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  • PeaZip 6.3.0 Free Archiving App Improves DPI Awareness, Adds Hamburger Menu

    The first day of 2017 also brought us Open Source software lovers a new stable version of the freely distributed and multiplatform PeaZip archive manager tool for GNU/Linux, BSD, and Windows platforms.

    The PeaZip 6.3.0 release continues to refresh of program's graphical user interface by improving DPI awareness on all supported operating systems, lets users programmatically set the default language of the application via a new command-line option called "-peaziplanguage" or directly from the installer (only Microsoft Windows).

  • Avidemux 2.6.16 Open-Source Video Editor Supports FFmpeg 3.0.5, Adds Resizer

    The last day of 2016 brought us a new maintenance update of the open-source and multiplatform Avidemux 2.6 video editor and converter, versioned 2.6.16, which appears to be mostly a bugfix release.

    Arriving five weeks after the release of Avidemux 2.6.15, which improved hardware decoding and encoding, but also added various usability fixes, Avidemux 2.6.16 is now that latest stable build of the video editor, which can now be built using Microsoft Visual C++ 2015.

  • KDE Kirigami UI 2.0 Beta Released: Better Android Integration, QQC2 Focus

    Kirigami is KDE's set of UI components and philosophy / patterns announced last year for developing "intuitive and consistent apps that provide a great user experience" and do have convergence applications in mind. Now ringing in 2017, the first beta of Kirigami 2.0 is now available.

  • Open Hardware Recorder: CaptureCast Pro

    I came across CaptureCast Pro because the company that makes this solution, Cattura, also creates the free CaptureCast Chrome app for screencasting, which works well on Chromebooks as well as on Linux laptops and desktops. I love the webcam integration, which few of the other free screencasting programs offer.

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  • A Look At The GTK4 Development In Early 2017

    Prolific GNOME developer Matthias Clasen has written a blog post about recent and ongoing work for GTK4 at the start of 2017.

  • GTK+ Happenings

    I said that I would post regular updates on what is happening in GTK+ 4 land. This was a while ago, so an update is overdue.

  • SQLite 3.16 Released, Uses Less CPU Cycles & Adds Experimental PRAGMA Support

    SQLite 3.16.0 was released today and it's quite a feature-packed release for being the first update of 2017.

    SQLite 3.16.0 now uses about 9% fewer CPU cycles, adds experimental support for PRAGMA functions, enhancements to date and time functions, changes to the look-aside memory allocator, faster LIKE and GLOB when using multiple wildcards, and various other changes.

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  • FLAC 1.3.2 (01-Jan-2017)
  • StreamTuner2 v2.2 Released For Internet Radio/Video Browser

    It's been a long time since I last heard of StreamTuner2 as an open-source Internet radio station and video browser, but a major update was released today.

  • Avidemux Open-Source Video Editor Updated To End Out 2016

    If the recent releases of Kdenlive, OpenShot, Pitivi, and others haven't satisfied your needs, perhaps you may want to try out the latest build of Avidemux.

    For those in need of a basic cross-platform, open-source video editor, Avidemux 2.6.16 is now available. Avidemux 2.6.16 is coming just one month after the previous release and together provide a modestly-sized bundle of updates. Avidemux 2.6.16 updates its FFmpeg library, adds a resizer to VA-API, improvements to its Qt user-interface, fixed sub-titling on macOS, re-emabled NVENC video encoding support, and build system improvements.

  • KDE Plasma 5.9 Being Released In One Month With Many New Features

    One month from today, KDE Plasma 5.9 will officially meet the world.

    Among the work on the menu for Plasma 5.9 are many Wayland improvements, possibly the return of the global menu, and a lot of bug fixes. The Wayland improvements are the main area I am looking forward to with Plasma 5.9 with seeing it become a more usable alternative to X11 and closer to GNOME's Wayland session support.

  • Discover more in 2017

    With 2017 starting, we’re getting ready for the next Plasma 5.9 release and with it a new Discover release.

    This will be a special release for two main reasons: further add-ons integration and Kirigami.

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  • fortune-mod-1.99.3 - new release since 2004 by a new upstream

    Happy holidays and happy new year!

    I am proud to announce the new release of fortune-mod - version 1.99.3 - by a new upstream (mostly me for now). fortune-mod is a program to display a random quotation on the console.

  • Handbrake's video conversion app update was 13 years in the making
  • nmon – is a another nifty tool to monitor system resources on Linux

    nmon stands for Nigel’s performance Monitor for Linux & AIX, developed by IBM employee Nigel Griffiths. Initially, it was developed for IBM AIX operating system, later a version written for Linux too and released as a open source under GPL on 2009.

    nmon is a another nifty tool to monitor various system resources such as CPU, memory, network, disks, file systems, NFS, top processes, Power micro-partition and resources (Linux version & processors) on Linux terminal.

