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Software: Keybase, FreeTube, Cockpit, Foxit

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  • Keybase – A Fully Encrypted Slack-like Messenger for Geeks

    Keybase is a brand new open-source chatting application for computers and mobile phones and it is powered by public-key encryption.

  • FreeTube – An Open Source Desktop YouTube Player For Privacy-minded People

    You already know that we need Google account to subscribe channels and download videos from YouTube. If you don’t want Google track what you’re doing on YouTube, well, there is an open source YouTube player named “FreeTube”. It allows you to watch, search and download Youtube videos and subscribe your favorite channels without an account, which prevents Google from having your information. It gives you complete ad-free experience and allows you to watch videos in your default HTML5 player, like VLC or MPlayer. It is also another advantage, because we’re not using the built-in YouTube player. Hence Google can’t track the “views” and the video analytics from us. FreeTube only sends your IP details, but this also can be overcome by using a VPN. It is completely free, open source and available for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.

  • Cockpit 163

    Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. We release regularly. Here are the release notes from version 163.

  • Foxit Launches PDF Compressor for Linux

    Foxit's PDF Compressor is designed to apply advanced image compression to scanned documents, reducing file size so they are easier to share and transmit, more accessible, searchable, and easier to process on a large-scale basis. With best in class optical character recognition (OCR) and dramatic file compression, the solution not only integrates with existing workflows, but also improves them by producing significantly more manageable files. This allows organizations to spend less time managing their digital files and more time on value-producing tasks.

WINE 3.0 - Better but not good enough

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I am always happy to see major releases of open-sources projects, especially when they come loaded with features and enthusiasm. WINE 3.0 hails a significant overhaul of the framework, promising much better compatibility with Windows applications and the much needed support for Direct3D 10/11. Ah yes, if you're wondering, WINE is a software compatibility layer that allows you to run Windows stuff on UNIX-like operating systems.

My experience with this program has waned over the years - in line with the reduced quality and growing complexity of getting Windows applications to run. The last attempt was particularly bad, with lots of dependency problems and errors. Well, fresh version, fresh hope - and dev version 3.3 in the making. This ought to be interesting. Shall we?

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Kodi 18 Leia Alpha

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  • Kodi v18 Leia - Alpha 1

    A new hope dawns and it is finally time to start heading towards a final release. Today we are happy to announce that we are bringing you the first official pre-release Alpha build to a galaxy near you.

  • Kodi v18 Leia Alpha, BleachBit Version 2.0, Use an RPi 3 to Build Your Own Cheap Car Head Unit and More

    Kodi v18 Leia Alpha was released today with "more than 6140 (code chunks changed)", with great improvements to the HTPC software's music library, Live TV and video player. See the changelog for more details.

  • Kodi 18 "Leia" Enters Alpha With Thousands Of Changes

    Kodi, the popular HTPC software formerly known as XBMC, has put out the first alpha release of their upcoming 18 Leia milestone.

    Kodi 18 is a big update coming later in 2018 with RetroPlayer gaming support, Wayland support improvements, Google Assistant support, better live TV support, and much more. While there are new features, stability and usability improvements were also a main focus during Kodi 18 development.

Software: GStreamer 1.14 Release Candidate, Speech Recognition Tools, Xfce PulseAudio Plugin, LightDM GTK+ Greeter and More

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  • GStreamer 1.14 Release Candidate 1 Arrives

    The first release candidate of the GStreamer 1.14 multimedia framework is now available for testing. GStreamer 1.14 is now feature-frozen and the official release is expected soon.

  • Best Free Linux Speech Recognition Tools – Open Source Software

    Speech is an increasingly popular method of interacting with electronic devices such as computers, phones, tablets, and televisions. Speech is probabilistic, and speech engines are never 100% accurate. But technological advances have meant speech recognition engines offer better accuracy in understanding speech. The better the accuracy, the more likely customers will engage with this method of control. And, according to a recent study by Stanford University, the University of Washington and Chinese search giant Baidu, smartphone speech is three times quicker than typing a search query into a screen interface.

  • Development Release: Xfce PulseAudio Plugin 0.3.5

    Activity is slowing down as the Xfce PulseAudio Plugin matures and heads toward the 0.4.0 stable release. With some usability refinements and bug fixes, users will find the latest release both easy and convenient to use.

