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  • Plank 0.9.0 Released With Window Dodge Hide Mode

    Plank is a simple, lightweight dock written in Vala. The application, which is available by default in elementary OS, features multiple hide modes, customizable screen position, theme and icon size, supports pinning apps to the dock, quicklists and more.

  • VirtualBox 5.0 Beta 2 Out Now with Support for Older Linux Kernels and HiDPI

    Oracle announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the second Beta version of its upcoming VirtualBox 5.0 virtualization software, a major release that introduces powerful new features.

  • Announcing git-cinnabar 0.2.1

    Git-cinnabar is a git remote helper to interact with mercurial repositories. It allows to clone, pull and push from/to mercurial remote repositories, using git.

  • Tomahawk 0.8.4

    At the same time we also started using features of C++11, which is now a requirement to build Tomahawk’s master branch.

  • GTK+ 3.16.2 Introduces More Wayland and HighContrast Improvements

    The second maintenance release of the GTK+ 3.16 GUI toolkit has been announced recently. While the changelog is quite small when compared with the previous point release, this version introduces more Wayland and HighContrast improvements.

  • VLC 2.2.1 Released with VP9 Decoding Improvements, Fixes MKV Overseeking

    VideoLAN released the VLC Media Player 2.2.1 multimedia playback software with dozens of bugfixes for various core components, as well as stability and performance improvements.

  • Google Chrome 42 Stable Is the Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything

    Google developers have promoted to stable the latest Chrome 42 branch of the famous Internet browser, and they have declared it to be the answer to life, the universe and everything.

  • Nginx's new version goes beyond Web serving

    With the release of Nginx Plus Release 6, the latest version of its Web server, Nginx looks to replace everything from hardware load balancing to legacy servers.

    It makes sense for Nginx to broaden its game and its functionality. The company's explosive growth among the most heavily trafficked sites is leveling out; to stay competitive, it must become more than a faster, more efficient alternative to Apache.

  • NGINX Open Source: Reflecting Back and Looking Ahead

    Today we announced the availability of NGINX Plus Release 6 (R6). With this milestone event in our commercial business, I thought it would be a good time to reflect back on what we have accomplished as a community and to address where we are taking NGINX from here.

  • (re)Introducing eSpeak.js

    A long time ago, we were investigating a way to expose text-to-speech functionality on the web. This was long before the Web Speech API was drafted, and it wasn’t yet clear what this kind of feature would look like. Alon Zakai stepped up, and proposed porting eSpeak to Javascript with Emscripten. This was a provocative idea: was our platform powerful enough to support speech synthesis purely in JS? Alon got back a few days later with a working demo, the answer was “yes”.

Leftovers: Software

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  • tree: Two and a half years later.
  • GNU social: Federation against the social model of Twitter

    This model of federation is criticized by many new users who land on GNU social having had the experience of socialization of Twitter and Facebook. They label this difference “federation issues” and complain that conversations they participate in only show messages from the person that they themselves follow or other people in their node. The solution is as technically simple to implement as it is dangerous.

    What such a request would do, in reality, is break the federation of content based on implicit contracts and open the doors to the aggregation of everything, everywhere, breaking any chain of trust. That is, it would remove the basis for allowing the nodes to create spaces for real conversation. By breaking this model of federating content, we would be importing the social model of the great centralizers, the Facebook-Twitter model, into the spaces and networks that we built on the basis of tools like GNU social, Diaspora, Friendica, etc.

  • GCC 5.1 Release Candidate Now Available

    A short time after branching GCC 5 and initiating GCC 6.0 development, the first GCC 5.1 Release Candidate has surfaced in marking the big GCC 5.

  • GCC 5 Is Branched, GCC 6.0 Enters Development

    GCC 5 is to be the first release under the GNU Compiler Collect's new versioning scheme. The new versioning scheme is outlined on the GCC develop page. Right now the code is at GCC 5.0.0 for the GCC 5 branch but it will become GCC 5.0.1 when in the pre-release state and GCC 5.1.0 will be the first release from the GCC 5 branch, GCC 5.2.0 will be the second release from the GCC 5 branch, etc.

