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Wine 2.21 Released

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  • Wine 2.21 Released

    The Wine development release 2.21 is now available.

  • Wine 2.21 Supports Direct3D Indirect Draws, More ARM Work

    Alexandre Julliard has released the latest bi-weekly development snapshot of Wine as this project approaches its Wine 3.0 release around the end of the year.

  • Wine 2.21 Fixes More Witcher 3 Issues, Improves Serial Port Detection on Linux

    Wine, the open-source compatibility layer for running Windows apps and games on Linux-based and UNIX-like operating systems, has been updated today to version 2.21.

    Wine 2.21 is a development release coming eleven days after the previous milestone, Wine 2.20, to add a bunch of enhancements, such as indirect draws support in Direct 3D, better serial port detection on GNU/Linux systems, as well as better DPI scaling in the Shell Explorer.

Software: GNU Time, Lizard, NetworkManager, Notes Up, SReview

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Software: nomacs, NetworkManager, Opera, PostgreSQL Neon, Krita

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  • nomacs Image Lounge 3.8.0

    nomacs is licensed under the GNU General Public License v3 and available for Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, Mac, and OS/2.

  • NetworkManager 1.9.90
  • NetworkManager 2.0 Promises Basic Open vSwitch Support, Bluetooth NAP and WPS

    Work on the next major NetworkManager 2.0 release started in early September under the 1.9.x umbrella, and the open-source network connection manager recently entered beta stages of development.

    Developer Beniamino Galvani announced the release of NetworkManager 2.0 Beta (1.9.90), giving us an insight into the new features and improvements coming to this major release of the most used network connection management software for GNU/Linux distributions.

    The biggest new feature of NetworkManager 2.0 appears to be initial support for the Open vSwitch open-source implementation of a distributed virtual multilayer switch, which will allow users to set up basic Open vSwitch configurations. Open vSwitch support will be enhanced in future releases.

  • Opera 49 Web Browser Released with Advanced Screenshot Tool, Built-In VR Player

    Opera Software released today the final Opera 49 web browser for all supported platforms, a release that introduces numerous new features and an extra layer of performance improvements.

    Opera 49 has been in development for the past several months, and since we've pretty much covered its entire development cycle, you should already know which are some of the most prominent features included in this release, starting with the built-in, advanced screenshot tool and VR 360 player, and continuing with the ability to rearrange extensions in the toolbar and the refined private browsing mode.

  • PostgreSQL 10.1 Released

    PostgreSQL 10.1 is now available as the first update over the recently released PostgreSQL 10.

  • #KDE #KDENEON Plasma 5.11.3 Bugfix release ready in User edition
  • Learn Digital Painting with Krita in Bogota, Colombia

    Lina Porras and David Saenz from the Ubuntu Colombia user group wrote to tell us that they will give an introduction to digital painting with Krita starting this Saturday. David will be teaching Krita four Saturday sessions.

Free Software/Games, Proprietary and Sales

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Software: Teleconsole, Audacity, AtCore and More

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  • Teleconsole – A Tool To Share Your Terminal Session Instantly To Anyone In Seconds

    You may already know about popular remote desktop sharing applications which is available in market such as Teamviewer, Skype, Join.me, Chrome Remote Desktop, Real VNC, Apache Guacamole, etc,.

    It’s used to share entire system but in some situation, if you want to share your terminal session alone, what you will do?

  • Audacity 2.2 Open-Source Audio Editor Brings MIDI Playback, macOS Sierra Support

    Audacity, the open-source and cross-platform audio editor for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows operating systems, has been updated this week to a new stable series, versioned 2.2.

    Audacity 2.2 wants to be a notable release of the application, introducing some substantial changes, both internal and user-visible ones. Highlights include support for playing MIDI files, which appears to be fully automatic on Windows systems, but requires Linux and macOS users to use a software synthesizer program.

  • Audacity 2.2.0 Released with Big Changes

    The Audacity audio editing software has scored a huge new update. Audacity 2.2.0 adds new themes, improved menus, and new recording behaviour.

  • AtCore’s First public beta!

    The time has finally come to release our first beta of AtCore for the general public to use. We would really like to ensure that AtCore is working with as many machines as possible so we encourage everyone who can to test AtCore and provide us with feedback on what worked and what did not. Included in this release is the Atcore Test Client a simple GUI. This is easy to use and should work well for most people. This client only for testing Atcore and we will be releaseing Atelier as our offical client at a later time.

