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  • Rambox – A Messaging and Emailing App That Combines 73 Apps Into One

    Rambox is a free messaging and emailing app created using Electron which is composed of various popular web applications to provide users with the ability to add as many web services as are supported in the same place and to use multiple accounts by way of duplicate apps.

  • digiKam 5.5.0 is released

    Following the 5th release 5.4.0 published in January 2017, the digiKam team is proud to announce the new release 5.5.0 of digiKam Software Collection. As 5.4.0, this version introduces again several improvements in database interface.

    This time, Mario Frank has significantly improved the threads management done in background to prevent an overload of the computer under intensive workload by batch processing of items. The maintenance now does not generate massive amounts of threads anymore. Instead, we use a queue based approach to level the load on the CPUs more appropriately. This should improve the re-activeness during maintenance.

  • KDE digiKam 5.5.0 Released

    Open-source photographers can now enjoy digiKam 5.5 as the latest version of this high-quality free software photo manager application.

  • Flatpak 0.8.4 Continues Backporting of Features to Make OpenGL Support Work Well

    Alex Larsson from the Flatpak project, an open-source initiative to offer a universal binary format for all GNU/Linux distributions, announced the availability of Flatpak 0.8.4.

    Coming about three weeks after the release of Flatpak 0.8.4, this update includes fixes for various crashes reported by users since Flatpak 0.8.3 or a previous version, as well as documentation improvements. It also addresses the xauth propagation, which some users reported broken.

  • GNOME Wayland Gets Last Minute Drag-n-Drop Improvements

    GNOME's Mutter is getting ready for next week's planned GNOME 3.24.0 debut by overnight releasing Mutter 3.23.92.

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  • Indicator Bulletin is a Searchable Clipboard Manager for Ubuntu
  • Peek Screen Recorder Hits 1.0, Adds Stacks of New Features

    Open source animated screen recorder app Peek has hit version 1.0 — and added major new features to celebrate. Screen captures can be exported as animated GIFs, but Peek 1.0 adds WebM and MP4 exporting to the mix, making it a fully-fledged rival to other desktop screen recording apps like Green Recorder and Simple Screen Recorder.

  • 'Jarvis' brings AI to the Linux command line, without Iron Man

    Welcome again to Repo Roundup, in which The Reg trawls online code repositories to let you know about the fun, the useful or the inexplicable.

    This week, let's start with DevSkim from Microsoft, which quietly landed in public preview in mid-December.

  • [Quick Tips] Notepadqq, An Alternative to NotePad++ on Ubuntu/Debian/Linux?

    If You have migrated from Windows and you are missing your Notepad++ Text Editor, then here we have the best alternative for you.

  • SpiderOak – A Secure Cloud-Storage That is all About Privacy

    In our day and age, local storage options are gradually becoming a thing of the past and there’s been an ever-growing presence of cloud backup companies offering varying backup services.

    The one huge caveat, however, is the fact that most of these cloud-related backup options are not the greatest in terms of maintaining their promise of privacy.

  • [Older] New and improved Samba file server released

    Do you have a network-attached storage (NAS) device holding your accounts payable, document archives, or just your baby photos? If so, you're running Samba, the open-source file and print server.

  • Pidgin 2.12 Released, Drops Yahoo, Facebook Messaging Support
  • Pidgin 2.12 Instant Messenger Client Released

    The Pidgin instant messenger client has seen its first release in nine months.

    Pidgin 2.12 has done away with a number of protocols that are no longer supported upstream, including Facebook XMPP, MSN, MySpace, Mxit, and Yahoo. Pidgin 2.12 has also restored support for AIM.

  • Weblate users survey

    Weblate is growing quite well in last months, but sometimes its development is really driven by people who complain instead of following some roadmap with higher goals. I think it's time to change it at least a little bit. In order to get broader feedback I've sent out short survey to active project owners in Hosted Weblate week ago.

