Category Archives: Linux


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The Linux “Tux” mascot

Linux celebrates 25 years of being Awesome!

In the furore of the WWW turning 25 on August 23rd, you might be excused for overlooking the birthday of Linux, which turns 25 today, on August 25th! But you shouldn’t be really, as the OS has come a long way since developer Linus Torvalds first asked for help on his personal coding project to create a new, free operating system kernel, and nobody could have predicted how Linux, or Freax as it was originally known, would grow!

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Evince 3.18.1 updated with numerous bug fixes

Evince, the default document viewer for the GNOME desktop environment, has been updated to include updated translations and several bugfixes.

Evince can handle a number of document types, including PDF, DjVu, TIFF and XPS and has been included as part of GNOME since 2005.

An open-source project, the latest update includes the following fixes and updates:

•    Performance regression found with GTK+ builds
•    Crashes that occurred when opening PDF documents containing screen annotations that didn’t have actions
•    When adding new annotations, right clicks are now ignored
•    Bookmark titles are now correctly rendered when containing special characters
•    Recent View mode now displays error messages
•    Multiple documents are now handled correctly when added from the command line
•    Crashes that occurred when rendering and thumbnailing operations were in use

In addition to fixes, languages included in the translation updates include:
•    Shantha kumar (ta)
•    Khaled Hosny (ar)
•    Jiro Matsuzawa (ja)
•    Inaki Larranaga Murgoitio (eu)
•    Gheyret Kenji (ug)

This latest update follows hot on the heels of the Bodhi Linux 3.10 “App Pack”, of which Evince is one of the default apps included, alongside Chromium, Filezilla and Geany Text Editor


Open Source

Security Vulnerabilities in Open Source Programs

Using open source software can have its benefits – the quality can be better than when using proprietary programs, as more than one development team can work to iron out bugs and glitches. End users can also have more of a say in the future development of the software, including custom elements and flexibility with compatibility to different operating systems. Some of the most popular software in the world is open source, including Linux, WordPress, Firefox, Magento and Thunderbird, and typically the response is good, but there are some potential pitfalls to be aware of! Security is a big concern, and it’s important that both developers and users of open source software know how to protect themselves.

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Positive review turns out to be an historic occasion

As a historian by profession, I work with a huge amount of PDF files ranging from journal articles through electronic books to scans of primary sources. In the case of primary sources especially, these files often require heavy editing as they can show stains, illegible characters or other forms of damage incurred over centuries.

For a long time, I have been looking for a PDF editor that could handle these complex files as well as advanced OCR operations. In addition, I also required a product running under Ubuntu (even if it meant that I had to use Wine).

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All-in-one PDF editor for Linux

Advanced editing of PDF files under Linux is not a simple thing. There are many open source solutions, but if you need an all-in-one software, Infix PDF Editor is one of the best.

To run Infix PDF Editor 6 under Linux you need the Wine HQ compatibility layer (http://www.winehq.org).
I suggest to install “gdiplus” via winetricks (it can be deactivated if other programs installed with wine do not require this DLL).

I have tested the trial version of Infix (6.11) on a Linux Mint 14 (Nadia) machine with Wine version 1.5.30.
The installation (without PDF printer) is extremely simple and fast. Infix PDF editor works perfectly.

– Francesco Martinelli