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  • Digital Painting with Krita 2.9 provides the missing Krita documentation

    2015 was a big year for the Krita project. They had a successful crowdfunding campaign over the summer, which helped fund the development of an onslaught of features targeted for versions of 2.9 and beyond. With everything from big-time performance jumps when using large brushes, to the addition of support for animating, Krita's growth has spiked and the project continues to get attention and high praise among digital artists.

  • Audacity 2.1.2 Open-Source Audio Editor Has Better Noise Reduction Effects

    The Audacity developers have released the second maintenance release in the 2.1 series of the open-source and cross-platform audio editor software for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

  • Kodi 16.0 “Jarvis” – Release Candidate 1

    The time has come to bring you all Release Candidate 1 for Kodi v16. It took a bit longer than we anticipated due to some problems along the way though they should be under control now. This release consists of some nice features but more importantly the continues effort on making the underlying code more mature and future proof which should result in a more stable Kodi in general.

  • Kodi 16.0 Jarvis Is Near With Today's RC1

    Kodi 16 is bringing button long press support, improved Android rendering, better DirectX 11 support on Windows, settings improvements, PVR/DVR enhancements, better audio and video playback, and an assortment of other features.

  • GStreamer 1.6.3 Arrives with Multiple Fixes and Changes

    GStreamer, a development framework for creating applications such as media players, video editors, and others, has been upgraded to version 1.6.3 and is now ready for download.

  • gparted updated to version 0.25.0

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  • GParted 0.25.0 Released With Progress Bar When Checking/Resizing ext2/3/4 Partitions

    GParted is an open source and free partition manager. GParted can create and edit partitions. It's a GUI (Graphical User Interface) so it's easy to to create or edit partitions on our hard disk using GParted. GParted recently released its 0.25.0 version that now shows a progress bar when checking or resizing ext2/3/4 partitions. Here is how you can install or update to GParted 0.25.0 in Ubuntu or other derivatives distros.

  • Rygel 0.29.1 Open Source Media Server Adds Support for Lightweight Media Scanner

    Rygel developer Jens Georg announced on the GNOME mailing list the immediate availability for download and testing of the first milestone in the upcoming Rygel 0.30 stable series of the open-source media server software.

  • git-annex v6

    Version 6 of git-annex, released last week, adds a major new feature; support for unlocked large files that can be edited as usual and committed using regular git commands.

  • Oracle Releases VirtualBox 5.0.14 with Support for Linux Kernel 4.5, Mac OS X Fixes

    Oracle today announced the release of the VirtualBox 5.0.14 open-source and cross-platform virtualization software for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

  • Latest Vivaldi Web Browser Snapshot Adds over 50 Bugfixes and Improvements

    The Vivaldi developers are back at work bringing us more Snapshot builds towards the final and first-ever stable release of the cross-platform and proprietary web browser for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

  • Opera 34 for Linux Needs a Little Wizardry to Make Netflix Finally Work

    A fresh Opera stable update has been released, but it’s a really small one. The developers have made some changes to get Netflix running, although they still haven’t made things easy.

    Opera is based on Chromium, and since Google Chrome has no problem with Netflix, the same doesn’t happen for Opera. This is an annoying problem for Opera users who really want to also watch Netflix, and the developers are aware of this. The latest update was released to fix this particular issue, but that hasn’t happened all the way through.

  • Wine 1.8 Released

    There are alternatives to using Wine, but they all involve trade-offs. Perhaps the simplest solution is to install Windows on your computer as a second operating system. But for many Linux users, that isn't an option. We want to break free of Windows, not tie ourselves down to it.

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  • Pitivi Lands Proxy Editing Support, Makes It Closer To Pitivi 1.0

    The Pitivi open-source non-linear video editor designed around GNOME components and making use of GStreamer just landed a big feature that also relieves another blocker in nearing the Pitivi 1.0 milestone.

