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Software: Elvish, Stream Twitch in GNOME, Bitcoin Desktop Wallets, fwupd, and Docker

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  • Elvish 0.9 Release Notes

    Version 0.9 has been released to coincide with the official publication of the Elvish website, which will be hosting all release notes in the future.

  • How to Stream Twitch Directly to GNOME on Linux
  • Electron-based Min Web Browser Sees First Update This Year [Ed: There are many good browsers out there, why use Electron-based ones?]
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  • 2017’s Best Bitcoin Desktop Wallets – 4 Wallets Reviewed (Mac, Windows, Linux)

    Armory is a well-known and trusted brand when it comes to Bitcoin security, though the wallet is usually best for more advanced users. If you are looking for a wallet that emphasizes safety and security, Armory should make the short list as the wallet features a variety of encryption and cold-storage options.

  • Fwupd 0.9.5 Released With Logitech Support, Intel ME Version Querying

    Richard Hughes of Red Hat has announced the release of the fwupd 0.9.5 firmware update utility for the Linux desktop.

    In addition to bug fixes and other minor improvements, this release adds support for Logitech's "DFU" protocol for updating devices like the K780 keyboard. This Logitech Linux firmware updating support comes thanks to the cooperation from Logitech itself.

  • Containers in Research

    Last week, I attended the Docker Containers for Reproducible Research Workshop hosted by the Software Sustainability Institute. Many talks were addressing how containers can be used in a high performance computing (HPC) environment. Since running the Docker daemon requires root privileges, most administrators are reluctant to allow users running Docker containers in a HPC environment. This issue as been addressed by Singularity, which is an alternative conterization technology that does not require root privileges. The nice thing is that Singularity allows importing existing Docker images, which allows you creating a Singularity container from anything that is on Docker Hub. Although I only used Docker so far, Singularity sounds like a nice technology I would like to explore in the future.

Rapid Photo Download 0.9

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  • Improve Your Photography Workflow on Linux with Rapid Photo Download 0.9

    Rapid Photo Download 0.9.0 is now stable, and available to download. The app, which makes mass importing photos and videos from SD cards, smartphones and USB devices easier, switches from GTK to Qt for this release. We reported on this change when we covered the beta release back in April.

  • Rapid Photo Downloader For Linux Switches From GTK To Qt

    Rapid Photo Downloader, the open-source software for Linux which its developer claims is "the Linux desktop's best photo and video downloader/importer", is out with a new release after two and a half years in development.

Software: Eternal Terminal, LMMS, Latte Dock, Parlatype and KDE in GSoC

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  • Eternal Terminal – A Remote Shell That Automatically Reconnects Without Interrupting The Session

    Eternal Terminal (ET) is a remote shell that automatically reconnects without interrupting the session. Unlike the normal SSH session, ET session will survive even after the network outages or IP changes. Please note that ET is not a terminal emulator, it’s only a remote shell. ET is mainly made for IP changes. That means even if the IP address of your remote host is changed, Eternal Terminal will keep you connected with the remote system. Another notable feature of ET is we can run tmux/screen inside a ET session. ET supports tmux control mode which lets you have OS scrollbars, tabs, and windows. This is where ET distinguishes itself from other similar applications like Mosh (A popular alternative to SSH). Even though Mosh offers the same functionality as ET, it does not support scrolling nor tmux control mode. In a nutshell, ET is a remote terminal for the busy and impatient.

  • LMMS A Music Production App For Linux

    ​LMMS is an audio workstation for audio designers and hobbies (yes that’s right). Still better it’s FOSS + it’s available for multiple Operating Systems and that gives you the great opportunity to recommend your music pals this great piece of tool.

  • Latte Dock – An Elegant and Intuitive Dock for Your Tasks and Plasmoids

    Latte Dock is arguably the best dock app for KDE Plasma especially since the release of its stable version 0.6 in April.