    I've decided to target at smaller audience for now, though publicly open survey might follow later (but it's always harder to evaluate feedback across different user groups).

  • Email and RSS and their readers and writers

    I’ve been using claws-mail to both read/compose emails and to read all the vast pile of RSS feeds I try and keep up with for quite a while now and it’s for the most part been fine. I never liked claws-mail use of mh folders instead of something more standard like Maildir, and it’s calendar integration is… not there, but it did a pretty good job.

    Unfortunately, claws-mail uses a plugin called ‘fancy’ to render html (which sees heavy use when loading rss feeds). This plugin uses the old old webkit1 (webkitgtk package in Fedora). This package hasn’t been maintained upstream in quite a long while and the number of vulnerabilities in it has just grown and grown. Other distros have dropped it entirely, and Fedora is finally following suit very soon. This has caused the Fedora claws-mail maintainers to drop the fancy plugin to prevent dropping claws-mail entirely. However, without that plugin, RSS reading is… not very pretty.

  • New life in Simon speech recognition

    As my blog as FSFE Fellow No. 1 is temporarily not aggregated on planet.kde.org and my private blog about woodwork (German only) currently only tells about a wooden staircase (but soon again about wooden jewelry) I'm building I found a new place for my KDE (non-Randa) related stuff: KDE Blogs. Thanks to the KDE Sysadmin team for the quick setup!

  • KDE "Simon" Speech Recognition Being Revived

    Mario Fux is looking to drive some new life into Simon speech recognition for KDE. For getting things going, Mario is looking at doing a final release of Simon that uses kdelibs4 and Qt4, following that the development focus will shift to making use of KDE Frameworks 5 and Qt5. There are already commits since 2013 to the KDE4/Qt4 version of Simon, warranting a release.

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  • Feed the Monkey is an Open-Source TinyTinyRSS Desktop Client

    FeedTheMonkey is an open-source desktop feed reader for the open-source Tiny Tiny RSS service.

    The apps uses the official Tiny Tiny RSS API to fetch ‘normalized feeds and to synchronize the “article read” marks’.

  • Scripting an arithmeticker

    OK, you're probably thinking "WHY? There are plenty of perfectly good GUI calculators for Linux. Why build another one?" And my answer is "Because the available calculators are way too powerful and don't do what I want on-screen."

    I manage my screen's real estate pretty carefully. I run Debian Xfce, and the screenshot below shows a typical workspace on my 1920 x 1080 px monitor. Applications (like the GIMP screen pictured) open maximised, but are restricted in size and position because I've set my workspace margins to left 10 px, bottom 10 px, top 60 px and right 400 px. The top margin leaves room for the 50 px panel at top right, and the right margin leaves plenty of room for me to read the keyboard shortcuts I've written on the desktop background image.

  • The KDE project has 54 ideas for Google Summer of Code

    Google’s “Summer of Code” (GSoC) will be happening for the thirtheenth time this year, and the KDE project is yet again one of the 201 participating open source organizations. The project’s list of ideas students may tackle has currently grown to 54 entries.

  • Favored Swift hits the charts: Now in top 10 programming languages

    In March, the Swift programming language rose to became the 10th most popular, at least by the measure of TIOBE Software.

    Open-sourced by Apple in 2015, Swift has been touted as an appealing alternative to better-established programming languages because of its safety, speed, and approachable syntax. It combines modern language features like garbage collection and type safety with readability, not to mention decent documentation.

    Swift is also ranked 10 in the PYPL Index, which derives its data from Google Trends. RedMonk's ranking from 2016 shows Swift a bit further back in the pack.

    [...]

    Swift also happens to top GitHub's list of programming languages being actively developed on the site (which of course omits development activity elsewhere).

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  • PiCluster 1.6 – Move your Containers to Different Hosts

    I am pleased to announce v1.6 of PiCluster. In this release there are a few usability bugs fixed and a new feature that allows you to change the host of a running container. Having the ability to easily change where a container is running is a standard and crucial feature to expect from a container management platform. I am glad that it is finally here and let’s explore how it works!

