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Kodi "Leia" 18.4 Release

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Another couple of months have passed since we last pushed out a release, and so, in our ongoing efforts to produce the best media software in the world, it's time to squash another few of those more irritating bugs. Usual rules apply: don't expect any new features, don't think that this will change your life, it won't make you richer or more attractive, but it will hopefully be more stable and usable for people who've been victims of any of these bugs.

So, what have we done? Well, you can find a full summary of closed pull requests here, but the summary would be...

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Also: Kodi 18.4 Released With A Few Months Worth Of Fixes

Shows/Videos: TROM-Jaro, CubicleNate Noodlings, Los Angeles Department of Transportation and Cloud Foundry Foundation

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Popular mpv Player is now Celluloid

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The popular media player mpv is renamed as Celluloid and released latest installment.

Celluloid (formerly GNOME mpv) is a GTK+ based free and open source media player. Celluloid is very lightweight and can easily be adapated as an alternative to popular VLC Media player. This slick media player interacts with mpv via the client API exported by libmpv, allowing access to mpv’s powerful playback capabilities.

Some notable features of Celluloid includes the implementation of MPRIS D-Bus Interface which allows for better integration with desktop environments that have compatible MPRIS clients, fully functional Wayland support.

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FFmpeg 4.2 "Ada"

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FFmpeg 4.2 "Ada", a new major release, is now available! Some of the highlights:

tpad filter
AV1 decoding support through libdav1d
dedot filter
chromashift and rgbashift filters
freezedetect filter
truehd_core bitstream filter
dhav demuxer
PCM-DVD encoder
GIF parser
vividas demuxer
hymt decoder
anlmdn filter
maskfun filter
hcom demuxer and decoder
ARBC decoder
libaribb24 based ARIB STD-B24 caption support (profiles A and C)
Support decoding of HEVC 4:4:4 content in nvdec and cuviddec
removed libndi-newtek
agm decoder
KUX demuxer
AV1 frame split bitstream filter
lscr decoder
lagfun filter
asoftclip filter
Support decoding of HEVC 4:4:4 content in vdpau
colorhold filter
xmedian filter
asr filter
showspatial multimedia filter
VP4 video decoder
IFV demuxer
derain filter
deesser filter
mov muxer writes tracks with unspecified language instead of English by default
added support for using clang to compile CUDA kernels

We strongly recommend users, distributors, and system integrators to upgrade unless they use current git master.

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Also: FFmpeg 4.2 Released With AV1 Decoding Support, GIF Parser

OSMC's July update is here

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OSMC's July update is now here and we continue to improve the OSMC experience for all of our users over the Summer. We have also been working on adding support for 3D Frame Packed (MVC) output for Vero 4K / 4K + and will make test builds available during the week on the forums. We are still preparing Raspberry Pi 4 images and will make these available soon.

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VLC FUD Galore (Misclassification of Bug and Threat)

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Some Interesting Features In VLC and Typical FUD From Bogdan Popa

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  • Some Interesting Features In VLC!

    VLC is one of the best video and audio player applications that are open source. We can install this application on various existing operating systems such as Linux, MAC, Windows, and also Android.

  • Critical Flaw in VLC Media Player Discovered by German Cybersecurity Agency [Ed: Will dedicated Microsoft propagandists like Bogdan Popa also write about NSA back doors in Windows or always just focus on smearing FOSS security? There are security bugs found every day, but back doors are an actual conspiracy; yet corporate media sponsored by the conspirators likes to deflect all blame to those who find/exploit these back doors.]

    A critical security flaw in VLC Media Player has recently been discovered by German cybersecurity watchdog CERT-Bund, who warns that a successful attack would allow for remote code execution.
    The vulnerability exists in VLC Media Player version 3.0.7.1, according to the official CVE-2019-13615, which is the latest stable release of the application.

Kodi "Leia" 18.3 Release

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Two months have passed since our last bugfix release and already we have a new one ready...

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Also: Kodi 18.3 Adds DTS-HD Audio Track Support To Its Music Player, Various Fixes

Meet Kdenlive: Free Open Source NLE That Aims for Professionals

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As the battle of the NLEs continues between the big four (Premiere Pro, FCPX, Avid, and DaVinci Resolve), there are a few underdogs that aim to conquer the market. One of them is Kdenlive.

It’s important to mention that this NLE is not new. The project was started by Jason Wood in 2002 and is now maintained by a small team of developers. Being an open source project constitutes as a significant advantage since it’s backed up by a massive community of contributors that have the privilege of improving and making the software to be more sharpened from an R&D point of view.

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4 of the Best Video-Editing Software for Linux

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It’s often said that macOS is the best platform for video- and photo-editing, but that isn’t necessarily true. You can edit videos professionally using a PC running Linux, so long as you have the right video-editing software installed.

In most cases, video-editing software for Linux is free to use. That makes it a great platform for budget-focused hobbyists and professionals alike to start cutting up their content. If you want to get started, here are four of the best Linux video editors for you to try.

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  • The FSB’s personal hackers How Evil Corp, the world’s most powerful hacking collective, takes advantage of its deep family ties in the Russian intelligence community

    On December 5, the U.S. government formally indicted members of the Russian hacker group “Evil Corp.” Washington says these men are behind “the world’s most egregious cyberattacks,” causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to banks. The Justice Department believes Evil Corp’s leader is Maxim Yakubets, who remains at large and was still actively involved in hacking activities as recently as March 2019. Meduza investigative journalist Liliya Yapparova discovered that Evil Corp’s hackers belong to the families of high-ranking Russian state bureaucrats and security officials. She also learned more about the Russian intelligence community’s close ties to Maxim Yakubets, whose arrest is now worth $5 million to the United States.

Programming Leftovers

  • Fedora 32 Will Feature Bleeding-Edge Compilers Again With LLVM 10 + GCC 10

    Fedora Linux is on track to deliver another bleeding-edge compiler toolchain stack with Fedora 32 due out this spring.  Fedora's spring releases have tended to always introduce new GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) releases that are generally out a few weeks before the April~May Fedora releases. Thanks to Red Hat employing several GCC developers that collaborate with Fedora, they tend to stick to ensuring Fedora ships new GCC releases quite quickly while managing minimal bugs -- in part due to tracking GCC development snapshots well before launch to begin the package rebuilds. 

  • What makes Python a great language?

    I know I’m far from the only person who has opined about this topic, but figured I’d take my turn. A while ago I hinted on Twitter that I have Thoughts(tm) about the future of Python, and while this is not going to be that post, this is going to be important background for when I do share those thoughts. If you came expecting a well researched article full of citations to peer-reviewed literature, you came to the wrong place. Similarly if you were hoping for unbiased and objective analysis. I’m not even going to link to external sources for definitions. This is literally just me on a soap box, and you can take it or leave it. I’m also deliberately not talking about CPython the runtime, pip the package manager, venv the %PATH% manipulator, or PyPI the ecosystem. This post is about the Python language. My hope is that you will get some ideas for thinking about why some programming languages feel better than others, even if you don’t agree that Python feels better than most.

  • Python String Replace

    In this article, we will talk about how to replace a substring inside a string in Python, using the replace() method. .replace() Method In Python, strings are represented as immutable str objects. The str class comes with many methods that allow you to manipulate strings. The .replace() method takes the following syntax: str.replace(old, new[, maxreplace]) str - The string you are working with. old – The substring you want to replace.