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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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  • Qt Mail Client Trojitá 0.6 Released
  • N1 Email Client -- A User-Friendly Option

    If you’ve paid close enough attention to the news, you know that the Mozilla Foundation has cut the cord to Thunderbird. Considering that, for years, Thunderbird has been the most user-friendly desktop email client for Linux, this could have been a disaster for the open source platform. Fortunately, there’s a new kid on the block with plenty to offer. That new kid is N1 by Nylas.

  • Kodi 16 "Jarvis" to Be a Massive Update, First RC Is Out

    Kodi 16.0 “Jarvis” has just been released by its developers, and it signals the fact that we’re getting closer to the stable version of this amazing application.

  • RcppCCTZ 0.0.3

    A new minor release of RcppEigen is now on CRAN and in Debian. It primarily upgrades to the recent 3.2.7 release of Eigen -- thanks once again to fine work by Yixuan Qiu. We also have one additonal PR by Alexey Stukalow who ensured that the fastLm() example will work fine with when the Intel MKL is used.

  • RcppCCTZ 0.0.3

    Bradley White from the upstream CCTZ team prepared some more changes in CCTZ itself -- so a new RcppCCTZ version got to CRAN the other day catching up with these changes.

  • Picard brings order to your music library

    Two ways to sort your music are either by the lookup method or the scanning method. The lookup method will check the existing metadata saved to the song file and compare that to the MusicBrainz database. This is usually a foolproof way to find data for a song. The scanning method will use an acoustic “fingerprint” of the song based on wavelengths and other miscellaneous sound-oriented factors of the song. It will compare the fingerprint to the existing MusicBrainz database for a match. This is the most accurate method to use, but it will not work out of the box in Fedora. There is an easy workaround to get scanning to work, however.

  • New Vivaldi Snapshot Adds 22 More Fixes to the Upcoming Web Browser

    Only three days after the release of the previous snapshot, the Vivaldi developers are back with yet another snapshot build, this time fixing twenty-two more bugs reported by users.

    According to the release announcement, Vivaldi Snapshot 1.0.377.10 is now available for download and testing for all supported operating systems (see download links at the end of the article), fixing more than 20 issues (details in the changelog below), which means that its development cycle continues at a rapid pace.

  • 4 tools to play Windows Games on Linux?

    Linux operating systems gives the stability that Windows platform somewhere fails to deliver. But what about gaming? Can we compare Windows and Linux on gaming front? I don't think it will be a fare game to compare both on this aspect. Users who want to go with gaming will rarely use Linux and users who are comfortable with Linux operations will rarely go for Windows. Both are big competitors to each other and both have respective pros and cons.

Wine 1.9.2 Lands with GStreamer 1.0 and Shader Model 4 Support

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Wine (Wine is not an emulator) 1.9.2 has been released and it comes with some pretty major new features, including Gstreamer 1.0 support and more Shader Model 4 instructions.

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Also: Wine 1.9.2 Released: Finally Presents GStreamer 1.0 Support

A Wayland status update

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It has been our goal for a while to get to a point where the Wayland port can be declared complete and ready to be enabled by default. We’ve come a long way since we started the porting effort in September 2013. In fact, we feel that we’re close enough that we can aim for Wayland by default in Fedora 24.

But the last mile is always the longest, and there’s still a few steps to take before we’re there. With this weeks releases of Wayland 1.9.91 and the GNOME 3.19.4 releases, we’ve taken a couple of the steps.

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Is Wayland ready yet?

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Wayland is the same. The protocol is stable and has been for a while. But not every compositor and/or toolkit/application speak Wayland yet, so it may not be sufficient for your use-case. So rather than asking "Is Wayland ready yet", you should be asking: "Can I run GNOME/KDE/Enlightenment/etc. under Wayland?" That is the right question to ask, and the answer is generally "It depends what you expect to work flawlessly." This also means "people working on Wayland" is often better stated as "people working on Wayland support in ....".

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  • Digital Painting with Krita 2.9 provides the missing Krita documentation

    2015 was a big year for the Krita project. They had a successful crowdfunding campaign over the summer, which helped fund the development of an onslaught of features targeted for versions of 2.9 and beyond. With everything from big-time performance jumps when using large brushes, to the addition of support for animating, Krita's growth has spiked and the project continues to get attention and high praise among digital artists.

  • Audacity 2.1.2 Open-Source Audio Editor Has Better Noise Reduction Effects

    The Audacity developers have released the second maintenance release in the 2.1 series of the open-source and cross-platform audio editor software for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

  • Kodi 16.0 “Jarvis” – Release Candidate 1

    The time has come to bring you all Release Candidate 1 for Kodi v16. It took a bit longer than we anticipated due to some problems along the way though they should be under control now. This release consists of some nice features but more importantly the continues effort on making the underlying code more mature and future proof which should result in a more stable Kodi in general.

  • Kodi 16.0 Jarvis Is Near With Today's RC1

    Kodi 16 is bringing button long press support, improved Android rendering, better DirectX 11 support on Windows, settings improvements, PVR/DVR enhancements, better audio and video playback, and an assortment of other features.

  • GStreamer 1.6.3 Arrives with Multiple Fixes and Changes

    GStreamer, a development framework for creating applications such as media players, video editors, and others, has been upgraded to version 1.6.3 and is now ready for download.

