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  • Nginx 1.12 Released
  • Docker Enterprise Edition Arrives to Help Monetize Open-Source Docker

    Making money from open-source software is not exactly a straightforward proposition, but the poster child for businesses based on open-source code is Red Hat.

    The so-called "Red Hat model" involves charging customers a subscription for a business-ready version of its open-source Linux distribution. This gets customers a certified and maintained release with regular updates and security fixes.

  • Singularity Containers for HPC, Reproducibility, and Mobility

    Containers are an extremely mobile, safe and reproducible computing infrastructure that is now ready for production HPC computing. In particular, the freely available Singularity container framework has been designed specifically for HPC computing. The barrier to entry is low and the software is free.

    At the recent Intel HPC Developer Conference, Gregory Kurtzer (Singularity project lead and LBNL staff member) and Krishna Muriki (Computer Systems Engineer at LBNL) provided a beginning and advanced tutorial on Singularity. One of Kurtzer’s key takeaways: “setting up workflows in under a day is commonplace with Singularity”.

  • Cloud Commander – Web File Manager to Control Linux File and Programs via Browser

    Cloud Commander (cloudcmd) is a simple open source, traditional yet useful cross-platform web file manager with console and editor support.

    It is written in JavaScript/Node.js and enables you manage a server and work with files, directories and programs in a browser from any computer, mobile or tablet.

  • Nylas Mail Client Now Available on Linux

    A Linux version of Nylas Mail, the cross-plaform desktop e-mail client, is available for testing. The open-source app succeeds the old Nylas N1 client, which was discontinued last year. Since we last mentioned the app back in January a few things have changed.

  • Blender 2.79 Is Bringing Performance Improvements, Better OpenCL

    Blender 2.79 is under development and it sounds like this release should be quite exciting for those into performance improvements or better OpenCL support.

    With Blender 2.79, the OpenCL support has improved and should be closer to parity with Blender's CUDA capabilities. The OpenCL Cycles renderer has shorter render times by up to 50% in some cases, tiles are now seen updating while rendering, support for SSS and volume rendering, optimized transparent shadows, and various fixes.

  • GNOME Music: the road to 3.24

    GNOME Music 3.24.1.1 has just been released, a good time to reflect on what has happened last development cycle.

    A goal for Music is to make it an exemplary application of GNOME/GTK+ Python programming and make it an entry-level project for new contributors. However the codebase was a mixture of coding styles and oversized multi-functional classes. Python is a powerful and easily accessible language, but the downside is that it can quickly get out of control if not some constraints are set on how to use it. So we started a rework to split up some of the bigger source files and enforce PEP-8 (code-style) & PEP-257 (docstrings) on new commits and bring existing code in line with it. We are not quite there yet on the clean-up front, but we have come a long way and going forward it is gonna get better.

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  • 11 Recommended Open Source Multi-Platform Astronomy Software

    Astronomy is the branch of science that deals with the study of celestial objects such as stars, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, meteor showers, nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies. Astronomers observe the objects in the night sky to establish their composition and learn more about the origin and structure of the universe.

    Astronomy is a very popular natural science. It’s not only for professional astronomers. The Hubble telescope has been providing superb images since 1990, inspiring more people around the world to take up astronomy as a hobby. There are so many fascinating pursuits to explore. For example, the search for the 9th planet in our solar system, and monitoring Asteroid 2014 JO25, due to fly by Earth on April 19 at a distance of about 1.1 million miles, are just a few current interests of mine.

  • Awesome (And Unofficial) Spotify Web Player for Linux Discontinued

    Spotify Web Player for Linux has been discontinued, with the developer of the unofficial Spotify app citing changes to the music streaming service's backend.

  • Mastodon—The free software, decentralized Twitter competitor

    My life is filled with conundrums.

    One of those conundrums is the fact that I spend a huge amount of my time promoting and advocating free and open-source software. Yet in order to reach a large audience with that advocacy, I end up needing to use social networks (such as Twitter and Google Plus) which are—not free software.

    If I'm going to be speaking at a conference about GNU, Linux and other free software-y topics, I announce it on Twitter. And, perhaps rightly so, my freedom-loving friends toss a little (usually good-natured) mockery my way for doing so.

