Wesnoth 1.11.1 has been released. This is the second release of the 1.11.x development series. It includes huge, groundbreaking changes. Please have a look this forum thread to get a rough idea about those big changes. We offer two versions of changelogs: a rather nice to read players changelog that only includes changes every player will probably notice and the (rather) complete changelog with (almost) all the details, which is likely to cause a serious headache…
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Wesnoth 1.10.5 has been released. This is a bugfix release for the stable 1.10 series. For information about further changes in this release, please visit this forum thread.
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Install Latest FF-Multi Converter in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring/Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal/Ubuntu 12.04 Precise/11.10/11.04/10.04/Linux Mint 14/13/12/11
FF-Multi Converter is a simple graphical application which enables you to convert audio, video, image and document files between all popular formats, using and combining other programs. It uses ffmpeg for audio/video files, unoconv for document files and PythonMagick library for image file conversions.
Conversions for several file formats.
aac, ac3, afc, aiff, amr, asf, au, avi, dvd, flac, flv, mka, mkv, mmf, mov, mp3, mp4, mpg, ogg, ogv, psp, rm, spx, vob, wav, webm, wma, wmv
And any other format supported by ffmpeg.
bmp, cgm, dpx, emf, eps, fpx, gif,
Add Open as Administrator option in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring/Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal/Ubuntu 12.04 Precise/Linux Mint 15/14/13
Most users like to open files/folders as root directly from nautilus. Nautilus offers ways to do that via extension or script. So today we made it available for 13.04/12.10/12.04 and Mint 15/14/13 and other relevant Ubuntu based distributions, Now you can easily add in your ubuntu with just few commands. It will add entry to the context menu where you can easily access it.
Ubuntu 13.04/Mint 15/Relevant Ubuntu derivatives
Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/Mint 14/13/Relevant Ubuntu derivatives
To install Open-as-Administrator in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/apps
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Linus Torvalds has released the Linux 3.10-rc6 kernel on Saturday afternoon. While there’s still some time ahead before the official Linux 3.10 kernel release, the rate of change appears to be slowing…
Earlier this week at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, the refreshed MacBook Air laptops were released and based upon Intel’s new Haswell processors. The brand new 11-inch Apple MacBook Air with the beautiful Core i5 Haswell CPU and Intel HD Graphics 5000 GPU is already within the Phoronix labs and being benchmarked…
The National Security Agency or NSA is now in the public eye for some nefarious surveillance, but Linux users should know that the agency also had an active role the Linux kernel development, with the addition of SELinux (Security-Enhanced Linux).
According to their official website, “SELinux is an implementation of mandatory access controls (MAC) on Linux”.
Mandatory access controls allow an administrator of a system to define how applications and users can … (read more)
Utilizing the core-avx2 CPU optimizations offered by the GCC 4.8 compiler can provide real benefits for the Intel Core i7 4770K processor and other new “Haswell” CPUs. For some computational workloads, the new Haswell instruction set extensions can offer tremendous speed-ups compared to what’s offered by the previous-generation Ivy Bridge CPUs.
ConfigServer Firewall, an SPI iptables firewall that is straightforward, easy and flexible to configure and secure, with extra checks to ensure smooth operation, is now at version 6.14.
The ConfigServer Firewall comes with a series of important scripts, which include straightforward SPI iptables firewall, POP3/IMAP login tracking, SSH login notification, SU login notification, excessive connection blocking, user processes reporting, and much more.
Highlights of ConfigServ… (read more)
On June 13, Canonical published details about OpenStack Keystone vulnerabilities for its Ubuntu 13.04 and Ubuntu 12.10 operating systems.
According to Canonical, Keystone did not always properly verify expired PKI tokens or properly authenticate users.
It has been discovered that Keystone did not properly authenticate users when using the LDAP backend.
An attacker could obtain valid tokens and impersonate other users by supplying an empty password. By default,… (read more)
QFusion is the game engine that’s derived from the Quake 2 code-base but has advanced a great deal and presently powers the popular open-source Warsow first person shooter. Since Warsow 1.0, the QFusion engine has advanced a great deal and the code has now been released…
Wildfire Games, the international group of volunteers developing 0 A.D., are happy to present this week’s 0 A.D. development report.
If you want to find out more about the development of this open-source, cross-platform real-time strategy game or if you are interested in game development in general, it might provide an interesting read.
If you want to be part of this project, we urge you to post your application in our forums. We are currently looking for Gameplay, AI, Sound and Graphics Programmers along with Animators and 3D & texture artists. You prefer to do something else than programming or drawing? Luckily for your portfolio we are also looking for a Sound Lead, Video Editors, a Documentation Manager and Scenario Designers. Still no luck? Head to our forums and join our active community!
!!! We are in need of (skilled) programmers. If you are one, redirect yourself to this thread. Your contributions are crucial !!!
Performance has been a major bottleneck for quite some time. We know the problems, and we are committed to resolve them. Last two months we’ve seen an influx of new contributors who are keen to help us fix the lag. sbte committed some patches (sim interpolation optimization) and a couple of memory leaks have been fixed (Markus). Kuranes has also been working on optimization and his work seems very promising. He added VBO support to minimap entity rendering (1,5 ms/frame to 0,8 ms/frame, which may seem trivial but every millisecond counts!). But this is just the tip of the iceberg, his many other optimizations are WIP or being reviewed by us, but when they are committed to the game the increase in performance will be noticeable! Last but not least we have Redfox, a retired 0 A.D. programmer who became active again. Currently he is working on font rendering, but like Kuranes, he is dedicated to implement major code optimizations, and he has the know-how. Their work will make 0 A.D. the enjoyable and fluid experience, you always wanted it to be!
