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Various news items of interest

Dropbox 2.11.0 for Linux Brings a Revamped User Interface

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Leftovers: Games

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Gaming

Chitwanix OS 1.5 Uses a Modified Cinnamon 2.0 Desktop Environment

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OS
Ubuntu

Chitwanix OS, an Ubuntu-based operating system developed by a group of Linux users from Nepal that uses its very own graphical desktop environment forked from Cinnamon, has reached version 1.5 and it is now available for download.

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MPV 0.4.1 MPlayer-Based Video Player App for Linux Released

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Software

MPV, an open-source video player application for Linux kernel-based operating systems, forked from the well-known MPlayer software and designed to be as lightweight as possible, reached version 0.4.1.

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Linux Kernel 3.2.61 LTS Officially Released with Support for New Devices

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Linux

According to the changelog, Linux kernel 3.2.61 is a quite big release that introduces better support for the x86, ARM, PowerPC, s390 and MIPS architectures, improves support for the EXT4, ReiserFS, Btrfs, NFS and UBIFS file systems, fixes random networking and sound issues, and includes a plethora of updated drivers (Wireless, InfiniBand, USB, ACPI, Bluetooth, SCSI, Radeon and Intel i915)

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6 Upcoming Linux-Based Smartphone Operating Systems That Aren’t Android

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Android
Linux

Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry 10 aren’t the only smartphone operating systems vying for a place in your pocket. There are other smartphone operating systems in development — and they’re all Linux-based.

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Meld 3.11.2 Diff and Merge Tool for GNOME Has Been Released

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Software
GNOME

Meld, an open-source file/folder diff and merge graphical software designed for the GNOME desktop environment, has reached version 3.11.2. This is a development release geared towards Meld 3.12 and includes a couple of new features, updated translations and many bugfixes.

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This Feisty Linux Company Has An Interesting Plan To Topple Android

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Android
Linux
Ubuntu

Canonical is a 650-employee software company best known for its version of the Linux operating system. Now its rich-and-famous, dare-devil founder, Mark Shuttleworth, is trying to re-create Canonical into the next Apple, knocking Google Android out along the way.

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Breach is a completely modular, hackable and open source web browser

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OSS
Web

When it comes to surfing the web, our options are limited: the market is dominated by three or four mainstream web browsers, all of which share major similarities in design and function. Unless you want to build your own browsing program, you're stuck with their modern browsing paradigms. For San Francisco programmer Stanislas Polu, that wasn't good enough, so, he created Breach -- an open source modular web browser designed to allow anybody to tweak and modify it on a whim.

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Leftovers: Software

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Leftovers: Gaming

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CentOS 6.5 vs. CentOS 7.0 NAS Performance Comparison

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Red Hat

RedHat Enterprise Linux is an enterprise-grade Linux distribution, which is frequently used in corporate data centers as an operating system for NAS storage devices. From the performance point of view, the new Linux kernel and the new default file system may have a significant impact on a NAS storage device and therefore it is very important to understand how the newly released RedHat Enterprise Linux version 7.0 compares to the last stable version 6.5.

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Android Wear gets more features through widgets

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Android
Gadgets

So you have Android Wear! Maybe you have Google Glass! Want to check the football scores without having to go through the hassle of digging your phone out of your pocket? Well, know you can thanks to ‘Wearable Widgets’.

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OpenELEC 4.0.7 Has Been Released with Linux Kernel 3.14.11

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Linux

The OpenELEC team was proud to announce a couple of days ago the immediate availability for download of the seventh maintenance release of the stable 4.0 branch of OpenELEC, a Linux kernel-based operating system built around the award-winning XBMC Media Center project.

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Untapped potential? Rise of open source council web tools

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OSS

UK councils are so far failing to tap into the full money-saving potential and speed of open source web service tools, but moves are underway to address this, delegates heard at yesterday's 'Building perfect council websites' conference in Birmingham.

Although most councils still run a Microsoft-based ICT infrastructure, almost all do also now run at least some open source software, Kevin Jump, director of digital services firm Jumoo, told delegates.

Jump is former web manager at Liverpool City Council, which migrated to open source CMS Umbraco in 2011.

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NASA’s CTO: Open source software keeps us honest

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OSS

Kemp went on to found Nebula, which makes cloud computing hardware appliances, and now serves as the company’s chief strategy officer.

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ANOTHER GTKINSPECTOR UPDATE

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GNOME

I’ve last written about GtkInspector in early June. Since then, a few things have fallen into place, so it is time for another status update.

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Understanding the metrics behind open source projects

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OSS

What do the numbers behind an open source project tell us about where it is headed? That's the subject of Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona's OSCON 2014 talk later this month, where he looks at four open source cloud computing projects—OpenStack, CloudStack, Eucalyptus, and OpenNebula—and turns those numbers into a meaningful analysis.

And Gonzalez-Barahona knows analytics. As co-founder of Bitergia, he is an expert in the quantitative aspects of open source software projects. Bitergia's goal is to analyze software development metrics and to help projects and communities put these numbers to use by managing and improving their processes.

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Wine Announcement

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Development
Software

The Wine development release 1.7.22 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Support for Unicode bracketing pairs.
- Improved Internet cookie support.
- OS X CoreAudio driver uses AUHAL instead of AudioQueue.
- Initial support for geographical information.
- Various bug fixes.

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