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Software: KStars 2.9.4, QEMU 2.12 RC3. Catfish File Search for GNU/Linux Reviewed

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  • Spring season KStars v2.9.4 is Released!

    Glad to announce the release of KStars v2.9.4 aka Emad is now release for Windows, MacOS, and Linux!

    The new release brings in more performance improvements and bug fixes.

  • QEMU 2.12.0-rc3 is now available

    On behalf of the QEMU Team, I'd like to announce the availability of the fourth release candidate for the QEMU 2.12 release. This release is meant for testing purposes and should not be used in a production environment.

  • QEMU 2.12 Should Be Ready For Release Next Week

    Barring any last minute blocker bugs from being discovered, QEMU 2.12 is expected for release next week as the latest feature update for this important piece of the Linux virtualization stack.

    QEMU 2.12 is coming in hot with the necessary user-space bits for Intel vGPU acceleration support, SMP support in the Tiny Code Generator (TCG) is now stable, the GTK2 UI is officially deprecated now in favor of GTK3, support for NVMe controllers to be directly driven via QEMU + VFIO, a variety of ARM emulation improvements, new RISC-V target, support for AMD Encrypted Virtualization with KVM, x86 IBRS support, and a lot of other improvements.

  • Catfish File Search for GNU/Linux

    In previous articles, I've discussed how to search for files through other means, like using the command line, but I thought I'd give a quick review of the GUI search tool, Catfish.

    Catfish is an extremely powerful, and yet extremely simplistic Gtk+ based graphical tool that utilizes multiple technologies already likely in your system, to complete its searches; locate and find, and utilizes zeitgeist for search suggestions.

    Sometimes, I really and truthfully just don't feel like popping open a terminal, and locating a file. Sometimes, I really just want to click around with my mouse, even if its typically slower.

Software: Feed Readers, Kiwi TCMS, Laverna, Tig, Flash Player and More

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  • 5 Best Feed Reader Apps for Linux

    RSS feeds were once most widely used, to collect news and articles from different sources at one place. It is often perceived that RSS usage is in decline. However, there are still people (like me) who believe in opening an application that accumulates all the website’s articles at one place, which they can read later even when they are not connected to the internet.

    Feed Readers makes it easier by collecting all the published items on a website for anytime access. You don’t need to open several browser tabs to go to your favorite websites, and bookmarking the one you liked.

    In this article, I’ll share some of my favorite feed reader applications for Linux desktop.

  • Kiwi TCMS 4.1.4

    We're happy to announce Kiwi TCMS version 4.1.4! This is a bug-fix and enhancement update which upgrades to the latest Django version, resolves several issues and includes lots of internal code updates.

  • Laverna – A Cross-Platform Privacy-Focused Note Taking App

    FossMint has a number of Markdown note-taking app articles under its belt and it is with pleasure that we bring you another fantastic one, Laverna.

    Laverna is a modern open source Markdown editor with a sleek UI and a focus on user privacy. It is written in JavaScript to provide users with a speedy enough performance to stand in as an Evernote alternative.

    With Laverna, you can take notes and create to-do lists, both of which you can organize using notebooks. During editing, you can decide to work in normal, preview, or distraction – free mode.

  • Tig – A Command Line Browser for Git Repositories
  • What’s A Suitable Flash Player Alternative To Adobe Flash Player

    More people are willing to break away from Adobe Flash Player – perhaps because it won’t be long before support for it will end. While many are making a move from Flash, Adobe is still offering releases for it such as the Flash Player 24 branch. Of course, with numerous threats plaguing the player, people wonder if they are any viable options available.

  • New PELUX 1.0 Automotive Software Leverages Open Source Technologies
  • Epiq Solutions Unveils Highly Integrated RF + Linux® Module to Simplify Wireless Product Development Cycle
  • DOSBox Part 1: Introduction, Startup Scripts and The Keymapper

    This guide provides the necessary skills that will be used in each successive guide. The main focus of this series is to provide practical examples and tutorials for achieving certain tasks using DOSBox. Later tutorials will cover handling floppy disk images and booting from them, same with hard drive images, running Windows 3.11, and other advanced tasks.

