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Proprietary Software Traps

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  • Using proprietary services to develop open source software [Ed: never a good idea. Microsoft attempts to lock in FOSS developers this way.]

    It is now pretty well accepted that open source is a superior way of producing software. Almost everyone is doing open source these days. In particular, the ability for users to look under the hood and make changes results in tools that are better adapted to their workflows. It reduces the cost and risk of finding yourself locked in with a vendor in an unbalanced relationship. It contributes to a virtuous circle of continuous improvement, blurring the lines between consumers and producers. It enables everyone to remix and invent new things. It adds up to the common human knowledge.

  • Why doesn't Microsoft just give up on Skype for Linux? [Ed: because Microsoft wants to spy on (record) everyone?]

    Microsoft released a beta client of Skype for Linux last week but even basic problems with the alpha client — which was around much longer than an alpha client should be — still appear to be dogging the software.

    Every time a new release takes place, I give it a twirl to see what, if anything, has changed.

  • What's new in the Skype for Linux beta
  • Skype Lite Gets Brings Kannada Language Support, Skype for Linux Moves to Beta
  • Spotify on Fedora 25 using Flatpak

    Spotify is a great application where the web version just isn't as useful as the Desktop app. Spotify has a debian installer and no support for rpm distros, typically we'd be SOL on Fedora. But with flatpak it's easy to install Spotify on platforms like Fedora, CentOS, Ubuntu, etc without deb or rpm!

Leftovers: Software

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  • Kube, a new KDE email/PIM app, sees first tech preview release

    Heard about KDE Kube? It’s a promising new project building a KDE mail and personal information manager suite built around QtQuick and a high-performance data access layer called ‘Sink’.

    Kube 0.1.0 was released this weekend and is the first pre-production tech preview release of the app. While it’s still (very) rough around the edges, it’s still a promising glimpse at what could mature to be a standout KDE application.

  • Using Krita Without a Keyboard

    Recently we added a custom hotkey file to Krita to work with a hotkey application called Tablet Pro. Tablet Pro allows you to use your tablet without a keyboard by replacing the keyboard shortcuts with custom onscreen hotkeys. For our Krita users our goal has been to give digital artists the power to create at a professional level without a huge expense. Tablet Pro is working with us on that goal. We were happy to work together on this and are excited to share the results. The hotkeys they provide will give you a very similar experience to a Wacom Cintiq with expresskeys.

  • RcppSMC 0.1.5
  • RcppGSL 0.3.2
  • VidCutter 3.0 Released with New Features, MPV Backend

    VidCutter, the open-source video trimmer app we mentioned back in January, is back with a new release — and it’s a big one. The cross-platform Qt5 app lets you quickly and easily trim, split and join video clips without needing to re-encode.

  • Green Recorder 2.0 Released, Lets You Screen Record Wayland

    A new version of Green Recorder Among the new features this simple desktop screen recorder picks up is screen recording in Wayland sessions (more on that further down) plus a couple of advanced screen recording options.

  • Green Recorder 2.0 Released, Adding GNOME’s Wayland Support

    Green Recorder is a simple recording program for the Linux desktop. It was written using Python and utilizes ffmpeg as its core. It also uses the GTK+ library. The initial version of the program was released around 1 month ago.

  • That Was The Week That Was (TWTWTW): Edition 3

    This is the third edition of TWTWTW, a weekly blog observing the latest developments in the open source world. TWTWTW aims to give a summary of the most important open source news of the week. For this edition, we present a succinct catchup covering hardware, software, and book roundups.

    [...]

    The Wine development release 2.3 is now available. Wine (originally an acronym for “Wine Is Not an Emulator”) is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems, such as Linux, macOS, & BSD.

    Lennart Poettering has announced the release of systemd 233. This is a suite of basic building blocks for a Linux system. It bootstraps the user space and manages all processes subsequently.

    There’s a new release of exGENT, a Linux distribution based on Gentoo. This 64-bit distro adds Xfce 4.12.1 and kernel 4.10.1, as well as replacing the boot loader Grub Legacy with Grub2. Linux Lite saw a new beta release. And Q4OS published a third maintenance update to the Q4OS 1.8 Orion.

