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Wine 2.16

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  • Wine Announcement

    The Wine development release 2.16 is now available.

  • Wine 2.16 Released

    Wine 2.16 is now available as the latest bi-weekly development release for running Windows games and applications on Linux and other operating systems.

    Wine 2.16 introduces support for pasting metafiles in RichEdit, better support for grayscale PNGs, support for safety features in library loading, better handling of GdiPlus transforms, DirectWrite rendering improvements, and 19 known bug fixes.

  • Wine 2.16 released with various improvements

Software and Games: Fotoxx, ClipGrab, Axis Football 2017, Nidhogg 2

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  • Fotoxx – A Photo Editor and Collection Manager for Linux

    Fotoxx is an open source image editing and collection manager robust and powerful enough for professional use.

    With a focus on editing images taken with a digital camera, it is excellent at managing large photo collections while packing alongside a thumbnail browser, image search using any meta data and (partial) file names, support for batch operations, RAW file import, and a comprehensive set of edit functions including crop, red-eye removal, among other operations.

  • ClipGrab – Download Video from YouTube, Facebook and Other Sites

    ClipGrab is an open source download application with which you can search for and download videos from several famous websites like YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Dailymotion, etc. It also has an inbuilt video converter to handle formats like MPEG, WMV, and MP3, among others. It features a fairly simple User Interface with a panel to display results of link searches alongside related videos.

    You can grab videos either by searching for them within the application or by pasting the video URL into the URL field. You can also download videos in their original format or convert them to other supported formats using the file format drop-down menu (depending on whether the website you’re downloading from allows the option or not).

  • Some thoughts on Axis Football 2017

    Touting much gridiron action, Axis Football 2017 [Official Site] is the latest installment in the American Football franchise. I took the game for a spin and have a few thoughts to share.

  • The developer behind Nidhogg 2 has detailed some reasons why it may not come to Linux

    Nidhogg 2 [Steam, Official Site], the sequel to the indie hit of 2014 may not come to Linux and the developer has listed reasons why. Hopefully people can help get this going.

Software: LibreOffice 5.4.1, Upterm, QEMU 2.10, Cloud Explorer 11, Neofetch, YouTube-DLG

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  • LibreOffice 5.4.1 Released with Over 100 Bug Fixes

    This is the first minor update since the LibreOffice 5.4 release earlier this month and offers a number of bug fixes and stability improvements.

  • Upterm is Part Terminal Emulator, Part IDE

    Upterm is billed as a ‘terminal emulator for the 21st century’ — a fairly bold claim.

    “An IDE in the world of terminals,” claims the Github project page; “Strictly speaking, it’s both a terminal emulator and an interactive shell based on Electron.”

    I spent some time playing with the app see if it offered anything new. And I’m happy to say it does.

  • QEMU 2.10 Released With Xen 9pfs Support, QCOW2 LUKS Encryption

    QEMU 2.10 is now available as the latest release for this important piece of the open-source Linux virtualization stack.

    QEMU 2.10 adds support for the Xen 9pfs back-end, a few new sub-commands, support for building QEMU without the TCG tiny code generator, support for the VXHS network protocol, QCOW2 now supports LUKS as an encryption format, various architecture-specific improvements, and more. Some of the arch-specific work includes support for enhanced virtual addressing (EVA) on MIPS, shadow registers and migration on OpenRISC, multi-threaded TCG is enabled for PowerPC, support for POWER9 guests with KVM, many s390 TCG code generation improvements, and some x86 enhancements. Those wanting to learn more about Xen 9pfs can do so here.

  • Cloud Explorer 11 is out!

    Cloud Explorer is a powerful Amazon S3 client with unique features. In case you missed it, I was able to talk about it briefly on Coder Radio. One thing that I forgot to mention is that a new release is coming! I am pleased to announce version 11 of Cloud Explorer! This release contains a lot of bug fixes and enhancements. I am always looking for feedback. If you have suggestions, please file an issue on the GitHub page.

  • Neofetch – Shows Linux System Information With ASCII Distribution Logo

    Neofetch is a cross-platform and easy-to-use command line (CLI) script that collects your Linux system information and display it on the terminal next to an image, either your distributions logo or any ascii art of your choice.

    Neofetch is a fast, highly customizable system info script through command line flags or the user config file. There are over 50 config options to play around with. Also it’s allow you to add your own custom info.

  • YouTube-DLG – A GUI App for YouTube-DL Video Downloader

    I am damn sure that a good number of you must be familiar with youtube-dl by now. It’s an open- source cross-platform CLI app for downloading videos from YouTube and a host of many other sites. It is written in Python and released to the public domain for interested parties to use and modify it however they like.

    Famous as it is, one cannot deny that it will be more convenient to have a GUI for it and that’s where YouTube-DL GUI comes in handy.

