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Software: remctl, FFmpeg and KItinerary

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  • remctl 3.16

    remctl is a simple RPC mechanism (generally based on GSS-API) with rich ACLs and native support in multiple languages.

    The primary change in this release is support for Python 3. This has only been tested with Python 2.7 and Python 3.7, but should work with any version of Python 3 later than Python 3.1. This release also cleans up some obsolete syntax in the Python code and deprecates passing in a command as anything other than an iterable of str or bytes.

  • FFmpeg Can Now Make Use Of VDPAU VP9 Video Decoding

    For those looking to make use of VP9 hardware accelerated video decoding with FFmpeg, that support has landed in its latest Git code.

    Back with the VDPAU 1.3 library release this summer the interface was added for supporting VP9 video decoding with the NVIDIA-developed Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix (VDPAU). Now with the newest FFmpeg Git code they support making use of it.

  • KItinerary Custom Extractor Improvements

    It’s been a year since I last wrote about KItinerary custom extractor development, and things have changed a bit since then. While I have been mentioned smaller improvements such as new API available for custom extractors in the regular summary posts, there’s a recent change that deserves a bit more detail.

Rav1e Rust AV1 Encoder Adds SSSE3 Support, AArch64 NEON - But It's Still Slow

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Movies

The Xiph rav1e AV1 video encoder written in the Rust programming language recently picked up more optimizations among other improvements.

This week's pre-release adds SSSE3 and AArch64 NEON as the newest optimizations to rav1e. That comes on top of other recent work like better rate control, two-pass rate control, x86_64 speed-ups, tiles being expressed in linear units, other new x86_64 SIMD optimizations, a fast 8-bit code-pathm and other work.

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The Best DVD Players for Ubuntu

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In the past, multimedia was a sore point for Linux users. Now, though, it's a strength. There are plenty of fantastic DVD and video players for Linux systems, including Ubuntu. As an added bonus, they all should be readily available in the default Ubuntu repositories.

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Software: MPV Release and Mozilla's Rust, Pernosco

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Moz/FF
  • MPV Player 0.30 Released For This Advanced Open-Source Video Player

    MPV 0.30 is out as the newest release to this cross-platform, open-source video player derived from MPlayer/mplayer2.

    MPV continues to be on an exciting trajectory with their v0.30 release. This release adds Vulkan interoperability with its CUDA hardware decoding support as well as VA-API + Vulkan interop support too. MPV 0.30 also replaces its previous Vulkan implementation with one based upon libplacebo, the work-in-progress MPV library, so their Vulkan support is centered around the library.

  • AWS to sponsor Rust project

    Amazon Web Services has agreed to sponsor the development of the Rust project, being just one of the latest tech giants to throw its weight behind this security-focused programming language.

    The sponsorship comes in the form of "promotional credits" that AWS will be making available to the Rust team, which they'll be able to use to rent AWS infrastructure and support the language's development.

    "We're thrilled that AWS, which the Rust project has used for years, is helping to sponsor Rust's infrastructure," said Alex Crichton, Rust Core Team Member.

  • Pernosco Demo Video

    Over the last few years we have kept our work on the Pernosco debugger mostly under wraps, but finally it's time to show the world what we've been working on! So, without further ado, here's an introductory demo video showing Pernosco debugging a real-life bug...

VirtualBox 6.1 Beta 2 released

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Please do NOT use this VirtualBox Beta release on production machines. A VirtualBox Beta release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

You will shortly be able to download the binaries here. Please use sha256sum to compare the hash of the downloaded package with the corresponding hash from this list.

Please do NOT open bug reports at https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Bugtracker but use our VirtualBox Beta Feedback forum to report any problems with the Beta. Please concentrate on reporting regressions since VirtualBox 6.0.14.

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Also: VirtualBox 6.1 Beta 2 Released As Oracle's Next Virtualization Update Approaches

Chrome 78 Arrives

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Web
  • Stable Channel Update for Desktop

    The Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 78 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux. This will roll out over the coming days/weeks.
    Chrome 78.0.3904.70 contains a number of fixes and improvements -- a list of changes is available in the log. Watch out for upcoming Chrome and Chromium blog posts about new features and big efforts delivered in 78.

  • Chrome 78 Arrives With Dark Mode Enhancements, Native File System API, SMS Receiver API

    In addition to Mozilla Firefox 70 having been released on Tuesday, Google released Chrome 78 as the newest version of their web-browser.

