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  • Pandora Radio Client Pithos 1.3.0 Released, Available In PPA

    Pithos 1.3.0 was released recently and is now available in its official PPA, for Ubuntu 17.04, 16.10 and 16.04. The new version brings support for MPRIS playlist and tracklist interfaces, improved accessibility UI, and more.

  • Termbox – Access Preconfigured Linux Command-Line Workspaces via Web Browser

    Folks, today we are going to show you about the fantastic website called Termbox where users can test/work almost six Operating systems through browser. It’s similar to Ubuntu online tour website which you might tried earlier. The main difference here is that offers only command line interface not for GUI.

    Whoever wants to learn Linux without spending money & efforts (i mean no need to install Virtual Machine and Linux operating system on it) termbox is a right choice, only you should have a working internet connection that’s it. Also people who aren’t familiar with the command line to have a practice without damaging their own systems. This is the right place to kick start the Linux learning.

  • Ntfy – Get Desktop or Phone Alerts When Long Running Command Finishes

    Ntfy is a simple yet serviceable cross-platform Python utility that enables you to automatically get desktop notifications on demand or when long running commands complete. It can as well send push notifications to your phone once a particular command completes.

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  • Nginx 1.12 Released
  • Docker Enterprise Edition Arrives to Help Monetize Open-Source Docker

    Making money from open-source software is not exactly a straightforward proposition, but the poster child for businesses based on open-source code is Red Hat.

    The so-called "Red Hat model" involves charging customers a subscription for a business-ready version of its open-source Linux distribution. This gets customers a certified and maintained release with regular updates and security fixes.

  • Singularity Containers for HPC, Reproducibility, and Mobility

    Containers are an extremely mobile, safe and reproducible computing infrastructure that is now ready for production HPC computing. In particular, the freely available Singularity container framework has been designed specifically for HPC computing. The barrier to entry is low and the software is free.

    At the recent Intel HPC Developer Conference, Gregory Kurtzer (Singularity project lead and LBNL staff member) and Krishna Muriki (Computer Systems Engineer at LBNL) provided a beginning and advanced tutorial on Singularity. One of Kurtzer’s key takeaways: “setting up workflows in under a day is commonplace with Singularity”.

  • Cloud Commander – Web File Manager to Control Linux File and Programs via Browser

    Cloud Commander (cloudcmd) is a simple open source, traditional yet useful cross-platform web file manager with console and editor support.

    It is written in JavaScript/Node.js and enables you manage a server and work with files, directories and programs in a browser from any computer, mobile or tablet.

  • Nylas Mail Client Now Available on Linux

    A Linux version of Nylas Mail, the cross-plaform desktop e-mail client, is available for testing. The open-source app succeeds the old Nylas N1 client, which was discontinued last year. Since we last mentioned the app back in January a few things have changed.

  • Blender 2.79 Is Bringing Performance Improvements, Better OpenCL

    Blender 2.79 is under development and it sounds like this release should be quite exciting for those into performance improvements or better OpenCL support.

    With Blender 2.79, the OpenCL support has improved and should be closer to parity with Blender's CUDA capabilities. The OpenCL Cycles renderer has shorter render times by up to 50% in some cases, tiles are now seen updating while rendering, support for SSS and volume rendering, optimized transparent shadows, and various fixes.

  • GNOME Music: the road to 3.24

    GNOME Music has just been released, a good time to reflect on what has happened last development cycle.

    A goal for Music is to make it an exemplary application of GNOME/GTK+ Python programming and make it an entry-level project for new contributors. However the codebase was a mixture of coding styles and oversized multi-functional classes. Python is a powerful and easily accessible language, but the downside is that it can quickly get out of control if not some constraints are set on how to use it. So we started a rework to split up some of the bigger source files and enforce PEP-8 (code-style) & PEP-257 (docstrings) on new commits and bring existing code in line with it. We are not quite there yet on the clean-up front, but we have come a long way and going forward it is gonna get better.

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  • 11 Recommended Open Source Multi-Platform Astronomy Software

    Astronomy is the branch of science that deals with the study of celestial objects such as stars, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, meteor showers, nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies. Astronomers observe the objects in the night sky to establish their composition and learn more about the origin and structure of the universe.

    Astronomy is a very popular natural science. It’s not only for professional astronomers. The Hubble telescope has been providing superb images since 1990, inspiring more people around the world to take up astronomy as a hobby. There are so many fascinating pursuits to explore. For example, the search for the 9th planet in our solar system, and monitoring Asteroid 2014 JO25, due to fly by Earth on April 19 at a distance of about 1.1 million miles, are just a few current interests of mine.

  • Awesome (And Unofficial) Spotify Web Player for Linux Discontinued

    Spotify Web Player for Linux has been discontinued, with the developer of the unofficial Spotify app citing changes to the music streaming service's backend.

  • Mastodon—The free software, decentralized Twitter competitor

    My life is filled with conundrums.