Screenshot of the Month
Peter a.k.a. alpha123 has joined the programming team. Peter has contributed quite a few patches to the game and has been a valuable contributor in design discussions.
Programming, Art & Sound
Our new project lead, Mythos_Ruler has been busy as well. So busy in fact that I’m reluctant to write down all the things he has been working on last two months. The major new feature is the blacksmith. Although the models are placeholders for now, in the near future you’ll be able to upgrade your units in this new building. He also added new technologies, a new Spartan hero (Brasidas), rebalancing and tweaking the stats of almost every unit ingame, a new map, normal and specular map for desert terrain … we could go on and on, but we insist you check out our next alpha release.
historic_bruno committed a lot of patches and bug fixes. I’ll mention just a couple of them: updating Valgrind headers and fixing some memory leaks (patches by Markus), updating Boost Library to 1.53.0 and improving SDL 2.0 support among many other. He also added a game speed option to the match setup.
Leper also had a productive period. He cleaned up code, and reviewed and committed many functionality patches, that were written by contributors like Josh and KareemErgawy among others.
stwf has kept working on the Soundmanager. Memory leaks have been removed, code has been cleaned up and multiple song playlists are now used by civs that have multiple tracks defined.
Wraiitii committed a few fixes and improvements related to water. More importantly, he is completely reworking the water code: adding support for different water heights (e.g. lake vs. sea), optimizing foam and shore waves … On top of that, ships received a sinking animation! Never has loosing your fleet been more pleasant to watch.
Enrique has been working on shields, unit props and buildings for our next civilization: the Ptolemaic Egyptians! He is also designing, modeling and texturing the new blacksmiths.
Omri Lahav has been working on some new material for the Mauryans. He has just invited two new guest musicians (didgeridoo and celtic harp) to capture their performance. How many freeware, open-source projects have a live recorded soundtrack? We are sure you will hear the difference.
Yves is working hard on upgrading Spidermonkey. The first benchmarks are a bit disappointing, but Yves won’t give up. This is not a simple task, but in the end performance and functionality will benefit greatly from the upgrade.
alpha123 and quantumstate reworked the armor system. Damage = Attack – Armour was changed to: Damage = Attack * 0.9^Armour (in case your unit has a 10% armor bonus). This change was necessary as techs now have the same effect on each unit. So a 10% armour tech will decrease damage by 10% for every unit.
We also want to thank all our contributors that are committing patches with new features and fixes. Not all of them make it into the report, but we are grateful. We can’t do it without you guys and gals!
This month special kudos to sanderd17 who is giving archers range bonuses based on map height and Micket who modeled a Hippo and an Oryx (and a WIP tiger).
See you next month with the latest development news!
SABnzbd, an open source binary newsreader written in Python that makes Usenet as simple and streamlined as possible by automating everything, is now at version 0.7.13.
SABnzbd 0.7.13 works in the background and simplifies the downloading, verifying, and extracting of files from Usenet. When you upgrade an existing 0.6.x installation, release 0.7.x will use all existing settings and the queue.
Highlights of SABnzbd 0.7.13:
• Another encryption detecti… (read more)
XWiki Enterprise, a professional wiki that has powerful extensibility features such as scripting in pages, plugins and a highly modular architecture, has reached version 5.1 Milestone 2.
Highlights of XWiki Enterprise 5.1 Milestone 2:
• The Solr search module now automatically indexes all modifications made to the wiki;
SFLPhone, a Voice over IP telephony software designed to work on desktops and embedded systems, has just reached version 1.2.3.
With SFLPhone, users can call through an SIP or IAX account, which are used by most enterprise internal phone networks and well-known servers such as Asterisk or FreeSwitch.
The software has been integrated in the KDE infrastructure in 2012.
Highlights of SFLPhone 1.2.3:
• Macro support has been added;
Team Fortress 2, the online multiplayer game developed by Valve, has received another update for all supported platforms, including Linux.
Team Fortress 2 features a large number of multiplayer modes, such as Capture the Flag, Control Point, Payload, Arena, King of the Hill and more. Players can choose one of the nine classes: Scout, Soldier, Pyro, Demoman, Heavy, Engineer, Medic, Sniper, and Spy.
Highlights of the Team Fortress 2 update:
• 10 new St… (read more)
On June 14, Alexandre Julliard announced a new development version of the Wine app, which brought assorted bug fixes and improvements.
The number of new features and bug fixes in the development version of Wine (Wine Is Not an Emulator) is rather small this time, mostly because it is approaching a stable version.
Patrick Verner has announced the release of Parted Magic 2013_06_14, the latest stable version of the project’s specialist live CD designed for disk management and data rescue tasks: “Another month of solid development is complete, it’s time to release Parted Magic with a new look and a growing….
The Ubuntu community is a core part of what makes us what we are, and right at the center of that are our Ubuntu Members. Ubuntu Members provide *significant and sustained* contributions over a wide range of areas such as packaging, documentation, programming, translations, advocacy, support, and more. We always want to do our best to recognize and appreciate our many members in the Ubuntu family, across these many different teams and our flavors.
The certificates are rather nice. Designed by the design team and printed on nice stock, they are a nice representation of your membership.
With Canonical’s planned adoption of their in-house Mir Display Server over the next year rather than using an X.Org Server or Wayland, derivatives such as KDE-based Kubuntu continue to fear the change and what exactly the options will be…