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Wine 1.8.6 Stable Release Supports Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 & AMD Radeon HD 6480G

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Today, December 19, 2016, a new stable release of the Wine 1.8 free, open-source and cross-platform implementation of Windows on Unix arrived for GNU/Linux and macOS platforms, versioned 1.8.6.

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GNOME Recipes

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  • GNOME Recipes Serves Up Some New Designs
  • GNOME Wants To Help You Cook With GNOME Recipes

    While Matthias Clasen is usually busy working on GTK+, improving GNOME Wayland support, and other core engineering tasks, recently he's been working on a new GNOME application: GNOME Recipes.

    GNOME Recipes is a recipe viewer for the GNOME desktop. It's not just a UI to some web-based recipe service, but currently they are collecting their own recipes -- via BugZilla in fact. But there is also a request to use WikiBooks recipes as a source for a more diverse selection of recipes and in many different languages.

Leftovers: Software

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  • NetworkManager 1.4.4
  • NetworkManager 1.4.4 Supports Restart Without Connection Disruption, Fixes Bugs

    Lubomir Rintel, one of the developers working on the widely-used open-source network management solution for GNU/Linux distributions NetworkManager, announced the release of NetworkManager 1.4.4.

    NetworkManager 1.4.4 is the latest stable and most advanced build of the software, which should be used by all Linux-based operating systems that prefer this graphical solution for helping users to easily connect to Wi-Fi and wired networks, as well as Point To Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE) or VPN (Virtual Private Network) connections.

  • Top 16 best network monitoring tools for 2016

    Towards the end of 2016 we made a short introduction to network monitoring and we told you about the main characteristics to keep in mind when selecting a network monitoring tool. This was meant for users whose installation couldn’t conform with standard syslog monitoring or standard bandwidths.

  • 4 Essential Tools to Search the Filesystem

    Desktop search is a software application which searches the contents of computer files, rather than searching the internet. The purpose of this software is to enable the user to locate information on their computer that they just cannot seem to find. Typically, this data includes emails, chat logs, documents, contact lists, graphics files, as well as multimedia files including video and audio.

    Searching a hard disk can be slow, especially bearing in mind the large storage capacities of modern hard disks. To ensure considerably better performance, desktop search engines build and maintain an index database. Populating this database is a system intensive activity. Consequently, desktop search engines can carry out indexing when the computer is not being used.

    One of the key benefits of this type of software is that it allows the user to locate data stored on their hard disk almost instantaneously. They are designed to be fast. They are not integrated with a different application, such as a file manager.

  • Don Libes' Expect: A Surprisingly Underappreciated Unix Automation Tool

    In this article, I will attempt to convince you that Expect is an extremely underappreciated tool for automating terminal applications in Unix.

    Why do I feel so strongly about this? Well, if you're like me you know that the best way to make a great impression at a party is to boast about your excellent understanding of the Unix command-line. However, if you really want to be the life of the party, you not only need to show that you know the commands, you must also demonstrate that you can automate everything.

Adobe Needs GNU/Linux

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  • After ignoring Linux for years, Adobe releases Flash 24 for Linux

    Adobe has just released the first final Adobe Flash Player stable release, Flash Player 24, for GNU/Linux in years.

    The company announced back in September 2016 that it would bring back Flash for Linux from the dead. This came as a surprise as it had ignored Linux for the most part when it comes to Flash.

  • Adobe Brings Flash For Linux Back From The Dead (How Cute)

    After years of neglecting to do so, Adobe has now released Flash Player 24 for GNU/Linux. Now Windows, Mac and Linux are being offered the same version of Flash Player for the first time in ages. But considering Flash is already dying a slow and painful death, this might be too little too late.

Leftovers: Software

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  • Trying out Mosh – the Mobile Shell

    Mosh is great for logging into remote shells, but you will still need to use OpenSSH for scp and sftp you will still, as Mosh is optimised for character (and not binary) transport. Which is perfectly fine.

