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Software: broot, Jitsi (Meet) and TenFourFox

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  • broot is a command-line file manager for Windows, Linux and macOS

    While Explorer is sufficient for most users, some of us prefer an alternative file manager. If you prefer command-line tools over GUI-based programs, we've got just the thing for you: broot.

  • Jitsi Meet and ejabberd

    Since the more or less global lockdown caused bei Covid-19 there was a lot talk about video conferencing solutions that can be used for e.g. those people that try to coordinate with coworkers while in home office. One of the solutions is Jitsi Meet, which is packaged in Debian. But there are also Debian packages provided by Jitsi itself.

    Jitsi relies on an XMPP server. You can see the network overview in the docs. While Jitsi itself uses Prosody as XMPP and their docs only covers that one. But it's basically irrelevant which XMPP you want to use. Only thing is that you can't follow the official Jitsi documentation when you are not using Prosody but instead e.g. ejabberd. As always, it's sometimes difficult to find the correct/best non-official documentation or how-to, so I try to describe what helped me in configuring Jitsi Meet with ejabberd as XMPP server and my own coturn STUN/TURN server...

    This is not a step-by-step description, but anyway... here we go with some links:

  • TenFourFox FPR24b1 available

    TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 24 beta 1 is now available (downloads, hashes, release notes). This includes Raphaël's mitigation for Twitch frame crashes and Ken's Intel build system fixes, plus minor updates to JavaScript, DOM and layout, and fixes for sundry issues with MP3 playback (make that G4 Mac mini an Internet radio today) along with the usual security updates. Assuming all goes well, TenFourFox FPR24 will go final on or about June 29 parallel with Firefox 78.

Wine 5.11 Released With Updated Mono, Initial Work On NetIO Kernel Driver

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Wine 5.11 is out today as the newest bi-weekly development snapshot for this open-source project that allows Windows games and applications to run on Linux and other platforms.

Wine 5.11 kicks off work on developing a NetIO kernel driver although still is an early work-in-progress. Wine 5.11 also has initial support for the Print Ticket API.

Wine 5.11 also updates its Mono engine against the v5.1 codebase, drops obsolete 32-bit PowerPC architecture support, continued work on a separate Unix library for NTDLL, and around 57 known bug fixes. The many bug fixes range from failures for the League of Legends game to DirectX 11 problems and various other game issues as well as fixes for some desktop applications.

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Direct: Wine Announcement

Also: Wine 5.11 is out with more NTDLL work, NetIO kernel driver started

Leftovers and Software

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  • Boston Dynamics ‘Spot’ Goes on Sale for Just $74,500

    Spot Core, for the curious, includes a Core i5 9th Gen Whiskey Lake CPU (unspecified model), 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, runs Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, and connects directly to the payload port to draw power.


    Taking a stand on what its products can and cannot be used for is a smart move, particularly right now. Boston Dynamics has done significant work with the US military through projects like Big Dog and Spot, and while it’s always highlighted the ways its robots could be used to protect human life, it’s clearly considering how those products may be perceived by the public.

  • Simple application sandboxing using AppArmor and Firejail
  • QUIC with wolfSSL

    We have started the work on extending wolfSSL to provide the necessary API calls to power QUIC and HTTP/3 implementations!

    Small, fast and FIPS

    The TLS library known as wolfSSL is already very often a top choice when users are looking for a small and yet very fast TLS stack that supports all the latest protocol features; including TLS 1.3 support – open source with commercial support available.

    As manufacturers of IoT devices and other systems with memory, CPU and footprint constraints are looking forward to following the Internet development and switching over to upcoming QUIC and HTTP/3 protocols, wolfSSL is here to help users take that step.

  • HomeBank personal accounting review

    HomeBank is a completely free accounting software package aimed at helping people get their finances in order and who subsequently want to keep them that way. It features an easy-to-use interface that comes complete with lots of cool visual tools that let you produce charts to illustrate your current state of monetary play.

    Admittedly, HomeBank doesn’t come with quite the same level of sophistication found within rival paid-for applications, but as a quick accounting resource for folks with basic requirements it ticks a lot of boxes.

  • Input events on X have an old world and a new world

    As part of X's evolution over time, input event handling has gone through a practical change, although one that is what you could call unevenly distributed. The original X protocol has input events, of course, which are sometimes now called core input events. You can see what core events are generated from various activities through the venerable xev program, and many straightforward X programs continue to interact only with core events.

    However, core input events have limitations that date from X's origins. Core input events are only really designed to deal with straightforward keyboards and mice with buttons. Even mouse scroll wheels have an awkward representation in core X events; moving the scroll wheel actually generates mouse button events for pressing and releasing button 4 or 5 (for normal, implicitly vertical scroll wheels). I don't think there's anything in the X protocol that reserves these buttons for scroll wheels, it's just a convention that people came up with when they started needing to handle scroll wheels in X.

  • New release: Tor

    There's a new alpha release available for download. If you build Tor from source, you can download the source code for from the download page. Packages should be available over the coming weeks, with a new alpha Tor Browser release by early July.

    Remember, this is an alpha release: you should only run this if you'd like to find and report more bugs than usual.

