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4MLinux 9.0 Rescue Edition BETA

Sunday 1st of June 2014 06:42:56 AM
4MLinux is a miniature Linux distribution focusing on four capabilities: maintenance (by using it as a system rescue live CD), multimedia (for example, for playing video DVDs), miniserver (using the inetd daemon), and mystery (meaning console games).

Release Notes: The main features in this release are antivirus protection (Clam AntiVirus 0.98.3 with ClamWin), system backup (4MLinux Backup Scripts 9.0), data recovery (GNU ddrescue 1.17, TestDisk 6.14 with QPhotoRec), disk partitioning (cfdisk 2.24.2, cgdisk 0.8.10, and GNU Parted 3.1), and partition imaging (Partimage 0.6.9, Partclone 0.2.69). Many archive formats can be managed via 7-Zip 9.20, FreeArc 0.666, and PeaZip 5.3.1. File managers (Midnight Commander 4.8.11, X File Explorer 1.37, muCommander 0.9.0), CD/DVD burners (cdw 0.7.1, InfraRecorder 0.53), and UNetbootin 603 are also included.

Tags: Linux distribution, Live-CD, system, rescue, Console, Server, multimedia, Games - Linux, X windows

Licenses: GPLv3

etmTk 0.1.42

Saturday 31st of May 2014 10:29:14 PM
etmTk is an event and task manager. In contrast to most calendar/todo applications, creating items (events, tasks, and so forth) in etm does not require filling out fields in a form. Instead, items are created as free-form text entries using a simple, intuitive format and stored in plain text files. Both a graphical user interface based on Tkinter and a command line interface are provided.

Release Notes: This release adds the ability to track and assign idle time. Improved editing workflow. Many bugfixes.

Release Tags: Minor feature enhancements, Bug fixes

Tags: Office/Business, Scheduling, Information Management, Calendar, Task Management, Alerting

Licenses: GPL v2 Or Later

Yentoo 20140519

Saturday 31st of May 2014 08:33:31 PM
Yentoo is stock Gentoo ported to the Lemote Yeeloong, a netbook based on a 64-bit little endian MIPS processor named the loongson2f. Although Gentoo strives to be a "from source" distribution, building a full desktop system from a Gentoo's stage3 seed using a slow processor like the loongson2f can take many days of frustration. Yentoo gives the user a head start by providing a prebuilt XFCE4 desktop with software for browsing, email, word processing, multimedia, chat and games. It also provides a toolchain and development tools ready to target 32- and 64-bit little endian MIPS for ABI=o32, n32, and n64. Two flavors are provided, vanilla and hardened. Hardened Yentoo has all userland built with Gentoo's hardened toolchain for added security. However, the added security comes at a price of running slightly slower than the vanilla version.

Release Notes: This is the initial pubic announcement, but the project has been in development for two years and is well tested.

Release Tags: Initial release

Tags: Linux Distributions, Desktop Environment, xfce4, Security Enhancements, MIPS

Licenses: GPLv2

CGIProxy 2.1.11

Saturday 31st of May 2014 08:04:34 PM
CGIProxy is a Perl CGI script that acts as an Internet proxy. Through it, you can retrieve resources that may be inaccessible from your own machine. The user is kept as anonymous as possible from any servers. HTTP and FTP are supported, and optionally SSL. Common uses include censorship circumvention, VPN-like setups, anonymous proxies, personal proxies, and others. Options include text-only browsing (to save bandwidth), selective cookie and script removal, simple ad filtering, access restriction by server, encoded target URLs and cookies, configuration by end user, and much more (currently over 70 config options). Javascript and Flash are fully supported. Messages are in 14 languages so far. Can be installed as a CGI script, a mod_perl script, a FastCGI script, or with its own embedded secure HTTP server. An online demo is available.

Release Notes: This release adds CORS support, which among other things makes YouTube work again. It adds a page to the site about security with CGIProxy, and links to it from the CGIProxy footer. IPv6 support has been added, but the author was unable to test it. Several bugs have been fixed, making more sites work better.

Tags: Communications, File Sharing, Internet, Web, Browsers, Other/Nonlisted Topic, Networking, Firewalls, Utilities

Licenses: Free for non-commercial use

Razer device configuration tool 0.26

Saturday 31st of May 2014 06:37:21 PM
Razercfg is a Razer device configuration tool. It is based on "razerd", a background daemon doing all of the low-level privileged hardware accesses. The user interface tools are "razercfg", a command-line tool, and "qrazercfg", a Qt-based graphical device configuration tool. Supported devices are the Razer DeathAdder (Classic, 3500DPI, and Black Edition) mouse, the Razer Krait mouse, the Razer Lachesis mouse, the Razer Copperhead mouse, the Razer Naga mouse, the Razer Boomslang CE mouse and the Razer Taipan mouse.

