Zulip, the free/open source team chat project has released their 1.8 version. We’ve talked about Zulip and other Slack alternatives on SourceContribute before. What makes Zulip special, aside from being free/open source, is that it has better threads and threading than Slack.
Threads are ways of creating a continuous discussion around a particular topic. In Slack, they’re very rarely used, everyone usually just @-replies. However, Zulip’s UX for threads makes them so useful that you’ll be using them far more often.
Not only that! Zulip also has video calls integrated with Jitsi Meet.
And a new feature I really like is being able to @-reply to a group of people; you can do things like @teamA or @marketing to make it easier and faster to notify the right group of people about something.
Zulip was posted on ProductHunt in December. Other free/open source projects should be posting their releases on ProductHunt too; there are far too many proprietary projects on that site.
Zulip has a new darker theme, keeping in tune with the hacker/coder idea of what makes a great desktop environment.
I have a feeling that Zulip is in the right spot, along with Riot.im, to really give Slack a run for its money now. Just check out the number of integrations that Zulip has.
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OpenSource.com has an article telling us how good/bad/great the state of video editing is in the Linux desktop in 2018.
The top pick is Kdenlive, which I’ve used when creating video courses (on AngularJS, Angular and recently on Python and Ruby).
Kdenlive is the best-in-class professional open source editing application, hands-down. As long as you run a stable version of Kdenlive on a stable Linux OS, use reasonable file formats, and keep your work organized, you’ll have a reliable, professional-quality editing experience.
- The interface is intuitive for anyone who has ever used a professional-style editing application.
- The way you work in Kdenlive is natural and flexible, allowing you to use both of the major styles of editing: cutting by numbers and just mousing around in the timeline.
- Kdenlive has plenty of capabilities beyond just cutting up footage. It can do some advanced visual effects, like masking, all manner of composting (see this, this, and this), color correction, offline “proxy” editing, and much much more.
The other Linux video editors on the list are:
If you’re recording screencasts on Linux, one of the above Linux video editors will be a good tool in the toolbox.
Augmented Reality is going to be way cooler with the LeapMotion headset; however it would be nice if developers tried to create more free/open source code for AR. There are too many proprietary players in the AR market right now.
Nature has published a piece on mathematician Tom Lehrer, who is turning 90 this year. He has written and sung many a satirical song highlighting the dangers of nuclear proliferation and other political issues.
One of these songs is about an ethical dilemma that it seems many big tech companies are facing:
The rousing ballad ‘Wernher von Braun’ undermines the former Nazi — who designed the V-2 ballistic missile in the Second World War and later became a key engineer in the US Apollo space programme. In Lehrer’s view, it was acceptable for NASA to hire von Braun, but making him into an American hero was grotesque. “‘Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down?’/‘That’s not my department,’ says Wernher von Braun” — lines that still resonate in today’s big-tech ethical jungle.
It matters what we build and who we build it for.