  • Tizonia: A Command-line Music Streaming Client for Linux

    We recently introduced you to a command line music app, MOC media player for Linux, that comes with an equalizer and a mixer.

    Today we bring you another command line app called Tizonia, which can play locally stored music files and also allow you to listen to your favorite music streaming platforms.

    Tizonia is an Open Source command-line application for streaming music on your Linux desktop.

  • Screenlets Lets You Spice Up Your Ubuntu/Linux Mint Desktop

    Screenlets is basically a widgets engine which run small applications on the desktop called widgets, it is written in Python and licensed under GPL. It was designed to run on Unix-like operating systems by 'Rico Pfaus', 'Helder Fraga' and 'Natan Yellin', targeting specifically to run on X11-based compositing windows manager like compiz.

  • Simple Weather Indicator Lets You Keep An Eye On Weather Conditions

    Simple Weather Indicator is simple and elegant indicator designed to get weather information right on the panel. It is developed using Python languages and uses an in-house open source weather API called Eris to get the current weather condition of the user's location.

  • Take Care Of Your Eyes Using SafeEyes Application in Linux

    SafeEyes is a useful application designed to give your eyes a little break from your computer screen (this is the way how not to get eye strain, 'asthenopia'), while also asking you to do some eyes exercise which can be useful. It is free and open source developed by Gobinath, it is an alternative to EyeLeo which is only available for Windows.

  • Lightweight Paint Software mtPaint 3.50 Dev Available In PPA For Ubuntu or Linux Mint

    While the last stable mtPaint version was released back in 2011, there have been quite a few development releases since then, with the last one dating to June, 2016. I couldn't find a PPA with the latest mtPaint 3.50 development releases, so I created one to make it easy to install in Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

  • Import Your Geotagged Photos In Google Earth With Mapollage (KML File Generator)

    Mapollage is a Java tool that can be used to put your geotagged photos on the map by creating an KML file that can be used with Google Earth.

  • Heard Of Chrome OS But Never Tried? Here Is The Chrome OS Theme For Your Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    There isn't much theme development going on now a days for latest Ubuntu version like it used to in past, we had so many themes to choose from for our beloved desktop but it is quite unfortunate. Hopefully creators will jump in eyecandy pool once again and give us those great themes taste we used to have for our Linux desktops. But there are still some people who are giving their free time to Linux eyecandy and we must appreciate them.

  • Davinci Resolve now available on Linux

    Inevitably it didn't get as much attention as the new camera and panels did when they were announced last week, but in Blackmagic's live stream unveiling Grant Petty also talked briefly about Resolve for Linux.

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  • Music tagging with open audio players

    Once a computer has more than a few hundred music tracks stored on it, the enjoyment of that music is greatly enhanced by making sure each track is properly tagged according to artist, song title, album name, genre, composer, and other assorted bits of information. In my case, I've found over the past few years that tag management is actually quite a lot of work; errors or poorly designed tag text seems to creep into the process at every point, and so I have become a reluctant user of tag editing software.

  • Calibre 2.81 Ebook Manager Can Download Amazon Metadata from Multiple Sources

    Calibre developer Kovid Goyal released today, March 10, 2017, a new maintenance update to the open-source and cross-platform ebook library management software for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

    Calibre 2.81 comes two weeks after the launch of Calibre 2.80, and it finally looks like it's more of a feature release than a bugfix one. There are quite a bunch of goodies implemented in this version, starting with support for the latest firmware for Kobo e-readers, and the ability to download Amazon metadata from multiple sources.

  • Cockpit 134

    Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. We release regularly. Here are the release notes from version 134.

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  • Atom 1.15

    It was a quiet month because most of the team is toiling away on cool stuff that’s not yet shipping. But we do have a few goodies hitting Atom 1.15.