  • Capsule8 Launches Zero-Day Threat Detection Platform for Linux [Ed: Capsule8 seems to be proprietary and nothing that is secret code should be trusted anywhere near secure systems]

    Security startup Capsule8 officially launched the 1.0 release of its zero-day threat detection platform on April 11, after more than a year of active development.

    Capsule8 1.0 is intended to help secure both container as well as non-container based Linux workloads from unknown zero-day threats. Among the risks that Capsule8 aims to help mitigate are side-channel memory attacks, like the recently disclosed Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.

  • Introducing Snallygaster - a Tool to Scan for Secrets on Web Servers

    A few days ago I figured out that several blogs operated by T-Mobile Austria had a Git repository exposed which included their wordpress configuration file. Due to the fact that a phpMyAdmin installation was also accessible this would have allowed me to change or delete their database and subsequently take over their blogs.

Falkon browser - Fly babe fly

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Falkon and QupZilla may be the same product, but just re-branding it has already improved the overall impression. Not by a huge margin, but enough to make it interesting. Once you start using it, you do realize that it's a mix of good and odd, much like the predecessor, with some really brilliant and dubious choices packaged together. Adblocking, session manager versus fuzzy interface, missing spellcheck and database plaintext thingie. Then, the behavior is nowhere near as stellar, lithe or fast as it should be.

Still, this has been my most successful QupZilla-ed experience so far. Falkon was stable, it did not crash, there were no errors, and overall, it worked well. But the sense of unease remains. I can't put my finger to it, but there's just something slightly out of place with it. Not sure what it is. But whatever it is, it's probably the reason why there hasn't been that much uptake with this native KDE Internet-giving program. Once that part is sorted out, Plasma may have a nice and friendly browser. Worth testing, and try not to be dissuaded by the oddness.

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A look at terminal emulators, part 1

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In the face of the rising ubiquity of graphical interfaces. Terminal emulators have replaced hardware terminals, which themselves were upgrades from punched cards and toggle-switch inputs. Modern distributions now ship with a surprising variety of terminal emulators. While some people may be happy with the default terminal provided by their desktop environment, others take great pride at using exotic software for running their favorite shell or text editor. But as we'll see in this two-part series, not all terminals are created equal: they vary wildly in terms of functionality, size, and performance.

Some terminals have surprising security vulnerabilities and most have wildly different feature sets, from support for a tabbed interface to scripting. While we have covered terminal emulators in the distant past, this article provides a refresh to help readers determine which terminal they should be running in 2018. This first article compares features, while the second part evaluates performance.

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Software: PELUX, Agedu, Kgotobed, Weblate, Daedalus, 10 Best Android Travel Apps

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  • Luxoft launches open source automotive software development platform

    The automotive division of Luxoft Holding has launched PELUX 1.0, a base development platform designed to provide the building blocks for automotive software development projects, which is now available on Open Source.

  • Agedu – A Useful Tool for Tracking Down Wasted Disk Space in Linux

    Assume you are running short on disk space and you wanted to free up, by searching something that’s a waste of space and removing it or moving it to an archive medium. How do you track down right stuff to delete, that saves maximum space?

    Linux provides a standard du command, which scans entire disk and shows you which directories hold the huge amount of data. That can assist you narrow your search to the things most useful deleting.

    However, that only shows you what’s huge. What you actually want to know is what’s too huge. By default, du command will not let you differentiate between data that’s huge because you are doing something that needs it to be huge, and data that’s huge because you unpacked it once and ignored about it.

