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  • Calibre 2.66 eBook Converter and Viewer Adds Support for PocketBook Touch HD

    Calibre developer Kovid Goyal announced the release of version 2.66 of his popular, cross-platform, free, and open-source Calibre ebook library management software.

    Calibre 2.66 comes just one week after the release of the previous maintenance update, Calibre 2.65.1, and promises to update the application's logo to a more simplified version, upgrade the driver for Kobo e-book readers to firmware 3.20, and add support for the fairly new PocketBook Touch HD reader.

  • Google Earth Update Fixes Several Linux Bugs, Adds New Icon

    The latest bug fix update to Google Earth desktop app finally allows Linux users to see Panoramio photos without pesky workarounds, and adds a new app icon.

  • What’s coming in Tracker 1.10

    Tracker 1.9.1 was released last month, and it comes with some work we did to improve the various extract modules (the code which looks at files on disk and extracts what we think is useful information). The extract modules are no longer hardcoded to generate SPARQL commands, instead they now use the new TrackerResource API which is a simple way of describing resources programmatically.

  • 2016 GNOME Summit @ Montréal

    Hi everyone, we’re planning to host the GNOME Summit in Montréal this year, on October 8-9-10 (US Colombus Day week-end, Canadian Thanksgiving). It is an unconference-style event aimed for those who want to get involved at the deeply technical level of GNOME, but everyone is welcome and we’re hoping to have a newcomers-oriented session as well as the “deep end of the pool”. Please pre-register here by Friday, indicate any topics of interest you would like to propose for collective tackling during the summit, and indicate your travel and accommodation needs. I will try to secure the venue and figure out all the details surrounding the event soon. Oh, and if you’re in any position to ask one of the GNOME-friendly companies for sponsorship, please do so and drop me an email at nekohayo at gmail. Thanks!

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  • Seafile server 6.0.2 stable is released

    This new design makes Seafile look more like a web app. Making use of technologies like backbone.js and Bootstrap, the UI is now more responsive and easier to use than ever.

    The new UI is also adaptive to screen sizes. If you have a wide screen, the new UI can take the advantage to show more content in one line. If you have a small screen, the new UI can also adapt to it.

  • Why Linux Users Will Love FastMail

    I’m not sure if FastMail’s documentation got better or if I was just in a better headspace this time, but getting it configured was pretty easy. I have a lot of old email addresses from old web projects but setting up the domain records was simple, with detailed steps from FastMail. I had one issue that the help desk resolved fairly quickly (FastMail has great email support).

  • OpenShot 2.1 Released!
  • Arcan “Monthly”, September Edition

    For this round, there’s a new tagged Arcan (i.e. the Display Server) version (0.5.1) and a new tagged Durden (i.e. the example “Desktop Environment”) version (0.2). Although some new features can’t be recorded with the setup I have here, the following demo video covers some of the major changes:

  • QEMU 2.7.0 is now available
  • nano to remain in GNU
  • Cutelyst 0.13.0 released!

    When I started Cutelyst a simple developer Engine (read HTTP engine) was created, it was very slow and mostly an ugly hackery but helped work on the APIs that matter, I then took a look at uWSGI due some friend saying it was awesome and it was great to be able to deal with many protocols without the hassled of writing parsers for them.

    Fast forwarding to 0.12.0 release and I started to feel that I was reaching a limit on Cutelyst optimizations and uWSGI was holding us back, and it wasn’t only about performance, memory usage (scalability) was too high for something that should be rather small, it’s written in C after all.

  • Yokadi 1.1.0 is out
  • VirtualBox & unknown version of X Window system

    Here's my story. As it happens, I was testing Fedora 23 in VirtualBox one day, and as a very first step to enjoying myself, I decided to install the Guest Additions. However, after a few brief, tense moments, VirtualBox told me that it had detected an unknown version of the X Window System installed and was not installing X Window System drivers.

    A quick search on the VirtualBox ticketary lists this as a five-month old bug for VirtualBox 4.3, even though I was running 5.0.6, and it mentions upgrading to a newer version of the virtualization software as a fix, which I could not do at this point. So what now?

  • Multitrack audio in Nageru 1.4.0

    Even though the Chess Olympiad takes some attention right now, development on Nageru (my live video mixer) has continued steadily throughout since the 1.3.0 release. I wanted to take a little time to talk about the upcoming 1.4.0 release, and why things are as they are; writing down things often make them a bit clearer.

    Every major release of Nageru has had a specific primary focus: 1.0.0 was about just getting everything to work, 1.1.0 was about NVIDIA support for more oomph, 1.2.0 was about stabilization and polish (and added support for Blackmagic's PCI cards as a nice little bonus), and 1.3.0 was about x264 integration. For 1.4.0, I wanted to work on multitrack audio and mixing.

