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Software news or reviews with focus on GNU/Linux and Free/Open Source software

Movie Players for Linux

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Software

SMPlayer is a very powerful and full-featured movie player using the MPlayer backend. SMPlayer has support for subtitles, increasing/decreasing subtitle sizes, increasing/decreasing video size, changing the movie aspect ratio, playlist, YouTube integration, audio and video filters, equalizer and a whole bunch of configuration options, including keyboard shortcuts and interface. SMPlayer is one of the best video players for Linux at this time.

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Maxthon Releases Its First Browser For Linux

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GNU
Linux
Software

Maxthon has launched its first cloud browser for Linux. The release is partly in response to requests from Maxthon’s users, but also because the open-source operating system has become speedier, says Karl Mattson, the company’s vice president.

“If people haven’t taken a look at Linux for a while, they should take a second look because it’s a great product. The chorus of people emailing us asking for Linux has gotten a lot louder,” says Mattson.

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GNOME 3.12 Seeded by GNOME OS Projects

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GNOME

The GNOME project is expected to release version 3.12 of its desktop Linux environment on March 26, featuring high-resolution display support, an overhauled gedit app, and many other new features. We spoke with Allan Day and Matthias Clasen, members of the GNOME design and release teams, respectively, about GNOME 3.12 and the various future-looking projects that collectively form GNOME OS.

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Qt 5.3 Beta Released

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KDE

Great News! Qt 5.3 Beta is now available for download. Qt 5.3 Alpha was released about 3 weeks ago and I am really happy to announce that we now have the Qt 5.3 Beta with updated functionality and binary installers.

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KDE community refutes Canonical developer’s claim ‘the display server doesn’t matter’

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KDE
Ubuntu

Canonical showed wisdom recently by dropping its own Upstart and chose systemd which it initially criticized as NIH, invasive and ‘hardly justified’. The Free Software community is expecting that Canonical will show prudence and drop their MIR and adopt Wayland. Canonical has great ambitions with Ubuntu, their struggle is much bigger so it may be wise for them to use limited engineering talent to tackle the issues Ubuntu is facing in desktop and mobile space by using the technologies being develop by the larger Free Software community.

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Firefox Becomes Gaming Platform With Unreal Engine Support

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Moz/FF
Gaming

You'll soon be able to stream and play highly realistic three-dimensional video games from within the Mozilla Firefox browser. Mozilla recently announced that the most recent version of its Firefox browser can run games developed with the Unreal Engine by Epic Games, which forms the backbone of many major 3D video games.

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Mozilla hires new CEO who will focus on Firefox OS

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Linux
Moz/FF

Mozilla, the company behind the popular Firefox Web browser, has been searching for a new CEO since Gary Kovacs, who came on-board in 2010, decided to leave almost a year ago. Mozilla has finally picked a new leader, former CTO Brendan Eich. With him comes change. Mozilla's job number one will not be its Web browser, but its mobile operating system: Firefox OS.

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Also: Why Mozilla's Brendan Eich Is the Right Choice for CEO

GNOME Software 3.12.0 Released!

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GNOME

Today I released gnome-software 3.12.0 — with a number of new features and a huge number of bugfixes

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Leftovers: Software

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Software

Buy digiKam Recipes, Get Raspberry Pi for Photographers

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KDE

Small, affordable, and versatile, Raspberry Pi is a perfect platform for all kinds of creative projects. And as a photography enthusiast, you can put this tiny machine to a variety of practical uses. Transforming Raspberry Pi into a photography tool is not only great hacking fun, it also opens a whole new world of photographic possibilities. The Raspberry Pi for Photographers ebook can help you to turn a Raspberry Pi into a tool for fetching and managing photos, publishing photos on the web, controlling your camera remotely, and keeping your photos safe.

