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  • An intro to git gui

    I have been using git for years now, I think I can say I know the tool quite well, yet I do all my commits with git gui. This often surprises my coworkers because a) it looks a bit ugly and Cool it's a graphical application! The horror!

  • 15 years of VLC and VideoLAN

    Technically, today is the 15th anniversary of the relicensing of all the VideoLAN software to the GPL license, as agreed by the École Centrale Paris, on February 1st, 2001.

  • LiVES Video Editor 2.6.0 Version Released For Ubuntu/Linux Mint Via PPA

    As you know there are plenty of video editors available for other operating systems (Mac, Windows) but there isn't lack of best video editors for Unix/Linux and support wide variety of architecture (x86, amd64, x86_64, i64, sparc, hppa, ppc and xbox/x86.) but using the PPA you can only install for x86/x86_64/amd64 architectures. If you are into video editing and looking for open-source and free alternative for yourself then here is great video editing program "LiVES" for you.
    LiVES is an awesome, very simple, powerful video editor and VJ tool exist for Linux operating system. Using LiVES video editor you can combine realtime and rendered effects, streams and multiple video/audio files, and then encode to over 50 formats. It is small in size, yet it has many advanced features. LiVES is part editor, part VJ tool. It is fully extendable through open standard RFX plugin scripts.

  • Firejail 0.9.38 Release Announcement

    We are happy to announce the release of Firejail version 0.9.38 (download). Firejail is a generic Linux namespaces security sandbox, capable of running graphic interface programs as well as server programs. The project went through an external security audit, and several SUID-releated problems have been found. Please update your software.

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  • Kodi 16.0 "Jarvis" Gets Third RC Build, Fixes Possible DVD Menu Problems

    The Kodi development team has just announced the release and immediate availability for download and testing of the third RC (Release Candidate) build of the upcoming Kodi 16.0 "Jarvis" media center.

  • Support for 8/10/12 bit color depths in HandBrake!

    HandBrake is now using a freshly built x265 library that enables full color depth support at 8, 10 and 12 bits. You can now convert videos in these format! This has been enabled in the 64 bit builds of the x265 library; for both Fedora 23 and CentOS/RHEL 7.

  • bitmath-1.3.0 released

    It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted any bitmath updates (bitmath is a Python module I wrote which simplifies many facets of interacting with file sizes in various units as python objects) . In fact, it seems that the last time I wrote about bitmath here was back in 2014 when 1.0.8 was released! So here is an update covering everything post 1.0.8 up to 1.3.0.

  • Docker 1.10 Linux Container Engine Brings over 100 Changes, Removes LXC Support

    Docker, the open-source and powerful Linux container engine software, has reached today, February 4, a new milestone, version 1.10, which promises to introduce a whole lot of fresh features.

GNOME and KDE

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  • EggColumnLayout

    The widget behind the new preferences implementation in Builder was pretty fun to write. Some of the details were tricky, so I thought I’d make the widget reusable in case others would like to use it. I’m sure you can find uses for something like this.

  • Rio Design Hackfest

    A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a design hackfest in Rio de Janeiro, which was hosted by the good people at Endless. The main purpose of the event was to foster a closer relationship between the design teams at GNOME and Endless. Those of us on the GNOME side also wanted to learn more about Endless users, so that we can support them better.

  • Endless joins the GNOME Advisory Board

    The GNOME Foundation is pleased to announce that Endless, creator of the Endless computer and operating system, has joined the GNOME Foundation advisory board. The Advisory Board is a body of stakeholder organizations and companies who support the GNOME Project by providing funding and expert consultation. The board includes Google, Intel, the Linux Foundation, and the Free Software Foundation, among others.

KDE

  • KDE Project Br-Print3D at Campus Party Brazil

    Last week, between January 26 and 31, the ninth Campus Party Brazil (promo video on Facebook) was held in Sao Paulo. 8000 people inside an arena, with talks, workshops and hackathons, with the main subject being technology.

    The team from KDE project Br-Print3D was invited to participate of this event. To show our work on the Free Software stage and on the tables there are scattered all over of this arena.

  • Calligra 2.9.11 Office Suite Launches for Linux with New Krita and Kexi Bugfixes

    The developers of the KDE-oriented Calligra office suite have announced the release and immediate availability for download of the eleventh maintenance release in the Calligra 2.9 series of the open-source project.

  • Krita 2.9.11 to Be the Last in the Series, Krita 3.0 Gets Second Alpha Build

    The developers of the awesome Krita digital painting software for Linux, Mac and Windows platforms have announced the release of two new versions of the acclaimed open-source project.

