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  • Geary Email Client Is Alive and Kicking, Geary 0.11.0 Out with New Features

    Today, Geary developer Michael Gratton has informed Softpedia about the immediate availability for download of a new version of the email application designed for the GNOME 3 desktop environment.

  • 5 Highly Promising Music Players

    Computers are a popular way for playing music. Most computers are not silent and may therefore be discounted as an ideal platform for audiophiles. Nevertheless, for the vast majority of music listeners, fan noise is a minor annoyance. And there are silent computers available, ranging from the inexpensive Raspberry Pi to custom built specialist and media PCs with high-end sound cards offering audiophile sound quality. The benefits offered by computers cannot be ignored allowing music lovers to enjoy music without needing a standalone music player. The ability to play a wide range of formats, manage large music collections, and streaming a huge raft of music available over the internet are just a few examples of the benefits offered by audio players.

  • Rcpp 0.12.5: Yet another one

    The fifth update in the 0.12.* series of Rcpp has arrived on the CRAN network for GNU R a few hours ago, and was just pushed to Debian. This 0.12.5 release follows the 0.12.0 release from late July, the 0.12.1 release in September, the 0.12.2 release in November, the 0.12.3 release in January, and the 0.12.4 release in March --- making it the ninth release at the steady bi-montly release frequency. This release is one again more of a maintenance release addressing a number of small bugs, nuisances or documentation issues without adding any major new features.

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  • Discover Ring, a Secure Cross-Platform Alternative to Skype

    If you’re on Linux, you’ll be well aware that the Skype client sucks hard as it never packs as many features like the version of the app on other operating systems and hasn’t been updated since 2014.

    [...]

    The application is available on desktops via the main platforms (Linux, Windows, and OSX) — other systems require compiling from source — while on mobile, it’s accessible through Android and Windows Mobile and supports voice, video, and conferencing calls.

  • Caravel data visualization

    One aspect of the heavily hyped Internet of Things (IoT) that can easily get overlooked is that each of the Things one hooks up to the Internet invariably spews out a near non-stop stream of data. While commercial IoT users—such as utility companies—generally have a well-established grasp of what data interests them and how to process it, the DIY crowd is better served by flexible tools that make exploring and transforming data easy. Airbnb maintains an open-source Python utility called Caravel that provides such tools. There are many alternatives, of course, but Caravel does a good job at ingesting data and smoothly molding it into nice-looking interactive graphs—with a few exceptions.

  • SSH Is For Dummies Too!

    If you’ve been hanging around the Linux ecosystem for any length of time, you’ve most likely heard about SSH. For those who may not already know, SSH is a secure shell that allows you to log into any computer, anywhere in the world, that is running an SSH server. You might think that it’s just for system administrators and serious Linux nerds, though. Wrong! SSH is actually super easy to get setup and it can be a very powerful tool, even if you only have two computers running on a small home network. Once you get the hang of using it, you may find yourself wondering how you ever got along without it.

  • Parental Control App Timekpr (Fork) 0.3.6 Released With Ubuntu 16.04 Support

    The Timekpr development stopped a while back, but it was later continued with a fork, called Timekpr-Revived, which works with recent Ubuntu versions.

  • [Older] Treat regular expressions as code, not magic
  • How to Install the Beautiful Arc GTK Theme on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Transposing rows and columns: 3 methods
  • How to set up system locale on CentOS 7

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  • Cockpit 0.106

    Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. There’s a new release every week. Here are the highlights from this weeks 0.106 release.

  • ownCloud Desktop Client 2.2 Adds Notifications for Server Events and Sync Issues

    Today, May 13, 2016, ownCloud has had the great pleasure of announcing the release of ownCloud Desktop Client 2.2.0 for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

    ownCloud Desktop Client 2.2 is modest release that introduces a handful of new features, such as notifications for server events and sync issues, which will appear when the system administrator would like to put the ownCloud server in maintenance mode, or when the user can accept a new share.

