Have A Closer Look to Telegram


For those using WhatsApp, LINE, and BlackBerry® Messenger™, have a closer look to Telegram. For those looking for alternative, look at Telegram. For those concerning Free Software a lot, have a same look. We will find that Telegram is a real communication system. In Free Software matter, Telegram is better than 3 mentioned above.

1. GNU GPL Licenses

Have a closer look at https://telegram.org/apps. GPL v2 and v3 stated there for various version of Telegram clients. Telegram is Free Software.

2. Source Code

Have a closer look at https://github.com/telegramdesktop/tdesktop at least. We can see the source code. Grab it. Study it. Modify it. Of course under Free Software license GNU GPL. So any competent person can measure how secure Telegram is.

3. Desktop Clients for GNU/Linux

Have a closer look at https://desktop.telegram.org. It is the official client directly from Telegram developer. We can install Telegram client in GNU/Linux desktop. Does WhatsApp, LINE, or BlackBerry® Messenger™ give it? No. They abandon GNU/Linux desktop.

4. Security

Have a closer look at https://telegram.org/faq#q-how-secure-is-telegram section. Have a look at the new secure protocol named MTProto https://core.telegram.org/mtproto. Have a look at its security hacking contest https://telegram.org/faq#q-what-if-my-hacker-friend-says-they-could-decipher-telegram-mes.

5. Privacy

Have a closer look at https://telegram.org/privacy. Telegram cares about our privacy. No ads in Telegram. No user data collection. Easy removal for our previously saved data.

6. API

Have a closer look at https://core.telegram.org/api. Telegram API is open to everyone. So we knew CuteGram desktop client exists. So do Telegram-FOSS, Jollagram, and Sailorgram exist. They can use the API freely. They extend Telegram in much broader way in many platforms.

7. Donation

Have a closer look at https://telegram.org/faq#q-how-are-you-going-to-make-money-out-of-this. Telegram doesn’t open a donation yet. They are supported by a company named Digital Fortress to run it all.


Telegram is a really free cloud-based communication system to replace WhatsApp, LINE, or BlackBerry® Messenger™. Anyone concerns about Free Software can use it.

List of Scribus Related Websites


Yesterday I posted about serious links for Inkscape and then GIMP. Now it is the time for Scribus. I admit it, there are less dedicated websites for Scribus compared to Inkscape or GIMP. But these are dedicated websites providing Scribus tutorials. If you are learning Scribus, bookmark them.

  1. http://wiki.scribus.net: official wiki for Scribus. The most complete tutorials ever made.
  2. http://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/Category:HOWTO: Scribus wiki tutorials index.
  3. http://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/Page_Layout_-_The_Basics: the must read page for newbie.
  4. http://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/Scribus_Video_Tutorials: list of Scribus videos.
  5. http://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/Made_with_Scribus: list of works created with Scribus including magazines.
  6. http://impagina.org/newsletter: official Scribus monthly newsletter in web format.
  7. https://www.flossmanuals.net/scribus-2: complete Scribus manual from FLOSS Manuals.
  8. http://forums.scribus.net: official Scribus forum. Including high quality tutorials and showcases.
  9. http://www.scribus-forum.de: Scribus forum in Deutsch.
  10. http://rants.scribus.net: official Scribus planet.
  11. http://www.brighthub.com/guides/scribus.aspx: collection of serious tutorials for Scribus.
  12. https://www.youtube.com/user/steveczajka: serious Scribus tutorials in video from Steve Czajka.
  13. https://www.youtube.com/user/HumpyCreature007: Scribus tutorials in video from Kevin Pugh.
  14. http://showmedo.com/videotutorials/series?name=nfurdunov: serious Scribus tutorials in video by Dai.
  15. http://scribusstuff.org: collection of assets for Scribus.
  16. https://www.udemy.com/desktop-publishing-using-scribus-like-adobe-indesign: serious Scribus online course.
  17. http://decafbad.net/projects/scribus-tutorial: serious videos for Scribus.
  18. http://www.recult.it/tutorials/37-software-open-source/97-tutorial-scribus.html: Scribus tutorial in Italian.
  19. http://www.libregraphicsproduction.com: the only dedicated website today for getting started in Free Software graphic design. Including Scribus tutorials. Maintained by Staffan Melin.
  20. http://www.fullcirclemagazine.org: Full Circle Magazine created with Scribus.
  21. http://pclosmag.com: PCLinuxOS Magazine created with Scribus.
  22. http://blenderart.org: BlenderArt magazine once ever created with Scribus.
  23. http://www.panduaji.net: the author of Jurus Scribus! ebook in Indonesian.
  24. http://hizaro.blogspot.com: the creator of [dot]BlendMagz (later OMAGZ), a Blender Magazine in Indonesian.

