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Software: Nikita, GVls, Dust3D and Delta Chat

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  • Nikita version 0.5 released - updated free software archive API server

    Today, after many months of development, a new release of Nikita Noark 5 core project was finally announced on the project mailing list. The Nikita free software solution is an implementation of the Norwegian archive standard Noark 5 used by government offices in Norway.

  • GVls 0.14.0 Released

    GNOME Vala Language Server, GVls, 0.14.0 has been released!

    GVls has been integrated with GNOME Builder and now is its default Vala Language Server!

  • Dust3D 1.0.0-rc.1 Released Today with New Improved Features!

    ust3D 1.0.0-rc.1 Released Today: Dust3D is a 3D modelling application, which is mainly used to create anime characters for games and movies. This application has more than 1000+ default anime 3D model characters and it can be used to create the games instantly. Yesterday, the team released the latest version of Dust3D model software 1.0.0-rc.1 version. This new version have many new essential features, updates and bug fixes.

  • Delta Chat – Telegram / Whatsapp Like Messenger over Email

    Delta Chat is a free open-source Telegram or Whatsapp like messenger that works on Linux, Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android.

    Delta Chat doesn’t have its own servers but uses the most massive and diverse open messaging system ever: the existing e-mail server network.

Shotcut Video Editor Adds More Export Options, New Audio Pitch Filter

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A new version of the open source video editor Shotcut is available to download, and in this post I share some of the changes it includes.

For those unaware Shotcut is a free, cross-platform non-linear video editor built using the MLT framework and leveraging the power of FFMepg.

The latest stable release is Shotcut 20.02.17 (yes, the version number is a date) which adds a notable new feature: low resolution preview scaling.

Although rather grand-sounding, this change allows editors to preview video in the on-screen display in a resolution that’s lower than the one they plan to export in.

Previewing video in a lower resolution offers a number of performance enhancements as the computer isn’t having to work quite as hard.

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Kubeflow 1.0

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  • Kubeflow 1.0 launches

    Kubeflow is an open source artificial intelligence / machine learning (AI/ML) tool that helps improve deployment, portability and management of AI/ML models. This tool allows users to quickly create, train and tune neural networks within Kubernetes for dynamic resource provisioning. It helps data scientists and AI/ML developers who want to easily setup a project or pipeline by unifying all the required tools under one installation. Kubeflow works well with TensorFlow and other modern AI/ML frameworks such as PyTorch, MXNet and Chainer allowing users to enhance their existing code and setup.

  • Kubeflow 1.0: An open source journey towards end-to-end enterprise machine learning

Session: An Open Source Private Messenger That Doesn’t Need Your Phone Number

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Session is an open source messenger that provides end to end encryption without a central server and doesn’t even need your phone number. There are more features that make it a dream come true for privacy concerned people.
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SRain is a New GTK IRC Client for Linux Desktops

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I don’t use IRC as much as I used to but I do use it more often than other, newer communication ‘standards’ like Slack, Matrix et al.

So when I heard about the first stable of release of Srain, a (somewhat) new IRC client built using GTK, my interest was piqued.

See, while IRC is far from being trendy these days (as a chat protocol it’s considered to be “of its time”) it’s still somewhat prevalent within open source communities.

Yet the most popular IRC clients for Linux desktops are established, well-known, and/or settled on working in the ways they work. New IRC clients are few and far between and that alone makes Srain all the more unique!

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Software: Warpinator, Curl, Backups, muCommander and KDiff3

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  • Linux Mint Unveils a Fast New File Transfer Tool for Linux Desktops

    To get a file from one PC to another PC at present users might reach for a USB stick; leverage a cloud sync service like Dropbox; or attempt Bluetooth file sending (which I swear never works for anyone).

    But sending files over the local network is (usually) a much faster way to fling files between machines — and it’s precisely this use case that Linux Mint’s new tool is built for.

  • Imagining a thread-safe curl_global_init

    That’s the primary message that we push and that’s important to remember. You can write a multi-threaded application that does concurrent Internet transfers with libcurl in as many threads as you like and they fly just fine.

  • 3-2-1: A Common-Sense Approach For Backing Up Ubuntu — And Keeping It In Good Order

    And Linux’s stability issue has enraged plenty of users. Browse many user-in-distress threads on and you’ll come across plenty of frustrated posters who have tried everything and ultimately resolved that the only way forward is to install from scratch.

    While doing this can initially be a learning process of sorts, encouraging users to periodically rethink how they can make their system leaner and streamline the recovery process, after a while it becomes nothing better than a big, time-draining nuisance. Sooner or later, even the most advanced power users will begin to crave stability.

    I’ve been using Linux as my day-to-day OS for more than 10 years and have gone through my fair share of unwanted clean installations. So many, in fact, that I promised that my last re-installation would be my last. Since then, I’ve developed the following methodology. And it’s worked to keep my Lubuntu system running as good as the day I installed it without a re-installation since. Here’s what I do.

  • muCommander is a cross-platform, open source file manager

    muCommander is one of these, and happens to be an open source alternative. The program is available for macOS, Windows, and Linux.

