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Pyradio - Play your Favorite Radio Station from Linux Terminal

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  • Pyradio - Play your Favorite Radio Station from Linux Terminal

    Pyradio is a free and open source Python-based command line tool that allows you to play your favorite radio station online. We'll take you through the installation of Pyradio and how to play your favorite radio station online from Ubuntu Linux terminal. We have tested this installation on Ubuntu 18.04 version.

  • Why Do So Many Linux Users Prefer the Command Line to a GUI?

    I work with GUI apps more often than I do with the CLI but it is how I do my most important dev tasks. The command line interface arguably has a steep learning curve but once you get the hang of it you will love it because it will become second nature.

Software: 10 Linux Apps I Can’t Live Without, GitHub Alternatives, BootISO, fkill, Gifcurry

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  • 10 Linux Apps I Can’t Live Without

    10 Linux Apps I Can’t Live Without. Yes, I forgot to switch scenes during LibreOffice and Kdenlive because allergy meds brain. However, the applications are must haves for my workflow. What about you? Which Linux apps are must haves for you?

  • 6 Github alternatives that is open source and self-hosted

    And there you have it, six Github alternatives that you can host on your Linux or Unix server. No need to depend on the cloud or worry about Microsoft looking into your codebase.

  • 10 Best GitHub Alternatives to Host Open Source Projects

    Github is a powerful, secure and the most popular online platform for hosting software projects for version control using Git. It is particularly well known as a development platform for open source projects, however, Github supports private repositories as well.

    With Microsoft reportedly acquiring Github, many open source enthusiast are probably weary of this acquisition, knowing very well that Microsoft is a for-profit company, and who knows, terms and conditions are bound to change (as is always the case with such deals) concerning the world’s leading software development platform.

    If you are one of those already thinking of alternatives to Github for hosting your open source project(s), then check out the list below.

  • BootISO – A Simple Bash Script To Securely Create A Bootable USB Device From ISO File

    Most of us (including me) very often create a bootable USB device from ISO file for OS installation.

    There are many applications freely available in Linux for this purpose. Even we wrote few of the utility in the past.

    Every one uses different application and each application has their own features and functionality.

    In that few of applications are belongs to CLI and few of them associated with GUI.

  • fkill – Interactively Kill Processes in Linux

    Fkill-cli is a free open source, simple and cross-platform command line tool designed to interactively kill processes in Linux, developed using Nodejs. It also runs on Windows and MacOS X operating systems. It requires a process ID (PID) or process name to kill it.

  • Gifcurry – An Open Source Video to Gif Maker

    Gifcurry is an open-source Haskell-based video app with which you can create GIFs from video files. You can use it to edit videos by trimming, cropping, adding texts and fonts to them. Also, you can set size limits on the GIFs you create.

    Gifcurry is free, open-source, and it features both a Command Line and Graphical User Interface. If you don’t have a video-to-GIF app on your machine then you might never have to look for one again.

Software: Music and More

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  • 10 Applications Every Linux Using Musician Should Know About

    When it comes to creativity, people are always assuming that a Mac is best, even in today’s Windows-centric ecosystem. As a result, so few people actually know about the diverse landscape of Linux-based tools and suites available, most of which for free.

  • rra-c-util 7.2

    rra-c-util is my collection of portability and utility code that I reuse in all the C and Perl projects I maintain.

    Most of the changes in this release are Autoconf macro improvements prompted by Julien ÉLIE. This release incorporates his work on RRA_PROG_PYTHON, RRA_LIB_PYTHON, and RRA_PYTHON_MODULE macros, which support both Python 2 and Python 3. It also improves the RRA_PROG_PERL macro to make PERL a substitution variable and to check that building against libperl actually works. Finally, RRA_LIB_BDB, RRA_LIB_OPENSSL, RRA_LIB_SASL, and RRA_LIB_ZLIB now check that the headers for the library are found as well as the library itself (based on Julien's work in INN).

  • wallet 1.4

    wallet is a secret management system that I developed at Stanford, primarily to distribute keytab management. As mentioned in an earlier post, I'm not entirely sure it has significant advantages over Vault, but it does handle Kerberos natively and we're still using it for some things, so I'm still maintaining it.