  • Wine 2.0 Is Looking Like It Will Be A Late January Release

    Alexandre Julliard had been issuing weekly release candidates of Wine 2.0 but given the holidays, he's skipping this week but has provided a status update.

    Julliard plans to resume the weekly release candidates next Friday and is anticipating still having "a couple more" release candidates. Thus he says he is anticipating to officially release Wine 2.0.0 in the second half of January, per this mailing list post.

  • Season of KDE

    December, is near to its end and 2017 is finally coming. The last month was hectic though. I had my semester exams in the first half of the month and I didn’t get much time in between to concentrate on my project. But the later half was quite productive. Half time has already passed by and this month was important as I made couple of changes to my UI and code which were important and required for long-term benefits. Another important news for this month is that GCompris had its 0.70 version release this month and we have finally replaced the GTK+ version in Windows with the Qt version. Smile

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  • Kodi Devs Celebrate New Year with First Release Candidate of Kodi 17 "Krypton"

    Martijn Kaijser of the Kodi development team had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability of the first Release Candidate of the upcoming Kodi 17 "Krypton" multiplatform and open-source media center.

    Last week, we told you that the seventh and last Beta of Kodi 17 "Krypton" was being prepared for Christmas testing, and it looks like it didn't take long for the developers behind this powerful and amazing media center software that powers numerous appliances and HTPC devices to push the first Release Candidate build.

  • Calibre 2.76 Open-Source eBook Library Management App Released with Bug Fixes

    Today, December 30, 2016, Calibre developer Kovid Goyal announced the release of a new maintenance update for his open-source and multiplatform e-book library management software, Calibre 2.76.

    Calibre 2.76 is here only one week after the Calibre 2.75.1 release, but it doesn't look like it brings any new changes, only some bug fixes that have been reported by users lately from previous versions and improved news sources, including Buenos Aires Economico, Clarin, Telam, iProfesional, and La Prensa. As usual, the full changelog is attached below for your reading pleasure.

  • A Linux networking guide to CIDR notation and configuration
  • Automating the installation of Debian on z/VM instances

Wine-Staging 2.0 RC3 Adds AES-GCM Support and Fixes DOOM 2016 Multiplayer Mode

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The Wine Staging development team announced the release and immediate availability of the third Release Candidate (RC) build of the upcoming Wine-Staging 2.0 open-source implementation of Windows on Unix.

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  • Linus Torvalds' Subsurface 4.6 Open-Source Divelog App Gets First Beta Release

    The Subsurface 4.6 open-source and cross-platform divelog application developed by Linus Torvalds in collaboration with various other skilled developers is now in the works with a first Beta release out the door.

    Linus Torvalds himself had the pleasure of announcing the release of Subsurface 4.6 Beta 1 this week on his Google+ account, and it looks like the upcoming major release promises great new features and improvements to the multiplatform application designed for tracking single or multi-tank dives using air, TriMix, and Nitrox.

  • Handbrake reaches 1.0.0 milestone after 13 years of development

    Christmas creates a different focus for the average IT guy, spending time with family instead of computers. It was nice. But it’s over and done now, even though the Christmas tree in the corner of our living room is still on fire (metaphorically speaking).

  • MKVToolNix 9.7 Open-Source MKV Manipulation App Adds Lots of GUI Enhancements

    Moritz Bunkus, the creator of the popular, open-source, free, and cross-platform MKVToolNix MKV (Matroska) manipulation tool, announced the other day the release of the MKVToolNix 9.7 stable series.

    Dubbed "Numbers," MKVToolNix 9.7.0 comes less than a month after the release of MKVToolNix 9.6.0 "Slave To Your Mind" stable branch, and promises to be a major update that adds lots of enhancements to the graphical user interface (GUI), but also deprecates several options and features that'll be removed at the start of 2018.

  • Rofi - Dmenu Replacement Launcher - Linux GUI

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  • Make Animated Screenshot Gifs Using Gifine for Linux

    Maybe you don’t like Kgif. Maybe you don’t like Qgifer or any other gif making tool available for Linux.

  • OpenCV 3.2 Computer Vision Stack Released

    A big update to the Open-Source Computer Vision library was quietly released just before Christmas.

    OpenCV 3.2 features many improvements to the DNN module, support for more image formats and camera back-ends, an interactive camera calibration application, more algorithms have been added, support for the newest operating systems, various Intel and ARM architecture optimizations, support for using a vendor-provided OpenVX and LAPACK/BLAS libraries, and much more.

