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  • darktable 2.2 to Be a Major Release with RAW Overexposure Indication, New Tools

    It appears that the powerful, open-source, free and cross-platform darktable RAW image editor is about to get to the next level and enhance your photography experience on GNU/Linux and Mac platforms.

    darktable 2.2.0 is currently in heavy development, with an initial Release Candidate version out the door, and it looks like it will be a major release sporting exciting new features and tools, including a brand new automatic perspective correction module, new raw overexposure indication, as well as Undo and Redo support.

    The upcoming darktable 2.2 release also promises a new tool called darktable-chart, which allows for the creation of styles for the CLUT (Color Look Up Table) module used for changing colors in an image, a new Liquify tool, and a revamped LCh reconstruction mode in the Highlight reconstruction module.

  • Screenkey Shows Key Presses On Screen In Ubuntu

    If you’re a regular screen caster or YouTube how-to maker, you’ll know how difficult it can be to relay the keys you’re pressing on your screen.

  • Go For It! Is a Simple To-Do App for Linux with Built In Timer

    Go For It! — it sounds like the name of an overly enthusiastic mobile workout app that you download with good intentions only to never actually use it. But thankfully (for our collective laziness) it’s not. Go For It! is, instead, a “stylish to-do list with built-in productivity timer“.

  • Vivaldi 1.5 Web Browser Up to RC State, Fixes H.264 and MP3 Support for openSUSE

    Today, November 14, 2016, Vivaldi developer Pål Andreas Franksson was pleased to announce the availability of the first Release Candidate (RC) version of the upcoming Vivaldi 1.5 web browser.

    Vivaldi 1.5 has been in development for the past two months, during which it received no less than fifteen snapshots that brought numerous improvements and fixes, including better Linux clipboard support, enhancements to tab dragging and inline title editing, inline editing of bookmarks and notes, as well as advanced tab dragging.

    With today's Release Candidate build, Vivaldi 1.5 is one step closer to the final release, which should land by the end of the year with Chromecast support, enhancements to Reader View, the ability to drag tabs between windows, address bar improvements, performance improvements, and an engine upgrade based on Chromium 54.0.

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  • Kdenlive presentation and news

    I will make a presentation on Kdenlive next saturday, 19th of november 2016 in Toulouse at the “Capitole du Libre” event. The Kdenlive event will be at 16h30, and lots of other interesting conferences / workshops / boots will be presenting various aspects of open source so hope to meet some of you there! Full schedule is here.

  • Find Files Faster with Recent Files Indicator Applet

    Recent Files Indicator sits in your panel and gives you access to recently used files, saving you the need to navigate or search using Nautilus.

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  • Making Videos on Linux - Linux Gamer

    We’ve come a long way with multimedia production on the Linux desktop. Our tools have become much more powerful, and far more approachable–even in the short time I’ve been doing my show. So here’s a quick overview of how I produce my videos.

    I believe that the most important thing with Internet video is audio. It seems unintuitive, but I have found this to be the case. The difference between a good video and a great one can be determined by the price of your microphone and how you use it.

    The quality of hardware is equally as important as the pacing of audio editing and the post-processing. I use a program called Ocenaudio to edit my voice overs, the music in my videos, and sound effects. I use the built-in enhancement tools like the equalizer, compressor, and normalizer to process my voice and filter out any background noise.

    [...]

    I guess, when it comes down to making my videos, I could get by with virtually any software tool. OpenShot or PiTiVi would work much like KdenLive, though the process would be a bit more tedious. In fact, a much younger Gardiner actually won an award for a video he edited using the XP version of Windows Movie Maker. (He was 14 and didn’t know any better.) But I choose to use KdenLive because of its powerful toolset and the virtually limitless number of video and audio tracks.

  • OpenShot Video Editor 2.1

    A lot of Linux users may use OpenShot Video Editor to edit and manipulate videos. The Editor is a very powerful tool for those who wish to create or manipulate videos. This article will cover installing the newest version and adding Images and using Transitions to perform special animations with the images creating slide shows.

    The most current version (1.4.3) is what is available on Synaptic. A newer version (2.1.0) is now available using the OpenShot PPA.

  • Sandstorm now supports RHEL 7, CentOS 7, Arch, and more

    This means that Sandstorm can now be installed on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7, as well as its cousin CentOS 7, both of which use kernel version 3.10.

