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Wine 1.9.19 Released with Better Joystick Support, World of Tanks Improvements

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The Wine software has been updated today, September 16, 2016, to version 1.9.19, a development milestone towards Wine 2.0, bringing various bug fixes and improvements.

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Also: Wine 1.9.19 Brings Input Improvements, DC Rendering In Direct2D

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  • A Promising New eBook Reader for Linux Appears

    I don’t spend as much time reading as I should, even though I own a Kindle and an Android tablet.

    It’s not that I have a shortage of things to read, either. I have a huge backlog of eBooks.

    The reason is simple that when I’m “idling” I’m typically in front a regular computer, be it my desktop or a laptop.

    I’ve been on the hunt for a simple, straight-forward ePub reader app for the Linux desktop. Calibre is overkill (not to mention more of an eBook manager than an eBook reader) and the apps available in the Ubuntu Software store look horribly outdated.

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  • Insomnia 3.0 Is a Slick Desktop REST Client for Linux

    Looking for a free, easy-to-use REST client for the Linux desktop? Don't lose sleep: get Insomnia.

  • New Version of Museeks Music Player Now Available to Download

    A new version of cross-platform music player Museeks is now available to download. The Museeks 0.7.0 update adds a number of improvements, including the ability to see cover art of playing tracks, a new first-run guide to help you add music to the player, and an option to run the app with a native window titlebar.

  • GNU Bash 4.4 Released With Wide Variety Of Changes

    GNU Bash 4.4 was released today with a wide variety of new features and changes.

  • Apple Releases CUPS 2.2 Printing System
  • Libreboot Leaves The GNU, The Free Software Foundation Denounced
  • libreboot is not GNU Libreboot anymore

    The Free Software Foundation recently fired a transgendered employee of the FSF, just for being trans, because some transphobic cissexist people wrote negativly about her. The FSF fired her because they thougdt she, rather than the assholes bullying her, was causing the FSF potential damage. As a result, she was fired from the FSF.

  • LLVM Clang 3.9 Mostly Trails GCC In Compiler Performance

    Following yesterday's GCC 5 vs. 6 vs. early 7 benchmarks, to no surprise LLVM's Clang compiler was brought up in the comments. I had already been running some fresh LLVM Clang benchmarks on this same Intel Xeon system and have those results to share now with Clang 3.8 and the newly-released Clang 3.9.

    This is the first time in a number of months I've carried out a large comparison of GCC vs. Clang using the latest compiler releases. For today's article are the GCC 5.4.0, GCC 6.2.0, and GCC 7.0.0 20160904 compiler benchmarks compared to LLVM Clang 3.8.0 and the new Clang 3.9.0 release. Interestingly, these benchmarks show a number of performance regressions in the generated binaries under Clang 3.9.

  • Chrome 54 Beta Brings Custom Elements V1: Create Custom HTML Tags

    Google today is rolling out the Chromium/Chrome 54 web-browser beta, which incorporates several new features for web developers plus media platform improvements for Chrome on Android.

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  • Vim 8.0 released
  • MKVToolNix 9.4.2 Free MKV Manipulation App Improves the AVC and HEVC Readers

    On September 11, 2016, MKVToolNix developer Moritz Bunkus released the first maintenance update to the major 9.4 series, version 9.4.1, with various improvements to the mkvmerge component, and several bug fixes.

    MKVToolNix 9.4.1 is dubbed "Black Rain," and, according to the release notes, it looks like it adds many improvements to the mkvmerge tool, a component that lets users merge MKV files with different audio, video, or subtitle streams. For example, the HEVC parser, MP4 reader, and AAC reader received various fixes.

  • qBittorrent 3.3.7 Free BitTorrent Client Removes KickassTorrents Search Engine

    A new stable version of the open-source, free, and cross-platform qBittorrent BitTorrent client used in Linux, Mac, and Windows computers was released on September 11, 2016.

    qBittorrent 3.3.7 comes one and a half months after the launch of the previous maintenance update, namely qBittorrent 3.3.6, and, according to the release notes, it only adds a single feature, fixes four annoying issues reported by users since then, and updates the search functionality.

  • Orion Is a Qt/QML Twitch desktop Client That I’d Love To Try

    It feels a little bit mean to write about an app that I know most of you won’t get to try anytime soon. But when I saw Orion, a Qt-based Twitch desktop app, surface on Reddit this evening I …I felt like I had to mention it here.

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  • Dstat – Versatile resource statistics tool for Linux

    Dstat – versatile tool for generating system resource statistics & replacement for vmstat, iostat, netstat and ifstat. Dstat is another handy tool for monitoring systems during performance tuning tests, benchmarks or troubleshooting. It overcomes some of other tools limitations and adds some extra features, more counters and flexibility.

    I really impressed by dstat utility when analyzing the tool to prepare the article. I excited then i dig into deep on dstat utility usage, wow! awesome features which i didn’t find any performance monitoring tools.

