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Calamares 3.2 and Snappy Sceptics

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  • Calamares 3.2 Linux Installer Working On Wayland Support

    Calamares, the open-source project trying to be the universal installer framework used by Linux distributions, is working towards their big v3.2 update.

  • Calamares Universal Linux Installer Readies for the Wayland Display Server

    Numerous independently-developed GNU/Linux distributions are relying these days on the Calamares universal installer framework to provide their users with a decent, modern, and up-to-date graphical installer.

    If you installed well-known distros like OpenMandriva, KDE Neon, Sabayon, KaOS, Siduction, Netrunner, Apricity OS, Chakra GNU/Linux, GeckoLinux, Pisi Linux, Tanglu Linux, or Manjaro before, chances are you already interacted with the Calamares installer.

    The latest version of the installer is Calamares 3.1.1, a release that fixed a password weakness issue, and to which all the above GNU/Linux distributions should upgrade. But it looks like Calamares is getting ready for the next-generation Wayland display server, which offers improved security over X11.

  • Snappy Sceptic Files Bug to Ask Why It Even Exists

    The bug reporting infrastructure around an open-source project generally isn’t the best place to fish for a debate — especially when that debate poses questions of a rather existential nature!

Software: Krita, Ardour, WeatherDesk and More

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  • Thank you all!

    When we went public with our troubles with the Dutch tax office two weeks ago, the response was overwhelming. The little progress bar on krita.org is still counting, and we’re currently at 37,085 euros, and 857 donators. And that excludes the people who sent money to the bank directly. It does include Private Internet Access‘ sponsorship. Thanks to all you! So many people have supported us, we cannot even manage to send out enough postcards.

  • Ardour 5.11 released

    We are pleased to announce the availability of Ardour 5.11. Like 5.10, this is primarily a bug-fix release, though it also includes VCA automation graphical editing, a new template management dialog and various other useful new features.

  • Ardour Digital Audio Workstation 5.11 Released

    For audio engineers and musicians making use of the cross-platform, open-source Ardour Digital Audio Workstation, its 5.11 release is now available.

  • RFC: Seamless OpenBenchmarking.org Comparisons For The Phoronix Test Suite
  • WeatherDesk – Change Wallpapers Based on Current Weather Conditions

    Today we have quite a nifty Linux tool for you, it’s called WeatherDesk. If you have always wanted to be able to set your desktop wallpapers based on the weather conditions in your area then today is your lucky day.

  • Track your creative projects with mind-map software

    I'm a huge proponent of using mind maps in creative work, which you may know if you've read any of my previous articles or follow my podcast.

    Most folks know mind maps are great for organizing your thoughts and brainstorming ideas for a project. The semi-free-flowing, branched structure of a mind map really lends itself to helping you wrap your brain around whatever it is you're planning to work on. But it doesn't end there. Modern digital mind maps give you so much more. In fact, for me, mind maps are a critical tool for managing my creative projects. A mind map is not just an idea board, it's a living document, a dashboard for planning my projects and tracking my progress. 

    For the examples in this article, I'll be using a handy little open source mind-mapping program called VYM, short for "View Your Mind." If you're interested, I have a pretty thorough podcast episode covering my fairly extensive hunt for a new mind-mapping application. Whether you use VYM or FreeMind or XMind, the approach I cover here should work.

  • TeamViewer Linux Host

    At last abandoning WINE and launching native Linux support, TeamViewer announced the availability of a new preview version of its Linux Host with native Linux support. The new release of TeamViewer, a solution for remote support, remote access and online meetings, addresses additional critical system administrator requirements, including support of Wake-On-LAN, assignment of TeamViewer accounts via GUI and additional regulation capabilities. Wake-On-LAN support givers users the power to wake up Linux devices that are in standby mode and connected to a power supply.

