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Wine Staging

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In the past the bi-weekly release cycle of Wine causes a lot of work for developers and packagers. Not all distros can afford to update a single package every two weeks. As a result, they often only provide packages for the stable branch or ship an outdated version of the development branch. To solve this problem, there was the decision at WineConf 2015 that WineHQ should provide packages for popular distributions. Since we already build packages for Wine Staging, we offered to extend our current system to include the development branch. As part of this process we decided to drop our dependency on external build services (except Launchpad) and instead build everything in our own VMs. We also extended our build scripts to provide a more general way of building packages which is less tied to Wine Staging or Wine in general. These changes do not only affect the newly built Wine development packages but also our existing Wine Staging packages. The changes differ between distros and are described below.

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Leftovers: Software

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  • NetworkManager Now Supports Creating MAC VLANs

    As of this morning in NetworkManager is support for creating MAC VLAN and MAC VTAP devices.

    MAC VLAN is like a reverse VLAN where a single network connection creates multiple virtual connections with different MAC addresses. MacVTap meanwhile is a new driver to simplify virtualized bridged networking. MacVTap is described in more detail here.

  • Git 2.6.4 Open Source Distributed Version Control System Has Many Improvements and Fixes

    The Git developers have announced the release and immediate availability for download of the fourth maintenance build for the stable Git 2.6 branch of the world's most popular distributed version control system.

  • Gammu 1.36.8

    This time the focus was mostly on fixing problems introduced in 1.36.7.

  • Announcing QSoas, a powerful y=f(x) data analysis software

    I'm a researcher at the interface between physics, chemistry and biology, and in our team, we pride ourselves on making the most of the data we acquire, especially through quantitative analysis and modelling. In fact, we spend a lot of time doing fitting simple formulas or complex differential equations to our data. As we were not really satisfied with the data fitting capacities of the software available, we've had our custom data processing/fitting tool, SOAS, for ages. However, that tool was hard to maintain (Fortran + Fortran libraries interfacing with X11 with ABI changing every once in a while without notice), impossible to port to non-X11 platforms, not very user-friendly, and not easy to extend at all. So, when I got my permanent position, a rewrote a completely new version from scratch, called QSoas using C++, Qt, Ruby and the GNU Scientific Library. The result is incomparably more powerful, more easy to maintain, more user-friendly, and more portable (I build it for Linux, Mac and Windows).

  • SoftMaker brings its Office 2016 suite to Linux

    Unsurprisingly called SoftMaker Office 2016, the company, which won an INQUIRER Tech Hero award earlier this year, claims it's the fastest office suite for Linux, being five quicker than Microsoft Office. It also offers more than 400 new features including vastly improved compatibility with Microsoft Office.

  • SoftMaker Office 2016 now available for Linux users

Calligra 2.9.10 Released

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We are happy to announce the release of the Calligra Suite, and Calligra Active 2.9.10. It is recommended update for the 2.9 series of the applications and underlying development frameworks.

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Also: Krita 2.9.10 Digital Painting Software Released with More Photoshop PSD Improvements

Syncing and publishing SUSE repositories with Pulp

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I was recently looking into Pulp’s ability to sync and publish SUSE repositories, including those from openSUSE, SLES 11, and (after a little bit of work) SLES 12.

If you’re interested, I put together a quick demo of the features and their usage with Pulp. Enjoy!

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Leftovers: Software

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Leftovers: Software

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  • git-pbuilder 1.39
  • Term::ANSIColor 4.04

    The recent work I've been doing on podlators taught me that the build system of my other core module, Term::ANSIColor, was also doing the wrong thing when installed on Perl versions older than 5.11, even though no one had reported it. While I was there, I also switched back to ExtUtils::MakeMaker for the build system so that I'm testing the same build system that's also used for Perl core.

  • podlators 4.03

    There was a bug in the test suite of the last few versions of podlators that caused the test for devising dates to fail if POD_MAN_DATE or SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH were already set. Since I needed to fix that anyway, I decided to poke at the test suite some more, and made some good progress towards refactoring it, breaking out common code, and making it easier to add new tests. It's still in the stage where I've added more code than I've removed, but a lot of that is comments and the new code is much better.

  • Kodi 16.0 Beta 3 Release Brings More Fixes

    Kodi continues to subscribe to the "release early, release often" philosophy with today announcing the latest test release for Kodi 16.

    Kodi 16 is bringing DirectX 11 support on Windows, better Android rendering support, long-press support, music scanning library improvements, and much more.

  • FileZilla A Free FTP Client To Upload Files To Server Database

    Whether you are hosting WordPress on your own server or uploading files to your server database such as plugins, themes etc. You are going to need an FTP client. FileZilla is the most popular, open-source and free FTP client. It’s very easy to use and cross-platform. So you can use it on Windows, Linux and Mac.

  • git-pbuilder 1.38

    A minor update to the builder glue script for git-buildpackage. This release just has documentation fixes. I had missed that you no longer need explicit gbp.conf configuration because git-buildpackage now has a --git-pbuilder flag, and, when using that, there are a variety of other command-line flags to use instead of environment variables.

Leftovers: Software

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Leftovers: Software

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Leftovers: Software

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Wine Announcement

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The Wine development release 1.8-rc3 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Bug fixes only, we are in code freeze.

The source is available from the following locations:

http://dl.winehq.org/wine/source/1.8/wine-1.8-rc3.tar.bz2
http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/1.8/wine-1.8-rc3.tar.bz2

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