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Wine Staging 2.8

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  • A Small improvement, A Big reason

    I have always had a special inclination towards Linux. Privacy, Security, Simplicity (GUI) and Power (Shell). It has its issues but it has its strengths as well. However, sometimes you find that in a software, when that one thing that makes or breaks your workflow is absent, you find yourself unable to continue using it.

    In my case, it was Evince.

    For many reasons I had to use Windows for a couple of months. Dual Booting on my laptop failed despite many tries and my college project required exclusively Windows-only software and the Microsoft Office Suite. They are just 2 reasons of many. However, one big reason I used Windows was the lack of the exact PDF reader I wanted. Silly? Let me explain.

  • Calibre 2.85 Ebook Manager App Adds Support for Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2 eReader

    Calibre developer Kovid Goyal released this weekend yet another maintenance update to his popular, free, cross-platform and open source ebook library management software for all supported operating systems.

    Calibre 2.85 arrived on Friday, May 12, 2017, exactly one week after Calibre 2.84, bringing an updated Kobo driver that now supports the recently unveiled Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2 eReader device, along with a bunch of new features like the ability to right-click on the Book Details panel to search the Internet for the current ebook or other works by that author.

  • Mo Morsi: RetroFlix – A Weekend Project

    It was built as a Sinatra web service, simply acting as a frontend to a popular emulator database, allowing the user to navigate & preview app for various systems, and download / run them locally. The RetroFlix application itself is offered as a lightweight Microservice simply acting as a proxy to the required various underlying components. It's fairly simple to setup & install (see the README), and builds upon existing emulators & components the user has locally.

  • PuTTY SSH Client And Telnet Client

    ​PuTTY as an SSH and Telnet client was originally developed by Simon Tatham for the Windows platform. It is the most popular SSH client on Windows. It is also available on Linux and other operating systems as a direct port of the Windows SSH client. It is also able to use as a client for rlogin and raw TCP computing protocols.

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  • 3 Awesome Complete Open Source Mail Servers Solutions For Linux and UNIX servers

    Most mail servers made of Mail delivery agent (MDA) and Mail Transfer Agents (MTA). MDA software used to routes e-mail to its destination. You use MDA such as Dovecot, Qpopper, Courier, and Cyrus IMAP/POP3 servers. MTA software used to transfers e-mail between servers or computers. You use MTA such as Exim, Qmail, Sendmail, OpenSMTPD, Postfix, and others. Apart from MTA and MDA, you need to install and use Antispam, Antivirus, Webmail and other software too. You need to make sure your IP address stay clean. Apart from mail server software configuration, you need to install some database to store user names, email IDs, password and other information. Setting up and maintaining a full-fledged email server is a complicated task. You need to be a technology expert and a good sysadmin to set it up.

  • FreeType 2.8 Completes OpenType Variation Fonts Support

    FreeType 2.8 has been released and this version brings some big features to this widely-used open-source font engine.

    FreeType 2.8 marks the completion of OpenType Variation Fonts support. The last missing pieces of OpenType Variation Fonts support was completed for v2.8.

  • COPR for Xfce - 4.13 development packages

    Xfce 4.13 is the development version leading to Xfce 4.14. I have setup a COPR repository for Xfce 4.13 packages. This COPR provides packages for Rawhide, Fedora 26 and Fedora 25.

  • Bookmarks for Nextcloud 0.10.0 released

    I am happy to announce the availability of Bookmarks for Nextcloud 0.10.0! Bookmarks is a simple way to manage the remarkable websites and pages you come across on the Internet. Bookmarks 0.10.0 provides API methods to create, read, update and delete your bookmarks as well as compatibility with upcoming Nextcloud 12, next to smaller improvements and fixes.

  • Firebird 3.0.2 Package is uploaded into Firebird 3.0 ppa.

    There are packages for Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty ), 16.10 (Yakkety) , 16.04 LTS (Xenial) and 14.04 LTS (Trusty).

