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Wine Announcement

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The Wine development release 1.7.22 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Support for Unicode bracketing pairs.
- Improved Internet cookie support.
- OS X CoreAudio driver uses AUHAL instead of AudioQueue.
- Initial support for geographical information.
- Various bug fixes.

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APT (Advanced Package Tool) 1.0.6 Gets Assorted Bugfixes and Improvements

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Debian
Ubuntu

APT 1.0.6 brings various fixes, among which we can mention one for an issue with the Plural-Forms fields, several encoding problems, and issues with the format specifier order in translations and unfuzzy DocBook translations.

Furthermore, the application no longer cleans "/" in pkgArchiveCleaner and pkgAcquire::Clean, no longer parses invalid translation files, uses the Req.str() function in the debug output, and only displays DEB packages as upgradable if the CandidateVer option is equal with zero.

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GNOME's Tracker 1.1.1 Released with a Brand New Extractor

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GNOME

The Tracker 1.1.1 release brings a brand new extractor, improves the extraction of content from ODT files by omitting line breaks and embedded tabs, and adds previously untranslated strings to the control component of Tracker.

Furthermore, the --watch command-line option has been added in order to allow the user to watch for database changes, language, author, and copyright information can now be extracted from ISO images, and AppData with screenshots for application stores has been added.

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Exclusive interview with Nitrux founder Uri Herrera

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Interviews

Nitrux SA. is well known for their themes and icons and recently they also collaborated with the KDE Community for the default icons of Plasma Next. Nitrux does much more than just themes and icons and in this exclusive interview, the founder and main designer of Nitrux, Uri Herrera talks about it.

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Calligra 2.8.5 Released

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KDE
Software

This is the last but one update to the 2.8 series of the Calligra Suite, and Calligra Active released to fix recently found issues. The Calligra team recommends everybody to update.

Why is 2.8.4 skipped? Shortly before 2.8.4 release we discovered bug that sneaked in 2.8.2 version and decided to skip the 2.8.4 entirely and quickly release 2.8.5 instead with a proper fix. The bug is related to not showing file formats in Save dialogs.

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Also: Calligra 2.8.5 Released

Mobile Phone Management Made Easy

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Mobile phone users should not regard their computer only as the means of recharging their phone, or transferring files to and from the phone's storage. There's a lot more than you can do with your Linux box. This article illustrates some good open source tools that let you manage your mobile phone.

Whilst there is a scarcity of open source mobile phone management software, there are still some excellent tools available for Linux.

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Corebird, An Alternative GTK+3 Twitter Client

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If you're like me, you may not have heard much about Corebird, a native GTK+3 Twitter client. Which is a bit surprising really, as Corebird is a very nice and stable application that holds it's own with any of the other clients out there and deserves more love.

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Wine 1.7.21 released

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Gaming

The Wine development release 1.7.21 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Support for critical sections in the C runtime.
- Unicode data updated to Unicode 7.0.
- Support for interlaced PNG encoding.
- Initial stub for the Packager library.
- Various bug fixes.

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PCManFM 1.2.1 File Manager Released with Numerous Fixes

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What are the alternatives to Skype on Linux

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It is pretty much acknowledged by now that Skype is evil. Maybe not as evil as a DRM on a brand new game, but very close. To summarize the events, Skype has been bought by Microsoft, has been spied on by the NSA, is now quitting its peer-to-peer protocol for a centralized system, and on top of that, is proprietary software. The worst of it is that just like a DRM on a game, we put up with all of this for the product. It is true that Skype at first did help users go into the VoIP realm. Its interface is intuitive, and its setup is simple. However, it is time to move on. For this, here is a list of six software to replace Skype with on Linux.

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Linux alternatives to popular Windows Software

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Linux
Microsoft
Software

Are you new to Linux, are you finding it hard to adjust to the Linux environment and are wondering where you can get an application for Linux that is similar to the XYZ program on Windows.

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XFDASHBOARD: GNOME SHELL LIKE DASHBOARD FOR XFCE

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While Xfdashboard was created for use under Xfce, it can be used in any desktop environment however, it has a couple of Xfce dependencies: xfconf and garcon.

The application is great for those who want the GNOME Shell Activities functionality (or at least most of it) under a light desktop environment such as Xfce, but there are two things which need to be improved: in my test, Xfdashboard was a bit slow when searching for applications and also, its design needs some improvements in my opinion. The latter might be solved by using a theme since Xfdashboard supports theming, but I couldn't find any themes for it. I see that the app is under heavy development so hopefully these will be solved soon.

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Top 4 graphical partition managers

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Make sure you can maintain your hard disks and storage in the best way possible as we look at a selection of partition editors.

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VLC for Android available on Google Play Store

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Android
Software
OSS

VLC is the most popular Open Source video player which can play virtually any video and audio formats on the desktop PCs. It beats every video player out there whether it be QuickTime or Windows Media Player. When we talk about Android, the situation is not much different as due to ARM’s mess, its really tricky to get all videos to play. There are some apps but they are either paid, proprietary or they just don’t work that well. In a nutshell, we need VLC for Android.

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