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Oracle Releases VirtualBox 5.0.18, Adds Initial Support for Linux Kernel 4.6

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Just a few moments ago, April 18, 2016, Oracle published a new update for its acclaimed VirtualBox open-source and multiplatform virtualization software, version 5.0.18.

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  • Cross-Platform Music Player `Clementine` 1.3.0 Released With Vk.com And Seafile Support

    After a year of development, Clementine 1.3.0 was released recently, bringing Vk.com and Seafile support along with various other improvements and bug fixes.

  • Zbackup 1.5.0 Alpha Has Been Released. Install It On Ubuntu Or Arch Linux Now

    As you may know, zbackup is a globally-deduplicating tool that uses rsync. When you feed a large .tar archive into it, the software will store duplicate regions on it only once and reuse it, when needed. This way, if the files are not very different, the storage required is very low.

  • XiX Music Player 0.97.106 Has Been Released

    As you may know, XiX Music Player is an open-source lightweight music player that has support for most popular architectures, including ARM, therefore works well on both Linux and Raspberry Pi Systems.

  • 17 Excellent Open Source Linux Note Takers

    It has often been said that information confers power, and that the most important currency in our culture today is information. Keeping track of bits and pieces of information is a minefield. In part, this is because of my passable short term memory, coupled with what can only be described as 'brain fog'. To combat this, I arm myself with open source software that helps me efficiently capture a lot of information. I generally prefer to keep my information local and cloud-free, primarily for security reasons.

    There is a wide range of competent note taking software for Linux, and this article seeks to cover the finest open source solutions. I have compiled this roundup of my pick of 17 excellent note applications for organizing, sharing, and taking notes. Besides the basic note-taking functionality, the software featured here provides a good array of advanced features. I strongly believe in open source software; all of the applications listed here are released under a freely distributable license.

  • Opera Beta Adds New Video Pop Out Feature

    The latest Opera beta adds a cool new feature across all supported desktops: video pop out. This feature allows shifting the video frame outside the browser, the goal being to allow "true multitasking".

    The new video pop out feature skipped the Opera developer channel, landing directly into beta, as a surprise for Opera users. This feature only supports HTML5 videos so it won't work with Flash.

  • Paradox posts pictures of Hearts of Iron IV development on Linux

    It’s no secret that Paradox Interactive has been on the forefront of Linux gaming as both a publisher and developer of games. However, it’s still exciting to see screenshots of Linux on official development posts, especially when the contents of the posts themselves are pretty interesting.

    For those unaware, Hearts of Iron IV is the latest instalment of Paradox Development Studio’s WW2 themed grand strategy game, which has been in development for some time and seen a number of delays. Release does seem close now though, as shown in an article published by BTRE.

  • Road to Xfce 4.14

    The looong road to xfce 4.14. I hope you still want some news about Xfce !

  • GNOME Twitch 0.2.0 Adds Chat Feature (Ubuntu PPA)

    GNOME Twitch was updated to version 0.2.0 recently, adding a much needed chat feature, along with various user interface improvements and bug fixes.

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  • MPV: An Open-Source Mplayer Based Video Player for Ubuntu/Linux Mint (PPA)

    MPV video player is forked from mplayer2 and MPlayer, MPV supports wide variety of audio and video file formats. It offers some of the features with the former project while introducing many more. It is an command-line video player as well as offers GUI, it is lightweight and cross-platform available for Linux, Mac and Windows. From command line MPlayer's options parser was improved to behave more like other CLI programs, and many option names and semantics were reworked to make them more intuitive and memorable.

  • NetSurf Web Browser 3.5 released
  • Universal Install Script by XKCD – Combat test

    Several days ago, I was gazing at the Universal Install Script comic by Randall Munroe, wondering if he may not have solved all the world’s problems, save for the usual famine, war, poverty, education, corruption, and so on. But there’s a certain appeal to having THE one script to rule them all, and in BASH-ness bind them. Yes, I was bored, so I thought, let’s try it out.

  • [MythTV] Release Notes - 0.28
  • MythTV 0.28 Has Been Released, Bringing A Lot Of Fixes And New Features

    As you may know, MythTV is an digital video recorder application. It is ideal for watching and recording television programs and has many plugins that can increase Myth-TV’s power.

  • Brackets An Open Source Text/Code Editor By Adobe Developers
  • Atom 1.7.1 Has Been Released

    As you may know, Atom is an open-source, multi-platform text editor developed by GitHub, having a simple and intuitive graphical user interface and a bunch of interesting features for writing: CSS, HTML, JavaScript and other web programming languages. Among others, it has support for macros, auto-completion a split screen feature and it integrates with the file manager.

