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OpenShot 2.4.2 Released | More Effects, More Stable, More Fun!

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  • OpenShot 2.4.2 Released | More Effects, More Stable, More Fun!

    Happy summer! Version 2.4.2, the latest and greatest OpenShot Video Editor is now available (after a long wait), and we have lots of great improvements to share! We have exciting new effects, tons of bug fixes, and more stability and performance enhancements! Let's dive right in!

  • OpenShot 2.4.2 Released For Many Improvements To This Open-Source Linux Video Editor

    After a relatively long period of silence, OpenShot 2.4.2 was released today as the latest version of this open-source, non-linear video editing software.

    The OpenShot 2.4.2 release features new video effects, automatic audio mixing, improved audio playback, better stability, new codec support, a better build system, AAC is now the default audio codec, experimental codec improvements via FFmpeg/Libav, and other enhancements.

  • Free Video Editor OpenShot 2.4.2 Released With 7 New Effects, Improved Stability

    OpenShot, the free and open source video editor for Linux, FreeBSD, Windows, and MacOS, was updated to version 2.4.2, which includes new effects as well as better stability and increased performance.

    OpenShot is an easy to use yet quite powerful video editor, great to cut, slice and edit videos. The application makes use of the FFmpeg library, being able to read and write most video and image formats.

Writing LaTeX Using Kile

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Last month, I reviewed Kile, a KDE editor for LaTeX. This month, I am going to show the basics of formatting a document in Kile. Once you know the basic structure of LaTeX, writing documents in it is even less complicated than manually coding HTML. Whether you use unmodified Kile’s templates for document structure, write your own code or lightly customize, LaTex turns out to be just another markup language, especially from within Kile. Admittedly, though, it is an usually rich and thorough markup language.

Before writing in Kile, I suggest selecting View | Dynamic WordWrap. This setting will wrap paragraphs so that they are visible in the editing window, instead of being one continuous line that you must scroll to read. In addition, if you are going to use Kile more than once, go to Settings | Configure Kile | General to set some of your options. In particular, set up Document Class Options. For instance, the default settings are A4paper,10pt, but since I have a North American printer and prefer slightly larger text, I have changed the settings to letterpaper,12pt. In addition, you might scroll through other options in the settings to make Kile more compatible with your work-flow. Once you have adjusted everything to your liking, you are ready to begin.

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LyX – A Powerful Open Source Document Processor for Linux

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LyX is a GUI document processor with a focus on writing and it allows you to create virtually any type of document based on structure. In short, it is more of a WYSIWYM app than WYSIWYG app. Meaning that what you see in the editor is an approximation of what the finished document will look like.

Its initial release was 23 years ago and given that it is still an active project, it is easy to see how LyX has managed to stay relevant to this day.

It features a well-thought-out layout with toolbars and functionality icons for document creation and editing and quick navigation across the app window.

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Releases: Kubernetes, DXVK, Exaile, Timesys, Alpine Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise

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Software: MindForger, GPMDP, and Proprietary Exit

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  • MindForger – More Than A Notebook and Markdown IDE

    Hello lovers of FOSS! You trust FossMint to inform you of the best apps the Open Source world has to offer and today we have another title in fulfillment of your expectation.

    If you haven’t used MindForger before then you’re in for a pleasant one.

    MindForger is a modern, free, open-source, privacy-focused and performance-driven Markdown IDE for creating, editing, and managing all types of notes.

  • YouTube Music Support Lands In Google Play Music Desktop Player (GPMDP)

    The Google Play Music Desktop Player (GPMDP) app has been updated with support for the new YouTube Music. GPMDP is a cross platform desktop player for Google Play Music, and now YouTube Music, which adds extra features on top of Google's music service(s), like desktop integration, as well as various customization settings. The Google Play Music Desktop Player (GPMDP) app has been updated with support for the new YouTube Music. GPMDP is a cross platform desktop player for Google Play Music, and now YouTube Music, which adds extra features on top of Google's music service(s), like desktop integration, as well as various customization settings.

  • What proprietary tool do you wish had an open source alternative?

    Whatever the reason, we feel your pain, and we'd love to hear what irks you the most. What proprietary tool do you most want to rid your life of, but just haven't found the way to do so yet? And don't worry, there's hope. The open source community has built great alternatives to everything from AutoCAD to Minecraft, from Trello to Gmail, and from Slack to Acrobat.

ERPNext: An Open Source ERP Solution for SMEs

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If you are looking for an open source ERP solution, try ERPNext. It has all the required features for a standard ERP software for SMEs.
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Cockpit 171

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Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. We release regularly. Here are the release notes from version 171.

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Software: Graphical Git Clients for Linux, Internet Forum Software, Calamares and NetworkManager

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  • 5 of the Most Useful Graphical Git Clients for Linux

    To some, the idea of a graphical Git client is sacrilege. Git is a command line tool, after all. It’s actually one of the easiest command-line tools to use, so why use a GUI in the first place? That comes down to the visual areas that the command line falls short in. GUI clients are for graphs, charts, highlighting, and all the nice things that help to wrap your head around the complexities of your project. These clients are all rich in those very things, and any one would be an excellent addition to your Git workflow.

    The following are some of the best graphical Git clients for Linux.

  • Best Free Linux Internet Forum Software

    An internet forum application is a discussion platform where individuals hold conversations in the form of posted messages. This type of software is a very powerful tool to run online communities, to disseminate information, share experiences and ideas, receive online support, interact with others learning new intercultural skills, and much more. Forums are online communities where people share thoughts, ideas and opinions. Organizations also use forums as a method of supporting their customers.

