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SystemRescueCd and GParted Live Now Based on GParted 0.24.0, Detect ZFS Filesystems

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Now that the 0.24.0 version of the popular GParted partition editor software has been released, the time has come for various GParted-based Live CDs to integrate it and announce new stable builds.

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  • DoubleCMD 0.6.6 Has Been Released

    Double Commander is an cross-platform, open-source file manager, inspired by Total Commander.

  • VLC now render subtitles in South Asian scripts!

    If you were following VLC development status (hey, you should follow the awesome Jean-Baptiste Kempf’s weekly updates!), you might have noticed some recent improvements on how VLC handles subtitle text rendering. In May 2015, the freetype module was improved to use Harfbuzz for text shaping. On the week of August 4, it was mentioned that the internals of VLC subtitle handling were completely rewritten . And in last week’s (October 26) update it mentioned Salah-Eddin added support for font fallback in the freetype module; which would mean that there is no need to set a specific font to display particular script/language.

  • Rcpp now used by over 500 CRAN packages

    500 user packages is very humbling, a staggering number and a big responsibility. We will out best try to keep Rcpp as performant and reliable as it has been so that the next set of packages can rely on it---just like these 500 do.


  • KDE Pulled In Around $162k USD Last Year

    KDE e.V. yesterday released their last quarterly report to end out 2014, which offer a look at their finances for the past year. I've also taken the liberty to do a cursory comparison against the GNOME Foundation's finances for 2014.

  • KDevelop 5.0 Enters Beta With Qt5/KF5 Port

    The first beta of KDevelop 5.0 is now available. This huge update comes after more than a year of hard work and its code-base has been ported over to using Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5.

    Besides the big step-up in using Qt5 and KF5, KDevelop has replaced its legacy C++ parser and semantic analysis plug-in with a more powerful one derived from LLVM's Clang compiler and its extensive code analysis tools.


Opera FINAL 33

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  • Best Linux Video Editors

    For most people, I think Openshot, Kdenlive or Flowblade makes the most sense. Each of these are free to use and with practice can do more than most people fully comprehend. Each of these applications are usable today and none of them have a huge learning curve.

    For those who are looking at creating actual cinema work, Lightworks may be the better bet. Despite lacking in some areas for Linux users, it's the best option for those looking to create the next documentary or epic zombie movie.

  • Stellarium 0.14.0 Out Now, Remains the Best Astronomical Observatory Software

    Alexander Wolf is happy to announce the release and immediate availability for download of Stellarium 0.14.0 for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows OSes.

  • G’MIC 1.6.7 (Standalone Software And GIMP Plugin) Has Been Released

    As you may know, G’MIC (GREYC’s Magic Image Converter) is a editing tool, that can be used with GIMP or as a standalone application, being available for both Linux and Windows. G’MIC provides a window which enables the users to add more than 500 filters over photos and preview the result, in order to give the photos some other flavor.


  • Vivaldi Snapshot 1.0.303.32 Has Been Released
  • XDPing for Linux Virtual Desktop

    Developed by Citrix Support, the Windows XDPing Tool has proven to be a popular customer self-service tool for troubleshooting Windows Virtual Desktop Appliance and XenDesktop Controller deployments. A quick XDPing health check has saved thousands of Citrix customers hours and days overcoming common configuration issues.

  • What’s New in Linux Virtual Desktop v1.1

    Recently, Citrix released v1.1 of the Linux Virtual Desktop. Since then the Linux Virtual Desktop team has been putting together a number of blog posts. The posts covering the many things we have delivered as part of this release. This post provides a brief overview and jumping off point to our other articles.

  • Single Sign On with Linux VDA 1.1

    Linux VDA 1.1 now supports Windows Receiver SSO and all Receivers that use “WD Credentials” to exchange credentials. This includes HTML5 Receivers prior to version 16.0. Smart card support is not there yet. With the Linux VDA 1.1 release, true SSO with Windows is now possible and the Receivers are able to use the latest Citrix credential exchange technology.

  • Citrix's boutique virtualisation strategy is working. Mostly

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  • Good Graphical User Interfaces for R
  • Plank 0.10.1 (Dock App) “Bartonschmeer” Has Been Released

    As you may know, Plank is the default dock app on Elementary OS 0.2 Luna, but it can be easily installed on other Ubuntu based systems, enabling the users to place their favorite apps in the dock, for an easier usage.

  • Uget 2.0.2 (Download Manager) Is Now Available For All The Supported Ubuntu Systems Via PPA

    As you may know, uGet is an open-source, lightweight download manager, running on Linux, having good integration with Mozilla Firefox.

  • FocusWriter 1.5.5 Brings Fixes

    FocusWriter is a text editor, having a hide-away interface to provide a distraction-free environment. It is open-source and cross-plaftorm, working on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. Among others, it has support for TXT, RTF and ODT, allows the users to set timers and alarms, it has auto-save and spell-check, it supports some new themes and is traslated in more than 20 languages.

  • LabPlot 2.1.0 released

    Today we release the next version of LabPlot – 2.1.0. The summary of all new features was given already in the announcement of the release candidate. Only couple of small fixes were made after the release candidate was announced.

  • Stellarium 0.14 Has Been Released

    As you may know, Stellarium is an open-source planetarium application, providing a realistic and accurate sky image in 3D, as if the users were looking through a telescope.

  • Pixman 0.33.4 Brings New ARMv6 & POWER Fast-Paths

    It's been a while since last having anything to report on with the Pixman pixel manipulation library, but released yesterday was a new release candidate (v0.33.4) leading up to the Pixman 0.34 debut.

  • LiVES 2.4.2 (Video Editor) Has Been Released

    As you may know, LiVES is an open source video editor and VJ tool, enabling the users to easily add effects to more than 50 audio and video formats.