Leftovers: Software

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Software
  • [ANNOUNCE] pass 1.7 Released

    After two years, pass 1.7 has been released. This has been a huge release cycle, fixing countless bugs and adding all sorts of nice modernization. Hopefully this is a smooth release, though if all the churn results in bugs, we'll do another patch release soon.

  • Rspamd 1.5 has been released

    We are pleased to announce the new major Rspamd release 1.5 today. This release incudes a lot of major reworks, new cool features and a significant number of bugs being fixed. The update from the previous versions shouldn’t be hard, however, please check the migration document to be sure that the new version will not break the existing configuration.

  • [Older] LibreELEC (Krypton) v8.0.0 RELEASE

    LibreELEC (Krypton) 8.0.0 has arrived after a long gestation period encompassing 10x official alpha and 3x beta releases in addition to 200+ nightly milhouse builds. Based upon Kodi v17.0, our 8.0.0 release contains many small refinements to our user experience and a complete overhaul of the underlying OS core to enhance stability and extend hardware support. For a description of new features and changes in Kodi please read the official Kodi v17.0 release notice.

  • Postfix 3.2 Released
  • Postfix stable release 3.2.0

    Postfix stable release 3.2.0 is available. This release ends support for legacy release Postfix 2.10.

  • GammaRay 2.7.0 Released

    We have released version 2.7 of our Qt application introspection tool GammaRay. GammaRay allows you to observe the behavior and data structures of Qt code inside your program live at runtime.

  • Terminal Emulator `Terminator` Sees New GTK3 Pre-release 1.91

    While the Terminator development is slow, the application is still actively improved, with version 1.91 being the second GTK3 pre-release.

    According to Stephen Boddy, the main Terminator developer, the GTK3 branch is already much better than the old GTK2 Terminator version and is already used by some Linux distributions (including Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus).

    Another GTK3 pre-release, version 1.92, should be available toward the end of March, while a final 2.0 (GTK3) release is expected at the end of April.

  • Argos Lets You Create GNOME Shell Extensions From Scripts (W/ BitBar Plugin Support)

    Argos is a tool inspired by the BitBar app for Mac, which makes it easy to create your own GNOME Shell extensions, using information provided via scripts.

    Being a GNOME Shell extension itself, Argos adds a button with a dropdown on the GNOME Shell top panel. This button can display or expose functionality provided by a script, be it Bash, Python, Ruby, and so on (remember to make it executable or else Argos won't use it).

  • Smartphone App: Bo App Lock is a new app locker app added to Tizen Store
  • [Slackware] I added Chromium 56 for Slackware 14.1 with a caveat

    A while ago, Chromium 56 ‘stable’ was released. It took a while for me to release Slackware 14.1 packages because of a crash bug in XFCE (and probably other non-KDE desktops too). I have been trying to find ways around the crash and been looking for patches, but there does not seem to be a solution for Slackware 14.1 other than working around it and losing some functionality.

An Interview with Michael Natterer, GIMP maintainer

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GNU
Software

GIMP is Free Software, but even before this, it is people: the ones who create it, the ones who create with it… We don’t have accurate statistics and we take pride on not gathering your data. Yet we know (through other websites that have logged partial statistics over the years) that this is a widely used piece of software, by millions of people around the world. So wouldn’t it be neat to meet some of the individuals who make this project come alive?

Some people think there’s a huge company behind GIMP. This is not the case. GIMP has always been developed by a handful of random people scattered around the world. Most of them are volunteers and none of them work on it full-time. As an insider myself, I’ve wanted to launch a series of interviews with the many awesome people I’ve met since I started contributing. So who better to start with than our own benevolent dictator, GIMP maintainer, and the biggest code contributor: Michael Natterer, aka “mitch”.

