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Software: Obnam, Atom, WPS Office, Xfce4-Panel, QupZilla and GNOME Logs

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  • Retiring Obnam

    This is a difficult announcement to write. The summary is if you use Obnam you should switch to another backup program in the coming months.

  • Atom, Visual Studio Code Updates Available to Download

    A pair of text editors popular among Linux users have seen new updates.

    Github’s Atom text editor and Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code (VS Code) both have updated versions available to download.

    In this post we give a condensed run down of the major changes and improvements available in each.

  • WPS Office 2016 for Linux

    Promising the world's best office experience for the Linux community, WPS Software presents WPS Office 2016 for Linux: a high-performing yet considerably more affordable alternative to Microsoft Office that is fully compatible with and comparable to the constituent PowerPoint, Excel and Word applications. The WPS Office suite, with more than 1.2 billion installs across all platforms, is a complete office suite, including Writer, Presentation, Spreadsheets and a built-in PDF reader. Linux, Windows, Android and iOS versions are available.

  • xfce4-panel 4.13.1 Released, Another Step Towards The Eventual Xfce 4.14

    Xfce 4.14 is still running behind schedule but at least progress is being made on this lightweight, GTK-based desktop environment.

    Today marks the Xfce4-Panel 4.13.1 released as another development package towards v4.14. With xfce4-panel 4.13.1, this Xfce desktop component has been ported to using GDBus. This release now also allows the system tray to support ordering of items and with the tacklist it makes styling by themes easier. There are also a number of bug fixes affecting drag-n-drop, GTK3 fixes, and other work.

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  • QupZilla Web Browser Is Changing Its Name

    The QupZilla web browser is hunting for a new name. Development is to move under the KDE project umbrella and it may replace Konquerer.

  • GNOME Logs Test Suite

    During past weeks, I have been into researching about unit testing as I am now currently working on my third task for GSoC , which is, writing a test suite for GNOME Logs. I would like to give you a brief background about the previous work already done on testing for Logs.

    The previous work done is mostly based on testing the Logs frontend using dogtail and behave automated python testing frameworks. You can see more about it here. In my task, I will mostly be working on testing the existing backend functionality in Logs.

Vivaldi 1.11

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  • At last! Vivaldi lets you kill looping GIFs

    The web browser for power users, Vivaldi, has gained a Reader mode and some accessibility features, but one new feature stands out. The reaction GIF may be one of the wonders of the 21st Century, but what if you don’t want your CPU cycles sucked dry by hilarious and ironic animated images?

    Turning off GIF animations can now be done with one click from the toolbar in Vivaldi 1.11, which was released yesterday.

  • Vivaldi Continues To Build Amazing Features With Vivaldi 1.11

    ​To put it simply, Vivaldi is the browser for power users. Vivaldi packs a ton of features that allow you to make it personal and work the way you need it. Thus the customization and the flexibility is the direction Vivaldi has taken in the push to capture users. The updates are raining in a fast pace with the latest release version 1.11 released just this week. Vivaldi is available forLinux (DEB and RPM).

Zazu App - Intelligent artificialness

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Zazu App is an interesting concept, but it's still quite raw. Linux support is flaky unless you mean Ubuntu. You have to manually edit the configuration, which is a fun killer. Most plugins do not run on Linux, and some are just broken, and even with a few of these added, the functionality spectrum is quite lean, especially compared to the likes of Dash or Krunner, both of which look and behave the part. From a purely technological stand point, Zazu App does not have the bells and whistles to defeat the established players.

But maybe that's not the goal. Maybe this is just a sandbox for nerds who love JSON, and for them, it will work well, it will be rich and powerful, and we will see more and more plugins added until this becomes an indispensible engine of artificial intelligence for your desktop. Who knows. At the moment, I'm skeptical. Also, given the rapid development cycle, everything you read here might already be obsolete by the time I publish this article. Such is life. Zazu, neat idea, but it takes more than that to Fandango.

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Latte Dock 0.7

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Software: Alkasir, I2P, Brave, Inkscape and YouTube-DL

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  • Alkasir: Lets You Access Censored Websites, Available for Linux

    Alkasir is an free, open-source and cross-platform (Linux, Windows and Mac) tool that lets you access the blocked websites, it is developed by Walid al-saqaf. With its split-tunneling feature, Alkasir can optimize bandwidth consumption to provide better speed compared to many other circumvention tools.

