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The BlueMail Email Client is Now Available for Linux

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The app boasts support for IMAP, Exchange & POP3 as well as all the leading web-mail providers and private mail server configurations.

“With this expansion to Linux, BlueMail is now able to serve a large professional market. Users can benefit from a single, modern user experience across all of their devices without compromising on premium features, security, or privacy,” Blix Inc, makers of BlueMail say.

Until today I had never heard of this app or service — but I’m probably alone because the BlueMail Android app has over 5,000,000 installs (yes, 5 million), and there are iOS and Windows versions available too.

“We set out to make the best email experience from day one and the response from customers has been extremely positive. Developing a platform for Linux was the next step,” Dan Volach, co-founder at Blix, adds.

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Top Photo Metadata Editors (Updated 2019)

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A metadata editor is computer software which allows users to view and edit metadata tags interactively and save them in the graphics file. So, metadata is information that is part of the image file and contains information about the image itself and the creation of the image. It can set textual information such as title, description, exposure time, ISO value, focal length, and copyright. Some modern digital cameras and camera phones are GPS enabled and they can save the location co-ordinates (latitude and longitude) with the photographs. Metadata editors can also set geolocation information by browsing a map or setting coordinates directly, which is particularly useful for cameras without GPS. There are many reasons why users might wish to modify metadata of photographs.

This “metadata” is embedded into photographs using the standard Exif format that can easily be read by image editing programs as well as online photo sharing websites like Flickr.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of the finest metadata editors available for Linux. We have whittled the available range down to the top 6 superior tools for metadata management.

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Using the Elgato Stream Deck on Linux just got a whole lot easier with streamdeck_ui

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If you're a livestreamer, video creator or anything like that then the Elgato Stream Deck seems like an incredible useful bit of kit. However, it doesn't have official Linux support. Not so much a problem now.

The Stream Deck is a handy little pad with a bunch of LCD buttons, that allows you to configure each button to some sort of action and image. You could use it to one-touch launch an animation, show your contact details on screen, switch to a difference scene in OBS Studio and so on. There's a huge amount you can do with it and not having Linux support was a shame.

Announcing the release of streamdeck_ui on their blog, developer Timothy Crosley hooked into the also open source Python Elgato Stream Deck Library project to create a fully featured interface for working with the Stream Deck hardware on Linux.

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Proprietary Software Leftovers

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  • Opera jumps on tracking blocker bandwagon

    Details about the ad-tracking mechanism were surprisingly sparse. Unlike Mozilla, which has repeatedly detailed its efforts to curtail tracking, Opera did not describe what kinds of trackers - there are many - it would block.

  • Microsoft is battling yet another faulty update for Windows 10

    The next day, a recent patch (KB4524147) was reissued after causing its own unique brand of borkage, which was the cause of anguish in just about everywhere you can possibly imagine.

    To make it worse, the patch that was supposed to fix printer spooling issues, basically, didn't, and yet managed to bring the problem to a wider audience of users previously unaffected.

    Meanwhile, if that's not enough to boil the blood, the problems with the Start Menu, first encountered after the widely reported CPU/Cortana bug are back, with users now finding themselves getting "critical error" messages that can only be fixed by a reboot.

  • Adobe to deactivate accounts for all Venezuelan users due to US sanctions
  • Adobe is cutting off users in Venezuela due to US sanctions

    In the document, Adobe explains: “The U.S. Government issued Executive Order 13884, the practical effect of which is to prohibit almost all transactions and services between U.S. companies, entities, and individuals in Venezuela. To remain compliant with this order, Adobe is deactivating all accounts in Venezuela.”

    Users will have until October 28th to download any content stored in their accounts, and will lose access the next day. To make matters worse, customers won’t be able to receive refunds for any purchases or outstanding subscriptions, as Adobe says that the executive order calls for “the cessation of all activity with the entities including no sales, service, support, refunds, credits, etc.”

  • Adobe shuts down Photoshop in Venezuela

    Adobe has moved to a subscription-only model for the latest versions of its products meaning users will not be able to buy standalone versions.

  • Adobe Will Cancel All Subscriptions in Venezuela to Comply With U.S. Sanctions

    Users will not get any refunds, according to a notice published to Adobe’s website, and the tech giant says that the sanctions won’t allow it to issue refunds even if they wanted to.

    “We are unable to issue refunds,” Adobe says on its site. “Executive order 13884, orders the cessation of all activity with the entities including no sales, service, support, refunds, credits, etc.”

Software: Book Squire, isolcpus, GNU Health and rpminspect

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  • Book Squire Is Ten Years Old

    I choose Python for the first version. I got the logging in, navigating of the Library site and the scraping of account data working as a script. Then decided to built it into an application running under the then new Google App Engine platform. That worked for a while just fine. Over time I added a database to store user information and an email notifications feature with nightly reports delivered when accounts had notable events worth mentioning.

    After working on a few Django applications I decided to move Book Squire to Django and host it on a VPS. Here it stayed for many years working well except for the random updates made to the Library site which broke the parsing of the pages.

    Eventually, the Library upgraded there system in a significant way. Actually made it somewhat user friendly. Still it didn't support multiple cards and you had to click around a bit so Book Squire was reworked and it continued on.

    For my latest update to Book Squire I've rewritten it in Clojure. The latest version is much cleaner internally and suspect the maintenance going forward will be easier. The old Python code did suffer overtime as refactoring was never justified enough because it just worked.