  • OnlyOffice: Another Free Office Suite For Linux

    When someone mentions a “free office suite”, probably the first name would be the famous LibreOffice. Which is – indeed – one of the best free office suites out there. However, there are a lot of other alternatives which you can try.

    OnlyOffice is another cross-platform office suite which offers solutions to create, edit and view many different documents formats. It’s free and licensed under the AGPL 3.0 license. Check the code on GitHub.

  • LibreOffice 5.3.3 Released and Available via PPA for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

Leftovers: Software (Ebook Authoring Tools, Feedreader, and Wire)

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  • Top 5 Ebook Authoring Tools for Linux

    Ebooks are quickly becoming the most popular publication medium for books. More people than ever are buying their books in digital form, and ebooks open up an invaluable opportunity for publishers and self-published authors alike. ebooks are even a popular tool for inbound marketing and lead generation.

    If you want to create your own ebook in Linux, you have some excellent options, and they’re all free (both as in beer and freedom) and open source.

    These aren’t in any particular order. They’re all great, and you should choose the one that best fits your use case and style.

  • Is Feedreader the Best RSS Reader for Ubuntu?

    Many people still read the news from RSS feeds, using services like Feedly, Feedbin and Old Reader to fetch, read and sync content between devices – myself very much included. Feedreader is a desktop RSS reader for Ubuntu and other Linux desktops. It has a clean, straightforward design with a three-panel layout.

  • Wire – A Secure Open Source Chat Application for Linux Systems

    We have covered many VoIP applications in past like Skype, Ring, Viber, etc. Today we are going to cover about wire. Wire is another VoIP applications which has full end-to-end encryption and best alternative for Skype users since Skype doesn’t offer all the features which is available for Windows and there is no proper updates for Linux too.

Wine 2.8

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Multimedia: Recording Audio, VLC Media Player 2.2.5, OpenShot 2.3.2

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  • A simple command-line tool for recording audio

    Machine learning and natural language processing are transforming our relationship with our devices by giving them a human voice. People with visual impairments have especially benefited from these technologies, but those who speak languages like my native Odia have largely been left behind by most voicebanks.

    When T. Shrinivasan, a Tamil-language Wikipedian, started the Voice-recorder-for-tawictionary, he probably didn't realize how useful his open source tool can be for users like me. I was in search of a simple tool that could allow me to record large chunks of words in a short time so that those recordings can be used on Odia Wiktionary, a sister project of Wikipedia and a free dictionary in Odia language that has translations of Odia and other language words.

  • VLC Media Player 2.2.5 Improves Video Scaling in VDPAU, MP3 Playback, and More

    VLC 2.2.5 arrived recently with a great number of improvements over the previous stable update of the open-source, free and cross-platform video player application for GNU/Linux, macOS and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

    In fact, it's been almost a year since VLC 2.2.4 was announced back in early June 2016, and users can now finally update their beloved media player to a newer version that has quite a number of improvements. For example, VLC 2.2.5 improves the MP3 playback quality when the libmad library is used, as well as VDPAU video scalling and the playback of palettized codecs.

  • OpenShot 2.3.2 Open-Source Video Editor Is Out, Addresses a Few Important Issues

    OpenShot developer Jonathan Thomas today announced the release and immediate availability of the first public maintenance update to the OpenShot 2.3 stable series of the open-source and cross-platform video editor.

    OpenShot 2.3 arrived at the end of March 2017 as "one of the biggest updates ever" of the popular and free video editor software that's used with success by many videographers and vloggers on the Open Source community, but also by any home user who wants to edit his/her vacation movies.

Text and Video Editors: WordPress, Atom, and VidCutter

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  • The WordPress Desktop App Is Blazingly Fast, But It’s Not For Me

    Are you a blogger? If so you may be interested to know that the open-source WordPress desktop app is now available as a Snap app. Released on Linux...

