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  • Kodi 18 Media Center to Be Dubbed "Leia," In Honor of the Late Carrie Fisher

    To celebrate 40 years of the Star Wars saga, the Kodi developers announced earlier today the codename of the next major release of their open-source and multiplatform media center.

    As many of you probably know from our regular reports, Kodi 17 "Krypton" is currently in heavy development with a first Release Candidate snapshot out of the door at the end of 2016, but the team was already looking to codename the next major version, Kodi 18. In early December, they asked the community to vote for the Kodi 18 code name, which should have start with the letter L.

  • GENIVI Alliance's GENIVI Vehicle Simulator

    By providing a realistic simulated driving experience, the new GENIVI Vehicle Simulator (GVS) assists adopters to develop and test the user interface of an open in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system safely, thereby identifying and executing necessary design changes quickly and efficiently.

  • PlayStation 2 Emulator 'PCSX2' New Version Released, Install In Ubuntu/Linux Mint Via PPA

    PCSX2 is a PlayStation 2 emulator for Windows and Linux. It was started by the team behind PCSX (an emulator for the original PlayStation) back in 2002, and as of early 2012 development is still active. The emulator achieved playable speeds only by mid-2007 and subsequent versions have improved speed and compatibility making it both the ultimate solution for PS2 emulation and the instrument to keep and preserve the PS2 legacy in the modern world. Though not yet perfect the program can successfully emulate most commercial PS2 games at playable speeds and good visuals (often better than the original PS2). The project is open source, and it is licensed under the GNU General Public License v3. Currently up to 3 cores are supported (2 cores and an additional one if the new MTVU speed hack is used). To make PCSX2 efficiently use 4 or more cores will require major code changes. PCSX2 only uses 2 cores,so if you have more the CPU usage will be way less 100%. Even if you have exactly 2 cores, the emulator will not cause 100% CPU usage because of the way threading works. This does NOT mean PCSX2 isn't using the full power of your CPU, it is normal.

  • Go paperless: How to install and use LogicalDOC for document management in Linux
  • Emerald – Simple, Clean and Fresh Icon Theme For Linux
  • How to record a region of your desktop as animated GIF on Linux
  • sTLP - Don't go chasing power management

digiKam 5.4.0 is released...

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Following the 4th release 5.3.0 published in November 2016, the digiKam team is proud to announce the new release 5.4.0 of digiKam Software Collection. This version introduces several improvements to the similarity search engine and a complete re-write of video file support.

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Wine and CrossOver

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Leftovers: Software

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  • Symbolic mathematics on Linux

    This article is an introduction to the world of free and open-source applications for symbolic mathematics. These are programs that assist the researcher or student through their ability to manipulate mathematical expressions, rather than just make numerical calculations. I'll give an overview of two large computer algebra packages available for Linux, and a briefer sampling of some of the more specialized tools aimed at particular branches of mathematics.

    This category of software is traditionally called a "computer algebra system", but that description can be misleading. These systems can find analytic solutions to algebraic and differential equations; solve integrals; sum infinite series; and generally carry out nearly any kind of mathematical manipulation that can be imagined. At the least, symbolic mathematics software can replace the bulky handbooks of mathematical information that have been lugged by generations of graduate students.

    Over decades, mathematicians have honed these programs, encoding within them the accumulated mathematical knowledge of centuries: information about special functions, for example, that's so difficult (for some of us) to remember. They have learned to reduce such things as algebraic simplification and calculating derivatives to patterns of symbol manipulation ripe for automation. The earliest of these systems, developed in the 1960s, were based on Lisp, the obvious choice at the time, but development of later systems used a variety of languages.

    Fortunately, most of the best of this software is free and open source, which allows us to look under the hood and examine or alter the algorithms employed.

  • Announcing Alacritty, a GPU-accelerated terminal emulator

    Alacritty is a blazing fast, GPU accelerated terminal emulator. It’s written in Rust and uses OpenGL for rendering to be the fastest terminal emulator available. Alacritty is available on GitHub in source form.