  • Using Digikam and ownCloud to share family pictures

    Soon after my daughter was born, I became increasingly concerned about sharing her pictures in Facebook. I’d usually post one picture of her, and see it quickly reshared by family and friend. Yes, it was flattering, but with privacy concerns growing daily, it left an uneasy feeling.

  • Valve Gives Mesa Developers Access to All of Their Present and Future Games

    Valve is now offering its entire catalogue of games to the Mesa developers in order to reward them for the work they've put into this open source project.

  • Valve Giving Away Their Past & Future Games To Mesa Developers

    Valve are giving away their games for free again, and this time it has been extended to include developers of the Mesa project.

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  • First Peek at XBian on the Raspberry Pi 2

    In the last couple of months I have been experimenting with various distributions on the Raspberry Pi 2. Recently, my attention has turned to home theatre distributions which come with a pre-configured version of Kodi. Kodi (previously called XBMC) is software that turns a computer into a device that rules all your living room media needs.

  • Calculator 2.0.155: Here we are

    We did some minor changes in last weeks, so it’s a bit different from the one you’ve if you installed the Calculator App Reboot from the store. Anyway, now you can remove the one from the store and update your default app, you will have the new one. Unfortunately, your old calc history will be lost, but we found out that to create an importer for old calcs required some time, so we prefered to update the app.

  • Ubuntu For Phones Lands Its New Calculator

    For those of you running Ubuntu Touch/Phone, once updating your default calculator app you'll be presented by the brand new "calculator reboot" app.

  • GnuPG 2.1.3 Adds New Features

    GnuPG 2.1.3 adds LDAP keyserver support to the 2.1 modern series, new GPG options, improves searching for mail addresses when using a keybox, changed the default algorithms with gpgsm to AES-128 and SHA-256, and provides various other fixes.

  • ddir: Echoes of tree

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  • 55.555 downloads of ownCloud in a box

    Recently I passed a magic number with my ownCloud in a box appliance. It hit the five fives, 55.555 total downloads, on SUSE Studio. It is the most popular download there. I would never have imagined that so many people would be interested in it and use it when I started with this. Amazing.

  • Opera 29 Beta Web Browser Is Now Based on Chromium 42.0.2311.68

    Opera Software, through J. Gladykowski, announced on April 9 the immediate availability of another Beta update for the upcoming Opera 29 web browser, a release that fixes no more that ten issues (details below), based on the latest upstream Chromium Beta channel.

  • mpfc: Doing everything so right

    Once I knew what mpfc stood for, it made perfect sense — it is, after all, a music player for the console.

  • boa: Run a server from anywhere
  • Calibre 2.24 Ebook Viewer and Converter Is Now Available for Download

    Kovid Goyal announced today, April 10, the immediate availability for download of Calibre 2.24, an open-source and cross-platform ebook library management software for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

  • Git Success Stories and Tips from Wine Maintainer Alexandre Julliard

    Wine Maintainer Alexandre Julliard decided to try out the Git revision control system just a few months after creator Linux Torvalds released the first version – that was 10 years ago. Now, he says, “I can no longer imagine doing software development without it.”

    Wine, the open source software used to run Windows applications on Linux, still mostly uses email to exchange and review patches. But Git is the project's version control system (VCS.) Here, Julliard discusses why they use Git, their Git success stories, and pro tips for using the open source tool.

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  • KDE4/KF5 Coinstalability and the KWallet

    Plasma 5 is about to become part of the mainstream Linux distributions, and we are getting more and more feedback about this new platform. This blog post is a reaction to this increasing feedback from our users.

    Plasma5 introduces the KDE Frameworks 5 platform (or KF5) which uses Qt5 as it’s foundation. This new platform aims to replace the legacy KDE4 platform, which was mainly the old monolithic kdelibs. More and more applications got ported to this new platform. Just stay tuned with the next release announcement, which is imminent. However, some applications, and among them some important ones, are not yet ported to the KF5 platform. And this brings on, or more appropriately reminds, the coinstalability matter.

