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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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  • Cockpit 0.104

    Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. There’s a new release every week. Here are the highlights from this weeks 0.104 release.

  • FFmpeg 3.0.2 "Einstein" Multimedia Framework Released with Updated Components

    Today, April 28, 2016, the development team behind the popular FFmpeg open-source and cross-platform multimedia framework has released the second maintenance release in the stable FFmpeg 3.0 "Einstein" series.

    FFmpeg 3.0 was a massive release announced in mid-February, which brought in numerous existing changes, including support for decoding and encoding Common Encryption (CENC) MP4 files, support for decoding DXV streams, as well as support for decoding Screenpresso SPV1 streams.

  • Using bubblewrap in xdg-app

    At the core of xdg-app is a small helper binary that uses Linux features like namespaces to set up sandbox for the application. The main difference between this helper and a full-blown container system is that it runs entirely as the user. It does not require root privileges, and can never allow you to get access to things you would not otherwise have.

  • Build System Fallbacks

    If you are using Builder from git (such as via jhbuild) or from the gnome-builder-3-20 branch (what will become 3.20.4) you can use Builder with the fallback build system. This is essentially our “NULL” build system and has been around forever. But today, these branches learned something so stupidly obvious I’m ashamed I didn’t do it 6 months ago when implementing Build Configurations.

  • Node.js version 6 is now available

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  • Streaming with VLC Media Player on Your Network and in the Cloud

    We've noted many times before that VLC Media Player, available for Windows, the Mac and Linux, is one of the best open source applications of any kind. The application is known for handling nearly any kind of video file format for playback; you can use it as a video transcoder for converting video file formats; and you can listen to and manage podcasts with it.

  • Weblate 2.6

    Going back to faster release cycle, Weblate 2.6 has been just released. There is improved support for Python 3 or brand new HTTP REST API.

  • Enpass Password Manager 5.2 Released With Time-Based One-Time Passwords (TOTP) Support

    Enpass 5.2 for Linux and Windows was released today, bringing support for "Time-based One-time Password Algorithm" (TOTP), along with other improvements.

  • GCompris: New Chess graphics

    And now two screenshots with new graphics: the first with the new activity icons, and the second is a fullscreen view of the new chessboard and background.

  • Premier livre sur Krita en français

    Last month, my book “Dessin et Peinture numérique avec Krita” has been released. It is the first book in french about this software. I hope it will contribute to introduce this wonderful Free Software to all french speaking artists.

    This book is available in full-color printed version, as digital download without DRM or as online version, on the website of the publisher D-Booker. By the way, I’d like to thank my publisher who made it possible to write this book.

  • [Krita] Development Builds Ready To Test

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  • RcppRedis 0.1.7

    A new release of RcppRedis arrived on CRAN today. And just like for the previous release, Russell Pierce contributed a lot of changes via several pull requests which make for more robust operations. In addition, we have started to add support for MessagePack by relying on our recently-announced RcppMsgPack package.

  • Announcing git-cinnabar 0.3.2

    Git-cinnabar is a git remote helper to interact with mercurial repositories. It allows to clone, pull and push from/to mercurial remote repositories, using git.

  • Google Summer Of Code 2016

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    In 2002, I grew annoyed with not finding the obscure technical information I was looking for, so I started Gmane, the mailing list archive. All technical discussion took place on mailing lists those days, and archiving those were, at best, spotty and with horrible web interfaces. The past few weeks, the Gmane machines (and more importantly, the company I work for, who are graciously hosting the servers) have been the target of a number of distributed denial of service attacks. Our upstream have been good about helping us filter out the DDoS traffic, but it’s meant serious downtime where we’ve been completely off the Internet.
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    In a blog post, Jeff Vander Stoep of the mobile operating system's security team said that in the next build of the OS, named Nougat, Google is going to be addressing two key areas of the Linux kernel that reside at the heart of most of the world's smartphones: memory protection and reducing areas available for attack by hackers.

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Chew on this: Ubuntu Core Linux comes to the uCRobotics Bubblegum-96 board

Linux and other open source software have been in the news quite a bit lately. As more and more people are seeing, closed source is not the only way to make money. A company like Red Hat, for instance, is able to be profitable while focusing its business on open source. Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux-based operating systems, and it is not hard to see why. Not only is it easy to use and adaptable to much hardware (such as SoC boards), but there is a ton of free support online from the Ubuntu user community too. Today, Canonical announces a special Ubuntu Core image for the uCRobotics Bubblegum-96 board. Read more