Software: Bookworm, Allo, Selene Media Converter, and Falkon

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  • Bookworm: A Simple yet Magnificent eBook Reader for Linux

    Bookworm is an open source eBook reader with an easy and simple layout supporting different file formats like epub, pdf, mobi, cbr and cbz. Supporting cbr and cbz files mean that you can also use it for reading comics on Linux.

  • Unofficial Open-Source Allo Desktop Client Bypasses Chrome

    There is a brand new open-source native desktop client for Google’s Allo that solves at least one of the problems users might have with the web application. Namely, it bypasses the Allo for Web app’s reliance on Google’s Chrome browser which has been a problem for some users since the official web client was first released. Allo for Desktop may solve that problem, though it’s not affiliated with Google in any way, meaning there is some risk associated with installing it. Nonetheless, the source code itself has also been made available on GitHub, making the solution relatively transparent.

  • Looking For Media Converter Then Give A Try To Selene Media Converter

    There are various multimedia converters available for Linux, there is no harm to try new application, well this application is not new and been around from quite sometime. Selene media converter lets you convert audio and video files, this software is an ultimate multimedia converting tool, that can solve virtually all your video/audio converting needs. It supports almost every file format that you are likely to come across and can encode them to popular output formats like WAV/MP3/AAC/FLAC/OPUS/MP4/MKV/OGG/OGV/WEBM etc. It aims to provide a simple GUI for converting files to popular formats along with powerful command-line options for automated/unattended encoding.

  • That was quick: Falkon web browser is now available as a Snap app

    The newly-named Falkon web browser is now available for testing on Ubuntu and KDE Neon.

    KDE Neon is adopting Snap packages as its containerised packaging format of choice (sorry Flatpak fans) and with Falkon now under the auspices of KDE its arrival as a Snap app was always a matter of when and not if.

Software: Turtl, Laverna, Tusk, Corebird, FFmpeg, and Handy Backup

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  • Turtl Is An Great Open-Source and Secure Advanced Note Taking Application

    You may have your favorite note taking application on your system but it is good idea to try new applications, you may like it. Turtl is free, open-source and an advanced note taking application which lets you take notes, store sensitive files, bookmark websites, and save passwords securely. It is released under GNU GPL v3 and source code is available on the GitHub, meaning anybody can download and run their own version personally or in their company's intranet. You can use it from sharing passwords to tracking research on an article you are writing, Turtl keeps it all safe from everyone but you and those you share with.

  • Laverna privacy focused note taking app with sync

    The application is open source, and versions of Mac, Windows and Linux are provided currently. These versions use Electron as their base which means that they are quite heavy when it comes to memory usage for instance.

  • Tusk Adds Much Needed Features to Evernote Web App

    Tusk is a new unofficial and open-source Evernote app for Linux, Mac and Windows.

    Built using Electron, Tusk wraps the regular Evernote web app in a traditional desktop window and adds some useful new features to it, like app menus, keyboard shortcuts and optional dark themes.

  • Corebird 1.6 Released with Minor Tweaks

    A modest update to Linux twitter app Corebird is now available. It includes some minor interface tweaks and improves image uploading.

  • FFmpeg Has Seen Some AVX2 Optimizations For VP9 Decoding

    Another GSoC 2017 project worth highlighting now that Google's annual Summer of Code has finished is the AVX2 optimizations being done to the VP9 decoder within FFmpeg.

    Student developer Ilia Valiakhmetov set out to speed-up the VP9 decoder in FFmpeg this summer by writing some hand-tuned Assembly instructions around AVX2. Advanced Vector Extensions 2 instrunctions have been supported since Intel Haswell CPUs and on the AMD side are present with the Excavator and Zen cores.

  • Handy Backup for Linux: Multi-User Operations and Proof-testing with Ubuntu 16.04

    To satisfy this need, Novosoft LLC continues developing a new Handy Backup branch for Linux, creating and testing a newest solution to backup Ubuntu 16.04 server or workstation data. This Linux backup program has a complete compatibility with a Windows backup tool, Handy Backup 7.9.3, and supports some specific Linux backup features, including multi-user operations.

New Free Software for GNU/Linux: Audacious 3.9, Calamares 3.1.3, Weblate

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Krita 3.2.1, Updates Vision and More

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Software: Weblate, LXD, Double Commander, Take a Break

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  • Taking over siphashc for Python

    Since some time we're using siphash algorithm to speed up looking up strings in Weblate. Even though it is used by Python internally, it's not exposed in the standard library so several third party modules appeared in the PyPI. Out of all these siphashc or rather it's Python 3 fork siphashc3 seemed to perform best, so I've started to use that.

  • LXD 2.17 has been released
  • Double Commander – An Excellent Dual Pane File Manager for Linux

    If you have been following our reviews for up to 4 months then you must have come across fman, a present day file manager for power users. It is feature-rich with native support for dual-pane display and a plethora of keyboard shortcuts, among other features.

    Today, I bring you another relatively powerful file manager that is arguably as feature-rich and powerful. It’s called Double Commander.

