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A look at Scribus – Open-Source Desktop Publisher on GNU/Linux

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As a print journalist by trade, I’ve had to use more Adobe InDesign than I care to get into. I swear I kern text in my dreams or something at this point.

The problem is that Adobe InDesign is not native to GNU/Linux and did not work as expected when running through WINE in the past (I can’t say if I have got it to work yet in Wine 3.X, as I haven’t honestly tried yet.) and so, I’ve had to learn to use alternatives from time to time when I don’t have InDesign handy – Like Scribus.

Scribus for all intents and purposes, is designed to fulfil the same role as Adobe InDesign, and can be used for all kinds of different purposes; from creating and laying out magazine or newspaper pieces, to creating a not-a-boring-word-document-resume for finding employment, or even business cards or comic strips.

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Wine 3.8

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Give Your Linux Desktop a Stunning Makeover With Xenlism Themes

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Xenlism theme pack provides an aesthetically pleasing GTK theme, colorful icons, and minimalist wallpapers to transform your Linux desktop into an eye-catching setup.
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Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2.12 now available!

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Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.2 Maintenance Release 12.

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2.12 release includes improvements and regression fixes for Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2.

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Also: Oracle Adds Initial Linux Kernel 4.17 Support to Its Latest VirtualBox Release

Software: ThetaPad, Piwigo, Orbital Apps

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  • ThetaPad – A Feature-Rich Note Taking & Data Management App

    ThetaPad is a modern hierarchical cross-platform note-taking application that also serves as an efficient personal wiki and data managing application.

    It features a clutter-free UI with a typical note-taking app layout consisting of a search field, note creation and editing function icons, and a file tree view.

    ThetaPad tree-based notes hierarchy allows users to manage their content in a clean and properly structured way without losing sight of the location of their files.

  • Piwigo – Create Your Own Photo Gallery Website

    Piwigo is an open source project which allows you to create your own photo gallery on the web and upload photos and create new albums. The platform includes some powerful features built-in, such as albums, tags, watermark, geolocation, calendars, system notifications, access control levels, themes and statistics.

    Piwigo has a huge amount of available plugins (over 200) and a great collection of themes. It is also translated in more than 50 languages. Its core functions are written in PHP programming language and requires a RDBMS database backend, such as MySQL database.

  • Orbital Apps – A New Generation Of Linux applications

    Today, we are going to learn about Orbital Apps or ORB (Open Runnable Bundle) apps, a collection of free, cross-platform, open source applications. All ORB apps are portable. You can either install them on your Linux system or on your USB drive, so that you you can use the same app on any system. There is no need of root privileges, and there are no dependencies. All required dependencies are included in the apps. Just copy the ORB apps to your USB drive and plug it on any Linux system, and start using them in no time. All settings and configurations, and data of the apps will be stored on the USB drive. Since there is no need to install the apps on the local drive, we can run the apps either in online or offline computers. That means we don’t need Internet to download any dependencies.

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Announcing CrossOver 17.5.0

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  • Announcing CrossOver 17.5.
  • CrossOver 17.5 Improves Support For Office 2016 / Office 365

    CodeWeavers has rolled out their newest version of their Wine-based commercial software for running Windows programs on Linux and macOS systems.

    The primary benefit for Linux users of the newly-minted CrossOver 17.5.0 is support for the latest Microsoft Office 365 as well as better support for Microsoft Office 2016. The Office 2016 support has seen a number of bug fixes for better stability and less crashes.

  • CrossOver for Linux & Mac Updated with Better Support for Microsoft Office 2016

    A new version of the commercial and cross-platform Wine graphical frontend CrossOver has been released today for both GNU/Linux and macOS operating system with a couple of improvements.

    Designed from the offset to make it easier for GNU/Linux and macOS users to run applications built for the Microsoft Windows operating system on their computers, CrossOver is a well-designed graphical user interface (GUI) to the popular and open-source Wine program. It's compatible with both GNU/Linux and macOS platforms.

14 Best RSS Feed Readers for Linux in 2018

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There is a wealth of information on the web that you probably want to keep up to date with; from news, to how tos, guides, tutorials and more. Imagine having to visit, on a daily basis, all your favorite blogs or websites – it’s a bit of a challenge, especially if you have a tight schedule. This is where RSS comes into play.

RSS (Rich Site Summary or also Really Simple Syndication) is a popular and standardized web format used to deliver regularly changing content on the web. It is employed by blogs, news-related sites as well as other sites to deliver their content as an RSS Feed to internet users interested in it.

