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  • 10 Must Have Multimedia Software for Linux Desktop

    Each and every Linux user will have a set of his or her favorites in the list of must have applications. The selection is influenced by their habits, preferences and the distribution criteria which they use. The reason for it is that not all Linux applications support the same applications by default. Here is a list of the top 10 cool multimedia software for Linux desktop.

  • virt-manager 1.4.0 release

    I've just released virt-manager 1.4.0. Besides the spice GL bits that I previously talked about, nothing too much exciting in this release except a lot of virt-install/virt-xml command line extensions.

  • The Children's Illustrated Guide to Kubernetes

    And I responded, "Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users' declared intentions. Using the concepts of "labels" and "pods", it groups the container which make up an application into logical units for easy management and discovery."

  • A useful new strace feature

    I just upgraded my computer to Ubuntu 16.04, from 12.04. So, expect occasional updates on what has happened in the last 4 years since I am a computer dinosaur.

  • It’s Official: VLC 3.0 Will Get Chromecast Support

    The feature addition had been long anticipated, with the VideoLAN development team having tagged support for the streaming technology in its roadmap, forum posts and in media interviews.

  • Tomb is an Alternative to Truecrypt Tailored Especially for Linux Systems

    File encryption softwares are more of a necessity nowadays than just another luxury application on your Linux PC, given the importance of how safeguarding our most delicate documents have become and the risk of system theft and hack has grown exponentially over the years.

  • Klumpp: A few words about the future of the Limba project

    Those concerned about the proliferation of application-packaging formats will soon have one fewer to worry about. At his blog, Matthias Klumpp announces that he intends to scale back his work on Limba, the cross-distribution application-packaging format he has developed as an extension of the ideas in the earlier Listaller. The decision comes on the heels of discussions with Flatpak developer Alexander Larsson, since the two projects overlap in many respects: "Alex and I had very productive discussions, and except for the modularity issue, we were pretty much on the same page in every other aspect regarding the sandboxing and app-distribution matters."

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  • 6 Best Email Clients for Linux Systems

    Email is an old way of communication yet, it still remains the basic and most important method out there of sharing information up to date, but the way we access emails has changed over the years. From web applications, a lot of people now prefer to use email clients than ever before.

  • 10 Best File Managers for Linux Systems

    File management is so important on a computer that users always want to have a simple and easy to use file manager or file browser. But sometimes having a feature rich and highly configurable file manager for performing both simple tasks such as searching, copying, moving, creating and deleting files, and complex operations such as remote access of files and SHH connections is very vital.

  • 5 Best Web Photo Gallery Solutions

    There are many web services that allow users to upload pictures to a hosting site. The image host stores the images on its servers, and shows the individual different types of code to allow others to view that image. Popular examples include Flickr, Instagram, Imgur, Photobucket, SmugMug and Snapfish.

    Most of these solutions provide free storage space, with more features available if you are willing to pay for a premium account. However, there are problems with these solutions. Leaving aside privacy and ownership issues, these services typically do not provide good integration with other platforms. There is a simple alternative which gives you more control and flexibility - self-hosted open source gallery software.

  • 5 reasons why VirtualBox has a place in the data center

    At first blush you might think VirtualBox or any type II hypervisor has no place in the data center, but that assumption would be wrong. Let me see if I can change your mind by laying out reasons why I believe VirtualBox does have a place in the data center.

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  • ibus-chewing-1.5.1 Released
  • A few words about the future of the Limba project

    Both Alex and I have been experimenting with 3rd-party app distribution for quite some time, with me working on Listaller and him working on Glick and Glick2. All these projects never went anywhere. Around the time when I started Limba, fixing design mistakes done with Listaller, Alex started a new attempt at software distribution, this time with sandboxing added to the mix and a new OSTree-based design of the software-distribution mechanism. It wasn’t at all clear that XdgApp, later to be renamed to Flatpak, would get huge backing by GNOME and later Red Hat, becoming a very promising candidate for a truly cross-distro software distribution system.

  • Git 2.9 improves submodules, diff readability

    The open source Git distributed version control system, the cornerstone of the GitHub code-sharing site, has been upgraded with faster submodules and improvements for diffs and testing.

    Version 2.9, released this week, expands options for submodules, which enable users to keep another Git repository in a subdirectory of a repository. The submodule improvements focus on speed and flexibility.

  • Git 2.9 Released

    A new version of Git was released this week, bringing a number of improvements that will be a welcome sight to software developers. Alongside the normal bug fixes and general maintenance work, some interesting new experimental features have been added.

