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Dreamweaver Alternatives: 5 Open Source HTML and CSS Editors for Web Developers and Designers

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You can use any code editor for HTML but using an editor with dedicated features for web developers and designers can help a great deal. Check out our list of open source HTML editors.
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Proprietary Software: Microsoft Abuse and Layoffs, Security Issues and Fusion 360 on GNU/Linux

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  • Slack files competition complaint against Microsoft in Europe

    Workplace messaging service Slack announced Wednesday it has filed a complaint against Microsoft with the European Commission on Wednesday, alleging the tech giant is using its market dominance to crowd out competition.

    The complaint accuses Microsoft of illegally tying its workplace product, Teams, to its suite of productivity tools, forcing millions of installs and hiding the true costs from enterprise customers.

  • Slack files EU antitrust complaint against Microsoft, cites anti-competitive Teams bundling

    Slack has filed a complaint with the European Commission that accuses Microsoft of unfairly bundling its Teams collaboration app with its Office 365 suite. That move, Slack argues, allows Microsoft to abuse its market dominance to “extinguish competition in breach of European Union competition law.

    “Microsoft has illegally tied its Teams product into its market-dominant Office productivity suite, force installing it for millions, blocking its removal, and hiding the true cost to enterprise customers,” Slack said.

  • Microsoft’s LinkedIn to lay off 6% of its global workforce

    Microsoft Corp.-owned LinkedIn today said that it is laying off about 960 employees, or approximately 6% of its global workforce, amid reduced demand for its recruiting solutions among business customers.

    Microsoft acquired LinkedIn four years ago in a $26.2 billion deal that propelled it to a key position in the social media landscape. Since the acquisition, LinkedIn has grown from about 433 million users worldwide to 690 million as of Microsoft’s last fiscal quarter. The social network generates revenue by selling tools that enable companies to find job candidates, target potential customers and provide training resources for employees.

  • New Hack Can Trick Power Bricks into Starting Fires

    In a study published by Xuanwu Labs (which is owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent), researchers detailed the BadPower hack which works by manipulating the firmware inside fast charge power adapters.

    Normally, when a phone is connected to a power brick with support for fast charging, the phone and the power adapter communicate with each other to determine the proper amount of electricity that can be sent to the phone without damaging the device—the more juice the power adapter can send, the faster it can charge the phone.

    However, by hacking the fast charging firmware built into a power adapter, Xuanwu Labs demonstrated that bad actors could potentially manipulate the power brick into sending more electricity than a phone can handle, thereby overheating the phone, melting internal components, or as Xuanwu Labs discovered, setting the device on fire.

  • Fusion 360 on Linux | Architectural Design Blathering

    I have previously reviewed Fusion 360 and have since been gaining experience using it. I find it to be a very capable CAD application package that I rather enjoy using it too. Since most of my design experience has been using PTC Creo, I have had to relearn a lot of tools but the process has been fun (sometimes frustrating but mostly fun). To be absolutely clear, I have no architectural design experience. I am building this out of observation from hands-on experience.

    These are my musings about it after spending several hours on it, understanding how to design a more complex assembly. For this project, I set my units to inches and I worked at designing my ideal garage with the idea that I am renovating the existing structure. I have many unanswered questions about the structure I am digitally assembling this at the time of writing but I hope to do updates on it as the project progresses.

    I started out by placing the two walls I have to keep of my existing garage (over sized crappy shed). As I am “grandfathered in” to the current location so tearing it down and rebuilding would not be possible.

    [...]

    I really don’t know if Fusion 360 was ever intended on being used for “architectural design” or not but I had fun doing it. I can very easily made modification and extract the necessary dimensions as needed when I go to build this. Having the mobile application is nice for just looking at it as well and as I am picking up the lumber for it, I can look at the 3D model very easily and verify whatever it is I am thinking about.

    I am still only scratching the surface of Fusion 360. The more I use it, the more I like it. I am very happy by the ease of use, and resource utilization of this application. It doesn’t tax my aging system much and the fact that the tools are intuitive makes working on projects very enjoyable.

OpenRGB 0.3 Released

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  • OpenRGB 0.3 Released For Open-Source RGB Lighting Control

    Out this evening is OpenRGB v0.3 as the newest feature release of this open-source RGB lighting control solution that works on both Windows and Linux. ASUS, ASRock, Corsair, GSKILL, Gigabyte, Kingston, MSI, Razer, and Thermaltake are among the brands of devices supported by this growing software package.

