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Software: Blender, GIMP, Streamlink and KeePass

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  • Over Half a Million Downloads per Month

    The official Blender release is now being downloaded over half a million times per month, and a total of 6.5M last year.

    During the period of July 2016 and July 2017, Blender has seen the release of Blender 2.78 and a/b/c fix releases.

  • Gimp 2.8.22 Stable Version Released, Available via PPA for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    GIMP is the multi-platform image manipulation tool stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. GIMP works on many operating systems and it is translated in many languages. It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is written and developed under X11 on UNIX platforms. Both stable and development version is available via 3rd party repositories.

  • Streamlink – Stream Online Videos Via Your Favourite Video Player

    Streamlink is a cross-platform command line utility tool (and API) with which you can stream videos from several streaming services including Twitch and YouTube Live via any video player app of your choosing e.g. VLC and MPV player.

    Being a fork of Livestreamer, Streamlink’s main purpose is to help users avoid buggy and/or CPU-heavy flash plugins in order enjoy an excellent video streaming experience. The CLI tool also has an API that developers can use in their applications for free.

  • KeePass – A Best GUI Password Management Tool To Store/Secure Passwords In Linux

    KeePass is a free open source password manager which helps you to manage your passwords securely.

    We can put all our passwords in one database which is locked with one master password or a key file.

    So we have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database.

Software: Penguin Subtitle Player, Planter, Emacs

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  • Managing creative assets with Planter

    Planter is a simple Python 3 application that makes it easy to manage and organize your project files.

  • Switching to Emacs land

    After 16 years with Vi(m), a week back I switched to Emacs as my primary editor. I used Emacs for a few days in 2010, when it was suggested to me by the #lisp channel. But, neither I continued, nor I understood the keystrokes well.

  • Penguin Subtitle Player – Subtitles on Top of Any Window

    Penguin Subtitle Player is a Qt5 project open source and cross-platform standalone subtitle player with which you can display subtitles on top of any window without blocking your display.

    Its features are best enjoyed when used to stream videos online, especially from services that don’t support custom subtitles, or that don’t support displaying subtitles at all. Its User Interface allows users to set custom fonts, text shadow, window opacity, text positions and display multiple subtitles at the same time.

Wine Staging Release 2.12

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  • [Wine Staging] Release 2.12

    The Wine Staging release 2.12 is now available.

  • Wine-Staging 2.12 Released

    Wine-Staging 2.12 is now available as the latest experimental/testing version of Wine re-based from this past week's release of Wine 2.12.

    Wine-Staging 2.12 isn't particularly exciting but does contain some new Direct3D 11 patches as well as using OpenGL's core context when necessary.

Software: 3 MPD Clients, Kolab Now, Nageru and ODrive

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  • 3 MPD clients for an Armbian music server

    You can see the CuBox music server in this photo—it's the small square box to the lower right in the foreground. You can also see the digital-to-analog converter (or DAC, the silver dongle to its left), its hard drive (underneath it), and the vintage late-'70s power amp (the box whose cooling fins are visible in the upper left) that connects it to my kitchen speakers.

    Since I installed the server software, a new kernel has been released for the Armbian distribution. Upgrading to this kernel immediately fouled up MPD's ability to play music—oh no! But some detective work uncovered the reason why... It turns out that the new kernel supports the HDMI interface under Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA), so my device numbering in the MPD configuration file no longer referenced my DAC!

  • Kolab Now: Another Round of Updates

    I don’t expect everyone to know and understand what these pieces mean, so I’ll divide this blog post in to two parts — one for users of Kolab in general, and one for my fellow sysadmins.

    A heads-up for Kolab users though — I’m much more verbose in the sysadmin parts of my messaging, and so you just might want to read through even though things go way over your head and land nowhere meaningful.

  • Nageru 1.6.1 released

    Now that Solskogen is coming up, there's been a lot of activity on the Nageru front, but hopefully everything is actually coming together now. Testing has been good, but we'll see whether it stands up to the battle-hardening of the real world or not. Hopefully I won't be needing any last-minute patches. Smile

  • ODrive – Google Drive GUI Client for Linux Desktop

    ODrive (Open Source Drive) is a GUI desktop client for virtually any cloud service you can mention; including Google Drive. It is developed using the famous Electron platform to be cross-platform and swift in its operations.