  • You Can Now Install the Atom Hackable Text Editor as a Snap on Ubuntu Linux

    Canonical's David Callé is informing the Ubuntu community today that the Atom open-source and cross-platform hackable text editor loved by numerous developers can now be installed in Ubuntu Linux as a Snap.

    Mark Shuttleworth promised to focus on advancing the develop of the Snappy technologies, which allow user to install Snap packages across multiple Linux-based operating systems, so we should see more and more popular apps packaged as Snaps.

  • 3 types of useful Atom text editor packages for writers

    Text editors aren't just something developers use to crank out code. Writers use them, too. A good text editor enables writers to focus on their words, but also packs other features that help them craft and publish their work more efficiently.

    While popular among the techies, GitHub's Atom text editor has evolved into a solid editor for writers, too. That's thanks to Atom's 6,100+ packages, which greatly extend the editor's capabilities.

    Let's look at three types of packages for the Atom text editor that writers of all stripes will find useful.

  • Open-Source Video Trimmer App VidCutter Scores Big Update

    A big update to VidCutter, an open-source video trim, split and merge app, is available to download. VidCutter is a cross-platform Qt5 app for quick video trimming/splitting and merging video clips without the need to re-encode. The app is powered by FFmpeg, which available on almost all major Linux distributions.

OpenShot 2.3.2

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  • OpenShot 2.3.2 Released

    Version 2.3.2 has been released this evening, and it addresses a few big issues.

  • OpenShot 2.3.2 Video Editor Released

    OpenShot 2.3.2 fixes a crash during undo/redo operations, another crash was fixed with the transform tool, better libopenshot version handling, a smaller package size, and a variety of other fixes.

  • OpenShot 2.3.2 Released with Various Bug Fixes

    A new release of the open-source video editor OpenShot is available to download. The update fixes 'a few big issues', according to its developer.

Proprietary Browsers and Proprietary Games

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  • Vivaldi 1.10 Web Browser to Let You Control New Tab Behavior Through Extensions

    The development of the upcoming Vivaldi 1.10 web browser continues at fast pace, and today we see the availability of a new snapshot, versioned 1.10.838.7, which implements more new features, but also fixes several regressions.

    Coming only one week after the previous snapshot, which added a new way to sort downloads, Vivaldi Snapshot 1.10.838.7 is the third in this development cycle, and it attempts to implement a new functionality that promises to allow users to control the behavior of new tabs directly from extensions. It will be located under Settings -> Tabs -> New Tab Page -> Control by Extension.

  • Opera Reborn “rethinks” the browser… with integrated WhatsApp and Facebook

    Vivaldi, which was created by Opera's co-founder and former CEO, continues along its own path, focusing on privacy, security, and interesting enhancements to tabbed browsing. Vivaldi hit version 1.9 last week and now lets you "plant trees as you surf."

  • Wednesday Madness, a quick look at some good Linux gaming deals
  • Project Zomboid adds vehicles in a new beta

    I've tested it and as they mentioned in the announcement forum post, it is an early work in progress. Cars have no sound, sometimes other textures go on top of the car which looks weird and there are other issues. Even so, it's still awesome to finally be able to play around with vehicles to move around the map quicker.

Leftovers: Software

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  • Native color temperature tweaking with Night Light

    RedShift is a utility that we have previously featured here at the Fedora Magazine. It is a small utility that automatically tweaks the color temperature towards the red end of the spectrum after dark. Blue light — which is typically emitted by a monitor — is shown to negatively impact sleep patterns if you are exposed to it after dark. Night Light is a new feature arriving in Fedora 26 Workstation — thanks to it being introduced in GNOME 3.24. Night Light provides the functionality of RedShift without having to install a separate utility or extension.

  • Transfer.sh – Easy And Fast Way to Share Files From The Command-Line
  • What is YOUR Essential FOSS Program?