    Here's a comparison of the interfaces of Total Commander and muCommander. The latter's GUI is perhaps a bit easier on the eyes, that's probably due to the theme and the icons on the toolbar.

  • KDiff3 is an open source file comparison and merge tool

    Unlike some comparison tools, KDiff3 is capable of three-way comparisons, i.e., you may use it to select up to 3 files or folders for comparison or merging.

    Run the program and you'll see a pop-up window overlapping the interface. Select the files or folders to be processed. Let's try it with a couple of documents. The application loads one document in each pane. The differences in the content are highlighted on a color-coded basis.

The 15 Best Chemistry Tools for Linux System in 2020

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Chemistry is not at all a boring field of science. If you have a strong basic knowledge you are bound to love it. There are many computer programs to make learning chemistry interesting. On the other hand, higher study and research work in chemistry can not be done without using some software. But it is not an easy task to get the guidance towards to software you need. Most of the tools do not work as expected after installing. For the Linux users out there finding the best Linux chemistry software is even more tiresome because of the smaller userbase. So if you are here in search of some open-source chemistry tools for Linux, you are in the right place.

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Brave Privacy and Wayback Machine

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  • Brave beats other browsers in privacy study

    Users looking for a privacy-focused browser might want to consider Brave first, according to a study published this week.

    Douglas Leith, professor of computer systems at Trinity University, examined six browsers for his report – Web Browser Privacy: What Do Browsers Say When They Phone Home? He found that Brave’s Chromium-based browser is the least likely to reveal unique identifying information about the computer using it.

    The study examined six browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Brave, Edge, and Yandex. It used several tests to deduce whether the browser can track the user’s IP address over time, and whether it leaks details of web page visits. To do this, it looked at the data shared on startup after a fresh install, on a restart, and after both pasting and typing a URL into the address bar. It also explored what the browser did when it was idle.

    Even though Mozilla makes a talking point of privacy in Firefox, it was Brave, developed by Mozilla’s founder (and creator of JavaScript) Brendan Eich, that won out. Brave, which has accused Google of privacy violations, is “by far the most private of the browsers studied” when used with its out of the box settings, according to the paper.

  • Brave browser now automatically points to Wayback Machine on 404

    The Brave web browser can now automatically detect when a webpage is unavailable and will offer to search the Wayback Machine for a backup, the Internet Archive has announced. Although the 404 error code is the most well known, the announcement notes that the feature also works for 408, 410, 451, 500, 502, 503, 504, 509, 520, 521, 523, 524, 525, and 526 errors.

    If you visit a missing page (such as this one) using Brave then the browser will generate a notification that reads “Sorry, that page is missing. Do you want to check if a saved version is available on the Wayback Machine?” Clicking the prompt takes you to an archived version of the page, where you can then scroll through different snapshots of the page taken over time. It makes it easier to find information that’s disappeared from the internet, regardless of whether it’s been deliberately removed or has just disappeared by accident.

Proprietary: Apple's 'Image' Obsession, TurboTax Scam, Nokia's Demise and Microsoft Being Microsoft

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  • Apple Won't Allow Movie Villains to Use iPhones
  • TurboTax’s Bid to Buy Free Tax Prep Competitor Might Violate Antitrust Law, Experts Say

    TurboTax, the long-standing dominant player in the tax preparation software market, has recently faced a nascent threat to its lucrative business: A company that specializes in pitching its users financial products has entered the fray with a completely free tax prep service.

    This week, TurboTax’s parent company, Intuit, unveiled a solution to this problem: spending $7.1 billion to buy the rapidly growing upstart, Credit Karma, before it could become a major competitor.

  • Nokia to Weigh Strategic Options as Profit Pressure Mounts [Ed: Microsoft killed Nokia]

    The December announcement that Nokia Chairman Risto Siilasmaa would step down stirred speculation about deeper changes at the company. The firm is in a fierce rivalry with Ericsson and China’s Huawei Technologies Co., as the three dominant players seek to benefit from phone carriers’ investments in next-generation mobile networks.

  • 'Developers have lost hope Microsoft will do the right thing'... Redmond urged to make WinUI cross-platform

    Microsoft's roadmap for developing Windows applications is opposed by some programmers who want to see a cross-platform solution, rather than just being Windows-only.

    Spanish developer José Nieto this week raised an issue on GitHub, stating that WinUI, which Microsoft is positioning as “the native UI platform for Windows 10,” should target not only Windows, but also Linux, Mac, iOS, Android and WebAssembly – this last so it would also run in a web browser.

    This would go against the normal pattern, where a native UI platform is able to take advantage of all the features of the operating system, fits in seamlessly with its look and feel, and is optimized for performance. Supporting cross-platform is a burden that requires compromises.

Revive your RSS feed with Newsboat in the Linux terminal

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Psst. Word on the web is that RSS died in 2013. That's when Google pulled the plug on Google Reader.

Don't believe everything that you hear. RSS is alive. It's well. It's still a great way to choose the information you want to read without algorithms making the decision for you. All you need is the right feed reader.

Back in January, Correspondent Kevin Sonney introduced a nifty terminal RSS reader called Newsboat. In his article, Kevin scratched Newsboat's surface. I figured it was time to take a deeper dive into what Newsboat can do.

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