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ODF vs. OOXML: War of the Words Chapter 3 – What a Difference a Decade Can Make

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LibO
Microsoft
OOo

Moreover, in the years to come, PC-based word processing products like WordStar, and then WordPerfect, would become far more popular than Microsoft’s own first word processing (originally called Multitool Word), providing low-cost alternatives to the proprietary minicomputer based software offerings of vendors like Wang Laboratories. IBM, too, provided a word processing program for the PC called DisplayWriter. That software was based on a similar program that IBM had developed for its mainframe systems customers. More importantly, another program was launched at just the right time to dramatically accelerate the sale of IBM PCs and their clones. That product was the legendary “killer app” of the IBM PC clone market: Lotus 1-2-3, the spreadsheet software upon which Mitch Kapor built the fortunes of his Lotus Development Corporation.

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[LibreOffice] Freshly Stable

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LibO

With the release of our new LibreOffice 4.2 version and the new website, people have noticed a small yet quite visual change in the way we label the versions of LibreOffice. You now have the choice between downloading LibreOffice “Fresh” or “Stable”.

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Meet Milou, the alternative of Krunner

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KDE

The search functionality of KDE software is going through massive transition with Baloo replacing Nepomuk. We have written extensively about it here.

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TARBALLS DUE: GNOME 3.12.0

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GNOME

Tarballs are due on 2014-03-24 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.12.0 newstable release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which were proposed for inclusion should try to follow the unstable schedule so everyone can test them. Please make sure that your tarballs will be uploaded before Monday 23:59 UTC: tarballs uploaded later than that will probably be too late to get in 3.12.0. If you are not able to make a tarball before this deadline or if you think you'll be late, please send a mail to the release team and we'll find someone to roll the tarball for you!

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Engaging developers

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GNOME

As Bluefish developer I’m not really tightly involved with gnome and gtk development. However, it is our platform, and although we ship OSX and Windows binaries, most of our users are on Linux, many of them using Gnome. We are as much affected by a gtk bug than any other gnome part. So if we find any, we try to contribute.

However, for some reason it feels that our “outside” contributions are not so welcome. I believe this is not intentional, but still this is not a good thing.

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GNOME: 3.12 almost here

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GNOME

I wanted to make one more post before the imminent release of 3.12 showing how gedit changed in this cycle, but the recent series of posts by Matthias feature plenty of gedit images and left me without fresh screenshot material Smile

For those living under a rock here is how gedit 3.12 looks

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KDE Ships 4.13 Beta 3

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KDE

Offering up more bug-fixes and translation updates is KDE 4.13 Beta 3. KDE 4.13 offers several application and platform improvements for KDE4 users until the Plasma Next and KDE Frameworks 5 experience is stable later in 2014.

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Open Source Apache and Nginx Web Servers Get More Secure

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Software
OSS

The open-source Apache HTTP Server is being updated to version 2.4.9 to fix two separate security issues, both of which carry the highest possible exploitability score Apache Web Server from the National Vulnerability Database. The first issue is identified as CVE-2014-0098 and is an issue that could potentially lead to a Denial of Service (DoS) condition.

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Trojita 0.4.1, a security update for CVE-2014-2567 / Announcing Geary 0.6.0

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GNU
KDE
Linux
GNOME

An SSL stripping vulnerability was discovered in Trojitá, a fast Qt IMAP e-mail client. User's credentials are never leaked, but if a user tries to send an e-mail, the automatic saving into the "sent" or "draft" folders could happen over a plaintext connection even if the user's preferences specify STARTTLS as a requirement.

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On the GNOME side:

We at Yorba are pleased to announce the release of Geary 0.6.0, a new stable version of our IMAP mail client. Much has changed since our last stable release.

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KDE 4.13 Makes It Into Kubuntu 14.04 LTS

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KDE

KDE 4.13 is making it into next month's release of Kubuntu 14.04 LTS, the KDE version of Ubuntu Linux.

Going back to January this year has been planning about shipping KDE SC 4.13 in the next (K)ubuntu release. As of today, there's been mass package updates pushing all of the KDE components up to their latest 4.13 development versions; KDE 4.13 Beta 2 was released a few days ago.

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