  • Kaku Is An Open-Source Desktop YouTube Music Player for Linux

    Kaku is a YouTube desktop music player for Windows, Mac and Linux. It is open-source, free to download, and offers some nifty features, including an online DJ.

  • Krita Appimage for cats
  • [Kdenlive] Manage Cached Data
  • Multi-process Firefox brings 400-700% improvement in responsiveness

    Earlier this summer I wrote about Mozilla’s efforts to rollout a multi-process architecture, codename Electrolysis, for Firefox. In the months since, Mozilla has completed its initial tests on 1 percent of its user population and the initial numbers are good, according to Asa Dotzler, director of Firefox at Mozilla.

    The company is reporting a 400 percent improvement in responsiveness and a 700 percent improvement in responsiveness for loading large web pages.These numbers mean that users are far less likely to see their browser freeze, pause, lag or crash. Dotzler himself used the word “janky” to describe previous versions of the browser.

    Over the next week, multi-process will be coming to 10 percent of total Firefox users. For now, users with add-ons will not be getting the new architecture. The staggered rollout is fairly industry standard to avoid shipping bugs. Having two independent groups of users allows Mozilla to benchmark metrics from the new version against unconverted users.

    For now, multi-process is limited to a single content process and a single browser process. Later versions will include multiple content processes and sandboxing.

  • Microsoft Finally Releases Skype 1.6 for Linux [Ed: surveillance software]

    It’s been a while since Microsoft rolled out the latest update for Skype for Linux, so today the software giant finally pushed the green button for version 1.6 which brings several improvements and a few new features.

Announcing the KDE Software Store

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Big news: Today, KDE announced a new software store, and that the source code for this new service has been released as Free software under the AGPL, fixing a long standing bug in KDE software: reliance on a proprietary web service.

That also means that KDE has a new software store that replaces the opendesktop sites. The migration has been happening in the background, so you may actually have used the new store from within Plasma or applications to install add-ons already without noticing it!

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Also: KDE Software Store

KDE Software Store Announced, AGPL Licensed

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  • apt 1.3 RC4 – Tweaking apt update

    Did that ever happen to you: You run apt update, it fetches a Release file, then starts fetching DEP-11 metadata, then any pdiff index stuff, and then applies them; all after another? Or this: You don’t see any update progress until very near the end? Worry no more: I tweaked things a bit in 1.3~rc4 (git commit).

  • QEMU 2.7 Released With Many Improvements For The Linux Virtualization Stack

    It's time for another stable QEMU update.

    QEMU 2.7 is today's new feature release and has numerous ARM/MIPS improvements, CPU hot-remove support for x86, VirtIO-BLK now supports multi-queue, a new e1000e network device, support for Xen para-virtualized USB, VirtIO GPU improvements, speed improvements for the TCG code generator, and various other enhancements.

  • Git v2.10.0

    The latest feature release Git v2.10.0 is now available at the usual places. It is comprised of 639 non-merge commits since v2.9.0, contributed by 76 people, 22 of which are new faces.

  • Git 2.10 Released

    Git 2.10 isn't the most exciting feature release, but there is some new functionality. Git 2.10 features various minor updates to the many sub-commands, performance improvements to Git's fast-import, HTTP transfer improvements, various other improvements and a wide assortment of fixes.

  • Batch file renaming and integrated archive support added to Nautilus

    The Files application (aka Nautilus) is getting a major update in Fedora 25 Workstation. Fedora 25 is slated to include Nautilus 3.22, adding a new GUI interface for batch renaming of files, and will also add integrated archive support. GNOME Developer Carlos Soriano has blogged in depth about all the new features in Nautilus 3.22, including some additional features that might be included in the future. OMG! Ubuntu! also has a great writeup if you want to learn more about the new features.

Wine 1.9.18 Released

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  • 100+ self-hosted alternatives to popular services

    Most of us use online services like Gmail, Dropbox, Skype, Evernote etc. on a daily basis without having control over the service. However, now it’s easier than ever to find a self-hosted alternative to your favorite online service and have complete control over it. In this article, we will share a huge list of self-hosted alternatives to popular online services.

  • RockMongo - A Graphical MongoDB administration tool

    RockMongo is a free, open source GUI database administration tool for MongoDB, just like phpMyAdmin to MySQL/MariaDB.

  • Atom 1.10 Hackable Text Editor Released with New Atom Package Manager Build

    Today, August 31, 2016, GitHub has had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability of the Atom 1.10 stable version of their hackable text editor for application developers and programmers, along with the Beta of Atom 1.11.

