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Pick of the Bunch: Console Internet Applications

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A console application is computer software which is able to be used via a text-only computer interface, the command line interface, or a text-based interface included within a graphical user interface operating system, such as a terminal emulator (such as GNOME Terminal or the aforementioned Terminator). Whereas a graphical user interface application generally involves using the mouse and keyboard (or touch control), with a console application the primary (and often only) input method is the keyboard. Many console applications are command line tools, but there is a wealth of software that has a text-based user interface making use of ncurses, a library which allow programmers to write text-based user interfaces.

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Dropbox 2.11.0 for Linux Brings a Revamped User Interface

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MPV 0.4.1 MPlayer-Based Video Player App for Linux Released

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MPV, an open-source video player application for Linux kernel-based operating systems, forked from the well-known MPlayer software and designed to be as lightweight as possible, reached version 0.4.1.

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Meld 3.11.2 Diff and Merge Tool for GNOME Has Been Released

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Meld, an open-source file/folder diff and merge graphical software designed for the GNOME desktop environment, has reached version 3.11.2. This is a development release geared towards Meld 3.12 and includes a couple of new features, updated translations and many bugfixes.

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Wine Announcement

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The Wine development release 1.7.22 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Support for Unicode bracketing pairs.
- Improved Internet cookie support.
- OS X CoreAudio driver uses AUHAL instead of AudioQueue.
- Initial support for geographical information.
- Various bug fixes.

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APT (Advanced Package Tool) 1.0.6 Gets Assorted Bugfixes and Improvements

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Debian
Ubuntu

APT 1.0.6 brings various fixes, among which we can mention one for an issue with the Plural-Forms fields, several encoding problems, and issues with the format specifier order in translations and unfuzzy DocBook translations.

Furthermore, the application no longer cleans "/" in pkgArchiveCleaner and pkgAcquire::Clean, no longer parses invalid translation files, uses the Req.str() function in the debug output, and only displays DEB packages as upgradable if the CandidateVer option is equal with zero.

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GNOME's Tracker 1.1.1 Released with a Brand New Extractor

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The Tracker 1.1.1 release brings a brand new extractor, improves the extraction of content from ODT files by omitting line breaks and embedded tabs, and adds previously untranslated strings to the control component of Tracker.

Furthermore, the --watch command-line option has been added in order to allow the user to watch for database changes, language, author, and copyright information can now be extracted from ISO images, and AppData with screenshots for application stores has been added.

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Exclusive interview with Nitrux founder Uri Herrera

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Nitrux SA. is well known for their themes and icons and recently they also collaborated with the KDE Community for the default icons of Plasma Next. Nitrux does much more than just themes and icons and in this exclusive interview, the founder and main designer of Nitrux, Uri Herrera talks about it.

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Calligra 2.8.5 Released

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This is the last but one update to the 2.8 series of the Calligra Suite, and Calligra Active released to fix recently found issues. The Calligra team recommends everybody to update.

Why is 2.8.4 skipped? Shortly before 2.8.4 release we discovered bug that sneaked in 2.8.2 version and decided to skip the 2.8.4 entirely and quickly release 2.8.5 instead with a proper fix. The bug is related to not showing file formats in Save dialogs.

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Also: Calligra 2.8.5 Released

Mobile Phone Management Made Easy

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Mobile phone users should not regard their computer only as the means of recharging their phone, or transferring files to and from the phone's storage. There's a lot more than you can do with your Linux box. This article illustrates some good open source tools that let you manage your mobile phone.

Whilst there is a scarcity of open source mobile phone management software, there are still some excellent tools available for Linux.

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Corebird, An Alternative GTK+3 Twitter Client

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If you're like me, you may not have heard much about Corebird, a native GTK+3 Twitter client. Which is a bit surprising really, as Corebird is a very nice and stable application that holds it's own with any of the other clients out there and deserves more love.

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Wine 1.7.21 released

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Gaming

The Wine development release 1.7.21 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Support for critical sections in the C runtime.
- Unicode data updated to Unicode 7.0.
- Support for interlaced PNG encoding.
- Initial stub for the Packager library.
- Various bug fixes.

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PCManFM 1.2.1 File Manager Released with Numerous Fixes

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What are the alternatives to Skype on Linux

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It is pretty much acknowledged by now that Skype is evil. Maybe not as evil as a DRM on a brand new game, but very close. To summarize the events, Skype has been bought by Microsoft, has been spied on by the NSA, is now quitting its peer-to-peer protocol for a centralized system, and on top of that, is proprietary software. The worst of it is that just like a DRM on a game, we put up with all of this for the product. It is true that Skype at first did help users go into the VoIP realm. Its interface is intuitive, and its setup is simple. However, it is time to move on. For this, here is a list of six software to replace Skype with on Linux.

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