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  • Uget 2.0.4 (Download Manager) Is Now Available For All The Supported Ubuntu Systems Via PPA
  • Simple Image Resizer (SIR) 3.0 Brings A Few Changes Only

    As you may know, Simple Image Resizer (SIR) is an open source tool written in C++ and created via the Qt GUI toolkit, for batch resizing, rotating and converting images. Also, it has a feature for adding frames or text and apply color and gradient filters to the images, some functions to manipulate the histogram and works with multiple photos by splitting the tasks on the processors.

  • Atom 1.3.3 Has Been Released

    Atom is an open-source, multi-platform text editor developed by GitHub, having a simple and intuitive graphical user interface and a bunch of interesting features for writing: CSS, HTML, JavaScript and other web programming languages. Among others, it has support for macros, auto-completion a split screen feature and it integrates with the file manager.

  • Kobo firmware 3.19.5761 mega update (KSM, nickel patch, ssh, fonts)

    Since 3.18.0 there have been two new firmwares for the Kobo eInk devices. For the very recently released firmware release 3.19.5761 I have updated my collection of patches and features. As with previous mega-package, I prepared updates for all three hardwares, Mark4 (Glo), Mark5 (Aura), and Mark6 (GloHD), but only the one for Mark6 is tested by myself.

  • Telegram 0.9.18 Has Been Released

    Telegram Desktop is an open-source and cross-platform Telegram client for Linux. The client has support for notifications, sending messages and media files, and inserting emoji.

  • Telegram Desktop 0.9.18 Is Available For Ubuntu And Fedora Via PPA And COPR

    Telegram Desktop is an open-source and cross-platform Telegram client for Linux. The client has support for notifications, sending messages and media files, and inserting emoji.

    While the Telegram Desktop client is still under development, it allows the users to send and receive messages from the Linux desktop, has a feature for synching across all the supported platform, so you can read your mobile notifications from both the computer and your phone, without missing anything. Also, it has file transfer support and the users can create groups for up to 200 people and send broadcast messages. Unfortunately, support for sending voice messages has not been implemented yet, the users can only listen or download received voice messages.

  • High DPI with FLTK

    After switchig to a notebook with higher resolution monitor, I noticed, that the FLTK based ICC Examin application looked way too small. Having worked in the last months much with pixel independent resolutions in QML, it was a pain to see the non adapted FLTK GUI. I had the impression, that despite of several years of a very appreciated advancement of monitor technology, some parts of graphics stacks did not move and take advantage. So I became curious on how to solve high DPI support the hard way.

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Wine Announcement

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The Wine development release 1.9.1 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
- A few more deferred fixes.
- Support for debug registers on x86-64.
- More Shader Model 4 instructions.
- Support for the Mingw ARM toolchain.
- Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

http://dl.winehq.org/wine/source/1.9/wine-1.9.1.tar.bz2
http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/1.9/wine-1.9.1.tar.bz2

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  • AsioHeaders 1.11.0-1

    Making it easier to use C++ in R has been a really nice and rewarding side effect of the work on Rcpp. One really good idea came from something Jay Emerson, Michael Kane and had I kicked about for way too long: shipping Boost headers for easier use by R and CRAN packages (such as their family of packages around bigmemory). The key idea here is headers: Experienced C++ authors such as library writers can organise C++ code in such a way that one can (almost always) get by without any linking. Which makes deployment so much easier in most use cases, and surely also with R which knows how to set an include path.

  • Guvcview 2.0.3 (Open-Source Photo And Video Taking App) Has Been Released

    As you may know, Guvcview is an open source application, developed in GTK+, which enables the users to record videos or take photos via the webcam, set up the video and audio codecs to be used, or set the audio input.

  • Rhythmbox & iPhone sync - Improving
  • Enca 1.18

    It seems that I did mess it up with last version of Enca and it was not possible to install it without error. Now comes hotfix which fixes tat.

    If you don't know Enca, it is an Extremely Naive Charset Analyser. It detects character set and encoding of text files and can also convert them to other encodings using either a built-in converter or external libraries and tools like libiconv, librecode, or cstocs.

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  • Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

    Despite its relatively obscure version number, GIMP 2.9.2, released recently, represents a major leap forward for the popular image editing suite.