    It is based on plasma frameworks, that working together to provide users with an elegant and intuitive experience while going about their everyday PC tasks.

    Latte Dock is unlike some dock apps in the market in the sense that it lets you replace your desktop panels completely. You can use it to run multiple docks on one screen, mimic several panel layouts including that of Unity and Plasma, set animation styles especially using its parabolic zoom effects, and organize Plasmoids.

  • Parlatype – A Manual Audio Transcription App for Linux

    I remember a good number of years ago when I used to learn the lyrics to music by playing back songs to write their lyrics down in a note book. it was usually a tedious task because I always had to rewind the track each time I stopped it in order to get the right words, tones, etc.

    So you can imagine how much I could relate to an open-source developer picking up a project that will help audio transcribers worldwide. The project name is Parlatype.

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  • GSoC’17-Week #3
  • KIO Stash - Shipped!

    Selecting multiple files in any file manager for copying and pasting has never been a pleasant experience, especially if the files are in a non-continuous order. Often, when selecting files using Ctrl+A or the selection tool, we find that we need to select only a subset of the required files we have selected. This leads to the unwieldy operation of removing files from our selection. Of course, the common workaround is to create a new folder and to put all the items in this folder prior to copying, but this is a very inefficient and very slow process if large files need to be copied. Moreover Ctrl+Click requires fine motor skills to not lose the entire selection of files.

    This is an original project with a novel solution to this problem. My solution is to add a virtual folder in all KIO applications, where the links to files and folders can be temporarily saved for a session. The files and folders are "staged" on this virtual folder. Files can be added to this by using all the regular file management operations such as Move, Copy and Paste, or by drag and drop. Hence, complex file operations such as moving files across many devices can be made easy by staging the operation before performing it.

Software and Games: Network Monitoring, Steam Usage, RPCS3 Has Moved to Qt, Go support in KDevelop, and QT3D

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Software: José, Buildah, Poppins, KeePassXC, LabPlot, Design & Animation Software, Linphone

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  • What's new in José v8?

    José is a general purpose cryptography toolkit which uses the data formats standardized by the JOSE IETF Working Group. By analogy, José is to JOSE what GPG is to OpenPGP and OpenSSL is to X.509.

  • Quick Blog on Buildah.

    Buildah is a new tool that we released last week for building containers without requiring a container runtime daemon running. --nodockerneeded

  • Poppins beta 0.3 released

    We are proud to announce the new release of Poppins 0.3 beta. This release is a big improvement including new features and bug fixing.

    Poppins 0.3 beta is PHP7 ready. It was tested on Debian 8 and 9, CentOS 7 and Ubuntu 16.04 server. Please read the release notes and edit your config files before upgrading.

  • The state of Linux media center software

    Recently a client expressed interest in developing a pre-built Home Theater PC (HTPC) solution with Digitial Video Recorder (DVR) functionality for Over The Air (OTA) broadcasts. They considered both low-end devices, like the Raspberry Pi, and high-end devices like dedicated PCs. As part of their marketing research, they wanted to have a broader perspective of existing solutions on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. Out of respect for the open-source community’s efforts, our client has kindly agreed to let us publish a subset of the report that summarizes HTPC solutions with built-in OTA recording and playback capabilities.

  • [Older] KeePassXC 2.2.0 released

    We are very excited to announce the release of KeePassXC 2.2.0! We have worked long and hard to bring you lots of new features and bug fixes in a well-rounded release.

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  • LabPlot getting "live support"

    As I told you guys in my previous post, I'm here now to show you some new, cool stuff about LabPlot. First let me introduce you the synopsis of my project's proposal:

    "Currently, the visualization and analysis of data is only possible on static data that was imported into or generated in one of LabPlot's data containers. The goal of the project is to add support for streaming data. At the moment LabPlot has no support for this kind of data processing even though it is very important for this feature to be available in a scientific data plotting software."

