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Software and HowTos, GSoC

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  • RSS Guard 3.5.9

    RSS Guard is a basic (yet ground-breaking) channel peruser. It can bring the most realized channel groups, including RSS/RDF and ATOM. It’s free, it’s open-source. RSS Guard right now bolsters Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian. RSS Guard will never rely upon different administrations – this incorporates online news aggregators like Feedly, The Old Reader, and others.

  • Applying C - The Pseudo File System
  • How To Install Kali Linux – All The Methods
  • Getting help for Linux shell built-ins
  • How to reinstall Linux

    The time has come when you need to wipe your machine and reinstall the operating system so that it is like brand new. However, you don't know what to do and you don't know where to turn. TechRadar has you covered ... even those of you who use Linux!

    Now, if you're my father, you would delete everything and complain about stuff missing later. In order to be smart about this procedure, it is very wise to do a backup of your computer with all of your files. We have reviewed some great backup solutions from the Toshiba 3TB Cavio, the Western Digital DL4100, to the SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive. You will want to back up your files so that this process is easy.

    Assuming that is all done, I am going to walk you through each step and what you need to prep.

  • Srestha Srivastava: Google Summer of Code 2019 Update

    I then checked if we were able to get the script and command line for installing these Operating Systems, we can get the script list for an OS, and then choose one using get_nth(), we also needed installation configuration to generate command line from this script, I used default unattended configuration and printed the generated command line on terminal.

    After having a discussion with my mentor, we split the work further into steps and he created issues for every task on my development branch. First, I created a new class Installer from which the already existing class InstallerMedia will inherit and also the new InstallerTree class which we would need for tree based installations.

    I realised how important it is to write clear commit messages at every step, especially when your code might be read by many other people, I once included a lot of things in one commit, hence, had to undo it and do it in smaller and cleaner commits.

    Until now, GNOME Boxes was performing express installations using ISO of the Operating System, so we would extract the kernel and initrd from the downloaded ISO, we had a helper class ISOExtractor, that would help in extracting the kernel and initrd from an ISO file using the ArchiveReader and ArchiveWriter class, but now for tree based installations, we will need to download the kernel and initrd from a https location, so I have created a TreeExtractor class that takes the help of Downloader class, the same class that we use to download ISOs for an Operating System. Hence, now there is an Extractor class from which TreeExtractor and ISOExtractor class inherit.

  • Karina Passos: Day 58

    Since the last update, I worked on the Khipu interface and created some models to manage the information on the screen.

GIMP review

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GNU
Software
Reviews

GIMP (the GNU Image Manipulation Program) is our top pick for the best free photo editor, and comes with a huge array of professional-quality functions for fine-tuning snaps and creating your own artwork from scratch.

It includes layers, highly customizable brushes, filters and automatic image-enhancement tools, and support for a huge number of plugins (some pre-installed, and others available to download separately).

Its active community of contributors means it’s in constant development, and any bugs are squished in short order. It all adds up to make a truly remarkable free photo editor that’s superior to many commercial programs.

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Proprietary Software on GNU/Linux: BricsCAD Shape, WPS Office, Dropbox, and "Mac" Binaries (Through Darling)

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  • BricsCAD Shape is a Free SketchUp Alternative for Ubuntu & Linux Mint

    BricsCAD Shape is a free product from CAD software company Bricsys, who offer a range of full-featured (and pricey) CAD software for Windows, macOS and Linux desktops.

  • WPS Office on Linux is a Free Alternative to Microsoft Office

    If you are looking for a free alternative of Microsoft Office on Linux, WPS Office is one of the best choice. It’s free to use and offers compatibility with MS Office document formats.

    WPS Office is a cross-platform office productivity suite. It is light and fully compatible with Microsoft Office, Google Docs/Sheets/Slide and Adobe PDF.

    For many users, WPS Office feels intuitive and capable enough to meet their needs. It has gained popularity because of its closeness to Microsoft Office, both in terms of looks and compatibility.

  • Dropbox restores Linux support in new client beta

    That decision saw the sync ‘n’ share giant decide not to support “uncommon” filesystems, leaving it happy to work with just NTFS for Windows, HFS+ or APFS for Mac and Ext4 for Linux.

    Developers and Linux users were not happy.

    But their frowns can now turn upside-down, as a support note for the forthcoming Dropbox version 77 client update published today says it will “add support for ZFS (on 64-bit systems only), eCryptFS, XFS(on 64-bit systems only), and Btrfs filesystems in Linux.”

    The post doesn’t explain Dropbox’s reasons for the change, but it’s not hard to guess its reasons.

