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Software: Netutils, Heimdall, Nageru, stress-ng, casync, MPV

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Software: clspv, Pale Moon, LibreOffice

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  • Codeplay Release “clspv”, an OpenCL Tool for Vulkan Enabled Devices

    In collaboration with Google, Codeplay is proud to announce the release of a new open-source tool allowing the compilation of OpenCL C language kernels to run on the Vulkan API.

  • Pale Moon browser new release, better media support

    I have updated my palemoon.SlackBuild and have uploaded fresh Slackware packages for this new Pale Moon 27.4.0. As previously shared with you, I diverge from the official developers’ recommendations about how to compile this browser on Linux. For instance the gcc compiler I used on Slackware 14.2 is gcc-5.3.0 (which is part of this distro release). On -current I failed compiling with the gcc-7.1.0 compiler which is the default there and I had to create a “gcc5” package for gcc-5.4.0 (which was an earlier gcc version in slackware-current). I wrote an article on this very blog about that gcc5 package if you are interested, it can be installed in parallel with Slackware’s own gcc-7. There are some other differences, mainly in the way I optimize my build.

  • LibreOffice 5.3.4 Released and Available via PPA for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    LibreOffice is the power-packed free, libre and open source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, the word processor, Calc, the spreadsheet application, Impress, the presentation engine, Draw, our drawing and flowcharting application, Base, our database and database frontend, and Math for editing mathematics. Its clean interface and powerful tools let you unleash your creativity and grow your productivity. Support and documentation is free from our large, dedicated community of users, contributors and developers.

Software and Games: Calibre, Tooth And Tail, KDE Components Not Yet Ported to KF5, and TeX Live

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  • Calibre 3.4 Open-Source eBook Manager Makes Exporting of Books a Lot Easier

    Calibre developer Kovid Goyal released today a new stable version of his popular, open-source and cross-platform Calibre ebook library management software, Calibre 3.4.

    Calibre 3.4 is here only one week after the release of the 3.3 update, which means that it's not a major version and it only adds a few user interface improvements, along with the usual bug fixes. The most important thing introduced in Calibre 3.4 is the a new method of exporting books to your computer.

  • Tooth And Tail, a new RTS game from Pocketwatch Games looks awesome, confirmed for Linux

    Pocketwatch Games (Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine) have announced their new strategy game Tooth and Tail [Steam, GOG, Official Site]. Not only does it look awesome and unique, but I've also got confirmation that it will be on Linux.

  • The KDE Components Not Yet Ported To KDE Frameworks 5

    With the beta of KDE Applications 17.08 due next week, which is the last cycle where Qt4/kdelibs4-dependent components are still permitted, KDE developer Christoph Feck has generated a list of KDE software not yet ported over to Qt5/KF5.

    It's with KDE Applications 17.12 where only Qt5 / KDE Frameworks 5 applications will be bundled with finally closing the door to Qt4/KDE4 programs that have yet to be ported.

  • TeX Live contrib repository (re)new(ed)

    It is my pleasure to announce the renewal/rework/restart of the TeX Live contrib repository service. The repository is collecting packages that cannot enter TeX Live directly (mostly due to license reasons), but are free to distribute. The basic idea is to provide a repository mimicking Debian’s nonfree branch.

Software: BleachBit, IBus-UniEmoji, systemd

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  • BleachBit – A Quick And Best Way to Clean Up Your Linux System (Best CCleaner Alternative)

    When you are running out of disk space on system, instantly you might use DU (Disk Usage) command to check the system disk usage but it wont give you about cached data, internet history, and junk files usage.

    To accomplish this, i would advise you to install BleachBit System cleaner utility. Its best CCleaner Alternatives for Linux and clean everything in your system in depth way.

  • IBus-UniEmoji – Type Emoji Directly into Your Linux Desktop

    I don’t know how often you type Emoji using your Linux desktop but none of the Ubuntu distros ships with that feature. The normal way to go about entering Emoji is to copy it and paste it into your desired location. It is thanks to IBUs-UniEmoji that you no longer need to do that.

  • systemd 234 Released with Support for the Meson Build System, Some Improvements

    systemd developer Lennart Poettering announced the release and immediate availability for download of a new update to the widely-used init system for Linux-based operating systems, versioned 234.

    systemd 234 has been in development for the past four and a half months, which is a lot of time, but it doesn't look it's a major release or anything, bringing only a few new features and several under-the-hood improvements, along with a bunch of bug fixes and security enhancements.

