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  • Symbolic mathematics on Linux

    This article is an introduction to the world of free and open-source applications for symbolic mathematics. These are programs that assist the researcher or student through their ability to manipulate mathematical expressions, rather than just make numerical calculations. I'll give an overview of two large computer algebra packages available for Linux, and a briefer sampling of some of the more specialized tools aimed at particular branches of mathematics.

    This category of software is traditionally called a "computer algebra system", but that description can be misleading. These systems can find analytic solutions to algebraic and differential equations; solve integrals; sum infinite series; and generally carry out nearly any kind of mathematical manipulation that can be imagined. At the least, symbolic mathematics software can replace the bulky handbooks of mathematical information that have been lugged by generations of graduate students.

    Over decades, mathematicians have honed these programs, encoding within them the accumulated mathematical knowledge of centuries: information about special functions, for example, that's so difficult (for some of us) to remember. They have learned to reduce such things as algebraic simplification and calculating derivatives to patterns of symbol manipulation ripe for automation. The earliest of these systems, developed in the 1960s, were based on Lisp, the obvious choice at the time, but development of later systems used a variety of languages.

    Fortunately, most of the best of this software is free and open source, which allows us to look under the hood and examine or alter the algorithms employed.

  • Announcing Alacritty, a GPU-accelerated terminal emulator

    Alacritty is a blazing fast, GPU accelerated terminal emulator. It’s written in Rust and uses OpenGL for rendering to be the fastest terminal emulator available. Alacritty is available on GitHub in source form.

  • Inkscape Version 0.92 is Released!
  • Top 5 tools to Monitor Your Linux Disk Usage and Partitions

    Monitoring disk usage and storage space in your system is important for you as a stand-alone system owner or as a system admin of a company to know to maintain the efficiency of your Linux system. In this article, we will discuss about the top tools and command line utilities available in Linux to monitor your disk usage to provide information about total size available, total used, file system information and partition information etc. Let’s see how these tools help in retrieving this information:

  • Lightworks 14 Video Editor Beta Updates

    For those in need of a professional-grade Linux video editor, the Lightworks 14 release is near as the latest feature-update that is more than powerful enough if needing to do any simple home video editing or of holiday videos.

Leftovers: Software and Games

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Wine 2.0-rc4

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  • Wine Announcement

    The Wine development release 2.0-rc4 is now available.

  • Wine 2.0-rc4 released, fixing 28 bugs to make sure the final release is solid

    It fixes some Halo: Combat Evolved graphical glitches, fixes some performance issues with Heroes of Might and Magic IV, fixes issues with running The Sims 3 in a window and more.

  • Wine 2.0-rc4 Fixes 28 Bugs

    Wine 2.0-rc4 fixes 28 known bugs, including some issues with SWAT 4, .NET 4.0 applications, Halo, Heroes of Might & Magic VI, and various other applications. Overall, the changes aren't too interesting though with Wine 2.0 having been in its code freeze now for over the past month. The list of changes can be found via

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  • Irssi 1.0.0 Released

    Irssi 1.0.0 has been released. This release contains many improvements. Irssi 1.0.0 includes contributions by Lukas Mai, Xavier G, Kenny Root, Jari Matilainen, Todd A. Pratt, Manish Goregaokar, B. Thibault, Joseph Bisch, Will Storey, Lauri Tirkkonen, Lauri Nurmi, Tom Feist, Thomas Samson, Dennis Schagt, Mantas Mikulėnas and François Revol. In total, 132 files changed, 3434 lines were added and 3202 lines deleted and TheLemonMan officially joined the staff. Thanks everyone! See the NEWS for details.

  • Irssi Open-Source Terminal-Based IRC Client Hits 1.0 Milestone After 18 Years

    We bet you did not see that coming, but the Irssi team proudly announced today, January 5, 2017, the availability of Irssi 1.0.0, the newest stable series of the popular, open-source terminal-based IRC (Internet Relay Chat) client for UNIX systems.

    And it's clearly not a coincidence to release the 1.0 milestone now as Irssi has been in development since January 1999, during which it received numerous snapshots, the last one begin version 0.8.20 released in September 2016. The fact of the matter is that the team also announced Irssi 0.8.21 to fix a total of four remote crash issues.

  • MPD 0.20 released

    Music Player Daemon 0.20 has been released.

  • Music Player Daemon (MPD) 0.20 Released with Audio/L16 and WavPack-DSD Support

    The folks over at Music Player Daemon (MPD) are kicking off the new year as well, bringing us a major update to the open-source, free, powerful, flexible, and server-side application for playing music on our GNU/Linux systems.