  • My Top 5 Alternatives to Xterm [Ed: a little older]
  • 5 Linux Browsers You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

    While you might be fine sticking with the default browser for your Linux distribution, very often one browser isn’t enough. The default browser might be crashing all the time, or you simply might need more. For such cases you’d better know what the alternatives are.

    For instance, I always have dozens, if not hundreds, of tabs open – for my own projects, for clients’ projects, personal research, etc., and all this in one browser becomes way too much. Also, when I upload files, the browser (usually) remembers the last directory used and opens it directly. This way the next time I upload files from the same directory, I don’t have to search for the directory. All this makes it comfortable to use multiple browsers with different tabs in each of them.

  • INN 2.6.1

    This is a bug-fix and minor feature release over INN 2.6.0. The biggest change is adding support for the new COMPRESS extension. It also fixes various bugs around state changes when negotiating various compression or integrity layers and fixes some issues with nnrpd's validation of newly-posted messages. (Messages with Received and Posted headers are no longer rejected; messages with all-whitespace headers now are.) This release also supports OpenSSL 1.1.0 and fixes an nntpsend bug under systemd.

  • 9 Open Source/Commercial Software for Data Center Infrastructure Management

    When a company grows its demand in computing resources grows as well. It works as for regular companies as for providers, including those renting out dedicated servers. When the total number of racks exceed 10 you’ll start facing issues.

    How to inventory servers and spares? How to maintain a data center in a good health, locating and fixing potential threats on time. How to find the rack with broken equipment? How to prepare physical machines to work? Carrying out these tasks manually will take too much time otherwise will require having a huge team of administrators in your IT-department.

  • LibreOffice 5.3 to Launch with a Microsoft Office-like Ribbon UI

    "LibreOffice is working on a pretty significant overhaul of its interface that would have the productivity suite adopt a new toolbar design similar to the Microsoft Office Ribbon UI."

    At this point, LibreOffice’s new Ribbon-inspired UI is still in the works, but it’s already available in experimental version 5.3 and anyone can see how it looks using the steps below.

  • Comparing Krita packaging size

    Every time a new version of Krita is released I see somewhere a post where someone lists the output of their distribtion package manager and complains about the number of dependencies and the installation size. In the past dependencies used to be a huge problem where the connections between the packages causes a chains of dependencies at which end you e.g. needed install a MySQL server.

Leftovers: Software

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Leftovers: Software

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  • The quest for a great text editor: A brief intro to Notepad++

    Enter Notepad++. Notepad++ is licensed under the GNU Public License (GPL), and the source is available on GitHub. Installation is via a downloadable executable installer. If you're comfortable with Windows Notepad or WordPad, the Notepad++ interface will be very comfortable to you also. The default mode is plain-text, UTF-8 encoded, with Windows line-feeds, and word wrapping turned on—normal Notepad defaults. If that's what you need it for, you're ready to go.

  • Wireshark 2.2.3 Open-Source Network Protocol Analyzer Released with 19 Bug Fixes

    Today, December 15, 2016, the development team behind the world’s most popular network protocol analyzer, Wireshark, announced the general availability of a new maintenance update in the stable 2.2 series of the software.

    That's right, we're talking about Wireshark 2.2.3, the third point release for Wireshark 2.2, which lands approximately one month after the previous maintenance version, and, as expected, it addresses a bunch of bugs and annoyances that have been reported by users since Wireshark 2.2.2.

  • Adobe Finally Releases Flash Player 24 for GNU/Linux Systems, Download Now

    After announcing back in September 2016 the Beta preview of its latest Flash Player technologies for Linux platforms, synced with the Windows and Mac builds, it looks like the Adobe finally released Flash Player 24, for Linux.