  • More Screenshots of Firefox’s Photon Redesign Surface Online

    More screenshots of Firefox’s Photon redesign have surfaced online. The new screenshots continue to reveal more details about the upcoming redesign, including the purpose of the library button, the behaviour of side panels, and the new-look main menu.

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  • Changes To Find With The Upcoming Release Of GCC 7

    GCC 7 is expected to see its first stable release this month, GCC 7.1, so here's a look at some of the features to find with this annual feature update to the GNU Compiler Collection.

  • LabPlot 2.4 released

    We are happy to announce the next release of LabPlot!

    The concise list of changes is available in the changelog. In the following we describe the most important new features in more details.

    Beginning with the previous release, LabPlot is available for the Windows platform. Now we further extend the support for different operating systems and starting with this release LabPlot will be available for Mac OS X, too. We’re providing a Mac OS X bundle in our download section.

  • Jeffrey Stedfast: GMime 2.99.0 released
  • MimeKit 1.14 released [Ed: Jeffrey Stedfast is spreading Microsoft infections into GNU/Linux. Is he working for Microsoft along with Xamarin people?]
  • MailKit 1.14 released
  • Vivaldi 1.9 Enters Development, Will Let You Shuffle the Order of Your Add-Ons

    Development of the Vivaldi 1.9 web browser kicked off at the end of this week with the release of the first snapshot, versioned 1.9.804.3, for all supported operating systems.

    Vivaldi Snapshot 1.9.804.3 has over 40 changes, most of which are bug fixes for various regressions from the stable Vivaldi 1.8 series of the cross-platform web browser, but it also brings two new features, such as the ability to shuffle the order of installed extensions and to change the folder where screen captures are stored.

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  • A Powerful Image Editor `Fotoxx` 17.04 Has Been Released

    Fotoxx is powerful, open-source, complex image manipulation tool. It is better editor for those images made with digital camera. It can edit photos and manage a large collection. Includes thumbnail browser/navigator, RAW file import, a comprehensive set of edit functions working in deep color, rapid visual feedback, edit/copy/paste selected image areas, file versioning, batch operations, named collections (views), HDR, stack, panorama, montage, metadata edit and report, image search using any metadata and (partial) file names. It can crop, rotate, flip, resize, red-eye removal, sharpen fuzzy edges, reduce noise in low-light photos, stretch, and distort functionality.

  • Museeks: Better Audio Player For Linux? Find Out By Yourself!

    There are many audio players available for Linux and you may be using your favorite one and might ask why so many audio players, but there is no harm to try new stuff, you may consider it. Museeks a cross-platform, open-source audio player is around since last year (2016) and it is doing great. It is available for Linux, Windows and Mac; written in Node.js, Electron, Flux with Redux and React.js languages and released under MIT license.

  • Resetter: Allows You To Reset Your Ubuntu/Linux Mint To Fresh Installation Stage

    Have you ever been in a situation when you want to reset your Ubuntu/Linux Mint to default but you can't? The only way used to get default is do the complete new installation but now there is an App claims to do factory reset of your Ubuntu/Linux Mint, called Resetter.

  • Open sourcing Wire server code

    The source code of the server components is licensed under AGPL and can be used according to those terms unless otherwise specified for third-party components.

  • The state of open source in Asia [Ed: By Keith Bergelt of OIN (in a patent trolls' Web site]

    While Japanese companies have doubled down on open source software collaboration, including in new areas such as auto, Chinese firms have been slower to embrace it, which risks isolating projects from a key emerging technology centre

  • Take the #HappinessPacketChallenge!

    One of the most important lessons I was taught growing up is to say “thank you” when someone does something nice for you. Many months ago, someone first introduced me to something called Happiness Packets. The idea is simple but powerfully effective. Happiness Packets are like thank-you cards for open source users or contributors. You can send a packet to anyone for anything. Your message can be as short or as long as you like. You can put your name on your message or you can keep it totally anonymous. The choice is yours. And now, I want to challenge you to the #HappinessPacketChallenge!

  • Meson project status update

    The last few weeks have been an amazing ride for the Meson project. We
    have gone from "interesting but niche" to being seriously considered
    for such core infrastructure projects as Mesa, Wayland, Xorg and even
    systemd. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed in making
    this possible. Thanks to all contributors, evangelists, those who have
    converted their projects, or even proposed it. We would not be here
    without you.

