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SerenityOS offers a Unix-like experience with 90s computing vibes

Microsoft is busily working away on Windows 11 and its redesigned, modern interface. Andreas Kling, meanwhile, is building the wonderfully retro Unix-like SerenityOS from the kernel on up. Maybe Fluent has really struck a chord with you. If, however, you feel like Windows interfaces peaked with Windows 2000, you’ll love the aesthetic in SerenityOS. Kling […]

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KDE Connect now supports Windows as well as Linux and macOS (link your phone to your PC)

KDE Connect is a free tool that lets you pair a smartphone with a PC to do things like share links and files between devices, view phone notifications on your PC, use your phone as a remote control for presentations or to control media playback on your computer (or use your PC to control media […]

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Boxedwine is an emulator that can run Windows apps on the web (or Linux, Mac, or… Windows)

The free and open source Wine utility that makes it possible to run some Windows applications on Linux and Mac computers is not an emulator, but rather a compatibility layer. The name is actually an abbreviation for Wine Is Not an Emulator. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do some pretty cool things when you […]

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Audacity 3.0 released with new project file format (Open source, cross-platform audio editor)

Audacity is a popular free and open-source audio editing utility available for Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. Under development for more than two decades, the software now has a robust and powerful set of tools that you can use to record, edit, and apply post-processing effects to music, podcasts, or any other type of audio. […]

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LibreOffice 7.1 Community edition is here

The Document Foundation has released a new build of the popular cross-platform, open source LibreOffice suite of tools for creating, editing, and viewing spreadsheets, presentations, text, and other documents. LibreOffice 7.1 Community is now available for download, and it brings several new features including a dialog that lets you set the user interface on first […]

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Vivaldi Mobile web browser for Android goes stable (Vivaldi 3.0 for desktop is also here)

Vivaldi is a web browser designed for folks who want to be able to customize the heck out of the tools they use to surf the web. The first version of Vivaldi for desktop computers was released in 2015, but the first public beta of Vivaldi Mobile for Android was released just last year. Now […]

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Mozilla moves Thunderbird email client to a new subsidiary called MZLA

The Mozilla Foundation’s most popular and well-known product is the free and open source Firefox web browser. But the organization has been developing the Thunderbird email client for nearly as long. Mozilla released the first build of Firefox in September, 2002 and the first version of Thunderbird in July, 2003. But in the years since […]

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Wine 5.0 released (Windows compatibility layer for Linux, Mac, Android, and BSD)

The Wine project has been letting folks run some Windows applications on Unix-like operating systems including Linux, macOS, and FreeBSD for decades… and a few years ago, the developers of this open source project added limited support for Android as well. Wine 5.0 is now available for all supported platforms, and it brings a number […]

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Sandboxie goes freeware (on its way to open source)

Windwos 10 includes a “Windows Sandbox” tool that allows you to run untrusted applications in a protected environment so that they cannot harm your operating system. But it requires Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise and relies on virtualization in a way that could cause some apps to run slowly. Sandboxie, meanwhile, is a tool that’s […]

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Microsoft PowerToys v0.12 includes batch file renaming, dark mode support

Microsoft brought back PowerToys last year, and the company has slowly been fleshing out the set of utilities for Windows power users ever since. The latest version is PowerToys v0.12, which: Adds a brand new batch file renaming tool called PowerRename Brings multi-monitor support to the previously-released FancyZones window manager Includes initial support for Dark […]

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Firefox Private Network offers a glimpse of the browser’s freemium future

Mozilla took the wraps off a new experimental add-on for Firefox this week. It’s called Firefox Private Network and it’s not just experimental in the software testing sense. It’s also an experiment in revenue generation. The add-on itself is fairly self-explanatory. Turn it on, and Firefox Private Network encrypts and routes your browsing activity through […]

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Microsoft’s all new PowerToys are here (and this time they’re open source)

As promised, Microsoft has revived PowerToys… sort of. The power-user utilities designed for Windows 95 and Windows XP are gone. But Microsoft has launched a new version of PowerToys for Windows 10 users. At launch, there are only two utilities included in the new PowerToys: a Windows key shortcut guide and “FancyZones,” which make it […]