    From the release announcement, Music Player Daemon (MPD) 0.20 appears to be a major release that comes approximately one month after the last maintenance to the MPD 0.19 series. The Git changelog attached at the end of the article also shows us that this is a pretty big update with lots of improvements and new features.

  • Inkscape 0.92 Is Released

    Inkscape, the very popular open source cross-platform vector drawing program, has released version 0.92. Check out the new features in this very nicely done video. (Note: The sound level is a bit loud in this video. You might want to turn the volume down on your computer before starting the video.)

  • Samba 4.6 RC1 Arrives For Latest With File & Print Services

    The release candidate is out for the upcoming Samba 4.6 version of this open-source SMB/CIFS implementation.

  • HarfBuzz 1.4 Brings OpenType GX / Font Variations

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  • GNU Sed 4.3: 10x Faster Regular Expressions, Faster I/O

    For those making use of GNU's Stream Editor, Sed, for non-interactive command-line text editing there is a new release available.

  • sed-4.3 released [stable]

    [resending, now that the URLs are valid]

    This is to announce sed-4.3, a stable release (and my first sed release).

    There have been 195 commits by 10 people in the four years since 4.2.2. And that does not include the 1390 commits to gnulib.

  • Applied Expert Systems, Inc.'s CleverView for TCP/IP on Linux
  • Vivaldi 1.7 Web Browser Development Continues, Now Supports Hiding of Extensions

    The Vivaldi devs have kicked off the new year with the third development snapshot of the upcoming Chromium-based Vivaldi 1.7 web browser release, as Ruarí Ødegaard informed us earlier.

    Vivaldi Snapshot 1.7.715.3 comes approximately two weeks after the release of build 1.7.705.3, and while at first it appears to be a small bugfix update that addresses several of the issues reported by users lately, it implements a new feature, namely an option that lets you enjoy a clean Vivaldi interface by hiding all the installed extensions.

Inkscape 0.92

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  • digest 0.6.11

    A new minor release with version number 0.6.11 of the digest package is now on CRAN and in Debian.

  • By Jove! It's a lightweight alternative to Vim

    Some people like Vim as a text editor, and other people like Emacs. Having such different opinions are the way of the UNIX world.

    I'm an Emacs user through and through. Sure, I spent a few obligatory years in my early days of UNIX using Vim, but once I learned Emacs properly, there was no going back. The thing about Vi(m) is that it's on nearly every UNIX box because it's been around forever, and it's pretty small. It's the obvious choice for a default editor that people can use in a pinch.

  • DVDStyler 3.0.3 Free DVD Authoring Tool Disables Copy Option on Non-MPEG2 Videos

    It looks like many open-source software developers kicked off 2017 with new releases of their applications. DVDStyler, the cross-platform, free, and open-source DVD authoring tool was updated to version 3.0.3.

    DVDStyler is quite a popular application amongst nostalgics who still adore to watch movies or create their own with the DVD-Video format. Besides the fact that it makes it possible for these DVD-Video enthusiasts to create professional-looking DVDs, DVDStyler works on all major platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows.

  • darktable 2.2.1 Open-Source RAW Image Editor Adds Support for Canon EOS M5

    On Christmas Day 2016, the developers of the popular, open-source and multiplatform darktable RAW image editor proudly unveiled the major 2.2 release, which just got its first point release the other day.

    Yes, you're reading it right, darktable 2.2.1 is already here, one week after the release of the 2.2 series, which brought countless improvements, but it's a small maintenance update adding a couple of new features, such as the ability to display a dialog window that informs the user when locking of the library and database fails.

  • LFTP 4.7.5 Linux CLI FTP Client Recognizes Apache Listings with ISO Date & Time

    LFTP, the free, open-source, and sophisticated command-line file transfer program (FTP) supporting a wide range of network protocols, including FTP, SFTP, HTTP, FISH, and Torrent, was updated on the first day of 2017 to version 4.7.5.

    LFTP 4.7.5 arrives one and a half months after the release of version 4.7.4 on November 16, 2016, and promises to add detection of Apache listings with ISO date and time to the HTTP protocol support, implements a new setting for logging, namely log:prefix-{recv,send,note,error}, and improves the help manual and documentation a bit.

  • Opera 12 Clone Otter Browser Beta 12 Improves KDE Plasma 5 and Unity Integration

    Lots of open-source software developers were busy to announce new versions of their applications on GNU/Linux distributions on the first day of 2017, and today we'd like to tell you a little bit about the latest release of the Otter Browser.