  • Modernizing AbiWord code

    Nonetheless, when AbiWord started in 1998, it was meant as a cross-platform code base written in C++ that had to compile on both Windows and Linux. C++ compiler where not as standard compliant as today so a lot of things where excluded: no template, so not standard C++ library (it was called STL at the time). Over the years, things have evolved, Mac support was added, gcc 4 got released (with much better C++ support), and in 2003 we started using template for the containers (not necessarily in that oder, BTW). Still no standard library. This came later. I just flipped the switch to make C++11 mandatory, more on that later.

  • Cool-Retro-Term is a great Mimic of old Command Lines, Install in Ubuntu/Linux Mint

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  • Apache HTTP Server 2.4.20 Updated for HTTP/2

    Now with the new Apache HTTP 2.4.20 update, there are some incremental improvements, most notably in HTTP2 support.

  • Introducing AppStream-Generator

    Since mid-2015 we were using the dep11-generator in Debian to build AppStream metadata about available software components in the distribution.

  • Volumio2 Release Candidate

    Last night I found time to finally install the first release candidate of Volumio 2, my preferred audio player software. This is more exciting than it sounds, because when I read the blogpost last summer that Volumio is going to be completely rewritten, with replacing the base technologies, I was a bit afraid that this will be one of the last bits that we heard from this project. Too many cool projects died after famous last announcements like that.

  • Calibre 2.55 eBook Viewer and Converter Adds New Rules, Settings, News Sources

    Kovid Goyal, the developer of the open-source and cross-platform Calibre ebook library management software, has announced today, April 15, 2016, the release of the Calibre 2.55 update for all supported platforms.

  • Clementine 1.3 Free Music Player Is a Massive Release with over 150 Changes

    The final release of the Clementine 1.3 open-source and multiplatform music player software has debuted today for all supported operating systems, bringing dozens of new features and improvements over previous versions.

  • Gammu 1.37.2

    Yesterday, Gammu 1.37.1 and Gammu 1.37.2 have been released. As usual it collects bug fixes and minor improvements.

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Wine 1.9.8 Released with Better Support for DirectX10 Games, Mono Engine Fixes

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The Wine developers have just announced today, April 15, 2016, the release of the eighth milestone towards the 2.0 stable branch of the free implementation of Windows on Unix software.

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Also: Wine 1.9.8 Lands More D3D Command Stream Prep Work

New ownCloud

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  • ownCloud 9.0 Enterprise Edition Arrives with Extensive File Control Capabilities

    ownCloud, Inc. has had the great pleasure of announcing the availability of the Enterprise Edition (EE) of its powerful ownCloud 9.0 self-hosting cloud server solution.

    Engineered exclusively for small and medium-sized business, as well as major organizations and enterprises, ownCloud 9.0 Enterprise Edition is now available with extensive file control capabilities and all the cool new features that made the open-source version of the project famous amongst Linux users.

  • Is there a need for open source file sharing?

    Want a solution like Box, Dropbox or Egnyte but one you can deploy everywhere? Feel passionate about open source and want to leverage a community solution? ownCloud might just have something for you.

    ownCloud offers an on-premises enterprise file access platform, but one which is an open source solution. The company firmly pitches its wares with stated differentiation through openness, modular architecture, extensibility and federated sharing abilities. So are they onto something here?

Leftovers: Software

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  • How to use Darktable as a digital darkroom
  • Diggin’ the crates

    For a small team, GNOME design generates a huge amount of work. While we try to publicise as much of it as possible, not everything gets blogged about. In this post, I’m going to present design material from our archives that hasn’t featured in a blog post previously, and which you might not have encountered before. A lot of it is for less critical applications which, while interesting and important, aren’t the core focus of our activities.

  • Chromium Browser on xdg-app

    So, while Joaquim and Rob were working on the GNOME Software related bits and discussing aspects related to Continuous Integration with the rest of the crowd, I spent some time learning about xdg-app and trying to get Chromium to build that way which, unsurprisingly, was not an easy task.

  • Google Promotes Chrome 50 to the Stable Channel for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows

    Earlier, April 13, 2016, Google has promoted the Chrome 50 web browser to the stable channel for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

  • Thunderbird 45.0 has been released

    Mozilla has released an update to the desktop email client Thunderbird that brings the version of the program to Thunderbird 45.0.

    It is a major update of the application which has been on life support ever since Mozilla decided to hand over development to the community in 2012 and use freed up resources for other projects.

  • Vim 8.0 Will See GTK3 Support, Async I/O, Jobs & More

    Vim 7.4 is still the latest stable series for this popular text editor, but Vim 8.0 development is being worked on and as implied by the version number will see a lot of new functionality.

  • Libav Adds H.264 & MPEG4 Encoders Using OpenMAX IL

    For those still using the FFmpeg-forked Libav project for your multimedia needs, the latest Git code has landed H.264 and MPEG4 encoders using OpenMAX IL.

