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Software: Blender 2.8 Beta, QEMU 3.1-RC3, Wireshark 2.6.5, oVirt 4.3.0 Alpha

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  • Blender 2.8 Beta

    We’ve now officially entered the Beta phase of development for Blender 2.8. That means all the major features are in place, and the Blender core developers start focusing on bug fixes and polishing features based on user feedback. For users this means there will be fewer disruptive changes.

  • Blender 2.80 Beta Now Available With Many New & Improved Features

    As a smashing early Christmas gift to the open-source community, Blender 2.80 is now in beta for this widely-used open-source 3D modeling software.

    Blender 2.80 is a huge update that should officially ship in early 2019 -- roughly March or April appears to be when it will likely come, but without a definitive release schedule. The Blender 2.80 Beta is a continuously updating build that will progress by the day.

  • QEMU 3.1 Is Almost Ready For Release With Multi-Threaded TCG, Many Other Changes

    QEMU 3.1.0 will be out within the next week or two depending upon any last minute blocker bugs.

    QEMU 3.1-RC3 was tagged on Wednesday as the final release candidate, unless the developers decide an RC4 is warranted. This puts the official QEMU 3.1 update on the table for next week otherwise the following week if the extra test release is necessary.

  • Wireshark 2.6.5 Released with Many Vulnerabilities / Bugs Fixed

    The popular network packet analyzer Wireshark released version 2.6.5 yesterday afternoon with numerous bug-fixes.

  • oVirt 4.3.0 First Alpha Release is now available for testing

    The oVirt Project is pleased to announce the availability of the First Alpha Release of oVirt 4.3.0, as of November 26th, 2018

  • oVirt 4.3 Reaches Alpha With Intel Skylake Server & AMD EPYC Support

    Red Hat's oVirt virtualization management platform, which is used by Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and an alternative to VMware vSphere, is working on their next feature release as version 4.3.

Wine 3.0.4 Released

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  • Wine Announcement

    The Wine maintenance release 3.0.4 is now available.

  • Wine 3.0.4 Released Ahead Of January's Wine 4.0

    For those sticking to the Wine stable releases, Wine 3.0.4 is out today as the latest stable point release.

    Wine 3.0.4 ships with 47 known bug fixes affecting Total Commander, World of Warcraft, Bethesda's software launcher, Resident Evil 7, and other games. There are also application fixes for Wechat, Acronis Disk Director 12, Chromium, and RegEditX.

SMPlayer: Media Player++

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It means that the codecs needed to play the media are not installed on the system. Now, due to some copyright issues, some Linux based operating systems cannot pre-pack the codecs in the installation media. But they do allow you to download and install the codecs with just a click, or you could just install a media player which has all the multimedia codecs, to begin with. Checkout SMPlayer.

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Software: Stacer, Arch-Audit, Cockpit, Opera

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  • Stacer – system optimizer and monitoring software

    Stacer is an open source system optimizer and application monitor for users needing an easy way to manage systems with different aspects. It’s an all in one system utility featuring a responsive design. Originally the software required the Electron framework, but the current version is written in C++, and only needs curl and systemd.

    While Stacer is designed for Ubuntu/Debian distributions, it also runs under other popular distributions. I tested the software under Ubuntu, Fedora and Manjaro.

  • Arch-Audit : A Tool To Check Vulnerable Packages In Arch Linux

    We have to make the system up-to date to minimize the downtime and issues.

    It’s one of the routine task for Linux administrator to patch the system once in a month or 60 days once or 90 days at maximum.

    It would be sufficient schedule and we can’t do it this less than a month as it’s involve multiple activities and environments.

    Basically infrastructure comes with Test, Development, QA a.k.a Staging & Prod environments.

    Initially we will deploy the patches in the Test environment and corresponding team will be monitoring the system a week then they will give a status report like good or bad.

  • Cockpit 183

    Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. We release regularly. Here are the release notes from version 183.

  • Opera 57 Released with Smarter News Recommendation for Start Page

    Opera web browser released new stable version 57 today with smarter news recommendation engine for start page, usual bug fixes and UI touch-ups.

Console File Manager nnn 2.1 Adds Tabs Support

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nnn is a very fast terminal file manager whose main goal is seamless desktop environment integration. The Ncurses based keyboard-driven terminal application features basic, details (default) and disk usage analyzer modes, with navigate as you type, vidir integration, terminal locker, and more.

The application supports basic operations like creating and renaming files and folders, with the ability to select multiple files, open files in graphical tool (using xdg-open or a custom application), as well as more advanced features like batch rename, move or delete using vidir, display media information for media files, and much more.

