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R.I.P. Reader: Examining Adobe's history of disdain towards Linux users

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Linux users have recently been celebrating the arrival of an official Photoshop for Linux— yup, once Adobe’s Photoshop-streaming-via-Creative-Cloud is out of beta for Chrome, Linux users will be able to use Photoshop in an official way.

But Adobe hasn’t suddenly fallen in love with Linux. In fact, whatever support they provide for Linux seems purely coincidental. Adobe has been going out of their way to kill their consumer Linux software in the past few years: Reader, Flash, and AIR for Linux have all been axed.

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Leftovers: Software

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Kate’s Mascot: Kate the Woodpecker

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After the first KF 5 release, I contacted the creator of the Krita mascot Kiki and the KF 5 dragons artwork, Tyson Tan, if he would be interested in design a Kate mascot, too. He immediately agreed to help out and after some months of roundtrips, here we go!

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Compact Text Editors Great for Remote Editing and Much More

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All of these text editors are console based applications which make them ideal for editing files on remote machines. Textadept also provides a graphical user interface, but remains fast and minimalist.

Console based applications are also light on system resources (very useful on low spec machines), can be faster and more efficient than their graphical counterparts, they do not stop working when X needs to be restarted, and are great for scripting purposes.

I have selected my favorite open source text editors that are frugal on system resources.

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TuxArena | IRC Clients for Linux

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Being one of the most flexible, text-based chatting protocol, IRC has been around for over 20 years and it is still heavily used to this day.
Here are five Internet Relay Chat clients with a graphical interface. Terminal-based IRC clients are not covered here. I also didn't include (except for a Firefox extension included as a bonus - ChatZilla) clients which are available in general-purpose instant messaging applications, like Pidgin or Kopete, but if you use these, you should be aware they support IRC too, and for some users it may be a better option to use an application with unified interface for all the chatting protocols instead one separate program for each.

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Wine Developers Contemplate A Kernel-Like Staging Tree

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Wine developers are contemplating a staging-like tree where new changes could be introduced faster before being mainlined inside Wine, but this idea doesn't catch the fancy of all Wine developers.

Michael Müller who is responsible for the Pipelight way of getting Netflix on Linux (though it's no longer really needed if running Chrome on Linux where you can now natively play Netflix using HTML5 EME), took a concerted effort to the Wine development list about having a staging tree.

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