  • Kgotobed – A Kernel Module That Forcibly Shutdown Your System

    I know that staying up late is bad for the health. But, who cares? I have been a night owl for years. I usually go to bed after 12 am, sometimes after 1 am. The next morning, I snooze my alarm at least three times, wake up tired and grumpy. Everyday, I promise myself I will go to bed earlier, but ended up going to bed very late as usual. And, this cycle continues! If you’re anything like me, here is a good news. A fellow late nighter has developed a Kernel module named “Kgotobed” that forces you to go to bed at a specific time. That said it will forcibly shutdown your system.

  • New projects on Hosted Weblate

    Hosted Weblate provides also free hosting for free software projects. The hosting requests queue has grown too long and waited for more than month, so it's time to process it and include new projects. I hope that gives you have good motivation to spend Christmas break by translating free software.

  • IOHK announced the Beta release of Daedalus on Linux for Cardano [ADA] users

    One of the most prominent blockchain development firm, Input Output Hong Kong [IOHK] has announced the beta release of Daedalus on Linux Operating System. The Beta version is currently available for the entire Cardano community.

  • IOHK announced the Beta release of Daedalus on Linux for Cardano [ADA] users

    One of the most prominent blockchain development firm, Input Output Hong Kong [IOHK] has announced the beta release of Daedalus on Linux Operating System. The Beta version is currently available for the entire Cardano community.

    The team mentioned that the Beta software can be tested with a small amount of ADA by mentioning the existing wallet recovery phrase which was supported on Windows and Mac OS. The Beta version is available for the users who can run the scripts on a terminal. Unlike Windows and Mac OS, the Linux Beta version does not have the feature for fetching updates from the blockchain. However, all the users are advised to install the initial production release manually.

  • 10 Best Android Travel Apps To Carry Along In Your Trips | 2018 Edition

Software Leftovers

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  • Website Testing Checklist

    Before launching any website, it is necessary to make sure that the website is error free, user friendly and secure. So after completing the development task of any website, the site owner must confirm that the website is ready to launch by doing some important website testing checklist. Most common website testing checklists are mentioned here.

  • Gotop – Yet Another TUI Graphical Activity Monitor, Written In Go
  • Introduction to Haroopad

    Haroopad aims to give you the same experiences in editing regardless of the platform you are working on. Developed by the Korean programmer Rhio Kim, Haroopad is available from the project website for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux as binary packages for 32 and 64 bit systems. For this article we have tested the package for Debian GNU/Linux 9 (64 bit) and downloaded the according deb package.

  • tint 0.1.0

    A new release of the tint package just arrived on CRAN. Its name expands from tint is not tufte as the package offers a fresher take on the Tufte-style for html and pdf presentations.

    This version adds support for the tufte-book latex style. The package now supported handouts in html or pdf format (as before) but also book-length material. I am using this myself in a current draft and this is fully working, though (as always) subject to changes.

  • HandBrake 1.1 Open-Source Video Transcoder Released

    For fans of the HandBrake open-source, cross-platform video transcoder software, a big post-1.0 update is now available.

    The HandBrake 1.1 release tagged on Saturday introduces an improved user-interface with a redesigned main window, a new summary tab, updated icons with HiDPI support, and other UI alterations. There is also new/improved presets for Vimeo/YouTube, 4K presets for different devices, new presets for post-production video editing workflows, and other 4K video improvements. There is also improved Intel QuickSync Video support, including the first support for it on Linux.

  • Cardano ADA price Surges Ahead of the Beta Release Daedalus on Linux Software

    Cardano ADA has recently announced the release of the much awaited Daedalus on Linux. The communication was made via the Cardano community forum. Although the information about the software is limited, it stated clearly that it was ready for public beta testing. The network, however, is still collecting feedback from the community to ensure that all the different Linux distributions will be well catered for. Besides, the software will include certain levels of customization to improve the user experience. Besides, the beta testing is tailored towards Linux users that are comfortable operating a script in a terminal.

  • Cardano (ADA) Price Goes Up After Daedalus on Linux Beta Testing Goes Live

    The team who is in charge of Cardano (ADA) recently announced that its planning to release the highly anticipated Daedalus software which will run on Linux. This information was made public directly on the official Cardano website. However, the developers didn’t want to unveil too much information about the upcoming software and decided to keep their statement short and to the point.

