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Wine 1.8.1

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  • VLC 3.0 Remains Under Development While VLC 4.0 Will Have Better Wayland Support & A New UI

    For more than a year we've been looking forward to VLC 3.0, but it's not quite baked yet. Once VLC 3.0 does finally ship, there are already early plans for VLC 4.0.

    The VLC Trac roadmap puts the VLC 3.0 release as currently six weeks late after failing to ship in 2015. Jean-Baptiste Kempf presented at this weekend's FOSDEM conference in Brussels to talk about VLC 3.0 and even a few words about VLC 4.0.

  • Qt 5.7 Is Going To A Feature Freeze While Qt 5.6 Isn't Even Coming For Another Month

    Qt 5.6 is running a solid three months behind schedule while Qt developers are hoping to offset further delays in the Qt5 release train by going into a feature freeze now for Qt 5.7.

    Last week I wrote about Qt 5.7 is set to go into a feature freeze next week (now it's this week).

  • The open source project 'xoreos' released version 0.0.4 'Chodo'

    xoreos is a FLOSS project aiming to reimplement BioWare's Aurora engine (and derivatives), covering their games starting with Neverwinter Nights and potentially up to Dragon Age II. This post gives a short update on the current progress.

  • Gothic RPG roguelike Darkest Dungeon coming soon to Linux

    Darkest Dungeon was launched last week supporting only Windows and Mac. However, as per their Kickstarter promise made in early 2014, Canadian developer Red Hook Studios has now outlined their intention to bring the title to Linux as a "short term goal".

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  • digiKam 5.0 Image Editor Receives New, Sleek Color Lookup Adjustment Tool

    By the looks of it, this year, KDE users will have a bunch of awesome and powerful tools, all of them ported to the next-generation Qt 5 UI toolkit, and this is also the case of the famous digiKam image editor.

  • podlators 4.06

    More build system changes, this time to (hopefully) finish merging with core so that we don't have to maintain separate build systems and machinery between core and this package. This time, there aren't even any real test suite changes. I was thinking about continuing converting the test suite to the new snippet-based format, but ran out of steam today.

  • Best Cross-Platform Note-taking Apps to Enhance Productivity

    When it comes to taking notes on the go, there are many solutions you can try out. You can carry a small notepad, you could take notes in a simple text file, or you could try out any app from the thousands of choices the Android Play Store offers. While there seems to be no dearth of good choices in this department, apps that are truly cross-platform are hard to find. That's why, in today's article, we'll help you find apps that you can use to take notes and refer to them from everywhere.

  • Jono Bacon Thinks About A Hybrid Desktop With GNOME Shell Atop Mac OS X

    Jono Bacon, the former Ubuntu Community Manager who is currently employed by GitHub, has proposed a hypothetical new open-source project that effectively comes down to bringing the Linux user-space -- complete with the GNOME Shell -- over to Mac OS X.

    Jono explained his new idea in a blog post, "You want the very best computing experience, so you first go out and buy a Mac. They have arguably the nicest overall hardware combo (looks, usability, battery etc) out there. You then download a distribution from the Internet. This is shipped as a .dmg and you install it. It then proceeds to install a bunch of software on your computer. This includes things such as: GNOME Shell, All the GNOME 3 apps, Various command line tools commonly used on Linux, An ability to install Linux packages (e.g. Debian packages, RPMs, snaps) natively." Basically, GNU/OSX.

Application Spotlight: Ephoto

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There are a plethora of different image viewers for the Linux operating system that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Today I would like to highlight the default image viewer that Bodhi Linux utilizes - Ephoto.

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Also: Obnam 1.19.1 released (backup software)

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KDE, GNOME, and Proprietary Software

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  • Plasma 5.5.3 & KDE Frameworks 5.18 Backported To Kubuntu 15.10
  • KDEPIM KDE and opensource

    As you know I decided to fix and improve Akregator for the next release (16.04 in april).

    So this week I continued to improve QtWebKit support.

  • Instrumenting the GLib main loop with Dunfell

    This screenshot is of a trace of the buffered-input-stream test from GIO, showing I/O callbacks being made across threads as idle source callbacks.