  • Dirk Eddelbuettel: pinp 0.0.4: Small tweak

    A maintenance release of our pinp package for snazzier one or two column vignettes is now on CRAN as of yesterday.

    In version 0.0.3, we disabled the default pnasbreak command we inherit from the PNAS LaTeX style. That change turns out to have been too drastic. So we reverted yet added a new YAML front-matter option skip_final_break which, if set to TRUE, will skip this break. With a default value of FALSE we maintain prior behaviour.

  • Krita 3.3.2 Update Makes the Digital Painting App Render Up to 10,000 Frames

    The second bugfix release for the Krita 3.3 stable series of the open-source and cross-platform digital painting app arrived this week with several performance improvements and many bug fixes.

    Krita 3.3.2 comes three weeks after the first point release in the new stable series, Krita 3.3.1, to address to important regressions, namely the reading of brush presets with textures and Windows Ink tablet and wintab handling, which were broke in the Microsoft Windows 10 Build 1709 operating system.

Audacity 2.2, Auryo, F1 2017

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  • Audacity 2.2 Released With New Themes, MIDI Playback & Other Changes

    The Audacity open-source digital audio editor is out with a new feature release.

    Audacity 2.2 ships with four UI themes, adds playback support for MIDI files, improves the organization in menus, and now links the help buttons to the relevant manual pages. There are also nearly 200 bug fixes, complete support for macOS 10.12 Sierra, improved error recovery, and more.

  • Auryo is a Desktop SoundCloud App that Works on Linux

    Auyro is a desktop SoundCloud app for Linux, Windows & macOS. It supports Soundcloud features, keyboard shortcuts, and boasts a modern design.

  • Trying Out The Intel Vulkan Driver With F1 2017 On Linux

    With Feral Interactive's port of F1 2017 to Linux, only Radeon via RADV and NVIDIA are supported for this racing game that's making use of the Vulkan graphics API under Linux. For those curious about if Intel graphics can squeeze by for this game with the open-source "ANV" Intel Vulkan driver, I tried it out.

    Following the Radeon RADV vs. NVIDIA GeForce benchmarks yesterday and ahead of some larger comparisons and other discrete GPU Linux tests of this game that was released on Thursday, I decided to see how far Intel graphics could drive this popular game.

Software: Krita, Elisa, YakYak, Narabu, NoFlo, Calibre, Signal

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  • Krita 3.3.2 Released

    Today we are releasing Krita 3.3.2, a bugfix release for Krita 3.3.0.

  • Last Weeks Activity in Elisa

    Elisa is a music player designed to be simple and nice to use.

    I have missed those regular posts due to real life interrupting me a lot the last two weeks.

  • YakYak – A Cross-Platform Google Hangouts Desktop Client

    YakYak is a free and open source (unofficial) desktop client of Google’s Hangouts and it is available for Windows, macOS and Linux, with a wide variety of options.

  • Introducing Narabu, part 5: Encoding
  • Get ready for NoFlo 1.0

    After six years of work, and bunch of different projects done with NoFlo, we’re finally ready for the big 1.0. The two primary pull requests for the 1.0.0 cycle landed today, and so it is time to talk about how to prepare for it.

  • Calibre Open-Source eBook Reader Now Supports Amazon's All-New Kindle Oasis

    Calibre, the open-source and cross-platform ebook management software, received a new update today that brought support for Amazon's latest Kindle device.

    Calibre 3.11 is the latest stable release of the application, and, according to the release notes, it now supports the all-new Kindle Oasis e-reader from Amazon, which is also company's very-first waterproof Kindle device. Support for Kindle Oasis was implemented in the Kindle driver so you can connect it to Calibre to sync books.

  • Signal Finally Gets a Dedicated Desktop App

    Secure messaging service Signal now has a dedicated desktop app for Windows, macOS and Linux.

    Until now, the only way to continue an encrypted chat from your mobile to the desktop was to use a Chrome web app. That app is now deprecated,  replaced by a new, cross-platform Electron-based program.

Brisk Menu 0.5

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  • Brisk Menu 0.5 Released with Support for Favorites and Actions, App Pinning

    Solus Project leader Ikey Doherty announced today the release and immediate availability for download of the Brisk Menu 0.5 application menu for GNU/Linux distributions.

