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  • Rapid Photo Downloader 0.9 Enters Beta, Adds Support for openSUSE and Fedora

    Rapid Photo Downloader developer Damon Lynch announced this past weekend the release of the first Beta build of the upcoming Rapid Photo Downloader 0.9 series of the open-source and free photo and video downloader for Linux PCs.

    Rapid Photo Downloader 0.9 will be the next major release of the application developed by a photographer for amateur and professional photographers alike. The new series has been in development for the past one a half years, during which it received an Alpha milestone approximately eleven months ago.

  • Rapid Photo Download Makes It Easy to Import Photos from a Camera or Smartphone

    It’s spent 2.5 years in development, but the first beta release of Rapid Photo Downloader 0.9 is now available to download.

    It’s been almost 7 years since we last featured this app on this site, so I’ll totally understand if you don’t recall much about it!

    Designed and built by a photographer, Rapid Photo Downloads lets you import photos and videos from a connected camera or smartphone quickly and, it claims, reliably.

  • Gkill is an Interactive CLI Process Killer Written in Go

    Now, I appreciate that few of you will have much use for this app, but it’s too cool to not throw a few words up here about.

    It’s called Gkill and it’s an interactive command-line process killer for Windows, macOS and Linux.

    The app is written in Go, and lets you quickly filter through and kill running tasks and processes using your keyboard.

  • Variations around ls -lrt
  • How to install and use ZNC bouncer for IRC

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  • Rapid Photo Downloader 0.9.0b1 is released - please test!

    After 2.5 years of development and triple the code of version 0.4.11, the first beta of Rapid Photo Downloader 0.9 is released.

    Unlike the previous alpha releases, all the features that are going into the 0.9 release are now included. No new features will be added until after 0.9 is released.

  • This App Sets National Geographic Photo of the Day As Your Desktop Wallpaper

    If you're looking for an easy way to set the National Geographic photo of the day as your desktop wallpaper on Ubuntu look no further than this desktop app.

  • A throwback theme for gedit

    This isn't exactly about usability, but I wanted to share it with you anyway.

    I've been involved in a lot of open source software projects, since about 1993. You know that I'm also the founder and coordinator of the FreeDOS Project? I started that project in 1994, to write a free version of DOS that anyone could use.

    DOS is an old operating system. It runs entirely in text mode. So anyone who was a DOS user "back in the day" should remember text mode and the prevalence of white-on-blue text.

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  • OpenShot 2.3 Is "Biggest Update Ever", Adds New Transform and Razor Tools

    OpenShot developer Jonathan Thomas was pleased to announce the release of version 2.3 of the popular, open-source, and cross-platform video editor software.

    According to the developer, OpenShot 2.3 is the biggest update ever to the video editor application, which introduces numerous improvements and bug fixes. Prominent new features included in this release are brand-new transform tool for creating real-time transformations in the video preview window, as well as the razor tool, which finally makes a comeback after being removed a long time ago.

  • Firefox Is Getting a Massive Redesign, And This Is What It Looks Like

    Later this year Mozilla plans to give Firefox is a brand new look as part of something called project Photon.

    And a handful of tentative mockups of this upcoming redesign have slipped out online, as German-language website soeren-hentzschel.ht reported on at the weekend.

  • Manageyum – One Desktop App for Trello, GitHub, Slack, Skype, WhatsApp & More

    Today we bring Manageyum, a desktop application that enables you to use your online services from one app. ith regards to design, it features both a beautiful User Interface and User Experience.

    It seems to be increasing on the apps trend list and is said to have the cleanest UI with integrated support for over 20 services including, of course, GitHub, Slack, Skype, Outlook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and more.

  • VP9 Encoder Gets Better Multi-Threading Performance

    The impact of these multi-threading improvements to VP9 are very exciting. Straight from the mailing list message discussing the work, "encoding HD videos with 4 column tiles, the improved VP9 MT encoder achieved speedups over the original of 11% with 2 threads, 27% with 4 threads, 101% with 8 threads, and 135% with 16 threads."

  • Boostnote is an open-source note taking app designed for programmers

    The desktop app is built using Electron, runs offline, supports markdown (with live preview) and lets you quickly create and store code snippets like Github Gists.

    Your primary notes will be written in markdown as Boostnote is, first and foremost, a markdown editor. Your markdown notes are saved automatically as you write, and various formatting options have semi-live previews so you can double check what you’re writing is formatted as you like, as you type.

  • Container Orchestration Moves Forward at Cloud Native Computing Event

New Releases of GNU/Linux and Latte Dock

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  • NixOS 17.03 Switches To X.Org Server 1.19, KDE Plasma 5

    For those interested in the NixOS Linux distribution built off the Nix package manager, the 17.03 release is now available.

  • Linux Lite 3.4 Released With New Features — Download Torrent And ISO Files Here

    The latest release of Linux Lite operating system is now available for download. Based on Ubuntu 16.04.2 and Linux kernel 4.4, Linux Lite 3.4 is released after 5 months of development. It comes with new applications like Lite Updates Notify and zRam. The interested users can visit Linux Lite website to grab the ISO files and torrents.