    For those unfamiliar with Otter Browser, it's a cross-platform and open-source clone of the old-school Opera 12.x web browser series beloved by most of you out there. The project's aim is to recreate the best aspects of Opera 12's user interface using the newest Qt 5 technologies, and works on Linux, macOS and Windows platforms.

  • Portainer – An Easiest Way To Manage Docker

    Portainer is a lightweight, cross-platform, and open source management UI for Docker. Portainer provides a detailed overview of Docker and allows you to manage containers, images, networks and volumes via simple web-abed dashboard. It was originally the fork of Docker UI. However, the developer has rewritten pretty much all of the Docker UI original code now. Also, he changed the UX completely and added some more functionality in the recent version. As of now, It caught the user attention tremendously and it has now had over 1 million downloads and counting! It will support GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X.

  • KDE's Kirigami 2.0 Framework for Convergent UIs Enters Beta with New Features

    2017 kicked off for KDE user with the first Beta release of the upcoming Kirigami 2.0 UI framework for building convergent user interfaces that work on mobile and desktop platforms, as announced by Thomas Pfeiffer.

    While the first public preview of the Kirigami UI framework hit the streets at the beginning of August 2016, and reached the 1.1 milestone two months later, at the end of September, it looks like the Beta of the major 2.0 release is ready for developers interesting in test driving it to produce convergent UIs.

Software: Analytics, Cutelyst, Podbird, and Firefox

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  • 7 Awesome Open Source Analytics Software For Linux and Unix-like Systems

    Google Analytics is the most widely used cloud-based web analytics service. However, your data is locked into Google Eco-system. If you want 100% data ownership, try the following open source web analytics software to get information about the number of visitors to your website and the number of page views. The information is useful for market research and understanding popularity trends on your website.

  • Cutelyst 1.2.0 released

    Cutelyst the C++/Qt web framework has a new release.

  • Ubuntu Podcast App Podbird Celebrates Birthday With New Release

    Ubuntu podcast app Podbird has marked its 2nd birthday with an all-new release.

    Podbird 0.8 is said to bring a number of “major improvements” to the fore, chief among them the ability to queue podcasts so that they play one after another.

    Elsewhere, the update sees the episodes page gain a “downloaded” tab, which groups together all previously downloaded episodes (and any in progress) from one page, and a new setting allows cached podcast artwork to be refreshed.

  • Mozilla Welcomes Ashley Boyd, VP of Advocacy

    Ashley was most recently Vice President & Chief Field Officer for MomsRising, a national grassroots organization in the U.S. As a founding staff member, she was instrumental in building MomsRising into an organization of one million grassroots supporters, 200 partner organizations and over 20 funding partners.

  • Mozilla Gets Strong Early Marks for Firefox Focus Privacy Protection

    Are you concerned about the amount of tracking you seem to experience online? Mozilla knows that a lot of people are, and we recently reported on a potential solution to the issue for iPhone users. Mozilla has launched a browser for iOS users that offers security features that block unwanted trackers.The new browser, called Firefox Focus, secures the users’ privacy by blocking web trackers, including analytics, social, and advertising trackers.

    Mozilla is taking the stance that many users are losing control of their digital lives and seeing their privacy compromised. Now, early reviews of Firefox Focus are rolling in, and they are quite positive.

Leftovers: Software

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  • PeaZip 6.3.0 Free Archiving App Improves DPI Awareness, Adds Hamburger Menu

    The first day of 2017 also brought us Open Source software lovers a new stable version of the freely distributed and multiplatform PeaZip archive manager tool for GNU/Linux, BSD, and Windows platforms.

    The PeaZip 6.3.0 release continues to refresh of program's graphical user interface by improving DPI awareness on all supported operating systems, lets users programmatically set the default language of the application via a new command-line option called "-peaziplanguage" or directly from the installer (only Microsoft Windows).

  • Avidemux 2.6.16 Open-Source Video Editor Supports FFmpeg 3.0.5, Adds Resizer

    The last day of 2016 brought us a new maintenance update of the open-source and multiplatform Avidemux 2.6 video editor and converter, versioned 2.6.16, which appears to be mostly a bugfix release.

    Arriving five weeks after the release of Avidemux 2.6.15, which improved hardware decoding and encoding, but also added various usability fixes, Avidemux 2.6.16 is now that latest stable build of the video editor, which can now be built using Microsoft Visual C++ 2015.

