Mastodon 2.7.0

Mastodon, the self-hosted social media software has reached version 2.7.0. Alongside numerous bug fixes since the last release in October 2018, the software includes new features which improve the discoverability of content.

Another key improvement is the change to the moderation warning system which alerts users that their account has been suspended or disabled. Administrators can also notify users and choose actions to take against them.

For system administrators, the tool to manage Mastodon servers has also received some new commands including the ability to identify servers and receive statistic information.

Roundup (2018-01-14 – 2018-01-20)

Video conversion software Handbrake has been updated to version 1.2.0. The key change sees the switch from using libav to ffmpeg as the backend. Numerous legacy presets have also been removed while new ones have been added.

Debian-based distribution deepin has been updated to version 15.9. Notable features of this release include improved touch screen support, better power management and several desktop performance enhancements.


Inkscape 0.92.4

A new version of Inkscape has arrived with the release of 0.92.4. Although only a micro point release, a large number of changes are included. Some of the more eye-catching ones are:

  • Ability to write image data to and read image data from the standard output.
  • Align multiple objects as a group relative to a single object.
  • Improved support for printing and fix to paper sizing issues.
  • Performance improvements with the measuring tool and grids are visible.

Improvements have also been made to the Icelandic, Hungarian, Brazilian Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish translations alongside other documentation revisions.

Also of note is the release of an alpha version for 1.0. The future release intends to migrate the application to GTK+ 3.

Baku 4.1

Baku, a bookmark manager which is independent of any browser has reached version 4.1. Alongside a command line interface for browsing bookmarks, there are a number of other key features such as auto-import from Firefox, Chrome and Chromium, and open bookmarks in a browser. Another useful function is the ability to expand or collapse URLs from the Wayback Machine cache.

With the release of 4.1, there are fixes for a few security issues and a repair to the auto-import function from Firefox.

Nanonote 1.0.1

The first release of Nanonote has recently been made available, and 1.0.1 comes soon after. The application is a Qt-based program which focuses on short-lived notes and automatically saves anything typed. A number of shortcuts for indentation are included as well as the ability to customise the font face and font size used.

Roundup (2018-01-07 – 2018-01-13)

Anypaste, a command line tool for sharing content to a file or pastebin hosting service has made it to version 1.1.

Reaching three billion downloads, VLC has made it to version 3.0.6. This fixes a regression introduced in the previous release with regard to DVD subtitles, and adds support for HDR in AV1.

System information tool Neofetch has seen the release of version 6.0.0. The release adds support for a number of new distributions including Bedrock Linux and OpenMandriva Lx.

GWE, a relatively new application for users with an NVIDIA graphics card which provides information such as temperature as well as control fans and overclock the card. This has now reached version 0.5.1.

Clonezilla Live has been updated to version 2.6.0-37, where it continues its history of frequent incremental improvements. Two key additions are the inclusion of both cURL and Network-Manager.

Kdenlive 18.12.1

Kdenlive 18.12.1 has made it to release, being the first dot release of the 18.12 series and incorporates a number of fixes and improvements to usability. Some of the key changes include:

  • Resolved issue to capture audio when recording from screen or webcam.
  • Fixed colour theming on AppImage.
  • Keyframe imports now fixed.
  • Removal of QtScript as this is no longer used.
  • Corrected empty warning dialog when font is missing in project.

Qubes OS 4.0.1

The first point release of Qubes OS 4 has now been released with 4.0.1 being made available for download. The release comes with various improvements for the graphical tools, templates for Fedora 29, Debian 9, and Whonix 14 (Gateway and Workstation), and Linux kernel version 4.14.

For existing users of Qubes OS 4, this release is a roll-up of fixes and enhancements since the version 4 release in March 2018. If you have been updating since then, you will have all the 4.0.1 fixes already installed.

Syncthing 1.0.0

Peer to peer file synchronisation software Syncthing has reached the milestone of version 1.0.0. The release does not signify a breaking change from previous versions, however it is now no longer considered beta software. The few bug fixes and other issues come with some enhancements:

  • Now has the ability to limit the number of simultaneous scans performed.
  • Configured rate limits can now be viewed in the interface.
  • Show list of locally changed files for receive only folders.

Roundup (2019-01-01 – 2019-01-06)

tar 1.31 has been released, with a new compression method (zstd) being enabled. The release also fixes a security issue reported in 2018.

sjfonts (also known as Some Juicy Fonts) has been updated for the first time in eleven years, with the 2.1 release. The font pack includes two typefaces – Delphine and SteveHand – and are handwritten style fonts.

Book management software Calibre has seen a new release with 3.37 being made available. A number of bug fixes and minor improvements have been made including a resolution to an issue logging in to Google Books.

GNU ed 1.15 is now available and resolves a few minor bugs to both the code and the manual.

youtube-dl 2019.01.02 has been made available with a few fixes for various sites. The release comes just two days after a previous release which fixed a number of YouTube download issues.

A new non-linear video editor has been released. Olive is made available under the GPL v3 license and is cross-platform to Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.