  • I2P (Invisible Internet Project)  0.9.31

    The changes in this release are much more noticeable than usual! We have refreshed the router console to make it easier to understand, improve accessibility and cross-browser support, and generally tidy things up. This is the first step in a longer-term plan to make the router console more user-friendly. We have also added torrent ratings and comments support to i2psnark.

  • Brave Browser

    As an unabashed fan of Brendan Eich, and someone appalled by his dismissal from Mozilla Corp. for political reasons, I had high hopes for the newish Brave browser. In fact, I spent several months holding out for the updates to it, hoping that they would fix the many problems that plague this browser.

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    It is unfortunate to report that this is a good product with certain glitches that are so profound that they make it a total failure. Many of us wanted this to succeed, want Brendan Eich to succeed, and wish for more alternatives in the browser market. Those are all legitimate, but the fact is that the browser must also work as a browser; ideology alone is not enough.

  • Inkscape 0.92.2 Delivers Greater Stability and Easier Contributions

    Inkscape 0.92.2 brings a number of fixes and small usability enhancements to this popular vector-graphics application. It is also the first release after migrating the project's code to GitLab. These amount to a more stable and capable creative tool that can now receive improvements from a much larger development community.

  • What's New in Inkscape 0.92.2 and PPA for Ubuntu 14.04 until 17.10

    The latest Inkscape 0.9.22 has been released at 07 August 2017. This release comes with more stability, a lot of fixes, and contribution is now easier because Inkscape development has been moved to GitLab. This article also includes a PPA to install Inkscape 0.9.22 for Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04, until 17.10 Artful Aardvark. Now time to install it and enjoy!

  • YouTube-DL GUI 0.4 Ships With New User Interface, More [PPA]

    After two years since the previous version, a new YouTube-DL GUI (YouTube-DLG) version was made available for download recently. The new 0.4 version ships with a a new user interface, easier format and save path selection and more.

Software: Weblate, OBS Studio, and LosslessCut

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  • Weblate 2.16

    Weblate 2.16 has been released today while I'm at DebConf17. There are quite some performance improvements (and more of that is scheduled for 2.17), new file formats support and various other improvements.

  • OBS Studio 20.0 Released (Capturing & Live Streaming Software for Linux) | Brings a New Modular User Interface & Stinger Transitions

    OBS Studio Brings everything you need for streaming purposes in a single place. It support recording, compositing visual elements, encoding videos with the desired quality output, audio mixing with various audio filters (noise suppression and Gain control) via VST plugins, image corrections options, many custom scenes configurations with custom switching transitions and many more features that could help you to produce high quality and professional live streaming broadcasts on Linux Platforms.

  • LosslessCut – A Simple Cross-Platform Video and Audio Cutter

    LosslessCut is a free cross-platform tool for trimming/cutting both video and audio files. With it, you can cut out and discard large parts of video and audio files without losing any quality.

    It has no need for encoding or decoding which allows it deliver a speedy service. Said to be great for rough processing of video files taken from a video camera, drone, GoPro, e.t.c.

Software: Albert, PDF Readers, Atom, Opera and Google Earth

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  • A look at Albert Launcher for GNU/Linux

    There are many different tools and applications to help enhance speed and productivity in GNU/Linux.

    One of the greatest things about the operating system is its flexibility; granted it can sometimes come with a cost of complexity – Thankfully Albert is simple to install and even easier to use!

  • 9 Best Alternatives To Adobe Reader On Linux (Ebook/PDF Readers)

    ​Adobe Reader has been known to be among the best PDF viewers and readers on most PC platforms. The free version of Adobe reader provides features such as; viewing and reading of documents, adding annotations to documents and provides printing functionalities. The Adobe Acrobat PRO which is a paid version provides additional features such as PDF editing, conversion, and signing of PDFs.  

  • Atom 1.19

    Today’s Atom 1.19 release offers improved performance and responsiveness via major architectural updates and an upgrade to Electron 1.6.9.

  • Atom 1.19 Hackable Text Editor Improves Responsiveness and Memory Usage

    GitHub's Atom developer Ian Olsen is pleased to announce the promotion of the Atom 1.19 open-source hackable text editor to the stable channel for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

    It's been almost two months since Atom 1.19 entered Beta stages of development, along with the promotion of Atom 1.18 to the stable channel, which introduced Git and GitHub integration straight into the heart of the editor, and the biggest new change is improvements to responsiveness and memory usage by implementing a native C++ text buffer.

