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Wine Staging Release 2.12

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  • [Wine Staging] Release 2.12

    The Wine Staging release 2.12 is now available.

  • Wine-Staging 2.12 Released

    Wine-Staging 2.12 is now available as the latest experimental/testing version of Wine re-based from this past week's release of Wine 2.12.

    Wine-Staging 2.12 isn't particularly exciting but does contain some new Direct3D 11 patches as well as using OpenGL's core context when necessary.

Software: 3 MPD Clients, Kolab Now, Nageru and ODrive

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  • 3 MPD clients for an Armbian music server

    You can see the CuBox music server in this photo—it's the small square box to the lower right in the foreground. You can also see the digital-to-analog converter (or DAC, the silver dongle to its left), its hard drive (underneath it), and the vintage late-'70s power amp (the box whose cooling fins are visible in the upper left) that connects it to my kitchen speakers.

    Since I installed the server software, a new kernel has been released for the Armbian distribution. Upgrading to this kernel immediately fouled up MPD's ability to play music—oh no! But some detective work uncovered the reason why... It turns out that the new kernel supports the HDMI interface under Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA), so my device numbering in the MPD configuration file no longer referenced my DAC!

  • Kolab Now: Another Round of Updates

    I don’t expect everyone to know and understand what these pieces mean, so I’ll divide this blog post in to two parts — one for users of Kolab in general, and one for my fellow sysadmins.

    A heads-up for Kolab users though — I’m much more verbose in the sysadmin parts of my messaging, and so you just might want to read through even though things go way over your head and land nowhere meaningful.

  • Nageru 1.6.1 released

    Now that Solskogen is coming up, there's been a lot of activity on the Nageru front, but hopefully everything is actually coming together now. Testing has been good, but we'll see whether it stands up to the battle-hardening of the real world or not. Hopefully I won't be needing any last-minute patches. Smile

  • ODrive – Google Drive GUI Client for Linux Desktop

    ODrive (Open Source Drive) is a GUI desktop client for virtually any cloud service you can mention; including Google Drive. It is developed using the famous Electron platform to be cross-platform and swift in its operations.

    ODrive’s pitch is that it combines all your cloud storage services into one unified, synchronized, shareable, and encrypted account via which you can access all the rest with a single password. It syncs changes to files and directories as soon as you make them and allows you to securely share them with whomever via web-links.

Software: GIMP, QXmlEdit, iWant, Jam, and KDE Kube

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  • GIMP Is Finally Getting a Built-in Metadata Editor

    The next version of GIMP will include an updated metadata viewer and a new metadata editor. The improved features are down to GIMP developer Benoit Touchette, whose work improves the existing ‘view metadata’ box but finally makes it possible to edit metadata in GIMP.

  • 7 features of QXmlEdit for unusual situations

    QXmlEdit is an open source XML editor written using Qt libraries that has some unusual features that can help you in complex situations.

    An ordinary XML editor can make it easier to write long XML documents in structured form instead of laying them down as text. (Did you ever do that?) Even so, sooner or later you will run into situations where a basic editor is not enough. For example, you may need to manipulate data with cardinalities you never thought possible, or deal with binary data, or compare two XML Schema Definitions (XSDs) at a semantic level. QXmlEdit, which runs on Linux, Windows, MacOS, and OS/2, has features that can help you in situations like those.

    Let's jump in.

  • iWant – The Decentralized Peer To Peer File Sharing Commandline Application

    A while ago, we have written a guide about and that allows you to share files over Internet easily and quickly, and PSiTransfer – a simple open source self-hosted file sharing solution. Today, we will see yet another file sharing utility called “iWant”. It is a free and open source CLI-based decentralized peer to peer file sharing application.

  • Jam – Listen to Google Play Music Straight From Your Console

    Jam is a recently developed Google Play Music player for the Linux and Windows consoles. It features a simplistic appearance within the terminal that is easy to navigate (pretty much like Cmus) and was written in the Go programming language.

  • KDE Kube – A Modern Mail Communication & Collaboration Client

    KDE Kube is a modern mail and collaboration client that provides both online and offline access to contacts, calendars, to-dos, notes, emails, and other personal informational features with a focus on beauty and ease of work.

    Based on QtQuick and AkonadiNext, it uses Sink for both synchronization and data access and leverages the KDE PIM codebase where possible.

Software: Rapid Photo Downloader, Casync, Tomb, Address Book, Calibre, and Proprietary

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  • Rapid Photo Downloader 0.9.0 released

    After two and half years of development, Damon Lynch is proud to publish a major new version of the Linux desktop's premier photo and video downloader/importer.