This interview was held on Friday, February 3, 2017 at around 3AM in front of a fireplace and after a day of hacking at Wilber Week. With us were several team members, including Michael Schumacher (schumaml (S)) and Øyvind Kolås (pippin (P)), who also asked questions.

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KDE and Qt News

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KDE
Software
  • KDAB contributions to Qt 5.8

    And here we are again, with the usual showcase of the most outstanding contributions to Qt 5.8 developed by KDAB engineers.

  • KStars 2.7.5 is released for MacOS and Windows

    I'm very excited to announce the release of KStars 2.7.5 for MacOS and Windows!

    This is the first official KStars release for MacOS 10.11+, and while we made sure to test it thoroughly, please treat it as a beta release and report any bugs to the KDE bug tracking website.

  • [Krita] Interview with Guilherme Silveira Dias

    I flow between the frugal pal who can still find a creative way of making art even when the limitations get worse; And the bon vivant of me and my father at art supplies stores like they were literally our home sweet home. My current notebook is a shabby 32GB onboard flash-disk that barely allows me to draw in a screen sized canvas with Krita Gemini. Yes, I’m using a touch screen pen because my notebook ignores and treats my Intuos 2 as a mouse. So I’m having a much better experience with my tiny android phone with its drawing apps. One of those apps, Autodesk Sketchbook, under my circumstances now, is my only choice for 2D Digital Painting. Good stuff, bought it and am making comics with it!!! Hahahaha.

  • Danbooru Client 0.6.1 released

    It offers a convenient, KF5 and Qt5-based GUI coupled with a QML image view to browse, view, and download images hosted in two of the most famous Danbooru boards (konachan.com and yande.re).

  • Qt Installer Framework 2.0.5 released

    We’re happy to release Qt Installer Framework 2.0.5.

    2.0.5 is a bug fix release, the full list of bug fixes can be found from Changelog.

  • Heaptrack v1.0.0 Release
  • New in Qt 5.8: meta-object support for namespaces

    A small new feature that was added to Qt 5.8 is the ability for moc (Qt’s meta-object compiler) to extract meta-object information at the namespace level. This means, for instance, that you can have introspection support for enumerations defined in a namespace (not just in QObject subclasses, or classes tagged with Q_GADGET), and use such enumerations in QtScript, QtDBus and QML.

  • Okular Form Field auto-updating (Work In Progress)
  • Release of KIMAP2 0.1.0

    I’m pleased to announce the release of KIMAP2 0.1.0.

    KIMAP2 is a KJob based IMAP protocol implementation.

  • Release of KAsync 0.1.0

    I’m pleased to announce KAsync 0.1.0.

    KAsync is a library to write composable asynchronous code using lambda-based continuations.

  • KDE Wikis: where should I write?

    I’ve seen as well an awesome tutorial being published on Planet KDE, with a very wrong address.

Leftovers: Software and Games

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Software
  • There’s now an Arc Theme for the Telegram messaging app

    This Arc Telegram theme means users of the Arc GTK theme can now theme the Telegram messaging app to better blend in with their desktop.

  • GooBook – Access Your Google Contacts From Commandline In Linux

    My work relies mostly on Google products. I use Google docs for managing documents, Gmail for sending and receiving mails, Google Drive for storing my personal data, Google play books for reading books, google translate for translation. I was wondering if there is any way to access my google contacts from Commandline. I know how to access to use it from a graphical desktop, but not from Commandline. Here is an useful and handy utility called GooBook that allows you to access your Google contacts from commandline. The main purpose of Goobook is to access google contacts from commandline or a command line Email client like Mutt.

  • OpenPics – An Electron based Free Stock Image App for Linux

    Pictures are our everyday needs. We use personal and online images for various personal and professional purpose, but often online images, create lots of legal issues.

    There are so many people trying to serve the need of such people through Copy Right Free images online, but the exact need of the image seeker and what is available does not match due to limited images in a single platform.

  • GNOME ‘Games’ App Scores Better Video Output, More Libretro Cores

    GNOME 3.24 will shortly be upon us, bringing with the first stable release of the (rather spiffy) Games app.