Software: Weblate, Musixmatch, virt-viewer, Conky, Cryptomator, libosinfo, Latte Dock

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  • New projects on Hosted Weblate
  • The MusixMatch Desktop Lyrics App Is Available for Linux

    This weekend I learnt that the Musixmatch desktop app is available for Linux!  Not that Linux users are short of desktop lyrics apps. We’ve written about several before, including ‘Instant Lyrics’ and ‘Lyricfier’, and many open-source music players sport some sort of song words integration. B

  • ANNOUNCE: virt-viewer 6.0 release

    I am happy to announce a new bugfix release of virt-viewer 6.0 (gpg), including experimental Windows installers for Win x86 MSI (gpg) and Win x64 MSI (gpg). The virsh and virt-viewer binaries in the Windows builds should now successfully connect to libvirtd, following fixes to libvirt’s mingw port.

  • 5 Best Linux Conky Themes

    Conky remains one of the coolest ways of customizing your Linux desktop. Conky uses the X window system allowing you to monitor system variables such as CPU usage, swap space, temperatures, network download and upload speeds, time, calendar and much more. 
    Check out this article on how to set up Conky on your Ubuntu desktop. If you got Conky installed already, let us look at some awesome themes to get your desktop sparkling and make your friends jealous. These themes are quite varying in appeal and form and hopefully, there will be one or a few which surely would impress you. There are a ton of Conky themes out there and you can always find some from Deviantart.com and a few other sites. So let’s started.

  • Cryptomator – An Open Source Client-side Encryption Tool For Your Cloud

    Cryptomator is a free, open source, lightweight and multi-platform client-side encryption tool for your Cloud data. It uses Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) method to encrypt your data. And, Your passphrase is protected against brute-force attacks using scrypt, a password-based key derivation function. It encrypts each file individually, so if you edit just a small text file, only the corresponding encrypted file is changed. Since it is open source, anyone can download the source code and verify it. Cryptomator has won the special award for usable security and privacy at CeBIT 2016. If you’re looking for an easy and reliable way to secure your Cloud data, Cryptomator might be a good choice.

  • ANNOUNCE: libosinfo 1.1.0 release

    I am happy to announce a new release of libosinfo version 1.1.0 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.

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  • Latte Dock 0.7 Released with Wayland Tech Preview

    A new version of Latte Dock is available to download.

    The popular desktop dock is designed for, but not exclusive to, the KDE Plasma desktop.

Software: Obnam, Atom, WPS Office, Xfce4-Panel, QupZilla and GNOME Logs

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  • Retiring Obnam

    This is a difficult announcement to write. The summary is if you use Obnam you should switch to another backup program in the coming months.

  • Atom, Visual Studio Code Updates Available to Download

    A pair of text editors popular among Linux users have seen new updates.

    Github’s Atom text editor and Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code (VS Code) both have updated versions available to download.

    In this post we give a condensed run down of the major changes and improvements available in each.

  • WPS Office 2016 for Linux

    Promising the world's best office experience for the Linux community, WPS Software presents WPS Office 2016 for Linux: a high-performing yet considerably more affordable alternative to Microsoft Office that is fully compatible with and comparable to the constituent PowerPoint, Excel and Word applications. The WPS Office suite, with more than 1.2 billion installs across all platforms, is a complete office suite, including Writer, Presentation, Spreadsheets and a built-in PDF reader. Linux, Windows, Android and iOS versions are available.

  • xfce4-panel 4.13.1 Released, Another Step Towards The Eventual Xfce 4.14

    Xfce 4.14 is still running behind schedule but at least progress is being made on this lightweight, GTK-based desktop environment.

    Today marks the Xfce4-Panel 4.13.1 released as another development package towards v4.14. With xfce4-panel 4.13.1, this Xfce desktop component has been ported to using GDBus. This release now also allows the system tray to support ordering of items and with the tacklist it makes styling by themes easier. There are also a number of bug fixes affecting drag-n-drop, GTK3 fixes, and other work.

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  • QupZilla Web Browser Is Changing Its Name

    The QupZilla web browser is hunting for a new name. Development is to move under the KDE project umbrella and it may replace Konquerer.

  • GNOME Logs Test Suite

    During past weeks, I have been into researching about unit testing as I am now currently working on my third task for GSoC , which is, writing a test suite for GNOME Logs. I would like to give you a brief background about the previous work already done on testing for Logs.

