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  • Daala progress update 20160606: Revisiting Daala Technology Demos

    I've not posted many entries in the past year-- practically none at all in fact. There's something entirely different about coding and writing prose that makes it difficult to shift between one and the other. Nor have I been particularly good (or even acceptably bad) about responding to questions and replies, especially those asking where Daala is, or where Daala is going in the era of AOM.

  • A Look Back at Three Decades of Word Processors [iophk: "... of Apple word processors. The industry standard WordStar is missing"]

    A few days ago I was running through twitter when I saw Peter Cohen (@flargh) link to a blog post he had written about distraction free writing and the focused simplicity of a 30 year old word processor. Reading the article, I began to reflect upon the word processors I have used over the past 35 years and it inspired me to write a little about a few of those that stand-out in my mind. (I should underscore the fact that this post is not meant to be a look at the overall evolution of the word processor, but a look back at my own experiences over the years.)

  • DVDStyler 3.0 DVD Authoring Tool to Bring FFmpeg 3.0 Support, Animations

    DVDStyler developer Alex Thüring is preparing for the launch of the 3.0 major release of his open-source and cross-platform DVD authoring software, DVDStyler.

    The first Release Candidate build of DVDStyler 3.0 is finally here, available for anyone willing to take the upcoming software release for a test drive, and packing various new features and improvements, such as clipping protection support to the audio normalization feature and a "-alternate_scan" flag to the interlaced encoding component to let users use an alternative scanning method.

  • 11 Best Linux IRC Clients

    Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a form of real-time Internet text messaging (chat) or synchronous conferencing. IRC was born during summer 1988 when Jarkko Oikarinen wrote the first IRC client and server when he was working in the Department of Information Processing Science at the University of Oulu, Finland. This system enables millions of people around the world to communicate in real time. While IRC has lost some popularity, IRCv3 looks interesting with some advanced client features such as instant notifications, improved security and more.

    IRC is mainly designed for group communication in discussion forums, called channels, but it also allows one-to-one communication via private message as well as chat and data transfers via Direct Client-to-Client.

Docker 1.11.2 Linux Container Engine Improves CentOS and Ubuntu 16.04 Support

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The Docker developers have announced the availability of Docker 1.11.2, the second maintenance update for the Docker 1.11 stable series of rhe widely used Linux container engine.

Docker 1.11.2 has been in development for the past one and a half months, during which it received a single Release Candidate (RC) build that included the same changes available now in the final build.

Among these, we can mention improved networking support by patching an issue that made the "docker inspect", "docker ps", and "docker port" commands to report the wrong port, as well as fixing a stale endpoint problem for overlay networks, which occurred due to clumsy reboots.

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  • Free Software Artists and their Tools — Part II: Evelyne Schulz & GIMP

    Evelyne Schulz (aka eleathyra), is a Danish artist that uses GIMP to conjure images from a realm of magic and fantasy. Her paintings then go onto the cover and the inside of books. Her work is highly regarded by other electronic painters who are often surprised with her choice of tools. She talked to us about her projects, her art, and why she prefers GIMP to alternative proprietary drawing apps,.

  • ProtonMail v3.3 Release Notes

    One of the goals of ProtonMail is to make encrypted email easy-to-use. This is why ProtonMail version 3.3 puts a heavy emphasis on the usability of ProtonMail by adding these two highly requested features. Below, we discuss these two enhancements to your secure inbox and how to make best use of them.

  • File-format analysis tools for archivists

    Preserving files for the long term isn't as easy as just putting them on a drive. As xkcd points out, in its subtle way, some other issues are involved. Will the software of the future be able to read the files of today without losing information? If it can, will people be able to tell what those files contain and where they came from?

    Digital archives and libraries store files for future generations, just as physical ones store books, photographs, and art; the digital institutions have a similar responsibility for the preservation of electronic documents. In a way, digital data is more problematic, since file formats change more quickly than human languages. On the other hand, effective use of metadata lets a file carry its history with it.

    For these reasons, detailed characterization of files is important. The file command just isn't enough, so developers have created a variety of open-source tools to check the quality of documents going into archives. These tools analyze files, reporting those that are outright broken or might cause problems, and showing how forthcoming or reticent the files are about describing themselves.

  • Gis-Weather Widget Updated and Now Support Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial/15.10 Wily [PPA]

    Gis-Weather widget tool is easily and massively customizable for Linux desktop, it displays detailed weather forecast. It acts just like conky but with this you don't need to worry about fixing the code in any kind of script, it has super easy weather setup. You can add as much location as you want and add as many widgets as you like, you choose location by right-click + choose to display weather information on the widget. It allows you to change its appearance (background, icons, text, window settings), display on all desktops, lock position to the desktop, choose presets themes for widgets and more customization can be done from its preferences.

