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  • Internet Messengers lead the way of FOSS to the end users

    The year 2016 may become pivotal in the world of open source.
    It is no longer a secret that many “backbone” systems of the world work on open source products. But a “regular” user, Joe Blogs, is not so familiar with Free Open Source Software.
    This is changing. Internet messengers take a lead here.

  • 6 Best PDF Document Viewers for Linux Systems

    ...in this series we will introduce you most famous open source tools for Linux systems.

  • LabPlot 2.2.0 released

    We are happy to announce the next release of LabPlot. You can download the source code of the KDE4Libs-based version of LabPlot here. For the KF5-version of LabPlot use this link.

    The main new feature of this release is a new tool that allows you to easily extract data from image files – Datapicker. This tool was contributed by Ankit Wagadre during GSoC2015, s.a. his final report, who continued to work on this tool even after the summer program was over.

  • Asciinema 1.2.0 Is Probably The Most Awesome Software For Sharing Terminal Sessions
  • Video Editor `OpenShot` 2.0.7 (Beta 4) Released, Adds Universal Linux AppImage Downloads
  • OpenShot 2.0.x Crowd Funded Video Editor Available for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    OpenShot video editor is an open-source video editor for Linux but also available for Windows and Mac, it is free and released under GNU GPL 3 license. Using OpenShot video editor you can create a film with your videos, photos, and audio tracks that you have always thought of. It lets you add transitions, effects, and sub-titles, and you can export to DVD, YouTube, Video, and many other common formats. OpenShot is written primarily in Python, with a GTK+ interface, and uses the MLT framework, FFmpeg, and Blender to power many of the advanced features. After a successful Kickstarter campaign of OpenShot we have seen that it reached to 2.0 version in recent past and made tremendous improvement. Recently developers released a new update 2.0.7 beta-4, currently main PPA doesn't have this version but testing PPA, hopefully the main PPA will be updated soon.

  • 3 Best Evernote Alternatives With Official Linux Clients

    Evernote is very popular note taking application allows to create, edit and delete notes from their web based application as well as Evernote client app available for Windows, Mac and all major mobile platforms. Sadly Evernote does not provide any client app for Linux. There are some unofficial clients for Evernote such as Everpad. But there are always some issues with such unofficial clients. In this article, I have come up with the list of 3 Evernote alternatives that provide all note taking features with Linux client to sync notes right from your Linux desktop.

  • Discourse 1.5 Released!

    We’re proud to announce that today marks the release of Discourse 1.5!

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  • Microsoft may love Linux. But it doesn't love Skype on Linux

    Back in 2011, when Microsoft bought Skype for US$8.56 billion, people were wondering if it would continue to update the Linux client that the VoIP platform had.

    It looks like the fears of these folk are slowly coming true. The last release of Skype for Linux was a 32-bit update in 2014 to version 4.3.

    Those who had paid for subscriptions in the hope that they would one day get a 64-bit client with an improved user interface have been waiting and waiting in vain.

    Now a group of users is reporting that from, February 22, the Linux Skype client is unable to join calls.

    They say that numerous tweets to @SkypeSupport have gone unanswered.

  • Opera 37.0 Web Browser with Built-in Ad Blocker Lands Today in the Beta Channel

    Opera Software, through Błażej Kaźmierczak, today, March 31, 2016, proudly announced that the highly anticipated Ad Blocker functionality to be implemented in future versions of the Opera web browser has just landed in the Beta channel.

    Earlier this month, we had the great pleasure of exclusively reporting on the release of the Opera 37 web browser with integrated ad-blocking capabilities, which promised an increase in browsing speed of up to 90 percent. However, at that moment in time, Opera 37 lived only in the Developer channel.

    That changes today, as Opera Software has pushed the anticipated Opera 37 web browser to the Beta channel for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows, offering users a much more stable Ad Blocking experience, and many other great improvements.

  • Simplenote brings its free Markdown-friendly writing app to Windows and Linux

    As a Windows user, my options for decent text editors to write my articles with are fairly limited. The majority of them are either best suited for coding or too greedy for system resources.

  • ALSA 1.1.1 Released For Linux Audio

    ALSA 1.1.1 is out today as the newest version of this Linux audio library, utilities, plugins, and tinycompress for the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture.

  • Changes v1.1.0 v1.1.1

Free Software and Proprietary Games, Vivaldi

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  • QEMU 2.6 Is Coming With Many Improvements

    QEMU 2.6-rc0 was tagged today as the first milestone leading up to the QEMU 2.6 release in the near future.

    QEMU 2.6 is bringing many ARM and MIPS improvements, support for new x86 CPU features, QEMU VFIO now supports AMD XGBE platform passthrough, performance improvements in VirtIO, SDL2 and SPICE now support OpenGL and VirGL, block device improvements, and more.

