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VirtualBox 5.1

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  • Changelog for VirtualBox 5.1
  • VirtualBox 5.1 Officially Released

    Oracle announced the release this afternoon of VM VirtualBox 5.1.

  • VirtualBox 5.1 Increases Linux Integration, Improves Multimedia Support

    Today, July 12, 2016, Oracle has had the great pleasure of announcing the final release of the VirtualBox 5.1 open-source and cross-platform virtualization software for all supported platforms.

    VirtualBox 5.1 is a massive release that improves numerous parts of the software, promising to be a worthy update over any previous release. It is the best and most advanced release so far, increasing the Linux integration, enhancing the multimedia support, and adding support for new technologies.

    "To enable organizations and developers to more easily and flexibly create and deploy on premises and cloud applications, we are pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1, the latest release of the world’s most popular free and open source, cross-platform virtualization software," said Oracle.

KDE Applications 16.04.3 Is the Last in the Series, Out Now for KDE Plasma 5.7.1

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After announcing the availability of the first maintenance update for the KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment, KDE also released today the third and last point release for the KDE Applications 16.04 software suite.

KDE Applications 16.04.3 is here to fix twenty more bugs reported by users since last month's KDE Applications 16.04.2 point release, bringing improvements to various KDE applications that are usually shipped by default with any new installation of the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment.

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Leftovers: Softpware

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  • 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.

  • FFmpeg 3.1.1 “Laplace” Has Been Released

    FFmpeg is a popular multimedia framework, that enables the users to easily ncode, transcode, mux, demux, stream, filter and play audio and video content.

  • Weblate 2.7

    Slightly later than on monthly schedule but Weblate 2.7 is out today. This release brings improvements to the API and is first to officially support wlc a command line client for Weblate.

Leftovers: Software

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  • OpenPHT 1.6.2 for Debian/sid

    I have updated the openpht repository with builds of OpenPHT 1.6.2 for Debian/sid for both amd64 and i386 architecture. For those who have forgotten it, OpenPHT is the open source fork of Plex Home Theater that is used on RasPlex, see my last post concerning OpenPHT for details.

  • procps 3.3.12

    The procps developers are happy to announce that version 3.3.12 of procps was released today. This version has a mixture of bug fixes and enhancements. This unfortunately means another API bump but we are hoping this will be fixed with the new library API coming soon.

  • 6 Excellent Linux Diff Tools

    File comparison compares the contents of computer files, finding their common contents and their differences. The result of the comparison is often known as a diff.

  • Linux debugging tools I love

    I gave a talk this weekend about debugging tools I love (here are the slides, such as they are). I think of these tools like a swiss army knife -- if something on your system is wrong or slow, in any programming language, knowing how to use them can really help you out. I've written pretty extensively on this, but I didn't have a central list to refer to. So! Here's the list of my current favorite tools. There are only 5! I've used all of them (except opensnoop) to debug actual problems.

    tcpdump and wireshark and opensnoop are also things that you can have on OS X.

  • FreeType 2.6.4

Leftovers: Software

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  • Kubernetes rolls out its latest version

    It's always funny watching a new open source initiative gain traction -- all the more so when the initiative in question isn't yet firmly ensconced into the warm, inviting bosom of its own full-fledged foundation. This is certainly the case for Kubernetes.

  • Calibre 2.62 eBook Manager Supports the New Kindle Oasis, EPUB 3 Metadata

    Today, July 8, 2016, Calibre developer Kovid Goyal has been proud to announce the release of Calibre 2.62 ebook library management software for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X.

    It looks like the Friday weekly releases of Calibre are back, and Calibre 2.62 is here to add a couple of new features, as well as to fix many of the annoyances reported by users since last week's Calibre 2.61 update or previous releases.

    The most important feature of Calibre 2.62 is support for the newest Kindle Oasis e-reader model that has started shipping today. So if you receive your new Kindle Oasis device this weekend, you'll be able to connect it to Calibre to upload your books.

  • wlc 0.4

    wlc 0.4, a command line utility for Weblate, has been just released. This release doesn't bring much changes, but still worth announcing.

    The most important change is that development repository has been moved under WeblateOrg organization at GitHub, you can now find it at https://github.com/WeblateOrg/wlc. Another important news is that Debian package is currently waiting in NEW queue and will hopefully soon hit unstable.

  • Skype Claims "Exciting" Linux News Next Week [Ed: don’t even install it, Skype harvests local data]
  • Chrome OS and Linux Users Can Now Make Phone Calls From Skype for Web

Wine 1.9.14 Released

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  • The Wine Development Release 1.9.14 Is Now Available

    The Wine team released today another development release of their software. Version 1.9.14 has many small changes including 20 bugfixes.

  • Wine 1.9.14 Brings Better Shader Model 5 Support in Direct3D, GDI Improvements

    Today, July 8, 2016, the development team behind the popular Wine open-source software used by many Linux users to run Windows apps and games, have announced a new milestone towards Wine 2.0.

