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  • A new webinterface called Chorus2

    Kodi has many hidden secrets and even team members don’t know the full potential it packs. One of those features you might not know is that Kodi also has a web-interface from which you can browse your library and start playback directly on your Kodi device. It’s something we’ve never really promoted that it was available and I’m not really sure why. However the past few years not much was changed to to it and it kinda fell into decay with only minor fixes done to keep it kind of functional. For Kodi v17 this has been radically changed as we have packaged up a brand new default web-interface called Chorus2.

  • Pitivi 0.98 — Getting there

    We switched our official build to use GTK 3.22 and the framework did not like how we were using it, spamming us with warnings in the console. We fixed those and improved the timeline in the process and added more unit tests.

  • FreePats 2.0 [released]
  • [Scribus] New Text Layout Engine with Full OpenType Support

    As of 4 December 2016, Scribus 1.5.3svn provides a new text layout engine with support for OpenType advanced features, as well as complex and right-to-left scripts. For text features, a separate “Text Properties” palette has been created.

  • Preparing for Linux

    If you've seen the roadmap or the product address then you know Delphi for Linux is coming.

  • Integrating PVS-Studio into Eclipse CDT (Linux)

    The news about the possibility of using PVS-Studio to check source files for free finally prompted me to integrate the analysis of source code into Eclipse CDT. There are guides on integrating with CLion/QtCreator/etc., but nothing for us, the purple Smile Tools used for my experiments: Eclipse IDE for C/C++ Developers, Version: Neon.1a Release (4.6.1), Build id: 20161007-1200, and PVS-Studio 6.11.20138.1. Here's what I've got.

  • Xtreme Download Manager 2016 Available for Ubuntu/Linux Mint via PPA

    We previously shared mostly used download managers for Linux but xdman is another great download manager available. Xtreme download manager is very powerful utility that has ability to increase download speed up-to 500% (depend on connection), it can pause/resume downloads even broken downloads are resume-able, xdman also has functionality to grab videos from around the internet and offers schedule downloads. Xdman can be integrate with any browser to manage downloads automatically by using Advanced browser integration.

  • Software to Record Linux Tutorials

    I like to use SimpleScreenRecorder, Audacity and then I edit stuff with Kdenlive. There are a few different approaches you can take here. For example, if you’re doing tutorials with a less than powerful PC, you can record the audio on another PC while capturing video demonstrations from the more powerful PC. My PC is thankfully powerful enough to capture everything on a single box. This allows me to achieve the desired result without skipping a beat.

  • Top 12 Image Editor Tools for Linux Desktop
  • EasyTAG: A Tool for Viewing and Editing Tags in Audio and Video Files

    Most of us, come across graphics of several kind in our day to day life. Our interaction with graphics ranges from viewing and manipulating images, videos and audio’s. Before we deal with graphics of any kind in real, all the tag information is our source of knowledge.

Wine 2.0 Takes Shape, First Release Candidate Updates the Mono Engine, More

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A few moments ago, the Wine development team was proud to announce the general availability of the first Release Candidate of the upcoming Wine 2.0 open-source software for running Windows apps on Linux and UNIX-like operating systems.

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Also: Wine 2.0-rc1 Arrives, Prepares For Wine 2.0

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  • grep-2.27 released

    There have been 40 commits by 4 people in the 9 weeks since 2.26. Note that there were many additional important changes via gnulib.

  • GCC 6.3 Should Be Here By Christmas

    For those looking toward the next maintenance release of GCC 6, the GNU Compiler Collection 6.3 is aiming to be out by Christmas.

  • Yum! GNOME Recipes is a New Cooking App for Linux

    Do you like to cook? No, me neither. And that’s largely because I don’t know how to cook.

    Could a desktop cooking app help? GNOME’s Matthias Clasen is hoping so, and has started work on a brand-new desktop recipe app that you — and anyone you know — can help contribute to.

  • Heron Animation, Free Stop Motion Software for Linux

    Looking for free stop motion animation software? If so, you’ll definitely want to check out Heron Animation.

    A free program, Heron Animation lets you take a series of pictures from a connected webcam and assemble each shot into a real moving animation.

