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Postfix vs. Sendmail

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Postfix and Sendmail are in the same category of Mail Transfer Agents. When selecting the MTA (Mail Transfer Agent) for your system, to choose the best option that meets your needs, you must consider a few important features, such as performance, security, documentation, and feasibility.

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Puddletag Audio Tagger 2.0.1 Released with Python 3 Port

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Puddletag audio tag editor 2.0.1 was released 2 days ago with official Python 3 and PyQt5 support.

Since Ubuntu 20.04 dropped Qt4 and old Python 2 libraries, Puddletag 1.2 as well was removed from Ubuntu universe repository.

The Python 3 & PyQt5 branch was started a few months ago by sandrotosi. Now it’s finally merged into Puddletag 2.0.1.

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GNOME’s Sound Recorder App Has an Awesome New Look

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Avid users of the GNOME Sound Recorder application will be pleased to hear that the tool has finally received some overdue attention.

Developer Kavan Mevada worked on modernising the audio recording utility as part of this year’s Google Summer of Code (GSoC). Now, with the code-minded sprint over, Mevada shares an update on the progress he’s made — and is all I can say is wow!

Sound Recorders legacy codebase was ditched in favour of a ground-up, modern rewrite. Complimenting the streamlined foundation is a newer, cleaner, and more responsive UI designed according to GNOME’s Human Interface Guidelines (HIG).

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Blender 2.90 Open-Source 3D Creation Software Released with Major Changes

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The Blender 2.90 free and open-source 3D creation software is now available for download and it’s a major update that digital artists and designers have been expecting for so long.

Highlights of Blender 2.90 include a new physically based texture called Nishita for simulating the colors of the sky, completely revamped motion blur in EEVEE with support for mesh deformation and hair for better precision, and faster motion blur via Intel Embree for ray tracing on the CPU.

There’s also a new shadow terminator offset setting that provides smooth shadows without shading artifacts, a new denoiser that can be used interactively in the 3D viewport, and NVLink support for NVIDIA CUDA and OptiX.

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Write with your colleagues using this amazing open-source collaborative writing tool: Etherpad

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Etherpad is a free open-source web-based real-time collaborative document editor. It's a combination of a text editor with a real-time interactive editing option.

Some may say, it's an open-source alternative for Google Docs, Zoho Docs, or Microsoft Office (Web). However, it's not. It adds a real-time video and voice chat as well as a live comment section.

It's also self-hosted which means it can be installed for servers to work as a collaborative editing platform for teams.

Etherpad also supports importing and exporting to many popular document formats: ODF (Open Document Format), Microsoft Word ".doc" format, text file, PDF and HTML. It also provides its own format "Etherpad".

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Thunderbird Email Client Now Ships with OpenPGP Support Enabled by Default

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It took a few releases, but the free, open-source and cross-platform Thunderbird email client, news and chat client is now shipping with OpenPGP support enabled by default in the latest release.

Just a few days after releasing the Thunderbird 78.2.0 update, which brought lots of improvements to the OpenPGP implementation that lets users send encrypted emails, here’s come another small, yet important update.

Thunderbird 78.2.1 has been released today and it finally enables the OpenPGP feature by default. That’s amazing news for privacy and security fans enthusiasts using the open-source email client as they won’t have to go to all the trouble of enabling OpenPGP in the latest Thunderbird 78 series.

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Software: Diff Tools, 6cord and htop

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  • 9 Best Free Console-Based Diff Tools

    File comparison compares the contents of computer files, finding their common contents and their differences. The result of the comparison is often known as a diff.

    diff is also the name of a famous console based file comparison utility that outputs the differences between two files. The diff utility was developed in the early 1970s on the Unix operating system.

    Typically, diff is used to show the changes between two versions of the same file. Modern implementations also support binary files.

  • 6cord Is An Almost Perfect Terminal Discord Client

    As you know I love messing with terminal apps and I use discord very frequently so what not try to find a 3rd party discord client that manages to be a competent replacement, I've tried out Cordless which is also pretty good but it's got a bit of a funky interface, 6cord however does basically everything I could want it to do.

  • htop-3.0.0 released

    We've just released htop-3.0.0 with over two years worth of bug fixes and features. Enjoy!

Proprietary Software Monopolies

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  • As Speakers At The RNC Whined About Big Tech Bias, You Could Only Watch The Full Convention Because Of 'Big Tech'

    There was much nonsense spewed at this week's Republican National Convention, and as has been expected given the nonsense narrative about "anti-conservative bias" in big tech, there were plenty of people using the podium to whine about how the big internet companies are working against them. Thanks to the folks at Reason for pointing out how utterly stupid and counterfactual this actually is. Indeed, if you actually wanted to watch the RNC speeches (and I'm not sure why you would), the only place to actually watch them uninterrupted was... on those internet platforms that the speakers swore were trying to silence them.

  • Hope you didn’t delete Fortnite or Infinity Blade because Apple just terminated Epic’s dev account

    Apple says Epic will no longer be able to submit apps or updates using its Epic Games developer account, but users who’ve previously downloaded Fortnite on iOS and Mac can keep playing it.

  • Apple Terminates ‘Fortnite’ Maker Epic Games’ Developer Account

    The suspension of Epic’s developer account means that users can’t download “Fortnite” (or other Epic games) from the Apple App Store or update them. Apple’s action comes after a court issued a temporary restraining order Monday, Aug. 24, that prohibits Apple from blocking Epic’s App Store account for the Unreal Engine, which is used by third-party game makers, but leaving the door open for Apple to freeze out the popular “Fortnite” app.

  • Apple removes Fortnite developer Epic from App Store

    Apple has terminated Epic Games's account from its App Store amid a legal battle over in-app payments on the Fortnite game.

    Apple had already removed Fortnite from the store after the game offered a discount on its virtual currency for purchases made outside of the app, from which Apple receives a 30% cut.

5 open source software applications for virtualization

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Open source tools can provide various benefits that proprietary products sometimes lack, such as improvements in flexibility and agility, speed, costs and security. Admins can find open source options to meet almost any of these needs, such Cockpit for administering servers; Proxmox Virtual Environment for improving Linux container and system management; KubeVirt for combining container and virtualization technologies; Open vSwitch for managing multiple physical servers; and AWS Firecracker for micro VM management.

When choosing an open source software application, admins must understand the features and use cases of each tool prior to use. This helps ensure that each tool meets workload and business needs.

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Wine 5.16

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  • Wine Announcement
    The Wine development release 5.16 is now available.
    
    What's new in this release (see below for details):
      - Support for x86 AVX registers.
      - Some ARM64 fixes for macOS.
      - Still more restructuration of the console support.
      - Various bug fixes.
    
  • Wine 5.16 Released With Support For AVX Registers

    Wine 5.16 is out as the latest bi-weekly development release leading up to next year's Wine 6.0.

    Wine 5.16 brings support for x86 AVX registers, ARM64 fixes for macOS, more restructuring of the console support, and around 21 known bug fixes. The bug fixes range from fixes for Quake Champions to Tomb Raider to various application bugs.

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