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phpMyAdmin 4.2.0 Now Available for Download

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The final iteration of phpMyAdmin 4.2.0 has been released and comes with a large number of changes and improvements. It's been a while since the previous major update and, after a few RC versions, it was time for more important fixes.

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OpenELEC 4.0 Is an Embedded Linux OS Based on the Excellent XBMC 13.0 “Gotham”

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“The team has made a huge effort to make this one of our best releases yet. Since the OpenELEC 3.0 and 3.2.x releases, we have worked hard to improve OpenELEC in a number of areas. Some of these are visible changes, others are backend changes that aren’t as visible to every user but are certainly worth mentioning. OpenELEC-4.0 is now the next stable release, which is a feature release and the successor of OpenELEC-3.2 and older.”

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P2P File Sharing Software Vuze Receives New WebUI Plugin

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Vuze is a relatively lightweight BitTorrent client that can be used to download torrents and even acts as a search engine. There are multiple Linux clients in development and the competition is fierce. This is one of the reasons why Vuze receives so many updates.

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FFmpeg 2.2.2 “Muybridge” Now Up for Grabs

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FFmpeg 2.2 is the latest major release, and it was launched only a short while ago. It comes with a lot of new features, such as HNM version 4 demuxer and video decoder, Live HDS muxer, a complete Voxware MetaSound decoder, WebP encoding via libwebp, VP8 in Ogg demuxing, libx265 encoder, and more.

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Pandora Linux Client `Pithos` 1.0 Released, Install It In Ubuntu 14.04

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Pithos, a Pandora.com Linux client, was updated to version 1.0 recently. With this release, Pithos was ported to Python 3, GTK3 and GStreamer 1.0 but that's not all that's new - there are also some new features as well as a new app icon.

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Numix GTK Flat Theme Looks Amazing on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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Now, the Numix GTK theme has been updated to work with the latest version of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and it seems to integrate very well with the system. As usual, it’s not enough to just download the theme, you will also have to activate it. This means that you also need another application, such as Unity Tweak.

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XBMC 13.0 Gotham rises

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The dark night of waiting is finally over. Because here it is. The stable release of XBMC 13.0 Gotham edition. It has been months of hard work, improvements and testing since the 12.x releases. There have been around 530 commits (chunks of code change) done by 51 developers during this time. Also a large group of translators who aided in making the user interface available in your local language. So we would like to thank every one, inside and outside of Team XBMC for their hard work and effort to make this possible. Not to forget all users who have been using the monthly and nightly builds, helping us test this upcoming release, and all third-party software libraries we use

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Wine Announcement

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The Wine development release 1.7.18 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Improved OLE Accessible Object support.
- Window sizing improvements in the Mac driver.
- Fixes for various memory issues found by Valgrind.
- A few more MSHTML functions.
- Some DirectDraw cleanups.
- Various bug fixes.

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