  • OpenToonz Animation Software Begins Seeing Linux Support

    Toonz is an animation software solution used by studios like Studio Ghibli and has been in development for more than two decades. Earlier this month it was announced Toonz would be open-sourced and then a few days back the code was published as OpenToonz. While Toonz/OpenToonz originally didn't have Linux support, patches are emerging to allow this high-end animation software to run on Linux.

  • Libav's libavcodec Adds New VA-API Encoders

    For those still relying upon the FFmpeg-forked libav project, their libavcodec code has added new VA-API encoder support.

    With the Video Acceleration API (VA-API) largely backed by Intel, the Libav code-base is supporting GPU-accelerated H.264 encoding and H.265/HEVC encoding.

  • Latest Steam Client Beta Adds Support for Steam Controller to OpenVR Games

    Just three days ago, we reported about the latest stable Steam Client update Valve pushed to Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows users, which brought numerous Steam Controller and SteamVR features, and now a new Beta version is out.

  • It Was Only 4 Years Ago That Many Thought Steam On Linux Was An April Fools' Day Joke

    While there are around two thousand Linux-native games now available on Steam brought over by many different studios, it was just four years ago that many thought Valve bringing Steam to Linux was a joke or far-fetched rumor.

    Today marks four years to the day since Gabe Newell had emailed us about Linux driver problems in their porting of Source Engine games to Linux as part of their initial Steam Linux bring-up. Many didn't believe it then, in part due to being close to April Fools' Day, and even when in 2012 I went out to Valve's HQ to talk with them about their Linux plans including what would become Steam Machines and SteamOS.

  • Vivaldi 1.0 Web Browser Is Just Around the Corner, Based on Chromium 49.0

    Vivaldi's Ruarí Ødegaard has announced earlier the release and immediate availability for testing of what appears to be one of the last snapshots before the final build of the upcoming Vivaldi 1.0 web browser.

Software Releases

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  • GnuCash 2.6.12 released

    The GnuCash development team announces GnuCash 2.6.12, the twelfth maintenance release in the 2.6-stable series. Please take the tour of all the new features.

  • GNU Guix & GuixSD 0.10.0 released

    We are pleased to announce the new beta release of GNU Guix and GuixSD, version 0.10.0!

    The release comes with USB installation images to install the standalone GuixSD, and with tarballs to install the package manager on top of a running GNU/Linux system, either from source or from binaries.

  • darktable 2.0.3 Open-Source RAW Image Editor Lands with Support for Fujifilm X70

    The popular darktable open-source and cross-platform RAW image editor software has been updated today, March 29, 2016, to version 2.0.3, the third maintenance release in the stable 2.0 series of the software.

  • Audacious 3.7.2 Open-Source Music Player Released for Linux & Windows with Fixes

    The developers of the popular Audacious free, open-source, and cross-platform music player software released the second maintenance build in the stable Audacious 3.7 series.

    Back in November 2015, the massive Audacious 3.7 release arrived with a multitude of new features, for both GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows platforms, including the ability to shuffle playlists by entire albums, improved HiDPI support, recording of Internet streams during playback, and a unified window for managing equalizer presets.

OpenShot 2.0 Beta 4

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  • OpenShot 2.0 Free Video Editor Now Features a Universal Linux Version

    It looks like the OpenShot 2.0 free and cross-platform video editor might be released this year after all, and today we're informing you about the availability of the fourth Beta build.

  • OpenShot 2.0 - Beta 4 Released!

    One of the biggest challenges for testers and myself is to speed up the cycle from bug fix to testable release. While some users compile everything manually, and some Linux users get updates delivered through our PPA, Windows, Mac, and certain Linux users must wait for me to create a new installer (which takes lots of time). So, I have built a cross-platform build server (i.e. really just a cool Python script which is scheduled to run every few hours). It checks Git for updates, re-compiles libraries, freezes the OpenShot Python 3 application (along with dependencies), signs the Windows / Mac versions, and uploads the files to Amazon S3, and lists these files on the openshot.org website. I currently have 3 build servers running (Windows 10, OS X 10.11, Ubuntu 14.04) and creating builds automatically.

  • OpenShot 2.0 Beta 4 Released

    While OpenShot 2.0 is long overdue, things are finally looking up for this open-source non-linear video editor with going into beta this past January and today marking the release of the fourth beta.

Leftovers: Software

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Leftovers: Software

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  • Kodi 16.1 "Jarvis" Free Media Center Receives a Second Release Candidate Build

    The Kodi development team, through Martijn Kaijser, announced earlier today, March 28, 2016, the availability of the second RC (Release Candidate) build for the first point release in the Kodi 16 "Jarvis" series.