  • KDE Kirigami UI 2.0 Beta Released: Better Android Integration, QQC2 Focus

    Kirigami is KDE's set of UI components and philosophy / patterns announced last year for developing "intuitive and consistent apps that provide a great user experience" and do have convergence applications in mind. Now ringing in 2017, the first beta of Kirigami 2.0 is now available.

  • Open Hardware Recorder: CaptureCast Pro

    I came across CaptureCast Pro because the company that makes this solution, Cattura, also creates the free CaptureCast Chrome app for screencasting, which works well on Chromebooks as well as on Linux laptops and desktops. I love the webcam integration, which few of the other free screencasting programs offer.

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Leftovers: OSS

  • SAP buys into blockchain, joins Hyperledger Project
  • foss-north speaker line-up
    I am extremely pleased to have confirmed the entire speaker line-up for foss north 2017. This will be a really good year!
  • Chromium/Chrome Browser Adds A glTF Parser
    Google's Chrome / Chromium web-browser has added a native glTF 1.0 parser. The GL Transmission Format, of course, being Khronos' "3D asset delivery format" for dealing with compressed scenes and assets by WebGL, OpenGL ES, and other APIs. There are glTF utility libraries in JavaScript and other web-focused languages, but Google adding a native glTF 1.0 parser appears to be related to their VR push with supporting VR content on the web. Their glTF parser was added to Chromium Git on Friday.
  • Sex and Gor and open source
    A few weeks ago, Dries Buytaert, founder of the popular open-source CMS Drupal, asked Larry Garfield, a prominent Drupal contributor and long-time member of the Drupal community, “to leave the Drupal project.” Why did he do this? He refuses to say. A huge furor has erupted in response — not least because the reason clearly has much to do with Garfield’s unconventional sex life. [...] I’ll unpack the first: open-source communities/projects are crucially important to many people’s careers and professional lives — cf “the cornerstone of my career” — so who they allow and deny membership to, and how their codes of conduct are constructed and followed, is highly consequential.
  • Hazelcast Releases 3.8 – The Fastest Open Source In-Memory Data Grid
  • SecureDrop and Alexandre Oliva are 2016 Free Software Awards winners
  • MRRF 17: Lulzbot and IC3D Release Line Of Open Source Filament
    Today at the Midwest RepRap Festival, Lulzbot and IC3D announced the creation of an Open Source filament. While the RepRap project is the best example we have for what can be done with Open Source hardware, the stuff that makes 3D printers work – filament, motors, and to some extent the electronics – are tied up in trade secrets and proprietary processes. As you would expect from most industrial processes, there is an art and a science to making filament and now these secrets will be revealed.
  • RApiDatetime 0.0.2

Security Leftovers

  • NSA: We Disclose 90% of the Flaws We Find
    In the wake of the release of thousands of documents describing CIA hacking tools and techniques earlier this month, there has been a renewed discussion in the security and government communities about whether government agencies should disclose any vulnerabilities they discover. While raw numbers on vulnerability discovery are hard to come by, the NSA, which does much of the country’s offensive security operations, discloses more than nine of every 10 flaws it finds, the agency’s deputy director said.
  • EFF Launches Community Security Training Series
    EFF is pleased to announce a series of community security trainings in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library. High-profile data breaches and hard-fought battles against unlawful mass surveillance programs underscore that the public needs practical information about online security. We know more about potential threats each day, but we also know that encryption works and can help thwart digital spying. Lack of knowledge about best practices puts individuals at risk, so EFF will bring lessons from its comprehensive Surveillance Self-Defense guide to the SFPL. [...] With the Surveillance Self-Defense project and these local events, EFF strives to help make information about online security accessible to beginners as well as seasoned techno-activists and journalists. We hope you will consider our tips on how to protect your digital privacy, but we also hope you will encourage those around you to learn more and make better choices with technology. After all, privacy is a team sport and everyone wins.
  • NextCloud, a security analysis
    First, I would like to scare everyone a little bit in order to have people appreciate the extent of this statement. As the figure that opens the post indicates, there are thousands of vulnerable Owncloud/NextCloud instances out there. It will surprise many just how easy is to detect those by trying out common URL paths during an IP sweep.
  • FedEx will deliver you $5.00 just to install Flash
    Bribes on offer as courier's custom printing service needs Adobe's security sinkhole

GNOME Extensions Website Has A New Look

Every GNOME Shell user will visit the official GNOME Shell Extensions website at least once. And if those users do so this weekend they’ll notice a small difference as the GNOME Shell Extensions website is sporting a minor redesign. This online repo plays host to a stack of terrific add-ons that add additional features and tweak existing ones. Read more