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Emacspeak, an audible interface for Linux

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Screen readers such as Orca work by describing the graphical environment to the user. They deconstruct an arbitrary visual environment that's built on top of an inherently text-based system. On some systems, this is necessary because there's no access—at least pragmatically—to the OS by any other means than the graphical interface. As most Linux users know, however, a graphical interface on a good Unix system is entirely optional in the first place, so there's no need to generate one, deconstruct it, and describe it; the computer can just spit out text.

I am aware of two efforts forging this path: Emacspeak and ADRIANE (on Knoppix). In this article, we'll take an in-depth look at the former.

Emacspeak is an audible interface that allows non-sighted users to interact independently and efficiently with a computer, entirely by way of text input and output. Emacspeak uses "audio formatting" and W3C's Aural CSS to produce a full audio representation of input and output.

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Software and Games

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  • Ecotone Now available for Linux on Steam
  • Feral Interactive Confirms Life Is Strange is Coming to Mac, Linux
  • Open-source painting application Krita gets a version bump

    Boudewijn Rempt, the maintainer of open-source painting software Krita has announced the release of version 3.0.

    3.0 is a major version bump and with this release the project now has its own repository and wiki. The main focus of the developers for this release was code cleaning. With this release Krita has been ported to the latest Qt 5 and KDE Framework 5, thus keeping the codebase modern.

  • GNOME Calendar App Getting Major Year and Month View Improvements for GNOME 3.22

    The GNOME Calendar app is getting a lot of attention lately, especially now that it has been integrated by default into the Ubuntu Linux operating system, but also because the development cycle of the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment is ongoing.

    We reported a few days ago that the second snapshot, version 3.21.2, of the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment, due for release later this year, on September 21, 2016, was released to public beta testers and early adopters, bringing various improvements to its core applications and components.

  • Samba releases client for ChromeOS

    The Samba project, the standard Windows interoperability suite of programs for Linux and Unix, has released a client for ChromeOS.

    The client, Network File Share, is available for installation from the Chrome Web Store and can be used to access network files directly from the Files app on ChromeOS.

Leftovers: Software

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  • Phoronix Test Suite 6.4 M4 Brings Suite Editing To The Phoromatic Server
  • TOR Browser 6.0 Released With Better HTML5 Support And Improved Security

    TOR Browser 6.0 has been released with multiple changes and improvements.

  • Top 5 Screen cast Softwares for Linux

    A Screen cast software(screen recorder) is the recording of computer screen, also known as a screen capture with audio. we can also hear a regular word screenshot, the difference between screenshot and screen cast is the screenshot generates a single picture of a computer screen but, where as screen cast records all the user activities on screen with audio narration like movie it would be saved as in video format. the video is in sevaral formats like flv,mp4,avi etc..

  • Calamares 2.2.3 Universal Installer Adds Locale Choice Support on Debian Linux

    Today, May 30, 2016, the development team behind Calamares, the next-generation, distribution-independent graphical installer framework announced the release of Calamares 2.2.3.

  • Back to Backups

    The most encouraging part about getting followup e-mail messages from readers about their backup solutions is to hear that lots of folks actually have backup solutions! Regardless of the complexity of your backup process or the level of automation you deem appropriate for your data, apart from creating the memories in the first place, few things are as important as backing them up!

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  • Whatsie An Unofficial WhatsApp Alternative Client Available For Linux

    Whatsie is a simple, free, open source desktop client for WhatsApp web, it is cross-platform available for Linux, Windows and OS X. Whatsie client offers many features like Themes (7 different variants) & Minimode, Native Notifications, Spell Checker & Auto Correct, Keyboard Shortcuts, Start on Boot up, and AppIndicator/close to tray option. You can also join the development of Whatsie and help developer by any means, see the GitHub page.

  • XnViewMP is a Full-featured Image Manipulation and Batch Converter Tool

    The quality of image and video capture has improved tremendously over the years and the capabilities of our digital devices continue to push the limits of image quality. However, there is a bummer! The high-res images we take does come at the hefty price of an increase in the size of images taken.