Wine Announcement (1.9.3)

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  • Wine Announcement
  • Wine 1.9.3 Adds More SM4 Instructions, JSON In JavaScript

    Wine 1.9.3 is out today as the newest bi-weekly Wine development release.

    Wine 1.9.3 continues the recent trend of implementing support for more Shader Model 4 (SM4) instructions. Wine 1.9.3 also updates its Gecko browser engine build, there is now JSON support for its JavaScript handling, more write support in WebServices, and more. In total there are 24 known bug-fixes with Wine 1.9.3.

  • Wine 1.9.3 Adds More Shader Model 4 Instructions, Firefox 44-Based Gecko Engine

    With only two days from the announcement of the first point release for the stable Wine 1.8 branch, the project's development team today, February 5, published details about the third milestone towards the Wine 1.10 series.

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  • ownCloud Mail App Gets Ready for Next Month's Awesome ownCloud 9.0 Release

    The ownCloud community today announced the release of the third milestone in the development of the ownCloud Mail application for the ownCloud self-hosting cloud server software.

  • FFmpeg 2.8.6 "Feynman" Released, Drops Support for VisualOn AAC and libaacplus

    FFmpeg is a complete suite of tools used to record, convert and stream audio and video. A new update has been released for the main branch and developers have also made an interesting announcement regarding the removal of support for two external AAC encoders.

  • MythTV 0.27.6 Arrives After Long Hiatus

    MythTV is a powerful Digital Video Recorder and home media center that comes with a wealth of features. The developers have published a new update for it, after a long hiatus.

  • Application Spotlight: Terminology

    Today we are going to take a look at one of the most mature / robust application written in Elementary and the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries - Terminology. For those who are unfamiliar with Terminology:

    “Terminology is a terminal emulator for Linux / BSD / UNIX etc. systems that uses EFL and has a whole bunch of bells and whistles. Use it as your regular vt100 terminal emulator along with all the usual things like 256 color support (we attempt to emulate Xterm as closely as possible in most respects).”

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  • BitTorrent Talks Encryption, Improved Linux Support For Sync 2.3

    BitTorrent continues to support its file sharing and syncing application with the recent release of Sync 2.3.1. The 2.3.x update contains a number of bug fixes for stability, but the important news is the added support for encrypted folders and finally allowing selective file syncing on Linux systems. Additionally, the company put out a short brief on the information they collect and how they are securing your files synced by Sync which is available as a PDF.

  • Understanding digital signage with Screenly

    It was around New Year’s 2012, I stumbled into a position where we basically had to create a digital signage solution for a company that was acquired. Between just before Christmas, when the deal closed, and the first of January, roughly, we ended up having a digital signage network and no software. So that’s really how the very first version of Screenly came to be, the POC [proof of concept] – that ended up being a very rough-around-the-edges kind of solution where it just wrapped around a lot of tools like rsync, bash and a lot of baked-in Linux tools.

  • Arcserve Releases Latest Version Of UDP

    UDP introduces advancements such as data protection for Linux environments, instant VM recovery and instant Bare Metal recovery, unified installation and enhancements for third party integration.

  • New Vivaldi Web Browser Snapshot Has Changes to Tab Opening/Closing Behavior

    The Vivaldi team, through Ruarí Ødegaard, announced on February 2 the release and immediate availability for download and testing of a new snapshot build of the upcoming proprietary and cross-platform web browser.

  • Opera 35 Arrives with Better Downloads Interface, Improved Mute Tabs, More

    A new Opera stable release is now out, and the developers have introduced a number of new features that are going to be enjoyed by the community.

    The Opera project continues to improve the browser, and they have released quite a few versions since in 2016, covering all the available branches. Today's release is in the stable branch, and that means that it's time to see what's new in the latest Opera 35.

Wine 1.8.1

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  • VLC 3.0 Remains Under Development While VLC 4.0 Will Have Better Wayland Support & A New UI

    For more than a year we've been looking forward to VLC 3.0, but it's not quite baked yet. Once VLC 3.0 does finally ship, there are already early plans for VLC 4.0.

    The VLC Trac roadmap puts the VLC 3.0 release as currently six weeks late after failing to ship in 2015. Jean-Baptiste Kempf presented at this weekend's FOSDEM conference in Brussels to talk about VLC 3.0 and even a few words about VLC 4.0.

