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Best Text Editors for Linux Mint 20

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Text editors play an important role in the Linux environment. When editing a file or developing an application in the Linux system, you will need a text editor to complete certain tasks. This article will explore some best text editors for the Linux Mint 20 distribution.

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GTK+ Twitter App Cawbird 1.2.0 Released (PPA)

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Cawbird, an open-source fork of Corebird Twitter client, released version 1.2.0 a few days ago with many improvements and bug-fixes.

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GStreamer 1.18 Open-Source Multimedia Framework Released, This Is What’s New

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A year and a half in the making, GStreamer 1.18 is here to replace the 1.16 series and it’s packed with lots of goodies. Highlights include a new high-level API that apps can use to transcode media files between different formats, better HDR (High Dynamic Range) video information representation and signaling, as well as instant playback rate change support.

GStreamer 1.18 also introduces AFD (Active Format Description) and Bar Data support, a new sink to produce DASH content, ONVIF trick modes support in the GStreamer RTSP server and client, a new DVB Subtitle encoder element, a new RTMP client source and sink element implementation, and a new SVT-HEVC-based H.265 video encoder.

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digiKam 7.1 Released with Better Support for Canon CR3 Metadata, Improvements

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digiKam 7.1 has been released as the first major update in the digiKam 7.x series of this open-source, cross-platform and free professional photo management software.

digiKam 7.1 arrives two months after the release of digiKam 7.0 with various new features and improvements. The most exciting one being better support for the metadata in the RAW files of the Canon CR3 camera.

While digiKam 7.0 offered basic support for Canon CR3 metadata, digiKam 7.1 displays more exif information, including colors profile, GPS data, and the standard IPTC and XMP containers.

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Inkscape 1.0 Gets First Point Release, Here’s What’s New

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Released in early May 2020, Inkscape 1.0 arrived after more than three years in the making as the first mature version of this open source vector graphics editor loved by numerous digital artists, introducing numerous new features and improvements.

Now, Inkscape 1.0.1 is here with a bunch of cool changes that would probably please users. First, the most exciting change is the fact that the previously experimental Selectors and CSS dialog is now finally ready for production.

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Zim: A Wiki-Like Note-taking App That Makes Things Easier

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Zim is undoubtedly one of the best note-taking apps for Linux but it’s not just another ordinary note app that lets you add ideas/tasks and save them.

It’s tailored to help you maintain a collection of notes in the form of wiki pages. In other words, you can have a lot of notes (tasks/ideas) and link them to each other that will make it easier to go through what you’ve added in the past.

Here, I’ll give an overview of the features you get with Zim and how to get it installed on Linux.

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Vivaldi 3.3 Lets You Pause the Internet, Adds New Private Window Themes

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Vivaldi 3.3 is here about a month after Vivaldi 3.2 and introduces a new feature called Break Mode, which lets you take a break from work by pausing the Internet, that if you want to improve your work-life balance.

The Break Mode comes in handy these days when we have to work from home, but not everyone can manage to balance their work and life while staying productive. But, if you’re using the Vivaldi web browser, now you can, sort of.

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Software: HomeBank Release, Browsh in Sparky, Upcoming Kate and Chrome/Chromium

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  • HomeBank 5.4.3

    HomeBank is a free software (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") that will assist you to manage your personal accounting. It is designed to easy to use and be able to analyse your personal finance and budget in detail using powerful filtering tools and beautiful charts. If you are looking for a completely free and easy application to manage your personal accounting, budget, finance then HomeBank should be the software of choice.

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  • Browsh

    There is a new application available for Sparkers: Browsh

    What is Browsh?

    Browsh is a fully interactive, real-time, and modern text-based browser rendered to TTYs and browsers… …Browsh is different in that it’s backed by a real browser, namely headless Firefox, to create a purely text-based version of web pages and web apps. These can be easily rendered in a terminal or indeed, ironically, in another browser. Do note that currently the browser client doesn’t have feature parity with the terminal client.

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  • Kate - Color Themes

    Two years ago, we migrated our syntax highlighting to KSyntaxHighlighting. That was some work done mostly at the Akademy 2018.

    What we didn’t touch during that port: KSyntaxHighlighting has an own color theme concept that allows more or less all that we did support in KTextEditor but on the base of much better defined JSON .theme files.

    This means you can now have a theme being self-contained in a small file and you need not to import it somewhere into a large configuration mess but just place it like a highlighting definition file in some folder in either the system-wide or user-wide XDG directory “org.kde.syntax-highlighting/themes”.

    If you use KSyntaxHighlighting or KTextEditor in your own application, you can even just bundle these themes as Qt resources in “:/org.kde.syntax-highlighting/themes” inside your application binary. This simplifies bundling of own themes a lot.

    Starting with Frameworks version 5.75 we will start to make use of this variant of color themes. KSyntaxHighlighting themes now show up as color themes inside KTextEditor based applications like Kate and are usable out of the box. The change was done in this merge request.

    The UI is changed to call this “Color Theme” instead of “Schema”, the font choosing is decoupled from this now in the settings dialog. Color themes can only alter the coloring and text attributes like bold/italic/underline/…, but not switch the font itself.

    Per default the default color theme for KTextEditor based applications in now automatically selected based on the configured KDE color theme, e.g. for dark themes you will get a dark theme per default, for light themes a light one.

  • Chrome 87 Dev Builds Trying Again With X11+Wayland Ozone Enabled

    While Chrome 86 entered beta with many features, Chrome 87 in development has re-enabled the Wayland+X11 Ozone support as another attempt at improving the Wayland support experience off the single binary.

    As of the Chrome/Chromium 87.0.4252.0 dev build, the support has been relanded for using X11 and Ozone and fixes Vulkan tests on Linux with the Skia renderer as well as ANGLE tests on Linux Ozone.

A primer on GtkListView

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Some of the early adopters of GTK4 have pointed out that the new list widgets are not the easiest to learn. In particular, GtkExpression and GtkBuilderListItemFactory are hard to wrap your head around. That is not too surprising – a full list widget, with columns, and selections and sorting, and tree structure, etc is a complicated beast.

But lets see if we can unpack things one-by-one, and make it all more understandable.

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Also: GNOME 3.38's Mutter Gets More Optimizations - ~10% Lower Render Time In Some Scenarios

VirtualBox 6.1.14 Released

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  • Changelog for VirtualBox 6.1

    VirtualBox 6.1.14 (released September 04 2020)

  • VirtualBox 6.1.14 Adds Linux 5.8 Kernel Support

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.14 brings host/guest support for the Linux 5.8 stable kernel, which is important that besides being the latest upstream is also what is to be found in the likes of Ubuntu 20.10 this autumn. VirtualBox 6.1.14 also has GUI fixes, an HDA emulation regression fix, fixes in serial port emulation for VirtualBox on a Windows host, and EFI fixes.

  • VirtualBox 6.1.14 Released with Full Support for Linux Kernel 5.8

    Oracle released today the VirtualBox 6.1.14 update to its open-source and multi-platform virtualization software with full support for the latest and greatest Linux 5.8 kernel series.

    Coming almost two months after the previous update, VirtualBox 6.1.14 is here as the first in the series to add full support for Linux kernel 5.8. Support has been added for both host and guest machines.

    What this means is that you’ll now be able to install and run GNU/Linux distributions powered by Linux kernel 5.8 in VirtualBox, as well as to use other supported operating systems (e.g. BSD, Windows) on virtual machines running on top of a Linux OS that uses Linux kernel 5.8.

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