  • Wine 1.9.14 Released

    The Wine development release 1.9.14 is now available.

  • Wine 1.9.14 Still Working On Shader Model 5, D3D Command Stream

    Wine 1.9.14 was released today as the newest bi-weekly Wine development release for running your favorite Windows games/applications on Linux and other operating systems.

    As has been the trend recently, there's been more work going on for Shader Model 5 support in their Direct3D implementation along with more prep work for Direct3D Command Stream. The SM5 support will be needed for Direct3D 11 support and the D3D command stream code will offer nice performance improvements for gamers once all of the code has been readied.

VirtualBox 5.1 RC1

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3 open source alternatives to Microsoft Publisher

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But you don't need a proprietary tool to design a great layout. Whether you're using Linux, or still stuck on Windows or Mac OS X, there are great free and open source options. So let's look at some open source alternatives to Microsoft Publisher for designing your next print layout.

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Leftovers: Software

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  • darktable 2.0.5 Open-Source RAW Image Editor Adds Support for Canon EOS 80D

    Today, July 5, 2016, the popular darktable open-source and cross-platform RAW image editor software has been updated to version 2.0.5, the fifth maintenance release in the stable 2.0 series of the project.

    According to the release notes, darktable 2.0.5 is a modest update that implements a single feature, namely geolocation support for the watermark variable. Base support for the Canon EOS 80D digital camera is also available in this release, along with white balance presets and noise profiles.

    However, at this moment, darktable does not support the mRAW and sRAW file formats for the Canon EOS 80D digital SLR camera. This functionality should land in future updates of the application, but for now, you shouldn't use the RAW file formats mentioned above, only JPG.

  • CF4OCL Adds OpenCL 2.1 Symbols, Offline Kernel Compiler/Linker

    There is a new release available of cf4ocl, the C Framework for OpenCL. This open-source project provides an object-oriented interface to the OpenCL API and offers various other features.

  • Guix: The Non-Aligned Universal Package Manager

    With Ubuntu releasing Snappy and Red Hat releasing Flatpak, suddenly universal package managers are in the news. Maybe we should talk about Guix too.

    Both Snappy and Flatpak have their points of interest, but exaggerated claims about both of them are all too common. In this situation, GNU Guix, which for two years has been offering packages that run on any distribution, provides a much needed reality check — to say nothing of a practical and proven alternative.

  • KDE Applications 16.08 Software Suite for KDE Plasma 5.7 to Land August 18, 2016

    Now that the release cycle of the KDE Applications 16.04 software suite is coming to an end, as the third and last maintenance update will arrive on July 12, it's time for the KDE developers to concentrate their efforts on the next series.

    We've always wondered what will be the next version of the KDE Applications software suite for KDE Plasma 5.7, and now we know, as the release schedule of KDE Applications 16.08 has been published recently in the usual places.

digiKam 5.0.0

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  • digiKam 5.0.0 is published...

    After two year of work, the digiKam team is proud to announce the final release of digiKam Software Collection 5.0.0. This main version introduces a new cycle of releases, which will be shortly released to quickly include all the fixes reported by end users.

    This release marks almost complete port of the application to Qt5. All Qt4/KDE4 code has been removed and many parts have been re-written, reviewed, and tested. Porting to Qt5 required a lot of work, as many important APIs had to be changed or replaced by new ones.

  • DigiKam 5.0 KDE Photography Software Released

    After two years of development, DigiKam 5.0 has been released as the digital photography management software from the KDE camp that's now been ported to Qt5.

    The Qt5 port alone makes this a huge release and it does remove around 80% of the KDE-specific dependencies as in the future the developers are looking at making it Qt5-only. The dropping of many KDE dependencies is being used to make it easier to port and maintain this digital photography software on Windows, OS X, and other operating systems.

  • digiKam 5.0.0 Powerful Image Editor Officially Released, Ported to Qt5

    Today, July 5, 2016, the development team behind the digiKam open-source and cross-platform image editor software proudly announced the final release of digiKam 5.0.0.

    digiKam 5.0.0 comes two years after the release of digiKam 4.0.0. During these years, it received numerous snapshots that brought various nifty features and improvements, all of which are now present in this final build, which is available for download right now for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