  • Calibre 2.59 Has Better EPUB 3 Support, Amazon Metadata Download Improvements

    Today, June 17, 2016, Calibre developer Kovid Goyal has proudly announced the release and general availability of the Calibre 2.59 update of the open-source and cross-platform ebook library management software.

    Calibre 2.59 arrives after only one week after the debut of Calibre 2.58, the previous point release that added compatibility with the latest Qt 5.x technologies (Qt 5.5 or later) on the Ubuntu Linux operating systems. And it looks like it introduces several improvements to the Amazon Metadata Download functionality.

  • The Wine Stable Release 1.8.3 Is Now Available

    The Wine team released today third stable release of their software. Version 1.8.3 has 54 bugfixes.

    This stable release contains bugfixes, translations updates and updated GPU description table(NVIDIA cards were added), new features are included in development releases from 1.9 branch.

  • Wine 1.8.3 Released With More Bug Fixes

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  • NetData : A Real-time performance monitoring tool for Linux

    NetData is a free, simple, yet useful utility that provides the real-time performance monitoring for your Linux systems, applications, SNMP devices, and visualize the result in a web browser with comprehensive detail. So, you can clearly get an idea of what is happening now, and what happened before in your Linux systems and applications. You don’t need to be an expert to deploy this tool in your Linux systems. NetData just works fine out of the box with zero configuration, and zero dependencies. Just install this utility and sit back, NetData will take care of the rest.

  • Koschei: Reducing bugs and saving time

    Koschei is a continuous integration service for RPM packages. It helps developers fix bugs as fast as possible. It tracks package dependency changes in Rawhide, the bleeding-edge, development version of Fedora. Packages whose dependencies change too much are rebuilt. Koschei logs these rebuilds, displaying dependency changes and current state.

    It tries to detect packages that fail to scratch-build from source (FTBFS) in Rawhide. (A scratch build is a short-term, temporary build Fedora doesn’t ship to users.) To do this, it builds packages from the latest available source in Koji, the Fedora build system. However, you don’t need a special Koji client for this purpose.

  • Oracle VirtualBox 5.0.22 Officially Released with Support for Linux Kernel 4.7

    Oracle has announced the release and general availability of VirtualBox 5.0.22, a new maintenance update of his open-source and cross-platform virtualization software for all supported platforms.

Wine 1.8.3 Stable Release Adds Support for Many Nvidia GPUs, Fixes Over 50 Bugs

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Just a few moments ago, June 16, 2016, the Wine developers have announced the release of the third maintenance update in the stable Wine 1.8 series of the open-source software used for running Windows apps and games on Linux.

Wine 1.8.3 comes as an unexpected released, after less than a week from the announcement of Wine 1.9.12, the most advanced development snapshot of the project, to fix a total of 54 issues that have been reported by users since Wine 1.8.2 released in back in April 2016.

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Also: Are Linux repositories a bad idea?

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  • Say Hello To Vector!

    This week, we’re officially launching Vector, a forward-looking open source collaboration app, and the very first production-ready application built on top of the Matrix open standard. In fact Vector Web has been around for a bit, growing and being polished with the help of a passionate community of pioneers and they’ve done a great job of supporting us with useful feedback! And now the mobile apps are out!

  • Linux Utilities - Linux File Sharing Over Network Computers Using scp And rsync

    In this article we shall discuss about two powerful Linux utilities that are used for sharing file/folder to network computers that are scp and rsync. scp allows you to simply copy directories or files from/to any remote destination whereas the rsync, besides simply copying files also acts as a synchronising tool that would synchronise the changes between source and destination. The discussion below is about their usage and various parameters that can be used along with to increase speed and security.

  • Open Source Painting Application Krita 3.0 Released
  • Free Software Artists and their Tools — Part III: Tom Carlos & Inkscape

    In the final installment of this series we shift our focus away from FLOSS applications for creating bitmap graphics (in Chapter 1 we talked about Krita and in Chapter 2 about GIMP) to Inkscape, a seriously cool application for creating vector graphics, and we do so by talking to Tom Carlos, an artist who uses Inkscape to create eye-catching portraits and landscapes.

  • Smem – Reports Memory Consumption Per-Process and Per-User Basis in Linux

    Memory management in terms of monitoring memory usage is one important thing to do on your Linux system, there are many tools available for monitoring your memory usage that you can find on different Linux distributions. But they work in different ways, in this how to guide, we shall take a look at how to install and use one such tool called smem.

  • 7 Best IRC Clients for Linux

    An IRC (Internet Relay Chat) client is a program that a user can install on their computer and it sends and receives messages to and from an IRC server. It simply connects you to a global network of IRC servers and enables one-on-one and group communication.

    There are still many users of IRC out there for one reason or the other, though considered an old fashion way of online communication. But leaving the talk of it being relevant or not to users around the world.

