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eBook Reader and Editing Software Calibre 1.33 Finally Gets Spell Check

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Most of the Calibre updates released until now have been rather substantial, with very few exceptions. Even if the releases are on a weekly basis, the developer always finds some fixes or improvements to implement.

The last two editions have been rather interesting because they didn't just come with fixes, they also brought some new features, like OPML support for the RSS feeds.

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Wine Announcement

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Microsoft
Software

The Wine development release 1.7.17 is now available. What's new in this release (see below for details): - More implementations for the Task Scheduler. - C runtime made more compatible by sharing source files. - Fixes in the Mac OS X joystick support. - Various bug fixes.

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Containers Answer The Right Question

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Software

Russell Pavlicek from the Xen project asks "Are Containers the Right Answer to the Wrong Question? on the Citrix Open@Citrix blog. While Russell brings up many good points, including both Mirage OS and OSv, I believe his article misses the mark about where and how Linux containers are changing the way we do IT. Its true that containers are more limited than full blown virtual machines, but the real magic is about process and management.

The operating system of a server is both essential and completely besides the point. The choice of operating system can have a major affect on the structure and management of your application, so it is absolutely necessary to consider the OS family, flavor, and version carefully when planning deployment. But the client never sees the operating system. The web application that they interact with never (or at least, shouldn't) give an indication of the operating system powering it. So, in that way, the OS doesn't matter, it simply needs to be there and it needs to work flawlessly.

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QEMU 2.0 Released With ARM, x86 Enhancements

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QEMU 2.0 was supposed to be released in early April but it slipped until now. The QEMU 2.0 release has AArch64 ARM 64-bit improvements, support for the Allwinner A10-based Cubieboard, PowerPC improvements, Q35 x86 machine improvements, support for Intel MPX registers, the QEMU GUI supports SDL 2.0, GTK+ support for mouse wheel, new monitor improvements, TCG code generation improvements, and many other changes.

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Clonezilla Live 2.2.2-37 Distro Features Updated Packages

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The Clonezilla developers have just released a new development version for their Linux distro, bringing a few updated packages and a fix for an important issue/

"The underlying GNU/Linux operating system was upgraded. This release is based on the Debian Sid repository, as of April 15, 2014," reads the official changelog.

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Samba 4.0.17 Launches with Multiple Fixes

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Software

Samba 4.0.17, an app that seamlessly integrates Linux/Unix servers and desktops into Active Directory environments using the winbind daemon, has been released with a large number of fixes and other various improvements.

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BitTorrent Client FrostWire 5.7.2 Finally Brings uTP Support

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FrostWire, a BitTorrent client (formerly a Gnutella client) that’s the result of a collaborative effort of hundreds of open source and freelance developers, is now at version 5.7.2.

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Qt4 Music Player `YaRock` 0.9.66 Released With Internet Radio Stream Search, More

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KDE
Software

YaRock lets you browse your local music collection based on cover art but obviously, it also lets you easily search and filter your music collection, providing various views such as artists, albums, tracks, genre, years, etc. and it includes features such as: music collection database (SQLite 3), playlists support, can play radio streams, Mp3Gain tag support for volume normalization, Last.fm scrobbler, command line and Mpris interfaces, smart playlists, favourites support, automatically downloads cover art and more.

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Wine 1.7.16 released

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The Wine development release 1.7.16 is now available. What's new in this release (see below for details): - More regression test fixes. - String arrays better supported in the IDL compiler. - Initial stubs for DirectX Video Acceleration. - Various bug fixes.

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eBook Reader and Editor Calibre 1.32 Now Supports OPML Files

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Calibre 1.32, an eBook reader and management software developed for multiple platforms, including Linux, has just been released and it incorporates a number of important changes and improvements.

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ACPI & Power Management Get More Updates In Linux 3.15

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Hardware
Software

A second Git pull request has been made for the ACPI and power management code within the kernel for Linux 3.15.

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Google Chrome Beta Upgraded to Version 35 for All Platforms

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Google
Software

Google Chrome, a browser built on the Blink layout engine that aims to be minimalistic and versatile at the same time, has been upgraded yet again, has just received a new update, promoting the 35 development branch to Beta.

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FFmpeg 2.2.1 Officially Released

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Movies

FFmpeg developers have released a major 2.2 update only a few weeks ago, and a lot of new features have been added such as HNM version 4 demuxer and video decoder, Live HDS muxer, a complete Voxware MetaSound decoder, WebP encoding via libwebp, VP8 in Ogg demuxing, libx265 encoder, and more.

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Powerful Photo Editing Suite jAlbum 12 Released with a Bang

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jAlbum, a tool that can be used to create online photo albums and that has built-in support for organizing and editing images, is now at version 12 and is available for download.

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