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Leftovers: Software

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  • Yup, This is The Best Sound Converter for Ubuntu

    Though I tend to stream music from the cloud when at my desktop PC, I prefer to download and play local audio files when listening to podcasts and audio books on the move. Earlier this week I needed convert a stack of old audio books from the .m4a format to a more Android-friendly format like .mp3 — and SoundConverter did what I needed effortlessly.

  • Aptik Let You Organize Your Favorite PPAs and Manage Packages Easily

    There are few standard ways to manage sources in Linux operating system, from command-line which can be difficult for some new users and built-in GUI way doesn't offers much (beside add and remove PPA). Aptik application first introduced in 2014 which made its way in community fairly easily. If you use standard version of Ubuntu and have many PPAs added in your system and you want to upgrade then this tools comes very handy and let you upgrade your OS quite easily, once you upgrade the OS you can re-install all the packages which were removed before upgrade or you can choose your strategy for upgrade process. Not only for upgrade, if you have another system that run Linux and you want to transfer packages from one to another then in that case it can be very useful tool.

  • Meet the authors of WikiToLearn: Daniele Pannozzo
  • QtWebKit is coming back (part 2)
  • GNOME Recipes App to Soon Offer More Recipes, Cuisines, and Inline Editing

    GNOME Project's Matthias Clasen is reporting on the development of the recently introduced GNOME Recipes application, an open-source and easy-to-use program that'll help you to discover what to cook.

    GNOME Recipes has been in development during the GNOME 3.24 cycle, with which it was first introduced to the public in its final, production-ready state. The graphical user interface of the app should be very familiar to GNOME users as it resemblance the look and feel of the GNOME Software package manager.

Software Releases: dmenu, debug-me, Xandikos, modulemd, and Go For It

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  • [dmenu] release 4.7

    dmenu 4.7 has just been released.

  • announcing debug-me

    Today I'm excited to release debug-me, a program for secure remote debugging.

  • Xandikos, a new Git-backed CalDAV/CardDAV server

    For the last couple of years, I have self-hosted my calendar and address book data. Originally I just kept local calendars and address books in Evolution, but later I moved to a self-hosted CalDAV/CardDAV server and a plethora of clients.

  • modulemd 1.2.0

    I released modulemd-1.2.0 yesterday, the module metadata reference and its Python manipulation library.

    This version defines two new important sections, artifacts and buildopts, and clarifies & extends the format specification a bit, standardizing several profile names (kudos to Tomáš Tomeček) and explaining module inclusion in a somewhat more verbose way.

  • Go For It – A Modern To-Do List with a Timer

    There are already a good number of to-do list applications for all OS platforms, but this one is different. It has a stylish inbuilt timer.

    Among the many other projects created by Manuel Khel, Go For It! is a stylishly modern to-do list productivity app with an inbuilt timer that helps you keep track of your current tasks.

    The app has three main panels, To-Do which contains your list; Timer, which is where the inbuilt timer lives in; and Done, which lists your completed tasks designed with a strikethrough.

Leftovers: Software and Shows

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  • Google Summer of Code students are announced today

    For Cantor, Rishabh Gupta will "Port all backends of Cantor to Q/K process." For Digikam, Yingjie Liu will make “Face Management Improvements," Ahmed Fathy will enable "Database export to remote network devices using DLNA/UPNP," Swati Lodha will create "Database separation for Similarity" and Shaza Ismail Kaoud will make a "Healing clone tool for dust spots removal."

  • GNOME Recipes growing team

    With the big push towards 1.0 now over, the development in GNOME recipes has moved to a more relaxed pace. But that doesn’t mean that nothing is happening! In fact, our team is growing, we will have two interns joining us this cycle, Ekta and Paxana.

  • Bodhi 2.6.2
  • Episode 46 - Turns out I'm not a bad guy
  • S10E09 – Elfin Moaning Wine

    This week we’ve been teaching kids to program, tinkering with GNOME and Microsoft released Windows 10 S. Intel have a security vulnerability in it’s Active Management Technology and Google have EOL’d all their Nexus devices.