  • Matt Fleming: isolcpus is deprecated, kinda

    A problem that a lot of sysadmins and developers have is, how do you run a single task on a CPU without it being interrupted? It’s a common scenario for real-time and virtualised workloads where any interruption to your task could cause unacceptable latency.

    For example, let’s say you’ve got a virtual machine running with 4 vCPUs, and you want to make sure those vCPU tasks don’t get preempted by other tasks since that would introduce delays into your audio transcoding app.

    Running each of those vCPU tasks on its own host CPU seems like the way to go. All you need to do is choose 4 host CPUs and make sure no other tasks run on them.

    How do you do that?

  • GNU Health HMIS 3.6 Release Candidate 1 is out !

    We are pleased to announce the initial release candidate for the upcoming GNU Health HMIS server !

  • rpminspect-0.7 released, bug fixes and a new integration test suite

    rpminspect-0.7 has been released. The main things in this release are a new integration test suite and many bug fixes. There is one new user feature and that's the -t or --threshold option.

    The -t option lets you control the result code that triggers a non-zero exit code from rpminspect. By default, this is set to VERIFY. But you could set it to BAD or INFO or any other valid result code in the program. The result code specified by this option means that any result in rpminspect at that code or higher will trigger a non-zero return code. Combined with the -T option, this can be a useful tool for some types of CI system integration.

JACK2 1.9.13 Released As First Update In Nearly 2 Years For The Low-Latency Audio Server

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While Red Hat is pursuing Pipewire with plans to fill the use-cases provided by the JACK(2) low-latency audio server, JACK2 isn't letting up and Sunday marked version 1.9.13 for the project and their first release since December 2017.

JACK2 1.9.13 is primarily driven by the introduction of a meta-data API, a long-standing request with JACK1 having added a meta-data API more than six years ago.

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Best Free Graphic Design software for Linux

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In today’s digital world, we often need graphic contents that are visually appealing to the eye. Whether they will be used in a website, advertisement poster or other purposes, eye-catching graphics can pay big dividends can make viewers more attracted to the content. All the stunning graphic work is done by graphic design software these days. In order to create nice graphic designs, you will surely need some good software. In this article, we will list down the best graphic design software available for Linux along with a brief description of each of them.

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5 Best Password Managers For Linux Desktop

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A password manager is a useful tool for creating unique passwords and storing them securely so that you don’t have to remember them. Check out the best password managers available for Linux desktop.

Passwords are everywhere. Websites, forums, web apps and what not, you need to create accounts and password for them. The trouble comes with the password. Keeping the same password for various accounts poses a security risk because if one of the websites is compromised, hackers try the same email-password combination on other websites as well.

But keeping unique passwords for all the new accounts means that you have to remember all of them and it’s not possible for normal humans. This is where password managers come to your help.

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Also: Standard Notes kept losing my notes

Software: QPhotoRec, GNU Poke, Gbrowse and GNU Guix

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  • Repo Review: QPhotoRec

    QPhotoRec is a handy tool for recovering lost data from damaged or corrupted storage devices, or files you may have just accidentally deleted. Despite its name, QPhotoRec can recover many different kinds of files from FAT, NTFS, exFAT, ext2/ext3/ext4, ReiserFS, and HFS+ file systems.

  • Values of the world, unite! - Offsets in Poke

    Early in the design of what is becoming GNU poke I was struck by a problem that, to my surprise, would prove not easy to fix in a satisfactory way: would I make a byte-oriented program, or a bit-oriented program? Considering that the program in question was nothing less than an editor for binary data, this was no petty dilemma.

    Since the very beginning I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted to achieve: a binary editor that would be capable of editing user defined data structures, besides bytes and bits. I also knew I needed some sort of domain specific language to describe these structures and operate on them. How that language would look like, and what kind of abstractions it would provide, however, was not clear to me. Not at all.

  • Vim :Gbrowse support for Pagure

    As software developers and sysadmins, we tend to communicate with other people much more than we could have ever imagined (when choosing this career path mainly as a way to escape the society). Particularly, we discuss semi-real, self-invented computer problems that supposedly need to be solved and that involves mentioning some existing pieces of code.

    Let’s imagine your colleague asks where in the codebase is implemented some functionality. Unless you have an eidetic memory, you need to switch to your IDE and do a little of detective work to find out. Now, there is the boring part - explaining someone else what you are looking at. Only if there was a way for them to just see your editor. Instead, you are left with only two options, one more dull than the other.

  • GNU Guix maintainer collective expands

    In July, we—Ricardo Wurmus and Ludovic Courtès—called for volunteers to join us in maintaining Guix. We are thrilled to announce that three brave hackers responded and that they’re now officially co-maintainers! The Guix maintainer collective now consists of Marius Bakke, Maxim Cournoyer, and Tobias Geerinckx-Rice, in addition to Ricardo and Ludovic. You can reach us all by email at guix-maintainers@gnu.org, a private alias.

    [...]

    With now five people on-board, we’ll probably be able to improve some of our processes and be able to scale better.

Top 10+ Best Library Management Software for Linux in 2019

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Library management software refers to a modern and flexible system that enables maintaining the database for operating a library efficiently. It lets users manage and access various library resources through an automated system. Linux includes a wide range of applications for maintaining books and records smartly. In this article, I tried to pick the most easy-to-use and intuitive web-based library automation software for both beginners and professionals.

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