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Announcing the KDE Software Store

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Big news: Today, KDE announced a new software store, and that the source code for this new service has been released as Free software under the AGPL, fixing a long standing bug in KDE software: reliance on a proprietary web service.

That also means that KDE has a new software store that replaces the opendesktop sites. The migration has been happening in the background, so you may actually have used the new store from within Plasma or applications to install add-ons already without noticing it!

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KDE Software Store Announced, AGPL Licensed

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  • apt 1.3 RC4 – Tweaking apt update

    Did that ever happen to you: You run apt update, it fetches a Release file, then starts fetching DEP-11 metadata, then any pdiff index stuff, and then applies them; all after another? Or this: You don’t see any update progress until very near the end? Worry no more: I tweaked things a bit in 1.3~rc4 (git commit).

  • QEMU 2.7 Released With Many Improvements For The Linux Virtualization Stack

    It's time for another stable QEMU update.

    QEMU 2.7 is today's new feature release and has numerous ARM/MIPS improvements, CPU hot-remove support for x86, VirtIO-BLK now supports multi-queue, a new e1000e network device, support for Xen para-virtualized USB, VirtIO GPU improvements, speed improvements for the TCG code generator, and various other enhancements.

  • Git v2.10.0

    The latest feature release Git v2.10.0 is now available at the usual places. It is comprised of 639 non-merge commits since v2.9.0, contributed by 76 people, 22 of which are new faces.

  • Git 2.10 Released

    Git 2.10 isn't the most exciting feature release, but there is some new functionality. Git 2.10 features various minor updates to the many sub-commands, performance improvements to Git's fast-import, HTTP transfer improvements, various other improvements and a wide assortment of fixes.

  • Batch file renaming and integrated archive support added to Nautilus

    The Files application (aka Nautilus) is getting a major update in Fedora 25 Workstation. Fedora 25 is slated to include Nautilus 3.22, adding a new GUI interface for batch renaming of files, and will also add integrated archive support. GNOME Developer Carlos Soriano has blogged in depth about all the new features in Nautilus 3.22, including some additional features that might be included in the future. OMG! Ubuntu! also has a great writeup if you want to learn more about the new features.

Wine 1.9.18 Released

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  • 100+ self-hosted alternatives to popular services

    Most of us use online services like Gmail, Dropbox, Skype, Evernote etc. on a daily basis without having control over the service. However, now it’s easier than ever to find a self-hosted alternative to your favorite online service and have complete control over it. In this article, we will share a huge list of self-hosted alternatives to popular online services.

  • RockMongo - A Graphical MongoDB administration tool

    RockMongo is a free, open source GUI database administration tool for MongoDB, just like phpMyAdmin to MySQL/MariaDB.

  • Atom 1.10 Hackable Text Editor Released with New Atom Package Manager Build

    Today, August 31, 2016, GitHub has had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability of the Atom 1.10 stable version of their hackable text editor for application developers and programmers, along with the Beta of Atom 1.11.

    Atom 1.10 is here exactly 30 days after the launch of the Atom 1.9 and Atom 1.10 Beta builds on the first day of August 2016, and, as promised during the Beta stages of development, the biggest new feature of the Atom 1.10 stable release is the upgrade of the Atom Package Manager (APM) to run on Node 4.4.5 and npm 3.10.5.

  • Peek Is An Animated GIF Screen Recorder Tool for Linux

    Looking for a simple tool that lets you record a section of your screen and export it as a GIF? Take a peek at Peek, an app that can do exactly that.

  • OpenShot 2.1 Released With Animation Support, Improved Timeline

    A new version of open-source video editor OpenShot 2.1 has been released. We show you what's new and how you can install it on Ubuntu using a PPA.

  • Flowblade Linux Video Editor – Is It Any Good?

    Kdenlive is hugely popular and for good reason — it’s fast, easy to use and mostly stable.

    But open-source is all about choice, and in the comments section to that article many of you wrote about your experiences with other well-known video editors.

    Among those mentioned is long-time fave OpenShot, the hard-to-use Cinelerra, the buggy Shotcut, and (though not strictly a video editor) the powerful Blender.

