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Ebook Management Software Calibre 3.0 Released


Calibre 3.0 is available now

The Calibre team has released the latest version of its cross-platform ebook management software. Calibre 3.0 comes about three years after Calibre 2.0. The open source ebook manager lets you download, view and convert ebooks, news and magazines from the web.

You can even create eBooks in Linux with it. Calibre is unarguably the best open source ebook management software out there.

Calibre 3.0 comes along with many new features and improvements that will be of benefit to all its users.

Major changes that have featured include the support for high-resolution displays and completely re-written Content Server that allows users to wirelessly browse and read Calibre ebooks on modern phones and tablets. The books could be stored off-line on the phone’s storage and used with or without Internet connection.

New Features & Improvements in Calibre 3.0

Content Server: This feature has seen a total rewrite of the existing feature. The Calibre Content Server lets you have your ebook available within a local area network. This means you can connect to it using a browser on your desktop PC, notebook, phone or tablet by typing http://localhost:8080 in the address bar. This gives you access to ebooks that have been stored on the server from other devices.

Calibre 3.0

It should be noted that the content server is not run by default. To run it, you need to click on the Connect/Share icon and select the Start Content Server option on the context menu. Calibre 3.0 no longer supports the server or database executable files like calibredb.exe, calibre.exe or calibre-server.exe. These files now have the capability of modifying data.

Supports High Resolution Screens: According to the release, this was “a much requested feature”. Calibre 3.0 now supports high resolution (Retina) screens. It can auto-detect the screen resolution and adjusts itself accordingly when it is started up. The screen resolution can also be managed through Preferences where the user goes to Look & feel then Adjust for high resolution screens.

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New Default Icon Set and Icon Themes: Calibre 3.0 now supports the possibility of installing different icon themes which users can choose to suit their tastes. To celebrate their tenth birthday, that was in October 2016, calibre changed its default icons. Anyhow, the old icons are still available as an icon theme for users who want to use it. This option can be found under Preferences > Look & Feel > Icon theme.

Calibre 3.0 released

Microsoft Word (DOCX) Conversion: Another new feature is that you can now convert book formats to Microsoft Word (DOCX) files. It is also possible for users to go back and forth from Word documents to ebook formats.

Calibre 3.0 Bug Fixes:

Some major bug fixes include:

  • Kobo driver: Fix for detection of some devices, with SD card not working on macOS
  • CHM Input: Handle CHM files that have missing or empty root files.
  • Tag browser: Fix preservation of state when recounting and the visible categories have changed.

Check out all the bug fixes.

Calibre 3.0 Downloads

You can download Calibre 3.0 from the official website:

Download Calibre 3.0

Have you already tried the latest release of Calibre 3.0? Share your experience with us in the comment section below.





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6 Open Source Tools to Create Interactive Fiction


Every year video games graphics become more and more realistic. Unfortunately, this often means that the story takes a back seat to the impressive graphics. On the flip side is interactive fiction, which puts story before anything else. While it was popular back in the early days of computing, interactive fiction has seen a resurgence of popularity in recent years.

Here are five open source tools that you can use to create your own interactive fiction. But before that let me answer what is interactive fiction.

What is Interactive Fiction?

Open Source tools to create interactive fiction

Interactive Fiction (or IF) is a category of computer games that allow players to control the game’s main character through a series of text commands. One of the of the most well-known text adventure games is Zork.

There is a more graphically rich version of IF called gamebooks. Gamebooks allow you to click your way through the game, as well. Even so, graphics and images do not make up much of the game. The focus is on text and story. A good example of gamebooks is the Choose Your Own Adventure series.

You can find IF games to play here and here.

Best open source tools to create Interactive Fiction

Earlier I showed you how to create eBooks in Linux. Today, I’ll show you some tools that you can use to create Interactive Fiction on Linux. The following programs are not listed in any particular order.

1. Twine

Twine is an easy to use program that allows you to create an IF game without knowing how to code. All you have to do is create a series of passages and connecting them. Twine gives you the option to see a map of how all your passages are connected and how they flow from one to another.