    The previous work done is mostly based on testing the Logs frontend using dogtail and behave automated python testing frameworks. You can see more about it here. In my task, I will mostly be working on testing the existing backend functionality in Logs.

Vivaldi 1.11

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  • At last! Vivaldi lets you kill looping GIFs

    The web browser for power users, Vivaldi, has gained a Reader mode and some accessibility features, but one new feature stands out. The reaction GIF may be one of the wonders of the 21st Century, but what if you don’t want your CPU cycles sucked dry by hilarious and ironic animated images?

    Turning off GIF animations can now be done with one click from the toolbar in Vivaldi 1.11, which was released yesterday.

  • Vivaldi Continues To Build Amazing Features With Vivaldi 1.11

    ​To put it simply, Vivaldi is the browser for power users. Vivaldi packs a ton of features that allow you to make it personal and work the way you need it. Thus the customization and the flexibility is the direction Vivaldi has taken in the push to capture users. The updates are raining in a fast pace with the latest release version 1.11 released just this week. Vivaldi is available forLinux (DEB and RPM).

Zazu App - Intelligent artificialness

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Zazu App is an interesting concept, but it's still quite raw. Linux support is flaky unless you mean Ubuntu. You have to manually edit the configuration, which is a fun killer. Most plugins do not run on Linux, and some are just broken, and even with a few of these added, the functionality spectrum is quite lean, especially compared to the likes of Dash or Krunner, both of which look and behave the part. From a purely technological stand point, Zazu App does not have the bells and whistles to defeat the established players.

But maybe that's not the goal. Maybe this is just a sandbox for nerds who love JSON, and for them, it will work well, it will be rich and powerful, and we will see more and more plugins added until this becomes an indispensible engine of artificial intelligence for your desktop. Who knows. At the moment, I'm skeptical. Also, given the rapid development cycle, everything you read here might already be obsolete by the time I publish this article. Such is life. Zazu, neat idea, but it takes more than that to Fandango.

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Latte Dock 0.7

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Software: Alkasir, I2P, Brave, Inkscape and YouTube-DL

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  • Alkasir: Lets You Access Censored Websites, Available for Linux

    Alkasir is an free, open-source and cross-platform (Linux, Windows and Mac) tool that lets you access the blocked websites, it is developed by Walid al-saqaf. With its split-tunneling feature, Alkasir can optimize bandwidth consumption to provide better speed compared to many other circumvention tools.

  • I2P (Invisible Internet Project)  0.9.31

    The changes in this release are much more noticeable than usual! We have refreshed the router console to make it easier to understand, improve accessibility and cross-browser support, and generally tidy things up. This is the first step in a longer-term plan to make the router console more user-friendly. We have also added torrent ratings and comments support to i2psnark.

  • Brave Browser

    As an unabashed fan of Brendan Eich, and someone appalled by his dismissal from Mozilla Corp. for political reasons, I had high hopes for the newish Brave browser. In fact, I spent several months holding out for the updates to it, hoping that they would fix the many problems that plague this browser.

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    It is unfortunate to report that this is a good product with certain glitches that are so profound that they make it a total failure. Many of us wanted this to succeed, want Brendan Eich to succeed, and wish for more alternatives in the browser market. Those are all legitimate, but the fact is that the browser must also work as a browser; ideology alone is not enough.

  • Inkscape 0.92.2 Delivers Greater Stability and Easier Contributions

    Inkscape 0.92.2 brings a number of fixes and small usability enhancements to this popular vector-graphics application. It is also the first release after migrating the project's code to GitLab. These amount to a more stable and capable creative tool that can now receive improvements from a much larger development community.

  • What's New in Inkscape 0.92.2 and PPA for Ubuntu 14.04 until 17.10

    The latest Inkscape 0.9.22 has been released at 07 August 2017. This release comes with more stability, a lot of fixes, and contribution is now easier because Inkscape development has been moved to GitLab. This article also includes a PPA to install Inkscape 0.9.22 for Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04, until 17.10 Artful Aardvark. Now time to install it and enjoy!

  • YouTube-DL GUI 0.4 Ships With New User Interface, More [PPA]

    After two years since the previous version, a new YouTube-DL GUI (YouTube-DLG) version was made available for download recently. The new 0.4 version ships with a a new user interface, easier format and save path selection and more.

