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Software: Kodi, GNOME Internet Radio Locator, Snaps and Mozilla Firefox

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  • Kodi v18 Leia RC5

    As mentioned in the RC4 release article, a final release was close on the horizon. To that end we hereby present you the last Release Candate (RC5) before we call it a wrap on v18.0. It will not be absolutely perfect but we have to go forward at some point. Don't worry as we will of course continue working on fixing any issue that might surface in the regeular v18 point releases afterwards. 

  • Kodi 18 Leia Nearly Released, But For Now An RC5

    Kodi 18 Leia RC5 is available this weekend as what should be the last release candidate before this major release is out of this widely-used, cross-platform HTPC software. 

    Kodi 18 RC5 was issued today rather than the final release in order to serve up some last minute fixes and encourage a final round of testing. Kodi 18 RC5 has multiple crash fixes, takes care of some Android issues, various other platform-specific bug fixes, and other issues resolved.

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  • GNOME Internet Radio Locator version 1.6.0

    GNOME Internet Radio Locator 1.6.0 is now freely available for GNOME 3.

    The 1.6.0 release is a stable release with Internet radio stations from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, England, Scotland, France and Belgium, as well as U.S.A., Canada, Mexico and Guatemala, mapped for GNOME Maps and city text search interface with auto-completion for 76 world cities that are featured in this release.

  • GNOME Internet Radio Locator 1.6.0 Released

    GNOME Internet Radio Locator 1.6.0 is now freely available for GNOME systems. The 1.6.0 release is a stable release with Internet radio stations from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, England, Scotland, France and Belgium, as well as U.S.A., Canada, Mexico and Guatemala, mapped for GNOME Maps and city text search interface with auto-completion for 76 world cities that are featured in this release.

  • Fresh Snaps from December 2018
  • Mozilla Disabling Adobe Flash By Default In Firefox

    Back in 2017, Adobe announced that it would stop updating and distributing flash support by the end of 2020. Now, many popular browsers are gradually incorporating the change.

    One of them is Mozilla Firefox, which will be disabling support for the Adobe Flash plugin by default, starting in Firefox 69. In a bug listing, Jim Mathies, Senior engineer at Mozilla Security, mentions that the company will disable Flash by default in Nightly 69.

Get started with Joplin, a note-taking app

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There seems to be a mad rush at the beginning of every year to find ways to be more productive. New Year's resolutions, the itch to start the year off right, and of course, an "out with the old, in with the new" attitude all contribute to this. And the usual round of recommendations is heavily biased towards closed source and proprietary software. It doesn't have to be that way.

Here's the first of my picks for 19 new (or new-to-you) open source tools to help you be more productive in 2019.

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DXVK 0.95 Released

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  • DXVK 0.95 Released With Big Performance Win For Assassin's Creed Odyssey

    The DXVK project for mapping Direct3D 10/11 atop Vulkan for Wine/Proton (Steam Play) users continues inching closer to its eventual 1.0 milestone.

    DXVK 0.95 is the latest release out today for Linux gamers relying upon the project for a faster Windows Direct3D game running experience. DXVK 0.95 does bring minor reduction to the CPU overhead, but the biggest benefactor to this release is Assassin's Creed Odyssey.

  • DXVK 0.95 is out with various D3D10 stability fixes, CPU overhead reduction and more game fixes

    DXVK, the excellent project that Valve has been funding has a fresh brew out to continue the exciting progress made.

    For those just joining us or newer followers: DXVK is a "Vulkan-based translation layer for Direct3D 10/11 which allows running 3D applications on Linux using Wine". It's what helps make Valve's Steam Play run your games that do not have Linux support.

Nanonote 1.0.1

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The first release of Nanonote, my minimalist note-taking app, was a bit rushed: I broke indentation shortly before tagging version 1.0.0... meh.

So here is version 1.0.1. It fixes the indentation and adds the ability to indent or unindent whole lines with Tab and Shift+Tab, in addition to the existing Ctrl+I and Ctrl+U shortcuts.

In addition to these changes, the build system can now generate Debian and RPM packages, making the application easier to install.

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Wine 4.0's Sixth RC

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  • Wine Announcement

    The Wine development release 4.0-rc6 is now available.

  • Time to uncork and unwind as the sixth release candidate for Wine 4.0 is out

    As expected, another bug-fix release is out as progress towards the final release of Wine 4.0 approaches.

    Since they're in a code-freeze, there's no major new features to be found. Instead, you can expect to find around 18 bug fixes in total. Some of which may have been fixed in older releases.

    Noteworthy for Linux gamers using Wine for their favourite Windows-only titles there's a fix for a lighting problem in Crysis, mouse movement in Final Fantasy XI Online should be better now, a crash bug was fixed for Binary Domain, a crash with F1 2011 was also fixed and there's a few more too.

  • Wine 4.0-RC6 Fixes Bugs With Crysis, Final Fantasy & Other Windows Games

    While last week's Wine 4.0-RC5 release was quite a small release due to the holidays, Wine 4.0-RC6 is now available and it's back on track with more bug-fixing.

    Wine 4.0-RC6 has 18 known bug fixes over the past week affecting Crysis, F1 2017, Doom 3, Vietcon, Cossacks 2, Final Fantasy XI, FIFA 11, and other Windows games.

