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Wine Staging 2.13 Released

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5 free screen-recording apps for Linux

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Are you a computer expert stepping into the world of video tutorials? Or someone who's looking to record and share bugs in an application? Whatever the reason or requirement, whenever you want to create a digital recording of your computer screen, what you need is good screen recording (a.k.a. screencasting) software.

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Software Leftovers

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  • How to View Song Lyrics on the Linux Desktop

    Clementine is a hugely popular music player on Linux. It’s a complete and feature-rich solution with a simple and intuitive interface.

    To see song lyrics in Clementine, start playing a song. While the song is playing, click on “Song Info” on the side menu. If Clementine can fetch the lyrics, they’ll appear in the resulting panel.

  • CodeWeavers has Released CrossOver 16.2.5 for Linux and MacOS

    I am delighted to announce that CodeWeavers has just released CrossOver 16.2.5 for both macOS and Linux. CrossOver 16.2.5 has many improvements to the core Windows compatibility layer and also specific enhancements for several popular applications.

  • KDE Plasma Spells Out Its Vision Statement: Durable, Usable, Elegant

    Ever wondered exactly what the KDE Plasma desktop stands for? If so the KDE Plasma vision statement, unveiled this week, neatly lays out the project's aims.

MAME DRM and Flash Will Die

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Software: Ring, Krunner, and MPV

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  • Ring Stable Version Released: Ring 1.0 Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité

    Savoir-faire Linux releases the stable version of Ring:  Ring 1.0 – Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité. Ring is a free/libre and universal communication platform that preserves the users’ privacy and freedoms. It is a GNU package. It runs on multiple platforms; and, it can be used for texting, calls, and video chats more privately, more securely, and more reliably.

  • Krunner: When Minimalism Goes Wrong

    In most ways, KDE’s Plasma 5 is an improvement over earlier releases. It is more minimal, and many functions are easier to use than in Plasma 4. Certainly, it is more stylish and often better designed for the current generations of computer users. However, in at least one case, Plasma 5 has left a mess. To judge from my Debian Stretch installation, Krunner, the multi-function command line menu favored by experts has not only dropped several features, but made other features more difficult to use, creating unnecessary complications.

    As you may know, Krunner is one of the half-hidden secrets of KDE. Many users find it only by accident after months or even years of using Plasma. However, those who discover Krunner soon learn to value it as a convenient shortcut that, although it requires typing, is more efficient than clicking through the levels of the menu to launch an application and use a particular feature.

  • 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.

Software: MKVToolNix, Brackets Code Editor, GNOME Builder, and Firefox Focus

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  • MKVToolNix 14.0.0 Open-Source MKV Manipulation App Adds Support for Wave64 Files

    MKVToolNix developer Moritz Bunkus announced the release and immediate availability for download of MKVToolNix 14.0.0, a major release of the open-source and cross-platform MKV (Matroska) manipulation app.

    MKVToolNix 14.0.0 "Flow" is here just one month after the MKVToolNix 13.0.0 "The Juggler" release, and it looks like it adds a great number of new features and enhancements, along with numerous bug fixes and some build system changes. First off, the application is now officially translated into the Romanian language.

  • Native Linux Menus Finally Come to Brackets Code Editor

    new version the Brackets code editor is available to download. This update adds native menus on Linux, inline CSS code hints, and a whole heap more.

  • GNOME Builder IDE to Receive Largest UI Change Since Its Creation, on GNOME 3.26

    The GNOME Builder IDE (Integrated Development Environment) open-source tool designed to help aspiring application developers create modern apps for the GNOME/GTK+ ecosystem will get a major revamp for the GNOME 3.26 desktop release.

    Development of GNOME Builder 3.26 kicked off back in April with the first snapshot, and, since then, the software application received no less than five snapshots in total, which switch the tool to the Meson build system, a major change that will be implemented in all the apps from the GNOME Stack will do as part of the upcoming GNOME 3.26 desktop environment.

  • Firefox Focus Passes One Million Downloads Mark on Android, Gets New Features

    Firefox Focus launched on Google's Android mobile platform only a month ago, and it looks like it already passed the one million downloads mark, so Mozilla wants to celebrate this milestone by launching three new user-requested features.