  • Vivaldi Web Browser Gets Its First Beta Candidate Release

    Ruarí Ødegaard from the Vivaldi team has had the pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability for download and testing of a new snapshot build of the upcoming cross-platform web browser.

  • History, the World, and KDE: Discovering Marble

    Since I migrated to Linux in 2010, there have been two constants. The first one is, of course, adaptation to new programs. The second one, the question on whether Gnome is better than KDE.

    I recently participated in a survey on Google+ to that effect and, thanks to the survey, I remembered my experience with KDE.

    I like KDE not because I think it is superior than other DEs, but because I find its flexibility very convenient for my workflow. The first Linux distro that I tried was Kubuntu, but never installed it and became a Mandriva 2009 user. Needless to say, I was using KDE then.

  • Divinity Original Sin - Enhanced Edition Arrives on Linux in December

    One of the promises made by the Larian Studios regarding Divinity Original Sin was about Linux support, and it looks like that's finally going to happen. It took the developers quite a long time to reach this stage, but they didn't forget about it. The community has been asking for the Linux port since the launch of the game, back in June 2014.

  • Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition console launch trailer

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  • Announcement: Marble ships the oldest existent historic Globe

    Today I have the pleasure to announce that Marble is the first popular virtual globe that ships and visualizes the Behaim Globe. The Behaim Globe is the oldest surviving globe on earth. It was created between 1492 and 1493 - yes during the same period of time when Christopher Columbus made his first voyage towards the west and discovered America. This fact makes the Behaim Globe very special and also subject to scientific research: It documents European cartography during that era and therefore it's probably the only historic globe which completely lacks the American continent.

  • Krita on OSX

    Ever since our first kickstarter in 2014, we've been building every release of Krita for OSX. The initial work to make that possible took two weeks of full-time hacking. We did the work because Krita on OSX was a stretch goal and we wanted to show that it was possible to bring Krita to OSX, not because we thought two weeks would be enough to create a polished port. After all, the port to Windows took the best part of a year. We didn't make the stretch goal, and the port to OSX got stuck.

  • KDE Developer Asks: Is KDE 5 Stable Enough For Normal Users?
  • KDE's Guidelines For The Plasma Mobile Tablet/Phone Apps
  • Qt 5.5.1 Brings Nearly 1,000 Changes

    As the first point release since the July debut of Qt 5.5 is now Qt 5.5.1.

    According to The Qt Company's Tuukka Turunen, "the Qt 5.5.1 patch release provides close to 1.000 improvements and fixes."


  • New Mouse & Touchpad Panel

    GNOME Control Center is getting a new design in the near future, but firstly we need to port the panels to match the new concept. Thus I have been working on the new Mouse & Touchpad panel.

  • Evince Document Viewer App Updated for GNOME 3.18.1 with Several Bugfixes

    The GNOME developers released the first maintenance version of the acclaimed GNOME 3.18 desktop environment a few days ago, a worthy update that introduces numerous new features and under-the-hood improvements.

  • GNOME 3.20 Release Schedule Published

    GNOME 3.19.1 is kicking things off next week with the first development release toward GNOME 3.20. There will then be the GNOME 3.19.x development releases through January while the GNOME 3.20 Beta (v3.19.90) is set to happen on 17 February. The GNOME 3.20 release candidate is set for 16 March. On 23 March is when the GNOME developers plan to officially release GNOME 3.20.




Leftovers: Software

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  • MuseScore Can Turn Songwriters Into Maestros

    MuseScore is a complete tool to help musicians and songwriters write musical scores, play them back and print the sheet music. It is available in a variety of Linux distro packages and comes in versions for Windows and OS X 10.7 or higher. It is fully open source software licensed under GNU GPL.

    The user interface is similar to a word processor or text editor for entering notes on a blank score sheet. All the playback controls and tools are located in drop-down menus across the top of the screen.

  • Sagan 1.0.0 (open source) log analysis engine released!

    In June 2010, we completed initial work on Sagan 0.0.1 which was a very basic outline of what we thought a real-time log analysis engine should be. Historically, people treated logs as an archive of only the past activities, and in 2010, many solutions for “log analysis” were based on command line tools and concepts like “grep”. This approach is fine and certainly useful, but why was real-time log analysis not really a “thing?” We never suggested getting rid of historical log search functionality, but the lack of “real time” detection was troubling; we expect some security software, like Intrusion Detections Systems (IDS) to be “real time,” so why was log analysis not treated the same way? After all, if someone told you that their solution to packet inspection was to “look at all the packets via a 'grep' every Friday,” you would laugh at them. We decided to tackle this problem because of our own selfish needs.

  • CafeOBJ 1.5.4 released

    Yesterday we have released CafeOBJ 1.5.4 with a long list of changes, and many more internal changes. Documentation pages have been updated with the latest reference manual (PDF, Html) as well as some new docs on CITP (in Japanese for now) and tutorials.

  • git-phab: more updates

    git-phab got tons of improvements last days, thanks to Thibault Saunier.

  • ColorCode 0.8.5 Mastermind Clone Game Gets Qt5 Support

    ColorCode is a Mastermind game implementation for KDE and the latest version, 0.8.5, has been modified to use Qt5.

10 Linux GUI tools for sysadmins

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If you're a system administrator, it's reached a point where Linux has become a must-know. This is especially true when you're working in a larger environment. Many organizations have migrated from Windows, where everything is managed with a point-and-click GUI. Fortunately, Linux has plenty of GUI tools that can help you avoid the command line (although every serious sysadmin should become familiar with the commands).

What are some good GUI tools that can simplify your Linux sysadmin tasks? Let's take a look at 10 of them.

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