    Adobe updated Flash Player Linux for Chromium (PPAPI) and Flash Player Linux for Firefox (NPAPI) to version 24.0.0.186, the same one that's also used on Microsoft Windows and Apple's macOS operating systems, along with Flash Player Linux for Google Chrome and Flash Player for Google's Linux-based ChromeOS.

  • Microsoft to disable most Flash content in its Edge browser [Ed: Microsoft’s Ad Bot thinks malware like Vista 10 is “A-OK”, but not Adobe Trash]
  • Using the command-line calendar and date functions in Linux
  • Kdenlive 16.12 Video Editor Adds Advanced Trimming Tools, Rotoscoping Effect

    The Kdenlive development team announced a new stability version of the open-source video editor designed for KDE Plasma desktop environments, Kdenlive 16.12, released as part of the KDE Applications 16.12 software suite.

    We've already told you all about the goodies and updated KDE apps that have been included in the final release of the KDE Applications 16.12 software suite for KDE Plasma 5 desktops, but it looks like the Kdenlive video editor got its own announcement, and the changes included in this version are quite very interesting.

  • GNOME 3.24 Desktop Environment Getting Improvements for the Notification Applet

    Long-time GNOME developer Allan Day reports on some of the upcoming improvements that are coming to the built-in Notification applet of the GNOME 3 desktop environment.

    The Notification applet you see on your GNOME desktop right now has been introduced in the 3.16 release of the popular project, which is used by default in numerous GNU/Linux distributions. But as nothing in this world is perfect, it looks like its user interface needs some improvements here and there.

  • New GNOME API Key for Google Services

    Recently, a few bugs in evolution-data-server were causing various GNOME components to hit Google’s daily limit for their CalDAV and Tasks APIs. At least evolution, gnome-calendar and gnome-todo were affected. The bugs have since been fixed, but until every single user out there installs the fix, everybody will be susceptible even if they have a fixed copy of evolution-data-server. This is because Google identifies the clients by the OAuth 2.0 API key used to access their services, and not the version of the code running on them.

Leftovers: Software

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  • Bareflank Hypervisor Advances With VMM Isolation, Windows Support

    Back during the summer we wrote about the Bareflank Hypervisor as a new open-source hypervisor written in C++11/14 and served as more of a hypervisor framework. Today the company behind that effort, Assured Information Security, announced a new version of Bareflank.

  • Lightworks 14 Steps Closer To Release, UI Updates & More

    The Lightworks cross-platform video editor for Linux/macOS/Windows is on the verge of a big new release with Lightworks 14.0 while out today is a new beta release.

  • Site Development: Leverage Freely Available Tools

    Are you involved in DevOps and web development, or are you aiming to be? If so, you're probably very aware of many of the tools from the open standards and open source arenas that can make your work easier. Still, these are always spreading out at a fast clip and there are some applications and tools that are rarely discussed. Here at OStatic, we try to regularly update our collections focused on them. In this post, you'll find our newly updated collection of free resources for web development that range from complete online courses available for free to unsung applications.

    Code School's Beginners Guide to Web Development is a good place to start if you are new to the topic. It offers good advice on the basics, including making a plan and creating web pages.

  • Weblate 2.10

    Quite on the schedule, Weblate 2.10 is out today. This release brings Git exporter module, improves support for machine translation services and adds various CSV exports and API interfaces.

  • Vivaldi 1.6 Is Out, World's First Web Browser to Display Notifications in Tabs

    In an unexpected turn of events, it appears that Vivaldi just launched today, December 15, 2016, the final release of the Vivaldi 1.6 web browser, as the team informs Softpedia through an embargoed press release.

    The embargo just expired, so we'd like to invite our readers to read all about the new features bundled in Vivaldi 1.6, which had a very short development cycle, coming only three weeks after the November 22 release of Vivaldi 1.5, an exciting milestone that added support for controlling Philips Hue smart lights.

  • Secure Desktops with Qubes: Extra Protection
  • ValaCAT application current status

    During last weeks I have been working on the application interns and the user interface. I don’t publish anything last week because I was in a festival (Festival Internacional do Mundo Celta de Ortigueira) and I have no internet connection.

