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  • State of Sway - April 2016

    Since the previous State of Sway, we have accomplished quite a bit. We are now shipping versioned releases of sway, which include support for window borders, input device configuration, more new features, and many bug fixes and stability improvements. I’m also happy to say that Sway 0.5 has landed in the Arch Linux community repository and I’m starting to hear rumors of it landing in other Linux distros as well.

  • Buku 1.9
  • What's new in MythTV 0.28

    The MythTV project released its latest stable version, 0.28, on April 11. While there are a few entirely new features worthy of users' attention, most of the changes are incremental improvements. But the improved components include services like Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support, where MythTV has lagged behind other open-source media centers like Kodi, and the external API, which will hopefully make MythTV more developer-friendly. MythTV remains the most widely used open-source digital video recorder (DVR) but, as cord-cutting trends increase, it will need to offer more functionality to continue attracting users.

  • The incestuous relations among containers orchestration tools
  • FreeCAD Release notes 0.16

    FreeCAD now supports touchscreen 3D navigation. This makes it possible to use FreeCAD without a mouse on a convertible laptop with touchscreen and pen, away from a desk.

  • Use WhatsApp On Your Linux Desktop With Whatsie

    Whatsie features native desktop notifications, themes (besides the default theme, the current version ships with 7 extra themes), spell checker and keyboard shortcuts.

  • QEMU 2.6 Is Due In Just Over One Week With Many New Features

    QEMU 2.6-RC3 was released this week and QEMU 2.6.0 should be officially released at the beginning of May.

  • Wireshark 2.0.3 Free and Popular Network Scanner Released with Over 40 Bug Fixes

    Wireshark, the world's most popular, open-source, free, and cross-platform network protocol analyzer software used by security experts for troubleshooting, development, analysis, and education purposes, has been updated to version 2.0.3.

    Wireshark 2.0.3 comes two months after the release of Wireshark 2.0.2, the second maintenance build in the stable 2.0 series of the software, announced at the end of February 2016, and promises to patch nine security vulnerabilities, fix 41 bugs reported by users, and improve the protocol support (see below for details).

  • Opera Browser Adds Free and Unlimited VPN

    Opera has become the first major browser to add a free VPN client to its web browser. The VPN offers AES-256 encryption and allows users to browse the Internet privately. In addition, the free VPN also helps to circumvent website blockades, a feature many torrent users will appreciate.

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Wine Staging 1.9.8

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  • Wine Staging 1.9.8 Has Better Support for Running 64-bit Windows Apps on Linux

    The Wine Staging team announced a few minutes ago, April 19, 2016, that the Wine Staging 1.9.8 development release is now available for download via the official channels.

  • Release 1.9.8

    Time for another release! Wine Staging 1.9.8 is now available. This version contains improvements for 64 bit support and MSYS2.

  • Wine-Staging 1.9.8 Improves 64-bit Windows App/Game Support

    Adding in more experimental patches over last week's Wine 1.9.8 development release is the routine Wine-Staging update.

    Wine-Staging 1.9.8 is carrying more patches to improve support for running 64-bit Windows software -- particularly on OS X, there is improved compatibility with MSYS2, and a variety of other improvements that are ready in the Wine-Staging realm but not yet ready to be mainlined in Wine.

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  • Clementine Music Player Scores Juicy New Update
  • RcppCCTZ 0.0.4

    A few days ago a new upstream version "2.0" of CCTZ was released. See here for the corresponding post on the Google OpenSource Blog.

  • Vivaldi Web Browser Rebased on Chromium 50, Vivaldi 1.1 Might Land This Week

    We have just been informed by Vivaldi's Ruarí Ødegaard that there's a new snapshot available for testing, which might just become the first point release of the Vivaldi 1.0 web browser.

  • KDE PIM Spring Sprint Report in Toulouse

    Like a routine now, the KDE PIM spring sprint was held in Toulouse again, first week of April at Ekito's city center office, many thanks to them.

    First of all thank to all the participants: Franck Arrecot, Andre Heinecke, Sandro Knauß, Volker Krause, John Layt, Christian Mollekopf, Laurent Montel, Kevin Ottens, Daniel Vrátil that made of this sprint an awesome moment.

  • Designing APIs for multiple languages

    Designing software that is both fast and available to higher level languages generally means you end up writing C. There are guiding principles you should follow when doing so to ensure that you give your software the best chance for success.

  • Writing a plugin for GNOME To Do – Introduction

    Every plugin has a single entry point: GtdActivatable. Plugins must provide an implementation of this interface. I’ll write more about this interface below.

