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  • A Look At The GTK4 Development In Early 2017

    Prolific GNOME developer Matthias Clasen has written a blog post about recent and ongoing work for GTK4 at the start of 2017.

  • GTK+ Happenings

    I said that I would post regular updates on what is happening in GTK+ 4 land. This was a while ago, so an update is overdue.

  • SQLite 3.16 Released, Uses Less CPU Cycles & Adds Experimental PRAGMA Support

    SQLite 3.16.0 was released today and it's quite a feature-packed release for being the first update of 2017.

    SQLite 3.16.0 now uses about 9% fewer CPU cycles, adds experimental support for PRAGMA functions, enhancements to date and time functions, changes to the look-aside memory allocator, faster LIKE and GLOB when using multiple wildcards, and various other changes.

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  • FLAC 1.3.2 (01-Jan-2017)
  • StreamTuner2 v2.2 Released For Internet Radio/Video Browser

    It's been a long time since I last heard of StreamTuner2 as an open-source Internet radio station and video browser, but a major update was released today.

  • Avidemux Open-Source Video Editor Updated To End Out 2016

    If the recent releases of Kdenlive, OpenShot, Pitivi, and others haven't satisfied your needs, perhaps you may want to try out the latest build of Avidemux.

    For those in need of a basic cross-platform, open-source video editor, Avidemux 2.6.16 is now available. Avidemux 2.6.16 is coming just one month after the previous release and together provide a modestly-sized bundle of updates. Avidemux 2.6.16 updates its FFmpeg library, adds a resizer to VA-API, improvements to its Qt user-interface, fixed sub-titling on macOS, re-emabled NVENC video encoding support, and build system improvements.

  • KDE Plasma 5.9 Being Released In One Month With Many New Features

    One month from today, KDE Plasma 5.9 will officially meet the world.

    Among the work on the menu for Plasma 5.9 are many Wayland improvements, possibly the return of the global menu, and a lot of bug fixes. The Wayland improvements are the main area I am looking forward to with Plasma 5.9 with seeing it become a more usable alternative to X11 and closer to GNOME's Wayland session support.

  • Discover more in 2017

    With 2017 starting, we’re getting ready for the next Plasma 5.9 release and with it a new Discover release.

    This will be a special release for two main reasons: further add-ons integration and Kirigami.

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  • fortune-mod-1.99.3 - new release since 2004 by a new upstream

    Happy holidays and happy new year!

    I am proud to announce the new release of fortune-mod - version 1.99.3 - by a new upstream (mostly me for now). fortune-mod is a program to display a random quotation on the console.

  • Handbrake's video conversion app update was 13 years in the making
  • nmon – is a another nifty tool to monitor system resources on Linux

    nmon stands for Nigel’s performance Monitor for Linux & AIX, developed by IBM employee Nigel Griffiths. Initially, it was developed for IBM AIX operating system, later a version written for Linux too and released as a open source under GPL on 2009.

    nmon is a another nifty tool to monitor various system resources such as CPU, memory, network, disks, file systems, NFS, top processes, Power micro-partition and resources (Linux version & processors) on Linux terminal.

  • Wine 2.0 Is Looking Like It Will Be A Late January Release

    Alexandre Julliard had been issuing weekly release candidates of Wine 2.0 but given the holidays, he's skipping this week but has provided a status update.

    Julliard plans to resume the weekly release candidates next Friday and is anticipating still having "a couple more" release candidates. Thus he says he is anticipating to officially release Wine 2.0.0 in the second half of January, per this mailing list post.

  • Season of KDE

    December, is near to its end and 2017 is finally coming. The last month was hectic though. I had my semester exams in the first half of the month and I didn’t get much time in between to concentrate on my project. But the later half was quite productive. Half time has already passed by and this month was important as I made couple of changes to my UI and code which were important and required for long-term benefits. Another important news for this month is that GCompris had its 0.70 version release this month and we have finally replaced the GTK+ version in Windows with the Qt version. Smile

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  • Kodi Devs Celebrate New Year with First Release Candidate of Kodi 17 "Krypton"

    Martijn Kaijser of the Kodi development team had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability of the first Release Candidate of the upcoming Kodi 17 "Krypton" multiplatform and open-source media center.

    Last week, we told you that the seventh and last Beta of Kodi 17 "Krypton" was being prepared for Christmas testing, and it looks like it didn't take long for the developers behind this powerful and amazing media center software that powers numerous appliances and HTPC devices to push the first Release Candidate build.

  • Calibre 2.76 Open-Source eBook Library Management App Released with Bug Fixes

    Today, December 30, 2016, Calibre developer Kovid Goyal announced the release of a new maintenance update for his open-source and multiplatform e-book library management software, Calibre 2.76.

    Calibre 2.76 is here only one week after the Calibre 2.75.1 release, but it doesn't look like it brings any new changes, only some bug fixes that have been reported by users lately from previous versions and improved news sources, including Buenos Aires Economico, Clarin, Telam, iProfesional, and La Prensa. As usual, the full changelog is attached below for your reading pleasure.

  • A Linux networking guide to CIDR notation and configuration
  • Automating the installation of Debian on z/VM instances

Wine-Staging 2.0 RC3 Adds AES-GCM Support and Fixes DOOM 2016 Multiplayer Mode

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The Wine Staging development team announced the release and immediate availability of the third Release Candidate (RC) build of the upcoming Wine-Staging 2.0 open-source implementation of Windows on Unix.

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  • Linus Torvalds' Subsurface 4.6 Open-Source Divelog App Gets First Beta Release

    The Subsurface 4.6 open-source and cross-platform divelog application developed by Linus Torvalds in collaboration with various other skilled developers is now in the works with a first Beta release out the door.