    The tool, which is written in web technologies, pitches itself as ‘perfect for beginners and more experienced animators alike’. That sort of balance is notoriously hard to achieve.

  • EasyTAG 2.4.3 Audio Tag Editor Supports MP4 Files with the .aac File Extension

    EasyTAG, an open-source, simple, free, and cross-platform application for viewing and editing tags in audio files, supporting MP3, MP4, FLAC, Ogg, MusePack, Monkey's Audio, and WavPack files, was updated to version 2.4.3.

    It's been more than nine months since EasyTAG 2.4.2 was released, and we're now finally able to update the software on our GNU/Linux or Windows operating systems. Version 2.4.3 is out as of December 5, 2016, bringing support for MP4 files that use the .aac file extension, as well as Adwaita-style artist and album icons.

  • FSF Blogs: Seventeen new GNU releases in November
  • IceCat 45.5.1 release

    GNUzilla is the GNU version of the Mozilla suite, and GNU IceCat is the GNU version of the Firefox browser. Its main advantage is an ethical one: it is entirely free software. While the Firefox source code from the Mozilla project is free software, they distribute and recommend non-free software as plug-ins and addons. Also their trademark license restricts distribution in several ways incompatible with freedom 0.

  • Permabit Hits New Milestone in 2016 by Delivering the First Complete Data Reduction for Linux
  • FOSS DOS for 21st Century Hardware

    The founder and coordinator of the FreeDOS Project writes about FreeDOS 1.2, which is scheduled for a Christmas Day release. There is good news for classic gamers and nostalgia buffs: this one’s got games.

  • A Look At Async/Await JavaScript For Firefox 52

    While Chrome 55 has JavaScript async/await support, the Firefox support isn't coming until the Firefox 52.0 stable release in March while currently it's available in the latest Firefox Developer Edition and early alpha builds.

    Mozilla developer Dan Callahan wrote a post today on hacks.mozilla.org for the async/await support in Firefox and can be used if you are running the latest Firefox Developer Edition. Check it out if you're interested in JavaScript async await support for more asynchronous programming for the web.

  • Chrome bug triggered errors on websites using Symantec SSL certificates
  • Announcing openSUSE’s GPG Key Server – keyserver.opensuse.org

    Does it happen to you, too, that there are moments where you ask yourself why others want something from you that is there already since a while? Exactly this happened with https://keyserver.opensuse.org/: the original machine was set up a long time ago to make it easier for people attending the openSUSE GPG key-signing parties, but it looks like nobody officially announced this “new service” for our users…

    …and so here we are: the openSUSE Heroes team is pleased to announce that keyserver.opensuse.org is up and running as public GPG keyserver. We are of course also part of the official keyserver pool, which means that some people might already noticed us, as they got redirected to our server with their requests. (And for those who are interested to setup their own SKS keyserver: we have also written a nice monitoring plugin that helps you keeping an eye on the pool status of your machine and the ones of your peers.)

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  • Manuskript is a Promising Open-Source Scrivener Alternative

    Whether you plan to work on a book, a screenplay, or better structure your dissertation, you’ll probably see apps like Scrivener recommended. If you’re running Windows, macOS or even Android then you’re spoilt for choice, with various competing proprietary apps at varying price points readily available. On Linux the choices are somewhat limited.

  • Tor 0.2.9 Is Just Around the Corner As 0.2.8.10 Fixes Memory Leak in OpenSSL 1.1

    The past weekend brought us new stable and development builds of the Tor anonymity network project, versioned 0.2.8.10, as the most advanced version out there, and 0.2.9.6 RC (Release Candidate).

  • Pitivi 0.98 Linux Video Editor Adds Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts

    Version 0.98 of the GNOME-aligned GStreamer-powered Pitivi non-linear video editor was tagged today as the newest development milestone.

    The main feature addition of Pitivi 0.98 is now supporting customizable keyboard supports! Aside from finally supporting customizable keyboard shortcuts for this open-source video editor, a lot of warnings were fixed from GTK 3.22, and there has been a lot of other bug fixing. Bugs around Pitivi's timeline were primarily targeted by this release.

  • Phoronix Test Suite 6.8-Tana Officially Released

    Phoronix Test Suite 6.8.0 is now available as the latest version of our open-source, fully-automated, reproducible benchmarking software for Linux, BSD, Solaris, macOS, Windows, and other operating systems.