    Landing today in Pitivi Git is proxy editing support. Proxy editing is implemented with the help of GStreamer's GstTranscoder for transcoding the media content for proxy purposes. Pitivi proxy editing is described in detail via their requirements page and via this feature enhancement request.

  • The top Linux commands for server administrators
  • New Compression Codecs Risk Making Zlib Obsolete

    Zlib is likely the most widely-used data compression library on open-source systems, but it's now at great risk of becoming obsoleted by more modern codecs for data compression.

  • NetworkManager 1.2 Adds MAC Address Randomization
  • NetworkManager 1.2 Improves WiFi Scanning

    Beyond NetworkManager 1.2 having a MAC address randomization feature, WiFi scanning has also been improved.

    NetworkManager developers have improved the behavior of wireless network scanning by using wpa_supplicant's WiFi list and by setting the expiry age so no WiFi network seen in 4 minutes will be dropped or if not see nin in the past two scans.

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  • Xen Orchestra 4.12 Brings New VM Features

    Version 4.12 of Xen Orchestra is now available, the open-source project built around XenServer. The Xen Orchestra 4.12 release brings new features and is one of the few remaining before focusing on Xen Orchestra 5.

  • GNU Datamash 1.1 Adds New Math Operations

    Datamash is a GNU program for performing numeric/textual/statistical operations in textual data files via the program's CLI.

  • wallet 1.3

    It's been over a year since the last release of the wallet, a system for storing and retrieving secure credentials (currently relying on Kerberos authentication). There were a ton of pending changes, mostly thanks to work from Jon Robertson and Bill MacAllister.

  • rra-c-util 5.10

    Despite the name of the package, most of the changes in this release are actually to the Perl test infrastructure.

  • SMPlayer 16.1.0 Free Video Player Adds Better Support for VEVO Videos on YouTube

    SMPlayer, a free, open-source and cross-platform multimedia player software for GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems, has been updated this weekend to version 16.1.0.

    SMPlayer 16.1.0 is here to replace the previous release of the software, version 15.11, and it is also the first build in 2016. SMPlayer remains one of the top rated video players on GNU/Linux systems, as most users find it full-featured and comfortable for their video playback needs, even better than VLC Media Player.

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  • My Experiences with Wasteland 2: Director's Cut On Linux

    Wasteland 2: DC is not a "new game", its been available on Linux since October. But I wanted to call attention to it, partially due to problems I had running it, and partially due to my rather lackluster impression from Fallout 4.

    Testing was done on Fedora 23 with Linux kernel 4.2.8, Mesa 11.1, with both the Intel and RadeonSI Drivers, using the latest GOG version of the game.

  • MyPaint 1.2.0 Open Source Digital Painting Tool Is Out After Three Years of Development

    MyPaint developer Andrew Chadwick reports on January 15, 2016, that his MyPaint free, open-source and cross-platform digital painting software reached version 1.2.0 for all supported operating systems, including Linux, Mac and Windows.

  • Akregator

    Long time ago I worked on akregator2 (a akregator based on akonadi) but it was never released and there is no future for it.

  • ReactOS 0.4 RC2 Released For The Latest Windows-Compatible OS Experience

    One month after releasing ReactOS 0.4.0 RC1, the second release candidate is now available of this next ReactOS update that continues marching towards a Windows ABI compatible operating system for applications and drivers.

  • PlayStation 2 Emulator 'PCSX2' New Version Released, Install In Ubuntu/Linux Mint Via PPA

    PCSX2 is a PlayStation 2 emulator for Windows and Linux. It was started by the team behind PCSX (an emulator for the original PlayStation) back in 2002, and as of early 2012 development is still active. The emulator achieved playable speeds only by mid-2007 and subsequent versions have improved speed and compatibility making it both the ultimate solution for PS2 emulation and the instrument to keep and preserve the PS2 legacy in the modern world. Though not yet perfect the program can successfully emulate most commercial PS2 games at playable speeds and good visuals (often better than the original PS2). The project is open source, and it is licensed under the GNU General Public License v3. Currently up to 3 cores are supported (2 cores and an additional one if the new MTVU speed hack is used). To make PCSX2 efficiently use 4 or more cores will require major code changes. PCSX2 only uses 2 cores,so if you have more the CPU usage will be way less 100%. Even if you have exactly 2 cores, the emulator will not cause 100% CPU usage because of the way threading works. This does NOT mean PCSX2 isn't using the full power of your CPU, it is normal.