Systemd 234 Released, Games, Kontron Hardware, Linux refrigerators, and Paranoid Android

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  • Systemd 234 Released: Meson Build System, Networkd Improvements

    Succeeding systemd 233 is now systemd 234 with yet more features added as well as a new build system.

    Systemd 234 continues the growing trend by open-source projects of supporting the Meson build system. Systemd's Meson support is currently complementary to Automake, but they intend to remove the Automake support in one of the upcoming releases, thereby exclusively using Meson for building systemd in the not too distant future.

  • GOG have released DOSBox wrapped copies of The Humans series with Linux versions

    GOG have revived another set of classic games today as the platformer series The Humans joins their shelves. The Humans Bundle contains Humans 1-3!

    With the first title originally released in 1992, you could have found it on systems like the Amiga and it certainly looks like something I remember.

  • Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap Launches for Mac and Linux on July 18
  • i.MX7 SMARC COM features dual GbE ports

    Kontron’s “SMARC-sAMX7” module runs Yocto Linux on an i.MX7 SoC with up to 64GB eMMC, dual GbE controllers, -20 to 85°C support, and an optional eval board.

    The last time we checked in on Kontron’s SMARC computer-on-modules, it was to report on the Atom E3800-based SMARC-sXBTi, billed as the “world’s first x86-based SMARC COM.” With its new SMARC-sAMX7, the company has once again tapped the 82 x 50mm “short” version of the SMARC form factor, but this time with a low-power, ARM Cortex-A7 NXP i.MX7 SoC. The device runs a Yocto Project based Linux distribution with U-Boot bootloader, and is available with a new SMARC Evaluation Carrier 2.0 designed to support SMARC 2.0 (see farther below).

  • Samsung Electronics expands its lineup of Family Hub refrigerator

    Samsung Electronics always want to satisfy consumer preferences and good taste – so It recently introduced its new Family Hub refrigerator. Samsung Electronics Family Hub refrigerator is definitely the future and it has modernized the concept of kitchen appliance. It is no longer just a fridge to keep food in good condition, now, it is practically the heart of a connected home.

  • Paranoid Android 7.2 Improves Google Pixel/Pixel XL Support, Adds Pocket Lock

Software: Blender, GIMP, Streamlink and KeePass

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  • Over Half a Million Downloads per Month

    The official Blender release is now being downloaded over half a million times per month, and a total of 6.5M last year.

    During the period of July 2016 and July 2017, Blender has seen the release of Blender 2.78 and a/b/c fix releases.

  • Gimp 2.8.22 Stable Version Released, Available via PPA for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    GIMP is the multi-platform image manipulation tool stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. GIMP works on many operating systems and it is translated in many languages. It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is written and developed under X11 on UNIX platforms. Both stable and development version is available via 3rd party repositories.

  • Streamlink – Stream Online Videos Via Your Favourite Video Player

    Streamlink is a cross-platform command line utility tool (and API) with which you can stream videos from several streaming services including Twitch and YouTube Live via any video player app of your choosing e.g. VLC and MPV player.

    Being a fork of Livestreamer, Streamlink’s main purpose is to help users avoid buggy and/or CPU-heavy flash plugins in order enjoy an excellent video streaming experience. The CLI tool also has an API that developers can use in their applications for free.

  • KeePass – A Best GUI Password Management Tool To Store/Secure Passwords In Linux

    KeePass is a free open source password manager which helps you to manage your passwords securely.

    We can put all our passwords in one database which is locked with one master password or a key file.

    So we have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database.

Software: Penguin Subtitle Player, Planter, Emacs

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  • Managing creative assets with Planter

    Planter is a simple Python 3 application that makes it easy to manage and organize your project files.

  • Switching to Emacs land

    After 16 years with Vi(m), a week back I switched to Emacs as my primary editor. I used Emacs for a few days in 2010, when it was suggested to me by the #lisp channel. But, neither I continued, nor I understood the keystrokes well.

  • Penguin Subtitle Player – Subtitles on Top of Any Window

    Penguin Subtitle Player is a Qt5 project open source and cross-platform standalone subtitle player with which you can display subtitles on top of any window without blocking your display.

    Its features are best enjoyed when used to stream videos online, especially from services that don’t support custom subtitles, or that don’t support displaying subtitles at all. Its User Interface allows users to set custom fonts, text shadow, window opacity, text positions and display multiple subtitles at the same time.