  • Qt 5.7 Is Going To A Feature Freeze While Qt 5.6 Isn't Even Coming For Another Month

    Qt 5.6 is running a solid three months behind schedule while Qt developers are hoping to offset further delays in the Qt5 release train by going into a feature freeze now for Qt 5.7.

    Last week I wrote about Qt 5.7 is set to go into a feature freeze next week (now it's this week).

  • The open source project 'xoreos' released version 0.0.4 'Chodo'

    xoreos is a FLOSS project aiming to reimplement BioWare's Aurora engine (and derivatives), covering their games starting with Neverwinter Nights and potentially up to Dragon Age II. This post gives a short update on the current progress.

  • Gothic RPG roguelike Darkest Dungeon coming soon to Linux

    Darkest Dungeon was launched last week supporting only Windows and Mac. However, as per their Kickstarter promise made in early 2014, Canadian developer Red Hook Studios has now outlined their intention to bring the title to Linux as a "short term goal".

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  • digiKam 5.0 Image Editor Receives New, Sleek Color Lookup Adjustment Tool

    By the looks of it, this year, KDE users will have a bunch of awesome and powerful tools, all of them ported to the next-generation Qt 5 UI toolkit, and this is also the case of the famous digiKam image editor.

  • podlators 4.06

    More build system changes, this time to (hopefully) finish merging with core so that we don't have to maintain separate build systems and machinery between core and this package. This time, there aren't even any real test suite changes. I was thinking about continuing converting the test suite to the new snippet-based format, but ran out of steam today.

  • Best Cross-Platform Note-taking Apps to Enhance Productivity

    When it comes to taking notes on the go, there are many solutions you can try out. You can carry a small notepad, you could take notes in a simple text file, or you could try out any app from the thousands of choices the Android Play Store offers. While there seems to be no dearth of good choices in this department, apps that are truly cross-platform are hard to find. That's why, in today's article, we'll help you find apps that you can use to take notes and refer to them from everywhere.

  • Jono Bacon Thinks About A Hybrid Desktop With GNOME Shell Atop Mac OS X

    Jono Bacon, the former Ubuntu Community Manager who is currently employed by GitHub, has proposed a hypothetical new open-source project that effectively comes down to bringing the Linux user-space -- complete with the GNOME Shell -- over to Mac OS X.

    Jono explained his new idea in a blog post, "You want the very best computing experience, so you first go out and buy a Mac. They have arguably the nicest overall hardware combo (looks, usability, battery etc) out there. You then download a distribution from the Internet. This is shipped as a .dmg and you install it. It then proceeds to install a bunch of software on your computer. This includes things such as: GNOME Shell, All the GNOME 3 apps, Various command line tools commonly used on Linux, An ability to install Linux packages (e.g. Debian packages, RPMs, snaps) natively." Basically, GNU/OSX.

Application Spotlight: Ephoto

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There are a plethora of different image viewers for the Linux operating system that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Today I would like to highlight the default image viewer that Bodhi Linux utilizes - Ephoto.

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  • LibreOffice 5.1.4 Released with Over 130 Fixes
    The first release candidate represented 123 fixes. Some include a fix for a crash in Impress when setting a background image. This occurred with several popular formats in Windows and Linux. Caolán McNamara submitted the patches to fix this in the 5.1 and 5.2 branches. David Tardon fixed a bug where certain presentations hung Impress for extended periods to indefinitely by checking for preconditions earlier. Laurent Balland-Poirier submitted the patches to fix a user-defined cell misinterpretation when using semicolon inside quotes.
  • Open source. Open science. Open Ocean. Oceanography for Everyone and the OpenCTD
    Nearly four years ago, Kersey Sturdivant and I launched a bold, ambitious, and, frankly, naive crowdfunding initiative to build the first low-cost, open-source CTD, a core scientific instrument that measures salinity, temperature, and depth in a water column. It was a dream born from the frustration of declining science funding, the expense of scientific equipment, and the promise of the Maker movement. After thousands of hours spent learning the skills necessary to build these devices, hundreds of conversations with experts, collaborators, and potential users around the world, dozens of iterations (some transformed into full prototypes, others that exist solely as software), and one research cruise on Lake Superior to test the housing and depth and temperature probes, the OpenCTD has arrived.
  • RuuviTag Open-Source Bluetooth Internet Of Things Sensor Beacon Hits Kickstarter (video)
  • Retro gaming on open source 2048 console
    Retro gaming in the open source vein could be on the upswing this season. Creoqode is the London-based technology design company behind 2048, the DIY game console with retro-style video games and visuals that is also supposed to help users learn coding.

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