  • Terminix 1.3.5 Released With Quake Mode Improvements

    Terminix is a GTK3 tiling terminal emulator. The application allows splitting terminals horizontally and vertically, arranging them using drag and drop, along with quite a few other useful features.

  • Xfce Gets A `Do Not Disturb` Mode And Per Application Notification Settings

    The Xfce developers are busy porting Xfce applications and components to GTK3, and in the process, they are also adding new features.

    "Do not disturb", a much requested feature, landed in xfce4-notifyd 0.3.4 (the Xfce notification daemon) recently. Using this, you can suppress notification bubbles for a limited time-frame.

  • Spotify bug is slowly killing hard drives with data vomit

    SPOTIFY USERS are up in arms after a long-standing bug came to light which is causing gigabytes of 'junk' data to be written to users’ hard drives.

    The bug, which is said to affect Mac and Linux as well as Windows, is of particular concern because constant writes to a drive will inevitably shorten its life.

    And to be clear, the problem is made worse if you’re on a newfangled solid state drive as they have a finite number of writes before each sector gives up.

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  • How Docker changes application monitoring

    As operations, IT, and engineering organizations coalesce around the value and importance of containers, they often ask the seemingly logical question: “How do I monitor Docker in my production environment?” As it turns out, this question has it backward. Monitoring the Docker daemon, the Kubernetes master, or the Mesos scheduler isn’t especially complicated, and there are, in fact, solutions for each of these.

    Running your applications in Docker containers only changes how the applications are packaged, scheduled, and orchestrated, not how they actually run. The question, properly rephrased, becomes, “How does Docker change how I monitor my applications?” As you might imagine, the answer to this question: “It depends.”

    The answer will be dictated by the dependencies of your environment and your use cases and objectives. The orchestration technology you use, the Docker image philosophy you follow, and the level of observability your containerized application provides, among other considerations, will all factor into how you monitor your applications.

    To begin to understand how a microservices regimen and a Dockerized environment will affect your monitoring strategy, ask yourself the following four simple questions. Note that the answers may differ for different applications, and your approach to monitoring should reflect these differences.

  • New libvirt website design
  • Spotify Windows, Mac, Linux desktop app: Update now to stop it trashing your SSD

    Music-streaming service Spotify has released an important update that stops its desktop client tearing into storage drives with massive and unnecessary write rates.

  • Alexa – Making that First Application Run
  • Shaggy Dogs and SpiderMonkey Unwinders
  • OVN Logical Flows and ovn-trace
  • Agile development w/ CI/CD – Automated cloud building & deployment (from scratch)

Wine 1.9.23 Adds Support for Myst V: End of Ages, Improves Unreal Engine 4 Games

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Just a few moments ago, the team behind the popular Wine open-source and free implementation of Windows on Unix announced the availability of the Wine 1.9.23 development release.

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Also: Wine 1.9.23 Adds More Color Format Support For Direct3D

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  • A New Version of SimpleScreenRecorder Has Been Released

    A new version of Simple Screen Recorder, a powerful desktop screen capture programme for Linux, premiered earlier this month. It is the first update to the app in almost a year. SimpleScreenRecorder 0.3.x adds support for the latest FFmpeg/libav libraries, supports fragmented recording (whatever that may be) and the indicator applet icon will now notify you when there’s an error during capture.

  • OpenMW 0.40 - Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind on Linux

    The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is one of my personal favourite games of all time. Years ago I would have happily run the game in Linux, but the only real way to do so was through WINE. Thanks to OpenMW, a totally rewritten and open source engine for Morrowind, it is now very much possible to have a near complete Morrowind experience, completely natively.

    OpenMW has been in development for some years now and if you've been following its development, you would know Morrowind has been playable to varying degrees with each new release. When I last tried out OpenMW (again, on Linux) a couple of years ago, it was amazing how much did work, but there were certainly missing features like opening doors in-game. You could get around these issues by using the in-game console to activate objects like doors, but it was obviously not a complete experience that you would get with vanilla Morrowind.

  • Dishonored 2 Linux support is only a pipe dream

    Dishonored 2 isn’t even officially out yet and the sequel to the critically acclaimed original is already stepping on some toes. On top of the recent problems regarding the 9 GB day one patch, the eagerly awaited title also lacks Linux support.

