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Wine 1.8.4 Released

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  • Wine 1.8.4 Released With Bug Fixes, Updated GPU Table

    For those using the Wine 1.8 stable series until the Wine 2.0 release this fall/winter and not opting to use the bi-weekly Wine 1.9 development releases, Wine 1.8.4 was released today.

    Wine 1.8.4 ships with a total of 50 known bug fixes for this stable release update. There are also more graphics cards added to their GPU description table for identifying a GPU's capabilities under Wine.

  • Wine 1.8.4 Adds Support for More GPUs, Fixes 64-bit Mortal Kombat X Crash

    Last week we told you all about the new improvements and fixes implemented in the Wine 1.9.17 development release, and now it's time to inform our readers about the latest stable Wine release, version 1.8.4.

  • Wine 1.8.4 Released

    The Wine maintenance release 1.8.4 is now available.

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  • mutt 1.7.0 released
  • Vim 8 pre-announcement

    Work on Vim 8.0 is coming close to an end. I hope version 8.0 can be released in about two weeks.

    This is a last chance to modify new features in a way that is not backwards compatible. Once 8.0 is out we can’t make changes that would break plugins.

  • digiKam 5.x Photography Application Available For Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    digiKam is digital photo management application for specially designed for KDE desktop environment. Digital photo management program designed to import, organize, enhance, search and export your digital images to and from your computer. It provides a simple interface which makes importing and organizing digital photographs a "snap". The photos are organized in albums which can be sorted chronologically, by folder layout or by custom collections. digiKam enables you to manage large numbers of digital photographs in albums and to organize these photographs for easy retrieval using tags (keywords), captions, collections, dates, geolocation and searches. It has many features for viewing, organizing, processing and sharing your images. Thus, digiKam is a formidable digital asset management (DAM) software including powerful image editing functions. An easy-to-use camera interface is provided, that will connect to your digital camera and download photographs directly into digiKam albums. More than 1000 digital cameras are supported by the gphoto2 library. Of course, any media or card reader supported by your operating system will interface with digiKam.

  • 5 Tools for Monitoring Disk Activity in Linux
  • What is BPF and why is it taking over Linux Performance Analysis?

    The newest tool for observing the Linux operating system is the “Berkeley Packet Filter” (BPF). BPF allows users to run a small piece of code quickly and safely inside the operating system. Originally used for packet filtering, it has since been enhanced from its eponymous use-case to support dynamic tracing of the Linux operating system. For example, it is possible to write a small BPF program that prints every time a particular file was accessed by a user.

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Wine 1.9.17 Improves Joystick Support, Gun Metal and Multiple DirectX9 Games

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Today, August 19, 2016, the Wine development team announced the release of Wine 1.9.17, a new milestone towards the next major stable branch of the open-source software that lets Linux users run Windows apps and games, Wine 2.0.

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Also: Wine 1.9.17 Released, Direct3D CSMT & D3D11 Still Lacking

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  • Making documentation easy with Read the Docs

    In the Doc Dish column, we often have focused on writing documentation, but that's not the whole story. For what shall it profit a writer if they write the whole document and have no readers? Once documentation is written, it must get in front of the user so to be read. For anything beyond simple readme files, this can be a challenge; often documentation writers need design, hosting infrastructure, search tools, and so on. One project aims to make that a little easier.

    Read the Docs is an open source (MIT-licensed) project that started during the 2010 Django Dash. The goal of the project is to improve the quantity and quality of documentation by reducing barriers. Although Read the Docs can't write your documentation for you, it does handle automatically building from your source code management system. Docs are rendered as HTML and PDF and full-text search is included.

  • Rhythmbox 3.4 Released With New Web Remote Plugin

    A new version of Rhythmbox, the oft-overlooked desktop music app preinstalled on Ubuntu, is now available to download.

  • Confessions of a command line geek: why I don't use GNOME but everyone else should

    Despite what tablet- and phone-loving pundits say, the laptop is here to stay. When a user wants to watch a movie on a train, they reach for the tablet first. But if they want to do actual, real work, they still prefer the laptop.

    Meanwhile, software freedom should always be for everyone, not just technical users and software developers. The GNOME project was one of the first in this history of Free Software to realize this, and seek to create a free software desktop that truly allowed everyone to enjoy the software freedom that those of us had already happily found with Bash and Emacs (or vi Smile years before.

    This keynote will discuss why GNOME remains best poised to deliver software freedom to everyone, how GNOME continues to be the best welcome-mat for those who want software freedom, and why GNOME remains absolutely essential to the advancement of software freedom for decades to come.

  • GUADEC/2

    Once again, GUADEC has come and gone.

    Once again, it was impeccably organized by so many wonderful volunteers.

    Once again, I feel my batteries recharged.

    Once again, I’ve had so many productive conversations.

    Once again, I’ve had many chances to laugh.

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  • NetworkManager 1.4 Feature Update Prepares For Release

    The first release candidate to NetworkManager 1.4 feature update is now available for testing.

    Among the new/improved functionality coming to NetworkManager 1.4 has IPv6 improvements, ability to create configuration checkpoints and rolling back changes after a timeout, support for oFono as modem manager, a new dns-priority property, a smaller sized executable, nmcli command line utility improvements, and various other improvements.