Software: Weblate, OBS Studio, and LosslessCut

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  • Weblate 2.16

    Weblate 2.16 has been released today while I'm at DebConf17. There are quite some performance improvements (and more of that is scheduled for 2.17), new file formats support and various other improvements.

  • OBS Studio 20.0 Released (Capturing & Live Streaming Software for Linux) | Brings a New Modular User Interface & Stinger Transitions

    OBS Studio Brings everything you need for streaming purposes in a single place. It support recording, compositing visual elements, encoding videos with the desired quality output, audio mixing with various audio filters (noise suppression and Gain control) via VST plugins, image corrections options, many custom scenes configurations with custom switching transitions and many more features that could help you to produce high quality and professional live streaming broadcasts on Linux Platforms.

  • LosslessCut – A Simple Cross-Platform Video and Audio Cutter

    LosslessCut is a free cross-platform tool for trimming/cutting both video and audio files. With it, you can cut out and discard large parts of video and audio files without losing any quality.

    It has no need for encoding or decoding which allows it deliver a speedy service. Said to be great for rough processing of video files taken from a video camera, drone, GoPro, e.t.c.

Software: Albert, PDF Readers, Atom, Opera and Google Earth

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  • A look at Albert Launcher for GNU/Linux

    There are many different tools and applications to help enhance speed and productivity in GNU/Linux.

    One of the greatest things about the operating system is its flexibility; granted it can sometimes come with a cost of complexity – Thankfully Albert is simple to install and even easier to use!

  • 9 Best Alternatives To Adobe Reader On Linux (Ebook/PDF Readers)

    ​Adobe Reader has been known to be among the best PDF viewers and readers on most PC platforms. The free version of Adobe reader provides features such as; viewing and reading of documents, adding annotations to documents and provides printing functionalities. The Adobe Acrobat PRO which is a paid version provides additional features such as PDF editing, conversion, and signing of PDFs.  

  • Atom 1.19

    Today’s Atom 1.19 release offers improved performance and responsiveness via major architectural updates and an upgrade to Electron 1.6.9.

  • Atom 1.19 Hackable Text Editor Improves Responsiveness and Memory Usage

    GitHub's Atom developer Ian Olsen is pleased to announce the promotion of the Atom 1.19 open-source hackable text editor to the stable channel for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

    It's been almost two months since Atom 1.19 entered Beta stages of development, along with the promotion of Atom 1.18 to the stable channel, which introduced Git and GitHub integration straight into the heart of the editor, and the biggest new change is improvements to responsiveness and memory usage by implementing a native C++ text buffer.

  • Opera 47 Web Browser Smooths Video Playback, Lets Users Export Their Bookmarks

    Based on the Chromium 60 open-source web browser, Opera 47 is now ready to conquer your Linux, Mac, or Windows desktop with its numerous enhancements and new features, starting with the ability to export all of your bookmarks to a single HTML file that you can import on another Opera instance, or a different web browser.

  • Google Earth Free Download For Compatible Mac, PC, And Linux Devices

    If you are going to download the app for Android, make sure that it runs on Android version 4.1 and later. The latest update can be downloaded from the Google Play Store in the device. The update was released in May 2017 to cater to the needs of Android users.

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Red Hat and Fedora Leftovers