  • 10 Best Free Linux Terminal Recorders

    Most users fear the command line. However, it holds real power and versatility. Commands issued from a shell enable system administrators a quick and easy way to update, configure and repair a system. The benefits of the command line are not only confined to system administration. The ability to transverse the file system quickly, give more information about files and directories, automate tasks, bring together the power of multiple console tools in a single command line, and run shell scripts are just a few examples of how the command line can offer a potent, multifarious toolbox.

  • Software Release: fwknop-2.6.9
  • Substance Painter 2.1 Is Here

    You’ve been waiting for it: the first major update to Substance Painter 2 since its release this past March is here. We’ve been hard at work developing the features that open Substance Painter to new uses (think animation and VFX) including Linux availability, 8K map exports, support for high-dpi (4K) monitors, and UDIM workflow management.

  • Linux Users Left Stunned As Nautilus ADDS a New Feature

    We’re all used to hearing about features GNOME has retired, moved, or outright dropped from Nautilus (aka ‘Files’), the GNOME file manager.

    Pop a cushion on the floor to break your jaw crashing from the following news: for the release of GNOME 3.22 later this year GNOME has actually added a new feature!

    I’m being a little facetious, of course. But news of this feature will please the power users among you who’ve been a little put off by the application’s recent …streamlining.

  • Chrome 53 Should Be Blazing Fast

    Chrome 52 Beta may have just been released, but I'm already looking forward to Chrome 53 for very significant performance improvements!

    Google engineers have been using the Motion Mark web benchmark for making some improvements to the Chrome GPU pipeline. They've made around a 47% improvement in the speed of Chrome for these common benchmarks while for some particular tests they are multiple times faster.

  • Firefox 48 finally enables Electrolysis for multi-process goodness
  • Why Firefox will continue to lose market share

    Mozilla Firefox is a great browser. Not everyone may agree with me on this but that is fine and expected. Firefox is the browser that gives users the most control over their browsing experience. It has the strongest add-on ecosystem of the three, and is backed by an organization that for the most part seems to be on the user's side of things when it comes to rights and such.

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  • GNU Make 4.2.1 Released!

    GNU Make 4.2.1, a bug-fix release for GNU Make 4.2, has been released and is available in the usual locations.

  • GNU Radio for Space (and Aircraft)

    The people behind the satellite, GomSpace, has a complete parser for the ADS-B data beacons and [destevez] has it rolled into a GNU Radio module. There’s a good representation of captured data on a map in [destevez’s] blog post. If you want something less interactive, you can see a static map of all collected data. If you want to try your hand at picking up GOMX-3, you can hear it transmitting in the video below.

Software and Games

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  • Grilo 0.3

    The major release happened almost 6 months ago and it has brought some API/ABI changes being my favourite the merge of all Grilo media types into GrlMedia (#755551); This introduces support from Grilo to different types of media!

  • Microstar Laboratories, Inc.'s Accel64 for Linux

    Microstar Laboratories, Inc., develops Data Acquisition Processor (DAP) systems for PC-based high-performance multichannel measurement applications. Microstar observes that GNU/Linux distributions generally presume that if you have 64-bit hardware and a 64-bit operating system, the applications will use compatible 64-bit development tools and drivers, leaving support for 32-bit applications incomplete. This can present problems for vetted 32-bit applications, particularly those dependent on kernel extensions.

  • The Wine Development Release 1.9.12 Is Now Available
  • Wine 1.9.12 Fixes Splinter Cell: Blacklist Crashes, Improves Dragon Age 2 Demo

    Today, June 10, 2016, the Wine development team was proud to announce the release and immediate availability of yet another milestone towards the major Wine 2.0 software for running Windows apps and games on GNU/Linux distributions.

    Wine 1.9.12 is the twelve point release in the Wine 1.9 development series, coming two weeks after the launch of Wine 1.9.11 to improve the Shader Model 4 support in Direct3D, add an initial built of a taskbar in desktop mode, improve the metafile support in RichEdit, and fix right-to-left (RTL) languages in Uniscribe.

  • Latest Steam Client Update Improves Steam Controller Support with DOOM 2016

    Today, June 10, 2016, Valve pushed a new major Steam Client update to the stable channels for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

  • Steam Client Stable vs. Beta Tests With Vulkan On AMDGPU-PRO

    Here's the impact of benchmarking Dota 2 with Vulkan using the stable Steam client versus the Steam client beta.

    The Steam client beta a while back introduced some Steam overlay fixes explicitly for Vulkan. It turns out that these fixes currently in the Steam beta are very important for better AMDGPU-PRO Vulkan performance.

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