  • Distributing filesystem images and updates with casync

    Casync is a new option to complement tools like rsync, which may prove useful to anyone who needs to distribute large filesystem images that also need to be regularly updated. The granularity of "chunks" that casync uses is reminiscent of BitTorrent, but the fact that it is network protocol independent should make the distribution of data friendlier to firewalls and content distribution networks. It should be a useful tool for cloud providers, software distributions, developers sharing customized virtual machine images, and anyone else who needs an efficient way of providing large and constantly updated bundles of data.

  • Tomb – A File Encryption Tool To Protect Your Secret Files In Linux

    Tomb is a free and open source file encryption tool to protect your secret files in GNU/Linux operating systems. It allows the users to create a encrypted storage (a folder) in the file system and save the important data in it. The encrypted storage can be opened and closed using their associated keyfiles, which are also protected by a password chosen by the user. For the sake of security, you can save the keyfiles on a separate medium, say for example an USB drive or a CD/DVD. The encrypted folders are called “tombs”. You can create any number of tombs in your hard drive as long as it has enough free space. A tomb can only opened if you both have the keyfile and the password. It also has advanced features, like steganography, which allows you to hide the keyfiles within another file. Even though, Tomb is a CLI tool, it also has a GUI wrapper called gtomb, which makes the usage of Tomb much easier for the beginners.

  • 3 Brilliant Open Source Command Line Address Book for Linux

    Modern computer systems employ various tools for managing contacts in our address books. With the proliferation of social media applications, this complexity has increased considerably and lacks the greatest simplicity in style most Linux users adore. This article shows three tools used in the creation of address books from our linux bash terminal.

  • Calibre 3.3 Open-Source eBook Manager Arrives with Interface Improvements, Fixes

    If you're an avid book reader, then you must have the Calibre open-source and cross-platform ebook library management software installed on your persona computer to sync books to your e-reader.

    Developer Kovid Goyal today announced a new version, Calibre 3.3, which adds a few improvements to the user experience and fixes a bunch of bugs. For example, the Quickview panel was updated to allow users to open and close it through a the Layout button in the bottom right corner.

  • VMware Renews Cloud-Native Apps Focus
  • ProofMode: a camera app for verifiable photography

    Readers with long memories might also recall that the CameraV–ProofMode saga marks the second time that the Guardian Project developed a security app only to later refactor the code into a system service. The first instance was PanicKit, a framework for erasing device data from multiple apps that grew out of the project's earlier storage-erasing app InTheClear.

    Freitas calls this a coincidence, however, rather than a development trend. With PanicKit, he said, the goal was to develop a service that third-party app developers would find useful, too. ProofMode, in contrast, was merely a simplification of the original concept designed to meet the needs of a broader audience. Regardless of how one looks at it, though, most will likely agree that if security features come built into the operating system at a lower level — eliminating the need to choose "secure apps" or "insecure apps" — then the end users will benefit in the end.

Release of Wine 2.12

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  • Wine Announcement

    The Wine development release 2.12 is now available.

  • Wine 2.12 Released

    Wine 2.12 is now available as the latest bi-weekly snapshot leading up to the Wine 3.0 release late into the year or early 2018.

  • Wine 2.12 Released with Audio Driver for Android, Async I/O Improvements

    If you fancy running Windows games or apps on your Linux, Android, or OS X operating system, then you should know that there's a new Wine development release available for download, versioned 2.12.

    Wine 2.12 continues the bi-weekly development releases of the project, and it brings a new set of features, improvements, and bug fixes, starting with the implementation of an audio driver for Android and initial support for the MSI user interface and continuing with various RegEdit file parser enhancements and some more async I/O performance improvements.

Games and Software: Next Up Hero, GStreamer, Corebird, and Pitivi

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  • Next Up Hero announced by Aspyr Media and Digital Continue, will support Linux

    Next Up Hero [Steam, Official Site] is a new arcade action-adventure being developed by Digital Continue and it's being published by Aspyr Media.

  • GStreamer Could Be The First Multimedia Framework Supporting RTSP 2.0

    Patches are pending for GStreamer that provide the first public client and server implementation of the RTSP 2.0 protocol, Real Time Streaming Protocol 2.0.