    One of those conundrums is the fact that I spend a huge amount of my time promoting and advocating free and open-source software. Yet in order to reach a large audience with that advocacy, I end up needing to use social networks (such as Twitter and Google Plus) which are—not free software.

    If I'm going to be speaking at a conference about GNU, Linux and other free software-y topics, I announce it on Twitter. And, perhaps rightly so, my freedom-loving friends toss a little (usually good-natured) mockery my way for doing so.

  • More Screenshots of Firefox’s Photon Redesign Surface Online

    More screenshots of Firefox’s Photon redesign have surfaced online. The new screenshots continue to reveal more details about the upcoming redesign, including the purpose of the library button, the behaviour of side panels, and the new-look main menu.

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  • Changes To Find With The Upcoming Release Of GCC 7

    GCC 7 is expected to see its first stable release this month, GCC 7.1, so here's a look at some of the features to find with this annual feature update to the GNU Compiler Collection.

  • LabPlot 2.4 released

    We are happy to announce the next release of LabPlot!

    The concise list of changes is available in the changelog. In the following we describe the most important new features in more details.

    Beginning with the previous release, LabPlot is available for the Windows platform. Now we further extend the support for different operating systems and starting with this release LabPlot will be available for Mac OS X, too. We’re providing a Mac OS X bundle in our download section.

  • Jeffrey Stedfast: GMime 2.99.0 released
  • MimeKit 1.14 released [Ed: Jeffrey Stedfast is spreading Microsoft infections into GNU/Linux. Is he working for Microsoft along with Xamarin people?]
  • MailKit 1.14 released
  • Vivaldi 1.9 Enters Development, Will Let You Shuffle the Order of Your Add-Ons

    Development of the Vivaldi 1.9 web browser kicked off at the end of this week with the release of the first snapshot, versioned 1.9.804.3, for all supported operating systems.

    Vivaldi Snapshot 1.9.804.3 has over 40 changes, most of which are bug fixes for various regressions from the stable Vivaldi 1.8 series of the cross-platform web browser, but it also brings two new features, such as the ability to shuffle the order of installed extensions and to change the folder where screen captures are stored.

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  • A Powerful Image Editor `Fotoxx` 17.04 Has Been Released

    Fotoxx is powerful, open-source, complex image manipulation tool. It is better editor for those images made with digital camera. It can edit photos and manage a large collection. Includes thumbnail browser/navigator, RAW file import, a comprehensive set of edit functions working in deep color, rapid visual feedback, edit/copy/paste selected image areas, file versioning, batch operations, named collections (views), HDR, stack, panorama, montage, metadata edit and report, image search using any metadata and (partial) file names. It can crop, rotate, flip, resize, red-eye removal, sharpen fuzzy edges, reduce noise in low-light photos, stretch, and distort functionality.

  • Museeks: Better Audio Player For Linux? Find Out By Yourself!

    There are many audio players available for Linux and you may be using your favorite one and might ask why so many audio players, but there is no harm to try new stuff, you may consider it. Museeks a cross-platform, open-source audio player is around since last year (2016) and it is doing great. It is available for Linux, Windows and Mac; written in Node.js, Electron, Flux with Redux and React.js languages and released under MIT license.

  • Resetter: Allows You To Reset Your Ubuntu/Linux Mint To Fresh Installation Stage

    Have you ever been in a situation when you want to reset your Ubuntu/Linux Mint to default but you can't? The only way used to get default is do the complete new installation but now there is an App claims to do factory reset of your Ubuntu/Linux Mint, called Resetter.

  • Open sourcing Wire server code

    The source code of the server components is licensed under AGPL and can be used according to those terms unless otherwise specified for third-party components.

  • The state of open source in Asia [Ed: By Keith Bergelt of OIN (in a patent trolls' Web site]

    While Japanese companies have doubled down on open source software collaboration, including in new areas such as auto, Chinese firms have been slower to embrace it, which risks isolating projects from a key emerging technology centre

  • Take the #HappinessPacketChallenge!

    One of the most important lessons I was taught growing up is to say “thank you” when someone does something nice for you. Many months ago, someone first introduced me to something called Happiness Packets. The idea is simple but powerfully effective. Happiness Packets are like thank-you cards for open source users or contributors. You can send a packet to anyone for anything. Your message can be as short or as long as you like. You can put your name on your message or you can keep it totally anonymous. The choice is yours. And now, I want to challenge you to the #HappinessPacketChallenge!

  • Meson project status update

    The last few weeks have been an amazing ride for the Meson project. We
    have gone from "interesting but niche" to being seriously considered
    for such core infrastructure projects as Mesa, Wayland, Xorg and even
    systemd. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed in making
    this possible. Thanks to all contributors, evangelists, those who have
    converted their projects, or even proposed it. We would not be here
    without you.