    OpenRGB 0.3 adds support for allowing one user-interface to now control multiple PCs' RGB lighting, various other client / server improvements, numerous new drivers and different improvements, and dealing with a lot of other device-specific improvements/fixes.

  • Sorting the mess of vendor specific lighting apps, OpenRGB has a new release

    Having something with pretty RGB lighting and want to play with it on Linux? Often the hardware vendor doesn't bother with Linux tools or drivers but the OpenRGB firmly has your back.

    This is not just another open source project for Linux to make up for vendors ignoring Linux, in fact it's actually made for Windows too. Their aim is to sort the big stinking mess of vendor-specific tools and applications to deal with RBG lighting across various motherboards,

Top 8 File and Disk Encryption Tools for Linux

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Data protection is an imperative aspect of digital security for both businesses and individuals. In this new remote work environment brought on by COVID-19, securing one’s private data is more critical than ever.

Linux handles this issue far better than Windows or MacOS due to its transparent open-source code and the passionate global community constantly reviewing it. With so many astute eyes on Linux source code, security vulnerabilities are quickly detected and solved - which is why those looking for a highly secure OS often turn to Linux.

That being said, this doesn’t mean that your Linux computer is 100% unhackable. In fact, the growing popularity of Linux is making the OS an increasingly popular target among malicious hackers. Thus, it never hurts to add a layer of privacy in the form of file and disk encryption.

File and disk encryption makes your data unreadable and unusable even if your computer does get hacked. In this article we explore the eight best file and disk encryption tools for Linux.

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Email Client Thunderbird 78 is Here with Major Changes

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The native desktop Email client Thunderbird releases its latest version 78 with major improvements and bug fixes. Here's what's new.
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ExifCleaner – image metadata tool

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Metadata is information that is part of the image file and contains information about the image itself and the creation of the image. It can set textual information such as title, description, exposure time, ISO value, focal length, and copyright. Some modern digital cameras and camera phones are GPS enabled and they can save the location co-ordinates (latitude and longitude) with the photographs. There are more than 460 metadata tags within the exchangeable image file format for digital still cameras, EXIF 2.3.

Metadata is useful for many reasons. First, it provides the photographer with a great way to learn. When you capture an image and you want to see why it works (or doesn’t), the metadata will help. However, sometimes it’s advisable to scrub EXIF metadata from photos before sharing them. Besides protecting your privacy, removing the metadata reduces the file size.

ExifCleaner lets you remove privacy-invading information from your photos. It’s a cross-platform tool that runs on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. We’ve only tested the software on Linux.

ExifCleaner uses ExifTool, a command-line application and Perl library for reading and writing EXIF, GPS, IPTC, XMP, makernotes and other meta information in image, audio and video.

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Also: Link Tray

Video Trimmer: A No-nonsense, Simple Video Trimming Application for Linux Desktop

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Video Trimmer is a dead simple tool to trim videos quickly without re-encoding it. It doesn’t do anything else other than trimming videos and that’s by design.
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Zrythm 0.8.694 release

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Zrythm v0.8.694 has been released!

Screenshot:
https://www.zrythm.org/static/images/jun-26-2020.png

Zrythm is a digital audio workstation designed to be featureful and
easy to use. It allows limitless automation through curves, LFOs and
envelopes, supports multiple plugin formats including LV2, VST2 and
VST3 (via Carla), works with multiple backends including JACK,
RtAudio/RtMidi and SDL2, assists with chord progressions via a special
Chord Track and chord pads, and can be used in multiple languages
including English, French, Portuguese, Japanese and German.

Zrythm is free software written in C using the GTK+3 toolkit and can be
extended using GNU Guile (Scheme).

Current state:
Zrythm is still in the late alpha stage and we are working towards
stabilizing the project format and entering the beta phase.

Changes in 0.8.694:

Added
- Allow routing from chord track to instrument tracks
- Integration test for creating/deleting tracks using Helm
- Add additional checks when tracks are added to the project
- Add shift-selection for selecting multiple tracks or channels
- Add option for level of UI detail (improves CPU usage on lower end
machines)
- Show bug report dialog on non-fatal errors
- Add tests for creating plugins and port connection actions
- Make port connections and channel sends undoable
- Show error if icon is not found at startup
- Add authors to credits section in the manual
- Add Guile API for creating sends between tracks, connecting ports
between a plugin and a track, and creating tracks as undoable actions
- Add Guile test runner
- Add Trademark Policy for Zrythm wordmark and logo
- Add option to override the program name

