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3 open source alternatives to Microsoft Publisher

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But you don't need a proprietary tool to design a great layout. Whether you're using Linux, or still stuck on Windows or Mac OS X, there are great free and open source options. So let's look at some open source alternatives to Microsoft Publisher for designing your next print layout.

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  • darktable 2.0.5 Open-Source RAW Image Editor Adds Support for Canon EOS 80D

    Today, July 5, 2016, the popular darktable open-source and cross-platform RAW image editor software has been updated to version 2.0.5, the fifth maintenance release in the stable 2.0 series of the project.

    According to the release notes, darktable 2.0.5 is a modest update that implements a single feature, namely geolocation support for the watermark variable. Base support for the Canon EOS 80D digital camera is also available in this release, along with white balance presets and noise profiles.

    However, at this moment, darktable does not support the mRAW and sRAW file formats for the Canon EOS 80D digital SLR camera. This functionality should land in future updates of the application, but for now, you shouldn't use the RAW file formats mentioned above, only JPG.

  • CF4OCL Adds OpenCL 2.1 Symbols, Offline Kernel Compiler/Linker

    There is a new release available of cf4ocl, the C Framework for OpenCL. This open-source project provides an object-oriented interface to the OpenCL API and offers various other features.

  • Guix: The Non-Aligned Universal Package Manager

    With Ubuntu releasing Snappy and Red Hat releasing Flatpak, suddenly universal package managers are in the news. Maybe we should talk about Guix too.

    Both Snappy and Flatpak have their points of interest, but exaggerated claims about both of them are all too common. In this situation, GNU Guix, which for two years has been offering packages that run on any distribution, provides a much needed reality check — to say nothing of a practical and proven alternative.

  • KDE Applications 16.08 Software Suite for KDE Plasma 5.7 to Land August 18, 2016

    Now that the release cycle of the KDE Applications 16.04 software suite is coming to an end, as the third and last maintenance update will arrive on July 12, it's time for the KDE developers to concentrate their efforts on the next series.

    We've always wondered what will be the next version of the KDE Applications software suite for KDE Plasma 5.7, and now we know, as the release schedule of KDE Applications 16.08 has been published recently in the usual places.

digiKam 5.0.0

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  • digiKam 5.0.0 is published...

    After two year of work, the digiKam team is proud to announce the final release of digiKam Software Collection 5.0.0. This main version introduces a new cycle of releases, which will be shortly released to quickly include all the fixes reported by end users.

    This release marks almost complete port of the application to Qt5. All Qt4/KDE4 code has been removed and many parts have been re-written, reviewed, and tested. Porting to Qt5 required a lot of work, as many important APIs had to be changed or replaced by new ones.

  • DigiKam 5.0 KDE Photography Software Released

    After two years of development, DigiKam 5.0 has been released as the digital photography management software from the KDE camp that's now been ported to Qt5.

    The Qt5 port alone makes this a huge release and it does remove around 80% of the KDE-specific dependencies as in the future the developers are looking at making it Qt5-only. The dropping of many KDE dependencies is being used to make it easier to port and maintain this digital photography software on Windows, OS X, and other operating systems.

  • digiKam 5.0.0 Powerful Image Editor Officially Released, Ported to Qt5

    Today, July 5, 2016, the development team behind the digiKam open-source and cross-platform image editor software proudly announced the final release of digiKam 5.0.0.

    digiKam 5.0.0 comes two years after the release of digiKam 4.0.0. During these years, it received numerous snapshots that brought various nifty features and improvements, all of which are now present in this final build, which is available for download right now for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Leftovers: Software

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Leftovers: Software

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Leftovers: Software

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  • Grammar and style-checking tools for Emacs

    Grammar be hard. Both for human beings and for software programs. These days, writers who use free software generally have their choice of reliable utilities for catching spelling mistakes, regardless of what editors or word processors they use. The outlook for grammar-and-style checking is not nearly as rosy. I recently explored the options available for Emacs, and was underwhelmed with the status quo.

  • 5+ Linux Video Editing Tool Tips

    Finding a video editor in Linux that isn’t severely handicapped or come with an extreme learning curve is difficult. But this article isn’t about fancy video editors. As it turns out many of the things you need to get done are easiest with a few command-line tools. The packages you’ll want to install are mpv, ffmpeg, mencoder, normalize, and sox.

  • Unblock Censored Websites Using Lantern Browser in Debian/Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    Lantern is an open source, free software that allows reliable and secure access to open Internet. It is Internet proxy tool developed to access blocked websites anywhere in the world and it is cross-platform available for desktop OS (Linux, Mac and Windows), as well as for Android. Lantern is built by the Brave New Software Project and lead by Adam Fisk as developer, a non-profit dedicated to creating software that tackles tough global challenges, the basic idea behind this project was to allow user an unfiltered Internet access.