  • Vivaldi Web Browser Rebased on Chromium 51, Vivaldi 1.1 Security Update Out Now

    Ruarí Ødegaard informs Softpedia today, May 13, 2016, about the availability of a new snapshot for the upcoming Vivaldi 1.2 web browser, supporting Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X platforms.

    First of all, we would like to inform our readers about the availability of a new stable update for the Vivaldi 1.1 release, version 1.1.453.59, which patches several vulnerabilities discovered recently. Therefore, the latest stable version of the cross-platform web browser is now Vivaldi 1.1.453.59, so you are urged to update as soon as possible.

Leftovers: Software and KDE

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  • Vivaldi Browser Is a Breath of Fresh Air

    The Vivaldi browser provides a refreshing approach to traveling along the Internet. It offers something beyond the same old thing in a different skin.

    Vivaldi is the brainchild of former Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner. The developers built the Vivaldi browser on top of Chromium, which is open source, but added their own proprietary skins.

  • Krita “Next” – Development releases for Fedora 23, 24, rawhide, and Epel 7 ( Centos 7 and RHEL 7 )

    After Krita moved to Qt5 and KDE Frameworks, it moved from the Calligra repository to their own repository.

  • One year ago…

    A paper that might be more interesting for you is the one about “KDE as an example of a Free Software community” from a social-educational perspective. In the appendix you find 9 longish IRC interviews with different people from the KDE community. There you might find some interesting insights and different perspectives.

  • Starting from the shore of cosmic ocean

    Right now I struggle to make Options class available for use from QML because for some reason I get an error while compiling config files with support for QML so I wrote an e-mail to one of the developers of KConfig compiler asking how can I solve this problem.

  • Reordering a Qt Quick ListView via drag'n'drop - part 3

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  • guile-ncurses 1.7 released

    guile-ncurses is a library for the creation of text user interfaces using the GNU Guile dialect of the Scheme programming language. The text user interface library is based on the Ncurses's base, form, panel, and menu libraries.

  • 10 Best Clipboard Managers for Linux

    Many times you get frustrated after copying something to your clipboard and then end up clearing it due to distraction from something else or someone. It can be annoying when this actually happens.

  • Linux Audio Podcast Software

    The good news is that you asked the right guy. Years ago, I actually co-founded and co-produced an audio Podcast called “Weezy and the Swish“. It was an interview program hosted by two (actual) comedians. We used to joke the show was about comedy-casting, but I digress.

  • Out with Synapse in with Albert!

    Okay, so perhaps Synapse is still around and kicking. And when it’s not segfault(ing) for no reason whatsoever, it’s a great keyboard launcher! Unfortunately, my patience has run thin enough with it that I’ve decided it was time to part ways – for good.

    Over the past week or so, I spent a fair amount of time looking at alternatives. I tried Kupfer, GnomeDo, among a few others. None of them really hit home for me personally. All I wanted to do was launch applications and find documents easily. Then I discovered Albert!

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  • Rblpapi 0.3.4

    A new release of Rblpapi is now on CRAN. It provides a direct interface between R and the Bloomberg Terminal via the C++ API provided by Bloomberg Labs (but note that a valid Bloomberg license and installation is required).

  • rra-c-util 6.0

    Quite some time ago, I added strlcat and strlcpy functions to my portability C library. I've subsequently become convinced that those functions are a bad idea, and have been moving all of my code to asprintf and other functions. This release completes that change for all the code provided by rra-c-util and removes strlcpy and strlcat from rra-c-util.

  • remctl 3.11

    The primary change in this release is porting the remctl extension to PHP 7. PHP 7.0 included a major change to the PHP API for binary extensions, which required quite a lot of porting (contributed by Nish Aravamudan). Due to the depth of the changes, the extension has been forked and the PHP 5 version of the extension should be considered frozen. Currently, they both provide the same functionality, but expect new functionality to be released only for PHP 7 or later.

  • 6 Best Open Source Firewall Solutions

    Security is paramount. Security involves defense in depth. Approaching security one step at a time, with consistency and rigour, you can mitigate threats, and keep intruders at bay.