    One million downloads in less than a month is a huge milestone for the Firefox Focus for Android app, which Mozilla designed from the ground up to be fast, easy to use, simple, free of any visual clutter that might get in your way when surfing the Web on your mobile device, and always private by shipping built-in with an ad blocker that promises to block annoying ads.

GNOME and Other Software

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  • Dash to Panel – A Cool Icon Taskbar for the GNOME Shell

    Dash to Panel is a customizable open source extension for the GNOME Shell that moves the dash into GNOME’s main panel; combining app launchers and the system tray into one panel like that of KDE Plasma and Windows 7+.

  • GNOME's Mutter Window Manager Now Supports Tablet Wheel Events on Wayland

    The Mutter composite and window manager of the widely-used GNOME desktop environment was updated recently both on the stable and devel channels with a bunch of new features and improvements.

    Mutter 3.24.4 is now the latest stable build of the application, and it's here to add a few important changes for tablets, including improved stability of tablet plugs and unplugs, working window moving and resizing via tablet tools, as well as the implementation of tablet rings/strips configuration.

    In addition, Mutter now no longer throttles motion events on tablet tools, it's capable of handling the left-handed mode on pen/eraser devices, and adds support for tablet wheel events when running under the Wayland display server. Talking about Wayland, the Wacom cursor offset should now work as expected in Mutter 3.24.4.

  • Terminus: A Great Modern And Highly Cutomizable Terminal For Linux

    Are you tired of your default terminal or looking for an alternative which can look cool as well as perform operation in your system? If yes, Terminus is for you which is modern terminal designed to be highly customizable, it will let you enjoy CLI. If you are using Linux since there were CRT monitors with Linux then check out Cool-Retro-Term, which is another great looking terminal application.
    Terminus is built using web technologies based on Electron, it is cross-platform modern age terminal available for (Linux, Windows and Mac), on Linux it is a full terminal which can spawn with a global hotkey, tabs persist after restart, Auto-dock to anyside of any screen, full Unicode and double-width character support. On Windows it supports Classic CMD, PowerShell and Bash on Windows. On Mac it just works.
    Multiple app themes and a myriad of community color schemes for the terminal. Color scheme editor included. Install plugins from the NPM repository, or create your own with Typescript and Angular framework.

  • Some Useful Indicators: Ayatana, Clipboard-Autoedit, Diskstat, Files, Bulletin and Udisks

    Panel Indicators always comes in handy when you have to do some productive work on your desktop computer, to access quick functions of different applications these indicators saves you a lot of time, some indicator give you information you want to receive, it all depends on your needs. Today presenting you some useful indicators which may help you and makes your desktop experience much better. Following all the indicators are developed by just one guy and available through his PPA.

Software and howtos

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Wine 2.13

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  • Wine Announcement

    The Wine development release 2.13 is now available.

  • Wine 2.13 Released: Unicode 10.0, Better Mouse Cursors

    If Wine 2.0.2 with 60+ bug fixes doesn't interest you, perhaps the Wine 2.13 development update will get you more excited.

    Wine 2.13 is now available as the latest bi-weekly development release leading up to the eventual release of Wine 3.0 around year's end. Changes with Wine 2.13 include updating Unicode data to Unicode 10.0, nicer looking default mouse cursors are now used, support for persistent connections in WinHTTP, WebServices message framing protocol support, improved metafile support in GDI Plus, debug register support in x86-64 exception handling, and DirectWrite anti-aliasing improvements.

  • Wine 2.13 has been released with a few noteworthy changes, including fixes for The Witcher 3

    Another Wine development release is now available! Just today Wine 2.13 has released and features a few noteworthy changes.

Software: Emacs and Magit, KeePassXC, Weblate, Cockpit, Kate, AtCore, GNOME Builder, Undo, and WPS Office

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  • Emacs and Magit

    The Git source-code management system is widely known for its flexibility and for the distributed development model that it supports. Its reputation for ease of use is ... less well established. There should, thus, be an opening for front-end systems that can make Git easier to use. One of the most comprehensive Git front ends, Magit, works within the Emacs editor and has a wide following. But Magit has run into some turbulence within the Emacs development community that is blocking its wider distribution.

