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NeonView 0.8.2 Released

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NeonView, the free lightweight image viewer created by TuxArena, has reached version 0.8.2. This release brings a segmentation fault fix when there was no image in the current directory and NeonView was started without any arguments. You can download it from here.

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Best Android Apps For Finding and Sharing New Recipes

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Love cooking? Then you know how hard it is to find new recipes. Furthermore, it's even harder to share those recipes with your friends or family, especially when you are on the move. If you are into cooking, let go of all your worries about finding new recipes as we have curated some of the best recipe apps that you can download on your Android smartphone or tablet. These applications will not only help you find new recipes but also share them with the people that matter.

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Enlightenment's Elementary, EFL 1.9 Beta 2

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After a fast development cycle and the 1.9 alphas just starting recently and seeing the first betas just days ago, 1.9.0 beta 2 is now available for the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) core and also a second beta of Elementary.

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Cantata 1.3.0 Music Player Released with 87 Fixes [Ubuntu Installation]

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Cantata, a Qt-based music player for MPD (Music Player Daemon), has reached version 1.3.0 just yesterday, and a fix for compiling it in KDE, 1.3.0.1, was put out a few moments ago. This release comes with 87 fixes and improvements. Some major changes and new features include:

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Wine 1.7.13 Lands More Task Scheduler Support

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The latest Wine development release is now available for offering the best support for running your Windows games and other applications on Linux.

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Leftovers: Applications

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Phusion Releases Robust Docker Base Image

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Minimalism has it’s place, but there is such a thing as an installed system being too bare-bones. Many Docker images are built like they are full Linux installs, but don’t run like they are due to a lack of common daemons running inside the container. To address the issue, Phusion, the Rails company behind Passenger and Ruby Enterprise Edition, has released Baseimage. Baseimage is a Docker image that closer mimics a real Linux environment with proper init, syslog, SSH, and runit daemons.

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The quest for the perfect Twitter client on Linux

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After a few years of announcements, releases and online reviews, I am still out there looking for the right, if not the perfect, Twitter client on Linux. And believe me, this quest is frutstrating.

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Leftovers: Applications

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Linux Design Tools: High-end Design on a Low-end Budget?

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While the world’s best commercial graphic applications come with packed with features, they also come with a price tag many find hard to justify.

Though there are plenty of less expensive alternatives, the simple truth is: It’s hard to get cheaper than free.

Today we’re going to look some of the free, open source graphic apps available, and see if they are a viable replacement.

If you are currently unfamiliar with the abundance of free open source graphic apps now available, you may well be missing out.

The best open source graphic applications on this list are comparable in quality to their leading commercial equivalents.

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SeaMonkey - More than a Web Browser

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I actually first discovered SeaMonkey many years ago when trying out the many versions of Puppy Linux, where SeaMonkey was sometimes included as the default "web browser". Of course, if I had actually paid enough attention, I would have realised it was labeled as an "all-in-one internet application suite". But nevertheless, it looked and behaved like Firefox so I assumed it was just an off-shoot of that software.

Recently though, I once again installed SeaMonkey out of curiosity and found it was much more. In fact, it has even been my primary web browser (after using Chromium primarily for some time, although I still use that browser for it's inbuilt Web Developer Tools), primary mail client and my primary IRC client (when I use it) for some months now.

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Leftovers: Applications

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Aptik – A Tool to Backup/Restore Your Favourite PPAs and Apps in Ubuntu

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Aptik is a open source package that simplify backup and restore of PPAs, Applications and Packages after a fresh installation or upgradation of Debian based Ubuntu, Linux Mint and other Ubuntu derivatives.

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Enlightenment 1.9.0-alpha1 Pre-release: MYSTERY RELEASE 2K14

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It's that time again! Stefan is off this week testing mountain robustness, so I've been pressed into service as the temporary pre-release release manager for this pre-release release.

What's New In This Release

Flaming text

Bug fixes?

Some other stuff!

You may notice that this section isn't super detailed; the release notes haven't been written/generated yet, so I have only a vague idea of what's going on. Hopefully this will get expanded, but until then I am dubbing this.

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Valve Releases Source Code For Their Virtual Reality API

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In a move that will please developers Valve has opened up the source code to their VR API so anyone can now dive in.

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New Intel NUC BIOS update fixes SteamOS, other Linux booting problems

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To recap briefly, UEFI-based systems all have a small partition on their hard drives where bootloader files are stored. These bootloaders, which usually have an .EFI file extension, direct the computer to begin loading the operating system from the drive's main OS partition. The problem with older NUC BIOSes is that they didn't always know where to look for Linux bootloader files. Linux distributions would install to the computer just fine, but by default the computer wouldn't be able to tell that the internal hard drive could boot the system, and you would have to manually move the bootloader file where the computer could find it. The NUC team tells us that further improvements to the boot process are coming, but this update appears to at least fix the problems that we had—Ubuntu, Mint, and SteamOS all install and boot just fine with the latest BIOS update installed.

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GNU Hurd Is Enjoying User-Space Device Drivers

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As some other good news for GNU Hurd, around 79% of the Debian archive is now building for GNU Hurd, including the Xfce desktop and Firefox web-browser. Future work planned for this GNU project is Xen PVH support, working x86_64 support, language bindings for translators, read-ahead, HDD/Sound/USB DDE support, and having a full GNU system with Hurd.

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Gedit 3.11.3 Text Editor for GNOME Improves the New Interface

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The development team behind GNOME’s default text editor application, Gedit, has announced recently that another milestone of the upcoming Gedit 3.12 release is available for download and testing.

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GNOME’s Web Browser Introduces a New History Window

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The GNOME Project has announced a few days ago that Epiphany 3.11.4 web browser is available for download and testing, as part of the recently released GNOME 3.11.5 unstable desktop environment.

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Tomahawk 0.7 Released – A Ultimate Social Music Player for Linux

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Tomahawk is a ultimate, open source and next-generation cross platform social music player that allows you to access music stored on your hard-drive (as any self-respecting music player does), but it also taps a wide variety of music sources such as SoundCloud, Spotify, Youtube and other music subscription services to organize everything at one place. This fundamentally turns the entire internet into one music library. From there, you can share your playlists, search for media on a variety of services at once.

Tomahawk also connects you with the other computers and friends on the network to share, view and stream your music libraries/radio stations via Google Chat, Jabber and Twitter. So, basically you don’t need to worry about going through other players or signing up for new things. It combines all varied music services and social networking in an easy to use, user-friendly interface.

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