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Release month, Nanonote 1.0.0

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Here is the last issue of release month! Today is the first release of Nanonote, a minimalist note-taking application.

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PulseEffects: A System-Wide Equalizer For PulseAudio

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Should you not be familiar with it already, PulseEffects is a program that provides an equalizer and other effects controls for Linux systems running on PulseAudio.

A Phoronix reader wrote in praising PulseEffects for its ability to tweak systems making use of PulseAudio, which is now common among nearly all modern Linux desktops.

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WINE applications on HD displays - Better looks

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Here's a story for you - you need it to understand the reasoning for this article slash guide. Got meself a new laptop, one Slimbook Pro2 and installed Kubuntu Beaver on it, right. Encountered HD scaling issues all over the place, which I fixed. So far so cushty.

Now, I also started reporting my daily slash weekly experience with this machine, used on full thrusters in a production environment, no restraint and no detail glossed over. If it's good, it's good, and if it's not, then hopefully, stuff will be fixed in future versions of Plasma, like the 5.14 release, for instance. I found out that the default KDE image viewer GwenView and the text editor Kate aren't quite as slick and efficient as their Windows counterparts by the names of IrfanView and Notepad++, respectively. So I installed these, and noticed they looked mighty tiny on Slimbook's 1920x1080px display. No scaling. Aha! The reason why we're here. Let's fix that, then, shall we?

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Korkut – An Open-Source “Image Processing” Tool at the Terminal

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Digital image processing always bears far incredible and wide-ranging features if compared to the analog image processing as analog image processing lacks some specific attributes that can make the picture better than ever. In competition with the latest digital image processing software, Korkut is one of the topnotch software to deal with if you want your images ideally processed.

This kind of software affords you the ability to apply a huge number of algorithms so that a user can input data effortlessly and it gets easy for them to avoid difficulties like the signal distortion or the noise build-up during the processing of the picture.

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VLC 3.0.5

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Wine 4.0 RC4

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  • Wine Announcement

    The Wine development release 4.0-rc4 is now available.

  • Wine not! The Wine 4.0 RC4 release bottle has been opened and is ready to serve

    Not quite the corker that previous releases have been, since they're not focusing on any new features right now. This latest release candidate only stated ten bug fixes and some of them are older bugs only now being noted as fixed. While it's not exactly exciting, it's good to have a clean-up of open bug reports so they know what to focus on for the next development cycle.

    Comparing Wine 4.0 with the previous stable Wine 3.0 release, there's a lot of exciting changes ahead for those who don't test out the development versions. These features include: support for HID gamepads, Vulkan support, OpenGL core contexts enabled by default in Direct 3D, support for fetching BIOS information on Linux, subpixel font rendering support and much more.

  • Wine 4.0-RC4 Is Out For Testing While The Official Release Expected Next Month

    Lead Wine developer Alexandre Julliard has just posted the fourth weekly release candidate of the upcoming Wine 4.0 stable release for running Windows games and applications on Linux and other platforms.

    Wine 4.0-RC4 continues in the code freeze with just bugs being fixed for these weekly release candidates. Over the past week there are just ten known bug fixes compared to 27 the prior week. Yes, the release cycle is winding down, but also Christmas fell in over that time which may explain the low bug and patch numbers.

Chat with your friends on top of Matrix engine

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When Canonical launched Ubuntu Touch on the BQ 4.5 they had to make a decision about a messenger app, in response to the practical and ethical issues presented by the dominance of Whatsapp on closed, proprietary systems. The peer pressure from friends and the insistence of some educational establishments and employers that the Facebook owned app must be used are of course still a problem for us today.

The Canonical solution was to go with Telegram instead. The Cutegram client was already established on Linux desktops and that was taken as the starting point for the Ubuntu Touch client. This was the situation inherited by UBports and indeed Telegram is still widely used on our platform. For the first year of operation, the builds relied heavily on back-porting from the Cutegram client but that approach ran into problems because not only was that client lagging around eighteen months behind those available for other platforms but the developers had bowed to that and allowed the project to fade. To give credit where it is due, Telegram have shared with UBports their template for a detailed revamp of their platform, enabling us to jump forward to a version which is as modern as those on other operating systems.

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Gifcurry – A Free and Open Source Video-to-GIF Maker for Linux

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Gifcurry is an open source Haskell-based video to gif maker with simple user-interface and some useful features. It’s an easy-to-use GIF maker. Besides making GIF, you can edit video by trimming, cropping and adding texts or fonts to them. You can also set the font size on the GIFs you are creating.

To convert video to GIF, it uses two processes. One is the command-line interface, and other is the graphical user interface. And this is the application through which can make your GIF by some simple steps.

After launching it, you can simply start the GIF-making process by dropping a video in it and setting your desired duration. And with Gifcurry, you can also edit video and your created GIF both.

For GIF’s better quality, Gifcurry features a resizable option through which you will be able to set the width of the image in pixels and select quality size. But the higher the quality, the larger the GIF size.

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Headset – YouTube / Reddit desktop music player

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I’m a massive music fan with a large collection of CDs consisting mostly of classical, country, blues, and pop. Streaming services fills in for other music genres, so I basically dabble with a wide range of music. Linux is blessed with a great arsenal of high quality music players. But I’m always on the look out for innovative streaming software.

Headset is a music player for the desktop that connects with the huge catalogue of music available from YouTube. Users can search through this collection of music, play what they find and save tracks/playlists. Headset can also read popular music subreddits and play the tracks in sequence.

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Software: Disks, Waltonchain, Linux and GNU

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  • Linux commands for measuring disk activity

    Linux systems provide a handy suite of commands for helping you see how busy your disks are, not just how full. In this post, we're going to examine five very useful commands for looking into disk activity. Two of the commands (iostat and ioping) may have to be added to your system and these same two commands require you to use sudo privileges, but all five commands provide useful ways to view disk activity.

  • Waltonchain Releases Linux Wallet  

    Waltonchain (WTC) has released its wallet version for the Linux operating system. The wallet is available at the Waltonchain Gihub page.

  • Linux Release Roundup: Dash to Panel, Audacious, Linux 4.20 + More

    While most of us use the holiday season as an excuse to do as little as possible — while eating as much as possible — Linux developers tend to use their downtime to dive in to work on their personal pet projects.

    And ever grateful are we that they chose to do so!

    This week’s Linux release roundup takes a look at the latest Linux kernel release, the changes in a couple of popular GNOME Shell extensions, and finds out what’s new in a few of free software’s best-known apps.

  • GNU Spotlight with Mike Gerwitz: 21 new GNU releases!

    bison-3.2.4
    datamash-1.4
    gama-2.02
    gcc-7.4.0
    gdb-8.2.1
    global-6.6.3
    gnun-0.12
    gnupg-2.2.12
    grep-3.3
    groff-1.22.4
    guix-0.16.0
    libmicrohttpd-0.9.62
    libredwg-0.7
    linux-libre-4.20-gnu
    mes-0.19
    mtools-4.0.23
    nettle-3.4.1
    parallel-20181222
    sed-4.7
    unifont-11.0.03
    wget-1.20

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