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Mutter Wayland 3.11.2 Now Syncs Keymap from X.Org to Wayland

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The GNOME developers unveiled the second development release of the upcoming Mutter Wayland 3.12 application, the Wayland port of the original Mutter package, a heavy duty replacement for the Metacity window manager on the GNOME desktop environment.

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Mesa 10.0 Release Brings OpenGL 3.3

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The 10.0 release was expected a few days back, but now it's finally happened via Intel's Ian Romanick with this brief announcement.

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Enlightenment Foundation Libraries version 1.8.0 released

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Many major things have happened to EFL in the past year since EFL 1.7 first came out. The usual has been done in fixing bugs, optimizing speed and memory footprint, and much much more. These are just some hilights of what has been done since 1.7, so don't take this as a complete list. Take a look at the NEWS files for more expansive information if you want that.

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GNOME Music 3.11.2 Adds Pep8 Compatibility

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The GNOME development team is hard at work these days, preparing the upcoming GNOME 3.12 desktop environment. GNOME Music is a new app introduced along with the GNOME 3.10 release, and this new development version introduces several new features and fixes bugs.

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Epiphany 3.10.2 Brings an Updated Ad Blocker

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The Epiphany developers have recently released the second and probably the last maintenance release for the stable 3.10 branch of GNOME's default web browser.

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GNOME Shell 3.11.2 Supports Disabling Browser Plugin

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The GNOME developers have announced a few days ago the the second development release towards GNOME Shell 3.12 user interface for the upcoming GNOME 3.12 desktop environment is available for download and testing.

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GNOME 3.10.2 Has Been Officially Released

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Alejandro Piñeiro from the GNOME development team was proud to announce a few days ago that the second maintenance release of the stable GNOME 3.10 desktop environment is ready for download and upgrade.

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Task Coach Keeps You on Target and in Control

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Task Coach is a cross-platform solution that makes it easy to maintain a variety of task lists on multiple computers, mobile devices and operating systems. Versions exist for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, BSD, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The absence of an Android app, however, could be a deal-breaker for business users heavily invested in the Android OS on their smartphone or tablet.

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GLib 2.38.2 Adds Workaround for Buggy D-Bus Daemons

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Immediately after the release of GLib 2.39.1 unstable version, the GNOME development team unveiled the second maintenance release of the stable GLib 2.38 library software, just in time for the GNOME 3.10.2 desktop environment.

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Leftovers: GNOME

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  • GNOME Settings Daemon 3.10.2 Fixes Laptop Battery Remaining Time Issue

    The GNOME development team has released the second maintenance release for the stable GNOME Settings Daemon 3.10 package, which is part of the GNOME 3.10.2 desktop upgrade.

  • Evince 3.10.2 Fixes Five Annoying Bugs

    The second and most probably the last maintenance release of the stable Evince 3.10 document viewer application for the GNOME 3.10 desktop environment has been released a few days ago, a version that fixes five annoying bugs and updates several translations.

  • Broadway Gets Touch Support; GTK3 On The iPad

    Broadway, an HTML5 back-end for GTK3 to allow running GTK3 programs in modern web-browsers, has picked up an interesting feature.

    As of this morning, GTK+ Git has initial touch event support for Broadway. The commit message by Red Hat's Alexander Larsson reads, "This seems to get something going on an ipad, but some events seem to get swallowed. For instance, window dragging doesn't work."

GNOME's Virtual Filesystem Gained SFTP Push Support

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The second development version towards the GVFS 1.20 application for the upcoming and highly anticipated GNOME 3.12 desktop environment, has been released for testing a few days ago, introducing several important features, improvements, cleanups, translations, and bugfixes.

Various areas have been covered in this new development release of GVFS, the virtual filesystem for the GNOME desktop environment, designed to allow users to easily access remote data via FTP, SFTP, SMB, WebDAV, as well as local data via MTP, OBEX, or Udev integration, including SFTP, SMB, AFP, archive, trash, recent, and daemon.

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Also: GNOME Settings Daemon 3.10.2 Fixes Laptop Battery Remaining Time Issue

Richard Stallman decides Emacs should go WYSIWYG

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GNU daddy Richard Stallman seems to have found an old To-Do list behind the sofa, because he's posted a message on the GNU forums reviving an old ambition for the venerable EMacs text editor.

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Turning Mozilla Thunderbird into a Phoenix

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I've always been a big fan of Mozilla's email client, Thunderbird, even when it was unfashionable to admit it. Because, for the last few years, the view amongst those "in the know" was that email was dead, that nobody used it, and that even if they did, Web-based systems like Gmail meant that Thunderbird and its ilk were dinosaurs.

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Step back, haters: Firefox phone now has ‘thousands of apps’ and global growth

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“In just a few months since the Firefox Marketplace opened with the first Firefox OS launch, we’ve seen significant momentum with thousands of apps submitted and available today, including some that are currently exclusive to the Firefox Marketplace,” a Mozilla rep writes.

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Firefox debuts new UI that looks like Chrome, but does that mean it can compete with Chrome?

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At long last, Mozilla has rolled out a massive UI update to Firefox that makes it look almost exactly like Chrome. Dubbed Australis, this is the biggest ever change to Firefox’s user interface, with much improved streamlining and customization, and the unification of Mozilla’s design language across the desktop, smartphone, and Firefox’s myriad other form factors. Australis will debut in Firefox 28, which just hit the Nightly (alpha testing) channel; if everything goes to plan, the new-look Firefox should be ready for mass consumption at the start of 2014.

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Mozilla Touts Thousands of Apps in Firefox Marketplace

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Back in August, in a post titled "The Success of Firefox OS Will Depend on the Success of Apps For It," I made the case that Mozilla needs to drum up a lot of developer interest in its Firefox OS mobile platform in order to seed a healthy app ecosystem. And, sure enough, Mozilla has been steadily holding developer days in various locations and has even offered incentives for app development.

Now, in a new post online, Rick Fant, Mozilla Vice President of Firefox Marketplace, says: “We are excited by the developer interest in the short time since we’ve opened the Firefox Marketplace and are impressed by the creativity and innovation inspired by Mozilla-pioneered WebAPIs.” Mozilla is pointing to thousands of available apps in the Marketplace.

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Write LaTeX documents with LyX

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LaTeX is a typesetting system that gives you full control over how everything in your document is rendered. The problem is its really steep learning curve. One option is to use a basic text editor and learn all the markup you need for your document. The other option is to use an application that wraps the markup to some degree. LyX does this very nicely. While a fully WYSIWYG editor for LaTeX doesn’t make sense (since your doc isn’t fully rendered until sent to an output device), LyX does provide a pseudo-WYSIWYG interface where you can see how different regions will be rendered.

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FreeMat—Yet Another MATLAB Replacement

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Many programs exist that try to serve as a replacement for MATLAB. They all differ in their capabilities—some extending beyond what is available in MATLAB, and others giving subsets of functions that focus on some problem area. In this article, let's look at another available option: FreeMat.

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Rygel 0.20.2 Media Server Supports Milliseconds in Renderer

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The second maintenance release of the stable Rygel 0.20 media server has been officially release a few days ago, as part of the GNOME 3.10.2 incremental update of the popular desktop environment.

Rygel 0.20.2 supports milliseconds in the renderer, adds Next and Previous functions to CurrentTransportActions, returns a proper error if the media is not seekable, and prevents a critical warning on missing MIME-types.

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