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Kodi 14.0 Will Be a Worthy Successor for XBMC

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The current XBMC project is preparing to make way for Kodi, its successor. In many ways, it will be the same application, but only with a different name. On the other hand, Kodi is also a new version and a true evolution of the famous media player. There is a lot of pressure on the developers to make this new version just as good as the previous ones.

The original name of the project, XBMC, stands for Xbox Media Center, but the media player has not been performing this particular function for years. For some reason, the name was kept and the community got used to it. It's been integrated in numerous distros and there are even a couple of operating systems that rely exclusively on it. It's easy to understand why changing the name is actually a big deal.

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Excellent e-book Tools

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Linux is also an attractive way of reading e-books on a desktop computer or notebook. Linux has a good range of open source software which helps users to organise their e-book collection, catch up on a novel, and to create, validate and publish their own e-book.

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Tricks or Tracebacks? Pitivi 0.94 is here

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Dear werepenguins, we’re thrilled to announce the immediate availability of Pitivi 0.94! This is the fourth release for the new version of our video editor based on GES, the GStreamer Editing Services library. Take a look at my previous blog post to understand in what context 0.94 has been brewing. This is mainly a maintenance release, but it does pack a few interesting improvements & features in addition to the bug fixes.

The first thing you will notice is that the main toolbar, menubar and titlebar have been replaced by a unified GTK HeaderBar, saving a ton of precious vertical space and making better use of the horizontal space. Once you try it, you can’t go back. There is beauty in the equilibrium it has now, compared to the previously clunky and unbalanced layout:

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Krita Desktop: A free, open source painting tool, maybe as good as Photoshop

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From the One-to-watch Department: If you do any graphics work you should take a look at Krita Desktop, a really impressive painting tool that rivals Adobe Photoshop for features and makes some ways of working much easier.

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Leftovers: Software

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Wine Announcement

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The Wine development release 1.7.30 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
- More support for fonts in DirectWrite.
- Improved ATL thunk support.
- A few more C runtime functions.
- Regedit import/export fixes.
- Various bug fixes.

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Russia's Yandex Web Browser Finally Released For Linux

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Yandex Browser is powered by Google's WebKit-forked Blink layout engine and based on the Chromium code-base. The Yandex Browser checks web page security against its systems and has other additions on top of the vanilla Chromium code.

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Calibre 2.7 Gets Kindle Voyage Support

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The new release of ebook reader, editor and library management software Calibre 2.7 comes with alot of bugfixes and support for the new device Kindle Voyage, which was launched just a couple of days ago. The support for new devices is one of the developer’s priority, the application is capable to sync to e-book reader devices.

According to the changelog of the 2.7 release the notification system for the completion of background jobs such as bulk metadata download has been redesigned in order to stop interrupting the users while they are working.

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Handy Disk Image Tools

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Disk images are computer files of a disk volume or an entire data storage device, such as a hard drive, optical disk (e.g. DVD, CD, Blu-ray), tape drive, USB flash drive, or floppy disk. A disk image represents the content exactly as it is on the original storage device, including both data and structure information.

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LXLE 14.04.1 & 12.04.5 released.

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Lastly, LXLE will be sticking with torrent only downloads which is a decentralized open source choice that was heavily influenced by Crunchbang. There is nothing wrong or inherently bad about using torrents vs direct downloads, plenty of questionable software is hosted on a server. Torrents receive a bad rap because many choose to use it for piracy, that's not the fault of the protocol that's the fault of users in general. Considering the size of the LXLE ISO it also makes technical sense since downloads speeds are far greater than with traditional direct downloads.

As a final note, release doesn't mean bug free, perhaps close but never perfect as proven often.

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