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  • Trying out Mosh – the Mobile Shell

    Mosh is great for logging into remote shells, but you will still need to use OpenSSH for scp and sftp you will still, as Mosh is optimised for character (and not binary) transport. Which is perfectly fine.

  • My Top 5 Alternatives to Xterm [Ed: a little older]
  • 5 Linux Browsers You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

    While you might be fine sticking with the default browser for your Linux distribution, very often one browser isn’t enough. The default browser might be crashing all the time, or you simply might need more. For such cases you’d better know what the alternatives are.

    For instance, I always have dozens, if not hundreds, of tabs open – for my own projects, for clients’ projects, personal research, etc., and all this in one browser becomes way too much. Also, when I upload files, the browser (usually) remembers the last directory used and opens it directly. This way the next time I upload files from the same directory, I don’t have to search for the directory. All this makes it comfortable to use multiple browsers with different tabs in each of them.

  • INN 2.6.1

    This is a bug-fix and minor feature release over INN 2.6.0. The biggest change is adding support for the new COMPRESS extension. It also fixes various bugs around state changes when negotiating various compression or integrity layers and fixes some issues with nnrpd's validation of newly-posted messages. (Messages with Received and Posted headers are no longer rejected; messages with all-whitespace headers now are.) This release also supports OpenSSL 1.1.0 and fixes an nntpsend bug under systemd.

  • 9 Open Source/Commercial Software for Data Center Infrastructure Management

    When a company grows its demand in computing resources grows as well. It works as for regular companies as for providers, including those renting out dedicated servers. When the total number of racks exceed 10 you’ll start facing issues.

    How to inventory servers and spares? How to maintain a data center in a good health, locating and fixing potential threats on time. How to find the rack with broken equipment? How to prepare physical machines to work? Carrying out these tasks manually will take too much time otherwise will require having a huge team of administrators in your IT-department.

  • LibreOffice 5.3 to Launch with a Microsoft Office-like Ribbon UI

    "LibreOffice is working on a pretty significant overhaul of its interface that would have the productivity suite adopt a new toolbar design similar to the Microsoft Office Ribbon UI."

    At this point, LibreOffice’s new Ribbon-inspired UI is still in the works, but it’s already available in experimental version 5.3 and anyone can see how it looks using the steps below.

  • Comparing Krita packaging size

    Every time a new version of Krita is released I see somewhere a post where someone lists the output of their distribtion package manager and complains about the number of dependencies and the installation size. In the past dependencies used to be a huge problem where the connections between the packages causes a chains of dependencies at which end you e.g. needed install a MySQL server.

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  • The quest for a great text editor: A brief intro to Notepad++

    Enter Notepad++. Notepad++ is licensed under the GNU Public License (GPL), and the source is available on GitHub. Installation is via a downloadable executable installer. If you're comfortable with Windows Notepad or WordPad, the Notepad++ interface will be very comfortable to you also. The default mode is plain-text, UTF-8 encoded, with Windows line-feeds, and word wrapping turned on—normal Notepad defaults. If that's what you need it for, you're ready to go.

  • Wireshark 2.2.3 Open-Source Network Protocol Analyzer Released with 19 Bug Fixes

    Today, December 15, 2016, the development team behind the world’s most popular network protocol analyzer, Wireshark, announced the general availability of a new maintenance update in the stable 2.2 series of the software.

    That's right, we're talking about Wireshark 2.2.3, the third point release for Wireshark 2.2, which lands approximately one month after the previous maintenance version, and, as expected, it addresses a bunch of bugs and annoyances that have been reported by users since Wireshark 2.2.2.

  • Adobe Finally Releases Flash Player 24 for GNU/Linux Systems, Download Now

    After announcing back in September 2016 the Beta preview of its latest Flash Player technologies for Linux platforms, synced with the Windows and Mac builds, it looks like the Adobe finally released Flash Player 24, for Linux.