    Phoronix Test Suite 6.8 is the latest stable release now of our GPL-licensed benchmarking software updated on its regular quarterly release cadence. Phoronix Test Suite 6.8 development focused on a number of low-level improvements to particularly benefit Phoromatic and the Phodevi (Phoronix Device Interface) software/hardware library abstraction layer.

  • iPerf As Another Network Benchmark Is Now Available Via The Phoronix Test Suite
  • Chromium-Based Vivaldi 1.6 Browser Enters Development, Brings Tab Stack Renaming

    Vivaldi's Ruarí Ødegaard informs us about the availability of a new snapshot for the cross-platform, Chromium-based Vivaldi web browser, which promises to let users name tab stacks.

    Vivaldi Snapshot 1.6.682.3 marks the beginning of the development of Vivaldi 1.6, the next major version of the popular web browser, and it looks like it has been rebased on Chromium 55.0.2883.64. Besides fixing a bunch of regressions, the new development release implements an option under Settings -> Tabs -> Tab Features -> Tab stacking -> Allow Tab Stack Renaming, which lets you rename or name tab stacks.

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  • choqok 1.6 Twitter Client was released and completely ported with KDE Frameworks 5

    Choqok is a fast, efficient and simple to use twitter client for Linux (especially built for the KDE desktop environment) that is installed by default to some of the Linux distribution which shipped with KDE Desktop Environment. The name comes from an ancient Persian word, means Sparrow!

  • 10 open source tools for your sysadmin toolbox [Ed: Terrible list which starts with two suggestions of Microsoft EEE]

    Sysadmins, no matter what platforms they work on, are awash in great open source software tools. In this article, we highlight well-known—and not-so-well-known—tools that have released new versions in 2016.

  • NetworkManager 1.2.6 Lets You Activate Multiple PPPoE Connections Simultaneously

    Beniamino Galvani was proud to announce the release and general availability of a new maintenance update to the stable NetworkManager 1.2 series of the open source network connection manager software for GNU/Linux distributions.

    NetworkManager is the most used network connection manager, adopted by almost all Linux-based operating systems on the market, and NetworkManager 1.2.6 is now the most advanced release of the 1.2 stable series, coming four months after the NetworkManager 1.2.4 update to fix a few bugs and regressions reported by users since then.

  • GNOME loves to cook

    With the upcoming 20th birthday of GNOME next year, some of us thought that we should make another attempt at this application, maybe as a birthday gift to all of GNOME.

    Shortly after GUADEC, I got my hands on some existing designs and started to toy around with implementing them over a few weekends and evenings. The screenshots in this post show how far I got since then.

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  • Ardour 5.5 released

    Ardour 5.5 is now available, with a variety of new features and many notable and not-so-notable fixes. Among the notable new features are support for VST 2.4 plugins on OS X, the ability to have MIDI input follow MIDI track selection, support for Steinberg CC121, Avid Artist & Artist Mix Control surfaces, "fanning out" of instrument outputs to new tracks/busses and the often requested ability to do horizontal zoom via vertical dragging on the rulers. There are also the usual always-ongoing improvements to scripting and OSC support.

  • Ardour 5.5 Digital Audio Workstation Released
  • Kodi 17 "Krypton" Beta 6 Improves Support for ASS Subtitles, Fixes Memory Leaks

    The development cycle of the upcoming Kodi 17 "Krypton" media center continues, and a new Beta release has been announced on November 30, 2016, which attempts to address even more bugs and issues reported by users.

    Arriving a month after the fifth Beta development release, Kodi 17 Beta 6 fixes a total of 20 problems, including a possible EPG lock up, a memory leak with ASS subtitles, as well as several regular ones across all supported platforms, multiple issue in the CMake build system, and a potential memory leak in the image handling functionality.

  • MKVToolNix 9.6.0 MKV Manipulation Tool Adds Support for HDMV TextST Subtitles

    The last day of November 2016 brought us a new maintenance release of the popular, free, open-source, and cross-platform MKVToolNix MKV (Matroska) manipulation tool, version 9.6.0.

