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Building Linux Distributions That Aren't Boring [VIDEO]

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Has Linux become boring? That's a question that Fedora Project Leader Matthew Miller is provocatively asking as he navigates a path forward for Linux.

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The KDE Randa 2014 meeting, in easy-digestible video format!

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In case you were wondering what was going on in Randa, here are some first hand impressions. The video was produced by Françoise Wybrecht (alias Morgane Marquis) and Lucie Robin, and the people in it are the actual participants of the event. It was also created using KDenlive, one of the awesome Free Software tools a team has been working on at the Randa meeting itself. The video introduces the faces and personalities of the contributors and their different backgrounds and origins. Many thanks to our brand new ad-hoc media team for producing this video!

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XBMC 13.2 RC1 “Gotham” Ready for Testing, Drops Ubuntu 12.10 and Ubuntu 13.10 Support

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XBMC, an open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media that is available for multiple platforms, has just reached version 13.2 RC1.

The XBMC developers are still powering on with the development of the XBMC 13.2 branch and they have made a number of fixes and other changes to the distribution. The devs are rapidly reaching the end of the development cycle for the distro and users should start getting ready for the 14.x release, which will also bear a new name, Kodi.

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Video: Fedora mentioned on TNT's Major Crimes series

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I ran across this on Monday night. Anyone else watch Major Crimes?

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Roll Your Own YouTube/Flickr with MediaGoblin

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Everyone has wasted an afternoon on YouTube clicking through videos of talking cats, screaming goats and bad-lip-reading renditions of popular movies. Heck, there are plenty of YouTube videos of me doing odd and silly things as well. (Does anyone remember 'Buntu Family Theater?) For important family videos, however, I much prefer to control my own data. I've tried over the years to keep an archive of home movies and such in a folder on a server somewhere, but they never get seen because getting to them in inconvenient. That's where MediaGoblin comes in.

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FFmpeg 2.3.1 Arrives with Updated Packages

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FFmpeg 2.3.1, a complete solution to record, convert, and stream audio and video, is now available for download.

FFmpeg 2.3.1 is the latest major release of the software, and this current build is only a maintenance version and arrives just a few days after another major release was made available.

“2.3.1 was released on 2014-07-31. It is the latest stable FFmpeg release from the 2.3 release branch, which was cut from master on 2014-07-16. Amongst lots of other changes, it includes all changes from ffmpeg-mt, libav master of 2014-07-15, libav 10.2 as of 2014-07-15,” reads the official announcement.

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FFmpeg 2.2.5 Officially Released

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FFmpeg is the leading multimedia framework able to decode, encode, transcode, mux, demux, stream, filter, and play pretty much any media that humans and machines have created.

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GNOME DOCUMENTATION VIDEO: STATUS AND EXPERIENCES

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The last animations has been finished and I can now render out a full-fledged video about GNOME’s documentation efforts.

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Blender 2.71 Release Notes

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The Blender Foundation and online developer community is proud to present Blender 2.71. Much awaited new features for Cycles renderer include deformation motion blur, fire/smoke and volume rendering and a baking API. User interface now allows for draggable popups and resizable preview widgets. Animation has new interpolation types with “easing equations” presets. Modeling now allows to “split normals” and Sculpting/Painting has new HSL color wheel and constant detail in dyntopo. Game development now allows deactivating logic bricks, multi-threaded animations, cast only materials and “unlimited” action layers. Freestyle NPR rendering has a new textured strokes feature, along with line sorting options.

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OpenELEC 4.0.6 Is Now Based on Linux Kernel 3.14.8

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The OpenELEC makers usually follow the XMBC releases, but it's been a while since the last XBMC version. This doesn't mean that the devs will stay put and wait for changes to come from upstream. In fact, OpenELEC is a distro and there are other components that need to be updated and fixed, as necessary.

“This release includes some bugfixes, security fixes and improvements since& OpenELEC-4.0.5 . Besides the usual bugfixes and package updates we fixed boot issues on some AMD mainboards, added support for some more Intel, AR3k and ATH6k Bluetooth and WLAN devices, updated Kernel to 3.14.8 and updated the RaspberryPi firmware to include the last fixes and features. OpenELEC-4.0.6 is now the next stable release, which is a bugfix and securityfix release of the OpenELEC-4.0 series,” said the developers on the official website.

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Small Console Menu Utilities

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