    However having this much growth brings with it new problems. The main
    one of these, as most of you have probably noticed, is the growth in
    pull request backlog. I know there are MRs that have been waiting for
    quite a while and that this is very frustrating to those people who
    have filed them. My apologies to you, we are trying to make this
    better.

  • New Features Coming in PostgreSQL 10

    The list of new features coming in PostgreSQL 10 is extremely impressive. I've been involved in the PostgreSQL project since the 8.4 release cycle (2008-2009), and I've never seen anything like this. Many people have already blogged about these features elsewhere; my purpose here is just to bring together a list of the features that, in my opinion, are the biggest new things that we can expect to see in PostgreSQL 10. [Disclaimers: (1) Other people may have different opinions. (2) It is not impossible that some patches could be reverted prior to release. (3) The list below represents the work of the entire PostgreSQL community, not specifically me or EnterpriseDB, and I have no intention of taking credit for anyone else's work.]

  • PostgreSQL 10 Is Going To Be Very Feature Rich

    PostgreSQL developer Robert Haas has shared a look at the features coming up to PostgreSQL 10 and it's quite impressive for those using this database system.

  • libnice 0.1.14

    Today, Olivier Crête, libnice maintainer and Collabora Multimedia Lead, announced the availability of libnice 0.1.14, the latest release of the NAT traversal library implementing the RFC for Interactive Connectivity Establishment (ICE). ICE is a key part of the WebRTC standard and libnice is used by many WebRTC implementations such as OpenWebRTC, Kurento and Janus.

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  • Streamlink 0.5.0 Adds Support For Streaming Google Drive / Google Docs Videos

    Forked from Livestreamer, which is no longer maintained, Streamlink is a command line tool (and API) that can be used to stream videos from various streaming services, such as Twitch, YouTube Live and many more, and play them using your favorite video player, be it VLC, mpv, and more.

  • PB For Desktop 5.0.0 Brings Support For SMS Notification Mirroring

    PB For Desktop 5.0.0 was released today, bringing some important enhancements and fixes, like support for SMS mirroring, improved reconnection (in case the network gets disconnected), and more.

  • Polo Is An Interesting New GTK3 File Manager (Beta)

    Developed by Tony George, who's also behind other fairly popular applications such as Selene Media Converter, TimeShift backup tool, and more, Polo is only available for users who donate for now. The stable release will be available for all users, however, those who donate will get a few extra features.

  • List of Desktop RSS Reader for Ubuntu & GNU/Linux

    This article accompanies our big list of GNU/Linux & FLOSS RSS feeds so you can choose suitable reader for your desktop. Here I list Firefox, Thunderbird, Akregator, Liferea, Blam, and Evolution with some details of each. It's possible later for me to update this list, because there are still many other good readers. I hope you enjoy this!

  • Taskwarrior – A Command line TODO Task Manager Application

    The most common mistake we often do is “I don’t need to take notes. I will remember it”. Isn’t it? Indeed, it is. I am not an exception too. I have done this mistake so many times. Not anymore! Today, I found an useful command line TODO task manager application called “Taskwarrior”. It is a free and Open Source utility that manages your TODO list from the command line. It is efficient, flexible, fast, and unobtrusive tool. You can add all sorts of tasks, such as daily, weekly, monthly chores, personal goals, official-related works, family events, and manage them like a pro from the command line.

  • Skype for Linux 5.0 Beta and the rise of the bots
  • publican available for openSUSE

    Publican is a DocBook publication system, not just a DocBook processing tool. As well as ensuring your DocBook XML is valid, publican works to ensure your XML is up to publishable standard.

    Because upstream depreached FOP support and prefers wkhtmltopdf, this version comes without FOP package dependencies. If you want to use FOP, then deinstall wkhtmltopdf. After the next start publican will use FOP again.

  • Quantum work

    Last week we had a work week at Mozilla’s Toronto office for a bunch of different projects including Quantum DOM, Quantum Flow (performance), etc. It was great to have people from a variety of teams participate in discussions and solidify (and change!) plans for upcoming Firefox releases. There were lots of sessions going on in parallel and I wasn’t able to attend them all but some of the results were written up by the inimitable Ehsan in his fourth Quantum Flow newsletter.

  • Mozilla Thunderbird 52 Released with Various Improvements
  • The Document Foundation releases LibreOffice 5.3.2

    The Document Foundation (TDF) releases LibreOffice 5.3.2, the 2nd minor release of the LibreOffice 5.3 family, focused on bleeding edge features, and as such targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters, and power users. LibreOffice 5.3.2 integrates over 50 patches, with a large number of fixes related to RTF and DOCX documents.