Devices: Beelink S1 Mini PC, Aaeon’s SBC, Kobo and LEDE

  • Beelink S1 Mini PC and Linux – Comedy Gold
    The Beelink S1 is a small, silent mini PC released in August 2017 retailing for around 300 dollars (250 euros). It’s produced by Shenzhen AZW Technology Co Ltd, a Chinese company that focuses on Android smart TV boxes, Intel mini PCs, and home cloud TV boxes. The S1 ships with an activated copy of Windows 10. But what makes this mini PC interesting? For starters, it purports to run Ubuntu. Combined with a quad core Celeron CPU, dual monitor support (HDMI and VGA), 4K video, expansion options, together with a raft of other features, the machine looks a mouthwatering prospect compared to many other mini PCs.
  • Kaby Lake Pico-ITX SBC features dual M.2 slots
    Aaeon’s “PICO-KBU1” SBC is built on Intel 7th Gen U-series CPUs with up to 16GB DDR4, dual GbE ports, and M.2 B-key and E-Key expansion. The PICO-KBU1 SBC is equipped with Intel’s dual-core, 15W TDP 7th Gen U-series CPUs from the latest Kaby Lake generation. Other 100 x 72mm Pico-ITX boards that run Kaby Lake U-Series processors include Axiomtek’s PICO512. As usual with Aaeon, no OS support is listed.
  • Kobo firmware 4.6.9995 mega update (KSM, nickel patch, ssh, fonts)
    It has been ages that I haven’t updated the MegaUpdate package for Kobo. Now that a new and seemingly rather bug-free and quick firmware release (4.6.9995) has been released, I finally took the time to update the whole package to the latest releases of all the included items. The update includes all my favorite patches and features: Kobo Start Menu, koreader, coolreader, pbchess, ssh access, custom dictionaries, and some side-loaded fonts.
  • LEDE v17.01.4 service release
    Version 17.01.4 of the LEDE router distribution is available with a number of important fixes. "While this release includes fixes for the bugs in the WPA Protocol disclosed earlier this week, these fixes do not fix the problem on the client-side. You still need to update all your client devices. As some client devices might never receive an update, an optional AP-side workaround was introduced in hostapd to complicate these attacks, slowing them down."

Samsung Leftovers

OSS Leftovers

  • FOSDEM 2018 Real-Time Communications Call for Participation
  • Top Bank, Legal and Software Industry Executives to Keynote at the Open Source Strategy Forum
  • Copyleft is Dead. Long live Copyleft!
    As you may have noticed, we recently re-licensed mgmt from the AGPL (Affero General Public License) to the regular GPL. This is a post explaining the decision and which hopefully includes some insights at the intersection of technology and legal issues.
  • Crowdsourcing the way to a more flexible strategic plan
    Trust the community. Opening a feedback platform to anyone on campus seems risky, but in hindsight I'd do it again in a heartbeat. The responses we received were very constructive; in fact, I rarely received negative and unproductive remarks. When people learned about our honest efforts at improving the community, they responded with kindness and support. By giving the community a voice—by really democratizing the effort—we achieved a surprising amount of campus-wide buy-in in a short period of time. Transparency is best. By keeping as many of our efforts as public as possible, we demonstrated that we were truly listening to our customers and understanding the effects of the outdated technology policies and decisions that were keeping them from doing their best work. I've always been a proponent of the idea that everyone is an agent of innovation; we just needed a tool that allowed everyone to make suggestions. Iterate, iterate, iterate. Crowdsourcing our first-year IT initiatives helped us create the most flexible and customer-centric plan we possibly could. The pressure to move quickly and lay down a comprehensive strategic plan is very real; however, by delaying that work and focusing on the evolving set of data flowing from our community, we were actually able to better demonstrate our commitment to our customers. That helped us build critical reputational capital, which paid off when we did eventually present a long-term strategic plan—because people already knew we could achieve results. It also helped us recruit strong allies and learn who we could trust to advance more complicated initiatives.
  • Reform is a DIY, modular, portable computer (work in progress)
    Want a fully functional laptop that works out of the box? There are plenty to choose from. Want a model that you can upgrade? That’s a bit tougher to find: some modern laptops don’t even let you replace the RAM. Then there’s the Reform. It’s a new DIY, modular laptop that’s designed to be easy to upgrade and modify. The CAD designs will even be available if you want to 3D print your own parts rather than buying a kit. You can’t buy a Reform computer yet. But developer Lukas Hartmann and designer Ana Dantes have developed a prototype and are soliciting feedback on the concept.
  • New neural network teaches itself Go, spanks the pros
    While artificial intelligence software has made huge strides recently, in many cases, it has only been automating things that humans already do well. If you want an AI to identify the Higgs boson in a spray of particles, for example, you have to train it on collisions that humans have already identified as containing a Higgs. If you want it to identify pictures of cats, you have to train it on a database of photos in which the cats have already been identified.