  • Why use SaltStack for automation and orchestration

    Thomas S. Hatch released Salt, aka the SaltStack Platform, in 2011 after becoming frustrated with the (slow) speed of the Ruby-based open source configuration management systems available at the time, including Puppet and Chef. Hatch used the open source ZeroMQ messaging library for networking and Python as the implementation language. Later the more scalable RAET (Reliable Asynchronous Event Transport Protocol) transport was developed as an alternative message queue.

Top GitHub Alternatives to Host Your Open Source Project

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If you are looking to migrate from GitHub, here are some of the best alternatives to GitHub for hosting the source code of your open source project.
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Wine Vulkan Preps For v1.1 Support With Licensing Issues Resolved

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Now that Vulkan's code licensing issue with Wine has been resolved, the Winevulkan code for supporting Vulkan within Wine to pass onto the host Linux system's Vulkan driver is being updated.

The Wine Vulkan code had been limited to supporting Vulkan 1.0.51 as that was the last release of Vulkan to be under an MIT-style license before migrating to the Apache 2.0 license. Now that there is the exception in place with Vulkan's current license, Roderick Colenbrander has moved forward in updating the winevulkan code.

There's been a lot of changes in that time and Roderick is working on addressing what needs to be modified in the Wine Vulkan code. But for now Winevulkan isn't exposing Vulkan 1.1 support until some of the features can be implemented within the Wine code, so for now it's being advertised as v1.0.76 rather than the current upstream of 1.1.76.

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Free Video Editing Software Avidemux Is Now Available On Flathub

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Avidemux, a popular free video editor, is now available on Flathub, making the latest version easy to install on most Linux distributions.

Flathub is a Linux app repository powered by Flatpak, which allows apps to run on almost any Linux distribution.

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Software: Ardour, Opus, GIMP, Pacman, LibreOffice, Launchpad

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  • Ardour Development Update

        

    It's been a long time since the last release of Ardour, and there's still no schedule or even vague sense of when the next release might appear. I (Paul) felt that our users, and particularly our subscribers, deserved some information about what is and has been going on with development over the last 8 months. I had promised to do this back in December, and it is now long overdue.

  • Ardour Digital Audio Workstation Is Going Through An Architectural Overhaul

    For those wondering what's been going on with the Ardour digital audio workstation cross-platform, open-source software, their developers have posted a status update about their ongoing progress to the project.

    Ardour, for those that don't know, is one of the leading (if not the leading) open-source digital audio workstation software for audio recording, editing, and mixing. It's a mighty impressive piece of software currently, but the developers are working on making it even better.

  • libopus 1.3-rc
  • Opus 1.3 RC1 Released For Open-Source Audio Codec

    Nearly one year after the release of Opus 1.2, the Opus 1.3 release is happening quite soon with Friday marking the availability of the release candidate for this open-source and versatile audio codec implementation.

  • GIMP has moved to Gitlab

    Along with the GEGL and babl libraries, GIMP has moved to a new collaborative programming infrastructure based on Gitlab and hosted by GNOME.

  • GIMP Jumps Aboard The GitLab Bandwagon

    The 2018 trend of migrating open-source project infrastructure to GitLab continues.

    Following the GNOME project as well as FreeDesktop.org and other notable open-source projects migrating to GitLab for their project infrastructure with code hosting, bug management, etc, The GIMP has completed its migration too over to the popular alternative to GitHub.

  • Arch monthly May

    Finally! A new pacman release, this version adds some critical bits for reproducible builds and the pacman repository has been shed of misc tools which are now in pacman-contrib.

  • Best diagramming software: Top Microsoft Visio alternatives

     

    LibreOffice Draw is a vector graphics and flowcharts design tool that's part of the free and open source LibreOffice software suite.
     

    Draw uses smart connectors that make it diagramming simple. Users can define where these connectors adhere to and automatically calculate and display the linear dimensions of their designs to build a variety of different charts and diagrams regardless of skill level.