    Dubbed "Slave To Your Mind," MKVToolNix 9.6.0 is here one and a half months after the 9.5.0 milestone, but it doesn't look like it's a major version. In fact, there are only eight changes implemented in MKVToolNix 9.6.0, and among the most important ones, there's a fix for an endless loop issue in the mkvmerge component when appending files.

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  • anytime 0.1.1: More robust

    CRAN just accepted the newest release 0.1.1 of anytime, following the previous five releases since September.

    anytime is a very focussed package aiming to do just one thing really well: to convert anything in integer, numeric, character, factor, ordered, ... format to POSIXct (or Date) objects -- and to do so without requiring a format string.

  • FFmpeg 3.2 "Hypatia" Multimedia Backend Gets Its First Point Release, Adds Fixes

    It's been almost a month since the major FFmpeg 3.2 "Hypatia" open-source, free and cross-platform multimedia framework was officially unveiled, and now the first point release arrives for all supported platforms.

    FFmpeg 3.2 "Hypatia" brought us many goodies, including OpenH264 decoder wrapper, libopenmpt demuxer, alias muxer for Ogg Video (.ogv), VP8 support for Ogg muxing, the True Audio (TTA) muxer, as well as the crystalizer, maskedclamp, hysteresis, lut2, yuvtestsrc, vaguedenoiser, weave, avgblur, gblur, and acrusher audio filters.

  • Alduin is an Open-Source Desktop RSS Reader for Linux

    On the look out for a clean, modern and open-source desktop RSS reader app for Linux? I know I am, so I was excited to come across Alduin. Alduin is a simple RSS (and Atom) feed aggregator that’s billed as having an “ergonomic, complete and easy to use interface, which will be suitable for all types of user.”

  • Vivaldi 1.5.676.6 Web Browser Snapshot Introduces Easier Tab Selection by Domain
  • Microsoft enables Linux desktop users to send SMS text messages with latest Skype Alpha [Ed: Missing the fact that Skype already had GNU/Linux support before Microsoft bought it and then abandoned it]

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  • Rspamd 1.4 has been released

    Today, after 4 months of development, we’ve released major updates for both Rspamd and Rmilter: Rspamd is updated to version 1.4 and Rmilter is updated to version 1.10. These updates include many new features, including Redis pool support, new modules, improved neural networks support, zstd compression for protocol and many other important improvements.

  • stress-ng 0.07.07 released

    stress-ng is a tool that I have been developing on-and-off for a few years. It is designed to stress kernels to force out bugs, stress CPU and memory and also contains some performance benchmarking metrics too.

  • Latest MiniTube 2.5.2 Version Available for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    MiniTube is beautiful, lightweight and a native YouTube client. With MiniTube you can watch YouTube videos by typing keyword into the search-box and MiniTube will immediately loads the results. It offers two type of searches: channel search and keyword search. It provides endless video stream, playback on MiniTube is smooth and instant, without a noticeable buffering time, as I tested. Minitube does not require the Flash Player.

  • Debian, Fedora 25, PHP, systemd, Humble Bundle, dply, Pipfile & more!
  • Commix, Trigger Happy, iocage, DNS, systemd-nspawn, ACME & more!
  • Photo Funnel: Drag-and-Drop Photo Copying Tool For Linux

    Sometimes you need to transfer and organize just a handful of specific photos and raw files from your camera, and a simple GUI tool can help your with that. This tool is just a short Bash shell script uses the YAD tool to generate a drag-and-drop floating palette. When you drop files onto the palette and press the Execute button, the script copies the selected files to the specified directory and organizes them using the ExifTool-based commands.

  • Spotify & Local Files problems on Linux

    Roughly a month ago, I reviewed Spotify here on OCS-Mag, testing the recently revived Ubuntu version. My experience was mixed. While the media player sported good looks and a sleek interface, the overall behavior was slightly erratic, culminating in crashes when trying to play local files.

    Since, I have spent more time exploring Spotify, not necessarily because I was enamored by its features and abilities, mostly because I felt it would be a worthy exercise for all those seeking the thrills of popular media streaming on Linux. Furthermore, like my past endeavors with Steam, Sketchup and alike, it’s part of a possibly Don Quixotic attempt to bridge the application gap between Windows and Linux, and give the users of the latter system some more freedom and choice. But there’s a cost. Sometimes, things do not work right away, or they do not work at all. This article is the diary of my journey.

