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Shutter Encoder

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Shutter Encoder

What is Shutter Encoder?

Shutter Encoder is a free encoding software for converting images, videos, and audio files, allowing you to choose from a large number of functions.
Encode your files, replace audio, burn to DVD, analyze audio Loudness, download web videos, make your own timelapse etc…

Functions:
– Without conversion : Cut without re-encoding, Replace audio, Rewrap, Conform, Merge, Subtitling, Video inserts
– Sound conversions : WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP3, AAC, AC3, OPUS, OGG
– Editing codecs : DNxHD, DNxHR, Apple ProRes, QT Animation, Uncompressed YUV
– Output codecs : H.264, DV PAL, XDCAM HD422, AVC-Intra 100, XAVC, HAP, H.265, VP9, AV1, OGV, MJPEG, Xvid, WMV, MPEG
– Archiving codec : FFV1
– Images creation : JPEG, Image
– Burn & Rip : DVD, Blu-ray, DVD RIP
– Analysis : Loudness & True Peak, Audio normalization, Cut detection, Black detection, Media offline detection

Installation (amd64 only):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install shutter-encoder

or via APTus-> VideoTools-> Shutter Encoder icon.

Shutter Encoder

Copyright: Paul Pacifico
License: GNU GPL 3
GitHub: github.com/paulpacifico/shutter-encoder

 

NsCDE

There is a new desktop available for Sparkers: NsCDE

What is NsCDE?

Not so Common Desktop Environment (NsCDE) is a retro but powerful (kind of) UNIX desktop environment which resembles CDE look (and partially feel) but with a more powerful and flexible framework beneath-the-surface, more suited for 21st century unix-like and Linux systems and user requirements than original CDE.
NsCDE can be considered as a heavyweight FVWM theme on steroids, but combined with a couple other free software components and custom FVWM applications and a lot of configuration, NsCDE can be considered a lightweight hybrid desktop environment.

Installation

sudo apt update
sudo apt install nscde-desktop

or via APTus-> Desktop tab -> NsCDE icon

It can be installed on all Sparky editions, means: Sparky 4/5/6 amd64/i386/armhf.

It is a release candidate 21, build and works ok on amd64, but the workspace switcher doesn’t load on i386 and ARMHF so far.

NsCDE

Copyright: “Hegel3DReloaded”
License: GNU GPL 3
GitHub: github.com/NsCDE/NsCDE

 

Visual Studio Code & VSCodium

There are 2 new applications available for Sparkers/Developers: Visual Studio Code & VSCodium

What is Visual Studio Code?

Visual Studio Code is a distribution of the Code – OSS repository with Microsoft specific customizations released under a traditional Microsoft product license.
Visual Studio Code combines the simplicity of a code editor with what developers need for their core edit-build-debug cycle. It provides comprehensive code editing, navigation, and understanding support along with lightweight debugging, a rich extensibility model, and lightweight integration with existing tools.

Installation (amd64 only)

sudo apt update
sudo apt install code

or via APTus-> Office-> Visual Studio Code icon.

Visual Studio Code

Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
License: MIT
GitHub: github.com/microsoft/vscode

What is VSCodium?

This is not a fork (of Visual Studio Code). This is a repository of scripts to automatically build Microsoft’s vscode repository into freely-licensed binaries with a community-driven default configuration.
This repository contains build files to generate free release binaries of Microsoft’s VSCode. When we speak of “free software”, we’re talking about freedom, not price. Microsoft’s downloads of Visual Studio Code are licensed under this not-FLOSS license and contain telemetry/tracking.

Installation (amd64 and ARMHF)

sudo apt update
sudo apt install codium

or via APTus-> Office-> VSCodium icon.

VSCodium

Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
License: MIT
GitHub: github.com/VSCodium/vscodium

 

eDEX-UI

There is a new application available for Sparkers: eDEX-UI

What is eDEX-UI?

eDEX-UI is a fullscreen, cross-platform terminal emulator and system monitor that looks and feels like a sci-fi computer interface.

Heavily inspired from the TRON Legacy movie effects (especially the Board Room sequence), the eDEX-UI project was originally meant to be “DEX-UI with less « art » and more « distributable software »”. While keeping a futuristic look and feel, it strives to maintain a certain level of functionality and to be usable in real-life scenarios, with the larger goal of bringing science-fiction UXs to the mainstream.

Features:
– Fully featured terminal emulator with tabs, colors, mouse events, and support for curses and curses-like applications.
– Real-time system (CPU, RAM, swap, processes) and network (GeoIP, active connections, transfer rates) monitoring.
– Full support for touch-enabled displays, including an on-screen keyboard.
– Directory viewer that follows the CWD (current working directory) of the terminal.
– Advanced customization using themes, on-screen keyboard layouts, CSS injections. See the wiki for more info.
– Optional sound effects made by a talented sound designer for maximum hollywood hacking vibe.

Installation

Build on i386 arch failed, so the package can be installed on amd64 and ARMHF Debian/Sparky stable & testing.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install edex-ui

eDEX-UI

Copyright Gaby ‘GitSquared’
License: GNU GPL 3
GitHub: github.com/GitSquared/edex-ui

 

Popcorn Time

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Popcorn Time

What is Popcorn Time?

Popcorn Time is a multi-platform, free software BitTorrent client that includes an integrated media player. The applications provide a free alternative to subscription-based video streaming services such as Netflix. Popcorn Time uses sequential downloading to stream video listed by several torrent websites, and third party trackers can also be added manually.

