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Leftovers: Software

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  • Xen Project Release Strengthens Security and Pushes New Use Cases

    Xen Project technology supports more than 10 million users and is a staple in some of the largest clouds in production today, including Amazon Web Service, Tencent, and Alibaba’s Aliyun. Recently, the project announced the arrival of Xen Project Hypervisor 4.7. This new release focuses on improving code quality, security hardening and features, and support for the latest hardware. It is also the first release of the project’s fixed-term June - December release cycles. The fixed-term release cycles provide more predictability making it easier for consumers of Xen to plan ahead.

  • Released DigiKam 5.0 and completely ported with Qt5

    The photos are organized in albums which can be sorted chronologically, by folder layout or by custom collections.You can tag your images which can be spread out across multiple folders, and digiKam provides fast and intuitive ways to browse these tagged images. You can also add comments to your images.

  • Cubemap 1.3.0 released

    I just released version 1.3.0 of Cubemap, my high-performance video reflector. For a change, both new features are from (indirect) user requests; someone wanted support for raw TS inputs and it was easy enough to add.

  • MKVToolNix 9.3 "Second Sight" Released with Several Enhancements and Features

    MKVToolNix developer Moritz Bunkus proudly announced the other day the release of the MKVToolNix 9.3.0 "Second Sight" maintenance update of the popular open-source MKV (Matroska) manipulation utility, promising to implement many of the user-requested features, as well as to fix numerous reported bugs.

    MKVToolNix 9.3 brought a new chapter generation feature with two placeholders, better support when opening a saved configuration via the merge tool, along with the ability to specify how much a TS or MPEG-PS file will be probed for tracks by using the new "–probe-range-percentage" option.

Proprietary Spyware on the Web

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VirtualBox 5.1

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  • Changelog for VirtualBox 5.1
  • VirtualBox 5.1 Officially Released

    Oracle announced the release this afternoon of VM VirtualBox 5.1.

  • VirtualBox 5.1 Increases Linux Integration, Improves Multimedia Support

    Today, July 12, 2016, Oracle has had the great pleasure of announcing the final release of the VirtualBox 5.1 open-source and cross-platform virtualization software for all supported platforms.

    VirtualBox 5.1 is a massive release that improves numerous parts of the software, promising to be a worthy update over any previous release. It is the best and most advanced release so far, increasing the Linux integration, enhancing the multimedia support, and adding support for new technologies.

    "To enable organizations and developers to more easily and flexibly create and deploy on premises and cloud applications, we are pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1, the latest release of the world’s most popular free and open source, cross-platform virtualization software," said Oracle.

KDE Applications 16.04.3 Is the Last in the Series, Out Now for KDE Plasma 5.7.1

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After announcing the availability of the first maintenance update for the KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment, KDE also released today the third and last point release for the KDE Applications 16.04 software suite.

KDE Applications 16.04.3 is here to fix twenty more bugs reported by users since last month's KDE Applications 16.04.2 point release, bringing improvements to various KDE applications that are usually shipped by default with any new installation of the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment.

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Leftovers: Softpware

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  • Latest MiniTube 2.5.2 Version Available for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    MiniTube is beautiful, lightweight and a native YouTube client. With MiniTube you can watch YouTube videos by typing keyword into the search-box and MiniTube will immediately loads the results. It offers two type of searches: channel search and keyword search. It provides endless video stream, playback on MiniTube is smooth and instant, without a noticeable buffering time, as I tested. Minitube does not require the Flash Player.

  • FFmpeg 3.1.1 “Laplace” Has Been Released

    FFmpeg is a popular multimedia framework, that enables the users to easily ncode, transcode, mux, demux, stream, filter and play audio and video content.

  • Weblate 2.7

    Slightly later than on monthly schedule but Weblate 2.7 is out today. This release brings improvements to the API and is first to officially support wlc a command line client for Weblate.

