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Wine-Staging 4.8 Brings More Joystick Improvements, 64-bit ARM Windows App Fix

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Hot off the release of Wine 4.8, Wine-Staging 4.8 has already been released with its hundreds of patches re-based atop this latest upstream Wine code for handling Windows games/applications on Linux and other operating systems.

Wine-Staging has continued seeing a nice flow of its patches accepted upstream, which alleviates the maintenance burden for the staging folks, but hundreds of patches remain. Fortunately, the number of new patches being added to Wine-Staging is generally less than the amount of patches being upstreamed each bi-weekly release cycle.

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Also: How to install Wine Staging on Ubuntu 19.04

11 Best Free Linux e-Learning Tools

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E-Learning consists of all types of electronically supported teaching and learning. It represents the computer and network-enabled transfer of knowledge, behaviors, and skills. E-learning includes Web-based learning, virtual classrooms, digital collaboration, and computer-based applications. The learning activity is often delivered over the internet and intranet/extranet, although optical media, and satellite TV are also alternatives.

E-Learning has many benefits over traditional methods of learning. It enables individuals to study when it would otherwise not be practical. For example, a student may live in a remote location and be unable to relocate e.g. because of family commitments. It also allows the tuition to be self-paced or instructor-led, and is often more economical than traditional methods.

Linux has a wide range of e-Learning software available. The purpose of this article is to focus on open source software which is both user friendly for students and instructors.

To provide an insight into the software that is available, we have compiled a list of 11 of our favorite e-Learning tools. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone who wants to embrace electronically supported learning and teaching. We give our strongest recommendation to Moodle, Rogo, and ATutor.

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Wine 4.8

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  • Wine Announcement
    The Wine development release 4.8 is now available.
    What's new in this release (see below for details):
      - Support building most programs in PE format.
      - Unicode data updated to Unicode 12.0.
      - Support for MSI patch files.
      - Default to non-PIC builds on i386.
      - Joystick support improvements.
      - Asturian locale.
      - Various bug fixes.
  • Wine 4.8 Pops Open With Unicode 12.0, Better Joystick Support

    Wine 4.8 is now available as the latest bi-weekly snapshot for running Windows programs/games on Linux and other platforms.

    Wine 4.8 isn't the most exciting feature release in recent time but does offer up some decent changes for two week's worth of work. Wine 4.8 now allows for building most programs in PE format, updates against Unicode 12.0 data, adds support for MSI patch files, defaults to non-PIC builds for i386, and adds in joystick support improvements.

  • The Wine team have no time for hangovers, as work continues on towards the next major release with the Wine 4.8 development release now available.

    The Wine team have no time for hangovers, as work continues on towards the next major release with the Wine 4.8 development release now available.


    This time around a total of 38 grapes bugs have been squashed. Usual notice applies: some are older bugs being re-tested and fixed in a prior release. Looking over it issues have been solved with Star Citizen, World of Warships, Warframe, Test Drive Unlimited, Grand Prix Legends and more.

Crow Translate: Desktop / CLI Text Translation App Using Google Translate, Yandex Translate and Bing Translator

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Crow Translate is an application (Qt5 GUI and command line interface available) that allows translating and speaking text using Google Translate, Yandex Translate and Bing Translator.

The lightweight text translation app supports Linux and Windows, and it can translate not only the text you input in the application, but also speak or translate text that you select using your mouse, by showing a popup after pressing a configurable keyboard shortcut.

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  • About me

    I’m glad to be selected in Google Summer of Code 2019 to work for KDE Community to make KDE Connect work on macOS. And I’m willing to be a long-term contributor in KDE Community.

Software: Best Painting Programs, Gnome Calculator and GNU gettext

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  • Best Painting Software for Linux

    Digital painting involves using traditional painting techniques such as impasto, oils, watercolor, etc. to create paintings in a computer. Professional digital artists usually employ certain accessories for creating art such as tablets, stylus, touch screen monitors, etc.

    Although Wikipedia describes digital painting as an emerging form of art, a quick browse through platforms like Instagram and Dripple will have you thinking you are generations behind. But not to worry. You can create beautiful digital paintings right from your Linux desktop and below is my list of the best Linux software for that.

  • 6 Ways to Open the Gnome Calculator in Ubuntu

    Gnome Calculator is the default calculator application for Ubuntu. According to the developers, GNOME Calculator is an application that solves mathematical equations. Though it at first appears to be a simple calculator with only basic arithmetic operations, you can switch into Advanced, Financial, or Programming mode to find a surprising set of capabilities. The Advanced calculator supports many operations, including logarithms, factorials, trigonometric and hyperbolic functions, modulus division, complex numbers, random number generation, prime factorization, and unit conversions. The financial mode supports several computations, including periodic interest rate, present, and future value, double declining and straight-line depreciation, and many others. The financial mode supports several computations, including periodic interest rate, present, and future value, double declining and straight-line depreciation, and many others.

  • GNU gettext 0.20 released

    This package installs a new library 'libtextstyle', together with a new header file . It is a library for styling text output sent to a console or terminal emulator. Packagers: please see the suggested packaging hints in the file PACKAGING.