    Atom 1.10 is here exactly 30 days after the launch of the Atom 1.9 and Atom 1.10 Beta builds on the first day of August 2016, and, as promised during the Beta stages of development, the biggest new feature of the Atom 1.10 stable release is the upgrade of the Atom Package Manager (APM) to run on Node 4.4.5 and npm 3.10.5.

  • Peek Is An Animated GIF Screen Recorder Tool for Linux

    Looking for a simple tool that lets you record a section of your screen and export it as a GIF? Take a peek at Peek, an app that can do exactly that.

  • OpenShot 2.1 Released With Animation Support, Improved Timeline

    A new version of open-source video editor OpenShot 2.1 has been released. We show you what's new and how you can install it on Ubuntu using a PPA.

  • Flowblade Linux Video Editor – Is It Any Good?

    Kdenlive is hugely popular and for good reason — it’s fast, easy to use and mostly stable.

    But open-source is all about choice, and in the comments section to that article many of you wrote about your experiences with other well-known video editors.

    Among those mentioned is long-time fave OpenShot, the hard-to-use Cinelerra, the buggy Shotcut, and (though not strictly a video editor) the powerful Blender.

    One app that wasn’t mentioned in the comments was Flowblade, a Python-based video editor for Linux.

  • Weblate 2.8

    Quite on schedule (just one day later), Weblate 2.7 is out today. This release brings Subversion support or improved zen mode.

  • Geekbench 4 Lands On iOS, Android , Windows, Linux And Mac

    Popular benchmarking application Geekbench has launched a new version of their software called Geekbench 4.

  • Stable Channel Update for Desktop
  • Chrome 53 Released With Speed Improvements, Shadow DOM

    Ending out August, Google has promoted Chrome/Chromium 53 to their stable channel.

    Chrome 53 is primarily geared at delivering new developer features with notification improvements, Shadow DOM v1 support, security fixes, various speed optimizations, and more.

  • Drupal 8.2, now with more outside-in

    Over the weekend, Drupal 8.2 beta was released. One of the reasons why I'm so excited about this release is that it ships with "more outside-in". In an "outside-in experience", you can click anything on the page, edit its configuration in place without having to navigate to the administration back end, and watch it take effect immediately. This kind of on-the-fly editorial experience could be a game changer for Drupal's usability.

    When I last discussed turning Drupal outside-in, we were still in the conceptual stages, with mockups illustrating the concepts. Since then, those designs have gone through multiple rounds of feedback from Drupal's usability team and a round of user testing led by Cheppers. This study identified some issues and provided some insights which were incorporated into subsequent designs.

    Two policy changes we introduced in Drupal 8 — semantic versioning and experimental modules — have fundamentally changed Drupal's innovation model starting with Drupal 8. I should write a longer blog post about this, but the net result of those two changes is ongoing improvements with an easy upgrade path. In this case, it enabled us to add outside-in experiences to Drupal 8.2 instead of having to wait for Drupal 9. The authoring experience improvements we made in Drupal 8 are well-received, but that doesn't mean we are done. It's exciting that we can move much faster on making Drupal easier to use.

  • LLVM 3.9 Is Set To Be Released

OpenShot 2.1

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  • A Quick Hands-On With Chatty, A Desktop Twitch Chat Client

    Chatty is a desktop Twitch Chat client for Windows, macOS and Linux written in Ja

  • HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.16.8 Adds Support for Linux Mint 18, Fedora 24

    The open-source HP Linux Imaging and Printing (HPLIP) project has been updated on August 29, 2016, to version 3.16.8, a maintenance update that adds support for new printers and GNU/Linux operating systems.

    According to the release notes, HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.16.8 adds support for new all-in-one HP printers, including HP OfficeJet Pro 6970, HP OfficeJet Pro 6960, HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile, HP DeskJet 3700, as well as HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 3700.

    Also new in the HPLIP 3.16.8 update is support for the recently released Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce, and the upcoming KDE editions, the Fedora 24 Linux operating system, as well as the Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 "Jessie" distribution. So if you're using any of these OSes, you can now update to the latest HPLIP release.

  • MPlayer-Based MPV 0.20.0 Video Player Released with New Options and Commands

    The popular, open-source, and cross-platform MPV video player software received a new update, version 0.20.0, which comes only two weeks after the previous 0.19.0 maintenance release.

    MPV 0.20.0 is not a major update, and, according to the release notes, it only implements a couple of new options and commands, such as "--video-unscaled=downscale-big" for changing the aspect ratio.

    Additionally, the MPlayer-based video playback application also gets the "--image-display-duration" option for controlling the duration of image display, and a new "dcomposition" flag for controlling DirectComposition.