    I haven't yet seen any reports yet to confirm that the OpenMAX implementation is suitable, but it should be good news for those with the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver stack looking to make use of the AMD VCE encoding engine using the Gallium3D OpenMAX state tracker, among other OpenMAX-supported drivers.

  • gnuplot – command your graphs

    It’s 1990, or thereabouts. Linux is not even a twinkle in Torvalds’ eye and GNU is a six-year old showing real promise. An astrophysics PhD student a few years my senior is sitting at a Sun workstation enthusing about a new plotting program he’s found. It strikes me as being simple yet powerful and also a bit odd. I spend some time learning it, grow to like it and go on to use it to create all the plots in my PhD thesis. But during the late 1990s spreadsheets and other software tools became more powerful and ubiquitous and I fell into using them. However, a quarter of a century later, when writing an article for this very magazine, I stumble across gnuplot again and find, to my amazement, that it’s still being developed and it’s just as odd and useful as it ever was. So, let’s take a look at the curious beast that is gnuplot.

  • FSF Blogs: Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup: April 15th

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Wine 1.8.2

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  • Linux Scales

    The idea behind this tool is to reinforce Linux command-line knowledge through repeated and guided practice in a safe (Docker) environment.

  • Steel: New version of Libsteel, Steel and Steel GUI

    Finally, graphical user interface for Steel is available. For more see downloads.

    Libsteel is updated to version 2.0 including major refactoring of the library. Several small bug fixes where also made.

    Command line version of Steel is also updated to version 1.4. It includes mostly minor changes to make it compatible with libsteel 2.0.

  • Mutt 1.6.0 released
  • Rhythmbox 3.3.1 Music Player Released – Install on Ubuntu and Linux Mint

    Rhythmbox is a free, open source audio player developed by GNOME team to organize digital music in Gnome and other desktop environments using the GStreamer media framework.

  • Grub Customizer 5.0.5 Has Been Released, Coming With Support For Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus LTS
  • Qmmp 1.0.7 Brings Small Changes

    Qmmp is a popular open-source, cross-platform multimedia player, similar to Winamp and written in Qt. It has support for popular multimedia file formats, including MPEG1 layer 2/3, Ogg Vorbis, Ogg Opus, Native FLAC/Ogg FLAC, Musepack, WavePack, WMA, Midi.

  • WeeChat 1.4 Brings New Features And Bug-Fixes

    WeeChat is an open-source, multi-platform lightweight and extensible chat client, having a text user interface only. Having support for scripts and plugins that can be loaded either at startup or dynamically, the app has support for IRC.

  • WebTorrent Desktop Is A New Streaming BitTorrent Client With Chromecast, AirPlay And DLNA Support

    WebTorrent Desktop (beta) is a simple, open source BitTorrent client that lets you stream torrents, available for Linux, Windows and Mac.

  • 21 Excellent Open Source Linux Text Editors

    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, many of the editors included in this article are feature-rich, and can be further extended using plugins and libraries.

    We previously published an article on the best open source editors in 2008. Given the length of time that has elapsed, and the new projects that have come forward, it's prudent to update the article. Here's our updated list of the finest open source editors available for Linux. Naturally, it's largely a matter of preference, but it's extremely likely you'll find your ideal editor below.

  • Vivaldi Browser Sees Its First Stable Release
  • Vivaldi Web Browser Based On Chromium; For Power Users Only!

    Vivaldi is fairly new web browser compare to other famous browsers, the initial release of Vivaldi was in January, 2015. It has improved a lot and evolved since the first release. Basically it is based on the open-source frameworks of Chromium, Blink and Google's V8 JavaScript engine and has a lot of great feature which I will table later.