Leftovers: Software

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  • You Can Now Install Discord App as a Snap on Ubuntu, Other GNU/Linux Distros

    Canonical's David Callé announces that the widely-used Discord app, a free voice and text chat client for gamers on Linux, macOS, and Windows platforms, is now available for installation as a Snap from the Snappy Store.

  • Simplenote, the popular note-taking app, is now available as a Snap on Linux

    Simplenote is one of the most popular note-taking services around, and it’s just gotten easier to use on Linux.

    Launched last year, the official Simplenote Linux app is available as a Snap on Ubuntu and other Linux distributions.

    The simple, straightforward note-taking service offers cloud sync and backup across devices, boasts some minor collaborative sharing features, and throws in fast search and note tagging for efficient organisation.

  • Calibre 2.84 Ebook Management App Updates Kindle Driver, Improves Conversion

    It's been nearly three weeks since the last Calibre update hit the streets, and it's now time to get your hands on a brand new version that adds several features and improves existing functionality.

    Calibre 2.84 was launched today by developer Kovid Goyal, who managed to update the Kindle driver to allow users to also delete the thumbnails of the books that are deleted from the system directory, and improved conversion by making use of the same regexp (regular expression) engine that's being used by the Edit Book tool, which appears to offer better support for Unicode characters.

Leftovers: Software

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  • Collabora contributions to GStreamer 1.12

    Today, the GStreamer community released version 1.12. This new release includes a number of exciting improvements, some of which I previewed two weeks ago. To see all the details about all the changes, you must read the well written release notes created by the community. Along with the usual load of memory leaks, crashes and other bugs, Collabora's multimedia team once again contributed a number of improvements across a wide number of areas.

  • Collabora's Multimedia Team Has Made Some Great Contributions to GStreamer 1.12

    Now that the GStreamer 1.12 open-source multimedia framework has hit the stable channel, it's time to have a look at some of the contributions made by various Collabora developers.

    Collabora's Olivier Crête writes today in a lengthy article that Collabora's multimedia team managed once again to contribute lots of great improvements to the GStreamer open-source multimedia framework, whose 1.12 milestone is already on its way to the stable software repositories of your favorite GNU/Linux distribution.

  • Redshift – A Nifty Tool to Reduce Eye Strain at Night in Linux

    We all knows, most of the electronic devices are emitting blue light which will impact our sleep badly, that to on night (after dark) but many of the people are working in night and long time at computer which leads to face so many eye related problems. To reduce or prevent eye related issues, i will advise you to use Redshift, is a nifty tool to reduce computer eye strain on Linux.

  • Vivaldi 1.10 Web Browser to Let Users Sort Downloads, Set Start Page Wallpaper

    Vivaldi kicked off the development of Vivaldi 1.10 just one day after releasing the 1.9 stable series, and snapshot 1.10.834.9 is the second in the development cycle, bringing the ability to sort downloads by size, name, address, date added, date finished (see the attached video for details), as well as support for setting a wallpaper as the Start Page background.

GStreamer 1.12

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  • GStreamer 1.12 Release Notes

    GStreamer 1.12.0 was originally released on 4th May 2017.

  • GStreamer 1.12.0 Open-Source Multimedia Framework Hits Stable, Adds Many Changes

    The GStreamer project, through Sebastian Dröge, is pleased to announce today the immediate availability of the GStreamer 1.12.0 stable series of the open-source multimedia framework for GNU/Linux distributions.

    GStreamer 1.12 is a massive release that introduces numerous new features and improvements, but the biggest of them all is support for Intel's Media SDK (Software Development Kit) thanks to the implementation of a new msdk plugin to access the hardware-accelerated video decoding and encoding of various Intel GPUs on GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

  • GStreamer 1.12 Makes Its Stable Debut

    GStreamer 1.12 is now the latest stable release of this widely-used, open-source multimedia framework.

Leftovers: Software and Games

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  • Collabora Online 2.1 Officially Released, Improves Scalability, Interoperability

    Collabora Productivity team, the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the Cloud, proudly announced today the release and general availability of Collabora Online 2.1 and Collabora Online Development Edition (CODE) 2.1.

