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April 2018

Belated Coverage of GIMP 2.10.0

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  • GIMP 2.10.0 Has Arrived & You Can Download It For Free

    Back in March, we said that the GIMP team were '12 blocker bugs away from making the final release' of the latest version of their free-to-use photo editing software and it seems the bugs have been fixed as version 2.10.0 is now available for download.

    The new release comes after 6 years of work and there's a long list of notable changes including an updated UI, new blend modes, layer groups can finally have masks on them and new tools such as the Warp transform, the Unified transform and the Handle transform tools have been introduced.

  • GIMP 2.10 open source image editor released, finally supports HiDPI displays

    GIMP is a free and open source graphics editing program for Linux, Mac, and Windows computers. Its been around for more than two decades, and it’s a powerful tool that’s often compared to Adobe Photoshop… although Photoshop users tend to complain that GIMP’s menus and tools are unintuitive. But it’s hard to complain about the price: GIMP is free for anyone to use.

  • GIMP 2.10 Image Editing Software Now Supports HiDPI Displays

    The development team behind the open source image editing software GIMP have this week released the highly anticipated GIMP 2.10.0 which brings with it a wide variety of new enhancements, tweaks and features including support for HiDPI displays.

    GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program and is a freely distributed program providing an application to retouch photographs, adjust image composition and image authoring. Features of the latest version of GIMP 2.10.0 include :

    – Image processing nearly fully ported to GEGL, allowing high bit depth processing, multi-threaded and hardware accelerated pixel


  • Miner One Is Launching Its Bitcoin-Mining High-Altitude Ballon Today, New Stable Version of GIMP and More

System76 Releases Pop!_OS Linux 18.04, Based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver)

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Based on Canonical's recently released Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system series and powered by Linux kernel 4.15, Pop!_OS Linux 18.04 is the second release of System76's Ubuntu derivative and the best so far, featuring lots of changes, including a brand new installer, new power management features, firmware notifications, and proper HiDPI support.

The installer is the centerpiece of the work that we’ve been busily implementing for Pop!_OS 18.04. It represents an incredible amount of effort from everyone in the country and whose final work we are intimately proud of and something we have repeatedly shown teasers on this blog on the work in progress," said System76 on a recent blog post.

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Ubuntu 12.04 To Ubuntu 18.04 Benchmarks On An Intel Laptop

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As part of our ongoing benchmarks of the recently released Ubuntu 18.04, here is a look at the performance of Ubuntu Linux on the same laptop while testing all Long-Term Support releases from 12.04 to 18.04 for seeing how the Ubuntu performance has evolved over the past six years on this Intel laptop.

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Seven of the best open source web servers for your organisation

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Web servers have come a long way since the CERN httpd was developed by Tim Berners-Lee in 1990 as part of the project that resulted in the first ever web browser.

Some of the leading suppliers of web servers today provide closed-source options for enterprises, but many others retain the open values embodied by Tim Berners-Lee. The source code for the CERN httpd was released into the public domain in 1993.

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Stable kernels 4.16.6, 4.14.38, 4.9.97, 4.4.130 and 3.18.107

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Review: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

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Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is not perfect, but it is very good. Users who are super conservative about change might want to stick to 16.04 LTS with Unity for now, but 18.04 LTS is a good desktop distribution that provides an excellent selection of default software for doing general tasks like checking e-mail and writing documents, and there is plenty of other software in the repositories for users who want to do more advanced things. There are a few rough edges that may, or may not, get cleaned up by the time 18.04.1 comes out, but none of them are bad enough to make Ubuntu 18.04 LTS unusable. At worst, the issues are minor annoyances. I realize that GNOME may not be for everyone, and may in itself be a reason to look elsewhere, but I do like Ubuntu's implementation of GNOME with the exception of the various issues with handling desktop icons. However, if GNOME is not for you, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS's other flavors provide the same Ubuntu base with other desktop environments, so check out those if GNOME is not to your liking.

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8 KDE Plasma Irritations

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If you think that I am ungratefully complaining, think again. So far as I am concerned, Plasma is the most advanced desktop available on any platform. I only have to compare it to Cinnamon, an admirable desktop in its own right with its own reputation for innovation, to see how far ahead Plasma is.