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  • darktable 2.2.4 Released with Support for Fujifilm X100F & Olympus E-M1 Mark II

    The darktable development team announced today the release and immediate availability of darktable 2.2.4, the fourth maintenance update to the most stable and advanced branch of the open-source and cross-platform RAW image editor tool.

    Coming two months after the 2.2.3 point release, darktable 2.2.4 is here to introduce two new scripts, one for purging stale image thumbnails and another one for watching a specific folder for new photos, as well as to improve the opacity handling of the brush trace to offer better control to the user.

  • GNOME Paint - simple drawing app for GNOME

    I've started working on simple drawing application for GNOME. Current state - just started (see the current screenshot [1]), but progressing. Help needed (especially UX guys).

  • GNOME Could Soon Have An Alternative To Microsoft Paint

    While there is GIMP for advanced image manipulation and then a few other alternatives for more simpler image manipulation or drawing, a new "GNOME Paint" program is in development.

    GNOME Paint is a new project that's just begun and is being led by GNOME developer Marcin Kolny. His goal for GNOME Paint is to be a simple drawing application -- think like Microsoft Paint.

  • Speedup Your Typing with Ibus Typing Booster

    Ibus typing booster is a predictive text input method which helps users to improve the typing speed without compromising on data accuracy.

    It provides full featured and simple user friendly interface for input method. The purpose of application is to make typing of native languages more easier and faster by providing completion and spell checking suggestions. It is a new input framework for Linux OS.

  • Razer Peripherals Configuration GUI Polychromatic 0.3.8 Released With Overhauled Tray / AppIndicator

    Polychromatic, an unofficial GUI and tray applet for configuring Razer peripherals on Linux, was updated to version 0.3.8 today, bringing a completely overhauled tray / AppIndicator applet which only shows options relevant to your device(s), along with other changes.

  • Vivaldi 1.8 Web Browser Gets Rebased on Chromium 57.0.2987.138, Small Bugs Fixed

    Vivaldi's Ruarí Ødegaard reports on the availability of the first minor maintenance update to the Vivaldi 1.8 web browser, versioned 1.8.770.54, which includes a few important bug fixes and rebases the project on the latest Chromium release.

    Vivaldi 1.8 launched a week ago, at the end of March, and brought with it a brand-new and revolutionary History feature, as well as numerous other improvements, such as advanced tab muting options, the ability to create notes using drag and drop, and a new option for displaying hibernated tabs in grayscale.

Flatpak 0.9.2 Backports Many Changes from 0.8 Series, Supports GPG Signatures

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Just two days after releasing the 0.8.5 maintenance update for the Flatpak 0.8 stable series of the open-source Linux application sandboxing and distribution framework, Alex Larsson publishes a new build from the 0.9 branch.

We still don't know if the Flatpak 0.9 series is a stable branch or not, but it's already been adopted by the developers of the Arch Linux and Solus operating systems. Flatpak 0.9.2 is here about 22 days after the first maintenance update in the new series, version 0.9.1.

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  • Lightworks 14.0 Video Editor Premieres with Brand New UI, New Features

    Lightworks is a professional-grade video editor available for download on Windows, macOS and Linux — it has just has received an update.

    And boy is it a big one.

    Like a sequel to the Expendables, Lightworks 14.0 is packed to the rafters with cameos from features you always knew were there, but had sort of forgotten all about.

  • Darktable – An Adobe Lightroom Alternative for Linux

    Darktable is an Open Source workflow application and raw developer for photography. From the perspective of a photographer, picture it as your virtual zoomable light table and darkroom at the same time.

  • Top Notepad ++ Alternatives for linux

    Not many will disagree with me when I claim that Notepad++ as probably the best text editor for Windows today. Many will also agree with me, when I say Notepad++ is missed by many who use Linux. Therefore, we have searched annals of the internet to come up with 5 alternatives for Notepad++ on linux.

Elisa Music Player and Lightworks 14.0

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  • Introduction and Elisa Music Player

    Hello Planet KDE, I am Matthieu Gallien. I am a software developer mainly working with C++ and PHP. I am passionate about free software in general and KDE in particular.

