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Gentoo Monthly Newsletter -- 30 September 2008

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This month in the GMN

Welcome to the September issue of the Gentoo monthly newsletter!

As usual, you can discuss any aspect of this issue of the GMN in the corresponding forum thread. We look forward to hearing from you!

2. Gentoo News

TeTex deprecated

The TeX distribution teTeX has been obsoleted as the author has no time to maintain it anymore. However, there is a complete distribution on top of it, that is now the successor: TeXLive. Many Linux distributions have already adopted it as their standard, and it's now the TeX flavor of choice for Gentoo, as well.

You are encouraged to emerge --unmerge tetex and then emerge world to get to an up-to-date system with a modern TeX version. Please read the TeXLive migration guide for more detailed instructions.

Gentoo's TeX maintainers have also created a poll in the forums on which TeX distribution you're using. Please vote, and let them know!

Release strategy changes

As you've probably read by now, there are some planned changes in Gentoo's release strategy. We're looking to do automated weekly builds of the stages and minimal CDs, with a possible once-a-year or so update to the networkless media (Installer LiveCDs/DVDs and Universal/Package CDs). Please read the announcement for more details; there's a lot of work involved to get the process going, and we need the help!

Trustees Meeting Summary

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Leftovers: Software

  • MPlayer 1.2 released
    Mplayer 1.2 is compatible with the recent FFmpeg 2.8 release. The tarball already includes a copy of FFmpeg, so you don't need to fetch it separately.
  • MPlayer 1.2 Released
    It's been three years since the release of MPlayer 1.1 while surprisingly this weekend MPlayer 1.2 was released.
  • Lightworks: A Professional Video Editor Available for Ubuntu/Linux Mint/Fedora
    Lightworks is a professional video editor which is the fastest, most accessible and focused on Non-Linear Editing (NLE) software, the initial release of Lightworks was in 1989; 26 years ago. It support all resolutions available to public up to 4K as well as video in SD and HD formats. Lightworks has the widest support available for formats currently available in a professional NLE. MXF, Quicktime and AVI containers, with every professional format you can think of: ProRes, Avid DNxHD, AVC-Intra, DVCPRO HD, RED R3D, DPX, H.264, XDCAM EX / HD 422.
  • Using G’MIC to Work Magic on Your Graphics
    If you’re a Gimp power user, G’MIC is, without a doubt, one of the single most important add-ons available for the flagship open source image editing tool. With G’MIC you can bring some real magic to your digital images… and do so with ease. Give it a go and see if it doesn’t take your Gimp work to the next level.
  • VirtualBox 5.0.6 Brings Fixes For Linux 4.3 & More
  • Kodi 16: Alpha 3
  • Kodi 16 Alpha 3 Released
    The third alpha release of the Kodi 16 HTPC open-source software is now available for testing with long-press support. Given the number of devices these days with limited remote control buttons but relying upon a long-press of the OK/Enter button to pull up a context menu, Kodi has now implemented similar long-press support for remotes. That's the main new feature of Kodi 16 Alpha 3.
  • Third Alpha Build of Kodi 16 Media Center Adds Long-Press Support for Remotes

Leftovers: Gaming

Red Hat and Fedora

Blackphone Android-based (SilentOS) Reviews

  • Blackphone: privacy-obsessed smartphone aims to broaden its appeal
    Can you hear me now? Not if you’re eavesdropping on a Blackphone. Privacy company Silent Circle has released a second version of its signature handheld, a smartphone designed to quell the data scraping and web tracking that’s become such an integral part of the digital economy in the last few years (and whose results might well end up with the NSA, if the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act passes).
  • Blackphone 2: NSA-thwarting Android smartphone goes on sale
    The handset runs a new version of the firm's Android-based SilentOS, and comes with features including Silent Circle's Silent Phone app, which offers encrypted voice calls, messaging and file transfers.
  • Five things that doomed the big and brilliant BlackBerry 10
    And being late matters. In a globalised technology industry, hundreds of smaller industries, and their own supply chains, all line themselves up alongside the winners. Being late and going it alone is suicidal. Ask Nokia: it envisaged a 'computer first, phone second world' as far back as 2002, when it started Linux development, and devoted billions to being sure it would be competitive when this world came about. But consumers and industry had already anointed a second platform.