Release Notes: The project was ported to Python 3 and PySide. Naga support was improved.

Tags: Hardware, Razer, mouse, input, configuration, Drivers

Licenses: GPL

Fotoxx 14.06

Saturday 31st of May 2014 04:40:08 PM
Fotoxx navigates an image collection using a thumbnail browser to choose images to view or edit. Edit functions include brightness, contrast, color, gamma, white balance, tone mapping, red eyes, sharpen, blur, noise suppression, smart erase, trim (crop), resize, rotate, add text, bend/warp, many art effects, HDR, HDF, stack, and panorama. Edit functions use movable curves and sliders. Feedback is live using the whole image. RAW files can be edited and saved with deep color. Areas or objects can be selected using freehand draw, follow edge, and tone matching. Selections can be edited in place with adjustable blending. They can also be cut and pasted into other images. Any metadata can be edited, reported, and searched (filenames, tags, dates, geotags, comments, captions, ratings, etc.). Collections (arbitrary subsets) can be defined and viewed. Batch functions are available for rename, resize/export, RAW conversion, and more.

Release Notes: The Window layout was revised to improve space utilization. A custom convolution kernel can be edited and applied to an image. If a RAW file has no embedded thumbnail, one is created. Panorama residual alignment errors (e.g. parallax offsets) can be fixed by dragging and warping images with the mouse. Trim/Rotate and Fix Perspective can be adjusted in 1-pixel steps using the keyboard arrow keys. Resize and sharpen options were added to Batch Convert RAW. Mashup can adjust image overlaps and transparencies more easily. Three minor bugs were fixed.

Release Tags: feature additions

Tags: multimedia, Graphics, Viewers, Editors, Raster-Based

Licenses: GPLv3

iStoa 14.06

Saturday 31st of May 2014 01:09:10 PM
Stoa is a corpus of interactive activities to play with mathematics for grade 1 learners.

Release Notes: English proofreading. Localization in French. 5 new etayages (activities). For clarity, repaints the skip button icon in orange. A personalized avatar (see README). A simple table widget to present artifacts. A virtual machine with a working keypad. Background can be defined per etayage (activity).

Tags: Math

Licenses: LGPL

remoteEncFs 0.2.1

Saturday 31st of May 2014 12:18:59 PM
remoteEncFs supports some use cases for using a remote filesystem encrypted with encfs locally. Such filesystems can be created with Boxcryptor Classic. In particular, remoteEncFs supports local synchronization and mounting local or remote copies.

Release Notes: The file system is now checked for files in use before unmounting.

Release Tags: Minor feature enhancements

Tags: encrypted cloud storage

Licenses: GPLv2

Burp 1.4.16

Saturday 31st of May 2014 11:30:45 AM
Burp is a program that backs up and restores data. It uses librsync in order to save on the amount of space that is used by each backup. It also uses VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Service) to make snapshots when backing up Windows computers.

Release Notes: A bugfix for restoring permissions on empty directories. Compiles on systems that have no O_NOATIME and fdopendir(), i.e. Mac OS X. FreeBSD scripting fixes. In bedup, detects if a rename failed after unlinking the target file, then prints a warning and stops processing. Fixes a case where an interrupted backup may not have been automatically recoverable. Sets the IPTOS_THROUGHPUT bit on Windows so that burp is doing the right thing even if Windows decides to remove it.

Tags: backup

Licenses: AGPLv3

openDIAS 0.9.5

Saturday 31st of May 2014 11:00:02 AM
openDIAS (Document Imaging Archive System) provides document imaging with OCR. You can scan documents (with SANE) or import office documents, then assign them tags. It can store all your letters, bills, statements, etc. in a convenient, safe, and easily retrievable way.

Release Notes: This release added auto tagging by detecting similar documents. Username authentication now uses a new session system. A Dutch translation was added and a number of German translations were fixed. Scanning color and performance were improved. The UI was improved UI with print now, date formats, file uploads, and error feedback. There were lots of internal refactors and improvements, new tests, and increased test performance.

Release Tags: major functionality

Tags: Office/Business, Office Suites, Capture, Scanners, Information Management, Document Repositories

Licenses: GPLv2

DDMSence 2.3.0

Friday 30th of May 2014 11:07:55 PM
DDMSence (pronounced "dee-dee-em-Essence") is the only Java library that fully supports the DoD Discovery Metadata Specification (DDMS). It provides a complete implementation of the DDMS specification using any DDMS version between 2.0 and 5.0. Validation is performed according to both the schema and the specification, and custom validation rules can be defined with ISO Schematron.