    Brisk Menu 0.5 appears to be a major update coming five months after the last maintenance update to the 0.4 series, bringing highly requested features like a new Favourites category where users can pin their favorite apps simply by right-clicking on an item, support for .desktop file actions in the context menu, as well as the ability to pin and unpin app from the desktop.

  • Brisk Menu 0.5 Released with ‘Favoriting’ & Desktop Action Support

    Brisk menu 0.5 has been released. The fast, efficient app menu applet for MATE desktop adds support for adding apps to a 'favorites' category.

Software and howtos

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  • scikit-survival 0.4 released and presented at PyCon UK 2017
  • Signal Introduces Standalone Desktop App for Windows, Mac, Linux

    Open Whisper Systems launched Signal desktop app through Chrome browser back in 2016. The company is finally bringing a standalone app for the private messaging service. "Signal Desktop is now available in a new, standalone form, and the Chrome App has been deprecated," the company said in an announcement blog post.

    The new standalone desktop version of Signal means that it will run independently of the browser. "If you're a Firefox or Safari user, you don't need to install Chrome to send and receive Signal messages on your computer. If you're a Chrome user, having your browser open will no longer be synonymous with having Signal Desktop open," explains the company in a blog post. The standalone Signal desktop app has been launched with support for platforms including Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 as well as macOS 10.9 and above. The company has also released a standalone app for Linux distributions supporting APT like Ubuntu or Debian.

  • Standalone Signal Desktop

    Signal Desktop is now available in a new, standalone form, and the Chrome App has been deprecated.

    The new desktop version of Signal runs independently of your browser. If you’re a Firefox or Safari user, you don’t need to install Chrome to send and receive Signal messages on your computer. If you’re a Chrome user, having your browser open will no longer be synonymous with having Signal Desktop open.

  • Lucidor – A Lightweight & Cross-Platform Ebook Reader

    Lucidor is a cross-platform ebook reader and manager with support for catalogs in the OPDS format and the EPUB file format.

    As a XULRunner application, it resembles the look and feel of the famous Firefox web browser with its tabbed layout and configuration settings panel.

    As simple as it is, you can use it to convert web pages and web feeds into ebooks, update your library’s metadata from the internet, and even search for and download ebooks online.

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Software: Best Trio of 2017, Terminator, CobiBird and More

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  • SpamAssassin, MIMEDefang, and Procmail: Best Trio of 2017

    In 2015 and 2016, I awarded "Best Couple" to two open source commands or program types that, combined, make my world a better place. This year, the "Best Couple" prize has turned into the "Best Trio," because resolving the problem I set out to fix—effective server-side email sorting—took three pieces of software working together. Here's how I got everything to work using SpamAssassin, MIMEDefang, and Procmail, three common and freely available open source software packages.

  • Terminator – A Linux Terminal Emulator Which Support Multiple Resizable Terminal Panels In One Window

    Each Desktop environment has their own terminal emulator app to interact with system through commands. In many reason, you may feel its not suitable for you as its offering the stand features and doesn’t offer robust future such as Tilix, Tilda, Terminator, Upterm, etc,.

  • CobiBird Theme Updated And Available For 17.10/17.04/16.04/Linux Mint 18

    CobiBird theme is designed to work in most of the Linux desktops including Gnome, Unity, Xfce, Lxde, Cinnamon, and Mate. It was based on Greybird theme with dark menus for a while but since version 0.8.2 the creator changed almost everything (from menubar items, menu adjustment, color selection fix, improves insensitive menus, to fixed menu separators) in this theme and now it is not based on Greybird Gtk. The initial version was released way back in 2013 and recently a new version of CobiBird has been released to support Gtk 3.22. We have added it to out PPA and it is now available for Ubuntu 17.10/17.04/16.04/14.04/Linux Mint 18/17. If you find any kind of bug or problem with this theme then report it to creator and it will get fixed in the next update.

  • AdobeAir is now available for Ubuntu 17.10/16.04/16.04/14.04/Linux Mint 18/17/13 [Updated]
  • Write – An Open Source Word Processor for Writing

    Write is a word processor app with which you can write like you would on a paper with a pen using a stylus. It was built by a development team based in the San Francisco Bay area.

    It has lines on top of which you can enter smart text while significantly maintaining your handwriting. Its ability to recognize lines of written text offers users an array of features not excluding easily adding handwritten links, combining sketches with texts, bookmarking, and the standard open document format.

