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  • [ANNOUNCE] pass 1.7 Released

    After two years, pass 1.7 has been released. This has been a huge release cycle, fixing countless bugs and adding all sorts of nice modernization. Hopefully this is a smooth release, though if all the churn results in bugs, we'll do another patch release soon.

  • Rspamd 1.5 has been released

    We are pleased to announce the new major Rspamd release 1.5 today. This release incudes a lot of major reworks, new cool features and a significant number of bugs being fixed. The update from the previous versions shouldn’t be hard, however, please check the migration document to be sure that the new version will not break the existing configuration.

  • [Older] LibreELEC (Krypton) v8.0.0 RELEASE

    LibreELEC (Krypton) 8.0.0 has arrived after a long gestation period encompassing 10x official alpha and 3x beta releases in addition to 200+ nightly milhouse builds. Based upon Kodi v17.0, our 8.0.0 release contains many small refinements to our user experience and a complete overhaul of the underlying OS core to enhance stability and extend hardware support. For a description of new features and changes in Kodi please read the official Kodi v17.0 release notice.

  • Postfix 3.2 Released
  • Postfix stable release 3.2.0

    Postfix stable release 3.2.0 is available. This release ends support for legacy release Postfix 2.10.

  • GammaRay 2.7.0 Released

    We have released version 2.7 of our Qt application introspection tool GammaRay. GammaRay allows you to observe the behavior and data structures of Qt code inside your program live at runtime.

  • Terminal Emulator `Terminator` Sees New GTK3 Pre-release 1.91

    While the Terminator development is slow, the application is still actively improved, with version 1.91 being the second GTK3 pre-release.

    According to Stephen Boddy, the main Terminator developer, the GTK3 branch is already much better than the old GTK2 Terminator version and is already used by some Linux distributions (including Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus).

    Another GTK3 pre-release, version 1.92, should be available toward the end of March, while a final 2.0 (GTK3) release is expected at the end of April.

  • Argos Lets You Create GNOME Shell Extensions From Scripts (W/ BitBar Plugin Support)

    Argos is a tool inspired by the BitBar app for Mac, which makes it easy to create your own GNOME Shell extensions, using information provided via scripts.

    Being a GNOME Shell extension itself, Argos adds a button with a dropdown on the GNOME Shell top panel. This button can display or expose functionality provided by a script, be it Bash, Python, Ruby, and so on (remember to make it executable or else Argos won't use it).

  • Smartphone App: Bo App Lock is a new app locker app added to Tizen Store
  • [Slackware] I added Chromium 56 for Slackware 14.1 with a caveat

    A while ago, Chromium 56 ‘stable’ was released. It took a while for me to release Slackware 14.1 packages because of a crash bug in XFCE (and probably other non-KDE desktops too). I have been trying to find ways around the crash and been looking for patches, but there does not seem to be a solution for Slackware 14.1 other than working around it and losing some functionality.

An Interview with Michael Natterer, GIMP maintainer

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GIMP is Free Software, but even before this, it is people: the ones who create it, the ones who create with it… We don’t have accurate statistics and we take pride on not gathering your data. Yet we know (through other websites that have logged partial statistics over the years) that this is a widely used piece of software, by millions of people around the world. So wouldn’t it be neat to meet some of the individuals who make this project come alive?

Some people think there’s a huge company behind GIMP. This is not the case. GIMP has always been developed by a handful of random people scattered around the world. Most of them are volunteers and none of them work on it full-time. As an insider myself, I’ve wanted to launch a series of interviews with the many awesome people I’ve met since I started contributing. So who better to start with than our own benevolent dictator, GIMP maintainer, and the biggest code contributor: Michael Natterer, aka “mitch”.

This interview was held on Friday, February 3, 2017 at around 3AM in front of a fireplace and after a day of hacking at Wilber Week. With us were several team members, including Michael Schumacher (schumaml (S)) and Øyvind Kolås (pippin (P)), who also asked questions.

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KDE and Qt News

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  • KDAB contributions to Qt 5.8

    And here we are again, with the usual showcase of the most outstanding contributions to Qt 5.8 developed by KDAB engineers.

  • KStars 2.7.5 is released for MacOS and Windows

    I'm very excited to announce the release of KStars 2.7.5 for MacOS and Windows!