Wine Staging Release 2.12

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  • [Wine Staging] Release 2.12

    The Wine Staging release 2.12 is now available.

  • Wine-Staging 2.12 Released

    Wine-Staging 2.12 is now available as the latest experimental/testing version of Wine re-based from this past week's release of Wine 2.12.

    Wine-Staging 2.12 isn't particularly exciting but does contain some new Direct3D 11 patches as well as using OpenGL's core context when necessary.

Software: 3 MPD Clients, Kolab Now, Nageru and ODrive

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  • 3 MPD clients for an Armbian music server

    You can see the CuBox music server in this photo—it's the small square box to the lower right in the foreground. You can also see the digital-to-analog converter (or DAC, the silver dongle to its left), its hard drive (underneath it), and the vintage late-'70s power amp (the box whose cooling fins are visible in the upper left) that connects it to my kitchen speakers.

    Since I installed the server software, a new kernel has been released for the Armbian distribution. Upgrading to this kernel immediately fouled up MPD's ability to play music—oh no! But some detective work uncovered the reason why... It turns out that the new kernel supports the HDMI interface under Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA), so my device numbering in the MPD configuration file no longer referenced my DAC!

  • Kolab Now: Another Round of Updates

    I don’t expect everyone to know and understand what these pieces mean, so I’ll divide this blog post in to two parts — one for users of Kolab in general, and one for my fellow sysadmins.

    A heads-up for Kolab users though — I’m much more verbose in the sysadmin parts of my messaging, and so you just might want to read through even though things go way over your head and land nowhere meaningful.

  • Nageru 1.6.1 released

    Now that Solskogen is coming up, there's been a lot of activity on the Nageru front, but hopefully everything is actually coming together now. Testing has been good, but we'll see whether it stands up to the battle-hardening of the real world or not. Hopefully I won't be needing any last-minute patches. Smile

  • ODrive – Google Drive GUI Client for Linux Desktop

    ODrive (Open Source Drive) is a GUI desktop client for virtually any cloud service you can mention; including Google Drive. It is developed using the famous Electron platform to be cross-platform and swift in its operations.

    ODrive’s pitch is that it combines all your cloud storage services into one unified, synchronized, shareable, and encrypted account via which you can access all the rest with a single password. It syncs changes to files and directories as soon as you make them and allows you to securely share them with whomever via web-links.

Software: GIMP, QXmlEdit, iWant, Jam, and KDE Kube

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  • GIMP Is Finally Getting a Built-in Metadata Editor

    The next version of GIMP will include an updated metadata viewer and a new metadata editor. The improved features are down to GIMP developer Benoit Touchette, whose work improves the existing ‘view metadata’ box but finally makes it possible to edit metadata in GIMP.

  • 7 features of QXmlEdit for unusual situations

    QXmlEdit is an open source XML editor written using Qt libraries that has some unusual features that can help you in complex situations.

    An ordinary XML editor can make it easier to write long XML documents in structured form instead of laying them down as text. (Did you ever do that?) Even so, sooner or later you will run into situations where a basic editor is not enough. For example, you may need to manipulate data with cardinalities you never thought possible, or deal with binary data, or compare two XML Schema Definitions (XSDs) at a semantic level. QXmlEdit, which runs on Linux, Windows, MacOS, and OS/2, has features that can help you in situations like those.

    Let's jump in.

  • iWant – The Decentralized Peer To Peer File Sharing Commandline Application

    A while ago, we have written a guide about transfer.sh and that allows you to share files over Internet easily and quickly, and PSiTransfer – a simple open source self-hosted file sharing solution. Today, we will see yet another file sharing utility called “iWant”. It is a free and open source CLI-based decentralized peer to peer file sharing application.

  • Jam – Listen to Google Play Music Straight From Your Console

    Jam is a recently developed Google Play Music player for the Linux and Windows consoles. It features a simplistic appearance within the terminal that is easy to navigate (pretty much like Cmus) and was written in the Go programming language.

  • KDE Kube – A Modern Mail Communication & Collaboration Client

    KDE Kube is a modern mail and collaboration client that provides both online and offline access to contacts, calendars, to-dos, notes, emails, and other personal informational features with a focus on beauty and ease of work.

    Based on QtQuick and AkonadiNext, it uses Sink for both synchronization and data access and leverages the KDE PIM codebase where possible.

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