    I have create a more Gnome-Shell like UI than the one I show you on the previous mockups and I think that it’s quite cool. I have also created modules to treat with languages, filters and more. You can view and critize the code on the GitHub Repository.

Leftovers: Software

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  • qBittorrent 3.3.9 Open-Source BitTorrent Client Adds New DHT Bootstrap Node

    Today, December 14, 2016, the development team behind the Qt-based, open-source, free, and cross-platform qBittorrent BitTorrent client announced the general availability of the qBittorrent 3.3.8 and 3.3.9 maintenance updates.

    After being in development for the last three months, qBittorrent 3.3.8 is here as the latest and most advanced stable version of the popular torrent and magnet downloader, implementing initial support for newer libtorrent APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) from the upcoming 1.1.x branch, which is currently in development.

  • Essential Utilities: Reclaiming Disk Space

    Linux offers an unsurpassed breadth of open source small utilities that perform functions ranging from the mundane to the wonderful. These tools help make Linux a compelling operating system. This series of articles identifies indispensable open source utilities which make using Linux that bit more special.

    You often hear that disk space is cheap and plentiful. And it's true that a 4TB mechanical hard disk drive currently retails for a little over 100 dollars. But like many users I have moved over to solid-state drives (SSD) as my primary storage. SSD does functionally everything a hard drive does, but helps to make a computer feel more responsive. With a SSD, data is stored on interconnected flash memory chips that retain the data even when there's no power present. SSDs are more expensive than mechanical hard drives in terms of dollar per gigabyte. And SSDs with 4TB capacity are thin on the ground and expensive, so most users settle for lower capacity SSDs.

  • Ghostwriter, an Open-Source Markdown Editor

    Ghostwriter is a free, open-source markdown editor for Linux and Windows. Billed as being ‘distraction free’, the Qt based app doesn’t scrimp on features at the expense of looking minimal and stylish.

  • Crossover 16 for Linux Now Supports 64-bit Windows Apps

    I don’t use WINE, the software layer that lets you run Windows application on Linux, but I know a great many of you do.

    And, as much, you may be interested to hear that a new release of CrossOver, developed by CodeWeavers, is available for download.

Krita 3.1 Released

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  • Krita 3.1 Released!

    Today the Krita team releases Krita 3.1.0 ! Krita 3.1 is the first release that is fully supported on OSX (10.9 and later)! Krita 3.1 is the result of half a year of intense work and contains many new features, performance improvement and bug fixes. It’s now possible to use render animations (using ffmpeg) to gif or various video formats. You can use a curve editor to animate properties. Soft-proofing was added for seeing how your artwork will look in print. A new color picker that allows selecting wide-gamut colors. There is also a new brush engine that paints fast on large canvases, a stop-based gradient editor.

  • KDE's Krita 3.1 Released With Speedups & Improvements

    After the big Krita 3.0 release earlier this year, the crew responsible for this open-source digital painting software aligned with KDE has released Krita 3.1.

  • Krita 3.1 Digital Painting App Officially Released with Many Cool New Features

    A few moments ago, the development team behind the powerful, open-source, free, and cross-platform Krita digital painting software proudly announced the final release of Krita 3.1.

    After being in development for the past few months, Krita 3.1 is now that most advanced version of the application, bringing cool new features like full support for Apple's Mac OS X operating system, as well as the ability to render an animation to MKV, GIF, MP4, or OGG files using the FFmpeg multimedia framework.