  • gtk3-nocsd (Module To Disable Client-Side Decorations) Sees New Release

    gtk3-nocsd is a module used to disable client-side decorations, either globally (for all applications) or only for certain applications.

  • libblockdev 1.6 released

    A new version of libblockdev was released this week. As usual it brings bug fixes while keeping the API stable, but this time it also brings two new plugins - part and FS - with many new functions. As their names suggest these two plugins target partitioning and file system manipulations respectively.

  • Discord – A Cross-Platform VoIP Service For Gaming Enthusiasts

    VoIP apps are potentially in their hundreds out there and there are millions of users around the world using these services for various purposes ranging from conference calls to business meetings and basic chat amongst friends and family.

  • Collabora Productivity releases Collabora Online 1.0 “Engine” for Hosters and Clouds.

    Collabora Productivity, the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the Cloud, has released the first production grade version of Collabora Online, its flagship cloud document suite solution. “Engine” is targeted specifically at Hosting and Cloud businesses who wish to support both commercial and consumer document viewing, creation and editing services in their portfolios.

  • VirtualBox 5.1 Will No Longer Rely on DKMS for Kernel Module Rebuilding on Linux

    Oracle announced just a few minutes ago that the first Beta build of the upcoming VirtualBox 5.1 virtualization software is available for testing for all supported platforms.

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  • QuiteRSS 0.18.3 review

    The little symbol indicating a feed of headlines from a site is perhaps not so ubiquitous as it was a few years ago, but for most important news sites there is a feed – even if it’s easier to find it through Google. Google’s own Reader service closed three years ago – a small boost to desktop feed readers – but many just jumped ship to other services like Feedly.

    If you’d like to bring feed reading back to your desktop, to avoid relying on some web-based service that could disappear as easily as Google Reader, QuiteRSS is a neat little reader to try. Packages are available for Arch, Fedora, FreeBSD, Gentoo, Mandriva and OpenSUSE, as well as OS X and Windows – with the pre-Qt5 version from last year also available ported to IBM’s OS/2, for the seriously retro amongst you.

  • Calibre 2.58 eBook Converter Released with Improved Qt 5.5 Support on Ubuntu

    Today, June 3, 2016, Calibre developer Kovid Goyal has announced the availability of the Calibre 2.58 open-source and cross-platform ebook library management software for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

  • Substance Painter 2, a feature-filled 3D texture painting app comes to Linux

    Substance Painter 2 looks like an incredibly useful application for game developers to get to work on their graphics and you can now do so on Linux.

  • Vivaldi 1.2 Brings Ability To Set Custom Mouse Gestures For Commands/Actions

    Vivaldi is an advanced web browser build by the co-founder & CEO of Opera Software, Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner. The browser is built on the latest web technologies like, HTML5, Node.js, React.js, and numerous NPM modules. Vivaldi latest release 1.2 brings one more new feature that enables users to create custom mouse gestures for different commands. Let's see how we can create custom mouse gestures in Vivaldi.

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Enlightenment 0.21 RC

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Emacspeak, an audible interface for Linux

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Screen readers such as Orca work by describing the graphical environment to the user. They deconstruct an arbitrary visual environment that's built on top of an inherently text-based system. On some systems, this is necessary because there's no access—at least pragmatically—to the OS by any other means than the graphical interface. As most Linux users know, however, a graphical interface on a good Unix system is entirely optional in the first place, so there's no need to generate one, deconstruct it, and describe it; the computer can just spit out text.

I am aware of two efforts forging this path: Emacspeak and ADRIANE (on Knoppix). In this article, we'll take an in-depth look at the former.

Emacspeak is an audible interface that allows non-sighted users to interact independently and efficiently with a computer, entirely by way of text input and output. Emacspeak uses "audio formatting" and W3C's Aural CSS to produce a full audio representation of input and output.

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  • Ecotone Now available for Linux on Steam
  • Feral Interactive Confirms Life Is Strange is Coming to Mac, Linux
  • Open-source painting application Krita gets a version bump

    Boudewijn Rempt, the maintainer of open-source painting software Krita has announced the release of version 3.0.

    3.0 is a major version bump and with this release the project now has its own repository and wiki. The main focus of the developers for this release was code cleaning. With this release Krita has been ported to the latest Qt 5 and KDE Framework 5, thus keeping the codebase modern.

  • GNOME Calendar App Getting Major Year and Month View Improvements for GNOME 3.22

    The GNOME Calendar app is getting a lot of attention lately, especially now that it has been integrated by default into the Ubuntu Linux operating system, but also because the development cycle of the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment is ongoing.

    We reported a few days ago that the second snapshot, version 3.21.2, of the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment, due for release later this year, on September 21, 2016, was released to public beta testers and early adopters, bringing various improvements to its core applications and components.

