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  • Ardour 5.0 Released For Linux Audio Workstation
  • Ardour 5.0 Open Source DAW Officially Released with Tabbed User Interface
  • Calibre 2.64 eBook Library Manager Lets You Customize Comments-Like Columns

    Today, August 12, 2016, Calibre developer Kovid Goyal proudly announced the release of a new maintenance update for the popular, open-source and cross-platform Calibre ebook library management software.

    Calibre 2.64 is now the latest and most advanced version of the application designed for book lovers who prefer to use digital e-book readers to store their books in various file formats, as well as convert and organize ebooks from a format to another, if it's supported by Calibre, of course.

  • How to choose an open source music player

    Linux offers an abundance of music players; how do you choose which one to use?

    Back in June, 2016, I wrote about the apparent passing of my favorite open source music player, Guayadeque. I described the six things I really liked about Guayadeque, and looked at two obvious alternatives: Quod Libet and gmusicbrowser. Since that time, I have been living with gmusicbrowser on my laptop, while continuing to use mpd on the computer attached to the home stereo. Meanwhile, several kind readers have offered other suggestions as to their favorite music players.

    With all this input available, I decided to formalize my "six things" list and apply it to a list of candidates for my laptop music playing needs.

  • This App Lets You Watch Twitch TV on the Linux Desktop Without Flash

    Want to watch Twitch.tv streams on your desktop, without Flash? You can with this awesome Twitch app for Linux, which also supports chat & notifications and more.

Leftovers: Software

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  • ownCloud Desktop Client 2.2.3 Adds HiDPI Improvements, Linux Minimal Mode

    A new update of the popular ownCloud Desktop Client has been released bringing numerous improvements and fixes for some of the most annoying bugs reported by users since the previous release.

    ownCloud Desktop Client 2.2.3 is now the latest and most advanced version of the graphical application for ownCloud users who want to quickly access their files from an ownCloud server. The application was made available for all supported platforms, including Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

  • FFmpeg 3.1.2 "Laplace" Open-Source Multimedia Framework Updates Components

    Today, August 9, 2016, the FFmpeg development team proudly announced the general availability of the second maintenance update for the FFmpeg 3.1 "Laplace" series of the widely-used open-source and cross-platform multimedia framework.

    Released a few weeks back, FFmpeg 3.1 "Laplace" was a massive release introducing numerous new features and improvements to the popular multimedia backend used by dozens of open-source and commercial software products. FFmpeg 3.1.2 is now the latest stable and most advanced version.

    Already available in the software repositories of the most used GNU/Linux distributions, including the powerful Arch Linux, the second maintenance update to the FFmpeg 3.1 "Laplace" series is here to update several of its core libraries, as well as to fix the most annoying bugs reported by users since the FFmpeg 3.1.1 release.

  • Claws Mail 3.14 Email Client Lets You Secure Passwords with a Master Passphrase

    A new major release of the user-friendly, lightweight, open-source, cross-platform and fast Claws Mail GTK+ email client has been announced for GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems with new features and countless bug fixes.

    Claws Mail 3.14.0 is now available as the latest and most advanced version, bringing support for securing passwords for your email accounts by using a Master Passphrase. Additionally, the password storage method has been changed and it looks like all passwords are now stored in a separate file under ~/.claws-mail/passwordstorerc, and a stronger encryption method will be used to secure them.

  • Arc Theme for KDE Plasma? Yup, It Exists

    We’re big fans of Arc GTK theme here on OMG! Ubuntu! — but I’m going to guess you already know that. Over the past few months we’ve shown you how to install the Arc theme on Ubuntu (and how it’ll be available on Ubuntu 16.10); how to make use of a stylish Arc VLC skin...

  • Internal compression

    My project continues with support for internal compression in Nautilus. The operation comes with integrated progress feedback and support for undoing and redoing. Also, the new archive will be automatically selected once the operation is complete. The feature is available from the context menu, where the menu item from file-roller’s extension would normally be:

  • GNOME Music is fast again

    Yo GNOMErs! It’s been a while, huh?

    Yesterday I was with a very strong headache, and I couldn’t sleep. So I decided to listen to some classical music and see if I could relax a little bit. What a great chance to try GNOME Music again!

    Well, it wasn’t such a please. My music collection is large, literally over 9000, and Music took a f*cking minute to be ready. No. No no no no.

digiKam 5.1.0 Releases

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  • digiKam 5.1.0 is published...

    After a first release 5.0.0 published one month ago, the digiKam team is proud to announce the new release 5.1.0 of digiKam Software Collection. This version introduces a new huge bugs triage and some fixes following first feedback from end-users.