    We all have at least one or maybe even a handful of programs we seemingly just can't live without. You know, that program that you instantly go looking for as soon as you've installed your new shiny OS (or Linux distribution, more specifically in our case). For me, personally it's the Vim text editor.

    I decided to narrow this down to Free and Open Source Software specifically, as while it's probably not necessary given our audience, it's always possible someone would jump up and say something like 'Adobe Illustrator' is their most essential tool! Which is fine in itself, some people do depend on such tools for their occupation or hobbies.

  • GCC 6/7 Gets A Performance-Sensitive Fix

    A Phoronix reader pointed out a performance regression fix now available for GCC 6 and GCC 7 that could help some rather trivial C code perform much better.

  • Cockpit is now just an apt install away
  • Cockpit Comes To Ubuntu, Easier Linux Server Administration

    Cockpit, the open-source project providing a pleasant web-based administrative interface to Linux systems and developed significantly by Red Hat / Fedora developers, is now officially available in Ubuntu and Debian.

    Cockpit is now available in Debian unstable as well as Ubuntu 17.04 and 17.10 repositories. Details on Cockpit coming to Ubuntu/Debian were shared today on Martin Pitt's blog, a prominent Debian/Ubuntu developer. There is also work on getting the Cockpit packages added to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS backports, but as of writing that has yet to be completed.

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Laptops: Chrome OS and System76

  • Chrome OS Gets Material Design for "Do Not Disturb," Android-Like Screenshots
    Chromium evangelist François Beaufort is sharing today information on a new Material Design refresh for Google's Chrome OS' "Do Not Disturb" mode, which landed in the latest Chrome Canary channel. According to the developer, the Material Design refresh for the "Do Not Disturb" mode will make the Notification Center look nicer, but also consistent with the Android user experience. Those using the Chrome Canary experimental channel can give it a try right now.
  • System76 'Lemur' and 'Galago Pro' Ubuntu Linux laptops get 8th gen Intel Core CPUs
    The famed Linux-laptop seller also says, "The Lemur you know and love is now even better with the Intel 8th Gen Coffee Lake CPU with 4 cores and 8 threads, allowing you to multitask up to 40-percent faster. The slim, 3.6 lb laptop with impressive 14.1-inch 1080p IPS display is still your perfect travel companion; easy to carry from meeting to meeting or across campus." New processors aside, these laptops should be pretty much identical to prior generations -- which is a very good thing. If you want to configure a Lemur with a Coffee Lake chip, you can build your own here. A Galago Pro with an 8th Gen Intel Core processor can be configured here.

Events: Open Source Summit Europe, LibrePlanet 2018

Licences: Eclipse Public Licence 2.0, GPL Copyright Troll, Fiduciary License Agreement 2.0

  • Eclipse Public License version 2.0 added to license list
    We recently updated our list of various licenses and comments about them to include the Eclipse Public License version 2.0 (EPL). In terms of GPL compatibility, the Eclipse Public License version 2.0 is essentially equivalent to version 1.0. The only change is that it explicitly offers the option of designating the GNU GPL version 2 or later as a "secondary license" for a certain piece of code.
  • Linux kernel community tries to castrate GPL copyright troll
    Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman and several other senior Linux figures have published a “Linux Kernel Community Enforcement Statement” to be included in future Linux documentation, in order to ensure contributions to the kernel don't fall foul of copyright claims that have already seen a single developer win "at least a few million Euros.” In a post released on Monday, October 16th, Kroah-Hartman explained the Statement's needed because not everyone who contributes to the kernel understands the obligations the GNU Public Licence 2.0 (GPL 2.0), and the licence has “ambiguities … that no one in our community has ever considered part of compliance.”
  • Fiduciary License Agreement 2.0
    After many years of working on it, it is with immense pleasure to see the FLA-2.0 – the full rewrite of the Fiduciary License Agreement – officially launch.

Security: Let’s Encrypt, Updates, Google, DHS, Adobe