2018 in perspective

2018 in perspective

It's arguable, but by now, it's pretty safe to say that the proverbial year of Linux on the desktop is never happening. But... do we really need it so much? Especially if there an impressive lineup of upcoming libre software releases set for 2018? Let's see what this year is bringing us.

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How to view reference images in GIMP

How to view reference images in GIMP

Showing reference images for painting is a somewhat common feature request by GIMP users. While a specifically designed solution surely wouldn't come amiss, there a simple way to work around this. Here is how you can do it with pretty much any version of GIMP from at least the past 10+ years.

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Introducing libresvg, a rival to librsvg and QtSvg

Introducing libresvg, a rival to librsvg and QtSvg

Evgeniy Raizner announced the first public release of libresvg. This new SVG rendering library aims to replace librsvg and QtSvg, as well as become alternative for using Inkscape as an SVG to PNG converter.

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DIGImend Project Revived To Improve Non-Wacom Tablets Support on Linux

DIGImend Project Revived To Improve Non-Wacom Tablets Support on Linux

Nikolai Kondrashov rebooted the DIGImend project that brings support for Genius, Huion, Yiynova, and other non-Wacom graphic tablets to Linux users.

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Valentina Fork Settles Down As Seamly2D, Valentina Goes On

Valentina Fork Settles Down As Seamly2D, Valentina Goes On

Four months into a bizarre fork of Valentina, free pattern-making software for fashion designers, Susan Spencer's leg of the fork finally gets rebranded as Seamly2D.

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Document Liberation Project announces initial QuarkXPress support

Document Liberation Project announces initial QuarkXPress support

The Document Liberation Project (DLP) announced the first release of libqxp, a library for reading QuarkXPress 3.3—4.1 documents. And this is one hell of a trip down the memory lane.

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Inkscape hackfest planned for late June in Paris

Inkscape hackfest planned for late June in Paris

Following productive hackfests in 2015 and 2016, the Inkscape team is meeting in Paris later this month for another hackfest. The event is taking place on June 27th through July 1st inside Paris's modern science museum, Cité des sciences et de l'industrie.

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Is SVG 2 really on life support?

Is SVG 2 really on life support?

Between SVG 1.1 W3C Recommendation and SVG 2 in its current form, people have raised kids and sent them off to the college. And yet SVG 2 might arrive sometime in the future without quite a few useful features that have been already developed and tested. What's up with that?

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Krita To Kickstart New Text And Vector Tools

Krita To Kickstart New Text And Vector Tools

Krita Foundation announced their third Kickstarter project to fund development of new text and vector tools. With the proposed features, the team aims to improve the user experience for, among others, comic book and webcomic artists.

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darktable 2.0 released with printing support

darktable 2.0 released with printing support

Darktable, free RAW processing software for Linux and Mac, got a major update just in time for your festive season.

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