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Blender 2.71 Release Notes

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The Blender Foundation and online developer community is proud to present Blender 2.71. Much awaited new features for Cycles renderer include deformation motion blur, fire/smoke and volume rendering and a baking API. User interface now allows for draggable popups and resizable preview widgets. Animation has new interpolation types with “easing equations” presets. Modeling now allows to “split normals” and Sculpting/Painting has new HSL color wheel and constant detail in dyntopo. Game development now allows deactivating logic bricks, multi-threaded animations, cast only materials and “unlimited” action layers. Freestyle NPR rendering has a new textured strokes feature, along with line sorting options.

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GNOME's Orca Screen Reader Receives Major Changes and Improvements

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Orca works with applications and toolkits that support the Assistive Technology Service Provider Interface (AT-SPI), which is the primary assistive technology infrastructure for Linux and Solaris.

The developers are making some very big changes to Orca and it looks like GNOME 3.14 will feature several important new features. This is the second major overhaul done by the Orca devs, but they are not stopping here.

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Rygel 0.23.1 Is a Powerful and Free DLNA Media Server for Linux

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With Rygel, users will be able to browse the media collection from the TV or PS3 on a PC running GNOME, and they will have the possibility to play any of said media.

This is a very interesting application because it does something that very few others manage to do on the Linux platform. A few years ago, Rygel wasn't really being used at its full potential because there weren't too many devices, like Smart TVs for example, that would require users to have a working media server.

The prices for Smart TVs have dropped dramatically in the last couple of years and more Linux users are now looking for a media server solution. Unfortunately, there are few media servers out there and some of them even charge a price for the premium features...

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FFmpeg 2.2.4 Officially Released

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FFmpeg 2.2.4 is the latest major release and this current build is just a maintenance version, with a few updates and minor changes.

“It is the latest stable FFmpeg release from the 2.2 release branch, which was cut from master on 2014-03-01. Amongst lots of other changes, it includes all changes from ffmpeg-mt, libav master of 2014-03-01, libav 10.1 as of 2014-06-23,” reads the official announcement.

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Plasma Media Center 1.3 Available

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Plasma Media Center 1.2 was released as a Christmas gift. Now, we bring to you Plasma Media Center 1.3! As always, we have made sure to make it easier to enjoy your favorite videos, music and photos - both from your collection as well as online sources. A big focus has been performance improvements when showing you the media on your computer as well as general polish for the UI.

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AUDACIOUS GOING BACK TO GTK2 STARTING WITH VERSION 3.6

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In a recent forum post, John Lindgren, Audacious Manager and Developer, notes that the long-term goal is to switch to Qt however, the GTK+ interfaces need to remain stable in the meantime and "going back to GTK2 appears to be the only way to achieve this".

According to John, for the 3.6 release, the devs might provide separate GTK2 and GTK3 tarballs if there's enough interest though.

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What is a good EPUB reader on Linux

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