  • Darling Progress Report Q2 2019

    James Urquhart's pull requests gave us more stubs for many frameworks including DrawSprocket, AGL, Carbon, CoreServices, and ApplicationServices. Wow, what a list, thank you James! James also fixed a very low level bug where system calls with large numbers of arguments wouldn't work properly for 32-bit applications. Finally, he fixed a problem where Darling was using clock_sleep instead of clock_nanosleep and a bug with the stat system call.

  • Darling Picks Up New Contributors For Its macOS Compatibility Layer On Linux

    Darling is the long-standing (albeit for some years idling) effort to allow macOS binaries to run on Linux that is akin to Wine but focused on an Apple macOS layer rather than Windows. This summer it's been moving along and seeing some new developer contributions.

    The Darling project just published their Q2 highlights with having new contributors onboard and making progress at varying levels of the stack. They have begun stubbing out more frameworks including AGL, Carbon, AddressBook, CoreServices, and ApplicationServices.

Top 20 Best Instant Messaging Programs For Linux in 2019

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GNU
Linux
Software

Instant messaging programs allow users to make real-time communication between more than one person at a time. Like other popular platforms, Linux also has a lot of high-quality instant messaging clients for its users. There are different kinds of tools that support single or multiple protocols based on their characteristics. But each of the software is quite similar in a way to communicate with your friends, colleagues, and clients.

Read more

Also: This Open Source App Lets You Share Files Between PC & Smartphones Easily

Software: Open Build Service (OBS) and Spotify 'App'

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  • Introducing Open Build Service, Version 2.10

    We are pleased to announce the availability of Open Build Service (OBS) version 2.10!

    After more than one year of development, this new version of OBS brings a revamped web user interface, improved support for shipping your software in containers and integrating your package builds with source code management systems like GitLab and Pagure.

  • Spotify’s Snap App Was Outdated, But Now It Isn’t

    I’ll be honest: when Spotify arrived on the Snap store I thought: “hurrah”.

    Hurrah for an easier way to install the music streaming client (no need to futz around adding the Spotify repository like in the past) and hurrah for automatic background updates that ensure I’m always running the latest release.

    At least, that was the theory.

    Alas, the official Spotify for Linux Snap package has not been updated since April of this year.

    “Oh,” I thought, “I guess there hasn’t been an update to the Spotify Linux desktop client since then!”

    But there has — several updates, in fact!

[Krita] Interview with MangaTengu

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KDE
Software

It’s light and runs on Linux. So I could restore some old computers nobody wanted because “Windows takes 15 minutes to start” and make them into decent working stations.

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Proprietary Spyware From Microsoft and Dropbox Targets GNU/Linux

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Microsoft
Software
  • Microsoft Teams client for Linux 0.4 Released with Stability Fixes

    Teams for Linux is an unofficial Microsoft Teams client for Linux using Electron. It uses the Web App and wraps it as a standalone application using Electron.

  • Dropbox Brings Back Support For ZFS, XFS, BTFS And eCryptFS On Linux [Ed: The NSA wants to slurp in all your files, irrespective of what file system you use]

    Dropbox stopped supporting folder syncing to drives with filesystems which it deemed "uncommon", which on Linux meant anything but Ext4, upsetting quite a few users. The reason cited for this was that "a supported file system is required as Dropbox relies on extended attributes (X-attrs) to identify files in the Dropbox folder and keep them in sync", which doesn't really make sense since there are many filesystems that support xattr (extended attributes) on Linux.

Excellent Utilities: Ulauncher – Sublime application launcher for Linux

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Software

This is a new series highlighting best-of-breed utilities. We are covering a wide range of utilities including tools that boost your productivity, help you manage your workflow, and lots more besides.

Ulauncher is a fast application launcher for Linux. It has a minimal design, dependent on only a few resources, very fast, and works on virtually all Linux desktops. The software is written in Python, using GTK+.

This review is carried out with the latest beta release of the software.

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Some Interesting Features In VLC and Typical FUD From Bogdan Popa

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Movies
  • Some Interesting Features In VLC!

    VLC is one of the best video and audio player applications that are open source. We can install this application on various existing operating systems such as Linux, MAC, Windows, and also Android.

  • Critical Flaw in VLC Media Player Discovered by German Cybersecurity Agency [Ed: Will dedicated Microsoft propagandists like Bogdan Popa also write about NSA back doors in Windows or always just focus on smearing FOSS security? There are security bugs found every day, but back doors are an actual conspiracy; yet corporate media sponsored by the conspirators likes to deflect all blame to those who find/exploit these back doors.]

    A critical security flaw in VLC Media Player has recently been discovered by German cybersecurity watchdog CERT-Bund, who warns that a successful attack would allow for remote code execution.
    The vulnerability exists in VLC Media Player version 3.0.7.1, according to the official CVE-2019-13615, which is the latest stable release of the application.