  • LightDM GTK+ Greeter 2.0.4 Released

    With improvements for accessibility, cursor theme options, and the resolution to a years-old bug, LightDM GTK+ Greeter 2.0.4 is a long-awaited release for every user.

  • Linux Release Roundup: Corebird, Wireshark, Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS

    As you may be aware from our gasps of panic, the UK is currently cosseted by thick quilting of snow (and my house without any form of functional heating).

    But freezing cold conditions are no excuse for me to slack on the content front.

    In fact, what better way to warm my frozen digits up than with some finger-flexing keyboard aerobics?

  • Opera 53 Web Browser Enters Development, Introduces News Section on Speed Dial

    Opera Software has recently promoted the Opera 53 web browser to the developer channel, giving users a first look at the new features and improvements that will be implemented in this upcoming release.

Mageia at Chemnitz Linux Days, WineConf In The Hague

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  • Chemnitz Linux Days 2018 – And Mageia is part of it.

    We are happy to announce, that, as in previous years, we will present our amazing distribution at the Chemnitz Linux Days 2018 (Chemnitzer Linux Tage, CLT) on the 10th and 11th of March. This is one of the biggest OpenSource exhibitions in Germany. This year also a very special year, as it’s the 20th anniversary. We are happy to celebrate this anniversary together, as we have been part of Chemnitzer Linux Days  many times before.

  • WineConf 2018 Is Happening In The Hague, Celebrating 25 Years Of Wine

    This year's Wine developers conference is happening a bit earlier in the year than usual. The date and venue were recently announced for WineConf 2018, which is also celebrating the Wine Project's 25th anniversary.

Wine 3.3 Released

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  • Wine 3.3 Released

    The Wine development release 3.3 is now available.

  • Wine 3.3 is out with a start on Vulkan support, D3D multi-threaded command stream is on by default

    Wine 3.3 is a pretty exciting release for those following development and wanting to run Windows games and software on Linux.

  • Wine Receives Initial Support for Running Vulkan Apps and Games, Wine 3.3 Is Out

    Wine, the open-source compatibility layer for running Windows apps and games on Linux-based and UNIX-like operating systems, received initial support for the next-generation and cross-platform Vulkan graphics API created by The Khronos Group.

    During the past couple of years, Vulkan proved itself to be a high-efficient graphics API (Application Programming Interface) on modern graphics cards, adopted more and more by game developers on Linux, Windows, macOS, and even mobile operating systems like Android and iOS, as well as gaming consoles.

    Wine lets Linux and Mac users run Windows apps and games on top of their operating systems, and, as of today, the open-source software project received initial Vulkan support, which was promised since last year when its developers announced the major Wine 3.0 release.

  • Wine 3.3 Brings First Vulkan Bits, D3D CSMT By Default

    Wine 3.3 brings the beginnings of Vulkan support with the initial "winevulkan" merge, Direct3D command-stream multi-threading (D3D CSMT) is now enabled by default for enhancing the Wine gaming performance out-of-the-box, multi-sample textures are now enabled by default, there is support for game controllers through SDL, and support for loading CIL-only .NET binaries.

Releases: VLC 3.0.1, Bleachbit 2.0, VirtualBox 5.2.8

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  • VLC 3.0.1 Released With Chromecast Improvements, Better Qt HiDPI Support

    Following the big VLC 3.0 release from the beginning of February, the VideoLAN crew is ending out the month with the v3.0.1 point release.

    To not much surprise given all the churn that happened for the prolonged VLC 3.0 development cycle, now that many users have been testing out this new release, there are a fair number of fixes.

  • VLC 3.0.1 Released with Improved Chromecast Support

    A new point update the recent VLC 3.0 release is available to download.

    VLC 3.0.1 update has better VLC Chromecast support.

    Fans of the versatile video player who want to cast video from their desktop to the tiny streaming dongle using VLC will find loading speed and connections are improved, and VP9 casting now works.

  • Bleachbit System Cleaner 2.0 Released, First Update in 19 Months

    If you're a fan of keeping your Linux system free of temporary files and other fluff, you'll be pleased to know that there's a new version of BleachBit system cleaner.

