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  • MPlayer 1.2.1 released
  • Samba 4.4 Is Coming With Asynchronous Flush Requests

    Samba 4.4 Release Candidate 1 was tagged today in getting ready the next major version of this open-source SMB/CIFS implementation.

    Samba 4.4 is set to bring asynchronous flush requests, various new sub-commands, improvements to Samba KCC, Active Directory improvements, CTDB changes, and more. The async flush requests are described via the what's new documentation as "Flush requests from SMB2/3 clients are handled asynchronously and do not block the processing of other requests. Note that 'strict sync' has to be set to 'yes' for Samba to honor flush requests from SMB clients."

  • Kodi HTPC Software Is Being Ported To Run On Valve's Steam Link
  • Kodi Media Hub Is Being Ported for Steam Link

    Valve launched the Steam Link SDK and opened the platform for developers. A Kodi port for Steam Link is already in the works.

    One of the first thing that have been suggested when the Steam Link SDK was release by Valve was a Kodi port and it made sense. Since the Steam Link is a farily powerful device, Kodi is the perfect media hub that can be ported for that architecture. In fact, Kodi already works on ARM devices, so it's a not a big stretch.

  • VLC 2.2.2 Is Getting Some Great Features and Fixes

    VideoLAN Media Player, or simply VLC, a software designed to run all kinds of media files, ranging from simple DVDs to video and audio files, has been upgraded to version 2.2.2 and is now ready for testing.

    We haven't seen as many VLC updates as we would like. In fact, the last major update for VLC was released back in April 2015, which means that almost a full year has passed without any significant change. That will change with the release of VLC 2.2.2.

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