    However having this much growth brings with it new problems. The main
    one of these, as most of you have probably noticed, is the growth in
    pull request backlog. I know there are MRs that have been waiting for
    quite a while and that this is very frustrating to those people who
    have filed them. My apologies to you, we are trying to make this

  • New Features Coming in PostgreSQL 10

    The list of new features coming in PostgreSQL 10 is extremely impressive. I've been involved in the PostgreSQL project since the 8.4 release cycle (2008-2009), and I've never seen anything like this. Many people have already blogged about these features elsewhere; my purpose here is just to bring together a list of the features that, in my opinion, are the biggest new things that we can expect to see in PostgreSQL 10. [Disclaimers: (1) Other people may have different opinions. (2) It is not impossible that some patches could be reverted prior to release. (3) The list below represents the work of the entire PostgreSQL community, not specifically me or EnterpriseDB, and I have no intention of taking credit for anyone else's work.]

  • PostgreSQL 10 Is Going To Be Very Feature Rich

    PostgreSQL developer Robert Haas has shared a look at the features coming up to PostgreSQL 10 and it's quite impressive for those using this database system.

  • libnice 0.1.14

    Today, Olivier Crête, libnice maintainer and Collabora Multimedia Lead, announced the availability of libnice 0.1.14, the latest release of the NAT traversal library implementing the RFC for Interactive Connectivity Establishment (ICE). ICE is a key part of the WebRTC standard and libnice is used by many WebRTC implementations such as OpenWebRTC, Kurento and Janus.

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  • Streamlink 0.5.0 Adds Support For Streaming Google Drive / Google Docs Videos

    Forked from Livestreamer, which is no longer maintained, Streamlink is a command line tool (and API) that can be used to stream videos from various streaming services, such as Twitch, YouTube Live and many more, and play them using your favorite video player, be it VLC, mpv, and more.

  • PB For Desktop 5.0.0 Brings Support For SMS Notification Mirroring

    PB For Desktop 5.0.0 was released today, bringing some important enhancements and fixes, like support for SMS mirroring, improved reconnection (in case the network gets disconnected), and more.

  • Polo Is An Interesting New GTK3 File Manager (Beta)

    Developed by Tony George, who's also behind other fairly popular applications such as Selene Media Converter, TimeShift backup tool, and more, Polo is only available for users who donate for now. The stable release will be available for all users, however, those who donate will get a few extra features.

  • List of Desktop RSS Reader for Ubuntu & GNU/Linux

    This article accompanies our big list of GNU/Linux & FLOSS RSS feeds so you can choose suitable reader for your desktop. Here I list Firefox, Thunderbird, Akregator, Liferea, Blam, and Evolution with some details of each. It's possible later for me to update this list, because there are still many other good readers. I hope you enjoy this!

  • Taskwarrior – A Command line TODO Task Manager Application

    The most common mistake we often do is “I don’t need to take notes. I will remember it”. Isn’t it? Indeed, it is. I am not an exception too. I have done this mistake so many times. Not anymore! Today, I found an useful command line TODO task manager application called “Taskwarrior”. It is a free and Open Source utility that manages your TODO list from the command line. It is efficient, flexible, fast, and unobtrusive tool. You can add all sorts of tasks, such as daily, weekly, monthly chores, personal goals, official-related works, family events, and manage them like a pro from the command line.

  • Skype for Linux 5.0 Beta and the rise of the bots
  • publican available for openSUSE

    Publican is a DocBook publication system, not just a DocBook processing tool. As well as ensuring your DocBook XML is valid, publican works to ensure your XML is up to publishable standard.

    Because upstream depreached FOP support and prefers wkhtmltopdf, this version comes without FOP package dependencies. If you want to use FOP, then deinstall wkhtmltopdf. After the next start publican will use FOP again.

  • Quantum work

    Last week we had a work week at Mozilla’s Toronto office for a bunch of different projects including Quantum DOM, Quantum Flow (performance), etc. It was great to have people from a variety of teams participate in discussions and solidify (and change!) plans for upcoming Firefox releases. There were lots of sessions going on in parallel and I wasn’t able to attend them all but some of the results were written up by the inimitable Ehsan in his fourth Quantum Flow newsletter.

  • Mozilla Thunderbird 52 Released with Various Improvements
  • The Document Foundation releases LibreOffice 5.3.2

    The Document Foundation (TDF) releases LibreOffice 5.3.2, the 2nd minor release of the LibreOffice 5.3 family, focused on bleeding edge features, and as such targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters, and power users. LibreOffice 5.3.2 integrates over 50 patches, with a large number of fixes related to RTF and DOCX documents.

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    In June, Atari declared itself "back in the hardware business" with the announcement of the Ataribox—a retro-styled PC tech-based console. One month later it emerged Atari plans to crowdfund the project, and now we have some hard facts on cost, and what's under its hood. Speaking to VentureBeat, the Ataribox creator and general manager Feargal Mac says an Indiegogo funding campaign will launch this year, and that the final product will ship in spring of 2018. When it does, it'll cost between $250—$300 and will boast an AMD custom processor with Radeon graphics.
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