    One app that wasn’t mentioned in the comments was Flowblade, a Python-based video editor for Linux.

  • Weblate 2.8

    Quite on schedule (just one day later), Weblate 2.7 is out today. This release brings Subversion support or improved zen mode.

  • Geekbench 4 Lands On iOS, Android , Windows, Linux And Mac

    Popular benchmarking application Geekbench has launched a new version of their software called Geekbench 4.

  • Stable Channel Update for Desktop
  • Chrome 53 Released With Speed Improvements, Shadow DOM

    Ending out August, Google has promoted Chrome/Chromium 53 to their stable channel.

    Chrome 53 is primarily geared at delivering new developer features with notification improvements, Shadow DOM v1 support, security fixes, various speed optimizations, and more.

  • Drupal 8.2, now with more outside-in

    Over the weekend, Drupal 8.2 beta was released. One of the reasons why I'm so excited about this release is that it ships with "more outside-in". In an "outside-in experience", you can click anything on the page, edit its configuration in place without having to navigate to the administration back end, and watch it take effect immediately. This kind of on-the-fly editorial experience could be a game changer for Drupal's usability.

    When I last discussed turning Drupal outside-in, we were still in the conceptual stages, with mockups illustrating the concepts. Since then, those designs have gone through multiple rounds of feedback from Drupal's usability team and a round of user testing led by Cheppers. This study identified some issues and provided some insights which were incorporated into subsequent designs.

    Two policy changes we introduced in Drupal 8 — semantic versioning and experimental modules — have fundamentally changed Drupal's innovation model starting with Drupal 8. I should write a longer blog post about this, but the net result of those two changes is ongoing improvements with an easy upgrade path. In this case, it enabled us to add outside-in experiences to Drupal 8.2 instead of having to wait for Drupal 9. The authoring experience improvements we made in Drupal 8 are well-received, but that doesn't mean we are done. It's exciting that we can move much faster on making Drupal easier to use.

  • LLVM 3.9 Is Set To Be Released

OpenShot 2.1

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  • A Quick Hands-On With Chatty, A Desktop Twitch Chat Client

    Chatty is a desktop Twitch Chat client for Windows, macOS and Linux written in Ja

  • HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.16.8 Adds Support for Linux Mint 18, Fedora 24

    The open-source HP Linux Imaging and Printing (HPLIP) project has been updated on August 29, 2016, to version 3.16.8, a maintenance update that adds support for new printers and GNU/Linux operating systems.

    According to the release notes, HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.16.8 adds support for new all-in-one HP printers, including HP OfficeJet Pro 6970, HP OfficeJet Pro 6960, HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile, HP DeskJet 3700, as well as HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 3700.

    Also new in the HPLIP 3.16.8 update is support for the recently released Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce, and the upcoming KDE editions, the Fedora 24 Linux operating system, as well as the Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 "Jessie" distribution. So if you're using any of these OSes, you can now update to the latest HPLIP release.

  • MPlayer-Based MPV 0.20.0 Video Player Released with New Options and Commands

    The popular, open-source, and cross-platform MPV video player software received a new update, version 0.20.0, which comes only two weeks after the previous 0.19.0 maintenance release.

    MPV 0.20.0 is not a major update, and, according to the release notes, it only implements a couple of new options and commands, such as "--video-unscaled=downscale-big" for changing the aspect ratio.

    Additionally, the MPlayer-based video playback application also gets the "--image-display-duration" option for controlling the duration of image display, and a new "dcomposition" flag for controlling DirectComposition.

  • FFmpeg 3.1.3 "Laplace" Open-Source Multimedia Framework Now Available for Linux

    The major FFmpeg 3.1 "Laplace" open-source and cross-platform multimedia framework has received recently its third maintenance update, version 3.1.3, which brings updated components.

    FFmpeg 3.1 was announced two months ago, at the end of June, and it introduced a multitude of new features to make the popular multimedia backend even more reliable and handy to game and application developers. Dubbed Laplace, FFmpeg 3.1 is currently the most advanced FFmpeg release, cut from Git master on June 26, 2016.