10 resources every sysadmin should know about

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Server
Software

Everybody knows that sysadmins are impossibly busy people. Consequently, it sometimes seems they are superhuman. The sysadmin's dirty secret, the same one shared by many open source users, is that they don't actually do all of the work it looks like they've done. One of the greatest tools in the sysadmin's kit is their ability to reuse work someone else has already done for them.

A good sysadmin knows where to turn when there's a big job to be done but nobody available to do it. If you're looking to work smarter, not harder, this is for you: a list of the top 10 resources every sysadmin should know about.

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Leftovers: Audiocast, Linux Sound and Linux Foundation

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  • Audio Component Support Being Worked On For The Radeon & Nouveau Drivers

    Linux sound maintainer Takashi Iwai of SUSE has posted a set of patches implementing HD audio component notifier support for the Radeon and Nouveau DRM kernel drivers. Audio component notifier support may not seem like much to get excited about but it allows for more reliable audio hotplug notifications and ELD (EDID Like Data) transfer without accessing the HD audio bus. This yields efficiency benefits and can function without waking up the run-time power management hardware.

  • The Linux Foundation and LF Networking Announce Full Agenda for Open Networking Summit Europe

    The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, and LF Networking (LFN), which facilitates collaboration and operational excellence across open networking projects, today announced the session line-up for Open Networking Summit Europe, taking place September 23-25 in Antwerp, Belgium. The event features cross-industry speakers from AT&T, Bell Canada, Cisco, China Mobile, CNCF, Dell Technologies, Deutsche Telekom, doc.ai, Ericsson, ETSI, Huawei, Intel, Loodse, Nexomo, Nokia, Nutanix, Orange, Red Hat, Supergiant, Swisscom, TATA Communications, Telecom Italia, VMware, Vodafone, Vulk Coop, and more. “We are pleased to welcome an impressive line-up of speakers from a diverse roster of organizations to the ONS Europe stage this year, said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager, Networking, Edge & IoT, the Linux Foundation. “Open networking now has touch points all across the industry– from cloud native to 5G to AI, edge, IoT, machine learning and more– and is the place to be for the latest in open network innovation and knowledge-sharing.”

Software and HowTos, GSoC

  • RSS Guard 3.5.9

    RSS Guard is a basic (yet ground-breaking) channel peruser. It can bring the most realized channel groups, including RSS/RDF and ATOM. It’s free, it’s open-source. RSS Guard right now bolsters Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian. RSS Guard will never rely upon different administrations – this incorporates online news aggregators like Feedly, The Old Reader, and others.

  • Applying C - The Pseudo File System
  • How To Install Kali Linux – All The Methods
  • Getting help for Linux shell built-ins
  • How to reinstall Linux

    The time has come when you need to wipe your machine and reinstall the operating system so that it is like brand new. However, you don't know what to do and you don't know where to turn. TechRadar has you covered ... even those of you who use Linux! Now, if you're my father, you would delete everything and complain about stuff missing later. In order to be smart about this procedure, it is very wise to do a backup of your computer with all of your files. We have reviewed some great backup solutions from the Toshiba 3TB Cavio, the Western Digital DL4100, to the SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive. You will want to back up your files so that this process is easy. Assuming that is all done, I am going to walk you through each step and what you need to prep.

  • Srestha Srivastava: Google Summer of Code 2019 Update

    I then checked if we were able to get the script and command line for installing these Operating Systems, we can get the script list for an OS, and then choose one using get_nth(), we also needed installation configuration to generate command line from this script, I used default unattended configuration and printed the generated command line on terminal. After having a discussion with my mentor, we split the work further into steps and he created issues for every task on my development branch. First, I created a new class Installer from which the already existing class InstallerMedia will inherit and also the new InstallerTree class which we would need for tree based installations. I realised how important it is to write clear commit messages at every step, especially when your code might be read by many other people, I once included a lot of things in one commit, hence, had to undo it and do it in smaller and cleaner commits. Until now, GNOME Boxes was performing express installations using ISO of the Operating System, so we would extract the kernel and initrd from the downloaded ISO, we had a helper class ISOExtractor, that would help in extracting the kernel and initrd from an ISO file using the ArchiveReader and ArchiveWriter class, but now for tree based installations, we will need to download the kernel and initrd from a https location, so I have created a TreeExtractor class that takes the help of Downloader class, the same class that we use to download ISOs for an Operating System. Hence, now there is an Extractor class from which TreeExtractor and ISOExtractor class inherit.

  • Karina Passos: Day 58

    Since the last update, I worked on the Khipu interface and created some models to manage the information on the screen.