Multi-track Sequencer Qtractor 0.5.7 Gets New Features

Qtractor, an audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ with the Qt4 framework, is now at version 0.5.7. The target platform for this software is Linux, where the Jack Audio Connection Kit (JACK) for audio and the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) for MIDI are the main infrastructures to evolve as a fairly-featured Linux desktop audio workstation GUI.Highlights of Qtractor 0.5.7:• Loop and punch in/out ranges may now get set simu…

Download Manager Aria2 1.16.1 Reduces Disk Activity

Aria2, a utility for downloading files that supports multiple protocols such as HTTP(S), FTP, BitTorrent, and Metalink, is now at version 1.16.1.Aria2 1.16.1 features a command-line interface, segmented downloading, client certificate authentication in HTTPS, custom HTTP Header support, and more.Highlights of Aria2 1.16.1:• The ability to keep the GID across sessions has been implemented;• The GID will now be saved with –save-session;&…

Run Your Business with Kraft 0.50

Kraft, an application for people who operate a small business and which helps users to manage communication documents such as quotes and invoices, is now at version 0.50.Kraft 0.50 covers the practical issues of a small business and helps through ease of use, yet powerful features, to deal with most of the office jobs effectively.Highlights of Kraft 0.50:• Multiple tax rates are now supported within one document;• Addressees can be added to a…

Virtualization and the Multiple-OS Future

Everywhere you look, there are signs that virtualization–which allows companies and individual users to leverage multiple operating systems on single devices–is the wave of the future. There are numerous benefits to running several operating systems, including having the maximum possible number of useful software applications available to run. This holiday season, I inherited a Windows […]

OUYA Android-Based Game Console Starts Shipping

The Kickstarter-backed company to produce OUYA, an original game console built around Google’s Android Linux-based operating system, is beginning to ship their developer consoles and SDK…

Doxygen 1.8.3 Features a Huge List of Changes

Doxygen, a documentation system for C++, C, Java, Objective-C, Python, IDL (Corba and Microsoft flavors), Fortran, VHDL, PHP, C#, and to some extent D, is now at version 1.8.3.

Highlights of Doxygen 1.8.3:

• Expanding the tree in an index page of the HTML output, will now expand only one level instead of the whole sub-tree (thanks to Pez Cuckow for the patch);
• A blockquote in Markdown does no longer require a whitespace after the last ‘>’ if the…

The State Of Linux Distributions Handling SecureBoot

For those of you curious about the state of available Linux distributions that can handle UEFI SecureBoot on modern PCs certified for Microsoft Windows 8, here’s a run-down of the most common Linux environments and their SecureBoot friendliness…

LibrePlan 1.3.3 Gets Performance Improvements

LibrePlan, a collaborative tool to plan, monitor and control projects that has a rich web interface which provides a desktop-like user experience, is now at version 1.3.3.

Highlights of LibrePlan 1.3.3:

• Performance improvements on the project listing window have been implemented (especially when working with a lot of projects), including on the project creation and WBS manipulation;
• The internals of the custom JavaScript files have been changed ins…

Gentoo-Based Calculate Linux 13 Released

Calculate Linux, one of the nice distributions out there based upon Gentoo, is out with their version 13 release…

Valve Beginning To Look At Steam Linux Not On Ubuntu

With the initial roll-out of the Steam Linux client being a success while primarily focusing upon supporting the Ubuntu distribution, Valve is now looking at improving the Steam support on non-Ubuntu Linux distributions…

Humble Indie Bundle 7 Offers Up More Games

The Humble Indie Bundle 7, which has raised more than two million dollars in less than one week, is now offering up three additional games…

Qt Creator 2.6.1 Is Available for Download

Qt Creator, a cross-platform IDE (integrated development environment) tailored to the needs of Qt developers and part of the Qt Project, is now at version 2.6.1.

Qt Creator 2.6.1 comes with a ton of new features and changes, including C++, QML/JS, and GLSL improved support.

Highlights of Qt Creator 2.6.1:

• Opening files ending in “++” has been fixed;
• A freeze that occurred when searching for certain regular expressions in a selected blo…

Learn to Play Guitar with Nootka 0.8.5

Nootka, an open-source application that can be used to learn and teach classical score notation, is now at version 0.8.5. Nootka is mostly used by guitarists, but it can also be used for ear training. It has numerous features to personalize the user’s needs and capabilities, natural sounds of classical guitar, accurate pitch detection method, and many others. Highlights of Nootka 0.8.5: • A detailed description of an application is now displayed in t…

Kamerka 0.8.5 Webcam App Fixes Main Window

Kamerka, a Qt4 app that uses KDE4 libraries and Video4Linux in order to get images from the webcam and to save still images, is now at version 0.8.5.

The Kamerka tool has already been integrated in a lot of distributions. This latest version comes with some pretty interesting changes and new features.

Highlights of Kamerka 0.8.5:

• A few basic filters and mirroring support have been added;
• An option for locking the image preview proport…

Linus Torvalds Celebrates Today 43 Years of Uptime

Linus Torvalds is one of the most influential people in the Linux world and among the most active figures that promote open source as a real alternative.

Linus Torvalds is a software engineer and he’s responsible for the Linux kernel. Strangely enough, the name of his project wasn’t chosen by him. In any case, version 0.01 of Linux was released back in 1991 and has been growing ever since.

Today is his birthday and Linus has chosen to celebrate this event with a pictu…

Falcon Pro (for Twitter) Is a Newshound’s Best Friend

Falcon Pro (for Twitter) pitches itself as “the ultimate Twitter experience on Android,” and while one can usually take these app-store hyperbole laden statements with an idiom-laden statement — in this case a grain of salt — there is one thing that I’m looking for in a Twitter client that Falcon Pro promises.

Tiny Core Linux 4.7.2 Officially Released

Robert Shingledecker announced the immediate availability for download of the Tiny Core 4.7.2 Linux operating system.

Tiny Core is a distribution that is highly modular and made use of with community build extensions. Its ultimate goal is to create an operating system that is both easy to use and very small.

Highlights of Tiny Core Linux 4.7.2:

• /opt/tcemirror has been updated to default for the new server;
• has been updated …

Mateu 12.10 Alpha 3 Screenshot Tour

Mateu 12.10 Alpha 3 is available. Mateu is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution featuring the MATE desktop. Read more ….

Transport Tycoon Deluxe Clone, OpenTTD 1.3.0 Beta 1, Gets an Improved Interface

OpenTTD, an open source simulation game based upon the popular Microprose game “Transport Tycoon Deluxe” written by Chris Sawyer, is now at version 1.3.0 Beta 1.

Transport Tycoon Deluxe was a major simulation, back in the day. OpenTTD tries to mimic the original game as closely as possible, but at the sa…

Calculate Linux 13 Is Based on KDE 4.9.4

Calculate Linux, an optimized distribution designed for rapid deployment in corporate environment that’s based on the Gentoo project and includes numerous pre-configured functions, is now at version 13.

Calculate Linux is actually a collection of dist…