  • Samba releases client for ChromeOS

    The Samba project, the standard Windows interoperability suite of programs for Linux and Unix, has released a client for ChromeOS.

    The client, Network File Share, is available for installation from the Chrome Web Store and can be used to access network files directly from the Files app on ChromeOS.

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  • Phoronix Test Suite 6.4 M4 Brings Suite Editing To The Phoromatic Server
  • TOR Browser 6.0 Released With Better HTML5 Support And Improved Security

    TOR Browser 6.0 has been released with multiple changes and improvements.

  • Top 5 Screen cast Softwares for Linux

    A Screen cast software(screen recorder) is the recording of computer screen, also known as a screen capture with audio. we can also hear a regular word screenshot, the difference between screenshot and screen cast is the screenshot generates a single picture of a computer screen but, where as screen cast records all the user activities on screen with audio narration like movie it would be saved as in video format. the video is in sevaral formats like flv,mp4,avi etc..

  • Calamares 2.2.3 Universal Installer Adds Locale Choice Support on Debian Linux

    Today, May 30, 2016, the development team behind Calamares, the next-generation, distribution-independent graphical installer framework announced the release of Calamares 2.2.3.

  • Back to Backups

    The most encouraging part about getting followup e-mail messages from readers about their backup solutions is to hear that lots of folks actually have backup solutions! Regardless of the complexity of your backup process or the level of automation you deem appropriate for your data, apart from creating the memories in the first place, few things are as important as backing them up!

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  • Whatsie An Unofficial WhatsApp Alternative Client Available For Linux

    Whatsie is a simple, free, open source desktop client for WhatsApp web, it is cross-platform available for Linux, Windows and OS X. Whatsie client offers many features like Themes (7 different variants) & Minimode, Native Notifications, Spell Checker & Auto Correct, Keyboard Shortcuts, Start on Boot up, and AppIndicator/close to tray option. You can also join the development of Whatsie and help developer by any means, see the GitHub page.

  • XnViewMP is a Full-featured Image Manipulation and Batch Converter Tool

    The quality of image and video capture has improved tremendously over the years and the capabilities of our digital devices continue to push the limits of image quality. However, there is a bummer! The high-res images we take does come at the hefty price of an increase in the size of images taken.

    For this reason, uploading images on the internet can be painfully slow especially if you’re on a network with minimal bandwidth. While there are varying online services and softwares for other platforms that will effectively convert your image files while still maintaining the original quality, it is rather hard to come by native clients for Linux systems.

  • XenServer Dundee Released

    It was a little over a year ago when I introduced a project code named Dundee to this community. In the intervening year, we've had a number pre-release builds; all introducing ever greater capabilities into what I'm now happy to announce as XenServer 7. As you would expect from a major version number, XenServer 7 makes some rather significant strides forward, and defines a significant new capability.

  • Meet Franz – Alles Klar Herr Kommissar?

    I decided to try Franz on Linux, and I chose the somewhat less than obvious CentOS 7 for this task, just to show that it can be done with modernity and delight. The installation package is an archive, which you extract, and then run the Franz binary. That is all. An elegant, somewhat flat and utterly HTML-JS-rich client will launch.

  • Access Blocked Websites In Censored Regions With Lantern

    Lantern is a free, open source internet censorship circumvention software that was created to "give users fast access to the blocked Internet". The application is available for desktops (Linux, Windows, Mac) and Android.

  • MKVToolNix 9.2.0 MKV Manipulation Tool Brings Small Fixes and Improvements

    Moritz Bunkus announced the second major release of his powerful and open source MKV (Matroska) manipulation utility for all supported operating systems, including Linux, Windows, and MacOS.

    MKVToolNix 9.2.0 comes a little over a month since the release of MKVToolNix 9.1.0, but users should not expect any many new features, as the developer only had time to fix some of the issues that have been reported during this time. There is, however, an important change in the mkvinfo component, but it only affects those who use the software on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X platforms.

  • RcppArmadillo 0.7.100.3.0

    The first Armadillo release of the 7.* series is out: a new version 7.100.3. We uploaded RcppArmadillo 0.7.100.3.0 to CRAN and Debian. This followed the usual thorough reverse-dependecy checking of by now 230 packages using it.