Changed
- Refactor: add `is_project` to many objects
- Use weakjack on Windows
- Add version requirement on RtAudio dependency
- Only create MIDI notes on track 1 when exporting a MIDI region
- Update German, Galician, Japanese translations
- Print function name and line number in the log
- Open plugins that require the KX UI interface with carla
- Various drawing optimizations (by passing integers to cairo)
- Use configuration file for tests
- Each plugin instance now has its own state directory, including non-
project plugin instances
- Save plugin states when plugin instances are created
- Ignore sysex messages from LV2 plugins for now
- Update Guile API docs with more examples
- Catch invalid SFZ/SF2 paths instead of crashing
- Add detailed license information for each icon

Fixed
- Fix crash when undoing twice after deleting a track
- Fix crash when creating a new plugin fails
- Fix MIDI note offs not being sent at the right time when moving MIDI
notes
- Fix issues with initialization of undoable actions when loading
projects
- Fix crash when closing Zrythm after resizing an automation region
- Fix automation tracks not being cloned properly
- Fix crash when undoing track deletion with automation
- Fix automation regions not properly duplicated when duplicating
tracks
- Fix MIDI file import on Windows
- Fix loading new projects from a loaded project
- Fix an issue with exporting
- Fix crash when connecting a plugin CV out port to another track's
balance control
- Fix automation track ID track positions not being updated when moving
plugins from one track to another
- Fix passing a project file as a command line argument not working
- Fix crash when moving tracks
- Fix editor not being refreshed when region owner track is deleted

You can view the whole changelog here:
https://git.zrythm.org/cgit/zrythm/tree/CHANGELOG.md

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Also: >Zrythm Approaching Beta As An Easy-To-Use, Open-Source Digital Audio Workstation

Free Software: Cost-free Options, LMMS, nomacs

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  • Free software for your PC [Ed: Mostly free/libre here]

    DURING the Movement Control Order (MCO), many people relied on their home computer to get work done.

    Imagine how troublesome it'd be if your home computer crashes. Well, it happened to me recently with my desktop computer.

    I also have a laptop computer which I could use to do work but the screen size is small. It's okay for typing articles but not so great when it comes to editing pictures or videos.

    So, to be fully productive, I needed to get my desktop computer working again.

    A hardware diagnostic found that there was nothing wrong with the computer itself. The operating system somehow got corrupted.

    After trying to reset the computer while keeping the programmes intact didn't work, I had no choice but to do a complete reformat of my hard drive. That means all the programmes would be wiped out.

    Fortunately, I still had all the installation files for most of the software that I used on my computer but for a few of them I didn't have the installation files anymore. So, I had to either repurchase them again or look for free alternatives.

    I soon discovered that it's actually possible to fully set up your desktop computer with just free software if you wanted to. Here are some of the best free software you can install to improve your productivity.

  • Create Music with LMMS music production suite

    LMMS was first introduced to the world as Linux MultiMedia Studio. Today, this digital audio workstation application program is available in 20 different languages, enabling musicians around the world to use this cross-platform tool to make music. What makes it unique is that it is a completely free, open-source, community-driven project, released under the GNU General Public License, version 2 (GPLv2). So, despite the many music-making software products available online, LMMS is worth a download.

  • nomacs 3.16

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

Release of Wine 5.13

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  • Wine Announcement
    The Wine development release 5.13 is now available.
    
    What's new in this release (see below for details):
      - Re-mapping of INI files to the registry.
      - System call thunks in NTDLL.
      - Reimplementation of floating point numbers printing.
      - Beginnings of a restructuration of the console support.
      - Various bug fixes.
    
    The source is available from the following locations:
    
      https://dl.winehq.org/wine/source/5.x/wine-5.13.tar.xz
      http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/5.x/wine-5.13.tar.xz
    
    Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:
    
      https://www.winehq.org/download
    
    You will find documentation on https://www.winehq.org/documentation
    
    You can also get the current source directly from the git
    repository. Check https://www.winehq.org/git for details.
    
    Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file
    AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list.
    
    
  • Wine 5.13 Released - Fixes 15 Year Old Bug To Support Windows NT INI Files To Registry Re-Mapping

    The INI file re-mapping to the registry is a bit interesting and rather late... This stems from the advent of the Windows Registry back with Windows NT in place of relying on INI files. Windows 9x era applications use INI files with a set of functions that since Windows NT were converted to make use of the registry rather than INI files. Wine 5.13 in 2020 now supports re-mapping of INI files to the registry, thereby closing this bug report from 2005.

    The Windows-style syscall thunks in NTDLL, changing around the floating point numbers printing, and starting on a restructuring of the console support all make for Wine 5.13 quite exciting on a low-level.

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