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Pandora FMS SP1 is finally here

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We are very pleased to announce the new Service Pack 1 for version 5.1 of Pandora FMS, with many new features and numerous bug fixes compared to the last release that we launched last June. You can find out everything below:

ReactOS Finally Supports Reading NTFS Volumes

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ReactOS, the open-source OS aiming for binary compatibility with Windows 2000, finally supports reading NTFS volumes.

ReactOS was most recently talked about on Phoronix for one of its developers coming up with an open-source AMD SI ISA compatible GPU design while the latest accomplishment from this open-source developer group is read support for NTFS file-systems.

Pierre Schweitzer of ReactOS shared, "ReactOS now supports reading files from NTFS volume. This was a long awaited feature people were asking for." A new ReactOS ISO re-spin is now available containing this support.

While ReactOS now has NTFS read support, it's still lacking write support.

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Kodi 14.0 Will Be a Worthy Successor for XBMC

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The current XBMC project is preparing to make way for Kodi, its successor. In many ways, it will be the same application, but only with a different name. On the other hand, Kodi is also a new version and a true evolution of the famous media player. There is a lot of pressure on the developers to make this new version just as good as the previous ones.

The original name of the project, XBMC, stands for Xbox Media Center, but the media player has not been performing this particular function for years. For some reason, the name was kept and the community got used to it. It's been integrated in numerous distros and there are even a couple of operating systems that rely exclusively on it. It's easy to understand why changing the name is actually a big deal.

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Excellent e-book Tools

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Linux is also an attractive way of reading e-books on a desktop computer or notebook. Linux has a good range of open source software which helps users to organise their e-book collection, catch up on a novel, and to create, validate and publish their own e-book.

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Tricks or Tracebacks? Pitivi 0.94 is here

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Dear werepenguins, we’re thrilled to announce the immediate availability of Pitivi 0.94! This is the fourth release for the new version of our video editor based on GES, the GStreamer Editing Services library. Take a look at my previous blog post to understand in what context 0.94 has been brewing. This is mainly a maintenance release, but it does pack a few interesting improvements & features in addition to the bug fixes.

The first thing you will notice is that the main toolbar, menubar and titlebar have been replaced by a unified GTK HeaderBar, saving a ton of precious vertical space and making better use of the horizontal space. Once you try it, you can’t go back. There is beauty in the equilibrium it has now, compared to the previously clunky and unbalanced layout:

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Krita Desktop: A free, open source painting tool, maybe as good as Photoshop

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From the One-to-watch Department: If you do any graphics work you should take a look at Krita Desktop, a really impressive painting tool that rivals Adobe Photoshop for features and makes some ways of working much easier.

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Quadcopter drone packs first all-Linux APM autopilot

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Seven Tips To Get The Most From Your New Android Smartphone

With applications able to run in the background and sync as they see fit, Android can rapidly eat through your cellular data allowance if you are not careful. While it’s fine to let the data run free on wi-fi, you’ll want to restrict your data usage when out and about. Short of switching off mobile data (which defeats the purpose of a smartphone), look under the options in the Data Usage part of the settings. Here you’ll find my wallet’s favourite Android setting of ‘restrict background data’. Now when using cellular data, apps will only pull down data when they are in the foreground and you can see them doing so. If a smartphone is all about being in control, this is the option that gives you confidence. Read more

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Hands-on with PCLinuxOS: A terrific release

I had been thinking that a new PCLinuxOS release was due any time now, based on their quarterly release schedule. Sure enough, it has now arrived, just in time for Christmas - PCLinuxOS 2014.12. Read more Also: Santa Claus has Linux in his sack -- PCLinuxOS 2014.12 is here PCLinuxOS 2014.12 released