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  • Vim 8.0 released
  • MKVToolNix 9.4.2 Free MKV Manipulation App Improves the AVC and HEVC Readers

    On September 11, 2016, MKVToolNix developer Moritz Bunkus released the first maintenance update to the major 9.4 series, version 9.4.1, with various improvements to the mkvmerge component, and several bug fixes.

    MKVToolNix 9.4.1 is dubbed "Black Rain," and, according to the release notes, it looks like it adds many improvements to the mkvmerge tool, a component that lets users merge MKV files with different audio, video, or subtitle streams. For example, the HEVC parser, MP4 reader, and AAC reader received various fixes.

  • qBittorrent 3.3.7 Free BitTorrent Client Removes KickassTorrents Search Engine

    A new stable version of the open-source, free, and cross-platform qBittorrent BitTorrent client used in Linux, Mac, and Windows computers was released on September 11, 2016.

    qBittorrent 3.3.7 comes one and a half months after the launch of the previous maintenance update, namely qBittorrent 3.3.6, and, according to the release notes, it only adds a single feature, fixes four annoying issues reported by users since then, and updates the search functionality.

  • Orion Is a Qt/QML Twitch desktop Client That I’d Love To Try

    It feels a little bit mean to write about an app that I know most of you won’t get to try anytime soon. But when I saw Orion, a Qt-based Twitch desktop app, surface on Reddit this evening I …I felt like I had to mention it here.

Leftovers: Software

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  • Dstat – Versatile resource statistics tool for Linux

    Dstat – versatile tool for generating system resource statistics & replacement for vmstat, iostat, netstat and ifstat. Dstat is another handy tool for monitoring systems during performance tuning tests, benchmarks or troubleshooting. It overcomes some of other tools limitations and adds some extra features, more counters and flexibility.

    I really impressed by dstat utility when analyzing the tool to prepare the article. I excited then i dig into deep on dstat utility usage, wow! awesome features which i didn’t find any performance monitoring tools.

    You can monitor additionally MySQL database activity, batter percentage info for laptop, number of dbus connections, fan speed, nfs utility, postfix, system temperature sensors, power usage, etc,., more & more. I personally advise every administrator to give a try, which will help you to improve the troubleshooting skill a lot.

  • PostfixAdmin 3.0

    I just released the long awaited PostfixAdmin 3.0.

  • Samba 4.5 Is a Massive Release That Improves Security, Adds Many New Features

    Samba 4.5 has been released and it is the latest, newest stable branch of the widely-used, free, cross-platform, and open-source software project that re-implements the SMB/CIFS networking protocol on UNIX-like platforms.

    Samba is being used by default in numerous, if not all GNU/Linux operating systems, as well as on Apple's macOS, to allow users to access network shares from other computers that run Microsoft Windows, and interact with them to exchange any file format that exists today.

  • The new v40 TrueType interpreter mode

    FreeType 2.7 ships the new v40 TrueType instructions interpreter version enabled by default. It finally brings DirectWrite/ClearType-like rendering to the screen, or ‘subpixel hinting’ as some FreeType code calls it. Actually, there is no subpixel hinting.

Wine-Staging 1.9.18

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  • Release 1.9.18

    The Wine Staging release 1.9.18 is now available.

  • Wine-Staging Adds 1D Textures For D3D10/D3D11

    There is finally a new Wine-Staging version with release notes to talk about for this more-experimental version of Wine.

  • Wine Staging 1.9.18 Adds Experimental Support for 1D Textures in D3D10 and D3D11

    After being away since June, the Wine Staging development team is back to announce the new features incorporated in the latest version of the open-source software that let's users run Windows apps and games on their Linux boxes, Wine Staging 1.9.18.

    Based on the recently released Wine 1.9.18, Wine Staging 1.9.18 is here to bring you all the neat features and improvements implemented in the respective development version of Wine, such as the ability to support multiple kernel drivers in only one process, improvements to the WebServices reader, and better joystick support.

Leftovers: Software

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

    Cool-retro-term is a free terminal emulator developed by Filippo Scognamiglio, it mimics the look and feel of the old cathode tube screens. If you are tired of your current terminal than it comes in hand as eye-candy, it is customizable and reasonably lightweight terminal emulator. It uses the Konsole engine which is powerful and mature, it requires Qt 5.2 or higher to run terminal emulator.

  • Skype for Linux Alpha 1.7 released with fixes related to behavior of unread messages [Ed: Microsoft media is lying; "some Linux love," they say. Microsoft bought Skype WITH Linux support, took it away and added surveillance. Now it's revisionism's time, a new PR strategy.]
  • Skype for Linux 1.7 Alpha brings unread message fixes and more
  • Vivaldi 1.4 Released With Theme Scheduling

    Vivaldi, the web browser aimed at power users, was updated to version 1.4 (stable) today. There aren't as many changes as in the previous release, but a few interesting improvements.