    Like all odd-numbered GIMP releases, 2.9.2 is considered a technical preview, but the features here will form the base of the stable release GIMP 2.10.

    In the mean time, I've found 2.9.2 to be very stable, though you will need to compile it yourself in most cases.

  • ownCloud 9 Will Be a Cool Release, Says Frank Karlitschek

    It looks like the ownCloud developers will have a great year in 2016, as the company's CTO, Mr. Frank Karlitschek, has just announced on his Twitter account that ownCloud 9 is shaping up really nicely and that it will be a cool release.

  • In Search of a Linux Calendar

    When all is said and done, a calendar app is a calendar app is a calendar app. Except for Sunrise’s propensity for sharing secrets with its cloud based parent calendar, there’s not a nickle’s difference between any of these apps; they all do the same thing in basically the same way. I’ve put my affinity for KOrganizer aside for the time being and have settled in with Lightening, mainly because of its tight integration with Thunderbird. Among other thing, that means I won’t have to remember to open it, as it’ll be there automatically as a tab on Thunderbird, so I might even find myself using it.

    I’m not uninstalling KOrganizer however. I might yet change my mind.

3 open source personal finance tools for Linux

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With the start of the new year, many people take this time to resolve to get a better handle on their personal finances. Whether this means making and sticking to a budget, reducing unnecessary expenses, or simply getting a better understanding of their financial situation, pretty much any approach to person finance is dependent on having a good idea of the numbers inside their bank accounts, where they come, and where they go.

Which tools allow you to take the best to approach organizing your finances depends a little bit on your situation. Do you primarily make purchases electronically, or do you rely heavily on cash? Is the archiving and organization of receipts going to be important for you come tax time? Do you operate a small business and need a more powerful tool which can manage the more complex finances of sales, customers, employees, and business expenses? Or do you use multiple currencies (perhaps BitCoin?) and want to keep track of those values as well?

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  • Git v2.7.0 released
  • Munin 3 packaging

    The Munin project is moving slowly closer to a Munin 3 release. In parallel, the Debian packaging is changing, too.

    The new web interface is looking much better than the traditional web-1.0 interface normally associated with munin.

  • 'Shotcut' Video Editor (4K Supported) 16.01 Version Released, Available for Ubuntu/Linux Mint via PPA

    Shotcut is an open-source, free and cross-platform video editing software for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. Dan Dennedy, started Shotcut project in 2011 and it is developed on the MLT Multimedia Framework. Video editing has been never easy but Shotcut is an user-friendly and simple video editor that gives you tons of functions and features to edit/manage your videos with just mouse clicks, but do not under estimate this product because it has complex functions too that many paid product offers.

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  • Git 2.7 Released

    Junio Hamano announced the release this afternoon of Git 2.7.0, the latest stable version of this extremely popular, open-source version control system.

  • MKVToolNix 8.7.0 Open Source MKV Manipulation Tool Adds HEVC/H.265 Enhancements

    Moritz Bunkus had the pleasure of announcing the release of MKVToolNix 8.7.0, the next major version of the open source and cross-platform MKV (Matroska) manipulation software for Linux, Mac and Windows OSes.

  • Image Downloader 0.0.1 Is A Wget-Based Software For Downloading Photos From Websites

    As you may know, Image Downloader is a free and open-source software which is used for downloading photos from websites. It has recently received a graphical user interface, permitting the users to download photos even easier. The user has to add the link, select the target folder, where he wants to place the downloaded photo and press OK.

    Under the hood it uses wget to download the photos, has a system that prevents downloading a file more than once and displays both the thumbnail and the original picture.

  • Enca 1.17

    Last version of Enca has been released more than year ago and now it's time for new release. There are various compatibility fixes which have been committed to the Git repository meanwhile.

    If you don't know Enca, it is an Extremely Naive Charset Analyser. It detects character set and encoding of text files and can also convert them to other encodings using either a built-in converter or external libraries and tools like libiconv, librecode, or cstocs.

  • Git 2.7 Open Source Distributed Version Control System Is a Massive Release
  • BleachBit 1.10 Open Source System Cleaner Has Linux, Windows 10 and Firefox Improvements

    A new major release of the popular BleachBit open source system cleaner software used by numerous Linux and Windows users to keep their computers clean from junk at all times was made available for download recently.

