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Kodi 19.2 Improves Xbox Support and Support for Devices Running Old Android Versions

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Kodi 19.2 is here five months after Kodi 19.1, which introduced initial support of the Kodi 19 “Matrix” series for the Xbox gaming console, added better support for SMB shares, improved reliability for HTTP and NFS network filesystems, enabled file caching by default for network filesystems, and fixed playback of optical DVDs in Linux.

The big news in Kodi 19.2 is that Xbox support has been greatly improved. For example, it improves the performance of the HEVC DXVA2 decoder using 128 byte aligned decoder surfaces, improves support for 10-bit swap chain surfaces used for HDR-capable TVs, and improves swap chain performance when using the DXGI_SWAP_EFFECT_FLIP_DISCARD variable.

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The 8 best opensource collaboration software

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Teams and organizations are constantly searching for ways to increase workplace productivity through collaboration. However, finding the best collaboration software suite to meet your teams’ needs can be a daunting task. There are several good recommendations for proprietary software, but you can also find several good open-source alternatives that give you enterprise-level functionality.

Collaborating on tasks within your business can enhance the skills of team members through sharing of ideas and help your organization improve productivity and efficiency within project workflows. On the other hand, a lack of collaboration might lead to miscommunication, conflicts, and delays in your project completion that negatively impacts.

The article will highlight some of our picks for open source tools to help you manage tasks, files and communicate effectively to be more productive through collaboration.

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KDE Itinerary @ ITS City Hack Hamburg 2021

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After almost 19 month I finally got to attend a non-virtual event for KDE again, the ITS City Hack Hamburg 2021 last weekend. This has been a good opportunity for exchange and connecting with the Open Transport community, people and organizations we are collaborating with to make applications like KDE Itinerary or KTrip possible.

OpenTripPlanner and KPublicTransport

Meeting some of the people working on OpenTripPlanner (OTP) and operating instances of that has been particularly useful for KPublicTransport, our client library for realtime public transport data queries.

One issue we had been struggling with is automatically selecting the right instance for a given location. This has been complicated by some installations reporting bizarre bounding polygons. This is typically caused by a few issues in the data consumed by OTP. I got shown diagnostic tools and new API to identify those problems, which allows better bug reports to upstream, fixing OSM input data ourselves, and applying outlier filters we already have in the library anyway.

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Announcing Istio 1.9.9

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This is the final release of Istio 1.9. We urge you to upgrade to the latest Istio supported version, Istio (1.11.3).

This release contains bug fixes to improve robustness. This release note describes what’s different between Istio 1.9.8 and Istio 1.9.9.

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Also: Support for Istio 1.9 has ended

Wine 6.19

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The Wine development release 6.19 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - IPHlpApi, NsiProxy, WineDbg and a few other modules converted to PE.
  - More HID joystick work.
  - Kernel parts of GDI moved to Win32u.
  - More work towards Dwarf 3/4 debug support.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

  https://dl.winehq.org/wine/source/6.x/wine-6.19.tar.xz
  http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/6.x/wine-6.19.tar.xz

Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:

  https://www.winehq.org/download

You will find documentation on https://www.winehq.org/documentation

You can also get the current source directly from the git
repository. Check https://www.winehq.org/git for details.

Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file
AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list.

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Also: Wine 6.19 Continues Work On HID Joystick, PE Conversion

KDE Connect vs. Warpinator: Which Is Best for File Transfers?

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Cloud storage has made the task of transferring files wirelessly simple enough to happen automatically in the background. But is it really worth giving some company access to your files just to move them from one machine to another, often in the same building? Sometimes even the same room!

On Linux, a few apps help you transfer files between PCs in a wireless way that’s still private and secure. Two of the most popular are KDE Connect and Warpinator. Which one might you want to use, and when might you use it? Let's find out.

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TICKR Feed Reader: An Elegant RSS Feed Reader for Linux

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An RSS feed reader is a nifty tool that aggregates content from your favorite websites on the internet into a digestible format to help you keep up with their latest updates in one place.

While there are several RSS feed readers to choose from on Linux, the one we're discussing today is rather unique. It's called TICKR, and it puts your feed updates in an easy-to-view manner on the desktop so you can see them on the fly.

Here's a guide discussing TICKR and detailing the steps involved in installing and using it on Linux.

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Open Source Tax Software For Filling US Taxes

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Open source software can be useful for all types of tasks, even filling tax forms if you are a US resident.

