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  • BitTorrentSync: Dropbox for Nerds
  • Overview of 4 Subtitle Editors for Linux

    This is KDE-based, and comes with features such as time shifting, splitting and joining subtitle lines, error checking, movie preview and a bunch of configuration options. Other functions include the ability to split or join lines depending on the | separator, insert new subtitle lines, modify times, and a spell-checker. Subtitle Composer is pretty feature-complete and will allow to modify and manipulate a good range of formats with ease. The latest version is 0.5.3, using Qt4 and blending well in KDE. The video backends that can be used for previewing videos include GStreamer, MPlayer, Xine and Phonon, however, subtitles showed in the video preview widget are not displayed correctly.

  • FFmpeg 2.8 Brings Intel QSV Encoding/Decoding, HEVC Hardware Acceleration

    FFmpeg 2.8 is now available as the latest major update to this important open-source multimedia project. This is also the first major release since the longtime FFmpeg leader resigned this summer.

  • Calibre 2.38 Ebook Editor and Viewer Gets Support for Kobo Touch 2

    Calibre is a powerful application that can be used to read, convert, and edit eBooks, among many other functions. The developer has just released a new update for it, and a new version is now available for download.

  • Git 2.5.2 Open-Source Distributed Version Control System Adds Multiple Improvements

    The Git developers have announced the release of the second maintenance version for the stable 2.5 branch of Git, an open-source and cross-platform distributed version control system for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

  • Deploying Limba packages: Ideas & current status

    The Limba project does not only have the goal to allow developers to deploy their applications directly on multiple Linux distributions while reducing duplication of shared resources, it should also make it easy for developers to build software for Limba.

  • Rcpp 0.12.1: First boat load of fixes!

    The first updated in the 0.12.* series of Rcpp is now on the CRAN network for GNU R this morning, and I will push a Debian package. This follows the 0.12.0 release from late July which started to some serious new features.

Leftovers: Software

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  • Five Useful Tools For Debian Based Systems

    In this tutorial, we’ll be discussing some random useful tools that can be used by system administrators for maintaining Debian and derivative distributions.

  • tunir 0.7 is out

    Today I have released Tunir 0.7. Tunir is a simple CI which developers can even use in their laptops. There are few major changes in this release. The first one is about no database support. Tunir itself will not save any data anywhere, this also means –stateless command line argument is now unnecessary. Even if you do not pass that option, tunir will print out the output of the tests on STDOUT.

  • Announcing libradosfs

    At CERN the disk storage is managed by a system built in-house called EOS (developed by CERN’s IT Data & Storage Services group). EOS manages data from the LHC experiments and also from “regular” users and power applications such as CERNBox, a file storage/sharing service for CERN users.

  • Terminal Emulator `Terminator` Sees New Release

    Terminator is terminal emulator which includes numerous useful features such as multiple terminals in the same window (split view), notifications, supports saving and restoring custom layouts and much more.

  • Non-Linux FOSS: PlexConnect

    The open-source PlexConnect is really just a brilliant translation layer that hijacks DNS (pointing to the PlexConnect server IP) and feeds the Apple TV data formatted like it expects. Rather than showing a listing of recent movie trailers, however, PlexConnect shows a direct interface with your Plex media server. And to be honest, the interface is actually surprisingly pleasant to use.

  • Samba 4.3.0 Arrives with Support for Apple's Spotlight, Logging Improvements

    Samba, the world’s most used open-source software solution for accessing shared Windows folders over a network from GNU/Linux and Mac OS X operating systems, has reached version 4.3.

  • VirtualBox 5.0.4 Has Linux 4.2 Support, Many Fixes
  • VirtualBox squashes bugs, adds new guest resolution to pre-defined menu
  • VirtualBox 5.0.4 Brings Fixes for Linux Kernel 4.2 and Window Managers

    VirtualBox, a virtualization solutions that allows users to run and install operating systems inside other operating systems, has been updated to version 5.0.4 and is now ready for download.

  • DockBarX Xfce4 Panel Plugin Updated With Panel Blending

    The DockBarX Xfce4 Panel plugin was updated to version 0.4.1 recently, bringing a pretty important new feature: panel blending.

