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Ardour 6.4 Free Digital Audio Workstation Released with Support for VST3 Plugins

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The biggest new feature in Ardour 6.4 is support for plugins in Steinberg’s VST3 plugin format. Yes, that’s right, you can now use VST3 plugins in Ardour, and they work on all platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows.

To use them, go to Preferences > Plugins and click the “Scan Now” button, which will automatically discover all the VST3 plugins you might have installed in your system. If you don’t have them installed in the standard location, you can specify the folder where they’re installed.

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Software: KOpeningHours, PTS, RSS Guard, Grafana

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  • Introducing KOpeningHours

    While working on the train station maps for KDE Itinerary I came across OSM’s opening_hours tags on restaurants/shops/amenities/etc. Those contain a description for which time intervals a given thing is available/open, in a machine-readable format. Being able to evaluate this would be nice, as KDE Itinerary knows the time you are going to be at a train station, so we can make the map more useful by focusing on elements that are actually available while you are there.

    OSM’s format is extensively documented, and also used by other systems that we use already (such as OpenTripPlanner) or that might become relevant for us in the future (such as ParkAPI). Another place where we encounter a similar (but simpler) format is annotations in websites that Plasma Browser Integration evaluates.

    So, obviously we need this in a library we can use in all those cases.

  • Phoronix Test Suite 10.2 M1 Brings Improvements For Apple Silicon M1, Altra + More - Phoronix

    Out this weekend is Phoronix Test Suite 10.2-Harstad Milestone 1 as the first development snapshot of this next quarterly feature update to our cross-platform, open-source benchmarking software. 

    Over this quarter's Phoronix Test Suite 10.0 release there is a lot of work on the Phoronix Device Interface "Phodevi" as the software/hardware abstraction layer, various system logging improvements, improved user experience on the auto comparison functionality, and other low-level changes. 

  • RSS Guard 3.8.2 - Neowin

    RSS Guard is a simple (yet powerful) feed reader. It is able to fetch the most known feed formats, including RSS/RDF and ATOM. It's free, it's open-source. RSS Guard currently supports Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian. RSS Guard will never depend on other services - this includes online news aggregators like Feedly, The Old Reader and others.


  • How to Setup Prometheus, Grafana and Loki on NixOS



    When setting up services on your home network, sometimes you have questions along the lines of "how do I know that things are working?". In this blogpost we will go over a few tools that you can use to monitor and visualize your machine state so you can answer that. Specifically we are going to use the following tools to do this:


    Grafana for creating pretty graphs and managing alerts
    Prometheus for storing metrics and as a common metrics format
    Prometheus node_exporter for deriving metrics from system state
    Loki as a central log storage point
    promtail to push logs to Loki


    Let's get going!

16 Best Free and Open Source Image Viewers

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One of our favorite adages is “A picture is worth a thousand words”. It refers to the notion that a still image can convey a complex idea. Images can portray a lot of information quickly and more efficiently than text. They capture memories, and never let you forget something you want to remember, and refresh it in your memory.

Images are part of every day internet usage, and are particularly important for social media engagement. A good image viewer is an essential part of any operating system.

Linux offers a vast collection of open source small utilities that perform functions ranging from the obvious to the bizarre. It is the quality and selection of these tools that help Linux stand out as a productive environment. This is particularly true when it comes to image viewers. There are so many image viewers that are available for Linux that it can make selection difficult.

From our detailed investigations, we strongly recommend feh if you’re looking for a command-line based viewer. If you insist on a graphical user interface, plump for gThumb, Regards, and/or QuickViewer. There’s other good free and open source image viewers which we’ve also compared.

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Ymuse – GTK front-end (client) for Music Player Daemon

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My favorite pastime is to see an eclectic range of bands, solo artists, and orchestras live. It’s such a life-changing and exhilarating experience to be present. It’s one thing to be sitting at home listening to a CD or watching music videos on TV or on YouTube, but being with an audience, packed out in a stadium or music hall, takes it to another level. But it’s an expensive pastime, and still on hold given the current coronavirus pandemic. I’m therefore listening to music from my CD collection which I’ve encoded to FLAC, a lossless audio format, and stored locally.

Linux offers a huge array of open source music players. And many of them are high quality. I’ve reviewed the vast majority for LinuxLinks, but I’m endeavoring to explore every free music player in case there’s an undiscovered gem.

Ymuse is billed as an easy, functional, and snappy GTK front-end (client) for Music Player Daemon. It’s written in Go.

