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Wine 2.11 is Released

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  • Wine Announcement

    The Wine development release 2.11 is now available.

  • Wine 2.11 Arrives, Adds OpenGL Support In The Android Driver

    Wine 2.11 has arrived as the latest bi-weekly development release for this program to handle Windows games/applications on Linux and other operating systems.

    Building off Wine 2.10 with its initial Android graphics driver support is now support for OpenGL within Wine's Android driver.

  • Wine 2.11 released

    The Wine 2.11 development release is now officially available with more Android work and other fixes.

Jonathan Riddell Releases ISO Image Writer

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  • ISO Image Writer

    It’s based on ROSA Image Writer which has served KDE neon and other projects well for some time. This adds ISO verification to automatically check the digital signatures or checksums, currently supported is KDE neon, Kubuntu and Netrunner. It also uses KAuth so it doesn’t run the UI as root, only a simple helper binary to do the writing. And it uses KDE Frameworks goodness so the UI feels nice.

  • ISO Image Writer is a new Qt-based Bootable USB Creator

    Linux enthusiasts on the hunt for a reliable USB image writer will be pleased to hear that a new app is in development.

    The plainly named ‘ISO Image Writer‘ is a new app by Jonathan Riddell, a prominent KDE developer and project lead of the KDE Neon software stack.

    The new app, Riddell says, is based on the Qt5 ROSA Image Writer, a cross-platform USB image writer that is recommended by KDE Neon, among other Linux distributions.

Free Software: Ring, LibreOffice, Nylas, Tilda and Stellarium

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  • Ring is a Privacy-Focused, Open-Source Skype Alternative

    If you’re sick of Skype for Linux’s lack of progress, or rankled by the imminent retirement of the older (but superior) Qt Skype client, there’s a GNU alternative in town called Ring.

    GNU Ring is a cross-platform, privacy-minded communication app that is fast gaining a following in FOSS and security-conscious circles.

  • LibreOffice Automatic Updater Available to Test on Linux

    Open-source office suite LibreOffice is inching closer to providing automatic updates in-app. Daily builds of LibreOffice for Linux with a new automatic updater built-in are available for testing, LibreOffice developer Markus Mohrhard announced today.

  • Nylas Mail Is Dead, Jim [Ed: But it's just another Electron 'app']

    Nylas Mail was (I guess still is, but I can’t be bothered keeping track of tenses in this heatwave) a cross-platform desktop email client built using the world’s most popular application development framework, Electron.

    Thanks to a fairly decent set of smarts the app could handle multiple accounts, do unified inboxes, mail snoozing, undo send, and a bunch other stuff.

  • Tilda – A Highly Configurable GTK Based Drop Down Terminal For Unix-like Systems

    Tilda is a free, open source, highly customizable and configurable GTK based drop down Terminal emulator for Unix-like operating systems. Unlike other traditional Terminals like gnome-terminal (Gnome), Konsole (KDE), MATE Terminal (MATE), xterm and many others, Tilda has no border window and is hidden until a key or keys pressed. Its design was inspired from the classical Terminals used in first person shooter games, Quake, Doom and Half-Life to name a few. It doesn’t has border window, menu bar, title bar, and minimize or maximize buttons. It can be pulled up and down when a key is pressed. Tilda is popular among developers and those who are using Terminal mostly to perform all tasks.

  • Stellarium 0.16 Adds RemoteSync Plugin to Allow Running Multiple Instances, More

    Alexander Wolf released today Stellarium 0.16.0, a new major update of the open-source and cross-platform planetarium software for GNU/Linux, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.

    Stellarium 0.16.0 is a stable version that introduces some exciting new features, such as a RemoteSync plugin that lets users run multiple instances of the application, supports non-spherical models for solar system objects like small moons and asteroids, and new Skycultures, including Belarusian and Hawaiian Star Lines.

Software Leftovers and GNOME

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  • VIM Normalization

    Linux users–including the ones at the Hackaday underground bunker–tend to fall into two groups: those that use vi and those that use emacs. We aren’t going to open that debate up again, but we couldn’t help but notice a new item on GitHub that potentially negates one of the biggest complaints non-vi users have, at least for vim which is the most common variant of vi in use on most modern systems. The vim keybinding makes vim behave like a “normal” editor (and to forestall flames, that’s a quote from the project page).

  • Make Rhythmbox Look Better with this Alternative Toolbar Plugin

    Rhythmbox Alternative Toolbar is a Rhythmbox plugin that improves the look and layout of the music player by rearranging elements and using CSD.

  • Giving Qutebrowser a go - a fantastic keyboard-focused browser

    Years ago, I was introduce to touch typing. I knew immediately that it was a skill I must learn. I remember spending hours playing with gtypist trying to improve my typing efficiency. I'm not too bad nowadays. I can mostly type without looking at the keyboard at all, and with few errors.

  • Mesa Git Should Now Work With Intel/RADV Vulkan For Doom Under Wine

    Running the Doom (2016) game under Wine with Vulkan may now yield better success if using the Intel ANV or Radeon RADV Vulkan drivers due to a fix in Mesa's SPIR-V common code.

    The code commit to Mesa 17.2-dev that was merged just minutes ago explained, "Doom shipped with a broken version of GLSLang which handles samplers as function arguments in a way that isn't spec-compliant. In particular, it creates a temporary local sampler variable and copies the sampler into it. While Dave has had a hack patch out for a while that gets it working, we've never landed it because we've been hoping that a game update would come out with fixed shaders. Unfortunately, no game update appears on to be on the horizon and I've found this issue in yet another application so I think we're stuck working around it. Hopefully, we can delete this code one day."

  • Internationalization, part one

    The first part of internationalizing a Greek application, is, of course, translating all the Greek text to English. I already knew how to open a user interface (.ui) file with Glade and how to translate/save it from there, and mail the result to the developers.

    If only it was that simple! I learned that the code of most open source software is kept on version control systems, which fortunately are a bit similar to Wikis, which I was familiar with, so I didn’t have a lot of trouble understanding the concepts. Thanks to a very brief git crash course from my mentors, I was able to quickly start translating, committing, and even pushing back the updated files.

  • [Old] GNOME (et al): Rotting In Threes

    In the rush for Linux to become ‘popular’ and ‘make it into the desktop market’, maybe there is an unintended consequence. Not only are Windows users moving to Linux, but Windows devs seem to be arriving as well, bringing their diseases with them – corporate ‘kill off the competition’ mentalities that don’t serve Linux, merely exploit it.

Shotwell 0.27.0

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  • GNOME's Shotwell 0.27 Debuts New Features

    GNOME's Shotwell photo manager is out today with a new testing release as it ushers in the v0.27 development series.

    Shotwell 0.27 drops support for the F-Spot importing tool. F-Spot for the forgetful was a GNOME image manager/organizer written in C# but was succeeded by Shotwell since around 2010.

  • Shotwell, GNOME's Open-Source Image Viewer and Organizer, Gets Important Update

    The Shotwell open-source image viewer and organizer that is installed by default in various GNU/Linux distributions has been recently updated to version 0.27, a major release that adds numerous improvements and fixes annoying bugs.

    Shotwell 0.27 is now the latest stable release of the application, and some of the best new features included are faster color transformations, a configurable image background, --fullscreen/-f command-line option for the viewer, as well as histogram and thumbnailer improvements.

Software: Journal Apps, GNU Automake, Weblate, Gammu, and CrashPlan

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  • 5 of the Best Journal Apps for Linux

    Journals can serve a number of functions. They can help you organize your thoughts. They can help you keep track of your day. Sometimes, you just want to get your feelings out onto a page. If you’re a Linux user, you have a few excellent options for composing and compiling your own digital journal on your favorite operating system.

  • GNU Automake 1.15.1 released
  • GNU Automake 1.15.1 Comes After A Stall In The Project

    GNU's Automake 1.15.1 release is now available, which isn't too big on new work but comes after a lack of activity on Automake.

  • Call for Weblate translations

    Weblate 2.15 is almost ready (I expect no further code changes), so it's really great time to contribute to it's translations! Weblate 2.15 should be released early next week.

  • python-gammu for Windows

    It has been few months since I'm providing Windows binaries for Gammu, but other parts of the family were still missing. Today, I'm adding python-gammu.

  • Two Popular Open-Source Apps Are Now Available in the Windows Store
  • Backup your GNU/Linux system with CrashPlan

    Backup, backup, backup...This is the biggest thing that I wish everyone would follow when messing around with your computer, regardless of operating system but especially with GNU/Linux.

    GNU/Linux is fairly stable nowadays, but anyone who uses it regularly knows that this can change in the blink of an eye, and so...backup!

    There are plenty of different ways to backup your system, but one that I have found very easy to use is a piece of software called CrashPlan. CrashPlan is one of very few user-friendly graphical tools to create backups, and it does it’s job well. CrashPlan is available for Windows,Linux, and MacOS.