  • Choqok IM Client Is Getting a KDE Frameworks 5 Port, But Won't Support Diaspora

    Andrea Scarpino announced today, April 8, that the Choqok instant messenger application used by default in the KDE desktop environment is about to be ported to the KDE Frameworks 5 infrastructures.

  • python-bugzilla 1.2.0 released

    Of course, for popular bugzilla fields we should make sure the command line tool has an explicit and document option, but this takes the pressure off of us to add an option for every custom Red Hat extension.

  • lancat: Zero-configuration network transfer option

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  • Qt Installer Framework 2.0 Is Out

    The Qt Installer Framework allows for offline and online installers for Windows, Linux, and OS X. This framework is focused on Qt's needs but can also be used by other applications as an installer/updater.

  • Stay Focused And Boost Your Productivity With Ambient Noise Player

    The application is very simple, lightweight and doesn't get in your way. In fact, it doesn't even come with a GUI by default and instead, it only shows an entry in the Ubuntu Sound Menu which allows you to play various relaxing sounds like forest, storm, rain, wind, night, fire, coffee shop or sea.

  • Designing Foils with XFLR5

    For any object moving through a fluid, forces are applied to the object as the fluid moves around it. A fluid can be something like water, or even something like the air around us. When the object is specifically designed to maximize the forces that the fluid can apply, you can designate these designs as airfoils. A more common name that most people would use is a wing. The shape of a wing, or airfoil, determines the forces that are applied to it when it moves through a fluid or the air. These forces also depend on the speed of motion through the fluid and the direction of flow around the airfoil.

  • Choqok is using KDE Frameworks

    In fact, I spent the last month porting Choqok bits from Qt 4 to Qt 5, but I also fixed minor bugs you discover when doing this kind of work. Regressions could happen, so please report them and we'll fix them!

  • darktable 1.6.4 Adds Support for Canon 300D, Nikon D5500, and GCC 5.0

    darktable 1.6.4 has been released recently bringing a wide range of improvements, support for new cameras, new white balance presets, new noise profiles, and several updated translations.

  • Taxes plus Windows equals a huge headache
  • iTunes and Linux music managers

    It will probably be a cold day in you-know-where before we ever see a native version of iTunes for Linux. Apple just isn't interested in supporting Linux. But you actually can run iTunes in Linux via WINE, and if that doesn't float your boat then there are some native Linux alternatives to iTunes that are worth considering.

  • patool: Multilingual

    Most of patool seems to work as command-action-target format, so extracting a file — just about any compressed file, I might add — is as simple as patool extract file. The extension of the file appears to be irrelevant to patool — if I rename a file to show a different extension, it manages to extract it anyway.

  • atto: Pushing the limits of practicality


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  • IRC client TalkSoup 1.1 released

    I am pleased to announce that after months of work a new release of GNUstep's IRC client, TalkSoup, is ready!

  • Announcing git-cinnabar 0.2.0

    Git-cinnabar is a git remote helper to interact with mercurial repositories. It allows to clone, pull and push from/to mercurial remote repositories, using git.

  • An In-Depth Look at Text-to-Speech in Linux

    It’s been an interesting two weeks, talking about and looking into why text-to-speech (TTS) is such a mess in Linux. I’ve spoken with seventeen of you; seventeen who know a bit about software programming. “A bit” is a purposeful understatement. Some of you have forgotten more about software programming than I will ever know. That being the case, I have learned a bit about why TTS in Linux is next to worthless. For those who are just joining into the conversation, let me catch you up quickly.

  • StorageCraft ShadowProtect SPX offers Linux users mainstream backup and DR solution

    IT administrators who use Linux servers now have access to a backup and disaster recovery from a trusted industry solution with today’s release of StorageCraft® ShadowProtect® SPX. This addition to the StorageCraft Recovery-Ability™ solution offers Linux users reliable backup, protect, migrate and - most importantly – recovery for virtual and physical Linux servers.

digiKam Software Collection 4.9.0 released...

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The digiKam Team is proud to announce the release of digiKam Software Collection 4.9.0. This release includes a new sets of bugs fixes from Maik Qualmann who maintain KDE4 version while KF5 port is under progress.

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