Taxes in the United States are a little bit complicated compared to other countries, and there are federal taxes and state taxes, and one will need to fill many different forms – depending on their current financial status – and submit them routinely so that they don’t get accused with tax evasion or tax fraud.

Typically, people may hire some 3rd-party expert to help them in the process, or do it by their own. If they are doing it by their own, then they might depend on the help of typical proprietary tax software such TurboTax.

However, open source alternatives to TurboTax exist, and in today’s article we’ll be seeing two of them.

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KeenWrite – Java-based desktop text editor

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A text editor is software used for editing plain text files. It has many different uses such as modifying system configuration files, writing programming language source code, jotting down thoughts, or even making a grocery list.

Whatever the level of sophistication of the editor, they typically have a common set of functionality, such as searching/replacing text, formatting text, undo/redo, importing files, as well as moving text within the file. However, some editors have interesting features. KeenWrite is an example of a text editor that stands out from the crowd.

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Flatpak 1.12 Released with Better Support for the Steam Linux Runtime Mechanism, More

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Flatpak 1.12 comes eight months after Flatpak 1.10 as the new stable series that introduces numerous new features and improvements. Highlights include better support for the Steam Linux Runtime mechanism, allowing Steam to launch games with its own container runtime as /usr.

In fact, this new feature allows any subsandbox to have a different /usr and/or /app. Also new is support for TUI (text-based user interface) programs like GNU Debugger, support for Flatpak instances of the same app-ID to share their /tmp or /dev/shm directories, as well as their $XDG_RUNTIME_DIR.

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Raspberry Pi 4 2GB jumps to $45 as 1GB model returns from the dead at $35

Citing chip shortages, Raspberry Pi announced its first price increase, bumping the RPi 4 with 2GB RAM up to $45. Meanwhile, the discontinued RPi 4 1GB has come back to life at $35. In the spirit of Halloween, Raspberry Pi Trading has reanimated the 1GB RAM version of the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, which it killed off when it dropped the price of the 2GB model from $45 to $35 in Feb. 2020. The company also increased the 2GB price to $45. With the 1GB version returning at its old $35 price, we have essentially turned back the clock to early 2020. (In which case, maybe we could get a second chance on stopping the pandemic.) In the Raspberry Pi blog post announcing the changes, CEO Eben Upton cited industry-wide supply chain issues for its first price increase in Pi history. The chip shortages, combined with heightened demand, have caused severe shortages of the RPi Zero and the RPi4 2GB. Read more

The love/hate relationship the cloud has with Linux

The cloud is run by Linux and open-source. There is no debating that claim at this point. It's fact. And not only does Linux power all of those cloud services we deploy and use, but the hold it has over that particular tech sector is also only going to get stronger as we march into the future. I predict that, over the next five years, the cloud and Linux will become synonymous to the point everyone (from CEOs to end-users) will finally get just how important and powerful the platform is. So it's safe to say, there would be no cloud without Linux. There would also be no cloud-native development, Kubernetes, Docker, virtual machines or containers in general. With that in mind, it should stand to reason that the relationship between Linux and the cloud would be all love. Read more

You Can Now Install the UnityX Desktop in Arch Linux, Here's How

UnityX is the successor of the Unity7 desktop environment created by Canonical for its popular Ubuntu Linux distribution back in 2011 with the Ubuntu 11.04 release. But Canonical pulled the plug on Unity7 after seven years of development, yet the community wasn’t ready for this major change. In May 2020, developer Rudra Saraswat created an unofficial Ubuntu flavor called Ubuntu Unity, which features the good old Unity7 desktop environment. Now, the Ubuntu Unity creator wants to take Unity7 to the next level and created UnityX, a modern, yet simple desktop environment. Read more

PSA: gnome-settings-daemon's MediaKeys API is going away

In 2007, Jan Arne Petersen added a D-Bus API to what was still pretty much an import into gnome-control-center of the "acme" utility I wrote to have all the keys on my iBook working. It switched the code away from remapping keyboard keys to "XF86Audio*", to expecting players to contact the D-Bus daemon and ask to be forwarded key events. In 2013, we added support for controlling media players using MPRIS, as another interface. Fast-forward to 2021, and MPRIS support is ubiquitous, whether in free software, proprietary applications or even browsers. So we'll be parting with the "org.gnome.SettingsDaemon.MediaKeys" D-Bus API. If your application still wants to work with older versions of GNOME, it is recommended to at least quiet the MediaKeys API's unavailability. Read more