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  • Rise of Open Cloud Architecture and Over-the-Top (OTT) Network Services
  • Amazon’s Giving Away the AI Behind Its Product Recommendations
    Amazon has become the latest tech giant that’s giving away some of its most sophisticated technology. Today the company unveiled DSSTNE (pronounced “destiny”), an open source artificial intelligence framework that the company developed to power its product recommendation system. Now any company, researcher, or curious tinkerer can use it for their own AI applications.
  • Genode OS Framework release 16.05
    The current release marks the most profound API revision in the project's history. The new API is designed to reinforce the best practices for implementing Genode components. It is the result of countless experiments and the practical experiences made while developing over hundred genuine components during the past ten years.
  • Old projects and the free-software community
    The Community Leadership Summit (CLS) is an annual event for community managers, developer evangelists, people who work on public-facing forums, and those with a general interest in engagement or community development for free-software projects. The 2016 edition was held in Austin, Texas the weekend before OSCON. Several sessions at CLS 2016 dealt with the differences exhibited between old and new free-software projects where community management is concerned. One of those tackled the problem of how to foster community around an older software project, which poses a distinct set of challenges.
  • Thunderbird powered by SoftMaker
    Thunderbird, powered by SoftMaker, is a custom version of the popular email client featuring enhancements that come all in the form of extensions. [...] SoftMaker, a company best known for its SoftMaker Office suite, announced recently that it plans to include the Thunderbird email client into the 2016 version of the office suite.
  • The Document Liberation Project: What we do
    The Document Liberation Project: empowering creators to free their data from proprietary formats.
  • EMC Releases UniK Software for Cloud and IoT App Deployments
  • Microsoft Research Awards Demonstrate Commitment to Open Source [Ed: Microsoft openwashing and claims to be about research rather than cheating, bribery, witch-hunting etc.]
  • The open-source generation gap
    OSI General Manager Patrick Masson was one of the session's attendees, and he pushed back on that last point. There is too much "open-washing" these days, he said, but it does not come from the OSI. There is still only one Open Source Definition; the dilution of the term comes from others who use "open" to describe organizations, workflows, processes, and other things unrelated to software licensing. "We have open hardware and open data, but also 'open cola' and 'open beer.' That blurs over an important distinction. Not everything fits." [...] Among the other points raised during the session, attendees noted that it was important that the community distinguish between minting new project contributors and minting new free-software activists, and that it was important for projects to put a check on flamewar-style debates—particularly those that focus on dismissing certain technologies. It is easy for experienced developers to become attached to a language or framework, but there will always be new languages and projects popping up that are the entry points for new coders. Project members deriding language Y because it is not language X may only serve to tell newcomers that they are not welcome.
  • A discussion on combining CDDL and GPL code
    Within the context of an event dedicated to discussing free and open-source software (FOSS) legalities, such as the Free Software Legal & Licensing Workshop (LLW), the topic of conflicting licenses was bound to come up. The decision by Canonical to start shipping the ZFS filesystem with its Ubuntu server distribution back in February led to a discussion at LLW about distributing the kernel combined with ZFS. Discussions at LLW are held under the Chatham House Rule, which means that names and affiliations of participants are only available for those who have agreed to be identified. This year's LLW was held in Barcelona, April 13-15.
  • Mobile Age: using mobility and open data to include senior citizens in open government
    Helping older European people to be part of the open government process and encouraging their access to civic participation through mobility are the main goals of the Mobile Age project, launched last February.
  • All European scientific articles to be freely accessible by 2020
    And, according to the new Innovation Principle, new European legislation must take account of its impact on innovation. These are the main outcomes of the meeting of the Competitiveness Council in Brussels on 27 May.
  • Council of the European Union calls for full open access to scientific research by 2020
    A few weeks ago we wrote about how the European Union is pushing ahead its support for open access to EU-funded scientific research and data. Today at the meeting of the Council of the European Union, the Council reinforced the commitment to making all scientific articles and data openly accessible and reusable by 2020.
  • Hackaday Prize Entry: An Interface For The Headless Linux System
    Connecting a headless Raspberry Pi to a wireless network can be quite a paradoxical situation. To connect it to the network, you need to open an SSH connection to configure the wireless port. But to do so, you need a network connection in the first place. Of course, you can still get command-line access using a USB-to-UART adapter or the Pi’s ethernet port – if present – but [Arsenijs] worked out a much more convenient solution for his Hackaday Prize entry: The pyLCI Linux Control Interface.
  • RepRap, Open Source and 3DPrinting
    The RepRap project started in 2005 by Adrian Bowyer – “Mister RepRap”, when the patent about this technology expired. 3DPrintings isn’t a new technology, history dates that the first model of stereolithography printing emerged in 1984. The main idea around RepRap projects is to produce 3DPrinters that can auto-replicate most of the parts itself. And in 2006, the RepRap 0.2 successfully printed the first part of itself and in 2008, the first 3d model was printed by an end-user. Currently, the printer more replicated and customized of the 67 printers that are listed on RepRap website, is the Prusa Mendel, the model created by Josef Průša, that was disponibility to the public in 2011 and had a lot of development since.
  • Here is a web interface for switching on your light
    Like I mentioned in a previous post, I wanted to try out a more hackable wifi plug. I got a Kankun “smart” plug. Like the other one I have the software is horrible. The good news is that they left SSH enabled on it.
  • LeMaker Guitar review
    Anyone who has worked with the Compute Module will find the LeMaker Guitar immediately familiar. The system-on-chip processor, an Actions S500, sits alongside 1GB of memory, a combined audio and power management unit, and 8GB of NAND flash storage on an over-sized small-outline DIMM (SODIMM) form factor circuit board. This board then connects to a baseboard, supplied with the Guitar, which provides more accessible connectivity than the SODIMM’s 204 electrical contacts.
  • Open Source Vs Personal Life — Should GitHub Remove Contribution Graph?
    Should GitHub remove contribution graph from the personal profile of the contributors or the developers? This step might be taken for the personal well-being of the developers. Open source is good but personal life cannot be ignored either.

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