    Linus Torvalds himself had the pleasure of announcing the release of Subsurface 4.6 Beta 1 this week on his Google+ account, and it looks like the upcoming major release promises great new features and improvements to the multiplatform application designed for tracking single or multi-tank dives using air, TriMix, and Nitrox.

  • Handbrake reaches 1.0.0 milestone after 13 years of development

    Christmas creates a different focus for the average IT guy, spending time with family instead of computers. It was nice. But it’s over and done now, even though the Christmas tree in the corner of our living room is still on fire (metaphorically speaking).

  • MKVToolNix 9.7 Open-Source MKV Manipulation App Adds Lots of GUI Enhancements

    Moritz Bunkus, the creator of the popular, open-source, free, and cross-platform MKVToolNix MKV (Matroska) manipulation tool, announced the other day the release of the MKVToolNix 9.7 stable series.

    Dubbed "Numbers," MKVToolNix 9.7.0 comes less than a month after the release of MKVToolNix 9.6.0 "Slave To Your Mind" stable branch, and promises to be a major update that adds lots of enhancements to the graphical user interface (GUI), but also deprecates several options and features that'll be removed at the start of 2018.

  • Rofi - Dmenu Replacement Launcher - Linux GUI

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  • Make Animated Screenshot Gifs Using Gifine for Linux

    Maybe you don’t like Kgif. Maybe you don’t like Qgifer or any other gif making tool available for Linux.

  • OpenCV 3.2 Computer Vision Stack Released

    A big update to the Open-Source Computer Vision library was quietly released just before Christmas.

    OpenCV 3.2 features many improvements to the DNN module, support for more image formats and camera back-ends, an interactive camera calibration application, more algorithms have been added, support for the newest operating systems, various Intel and ARM architecture optimizations, support for using a vendor-provided OpenVX and LAPACK/BLAS libraries, and much more.

  • OpenVPN 2.4 Released: Adds LZ4 Compression, Android Platform Support

    A new version of the open-source OpenVPN virtual private network software stack is now available.

  • SeaMonkey 2.46 Open-Source Internet Suite Is Out for Linux, macOS, and Windows

    Believe it or not, the free and open-source SeaMonkey Internet suite produced by Mozilla and consisting of a web browser, e-mail and chat client received its second big update for 2016, versioned 2.46.

    SeaMonkey 2.46 is here more than nine months since the 2.40 release, and it's a major milestone that has been built on the same Mozilla platform as the Firefox 49.0 we browser. It brings lots of improvements and support for the latest Web technologies, including HTML5, JavaScript, as well as better hardware acceleration. The biggest change being support for HTML5 full-screen video playback on YouTube and similar sites.

  • 6 of the Best LibreOffice Extensions You Should Use

    LibreOffice is already packed with features, and I bet there are dozens of them you rarely or never use. However, it’s possible some of the features you need don’t come with LibreOffice by default but in the form of an extension. Here is a list of some of the best LibreOffice addons that will provide the greatest value for you.

  • The Document Foundation opens LibreOffice Certification for Migrations and Trainings to all project volunteers, to members of not-for-profit bodies, and to individuals of proven competence

    Effective from January 1st, 2017, access to LibreOffice Certification will be extended to volunteers active at global and local levels, members of not-for-profit bodies sitting in the Advisory Board (namely, FSF, FSFE, Gnome Foundation and KDE), and for individuals whose competence and commitment are demonstrated by facts (successful migrations and trainings). In addition, Members of the Certification Committee can invite people to apply for certification, even if they do not belong to the approved categories, based on their direct relation, and to the competence and commitment of these individuals.

Stellarium 0.15.1 Open-Source Planetarium Tool Adds Sardinian as New Sky Culture

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Stellarium developer Alexander Wolf announce on the first day of Christmas the availability of the first point release of Stellarium 0.15 open-source, free, and cross-platform planetarium software.

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  • darktable 2.2 Open-Source RAW Image Editor Released, Here's What's New

    The developers of the open-source and cross-platform darktable RAW image editor proudly announced the release and general availability of the 2.2 stable series, a major release that brings countless new features and improvements.

  • GCompris 0.70 Educational Software Brings Eight New Activities, Built-In Search

    Here's another Christmas present for your kids, that, of course, if you use open-source software products: the GCompris educational software reached version 0.70, an important milestone that brings many goodies.

    GCompris is a cross-platform application available for GNU/Linux, Android, and Microsoft Windows operating systems, and it's widely known as a high quality educational software suite that consists of a collection of multiple activities for children aged 2 to 10.

  • HandBrake 1.0.0 Video Converter Arrives After More Than 13 Years in Development

    After being in development for more than thirteen years, the open-source and cross-platform HandBrake video converter reached 1.0.0 milestone, and it can now finally be considered a mature application for editing various video file types.

  • Open Tools: Free Ways to Create a Web Destination

    Are you looking to create a destination on the web, or perhaps a blog? If so, you're probably very aware of many of the tools from the open standards and open source arenas that can make your work easier. Still, these are always spreading out at a fast clip and there are some applications and tools that are rarely discussed. Here at OStatic, we try to regularly update our collections focused on them. In this post, you'll find our latest updates on numerous free resources for web development that range from complete online courses available for free to unsung applications.

  • 'gifine' is a pretty simple open source tool for making small gifs and videos

    It's so damn simple to use which is why I love it! You draw a box on the screen and record away, then you can adjust the frames and export it to a gif or an MP4. It's simple and does the job.

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