  • Git 2.8 Officially Released

    Git 2.8 has just been released today, March 28, 2016, and we have to admit that it comes as a huge surprise to us all here at Softpedia, especially because of the fact that the project's website has not yet been updated to reflect this.

  • Budgie 10.2.5 Released

    We are happy to announce the release of Budgie 10.2.5. This release builds upon our vision of a desktop environment focused on simplicity and elegance, by introducing further refinements to the user experience while expanding options for enabling a more tailored desktop experience.

  • 11 Outstanding Backup Utilities for Linux Systems

    Backup on personal computers or servers is always important to prevent permanent data loss. Therefore getting to know different backup tools is very important especially for System Administrators who work with large amounts of enterprise level data and even on personal computers.

  • Yokadi 1.0.2

    Today I released 1.0.2 of Yokadi, the command-line todo list...

Leftovers: Software

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Leftovers: Software

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  • d’Oh My Zsh

    Most importantly, I packaged all these files into a shiny new git repository. I figured that if I tossed it up on Github, my peers would be able to collaborate with me on improving it.

  • Double Commander 0.7.1 Brings New Features

    As you may know, Double Commander is an open-source two panel (placed side by side) file manager, similar to the good old Total Commander.

  • Albert 0.8.3 Is A Synapse-Like Quick Launcher

    As you may know, Albert is an open-source Launcher for Linux, written in C++ and Qt5, with features similar to Synapse. The user is capable of configuring a hotkey for opening the launcher and can easily find software via the searchbar. It can also search on Google and among Chrome and Chromium’s bookmarks.

  • Blender 2.77 Has Been Released

    As you may know, Blender is a powerful suite for animation, modeling, interactive creation, post-production with support for a lot of file formats.

    The latest version available is Blender 2.77, which has been recently released, coming with a bunch of changes only.

  • GhostWriter 1.3.2 A Distraction Free Markdown Editor For Ubuntu

    As you may know, GhostWriter is a free and open-source, distraction-free, markdown editor for Ubuntu.

    The latest version available is GhostWriter 1.3.2, which comes with changes.

  • Mailnag Email Notifier 1.2 Released With New IMAP Folder Chooser, Updated Popup Menu Layout For GNOME Shell, More

    Mailnag is a desktop-independent email notifier for Linux. The application supports both POP3 and IMAP servers and on email arrival, it performs various actions like visual or sound notifications, allows executing a script and more.

    For Unity and GNOME Shell, there are two Mailnag extensions that further integrate the application with the desktop.

  • 8 Best Open Source Music Making Softwares for Linux

    Are you a music producer and use Linux as your primary operating system, then music production is going to become easy for you after reading this article. There are good music production software in Linux just as it is in Windows and Mac OS, though a few features may vary but the underlying functionalities mostly are the same.

  • Nmap 7.11 Free Security Scanner Brings Zenmap Fixes, TDS Protocol Support

    The Nmap 7.10 free security scanner and network mapper software was announced last week with dozens of new features, but it looks like it already received its first point release.

    Nmap 7.11 has been announced this week and it promises to add two new features, such as support for diffie-hellman-group-exchange-* SSH key exchange methods to ssh2.lua, which lets the ssh-hostkey NSE script to run on servers with support only for custom Diffie-Hellman groups.

  • Irssi 0.8.19 Released
  • Opera 35 – A Swan Song?

    My recent review of Opera 12 was received with mixed feelings. Some people criticized me for using the highly outdated version available in Ubuntu/Mint repositories, while others used it as an opportunity to affirm their belief that this was the last true Opera.

  • [Opera] The picture element: saving bandwidth, data and possibly the world

GStreamer 1.8

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  • GStreamer 1.8 Brings Initial Vulkan API Support

    GStreamer 1.8 features initial Vulkan API support, hardware-accelerated zero-copy video decoding on Android, a new video capture source for ANdroid, a new tracing system, a new high-level GstPlayer playback API, improved Opus audio support, the GStreamer VA-API module was promoted, and asset proxy support for the GStreamer Editing Services.

  • GStreamer 1.8 Multimedia Framework Released with Support for the New Vulkan API

    The GStreamer 1.8 open-source multimedia framework has been released today, March 24, 2016, after several months of hard work, and it appears to be a major release with dozens of new features.

    According to the release notes, GStreamer 1.8 adds initial support for the new Vulkan 1.0 API, implements hardware-accelerated zero-copy video decoding and a new video capture source for the Android platform, and adds reverse playback support for Windows Media files like WMA, WMV, and ASF.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

  • Canonical Makes It Easy for Users to Install Snaps via Ubuntu Software
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