Its developer says that nnn was created because he needed "something that performs on the Pi", and that nnn, which has a binary of only ~60KB, "is probably the fastest and most resource-sensitive file manager you have ever used". You can see a nnn vs ncdu, mc and ranger memory comparison on the project page.

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Essential System Tools: Neofetch – System Information Tool written in Bash

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This is the eleventh in our series of articles highlighting essential system tools. These are small, indispensable utilities, useful for system administrators as well as regular users of Linux based systems. The series examines both graphical and text based open source utilities. For this article, we’ll look at Neofetch. For details of all tools in this series, please check the table at the bottom of the article.

Neofetch is a command-line interface system information script written in bash 3.2+. The script displays information about your system next to an image, your operating system logo, or any ASCII/image file of your choice. It’s designed to capture information about your system and display it in an aesthetic and visually pleasing way.

The main purpose of Neofetch is to convey to others the operating system or Linux distribution running on a system, together with critical information such as its hardware specifications, desktop environment, theme, icons, and a lot more besides.

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Wine-Staging 3.21 Released With A Handful Of New Patches

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Built off Friday's release of Wine 3.21, which is the last expected development release ahead of the upcoming code freeze for Wine 4.0, Wine-Staging 3.21 is now available with its hundreds of extra testing/development patches.

Wine-Staging 3.21 is carrying roughly 850 patches on top of the vanilla/upstream Wine code-base, which is actually lower than previous releases thanks to a number of the patches being upstreamed around the oleaut32 module, X Input, WineD3D, and other changes.

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Wine 4.0 Release Preparations Begin For Much Improved Windows Games / Apps On Linux

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Wine founder and lead developer Alexandre Julliard has laid out the release plans around the upcoming Wine 4.0 stable release for delivering a year's worth of improvements for running Windows games/applications on Linux, BSDs, and macOS.

While it took fifteen years of the Wine open-source project to reach its 1.0 milestone, these days Wine is on a yearly release cadence and that will be continuing for shipping Wine 4.0 at the start of the new year. Wine 4.0 will be the stable release culminating all of the bi-weekly Wine 3.x releases over the past twelve months.

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6 of the Best Linux Text Editors

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Though it might not seem like it, the topic of Linux text editors is a huge deal. Debates on which one is the best have been going on for years. Everyone has an opinion; everyone has a favorite, a certain one they absolutely swear by. There is no doubt there are dozens of text editors to choose from.

It is because of this that we’ve decided to round up the best text editors available.

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Frogr 1.5 released

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Not many changes this time, but some of them hopefully still useful for some people, such as the empty initial state that is now shown when you don’t have any pictures, as requested a while ago already by Nick Richards (thanks Nick!), or the removal of the applications menu from the shell’s top panel (now integrated in the hamburger menu), in line with the “App Menu Retirement” initiative.

Then there were some fixes here and there as usual, and quite so many updates to the translations this time, including a brand new translation to Icelandic! (thanks Sveinn).

So this is it this time, I’m afraid. Sorry there’s not much to report and sorry as well for the long time that took me to do this release, but this past year has been pretty busy between hectic work at Endless the first time of the year, a whole international relocation with my family to move back to Spain during the summer and me getting back to work at Igalia as part of the Chromium team, where I’m currently pretty busy working on the Chromium Servicification project (which is material for a completely different blog post of course).

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  • Protecting the world’s oceans with open data science
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The Last Independent Mobile OS

The year was 2010 and the future of mobile computing was looking bright. The iPhone was barely three years old, Google’s Android had yet to swallow the smartphone market whole, and half a dozen alternative mobile operating systems—many of which were devoutly open source—were preparing for launch. Eight years on, you probably haven’t even heard of most of these alternative mobile operating systems, much less use them. Today, Android and iOS dominate the global smartphone market and account for 99.9 percent of mobile operating systems. Even Microsoft and Blackberry, longtime players in the mobile space with massive revenue streams, have all but left the space. Then there’s Jolla, the small Finnish tech company behind Sailfish OS, which it bills as the “last independent alternative mobile operating system.” Jolla has had to walk itself back from the edge of destruction several times over the course of its seven year existence, and each time it has emerged battered, but more determined than ever to carve out a spot in the world for a truly independent, open source mobile operating system. After years of failed product launches, lackluster user growth, and supply chain fiascoes, it’s only been in the last few months that things finally seem to be turning to Jolla’s favor. Over the past two years the company has rode the wave of anti-Google sentiment outside the US and inked deals with large foreign companies that want to turn Sailfish into a household name. Despite the recent success, Jolla is far from being a major player in the mobile market. And yet it also still exists, which is more than can be said of every other would-be alternative mobile OS company. Read more