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SMPlayer 14.9 Review – One of the Best Movie Players for Linux

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In this article I will overview the main things that make SMPlayer stand out of the crowd, putting it on the top of the video playback applications list. SMPlayer is written in Qt 4.8 and uses MPlayer2 for video playback. Personally I have only words of praise for this player, which is why I decided to write this review. So let’s proceed and see what the most important features of SMPlayer are.

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Leftovers: Screenshots

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Musique for Linux Review – A Minimalistic Player for You and Your Music

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Musique is a minimalistic music player for the Linux platform that features a simple and clean interface. It's not like there is a lack of open source music players, so we've decided to see if this one is any good.

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Calibre for Linux Review – The Best App for Anything Related to eBooks

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I reviewed Calibre back when it was at version 0.8.24 and the 1.0 version was nowhere in sight. Even back then, the software was chock-full of features and options. It was difficult to imagine that it could bring even more improvements to the table, but it did.

In fact, it's safe to say that a large number of eBook readers crossed paths with Calibre at one point or another, and it's likely that most of those users found what they had been looking for.

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Calibre for Linux Review – The Best App for Anything Related to eBooks

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Calibre is the premiere application on the Linux platform to convert, edit, view, and download eBooks. It has so many features it would be difficult just to count them all, but it's time to take a closer look at this app and see what changed in the years that passed since our last review.

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Black Lab Linux 6.0 Beta 2 Is a Bizarrely Attractive Xfce Desktop

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Black Lab Linux 6.0 Beta 2, a distribution that is now based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and is using the Xfce desktop environment, has been released for download and testing.

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OpenMandriva 2014.1 review

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OpenMandriva Lx 2014.1 is the latest edition of OpenMandriva, a desktop distribution derived from the old Mandriva Linux.

Though OpenMandriva Lx 2014.1 is a minor update to OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0, which was released back in June (2014), it comes with some significant changes, including, according to the Release Notes, support for booting on computers with UEFI firmware. To quote from the Release Notes: “This is the first release of OpenMandriva Lx that incorporates support for UEFI booting.” Interestingly, the same thing was said of OpenMandriva 2014.0.

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Hands-on review: Probox2 EX Android 4.4 TV box

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This hands-on review examines the Probox2 EX media streaming box, featuring Android 4.4, a quad-core Cortex-A9 SoC, 4k video, Miracast, and an air-mouse.

W2Comp began shipping the Android 4.4-based Probox2 EX media streaming mini-PC last month. Compared to the company’s earlier media streaming products, the $150 Probox2 EX uses a faster Amlogic quad-core processor and runs Android 4.4 (“KitKat”). On the wireless side it advances from Bluetooth 2.0 to 4.0, and features dual-band 802.11 b/g/n support that uses 5.8GHz instead of 5GHz as its upper band, resulting in reduced interference, according to W2Comp. (More hardware details appear farther below.)

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Unchanging Unicorn: Don't be disappointed with Ubuntu 14.10, be happy

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A number of Ubuntu flavours – Kubuntu, Ubuntu Gnome, Xubuntu and the brand new Ubuntu Mate (yes, it's official now) – this month participated in the first beta release of the next Ubuntu – 14.10, or Utopic Unicorn.

The main Unity Desktop was absent, meaning what's called the second beta (and is now available) is the first and only beta for the main Ubuntu 14.10.

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Manjaro Linux 0.8.10 Ascella KDE Edition : Video Review and Screenshots

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Manjaro Linux 0.8.10 Ascella KDE Edition is the latest version of manjaro linux distribution with KDE desktop environment. Manjaro Linux is a lightweight, user-friendly, desktop-oriented Linux distribution based on Arch Linux. Key features include intuitive installation process, automatic hardware detection, stable rolling-release model, ability to install multiple kernels, special Bash scripts for managing graphics drivers and extensive desktop configurability.

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