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  • A Quick Hands-On With Chatty, A Desktop Twitch Chat Client
    Chatty is a desktop Twitch Chat client for Windows, macOS and Linux written in Ja
  • HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.16.8 Adds Support for Linux Mint 18, Fedora 24
    The open-source HP Linux Imaging and Printing (HPLIP) project has been updated on August 29, 2016, to version 3.16.8, a maintenance update that adds support for new printers and GNU/Linux operating systems. According to the release notes, HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.16.8 adds support for new all-in-one HP printers, including HP OfficeJet Pro 6970, HP OfficeJet Pro 6960, HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile, HP DeskJet 3700, as well as HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 3700. Also new in the HPLIP 3.16.8 update is support for the recently released Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce, and the upcoming KDE editions, the Fedora 24 Linux operating system, as well as the Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 "Jessie" distribution. So if you're using any of these OSes, you can now update to the latest HPLIP release.
  • MPlayer-Based MPV 0.20.0 Video Player Released with New Options and Commands
    The popular, open-source, and cross-platform MPV video player software received a new update, version 0.20.0, which comes only two weeks after the previous 0.19.0 maintenance release. MPV 0.20.0 is not a major update, and, according to the release notes, it only implements a couple of new options and commands, such as "--video-unscaled=downscale-big" for changing the aspect ratio. Additionally, the MPlayer-based video playback application also gets the "--image-display-duration" option for controlling the duration of image display, and a new "dcomposition" flag for controlling DirectComposition.
  • FFmpeg 3.1.3 "Laplace" Open-Source Multimedia Framework Now Available for Linux
    The major FFmpeg 3.1 "Laplace" open-source and cross-platform multimedia framework has received recently its third maintenance update, version 3.1.3, which brings updated components. FFmpeg 3.1 was announced two months ago, at the end of June, and it introduced a multitude of new features to make the popular multimedia backend even more reliable and handy to game and application developers. Dubbed Laplace, FFmpeg 3.1 is currently the most advanced FFmpeg release, cut from Git master on June 26, 2016.
  • GNU Scientific Library 2.2 released
    Version 2.2 of the GNU Scientific Library (GSL) is now available. GSL provides a large collection of routines for numerical computing in C. This release contains new linear algebra routines (Pivoted and Modified Cholesky, Complete Orthogonal Decomposition, matrix condition number estimation) as well as a completely rewritten nonlinear least squares module, including support for Levenberg-Marquardt, dogleg, double-dogleg, and Steihaug-Toint methods. The full NEWS file entry is appended below.

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Leftovers: OSS

  • Report: If DOD Doesn't Embrace Open Source, It'll 'Be Left Behind'
    Unless the Defense Department and its military components levy increased importance on software development, they risk losing military technical superiority, according to a new report from the Center for a New American Security. In the report, the Washington, D.C.-based bipartisan think tank argues the Pentagon, which for years has relied heavily on proprietary software systems, “must actively embrace open source software” and buck the status quo. Currently, DOD uses open source software “infrequently and on an ad hoc basis,” unlike tech companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook that wouldn’t exist without open source software.
  • The Honey Trap of Copy/Pasting Open Source Code
    I couldn’t agree more with Bill Sourour’s article ‘Copy.Paste.Code?’ which says that copying and pasting code snippets from sources like Google and StackOverflow is fine as long as you understand how they work. However, the same logic can’t be applied to open source code. When I started open source coding at the tender age of fourteen, I was none the wiser to the pitfalls of copy/pasting open source code. I took it for granted that if a particular snippet performed my desired function, I could just insert it into my code, revelling in the fact that I'd just gotten one step closer to getting my software up and running. Yet, since then, through much trial and error, I’ve learned a thing or two about how to use open source code effectively.
  • Affordable, Open Source, 3D Printable CNC Machine is Now on Kickstarter
    The appeals of Kickstarter campaigns are many. There are the rewards for backers, frequently taking the form of either deep discounts on the final product or unusual items that can’t be found anywhere else. Pledging to support any crowdfunding campaign is a gamble, but it’s an exciting gamble; just browsing Kickstarter is pretty exciting, in fact, especially in the technological categories. Inventive individuals and startups offer new twists on machines like 3D printers and CNC machines – often for much less cost than others on the market.
  • Open Standards and Open Source
    Much has changed in the telecommunications industry in the years since Standards Development Organization (SDOs) such as 3GPP, ITU and OMA were formed. In the early days of telecom and the Internet, as fundamental technology was being invented, it was imperative for the growth of the new markets that standards were established prior to large-scale deployment of technology and related services. The process for development of these standards followed a traditional "waterfall" approach, which helped to harmonize (sometimes competing) pre-standard technical solutions to market needs.

Leftovers: BSD

  • The Voicemail Scammers Never Got Past Our OpenBSD Greylisting
    We usually don't see much of the scammy spam and malware. But that one time we went looking for them, we found a campaign where our OpenBSD greylisting setup was 100% effective in stopping the miscreants' messages. During August 23rd to August 24th 2016, a spam campaign was executed with what appears to have been a ransomware payload. I had not noticed anything particularly unusual about the bsdly.net and friends setup that morning, but then Xavier Mertens' post at isc.sans.edu Voice Message Notifications Deliver Ransomware caught my attention in the tweetstream, and I decided to have a look.
  • Why FreeBSD Doesn't Aim For OpenMP Support Out-Of-The-Box