List of GIMP Related Websites


Yesterday I posted about serious Inkscape links. Now it’s the time to post a list of serious GIMP related websites. They are dedicated websites providing tutorials about GIMP.

  1. http://www.gimp.org/tutorials: GIMP official tutorials.
  2. http://www.gimp.org/docs: GIMP official documentations.
  3. http://registry.gimp.org: GIMP plugins.
  4. http://gui.gimp.org/index.php/GIMP_UI_Redesign: GIMP user interface design.
  5. http://gimp-tutorials.net: community tutorials for GIMP.
  6. http://www.gimpusers.com/tutorials.php: community tutorials for GIMP.
  7. http://www.gimpology.com: community tutorials for GIMP.
  8. http://www.sitepoint.com/learn-gimp: SitePoint tutorials for GIMP.
  9. http://meetthegimp.org: one of the most serious tutorials website for GIMP. Provides videos.
  10. https://www.gimpshop.com/tutorials/tutorials-library: serious tutorials and paid books for GIMP.
  11. http://gimpforums.com: official forum for GIMP.
  12. http://www.gimptalk.com: international community forum for GIMP. Very big. Contains tutorials and gallery.
  13. http://gimpchat.com: international community forum for GIMP. Very big too. Contains tutorials and gallery.
  14. http://gimper.net: international community forum for GIMP. Very big too. Contains tutorials and gallery.
  15. http://www.quackit.com/web_graphics/gimp/tutorial: tidy tutorials collection for GIMP.
  16. http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/gimptutorials: About.com tutorials for GIMP. Provides videos.
  17. http://gimp.pixtuts.com: dedicated tutorial website for GIMP.
  18. http://www.gimpedtutorials.com: Alex Standiford’s dedicated website for GIMP.
  19. https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/GIMP: complete GIMP book from Wikimedia community.
  20. http://brainsongimp.blogspot.com: GIMP dedicated blog.
  21. http://www.lynda.com/GIMP-training-tutorials/469-0.html: online GIMP courses.
  22. http://gimp-savvy.com/BOOK/index.html: complete book about GIMP.
  23. https://www.psd-tutorials.de/tutorials/2d/gimp: serious GIMP tutorials in Photoshop community website. Written in Deutsch.
  24. http://www.paintshopprotutorials.co.uk/html/free_gimp_tutorials.html: GIMP tutorials in Paint Shop Pro community website.
  25. http://www.littlewebhut.com/gimp: some GIMP tutorials.
  26. https://texteffectsforgimp.wordpress.com: dedicated blog for GIMP, with topic focused on text effect.
  27. http://howtogimp.com/help/help-with-gimp/gimp-tutorials: complete book about GIMP by Kat.
  28. http://showmedo.com/videotutorials/gimp: serious video tutorials for GIMP from Showmedo.
  29. http://www.gimp2tutorials.info: dedicated GIMP website focused on photography.
  30. http://howto.nicubunu.ro: dedicated tutorial website for Free Software including GIMP.
  31. http://www.gilesorr.com/papers/gimp-tutorial/gimp.html: basic GIMP tutorials.
  32. http://gimps.de/en/tutorials/gimp/picture-photo-image: GIMP photo retouching tutorials.
  33. http://emptyeasel.com/art-tutorials/gimp-help: tutorial for GIMP.
  34. http://www.ufocomes.de/files/basegien.html: basic GIMP tutorials in old-school style.
  35. http://puteraaladin.blogspot.com/search/label/gimp: GIMP tutorials by Hafidz Starlight86 from Malaysia.
  36. http://mastergimpers.deviantart.com: GIMP tutorials on DeviantArt. 150,842 Pageviews
  37. http://the-gimp.deviantart.com: GIMP tutorials on DeviantArt. 142,366 Pageviews.
  38. http://gimp-artists.deviantart.com: GIMP tutorials and showcase on DeviantArt. 138,749 Pageviews.
  39. http://gimpartistsunite.deviantart.com: GIMP showcase on DeviantArt. 54,594 Pageviews.
  40. http://www.penguintutorials.com/gimp: serious GIMP tutorials divided in beginner, intermediate, expert classes.
  41. http://odedge.com/gimp-tutorials: serious GIMP tutorials.
  42. http://abduzeedo.com/tags/gimp: GIMP tutorial from professional graphic designer Abduzeedo.
  43. http://www.desainew.com: high quality and serious GIMP tutorials in Indonesia language.
  44. http://www.ilmugrafis.com/gimp.php: GIMP tutorials from IlmuGrafis in Indonesia languange.
  45. Kaskus GIMP Thread: GIMP dedicated thread in largest Indonesian forum Kaskus.
  46. http://gimpscape.blogspot.com: GIMP & Inkscape dedicated blog in Indonesia language.
  47. http://www.timkicau.com/2015/01/tutorial-gimp-bahasa-indonesia.html: dedicated GIMP tutorials in Indonesia language.
  48. http://gnu-gimp.blogspot.co.id: growing GIMP tutorials in Indonesia language.