  • Inkscape Version 0.92 is Released!
  • Top 5 tools to Monitor Your Linux Disk Usage and Partitions

    Monitoring disk usage and storage space in your system is important for you as a stand-alone system owner or as a system admin of a company to know to maintain the efficiency of your Linux system. In this article, we will discuss about the top tools and command line utilities available in Linux to monitor your disk usage to provide information about total size available, total used, file system information and partition information etc. Let’s see how these tools help in retrieving this information:

  • Lightworks 14 Video Editor Beta Updates

    For those in need of a professional-grade Linux video editor, the Lightworks 14 release is near as the latest feature-update that is more than powerful enough if needing to do any simple home video editing or of holiday videos.

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Wine 2.0-rc4

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  • Wine Announcement

    The Wine development release 2.0-rc4 is now available.

  • Wine 2.0-rc4 released, fixing 28 bugs to make sure the final release is solid

    It fixes some Halo: Combat Evolved graphical glitches, fixes some performance issues with Heroes of Might and Magic IV, fixes issues with running The Sims 3 in a window and more.

  • Wine 2.0-rc4 Fixes 28 Bugs

    Wine 2.0-rc4 fixes 28 known bugs, including some issues with SWAT 4, .NET 4.0 applications, Halo, Heroes of Might & Magic VI, and various other applications. Overall, the changes aren't too interesting though with Wine 2.0 having been in its code freeze now for over the past month. The list of changes can be found via WineHQ.org.

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  • Irssi 1.0.0 Released

    Irssi 1.0.0 has been released. This release contains many improvements. Irssi 1.0.0 includes contributions by Lukas Mai, Xavier G, Kenny Root, Jari Matilainen, Todd A. Pratt, Manish Goregaokar, B. Thibault, Joseph Bisch, Will Storey, Lauri Tirkkonen, Lauri Nurmi, Tom Feist, Thomas Samson, Dennis Schagt, Mantas Mikulėnas and François Revol. In total, 132 files changed, 3434 lines were added and 3202 lines deleted and TheLemonMan officially joined the staff. Thanks everyone! See the NEWS for details.

  • Irssi Open-Source Terminal-Based IRC Client Hits 1.0 Milestone After 18 Years

    We bet you did not see that coming, but the Irssi team proudly announced today, January 5, 2017, the availability of Irssi 1.0.0, the newest stable series of the popular, open-source terminal-based IRC (Internet Relay Chat) client for UNIX systems.

    And it's clearly not a coincidence to release the 1.0 milestone now as Irssi has been in development since January 1999, during which it received numerous snapshots, the last one begin version 0.8.20 released in September 2016. The fact of the matter is that the team also announced Irssi 0.8.21 to fix a total of four remote crash issues.

  • MPD 0.20 released

    Music Player Daemon 0.20 has been released.

  • Music Player Daemon (MPD) 0.20 Released with Audio/L16 and WavPack-DSD Support

    The folks over at Music Player Daemon (MPD) are kicking off the new year as well, bringing us a major update to the open-source, free, powerful, flexible, and server-side application for playing music on our GNU/Linux systems.

    From the release announcement, Music Player Daemon (MPD) 0.20 appears to be a major release that comes approximately one month after the last maintenance to the MPD 0.19 series. The Git changelog attached at the end of the article also shows us that this is a pretty big update with lots of improvements and new features.

  • Inkscape 0.92 Is Released

    Inkscape, the very popular open source cross-platform vector drawing program, has released version 0.92. Check out the new features in this very nicely done video. (Note: The sound level is a bit loud in this video. You might want to turn the volume down on your computer before starting the video.)

  • Samba 4.6 RC1 Arrives For Latest With File & Print Services

    The release candidate is out for the upcoming Samba 4.6 version of this open-source SMB/CIFS implementation.

  • HarfBuzz 1.4 Brings OpenType GX / Font Variations

Leftovers: Software

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  • GNU Sed 4.3: 10x Faster Regular Expressions, Faster I/O

    For those making use of GNU's Stream Editor, Sed, for non-interactive command-line text editing there is a new release available.

  • sed-4.3 released [stable]

    [resending, now that the gnu.org URLs are valid]

    This is to announce sed-4.3, a stable release (and my first sed release).

    There have been 195 commits by 10 people in the four years since 4.2.2. And that does not include the 1390 commits to gnulib.