Leftovers: Software

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  • Open Source Photography Software "Darktable" 2.2.5 has been Released

    Darktable is an open source photography workflow application and RAW developer. A virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers. It manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.
    The internal architecture of darktable allows users to easily add modules for all sorts of image processing, from the very simple (crop, exposure, spot removal) to the most advanced (simulation of human night vision).
    The user interface is built around efficient caching of image metadata and mipmaps, all stored in a database. The main focus lies on user interaction, both in terms of a smooth interface design as well as processing speed. High quality output is also goal.

  • Switching to the Mutt Email Client

    It was almost four years ago I switched from webmail to a customized email configuration based on Notmuch and Emacs. Notmuch served as both as a native back-end that provided indexing and tagging, as well as a front-end, written in Emacs Lisp. It dramatically improved my email experience, and I wished I had done it earlier. I’ve really enjoyed having so much direct control over my email.

    However, I’m always fiddling with things — fiddling feels a lot more productive than it actually is — and last month I re-invented my email situation, this time switching to a combination of Mutt, Vim, mu, and tmux. The entirety of my email interface now resides inside a terminal, and I’m enjoying it even more. I feel I’ve “leveled up” again in my email habits.

  • libinput 1.7.901

    The first RC for libinput 1.8 is now available.

  • Valgrind-3.13.0 is available

    We are pleased to announce a new release of Valgrind, version 3.13.0, available from

  • Winamp alternative Qmmp 1.1.9 Audio Player for Ubuntu/Linux Mint/other Ubuntu derivatives

    Install QMMP Media Player in Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty/16.10 Yakkety/16.04 Xenial/14.04 Trusty/12.04 Precise/Linux Mint 18/17/13
    Qmmp media player is an audio player which gives feel like winamp or xmms. This program is written with help of Qt library. There are plenty of skins available for Qmmp player.

  • Is Deluge Better Than Any Other Bittorrent Client? Find Out By Yourself

    There are many BitTorrent clients available for Linux and you may have your favorite one installed on your system. Deluge is an open-source BitTorrent client written in Python programming language and its software library written in C++ language which provides the application's networking logic, is connected to one of various front ends (including a text console, a Web interface, and a graphical desktop interface using GTK+) through the project's own Python bindings. It is free licensed under the GNU GPL-v3 and cross-platform available for Linux, FreeBSD, Mac and Windows.

  • i2pd 2.14 released

    i2pd (I2P Daemon) is a full-featured C++ implementation of I2P client.

  • Irssi 1.0.3 Released

    Irssi 1.0.3 has been released. This release fixes two remote crash issue in Irssi as well as a few bug fixes, the most notable that TLS can now be disabled from within the text-UI. There are no new features. All Irssi users should upgrade to this version. See the NEWS for details.

  • A New Version Of WPS Office For Linux Was Just Released

    WPS Office is a well known cross platform office suite which also works on Linux desktop. It’s interface is very much similar to that in Microsoft Office and has similar tools as well.

    We though – and a lot of other users – that the development of WPS office for Linux has stopped a long time ago. Because the last update they released was 1 year ago. Their forums is also full of spam and no one was answering any questions or issues opened there.

Sottware News: VLC, Quod Libet, Gerbera, VirtualBox, FreeCAD, Calibre, GNOME, and LibreOffice

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  • What's the story with VLC?

    VLC is one of the most used software in the world, and it's completely free. Where does it come from? This is your answer ...

  • [Very old] 8 Free Linux BitTorrent Clients For linux users

    BitTorrent is an open source peer-to-peer file protocol for sharing large software and media files. It is a well established protocol which accounts for a significant proportion of internet traffic. Many Linux companies rely on BitTorrent as a key method of distributing their software, relieving the bandwidth burden on their servers. Downloads get faster when there are lots of users downloading and sharing at once. So to provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 8 polished Linux BitTorrent clients. Hopefully,We think the software presented here represents the big players, and a wide range of interfaces and features.

  • Quod Libet 3.9 Highlights

    (Quod Libet is a audio library tagger, manager, and player for Linux / Windows / macOS)

  • Gerbera v1.0 Released

    I am proud to announce the first release of the Gerbera media server!

    There have been over 340 commits since the last commit on the MediaTomb git. These including porting the build system to cmake, removing lots of bundled code (including libupnp itself), replacing spidermonkey with duktape, code housekeeping, album artwork support, bugfixes and more.

  • VirtualBox: Are You Getting Your Money’s Worth?