Leftovers: Software

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  • OpenPHT 1.6.2 for Debian/sid

    I have updated the openpht repository with builds of OpenPHT 1.6.2 for Debian/sid for both amd64 and i386 architecture. For those who have forgotten it, OpenPHT is the open source fork of Plex Home Theater that is used on RasPlex, see my last post concerning OpenPHT for details.

  • procps 3.3.12

    The procps developers are happy to announce that version 3.3.12 of procps was released today. This version has a mixture of bug fixes and enhancements. This unfortunately means another API bump but we are hoping this will be fixed with the new library API coming soon.

  • 6 Excellent Linux Diff Tools

    File comparison compares the contents of computer files, finding their common contents and their differences. The result of the comparison is often known as a diff.

  • Linux debugging tools I love

    I gave a talk this weekend about debugging tools I love (here are the slides, such as they are). I think of these tools like a swiss army knife -- if something on your system is wrong or slow, in any programming language, knowing how to use them can really help you out. I've written pretty extensively on this, but I didn't have a central list to refer to. So! Here's the list of my current favorite tools. There are only 5! I've used all of them (except opensnoop) to debug actual problems.

    tcpdump and wireshark and opensnoop are also things that you can have on OS X.

  • FreeType 2.6.4

Leftovers: Software

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  • Kubernetes rolls out its latest version

    It's always funny watching a new open source initiative gain traction -- all the more so when the initiative in question isn't yet firmly ensconced into the warm, inviting bosom of its own full-fledged foundation. This is certainly the case for Kubernetes.

  • Calibre 2.62 eBook Manager Supports the New Kindle Oasis, EPUB 3 Metadata

    Today, July 8, 2016, Calibre developer Kovid Goyal has been proud to announce the release of Calibre 2.62 ebook library management software for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X.

    It looks like the Friday weekly releases of Calibre are back, and Calibre 2.62 is here to add a couple of new features, as well as to fix many of the annoyances reported by users since last week's Calibre 2.61 update or previous releases.

    The most important feature of Calibre 2.62 is support for the newest Kindle Oasis e-reader model that has started shipping today. So if you receive your new Kindle Oasis device this weekend, you'll be able to connect it to Calibre to upload your books.

  • wlc 0.4

    wlc 0.4, a command line utility for Weblate, has been just released. This release doesn't bring much changes, but still worth announcing.

    The most important change is that development repository has been moved under WeblateOrg organization at GitHub, you can now find it at Another important news is that Debian package is currently waiting in NEW queue and will hopefully soon hit unstable.

  • Skype Claims "Exciting" Linux News Next Week [Ed: don’t even install it, Skype harvests local data]
  • Chrome OS and Linux Users Can Now Make Phone Calls From Skype for Web

Wine 1.9.14 Released

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  • The Wine Development Release 1.9.14 Is Now Available

    The Wine team released today another development release of their software. Version 1.9.14 has many small changes including 20 bugfixes.

  • Wine 1.9.14 Brings Better Shader Model 5 Support in Direct3D, GDI Improvements

    Today, July 8, 2016, the development team behind the popular Wine open-source software used by many Linux users to run Windows apps and games, have announced a new milestone towards Wine 2.0.

  • Wine 1.9.14 Released

    The Wine development release 1.9.14 is now available.

  • Wine 1.9.14 Still Working On Shader Model 5, D3D Command Stream

    Wine 1.9.14 was released today as the newest bi-weekly Wine development release for running your favorite Windows games/applications on Linux and other operating systems.

    As has been the trend recently, there's been more work going on for Shader Model 5 support in their Direct3D implementation along with more prep work for Direct3D Command Stream. The SM5 support will be needed for Direct3D 11 support and the D3D command stream code will offer nice performance improvements for gamers once all of the code has been readied.

VirtualBox 5.1 RC1

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3 open source alternatives to Microsoft Publisher

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But you don't need a proprietary tool to design a great layout. Whether you're using Linux, or still stuck on Windows or Mac OS X, there are great free and open source options. So let's look at some open source alternatives to Microsoft Publisher for designing your next print layout.

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