Oracle Releases VirtualBox 5.0.18, Adds Initial Support for Linux Kernel 4.6

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Just a few moments ago, April 18, 2016, Oracle published a new update for its acclaimed VirtualBox open-source and multiplatform virtualization software, version 5.0.18.

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  • Cross-Platform Music Player `Clementine` 1.3.0 Released With Vk.com And Seafile Support

    After a year of development, Clementine 1.3.0 was released recently, bringing Vk.com and Seafile support along with various other improvements and bug fixes.

  • Zbackup 1.5.0 Alpha Has Been Released. Install It On Ubuntu Or Arch Linux Now

    As you may know, zbackup is a globally-deduplicating tool that uses rsync. When you feed a large .tar archive into it, the software will store duplicate regions on it only once and reuse it, when needed. This way, if the files are not very different, the storage required is very low.

  • XiX Music Player 0.97.106 Has Been Released

    As you may know, XiX Music Player is an open-source lightweight music player that has support for most popular architectures, including ARM, therefore works well on both Linux and Raspberry Pi Systems.

  • 17 Excellent Open Source Linux Note Takers

    It has often been said that information confers power, and that the most important currency in our culture today is information. Keeping track of bits and pieces of information is a minefield. In part, this is because of my passable short term memory, coupled with what can only be described as 'brain fog'. To combat this, I arm myself with open source software that helps me efficiently capture a lot of information. I generally prefer to keep my information local and cloud-free, primarily for security reasons.

    There is a wide range of competent note taking software for Linux, and this article seeks to cover the finest open source solutions. I have compiled this roundup of my pick of 17 excellent note applications for organizing, sharing, and taking notes. Besides the basic note-taking functionality, the software featured here provides a good array of advanced features. I strongly believe in open source software; all of the applications listed here are released under a freely distributable license.

  • Opera Beta Adds New Video Pop Out Feature

    The latest Opera beta adds a cool new feature across all supported desktops: video pop out. This feature allows shifting the video frame outside the browser, the goal being to allow "true multitasking".

    The new video pop out feature skipped the Opera developer channel, landing directly into beta, as a surprise for Opera users. This feature only supports HTML5 videos so it won't work with Flash.

  • Paradox posts pictures of Hearts of Iron IV development on Linux

    It’s no secret that Paradox Interactive has been on the forefront of Linux gaming as both a publisher and developer of games. However, it’s still exciting to see screenshots of Linux on official development posts, especially when the contents of the posts themselves are pretty interesting.

    For those unaware, Hearts of Iron IV is the latest instalment of Paradox Development Studio’s WW2 themed grand strategy game, which has been in development for some time and seen a number of delays. Release does seem close now though, as shown in an article published by BTRE.

  • Road to Xfce 4.14

    The looong road to xfce 4.14. I hope you still want some news about Xfce !

  • GNOME Twitch 0.2.0 Adds Chat Feature (Ubuntu PPA)

    GNOME Twitch was updated to version 0.2.0 recently, adding a much needed chat feature, along with various user interface improvements and bug fixes.

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  • MPV: An Open-Source Mplayer Based Video Player for Ubuntu/Linux Mint (PPA)

    MPV video player is forked from mplayer2 and MPlayer, MPV supports wide variety of audio and video file formats. It offers some of the features with the former project while introducing many more. It is an command-line video player as well as offers GUI, it is lightweight and cross-platform available for Linux, Mac and Windows. From command line MPlayer's options parser was improved to behave more like other CLI programs, and many option names and semantics were reworked to make them more intuitive and memorable.

  • NetSurf Web Browser 3.5 released
  • Universal Install Script by XKCD – Combat test

    Several days ago, I was gazing at the Universal Install Script comic by Randall Munroe, wondering if he may not have solved all the world’s problems, save for the usual famine, war, poverty, education, corruption, and so on. But there’s a certain appeal to having THE one script to rule them all, and in BASH-ness bind them. Yes, I was bored, so I thought, let’s try it out.

  • [MythTV] Release Notes - 0.28
  • MythTV 0.28 Has Been Released, Bringing A Lot Of Fixes And New Features

    As you may know, MythTV is an digital video recorder application. It is ideal for watching and recording television programs and has many plugins that can increase Myth-TV’s power.

  • Brackets An Open Source Text/Code Editor By Adobe Developers
  • Atom 1.7.1 Has Been Released

    As you may know, Atom is an open-source, multi-platform text editor developed by GitHub, having a simple and intuitive graphical user interface and a bunch of interesting features for writing: CSS, HTML, JavaScript and other web programming languages. Among others, it has support for macros, auto-completion a split screen feature and it integrates with the file manager.