    Real Time Streaming Protocol 2.0 was firmed up last year as the replacement to RTSP 1.0 that does break backwards compatibility. To date the protocol authors know of no other implementation of the RTSP 2.0 so this makes GStreamer the first with a working client and server, albeit not yet merged to Git.

  • Linux Twitter App Corebird v1.5.1 Released

    Avid user of Linux Twitter client Corebird? Well, you may want to know that a new release is available to download. But before you get too excited about finding new features I should point at the latest release comes with stability improvements and nothing else.

  • Pitivi: Keyframes for transformation properties

    With a bit more than a month into the GSOC coding time, my project is almost complete. As a reminder, I was working on implementing a keyframe curve for the transformation properties (which control the positioning and size of a clip) in Pitivi.


Software: Container Software, Fish Shell, and Etcher

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  • Oracle Debuts Three New Open-Source Container Tools

    Oracle is expanding its container efforts with the official public debut of three new open-source utilities designed to help improve application container security and performance. The tools include the Smith secure container builder, Crashcart container debugging tool and the Railcar container runtime.

    The new Oracle container tools were publicly revealed by Oracle cloud development architect Vish (Ishaya) Abrams, who is a well-known figure in the OpenStack cloud community. Prior to joining Oracle in April 2015, Abrams had served as the project technical leader of the OpenStack Nova compute project which supports multiple virtualization technologies.

  • Release Notes for fish 2.6.0 (released June 3, 2017)
  • container - Etched in Linux

    This is probably my shortest tutorial slash review ever, and that's because Etcher offers a very practical, simple interface with guaranteed results. Exactly what you expect from software. Intuitive and safe use, consistent and satisfactory end state.

    I am pleased by Etcher, also because it signifies a mental shift in how Linux software should be done. I don't care about the backend, the whole buzzword-rich stack. What I do like is that you have a portable Linux tool that can do the job of writing images to USB media, and it does this reliably and efficiently. There you go. The next time you're in need for some Linux testing, give Etcher a try, and see how well it does its job. I believe you will be pleased. Dedoimedo, over and out.

Free Software for Emoji and for Proprietary Microsoft (or Connected to It)

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Software: Elvish, Stream Twitch in GNOME, Bitcoin Desktop Wallets, fwupd, and Docker

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  • Elvish 0.9 Release Notes

    Version 0.9 has been released to coincide with the official publication of the Elvish website, which will be hosting all release notes in the future.

  • How to Stream Twitch Directly to GNOME on Linux
  • Electron-based Min Web Browser Sees First Update This Year [Ed: There are many good browsers out there, why use Electron-based ones?]

  • 2017’s Best Bitcoin Desktop Wallets – 4 Wallets Reviewed (Mac, Windows, Linux)

    Armory is a well-known and trusted brand when it comes to Bitcoin security, though the wallet is usually best for more advanced users. If you are looking for a wallet that emphasizes safety and security, Armory should make the short list as the wallet features a variety of encryption and cold-storage options.

  • Fwupd 0.9.5 Released With Logitech Support, Intel ME Version Querying

    Richard Hughes of Red Hat has announced the release of the fwupd 0.9.5 firmware update utility for the Linux desktop.

    In addition to bug fixes and other minor improvements, this release adds support for Logitech's "DFU" protocol for updating devices like the K780 keyboard. This Logitech Linux firmware updating support comes thanks to the cooperation from Logitech itself.

  • Containers in Research

    Last week, I attended the Docker Containers for Reproducible Research Workshop hosted by the Software Sustainability Institute. Many talks were addressing how containers can be used in a high performance computing (HPC) environment. Since running the Docker daemon requires root privileges, most administrators are reluctant to allow users running Docker containers in a HPC environment. This issue as been addressed by Singularity, which is an alternative conterization technology that does not require root privileges. The nice thing is that Singularity allows importing existing Docker images, which allows you creating a Singularity container from anything that is on Docker Hub. Although I only used Docker so far, Singularity sounds like a nice technology I would like to explore in the future.

Rapid Photo Download 0.9

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  • Improve Your Photography Workflow on Linux with Rapid Photo Download 0.9

    Rapid Photo Download 0.9.0 is now stable, and available to download. The app, which makes mass importing photos and videos from SD cards, smartphones and USB devices easier, switches from GTK to Qt for this release. We reported on this change when we covered the beta release back in April.

  • Rapid Photo Downloader For Linux Switches From GTK To Qt

    Rapid Photo Downloader, the open-source software for Linux which its developer claims is "the Linux desktop's best photo and video downloader/importer", is out with a new release after two and a half years in development.

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