  • Packaging Apps for Linux the Easier Way

    One of the frustrations of developing applications for Linux comes when trying to make an application installable across all distributions. Whether you're developing for the enterprise or the consumer desktop, if you want your application to be readily available to all potential users, you're going to become much more familiar with RPM, dkpg, pacman and other packaging systems than you want to b

  • These Linux Apps Tell You When Your Fave Channels Are Live on Twitch

    With more than 1.5 million broadcast on Twitch each month, with an estimated 100 million people tuning in. Big stats, but with so much activity, so many streams, and so many enviably awesome gamers showcasing their skill i it can be hard to keep track of who’s online and when.

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  • MPlayer-Based MPV 0.19.0 Video Player Released with More Wayland Improvements

    The developers of the open-source and cross-platform MPV video player software have announced the release of version 0.19.0, a new maintenance update that adds a few new features, options, and commands, and fixes lots of bugs.

    MPV 0.19.0 is here five weeks after the release of MPV 0.18.1 to improve the build system with and new "--htmldir" option, implement atomics support as a mandatory requirement, as well as to modify the wscript to add proper unversioned SONAME for the Android mobile platform.

  • Gammu 1.37.4

    It has been almost three months since last Gammu release and it's time to push fixes out to users. This time the amount of fixes is quite small, covering Huawei devices and text mode for sending SMS.

  • Ardour DAW releases new 5.0 version

    Long running, open source music production software has gotten a new version that introduces Windows support and a new design.

    Ardour is a capable DAW that allows you to record, edit and mix your music. It’s gained appeal around the world with it’s open source platform that allows musicians with proficient enough tech knowledge to tune the DAW to their perfect specifications.

  • Make GIMP look like Photoshop

    The GIMP has long been an important app for those who need to create and edit images, and now there’s a way to make it look and work like Photoshop.

  • Add 22 Instagram Effects to GIMP With This Plugins Pack
  • Netflix will work on Firefox 49 for Linux [Ed: yay! DRM!]

    In the upcoming release of Firefox 49, Mozilla will include support for Google's Content Decryption Module (CDM), Widevine. With this support, Firefox users on Linux will finally be able to watch Netflix content; previously Linux users had to watch Netflix using Google's Chrome browser.

    Mozilla Firefox users on Windows and Mac already had the ability to watch Netflix content as Widevine was switched on earlier for those users. Firefox 49 brings the Linux version up to parity.

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  • OpenSK Hopes To Be The Vulkan Of Audio/Multimedia

    Trent Reed is a software engineer at Microsoft, but it does not appear that OpenSK is an officially sanctioned project by the Redmond company.

  • runC: The little container engine that could

    runC, a lightweight universal container runtime, is a command-line tool for spawning and running containers according to the Open Container Initiative (OCI) specification. That's the short version. The long version: The governance umbrella created by Docker, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat, and many other partners to create a common and standardized runtime specification has a readable spec document for the runtime elements of a container, and a usable implementation based on code contributed to the OCI by Docker. It includes libcontainer, the original lower-layer library interface originally used in the Docker engine, to set up the operating system constructs that we call a container.

    Given that runC is an open source project with a regular release cadence, you can find the code and respective releases on GitHub. If you download or build the runC binary you will have everything you need to get started using runC as a simple container executor based on the runtime spec elements: a JSON container configuration and a root filesystem bundle. Note that if you have an installation of Docker 1.11 or above you will automatically have a recent copy of runC installed on your system as well. It is most likely named docker-runC and installed in /usr/bin, and can be used outside of Docker just like any normal installation of runC.

  • GNU Health 3.0.3 patchset released
  • Copr Rebuild Tools

    So we re-built whole PyPI and RubyGems as RPM packages. But how exactly we did it?

    At first, we just didn't care about how to submit as many builds. Priority was to smooth rough edges in Copr to be even handle such load, therefore we only created few hacky scripts for obtaining all modules (gems) and submitting them one by one to Copr.

  • Skype for Linux 1.5 Alpha brings notification improvements and several bug fixes
  • Native Skype for Windows Phone walked behind shed, shot heard

    Microsoft's killed off a native Skype client for Windows Phone.

    WinPho users won't be alone: Redmond will also discontinue Skype clients on Android 4.02 or lower and iOS 7.

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  • Linux use on Pornhub surged 14% in 2016
    Pornhub is one of the preeminent porn sites on the web. Each year Pornhub releases a year in review post with anonymous details about the site’s users. More and more Linux users are visiting Pornhub, Linux saw an impressive 14% increase in traffic share in 2016.
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Linux on Servers

  • IBM i Open Source Business Architect Lays Out A Plan
    Enterprise level application development is no place for open source languages. Can you believe it? That was once the widely accepted truth. Jiminy Crickets! Things have changed. The number of the stable open source distributions available with comprehensive support and maintenance goes well beyond common knowledge. Industry giants, successful SMB players, and mom and pop businesses are finding good reasons to use open source. Even IBM uses open source for internal business reasons. There are reasons for you to do the same.
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  • How Disney Is Realizing the Multi-Cloud Promise of Kubernetes
    The Walt Disney Company is famous for “making magic happen,” and their cross-cloud, enterprise level Kubernetes implementation is no different. In a brief but information-packed lightning talk at CloudNativeCon in Seattle in November, Disney senior cloud engineer Blake White laid out a few of the struggles and solutions in making Kubernetes work across clouds.
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