In fact, that may be the problem. Over the years, Plasma has outgrown other annoyances, such as dumping new features into an Advanced tab while developers figured where the features belonged, and produced a desktop whose advantages are so obvious that the problems are emphasized, too.

To me, it seems that the greatest challenges currently facing Plasma developers is to think through some of their innovations, and to adjust existing tools or add new ones that will allow users to take full of advantage of what the desktop has to offer. If they begin such tasks, then Plasma will start to realize its full potential.

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Fuchsia and Android

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More in Tux Machines

Anime studio, Khara, is planning to use open-source Blender software

The open-source 3D creation software, Blender, will be picked up by the Japanese anime studio, Khara. It’ll begin partially using the software for its current development ‘EVANGELION:3.0+1.0’ but will make the full switch once that project is finished. The current project is expected to end in June next year, so after that point, its employees will start using Blender for the majority of their work. At the moment, Khara uses 3ds Max from Autodesk on a subscription basis; however, the company found that it had to reach out to small and medium-sized businesses for its projects. Due to the limitations of those companies, it’s harder for them to afford 3ds Max. By switching to Blender, Khara says it can work better with external firms. Read more

FOSS From Australian Signals Directorate (ASD)

  • Australian Signals Directorate open sources data analysis tool

    The security agency described Constellation as a NetBeans Java application that can be “used to inform decision making and advance data-driven innovation”. The source code has been released under the Apache License 2.0.

  • ASD makes in-house data analysis app open source

    The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has released an open source version of its in-house data visualisation and analysis tool, Constellation, connecting the security agency with the outer world.

    The tool — which is available via GitHub — was designed to help “inform decision-making and advance data-driven innovation” and can be used to “solve large and complex problems in a simple and intuitive way”, according to the agency.

Today in Techrights

today's leftovers: OpenSUSE Tumbleweed, Fedora Program Management, Security and More

  • Dominique Leuenberger: openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2019/33

    Week 2019/33 ‘only’ saw three snapshots being published (3 more were given to openQA but discarded).

  • FPgM report: 2019-33

    Here’s your report of what has happened in Fedora Program Management this week. I have weekly office hours in #fedora-meeting-1. Drop by if you have any questions or comments about the schedule, Changes, elections, or anything else. (Just not this week because I will be traveling)

  • Security updates for Friday

    Security updates have been issued by Debian (freetype, libreoffice, and openjdk-7), Fedora (edk2, mariadb, mariadb-connector-c, mariadb-connector-odbc, python-django, and squirrelmail), Gentoo (chromium, cups, firefox, glibc, kconfig, libarchive, libreoffice, oracle-jdk-bin, polkit, proftpd, sqlite, wget, zeromq, and znc), openSUSE (bzip2, chromium, dosbox, evince, gpg2, icedtea-web, java-11-openjdk, java-1_8_0-openjdk, kconfig, kdelibs4, mariadb, mariadb-connector-c, nodejs8, pdns, polkit, python, subversion, and vlc), Oracle (ghostscript and kernel), Red Hat (mysql:8.0 and subversion:1.10), SUSE (389-ds, libvirt and libvirt-python, and openjpeg2), and Ubuntu (nginx).

  • A compendium of container escapes

    My name is Brandon Edwards, I’m Chief Scientist at Capsule8. Today we’ll be talking about a compendium of container escapes in the podcast. We’ve previously talked about escaping containers and the sorts of vulnerabilities people should be concerned with a while back. In particular we’re discussing how the RunC vulnerability had engendered all this interest, or concern, or almost shock, the trust the people are placing in containers was broken. Oh wow, an escape could happen! I think it’s really valuable to be able to communicate and show all the other ways that that sort of thing can happen, either from misconfiguration, or over granting privileges, or providing host mounts into the container, or having kernel vulnerabilities that could somehow compromise any of the elements of the security model of container, which is both fragile and complex.

  • Apollo data graph brings managed federation to enterprises

    Data graph vendor Apollo is aiming to help overcome several obstacles to enterprises using graph databases with its latest Apollo Data Graph Platform update, which became generally available on July 16. Among the key new features in the platform are federated management capabilities that enable more scalability across different GraphQL data graph instances. GraphQL is an open source query language for APIs, originally created by Facebook that is used to enable data graph capabilities.