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Red Hat Libvirt 1.2.6 Virtualization Tools Now Available for Download

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Libvirt 1.2.7, a collection of software tools that provide a convenient way to manage virtual machines and other virtualization functionality, such as storage and network interface management, has been released and it's now available for download.

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Wine 1.7.23 released

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The Wine development release 1.7.23 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Better support for files drag & drop.
- Improvements to the HTTP cookie management.
- Initial support for 64-bit Android builds.
- Fixes to crypto certificates management.
- Various bug fixes.

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The Best Lightweight Graphical Email Clients

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Email remains the killer information and communications technology. Email volume shows no sign of diminishing, despite the increasing popularity of collaborative messaging tools.

Messages are exchanged between hosts using the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol with software programs called mail transfer agents, and delivered to a mail store by programs called mail delivery agents, frequently referred to as email clients.

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GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 18 new GNU releases!

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A number of GNU packages, as well as the GNU operating system as a whole, are looking for maintainers and other assistance: please see https://www.gnu.org/server/takeaction.html#unmaint if you'd like to help. The general page on how to help GNU is at https://www.gnu.org/help/help.html. To submit new packages to the GNU operating system, see https://www.gnu.org/help/evaluation.html.

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5 Must have apps for rooted android devices

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So you have rooted your device and are now thinking what do I do? What was all the flashing, installing and wiping for? My phone still looks the same! Well, yes, rooting does not actually do much in itself but instead offers you the opportunity to customize and alter the device. The best way to do this is with root-only available apps and this list should help you to get to grips with the basics of root apps.

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XBMC becomes Kodi

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XBMC (Xbox Media Center) is undoubtedly one of the most popular media center products around. This open source project is now being rechristened as Kodi.

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Group Test: Linux Text Editors

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If you’ve been using Linux long, you know that whether you want to edit an app’s configuration file, hack together a shell script, or write/review bits of code, the likes of LibreOffice just won’t cut it. Although the words mean almost the same thing, you don’t need a word processor for these tasks; you need a text editor.

In this group test we’ll be looking at five humble text editors that are more than capable of heavy-lifting texting duties. They can highlight syntax and auto-indent code just as effortlessly as they can spellcheck documents. You can use them to record macros and manage code snippets just as easily as you can copy/paste plain text.

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Uselessd: A Stripped Down Version Of Systemd

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