  • Blocking Big Brother with Senji Security

    Senji is an app that takes an interesting, innovative approach to security and privacy. Normally, when you upload information to the “cloud” (anyone else sick of the term yet?), you are trusting the encryption and practices, or lack thereof, of the provider of said cloud. You are trusting that they don’t snoop on your data (they do), or that they won’t turn over your information if the NSA so much as sneezes in their direction (they will). You’re also trusting that even if your information is encrypted, it’s not decrypted on certain servers once it arrives (it probably is). Now, there are some really good OTR (off the record) cloud storage providers out there where you can store your information with zero knowledge (SpiderOak comes to mind), but once again, you have to trust that they’re doing what they say they’re doing (personally, I do, but that’s mainly because the place isn’t run by my older brother).


    As far as GNU/Linux is concerned, it is a stretch goal of theirs—they’ll implement a G/L client if they get $70,000. I’ve decided to do a write-up of this even though G/L isn’t included out-of-the-box because they are working on an Android client which I think at least mostly fits the bill. Also, since the code is open sourced I’m sure if some enterprising G/L individuals wanted to, they could bang something out for us penguin folks in due time (with Senji’s permission of course, I don’t think the code is Free, as in Libre).

  • AdobeAir is now available for Ubuntu 16.04/14.04/12.04/Linux Mint 18/17/13 [Updated]

    The Adobe Air runtime enables developers to package the same code into native apps for desktop operating systems as well as for smartphone such as Android devices, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet, and other devices, reaching the mobile app stores for over 500 million devices.
    With Adobe Air you can build stunning, blazing-fast cinematic 2D and 3D games for the browser, iOS, and Android™. Use fully accelerated GPU rendering, which leverages the power of OpenGL and DirectX graphics. It give developers the ability to call into their native, platform-specific code using AIR native extensions. Free sets of native libraries are available through the Adobe Game Developer Tools to further empower developers.

Leftovers: Software

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  • Wireshark 2.2 — New Stable Release of Open-Source Network Analyzer

    A new stable release of Wireshark, the nifty network sniffing tool, is now available for download. You may recall the app from the Ubuntu “Spyware” saga. Wireshark was among the tools used to inspect packets/searches travelling from the Unity Dash and back.

  • Which Is The Best Compression Tool For Linux?

    Before looking at a more detailed test I wanted to try each compression tool against a single file type so that we could see how each tool handles the file in question.

  • TigerVNC 1.7 Released

    TigerVNC 1.7 was released today as the newest version of this open-source, high-performance, cross-platform VNC implementation.

  • Calibre 2.67 eBook Manager and Viewer Supports Kobo Aura One Firmware Version 4

    On September 8, 2016, Calibre developer Kovid Goyal announced the release of a new maintenance update for his popular, free, open-source and cross-platform ebook library management software.

    Calibre 2.67 is now the most stable and advanced version of the application, and among the new features it includes we can mention an updated Kobo driver that supports Kobo Aura One e-book reader's firmware version 4, support for reading more image formats as covers, and support for displaying book counts on the Tag Browser's right edge.

  • Official Spotify App for Linux Updated, Can Open SpotifyURLs Again

    A new version of the official Spotify desktop app rolled out last week. The update, which bumps the version number to v1.0.37, features just one notable Linux-specific fix: support for opening/playing albums, artists and tracks using Spotify URLs. Revolutionary, man.

  • KDE Applications 16.08.1 Software Suite Released for the KDE Plasma 5.7 Desktop

    Today, September 8, 2016, the KDE developers published the first point release of the KDE Applications 16.08 software suite for the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment.

    KDE Applications 16.08.1 is here right on time for the last maintenance update to the KDE Plasma 5.7 series, version 5.7.5, which should be out on September 13, 2016, according to the official release schedule, and it brings, as expected, multiple improvements to many of the included KDE apps and components, along with the Long Term Support (LTS) version of KDE Development Platform 4.14.20.

Wireshark 2.2

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  • Wireshark 2.2 Released

    Wireshark 2.2 features "Decode As" improvements, the various UIs now support exporting packets as JSON, there is new file format decoding support, and a wide range of new protocol support. New protocol coverage includes Apache Cassandra, USB3 Vision Protocol, USIP protocol, UserLog protocol, Zigbee Protocol Clusters, Cisco ttag, and much more.

  • Wireshark 2.2.0 Is Out as the World's Most Popular Network Vulnerability Scanner

    Today, September 7, 2016, the development team behind the world's most popular network protocol analyzer, Wireshark, proudly announced the release of a new major stable version, namely Wireshark 2.2.

    After being in development for the past couple of months, Wireshark 2.2.0 has finally hit the stable channel, bringing with it a huge number of improvements and updated protocols. For those of you who never heard of Wireshark, we want to remind them that it's an open-source network vulnerability scanner used by security researchers and network administrators for development, analysis, troubleshooting, as well as education purposes.

