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Critical Apps Missing From Linux

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Most people believe that moving from Windows to Linux isn't possible because it lacks critical software and tools they need. Perhaps in some limited instances they're right, but I believe the bigger challenge is making sure critical workflows remain intact.

In this article I'll examine two application workflows that are often not considered until the need for these tools arise.

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Avidemux 2.6.9 Open Source Video Editor Released with x265 and Qt 5 Support

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After more than a year of absence, the excellent Avidemux open-source video editor designed for all sorts of encoding, cutting, and filtering tasks, which runs under Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems and supports numerous file types, including AVI, MP4, DVD, and ASF, just reached version 2.6.9.

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  • Calibre 2.28 Can Now Convert Any eBook to DOCX

    Calibre, an eBook reader, converter, and editor that works on multiple platforms, has been upgraded to version 2.28 and it brings a very important new feature, the ability to convert any ebook to a DOCX file.

  • Git 2.4.1 Out Now with Dozens of Improvements and Bug Fixes

    The Git development team is proud to announce the immediate availability for download of the first maintenance release for Git 2.4, the stable branch of the acclaimed open-source distributed version control system.

  • A Small Python Project (coursera-dl) Activites

    Lately, I have been dedicating a lot of my time (well, at least compared to what I used to) to Free Software projects. In particular, I have spent a moderate amount of time with two projects written in Python.

    In this post, I want to talk about the first, more popular project is called coursera-dl. To be honest, I think that I may have devoted much more time to it than to any other project in particular.

  • PHP version 5.4.41, 5.5.25 and 5.6.9

    RPM of PHP version 5.6.9 are available in remi repository for Fedora ≥ 21 and remi-php56 repository for Fedora ≤ 20 and Enterprise Linux (RHEL, CentOS).

  • GlusterFS 3.7.0 has been released, introducing many new features and improvements

    Yesterday morning in Barcelona, the day after the Gluster Summit, GlusterFS 3.7.0 got released. Close to 600 bug reports, a mix of feature requests, enhancements and problems have been addressed in a little over 1220 patches since July last year.

Wine Announcement

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The Wine development release 1.7.43 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Improved support for Shell Browser windows.
- Some more API Sets libraries.
- Read/write operations support with built-in devices.
- Major Catalan translation update.
- Support for WoW64 mode on ARM64.
- Various bug fixes.

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  • Music players on Linux: choice or confusion?

    Using Linux on the desktop on your computers will lead anyone to rely on a media or music player. A media player may not play movies (contrary to a movie player) but should be able to handle playlists, albums, and podcasts. What people quickly discover though is that the Linux platform has a many of these. A lot, actually. But it is difficult to know which one to choose, and depending on the distribution you may need to install additional codecs and other bits. Another aggravating factor is that while choice is good in these matters, no player really seems to stand out for each kind of platform. In my view, it has been already been several years that the choice of an actual media player for Linux is confusing. So confusing, sometimes, that I find myself wondering whether I shouldn’t turn directly to EMMS (yes, it’s that bad).

  • Multi-Platform BitTorrent Client `qBittorrent` Sees New Major Release

    qBittorrent 3.2.0 was released recently and it includes numerous changes such as support for Qt5, rewritten WebUI code, episode filtering for RSS, per tracker re-announce and much more.

  • Pandora Client `Pithos` 1.1.0 And 1.0.2 Released

    Two new Pithos versions were released yesterday: 1.1.0 (for GTK 3.14+ only) and 1.0.2 and they include an important bug fix which caused the app to stop playing randomly.

  • The Wine Developers Are Discussing On Whether To Implement USB Support For Wine Or Not
  • ScudCloud: Unofficial Slack Client For Linux

    Slack is a team communication platform which features persistent chat rooms organized by topic, private groups and direct messaging, all searchable from one search box. Furthermore, the app integrates with Google Docs and Dropbox, GitHub and many others.

New to Linux? 5 Apps You Didn’t Know You Were Missing

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When you moved to Linux, you went straight for the obvious browsers, cloud clients, music players, email clients, and perhaps image editors, right? As a result, you’ve missed several vital, productive tools. Here’s a roundup of five umissable Linux apps that you really need to install.

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Wireshark 1.12.5 Officially Released, Still the World’s Most Popular Network Analyzer

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Wireshark, the world's most popular open-source, cross-platform, and free network analyzer software, has been updated to version 1.12.5, a release that fixes numerous issues, patches important security vulnerabilities, and updates protocol support.

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