  • FFmpeg 3.1.3 "Laplace" Open-Source Multimedia Framework Now Available for Linux

    The major FFmpeg 3.1 "Laplace" open-source and cross-platform multimedia framework has received recently its third maintenance update, version 3.1.3, which brings updated components.

    FFmpeg 3.1 was announced two months ago, at the end of June, and it introduced a multitude of new features to make the popular multimedia backend even more reliable and handy to game and application developers. Dubbed Laplace, FFmpeg 3.1 is currently the most advanced FFmpeg release, cut from Git master on June 26, 2016.

  • GNU Scientific Library 2.2 released

    Version 2.2 of the GNU Scientific Library (GSL) is now available. GSL provides a large collection of routines for numerical computing in C.

    This release contains new linear algebra routines (Pivoted and Modified Cholesky, Complete Orthogonal Decomposition, matrix condition number estimation) as well as a completely rewritten nonlinear least squares module, including support for Levenberg-Marquardt, dogleg, double-dogleg, and Steihaug-Toint methods.

    The full NEWS file entry is appended below.

Cost Effective Linux Server Software for Enterprises

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The advantages of a Linux server over expensive Windows systems are numerous with hardly any drawbacks. Since Linux is not dominant as Windows, there are some slight difficulties to find applications based on this platform to support the needs. While security stands as an important aspect for servers, the advantage over dominant operating systems is that security flaws are caught in Linux, even before they become an issue for the public.

Linux was one of the first open-source technologies in which you can download the source code and change it any way you like. Several Linux coders have developed software that’s completely open-source for any user, improving the security and usability at each core.

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Also: Weigh the pros, cons of three Linux load balancer options

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  • SDDM 0.14.0
  • Kodi v17 “Krypton” Beta 1
  • Top 10 Time Tracking Software for Linux

    Just a few days ago we were presenting software for one of the most popular mainstream Linux distribution – Ubuntu. Now let’s cover the progenitor of all free and open-source software. Its operating system was released on October 5, 1991. The creator of Linux, Linus Torvalds, was only 22 years old at that time!

    Linux is not very popular on the desktop computers (at least among regular users, software engineers, for example, prefer to work on it), but it is the leading operating system on servers, mainframe computers, and virtually all fastest supercomputers. It is also worth mentioning that without Linux there won’t be no Android as we know it now, no network routers, video game consoles, and smartwatches. We really owe a lot to Mr. Linus.

    According to Wikipedia, the development of Linux is one of the most prominent examples of free and open-source software collaboration. Its source code may be used, modified and distributed—commercially or non-commercially—by anyone under the terms of its respective licenses. Thanks to it we can use some great software like the already mentioned Ubuntu, but also Fedora, Gentoo Linux, Debian and more.

  • MPTCP v0.91 Release

    The MPTCP v0.91 release is based on the Linux Kernel Longterm Support release v4.1.x.

  • Quick Updates: Guake 0.8.7, WebTorrent Desktop 0.12.0, TLP 0.9

    Guake is a drop-down terminal emulator for GNOME (GTK2). The application is inspired from consoles in computer games, such as Quake, in which the console slides from the top of the screen when a key is pressed. In the same way, Guake can be invoked and hidden using a single key (though Guake can also automatically hide when it loses focus).

  • Switch Between Multiple Lists Of Apps Pinned To Unity Launcher With `Launcher List Indicator`
  • MATE Dock Applet Gets Unity-Like Progress Bar And Badge Support

    MATE Dock Applet is a MATE Panel applet that displays running application windows as icons. The applet features options to pin applications to the dock, supports multiple workspaces, and can be added to any MATE Panel, regardless of size and orientation.

  • AppImage – One app framework to distro them all

    Linux is highly portable. Fact. On the other hand, Linux software is the least portable technology in the world. Try running Firefox designed for Debian on Fedora. In fact, try running Firefox designed for one version of Fedora on another Fedora, perhaps a slightly older version. Godspeed, Captain Jack Sparrow.

    The fanatical rigor with which the Linux backward compatibility is maintained in the enterprise flavors, SUSE and Red Hat, is inversely proportional to all other incompatibilities that exist in the Linux space. This ain’t no news. I have most artfully elaborated on this problem in my illustrated Linux guide. But now, there’s a thing that promises to solve all these problems forever. AppImage.

  • Substance Designer 5.5 Is Here

    This version takes texture creation into the big leagues with MDL material authoring – opening up a whole new world of materials – plus Linux support, fbx camera import and support for VCA. This is a free upgrade for license holders and Substance Live subscribers, or you can get a free 30-day trial version.

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