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  • Some notes on fast grep

    This thread on the FreeBSD mailing discusses why GNU grep (that you get on Linux) is faster than the grep on FreeBSD. I thought I'd write up some notes on this.

  • podlators 4.04

    Now that I've fixed the major test suite problems with podlators, failure reports are now (mostly) useful. There's still the occasional failure to create a directory for temporary files, which I think is just a problem with the testing system, but Windows test failures revealed an actual test suite bug.

  • Babel 2.2 Released

    Today I have the pleasure to announce the release of Babel 2.2 – everybody’s favourite python internationalization library.

  • Firejail - Sandbox for Linux, wanna build a castle?

    Firejail seems like a robustly implemented, lightweight sandbox software that closely mimics its Windows counterparts, and frankly, for no good reason. The default security in most distros is good enough never to have to worry about any big security problems. And if you do, then the logical, linear translation of the problem is to borrow concepts from the Windows world. Which is wrong, of course.

    I am not sure how it really solves the non-existent security problem. I do like the approach, but it requires knowledge and tinkering, which takes away from what it's supposed to do in the first place. Still, ideology debate and effectiveness aside, if you believe you should be using a sandboxing program a-la EMET in Linux, then Firejail fits the bill. It's mostly plug-n-play, and, once properly set up, rather invisible. But it's not integrated into the repos yet, and that could cause problems down the road. Overall though, the concept has been realized quite well, and I did not have too many issues playing and testing. Firejail works as advertised, it's only the merit that's questionable. Still, if you enjoy this kind of game, then it sure will keep you happy and entertained.

  • ircb 0.1.1 released!

    Today, ircb gets 0.1.1 release.

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  • Mozilla Firefox 47.0.1 Is Now Available in the Arch Linux and Solus Repos
    Mozilla quietly delivered the first point release of the Mozilla Firefox 47.0 web browser to users of Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems on the day of June 28, 2016. However, because the built-in updater of the Mozilla Firefox web browser doesn't work on GNU/Linux distributions, users have to wait for the latest version of the software to be first pushed by the maintainers of their operating systems on the main repositories before they can upgrade.
  • Questions loom about the future of open source at VA
    The CIO for the Department of Veterans' Affairs sought to reassure stakeholders that the agency was committed to open source in the future, but with Congress pressuring the agency to give up the homegrown health record system VistA, the open source community is a bit perplexed.
  • Watch out for job offers from Google after this open source course
    Over five lakh polytechnic students from 500 colleges across Tamil Nadu would begin training on open source software from Friday, learning more about the nitty-gritties of ‘free’ software under a programme run by the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay along with the Tamil Nadu government.
  • Bombay Stock Exchange: Open source is a mindset
    Open source is still gaining momentum in the industry worldwide. Despite naysayers, open-source software and hardware are making believers out of a broad array of users. In the case of Bombay Stock Exchange, LTD (BSE), the transition has been cost efficient, as well as has improved order processing power. By switching from proprietary hardware to open source, Kersi Tavadia, CIO of BSE, reported going from being able to process 10 million orders a day to 400 million. Even with the increase, the new open-source hardware is only using 10 percent capacity.
  • GitHub releases data on 2.8 million open source repositories through Google BigQuery
    GitHub today announced that it’s releasing activity data for 2.8 million open source code repositories and making it available for people to analyze with the Google BigQuery cloud-based data warehousing tool. The data set is free to explore. (With BigQuery you get to process up to one terabyte each month free of charge.) This new 3TB data set includes information on “more than 145 million unique commits, over 2 billion different file paths and the contents of the latest revision for 163 million files, all of which are searchable with regular expressions,” Arfon Smith, program manager for open source data at GitHub, wrote in a blog post.
  • How one company is using open source to double its customers’ mobile business
    Most retailers today stay a step or two behind when it comes to modern technology, especially on the mobile side. Sawyer Effect, LLC, a consultant for J.Crew Group, Inc., has been using Red Hat, Inc.’s open-source product Ansible, an IT automation engine, to get its customer’s mobile business up to speed and greatly improve its business.
  • Can Capital One change banking with open source, mobile apps, and NoSQL?
    Oron Gill Haus of Capital One came to MongoDB World to present on Hygieia, an open source DevOps dashboard built on MongoDB. Behind that dashboard lies an ambition to change the customer banking experience – no small feat. Prior to his keynote, Haus shared his team’s story with me.
  • How bank Capital One developed an open source DevOps visualisation tool based on MongoDB
    In order to keep up with customers' expectation of a proactive service available 24x7 on many devices, US bank Capital One moved to an agile DevOps structure and a year ago released its own DevOps dashboard. While visualisation tools were available for continuous integration, scanning and testing, Capital One's development team was unable to find one that provided a complete overview of the whole production process. The dashboard they developed, called Hygieia, was open sourced to encourage rapid development. It is currently in version 2.0. VP of engineering Gil Haus explained some of the thought processes that went into the creation of Hygieia.
  • What is DC/OS?
    What if we could take the total amount of power in any cloud computing datacentre and provide a means of defining that as one total abstracted compute resource? This notion has given brith to DC/OS, a technology base built on Apache Mesos to abstract a datacentre into a single computer, pooling distributed workloads and (allegedly) simplifying both rollout and operations.
  • What's holding your conference back
  • Airtel Leverages Cloudera Enterprise to Improve Customer Experience and Product Personalization
  • Airtel adopts Cloudera for business intelligence
  • Airtel moves customer data on an open source platform
  • ​RightScale can help you pick out the right public cloud
    For example, let's say you need a local cloud in Australia. With the tool, you'll see that Google can't help you while the others can. Or, for instance say you've tied your business to Oracle and you want Oracle Linux as your operating system. The program will quickly and easily tell you that AWS and Azure are the clouds for you.
  • The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Bahir™ as a Top-Level Project
    Apache Bahir bolsters Big Data processing by serving as a home for existing connectors that initiated under Apache Spark, as well as provide additional extensions/plugins for other related distributed system, storage, and query execution systems.
  • Bahir is the Latest Big Data Project to Advance at Apache
    Recently, we've taken note of the many projects that the Apache Software Foundation has been elevating to Top-Level Status. The organization incubates more than 350 open source projects and initiatives, and has squarely turned its focus to Big Data and developer-focused tools in recent months. As Apache moves Big Data projects to Top-Level Status, they gain valuable community support and more.
  • MongoDB launches Atlas, its new database-as-a-service offering
    MongoDB, the company behind the eponymous open source database, is launching Atlas today, its third major revenue-generating service. Atlas is MongoDB’s database-as-a-service offering that provides users with a managed database service. The service will offer pay-as-you-go pricing and will initially allow users to deploy on Amazon Web Services (AWS), with support for Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform coming later.