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Graphics: Mesa 17.2.6 RC, AMDGPU, and Vulkan

  • Mesa 17.2.6 release candidate
  • Mesa 17.2.6 RC Arrives With 50+ Fixes
    While Mesa 17.3 is imminent and should be released as stable within the next few days, Mesa 17.2.6 is being prepped for release as the current point release.
  • 43 More AMDGPU DC Patches Hit The Streets
    While the massive AMDGPU DC infrastructure has been merged for Linux 4.15, the flow of improvements to this display code continues and it looks like the next few kernel cycles at least could be quite busy on the AMD front.
  • A Prototype Of The Vulkan Portability Initiative: Low-Level 3D To Vulkan / D3D12 / Metal
    A Mozilla engineer has put out a prototype library in working on the Vulkan Portability Initiative for allowing low-level 3D graphics support that's backed by Vulkan / Direct3D 12 / Metal. With Apple sticking to their own Metal graphics API and Direct3D 12 still being the dominant graphics API on Windows 10, The Khronos Group has been working towards better 3D portability for where Vulkan may not be directly supported by the OS/drivers or otherwise available. They've been working to target a subset of the Vulkan API that can be efficiently mapped to these other native graphics APIs and to have the libraries and tooling for better compatibility and code re-use of these different graphics APIs.

Kernel: Linux 4.15, TLDR, and Linus Torvalds' Latest Rant

  • Linux 4.15 Adds AMD Raven Ridge Audio ID
    Not only is AMD Stoney Ridge audio (finally) being supported by the Linux 4.15 kernel, but it also looks like Raven Ridge audio should now be working too.
  • Linux 4.14.2 Fixes The BCache Corruption Bug
    Normally I don't bother mentioning new Linux kernel point releases on Phoronix unless there are some significant changes, as is the case today with Linux 4.14.2.
  • TLDR is what Linux man pages always should have been
    If you get stuck using a Linux tool, the first port of call shouldn’t be to Stack Overflow, but rather its “man pages.” Man — which is short for manual — retrieves documentation for a given program. Unfortunately, this can often be dense, hard to understand, and lacking in practical examples to help you solve your problem. TLDR is another way of looking at documentation. Rather than being a comprehensive guide to a given tool, it instead focuses on offering practical example-driven instructions of how something works.
  • Linux creator Linus Torvalds: This is what drives me nuts about IT security
    Developers are often accused of not thinking about security, but Linux kernel founder Linus Torvalds has had enough of security people who don't think about developers and end-users. After blasting some kernel developers last week for killing processes in the name of hardening the kernel, Torvalds has offered a more measured explanation for his frustration with security myopia. While he agrees that having multiple layers of security in the kernel is a good idea, certain ways of implementing it are not, in particular if it annoys users and developers by killing processes that break users' machines and wreck core kernel code. Because ultimately, if there are no users, there's not much point in having a supremely secure kernel, Torvalds contends.

Unity 7 Hoping To Become An Official Flavor For Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

While Canonical abandoned their work on the Unity desktop environment in favor of the Unity-inspired customized GNOME Shell that debuted in Ubuntu 17.10, some within the community have remained interested in maintaining Unity 7 and even getting it into an official spin/flavor of Ubuntu. Posted today to the community.ubuntu.com was a Unity maintenance roadmap, reiterating the hope by some in the Ubuntu community for Ubuntu Unity to become an official LTS distribution of Ubuntu. They are hoping to make it an official flavor alongside Kubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Xubuntu, and others. Read more Original/direct: Unity Maintenance Roadmap

Programming/Development: Django and Google India

  • An introduction to the Django ORM
    One of the most powerful features of Django is its Object-Relational Mapper (ORM), which enables you to interact with your database, like you would with SQL. In fact, Django's ORM is just a pythonical way to create SQL to query and manipulate your database and get results in a pythonic fashion. Well, I say just a way, but it's actually really clever engineering that takes advantage of some of the more complex parts of Python to make developers' lives easier.
  • Hey, Coders! Google India Is Offering 130,000 Free Developer Scholarships — Here’s How To Apply
  • Google to prepare 1.3 lakh Indians for emerging technologies

    "The new scholarship programme is in tandem with Google's aim to train two million developers in India. The country is the second largest developer ecosystem in the world and is bound to overtake the US by 2021," William Florance, Developer Products Group and Skilling Lead for India, Google, told reporters here.