Features:
– Popcorn Time constantly searching all over the web for the best torrents from the most important sites.
– Watch any movie or TV show as many times as you want. All you need to get started is a proper internet connection.
– If the movie or TV show is out there, Popcorn Time will find the best version possible and start streaming it right away.
– Watch your movie or episode instantly in HD and with subtitles. And then keep watching.
– No wait or download time. Instant playback of your favorite movies and TV shows.

Installation (32/64bit):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install popcorn-time

or via APTus-> VideoPlayers.

Popcorn Time

Copyright © Butter Project and the contributors
License: GNU GPL 3
GitHub: github.com/popcorn-official/popcorn-desktop

 

Beaker Browser

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Beaker Browser

What is Beaker Browser?

Beaker is an experimental peer-to-peer Web browser. It adds new APIs for building hostless applications while remaining compatible with the rest of the Web. It is an open-source application in development by Blue Link Labs.

From Wikipedia:

Beaker Browser peer-to-peer technology allows users to self-publish websites and web apps directly from the browser, without the need to set up and administrate a separate web server or host their content on a third-party server. All files and websites are transferred using Dat, a hypermedia peer-to-peer protocol which allows files to be shared and hosted by several users. The browser also supports the HTTP protocol to connect to traditional servers.
Beaker is built using the Electron framework and therefore uses the Chromium browser as a renderer for webpages.

Installation (Debian/Sparky testing 64bit only):
It is a prerelease2 version so can be installed from Sparky unstable repository.

It requires nodejs (>= 12.0) which will be installed/upgraded from Sparky unstable repos too. That version removes (but provides too) ‘libnode64’ and ‘npm’ packages.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install beaker-browser

Beaker Browser

License: MIT
GitHub repo: github.com/beakerbrowser/beaker

 

RadioStation

There is a new application available for Sparkers: RadioStation

What is RadioStation?

RadioStation is a fork off RadioTray-Lite, a lightweight clone of the original RadioTray online radio streaming player rewritten in C++.

Online radio streaming player:
– Runs on a Linux system tray.
– Has minimum interface possible.
– Plays most media formats (it uses gstreamer).
– Supports PLS, M3U, ASX, RAM, XSPF playlists.

Installation (Debian/Sparky stable & testing):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install radiostation

or via APTus-> AudioPlayers-> RadioStation.

Changes between the latest RadioTray-Lite 0.2.18 and RadioStation 0.2.19:
– updated up to present libs versions
– added new genres and stations
– renamed to the new one

RadioStation

Please test the new application and report your suggestions, issues, and anything else at our forums, please.

If you would like to add your favorite radio station, simply send it to the GitHub repos.

License: GNU GPL 3
GitHub repo: github.com/sparkylinux/radiostation

 

Openbox Noir

There is a new desktop available for Sparkers: Openbox Noir.

What is Openbox Noir?

Openbox Noir is a variant of the Openbox, which provides dark and modern looks and feel of a lightweight desktop. It features, on the top of a standard Openbox window manager, customized applications and tools such as: dark theme, dark wallpaper, dark icon set, Plank bar with dark theme, Tint2 panel, jgmenu, etc.

The Openbox Noir desktop is configured and set by Sparky team member lami07

Installation with all the Noir settings:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

Then run APTus-> Desktop-> Openbox Noir.
After the installation is finished, reboot to take effects, and login to the Openbox desktop.
Make sure the installation will change your installed desktops settings to the Noir.

It is available to Sparky 5 and rolling, not to oldstable.

Openbox Noir

Please test the new desktop and report your suggestions, issues, and anything else at our forums, please.

If everything goes well, means no issues, the Openbox Noir will be added to the Minimal ISO installer as well.

 

Xdman

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: Xdman.

What is Xdman?

Xdman (XDM, Xtreme Download Manager) is a powerful tool to increase download speed up-to 500%, save and convert streaming videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Google Video and thousands of other websites, resume broken/dead downloads and schedule downloads.

XDM seamlessly integrates with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox Quantum, Opera, Vivaldi and many popular browsers, to take over downloads and saving streaming videos from web.

XDM has built in video converter which lets you convert downloaded videos to popular MP4 and MP3 formats.

Support for HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, DASH, HLS, HDS protocols, firewalls, proxy servers, PAC scripts, file redirects, cookies, authorization, download queue, scheduler and many more feature makes XDM a very useful tool

Installation:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install xdman

or via APTus-> FileTransfer-> Xdman.

Xdman

The project page at GitHub : github.com/subhra74/xdm
The project founder: Subhra Das Gupta
License: GNU GPL 2.0

 

jgmenu

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: jgmenu.

What is jgmenu?

A simple, independent and contemporary-looking X11 menu, designed for scripting, ricing and tweaking.

It is hackable and has a simple code base. It does not depend on any toolkits such as GTK and Qt, but uses cairo and pango to render the menu.

It can optionally use some appearance settings from XSettings, tint2 and GTK.

Due to changes in the Debian testing repositories, the Obmenu and Obmenu-generator is not available and can not be installed on Debian/Sparky testing any more, so…
The ‘jgmenu’ provides a pipemenu to the Sparky 6 Openbox edition instead of the two menu apps mentioned before.

Installation (vanilla):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install jgmenu

Installation (with Sparky configuration):

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade
sudo apt install jgmenu

then run APTus-> Desktop-> Openbox to reinstall the Openbox settings to the latest ones.

jgmenu

The project page : jgmenu.github.io
The project founder: Johan Malm
License: GNU GPL 2.0

 

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