  • Modernizing AbiWord code

    Nonetheless, when AbiWord started in 1998, it was meant as a cross-platform code base written in C++ that had to compile on both Windows and Linux. C++ compiler where not as standard compliant as today so a lot of things where excluded: no template, so not standard C++ library (it was called STL at the time). Over the years, things have evolved, Mac support was added, gcc 4 got released (with much better C++ support), and in 2003 we started using template for the containers (not necessarily in that oder, BTW). Still no standard library. This came later. I just flipped the switch to make C++11 mandatory, more on that later.

  • Cool-Retro-Term is a great Mimic of old Command Lines, Install in Ubuntu/Linux Mint

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  • Apache HTTP Server 2.4.20 Updated for HTTP/2

    Now with the new Apache HTTP 2.4.20 update, there are some incremental improvements, most notably in HTTP2 support.

  • Introducing AppStream-Generator

    Since mid-2015 we were using the dep11-generator in Debian to build AppStream metadata about available software components in the distribution.

  • Volumio2 Release Candidate

    Last night I found time to finally install the first release candidate of Volumio 2, my preferred audio player software. This is more exciting than it sounds, because when I read the blogpost last summer that Volumio is going to be completely rewritten, with replacing the base technologies, I was a bit afraid that this will be one of the last bits that we heard from this project. Too many cool projects died after famous last announcements like that.

  • Calibre 2.55 eBook Viewer and Converter Adds New Rules, Settings, News Sources

    Kovid Goyal, the developer of the open-source and cross-platform Calibre ebook library management software, has announced today, April 15, 2016, the release of the Calibre 2.55 update for all supported platforms.

  • Clementine 1.3 Free Music Player Is a Massive Release with over 150 Changes

    The final release of the Clementine 1.3 open-source and multiplatform music player software has debuted today for all supported operating systems, bringing dozens of new features and improvements over previous versions.

  • Gammu 1.37.2

    Yesterday, Gammu 1.37.1 and Gammu 1.37.2 have been released. As usual it collects bug fixes and minor improvements.

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  • Calamares 2.3 Installer Released
  • ANNOUNCE: libosinfo 0.3.1 released
    I am happy to announce a new release of libosinfo, version 0.3.1 is now available, signed with key DAF3 A6FD B26B 6291 2D0E 8E3F BE86 EBB4 1510 4FDF (4096R). All historical releases are available from the project download page.
  • There and Back Again: The MongoDB Cloud Story
    Before it was a database company, MongoDB was a cloud company. Founded in 2007 and originally known as 10gen, the company originally intended to build a Java cloud platform. After building a database it called MongoDB, the company realized that the infrastructure software it had built to support its product was more popular than the product itself, and the PaaS company pivoted to become a database company – eventually taking the obvious step of renaming itself to reflect its new purpose.
  • C++17: New Features Coming To 33-Year-Old Programming Language
    The C++17 standard is taking shape and adding new features to the vintage programming language. This major update aims to make C++ an easier language to work with and brings powerful technical specifications.
  • Clearing the Keystone Environment

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Red Hat Summit

  • Red Hat Summit Advocates the Power of Participation
    Red Hat hosted its annual Red Hat Summit customer event June 28-30 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, with a theme of harnessing the power of participation. Once again, the DevNation developer event, which is the successor to JBoss World, was co-located with Red Hat Summit. For JBoss, 2016 is a particularly significant year as it marks 10 years since Red Hat acquired it. At DevNation, Red Hat announced the new JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP) 7 release, providing new cloud-enhanced capabilities for Red Hat's flagship middleware platform. JBoss is now also working to help enable Java for the container era, with the launch of the MicroProfile Project, an effort to optimize enterprise Java for a microservices architecture. Java wasn't the only focus of DevNation this year either, as Microsoft took center stage too, announcing the availability of its .NET Core for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some of the highlights of the Red Hat Summit and DevNation 2016 events.
  • How Red Hat is tailoring OpenStack to fit … everyone
    Even though there have been no major changes announced to the OpenStack platform of late, it was still one of the most talked about subjects at this year’s Red Hat Summit. Red Hat plays a significant role in the development of the platform and is very proud of its contribution to the community.
  • New technologies foster an open-source environment
    In 2007, when 3scale, Inc. was founded, some people thought it was crazy to be investing so much time and energy into API. But Steven Willmott, CEO of 3scale, Inc., said that even at that time his team knew that the future was API-driven, and they wanted to help that happen.

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