    Chrome 78 brings a new File-System API for letting web app developers interact with files on a local device for use-cases like web-based programming IDEs, video editors, photo editing, word processing, and more. The Native File System API should be secure for ensuring web apps do not get unauthorized access to other files/folders on your system.

  • Google Chrome 78 for Windows, macOS and Linux is Now Available For Download

    Google has released a new update for the Chrome web browser for Windows, macOS and Linux. The Chrome 78 update is now Live and is available for download. The update will offer users customize options for the New Tab page, among other changes and additions. The update comes with several features and improvements as well.

    With the help of customize option, users can now select pictures from their media gallery and use is as background. On opening an new tab, users will be able to spot the cutomise option on the bottom-right corner. Furthermore, 'Shortcuts' are a set of icons, which are visible right beneath the search bar. These include the 'My Shortcuts' where shortcuts suggestions are provided to users on the basis of the websites they keep on visiting. 'Most visited sites', where shortcuts are segregated by the user and 'Hide shortcuts'.

  • Google Chrome 78 for Windows, Linux, and Mac Now Available for Download

    Google has just released Chrome 78 for all supported desktop platforms, namely Windows, Linux, and Mac.
    The new version of the browser comes with welcome improvements in key areas, including new customization options for the New Tab page.

    Google has been working on refining the New Tab page (NTP) for several versions already, and this latest release introduces new customization options, including more colors and themes to choose from.

    Another feature that Google has been working on for this release enhances the sync process between Chrome for PC and for Android.

New KMyMoney features ahead

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Software

You might be wondering what is going on in the KMyMoney development department. Here are some insights of what has happened in the background at least on my end.

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Calamares grabs onto things

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Software

I’ve been working on Calamares, the Universal Linux Installer, for a little over two years – following up in the role Teo started. It’s used by Neon (for the dev version, not the user version) and Manjaro and lots of other Linux distributions. I’ve typically called it an installer for boutique distro’s, as opposed to the Big Five.

Well, Debian 11 has plans. And lubuntu uses it as well (and has for over six months).

Those seem pretty big.

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Free Software and Proprietary Software

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  • Firefox to get page translation feature, like Chrome

    Firefox's page translation feature will work offline, with a local library, rather than cloud-based translation services.

  • OBS Studio 24.0.3

    OBS Studio is software designed for capturing, compositing, encoding, recording, and streaming video content, efficiently. It is the re-write of the widely used Open Broadcaster Software, to allow even more features and multi-platform support. OBS Studio supports multiple sources, including media files, games, web pages, application windows, webcams, your desktop, microphone and more.

  • FAA asks Boeing why it hid test pilot's discovery of 'egregious' 737 Max issues

    The Federal Aviation Administration is demanding answers from Boeing after receiving a 2016 electronic message exchange in which a test pilot talks of unknowingly having lied to regulators and discloses "egregious" problems with the flight control system that figured in two 737 Max crashes.

    FAA Administrator Steve Dickson sent a terse letter Friday to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg requesting to know why the messages had only been delivered the day before, not months ago when Boeing had uncovered them. "I expect your explanation immediately," he writes.

  • Why Kids’ Programming Will Be a Major Battleground in the Streaming Wars

    It’s not that children are suddenly allergic to SpongeBob. (According to Parrot Analytics, Mr. SquarePants and his underwater antics remain the most in-demand children’s content in America.) But as Juenger puts it: The traditional American TV industry is “entering a period of prolonged structural decline,” as viewers migrate to platforms that feature fewer or no ads.

    Saturday mornings, years ago relinquished by broadcasters, are now threatening to evaporate from the grip of cablers as well. This will prove to be a fertile area for existing streamers, as well as the soon-to-launch over-the-top offerings from Apple, Disney and WarnerMedia, among others. All of them are hungry for subscribers and eager to keep them shelling out monthly dollars.

Five best screen recorders for Linux

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Screen recording comes in handy when creating a video tutorial, recording gameplay, live streaming or even something cool you just did and want to showcase it to others. Uses of a screen recorder are diverse and there are a ton of reasons to have one installed on your PC. In this article, we will provide a brief overview of five best screen recorders for Linux which include some basic as well as some advanced screen recorders.

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