  • VLC media player with skins for Ubuntu/Linux Mint/other Ubuntu derivatives

    VideoLAN and the VLC development team released the new major version of VLC, 2.2.2. With a new audio core, hardware decoding and encoding, port to mobile platforms, preparation for Ultra-HD video and a special care to support more formats, 2.2.2 is a major upgrade for VLC. Rincewind has a new rendering pipeline for audio, with better effiency, volume and device management, to improve VLC audio support. It supports many new devices inputs, formats, metadata and improves most of the current ones, preparing for the next-gen codecs.

  • Pitivi 0.96 Video Editor Promises Fast and Accurate Editing for Any Video Format

    The road to Pitivi 1.0 continues, and the development team was proud to announce the release of the 0.96 milestone, which is yet another step in the development cycle of the powerful, open-source video editor.

    Therefore, Pitivi 0.96 arrives with the usual bug fixes and code cleanup maintenance stuff, but it also introduces a new feature, something that the Pitivi developers like to call "Proxy editing," and that it promises fast and accurate editing with any video file format.

    "To provide the best experience, we decided to give you the ability to seamlessly work with media formats suitable for video editing," explained the devs. "Now you can edit and render a video project with any video files with great accuracy, thanks to proxy files."

  • The Numerous Features Coming To Ardour 5.0

    If you use Ardour as your digital audio workstation software, you'll want to read this article about the features coming to Ardour 5.0.

    Last month we talked about Ardour 5.0-pre0 and since then Ardour 5.0 has continued moving along for release later this year. The developers behind Ardour for Linux and OS X have published a feature guide for this next release.

  • Veeam Agent for Linux, the Beta is now available!

    At Veeam, we all love virtualization and truly believe that modern data centers should be virtualized to guarantee the highest degree of Availability. However, the reality is that not every workload is virtualized. Some workloads cannot be reached through the hypervisors they run on even when they are virtualized, like in public cloud environments.

    This is one of the reasons Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE has seen such tremendous success since its initial launch in 2015. Now, that’s just one side of the story –– especially when you consider that in public cloud the vast majority of deployed virtual machines (VMs) are running one of the many flavors of Linux.

Leftovers: Software

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  • Calamares 2.3 out now

    I’ve just released Calamares 2.3, a feature release with a major focus on disk encryption support (see full release announcement).

    Calamares is a distribution-agnostic system installer, with an advanced partitioning feature and support for third party branding and modules. It is used by several distributions, including Netrunner, Manjaro, Tanglu, OpenMandriva, KaOS, Chakra and many others.

  • QBittorrent 3.3.5 Released – Install on Debian/Ubuntu/Linux Mint and Fedora

    qBittorent is a Bittorent client which is developed to provide free software alternative of utorrent. It’s a Cross platform torrent client which provides the same features on all the major platforms like Linux, Ubuntu, Mac OS X and Windows.

  • 7 Best File Comparison and Difference (Diff) Tools for Linux

    While writing program files or normal text files, programmers and writers sometimes want to know the difference between two files or two versions of the same file. When you compare two computer files on Linux, the difference between their contents is called a diff. This description was born out of a reference to the output of diff, the well known Unix command-line file comparison utility.

  • 14 Best IDEs for C++ Programming or Source Code Editors on Linux

    C++, an extension of well known C language, is an excellent, powerful and general purpose programming language that offers modern and generic programming features for developing large-scale applications ranging from video games, search engines, other computer software to operating systems.

  • Calibre 2.61.0 eBook Viewer and Converter Updates Driver for FNAC (BQ) eReaders

    Today, July 1, 2016, Calibre developer Kovid Goyal has been happy to announce the general availability of yet another maintenance release for his popular, open-source and cross-platform Calibre ebook library management software.

    Coming only one week after the debut of Calibre 2.60, the Calibre 2.61 maintenance update brings only two new features. These are an updated driver with new firmware to allow users to connect their FNAC (BQ) eReader devices, as well as support for automatic removal of all links from a missing resource (the option is available in the Check Book component under Edit Book).

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  • Pitivi 0.96 — Cogito Ergo Proxy
  • Pitivi 0.96 Released With Proxy Editing Support

    In addition to proxy editing, Pitivi 0.96 also has timeline changes, transformation box, setting changes, user interface improvements, the start of allowing custom keyboard shortcuts, and support for Flatpak packages.

  • Calamares 2.3 Universal Linux OS Installer Released with Full-Disk Encryption

    Today, June 30, 2016, the Calamares team was proud to announce the final release and immediate availability for download of the Calamares 2.3 distribution-independent system installer.

