Linux: Making the jump from Photoshop to GIMP

In today's open source roundup: A redditor switches from Photoshop to GIMP. Plus: Tails 1.6 released. And GNOME 3.18 Gothenburg is out

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Tails 1.6 released

If privacy is important to you than Tails is something you should consider using on your computer. Version 1.6 has just been released, so now is a good time to check it out.

If you aren't familiar with Tails, the Tails site has a good description on its about page:

Tails is a live system that aims to preserve your privacy and anonymity. It helps you to use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship almost anywhere you go and on any computer but leaving no trace unless you ask it to explicitly.

It is a complete operating system designed to be used from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card independently of the computer's original operating system. It is Free Software and based on Debian GNU/Linux.

Tails comes with several built-in applications pre-configured with security in mind: web browser, instant messaging client, email client, office suite, image and sound editor, etc.

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The tails site also has details on what's in version 1.6:

Upgrade Tor Browser to version 5.0.3 (based on Firefox 38.3.0 ESR).

Upgrade I2P to version 0.9.22 and enable its AppArmor profile.

There are numerous other changes that might not be apparent in the daily operation of a typical user. Technical details of all the changes are listed in the Changelog.

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GNOME 3.18 released

GNOME 3.18 has been in development for a while, but now it has been released by the GNOME developers. This release includes the integration of Google Drive into Nautilus, as well as numerous other changes.

Silviu Stahie reports for Softpedia:

The integration of Google Drive into Nautilus is probably the feature that will draw the most attention, even if there is a lot of other stuff in 3.18. This has been achieved in a very straightforward manner, by adding an entry, like a bookmark, right into Nautilus, which is the default file manager. Users will just have to add the Google account to Online Accounts, and they should be set.

Another big component that received a swath of new features and various improvements is Files (former Nautilus). For example, a new location named Other, which points towards local and network locations, has been added in the "Save as" dialog, the Copy or Move dialog has been refined and it provides more details (still no pause option), context menus are now available on touch screens with just a long press, recursive search has been automatically disabled for remote locations, and the drag and drop function has been improved.

The new Calendar application that was only available as a preview in GNOME 3.16 is now completely integrated into the current release, and it's also linked with GNOME Online Accounts.

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