List of Inkscape Related Websites


I’ve found some serious websites dedicated to Inkscape. If you are learning Inkscape, bookmark them. It is simply the same with the list of Photoshop or CorelDRAW or Blender related websites respectively but for Inkscape. I list them here.

  1. http://www.inkscapeforum.com: official Inkscape forum.
  2. http://planet.inkscape.org: official Inkscape planet.
  3. http://wiki.inkscape.org: showing all aspects of Inkscape officially from its developer.
  4. http://tavmjong.free.fr/blog: an Inkscape blog by Tavmjong Bah.
  5. http://inkscapecommunity.com: a big gallery showing both high quality tutorials and art showcases.
  6. http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/Extension_repository: list of Inkscape add-ons.
  7. http://www.microugly.com/inkscape-quickguide: complete quick guide for Inkscape beginner in one single page.
  8. http://inkscapetutorials.org: a tutorial website dedicated to Inkscape.
  9. http://www.chrishilbig.com/a-crash-course-in-inkscape: a very complete beginner guide to Inkscape in one single page.
  10. http://verysimpledesigns.com/vectors: tutorials dedicated to Inkscape.
  11. http://goinkscape.com: a tutorial website dedicated to Inkscape.
  12. http://showmedo.com/videotutorials/inkscape: video tutorial collections dedicated to Inkscape.
  13. http://www.littlewebhut.com/inkscape: tutorials dedicated to Inkscape.
  14. http://manual-inkscape.blogspot.com: complete Inkscape manual including examples in Indonesia language by Sokhibi Imgos.
  15. http://www.desainew.com: extensive tutorials and videos in Indonesia language dedicated to Inkscape (including GIMP and Blender) by Irfan Prastyanto.
  16. http://www.2dgameartguru.com: dedicated Inkscape website for game development.
  17. http://www.designmarkgraphics.co.uk/blog: dedicated tutorial website for Inkscape (and GIMP).
  18. http://screencasters.heathenx.org: the most complete and the best video website for Inkscape ever made.
  19. http://karl-tux-stadt.de/ktuxs/?page_id=2: a Fedoran notes about Inkscape in Deutsch.
  20. https://basiscursusinkscape.wordpress.com: extensive Inkscape tutorials or courses in Dutch.
  21. https://openclipart.org: the most complete repository of Inkscape-created artworks. It is collaborative (you can upload artworks) and free.
  22. http://inkscape.deviantart.com: Inkscape community on DeviantArt.
  23. http://inkscapeusergroup.deviantart.com: Inkscape community on DeviantArt.
  24. http://inkscapeelite.deviantart.com: Inkscape community on DeviantArt.
  25. https://inkscape.org/en/community/inkscape-around-internet: similar list to this but more extensive.