine Announcement

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The Wine development release 1.7.40 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Support for kernel job objects.
- Various fixes to the ListView control.
- Better support for OOB data in Windows Sockets.
- Support for DIB images in the OLE data cache.
- Improved support for MSI patches.
- Some fixes for ACL file permissions.
- Various bug fixes.

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Leftovers: Software

  • goobook: Command-line contacts
  • Calibre eBook Editor Gets Much Better Support for DOCX
    Calibre, a complete application to edit, view, and convert eBook files, has been updated yet again, and the developer has added a number of new features and various other fixes.
  • GNOME Builder - 3.16.2
    I released 3.16.0 a couple weeks ago without much fanfare. Despite many months of 16-hour days and weekends, it lacked some of the features I wanted to get into the "initial" release. So I didn't stop. I kept pushing through to make 3.16.2 the best that I could.
  • PacketFence v5.0 released
    The Inverse team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PacketFence 5.0.0. This is a major release with new features, enhancements and important bug fixes. This release is considered ready for production use and upgrading from previous versions is strongly advised.
  • What are good open-source log monitoring tools on Linux
    In an operating system, logs are all about keeping track of events, be it critical system errors, resource usage warnings, transaction history, application status, or user activities. These logs, which are stored as (text or binary) files in the system, are useful for system auditing, debugging and maintenance. However, with so many different system entities generating log files, and even at growing rate, the challenge as a system admin is to how to "consume" these log files effectively.
  • Apache Fortress Core 1.0-RC40 released !
  • Say Hello to Open Source Puppet 4!
    Production-ready Open Source Puppet 4 is now available! We’re excited to announce new features and enhancements that will extend your use of Puppet for faster, more consistent management of server configurations. We’ve added capabilities to help you save time, reduce errors, and increase reliability.
  • textprint: Visually impressive, in only 18K
    textprint takes a flat data file as input, and arranges it graphically to fit the terminal without distorting the image. From there, textprint goes from zero-to-60, in about two seconds.