    Adobe updated Flash Player Linux for Chromium (PPAPI) and Flash Player Linux for Firefox (NPAPI) to version, the same one that's also used on Microsoft Windows and Apple's macOS operating systems, along with Flash Player Linux for Google Chrome and Flash Player for Google's Linux-based ChromeOS.

  • Microsoft to disable most Flash content in its Edge browser [Ed: Microsoft’s Ad Bot thinks malware like Vista 10 is “A-OK”, but not Adobe Trash]
  • Using the command-line calendar and date functions in Linux
  • Kdenlive 16.12 Video Editor Adds Advanced Trimming Tools, Rotoscoping Effect

    The Kdenlive development team announced a new stability version of the open-source video editor designed for KDE Plasma desktop environments, Kdenlive 16.12, released as part of the KDE Applications 16.12 software suite.

    We've already told you all about the goodies and updated KDE apps that have been included in the final release of the KDE Applications 16.12 software suite for KDE Plasma 5 desktops, but it looks like the Kdenlive video editor got its own announcement, and the changes included in this version are quite very interesting.

  • GNOME 3.24 Desktop Environment Getting Improvements for the Notification Applet

    Long-time GNOME developer Allan Day reports on some of the upcoming improvements that are coming to the built-in Notification applet of the GNOME 3 desktop environment.

    The Notification applet you see on your GNOME desktop right now has been introduced in the 3.16 release of the popular project, which is used by default in numerous GNU/Linux distributions. But as nothing in this world is perfect, it looks like its user interface needs some improvements here and there.

  • New GNOME API Key for Google Services

    Recently, a few bugs in evolution-data-server were causing various GNOME components to hit Google’s daily limit for their CalDAV and Tasks APIs. At least evolution, gnome-calendar and gnome-todo were affected. The bugs have since been fixed, but until every single user out there installs the fix, everybody will be susceptible even if they have a fixed copy of evolution-data-server. This is because Google identifies the clients by the OAuth 2.0 API key used to access their services, and not the version of the code running on them.

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  • Bareflank Hypervisor Advances With VMM Isolation, Windows Support

    Back during the summer we wrote about the Bareflank Hypervisor as a new open-source hypervisor written in C++11/14 and served as more of a hypervisor framework. Today the company behind that effort, Assured Information Security, announced a new version of Bareflank.

  • Lightworks 14 Steps Closer To Release, UI Updates & More

    The Lightworks cross-platform video editor for Linux/macOS/Windows is on the verge of a big new release with Lightworks 14.0 while out today is a new beta release.

  • Site Development: Leverage Freely Available Tools

    Are you involved in DevOps and web development, or are you aiming to be? If so, you're probably very aware of many of the tools from the open standards and open source arenas that can make your work easier. Still, these are always spreading out at a fast clip and there are some applications and tools that are rarely discussed. Here at OStatic, we try to regularly update our collections focused on them. In this post, you'll find our newly updated collection of free resources for web development that range from complete online courses available for free to unsung applications.

    Code School's Beginners Guide to Web Development is a good place to start if you are new to the topic. It offers good advice on the basics, including making a plan and creating web pages.

  • Weblate 2.10

    Quite on the schedule, Weblate 2.10 is out today. This release brings Git exporter module, improves support for machine translation services and adds various CSV exports and API interfaces.

  • Vivaldi 1.6 Is Out, World's First Web Browser to Display Notifications in Tabs

    In an unexpected turn of events, it appears that Vivaldi just launched today, December 15, 2016, the final release of the Vivaldi 1.6 web browser, as the team informs Softpedia through an embargoed press release.

    The embargo just expired, so we'd like to invite our readers to read all about the new features bundled in Vivaldi 1.6, which had a very short development cycle, coming only three weeks after the November 22 release of Vivaldi 1.5, an exciting milestone that added support for controlling Philips Hue smart lights.

  • Secure Desktops with Qubes: Extra Protection
  • ValaCAT application current status

    During last weeks I have been working on the application interns and the user interface. I don’t publish anything last week because I was in a festival (Festival Internacional do Mundo Celta de Ortigueira) and I have no internet connection.