  • GNU Scientific Library 2.2 released

    Version 2.2 of the GNU Scientific Library (GSL) is now available. GSL provides a large collection of routines for numerical computing in C.

    This release contains new linear algebra routines (Pivoted and Modified Cholesky, Complete Orthogonal Decomposition, matrix condition number estimation) as well as a completely rewritten nonlinear least squares module, including support for Levenberg-Marquardt, dogleg, double-dogleg, and Steihaug-Toint methods.

    The full NEWS file entry is appended below.

Cost Effective Linux Server Software for Enterprises

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The advantages of a Linux server over expensive Windows systems are numerous with hardly any drawbacks. Since Linux is not dominant as Windows, there are some slight difficulties to find applications based on this platform to support the needs. While security stands as an important aspect for servers, the advantage over dominant operating systems is that security flaws are caught in Linux, even before they become an issue for the public.

Linux was one of the first open-source technologies in which you can download the source code and change it any way you like. Several Linux coders have developed software that’s completely open-source for any user, improving the security and usability at each core.

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Also: Weigh the pros, cons of three Linux load balancer options

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  • SDDM 0.14.0
  • Kodi v17 “Krypton” Beta 1
  • Top 10 Time Tracking Software for Linux

    Just a few days ago we were presenting software for one of the most popular mainstream Linux distribution – Ubuntu. Now let’s cover the progenitor of all free and open-source software. Its operating system was released on October 5, 1991. The creator of Linux, Linus Torvalds, was only 22 years old at that time!

    Linux is not very popular on the desktop computers (at least among regular users, software engineers, for example, prefer to work on it), but it is the leading operating system on servers, mainframe computers, and virtually all fastest supercomputers. It is also worth mentioning that without Linux there won’t be no Android as we know it now, no network routers, video game consoles, and smartwatches. We really owe a lot to Mr. Linus.

    According to Wikipedia, the development of Linux is one of the most prominent examples of free and open-source software collaboration. Its source code may be used, modified and distributed—commercially or non-commercially—by anyone under the terms of its respective licenses. Thanks to it we can use some great software like the already mentioned Ubuntu, but also Fedora, Gentoo Linux, Debian and more.

  • MPTCP v0.91 Release

    The MPTCP v0.91 release is based on the Linux Kernel Longterm Support release v4.1.x.

  • Quick Updates: Guake 0.8.7, WebTorrent Desktop 0.12.0, TLP 0.9

    Guake is a drop-down terminal emulator for GNOME (GTK2). The application is inspired from consoles in computer games, such as Quake, in which the console slides from the top of the screen when a key is pressed. In the same way, Guake can be invoked and hidden using a single key (though Guake can also automatically hide when it loses focus).

  • Switch Between Multiple Lists Of Apps Pinned To Unity Launcher With `Launcher List Indicator`
  • MATE Dock Applet Gets Unity-Like Progress Bar And Badge Support

    MATE Dock Applet is a MATE Panel applet that displays running application windows as icons. The applet features options to pin applications to the dock, supports multiple workspaces, and can be added to any MATE Panel, regardless of size and orientation.

  • AppImage – One app framework to distro them all

    Linux is highly portable. Fact. On the other hand, Linux software is the least portable technology in the world. Try running Firefox designed for Debian on Fedora. In fact, try running Firefox designed for one version of Fedora on another Fedora, perhaps a slightly older version. Godspeed, Captain Jack Sparrow.

    The fanatical rigor with which the Linux backward compatibility is maintained in the enterprise flavors, SUSE and Red Hat, is inversely proportional to all other incompatibilities that exist in the Linux space. This ain’t no news. I have most artfully elaborated on this problem in my illustrated Linux guide. But now, there’s a thing that promises to solve all these problems forever. AppImage.

  • Substance Designer 5.5 Is Here

    This version takes texture creation into the big leagues with MDL material authoring – opening up a whole new world of materials – plus Linux support, fbx camera import and support for VCA. This is a free upgrade for license holders and Substance Live subscribers, or you can get a free 30-day trial version.

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  • 5 Cool Unikernels Projects

    Unikernels are poised to become the next big thing in microservices after Docker containers. Here’s a look at some of the cool things you can do with unikernels.