Samba 4.5.0

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  • GNOME Core Apps Hackfest
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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Puppet Unveils New Docker Build and Phased Deployments
    Puppet released a number of announcements today including the availability of Puppet Docker Image Build and a new version of Puppet Enterprise, which features phased deployments and situational awareness. In April, Puppet began helping people deploy and manage things like Docker, Kubernetes, Mesosphere, and CoreOS. Now the shift is helping people manage the services that are running on top of those environments.
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    At LinuxCon Europe in Berlin I gave a talk about Kubernetes titled "Why I love Kubernetes? Top 10 reasons." The response was great, and several folks asked me to write a blog about it. So here it is, with the first five reasons in this article and the others to follow. As a quick introduction, Kubernetes is "an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling and management of containerized applications" often referred to as a container orchestrator.
  • Website-blocking attack used open-source software
    Mirai gained notoriety after the Krebs attack because of the bandwidth it was able to generate — a record at well over 600 gigabits a second, enough to send the English text of Wikipedia three times in two seconds. Two weeks later, the source code for Mirai was posted online for free.
  • Alibaba’s Blockchain Email Repository Gains Technology from Chinese Open Source Startup
    Onchain, an open-source blockchain based in Shanghai, will provide technology for Alibaba’s first blockchain supported email evidence repository. Onchain allows fast re-constructions for public, permissioned (consortium) or private blockchains and will eventually enable interoperability among these modes. Its consortium chain product, the Law Chain, will provide technology for Ali Cloud, Alibaba’s computing branch. Ali Cloud has integrated Onchain’s Antshares blockchain technology to provide an enterprise-grade email repository. Onchain provides the bottom-layer framework for Ali Cloud, including its open-source blockchain capabilities, to enable any company to customize its own enterprise-level blockchain.
  • Netflix on Firefox for Linux
    If you're a Firefox user and you're a little fed up with going to Google Chrome every time in order to watch Netflix on your Linux machine, the good news is since Firefox 49 landed, HTML5 DRM (through the Google Widevine CDM (Content Decryption Manager) plugin) is now supported. Services that use DRM for HTML5 media should now just work, such as Amazon Prime Video. Unfortunately, the Netflix crew haven't 'flicked a switch' yet behind the scenes for Firefox on Linux, meaning if you run Netflix in the Mozilla browser at the moment, you'll likely just come across the old Silverlight error page. But there is a workaround. For some reason, Netflix still expects Silverlight when it detects the user is running Firefox, despite the fact that the latest Firefox builds for Linux now support the HTML5 DRM plugin.
  • IBM Power Systems solution for EnterpriseDB Postgres Advanced Server
    The primary focus of this article is on the use, configuration, and optimization of PostgreSQL and EnterpriseDB Postgres Advanced Server running on the IBM® Power Systems™ servers featuring the new IBM POWER8® processor technology. Note: The Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.2 operating system was used. The scope of this article is to provide information on how to build and set up of PostgreSQL database from open source and also install and configure EnterpriseDB Postgres Advanced Server on an IBM Power® server for better use. EnterpriseDB Postgres Advanced Server on IBM Power Systems running Linux® is based on the open source database, PostgreSQL, and is capable of handling a wide variety of high-transaction and heavy-reporting workloads.
  • Valgrind 3.12 Released With More Improvements For Memory Debugging/Checking
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  • Chain Launches Open Source Developer Platform [Ed: If it’s openwashing, then no doubt Microsoft is involved]
  • LLVM Still Looking At Migration To GitHub
    For the past number of months the LLVM project has been considering a move from their SVN-based development process to Git with a focus on GitHub. That effort continues moving forward.
  • Lumina Desktop 1.1 Released With File Manager Improvements
    Lumina is a lightweight Qt-based desktop environment for BSD and Linux. We show you what's new in its latest release, and how you can install it on Ubuntu.
  • Study: Administrations unaware of IT vendor lock-in
    Public policy makers in Sweden have limited insight on how IT project can lead to IT vendor lock-in, a study conducted for the Swedish Competition Authority shows. “An overwhelming majority of the IT projects conducted by schools and public sector organisations refer to specific software without considering lock-in and different possible negative consequences”, the authors conclude.
  • How open access content helps fuel growth in Indian-language Wikipedias
    Mobile Internet connectivity is growing rapidly in rural India, and because most Internet users are more comfortable in their native languages, websites producing content in Indian languages are going to drive this growth. In a country like India in which only a handful of journals are available in Indian languages, open access to research and educational resources is hugely important for populating content for the various Indian language Wikipedias.
  • Where to find the world's best programmers
    One source of data about programmers' skills is HackerRank, a company that poses programming challenges to a community of more than a million coders and also offers recruitment services to businesses. Using information about how successful coders from different countries are at solving problems across a wide range of domains (such as "algorithms" or "data structures" or specific languages such as C++ or Java), HackerRank's data suggests that, overall, the best developers come from China, followed closely by Russia. Alarmingly, and perhaps unexpectedly, the United States comes in at 28th place.

OSS in the Back End

  • AtScale Delivers Findings on BI-Plus-Hadoop
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