    I have create a more Gnome-Shell like UI than the one I show you on the previous mockups and I think that it’s quite cool. I have also created modules to treat with languages, filters and more. You can view and critize the code on the GitHub Repository.

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  • qBittorrent 3.3.9 Open-Source BitTorrent Client Adds New DHT Bootstrap Node

    Today, December 14, 2016, the development team behind the Qt-based, open-source, free, and cross-platform qBittorrent BitTorrent client announced the general availability of the qBittorrent 3.3.8 and 3.3.9 maintenance updates.

    After being in development for the last three months, qBittorrent 3.3.8 is here as the latest and most advanced stable version of the popular torrent and magnet downloader, implementing initial support for newer libtorrent APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) from the upcoming 1.1.x branch, which is currently in development.

  • Essential Utilities: Reclaiming Disk Space

    Linux offers an unsurpassed breadth of open source small utilities that perform functions ranging from the mundane to the wonderful. These tools help make Linux a compelling operating system. This series of articles identifies indispensable open source utilities which make using Linux that bit more special.

    You often hear that disk space is cheap and plentiful. And it's true that a 4TB mechanical hard disk drive currently retails for a little over 100 dollars. But like many users I have moved over to solid-state drives (SSD) as my primary storage. SSD does functionally everything a hard drive does, but helps to make a computer feel more responsive. With a SSD, data is stored on interconnected flash memory chips that retain the data even when there's no power present. SSDs are more expensive than mechanical hard drives in terms of dollar per gigabyte. And SSDs with 4TB capacity are thin on the ground and expensive, so most users settle for lower capacity SSDs.

  • Ghostwriter, an Open-Source Markdown Editor

    Ghostwriter is a free, open-source markdown editor for Linux and Windows. Billed as being ‘distraction free’, the Qt based app doesn’t scrimp on features at the expense of looking minimal and stylish.

  • Crossover 16 for Linux Now Supports 64-bit Windows Apps

    I don’t use WINE, the software layer that lets you run Windows application on Linux, but I know a great many of you do.

    And, as much, you may be interested to hear that a new release of CrossOver, developed by CodeWeavers, is available for download.

Krita 3.1 Released

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  • Krita 3.1 Released!

    Today the Krita team releases Krita 3.1.0 ! Krita 3.1 is the first release that is fully supported on OSX (10.9 and later)! Krita 3.1 is the result of half a year of intense work and contains many new features, performance improvement and bug fixes. It’s now possible to use render animations (using ffmpeg) to gif or various video formats. You can use a curve editor to animate properties. Soft-proofing was added for seeing how your artwork will look in print. A new color picker that allows selecting wide-gamut colors. There is also a new brush engine that paints fast on large canvases, a stop-based gradient editor.

  • KDE's Krita 3.1 Released With Speedups & Improvements

    After the big Krita 3.0 release earlier this year, the crew responsible for this open-source digital painting software aligned with KDE has released Krita 3.1.

  • Krita 3.1 Digital Painting App Officially Released with Many Cool New Features

    A few moments ago, the development team behind the powerful, open-source, free, and cross-platform Krita digital painting software proudly announced the final release of Krita 3.1.

    After being in development for the past few months, Krita 3.1 is now that most advanced version of the application, bringing cool new features like full support for Apple's Mac OS X operating system, as well as the ability to render an animation to MKV, GIF, MP4, or OGG files using the FFmpeg multimedia framework.

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  • CrossOver 16 lets you run Office 2013 on Mac or Linux

    CrossOver is a compatibility layer that makes it possible to run some Windows software on Mac or Linux computers. It’s basically a commercial version of the open source WINE, and the two projects share a lot of code, but CrossOver usually has a few exclusive features and offers official support for customers.

  • CrossOver 16 adds Microsoft Office 2013 & 64-bit application virtualization

    Windows software solution CrossOver for macOS has updated, and with the update comes full compatibility for the Microsoft Office 2013 suite and 64-bit applications for the first time.