RSS feeds enable you to see when blogs or websites have added new content so you can get the latest headlines, videos and images within a single interface, immediately after being published, without necessarily visiting the news sources (you have taken the feeds from).

To subscribe to a feed, simply go to your favorite blog or site, copy the RSS URL and paste it into your RSS feed reader: do this for sites you visit frequently.

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Software: Kubernetes, 20 Recommended Programs for Ubuntu 18.04, Various New Releases and GNOME

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  • 3 emerging Kubernetes trends
  • As Kubernetes grows, a startup ecosystem develops in its wake

    Kubernetes, the open source container orchestration tool, came out of Google several years ago and has gained traction amazingly fast. With each step in its growth, it has created opportunities for companies to develop businesses on top of the open source project.

    The beauty of open source is that when it works, you build a base platform and an economic ecosystem follows in its wake. That’s because a project like Kubernetes (or any successful open source offering) generates new requirements as a natural extension of the growth and development of a project.

  • 20 Recommended Programs for Ubuntu 18.04

    Here, I mention 20 useful applications for daily needs for new users of Ubuntu 18.04. This list is intended primarily for you formerly Windows users switching to Ubuntu by dividing 20 programs into 20 categories. You will find here download manager, image editors, as well as programming tools, each with apt-get command line or guidance to install. You will find each of them with respective website address. I hope this list helps you a lot with your new operating system. Know your software, work more.

  • C TAP Harness 4.3
  • rra-c-util 7.1
  • RcppMsgPack 0.2.2
  • RcppGSL 0.3.4
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  • Google Summer of Code 2018: Introduction

    Hi! My name is Ruxandra, but friends call me Ruxe [/ruːksɛ/], and throughout this post I would like to better introduce myself and give you a hint of what my summer journey with GSoC is going to look like.

    I have quite a few interests, from photography and digital drawing, crafts and music, cooking and experimenting with not-so-good tasting cocktails (but they’ve been getting better, I promise), to traveling and attempting to take better care of the environment. I try to allocate more or less time for each of them depending on a number of factors, but there’s one thing that has always been a part of my weekly activities: games.

  • Philip Chimento: Indonesian recipes

    There were also some goings on besides the hackfest. On the day before the hackfest started we did an outreach event for the students of AMIKOM University Yogyakarta, where the hackfest was held. We gave some talks on our work, and GNOME contributor and Endless Ambassador Siska closed the morning out with a very successful talk on how to get involved in GNOME.

Software Leftovers

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  • Valve Adds Support for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to Its Steam Client

    Valve announced that it added support for the Nintendo Switch Pro controller to its Steam Client in the latest beta release, allowing users to play their favorite games with their beloved controller.

  • KDE's Discover, Okular, Gwenview & K3B See Improvements

    KDE contributor Nathaniel Graham has published another weekly blog post detailing the latest enhancements that are ongoing in KDE desktop/application development.

  • remctl 3.15

    As promised in the security advisory accompanying remctl 3.14, this release of remctl (and upcoming releases of C TAP Harness and rra-c-util) implements proper valgrind testing. In the process, I found and fixed a potential data loss bug: a server-side command accepting input on standard input that exited before consuming all of its input could have its output truncated due to a logic bug in the remctld server.

  • DocKnot 1.05

    DocKnot is the program that generates the top-level web pages and README files for my software packages (and eventually should take over generation of the LICENSE files, doing release management, and may eventually incorporate the tools for the macro language I use to generate my web pages).

Software: FocusWriter, Redshift, Cherrytree

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  • A look at FocusWriter distraction free text editor on GNU/Linux

    But sadly, I openly admit to being easily distracted. Thankfully, there are different tools I utilize sometimes to help mitigate that issue; one such tool being FocusWriter.

  • Redshift Control Display Color Temperature

    Redshift is a program that adjusts the color temperature of your computer screen according to daytime and nighttime. This program is suitable for those people working on computers during night shift as it will hurt your eyes less.

  • Cherrytree Notes Review

    Cherrytree is a A hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file. Follow along as we look at the features of this great notes program.