  • This week in Usability & Productivity, part 13

    Another week in Usability & Productivity, another wish that I could make more announcements about all the cool stuff we have in progress! The wheels of software sometimes turn more slowly than we might wish, but in the end, the better result will be worth it. KDE’s patch review process is there to ensure that code quality is high as possible before making it in!

    Nevertheless, we landed some great improvements this week, including a few long-standing requests. Come and see:

  • GNOME 3.28 uses clickfinger behaviour by default on touchpads

    To reduce the number of bugs filed against libinput consider this a PSA: as of GNOME 3.28, the default click method on touchpads is the 'clickfinger' method (see the libinput documentation, it even has pictures). In short, rather than having a separate left/right button area on the bottom edge of the touchpad, right or middle clicks are now triggered by clicking with 2 or 3 fingers on the touchpad. This is the method macOS has been using for a decade or so.

  • Verbosio is dead… but I have a new code name, Aluminium, with the same ambition

    All of the above means that Verbosio, as a Mozilla Firefox-based XML editor with specific XML languages as add-ons to the editor, is truly and finally dead, and there’s no point trying to believe otherwise. Similarly, the need for a XUL IDE is dead as well. (Daniel Glazman and I need to get together to cry over a beer sometime.)

  • Know your limits

    When building software systems, we usually deal with data from external sources. This can be user input, data coming from other systems, etc. My basic assumption on any external data is: don’t trust it!

  • GNU Mcron 1.1.1 released

    We are pleased to announce the release of GNU Mcron 1.1.1,
    representing 48 commits, by 1 person over 3 weeks.

howtos and software

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  • How to set up a MegaRAID SAS 9361-8i controller card on an OpenPOWER system
  • Creating Virtual Disks Using Linux Command Line
  • 2-Minute Linux Tip: Learn how to use the contrab command
  • The Shuf Command Tutorial With Examples For Beginners
  • Using SS to monitor connections in GNU/Linux for new users

    The ever popular Netstat tool, has been depricated for quite a few years now, and newer tools have been developed for the command line to replace it; namely, ss.

    Using ss is extremely simple, given the power behind the command, and the amount of information you can obtain while using it, such as information for TCP, UDP, PACKET, RAW, DCCP and UNIX Sockets.

  • Pidgin 2.13 Linux Desktop Instant Messaging Client Released

    Desktop-based instant messaging clients are becoming increasingly rare in the age of mobile apps and browser-based alternatives, but Pidgin formerly known as GAIM continues moving along albeit slowly. Recently the Pidgin 2.13.0 release happened without much attention.

    Pidgin 2.13 was released back in March with a number of bug fixes, better support for dark themes, improved transparency handling, API updates, and more but it was mostly just about fixing a number of bugs. Pidgin 2.13.0 had been the first update in one year since Pidgin 2.12.

  • kTLS in Cubemap

    Cubemap, my video reflector, is getting TLS support. This isn't really because I think Cubemap video is very privacy-sensitive (although I suppose it does protect it against any meddling ISP middleboxes that would want to transcode the video), but putting non-TLS video on TLS pages is getting increasingly frowned upon by browsers—it used to provoke mixed content warnings, but now, it's usually just blocked outright.

    This took longer than one would expect, since Cubemap prides itself on extremely high performance. (Even when it was written, five years ago, it could sustain multiple 10gig links on a single, old quadcore.) Cubemap is different from regular HTTP servers in that it doesn't really care about small requests; it doesn't do HLS or MPEG-DASH (although HLS support is also on its way!), just a single very long stream of video, so startup time doesn't matter at all. To that extent, it uses sendfile() (from a buffer file, usually on tmpfs or similar), which wasn't compatible with TLS… until now.


Software: Newsboat, mps-youtube, Firewalls

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Software: Flowblade, Linux Package Managers, and Programmers' Tools

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  • A look at GNU/Linux exclusive Flowblade video editor

    As a journalism student, I deal with both print but also multimedia forms of journalism, on a daily basis.