  • Opera 47 Web Browser Smooths Video Playback, Lets Users Export Their Bookmarks

    Based on the Chromium 60 open-source web browser, Opera 47 is now ready to conquer your Linux, Mac, or Windows desktop with its numerous enhancements and new features, starting with the ability to export all of your bookmarks to a single HTML file that you can import on another Opera instance, or a different web browser.

  • Google Earth Free Download For Compatible Mac, PC, And Linux Devices

    If you are going to download the app for Android, make sure that it runs on Android version 4.1 and later. The latest update can be downloaded from the Google Play Store in the device. The update was released in May 2017 to cater to the needs of Android users.

A look at Atom text editor for GNU/Linux

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There are so many different text editors out there, some have a GUI, some are terminal based; and so many people prefer different ones for different reasons.

With all that said, there are times when I stumble upon new piece of software that seems to stand out above the rest, and in the case of text editors; Atom has done just that.

Atom is a hackable text editor, meaning that it can be customized almost to an extreme, but yet, is perfectly usable and awesome even just with its default setup.

It’s also available for Windows and MacOS X, but truth be told I’ve only really encountered people using it on GNU/Linux. Not to say there aren’t people using it on other platforms, just my own observations.

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Wine Staging 2.14 and PPSSPP Emulator 1.4.x

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  • Release 2.14

    The Wine Staging release 2.14 is now available.

  • Wine Staging 2.14 officially released, more performance fixes and a basic UAC implementation
  • Wine-Staging 2.14 Adds User Account Control, Heap Manager Performance Boost

    Building off last week's Wine 2.14 feature update is now a re-based version of Wine-Staging that also tacks on a few extra features.

    Most prominent to Wine-Staging 2.14 is a basic User Access Control (UAC) implementation that Windows uses for limiting or granting user/administrative rights. In Wine's context this UAC implementation doesn't mean much but is mostly there for appeasing Windows programs expecting certain security rights be setup for their environment, not that Wine's security is going to be any different.

  • Install PPSSPP (PSP) Emulator 1.4.x Version In Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    PPSSPP is a PSP emulator (PPSSPP an acronym for "PlayStation Portable Simulator Suitable for Playing Portably"), PPSSPP is an open source project and cross platform available for Linux, Windows and Mac (The source code also unofficially supports a wide variety of operating systems and platforms, including Raspberry Pi, Loongson, Maemo, Meego Harmattan and Pandora). it is licensed under the GNU GPL-v2 and written in C++ language, it translates PSP CPU instructions directly into optimized x86, x64 and ARM machine code, using JIT recompilers (dynarecs). It lets you run PSP games on PC in full HD resolution but you may not get perfect results. It can even upscale textures that would otherwise be too blurry as they were made for the small screen of the original PSP.

Software: José, Retroshare, nginx, and Nuvola Player

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  • Wait! What’s José?

    By analogy, José is to JOSE what GPG is to OpenPGP and OpenSSL is to X.509.

  • Release notes for Retroshare v0.6.3

    Messages in GxsTrans groups are encrypted using the public key of their destination, and are signed by the sender. The encrypted packet only contains a symmetric AES128 key encrypted using the public key of the destination ID without header. Consequently there is no way to know who can decrypt this plain 16-bytes key and peers need to try their own keys to check whether they are the destination or not. A hint system however allows to limit the cost of trying all possible keys without fully disclosing the destination. We’re currently working on a way to implement Perfect Forward Secrecy within this system.

  • nginx 1.13.4 released
  • Install Nuvola Player 3.0.9 Stable In Ubuntu/Linux Mint Via PPA

    Nuvola Player runs a web-based interface of cloud music services in its own window and provides integration with a Linux desktop (multimedia keys, system tray, media player applets, dock menu, notifications and more) offers more native user experience and integration with Linux desktop environments than usual web browsers can offer. .Nuvola Player is an open-source project licensed under GNU GPL 3 and written mainly in Vala (the core) and JavaScript (service integrations). It tries to feel and look like a native application as possible. However, it cannot overcome common drawbacks of web-based music streaming: some music streaming services require Flash plugin and web apps usually have higher memory usage than native apps.

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