    ODrive’s pitch is that it combines all your cloud storage services into one unified, synchronized, shareable, and encrypted account via which you can access all the rest with a single password. It syncs changes to files and directories as soon as you make them and allows you to securely share them with whomever via web-links.

Software: GIMP, QXmlEdit, iWant, Jam, and KDE Kube

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  • GIMP Is Finally Getting a Built-in Metadata Editor

    The next version of GIMP will include an updated metadata viewer and a new metadata editor. The improved features are down to GIMP developer Benoit Touchette, whose work improves the existing ‘view metadata’ box but finally makes it possible to edit metadata in GIMP.

  • 7 features of QXmlEdit for unusual situations

    QXmlEdit is an open source XML editor written using Qt libraries that has some unusual features that can help you in complex situations.

    An ordinary XML editor can make it easier to write long XML documents in structured form instead of laying them down as text. (Did you ever do that?) Even so, sooner or later you will run into situations where a basic editor is not enough. For example, you may need to manipulate data with cardinalities you never thought possible, or deal with binary data, or compare two XML Schema Definitions (XSDs) at a semantic level. QXmlEdit, which runs on Linux, Windows, MacOS, and OS/2, has features that can help you in situations like those.

    Let's jump in.

  • iWant – The Decentralized Peer To Peer File Sharing Commandline Application

    A while ago, we have written a guide about and that allows you to share files over Internet easily and quickly, and PSiTransfer – a simple open source self-hosted file sharing solution. Today, we will see yet another file sharing utility called “iWant”. It is a free and open source CLI-based decentralized peer to peer file sharing application.

  • Jam – Listen to Google Play Music Straight From Your Console

    Jam is a recently developed Google Play Music player for the Linux and Windows consoles. It features a simplistic appearance within the terminal that is easy to navigate (pretty much like Cmus) and was written in the Go programming language.

  • KDE Kube – A Modern Mail Communication & Collaboration Client

    KDE Kube is a modern mail and collaboration client that provides both online and offline access to contacts, calendars, to-dos, notes, emails, and other personal informational features with a focus on beauty and ease of work.

    Based on QtQuick and AkonadiNext, it uses Sink for both synchronization and data access and leverages the KDE PIM codebase where possible.

Software: Rapid Photo Downloader, Casync, Tomb, Address Book, Calibre, and Proprietary

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  • Rapid Photo Downloader 0.9.0 released

    After two and half years of development, Damon Lynch is proud to publish a major new version of the Linux desktop's premier photo and video downloader/importer.

  • Distributing filesystem images and updates with casync

    Casync is a new option to complement tools like rsync, which may prove useful to anyone who needs to distribute large filesystem images that also need to be regularly updated. The granularity of "chunks" that casync uses is reminiscent of BitTorrent, but the fact that it is network protocol independent should make the distribution of data friendlier to firewalls and content distribution networks. It should be a useful tool for cloud providers, software distributions, developers sharing customized virtual machine images, and anyone else who needs an efficient way of providing large and constantly updated bundles of data.

  • Tomb – A File Encryption Tool To Protect Your Secret Files In Linux

    Tomb is a free and open source file encryption tool to protect your secret files in GNU/Linux operating systems. It allows the users to create a encrypted storage (a folder) in the file system and save the important data in it. The encrypted storage can be opened and closed using their associated keyfiles, which are also protected by a password chosen by the user. For the sake of security, you can save the keyfiles on a separate medium, say for example an USB drive or a CD/DVD. The encrypted folders are called “tombs”. You can create any number of tombs in your hard drive as long as it has enough free space. A tomb can only opened if you both have the keyfile and the password. It also has advanced features, like steganography, which allows you to hide the keyfiles within another file. Even though, Tomb is a CLI tool, it also has a GUI wrapper called gtomb, which makes the usage of Tomb much easier for the beginners.

  • 3 Brilliant Open Source Command Line Address Book for Linux

    Modern computer systems employ various tools for managing contacts in our address books. With the proliferation of social media applications, this complexity has increased considerably and lacks the greatest simplicity in style most Linux users adore. This article shows three tools used in the creation of address books from our linux bash terminal.