    Generally speaking, I have always used various Adobe software for my needs, such as Audition for my audio, and Premiere for my video while in school, but I know that there is plenty of awesome and free (albeit I will concede, rarely as fully-featured) software out there that could be used to substitute. One example, is Flowblade.

    Flowblade is a GNU/Linux exclusive, which is pretty cool really, given that nowadays many of the tools and applications people use on GNU/Linux are available for other systems as well. Thankfully, Flowblade is pretty sophisticated, so many may find it to be more of a suitable replacement for other software, than expected from an exclusive.

    Not to be dismissive and say that all GNU/Linux exclusive software is terrible or anything, but its a fairly common opinion of less than stellar software attempting to emulate its Windows counterpart.

  • Linux Package Managers

    We’ll compare different Linux Package Managers. Between all Linux distributions, one of the things they share is the need to be able to install new software packages onto the system. Depending on the distribution, various package managers are available, allowing the user to install, manage, and remove packages easily and quickly. Package managers are very good at streamlining installs, with common installation locations and configurations. In this article, we will discuss the different available package managers, what distributions they can be used on, and what makes each unique. We will cover Debian-Based Package Managers, RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)-Based Package Managers, and other custom designed package managers.

  • 10 Reasons why Linux is better for programmers and developers

    Linux based operating systems are very popular among programmers, developers and server administrators. But still, there are many new programmers unaware of the power of Linux and it’s flexibility. I’m talking about those programmers who’ve just started the career and been a Windows user for a long time.

  • Top 5 Popular Free Source Code Editors for Programmers

    A source code editor is a program specifically designed for editing source code of computer programs. It can be a stand-alone application or part of any IDE or web browser. It is the most important tool for programmers because editing a source code is the main job for a programmer.

Software: Weblate, GraphicsMagick, Curl, projectM

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  • Weblate 2.20

    Weblate 2.20 has been released today. There are several performance improvements, new features and bug fixes.

  • GraphicsMagick – A Powerful Image Processing CLI Tool for Linux

    GraphicsMagick is a free open source, modern and powerful software suite for processing images. It was initially derived from ImageMagick, however, over the years, it has grown to be a fully independent project, with a number of improvements and additional features. It runs on all Unix-like operating system such as Linux, MacOS, and also runs on Windows.

    It offers a useful and efficient assortment of tools as well as libraries that allow for reading, writing, and manipulating your images in more than 88 well known formats (such as GIF, JPEG, JPEG-2000, PNG, PDF, PNM, and TIFF).

  • curl another host

    Sometimes you want to issue a curl command against a server, but you don't really want curl to resolve the host name in the given URL and use that, you want to tell it to go elsewhere. To the "wrong" host, which in this case of course happens to be the right host. Because you know better.

  • An introduction to projectM

    Many people have seen music visualizations before, whether in a music player on their computer, at a live concert, or possibly on a home stereo system. Those visualizations may have been generated using the open-source music-visualization software library that is part of projectM. Software-based abstract visualizers first appeared along with early MP3 music players as a sort of nifty thing to watch along with listening to your MP3s. One of the most powerful and innovative of these was a plugin for Winamp known as MilkDrop, which was developed by a Nullsoft (and later NVIDIA) employee named Ryan Geiss. The plugin was extensible by using visualization equation scripts (also known as "presets").

    Sometime later, a project to implement a cross-platform, MilkDrop-compatible, open-source (LGPL v2.1) music visualizer began: projectM. The main focus of the project is a library (libprojectM) to perform visualizations on audio data in realtime—using the same user-contributed script files as MilkDrop—along with reference implementations for various applications and platforms. The project, which began in 2003 and was first released in 2004, is of interest to many for its creative and unique visuals, its use by media-player projects, and its interesting design and features. After years of development and contributions, the project stalled, but now there are efforts to rejuvenate and modernize the code.

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