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GStreamer 1.19.2 unstable development release

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The GStreamer team is pleased to announce the second development release in the unstable 1.19 release series.

The unstable 1.19 release series adds new features on top of the current stable 1.18 series and is part of the API and ABI-stable 1.x release series of the GStreamer multimedia framework.

The unstable 1.19 release series is for testing and development purposes in the lead-up to the stable 1.20 series which is scheduled for release in a few weeks time. Any newly-added API can still change until that point, although it is rare for that to happen.

Full release notes will be provided in the near future, highlighting all the new features, bugfixes, performance optimizations and other important changes.

This development release is primarily for distributors and early adaptors and anyone who still needs to update their build/packaging setup for Meson.

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Software: Matrix, Ktube, and Monero P2Pool

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  • Chat Bubbles on Element and Several Matrix Apps

    This simple comparison wants to help everyone adopt alternative messaging technology, Matrix, with suitable user interface to them. We call Matrix Apps to instant messengers like Element, Fluffy, Nheko, Schildi and Spectral as they are created based upon the said technology. We will start by setting up criteria first that includes chat bubbles, then going through these messengers one by one, and you will see their pictures here along with a little comments from me. I hope you can pick up the messenger with UI you love the most from here.

  • Ktube Media Downloader lets you download YouTube videos easily on Linux

    I always like to tell people about how I have been using Linux as my primary operating system for over ten years. I love Linux, I understand it, it’s free and above all, it fits my workflow in a way Microsoft’s Windows (with all its goodness) probably never will. That also means I love and am a command-line ninja but I also know one thing, a lot of people out there fear and hate the command line.

  • Monero P2Pool V1.0 Is Released

    The latest version of P2Pool, a decentralized Monero mining pool has released. This is the first official release, signaling an invitation for more users to try out the new software.

Cycles X Merged Into Blender 3.0 With NVIDIA CUDA/OptiX Support, AMD HIP Pending

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Cycles X as a modernizing of Blender's Cycles rendering engine has now landed in the latest development code for Blender 3.0. Cycles X brings big performance improvements but does eliminate OpenCL support in the process.

Cycles X was one of the reasons for the delay in the Blender 3.0 release to allow time for this Cycles overhaul to land. As of yesterday, the Cycles-X branch was merged into the Blender 3.0 code-base as a major renderer update.

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Software: Host Identity Based Authorization, Baby Buddy, and Foreman

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  • Google publishes HIBA, an OpenSSH add-on for certificate-based authorization

    Google has published the source code for the project HIBA (Host Identity Based Authorization) , which proposes the implementation of an additional authorization mechanism for organizing user access via SSH in relation to hosts (checking whether or not access to a particular resource is allowed when authenticating using public keys). Integration with OpenSSH is provided by specifying the HIBA handler in the AuthorizedPrincipalsCommand directive in / etc / ssh / sshd_config. The project code is written in C and is distributed under the BSD license.

    HIBA uses standard authentication mechanisms based on OpenSSH certificates for flexible and centralized management of user authorization in relation to hosts, but does not require periodic changes to authorized_keys and authorized_users files on the side of the hosts to which it is connected. Instead of storing a list of valid public keys and access conditions in authorized_ files (keys | users), HIBA integrates the host binding information directly into the certificates themselves. In particular, extensions are proposed for host certificates and user certificates, which store host parameters and conditions for granting user access.

    Host-side verification is initiated by calling the hiba-chk handler specified in the AuthorizedPrincipalsCommand directive. This handler decodes the extensions integrated into the certificates and, based on them, makes a decision to grant or block access. Access rules are defined centrally at the certification authority (CA) level and integrated into certificates at the stage of their generation.

  • Baby Buddy: an Open-source Free newborn digital assistant

    Baby Buddy is a free open-source web-based solution for new parents to help them log, monitor and track their parenting activities.

    [...]

    Baby Buddy is a built by Christopher Charbonneau Wells who has released many interesting projects.

    The project built with Django (Python), and uses several development libraries for front-end development.

    Note that it is under continues development so expect more features in the near future.

  • Foreman 3.0 crams Puppet ENC into plugin, takes steps towards better UX • DEVCLASS

    Server lifecycle management project Foreman recently saw its third major release, which provides users with a couple of changes that should align the tool somewhat closer with their actual workflow.