  • Calibre 3.3 Open-Source eBook Manager Arrives with Interface Improvements, Fixes

    If you're an avid book reader, then you must have the Calibre open-source and cross-platform ebook library management software installed on your persona computer to sync books to your e-reader.

    Developer Kovid Goyal today announced a new version, Calibre 3.3, which adds a few improvements to the user experience and fixes a bunch of bugs. For example, the Quickview panel was updated to allow users to open and close it through a the Layout button in the bottom right corner.

  • VMware Renews Cloud-Native Apps Focus
  • ProofMode: a camera app for verifiable photography

    Readers with long memories might also recall that the CameraV–ProofMode saga marks the second time that the Guardian Project developed a security app only to later refactor the code into a system service. The first instance was PanicKit, a framework for erasing device data from multiple apps that grew out of the project's earlier storage-erasing app InTheClear.

    Freitas calls this a coincidence, however, rather than a development trend. With PanicKit, he said, the goal was to develop a service that third-party app developers would find useful, too. ProofMode, in contrast, was merely a simplification of the original concept designed to meet the needs of a broader audience. Regardless of how one looks at it, though, most will likely agree that if security features come built into the operating system at a lower level — eliminating the need to choose "secure apps" or "insecure apps" — then the end users will benefit in the end.

Release of Wine 2.12

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  • Wine Announcement

    The Wine development release 2.12 is now available.

  • Wine 2.12 Released

    Wine 2.12 is now available as the latest bi-weekly snapshot leading up to the Wine 3.0 release late into the year or early 2018.

  • Wine 2.12 Released with Audio Driver for Android, Async I/O Improvements

    If you fancy running Windows games or apps on your Linux, Android, or OS X operating system, then you should know that there's a new Wine development release available for download, versioned 2.12.

    Wine 2.12 continues the bi-weekly development releases of the project, and it brings a new set of features, improvements, and bug fixes, starting with the implementation of an audio driver for Android and initial support for the MSI user interface and continuing with various RegEdit file parser enhancements and some more async I/O performance improvements.

Games and Software: Next Up Hero, GStreamer, Corebird, and Pitivi

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  • Next Up Hero announced by Aspyr Media and Digital Continue, will support Linux

    Next Up Hero [Steam, Official Site] is a new arcade action-adventure being developed by Digital Continue and it's being published by Aspyr Media.

  • GStreamer Could Be The First Multimedia Framework Supporting RTSP 2.0

    Patches are pending for GStreamer that provide the first public client and server implementation of the RTSP 2.0 protocol, Real Time Streaming Protocol 2.0.

    Real Time Streaming Protocol 2.0 was firmed up last year as the replacement to RTSP 1.0 that does break backwards compatibility. To date the protocol authors know of no other implementation of the RTSP 2.0 so this makes GStreamer the first with a working client and server, albeit not yet merged to Git.

  • Linux Twitter App Corebird v1.5.1 Released

    Avid user of Linux Twitter client Corebird? Well, you may want to know that a new release is available to download. But before you get too excited about finding new features I should point at the latest release comes with stability improvements and nothing else.

  • Pitivi: Keyframes for transformation properties

    With a bit more than a month into the GSOC coding time, my project is almost complete. As a reminder, I was working on implementing a keyframe curve for the transformation properties (which control the positioning and size of a clip) in Pitivi.


Software: Container Software, Fish Shell, and Etcher

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  • Oracle Debuts Three New Open-Source Container Tools

    Oracle is expanding its container efforts with the official public debut of three new open-source utilities designed to help improve application container security and performance. The tools include the Smith secure container builder, Crashcart container debugging tool and the Railcar container runtime.

    The new Oracle container tools were publicly revealed by Oracle cloud development architect Vish (Ishaya) Abrams, who is a well-known figure in the OpenStack cloud community. Prior to joining Oracle in April 2015, Abrams had served as the project technical leader of the OpenStack Nova compute project which supports multiple virtualization technologies.

  • Release Notes for fish 2.6.0 (released June 3, 2017)
  • container - Etched in Linux

    This is probably my shortest tutorial slash review ever, and that's because Etcher offers a very practical, simple interface with guaranteed results. Exactly what you expect from software. Intuitive and safe use, consistent and satisfactory end state.