Software: 17 Best Free Project Management Tools and Release of Vivaldi Browser 2.5

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  • 17 Best Free Project Management Tools for You

    Whether you are a single user with many tasks, a startup company, or an already established business looking for an efficient way to plan your workflow and organize your projects, there are several project management tools you can use to get work done.

    They are modern, easy to manage, and best of all, easy to get up to speed with if you’re a newcomer to project management.

    Here is our list of the best project management tools you can use to increase your productivity and that of your team for free.

  • Browse with full color: Vivaldi browser enables Razer Chroma

    Today, we launch Vivaldi 2.5 which brings a first-of-its kind integration with Razer Chroma, the world’s largest lighting ecosystem for gaming devices. With this unique integration, you’ll enjoy a thrilling and immersive browsing experience with lighting effects on Chroma-enabled devices.

    It sounds wild, but trust us – it’s fun. And adds another dimension to your browsing altogether.

    We’ve also added more customization options in this update where you can adjust the size of Speed Dials and select tabs more easily.

  • Vivaldi Browser 2.5 Released with Razer Chroma Integration

    Vivaldi web browser released new stable version 2.5 today with many exciting new features and improvements.

Software: Radiotray-NG, PDF Arranger, Cairo Dock

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  • Radiotray-NG – rustic internet radio player

    I’ve written reviews of a couple of internet radio players. Specifically, I was impressed by both odio and Shortwave. The former has an extremely elegant interface. And there’s the prospect that the next major release will be published under an open source license. If you dislike proprietary software, Shortwave is already open source.

    There are alternatives to odio and Shortwave. Let’s take a gander at Radiotray-NG. You may remember Radio Tray. It was an online radio streaming player that ran in a Linux system tray. Its goal was to have the minimum interface possible, making it very easy to use.

    Radiotray-NG is a continuation of the discontinued Radio Tray. It seeks to embrace the same philosophy, fixing some of its flaws, and adding a few new features along the way.

  • Graphical PDF Manipulation Tool PDF Arranger 1.2.0 Adds Shortcut Keys, Other Refinements

    PDF Arranger, a PDF-Shuffler fork, was updated to version 1.2.0, and it includes enhancements like shortcut keys, export metadata of first imported PDF, and more.

    PDF Arranger is a free and open source application for manipulating PDF documents, that can be used to merge, split, rotate and crop PDF documents and reorder their pages, using an interactive user interface. It's a fork of PDF-Shuffler, which hasn't had a release since April, 2012, with Gtk3 and Python 3 support, and various minor new features and bug fixes.

  • Cairo Dock, A Highly Customizable Dock panel for Ubuntu

    The Cairo Dock is an eye-catching and convenient dock interface for your Ubuntu desktop. With its features like multi-docks, launchers, taskbar, and many useful applets, you can advantageously replace it with your default dock panel. The panels can be easily detached from the Cairo dock and used as desktop widgets. You can totally customize the dock by using numerous ready-to-use themes that can be downloaded with a single click. So, if you are looking for a better looking, and much more easily customizable dock panel for your Ubuntu, Cairo Dock is a great choice for you.

File Sharing: qBittorrent 4.1.6 and Mozilla Thunderbird WeTransfer

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  • qBittorrent 4.1.6 Released! How to Install it in Ubuntu 18.04

    qBittorrent torrent client 4.1.6 was released a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, and Ubuntu 19.04.

  • Mozilla Thunderbird: WeTransfer File Transfer Now Available in Thunderbird

    WeTransfer’s file-sharing service is now available within Thunderbird for sending large files (up to 2GB) for free, without signing up for an account.

    Even better, sharing large files can be done without leaving the composer. While writing an email, just attach a large file and you will be prompted to choose whether you want to use file link, which will allow you to share a large file with a link to download it. Via this prompt you can select to use WeTransfer.

Best Eye Care Software to Protect Your Eyes in Linux

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It isn’t a secret any longer that long hours of computer screen time leads to several health conditions especially with the eyes e.g. eye strain alone can lead to headaches, and bright light exposure negatively influences sleep patterns.

But since spending time with our computers is inevitable, people have developed software that works to suppress these potential issues and even improve overall health in the process.

This eye care applications protect your eyes by regulating your screen’s display, temperature, and even going as far as setting breaks and exercise routines to keep your sleep and focus levels on track.

Here’s a list of the Best Eye Care Software for Linux users.

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Top 15 Best Linux Reference Manager Software To Use In 2019

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The reference manager software aims to help the research students and professionals at accurate and efficient citing. These tools can be used for a one time report work or even on long-term projects. The reference manager tools can serve more than academic purpose such as business presentation, reports, etc. These tools connect large teams through the cloud server and provide full access to a large number of trusted articles and resources.

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As I got started writing open source software, I generally preferred the MIT license. I actually made fun of the “copyleft” GPL licenses, on the grounds that they are less free. I still hold this opinion today: the GPL license is less free than the MIT license - but today, I believe this in a good way.


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