Open Hardware

  • Denver Mini Maker Faire Roundup
    We told you about NixCore in a links post last fall. This is a small Linux-based router board with a dev board add-on option. [Drew] himself was on hand giving live demos and selling boards. $30 is a pretty good price for this small SBC that’s not quite a Pi or an Arduino nor an ESP8266.
  • Mechaduino Powerful Open Source Servo Motor (video)
    Tropical Labs has this week unveiled a new open source industrial servo motor it has created in the form of the Mechaduino which takes the form of an affordable solo that is Arduino compatible. Check out the video below to learn more about this new Mechaduino servomotor which is taken to Kickstarter to raise $7500 over the next 20 days to go into production.
  • Will Open-Source Work For Chips?
    The open source movement, as we know it today, started in the 1980s with the launch of the GNU project, which was about the time the electronic design automation (EDA) industry was coming into existence. EDA software is used to take high-level logical descriptions of circuits and map them into silicon for manufacturing. EDA software starts in the five digits, even for the simplest of tools, tacking on two or three zeros for a suite of tools necessary to fully process a design. On top of this, manufacturing costs start at several million dollars.
  • DIY Off the Grid: Open Building Institute to Change Face of Home Construction & Home Ownership
  • Building Your Own Home From Open Source Blocks
    What if your next house were to cost 1/10th of the average home while sporting a long list of high-tech hyper-ecological features? With the help of the Open Building Institute (OBI), which is designing affordable, ecological housing accessible to everyone - you may be able to do just that. [...] OBI is following the same open source methodology that has made the Internet so successful --- sharing the source code with a free license. Google and Facebook and many other Internet companies use open source software on the backend because large scale collaboration generally leads to superior technology. Open source hardware follows the same approach from electronics to 3-D printers.