    Well of course you are. It’s free, isn’t it? Ok, so then why not double the return on your investment? Why not find out how much more you can accomplish as a VirtualBox power user?

    Oracle’s VirtualBox is easy to install, easy to use, and gives you the ability to run virtual versions of just about any modern operating system from within any other modern operating system. Windows 10 on Ubuntu Linux? I’ve done it myself. FreeBSD on CentOS Linux? Sure, why not?

  • FreeCAD Arch development news - May 2017

    So here we are for our monthly report of what has been going on on the FreeCAD front this month. As usual, I will mostly talk about what I have been doing myself, but don't forget that many people are working on FreeCAD, so there is always much more happening than what I talk about in these notes.

  • 10 Alternative Web browsers for the Linux operating system
  • Top 10 Text Editors for Linux Desktop

    In this article we are going to look at the top 10 text editors for Linux desktop environment. Some text editors are not just a default editor to edit text but also doubles up as an IDE, which makes it quite useful. These are very helpful in developing application in the linux environment and even though there are a lot of text editors out there, we are only going to focus on the ten best text editors for the linux desktop environment. So let’s quickly jump into the list without wasting any more time:

  • [Older] Arcan 0.5.2

    A new version of Arcan has been tagged. There is no demo video or fancy screenshots this time around; those things will have to wait until updates come to the related projects (mainly Durden) in a few weeks. Most of the work that remains on the 0.5 series isn’t much to look at by itself – but is nevertheless conceptually and technically interesting.

  • Ambient Noise (ANoise) Player Fixed For Ubuntu 16.04 And Newer

    Ambient Noise, or ANoise is a simple, lightweight application for playing ambient noises, such as waves, rain, fire, and so on, useful to help you stay focused and boost productivity, or fall asleep.

    The application didn't work in Ubuntu 16.04 and newer until recently, when it was updated to GStreamer 1.0 and Python 3, along with some bug fixes.

  • Calibre 3.0 Adds Support for Reading Books In-Browser on Your Phone or Tablet

    Calibre developer Kovid Goyal unveiled today Calibre 3.0, a major update of the open-source and cross-platform ebook library management application for all GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows computers.

    Compared to the 2.0 series of the app, Calibre 3.0's biggest new feature is an entirely re-written Content Server component that lets users read book in-browser on their phone and tablet devices. Best of all, the implementation also works offline, so you won't need an Internet connection to read your favorite books while on the go.

  • Canonical/GNOME Hackfest, Huge Sale & SteamOS Update | This Week in Linux (Ep.4)

    Big Linux Gaming news this week from and Valve. In App News, updates from Wireshark and the Tor Browser. GnuPG announced a crowdfunding campaign and KDE Connect has something really cool on the horizon. This week we saw quite a few Distro Releases from Bodhi Linux, KaOS, and ROSA. We got some cool updates from the GNOME team including how Canonical has been working with GNOME to improve many aspects of it. All that and more.

  • Troubleshooting Builder

    If you find yourself needing to troubleshoot Builder (hopefully just during our development cycles) you can now run the command “counters” from the command bar (Ctrl+Enter). This gives you access to some internal counters.

    You can get these out of process too, using dazzle-list-counters PID which cracks open the shared memory page and dumps the counters.

  • GNOME: The Desktop I Don’t Need to Think About

    I moved to GNOME from Xfce a few months ago (spurred by a new desktop machine), but I couldn’t find the time to write up my experiences. Canonical announcing the death of Unity last month seemed like a good to finally get my thoughts down.

    Way back in November, I got a new desktop. My beloved Thinkpad T420 was aging and slightly slow, but since it never left my desk, a small desktop and large monitor seemed to make more sense. I knew from the beginning I was going with GNOME, since it’s always felt fast and wired for people like me, who don’t want to use their mouse. Of course, Xfce has that same kind of configureability, but if I was using new hardware, why not take advantage of the processing power and use something nice looking, like GNOME?

  • LibreOffice Quality Assurance: six months in statistics (part 1)

    During the last six months (from 23 November 2016 to 21 May 2017), many things have happened in LibreOffice and in Bugzilla, its bug tracker, where bugs are reported by users, triaged by the quality assurance (QA) team and finally handled by developers, if needed.

Leftovers: Software, KDE, GNOME, Mozilla...

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  • Atom Editor 1.18 Released with Rich Git Integration

    Y’all love the Atom text editor. You can’t lie. I’ve seen download stats.