  • CrossOver 16 Debuts with Support for Microsoft Office 2013, 64-bit Windows Apps

    CodeWeavers' Josh DuBois informs Softpedia today, December 13, 2016, about the general availability of the final release of CrossOver 16.0.0 commercial graphical user interface for Wine.

    CrossOver 16 is now the most advanced stable release of the commercial software that allows GNU/Linux and Mac OS X users to run applications and games designed only for Microsoft Windows operating systems, and it looks like the biggest new feature is support for installing and running the Microsoft Office 2013 office suite.

CrossOver 16 Released

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  • man-pages-4.09 is released

    I've released man-pages-4.09. The release tarball is available on The browsable online pages can be found on The Git repository for man-pages is available on

    This release resulted from patches, bug reports, reviews, and comments from 44 contributors. This is one of the more substantial releases in recent times, with more than 500 commits changing around 190 pages. The changes include the addition of eight new pages and significant enhancements or rewrites to many existing pages.

  • Gammu 1.38.0

    Today Gammu 1.38.0 has been released. Changes in last two testing releases have been stabilized and this is the outcome. You can expect changes in API or SMSD tables as well as some additional features.

  • HomeBank 5.1.2 Free Personal Finance App Improves the Balance Report, Fixes Bugs

    The free, cross-platform, and open-source HomeBank personal finance software and money management suite received a new maintenance update a few days ago, versioned 5.1.2.

    HomeBank 5 is a powerful tool designed from the ground up to be easy to use and let users analyze their personal finance and budget in detail thanks to the included filtering tools and beautiful charts. It's the go-to app for managing your personal accounting, budget, and finance across Linux and Windows platforms.

  • Shotwell 0.25.2 Image Viewer and Organizer Gets over 20 Fixes, Some Improvements

    Today, December 12, 2016, Jens Georg, the developer of the Shotwell open-source image viewer, editor, and organizer software, published the second development version towards the major Shotwell 0.26 release.

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  • New location for Weblate
  • Calibre 2.74 eBook Library Manager Supports Metadata Download from Amazon China

    It's been two weeks since the last point release of the Calibre 2.7 open-source, free, and cross-platform ebook library management software, and developer Kovid Goyal is back with a new version that adds a couple of new features and fixes many issues.

    Calibre 2.74 is here to implement support for downloading Amazon metadata from the Amazon China ( website, a functionality that can be enabled from the Metadata download setting in the Preferences dialog of the application. There, users can customize the Amazon plugin to download metadata from

  • Citrix Linux VDA 7.12 adds support for Ubuntu!

    The new Linux VDA 7.12 is released with XenApp and XenDesktop 7.12. This release adds support for Ubuntu 16.04, IPv6, NIS integration, SSSD and LDAPS. In addition, there are new interesting experimental capabilities like seamless apps and enhanced Linux VDA metrics in HDX insight. Lets learn more about them below.

  • Access Ext2, HFS and other file systems with DiskInternals Linux Reader

    DiskInternals Linux Reader is a freeware Windows application for browsing drives using Linux, Apple and other file systems. The program enables reading (but not writing) drives using Ext2/3/4, ReiserFS, Reiser4, HFS, HFS+, FAT, exFAT, NTFS, ReFS and UFS2.

    It’s also possible to mount and read raw disk images (*.dsk, *.img) and assorted virtual disk formats (*.vmdk, *.vhd, *.vhdx, *.vdi, *.vds).

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    We are happy to announce the release of Qt Creator 4.2.1. This is a pure bugfix release, and takes care of various important bugs.
  • KTextEditor depends on KSyntaxHighlighting
    Recently, the KSyntaxHighlighting framework was added to the KDE Frameworks 5.29 release. And starting with KDE Frameworks 5.29, KTextEditor depends on KSyntaxHighlighting. This also means that KTextEditor now queries KSyntaxHighlighting for available xml highlighting files.
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