  • Take a Break – Force Yourself To Take Breaks Away From Your Computer

    Take a Break is a petite application you can use to sort of force yourself to take breaks away from your computer after a configurable work time.

    It works by dividing time into 2 sections: up-time and break-time. Up-time is when your system isn’t active and when that time is up the computer switches to break time during which the screen takes on a handful of display options including screen upside-down, dimmed, and screen saver.

    I have written on Gnome Pomodoro and Go For It which are both nice productivity timer apps, but neither of them forces you to actually go away by locking you out of your workspace. Maybe, Take a Break is what you have been looking for.

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GIMP 2.9.6

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  • GIMP 2.9.6 Released

    After more than a year of hard work we are excited to release GIMP 2.9.6 featuring many improvements, some new features, translation updates for 23 languages, and 204 bug fixes.

    As usual, for a complete list of changes please see NEWS. Here we’d like to focus on the most important changes.

  • GIMP 2.9.6 Released With GEGL Multi-Threading & Better HiDPI Support

    We are one step closer to the long-awaited GIMP 2.10 update with today seeing the newest development release, GIMP 2.9.6.

    With GIMP 2.9.6 being the first official development release in more than one year, it's quite feature heavy. First up, GIMP 2.9.6 is now finally multi-threaded for modern processors! The GEGL implementation now handles multi-threading! They do expect some bug reports to come in, but as a workaround, via the preferences area GIMP can be limited to a defined number of threads. OpenCL support also remains available.

Wine Staging 2.15

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XFree KWin, Plasma, KDE, and Qt/GTK

  • Announcing the XFree KWin project
    Over the last weeks I concentrated my work on KWin on what I call the XFree KWin project. The idea is to be able to start KWin/Wayland without XWayland support. While most of the changes required for it are already in Plasma 5.11, not everything got ready in time, but now everything is under review on phabricator, so it’s a good point in time to talk about this project.
  • Adapta Theme is Now Available for the #KDE Plasma Desktop
    A new port brings the Adapta GTK theme to the KDE Plasma 5 desktop for the first time, news that will please fans of its famous flat stylings.
  • A New Project To Let You Run Qt Apps With GTK+ Windowing System Integration
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  • Ant is a Flat GTK Theme with a Bloody Bite
    Between Arc, Adapta and Numix it kind of feels like Linux has the whole flat GTK theme thing covered. But proving their’s always room for one more is Ant.

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Development: Blockchain for Good Hackathon, ASUS Tinker Board, React License, JavaScript, Pascal, Python

  • Blockchain for Good Hackathon, Saturday, 30 September and Sunday, 1 October
    The Blockchain for Good Hackathon takes place Saturday, 30 September and Sunday, 1 October. Full agenda can be found here.
  • ASUS Tinker Board Is An Interesting ARM SBC For About $60 USD
    Earlier this year ASUS announced the Tinker Board as their first step into the ARM single board computer world. Earlier this month I finally received a Tinker Board for testing and it has been quite interesting to say the least. The Tinker Board with its Rockchip SoC has been among the most competitive ARM SBCs we have tested to date in its price range and the form factor is compatible with the Raspberry Pi.
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  • Facebook to Relicense React Under MIT [Ed: as we hoped [1, 2]]
    Facebook has decided to change the React license from BSD+Patents to MIT to make it possible for companies to include React in Apache projects, and to avoid uncertain relationship with the open source community. Adam Wolff, an Engineering Director at Facebook, has announced that a number of projects - React, Jest, Flow, and Immutable.js – will soon start using the more standard MIT License instead of BSD+Patents. The reason provided is "because React is the foundation of a broad ecosystem of open source software for the web, and we don't want to hold back forward progress for nontechnical reasons." While aware that the React’s BSD+Patents license has created "uncertainty" among users of the library, prompting some to select an alternative solution, Facebook does not "expect to win these teams back" but they still hope some will reconsider the issue. The change in license will become effective when React 16 will be released next week. Regarding other projects, Wolff said that "many of our popular projects will keep the BSD + Patents license for now", while they are "evaluating those projects' licenses too, but each project is different and alternative licensing options will depend on a variety of factors." It seems from this clause that Facebook plans to get rid of the BSD+Patents license entirely, but they need to figure out the best option for each project. [...] Facebook’s plan to switch to a standard license MIT, supported by Apache, completely solves this problem with React and several other projects. It remains to see what happens with the license of other Facebook projects, and how much this license issue has affected how React is perceived by the community.
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  • Plug For PASCAL
  • V. Anton Spraul's Think Like a Programmer, Python Edition

New Manjaro Release

What a week we had. With this update we have removed most of our EOL tagged kernels. Please adopt to newer series of each, when still be used. PulseAudio and Gstreamer got renewed. Also most of our kernels got newer point-releases. Series v4.12 is now marked as EOL. Guillaume worked on Pamac to solve reported issues within our v6 series. The user experience should be much better now. Latest NetworkManager, Python and Haskell updates complete this update-pack. Please report back and give us feedback for given changes made to our repositories. Read more