  • Intro to Graphic Design & Animation Software on GNU/Linux

    This article introduces free software alternatives on GNU/Linux towards graphic design & 2D animation software on Windows. Yes, I write this article for those switching to GNU/Linux. You'll find here replacements for Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator, Paint Shop Pro, CorelDRAW, and even Macromedia Flash MX. I hope this list helps you finding what you need!

  • Linphone 4.0 for desktop platforms is available!

    Our engineering team intensively worked in the past few months on the development of our new Linphone 4.0 app for desktop platforms. We are glad to announce that this new version has officially been released on June 14!

    We consequently improved the app’s look and feel with a more user-friendly and modern user interface. We also implemented various new features to bring new specific possibilities for a desktop usage and reach the same level of usability as in our mobile versions.

Software: PhockUp, Terminus, Weblate, PiCluster, FreeDOS, LibreOffice, Jio Cinema, and (GNU) GRUB

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  • PhockUp is a Clever CLI Tool To Organize Photos by Date

    Phockup is a simple, straightforward, command line tool for sorting photos into folders based on date. It's an ideal tool for making organized backups.

  • Terminus is modern, highly configurable terminal app for Windows, Mac and Linux

    Hands up if use GNOME Terminal as your default terminal on Ubuntu? That’s a lot of hands. GNOME Terminal is great. It’s fast, featured, and straightforward. But it doesn’t hurt to try a few alternatives to it from time to time. Be it the vintage chic of retro term or the modern minimalism of Hyper.

  • Weblate 2.15

    Weblate 2.15 has been released today. It is slightly behind schedule what was mostly caused by my vacation. As with 2.14, there are quite a lot of security improvements based on reports we got from HackerOne program and various new features.

  • [Old] Why Use Package Managers?

     

    Fortunately, the vast majority of all open source software installs can be made trivial for anyone to do for themselves.  Modern package managers perform all the same steps as a caveman install, but automatically.  Package managers also install dependencies for us automatically.

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    The pkgsrc package manager is unique in that it fully supports most POSIX compatible (Unix-like) operating systems.

  • What’s new in PiCluster 1.9

    PiCluster is a great platform to manage and orchestrate Docker containers.  Although it started as a way to manage my Raspberry Pi’s,   it can be run on any operating system that supports Node.js and Docker.  PiCluster has been under heavy development lately and I like to share what is new in v1.9.

  • 4 cool facts you should know about FreeDOS

    In the early 1990s, I was a DOS "power user." I used DOS for everything and even wrote my own tools to extend the DOS command line. Sure, we had Microsoft Windows, but if you remember what computing looked like at the time, Windows 3.1 was not that great. I preferred working in DOS.

  • LibreOffice Mascot competition
  • Jio Cinema app now runs on Samsung Tizen TV

    Over the years, Samsung Electronics has unveiled a lot of Tizen-powered devices, many of which have received positive reviews. Two years ago, Samsung decided to start shipping Tizen on all of its upcoming Smart TVs as part of a bid to boost Tizen TV ecosystem. Since then, we have seen the likes of the SUHD TV line which was unveiled at CES 2016, Las Vegas, an event in which Samsung released a total of 49 TVs at the same time. Now, to further boost the popularity of Samsung-Tizen TV, Jio Cinema has been added to its Tizen TVs.

  • d2k17 hackathon report: Martin Pieuchot on moving the network stack out of the big lock

    I came to unlock the forwarding path and thanks to the multiple reviews from bluhm@, sashan@ and claudio@ it happened! It started as a boring hackathon because I had to review and fix all the abuses of splnet() in pseudo drivers but then it went very smoothly. I still haven't seen a bug report about the unlock and Hrvoje Popovski even reported a 20% forwarding performance increase.

  • GRUB Now Supports EXT4 File-Systems With Encryption

    The GRUB bootloader now supports file-systems making use of EXT4 file-system encryption but where the boot files are left unencrypted.