  • A New KDE Music Player: Elisa

    While Amarok has not seen a release in years and Juk development not being too vibrant, now there's another new KDE music player option: Elisa.

    Developer Matthieu Gallien announced the Elisa Music Player today as a new initiative. Elisa makes use of KDE Frameworks 5, uses Baloo for indexing of music, the Qt5 tool-kit is obviously used, and the KDE VDG has chipped in with their design ideas on this still young music player.

  • Lightworks 14.0 Professional Video Editor Released with More Than 400 Changes

    EditShare was proud to announce today, April 4, 2017, the general availability of the final release of the Lightworks 14.0.0 professional video editor for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

    Lightworks 14.0 is a massive release of the multi-platform video editing system, and most probably highly anticipated by many of you out there. There are over 430 changes incorporated in this major update, including around 70 new features and hundreds of bug fixes, some of which are platform specific.

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  • Pimp your smartphone with the latest Android O Pixel launcher
    If your device is running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow or above, you can now pimp it out with the latest Google O Pixel launcher. One of the contributors on the XDA Developers forum has recently posted the APK file, which you can install on your smartphone. Before you download the file, make sure your device can install apps that aren’t listed on the Play Store. To do so, open up the Settings menu, tap on Security, and enable the “Unknown sources” option. Once that’s done, all you have to do is download the file and then tap on it in the notification shade to install the launcher on your device.
  • Google is killing off Android's emoji blobs
    The best emojis on the market are no more: Google’s weird blobs are being retired in favour of more conventional circular yellow faces.
  • Google I/O: What about Android on Chrome OS?
    The hottest tech-show ticket these days is Google I/O. In the just-finished 2017 conference, Google announced lots of great stuff, including a lightweight version of Android, Android Go; a first look at the next version of Android, Android O; and a major upgrade to Google Home. One thing that was noticeably missing, however: big news about Android apps on Chrome OS.
  • RaspAnd Marshmallow 6.0.1 Android OS Now Available for Raspberry Pi 3 and 2 SBCs
    After informing us about the availability of a new build of his RaspAnd Nougat operating system for Raspberry Pi 3 and 2 SBCs based on Android 7.1.2, Arne Exton released an updated RaspAnd Marshmallow 6 version.

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LinuxAndUbuntu Distro Review Of The Week - Deepin OS

​Depth/Deepin OS is not just another Linux Distro, but one with something new to show. Deepin OS is simply speaking, just beautiful. Deepin OS, formerly known as Deepin, Linux Deepin, and Hiweed GNU/Linux is a Linux distro with an identity crisis. Seriously, this distro has undergone name changes you always have to check twice if the name is still the same. And that is all the negative you are going to say about this distro. Honestly speaking, Deepin OS is surely going to blow you away. I have been keeping an eye on this distro since 2013 and it still manages to impress me. Read more

KDE Leftovers: digikam, KDevelop, Kate, GSoC, and Akademy

  • [digikam] Call to Test the Pre-Release of 5.6.0
    Once again a lot has been going on behind the scenes since the last release. The HTML gallery tool is back, database shrinking (e.g. purging stale thumbnails) is also supported on MySQL, grouping has been improved and additional sidecars can now be specified. Therefore the release of 5.6.0 will be (is already) delayed, as we would like to invite you to test all these features. As usual they are available in the pre-release bundles or obviously directly from the git repository. Please report any dysfunctions, unexpected behaviour or suggestions for improvement to our bug tracker.
  • KDevelop runtimes: Docker and Flatpak integration
    On my last blog post I discussed about how some assumptions such as the platform developed on can affect our development. We need to minimize it by empowering the developers with good tools so that they can develop properly. To that end, I introduced runtimes in our IDE to abstract platforms (much like on Gnome’s Builder or Qt Creator).
  • Kate 17.04.1 available for Windows
  • GSoC - Community Bonding Period with Krita
  • First month report: my feelings about gsoc
  • My Akademy Plans
    The Akademy programme (saturday, sunday) is actually pretty long; the conference days stretch into feels-like-evening to me. Of course, the Dutch are infamous for being “6pm at the dinner table, and eat potatoes” so my notion of evening may not match what works on the Mediterranean coast. Actually, I know it doesn’t since way back when at a Ubuntu Developer Summit in Sevilla it took some internal-clock-resetting to adjust to dinner closer to midnight than 18:00.