VLC 3.0.11 Released (and How to Install That)

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  • VLC 3.0.11 Released with HLS, AAC Playback Improvements

    VLC media player 3.0.11 was released a day ago as the twelfth update of “Vetinari” branch.


    The official Snap package (runs in sandbox) has been updated. You can install it from Ubuntu Software.

    Already installed the Snap package? It will be updated to the latest automatically.

  • Install VLC Media Player 3.0.11 On Ubuntu / Linux Mint / Fedora

    VLC player a free open source multimedia player and available for all opertaing systems Windows,MacOS,iOS,Android, and Linux.

    It is one of the most preferred players by users because it supports all video formats and also audio formats too.It also supports Multimedia files from DVD, VCD and Audio CD and etc.

    VLC media player 3.0.11 supports 4K and 8K Playback by enabling hardware decoding and supports streaming to Google Chromecast devices

    VLC media player for android also updated to version 3.0 and also supports hardware decoding for VC1/WMV3 and MPEG2 streams.

    In this tutorial, i will show you how to install the latest stable version of VLC 3.0.11 On Ubuntu 20.04 / 18.04 LTS, LinuxMint 19, Debian, and Fedora.

sndcpy Forwards Audio From Android 10 To Linux, Windows Or macOS Desktop (Like scrcpy But For Audio)

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sndcpy is like scrcpy, but for audio. This new tool forwards audio from an Android 10 device to a desktop computer running Linux, Windows or macOS.

You can use sndcpy to enable audio forwarding while mirroring your Android device to your desktop with scrcpy, the low-latency, high performance, free and open source tool to display and control android devices from a desktop. scrcpy ("screen copy") itself doesn't do audio forwarding, and this is where sndcpy ("sound copy") comes in.

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New release: Tor

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There's a new alpha release available for download. If you build Tor from source, you can download the source code for from the download page. Packages should be available over the coming weeks, with a new alpha Tor Browser release by early July.

Remember, this is an alpha release: you should only run this if you'd like to find and report more bugs than usual.

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Also: How to Set Up a Tor Proxy with Raspberry Pi

Getting started with Double Commander

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Double Commander is a free and open source dual pane file manager. It is an excellent file manager, especially for those who prefer a consistent file manager experience, while trying out different Linux desktop environments. This article assists you with getting Double Commander installed and configured on your Linux system.

Each desktop environment ships with its own file manager: Nautilus on Gnome, Dolphin on KDE, Thunar on XFCE, etc. Working in the file manager forms and integral part of my daily PC work flow. Therefore I do not enjoy being forced to switch to a different file manager, each time I try out a different desktop environment on Linux. Additionally, I really enjoy dual pane file managers. If you recognize yourself in these file manager preferences, then I can highly recommend giving Double Commander a try.

Alexander Koblov develops and maintains Double Commander and he selected the Lazarus IDE for programming Double Commander. Here is an appetizer of what Double Commander looks like, while I am writing this article:

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Software Leftovers

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  • Modprobe Command in Linux
  • Melissa Wen: Status update - connected errors
  • OpenDev CI speed-up for AArch64

    I work with OpenDev CI for a while. My first Kolla patches were over three years ago. We (Linaro) added AArch64 nodes few times — some nodes were taken down, some replaced, some added.

  • Linux-Fu: Automation For Chrome And The Desktop By Matching Screenshots

    I will be the first to admit it. This is almost not — at least not specifically — a Linux article. The subject? An automation tool for Chrome or Firefox. But before you hit the back button, hear me out. Sure, this Chrome plugin started out as a tool to automatically test web pages and automate repetitive tasks in the browser. However, it can extend that power to all programs on your computer. So, in theory, you can use it to graphically build macros that can interact with desktop applications in surprisingly sophisticated ways. In theory, anyway; there are a few problems.

    The program has a few different names. Most documentation says UI Vision RPA, although there are some references to Kantu, which appears to be an older name. RPA is an acronym for Robotic Process Automation, which is an industry buzz word.

  • Transmission review

    Transmission is one of the rare torrent clients that comes with a solution for embedded hardware like NAS and home servers. It is free, open source, and offers impressively fast performance levels.


    Transmission provides a better user experience compared to the complexity of competing services such as uBittorrent, Tixati and Vuze.

    What makes Transmission great from the user experience standpoint is that it can be configured to download files from folders, RSS feeds or any other source without having to control it manually. Downloading automatically from preferred sources as soon as the content is made available is a very helpful feature indeed.

    Transmission desktop clients can be remotely controlled, too, like most other torrent apps.

    Transmission’s interface is easy to use. In fact, it has the most barebones UI of all torrent clients, and strikes the right balance between functionality and simplicity. Its minimal UI, with no distracting adverts, is another highlight.

Perform Common PDF Editing Tasks Like Merge, Split, Rotate With Free and Open Source PDF Mix Tool

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PDF Mix Tool is a simple, lightweight open-source PDF editing application that lets you extract pages from PDF, merge two PDFs, delete pages from PDF files among a few other things.
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3 Tools for PDF manipulation

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PDF (Portable Document Format) is one of the most used document format for exchanging information due to its great flexibility and portability, here anothers feautures we can mention:

- It allows encapsulating text, fonts, images and other information necessary to view the document.

- It is platform independent, both software and hardware, so as its name implies it is extremely portable.

- It is a standard and open format.

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