GIMP 2.10 Is Finally Here! Here’s How to Install it on Ubuntu

gimp on ubuntu graphicYou can now download GIMP 2.10 for Linux, Windows, and macOS. We look at the new features and improvements in this release, plus tell you how to install GIMP 2.0 on Ubuntu.

This post, GIMP 2.10 Is Finally Here! Here’s How to Install it on Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Scribus 1.5.4 released with CxF3 and initial QuarkXPress support

The Scribus team announced the release of a new version of this free desktop publishing software, featuring some interesting improvements.

While v1.5.4 is officially called “stable development release” (something that former GIMP 2.9.x users can relate to), the idea is to eventually release a “stable stable” v1.6.0 (no timeframe is given).

Much like simultaneously released v1.4.7 (stable branch), Scribus 1.5.4 features a lot of fixes, particularly for “fringe uses” of PDF files generation, as well as security fixes. But a few other changes stand out.

The main change in this version is newly added support for color swatches in the CxF3 file format, designed by X-Rite and standardized by ISO. The initiative was fueled by the FreieFarbe project that has a confusingly large scope, but mostly aims at making a positive change in the industry where Pantone and other proprietary color systems dominate.

Editing a color in LAB in Scribus 1.5.4

Technically, CxF3 is superior to most existing formats for storing color palettes/swatches as it supports storing color values in various models, including device-independent CIE LAB, LCH, and XYZ.

It also supports storing color as spectral values (either transmittance or emissive) in nanometers. And on top of that, you can write actual color recipes into these files, with colorant names and their respective percentages.

Currently, Scribus is the first desktop publishing software to support CxF3 files.

There are more consequences to this. First of all, originally, Scribus required at least 16-bit per channel precision for the HLC Colour Atlas by FreieFarbe, but Jean Ghali went ahead and made this to be 64-bit per channel with floating point precision. Secondly, Adobe IDML and VIVA Designer import filters have been updated to support the LAB color model.

Another user-visible feature is a contribution from Terry Burton who updated the Barcode plug-in to support DotCode and Ultracode in Two-dimensional symbols group, and GS1 North American Coupon in the GS1 DataBar Family.

DotCode in Scribus 1.5.4

Finally, Scribus continues reusing libraries created by the Document Liberation Project and introduces initial support for importing ZonerDraw (v4 and v5) and QuarkXPress (v3 and v4) documents (see our earlier report on libqxp for more info).

Scribus 1.5.4 is available for downloading for a variety of Linux-based systems, as well as for Windows and macOS.

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May 2018 Issue: Privacy

May 2018 Issue: Privacy

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Linux Journal May Issue: Privacy

Carlie Fairchild
Tue, 05/01/2018 – 13:57

Most people simply are unaware of how much personal data they leak on a daily basis as they use their computers. Enter our latest issue with a deep dive into privacy.

After working on this issue, a few of us on the Linux Journal team walked away implementing some new privacy practices–we suspect you may too after you give it a read.

In This Issue:

  • Data Privacy: How to Protect Yourself
  • Effective Privacy Plugins
  • Using Tor Hidden Services
  • Interview: Andrew Lee on Open-Sourcing PIA
  • Review: Purism’s Librem 13v2
  • Generating Good Passwords with a Shell Script
  • The GDPR and Open Source
  • Getting Started with Nextcloud 13
  • Examining Data with Pandas
  • FOSS Project Spotlights: Sawmill and CloudMapper
  • GitStorage Review
  • Visualizing Molecules with EasyChem

Subscribers, you can download your May issue now.

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Want to buy a single issue? Buy the May magazine or other single back issues in the LJ store.

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Cooking with Linux without a Net: Let's Install Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) on Windows 10

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It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for Cooking With Linux (without a net), sponsored and supported by Linux Journal to whom I am very thankful. Today, I’m installing the Windows Subsystem for Linux on a brand new Windows 10 tablet PC. And yes, I’ll do it all live, without a net, and with a high probability of falling flat on my face. Join me today, at 12 noon, Eastern Time. Be part of the conversation.

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RHSA-2018:1270-1: Important: java-1.7.0-openjdk security update

Red Hat Enterprise Linux: An update for java-1.7.0-openjdk is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux
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Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having a security impact of
Important. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives
a detailed severity rating, is available for each vulnerability from the CVE
link(s) in the References section.
CVE-2018-2790, CVE-2018-2794, CVE-2018-2795, CVE-2018-2796, CVE-2018-2797, CVE-2018-2798, CVE-2018-2799, CVE-2018-2800, CVE-2018-2814, CVE-2018-2815

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