  • Project Templates

    Now that Builder has integrated Template-GLib, I started working on creating projects from templates. Today, this is only supported from the command line. Obviously the goal is to have it in the UI side-by-side with other project creation methods.

  • Big Switch Unveils Free Version of Its SDN Software

    The new Community Edition of Big Monitoring Fabric and Big Cloud Fabric is aimed at accelerating the adoption of Big Switch's SDN offerings.

    Big Switch Networks officials are looking to accelerate the adoption of the company's software-defined network products by offering free versions of its software products.

    The company on Jan. 26 introduced the Community Edition of its Big Monitoring Fabric and Big Cloud Fabric software offerings that officials said will give businesses a taste of what Big Switch's products can do and hopefully enticement them to buy the more robust commercial versions.

  • Opera 36.0 Gets New Build, Brings Personalized News and a Simplified Opera Menu

    Opera Software, through Aneta Reluga, today announced the release of yet another developer build for the upcoming Opera 36.0 web browser for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X.

  • Latest Vivaldi Web Browser Snapshot Adds New Appearance Settings, Bugfixes

    The Vivaldi development team, through Atle Mo, has been happy to announce the release and immediate availability for download of yet another snapshot build for the upcoming Vivaldi 1.0 web browser.

Pagure: DIY git project hosting

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Pagure is a new, full featured git repository service for the web, written in Python. It is similar to other popular git forges like Github and Gitlab, allowing open source contributors to share and collaborate on code and content. By the way, pagure is French for “hermit crab,” as reflected in the logo on the project documentation.

Pagure is the brainchild of Pierre-Yves Chibon, a member of the Fedora Engineering team. The Fedora Engineering team focuses on Python based solutions because the language is easy to learn and thus presents less barrier to entry for contributors. Pagure is therefore a perfect fit not just for hosting projects, but for encouraging contribution to the service itself.

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  • MPlayer 1.2.1 released
  • Samba 4.4 Is Coming With Asynchronous Flush Requests

    Samba 4.4 Release Candidate 1 was tagged today in getting ready the next major version of this open-source SMB/CIFS implementation.

    Samba 4.4 is set to bring asynchronous flush requests, various new sub-commands, improvements to Samba KCC, Active Directory improvements, CTDB changes, and more. The async flush requests are described via the what's new documentation as "Flush requests from SMB2/3 clients are handled asynchronously and do not block the processing of other requests. Note that 'strict sync' has to be set to 'yes' for Samba to honor flush requests from SMB clients."

  • Kodi HTPC Software Is Being Ported To Run On Valve's Steam Link
  • Kodi Media Hub Is Being Ported for Steam Link

    Valve launched the Steam Link SDK and opened the platform for developers. A Kodi port for Steam Link is already in the works.

    One of the first thing that have been suggested when the Steam Link SDK was release by Valve was a Kodi port and it made sense. Since the Steam Link is a farily powerful device, Kodi is the perfect media hub that can be ported for that architecture. In fact, Kodi already works on ARM devices, so it's a not a big stretch.

  • VLC 2.2.2 Is Getting Some Great Features and Fixes

    VideoLAN Media Player, or simply VLC, a software designed to run all kinds of media files, ranging from simple DVDs to video and audio files, has been upgraded to version 2.2.2 and is now ready for testing.

    We haven't seen as many VLC updates as we would like. In fact, the last major update for VLC was released back in April 2015, which means that almost a full year has passed without any significant change. That will change with the release of VLC 2.2.2.

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  • EasyTAG 2.4.1 Free Audio Tag Editor Handels FLAC Files with Invalid Sample Rates

    EasyTAG developer and maintainer David King announced the immediate availability for download of the first maintenance release of the EasyTAG 2.4 open-source tag editor utility for MP3, Ogg Vorbis, and other audio formats.

    According to the release notes, EasyTAG 2.4.1 is here to add support for handling FLAC files that contain an invalid sample rate, addresses an issue with the order of the generated playlists, implements support for using the GLib filename encoding consistently, and patches a crash that occurred during playlist writing.