Library/Software Releases

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  • Silex 0.0.10

    My team and I are pleased to announce the latest release of our Silex library, featuring cool new functionality from all of the core contributors. Silex is a library of reusable components for Apache Spark factored out of our data science work in Red Hat’s Emerging Technology group.

  • C TAP Harness 4.0

    When I originally wrote my test framework for C, I used SOURCE and BUILD as the preprocessor symbols and environment variables that pointed to the source and build directories of the software being tested. Subsequent discussion and thought convinced me that I should have used some sort of prefix on those variables to distinguish from other uses.

  • AltOS 1.6.3

    AltOS is the core of the software for all of the Altus Metrum products. It consists of firmware for our cc1111, STM32L151, STMF042, LPC11U14 and ATtiny85 based electronics and Java-based ground station software.

  • BH 1.60.0-2

    A new minor release of BH is now on CRAN. BH provides a large part of the Boost C++ libraries as a set of template headers for use by R, possibly with Rcpp as well as other packages.

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  • Skype4pidgin is a Plugin That Enables You to Use Skype With Pidgin
  • Signal Private Messenger is a Secure IM Alternative to Telegram

    Instant messaging has become the standard means of communication in our world today. Whatsapp is leading — reaching over a billion active users as of February 2016, while WeChat, Telegram, and Messenger are following closely behind with millions of users around the world.

  • Introducing TruFont

    For years, FontForge has been the dominant free-software application for editing and building font files, but it has always been a difficult codebase to work with. At Libre Graphics Meeting 2016 in London, Adrien Tétar presented his work on a promising replacement called TruFont. The new application builds on top of several popular open-source libraries that are widely used by font engineers and even by proprietary font editors. That gives TruFont a head start, and it may mean that the project can count on a more diverse assortment of contributors as time goes by.

    Tétar joined the FontForge team in 2014, he said, with an interest in making fonts for math and science. It was widely acknowledged that FontForge was hard to maintain (at 600,000 lines of C) and had an awkward user interface but, still, no one was working on an open-source replacement. For reference, he pointed the audience to an October 2015 discussion on the difficulty of adding features to FontForge.

  • Franz Brings WhatsApp, Telegram and 12 Other Messaging Apps to Ubuntu

    WhatsApp, Messenger, Skype and Telegram – great at helping me stay in touch, useless at helping me stay focused.

  • Released Opera 37 with support of Native ad blocker and video pop out

    Opera is a web browser developed by Opera Software which is one of the older web browser like Microsoft Internet Explorer and both are released the same year 1995, 20 years ago. It used the own renderer Presto layout engine upto Opera 12.x Linux version were suspended when Opera moved to Blink Layout engine & Xlib as a UI toolkit based on Google Chrome releases and they resumed Linux support with version of opera 26 (Debian based systems only 64-bit), Also they added support for RPM based systems & 32-bit from Opera 35. The first stable version released on 2005. As per Wikipedia page info, as of 4th quarter 2014 Opera holding 350 million users worldwide desktop usage and mobile users reached 291 million in June 2015.

  • Freeing architects from proprietary software

    A pair of talks at Libre Graphics Meeting 2016 addressed ongoing work in a niche market within the broader "design" umbrella: architecture. Yorick van Havre discussed the difficulties of running an architecture business based on free software, and Mark Meagher presented a new free-software application for architects.

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  • Cockpit 0.105

    Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. There’s a new release every week. Here are the highlights from this weeks 0.105 release.

  • Mercurial 3.7 and 3.8

    The Mercurial project continues its fast pace of innovation in version control. Both major releases this year (3.7 and 3.8) have very important new features that promise to improve user experience to a large degree.

  • KDE neon User Edition Testing Survey Results

    We made a tech preview release of KDE neon User Edition 10 days ago and I made up a survey to get results for how people’s experiences were. We got 59 responses, here’s a summary:

  • Blog backlog, Post 1, Emoji
  • Nautilus & Gtk+ status – 1 year of progress

    Today I was having a rough time thinking on how to implement the new GtkPathBar, which is taking more time and frustration than expected given some technological limitations on animations in gtk+ and that responsive design is technologically hard to do.