  • Vivaldi Browser Sees New Stable Release

    Vivaldi, the browser aimed at power users, was updated to version 1.5 today, bringing support for bulk tab commands, smart-home lighting integration, and more.

    As a reminder, Vivaldi browser is built using open source technologies, like the Blink engine, Node.js, and React.js, but is not open source software. It includes features such as tab stacks, Opera-like Speed dial which supports multiple folders, as well as built-in notes, and a tool called Quick Commands, that can be used to search through the Vivaldi history, open tabs, settings, bookmarks and more.

  • Microsoft has been working hard on Skype for Linux: v1.13 released with more improvements
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  • Open-source oriented RISELab emerges at UC Berkeley to make apps smarter & more secure
    UC Berkeley on Monday launched a five-year research collaborative dubbed RISELab that will focus on enabling apps and machines that can interact with the environment around them securely and in real-time. The RISELab (Real-time Intelligence with Secure Execution) is backed by a slew of big name tech and financial firms: Amazon Web Services, Ant Financial, Capital One, Ericsson, GE Digital, Google, Huawei, Intel, IBM, Microsoft and VMWare.
  • Telecom organizations boosting support for open source
    Organizational support for open source initiatives is easing the integration of platforms into the telecom world. One key challenge for growing the support of open source into the telecommunications space is through various organizations that are looking to either bolster the use of open source or build platforms based on open source specifications. These efforts are seen as beneficial to operators and vendors looking to take advantage of open source platforms.
  • Google's Draco: Another Open Source Tool That Can Boost Virtual Reality Apps
    With 2017 ramping up, there is no doubt that cloud computing and Big Data analytics would probably come to mind if you had to consider the hot technology categories that will spread out this year. However, Google is on an absolute tear as it open sources a series of 3D graphics and virtual reality toolsets. Last week, we covered the arrival of Google's Tilt Brush apps and virtual reality toolsets. Now, Google has delivered a set of open source libraries that boost the storage and transmission of 3D graphics, which can help deliver more detailed 3D apps. "Draco" is an open source compression library, and here are more details.
  • Unpicking the community leader
    Today is Community Manager Appreciation Day. Now, I have to admit, I don't usually partake in the day all that much. The skeptic in me thinks doing so could be a little self-indulgent and the optimist thinks that we should appreciate great community leaders every day, not merely one day a year. Regardless, in respect of the occasion, I want to delve a little into why I think this work is so important, particularly in the way it empowers people from all walks of life. In 2006 I joined Canonical as the Ubuntu Community Manager. A few months into my new role I got an email from a kid based in Africa. He shared with me that he loved Ubuntu and the traditional African philosophy of Ubuntu, which translated to "humanity towards others," and this made his interest in the nascent Linux operating system particularly meaningful.
  • Open Source Mahara Opens Moodle Further Into Social Learning
    Designers, managers and other professionals are fond of Open Source, digital portfolio solution Mahara. Even students are incorporating their progress on specific competency frameworks, to show learning evidence. Mahara and Moodle have a long and durable relationship spanning years, ―so much so that the internet has nicknamed the super couple as “Mahoodle“―. A recent post on Moodlerooms’ E-Learn Magazine documents the fruitful partnership as it adds value to New Zealander Catalyst IT’s offerings.
  • U.S. policy on open source software carries IP risks [Ed: Latest FUD from law firm against Free software as if proprietary software is risk-free licensing-wise?]

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Q&A with Arpit Joshipura, Head of Networking for The Linux Foundation

Arpit Joshipura became the Linux Foundation’s new general manager for networking and orchestration in December 2016. He’s tasked with a pretty tall order. He needs to harmonize all the different Linux Foundation open source groups that are working on aspects of network virtualization. Joshipura may be the right person for the job as his 30 years of experience is broad — ranging from engineering, to management, to chief marketing officer (CMO) roles. Most recently he was VP of marketing with Prevoty, an application security company. Prior to that he served as VP of marketing at Dell after the company acquired Force10 Networks, where he had been CMO. Read more