  • 42 Best Free Linux Video Software

    There is an excellent set of free, open source video software available on the Linux platform which is both fully featured and mature. Become a digital video editing master, turn your Linux machine into a Home Theatre box are two options that are explored in this article.

    We previously published an article on excellent open source video tools in 2008. Some of the tools featured in that article have ceased development. There were often developed by one or a few developers. They ceased working on the projects, in part because better alternatives sprung forward. Given the length of time that has elapsed, we thought it best to update the article.

  • `MyPaint` An Advanced Alternative To MS Paint for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    MyPaint is a free, open source, simple drawing and painting program for digital painters. It is way better and advanced than MS Windows paint, well the truth is you can't compare this great program with MS Paint. It lets you focus on the art instead of the program. You work on your canvas with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it. MyPaint started in 2004 by Martin Renold, he wanted a smooth paint program which could help him digital painting with brush in different way to pressure and speed. MyPaint supports many graphics tablets such as Wacom, and many similar devices. The brush engine of MyPaint is versatile and configurable, and it offers useful, productive tools which a digital painter can expect from a program.

  • qBittorrent 3.3.2 Has Been Released

    qBittorrent is a torrent client, similar to µTorrent, which was recently ported to the Linux systems. Among others, qBittorrent has built-in search engine for searching in the popular BitTorrent sites, has torrent queueing and prioritizing features, has IP Filtering options, provides a tool for creating torrents and bandwidth limitations.

  • Nethack 3.6 has landed

    KDE ports updates are getting nearer, since the KDE-FreeBSD team is now doing exp-runs (those are rebuild-everything-with-an-updated-port build jobs that touch all supportd FreeBSD versions and architectures) for Qt 5.5 and the latest CMake. So there’s a whole slew of ports updates looming on the horizon.

  • RcppExamples 0.1.7

    After an usually long hiatus, the RcppExamples package has been updated once more: a new version 0.1.7 is now on CRAN.

  • Soundnode Open Source Soundcloud Desktop Application Created By Michael Lancaster

    Michael Lancaster a developer based in Chicago has created a new go to application for Soundcloud on your desktop, which is called Soundnode and is fully open source and supports Mac, Windows and Linux systems.

  • Soundnode Turns Soundcloud Into a Spotify-Like Desktop App
  • Why SoundCloud Will Be Worth More Than Spotify
  • Soundnode Brings SoundCloud to Your Desktop
  • SoundCloud Now Has An (Unofficial) Desktop Application
  • Soundnode Is A Desktop Version Of SoundCloud
  • Soundnode is the SoundCloud desktop app you’ve been waiting for
  • New Report Suggests Soundcloud Could Be Worth More Than Spotify
  • Rhythmbox 3.3 Free Music Player Supports Android Devices Through New Plugin

    The developers of the Rhythmbox open-source music player software announced this past weekend the immediate availability for download of the Rhythmbox 3.3 release.

  • git-pbuilder 1.40

    Simon Fowler found that using git-pbuilder create with a user-supplied --basepath option fails because git-pbuilder always creates a --basepath option and passes it in. The solution, for which he provided a patch, is to just use the supplied --basepath if one is already present.

  • Creepy, visualise geotagged social media information - nice free software

    Most people seem not to realise that every time they walk around with the computerised radio beacon known as a mobile phone their position is tracked by the phone company and often stored for a long time (like every time a SMS is received or sent). And if their computerised radio beacon is capable of running programs (often called mobile apps) downloaded from the Internet, these programs are often also capable of tracking their location (if the app requested access during installation). And when these programs send out information to central collection points, the location is often included, unless extra care is taken to not send the location. The provided information is used by several entities, for good and bad (what is good and bad, depend on your point of view). What is certain, is that the private sphere and the right to free movement is challenged and perhaps even eradicated for those announcing their location this way, when they share their whereabouts with private and public entities.

5 Best (and Easy) Open Source Website Builders

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A website is essential for every small business, even if it's just a simple information page. Forget phone books or newspapers; prospective customers look websites. You can publish and maintain your own site, and these five open source website builders make it easy and affordable.

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