    For this reason, uploading images on the internet can be painfully slow especially if you’re on a network with minimal bandwidth. While there are varying online services and softwares for other platforms that will effectively convert your image files while still maintaining the original quality, it is rather hard to come by native clients for Linux systems.

  • XenServer Dundee Released

    It was a little over a year ago when I introduced a project code named Dundee to this community. In the intervening year, we've had a number pre-release builds; all introducing ever greater capabilities into what I'm now happy to announce as XenServer 7. As you would expect from a major version number, XenServer 7 makes some rather significant strides forward, and defines a significant new capability.

  • Meet Franz – Alles Klar Herr Kommissar?

    I decided to try Franz on Linux, and I chose the somewhat less than obvious CentOS 7 for this task, just to show that it can be done with modernity and delight. The installation package is an archive, which you extract, and then run the Franz binary. That is all. An elegant, somewhat flat and utterly HTML-JS-rich client will launch.

  • Access Blocked Websites In Censored Regions With Lantern

    Lantern is a free, open source internet censorship circumvention software that was created to "give users fast access to the blocked Internet". The application is available for desktops (Linux, Windows, Mac) and Android.

  • MKVToolNix 9.2.0 MKV Manipulation Tool Brings Small Fixes and Improvements

    Moritz Bunkus announced the second major release of his powerful and open source MKV (Matroska) manipulation utility for all supported operating systems, including Linux, Windows, and MacOS.

    MKVToolNix 9.2.0 comes a little over a month since the release of MKVToolNix 9.1.0, but users should not expect any many new features, as the developer only had time to fix some of the issues that have been reported during this time. There is, however, an important change in the mkvinfo component, but it only affects those who use the software on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X platforms.

  • RcppArmadillo 0.7.100.3.0

    The first Armadillo release of the 7.* series is out: a new version 7.100.3. We uploaded RcppArmadillo 0.7.100.3.0 to CRAN and Debian. This followed the usual thorough reverse-dependecy checking of by now 230 packages using it.

Wine 1.9.11

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  • Wine 1.9.11 Has Direct3D 11 Improvements

    Out now is Wine 1.9.11 and its release has improvements in its Direct3D 11 support, but still it doesn't appear that Wine is ready yet for handling all the latest D3D11 AAA games.

    The official Wine 1.9.11 announcement mentions "various Direct3D 11 improvements" along with better support for long URLs in WinInet, down-mixing support in DirectSound, cosmetic improvements to desktop mode, and bug fixes. In total there are 21 known bug fixes for this new development release.

  • Wine Announcement
  • Wine 1.9.11 Gets Direct3D 11 Improvements, DirectSound Down-Mixing Support

    The Wine team announced the release of the eleventh milestone towards Wine 2.0, adding more improvements and fixing issues with various Windows applications and games.

    Release highlights of Wine 1.9.11 include several improvements to the Direct3D 11 implementation, down-mixing support in DirectSound, various enhancements to the desktop mode, as well as better support for long URLs in the WinInet component.

  • The Wine Development Release 1.9.11 Is Now Available

    The Wine team released today another development release of their software. Version 1.9.11 has many small changes including 21 bugfixes.

Leftovers: Software (Nginx, GitLab, Gammu)

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  • Nginx 1.11 Web Server Released

    Version 1.11 of the open-source, high-performance Nginx web-server is now available.

    Nginx 1.11 presents a new transparent parameter for several options, support for loading multiple certificates of different types, various other security-related changes, a $proxy_protocol_port variable, some HTTP/2 changes, and more.

  • GitLab 8.8 released with Pipelines and .gitignore templates

    Fresh off our third GitLab Summit, this time in Austin, Texas, we are releasing our 54th consecutive release on the 22nd of the month. Sunday or not, we are not slowing our release schedule and are excited to show you what we're launching today. GitLab 8.8 is ready to go with GitLab CI improvements, performance enhancements, convenient templates, and more!

  • Gammu release day

    There has been some silence on the Gammu release front and it's time to change that. Today all Gammu, python-gammu and Wammu have been released. As you might guess all are bugfix releases.