    In an effort to make the collaborative editing experience even better, Collabora Online 2.1 is here to improve both the interoperability and scalability by rebasing the code on the recently released Collabora Office 5.3 office suite designed for enterprises and based on the LibreOffice 5.3 open-source office suite.

  • man-pages-4.11 is released

    I've released man-pages-4.11. The release tarball is available on The browsable online pages can be found on The Git repository for man-pages is available on

  • man-pages-4.09 is released

    I've released man-pages-4.09. The release tarball is available on The browsable online pages can be found on The Git repository for man-pages is available on

  • Corebird 1.5 Native Twitter Client for GNU/Linux Revamps the Account Creation UI

    The developers of the Corebird native and modern Twitter client written in GTK+ for the GNU/Linux distributions were proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Corebird 1.5.

    Corebird 1.5 is a stable update of the application, and quite a hefty one. It comes about three months after the second bugfix release in the 1.4 stable series to add a bunch of new features and improvements, but also to clean the code of unnecessary functionality or redesign parts of the graphical user interface (GUI).

  • Feral Games Is Hinting At Something New

    It's been several weeks since last having any interesting new Linux game news to talk about, but Feral Interactive seems to be getting closer to announcing something new for gamers.

  • Feral Interactive are teasing something, again
  • Be the villain in Nefarious, an action platformer about kidnapping princesses

    Want a chance to be the villain? Wish granted! Nefarious [Steam, Official Site], an action platform about kidnapping princesses has a Linux version and it's not bad.

  • Phoronix Test Suite 7.2.0 Milestone 2 Released

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Releases: Jailhouse 0.7, PeaZip 6.4.1, Koozali SME Server 9.2 and GCC 7.1

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  • Jailhouse 0.7 Hypervisor Released

    Version 0.7 of the Jailhouse Linux hypervisor has been released.

    Jailhouse 0.7 adds support for debug console access from the root Linux cell, support for Intel's Denverton SoC, gcov code coverage statistics, and a configuration for the Orange Pi Zero.

  • PeaZip 6.4.1 Open-Source File Archiver Adds Experimental Privacy_Mode Directive

    PeaZip, an open-source and cross-platform file archiver utility for GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems providing a unified and portable interface and supporting around 190 file formats, was updated to version 6.4.1.

    PeaZip 6.4.1 comes about one month after the release of version 6.4.0, the first in the new stable series, and, as expected, it's a maintenance update adding various improvements and fixing some of the issues reported by users lately.

  • Koozali SME Server 9.2 Operating System Officially Released, Based on CentOS 6.9

    Terry Fage from the Koozali SME Server development team was proud to announce today, May 2, 2017, the release and general availability of the Koozali SME Server 9.2 operating system.

    After being in development since early March, the Koozali SME Server 9.2 release is now the latest stable and most advanced of the server-oriented GNU/Linux distro based on CentOS, which in turn is derived from the freely distributed sources of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).

  • GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 7.1 Released to Celebrate 30 Years Since GCC 1.0

    Jakub Jelinek happily reports today, May 2, 2017, for the GCC project on the general availability of GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 7.1.0, the latest and most advanced release of the open-source and free compiler for the GNU system.

  • GCC 7.1 Released
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Security: WPA2, CVE-2017-15265, Fuzzing, Hyperledger

