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  • GNU Make 4.2.1 Released!

    GNU Make 4.2.1, a bug-fix release for GNU Make 4.2, has been released and is available in the usual locations.

  • GNU Radio for Space (and Aircraft)

    The people behind the satellite, GomSpace, has a complete parser for the ADS-B data beacons and [destevez] has it rolled into a GNU Radio module. There’s a good representation of captured data on a map in [destevez’s] blog post. If you want something less interactive, you can see a static map of all collected data. If you want to try your hand at picking up GOMX-3, you can hear it transmitting in the video below.

Software and Games

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  • Grilo 0.3

    The major release happened almost 6 months ago and it has brought some API/ABI changes being my favourite the merge of all Grilo media types into GrlMedia (#755551); This introduces support from Grilo to different types of media!

  • Microstar Laboratories, Inc.'s Accel64 for Linux

    Microstar Laboratories, Inc., develops Data Acquisition Processor (DAP) systems for PC-based high-performance multichannel measurement applications. Microstar observes that GNU/Linux distributions generally presume that if you have 64-bit hardware and a 64-bit operating system, the applications will use compatible 64-bit development tools and drivers, leaving support for 32-bit applications incomplete. This can present problems for vetted 32-bit applications, particularly those dependent on kernel extensions.

  • The Wine Development Release 1.9.12 Is Now Available
  • Wine 1.9.12 Fixes Splinter Cell: Blacklist Crashes, Improves Dragon Age 2 Demo

    Today, June 10, 2016, the Wine development team was proud to announce the release and immediate availability of yet another milestone towards the major Wine 2.0 software for running Windows apps and games on GNU/Linux distributions.

    Wine 1.9.12 is the twelve point release in the Wine 1.9 development series, coming two weeks after the launch of Wine 1.9.11 to improve the Shader Model 4 support in Direct3D, add an initial built of a taskbar in desktop mode, improve the metafile support in RichEdit, and fix right-to-left (RTL) languages in Uniscribe.

  • Latest Steam Client Update Improves Steam Controller Support with DOOM 2016

    Today, June 10, 2016, Valve pushed a new major Steam Client update to the stable channels for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

  • Steam Client Stable vs. Beta Tests With Vulkan On AMDGPU-PRO

    Here's the impact of benchmarking Dota 2 with Vulkan using the stable Steam client versus the Steam client beta.

    The Steam client beta a while back introduced some Steam overlay fixes explicitly for Vulkan. It turns out that these fixes currently in the Steam beta are very important for better AMDGPU-PRO Vulkan performance.

Wine 1.9.12 Development

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  • Wine 1.9.12 Works On More Shader Model 4 Support

    Wine 1.9.12 is this latest development release and it features a bug-fix update to the Mono engine, initial version of a taskbar in the desktop mode, fixes for right-to-left languages in Uniscribed, continued work on more Shader Model 4 (SM4) support within Direct3D, better meta-file support in RichEdit, and various bug fixes. In total there are 20 known bug-fixes for this release.

  • Wine Announcement

    The Wine development release 1.9.12 is now available.

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  • Wireshark 2.0.4 Open-Source Network Security Analysis Tool Brings Over 30 Fixes

    Wireshark, the world's most popular, open-source, cross-platform, and free network protocol analyzer software, which is being used by many security experts for analysis and troubleshooting of network issues, has been updated to version 2.0.4.

  • Libjpeg-Turbo 1.5 Released With More Performance Optimizations

    Version 1.5 of the libjpeg-turbo JPEG library is now available with more performance optimizations.

  • Oracle Releases VirtualBox 5.1 Beta 2 with X.Org Server 1.18 Support for Solaris

    Only four days after the release of the first Beta build of the upcoming VirtualBox 5.1 open-source and cross-platform virtualization software, Oracle today, June 7, 2016, announced the availability of the second Beta version for public testing.

    VirtualBox 5.1 will be a major release of the widely used virtualization manager that lets computer users run numerous operating systems like FreeBSD, Solaris, Microsoft Windows, or any GNU/Linux distribution on virtual machines for testing or other purposes.

  • Shotcut is a versatile open-source video editor [Ed: as below]
  • Shotcut is a versatile open-source video editor

    Shotcut is a powerful open-source video editor for Windows, Linux and Mac. It’s quirky in places, not always easy to use, but spend a while learning the basics and you’ll find an array of high-end features to explore.

    The program uses the popular FFmpeg to import source files, which means there’s no need to worry about format support: it’ll open just about every video variant that’s ever existed.

    There’s also support for capturing resolutions up to 4k from SDI, HDMI, webcam, JACK & Pulse audio, IP stream, X11 screen and Windows DirectShow devices.

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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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  • KDE Kirigami 1.1 UI Framework Released
  • [GNOME Maps:] Planning a trip
  • Etcher Image Writer Is Now Better Than Ever
    Back in may we spotlighted Etcher, a stylish open-source USB image writer app for Windows, macOS and Linux. In the months since our feature the app has released a over 10 small beta updates, with Etcher 1.5 Beta being the most recent release at the time of writing.
  • Audacious 3.8 released
    Audacious 3.8 was released on September 21, 2016.
  • New Version of Audacious Music Player Released
    A new version of Audacious, a popular lightweight audio player, is now available for download. Audacious 3.8 introduces a small set of features, including the ability to run more than one instance of the app at the same time. Quite why… no idea. New audtool commands have been added, including stream recording toggles, and cue sheet support is said to be “more seamless”.
  • Rambox Puts All Your Favorite Messaging Services In One App
    Rambox is a free, open-source messaging and email app that groups all your favourite web apps into one easy-to-manage window. Sound familiar? We’ve highlighted apps like Rambox before, with Franz and the Gmail-specific Wmail being but two.
  • Stylish Markdown Editor ‘Typora’ Is Now Available for Ubuntu
    In the market for a desktop markdown editor for Linux? You may have helped but notice that you’re rather spoilt for choice. From Abricotine and Scratch to Simplenote, Springseed and Remarkable. Even Gedit can render markdown with the right plugin! With so much choice it can be difficult to know which app to pick.
  • YoutPlayer Floats Your Fave YouTube Videos on The Desktop [Ed: just an Electron app]
    Looking for a neat-o way to play YouTube playlists on your desktop, outside your browser? Take a looksie at Yout, an Electron app that lets you add and watch YouTube playlists on your desktop, floating window stylee. Yout is not the most user-friendly of apps.

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Leftovers: Gaming

  • Avoid the pile-up in 'Clustertruck', a first-person platformer with day-1 Linux support, it's great
    We have been steadily getting more 3D "beat the timer" games where you're up against others times, which is great because they really can be fun. I do love getting competitive in certain games, especially with some of my Steam friends and friends in the wider community. Games like this recently have been something I've been repeatedly going back to for a break from life. Clustertruck is not only about beating the times of other people, but it's also a "the floor is lava" game, so if you touch the floor you have to start again. The really funny thing is that the safe pads are moving trucks you have to keep up with. You can at least grab onto the back of a truck if you just about touch it, so it's not always instant death.
  • Fusion 3, the next generation game engine and editor from Clickteam will support Linux
    The difference between their tools and others, is the event system. Instead of needing to program every single line, you can stack up events and link them together to create a game. It works quite well and I'm pretty excited to give Fusion 3 a go on Linux myself to see what random games I can create for fun.