Leftovers: Software

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  • Handling I/O Bursts With QEMU 2.6

    The recent release of QEMU 2.6 has support for allowing guests to do bursts of I/O for a configurable amount of time, whereby the I/O level exceeds the normally allowed limits.

    Our friends at the consulting firm Igalia have written a blog post about I/O bursts with QEMU 2.6.

  • Shotwell's New Devs Are Doing a Terrific Job, Facebook Integration Works Again

    Shotwell developer Jens Georg announced earlier, May 23, 2016, the general availability of the first point release in the Shotwell 0.23.x stable series of the popular open-source image viewer and organizer software.

    Shotwell is being used by default in numerous GNU/Linux operating system, including the widely used Ubuntu, but it was abandoned by its developers from the Yorba Foundation a while ago, during which it didn't receive any attention.

    At the end of April 2016, a group of open source developers decided to take over the maintenance of Shotwell from where Yorba left off, and we already reported on the release of the major Shotwell 0.23.0 version.

  • FreeIPMI 1.5.2 Released

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  • Roundcube Webmail 1.2.0 released

    We proudly announce the stable version 1.2.0 of Roundcube Webmail which is now available for download. It introduces new features since version 1.1 covering security and PGP encryption topics...

  • Roundcube Webmail 1.2 Adds PGP Encryption

    For those using the open-source Roundcube software for your webmail needs, Roundcube 1.2 is now available as the latest stable version.

  • Systemd 230 Opens Up A New Graphics Vulnerability & FBDEV Still Should Die

    A change made in the recent release of systemd 230 makes it easy for rogue user processes to be able to spy on your desktop, assuming a few conditions are met.

    If you are using FBDEV, such as with Wayland's Weston FBDEV back-end, other user processes can now read from the frame-buffer device. The change in systemd is, "Framebuffer devices (/dev/fb*) and 3D printers and scanners (devices tagged with ID_MAKER_TOOL) are now tagged with 'uaccess' and are available to logged in users."

  • systemd 230 Launches with DNSSEC Enabled by Default in systemd-resolved, More
  • 7 Best Command Line Navigation Tools

    The desktop environment with its bundle of programs sharing a common graphical user interface (GUI) remains a firm favorite with users. Not surprising really given that a good desktop environment makes computing fun and simple. The graphical desktop environment has become so ingrained in almost everyone's computer activities that it might seem the command line will wither away. Yet, there is still an important role to play for the humble command-line interface (CLI).

  • GNU Parallel 20160522 ('TTIPleaks') released

    GNU Parallel 20160522 ('TTIPleaks') has been released.

Leftovers: Software

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  • G'MIC 1.7.1

    A new version 1.7.1 “Spring 2016” of G’MIC (GREYC’s Magic for Image Computing), the open-source framework for image processing, has been released recently (26 April 2016). This is a great opportunity to summarize some of the latest advances and features over the last 5 months.

  • Veracrypt is a Cross-Platform Alternative Encryption Tool to Truecrypt For LInux

    Filesystem/Volume encryption has become paramount to the masses in the IT industry due to the varying advantages it presents including protection of sensitive data, military-grade encryption standards, password keys to prevent unwanted access, and an encrypted file/drive only the encryption software can access among others.

    A few days back, we briefly reviewed Truecrypt as a secure software encryption tool.

  • Geary: A Great Email Client for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    Geary Email client is my by same developers who created Shotwell application, it is lightweight and open source email reader alternative to Thunderbird and others. Geary works with most popular webmail services, including Gmail, Yahoo and Outlook, as well as providing IMAP and SMTP support which means you can setup manual IMAP mail service for other providers. Basically it is inspired from webmail client like Gmail, it organizes mails into 'conversations' rather than threads. Conversation styles threading keeps things tidy and neat - quite useful on mailing lists.

  • Mattermost 3.0: Multi-Team Accounts, Japanese, Mobile & Desktop Upgrades, Integrations for Outlook, Ruby & Rust

    Mattermost 3.0 offers a long awaited features: multi-team accounts, Japanese language translation, and full width display, plus upgrades to apps for iOS, Android, Windows, Linux and Mac, emojis, and we have new integrations for Outlook, Ruby & Rust.