Software: Wormhole, Summernote, Cipher, Beast, Cylon, Papirus Icon Theme, Moe, LibreOffice and Games

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Wine Staging 2.11

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  • [Wine Staging] Release 2.11

    Wine Staging 2.11 contains improvements for the macOS preloader, which was added in the last release, and should now support all macOS versions >= 10.6. Besides these host system specific changes, several patches were added to fix individual game bugs. The Witcher 3 should now display the intro videos and contain less graphical glitches compared to Wine Staging 2.10. For GTA 5 it is no longer necessary to pass -GPUCount 1 as parameter or to change the PCI IDs to run the game on a NVIDIA graphic card (-DX10 is still required though). The handling of low level keyboard hooks has been improved to fix input issues in GTA 5. This release also changes the handling of clipping regions to fix the remaining mouse issues with Unity based games.

  • Wine-Staging 2.11 Brings NVAPI Improvements, PIE Support

    Building off last week's Wine 2.11 update is now the adjoining Wine-Staging release that adds in various experimental patches for more widespread testing.

  • Wine Staging 2.11 released with GTA 5 and The Witcher 3 fixes, also improved Unity game support

    The Wine Staging team has put out their 2.11 release and it comes with some interesting fixes. They've done some adjustments to help run GTA 5 and The Witcher 3.

    As a reminder: Wine Staging is the testing area for future features and fixes to make it into the normal Wine development releases and then eventually a stable Wine build.

Software: Nuvola Player, GStreamer, MKVToolNix, Parlatype, and PulseEffects

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  • Nuvola Player 4.5 Integrates Progress & Volume Bars in Google Play Music, Deezer

    Jiří Janoušek was pleased to announce the release of Nuvola Player 4.5, a new stable update to the 4.x series of the open-source cloud music player for GNU/Linux desktops.

    The Nuvola Player project is designed as a wrapper for various cloud music services that runs as a web-based interface in a standalone app that fully integrates with your Linux desktop's elements, such as the system tray area, notifications system, dock menu, and even Ubuntu's sound menu.

  • GStreamer 1.12 Open-Source Multimedia Framework Gets Its First Point Release

    The GStreamer development team announced the availability of the first point release of the GStreamer 1.12 stable series of the popular and widely-used open-source and cross-platform multimedia framework.

    Even if it comes about one and a half months after the GStreamer 1.12.0 release, the 1.12.1 update is a small one that contains only bugfixes. These include improvements to the Meson build system, a fix for a memory leak on the gstptpclock related to the delay request message release, leaving the timeout source referenced.

  • MKVToolNix 13.0.0 Open-Source MKV Manipulation Tool Brings Small Enhancements

    MKVToolNix developer Moritz Bunkus is pleased to announce today the release and immediate availability of MKVToolNix 13.0.0, a new stable update of the open-source and cross-platform MKV (Matroska) manipulation utility.

    MKVToolNix 13.0.0 comes about one month after version 12.0.0 to add a handful of new features, and fix a bunch of bugs that have been reported by users during this period. The new version of MKVToolNix has been dubbed by the developer as "The Juggler" and it was built for GNU/Linux, macOS and Microsoft Windows platforms.

  • Parlatype is an Ace Audio Transcription App for Linux

    Whether you’re a student needing to take notes from a lecture you recorded or a blogger trying to transcribe an audio interview, the following little GNOME app can help.

    Turning an audio recording into text format is a time-consuming and sometimes tedious affair, with endless stop/starts as you hurriedly attempt to keep pace with the spoken word, rewind to double check, and so on.

  • PulseEffects is a Powerful GTK Audio Effects & Equalizer App for Linux

    If you’re on the hunt for an advanced audio equaliser for Ubuntu, you’re definitely going to want to check this app out.

    It’s called PulseEffects and it’s an equalizer, limiter, reverb, and compressor that works with Pulseaudio, the default sound server in Ubuntu.

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