If you want to add more to your game, you can extend it “with variables, conditional logic, images, CSS, and JavaScript”. Twine exports your finished product as an HTML file. This makes it very easy to share with others.

Currently, the latest version of Twine is 2.1.3, which is available for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS. It is licensed under GPL v3.

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2. Quest

Quest is another option that allows you to create IF without knowing how to program. This application comes with a visual script editor that allow you to pick commands from a list, so you don’t have to memorize commands. Quest allows the creation of both text adventures and gamebooks.

Just like Twine, Quest can be extended using pictures, music, and sound effect. You can even embed videos from Youtube and Vimeo. You can even modify the interface of your final game using HTML and Javascript.

The latest downloadable version is 5.7.0 for Windows. If you have Linux or Mac, you can use the online editor. It is licensed under MIT. You can check out the source code here.

3. Squiffy

Squiffy is another IF creation tool from the makers of Quest. It is marketed as “A simple way to write interactive fiction”. Squiffy is a little different than the previous application because it can output HTML and Javascript, like Twine, which can be played on your own website. You can also use PhoneGap to turn the game into an app.

The most recent release of Squiffy is 5.0. It can be run on Linux, Mac, and Windows. You can also use it in the browser. It is licensed under MIT. You can check out the source code here.

4. TADS

TADS or Text Adventure Development System is a “prototype-based domain-specific programming language and a set of standard libraries for” to create IF. The most recent version of the TADS language is based on C++ and Javascript. It comes with a compiler to let you play games, as well as, create them.

TADS is by far one of the more complicated entries on the list. I’m not sure what license it uses, but according to their website any IF game created with it can be distributed or sold without restriction.

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5. Inform

Just like the previous entry, Inform is more than a simple program to create IF. Inform is an entire “design system for interactive fiction based on natural language.” The wide range of tools included allow you to create “adventure games, historical simulations, gripping stories or experimental digital art.” The finished source code “reads like English sentences, making it uniquely accessible to non-programmers”.

Inform has a library of user-created extensions to add features to your IF story. The creators or Inform also wrote an ebook entitled Writing with Inform to help writers get started. Inform can run on Linux, Mac, and Windows. The Linux version uses the GNOME framework. The most recent release of Inform is 7.0.

6. Ren’Py

Ren’Py is a graphic novel creator. I almost didn’t include it in this article, but it looked too neat not to ignore. According to the site, Ren’Py is “free and cross-platform engine for digital storytelling. It makes it easy to combine words, images, and sounds to create visual novels and life simulation games.”

Like several of the entries on this list, Ren’Py comes with its own language but also supports the Python scripting language. Ren’Py offers support for Linux, Windows, and Mac. Games created with it can also be played on iOS or Android. You can even create a version to upload to Steam. Most of Ren’Py is licensed as MIT. You can take a look at the source code here. The most recent release of Ren’Py is 6.99.12.

Final Thoughts

Interactive Fiction was one of the first ways that early programmers created and played games. Today, they are still quite relevant because they can be played anywhere and the tools keep improving.

When I was younger, I used to read a lot of Choose Your Own Adventure books, so I can see the attraction to these games. As a fiction author, I have played around with the idea of creating my own but was always too busy. I plan to take another crack at it soon. The nice thing is that there are so many tools and options to choose from.

Have you ever played or created Interactive Fiction? What is your favorite IF? What IF tools did I miss? Please let me know in the comments below.

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Linux 4.14 to Be the Next LTS Kernel Series, Supported for at Least 2 Years



Renowned Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced earlier this morning on his Google+ page that the upcoming Linux 4.14 kernel series will be an LTS (Long Term Support) branch.

Development of the Linux 4.14 kernel series did not even start, as the version that’s being developed these days is Linux 4.12, which should be promoted to stable early next month. Two weeks after the release of Linux kernel 4.12, development of the Linux 4.13 kernel branch will begin.