    Games, if you’re not familiar with it, and as it’s not available in the Ubuntu archives you might not be, is sort of like a music player but for your video games library.

    You can use the app to browse, search, filter, find and quickly play your existing games and ROMs.

  • I finally completed Half-Life 2 on Linux and it was quite the experience

    Yes, ~13 years after release I have finally finished it. Although, let’s be fair, it’s only been ~3 years since it released on Linux and I have had a lot of other games to keep up with. Still, I wanted to see what all the fuss is about and why people want Half-Life 3 so badly, so I powered through the entirety of Half-Life 2 during a few livestreams.

Fake News From Fossbytes and Techworm

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Wine 2.3 Released

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Software
  • Wine 2.3 Released with Mortal Kombat X, Kholat and The Witcher 3 Improvements

    The Wine development team announced the availability of a new development release of the open-source and cross-platform application that lets Linux and Mac users install and use games and apps made only for Microsoft Windows operating systems.

    Wine 2.3 is now the newest development release, the third of its kind after the release of the major Wine 2.0 stable series earlier this year. Prominent features include improvements to ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) support on 64-bit platforms, more Shader Model 5 instructions, and additional work on the Direct3D command stream.

  • Wine 2.3 Released, Still Prepping For The Direct3D CSMT

    Wine 2.3 is out as the latest bi-weekly development snapshot.

  • Wine 2.3 Released

    The Wine development release 2.3 is now available.

  • Wine 2.3 released with more Direct3D command stream and Shader Model 5 work

    Wine 2.3 has officially released today and the developers are continuing their work to improve Wine performance and work on Shader Model 5.

    For those of you that don't know what "Direct3D command stream" means, it's multithreading to improve performance of games ran in Wine with OpenGL.

Kube 0.1.0

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KDE
Software
  • Release of Kube 0.1.0

    It’s finally done! Kube 0.1.0 is out the door.

    First off, this is a tech preview really and not meant for production use.

  • So what is Kube? (and who is Sink?)

    Kube is further developed in coordination with Roundcube Next, to achieve a consistent user experience across the two interfaces and to ensure that we can collaborate while building the UX.

    A roadmap has been available for some time for the first release here, but in the long run we of course want to go beyond a simple email application. The central aspects of the the problem space that we want to address is communication and collaboration as well as organization. I know this is till a bit fuzzy, but there is a lot of work to be done before we can specify this clearly.

  • KDE's Kube Mail/PIM Client Does Its First Tech Preview Release

    Today marks the release of KDE's new Kube 0.1 project, the first tech preview (pre-production) release of this experimental Kontact based on Qt Quick and Akonadi-Next.

    Kube is self-described by its GitHub repository as "a personal information and collaboration application currently in its early stages of development. It uses Sink for data access and synchronization, and leverages the KDE PIM codebase where possible."

Leftovers: Software

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Software
  • Smartphone App: G Translator Pro another Multi-language translator app released on Tizen Store

    Another new Multi-language support translator app is now available on Tizen store named ‘G Translator Pro’, added by Mobiteka group, and it uses the translator services provided by the Google Translate API. Read on to see which features we can use in this app.

  • 13 reasons not to use Chrome
  • Mozilla and BrowserStack Partner to Drive Mobile Testing on Real Devices

    At Mozilla a fundamental part of our beliefs is that all websites should work equally well across all browsers and all devices. The Internet should just work everywhere, flawlessly, with no questions asked. We’re therefore really happy that, as of this week, the BrowserStack team is launching a mobile test capability for Firefox browser products and a unique offering – one year of free testing on Firefox mobile browsers on BrowserStack’s Real Device Cloud. In addition, developers can test Firefox browsers on different desktop operating systems for free for 30 days.

    We know that today the majority of web content consumption and activity is on mobile. That’s what makes BrowserStack’s new Firefox test capability so important for web developers trying to build web compatible mobile sites. And helping developers be more successful with their sites is great for users too, and for Mozilla.

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    Linus Torvalds has announced the Linux 4.11-rc4 kernel this evening.