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  • KeePassXC: A Great Way to Manage Passwords In Linux

    Do you always forget your password or want to have strongest password which can be hard to remember? If yes, then here is an application for you which will keep your passwords safe, strongest and encrypted. KeePassXC is an open-source forked from KeePassX by community released under GNU GPL license, it is cross-platform and all features works perfectly on every platform (Linux, Mac and Windows), as it is mentioned on KeePassXC website they have thoroughly tested features on multiple systems to provide user with the same look and feel on every supported operating system. This includes the beloved Auto-Type feature. KeePassXC, on the other hand, is developed in C++ and runs natively on all platforms giving you the best-possible platform integration.

  • Making Weblate more secure and robust

    Having publicly running web application always brings challenges in terms of security and in generally in handling untrusted data. Security wise Weblate has been always quite good (mostly thanks to using Django which comes with built in protection against many vulnerabilities), but there were always things to improve in input validation or possible information leaks.

  • Cockpit 146

    The Available Updates and Restart recommended pages now show the packages from the previous update run. This makes it easier to see which services to check or to decide whether a restart is really necessary...

  • Kate is now translated also on Windows!
  • AtCore officially moved to KDE Extragear

    It’s with all the joy in my heart that I share with you this amazing notice: AtCore was officially moved today to KDE Extragear by my favorite sysadmin Ben Cooksley after more than a month on KDE Review.

    This is the first huge milestone that we achieve on this 11 months of team work made by me, Patrick, Chris and sometimes Tomaz.

    Particularly I thanks, Luigui Toscano and Albert Cid for all the attention and review on AtCore code, that allowed us to make this move to Extragear. =D

  • Builder 3.25.5

    Like every year, GUADEC has snuck up on me. I’ll be heading out to Manchester in a handful of days which means things are going to get hectic any moment now.

    We just reached another milestone in our development phase towards 3.26. I’ve landed two important components which will have important roles in Builder’s future. The new visual layout, and the new shortcut engine. Neither are complete yet, but they are good enough to land on master and allow us to iterate without giant branches.

  • What I do at Undo

    In October, I started working for Undo and, now that I understand our technology better, it’s time to explain what I do.

    Undo produces a (closed source) technology which allows to record, rewind and replay Linux programs (on x86 and ARM).
    One of our products using this technology is UndoDB, a debugger built on top of gdb which allows you to do everything you do with gdb, but also to go back in time.

  • WPS Office Is An Alternative To Microsoft Office for Linux

    WPS Office is a slang for Writer, Presentation ad Spreadsheets, formerly known as Kingsoft Office. It is free (basic version) Office suite available for all platforms Linux, Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. A fully featured professional-grade version is also available for a subscription fee.

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Red Hat: Patent 'Promise', Proprietary 'Gifts', Imminent Results, Fedora 27 Delays

  • Red Hat pledges patent protection for 99 per cent of FOSS-ware [Ed: And when Red Hat gets taken over (like Sun and Oracle) this promise will be worthless]
    Red Hat says it has amassed over 2,000 patents and won't enforce them if the technologies they describe are used in properly-licensed open source software. The company's made more or less the same offer since the year 2002, when it first made a “Patent Promise” in order to “to discourage patent aggression in free and open source software.” In 2002 the company didn't own many patents and claimed its non-enforcement promise covered per cent of open source software. The Promise was revised in order to reflect the company's growing patent trove and to spruce up the language it uses to make it more relevant. The revised promise “applies to all software meeting the free software or open source definitions of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) or the Open Source Initiative (OSI)”. That verbiage translates into any software licensed on terms the OSI approves on this list, or which meet the Initiative’s definition of open source offered here. Licenses listed by the Free Software Foundation as a free software license at https://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html#SoftwareLicenses also come under the Promise's purview, as do those here as of the date this edition of Our Promise is published.
  • Red Hat Open Source Day rewards with proprietary hardware. For the fourth time
    The above is an excerpt of the 2017 event announcement. Which, as you can see below, will be at least the fourth consecutive one in which Red Hat Italia will award participants with some of the most proprietary devices around. Please note the absence of anything like, e.g. Matchstick, “100% Linux compatible laptop, with Linux preinstalled”, or a Fairphone, in the screenshots...
  • Red Hat (RHT) to Report Q2 Earnings: Will it Beat Estimates?
    We expect Red Hat Inc. RHT to beat expectations when it reports fiscal second-quarter 2018 results on Sep 25.
  • Needle Action Activity Spotted in Enbridge Inc (ENB) and Red Hat Inc (RHT)
  • Fedora 27 Beta Hit By A Second Delay
    Last week it was decided to delay the Fedora 27 beta due to bugs while this week they've been forced to delay the release a second time. The first beta delay wasn't too bad as the F27 schedule already had a built-in "rain date", in acknowledging Fedora's frequent release delays. But today a second unplanned delay is pushing back F27 Beta by at least one more week. This will now also push back the Fedora 27 final release by at least one week.
  • Fedora 27 Beta status is NO-GO
  • News: The new Krita 3.3.0

