Phoronix Test Suite 4.8.2 Released

The second stable point release to the Phoronix Test Suite 4.8-Sokndal series is now available…

Texmaker 4.0.4 Now Supports Poppler 0.24

Texmaker, a Qt4 program that integrates many tools needed to develop documents with LaTeX, in just one application, is now at version 4.0.4.

Texmaker 4.0 includes unicode support, spell checking, auto-completion, code folding and a built-in pdf viewer with synctex support and continuous view mode.

The application has been ported to Qt5 and a number of features have been implemented since the previous release.

Highlights of Texmaker 4.0.4:

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[How To]: Use Google+ Hangouts in Linux Distributions

Google + Hangouts became as a replacement for Google Talk instant messaging and video calling client. Google + Hangouts client software is available for Android and IOS devices. Also, it’s usable as web application though Google Chrome or Chromium web browser. So, here in this post you will have a look how to use Google+ […]

Gnome Web Drops Google For DuckDuckGo

In a blog post on the Gnome.org site by Claudio Saavedra, the Gnome Web browser team announced that they had switched the default search engine from Google to DuckDuckGo. The team cites issues with privacy and collaboration as the main motivators, and were inspired by a talk by Jacob Applebaum at GUADEC 2012. I’ve been […]

Wine 1.7.1 Arrives With Some Minor Improvements

Wine 1.7.1 has been released as the second Wine 1.8 development milestone following the Wine 1.6 release from mid-July. The release isn’t terribly exciting, but there’s still some good stuff for those still dependent upon Windows application/game suppo…

Linux Kernel 3.4.60 LTS Officially Released

Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced the immediate availability for download of Linux kernel 3.4.60 LTS (long-term support), which brings a quite a few new drivers and fixes.

A new maintenance version of the 3.4.x branch has been released, with a just a few drivers updates and arch changes.

“I’m announcing the release of the 3.4.60 kernel. All users of the 3.4 kernel series must upgrade.”

“The updated 3.4.y git tree can be found at: git://gi…

Undefined Behavior Sanitizer Added To GCC

The mainline GCC compiler received support today for UBSAN, the Undefined Behavior Sanitizer…

Free Report Solution CuteReport 0.7 Now Features Designer Messages

CuteReport, a free report solution inspired by eXaro’s project ideas that’s similar to Jasper and Crystal Reports, is now at version 0.7. CuteReport 0.7 is based on the Qt4 framework and can be easily used with any Qt applications. It consists of two parts, the core library and the template designer. Highlights of CuteReport 0.7: • A bug with the tab panel that occurred when the “icon” tab style was chosen has been fixed; • The CuteReport …

Mesa 9.2 X.Org/Mir Ubuntu 13.10 Performance Benchmarks

Mesa 9.2 was finally pushed into the Ubuntu 13.10 archive on Thursday and with the upgrade to the open-source 3D graphics library/drivers come many performance improvements and new features. Mesa 9.2 has already been benchmarked extensively on Phoronix…

Ubuntu 13.10 Will Not Have Scopes in Ubuntu Software Center

The scopes have been playing a very important role in the latest Ubuntu iterations, but Canonical has decided that it’s not yet the time to download themes from Ubuntu Software Center.

Canonical developers have announced that users will not be able to download scopes from the Ubuntu Software Center, at least in Ubuntu 13.10.

“For 13.10, scopes will not be available in the app store and application confinement[1] will prevent apps from abusing scopes and the scop…

Ubuntu Touch Now Features Options for Security

Canonical hasn’t abandoned the work for Ubuntu Touch and they’re adding new features and changes on a weekly basis.

The Ubuntu Touch developers have announced another set of improvements for Ubuntu Touch and they are on track for an October release, even if this date hasn’t been confirmed yet.

Highlights of the latest Ubuntu Touch changes:

• The a11y panel has been dropped;
• The last full charge info is now displayed;
• The pan…

Allwinner Video Decode Gets Reverse-Engineered

The Allwinner A10 and A13 video decode support has been reverse-engineered as open-source…

Mir Now Has Improved Multi-Monitor Synchronization

One day after Canonical developers landed Mir composite bypass support to dramatically improve the performance of full-screen games on Mir/XMir, Mir has picked up another important feature…

HPN-SSH: A High-Performance SSH/SCP

HPN-SSH is a high performance SSH/SCP implementation coming out of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. The code to HPN-SSH is released as a patch-set atop OpenSSH…

Monthly News – July 2013

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Prison Architect for Linux Is Now 40% Cheaper

Prison Architect, a game developed and published by Introversion Software, available for the Linux platform, now features a 40% discount.

Prison Architect is part of the Early Access Game program on Steam. The player’s role is very simple, to build and manage a maxim security prison.

“Starting with an empty plot of land you must construct a holding cell with basic water and electricity to house your first batch of prisoners, to buy you enough time to create a pr…

R600 SB Shader Back-End Enabled By Default

It was anticipated R600 SB shader optimizations might be enabled by default for this Radeon Gallium3D driver and now they have been for Mesa 9.3/Mesa 10.0…

Experimental Render Nodes Will Be In Linux 3.12

The experimental DRM render nodes support will be merged into the Linux 3.12 kernel. This work is a GSoC success story and makes it possible for Linux GPGPU compute support without needing an active display/compositor and ultimately for having multi-se…

HotShots 1.2.1 Screen Capture Editor Gets Linux Fixes

HotShots, an application used for capturing screens and saving them in a variety of image formats, is now at version 1.2.1.

HotShots also allows users to add annotations and graphical data, like arrows, lines, texts and much more.

Highlights of HotShots 1.2.1:

• The ESC key force select mode has been added for the Editor;
• The keys “+” and “-” have been added for the zoom function;
• The ability to direc…

LibreOffice Conference – Registration is now open

In less than four weeks, the LibreOffice Conference 2013 will take place in Milan, Italy. LibOCon is the global and annual event for the whole LibreOffice community and ecosystem, with creators, adopters and users meeting and gathering, exchanging ideas and thoughts. Dates are September 25-27 – see the conference site. After the Call for Papers […]