  • Launchpad news, May 2018

Software: Photo Funnel, ONLYOFFICE, Cachix

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  • Photo Funnel: Easy Photo Import on Linux

    A while ago, I cobbled together Photo Funnel, a simple tool for importing photos and RAW files from storage cards to a Linux machine. Although it wasn’t meant to replace digiKam, I ended up using it as my primary import tool for two reasons: speed and simplicity. But just because it does the job, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be improved. So I’ve spent a couple of evenings tweaking Photo Funnel.

  • New ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors with completely reorganized interface and multiple updates

    Today we are proud to say that our desktop suite has received the new tabbed interface and caught up with multiple fresh features in the latest version. Read why the app is worth updating right now in the article below.

  • Announcing Cachix - Binary Cache as a Service

    The main motivation is to save you time and compute resources waiting for your packages to build. By using a shared cache of already built packages, you'll only have to build your project once.

    This should also speed up CI builds, as Nix can take use of granular caching of each package, rather than caching the whole build.

    Another one (which I personally consider even more important) is decentralization of work produced by Nix developers. Up until today, most devs pushed their software updates into the nixpkgs repository, which has the global binary cache at https://cache.nixos.org.

Software: HandBrake, Plex Media Player, zchunk, Qalculate! and Cherrytree

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  • HandBrake FFmpeg, no more Nvidia 32 bit drivers

    HandBrake has been updated again to track the master branch, as it now uses FFMpeg 4 and no longer libAV 12. This could probably lead to other improvements, like NVENC/CUDA support, more formats, etc.

    Starting with the Nvidia drivers version 396.24 there will be no more 32 bit support, the driver will be 64 bit only. The 32 bit libraries are still included, so Steam and other applications will keep on being supported.

  • Plex Media Player is back!

    Just a small post to notify that Plex Media Player package is back. Now it does not require Conan or Python anymore for building, and you can just build it using standard tools, the dependency issues between the Plex binary packages have been resolved.

  • What is zchunk?

    Over the past few months, I’ve been working on zchunk, a compression format that is designed to allow for good compression, but, more importantly, the ability to download only the differences between an old version of the file and a new version.

    The concept is similar to both zsync and casync, but it has some important differences. Let’s first look at how downloading a zchunk file works.

  • Qalculate! – The Best Calculator Application in The Entire Universe

    I have been a GNU-Linux user and a Debian user for more than a decade. As I started using the desktop more and more, it seemed to me that apart from few web-based services most of my needs were being met with desktop applications within Debian itself.

    One of such applications was the need for me to calculate between different measurements of units. While there are and were many web-services which can do the same, I wanted something which could do all this and more on my desktop for both privacy reasons as well as not having to hunt for a web service for doing one thing or the other. My search ended when I found Qalculate!.

  • Cherrytree – A Feature-Rich Wiki-Style Note-Taking App

    I recently wrote on Thetapad and Zim – both are excellent note-taking applications with their specialty geared towards different users. Today, thanks to suggestions from FossMint readers, I introduce to you Cherrytree.

    Cherrytree is a free and open source note-taking application with wiki-style text formatting, syntax highlighting, and advanced customizability settings.

    Its advanced search function allows you to locate files across the file tree irrespective of their location. It supports keyboard shortcuts, importing and exporting notes, syncing with cloud services like Dropbox, rich text formatting, and password protection to keep your notes secure.

Software: Qikipedia, Code Editors, Cutelyst, Tor, Cockpit, Chrome

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  • Qikipedia – A Browser Extension To Display Wikipedia Summary

    A while ago, we have written a guide that described how to display the summary of any Wikipedia article in Terminal using a command line utility named “Wikit”. Using this utility, we can get the wikipedia summary of the given text right from the terminal window. Today, we are going to discuss about a similar utility named “Qikipedia”. It is a google browser extension that allows you to highlight text from any website, and shows you a summary of the corresponding Wikipedia article, if one exists.

  • 6 Best Vi/Vim-Inspired Code Editors for Linux

    Vim (short for Vi Improved) is a free, open source, powerful, highly configurable and extensible text editor. It has a large and dedicated community of users that are constantly creating useful new scripts and updates to the text editor. Vim supports hundreds of programming languages and file formats making it one of the best cross-platform code editor.