As the first Release Candidate (RC) milestone of Linux kernel 4.13 could hit the streets in mid-July or a week later on the 23rd, we’re looking at a final release of the series in early September, so only two weeks after that, the development of the Linux 4.14 kernel will commence, around mid-September.

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Firefox 54 Web Browser Lands in All Supported Ubuntu Linux Releases, Update Now



Mozilla launched Firefox 54 web browser the other day for all supported platforms and dubbed it as “the best Firefox ever.” The release was made available for download from the browser’s official website for Linux, Mac, and Windows OSes.

The biggest new feature of Firefox 54, the one that makes it “the best Firefox ever,” is support for multiple content processes (also known as e10s-multi). In other words, Firefox 54 is the first release of the web browser to use multiple operating system processes for rendering web page content, making it faster and more reliable.

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Standard Notes: An Open Source Encrypted Note Taking App


There are many note taking applications that you can use on Linux. Some of them are desktop applications (e.g. Simplenote) and some are web applications (e.g. Google Keep). And all of them work pretty well for general use cases. But if you are interested in something that was built with robust security measures at its core, Standard Notes has got you covered.

Standard Notes

Standard Notes is a note taking application that puts particular emphasis on privacy & security. It is cross-platform and of course, completely open-source.

Standard Notes User Interface
Standard Notes User Interface

The core application is free to use and comes with a free account that syncs your data across all the platforms without any limit on data capacity. You can also use their web application if you don’t have the desktop application installed yet.

About the security part, Standard Notes uses end-to-end AES-256 encryption. That means, no one except you can read your notes. Because, whenever your data is sent to server it’s always encrypted. So, even if someone has access to the servers and thus your data, they will see nothing but nonsensical gibberish. Only when you login to your account all your encrypted data is downloaded on your computer and then decrypted for you. So, no more worrying about someone else reading your private notes!

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Features of Standard Notes

From what I’ve observed, Standard Notes is really neat and well crafted and is definitely worth trying out. To sum up the features Standard Notes offers:

  • End-to-end AES-256 encryption
  • Cross-platform applications for Web, Android, Linux, iOS, Mac and Windows
  • Sync your notes without any limitations
  • Online and Offline access
  • Additional extended features via subscription

Extended Features of Standard Notes

Apart from the free features Standard Notes also provides some additional features for a monthly/yearly subscription. A $4/month or 36$/year subscription will give you access to:

  • Themes: Additional customizable themes for tweaking the appearance to your own taste.
  • Editors: Powerful and custom editors for working with Markdown, Code and other features like custom fonts, colors, alignment, tables etc. for crafting rich documents.
  • Actions: You will be able to attach files and share notes with others.
  • Time Travel: You will be able to browse through full version history of your notes.
  • Additional Backup: Real-time backup to Dropbox and Google Drive.

Also, you will be supporting Standard Notes to keep up their good work by subscribing to the service.

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Installing Standard Notes on Linux

Though Standard Notes is not available via Ubuntu software repositories or PPA, it is quite a smooth experience installing it on your system. All you have to do is going to the official Standard Notes website, scrolling down a bit and you will see the download button for Linux. Go ahead and download it. After the download is finished, you will find a file like this:

Standard Notes AppImage
Standard Notes AppImage

That is the whole Standard Notes application in a neat AppImage package (The thing about AppImage packages is that you can run it on any Linux distribution! Cool, isn’t it?). You can move this file wherever you want. But after the first run, you will have to keep it there.

Now, for running it we will have to change its file permission so that it can be executed. For doing that, open a terminal in the directory where you have put the AppImage package and enter the following command:

chmod u+x standard-notes-*.AppImage

Now, you can double-click on it and a window like this will appear:

Standard Notes Installation
Standard Notes Installation

Click the “Yes” button for adding Standard Notes in the application menu. And that’s it. From now on, you can start Standard Notes like any other applications.


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Linus Torvalds Announces the Fifth Release Candidate of Linux 4.12 Kernel Series



Being Sunday evening and all that, Linus Torvalds just made its regular announcement a few moments ago informing the community about the release of the fifth RC (Release Candidate) milestone of the upcoming Linux 4.12 kernel series.