    This is the first official KStars release for MacOS 10.11+, and while we made sure to test it thoroughly, please treat it as a beta release and report any bugs to the KDE bug tracking website.

  • [Krita] Interview with Guilherme Silveira Dias

    I flow between the frugal pal who can still find a creative way of making art even when the limitations get worse; And the bon vivant of me and my father at art supplies stores like they were literally our home sweet home. My current notebook is a shabby 32GB onboard flash-disk that barely allows me to draw in a screen sized canvas with Krita Gemini. Yes, I’m using a touch screen pen because my notebook ignores and treats my Intuos 2 as a mouse. So I’m having a much better experience with my tiny android phone with its drawing apps. One of those apps, Autodesk Sketchbook, under my circumstances now, is my only choice for 2D Digital Painting. Good stuff, bought it and am making comics with it!!! Hahahaha.

  • Danbooru Client 0.6.1 released

    It offers a convenient, KF5 and Qt5-based GUI coupled with a QML image view to browse, view, and download images hosted in two of the most famous Danbooru boards (konachan.com and yande.re).

  • Qt Installer Framework 2.0.5 released

    We’re happy to release Qt Installer Framework 2.0.5.

    2.0.5 is a bug fix release, the full list of bug fixes can be found from Changelog.

  • Heaptrack v1.0.0 Release
  • New in Qt 5.8: meta-object support for namespaces

    A small new feature that was added to Qt 5.8 is the ability for moc (Qt’s meta-object compiler) to extract meta-object information at the namespace level. This means, for instance, that you can have introspection support for enumerations defined in a namespace (not just in QObject subclasses, or classes tagged with Q_GADGET), and use such enumerations in QtScript, QtDBus and QML.

  • Okular Form Field auto-updating (Work In Progress)
  • Release of KIMAP2 0.1.0

    I’m pleased to announce the release of KIMAP2 0.1.0.

    KIMAP2 is a KJob based IMAP protocol implementation.

  • Release of KAsync 0.1.0

    I’m pleased to announce KAsync 0.1.0.

    KAsync is a library to write composable asynchronous code using lambda-based continuations.

  • KDE Wikis: where should I write?

    I’ve seen as well an awesome tutorial being published on Planet KDE, with a very wrong address.

Leftovers: Software and Games

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  • There’s now an Arc Theme for the Telegram messaging app

    This Arc Telegram theme means users of the Arc GTK theme can now theme the Telegram messaging app to better blend in with their desktop.

  • GooBook – Access Your Google Contacts From Commandline In Linux

    My work relies mostly on Google products. I use Google docs for managing documents, Gmail for sending and receiving mails, Google Drive for storing my personal data, Google play books for reading books, google translate for translation. I was wondering if there is any way to access my google contacts from Commandline. I know how to access to use it from a graphical desktop, but not from Commandline. Here is an useful and handy utility called GooBook that allows you to access your Google contacts from commandline. The main purpose of Goobook is to access google contacts from commandline or a command line Email client like Mutt.

  • OpenPics – An Electron based Free Stock Image App for Linux

    Pictures are our everyday needs. We use personal and online images for various personal and professional purpose, but often online images, create lots of legal issues.

    There are so many people trying to serve the need of such people through Copy Right Free images online, but the exact need of the image seeker and what is available does not match due to limited images in a single platform.

  • GNOME ‘Games’ App Scores Better Video Output, More Libretro Cores

    GNOME 3.24 will shortly be upon us, bringing with the first stable release of the (rather spiffy) Games app.

    Games, if you’re not familiar with it, and as it’s not available in the Ubuntu archives you might not be, is sort of like a music player but for your video games library.

    You can use the app to browse, search, filter, find and quickly play your existing games and ROMs.

  • I finally completed Half-Life 2 on Linux and it was quite the experience

    Yes, ~13 years after release I have finally finished it. Although, let’s be fair, it’s only been ~3 years since it released on Linux and I have had a lot of other games to keep up with. Still, I wanted to see what all the fuss is about and why people want Half-Life 3 so badly, so I powered through the entirety of Half-Life 2 during a few livestreams.

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Wine 2.3 Released

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  • Wine 2.3 Released with Mortal Kombat X, Kholat and The Witcher 3 Improvements

    The Wine development team announced the availability of a new development release of the open-source and cross-platform application that lets Linux and Mac users install and use games and apps made only for Microsoft Windows operating systems.