  • Atom 1.15 Hackable Text Editor Retains Tabs of Deleted Files, Requires Node 6

    A few moments go, GitHub's Andrea Liliana Griffiths was proud to announce the release and immediate availability of the Atom 1.15 open-source hackable text editor for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

    Atom 1.15 is the monthly release of the hackable editor developed by GitHub, which means that it's packed with various improvements and bug fixes. Since last month's Atom 1.14 release, when Atom 1.15 entered Beta stages of development, the devs managed to improve the behavior when duplicating lines with multiple selections.

  • virt-manager 1.4.1 released!

    I've just released virt-manager 1.4.1.

  • The Viber Desktop Linux App Has a New Sharing Menu

    A new version of popular messaging app Viber is available for Linux.

    Viber Desktop versions 6.5.5 introduces a handful of new features to the messaging service, all of them certain to be familiar to users of the service’s mobile apps.

  • Lockscreen Media Controls, Improved Touch Experience coming in KDE Plasma 5.10

    If you’d like to be able to control music playback from the Plasma lock screen, you’re in luck.

    The feature is one of several productivity improvements that make up Plasma 5.10, which is due for release towards the end of May.

  • Outreachy (GNOME) – Final

    This is my last blog of Outreachy. During this period, I have finished the Chinese translation of GNOME 3.22, and completed most entries of GNOME 3.24, because it always emerges some new entries, so I talked with Mentor Tong and decided to accomplish 3.24 after the frozen-date and before the release-date. On the other hand, I improved the guideline of the Chinese Team – updated it on the basis of the last English vision and reference something from Free Software Localization Guide for Chinese (China).

  • GNOME Photos Flatpaks

How Ubuntu is helping to optimize Google Cloud

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While the products that Ubuntu provides — such as Canonical Livepatch Service and Juju — are well-known in the cloud community, its corporate stance is not as recognized. It’s hoping to change that perception.

“Ubuntu is a very popular [operating system], and we are most dominant in public cloud,” explained Udi Nachmany, vice president of public cloud at Ubuntu.

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  • Todo.txt Indicator for Ubuntu Helps You Get Stuff Done

    If you manage your to-to list with a plaintext Todo.txt file this indicator applet may help you keep on top of your tasks.

    Sure, there are plenty of web-based clients, sticky note widgets, and feature-packed desktop task managers offering to help us cut through the crud and get stuff done.

  • VirtualBox 5.1.16 Released with Initial Linux Kernel 4.11 Support, Bug Fixes

    Oracle released a few moments ago new point releases of the VirtualBox 5.1 and 5.0 stable branches of the popular and open-source virtualization software for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

    VirtualBox 5.1.16 is now the most advanced version of the application, and it comes approximately seven weeks after the VirtualBox 5.1.14 maintenance update. The most important change implemented for Linux users is initial support for the upcoming Linux 4.11 kernel, whose development just started a few days with the first Release Candidate.

  • MOC – The Best Music Player for Your Linux Console

    MOC (Music On Console) is a Music player app for Linux/Unix Command Line Interface designed to be simple and robust enough to run smoothly without significantly affecting other I/O operations.

  • An Elegant Simple Weather Indicator for Linux

    Simple Weather Indicator is the simplest weather indicator app you can use on Unity and Gnome desktops (among others).

    It is an Open Source indicator app written in Python and it implements Eris, a free Open Source Weather API to fetch the current weather condition of designated regions.

  • Samba 4.6.0 Available for Download

    Samba 4.6 has been released with many new features and changes. New features include Kerberos client encryption types, a new option for owner inheritance, multi-process Netlogon support, new options for controlling TCP ports used for RPC services, and more.

  • Samba 4.6 Released With Various Printing/Sharing Changes

    Samba 4.6.0 is now available as the project's latest stable release for SMB/CIFS support on Linux systems.

Wine Staging Release 2.3

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  • Release 2.3

    The Wine Staging release 2.3 is now available.