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  • Romp Home with these 21 Peerless ASCII Games
    Linux has a raft of open source games. The vast majority of these games are atheistically pleasing. Popular games often have full motion video, vector graphics, 3D graphics, realistic 3D rendering, animation, texturing, a physics engine, and much more. Computer graphics have been advancing at a staggering pace. At the current rate of progress, in the next 10 years it may not be possible to distinguish computer graphics from reality. Early computer games did not have these graphic techniques. The earliest video games were text games or text-based games that used text characters rather than vector or bitmapped graphics. Text-based games are often forgotten and neglected. However, there are many ASCII gems out there waiting to be explored which are immensely addictive and great fun to play. The developers' works featured in this article focus on content and fun gameplay.
  • GNOME's Mutter 3.21.91 Brings Wayland Improvements
    Florian Müllner announced the release today of Mutter 3.21.91, the near-final version of this compositing window manager and Wayland compositor for the upcoming GNOME 3.22 desktop.
  • Red Hat CEO: Taking Open Source Beyond the Data Center
    When Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst spoke at LinuxCon last week, he hardly mentioned RHEL or the company's stack. Instead, he focused almost entirely on Linux in general and the open source development model in particular. This wasn't a surprise, as there probably isn't an organization on the planet with a deeper understanding of open source methodology and its potential. It's how it built free software into a $2 billion business. Most people familiar with Red Hat know the company's broader vision for open source -- sometimes referred to as "the open source way" -- goes beyond software, so it also wasn't much of a surprise when Whitehurst's talk strayed from data centers and workstations and into areas not normally associated with IT at all.
  • Ubuntu 16.10 Wallpaper Contest Is Now Open For Entries
    Doors have opened on the Ubuntu 16.10 Wallpaper Contest. Few desktop operating systems offer amateur and professional illustrators, photographers and graphic designers the chance to have their artwork seen by millions of people around the world. But then, Ubuntu isn’t your average operating system!
  • Compact, rugged Skylake computer-on-module is big on PCIe
    Kontron’s Linux-ready “COMe-cSL6” COM Express Compact Type 6 module offers 10 PCIe lanes, up to 24GB RAM and 32GB eMMC, and industrial temperature support.
  • Credit card-sized module runs Linux on Braswell
    Axiomtek’s credit card-sized “CEM300” module runs Linux on Intel Braswell SoCs at 4-6W TDP and offers HD graphics, dual SATA III ports, and four PCIe lanes. Like Axiomtek’s Atom E3800 “Bay Trail” based CEM846 computer-on-module, its new CEM300 supports Linux and Windows, and uses the 84 x 55mm COM Express Type 10 Mini form factor. The CEM300 advances to 14nm Intel Braswell SoCs, which offer much improved Intel HD Graphics Gen8, while reducing TDPs to a 4W to 6W range. Supported models include the quad-core 1.6GHz (2.4GHz burst) Pentium N3700, the quad-core Celeron N3160, and the dual-core Celeron N3060.

Linux and Linux Foundation

  • Linux, Linus, Bradley, and Open Source Protection
    In a nutshell, this rather heated (and at times unnecessarily personal) debate has focused on when is the right time to defend the rights on the GPL. Bradley is of the view that these rights should be intrinsically defended as they are as important (if not more important) than the code. Linus is of the view that the practicalities of the software industry mean sending in the lawyers can potentially have an even more damaging effect as companies will tense up and choose to stay away.
  • Evolving a Best-of-Breed IoT Framework by Gregory Burns
  • 2016 LiFT Scholarship Winner Tetevi Placide Ekon: Learning Computer Science Online
    Tetevi Placide Ekon is a graduate student studying civil engineering at the 2iE Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering in Burkina Faso. He was one of 14 aspiring IT professionals to receive a 2016 Linux Foundation Training (LiFT) scholarship, announced this month. Since receiving his bachelor’s degree in water and environmental engineering and moving onto graduate school, he has nurtured a passion for computer science, and especially open source. Tetevi has completed free courses covering Linux, Apache big data systems and more, and he plans to use this scholarship to pursue more advanced training.
  • Raspberry Pi Zero Will Likely Be Supported On Linux 4.9
    It's looking like the Raspberry Pi Zero might be playing fine out-of-the-box with the upcoming Linux 4.9 kernel cycle. Eric Anholt posted his weekly VC4 driver status/changes. In there the Intel-turned-Broadcom developer commented, "Finally, I landed Stefan Wahren's Raspberry Pi Zero devicetree for upstream. If nothing goes wrong, the Zero should be supported in 4.9."
  • Running Caffe AlexNet/GoogleNet On Some CPUs Compared To NVIDIA CUDA
    With working on some Broadwell-EP Linux comparison benchmarks this weekend, as part of that onslaught of benchmarks I decided to run the CPU-only Caffe build on a few different Intel CPUs. For fun, afterwards I checked to see how the performance compares to Caffe with CUDA+cuDNN on a few Maxwell/Pascal GPUs.
  • A Slew Of RadeonSI Gallium3D Fixes To Kick Off The Week
    After already making a ton of improvements to the RadeonSI Gallium3D stack this month, Marek Olšák is looking to end the month on a high note with yet more fixes to the open-source AMD driver. What's more fun than seeing on a Monday morning [PATCH 00/20] Plenty of RadeonSI fixes. The 20 patches take care of a variety of RadeonSI fixes. Marek commented, "This series contains mostly fixes, i.e. for DCC, cubemaps, tessellation, texture views, Gather4, viewport depth range, etc. There are also some new HUD queries."