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Also:Gmusicbrowser 1.1.16 Released! How to Install it in Ubuntu 20.04 | UbuntuHandbook

Wine 5.22 Released

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  • WineHQ - Wine Announcement - The Wine development release 5.22 is now available.
    The Wine development release 5.22 is now available.
    What's new in this release (see below for details):
      - C runtime libraries converted to PE.
      - Use fontconfig cache for faster startup.
      - Video playback improvements.
      - 3DES cipher support.
      - Various bug fixes.
    The source is available from the following locations:
    Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:
    You will find documentation on
    You can also get the current source directly from the git
    repository. Check for details.
    Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file
    AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list.
  • Wine compatibility layer development release 5.22 is up, video fixes and 3DES support | GamingOnLinux

    The Wine 5.22 release also brings with it a note about 36 bug fixes which include fixes for: Guild Wars 2 Launcher, Elite Dangerous Launcher, Fallout New Vegas, Game Center, Ghostrunner, Overwatch and more.

  • Wine 5.22 Released With Video Playback Improvements, More PE Conversion - Phoronix

    We should be getting near the end of the Wine 5.xx development releases with the timed Wine 6.0 release likely to come in early 2021, but for now Wine 5.22 is out with the latest feature work for running Windows programs and games on Linux and macOS.

    Wine 5.22 continues the trend of converting more components into PE portable executable format, this time around the C run-time libraries have been converted to PE. Wine 5.22 also now uses the fontconfig cache for yielding faster start-ups, video playback improvements, 3DES cipher support was added to Wine, and around 36 known bug fixes.

Software: Glade, Ventoy, Istio and More

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  • Christopher Davis: Glade Not Recommended

    If you are starting out with GTK development, you may have heard of a tool called Glade. Glade is a UI designer application for GTK projects, that allows you to create, modify, and preview UI files before writing code. In that sense, Glade is a very useful tool for GTK apps.

    With that said, I must implore that you do not use Glade.

    Why? Glade was built for it’s own format, before the advent of
    GtkBuilder. It does not know certain properties, does not know
    of certain features, and does not know modern GTK practices.

  • Ventoy 1.0.29 - Neowin

    Ventoy is an open source tool to create bootable USB drive for ISO/WIM/IMG/VHD(x)/EFI files. With Ventoy, you don't need to format the disk over and over, you just need to copy the ISO/WIM/IMG/VHD(x)EFI files to the USB drive and boot them directly. You can copy many files at a time and ventoy will give you a boot menu to select them. Both Legacy BIOS and UEFI are supported in the same way. Most type of OS supported (Windows/WinPE/Linux/Unix/Vmware/Xen...)

  • Istio 1.8 focuses on usability and upgrades

    On May 24, 2017, IBM and Google announced the launch of Istio, an open technology that enables developers to seamlessly connect, manage, and secure, and control networks of different microservices — regardless of platform, source, or vendor. The Istio 1.8 release adds new features that make Istio easier to upgrade, clearer information about maturity of each feature, better documentation, and tons of exciting experimental features.

  • Announcing Istio 1.7.5

    This release contains bug fixes to improve robustness. This release note describes what’s different between Istio 1.7.4 and Istio 1.7.5

  • Announcing Istio 1.6.13

    This release contains bug fixes to improve robustness. This release note describes what’s different between Istio 1.6.12 and Istio 1.6.13

  • Chat On Telegram From libpurple-Based IM Programs (Pidgin, Etc.) Using The New tdlib-purple

    tdlib-purple is a new libpurple plugin for Telegram, considered the successor of telegram-purple. With this you can chat on Telegram from chat clients that support libpurple, like Pidgin, Finch, Bitlbee, etc. There are binaries for Linux and Microsoft Windows.

    This libpurple plugin supports most Telegram features, from basic things like sending and receiving images and documents, and receiving stickers, to 2FA login, kick users, secret chats (support for this was added recently), and more.
    As for things that are missing, tdlib-purple doesn't support video calls, renaming groups / channels, self-destruct timers, you can't delete messages, send or receive polls, you can't send stickers, and you can't interact with bots beyond plain text messages. The application also opens muted chats and doesn't allow muting chats from the interface.

Flatpak 1.10 Enters Development, Promises Major New Features and Improvements

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Flatpak 1.10 development kicks off with the first unstable release, allowing us to have an early look at the new features and improvements. The biggest change in the upcoming series being the implementation of a new format for the summary file used when accessing an OSTree repository on the network.

This major change in Flatpak 1.10 not only bumps the OSTree dependency to version 2020.8, but it also makes several underlying enhancements to the behavior of this universal binary format used by numerous application developers and GNU/Linux distribution maintainers to distribute third-party apps.