  • VirtualBox 5.2.8 Released With Linux 4.15 Kernel Support, PCID For Guests

    For those of you making use of Oracle VM VirtualBox, the 5.2.8 point release is now available as a rather large point release.

    While this is just another VirtualBox point release, VirtualBox 5.2.8 is larger than their usual point releases from Oracle. Besides adding support for the latest stable kernel (Linux 4.15) and other fixes, there are some more prominent changes too.

Software: Backup Tools, Recovering Data, Remote Access, CafeOBJ, Cloud Sticky Notes, GNOME Notes

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  • Top 12 Open Source Backup Tools for Linux Systems

    When it comes to data safety and security, not only large companies, but also personal computer owners also need to have good backup and recovery software that protects their data from losing their precious data. To overcome these issue, there are a lot of open source backup software tools that are available that can help protect your data. And nowadays, computer desktops come with huge storage capacity and in turn it means lots of data being stored. This also leads to a huge risk of losing all the data if the system gets crashed and it may take several days and weeks to recover and repair the damage cause. Hence it is increasingly important to have a proper recovery solution with you all the time.

  • 5 Linux Tools to Help Recover Data from Corrupted Drives


    Did your screen just turn black or your laptop freeze without warning? Maybe your hard drive has started chirping. Worse yet, maybe you suddenly can’t save to your home partition.

    All these signs of a corrupted or failing drive can cause you to sweat, but there’s no reason to immediately throw away your computer. Keep reading to learn about five Linux tools that can help you retrieve your data and get your digital life back on track.

  • 5 Tools to Enable Remote Desktop Access on RHEL/CentOS 7

    This article I will show you, tools which enabled you to access remote Desktop on machines running Centos/RHEL. All these apps works in client-server mode. So you need to run server side app on your remote machine and after that, you will be able to connect to it from all over the world. Of Course in this reference manual I will tell you how to configure this securely, so only you can access to your server. Before beginning, you only need SSH access to your server and rights to install software. You need to know root password or permissions to use sudo.

  • CafeOBJ 1.5.7 released

    Yesterday we have released CafeOBJ 1.5.7 with lots of changes concerning the inductive theorem prover CITP, as well as fixes to make CafeOBJ work with current SBCL. The documentation has gained a few more documents (albeit in Japanese), please see Documentation pages for the full list. The reference manual has been updated and is available as PDF, Html, or Wiki.

  • Cloud Sticky Notes – A Free Customizable Sticky Note-Taking App

    Cloud Sticky Notes is a free, simple, and customizable Java-based sticky note-taking application. It is recognized by many people using Mac, Windows, and Linux OS since it runs on all three platforms, among others. It has a User Interface reminiscent of the famous Windows Sticky Notes app so it should be easy for anyone to get up and running with.

    You can add, edit, and delete notes while offline without any setbacks. Cloud Sticky Notes will automatically synchronize your data whenever you’re online so you will have no need to manually sync your data to the cloud.

  • GNOME Notes 3.27.90

    I know, I'm late, but after releasing 3.27.90 I took some days off GNOME Notes development to enjoy my holidays with my son - girls stayed at home, doing girls stuff, this time.

    When I get back, I was involved in trying new Linux distros to see how my workflow would work with them. That took some days too, so here we go with my thoughts on GNOME Notes 3.28.

Software: AtCore, Tidal CLI Client and GNU Automake

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  • AtCore update 2/18
  • Tidal CLI Client – Stream Tidal Music From Linux Command Line

    Tidal CLI Client is an open-source command line-based music streaming app with which Tidal users can search for and play music on their Linux PCs. Users can search for tracks either by track or artist name and add tracks to queues.

  • GNU Automake 1.16 Preps For More Changes Ahead Of Automake 2.0

    While Meson+Ninja remains all the hype these days when it comes to open-source build systems, the GNU build system isn't going away any time soon and a key component of that was just updated, Automake 1.16.

    GNU Automake 1.16 has fixes around its automatic dependency tracking, improvements around dealing with the reproducible builds effort, a custom test suite driver for the Guile Scheme SRFI-64 API, and various other minor changes.

  • GNU Automake 1.16 released

    We are pleased to announce the GNU Automake 1.16 minor release.

    This release follows 1.15.1 which was made 8 months ago.

    See below for the detailed list of changes since the previous version, as summarized by the NEWS file.

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