    Calamares is currently being used in numerous popular operating systems, including, but not limited to, KaOS, Apricity OS, Chakra GNU/Linux, Netrunner, Sabayon, and OpenMandriva. It is the universal installer framework that many GNU/Linux distributions should adopt as it's now one of the most advanced system installers.

  • etcd3: A new etcd

    Over the past few months, CoreOS has been diligently finalizing the etcd3 API beta, testing the system and working with users to make etcd even better. Today etcd v3.0.0, the distributed key value store developed by CoreOS, is available.

    In practice, etcd3 is already integrated into a large-scale distributed system, Kubernetes, and we have implemented distributed coordination primitives including distributed locks, elections, and software transactional memory, to ensure the etcd3 API is flexible enough to support a variety of applications. Today we’re proud to announce that etcd3 is ready for general use.

  • Zend Framework 3 Released!

    After 17 months of effort, hundreds of releases, tens of thousands of commits by hundreds of contributors, and millions of installs, we're pleased to announce the immediate availability of Zend Framework 3.

  • ANNOUNCE: virt-viewer 4.0 release
  • Virt-Manager's Virrt-Viewer 4.0 Released

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  • Announcement: GnuCash 2.6.13 Release
  • Beamforming in PulseAudio

    In case you missed it — we got PulseAudio 9.0 out the door, with the echo cancellation improvements that I wrote about. Now is probably a good time for me to make good on my promise to expand upon the subject of beamforming.

  • Oracle Releases VirtualBox 5.0.24 to Add Better Linux 4.6 Support, Fix Bugs

    Today, June 28, 2016, Oracle has announced the general availability of the VirtualBox 5.0.24 virtualization software for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

  • Can't make it to GUADEC this year

    I loved attending the GNOME Users And Developers European Conference (GUADEC). I want to go back, but it's hard to get away for such a long trip.

  • Moving to the project phase in Outreachy

    I've coded the research phase in blue, and the usability testing phase in red.

    As you can see, we moved pretty quickly through the research phase, learning about "What is usability," different ways to test usability, personas, scenarios, and scenario tasks. And Ciarrai, Diana, and Renata have done very well here.

    We've taken the last week to settle into a project focus, and figure out who wants to do what. And today, we are officially starting the usability testing phase!

  • Watchmaster App Released for Tizen on the Gear S2

    WatchMaster features a collection of 200+ high quality and unique watch face designs that up to now have been available for Android wear devices, but have now finally been released for the Tizen based Gear S2.

    The company has many capable designers, such as Liongate, Pluto, Excalibur and Monostone that create a wide variety of watchfaces that include: Analog to illustration, moonphase, ambient and animation design. If your looking some aesthetically pleasing watches to enhance your individuality then they are definitely worth a look.

  • A first look at Google's Science Journal app

    Google recently announced the release of its Science Journal app, a tool intended to "inspire future makers and scientists." All you need to get started is an Android phone—it will make use of the sensors on your phone and offers a digital science notebook to record your findings. The app is free and slated to be released open source later this summer. Google has already released microcontroller firmware for Arduino-based sensors on GitHub.

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  • Five tools to enable Linux automation, monitoring and backup

    When it comes to Linux data center tools, there is no shortage of options. For automation, backup and monitoring, consider these five Linux tools first.

  • GnuCash 2.6.13 Open-Source Accounting Software Released, Over 20 Issues Resolved

    Today, June 28, 2016, the GnuCash development team has released yet another maintenance release of their open-source and cross-platform GnuCash 2.6 accounting software.

    GnuCash 2.6.13 is here as the most advanced version of the money manager applications that runs on GNU/Linux, Mac OS, and Microsoft Windows operating systems, and it arrives three months from the release of the GnuCash 2.6.12 maintenance update to fix a total of 22 issues reported or not by users during all this time.

  • Libav Gets An OpenH264 Decoder Wrapper

    For those still using Libav over FFmpeg, this multimedia library has added a wrapper for OpenH264 decoder support.

  • Ubuntu Ambiance Theme Ported to GTK 3.20, Nautilus 3.20 Is Ready for Yakkety Yak

    Debian and Ubuntu developer Iain Lane writes today on one of the mailing lists of the Ubuntu Linux operating system about the fact that he's been working for the past few weeks on bringing GTK+ 3.20 support to Ubuntu.

    According to Iain Lane, the latest GTK+ 3.20 GUI toolkit, which is usually shipped by default with the GNOME 3.20 desktop environment, is ready for upload on the Ubuntu software repositories, for Ubuntu Desktop, only that he doesn't mention for which Ubuntu version, so we can only guess that he's talking about Ubuntu 16.10.

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