The Best Way to Backup Ubuntu Software

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One of the things that draws people to using Ubuntu is its package management. Despite upcoming changes to Ubuntu's software management, the current Debian package has been a large part of Ubuntu's success. One of the best parts about the Debian package management that Ubuntu provides is how easy it is to backup your software. In this article, I'll talk about some of the best techniques for backing up your software and how they differ from one another.

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QEMU Maintainers on the 2.4 Release

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QEMU is the software that creates virtual hardware which guest operating systems run on top of. All (well, almost all — see note below[*]) the hardware that a guest OS has access to is actually written to some specifications in software — i.e. no physical hardware is involved. For the QEMU/KVM hypervisor, most of these devices are written in the QEMU source repository. A few devices are part of the KVM code in the Linux kernel. QEMU also handles a lot of host-specific stuff, like storage and networking for the virtual machines.

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digiKam Software Collection 4.13.0 released...

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The digiKam Team is proud to announce the release of digiKam Software Collection 4.13.0. This release is the result of another huge bugs triage on KDE bugzilla where more than 30 files have been closed. Thanks to Maik Qualmann who maintain KDE4 version while KF5 port and GSoC 2015 projects are in progress. Both are planed to be completed while sprint 2016.

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Wine Announcement

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The Wine development release 1.7.51 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
- XAudio2 implementation using OpenAL Soft.
- Support for the new Universal C Runtime DLL.
- Dropdown menu support in the standard Open Dialog.
- Grayscale rendering mode in DirectWrite.
- Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

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  • GNOME Photos 3.18 App Gets Its First Hotfix Release Ahead of GNOME 3.18.1
    Earlier today, October 12, Debarshi Ray was happy to inform us all about the immediate availability of the first point release of his GNOME Photos 3.18 image viewer application for the soon-to-be-released GNOME 3.18.1 desktop environment.
  • View your GTK3 app or VM on the Web
    Ever wondered how to view gedit in a browser? It’s not a secret anymore, broadway is there for some time.
  • The new search for GNOME Files (aka Nautilus)
    As some (most? none? who knows =P) of you already know, last cycle I worked as a Google Summer of Code intern with Gtk+ and Nautilus. We saw the very positive results of it. And the picky eyes out there noticed that I wrote with these exact words: “While the project is over, I won’t stop contributing to Nautilus. Even with the interesting code, even with all the strange things surrounding it. Nautilus is like an ugly puppy: it may hurt your eyes, yet you still warmly love it.”

Linux Devices

  • Linksys WRT1900ACS Router is Ready for Open Source Tinkering
    We still regard the Linksys WRT1900AC as one of the best and fastest routers available, though if you're eyeing that model, there's a new version available with more memory and a faster processor. It's the WRT1900ACS, which is essentially an improved version of the WRT1900AC. The new model boasts a 1.6GHz dual-core processor, an upgrade over its predecessor's 1.2GHz chip; 128MB of flash memory (same as before); 512MB of DDR3 RAM, which is two times as much as the WRT1900AC; and eSATA and USB ports.
  • Linux Foundation Takes on Real-Time Computing for Embedded Apps
    What's the next step for open source in the embedded computing market? Google (GOOG), the Linux Foundation and other inaugural supporters of the Real-Time Linux Collaborative Project, which launched this month with a focus on the robotics, telecom, manufacturing, aviation, medical and similar industries, think kernel-level real-time support is the answer.
  • Your Last Chance To Crowdfund InvizBox Go, A Portable Open Source VPN Router
    A small Irish tech startup is in the last few days of crowdfunding for a small Linux-based router it’s hoping to ship out to supporters in February 2016. If its Kickstarter campaign is successful, InvizBox Go will offer users some protection when connecting to WiFi networks. Whether you’re at home, at a hotel, or working out of a coffee shop, the InvizBox Go will be able to connect your devices and route all of your traffic over Tor or a VPN connection (or even both). And since it can connect all devices simultaneously, it’s a great solution for keeping your housemates secure without requiring them to plug into anything or even download any software. Or, let’s face it, it’s also good for watching blocked content from around the world. Users will also be able to block a known list of ad providers. An optional feature will block Windows 10’s tracking domain. Additionally, the device can acts as a WiFi extender or even be used to charge a mobile phone or tablet if users plug into its USB port.
  • Irish firm’s product to mask online activity