    Amongst the main features of version 3.0 is a still experimental reimagining of the UI’s host detail page. Instead of admins having to click through tabs to get more information about a given host, those details are now readily available on the main host page, along with a central indicator of its status and the usual audit and job data. Users interested in this kind of display can activate the new host page by setting the “Show Experimental Labs” setting in the generic administration settings to yes and selecting “New Details Page” from the host’s dropdown action button.

    A couple of things — such as the edit button and the menu next to it — still don’t work as intended, and having the option to customise the page would make the new UI even more useful, but it surely is a good first step towards making the page more user-friendly. The Foreman team also promised to get rid of the malfunctions mentioned in version 3.0.1 and asked for additional feedback on the new details page, so users have a good chance of getting their submitted issues fixed quickly if they start testing soon.

Samba 4.15 Ships with a Modernized Virtual File System Modules

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Samba 4.15 is now available as the latest release for improving Windows interoperability (i.e. SMB/CIFS) on Linux and other platforms.

Samba is an open source software which provide print and seamless file services to SMB/CIFS protocol clients. It allows interoperability between Linux/Unix servers and Windows based clients. The software is based on the common client/server protocol of Server Message Block (SMB) and Common Internet File System (CIFS).

To put it simple, Samba can help Windows and Linux/Unix machines coexist in the same network. It allows files to be shared across Windows and Linux/Unix systems simply and easily.

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If you have migrated to Linux, here are several Top Essential Linux Apps recommendations - LinuxStoney

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Either because you got tired of your operating system or you ran out of support when using old systems, if you decided that it was a good idea to move to Linux and you do not have much experience with the subject, you may be somewhat lost when it comes to installing the applications that already you used or looking for a replacement for them .

The most important thing to keep in mind is that in some exceptional cases such as Microsoft Office and Adobe’s suite of creative apps, most of the very popular software has versions for Linux or at least one alternative that covers exactly the same needs, If not, your new favorite word must be “adaptation.”, so in this article we discover Top Essential Linux Apps

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Micro Text Editor: Lightweight and Intuitive Terminal-Based Editor

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Micro command-line text editor is designed to replace Nano as the text editor for the masses. It is modern and easy to use cross-platform text editor.

A newcomer to the wonderful world of Linux will eventually need to place or alter some text in a file. In addition to, numerous programs and system settings in Linux are tucked away in text files. You can open these with your default text editor such as Gedit, Kate, Mousepad or Pluma, but the terminal is often faster, especially when you need administrator permissions.

And so we come to Vi or Vim, but they are not the easiest for new Linux users. Fortunately, most Linux distributions include a text editor called Nano as a standard utility. For most uses, Nano is easy to use and it doesn’t require a significant learning curve. But you don’t have to settle on Nano. There is a middle ground. Something that is a little better than Nano, but certainly not so difficult to learn as Vim, and this is the Micro text editor.

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gThumb 3.12.0 Released! How to Install via PPA in Ubuntu 20.04

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gThumb image viewer and organizer announced version 3.12.0 as the new stable release series!

gThumb 3.12.0 is the new stable series since the last 3.10.x, while the 3.11.x is the development release.

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Giada 0.18.2 Hardcore Loop Machine Brings New Stereo In/Out Audio Meters, Revamped Action Editor

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For those not in the known, Giada is a universal music production software that can be used as a loop machine, sample player, song editor, live recorder, FX processor, or MIDI controller. The new release, Giada 0.18.2, is here to introduce new features like stereo in/out audio meters and a revamped Action Editor for better usability and support for displaying the play head.

For connoisseurs, it also implements queue for MIDI events, simplifies the Event Dispatcher’s event type function, moves the JACK transport operations to the new JackTransport class, adds support for always picking sample rates from the first audio device when using JACK, and adds AtomicSwapper as a git submodule.

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Pensela: An Open-Source Tool Tailored for Screen Annotations

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You may have come across several screenshot tools available for Linux. However, a dedicated screen annotation tool along with the ability to take screenshots? And, with cross-platform support?

Well, that sounds even better!

While you get many tools to beautify your screenshots and the screenshot tools like Flameshot, Pensela lets you focus on annotations first.

It focuses on offering several annotation options while giving you the ability to take full-size screenshots.

Here, I shall highlight some of its features along with my experience using it.

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