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  • 3 Great Linux Apps I Never Knew Existed

    I’ve written about a lot of desktop Linux software in the nearly 8 years this site has been running. Apps, utilities, tools and clients for almost everything, from bling-laden music players to java monstrosities via photo editors and command line Twitter clients. And yet even I have not heard of every app that’s out there.

  • Temps is a Beautiful Open Source Weather App

    But when the weather is unpredictable, or to keep an eye on its plans for the coming days, we turn to weather forecast apps, websites and services.

    A slate of desktop weather apps are available for Linux. These range from basic terminal-based reports to indicator applets that unfurl all kinds of meteorological mumbo jumbo.

  • Atom 1.12

    New APIs available in Chrome 52 allowed us to take on this long-requested feature. The new APIs turned out to be less important than we originally thought but we’re nonetheless happy to report Atom users in all locales now get typical keyboard behavior in Atom’s default installation.

  • Atom 1.12 Hackable Text Editor Released with International Keyboard Support

    On November 9, 2016, GitHub's Ian Olsen was proud to announce the release and immediate availability of the Atom 1.12 open-source and hackable text editor for all supported platforms.

    Atom 1.12 has been in Beta stages of development since the release of Atom 1.11 on October 11, 2016, and it now hits the stable channel with a bunch of exciting new features, among which we can mention international keyboard support Electron 1.3.6 update, which also brings Chrome 52 along for this update.

  • 0 A.D. Alpha 21 "Ulysses" Open-Source Game of Ancient Warfare Adds New Features

    Wildfire Games was proud to announce the release of the twenty-first Alpha update to its 0 A.D. open-source game of ancient warfare for supported Linux-based operating systems, as well as Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X platforms.

    Dubbed Ulysses, the 0 A.D. Alpha 21 release features a large number of content and improvements, starting with a bunch of new maps that you'll most certainly want to conquer, as well as several new game modes, and continuing with the official introduction of the final civilization, namely The Seleucid Empire.

    Prominent gameplay features include the Herocide and Regicide, Wonder Victory, and Last Man Standing modes, new champions and buildings, the ability for Briton Crannog to act as both a dock and civic center, and support for Hellenic Royal Stoa and Persian Hall to train new Infantry Champions in the city and town phases.

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  • NetworkManager 1.6 to Support the systemd-resolved Local DNS Forwarder Backend

    NetworkManager developer Lubomir Rintel announced today, November 6, 2016, the availability for download of the first development snapshot towards the major NetworkManager 1.6 release of the widely-used network connection manager.

    NetworkManager 1.6 will probably launch next year and promises exciting new features, including Vala bindings for the libnm library, the ability to keep most network connection up during system shutdown, except Wi-Fi and VPN, and support for removing new connections or disconnect devices to the checkpoint/restore connection functionality.

  • PeaZip 6.2.0 Open-Source Archiving App Released with Revamped File Browser, More

    PeaZip, a free and cross-platform graphical file archiver that supports extracting and compressing of over 180 archive types, including 7-Zip, FreeArc, RAR, LHA, PAQ, ISO, UPX, 7Z, ACE, CAB, ZIP, XZ, ARJ, BZ2, and TAR was recently updated to version 6.2.0.

    PeaZip 6.2.0 appears to be a major release that updates the 7z backend to version 16.04 for Windows platforms, and introduces real-time display of cumulative progress when running simultaneous jobs to the GUI (Graphical User Interface) for the archiving and extraction operations.

  • Introducting GPS Ami

    Once upon a time, I started geotagging my photos. For that I bought a GPS logger, an Holux M-1200E. The device works great with gpsbabel, and since my photography workflow was stuck on MacOS, I used Houdah GPS (which uses gpsbabel behind the scene, BTW). Also I have been working for too long on moving that workflow to Linux and GNOME. At one point I even started to write an app I called "Magellan" to do what that MacOS tool did, as a part of my other project, Niepce. I didn't really get motivated so it went nowhere. It was written in C++ like the rest of Niepce. The technology isn't the problem here.

  • Spotify is testing a new layout for its desktop player

    As part of updates to its Windows and web desktop apps, the official Spotify for Linux client has picked up a minor redesign. Well, sort of. The company is testing a small redesign of the main player control UI in its desktop app with a sub-section of Spotify desktop users.

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