    First, though, here’s a quick primer on what unikernels are, for the uninitiated. Unikernels are similar to containers in that they let you run an app inside a portable, software-defined environment. But they go a step further than containers by packaging all of the libraries required to run the app directly into the unikernel.

  • Cedrus Is Making Progress On Open-Source Allwinner Video Encode/Decode

    The developers within the Sunxi camp working on better Allwinner SoC support under Linux have been reverse-engineering Allwinner's "Cedar" video engine. Their project is being called Cedrus with a goal of "100% libre and open-source" video decode/encode for the relevant Cedar hardware.

    The developers have been making progress and yesterday they published their initial patches that add a V4L2 decoder driver for the VPU found on Allwinner's A13 SoC.

  • Phoronix Test Suite 6.6 Milestone 3 Released For Linux Benchmarking
  • Calibre 2.65.1 eBook Viewer Adds Driver for Kobo Aura One and Aura 2 Readers

    Kovid Goyal released today, August 26, 2016, a new maintenance update of his popular, cross-platform, and open-source Calibre e-book viewer, converter and library management tool.

    Calibre 2.65 was announced earlier, and it looks like it's both a feature and bugfix release that adds drivers for the Kobo Aura One and Kobo Aura Edition 2 ebook readers, along with a new option to the Kobo driver to allow users to ignore certain collections on their ebook reader.

    The list of new features continues with support for right-to-left text and tables to the DOCX Input feature, as well as the implementation of a new option to allow users to make searching case-sensitive. This option can be found and enabled in the "Searching" configuration section under Preferences.

  • Calamares 2.4 Universal Installer Framework Polishes Existing Functionality

    A new stable version of the Calamares universal installer framework used by various GNU/Linux distributions as default graphical installer has been released with various improvements and bug fixes.

    Calamares 2.4 is now the latest build, coming two months after the release of the previous version, Calamares 2.3, which introduced full-disk encryption support. However, Calamares 2.4 is not as big as the previous update as it only polished existing functionality and address various annoying issues reported by users.

  • RcppArmadillo 0.7.400.2.0

    Another Armadillo 7.* release -- now at 7.400. We skipped the 7.300.* serie release as it came too soon after our most recent CRAN release. Releasing RcppArmadillo 0.7.400.2.0 now keeps us at the (roughly monthly) cadence which works as a good compromise between getting updates out at Conrad's sometimes frantic pace, while keeping CRAN (and Debian) uploads to about once per month.

    So we may continue the pattern of helping Conrad with thorough regression tests by building against all (by now 253 (!!)) CRAN dependencies, but keeping release at the GitHub repo and only uploading to CRAN at most once a month.

  • Spotio Is A Light Skin for Spotify’s Desktop App — And Its Coming To Linux

    Spotify’s dark design is very much of its identity. No-matter the platform you use it on, the dark theme is there staring back at you. Until now. A bunch of ace websites, blogs and people I follow have spent the past 24 hours waxing lyrical over a new Spotify skin called Spotio.

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  • GNOME Music 3.22 to Offer Better Sorting of Songs in Albums and Artists Views

    GNOME Music 3.22 is on its way, as well as the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment, due for release next month on September 21, and it looks like we're now able to get an early taste of what's coming in GNOME's default music playback app.

    GNOME Music 3.22 Beta has been released, distributed as part of the first Beta development milestone of the upcoming GNOME 3.22 desktop environment, and it promises to offer better sorting of tracks in the Artists and Albums views, a "new playlist" entry to the Playlist dialog, and new keyboard shortcuts.

  • bitmath-1.3.1 released

    bitmath is a Python module I wrote which simplifies many facets of interacting with file sizes in various units as python objects. A few weeks ago version 1.3.1 was released with a few small updates.

  • NetworkManager 1.4 Released
  • NetworkManager 1.4: with better privacy and easier to use

    After we released version 1.0 of NetworkManager, it took us sixteen months to reach the 1.2 milestone. This means that it took over a year for some newly added features to reach the user base. Now we are releasing the next major release after just four months.

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