Security: Apple's Betrayal, Intel ME Back Doors Backfire, and Optionsbleed

  • iOS 11 Muddies WiFi and Bluetooth Controls
    Turning WiFi and Bluetooth off is often viewed as a good security practice. Apple did not rationalize these changes in behavior.
  • How To Hack A Turned-Off Computer, Or Running Unsigned Code In Intel Management Engine
    Intel Management Engine is a proprietary technology that consists of a microcontroller integrated into the Platform Controller Hub (PCH) microchip with a set of built-in peripherals. The PCH carries almost all communication between the processor and external devices; therefore Intel ME has access to almost all data on the computer, and the ability to execute third-party code allows compromising the platform completely. Researchers have been long interested in such "God mode" capabilities, but recently we have seen a surge of interest in Intel ME. One of the reasons is the transition of this subsystem to a new hardware (x86) and software (modified MINIX as an operating system) architecture. The x86 platform allows researchers to bring to bear all the power of binary code analysis tools.
  • Optionsbleed: Don’t get your panties in a wad
    To be honest, this isn’t the first security concern you’ve run in to, and it isn’t the first security issue you’re vulnerable to, that will remain exploitable for quite some time, until after someone you rely on fixed the issue for you, meanwhile compromising your customers. [...] Is it a small part of the SSL public key? A small part of the web request response? A chunk of the path to the index.php? Or is it a chunk of the database password used? Nobody knows until you get enough data to analyse the results of all data. If you can’t appreciate the maths behind analysing multiple readings of 8 arbitrary bytes, choose another career. Not that I know what to do and how to do it, by the way.

OSS: Puppet Acquires Distelli, Mozilla Adds Tracking Protection, Fake List of Open Source Companies, and Open Source Summit

  • Puppet Acquires Distelli, Boosting Its Cloud Automation Offerings
    Puppet, the open source company that markets cloud-native software management tools, has acquired startup Distelli. Based in Seattle, Distelli offers a software as a service platform used by developers to build, test, and deploy code written in any language to any server, including cloud platforms. This is an obvious good match, as both platforms enable developers to manage infrastructure and applications across the entire software delivery process to make app development quicker. "Today, a company's success is predicated on how quickly and successfully it can deliver new experiences to customers through software," Puppet's CEO, Sanjay Mirchandani, said in a statement. "Automation makes world-class application delivery straightforward for every enterprise, not just for companies born in the cloud. Together with Distelli, we are bringing a comprehensive solution for orchestrating and automating the entire software delivery lifecycle, from infrastructure, all the way up through containers."
  • Mozilla Adds Tracking Protection to Firefox for iOS, Focus Gets Multitasking
    Mozilla released on Thursday new updates for its Firefox for iOS and Firefox Focus for Android apps adding new features like tracking protection and multi-tasking, along with various other improvements. Firefox for iOS has been updated today to version 9.0, a release that's available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS 10.3 or later. It comes with support for Apple's recently launched iOS 11 operating system, as well as tracking protection, which is enabled by default in the private browsing mode to automatically block third-party trackers in an attempt to increase browsing speed.
  • 35 Top Open Source Companies [Ed: Easy to see that this list will be a 'scam' when the company listed in number one is Adobe. It has even listed Black Duck as "Open Source Company". It’s PROPRIETARY and ANTI-FOSS.]
  • Open Source Summit in Los Angeles: Day 1 in 5 Minutes
    Open Source Summit North America in Los Angeles was packed with keynotes, technical sessions, and special presentations, including a conversation with Linux creator Linus Torvalds. In case you couldn't make it, CodePop.com's Gregg Pollack has put together some short videos recapping highlights of the event.