    A forum can contain a number of subforums, each of which can have several topics. Within a forum’s topic, each new discussion started is called a thread.

    There are two types of structure used in a discussion forum. The most commonly used is the flat message structure where it is only possible to add a message to the end of a thread. A threaded view structure is less commonly used, in part because it’s regarded as somewhat dated.

  • Trying a new Calamares workflow

    I just released Calamares 3.2.1, a new-features release, and I’m trying something new for the next release. This is vaguely inspired by Paul Adams’s talk about “The Art of the Pull Request”. Immediately after the release, I’ve added several branches, one for each set of features that I want to implement for the next release. The graph displayed by QGit looks more like an octopus than ever:

  • NetworkManager Now Supports 6LoWPAN Devices

    NetworkManager now has support for 6LoWPAN devices.

    6LoWPAN is short for IPv6 over Low-Power Wireless Personal Area Networks. This technology allows for IPv6 packets to be sent/received on IEEE 802.15.4-based networks, which is also now supported by NetworkManager. IEEE 802.15.4 is the basis for specifications like ZigBee and MiWi that are popular with IoT devices. 6LoWPAN is intended for low-power, radio-enabled devices within home IoT devices around automation, entertainment applications, and factory environments.

Winepak – Abstraction done (almost) right

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The concept of running Windows software on top of Linux is a tricky one. First, it defies the intended usage. Second, it requires some significant digital acrobatics in order to marry two incompatible layers, the Linux system and Windows applications.

Over the years, the primary effort trying to reconcile the almost impossible yet tantalizing wedlock has been through WINE, a compatibility framework that translates Windows API into POSIX calls. Easier said than done, and if you’ve read my reviews on this topic, you will have noticed that: 1) not too many programs can run well in this fashion 2) few common, popular programs that Windows folks use fall into the previous category 3) the quality of abstraction has been going down over the years. Top that with the inherent nerdy nature of WINE, which requires a fair deal of manual labor, and the end result is not a satisfactory one. But now, a new challenger has appeared. It’s called Winepak.

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Shotwell 0.29.3 Features Face Recognition Feature

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Shotwell 0.29.3 brings a number of improvements to the fore, enhancing the user interface and overall stability of the application.

But it’s the return of Shotwell’s face detection feature to the master branch that excites me most in this release. This (optional) extra might help make it easier to organise and sort through photos based solely on who is in them.

— Not that facial recognition is entirely new to Shotwell, of course.

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Graphics: Intel and AMD Developments

  • Intel Has Quietly Been Working On A New Gallium3D Driver Being Called "Iris"
    After resisting Gallium3D for the past decade with a preference on continuing to maintain their "i965" Mesa classic driver and all they've invested into its compiler stack and more, it seems times are changing as the open-source Intel team has been starting up development of a modern Gallium3D driver. This is not to be confused with the former i915g or i965g efforts from about a decade ago that were the experiments of Tungsten/LunarG for driver research/experimentation purposes or in the case of i915g to handle some features with LLVM in software, but this is a modern Gallium3D driver targeting their current hardware.
  • AMDGPU-PRO 18.30 Linux Graphics Driver Released with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and RHEL / CentOS Support
    The long awaited AMDGPU-PRO 18.30 driver update for the AMD Linux graphics driver package has finally been released, with a driver installation option for both “all open” and closed / proprietary driver modules. What is great about this driver package update is that it is supported on the latest Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS as well as Ubuntu 16.04.5, and RHEL / CentOS 6.10 and 7.5 respectively for their Enterprise Linux support targets.
  • AMDGPU-PRO 18.30 Released With Ubuntu 18.04.1 Support & WattMan-Like Functionality
    AMDGPU-PRO 18.30 is now available as the long desired update to this official AMD Linux graphics driver package that consists of the driver installation option for both the "all-open" and closed/proprietary driver modules. Notable to the AMDGPU-PRO 18.30 release is that Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS is now supported as well as Ubuntu 16.04.5. Additionally, RHEL/CentOS 6.10 and 7.5 release series round out their enterprise Linux support targets.

Wine 3.14 Released

  • Wine Announcement
    The Wine development release 3.14 is now available.
  • Wine 3.14 Adds DXTn Texture Decompression, Other Improvements
    Due to the summer holidays it's been four weeks since Wine 3.13 but it has now been succeeded by Wine 3.14 as the newest feature release. Wine 3.14 adds support for DXTn texture decompression, deferral support for MSI install actions, Japanese keyboard support within DirectInput, improvements to the standard task dialog, more Shell32 icons, and a total of 36 bug fixes. Those bug fixes range from Adobe CS4 issues to problems with Wargaming, Chromium, Guild Wars, Civilization V, Chaos League, and other software.
  • Grab a glass as Wine 3.14 is out today with DXTn texture decompression support and plenty of fixes
    The latest and greatest in fine Wine [Official Site] is out today with Wine 3.14 filled with features and the usual bug fixes including support for DXTn texture decompression

Android Leftovers

Zephyr Project Embraces RISC-V with New Members and Expanded Board Support

The Linux Foundation’s Zephyr Project, which is developing the open source Zephyr real-time operating system (RTOS) for microcontrollers, announced six new members, including RISC-V members Antmicro and SiFive. The project also announced expanded support for developer boards. Zephyr is now certified to run 100 boards spanning ARM, x86, ARC, NIOS II, XTENSA, and RISCV32 architectures. Antmicro, SiFive, and DeviceTone, which makes IoT-savvy smart clients, have signed up as Silver members, joining Oticon,, Synopsys, and Texas Instruments. The other three new members -- Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, The Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS), and Northeastern University – have joined the Vancouver Hack Space as Associate members. Read more