Wine Staging 1.9.9

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  • Wine Staging 1.9.9 Released for GNU/Linux with Small Improvements and Bug Fixes

    The Wine Staging team has announced the release and immediate availability for download of Wine Staging 1.9.9, which comes hot on the heels of Wine 1.9.9, a development snapshot released last week.

  • Release 1.9.9

    Wine Staging 1.9.9 was released yesterday. This updates brings some smaller improvements.

  • Wine-Staging 1.9.9 Shipped Some Patches To Mainline, Cleaned Up Other Code

    Wine Staging, a playground for experimental Wine patches not yet ready to be accepted to the mainline tree, is out with their newest release that's powered off last week's official Wine 1.9.9 release.

    Over the past two weeks, Wine-Staging developers spent time cleaning up some of the patches they were carrying in and got them merged to mainline. For v1.9.9, they were able to mainline more than thirty of their patches that they'll no longer need to carry in this experimental tree. They also dropped their libcef system call workaround for Steam now that there's a command-line switch to workaround the CEF sandboxing.

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  • The Linux Deepin File Manager Is a Thing of Beauty
    China-based Linux distro Deepin has shown off its all-new desktop file manager. And to say it's pretty is an understatement.
  • GRadio Lets You Find, Listen to Radio Stations from the Ubuntu Desktop
    Love to listen to the radio? My ol’ pal Lolly did. But let’s say you want to listen to the radio on Ubuntu. How do you do it? Well, the Ubuntu Software centre should always be the first dial you try, but you’ll need to sift through a load of static to find a decent app.
  • Reprotest 0.2 released, with virtualization support
    reprotest 0.2 is available in PyPi and should hit Debian soon. I have tested null (no container, build on the host system), schroot, and qemu, but it's likely that chroot, Linux containers (lxc/lxd), and quite possibly ssh are also working. I haven't tested the autopkgtest code on a non-Debian system, but again, it probably works. At this point, reprotest is not quite a replacement for the prebuilder script because I haven't implemented all the variations yet, but it offers better virtualization because it supports qemu, and it can build non-Debian software because it doesn't rely on pbuilder.
  • Calibre 2.63.0 eBook Converter and Viewer Adds Unicode 9.0 Support, Bugfixes
    Kovid Goyal has released yet another maintenance update for his popular, open-source, free, and cross-platform Calibre ebook library management software, version 2.63.0. Calibre 2.63.0 arrives two weeks after the release of the previous maintenance update, Calibre 2.62.0, which introduced support for the new Kindle Oasis ebook reader from Amazon, as well as reading and writing of EPUB 3 metadata. Unfortunately, there aren't many interesting features added in the Calibre 2.63.0 release, except for the implementation of Unicode 9.0 support in the regex engine of the Edit Book feature that lets users edit books that contain characters encoded with the recently released Unicode 9.0 standard.
  • Mozilla Delivers Improved User Experience in Firefox for iOS
    When we rolled out Firefox for iOS late last year, we got a tremendous response and millions of downloads. Lots of Firefox users were ecstatic they could use the browser they love on the iPhone or iPad they had chosen. Today, we’re thrilled to release some big improvements to Firefox for iOS. These improvements will give users more speed, flexibility and choice, three things we care deeply about.
  • LibreOffice 5.2 Is Being Released Next Wednesday
    One week from today will mark the release of LibreOffice 5.2 as the open-source office suite's latest major update. LibreOffice 5.2 features a new (optional) single toolbar mode, bookmark improvements. new Calc spreadsheet functions (including forecasting functions), support for signature descriptions, support for OOXML signature import/export, and a wealth of other updates. There are also GTK3 user-interface improvements, OpenGL rendering improvements, multi-threaded 3D rendering, faster rendering, and more.
  • Blackmagic Design Finally Introduces Fusion 8 For Linux
  • Why Microsoft’s revival of Skype for Linux is a big deal [Ed: This article is nonsense right from the headline. Web client is not Linux support. And it's spyware (centralised too).]

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