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LXLE 14.04.1 & 12.04.5 released.

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Lastly, LXLE will be sticking with torrent only downloads which is a decentralized open source choice that was heavily influenced by Crunchbang. There is nothing wrong or inherently bad about using torrents vs direct downloads, plenty of questionable software is hosted on a server. Torrents receive a bad rap because many choose to use it for piracy, that's not the fault of the protocol that's the fault of users in general. Considering the size of the LXLE ISO it also makes technical sense since downloads speeds are far greater than with traditional direct downloads.

As a final note, release doesn't mean bug free, perhaps close but never perfect as proven often.

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Enlightenment's EFL 1.12 Alpha Has Evas GL-DRM Engine, OpenGL ES 1.1 Support

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The first alpha release for the 1.12 version of the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) was released this week.

EFL 1.12 Alpha 1 has some notable changes including the addition of the gl-drm engine for allowing OpenGL directly over Enlightenment's DRM back-end, support from reading the screen geometry with the ecore-drm backend, support for client-side rotation in Evas GL, and support for OpenGL ES 1.1 within Evas GL.

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In wake of Anonabox, more crowdsourced Tor router projects make their pitch

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Last week, Ars reported on the story of Anonabox, an effort by a California developer to create an affordable privacy-protecting device based on the open source OpenWRT wireless router software and the Tor Project’s eponymous Internet traffic encryption and anonymization software. Anonabox was pulled from Kickstarter after accusations that the project misrepresented its product and failed to meet some basic security concerns—though its developers still plan to release their project for sale through their own website.
But Anonabox’s brief campaign on Kickstarter has demonstrated demand for a simple, inexpensive way to hide Internet traffic from prying eyes. And there are a number of other projects attempting to do what Anonabox promised. On Kickstarter competitor Indiegogo there’s a project called Invizbox that looks almost identical to Anonabox—except for the approach its team is taking to building and marketing the device.

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3 Alternatives to the Adobe PDF Reader on Linux

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Adobe has pulled the plug on supporting its PDF reader app for Linux. This should come as no surprise, as the last time Adobe Reader for Linux was updated came in May 2013. But until recently, you could at least download and install Reader on your Linux desktop machine. Now? You can’t. If you go to the Adobe Reader site, you’ll find the Linux installer is no longer available.

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Kodi 14.0 Beta Is Getting Closer to Release

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Kodi 14.0 is the successor of the current XBMC project and it will be out in a few months, but until then, the developers have detailed some of the changes and improvements that will be made available with this new release.

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Top 4 Linux network managers

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Part of your command line toolset, ifconfig can be used from your CLI or terminal emulator and is the bedrock of network management – many other network managing tools roll this up as part of the package, while some people prefer to use it direct. Check the docs for instructions on the options available.

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Wine 1.7.29 Is Still Implementing DirectWrite

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A day after the debut of CodeWeavers CrossOver 14.0, Wine 1.7.29 is now available.

Going back several months over these bi-weekly Wine 1.7 development releases, developers have been working on DirectWrite support. DirectWrite is a text layout and glyph rendering API with hardware aceleration that began in the Windows 7 days to replace their GDI(+) interface. DirectWrite is an alternative to the open-source Pango and Cairo libraries. With today's 1.7.29 release, this Microsoft API is still being targeted.

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