  • Applied Expert Systems, Inc.'s CleverView for TCP/IP on Linux
  • Vivaldi 1.7 Web Browser Development Continues, Now Supports Hiding of Extensions

    The Vivaldi devs have kicked off the new year with the third development snapshot of the upcoming Chromium-based Vivaldi 1.7 web browser release, as Ruarí Ødegaard informed us earlier.

    Vivaldi Snapshot 1.7.715.3 comes approximately two weeks after the release of build 1.7.705.3, and while at first it appears to be a small bugfix update that addresses several of the issues reported by users lately, it implements a new feature, namely an option that lets you enjoy a clean Vivaldi interface by hiding all the installed extensions.

Inkscape 0.92

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  • Open-source oriented RISELab emerges at UC Berkeley to make apps smarter & more secure
    UC Berkeley on Monday launched a five-year research collaborative dubbed RISELab that will focus on enabling apps and machines that can interact with the environment around them securely and in real-time. The RISELab (Real-time Intelligence with Secure Execution) is backed by a slew of big name tech and financial firms: Amazon Web Services, Ant Financial, Capital One, Ericsson, GE Digital, Google, Huawei, Intel, IBM, Microsoft and VMWare.
  • Telecom organizations boosting support for open source
    Organizational support for open source initiatives is easing the integration of platforms into the telecom world. One key challenge for growing the support of open source into the telecommunications space is through various organizations that are looking to either bolster the use of open source or build platforms based on open source specifications. These efforts are seen as beneficial to operators and vendors looking to take advantage of open source platforms.
  • Google's Draco: Another Open Source Tool That Can Boost Virtual Reality Apps
    With 2017 ramping up, there is no doubt that cloud computing and Big Data analytics would probably come to mind if you had to consider the hot technology categories that will spread out this year. However, Google is on an absolute tear as it open sources a series of 3D graphics and virtual reality toolsets. Last week, we covered the arrival of Google's Tilt Brush apps and virtual reality toolsets. Now, Google has delivered a set of open source libraries that boost the storage and transmission of 3D graphics, which can help deliver more detailed 3D apps. "Draco" is an open source compression library, and here are more details.
  • Unpicking the community leader
    Today is Community Manager Appreciation Day. Now, I have to admit, I don't usually partake in the day all that much. The skeptic in me thinks doing so could be a little self-indulgent and the optimist thinks that we should appreciate great community leaders every day, not merely one day a year. Regardless, in respect of the occasion, I want to delve a little into why I think this work is so important, particularly in the way it empowers people from all walks of life. In 2006 I joined Canonical as the Ubuntu Community Manager. A few months into my new role I got an email from a kid based in Africa. He shared with me that he loved Ubuntu and the traditional African philosophy of Ubuntu, which translated to "humanity towards others," and this made his interest in the nascent Linux operating system particularly meaningful.
  • Open Source Mahara Opens Moodle Further Into Social Learning
    Designers, managers and other professionals are fond of Open Source, digital portfolio solution Mahara. Even students are incorporating their progress on specific competency frameworks, to show learning evidence. Mahara and Moodle have a long and durable relationship spanning years, ―so much so that the internet has nicknamed the super couple as “Mahoodle“―. A recent post on Moodlerooms’ E-Learn Magazine documents the fruitful partnership as it adds value to New Zealander Catalyst IT’s offerings.
  • U.S. policy on open source software carries IP risks [Ed: Latest FUD from law firm against Free software as if proprietary software is risk-free licensing-wise?]

Openwashing and EEE

Q&A with Arpit Joshipura, Head of Networking for The Linux Foundation

Arpit Joshipura became the Linux Foundation’s new general manager for networking and orchestration in December 2016. He’s tasked with a pretty tall order. He needs to harmonize all the different Linux Foundation open source groups that are working on aspects of network virtualization. Joshipura may be the right person for the job as his 30 years of experience is broad — ranging from engineering, to management, to chief marketing officer (CMO) roles. Most recently he was VP of marketing with Prevoty, an application security company. Prior to that he served as VP of marketing at Dell after the company acquired Force10 Networks, where he had been CMO. Read more