  • The Best KDE Dock App Is Now Stable, Available from KDE Store

    The first stable release of KDE dock app ‘Latte Dock‘ is available to download.

    Latte Dock 0.6 includes a number of bug fixes and performance tweaks, and can be considered more stable (and thus usable) than the earlier beta version we blogged about.

  • KDE/Qt-Focused Latte Dock Released

    For those interested in a fancy dock for your desktop if trying to make it look perhaps more like macOS, the developers behind Now Dock and Candil Dock have joined forces to create a new dock solution called Latte Dock. Today marks the first release of this Qt/KDE-focused Latte Dock offering.

Latte Dock 0.6 and HandBrake 1.0.3

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  • Latte Dock v0.6 - fresh air...

    Latte Dock v.0.6 has been released!!! The first stable Latte release has been just landed!

  • HandBrake 1.0.3 Has Been Released

    For those who don’t know, HandBrake is an open-source multiplatform multithreaded video transcoder. It is used for converting DVD or Bluray discs to formats like MP4, MKV, H.264, MPEG-4 or other formats. You can also encode audio files like AAC, MP3, Flac, AC3 etc

5 of the Best Personal Finance Managers for Linux

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There is certainly no shortage of financial apps available for Linux. If you are looking for an app to help you keep track of the money you earn and spend, take a look at five of the best personal finance managers for Linux.

For simple bookkeeping, you can use a spreadsheet such as LibreOffice Calc. For more advanced tasks, a personal finance manager is much better. Some of the managers available might be too complicated for an ordinary user, but others are simple and can be used by non-accountants as well. I’ve tried to include apps from both groups – full-fledged financial managers you can use for pro purposes, as well as easier apps for the average Joe or Jane.

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  • Sigil 0.9.8 (Open-Source EPUB Reader) Has Been Released

    As you may know, Sigil is an open-source, multi-platform, lightweight, EPUB reader. Most important features: support for UTF-16, regular expression find and replace support, support for importing EPUB and HTML files, WYSIWYG editing feature in Book View, control over editing EPUB syntax in Code View, table of contents generator, spell checking with either default or user configured dictionaries.

  • Wireshark 2.2.5 Has Been Released

    As you already know, Wireshark is an open-source protocol analyzer software, very used for monitoring the network traffic.

  • Audacity 2.1.3 Has Been Released

    As you may know Audacity is an open-source, multi-platform audio editor and recorder, running on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.

  • GScan2PDF 1.7.3 Has Been Released, Bringing Changes

    As you know, GScan2PDF is an app for scanning pages and exporting them to PDFs. The user can export scans one by one, in separate PDF files, or export scans all together, in one PDF.

    The latest version available is Gscan2PDF 1.7.3, which has been recently released, coming with a bunch of changes.

  • OpenShot 2.3 ships with real-time video transforms

    Open source video editor OpenShot has just hit version 2.3 in what the developer calls "one of the biggest updates ever."

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  • OpenShot 2.3 Video Editor Released
  • OpenShot 2.3 Released With Transform & Razor Tools

    A new version of OpenShot video editor is available to download. OpenShot 2.3 adds a transform tool, improves timeline zoom, and a whole lot more.

  • Museeks Music Player Adds Native Notifications, Tray Applet, More

    It’s been nearly 6 months since we last heard from Museeks, a stylish cross-platform desktop music player.

  • 2 open source Adobe InDesign scripts

    For my job, I must use InDesign. For freelance work, I use InDesign, Scribus, GIMP, and Photoshop, depending on whether I am creating the artwork or starting with someone else's work.

    [...]

    Before I started looking for a solution to my PDF question, I had never considered using open source solutions to customize Adobe InDesign. After this exploration, I have expanded my knowledge of open source capabilities and just how valuable and useful open source solutions are, even when working in conjunction with a closed source application.

  • Telegram Voice Calls Are Coming to Desktop Linux App

    Messaging app Telegram is rolling out encrypted voice calls to its mobile apps, but has confirmed that Telegram desktop will also get the feature.

  • Does Adobe Hate Linux?

    As the press prepares to cover the release of Ubuntu 17.04, it should be clear in the tech industry just how big of a player Ubuntu is to the ecosystem. While a good bit of reviews will focus on what’s new in the release and what’s headed down the pipeline, I’d like to comment on what’s still missing and better yet, what can be done about it.

    What’s missing is a graphics suite and there’s really no excuse for not having one. Yes, we have graphics applications, but there are advantages to having a suite, not just a one-off application that can do something in 12 steps when its competitor can do it in three. The industry leader in this market is Adobe, whose Creative Cloud suite is leaps and bounds away from its competitors in terms of market share.

SQLite 3.18.0

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  • SQLite Release 3.18.0 On 2017-03-30
  • SQLite 3.18 Released With PRAGMA Optimize, Other Enhancements

    SQLite 3.18 is now available as the newest feature release to this open-source embedded database library.

    A prominent addition to SQLite 3.18 is the PRAGMA optimize command. This will attempt to optimize the database and should be called prior to closing the connection to the database. In the future, they plan to add other automated maintenance tasks with this optimize command.

Wine 2.5 Release

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