  • Cutelyst 2.4.0 released

    Cutelyst, the C++/Qt web framework got another up.

  • Tor Browser and Selenium

    Many of us use Python Selenium to do functional testing of our websites or web applications. We generally test against Firefox and Google Chrome browser on the desktop. But, there is also a lot of people who uses Tor Browser (from Tor Project) to browse the internet and access the web applications.

    In this post we will see how can we use the Tor Browser along with Selenium for our testing.

  • Cockpit 169

    Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. We release regularly. Here are the release notes from version 169.

  • Chrome 67 Now Available For Linux Users
  • Google Chrome 67 Rolls Out to Linux, Mac, and Windows with 34 Security Fixes

    Google has promoted today the Chrome 67 web browser for Linux, Mac, and Windows platforms to the stable channel, a release that will be available to users in coming days or weeks.

  • Chrome 67 Released, New Version of RaspAnd, SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Classics Now Available for Linux and More

    Chrome 67 has been released, and it includes several security fixes as well as default support for WebAuthn, which provides "a way to sign up to websites using biometrics like fingerprints or facial images stored in a smartphone, or USB hardware like Yubikey's authentication device", ZDNet reports. Chrome 67 also features new APIs for augmented and virtual reality.

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Debian: Google Summer of Code, Debian 9.5, and Tails

  • Google Summer of Code with a Debian Project
    Yes! My project proposal was selected. First of all I want to mention that I began my open source adventure with Debian. I started to participate in the open source events like Hackathons, BSP and Conferences and doing small contribution to different projects and this is how everything started.
  • Debian 9.5 Released: “Rock Solid” GNU/Linux Distro Arrives With Spectre v2 Fix
    Following the fourth point release of Debian 9 “stretch” in March, the developers of the popular GNU/Linux distro have shipped the latest update to its stable distribution. For those who don’t know, Debian 9 is an LTS version that’ll remain supported for 5 years. As one would expect, this point release doesn’t bring any set of new features and keeps focusing on improving an already stable experience by delivering security patches and bug fixes. In case you’re looking for an option that brings new features, you can check out the recently released Linux Mint 19.
  • Your Help Is Needed to Test VeraCrypt Support in the Tails Anonymous OS, GNOME
    The team behind the famous Tails operating system, also known as the Amnesic Incognito Live System or simply Anonymous OS, needs your help to test the integration of the VeraCrypt disk encryption software. In an attempt to provide Tails users with better security, the team is working hard these days on the integration of the VeraCrypt open-source and free disk encryption utility used for on-the-fly encryption of encrypted disk drives into the next-generation Tails OS as well as the GNOME desktop environment it uses by default. This will let Tails users easily unlock encrypted volumes on-the-fly when using the anonymous live system to stay hidden online while protecting their identity and privacy. To makes things even easier, they created the VeraCrypt Mounter utility for unlocking VeraCrypt encrypted drives.

Programming: Perl, RcppClassic, Git-cinnabar, Effective Python

  • Confessions of a recovering Perl hacker
    My name's MikeCamel, and I'm a Perl hacker. There, I've said it. That's the first step. My handle on IRC, Twitter and pretty much everywhere else in the world is "MikeCamel." This is because, back in the day, when there were no chat apps—no apps at all, in fact—I was in a technical "chatroom" and the name "Mike" had been taken. I looked around, and the first thing I noticed on my desk was the Camel Book, the O'Reilly Perl Bible. I have the second edition now, but this was the first edition. Yesterday, I happened to pick up the second edition, the really thick one, to show someone on a video conference call, and it had a thin layer of dust on it. I was a little bit ashamed, but a little bit relieved as well.
  • RcppClassic 0.9.11
    A new maintenance release, now at version 0.9.11, of the RcppClassic package arrived earlier today on CRAN. This package provides a maintained version of the otherwise deprecated initial Rcpp API which no new projects should use as the normal Rcpp API is so much better.
  • Mike Hommey: Announcing git-cinnabar 0.5.0 beta 4
    Git-cinnabar is a git remote helper to interact with mercurial repositories. It allows to clone, pull and push from/to mercurial remote repositories, using git.
  • Russ Allbery: Review: Effective Python