  • OpenVPN 2.4 Released: Adds LZ4 Compression, Android Platform Support

    A new version of the open-source OpenVPN virtual private network software stack is now available.

  • SeaMonkey 2.46 Open-Source Internet Suite Is Out for Linux, macOS, and Windows

    Believe it or not, the free and open-source SeaMonkey Internet suite produced by Mozilla and consisting of a web browser, e-mail and chat client received its second big update for 2016, versioned 2.46.

    SeaMonkey 2.46 is here more than nine months since the 2.40 release, and it's a major milestone that has been built on the same Mozilla platform as the Firefox 49.0 we browser. It brings lots of improvements and support for the latest Web technologies, including HTML5, JavaScript, as well as better hardware acceleration. The biggest change being support for HTML5 full-screen video playback on YouTube and similar sites.

  • 6 of the Best LibreOffice Extensions You Should Use

    LibreOffice is already packed with features, and I bet there are dozens of them you rarely or never use. However, it’s possible some of the features you need don’t come with LibreOffice by default but in the form of an extension. Here is a list of some of the best LibreOffice addons that will provide the greatest value for you.

  • The Document Foundation opens LibreOffice Certification for Migrations and Trainings to all project volunteers, to members of not-for-profit bodies, and to individuals of proven competence

    Effective from January 1st, 2017, access to LibreOffice Certification will be extended to volunteers active at global and local levels, members of not-for-profit bodies sitting in the Advisory Board (namely, FSF, FSFE, Gnome Foundation and KDE), and for individuals whose competence and commitment are demonstrated by facts (successful migrations and trainings). In addition, Members of the Certification Committee can invite people to apply for certification, even if they do not belong to the approved categories, based on their direct relation, and to the competence and commitment of these individuals.

Stellarium 0.15.1 Open-Source Planetarium Tool Adds Sardinian as New Sky Culture

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Stellarium developer Alexander Wolf announce on the first day of Christmas the availability of the first point release of Stellarium 0.15 open-source, free, and cross-platform planetarium software.

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  • [elementaryOS] AppCenter: Funded
    A few moments ago, we hit 100% funded for our AppCenter campaign on Indiegogo. Thank you, backers! More than 300 people backed us over just two weeks to help bring our pay-what-you-want indie app store to life.
  • Linux Lite To Have These New Features In The Next Release Linux Lite 3.4
    ...we contacted the creator of the Linux Lite “Jerry Bezencon” and enquired the upcoming new features in the latest version of the Linux Lite. We have also done a review of the latest available distro i.e. 3.2 (32 bit) so that the readers can understand easily where are the new features headed towards.
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  • LEDE-17.01 is coming [Ed: it has actually just come out, just like LWN's paywall]
    For some years, OpenWrt has arguably been the most active router-oriented distribution. Things changed in May of last year, though, when a group of OpenWrt developers split off to form the competing LEDE project. While the LEDE developers have been busy, the project has yet to make its first release. That situation is about to change, though, as evidenced by the LEDE v17.01.0-rc1 release candidate, which came out on February 1. Many of the changes made in LEDE since the 2015 OpenWrt "Chaos Calmer" release will not be immediately visible to most users. The core software has been updated, of course, including a move to the 4.4.42 kernel. There are a number of security-oriented enhancements, including a switch to SHA256 for package verification, the disabling of support for several old and insecure protocols, compilation with stack-overwrite detection, and more. There is support for a number of new devices. Perhaps the most anticipated new feature, though, is the improved smart queue management and the WiFi fairness work that has been done as part of the bufferbloat project. It has been clear for some time that WiFi should work far better than it does; the work that has found its way into the LEDE release candidate should be a significant step in that direction. Your editor decided that it was time to give LEDE a try, but there was some shopping to be done first. Getting the full benefit from the bufferbloat and airtime fairness work requires the right chipset; most of this work has been done on the Atheros ath9k driver. So the first step was to go out and pick up a new router with ath9k wireless. That is where the things turned out to be harder than one might expect.
  • Microsoft Faces European Privacy Probes Over Windows 10
    Microsoft Corp. faces a coordinated investigation by European privacy regulators after it failed to do enough to address their concerns about the collection and processing of user data with a series of changes to Windows 10 last month. European Union data-protection officials sent a letter to Microsoft saying they remain “concerned about the level of protection of users’ personal data,” according to a copy of the document posted by the Dutch watchdog Tuesday. Regulators from seven countries are concerned that even after the announced changes, “Microsoft does not comply with fundamental privacy rules.”