    I am pleased by Etcher, also because it signifies a mental shift in how Linux software should be done. I don't care about the backend, the whole buzzword-rich stack. What I do like is that you have a portable Linux tool that can do the job of writing images to USB media, and it does this reliably and efficiently. There you go. The next time you're in need for some Linux testing, give Etcher a try, and see how well it does its job. I believe you will be pleased. Dedoimedo, over and out.

Free Software for Emoji and for Proprietary Microsoft (or Connected to It)

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More in Tux Machines

XFree KWin, Plasma, KDE, and Qt/GTK

  • Announcing the XFree KWin project
    Over the last weeks I concentrated my work on KWin on what I call the XFree KWin project. The idea is to be able to start KWin/Wayland without XWayland support. While most of the changes required for it are already in Plasma 5.11, not everything got ready in time, but now everything is under review on phabricator, so it’s a good point in time to talk about this project.
  • Adapta Theme is Now Available for the #KDE Plasma Desktop
    A new port brings the Adapta GTK theme to the KDE Plasma 5 desktop for the first time, news that will please fans of its famous flat stylings.
  • A New Project To Let You Run Qt Apps With GTK+ Windowing System Integration
    A Norwegian developer has developed a new Qt platform abstraction plug-in to let Qt applications make use of GTK+ for windowing system integration. The Qt apps rely upon GTK+ as a host toolkit to provide GTK menus, GTK for input, and other integration bits.
  • Ant is a Flat GTK Theme with a Bloody Bite
    Between Arc, Adapta and Numix it kind of feels like Linux has the whole flat GTK theme thing covered. But proving their’s always room for one more is Ant.

Android Leftovers

Development: Blockchain for Good Hackathon, ASUS Tinker Board, React License, JavaScript, Pascal, Python

  • Blockchain for Good Hackathon, Saturday, 30 September and Sunday, 1 October
    The Blockchain for Good Hackathon takes place Saturday, 30 September and Sunday, 1 October. Full agenda can be found here.
  • ASUS Tinker Board Is An Interesting ARM SBC For About $60 USD
    Earlier this year ASUS announced the Tinker Board as their first step into the ARM single board computer world. Earlier this month I finally received a Tinker Board for testing and it has been quite interesting to say the least. The Tinker Board with its Rockchip SoC has been among the most competitive ARM SBCs we have tested to date in its price range and the form factor is compatible with the Raspberry Pi.
  • Configure Thunderbird to send patch friendly
  • Facebook to Relicense React Under MIT [Ed: as we hoped [1, 2]]
    Facebook has decided to change the React license from BSD+Patents to MIT to make it possible for companies to include React in Apache projects, and to avoid uncertain relationship with the open source community. Adam Wolff, an Engineering Director at Facebook, has announced that a number of projects - React, Jest, Flow, and Immutable.js – will soon start using the more standard MIT License instead of BSD+Patents. The reason provided is "because React is the foundation of a broad ecosystem of open source software for the web, and we don't want to hold back forward progress for nontechnical reasons." While aware that the React’s BSD+Patents license has created "uncertainty" among users of the library, prompting some to select an alternative solution, Facebook does not "expect to win these teams back" but they still hope some will reconsider the issue. The change in license will become effective when React 16 will be released next week. Regarding other projects, Wolff said that "many of our popular projects will keep the BSD + Patents license for now", while they are "evaluating those projects' licenses too, but each project is different and alternative licensing options will depend on a variety of factors." It seems from this clause that Facebook plans to get rid of the BSD+Patents license entirely, but they need to figure out the best option for each project. [...] Facebook’s plan to switch to a standard license MIT, supported by Apache, completely solves this problem with React and several other projects. It remains to see what happens with the license of other Facebook projects, and how much this license issue has affected how React is perceived by the community.
  • To type or not to type: quantifying detectable bugs in JavaScript
  • Plug For PASCAL
  • V. Anton Spraul's Think Like a Programmer, Python Edition

New Manjaro Release

What a week we had. With this update we have removed most of our EOL tagged kernels. Please adopt to newer series of each, when still be used. PulseAudio and Gstreamer got renewed. Also most of our kernels got newer point-releases. Series v4.12 is now marked as EOL. Guillaume worked on Pamac to solve reported issues within our v6 series. The user experience should be much better now. Latest NetworkManager, Python and Haskell updates complete this update-pack. Please report back and give us feedback for given changes made to our repositories. Read more