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  • 'TimeKpr' A Parental Control Application for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    Parental Control application for Linux is bit hard to find, if you encounter any then it may be outdated or just don't work as per your wish, they just restrict internet access or sort of stuff. If someone uses your computer or you let your kids use your computer. You can restrict access for them as you want, from now you don't have to say your kids to leave computer, Timekpr will do it better. You can call Timekpr restriction application or parental control application, whatever you like to call it.

  • Why WondershareElement Stand Out from Many PDF Editors?

    PDF file is essential document by academic research and office environment used. To convert these documents into different files, PDF editor software should be the most practical tool. Wondershare PDFelement, that willbe a superb cost effective tool that has all it takes to solve all issues that has to do with PDF files .The Wondershare PDFelement is one of the few genuine “all in one” PDF editors that supports both Mac and Windows platforms. It allows you to create, convert and edit PDF easily. It also features an OCR plug-in which is useful for editing scanned images and PDF’s. With Wondershare PDFelement, you can digitally sign, verify, stamp, watermark and password protect your PDF files.There are a whole lot of reasons that makes PDFelement one of the best PDF editors available today.

  • SMPlayer 16.1.0 Has Been Released, Bringing Fixes
  • SMPlayer 16.1 Released, Adds Video Bookmarking

    SMPlayer, the awesome MPLayer (cli) based GUI capable of playing pretty much any multimedia file, has been updated to the version 16.1 which includes a couple of minor bug fixes and a new video bookmarking feature.

  • GhostWriter 1.2.5 Is A Distraction Free Markdown Editor For Ubuntu
  • Install Cutegram 2.7.1 On The Most Popular Linux Systems

    Cutegram is an open-source Telegram application, similar to Sigram. It is developed in Qt5 and QML and uses the libqtelegram and the libappindicator libraries.

    Like other Telegram clients for Linux, it has support for Emoji, allows the users to send data by dragging it in the message window and gets integrated with the system notifications.

  • `Quod Libet` GTK Based Audio Player and Tag Editor for Linux

    Quod Libet is a GTK based audio player written in Python programming language, using Mutagen tagging library, it is cross-platform and available for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. Basically it is an audio management program, which offers several ways to manage and view your audio library and also support audio feeds. It can support libraries with tens of thousands of audio files. It also carries some additional features which should be in modern audio player: Unicode support, advanced tag editing, Replay Gain, podcasts & Internet radio, album art support and all major audio formats.

  • Are you Struggling With Finding Text In Files Or Locating Files? Try 'Recoll' Program In Linux
  • FFmpeg 2.8.5 Has Been Released
  • GScan2PDF 1.3.7 Has Been Released, Bringing Changes

    As you know, GScan2PDF is an app for scanning pages and exporting them to PDFs. The user can export scans one by one, in separate PDF files, or export scans all together, in one PDF.

  • MyPaint 1.2.0 Has Been Released
  • Curlew Multi-Converter Returns Back To Support Latest Ubuntu Versions

    Curlew is a multi-converter program that depends on ffmpeg/avconv/mencoder to perform its functionality. It is free, open source and easy to use rich format multimedia converter written in GTK3 and Python programming language.

  • Open Source Wealth Management

    This is a brief look at an Open Source wealth management platform. It is not an in depth review, merely a brief description of what I understand the scope of the project to be and pointers to more information.

  • Steel, Password Managing the CLI Way

    One thing that's probably obvious to anyone who's read more than a few Linux Rain articles is that we appreciate the CLI (command-line interface). Graphical programs and utilities are great and there are some fantastic examples of those out there, not to mention new ones being created all the time. But the CLI will always have a place for those who feel comfortable using it and appreciate the power and lightweight nature of the interface. So if you're looking for a password manager for the command-line, Steel is one such example we're taking a look at today.