  • KDE DigiKam 5.1 Released With Bug Fixes, New RAW Camera Support

    The first update following the major digiKam 5.0 release is now available.

  • digiKam 5.1.0 RAW Image Editor Brings Support for Samsung Galaxy S7, New Cameras

    The development team behind digiKam, a popular open-source and cross-platform RAW image editor, viewer and organizer for KDE and Qt-based desktop environments and operating systems, announced today, August 9, 2016, the release of digiKam 5.1.0.

    digiKam 5.1.0 is the first maintenance update since the release of the major digiKam 5.0.0 milestone that brought numerous new features and dozens of improvements to the open-source image editor software used by many GNU/Linux users around the world on their KDE desktop environments.

New Version of GParted

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Life on Linux has been much less stressful. The modern filesystems have made endless defragging a thing of the past for me, and partitioning is much simpler too. There are many options when it comes to disk maintenance, but GParted is one of my favorites. I use it on all my machines.

GParted is a nice tool for managing disk partitions in Linux. It's very powerful, but the interface is simplicity itself. The live version is OS-independent. You can use it on most computers that can boot from a USB drive or CD—just plug the USB or CD in to the machine and reboot. Instead of loading the operating system, you get GParted, all by itself.

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Wine News

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  • Quick Steps to Support Multiple Operating Systems in Windows

    It is possible to run Windows applications on Mac and Linux systems with the aid of software such as ‘Wine’, a compatibility layer that can run Windows applications on other OS. CodeWeaver CrossOver Linux is a similar option for Linux distributions. Also, virtual machines such as Oracle VirtualBox and Parallels Desktop for Mac also serve the purpose with full network connectivity.

    Perhaps, the most flexible way to provide the same applications to users regardless of OS is to use Software as a Service (SaaS) option, offered in the form of Google Apps, Microsoft Office 365 or Zoho Office. Everything is more generic when running out of a Web browser, and SaaS requires little time and effort from IT.

    Third-party tools take away a lot of the sting associated with running Macs and Linux systems on a Microsoft-based enterprise network. Be sure to test-drive several tools in your own environment before deciding on the best approach.

  • Wine 1.9.16 Fixes Microsoft Word / Excel 2010 Crash, Nvidia GT 740M Support

    Wine 1.9.16 development release has been announced this past weekend for those who love living on the bleeding-edge, bringing more improvements and numerous bug fixes to various Windows apps and games.

    A total of 43 issues reported by users were addressed in Wine 1.9.16, which ships with more shader instructions in Direct3D, performance improvements for GDI (Graphics Device Interface) and JavaScript, better 64-bit binary compatibility on the macOS operating system, and continues on the progress towards the Direct3D command stream implementation.

Leftovers: Software

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  • Claws Mail 3.14 Released with Improved Password Security

    Claws Mail 3.14.0 is the latest release of the lightweight GTK+ email client. Among its latest crop of changes is master passphrase support.

  • IBus 1.5.14

    This release has bug fixes for Wayland display, make dist and some of deprecated APIs.

  • drat 0.1.1: Updates schmupdates!
  • Meet Museeks, A Stylish New Cross-Platform Music Player [Ed: MIT Licence]

    Museeks is a free download and is available for 32-bit and 64-bit Linux distributions (as well as Windows and Mac OS X) from the project website. Downloads are provided as a pre-compiled binary — just extract and double-click on the ‘museeks’ file inside to run.

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  • GCompris release 0.61 and reoganization

    Some of you are aware that I (Bruno) have a new “day” job and I don’t have time anymore to be active on GCompris. I created this project in 2000 and maintain it since then. So this release note is important to me because it will also be my last one. From now on, the releases will be handled by Johnny Jazeix.

Leftovers: Software and Games

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  • Audacious 3.8 Beta 1 Released, Available In PPA

    Audacious 3.8 beta 1 was released a couple of days ago and is available in the WebUpd8 Unstable PPA. The new version brings support for running multiple Audacious instances, a new plugin for the Qt interface, and various other improvements and bug fixes.

  • Total System Backup and Recall with Déjà Dup

    You will be hard pressed to find an easier, more reliable backup GUI for Linux than Déjà Dup. Although it might not have all the flexibility of some of its command-line counterparts, it is a solution that anyone can depend upon. Install it and schedule a regular backup of your important data...and hope that you never have to use (but rest assured it’s there).

  • RcppStreams 0.1.1

    A maintenance release of RcppStreams is now on CRAN. RcppStreams brings the excellent Streamulus C++ template library for event stream processing to R.