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today's leftovers

  • Linux use on Pornhub surged 14% in 2016
    Pornhub is one of the preeminent porn sites on the web. Each year Pornhub releases a year in review post with anonymous details about the site’s users. More and more Linux users are visiting Pornhub, Linux saw an impressive 14% increase in traffic share in 2016.
  • Amdocs partners with Linux Foundation to accelerate OpenECOMP adoption in Open Source
  • Calamares 2.4.6 Distribution-Independent Linux Installer Delivers Improvements
    The Calamares team is proud to announce the availability of the sixth maintenance update to the 2.4 stable series of the open-source, distribution-independent system installer Calamares, for Linux-based operating systems. Calamares 2.4.6 comes approximately two months after the release of the previous version, namely Calamares 2.4.5, and, as expected, it's a bugfix release that only delivers various improvements and bug fixes for some of the issues reported by users during all this time.
  • Shotwell Photo Manager 0.25.3 Released
    Photography fans will be pleased to hear that a new bug-fix release of photo management app Shotwell is now available to download.
  • AntiX 16.1 is available for public
    AntiX is Debian based Linux distribution. It uses lightweight desktop environments like Fluxbox, Icewm, Xfce, etc. This distribution is originated in Greece and is typically ideal for old systems. Few hours ago AntiX team released new version named AntiX 16.1. It is based on Debian Jessie.
  • Tumbleweed Preps for PulseAudio 10, Gets Ruby, Python Updates
    Developers using openSUSE Tumbleweed are always getting the newest packages as well as updated languages and past week’s snapshots delivered update versions of Python and Ruby. The most recent snapshot, 20170112, brought Python 2.x users version 2.7.13, which updated cipher lists for openSSL wrapper and supports versions equal to or greater than OpenSSL 1.1.0. Python-unidecode 0.04.20 was also updated in the snapshot. Another update related to OpenSSL 1.1.0 was PulseAudio 9.99.1, which is a release in preparation for PulseAudio 10.0. PulseAudio 10.0 includes compatibility with OpenSSL 1.1.0, a fix for hotplugged USB surround sound cards and and automatic switching of Bluetooth profile when using VoIP applications.
  • Genode OS Framework Planning For Async I/O, App ABI, Qt5 Plans For 2017
    The Genode Operating System Framework has announced their planned roadmap for this year as the involved developers continue working on this original OS initiative. The overall theme of the Genode OS work in 2017 is to focus on stability and scalability, but there is also much more on their road-map for this calendar year.
  • PrestaShop
    Helping people overcome the challenges of building and growing an online business is what the PrestaShop open-source ecommerce platform is all about. The significant PrestaShop 1.7 release provides innovations focused on three themes: sell faster, create easier and code better.
  • This Week in Spring: Reactor 3.0, Open Source CD, and All Kinds of Cloud

Linux on Servers

  • IBM i Open Source Business Architect Lays Out A Plan
    Enterprise level application development is no place for open source languages. Can you believe it? That was once the widely accepted truth. Jiminy Crickets! Things have changed. The number of the stable open source distributions available with comprehensive support and maintenance goes well beyond common knowledge. Industry giants, successful SMB players, and mom and pop businesses are finding good reasons to use open source. Even IBM uses open source for internal business reasons. There are reasons for you to do the same.
  • Lightning Talk - Realizing the Multi-Cloud Promise of Kubernetes by Blake White, The Walt Disney Co.
  • How Disney Is Realizing the Multi-Cloud Promise of Kubernetes
    The Walt Disney Company is famous for “making magic happen,” and their cross-cloud, enterprise level Kubernetes implementation is no different. In a brief but information-packed lightning talk at CloudNativeCon in Seattle in November, Disney senior cloud engineer Blake White laid out a few of the struggles and solutions in making Kubernetes work across clouds.
  • Puppet Launches its Latest State of DevOps Survey
    Folks who are focused on container technology and virtual machines as they are implemented today might want to give a hat tip to some of the early technologies and platforms that arrived in the same arena. Among those, Puppet, which was built on the legacy of the venerable Cfengine system, was an early platform that helped automate lots of virtual machine implementations. We covered it in depth all the way back in 2008. Fast-forward to today, and Puppet is still making news, creating jobs and more.