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GNU/Linux on the Desktop Versus Proprietary Forms

  • Why I use a Mac computer, but an Android phone
    Yes, you could use a flavour of Linux on cheaper hardware, but then you trade the great Mac graphical interface with the ones available to Linux. You can fight me in the comments, but deep down you know I’m right. MacOS comes with Bash, and many of the tools those familiar with Linux would expect to have by default in their favourite distribution, including basics like “whois”, which aren’t installed in Windows by default.
  • Everything you knew about Chromebooks is wrong
    The original assumed vision of the Chromebook platform was a laptop and operating system capable of running only the Chrome web browser. You could do anything you wanted, as long as you wanted to stay on the web at all times. Today, the best new Chromebooks can runs apps from three additional operating systems. Not only do Chromebooks run apps, but they run more apps without dual- or multi-booting than any other computing platform. Chromebooks can run apps from Android, Linux and Windows concurrently in the same session.
  • Games, Tests and GitLab CI
    We are getting midterm of the GNOME 3.30 development cycle and many things already happened in the Games world. I will spare the user facing news for later as today I want to tell you about development features we desperatly needed as maintainers: tests and continuous integration. TL;DR: GLib, Meson, Flatpak and GitLab CI make writing and running tests super easy!

Graphics: Vulkan and Vega M

  • Vulkan Virgl Has Kicked Off For Supporting This Graphics/Compute API Within VMs
    Of the hundreds of projects for this year's Google Summer of Code, there are many interesting GSoC 2018 projects but one of those that I am most excited for is Vulkan-Virgl for getting this modern API supported with hardware acceleration by guest virtual machines. As implied by the name, this effort is based upon the Virgl project started by David Airlie and originally tasked with getting OpenGL acceleration to guest VMs using a fully open-source Linux driver stack. Virgl has been in good shape for a while now with OpenGL, while this summer the hope is to get the Vulkan API support going for opening up VMs to using this high-performance graphics and compute API.
  • AMDVLK Driver Lands Half-Float Additions, Many Other Improvements
    There's been another weekly-ish public code push to the AMDVLK open-source AMD Vulkan Linux driver stack and this time around it's heavy on feature work. There has been a fair amount of changes pertaining to half-float (FP16) support including support for the AMD_gpu_shader_half_float extension, prepping for VK_AMD_gpu_shader_half_float_fetch, FP16 interpolation intrinsics and register settings, and more.
  • Vega M Graphics On Intel Kabylake G CPUs Are Beginning To Work Under Linux
    We have been covering the Linux driver upbringing of "Vega M" for the Vega/Polaris graphics found in select newer Intel "Kabylake G" processors. The code is still in flight before it will work in all released versions of the Linux driver components, but for those willing to build the code or rely upon third party repositories, Vega M is now working on Linux. As I have covered in various past articles, the open-source driver support for Radeon Vega M is queued into DRM-Next for the upcoming Linux 4.18 kernel cycle, Mesa 18.1 albeit with new hardware I always recommend using the latest Git (current Mesa 18.2), and there are also binary GPU microcode files needed too.

Plasma 5.13 – Amazing Tux, How Sweet Plasma

Plasma 5.13 is (going to be) a very nice release. It builds on the solid foundation that is the LTS edition, and adds cool, smart touches. The emphasis is on seamless integration of elements, which is what separates professionals from amateurs. It’s all around how the WHOLE desktop behaves, and not individual programs in isolation. And Plasma is making great strides, offering a polished version of an already mature and handsome product, with extra focus on fonts, media and browser connectivity and good performance. There are some rough patches. Apart from the obvious beta issues, those goes without saying, KDE Connect ought to be a true multi-phone product, the network stack really needs to be spotless, and that means full Microsoft Windows inter-operability, Spectacle should allow for configurable shadows and alpha channel, and I want to see if the decorative backend has been cleaned up, i.e. can you search and install new themes and icons without encountering useless errors and inconsistencies. But all in all, I’m quite impressed. The changes are big and noticeable, and above all, meaningful. You don’t just get features for the sake of it, you get things that improve the quality and consistency of the desktop, that maximize fun and productivity, and there’s deep thought in orchestrating it all together. It ain’t just a random bunch of options that happen to work. I like seeing patterns in things, and I’m happy when there’s functional harmony. This spring season of distro testing hasn’t been fun, and Plasma 5.13 is balm for my weary wrists, so hurting from all that angry typing. More than worth a spin, and highly recommended. Full steam on, Tuxers. Read more Also: This week in Usability & Productivity, part 20

Sad News! Development Stopped for Korora and BackSlash Linux

It seems more and more small distributions are facing a had time. Recently we saw the crisis at Void Linux. Now we have two more small Linux distributions calling it quit, albeit temporarily. Read more