    Streamulus, written by Irit Katriel, uses very clever template meta-programming (via Boost Fusion) to implement an embedded domain-specific event language created specifically for event stream processing.

  • Wine Announcement

    The Wine development release 1.9.16 is now available.

  • New Commercial Wine Interface CrossOver Brings Impoved Support For Windows Apps
  • GCC 6.2 Is Coming Quite Soon

    Version 6.2 of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) is expected to come quite soon.

    This is important as GCC 6.2 is the first point release to the stable GCC6 compiler under the versioning scheme they rolled out last year: GCC 6.0 was development, GCC 6.1 was the first stable release, and GCC 6.2 is now the first point release. That's important since a number of distribution vendors tend to wait until around this first point release before incorporating a major new version of the GCC compiler.

  • The GNU C Library version 2.24 is now available
  • This Is the Police released for Linux, some thoughts on this intriguing strategy and adventure game

    The only thing I don't like is the checkpoint save system. You don't get to save the game whenever you like. It appears each day is a new save. I always get frustrated by checkpoint-only saves, so that's the only mark against the game in my personal opinion.

  • Classic Disney games, Transport Fever, and more Linux gaming news
  • Total War: Warhammer Heading To Mac & Linux

    Announced through a press release that was sent over earlier today, Total War: Warhammer will be heading towards both Mac and Linux later this year. The video game is developed by Creative Assembly in partnership with Games Workshop where gamers can expect a turn-based campaign filled with real-time battles.

Wine and CrossOver

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  • Run Your Favorite Windows Apps and Games on Mac with CrossOver 15

    CrossOver 15 for Mac and Linux helps you run your favorite Windows games and apps on OS X and Linux computers. No more dual booting, no purchasing of Windows license, nada. Simply invest $19.99, get today’s awesome deal and use CrossOver 15 to run any and all of your favorite Windows games right on your Macs. Of course, this means one click installation and native speeds when you run Windows applications. Who could say no to such an awesome offer, especially if you have a long list of Windows apps and games that you would want to use on your Mac and Linux systems. Head over to WCCFtech Deals for more details about today’s featured deal.

  • Wine 1.9.16 Brings Further Direct3D CS Improvements

    Wine 1.9.16 is now available as the latest bi-weekly release of Wine for running Windows programs on Linux and other operating systems.

Leftovers: Software

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  • Give VLC A Dramatic New Look With These Dark Skins (Including Arc)

    VLC is often described as being the most versatile media player — and that doesn’t solely apply to irs ability to play almost any file format you can chuck at it!

  • Choqok 1.6 KDE Micro-Blogging Client to Bring Better Twitter Support, More

    Choqok maintainer and former Arch Linux developer Andrea Scarpino proudly announced the availability of the second Beta development release towards the major Choqok 1.6 series.

    If you're using the KDE 4 desktop environment, then you've probably heard of or used Choqok, which is a pretty cool and handy micro-blogging client that currently offers support for the popular Twitter social networking service, as well as Pump.io (formerly Identi.ca) and OpenDesktop.org services.

    Choqok 1.6 has been in development for the past couple of months, during which the development team managed to add quite some improvements that make the open-source micro-blogging client a great alternative to existing products, such as Corebird and Birdie, both of which are written for GTK+-based desktops.

  • Tor 0.2.8.6 Is Released

    The latest version of the Tor project was released this week, offering greater security and anonymity to individuals and organizations.

  • GitHub Enterprise 2.7 -- a better way to commit to commits

    The new release includes ‘GPG signature verification’ a technology that allows teams to know exactly who authored a commit.

    The release also includes several API previews to help developers create integrations that enforce customised policies and fit workflows.

    [...]

    The release also adds ways for developers (and other users) to streamline the development process i.e. up to 10 people can be assigned to a given issue or pull request. Users can also prioritise task lists without editing markdown and know when comments have been edited.