  • netdata for IoT
  • Overview of "secure" desktop messengers
  • 3 More VoIP Alternatives to Skype

    Skype is a very well known voice over IP service that is as well cross-platform, the client on Linux however, it is rather unpleasant to use and mostly buggy with way fewer features than its counterparts on other platforms.

    Previously I covered Ring which is a secure cross-platform alternative to Skype, but then there are even more functional optional softwares to Skype that are rather uncommon and I ‘ll be featuring just three of them (which i term as the best) on this list.

  • Kiwix Provides Offline Access to The Entire Wikipedia Encyclopedia

    The internet is by far a well-rounded source to get information on just about anything you might be needing info on. The internet is, however, extremely broad and doesn’t in fact, give you specifics on some info you might be searching for.

    This is where Wikipedia comes in. Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia that is ultimately a part of the internet but it narrows down your search to exactly what it is that you may be searching for and this is why it’s used by millions around the world.

  • SOGo v3.1.0 released

    The Inverse team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of SOGo v3.1.0. This is a major release of SOGo which focuses on important new features and improved stability over previous versions.

  • Rhythmbox Alternative Toolbar Plugin 0.17.1 Released With Options To Use Dark Theme And Vertical Categories

    Alternative Toobar is a plugin that enhances the Rhythmbox play controls and interface, including optional headerbars for GNOME-based desktops.

  • Tool To Display Keystrokes In Screencasts `Screenkey` 0.9 Released [PPA]

    Screenkey itself can't be used to create screencasts, its use is to display your keystrokes on the screen. To record your Linux desktop, I recommend SimpleScreenRecorder.

  • Top 15 file compression utilities in Linux

    File compression is a routine task for most of the Administrators and normal users, to save disk space and to move data from one location to another safer location, this compression utility is used. from historical point of view tar utility was developed to get sequential data backup and it was stored in magnetic tape drives. To send data via internet the compression utility play an important role, it can hold multiple files together and will reduce the overall file size, this can save both the time and internet bandwidth, Linux comes with very quick and effective tools which can reduce file sizes from 40 to 80 percent. In this article we will discuss top 15 utilities in Linux available for users.

  • Google Drive For Linux is Here… Unofficially

    Three years ago, when a user would attempt to download the Google Drive client from their Linux computer, Google would bring them to the appropriate download page, which of course landed them on a page with a message read: “Not (yet) supported for Linux.” What’s the deal with Google not developing a sync client for Linux users, seeing as to how they build a lot of their things using Linux? There’s one simple answer to that, unfortunately. Windows is mainstream, so a lot of their focus is put towards what a majority of people use. The bigger the market, the more money in their pockets. But don’t fear, change is near!

Leftovers: Software

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  • PeaZip

    Free of charge for any use and free of any kind of advertising bundle, PeaZip is an open-source (LGPL) file archiver, a free alternative to software like WinRar and WinZip, for Linux and Windows.

  • OpenEMR 4.2.2 is released

    The OpenEMR community has released version 4.2.2. This new version is 2014 ONC Certified as a Modular EHR. OpenEMR 4.2.2 has numerous new features including 30 language translations, a new modern user interface, and fully supports PHP7 and the most recent versions of MySQL and MariaDB. OpenEMR 4.2.2 can be downloaded from the OpenEMR Project website at www.open-emr.org . Thanks goes to the OpenEMR community for producing this release.

  • Calibre 2.57 eBook Management Software Adds Driver for the BQ Cervantes 3 Reader

    Calibre developer Kovid Goyal has just announced today, May 20, 2016, a new version of his outstanding ebook library management software for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

  • The LM-Sensors Project Site Doesn't Look Like It's Coming Back

    It's been a year since the last LM-Sensors release and the project isn't as vibrant or active as it once was while the project site has been down for a while now and it doesn't appear to be coming back.

    There hasn't been a major LM-Sensors release to talk about in a year and the sensors mailing list has just turned to a collection of spam. Their project site, LM-Sensors.org, has been down for several weeks as noted by various emails from Phoronix readers.

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