Linux kernel 4.12 RC5 does not follow in the footsteps of last week’s Release Candidate 4 milestone, nor any of the other previous RCs and appears to a slightly bigger patch that adds numerous updated drivers, especially GPU, SCSI, networking, sound, and block layer ones, various improvements for the ARM, ARM64 (AArch64), x86, SPARC and PPC (PowerPC) hadware architectures, and updates to the Btrfs, EXT4 and UFS filesystems.

“It’s not like RC5 is *huge*, but it definitely isn’t the nice and small one I was hoping for. There’s nothing in particular that looks  very worrisome, and it may well just be random timing – the RC sizes do fluctuate a lot depending on just which subsystem gets synced up that particular RC, and we may just have hit… (read more)



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KDE Frameworks 5.35 Adds VLC Tray Icon Support in Plasma Framework, 55 Changes



The KDE Project released today a new monthly update of its KDE Frameworks collection of more than 70 add-on libraries to Qt, designed to provide a wide range of commonly needed functionality to KDE application developers.

KDE Frameworks 5.35.0 is bringing a bunch of changes to developers that either fixes bugs or implement new features in many of the core components used by the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment. For example, it improves error notification for Attica and adds VLC Media Player tray icon support in Plasma Framework.

Plasma Framework also received a template for the Plasma QML Applet with a QML extension, a new FindGperf module was added to the extra CMake modules, which restores the hidden-visibility testing with Xcode 6.2 and changes the default pkgconfig install path for FreeBSD operating systems.

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Qt 5.9 Launches as Long-Term Supported Release with C++11 Compliant Compiler



Qt Project’s Lars Knoll was happy to announce today, May 31, 2017, the release and immediate availability for download of Qt 5.9.0 stable and long-term supported (LTS) series of the open-source and cross-platform application framework.

Qt 5.9 entered development in early February and received its first Beta milestone in the first week of April, giving us an early taste of what to expect from this new point release of the Qt 5 series. But today, we can finally enjoy all the new features implemented during the Qt 5.9 development cycle by grabbing the final release.

“With Qt 5.9, we have had a strong focus on performance and stability. We’ve fixed a large number of bugs all across Qt, and we have done a lot of work to improve our continuous integration system. This will make it a lot easier for us to create new releases (both patch level and minor releases) from 5.9 onward,” said Lars Knoll.

Fully leverages C++11, better Wayland multi-process support, and mor… (read more)



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Krita 3.1.4 Open-Source Digital Painting App Improves Loading of GIMP 2.9 Files



It’s been almost a month since Krita 3.1.3 minor update kicked off in May, and the time has come for you to update your favorite open-source digital painting utility to a brand new version that addresses some annoyances and fixes bugs.

Krita 3.1.4 is here as the latest bugfix and stability release of the popular application, which is loved by amateur and professional digital artists alike, and it’s a recommended update for anyone using Krita 3.1.3 or a previous version from the Krita 3.1 series. It has been released for all supported platforms.

Krita 3.1.4 improves importing of some of the files created with the GIMP 2.9 series of the open-source and cross-platform image editor, despite the fact that GIMP 2.9’s file format is not officially supported by Krita, and fixes a crash that could occur when attempting to … (read more)



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GNOME's Disks Utility to Add Many Feature Enhancements for GNOME 3.26 Desktop



It’s been a while since the GNOME Disk Utility application, also known as Disks, received any major improvements, but it looks like its maintainers are preparing a bunch of enhancements for the upcoming GNOME 3.26 desktop environment.

The development cycle of GNOME 3.26 started last month with the first milestone, GNOME 3.25.1, and a second one, GNOME 3.25.2, arrived last weekend with a bunch of updated components and apps, including the first development release of the upcoming GNOME Disk Utility 3.26 application.

GNOME Disk Utility 3.25.2 is now available for public testing, and it looks like it brings quite a number of improvements, both under the hood and cosmetically. For example, it offers a more clarified meaning of the encryption and mounting options, and implements an insensitive auto-clear switch for unus… (read more)



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