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  • Say Hello To Vector!

    This week, we’re officially launching Vector, a forward-looking open source collaboration app, and the very first production-ready application built on top of the Matrix open standard. In fact Vector Web has been around for a bit, growing and being polished with the help of a passionate community of pioneers and they’ve done a great job of supporting us with useful feedback! And now the mobile apps are out!

  • Linux Utilities - Linux File Sharing Over Network Computers Using scp And rsync

    In this article we shall discuss about two powerful Linux utilities that are used for sharing file/folder to network computers that are scp and rsync. scp allows you to simply copy directories or files from/to any remote destination whereas the rsync, besides simply copying files also acts as a synchronising tool that would synchronise the changes between source and destination. The discussion below is about their usage and various parameters that can be used along with to increase speed and security.

  • Open Source Painting Application Krita 3.0 Released
  • Free Software Artists and their Tools — Part III: Tom Carlos & Inkscape

    In the final installment of this series we shift our focus away from FLOSS applications for creating bitmap graphics (in Chapter 1 we talked about Krita and in Chapter 2 about GIMP) to Inkscape, a seriously cool application for creating vector graphics, and we do so by talking to Tom Carlos, an artist who uses Inkscape to create eye-catching portraits and landscapes.

  • Smem – Reports Memory Consumption Per-Process and Per-User Basis in Linux

    Memory management in terms of monitoring memory usage is one important thing to do on your Linux system, there are many tools available for monitoring your memory usage that you can find on different Linux distributions. But they work in different ways, in this how to guide, we shall take a look at how to install and use one such tool called smem.

  • 7 Best IRC Clients for Linux

    An IRC (Internet Relay Chat) client is a program that a user can install on their computer and it sends and receives messages to and from an IRC server. It simply connects you to a global network of IRC servers and enables one-on-one and group communication.

    There are still many users of IRC out there for one reason or the other, though considered an old fashion way of online communication. But leaving the talk of it being relevant or not to users around the world.

  • 10 Best Free Linux Terminal Recorders

    Most users fear the command line. However, it holds real power and versatility. Commands issued from a shell enable system administrators a quick and easy way to update, configure and repair a system. The benefits of the command line are not only confined to system administration. The ability to transverse the file system quickly, give more information about files and directories, automate tasks, bring together the power of multiple console tools in a single command line, and run shell scripts are just a few examples of how the command line can offer a potent, multifarious toolbox.

  • Software Release: fwknop-2.6.9
  • Substance Painter 2.1 Is Here

    You’ve been waiting for it: the first major update to Substance Painter 2 since its release this past March is here. We’ve been hard at work developing the features that open Substance Painter to new uses (think animation and VFX) including Linux availability, 8K map exports, support for high-dpi (4K) monitors, and UDIM workflow management.

  • Linux Users Left Stunned As Nautilus ADDS a New Feature

    We’re all used to hearing about features GNOME has retired, moved, or outright dropped from Nautilus (aka ‘Files’), the GNOME file manager.

    Pop a cushion on the floor to break your jaw crashing from the following news: for the release of GNOME 3.22 later this year GNOME has actually added a new feature!

    I’m being a little facetious, of course. But news of this feature will please the power users among you who’ve been a little put off by the application’s recent …streamlining.

  • Chrome 53 Should Be Blazing Fast

    Chrome 52 Beta may have just been released, but I'm already looking forward to Chrome 53 for very significant performance improvements!

    Google engineers have been using the Motion Mark web benchmark for making some improvements to the Chrome GPU pipeline. They've made around a 47% improvement in the speed of Chrome for these common benchmarks while for some particular tests they are multiple times faster.

  • Firefox 48 finally enables Electrolysis for multi-process goodness
  • Why Firefox will continue to lose market share

    Mozilla Firefox is a great browser. Not everyone may agree with me on this but that is fine and expected. Firefox is the browser that gives users the most control over their browsing experience. It has the strongest add-on ecosystem of the three, and is backed by an organization that for the most part seems to be on the user's side of things when it comes to rights and such.

GNU Software

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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.

Leftovers: Software

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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.

Leftovers: Software

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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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Leftovers: Software

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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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Games for GNU/Linux

  • Why GNU/Linux ports can be less performant, a more in-depth answer
    When it comes to data handling, or rather data manipulation, different APIs can perform it in different ways. In one, you might simply be able to modify some memory and all is ok. In another, you might have to point to a copy and say "use that when you can instead and free the original then". This is not a one way is better than the other discussion - it's important only that they require different methods of handling it. Actually, OpenGL can have a lot of different methods, and knowing the "best" way for a particular scenario takes some experience to get right. When dealing with porting a game across though, there may not be a lot of options: the engine does things a certain way, so that way has to be faked if there's no exact translation. Guess what? That can affect OpenGL state, and require re-validation of an entire rendering pipeline, stalling command submission to the GPU, a.k.a less performance than the original game. It's again not really feasible to rip apart an entire game engine and redesign it just for that: take the performance hit and carry on. Note that some decisions are based around _porting_ a game. If one could design from the ground up with OpenGL, then OpenGL would likely give better performance...but it might also be more difficult to develop and test for. So there's a bit of a trade-off there, and most developers are probably going to be concerned with getting it running on Windows first, GNU/Linux second. This includes engine developers.
  • Why Linux games often perform worse than on Windows
    Drivers on Windows are tweaked rather often for specific games. You often see a "Game Ready" (or whatever term they use now) driver from Nvidia and AMD where they often state "increased performance in x game by x%". This happens for most major game releases on Windows. Nvidia and AMD have teams of people to specifically tweak the drivers for games on Windows. Looking at Nvidia specifically, in the last three months they have released six new drivers to improve performance in specific games.
  • Thoughts on 'Stellaris' with the 'Leviathans Story Pack' and latest patch, a better game that still needs work
  • Linux community has been sending their love to Feral Interactive & Aspyr Media
    This is awesome to see, people in the community have sent both Feral Interactive & Aspyr Media some little care packages full of treats. Since Aspyr Media have yet to bring us the new Civilization game, it looks like Linux users have been guilt-tripping the porters into speeding up, or just sending them into a sugar coma.
  • Feral Interactive's Linux ports may come with Vulkan sooner than we thought
  • Using Nvidia's NVENC with OBS Studio makes Linux game recording really great
    I had been meaning to try out Nvidia's NVENC for a while, but I never really bothered as I didn't think it would make such a drastic difference in recording gaming videos, but wow does it ever! I was trying to record a game recently and all other methods I tried made the game performance utterly dive, making it impossible to record it. So I asked for advice and eventually came to this way.

Leftovers: Software

  • DocKnot 1.00
    I'm a bit of a perfectionist about package documentation, and I'm also a huge fan of consistency. As I've slowly accumulated more open source software packages (alas, fewer new ones these days since I have less day-job time to work on them), I've developed a standard format for package documentation files, particularly the README in the package and the web pages I publish. I've iterated on these, tweaking them and messing with them, trying to incorporate all my accumulated wisdom about what information people need.
  • Shotwell moving along
    A new feature that was included is a contrast slider in the enhancement tool, moving on with integrating patches hanging around on Bugzilla for quite some time.
  • GObject and SVG
    GSVG is a project to provide a GObject API, using Vala. It has almost all, with some complementary, interfaces from W3C SVG 1.1 specification. GSVG is LGPL library. It will use GXml as XML engine. SVG 1.1 DOM interfaces relays on W3C DOM, then using GXml is a natural choice. SVG is XML and its DOM interfaces, requires to use Object’s properties and be able to add child DOM Elements; then, we need a new set of classes.
  • LibreOffice 5.1.6 Office Suite Released for Enterprise Deployments with 68 Fixes
    Today, October 27, 2016, we've been informed by The Document Foundation about the general availability of the sixth maintenance update to the LibreOffice 5.1 open-source and cross-platform office suite. You're reading that right, LibreOffice 5.1 got a new update not the current stable LibreOffice 5.2 branch, as The Document Foundation is known to maintain at least to versions of its popular office suite, one that is very well tested and can be used for enterprise deployments and another one that offers the latest technologies.