  • FlexiHub - Access and manage remote USB and Serial port devices from anywhere

    For our lab remote applications always were/are/will handy to manage our connection, I know there are many ways to manage your remote devices but some of them are complex and rest do not work well with all operating systems, once my professor said "Don't reinvent the wheel if it is already invented, just use what is available that fits your requirements and save time", well this debate could go long and I don't want to go into this discussion.

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  • Lumail has IMAP .. almost

    A couple of years ago I was dissatisfied with mutt, mostly because the mutt-sidebar patch was dropped from the Debian package. That lead to me thinking "How hard can it be to write a modal, console-based mail-client?"

    It turns out writing a client is pretty simple if you limit yourself solely to Maildirs, and as I typically read my mail over SSH on the mailhost itself that suited me pretty well.

    Recently I restarted the mail-client. Putting it together from scratch to simplify the implementation, and unify a lot of the adhoc scripting which is provided by Lua. People seem to like the client, but the single largest complaint was "Can't use it - no IMAP."

  • Ease eye strain and Sleep easier with Redshift

    Redshift has become popular enough to have spawned several side-projects. It is itself the open source equivalent of a proprietary utility called f.lux, and you’ll need to avoid these when installing these from your distribution’s package manager. We’re going to stick with the simple redshift package to get things started and to explain some of its options; you can then go back and explore some of the alternatives if you like what it does.

  • MyPaint 1.2.0 Released

    It’s been a long time since the last stable release, but I’m really happy to announce that MyPaint version 1.2.0 is ready. Windows binaries will be available soon, and Ubuntu packages available for testing through the usual PPA. Expect releases for other operating systems and distros in due course.

  • First Opera Web Browser Beta Update in 2016 Lets Linux Users Watch Netflix Movies

    On January 13, we've reported news on the first updated in 2016 for the Opera Developer channel of the proprietary web browser, but Opera Software today announced the release of the first Beta version of the Opera 35.0 web browser for 2016.

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  • Obnam 1.19 released (backup software)

    I have just released version 1.19 of Obnam, the backup program. See the website at for details on what the program does. The new version is available from git (see and as Debian packages from, and uploaded to Debian, and soon in unstable.

  • Excellent Music Player Clementine Is Getting a Massive Update, No Indication of Launch Date

    Clementine is one of the best music players out there and it looks like a new major update is in the works for it.

    Clementine doesn't get the updates that the community wants, but it's still nice to see that the developers are still working on it. Even if the latest stable version of Clementine was released almost two years ago, it's still one of the best. It's light, fast, and has a very clear and user-friendly interface.

  • Calibre 2.49 eBook Manager Software Arrives in 2016 with New Kobo Driver, Qt 5.5.1

    A few minutes ago, January 15, 2016, Kovid Goyal announced the release and immediate availability for download of the Calibre 2.49 ebook library management software for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

  • Announcing git-cinnabar 0.3.0

    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.


    Development had been stalled for a few months, with many improvements in the

  • First Opera Web Browser Beta Update in 2016 Lets Linux Users Watch Netflix Movies

    On January 13, we've reported news on the first updated in 2016 for the Opera Developer channel of the proprietary web browser, but Opera Software today announced the release of the first Beta version of the Opera 35.0 web browser for 2016.

  • FFmpeg 2.8.5 Is Out, Patches the Vulnerability That Lets Attackers Steal Files Remotely

    Just a few minutes ago, the development team behind the well-known, cross-platform and open source FFmpeg multimedia backend have announced the release of FFmpeg 2.8.5, which is now available for download for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

Kdenlive 15.12.1 released

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The latest release of Kdenlive brings many bugfixes to the 15.12.0 version. More than 20 issues were fixed and we encourage all users to upgrade. You can find more details about the fixed issues in our information page.

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