    Wine 2.3 is now the newest development release, the third of its kind after the release of the major Wine 2.0 stable series earlier this year. Prominent features include improvements to ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) support on 64-bit platforms, more Shader Model 5 instructions, and additional work on the Direct3D command stream.

  • Wine 2.3 Released, Still Prepping For The Direct3D CSMT

    Wine 2.3 is out as the latest bi-weekly development snapshot.

  • Wine 2.3 Released

    The Wine development release 2.3 is now available.

  • Wine 2.3 released with more Direct3D command stream and Shader Model 5 work

    Wine 2.3 has officially released today and the developers are continuing their work to improve Wine performance and work on Shader Model 5.

    For those of you that don't know what "Direct3D command stream" means, it's multithreading to improve performance of games ran in Wine with OpenGL.

Kube 0.1.0

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  • Release of Kube 0.1.0

    It’s finally done! Kube 0.1.0 is out the door.

    First off, this is a tech preview really and not meant for production use.

  • So what is Kube? (and who is Sink?)

    Kube is further developed in coordination with Roundcube Next, to achieve a consistent user experience across the two interfaces and to ensure that we can collaborate while building the UX.

    A roadmap has been available for some time for the first release here, but in the long run we of course want to go beyond a simple email application. The central aspects of the the problem space that we want to address is communication and collaboration as well as organization. I know this is till a bit fuzzy, but there is a lot of work to be done before we can specify this clearly.

  • KDE's Kube Mail/PIM Client Does Its First Tech Preview Release

    Today marks the release of KDE's new Kube 0.1 project, the first tech preview (pre-production) release of this experimental Kontact based on Qt Quick and Akonadi-Next.

    Kube is self-described by its GitHub repository as "a personal information and collaboration application currently in its early stages of development. It uses Sink for data access and synchronization, and leverages the KDE PIM codebase where possible."

Leftovers: Software

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  • Smartphone App: G Translator Pro another Multi-language translator app released on Tizen Store

    Another new Multi-language support translator app is now available on Tizen store named ‘G Translator Pro’, added by Mobiteka group, and it uses the translator services provided by the Google Translate API. Read on to see which features we can use in this app.

  • 13 reasons not to use Chrome
  • Mozilla and BrowserStack Partner to Drive Mobile Testing on Real Devices

    At Mozilla a fundamental part of our beliefs is that all websites should work equally well across all browsers and all devices. The Internet should just work everywhere, flawlessly, with no questions asked. We’re therefore really happy that, as of this week, the BrowserStack team is launching a mobile test capability for Firefox browser products and a unique offering – one year of free testing on Firefox mobile browsers on BrowserStack’s Real Device Cloud. In addition, developers can test Firefox browsers on different desktop operating systems for free for 30 days.

    We know that today the majority of web content consumption and activity is on mobile. That’s what makes BrowserStack’s new Firefox test capability so important for web developers trying to build web compatible mobile sites. And helping developers be more successful with their sites is great for users too, and for Mozilla.

Leftovers: Software

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  • Tweet From the Linux Command Line With Rainbow Stream

    Rainbow Stream allows you to manage just about every aspect of your Twitter account from the command line. Yes, you did read that right. It's a full featured command line Twitter client written in Python. Chances are, you're falling into one of two camps right about now. If you're in the slightly insane one that thinks this is a good idea, stay tuned. Rainbow Stream actually does provide an simple and intuitive Twitter experience from the Linux command line.

  • Taskwarrior – Manage Your TODO List from the Linux Terminal

    With so many To-Do list apps filling the market these days it is only fair that a non-GUI app is also created for CLI enthusiasts.

    Today we bring you a lightweight application you can use right from your Terminal – it’s Taskwarrior.

    This open-source and cross-platform app will enable you to create and manage to-do lists from your Terminal with a list of custom commands.

    It requires no PPAs that aren’t already available on your system and so you need not worry about it breaking or update issues.

  • Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 12.5 for Linux Now Available

    Blackmagic Design today announced that DaVinci Resolve, its professional editing and color correction software, is now available on Red Hat and CentOS Linux. This allows customers with Red Hat or CentoOS 6.8 or 7.2 systems to download and use the free version of DaVinci Resolve or the full DaVinci Resolve Studio. Adding Linux support gives customers more choice in hardware, allowing them to build extremely high performance, low cost workstations for editing and color correction.

  • Linux Skype goes from alpha to beta and gets new features
  • Vivaldi 1.8 Browser Development Continues with a Rewrite of the History Feature

    Vivaldi's Ruarí Ødegaard is informing Softpedia today about the availability of the second development snapshot of the upcoming Vivaldi 1.8 web browser release, versioned 1.8.770.9.

    According to Ruarí Ødegaard, Vivaldi Snapshot 1.8.770.9 appears to be a "historic" because it rewrites the history feature of the Chromium-based web browser, but also addresses approximately 40 bugs that have been reported by users since the previous snapshot or even from the current Vivaldi 1.7 stable release. It also upgrades the Chromium backend to version 57.0.2987.

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  • CoreOS Tectonic Now Installs Kubernetes on OpenStack
    CoreOS and OpenStack have a somewhat intertwined history, which is why it's somewhat surprising it took until today for CoreOS's Tectonic Kubernetes distribution to provide an installer that targets OpenStack cloud deployments.
  • Docker and Core OS plan to donate their container technologies to CNCF
    Containers have become a critical component of modern cloud, and Docker Inc. controls the heart of containers, the container runtime. There has been a growing demand that this critical piece of technology should be under control of a neutral, third party so that the community can invest in it freely.
  • How Blockchain Is Helping China Go Greener
    Blockchain has near-universal applicability as a distributed transaction platform for securely authenticating exchanges of data, goods, and services. IBM and the Beijing-based Energy-Blockchain Labs are even using it to help reduce carbon emissions in air-polluted China.
  • An efficient approach to continuous documentation
  • The peril in counting source lines on an OSS project
    There seems to be a phase that OSS projects go through where as they mature and gain traction. As they do it becomes increasingly important for vendors to point to their contributions to credibly say they are the ‘xyz’ company. Heptio is one such vendor operating in the OSS space, and this isn’t lost on us. :) It helps during a sales cycle to be able to say “we are the a big contributor to this project, look at the percentage of code and PRs we submitted”. While transparency is important as is recognizing the contributions that key vendors, focus on a single metric in isolation (and LoC in particular) creates a perverse incentive structure. Taken to its extreme it becomes detrimental to project health.
  • An Open Source Unicycle Motor
    And something to ponder. The company that sells this electric unicycle could choose to use a motor with open firmware or one with closed firmware. To many consumers, that difference might not be so significant. To this consumer, though, that’s a vital difference. To me, I fully own the product I bought when the firmware is open. I explain to others that they ought to choose that level of full ownership whenever they get a chance. And if they join a local makerspace, they will likely meet others with similar values. If you don’t yet have a makerspace in your community, inquire around to see if anyone is in the process of forming one. Then find ways to offer them support. That’s how we do things in the FOSS community.
  • The A/V guy’s take on PyCon Pune
    “This is crazy!”, that was my reaction at some point in PyCon Pune. This is one of my first conference where I participated in a lot of things starting from the website to audio/video and of course being the speaker. I saw a lot of aspects of how a conference works and where what can go wrong. I met some amazing people, people who impacted my life , people who I will never forget. I received so much of love and affection that I can never express in words. So before writing anything else I want to thank each and everyone of you , “Thank you!”.
  • Azure Service Fabric takes first tentative steps toward open source [Ed: Microsoft Peter is openwashing a patent trap with back doors]
  • Simulate the Internet with Flashback, a New WebDev Test Tool from LinkedIn
  • Mashape Raises $18M for API Gateway Tech
    Casado sees Mashape's Kong API gateway in particular as being a particularly well positioned technology. Kong is an open-source API gateway and microservice management technology.
  • PrismTech to Demonstrate Open Source FACE 2.1 Transport Services Segment (TSS) Reference Implementation at Air Force FACE Technical Interchange Meeting
    PrismTech’s TSS reference implementation is being made available under GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) v3 open source license terms.
  • How Open-Source Robotics Hardware Is Accelerating Research and Innovation

    The latest issue of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine features a special report on open-source robotics hardware and its impact in the field.