  • Wine-Staging 2.3 released, has some minor CSMT improvements

    For those that don't quite understand: Wine is a way to run Windows games and applications on Linux. Wine-Staging is the development area for features to make their way into future versions of stable Wine.

  • Wine-Staging 2.3 Still Tuning Direct3D CSMT

    The developers behind the Wine-Staging tree that carries various experimental patches atop the latest upstream Wine repository for running Windows programs on Linux/macOS have announced their newest bi-weekly build.

  • Wine Staging 2.3 Implements ECB Mode in Bcrypt, Adds Minor CSMT Improvements

    Coming hot on the heels of last week's Wine 2.3 development release, Wine Staging 2.3 is now available for those who fancy installing Windows applications and games on their GNU/Linux distributions.

    As you might know, Wine Staging is a special fork of Wine that promises to offer gamers a unique feature called CSMT (Command-Stream Multi-Threading), which dramatically improves their gaming experience. So if you are serious about gaming on Linux and you want to play some Windows games, you need to install Wine Staging.

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OpenSUSE 42.3

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Software: mtPaint, Suricata, Gabedit, Mozilla, LibreOffice, and GNU Binutils

  • mtPaint – A Lightweight Paint Software for Digital Photos
    mtPaint is an open source paint application for both Linux and Windows developed for the purpose of creating and manipulating pixel images. It was developed from scratch by Mark Tyler and maintained by Dmitry Groshev. If you hadn’t heard about it prior to reading this article it is probably because before its latest update in June 2016, its last update was in 2011! Update frequency not withstanding, mtPaint has a focus on being memory friendly and its latest update came with a handful of both new and improved features.
  • Suricata 4.0 released!
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  • Gabedit: the Portal to Chemistry
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  • How Could You Use a Speech Interface?
    Last month in San Francisco, my colleagues at Mozilla took to the streets to collect samples of spoken English from passers-by. It was the kickoff of our Common Voice Project, an effort to build an open database of audio files that developers can use to train new speech-to-text (STT) applications. What’s the big deal about speech recognition? Speech is fast becoming a preferred way to interact with personal electronics like phones, computers, tablets and televisions. Anyone who’s ever had to type in a movie title using their TV’s remote control can attest to the convenience of a speech interface. According to one study, it’s three times faster to talk to your phone or computer than to type a search query into a screen interface. Plus, the number of speech-enabled devices is increasing daily, as Google Home, Amazon Echo and Apple HomePod gain traction in the market. Speech is also finding its way into multi-modal interfaces, in-car assistants, smart watches, lightbulbs, bicycles and thermostats. So speech interfaces are handy — and fast becoming ubiquitous.
  • LibreOffice 5.4 Released with ‘Significant New Features’
    LibreOffice 5.4 serves as the final major release in the LibreOffice 5.x series (meaning LibreOffice 6.x will be next). The update is said to add “significant new features in every module” and (as always) improved Microsoft Office file compatibility.
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    The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 5.4, the last major release of the LibreOffice 5.x family, immediately available for Windows, macOS and Linux, and for the cloud. LibreOffice 5.4 adds significant new features in every module, including the usual large number of incremental improvements to Microsoft Office file compatibility.
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GNOME/GTK: Nautilus, Evince, GNOME Calendar, GNOME Photos, Libratbag

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    Tags are a super handy way to organize, sort and find files without needing to worry about where you actually put ’em. So, naturally, I was super excited when GNOME developer Alexandru Pandelea began to share word of work he’d done to bring native file tags to Nautilus.
  • After 12 Years, GNOME's Evince Document Viewer Supports Adobe Illustrator Files
    GNOME developer Bastien Nocera reports today on some the improvements coming to the Evince document viewer app as part of the upcoming GNOME 3.26 desktop environment. The biggest change that'll be implemented in Evince 3.26 is the use of the libarchive library for decompressing various archive types, including the CBZ, CB7, and CBT formats that are usually used for comic books, and it also supports RAR files through the use of the unarr command-line utility.
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