    So you’ll be super stoked to know that Atom 1.18 is available for you to download — and it comes with a BIG new feature: git and Github integration.

  • Tomahawk Music Player is “Essentially Abandoned”

    Don’t expect to see any new releases of Tomahawk player, a multi-service music app Windows, Mac and Linux.

    A recent Github commit to the project code announces that the project “is essentially abandoned”.

    “There is noone (sic) working on it. There isn’t much sense in adding any new issues in the issue tracker unless you want to fix them yourself,” the update adds.

  • New in calibre 3.0

    Welcome back, calibre users. It has been almost three years since calibre 2.0. In that time lots has happened. The biggest new feature, which was in development for almost that entire period, is a completely re-written calibre Content server.

  • GCC 6.4 To Be Released In Early July

    Richard Biener has announced plans for releasing GCC 6.4 in the near future as another maintenance update to last year's GCC 6 launch.

  • New projects on Hosted Weblate

    Hosted Weblate provides also free hosting for free software projects. The hosting requests queue was over one month long, so it's time to process it and include new project.

  • Jetico's BestCrypt Container Encryption for Linux

    Cyber-attacks are now constant, threats to privacy are increasing, and more rigid regulations are looming worldwide. To help IT folks relax in the face of these challenges, Jetico updated its BestCrypt Container Encryption solution to include Container Guard.

  • KDE Applications 17.08 Schedule finalized
  • I’m going to Akademy! Neon team and more..

    But all is now well in the land of Scarlett Gately Clark. I have now settled into my new life in beautiful Payson, AZ.

  • Vulkan Support in Qt 5.10 – Part 2

    In Vulkan all per-application state is stored in a VkInstance object, see the the specification for a detailed overview. In Qt, Vulkan instances are represented by QVulkanInstance. This is backed by a QPlatformVulkanInstance following the usual QPA patterns. The platform plugins, at least the ones that are interested in providing Vulkan support, are expected to provide an implementation for it under the hood. As described earlier, this currently covers windows, xcb and android.

  • Making Use Of Vulkan In Qt 5.10
  • GNOME Calendar: The much awaited recurrence-dialog is finally here!

    It’s been quite a while since I last posted here and there’s a reason behind it. Lesson learnt: implementing ‘Evolution Data Server’ API correctly requires lot of effort and also some amount of experimentation. So finally, after a lot of hard work, ‘Editing recurrent events’ is now possible in GNOME Calendar.

  • Container secrets: size allocation, part 6

    We are entering another of the more mysterious areas of GTK+ size allocation. Baselines move widgets from a simple box-with-width-and-height model to one where widgets can be aligned vertically in more interesting ways. The main place where this is matters is text. The readers eye is very sensitive to words moving up and down as you move along a line of text. Baselines are there to avoid that.

  • Todoist Preferences Panel for To Do

    A lot has happened in the first two weeks of coding period and i am excited to share it with everyone. So, for the first two weekend I worked on adding a Preferences Panel that allows users to add/modify Todoist account that they want to use with To Do. Earlier we had planned to make it work in sandboxed environment, but upon mclasen’s suggestion we are sticking with getting the Goa Portal and Todoist account addition to work on non-sandboxed environment first.

  • Firefox 55 Beta Prepping Numerous Changes

    With Firefox 54 having shipped this week, Firefox 55 is now in beta.

Software: Gitter, git-cinnabar 0.5.0 Beta 2, and GitHub's Atom 1.18

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  • Gitter and Mattermost: two desktop apps for your future chat platform

    In the hunt for the perfect communication platform or protocol, a lot of companies are experimenting, which can lead to some confusion as not everyone is moving at the same pace: one team on IRC, another one on Slack, one on “anything but Slack, have you tried Mattermost? It’s almost like RocketChat”. Then, if a platform emerges victorious, come the clients wars: which version, does the web version has less features than the desktop client, what about the mobile client?

  • Announcing git-cinnabar 0.5.0 beta 2

    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.

  • Atom 1.18

    Today’s Atom 1.18 release introduces Git and GitHub integration right inside your editor!

  • GitHub Improves Launching of Its Atom Editor from Windows Subsystem for Linux

    As teased last month when Atom 1.18 was promoted to the Beta channel, along with the stable Atom 1.17 release, the biggest new feature is the integration of both Git and GitHub straight into the heart of Atom.

    "We’re thrilled to be shipping rich integration with Git and GitHub in Atom 1.18! This is merely the first release but we’re excited about what it already brings to the editor," says Ian Olsen, Atom and Electron developer at GitHub.

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