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Update Information: November 3, 2016: Bonus updates (Chess)

by Ron @, Friday, November 04, 2016, 00:06

Bonus Notifications (recent releases of free stuff)


- alpha releases have new features; crashes and bugs are to be expected
- beta releases have new features; they may contain bugs or crash
- release candidate software may contain minor bugs; crashes are rare

NOTE: I had an argument with Microsoft. I thought I owned my computer, they thought they did. Microsoft won the battle by cheating: they clobbered my sys admin settings. Microsoft lost the war. If I can't trust a company to do an update, how can I trust it at all? All future updates of Windows-only software will no longer be listed here.

4MLinux 20.0
independent Linux distro; JWM desktop; #69 in popularity

Adblock Plus 2.8.1 for Firefox
free, open source browser plugin that blocks most web advertisements
- for Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari
- not related to AdBlocck

Bodhi 4.0.0
lightweight Debian/Ubuntu-based Linux distro; Enlightenment desktop; #32 in popularity

Calibre 2.71.0
cross-platform open source ebook manager supporting all popular ebook readers
with format conversion, news feeds, and integrated e-book viewer

CMake 3.6.3
cross-platform, open-source build system for C/C++

CoreOS 1185.3.0
Linux rolling-release server distro based on Gentoo; command-line interface; #64 in popularity
- this is a monthly snapshot of a rolling-release distro

Curl 7.51.0
cross-platform, open-source tool & library to access URLs using all major protocols

Drupal 8.2.2
open source PHP-based content management platform for easy website creation

FileZilla Client
open source cross-platform ftp client; recommended (downloads)

GeckoLinux 421.161030.0 "NEXT"
Linux distro based on openSUSE; all common desktops; openSUSE is #4 in popularity
- no different than openSUSE except for customizations for out-of-the-box usability
- there are three editions: stable (openSUSE Leap), rolling (Tumbleweed) & NEXT (Leap + extra repositories)

Ghostery 7.1
free browser addon; alerts you about web bugs, ad networks and tracking widgets on every web page you visit;
"See who's tracking your web browsing and block them"

Git 2.10.2
cross-platform, distributed version control system that is free and open source

Google Chrome 54.0.2840.87
Google Chromium 54.0.2840.87
popular cross-platform web browser
- Chromium is fully open-source, Chrome has propietary extensions to enhance Google profits (Chromium) (Chrome)

ImageMagick 7.0.3-5
cross-platform, open-source program to manipulate images
- create, edit, compose, or convert images files (200+ formats)
- bmp, png, jpg, gif, tiff, svg, etc.
- resize, flip, mirror, rotate, distort, shear and transform
- adjust image, apply special effects,
- draw text, lines, polygons, ellipses & B├ęzier curves

Jenkins 2.28
cross-platform, open source, continuous integration server for developers
- automates the building/testing process

KDE Neon 20161103
Ubuntu(LTS)-based Linux distro; KDE desktop; #30 in popularity

LibreOffice 5.2.3
cross platform open source fork of OpenOffice project; word processing, chart, spreadsheet, database, etc. (homepage)

Linux Kernel 4.8.6
- the Linux kernel has been updated

Lite 3.2
Linux distro based on Ubuntu(LTS); Xfce desktop; #16 in popularity
- targets Windows users who are new to Linux

Manjaro 16.10
Arch-based, rolling-release distro; desktops: Openbox, Cinnamon, KDE, MATE, Xfce; #6 in popularity
- this is a monthly snapshot of a rolling-release distro

MariaDB 10.0.28 Stable
open source fork of MySQL; completely compatible w/MySQL; w/extra DB engines & extra features
"MariaDB is a binary drop-in replacement for MySQL"
MariaDB restores several significant features that Oracle has dropped from MySQL
- gaining popularity from MySQL, a work-alike competitor with fewer features
- 5.x version stays in sync with MySQL 5.x; version 10 is an improved version of it (homepage) (extra features vs MySQL) (What is MariaDB 10?)

MediaInfo 0.7.90
free cross-platform open-source utility: supplies technical and tag information about video or audio files

MongoDB 3.0.13 Stable
free, open source NoSQL database; uses document store model

embedded open-source NAS (Network-Attached Storage) distribution based on FreeBSD
- supports sharing across multiple operating systems, including Windows, Apple and UNIX-like systems
- easy setup for RAID, encryption, and the ZFS file system
- configured thorugh a web interface
- supports the following protocols: CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, TFTP, AFP, RSYNC, Unison, iSCSI
(initiator and target), HAST, CARP, Bridge, UPnP, and BitTorrent

RancherOS 0.7.0
independent Linux distro; no desktops; #85 in popularity
- tiny Linux distribution that runs the entire operating system as Docker containers
- all additional OS needs are accessed through Docker
- this OS can run on Raspberry Pi

Sabayon 16.11
Gentoo-based, rolling release distro; choice of desktops: GNOME, KDE, MATE or Xfce; #46 in popularity

Scala 2.12.0
a powerful OO, imperative/functional jvm language for professional programmers w/Actors for concurrency

Swift 3.0.1
open-source, somewhat cross-platform, general-purpose programming language from Apple
- intended to replace/improve Objective-C language
- intended to become cross-platform, but Linux & Windows ports lag behind Mac development
- Linux version can be hard to build, is missing features available on the Mac version, & is mostly community-supported

SystemRescueCd 4.9.0
bootable image for CD or USB stick to rescue data from HD; mount and read data from any disk;
- features disk partitioning, LVM management, data copying, remote backup, more

VMware Player 12.5.1
free open source, cross-platform virtual machine emulator, similar to VirtualBox
run multiple operating systems at the same time on your PC
- the free version has some limitations

Whiley 0.4.5
open-source, cross-platform, general-purpose programming language for the jvm

Wine 1.9.22 Development
a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems
such as Linux, Mac OSX, & BSD (homepage) (announcement)

Meaning of Colors

Red = New or Warning
Green = Updated
Gray = Info Only

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