  • gparted updated to version 0.25.0

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  • GParted 0.25.0 Released With Progress Bar When Checking/Resizing ext2/3/4 Partitions

    GParted is an open source and free partition manager. GParted can create and edit partitions. It's a GUI (Graphical User Interface) so it's easy to to create or edit partitions on our hard disk using GParted. GParted recently released its 0.25.0 version that now shows a progress bar when checking or resizing ext2/3/4 partitions. Here is how you can install or update to GParted 0.25.0 in Ubuntu or other derivatives distros.

  • Rygel 0.29.1 Open Source Media Server Adds Support for Lightweight Media Scanner

    Rygel developer Jens Georg announced on the GNOME mailing list the immediate availability for download and testing of the first milestone in the upcoming Rygel 0.30 stable series of the open-source media server software.

  • git-annex v6

    Version 6 of git-annex, released last week, adds a major new feature; support for unlocked large files that can be edited as usual and committed using regular git commands.

  • Oracle Releases VirtualBox 5.0.14 with Support for Linux Kernel 4.5, Mac OS X Fixes

    Oracle today announced the release of the VirtualBox 5.0.14 open-source and cross-platform virtualization software for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

  • Latest Vivaldi Web Browser Snapshot Adds over 50 Bugfixes and Improvements

    The Vivaldi developers are back at work bringing us more Snapshot builds towards the final and first-ever stable release of the cross-platform and proprietary web browser for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

  • Opera 34 for Linux Needs a Little Wizardry to Make Netflix Finally Work

    A fresh Opera stable update has been released, but it’s a really small one. The developers have made some changes to get Netflix running, although they still haven’t made things easy.

    Opera is based on Chromium, and since Google Chrome has no problem with Netflix, the same doesn’t happen for Opera. This is an annoying problem for Opera users who really want to also watch Netflix, and the developers are aware of this. The latest update was released to fix this particular issue, but that hasn’t happened all the way through.

  • Wine 1.8 Released

    There are alternatives to using Wine, but they all involve trade-offs. Perhaps the simplest solution is to install Windows on your computer as a second operating system. But for many Linux users, that isn't an option. We want to break free of Windows, not tie ourselves down to it.

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  • No more Android Wear watches says Samsung, Tizen all the way !
    Samsung has been getting pretty serious about its Smartwatches and has certainly excelled with its latest creation, the Tizen based Gear S2. The company has had a little dabble with Android wear in the past, with the Galaxy Gear Live, and since has been focusing on Tizen. According to a report from Fast Company stating that “no more Samsung Android Wear devices are in development or being planned.” This is according to a Samsung executive. The report goes further to say that Samsung executives are going with Tizen because it’s “far more battery-efficient than Android Wear” and “the standard OS on other Samsung products from TVs to refrigerators.”
  • Are games too easy to pirate on Android?
    It's long been known that game developers make much more money on iOS than they do on Google's Android platform. The most recent example of this is Monument Valley. The developers of the game posted an article on Medium with infographics that show that 73% of their revenue comes from iOS, while only 17% comes from Android.
  • Google Trust API Will Replace Your Passwords With A ‘Trust Score’
    In the wake of increasing security threats and password leaks, Google is working on Project Abacus that will introduce Trust API in Android devices. This API will calculate your Trust Score and use them to give you access to various services. This score will be calculated by using a variety of user patterns.
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    If you are looking for a mini PC that is capable of running ChromiumOS, Ubuntu LTS, and Android TV operating systems, you may be interested in a new mini desktop computer system that has been created by Dylan Callahan. The Fancy mini PC is a “handcrafted personal computer” that is now available to purchase price to $225 plus shipping and is powered by a Quad Core x86 2.0 Ghz processor supported by 4K AMD Radeon graphics that is supported by 4GB of DDR3 RAM.

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  • Linksys Sees Value Open Source Market for WRT Wireless Routers
    The wireless router world remains safe for open source -- at least for users of certain Linksys Wi-Fi devices, which will still allow the installation of open source firmware like DD-WRT after new FCC rules take effect next week. Here's the back story: Last fall, the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) introduced new regulations that required device manufacturers to ensure "that third parties are not able to reprogram the device to operate outside the parameters for which the device was certified." Those rules go into effect June 2.
  • Keynote: How Enterprises are Leveraging Open Source Analytics Platforms
    In this Keynote, Luciano Resende, Architect, Spark Technology Center at IBM, will showcase Open source Analytic platforms. Luciano will also discuss how they are being leveraged by different organizations to upend their competition, as well as enable new use cases.
  • Verizon’s Open Source Network Points Way For Enterprises
  • An open source toolbox for pure mathematics
    The field of pure mathematics has always depended on computers to make tables, prove theorems and explore new theories. Today, computer aided experiments and the use of databases relying on computer calculations are part of the pure mathematician's standard toolbox. In fact, these tools have become so important that some areas of mathematics are now completely dependent on them.
  • Asa Dotzler: My New Role @ Mozilla
    After a couple of years working on Mozilla’s mobile operating system project, I’m coming back to Firefox! I’ll be doing some familiar things and some new things. My official title is Product Manager, Firefox Roadmap and Community. What that means, first and foremost, is that I’ll be returning as our storyteller, making sure that we’re communicating regularly about where Firefox is heading, and that we’re fully engaged with Firefox users, fans, and contributors.

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