Software: Fractal, Kaku and Mozilla

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  • Fractal Hackfest in Seville

    Last month I was in Seville for the second Fractal Hackfest. It was a bit of a different experience for me than the other hackfests I have been too, as I’m a core member to the project now, and I also knew most of the other people already.

    My main focus for this hackfest was to push forward the work on the Fractal backend. The backend should handle persistent storage and the preparation of data needed in the UI. Right now many things which should conceptually be in the backend are in the frontend, and can therefore cause UI freezes. Over the past months I have been working hard on refactoring the code so we can just drop in the backend without making many changes to the UI code. So the core of the refactors I did was to make sure that data flows in one direction and we don’t keep different copies of the data around.

  • Kaku – web technologies-based music player

    My CD collection has taken over my spare room. With very little space to store more, I’m gradually spending more time using streaming services.

    Linux is blessed with a mouthwatering array of excellent open source music players. But I’m always on the look out for fresh and innovative music players.

    Kaku bills itself as the next generation music client. Is that self-proclaimed hype?

    The software is written in JavaScript.

  • 01 - They fixed it

    This is a new chapter. I'll try to move forward in a semi-regular basis. The work done by the awesome core engineers of Mozilla is essential. Some of the things they fix or explain have direct impact on the web compatibility work. A couple of years ago at Mozilla Hands. I gave a lightning talk called "They fixed it". I quickly put forward to the audience all the (webcompat) cool bugs which had been fixed by Core engineers.

Software: Latest From KDE and Proprietary Lightworks

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  • Ring in the new

    It’s the second week of 2019 already, which means I’m curious what Nate is going to do with his series This week in usability .. reset the numbering from week 1? That series is a great read, to keep up with all the little things that change in KDE source each week — aside from the release notes.

    For the big ticket items of KDE on FreeBSD, you should read this blog instead.

  • Okular: PDF Signature + Certificate support has landed

    Signature handling is a big step for us, but it's also very complex, so i expect it to have bugs and things that can be improved so testers more than welcome.

    Compiling is a bit "hard" since it requires poppler 0.73 that was released a few days ago.

  • Lightworks Video Editor Shares Its Plans for 2019

    The Lightworks video editor is one of a number of professional-leaning media tools now available for Linux, and over the next year it’s going to get even better.

    That’s according to EditShare, the company behind the free (but not open-source) app. They’ve shared details on their plans for 2019, including a tease of a brand new version.

    First up, Lightworks 14.6. This is expected to enter public beta in the next few weeks. It will be final major release in the 14.x cycle.

VLC Media Player Passes 3 Billion Downloads Mark, AirPlay Support Coming Soon

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The open-source VLC Media Player app from VideoLAN reached a major milestone today as it just passed the 3 billion downloads mark on the project's official website.
VLC is probably the most popular cross-platform media playback application available to date, used by millions of computer users worldwide on all major platforms, including GNU/Linux, Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Chrome OS, and even Windows Phone OS.

It became one of the most popular media player apps mostly because of its ability to play any type of video without needing a codec pack. Most of the widely used video and audio codecs are incorporated into the application for a hassle-free video playback experience.

But you probably already knew that and already using VLC as your main video player app on your personal computer, tablet, or mobile phones. What you probably didn't know, is that VLC reached has been downloaded more than 3 billion times on the official website.

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Also: SparkleShare: Dropbox-Like Sync Client Powered By Git

Mozilla and Bugzilla

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Moz/FF
  • Correlations Between Firefox Bug Severity and Priority

    There are a lot of Firefox bugs in Bugzilla. To narrow the scope of my analysis, I selected bugs from the Firefox desktop product (Bugzilla Product “Firefox” or “Core”) that were filed and triaged within the last two years.

  • python-bugzilla + bugzilla 5.0 API keys

    Thankfully with bugzilla 5.0 and later there's a better option: API keys. Here's how to to use them transparently with /usr/bin/bugzilla and all python-bugzilla library usage. Here's steps for enabling API keys with bugzilla.redhat.com, but the same process should roughly apply to other bugzilla instances too.

    Login to the bugzilla web UI, click your email, select Preferences, select API Keys. Generate an API key with an optional comment like 'python-bugzilla'. Afterwards the screen will look something like this:

The Best Open-Source Software to Try in 2019

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OSS

Open-source software feels like an anomaly in today’s corporate tech world. The idea that a community of developers are happy to work on a piece of software – usually for no money – for literally years seems ludicrous, and speaks to the passion that people have for making technology for the benefit of everyone. Open-source devs, we salute you!

So to honor these tireless workers who quietly make our day-to-day computer experiences that much better, we’ve decided to write up a multi-platform list of what we deem the best open-source software you can get in 2019.

Do note that there are tons of open-source software out there, and we can’t possibly cover all of them. That said, here are what we think are the best for the end user. Opinions may differ though.

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    This week in KDE’s Usability & Productivity initiative, something big landed: virtual desktop support on Wayland, accompanied by a shiny new user interface for the X11 version too. Eike Hein has been working on this literally for months and I think he deserves a round of applause! It was a truly enormous amount of work, but now we can benefit for years to come.
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