  • Fedora Dev Teaches Users How to Protect Their Wi-Fi Against WPA2 KRACK Bug
    Former Fedora Project leader Paul W. Frields talks today about how to protect your Fedora computers from the dangerous WPA2 KRACK security vulnerability that affects virtually any device using the security protocol to connect to the Internet.
  • WPA2 was kracked because it was based on a closed standard that you needed to pay to read
    How did a bug like krack fester in WPA2, the 13-year-old wifi standard whose flaws have rendered hundreds of millions of devices insecure, some of them permanently so? Thank the IEEE's business model. The IEEE is the standards body that developed WPA2, and they fund their operations by charging hundreds of dollars to review the WPA2 standard, and hundreds more for each of the standards it builds upon, so that would-be auditors of the protocol have to shell out thousands just to start looking. It's an issue that Carl Mamamud, Public Resource and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have been fighting hard on for years, ensuring that the standards that undergird public safety and vital infrastructure are available for anyone to review, audit and criticize.
  • Patch Available for Linux Kernel Privilege Escalation
    The issue — tracked as CVE-2017-15265 — is a use-after-free memory corruption issue that affects ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture), a software framework included in the Linux kernel that provides an API for sound card drivers.
  • ​Linus Torvalds says targeted fuzzing is improving Linux security
    Announcing the fifth release candidate for the Linux kernel version 4.14, Linus Torvalds has revealed that fuzzing is producing a steady stream of security fixes. Fuzzing involves stress testing a system by generating random code to induce errors, which in turn may help identify potential security flaws. Fuzzing is helping software developers catch bugs before shipping software to users.
  • Devsecops: Add security to complete your devops process [Ed: more silly buzzwords]
  • Companies overlook risks in open source software [Ed: marketing disguised as "news" (and which is actually FUD)]
  • Q&A: Does blockchain alleviate security concerns or create new challenges?
    According to some, blockchain is one of the hottest and most intriguing technologies currently in the market. Similar to the rising of the internet, blockchain could potentially disrupt multiple industries, including financial services. This Thursday, October 19 at Sibos in Toronto, Hyperledger’s Security Maven Dave Huseby will be moderating a panel “Does Blockchain technology alleviate security concerns or create new challenges?” During this session, experts will explore whether the shared nature of blockchain helps or hinders security.

Games: Nowhere Prophet, Ebony Spire: Heresy, The First Tree, Daggerfall, Talos Principle

  • Nowhere Prophet, a single-player tactical roguelike with card-based battles has Linux support
    Nowhere Prophet [Official Site,], a single-player tactical roguelike with card-based battles is currently going through 'First Access' (itch's version of Early Access) and it has Linux support.
  • Ebony Spire: Heresy, a first-person turn-based dungeon crawler will release next month
    For fans of the classic first-person dungeon crawlers, Ebony Spire: Heresy [Steam] looks like it might scratch the itch. One interesting thing to note, is that Linux is the primary platform for the development of the game. It's really great to hear about more games actually developed on Linux! Even better, is that the source code for the game is under the MIT license. You can find the source on GitHub. The source is currently a little outdated, but the developer has told me that it will be updated when the Beta becomes available.
  • The First Tree, a short and powerful exploration game is now available on Linux
    The developer of The First Tree [, Steam, Official Site] email in to let everyone know that their beautiful 3rd-person exploration game is now on Linux 'due to a ton of requests'. Linux support arrived as part of a major patch, which improves gamepad support, adds an option to invert the Y-axis and Camera Sensitivity options are in too. On top of that, a bunch of bugs were also squashed.
  • The open source recreation of Daggerfall hits an important milestone
    Another classic game is getting closer to being fully playable natively on Linux. The project to recreate The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall in the Unity engine has hit an important milestone and now the the main quest is completely playable. Daggerfall is the second entry in Bethesda’s long-running Elder Scrolls series of role-playing games and was originally released way back in 1996. It was an ambitious game, with thousands upon thousands of locations to explore in an virtual game area the size of a small real-world nation. It’s a game that I personally lost a lot of time to way back in the day and I’m happy to see that a project that allows me to play it natively on Linux is coming along swimmingly.
  • The Talos Principle VR Launches With Linux Support
    Croteam has just released The Talos Principle VR, the virtual reality edition of their award-winning The Talos Principle puzzle game. SteamOS/Linux with the HTC Vive is supported alongside Windows. This VR-enhanced version of The Talos Principle is retailing for $39.99 USD.

Android Leftovers

Review: Google Pixel 2

If I had to pick the moment I most appreciated the Google Pixel 2, it would be when our airboat driver-slash-tour guide put a hot dog and a piece of raw chicken in his pocket, dove into the New Orleans swamp, and began playing with a giant gator named Who Dat. I’m no social media whiz, but I knew there was Instagram gold unfolding in front of me. So I pulled out my Pixel 2 XL, the larger of Google’s two new models, double-clicked on the power button to open the camera, and started snapping. Read more