Release Notes: This release adds configurable, automatic JSON output for all DDMS components. It is backwards-compatible with all versions since 2.0.0.

Release Tags: Stable, Minor

Tags: Software Development, Libraries, Java Libraries, XML, DDMS, Metadata

Licenses: LGPL

Groonga 4.02

Friday 30th of May 2014 10:54:16 PM
Groonga is a fast and accurate full text search engine based on an inverted index. Newly registered document instantly appears in search results, and updates are allowed without read locks. These characteristics result in superior performance for real-time applications. It is also a column-oriented database management system (DBMS). Compared with well-known row-oriented systems, such as MySQL and PostgreSQL, column-oriented systems are more suited for aggregate queries.

Release Notes: This release added support for daylight saving time, experimental tokenizer_list and normalizer_list commands, changed HTTP responses on errors, and support for Munin plugins in groonga-httpd.

Tags: Database

Licenses: LGPL

webon irforum-2.50_jp

Friday 30th of May 2014 09:08:04 PM
webon is a Web content management system. It provides an access log to check who has visited your site. It has a counter that lets anybody know the number of people who have visited your site.

Release Notes: This release added a function for editing users.

Licenses: GPL, BSD Revised

fbcat 0.4

Friday 30th of May 2014 04:31:38 PM
fbcat grabs an image of a framebuffer and stores it in a PPM file.

Release Notes: Support for monochrome visuals was added.

Licenses: GPLv2

GnuAccounting 0.8.5

Friday 30th of May 2014 03:33:21 PM
GnuAccounting is an accounting and bookkeeping application. It interfaces with Moneyplex, Starmoney, Karm, and Winston, embeds OpenOffice.org and Firefox, and utilizes either HSQLDB or a separate MySQL installation.

Release Notes: Support for reading and writing invoices using the "ZUGFeRD" standard was added, using the recently released Mustang project. Small amendments like new units, new expense categories (telecommunication), placeholders for IBAN, BIC, and SEPA mandate, corrections, and a new forum complete the picture.

Tags: Office/Business, Financial, Accounting

Licenses: GPL

QuickMSG 20140530

Friday 30th of May 2014 03:13:39 PM
QuickMSG is a secure messaging app for Android and the Linux command line. Its goal is to provide a simple and easy to use chat application with contacts and groups, providing secure chatting with no reliance on any central servers. It offers a simple interface for text chat and sending other content such as images and videos. Chat messages are sent using PGP encrypted email. All a user needs is an email provider which offers IMAP retrieval and SMTP submission (such as Gmail).

Release Notes: The number of unread messages is better displayed in the app and in notifications. Notifications are also automaticly cancelled when they are no longer needed, such as when the app is started.

Licenses: GPLv3

ZABBIX 2.3.1

Friday 30th of May 2014 03:06:25 PM
ZABBIX is an enterprise-class distributed monitoring solution designed to monitor and track performance and availability of network servers, devices, and other IT resources. It supports distributed and Web-based monitoring, auto-discovery, real-time monitoring, SLA assurance, trending, and more.

Release Notes: This alpha release introduces major features along with numerous improvements.

Release Tags: Alpha

Tags: Logging, Networking, Monitoring, Systems Administration

Licenses: GPL

irker 2.8

Friday 30th of May 2014 02:54:00 PM
irked is an IRC client that runs as a daemon accepting notification requests as JSON objects presented to a listening socket. It is meant to be used by hook scripts in version-control repositories, allowing them to send commit notifications to project IRC channels. A hook script that works with git, hg, and svn is included in the distribution.

Release Notes: Various minor improvements to irk, and better support for branch names containing slashes.

Tags: IRC, VCS

Licenses: BSD Revised

Qore Programming Language 0.8.10

Friday 30th of May 2014 02:15:20 PM
Qore is a scripting language supporting threading and embedded logic, and designed for applying a flexible scripting-based approach to enterprise interface development. It is also useful as a general purpose language.

Release Notes: This is a major release with many many bugfixes and new features such as much improved HTTP and REST support (including chunked transfer support, new client and server classes for REST support for data streaming) improved database support (including a new Schema module for automatic DB-independent schema management, and many SqlUtil module improvements), and much more.

Release Tags: major new features, Major bugfixes

Tags: Database, Software Development, Interpreters

Licenses: LGPL, GPL, MIT

phpMyFAQ 2.8.10

Friday 30th of May 2014 12:46:19 PM
phpMyFAQ is a multilingual, completely database-driven FAQ system. It support various database systems and it also offers a content management system with a WYSIWYG editor, an image manager, flexible multi-group and multi-user support, a news system, user tracking, language modules, templates, PDF support, a backup system, Active Directory support, and an easy to use installation script.