Leftovers: OSS

  • Industry Veterans Partner to Create a School for Software Engineers
    Another interesting angle is that during their first year at school all projects except their own, if they decide otherwise, must be open sourced online on the repository of their choice (such as GitHub). "Open source is a great option for teaching students because it not only helps you in building new skills as as software engineers, but also you know how to communicate with your peers. You have to understand how the team is working among many things. So I think open source is a great way to learn software engineering," added Barbier. Because the Linux Foundation also runs many specialized courses, I asked whether the school had any plans to collaborate with the Foundation. I was told that, although they are in touch with the Linux Foundation, it's too early to comment on it.
  • Eximbank opts for Allevo’s open source application FinTP
    It originates from Allevo’s older offering, qPayintegrator. The open source project has been in the making for a few years.
  • Volkswagen’s Diesel Fraud Makes Critic of Secret Code a Prophet
    A Columbia University law professor stood in a hotel lobby one morning and noticed a sign apologizing for an elevator that was out of order. It had dropped unexpectedly three stories a few days earlier. The professor, Eben Moglen, tried to imagine what the world would be like if elevators were not built so that people could inspect them.
  • Mozilla to Bar Many Legacy Plug-ins in Firefox By End of 2016
    As we've reported several times, Google has been introducing big changes in its Chrome browser, especially when it comes to how the browser handles extensions. If you've regularly used either or both of the most popular open source Internet browsers--Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox--then you're probably familiar with the performance and security problems that some extensions for them have caused. Mozilla, like the Chrome team, is also focused on the effect that extensions have on performance and reliability. Now, Benjamin Smedberg, a Mozilla senior engineering manager, in a post to a blog, has confirmed that Mozilla will bar almost all plug-ins built using decades-old NPAPI technology by the end of 2016.
  • What you need to know about Astara
    Astara provides OpenStack operators with a vendor-agnostic network orchestration platform that addresses the complex nature and scale of Neutron implementations. Astara features a driver-based orchestrator to manage network functions from different providers on bare metal, in virtual machines (VMs) and containers.
  • Mirantis, NetApp announce joint partnership
    Mirantis, the pure-play OpenStack company, has joined hands with NetApp and announced a joint partnership that combines the Mirantis OpenStack with mission-critical NetApp storage infrastructures.
  • Mirantis and NetApp Partner for Joint Testing, Cloud Reference Architectures
  • Introducing the Astara project, a preview of Liberty and Mitaka, and more OpenStack news
  • Taunton and Somerset trust explores wider open source adoption
    Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust has commenced "exploratory work" around expanding its use of open source technology to include an e-prescribing solution after going live with a non-proprietary electronic patient record (EPR) system earlier this month. Trust IT director Malcolm Senior said that although work around potentially adopting a new e-prescribing system was at an early stage, Taunton and Somerset was now considering dates for possible implementation. Senior said he was confident the trust would be able to meet a timeline for completing development of an e-prescribing service in line with aims for a 'paperless NHS' by 2018.
  • Nexenta Brings Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage Solutions to the Dell Solutions Roadshow 2015 in Japan
  • Update Python GNUPG library for GNU Health crypto plugin
    Issues digitally signing and/or verifying GNUHealth documents, using GNUPG version 2.x should be solved by upgrading to the latest python-gnupg library[1], version 0.3.8 . You can check the changelog[2] for the details.
  • Another city swaps in LibreOffice to replace Microsoft Office
    Another city has decided to swap out Microsoft Office for the open source LibreOffice productivity suite. As ZDNet reported, the municipality of Bari in Italy is currently installing the open-source office software on its 1,700 PCs after a successful trial involving 100 PCs.
  • ODS Onsite Training - Onsite Training to the European Commission
    The course aims at enhancing the understanding of linked open data principles and technologies. By the end of the course, participants should have a clear understanding of what linked open data is and how linked data technologies can be applied to improve the availability, understandability and usability of EU data.