GIMP image editor announced the new 2.99.18 development release today. It’s marked as the last dev release for the next major 3.0 version.

The new release has a new welcome dialog, with Personalize tab to set your favorite theme, icon and font scaling, and select program language, Contribute tab with a few links for who want to contribute to GIMP, and Create tab with quick buttons to create, open, open recent images. It as well has an option to enable on every start.

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For those who are interested in the development of Ubuntu 24.04 LTS, the developer team has opened a channel for the desktop installer usability test.

Anyone can try out the desktop installer by simply visiting a page in web browser. It will ask to grant permission to share the screen of browser window (Screen Sharing), so developer team can know where you spend time, get stuck, and go smoothly.

Also it asks to enable Microphone, so you can tell what you’re thinking as you go. And, of course either or both can be disabled!
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Free and open source DJ software, Mixxx, finally released the new major 2.4 version few days ago.

The new release added support for exporting crates, playlists and the library to Engine DJ OS devices, including Denon and Numark standalone controllers.

Mixxx 2.4 added support for Saved Loops, which can be assigned to any Hot Cue slot. If you already have tracks from Serato DJ with Saved Loops, it will import them automatically.

The release also introduced Effect Chains, a set of effects which can be saved and reloaded with all their parameters and individual Meta Knob mappings. Effect Chains can also be exported and imported, which allows you to share them with other Mixxx DJs.

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gThumb image viewer and organizer released new 3.12.5 release this Sunday. It is a small release only contains translation updates and a few bug-fixes.

Bug fixes in the release include:

  • When the ‘Store metadata inside files if possible’ option is active, comment a picture will delete its Color Profile tag.
  • Build issue with libjxl 0.9 for loading JPEG-XL images.
  • In the “Add to catalog”, when “Keep the dialog open” button is checked, the “View the destination” checkbox becomes disabled.

Nothing else!

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Mozilla Firefox web browser version 123.0 now is available to download!

In the new monthly release, Firefox View page now have “Search” function, allows to search a page from each tab of recent browsing, recent closed tabs, open tabs, tab from other devices, and history.

Firefox 123.0 also added a new menu option to easily report web compatibility issue for currently tab.

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GNOME 46 Beta Released for Testing

Last updated: February 19, 2024 — Leave a comment

GNOME 46, the default desktop environment for next Ubuntu 24.04 and Fedora 40, now is in Beta stage. It’s now the best time for developers to test their applications and shell extensions.

Gnome 46 features explicit Global Search for the Files, redesigned Privacy settings page, added new System panel in Gnome Control Center, and support headless remote login. See more new features about GNOME 46.

The Beta release was announced few days ago, and it marks the start of the UI, feature and API freezes. The changes in the release include:

  • Support PKCS #11 smart card authentication in Epiphany (GNOME Web).
  • Add command line options to gcr-ssh-agent
  • Modernises the look of the Bluetooth properties dialogue
  • GNOME COnnections now has support for domains, and certificate verification for RDP
  • Improve image and os rename display in the welcome dialog.
  • Add Preferences dialog for Gnome Music. Remove Songs view, and drop old-style selection mode
  • Add Microsoft 365 provider for online accounts.
  • Add keyboard model configuration support
  • Improve default and High Contrast styling
  • Add openSUSE Leap distro upgrade plugin for GNOME Software
  • Add new-window action for gnome-text-editor.
  • Loupe image viewer now has Shift+Delete shortcut to permanently delete image
  • Postpone the “Network View” in Nautilus.

For more about the beta release and installer image for testing purpose, see the official announcement. And, the final release of GNOME 46 will be available in next month, see the Wiki page for schedule.

Drawpile, free open-source collaborative drawing program, announced new 2.2.1 release yesterday!

This is the first update for the 2.2 release series that comes with numerous bug-fixes, as well as some new features.

The server now implements WebSocket support, which is available with the --websocket-port and --websocket-listen options. And, it’s improved with some new actions including:

  • allow limiting the maximum number of users per session
  • allow owners to kick users not connected to a session
  • Disconnect user who tries to log with wrong password many times.
  • Send keepalive messages from the server, if the client indicates support for it.

The new Drawpile 2.2.1 also added experimental support for high-DPI interface scaling, optimize classic brush calculation to make them much faster, and allow toggling performance-related canvas view settings to avoid slowing down in some systems.

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Gambas released new 3.19.0 few days ago. Here’s the new features and how to to install guide for Ubuntu users!

Gambas is a full-featured object-oriented language and development environment built on a BASIC interpreter. It’s made up of a compiler, interpreter, archiver, scripter, development environment, and many extension components, for easily developing command-line, GTK2/GTK3, Qt, Database, Web, SDL applications.

The latest version so far is Gambas 3.19.0 that includes many exciting new features. First, as you see above, it has a new app icon that’s called gambas-thin. Though, I personally prefer the old one a bit more.

old gambas3 icon

The new release brings huge improvements to interpreter, to make it faster than Python, Perl and Java interpreters in all benchmarks!
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Want to open (or export to) .jxl files? Here’s how to enable the image format support in Ubuntu and Debian.

JPEG-XL (.jxl) is a royalty-free raster-graphics image format supports both lossy and lossless compression. It includes features such as animation, alpha channels, layers, thumbnails, and has better compression efficiency (60% improvement) comparing to JPEG.

GNOME favors JPEG-XL as background wallpaper in next version 46. But, Ubuntu now does not support the image format due to lack of a build dependency.

If you have some .jxl images stored in Ubuntu, then here’s how to make them work in image viewer, GIMP, and maybe other graphical apps.

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Ubuntu Studio, the official Ubuntu flavor, opens wallpaper competition for the next 24.04 LTS release!

Ubuntu Studio is one of the official Ubuntu flavors, that features KDE Plasma desktop environment and aims to general multimedia production.

The developer team opens the wallpaper competition on February 16. All users (needs login) can submit their own artworks until March 11. And 5 winner images will be shipped (as optional wallpapers) in Ubuntu Studio 24.04 iso image.

image name Charge by Aaron Rainbolt

Like the Ubuntu 24.04 wallpaper competition, the AI generated artwork is NOT allowed in this one, due to active legal debates and license issue of the popular AI generation tools.

The competition rules include:

  • Submitter must own the rights to the image.
  • Full quality image must be 3840×2160 px. PNG and WebP recommended.
  • No watermark, name or logo in image.
  • image license CC BY-SA 4.0 or CC BY 4.0

Differently, this competition will NOT include any wallpaper that wins in the Ubuntu 24.04 Wallpaper Competition (see link above).

And, due to lack of time constraints, there will be no community vote this time, instead, Ubuntu Studio Project Leader and Art Leader will judge which images win.

The entrance of the contest: