GSmartControl Review – Read SMART Data and Test Your Drives
GSmartControl is an application that allows users to check the health of the drives with the help of the SMART data. It's not a unique application and there are others that can do this job, but it's always a good thing to have alternatives.
Xine Media Player Review – Powerful but Outdated
Xine is both an open source multimedia playback engine and a video playback application that's been around for a very long time. The number of people using this application has diminished, and there are few maintained third-party apps that are based on this engine. We'll take a closer look at the application to see why this is happening.
The Wine development release 1.7.30 is now available.
What's new in this release (see below for details):
- More support for fonts in DirectWrite.
- Improved ATL thunk support.
- A few more C runtime functions.
- Regedit import/export fixes.
- Various bug fixes.
CoreOS offers private Docker container registries for world+dog
Container-loving Linux vendor CoreOS has made its on-premises Docker container registry software available as a standalone product.
Previously, CoreOS Enterprise Registry was only available as part of the company's Premium Managed Linux offering, which it describes as "OS as a service."
As of Thursday, it is now available for use with any Docker-enabled OS – and these days, what Linux distro hasn't gone gaga for Docker? Even Microsoft is getting into the act.
Linux accessory adds web access to dumb cameras
Lumera Labs is aiming to Kickstarter an open source Linux camera attachment for one-click transfers to the cloud via WiFi, plus GPS tagging, HDR, and 3D.
We’ve seen a number of pricey, Internet-ready smart cameras, such as the $1,200, Android-based Samsung Galaxy NX, but what if you’re rather fond of your high-quality dumb camera, but wish it was instantly connected to the web? Montreal startup Lumera Labs aims to fill this need with an open source camera attachment called the Lumera that can “support and hold any kind of camera with any type of lens,” thereby providing one-click uploads to web services.
Meet systemd, the controversial project taking over a Linux distro near you
If Linus Torvalds doesn’t have any big issues with the design of systemd, perhaps it’s not all bad. If you’d like a calm look at why a Linux distribution might want to go with systemd, Debian’s systemd discussion document is good reading.
GNOME development continues apace; here is the first snapshot
of the GNOME 3.15 development cycle, the 3.15.1 release.
To compile GNOME 3.15.1, you can use the jhbuild  modulesets 
(which use the exact tarball versions from the official release).
The release notes that describe the changes between 3.14.1 and 3.15.1
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:
core - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.15/3.15.1/NEWS
apps - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.15/3.15.1/NEWS
The GNOME 3.15.1 release is available here:
core sources - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.15/3.15.1
apps sources - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.15/3.15.1