    You can monitor additionally MySQL database activity, batter percentage info for laptop, number of dbus connections, fan speed, nfs utility, postfix, system temperature sensors, power usage, etc,., more & more. I personally advise every administrator to give a try, which will help you to improve the troubleshooting skill a lot.

  • PostfixAdmin 3.0

    I just released the long awaited PostfixAdmin 3.0.

  • Samba 4.5 Is a Massive Release That Improves Security, Adds Many New Features

    Samba 4.5 has been released and it is the latest, newest stable branch of the widely-used, free, cross-platform, and open-source software project that re-implements the SMB/CIFS networking protocol on UNIX-like platforms.

    Samba is being used by default in numerous, if not all GNU/Linux operating systems, as well as on Apple's macOS, to allow users to access network shares from other computers that run Microsoft Windows, and interact with them to exchange any file format that exists today.

  • The new v40 TrueType interpreter mode

    FreeType 2.7 ships the new v40 TrueType instructions interpreter version enabled by default. It finally brings DirectWrite/ClearType-like rendering to the screen, or ‘subpixel hinting’ as some FreeType code calls it. Actually, there is no subpixel hinting.

Wine-Staging 1.9.18

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  • Release 1.9.18

    The Wine Staging release 1.9.18 is now available.

  • Wine-Staging Adds 1D Textures For D3D10/D3D11

    There is finally a new Wine-Staging version with release notes to talk about for this more-experimental version of Wine.

  • Wine Staging 1.9.18 Adds Experimental Support for 1D Textures in D3D10 and D3D11

    After being away since June, the Wine Staging development team is back to announce the new features incorporated in the latest version of the open-source software that let's users run Windows apps and games on their Linux boxes, Wine Staging 1.9.18.

    Based on the recently released Wine 1.9.18, Wine Staging 1.9.18 is here to bring you all the neat features and improvements implemented in the respective development version of Wine, such as the ability to support multiple kernel drivers in only one process, improvements to the WebServices reader, and better joystick support.

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  • Cool-Retro-Term is a great Mimic of old Command Lines, Install in Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    Cool-retro-term is a free terminal emulator developed by Filippo Scognamiglio, it mimics the look and feel of the old cathode tube screens. If you are tired of your current terminal than it comes in hand as eye-candy, it is customizable and reasonably lightweight terminal emulator. It uses the Konsole engine which is powerful and mature, it requires Qt 5.2 or higher to run terminal emulator.

  • Skype for Linux Alpha 1.7 released with fixes related to behavior of unread messages [Ed: Microsoft media is lying; "some Linux love," they say. Microsoft bought Skype WITH Linux support, took it away and added surveillance. Now it's revisionism's time, a new PR strategy.]
  • Skype for Linux 1.7 Alpha brings unread message fixes and more
  • Vivaldi 1.4 Released With Theme Scheduling

    Vivaldi, the web browser aimed at power users, was updated to version 1.4 (stable) today. There aren't as many changes as in the previous release, but a few interesting improvements.

  • Blocking Big Brother with Senji Security

    Senji is an app that takes an interesting, innovative approach to security and privacy. Normally, when you upload information to the “cloud” (anyone else sick of the term yet?), you are trusting the encryption and practices, or lack thereof, of the provider of said cloud. You are trusting that they don’t snoop on your data (they do), or that they won’t turn over your information if the NSA so much as sneezes in their direction (they will). You’re also trusting that even if your information is encrypted, it’s not decrypted on certain servers once it arrives (it probably is). Now, there are some really good OTR (off the record) cloud storage providers out there where you can store your information with zero knowledge (SpiderOak comes to mind), but once again, you have to trust that they’re doing what they say they’re doing (personally, I do, but that’s mainly because the place isn’t run by my older brother).


    As far as GNU/Linux is concerned, it is a stretch goal of theirs—they’ll implement a G/L client if they get $70,000. I’ve decided to do a write-up of this even though G/L isn’t included out-of-the-box because they are working on an Android client which I think at least mostly fits the bill. Also, since the code is open sourced I’m sure if some enterprising G/L individuals wanted to, they could bang something out for us penguin folks in due time (with Senji’s permission of course, I don’t think the code is Free, as in Libre).

  • AdobeAir is now available for Ubuntu 16.04/14.04/12.04/Linux Mint 18/17/13 [Updated]

    The Adobe Air runtime enables developers to package the same code into native apps for desktop operating systems as well as for smartphone such as Android devices, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet, and other devices, reaching the mobile app stores for over 500 million devices.
    With Adobe Air you can build stunning, blazing-fast cinematic 2D and 3D games for the browser, iOS, and Android™. Use fully accelerated GPU rendering, which leverages the power of OpenGL and DirectX graphics. It give developers the ability to call into their native, platform-specific code using AIR native extensions. Free sets of native libraries are available through the Adobe Game Developer Tools to further empower developers.

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