Release Notes: This release finally dropped support for Internet Explorer 7 and 8, and updated the Brazilian Portuguese translation and the TinyMCE and TCPDF package bundles. Some minor issues were fixed.

Tags: Information Management

Licenses: MPL

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Google, Windows and Outlook

  • Google's Octopus Is A Gemini Lake Chromebook
    While we're still waiting on an AMD-powered Chromebook as well as for Cannonlake to materialize, it appears Google is prepping support for a Geminilake Chromebook as well. Gemini Lake was launched back in December and makes use of Goldmont Plus CPU cores with Gen9 (Kabylake) class graphics. The current Gemini Lake mobile parts are the Celeron N4000/N4100 and Pentium Silver N5000. The Celeron models are dual core while the Pentium Silver N5000 is quad-core, all of them have a 6 Watt TDP, 1.1GHz base frequency, and turbo frequency in the 2.4~2.7GHz range while the graphics clock up only to 650~750MHz.
  • Windows 10 Update KB4058043 Causing BSODs, Some PCs Unable to Boot
    Botched updates keep making the rounds these days, and here’s a new one that was actually released in December, but whose effects haven’t been spotted until this month. Windows 10 update KB4058043, which is released to systems running the Fall Creators Update, brings reliability improvements to the Microsoft Store and fixes an issue which Microsoft says could cause app update failures and unnecessary network requests. But as it turns out, it also brings new problems to a number of systems installing it. A post on Microsoft’s Community forums, which got pinned earlier this week – meaning that it’s really an issue that all users should be aware of, reveals that Windows 10 update KB4058043 caused BSODs on a system before eventually pushing it to an unbootable state.
  • A Life Lesson in Mishandling SMTP Sender Verification

    Whenever I encounter incredibly stupid and functionally destructive configuration errors like this I tend to believe they're down to simple incompetence and not malice.

    But this one has me wondering. If you essentially require incoming mail to include the contents of spf.outlook.com (currently no less than 81 subnets) as valid senders for the domain, you are essentially saying that only outlook.com customers are allowed to communicate.

    If that restriction is a result of a deliberate choice rather than a simple configuration error, the problem moves out of the technical sphere and could conceivably become a legal matter, depending on what outlook.com have specified in their contracts that they are selling to their customers.

Graphics: Nouveau, Mesa and VESA

  • Nouveau Gets ARB_bindless_texture Support For Maxwell & Newer
    Back for Mesa 18.0 there was OpenGL bindless textures for Kepler GPUs on the open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" driver while now for Mesa 18.1 that support is in place for Maxwell GPUs and newer. Bindless texture support is important for "AZDO" purposes for approaching zero driver overhead with OpenGL. ARB_bindless_texture reduces the API/GL driver overhead of resource bindings and allows accessing textures without needing to first bind/re-bind them.
  • Marek Working Towards Even Lower SGPR Register Usage
    Yesterday well known open-source AMD developer Marek Olšák landed his RadeonSI 32-bit pointers support for freeing up some scalar general purpose registers (SGPRs) and he's continued with a new patch series to alleviate register usage even more.
  • Libdrm 2.4.90 Released With Meson Build System, AMDGPU & Intel Improvements
    Marek Olšák on Saturday released the big libdrm 2.4.90 DRM library update that sits between Mesa and other GPU user-space components and the kernel's Direct Rendering Manager code.
  • Mesa Git Lands RadeonSI 32-bit Pointers Support
    At the start of the new year Marek Olšák of AMD posted a set of patches for 32-bit GPU pointers in RadeonSI. That work has now landed in mainline Mesa Git.
  • xf86-video-vesa 2.4.0
    Nothing terribly exciting, but enough bug fixes to justify a release.
  • VESA X.Org Driver Sees First Update In Three Years
    Should you find yourself using the xf86-video-vesa DDX for one reason or another, a new release is now available and it's the first in three years. The xf86-video-vesa 2.4.0 X.Org driver was released this week with the handful of commits that came in since v2.3.4 was tagged three years ago, it's been eight years already since xf86-video-vesa 2.3.0. For most users, xf86-video-vesa is just used in select fallback instances when your main DDX driver fails but even still these days KMS is pretty solid with xf86-video-modesetting, fbdev and other DDX drivers working well, etc.

Kernel: VGA_Switcheroo, Con Kolivas/MuQSS, and KPTI Protection