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  • HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.16.8 Adds Support for Linux Mint 18, Fedora 24
    The open-source HP Linux Imaging and Printing (HPLIP) project has been updated on August 29, 2016, to version 3.16.8, a maintenance update that adds support for new printers and GNU/Linux operating systems. According to the release notes, HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.16.8 adds support for new all-in-one HP printers, including HP OfficeJet Pro 6970, HP OfficeJet Pro 6960, HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile, HP DeskJet 3700, as well as HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 3700. Also new in the HPLIP 3.16.8 update is support for the recently released Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce, and the upcoming KDE editions, the Fedora 24 Linux operating system, as well as the Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 "Jessie" distribution. So if you're using any of these OSes, you can now update to the latest HPLIP release.
  • MPlayer-Based MPV 0.20.0 Video Player Released with New Options and Commands
    The popular, open-source, and cross-platform MPV video player software received a new update, version 0.20.0, which comes only two weeks after the previous 0.19.0 maintenance release. MPV 0.20.0 is not a major update, and, according to the release notes, it only implements a couple of new options and commands, such as "--video-unscaled=downscale-big" for changing the aspect ratio. Additionally, the MPlayer-based video playback application also gets the "--image-display-duration" option for controlling the duration of image display, and a new "dcomposition" flag for controlling DirectComposition.
  • FFmpeg 3.1.3 "Laplace" Open-Source Multimedia Framework Now Available for Linux
    The major FFmpeg 3.1 "Laplace" open-source and cross-platform multimedia framework has received recently its third maintenance update, version 3.1.3, which brings updated components. FFmpeg 3.1 was announced two months ago, at the end of June, and it introduced a multitude of new features to make the popular multimedia backend even more reliable and handy to game and application developers. Dubbed Laplace, FFmpeg 3.1 is currently the most advanced FFmpeg release, cut from Git master on June 26, 2016.
  • GNU Scientific Library 2.2 released
    Version 2.2 of the GNU Scientific Library (GSL) is now available. GSL provides a large collection of routines for numerical computing in C. This release contains new linear algebra routines (Pivoted and Modified Cholesky, Complete Orthogonal Decomposition, matrix condition number estimation) as well as a completely rewritten nonlinear least squares module, including support for Levenberg-Marquardt, dogleg, double-dogleg, and Steihaug-Toint methods. The full NEWS file entry is appended below.

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Leftovers: OSS

  • Report: If DOD Doesn't Embrace Open Source, It'll 'Be Left Behind'
    Unless the Defense Department and its military components levy increased importance on software development, they risk losing military technical superiority, according to a new report from the Center for a New American Security. In the report, the Washington, D.C.-based bipartisan think tank argues the Pentagon, which for years has relied heavily on proprietary software systems, “must actively embrace open source software” and buck the status quo. Currently, DOD uses open source software “infrequently and on an ad hoc basis,” unlike tech companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook that wouldn’t exist without open source software.
  • The Honey Trap of Copy/Pasting Open Source Code
    I couldn’t agree more with Bill Sourour’s article ‘Copy.Paste.Code?’ which says that copying and pasting code snippets from sources like Google and StackOverflow is fine as long as you understand how they work. However, the same logic can’t be applied to open source code. When I started open source coding at the tender age of fourteen, I was none the wiser to the pitfalls of copy/pasting open source code. I took it for granted that if a particular snippet performed my desired function, I could just insert it into my code, revelling in the fact that I'd just gotten one step closer to getting my software up and running. Yet, since then, through much trial and error, I’ve learned a thing or two about how to use open source code effectively.
  • Affordable, Open Source, 3D Printable CNC Machine is Now on Kickstarter
    The appeals of Kickstarter campaigns are many. There are the rewards for backers, frequently taking the form of either deep discounts on the final product or unusual items that can’t be found anywhere else. Pledging to support any crowdfunding campaign is a gamble, but it’s an exciting gamble; just browsing Kickstarter is pretty exciting, in fact, especially in the technological categories. Inventive individuals and startups offer new twists on machines like 3D printers and CNC machines – often for much less cost than others on the market.
  • Open Standards and Open Source
    Much has changed in the telecommunications industry in the years since Standards Development Organization (SDOs) such as 3GPP, ITU and OMA were formed. In the early days of telecom and the Internet, as fundamental technology was being invented, it was imperative for the growth of the new markets that standards were established prior to large-scale deployment of technology and related services. The process for development of these standards followed a traditional "waterfall" approach, which helped to harmonize (sometimes competing) pre-standard technical solutions to market needs.

Leftovers: BSD

  • The Voicemail Scammers Never Got Past Our OpenBSD Greylisting
    We usually don't see much of the scammy spam and malware. But that one time we went looking for them, we found a campaign where our OpenBSD greylisting setup was 100% effective in stopping the miscreants' messages. During August 23rd to August 24th 2016, a spam campaign was executed with what appears to have been a ransomware payload. I had not noticed anything particularly unusual about the bsdly.net and friends setup that morning, but then Xavier Mertens' post at isc.sans.edu Voice Message Notifications Deliver Ransomware caught my attention in the tweetstream, and I decided to have a look.
  • Why FreeBSD Doesn't Aim For OpenMP Support Out-Of-The-Box