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Mir 2.2 Released with Support for Software Buffers on X11, Wayland, and GBM/KMS

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Developed by Canonical, Mir aims to offer a display stack that currently aims to provide a Wayland compositor designed ti make the transition from X11 to Wayland a breeze for many users. It's a well-tested and performant platform that's being actively used in the Ubuntu Touch mobile OS from UBports.

The new release, Mir 2.2, comes with better VM compatibility by implementing support for software buffers on X11, Wayland, and GBM/KMS, the ability to add and drop Wayland extensions, composite-bypass for Wayland clients, and improved handling of the DRM_FORMAT_MOD_INVALID Wayland extension.

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Software: Botfather, SpeedCrunch, Tor Browser, Chrome 87, MongoDB, WordPress, GNOME Tweak Tool

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  • Easily create and manage automated bots for desktop, browser and Android with Botfather

    Botfather is a universal automation framework built to help users create, manage and automated their bots for web, desktop and android devices.

    It's created to create bots for casual games. Later, it was extended to work on Android, Browser and desktop applications.

    Botfather works with a simple scripts which is beneficial for students who want to learn how to code, web developers to test their websites and regulated automated tasks for desktop systems and Android devices.

    The scripts work seamlessly on Windows and Linux (I ran a couple of tests on Linux Manjaro Linux and Linux Mint).

  • SpeedCrunch: A classy features-rich keyboard-driven calculator for scientists and enthusiasts

    SpeedCrunch offers Windows, Linux and macOS generic software packages which ease install process.

    Linux's users can find SpeedCrunch in their software repository for Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Arch Linux, Manjaro and openSUSE. They can also download 32-bit (RPM, Deb and Generic package) as well as 64-bit.

  • New Release: Tor Browser 10.0.5 (Only Desktop)

    Tor Browser 10.0.5 is now available from the Tor Browser download page and also from our distribution directory.

    This release updates Firefox to 78.5.0esr and updates Tor to This release includes important security updates to Firefox.

  • Chromium Blog: Tab throttling and more performance improvements in Chrome M87

    Even if you have a lot of tabs open, you likely only focus on a small set of them to get a task done. Starting in this release, Chrome is actively managing your computer’s resources to make the tabs you care about fast—while allowing you to keep hundreds of tabs open—so you can pick up where you left off.
    In this release, we’re improving how Chrome understands and manages resources with Tab throttling, occlusion tracking and back/forward caching, so you can quickly get to what you need when you need it.

  • Chrome 87 Released With More Performance Improvements

    In addition to the release of Firefox 83 today (along with word Servo is moving to the Linux Foundation), over in Google land they have shipped Chrome 87.

    While Mozilla developers are happy about their "Warp" JavaScript improvements, Chrome 87 comes with performance work of its own. Chrome 87 has improvements around tab throttling, occlusion tracking for seeing what tabs are actually visible, and an improved back/forward cache for improving the responsiveness when going forward/backward from pages visited.

  • Exafluence Declares Global Strategic Partnership with MongoDB

    Apart from modernization, Exafluences's native integration with MongoDB not only offers the latest ready-to-deploy Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Artificial Intelligence abilities on MongoDB's mobile Realm as well as Atlas cloud platforms, Exafluence's agile DataOps abilities enhance the data supply chain pipeline with a focus on improved governance and data quality.

  • WordPress 5.6 Release Candidate –

    The first release candidate for WordPress 5.6 is now available!

    This is an important milestone in the community’s progress toward the final release of WordPress 5.6.

    “Release Candidate” means that the new version is ready for release, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s possible something was missed. WordPress 5.6 is slated for release on December 8, 2020, but we need your help to get there—if you haven’t tried 5.6 yet, now is the time!

  • How to install and use GNOME Tweak Tool on Ubuntu | FOSS Linux

    The Gnome Tweak Tool is a utility used to customize the overall look and behavior of elements on the Gnome Desktop Environment. In simple terms, you can use Gnome Tweaks to modify the look and feel of your entire Ubuntu system.

    In this post, we will show you how to install Gnome Tweaks on Ubuntu and show you how to get started with it. Our distribution of choice, in this case, is Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

GoTTy – turn CLI tools into web applications

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The Command Line Interface (CLI) is a way of interacting with your computer. And if you ever want to harness all the power of Linux, it’s highly recommended to master it.

It’s true the CLI is often perceived as a barrier for users migrating to Linux, particularly if they’re grown up using GUI software exclusively. While Linux rarely forces anyone to use the CLI, some tasks are better suited to this method of interaction, offering inducements like superior scripting opportunities, remote access, and being far more frugal with a computer’s resources.

Do you want to share your terminal session in a web browser? GoTTy is a utility that’s designed to turn your CLI tools into web applications. A remote user can view that terminal session over the network.

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