VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.8.6 has been released. New in VLC 0.8.6 is bug fixing and a handful of new features -- Windows Media Player 9 support, Adobe Flash support, H.264 decoding, and a full-screen controller. The VLC Media Player 0.8.6 download is available here for all major platforms.
Yesterday LightScribe had released their first Linux Software Development Kit (SDK) for Linux. This SDK allows developers to build software that can use LightScribe Technology. The SDK download is available in RPM format, and can be found here. Also available for Linux is the system software and a simple labeler (download links).
In the road to GIMP 2.4.0, GIMP 2.3.13 has been released as the latest development build. More bug-fixes and cleaning has went into this release, but also making its way into the release are new features like embedded color profiles, scalable brushes, improved help browser, and a new Script-Fu Scheme interpreter. The GIMP Change-log and downloads are available so you may join in on this GNOME 2.3.13 development fun.
The 2.0 release of the Firebird database software is now available. All of the information on this release can be found here.
The fifth beta candidate in the road to GAIM 2.0.0 has been released. This release primarily fixes issues that were presented with Beta 4. The news entry and downloads are available from SourceForge.
After test candidates, Songbird 0.2 has finally been released. Songbird 0.2 supports all major platforms, multi-language support, "Play The Web" feature, and developer life-cycle tools. The release announcement can be found at the Songbird Nest.
The fourth Beta release in the GAIM 2.0 cycle has been released. The two major improvements in GAIM 2.0.0 Beta 4 is the default ability when closing the buddy list to minimize to the system tray (previously it required the use of an applet) and communication abilities with NetworkManager. GAIM now has the ability to communicate with NetworkManager to check the network status prior to logging-in. The release announcement can be found here, while Planet GAIM has more details on this release.
Linux.com has coverage of The GIMP's next-generation imaging core. This next-generation imaging core (GEGL), was publicly demonstrated at the Piksel 06. GEGL -- short for Generic Graphical Library -- was previously considered dead but is making a comeback thanks to The GIMP. More information can be found in this article, along with two screenshots.
Enlightenment 0.16.8.4 has been released. This Enlightenment release is primarily targeted to address bugs and other maintenance items. The latest packages and more information are available from SourceForge.
On the sixth year anniversary of OpenOffice.org, version 2.0.4 was released. OpenOffice v2.0.4 introduces new PDF management, direct export to LaTex, new functionality in Calc and Impress, and many more enhancements. The download page for OpenOffice.org 2.0.4 is here, and here are the release notes.
After the 1.3 Beta release earlier this year for Skype on Linux, the official release has finally come out. Skype v126.96.36.199 fixes several bugs present from the previous 188.8.131.52 Beta. The Linux change-log can be found here, meanwhile the downloads are available here.
Over a year after starting development on the LAME (LAME Ain't an MP3 Encoder) 3.97 branch, the first Beta has been released. Some of the stated improvements include improved built-in presets, faster performance, and an updated DirectShow interface. More can be found at the SourceForge page.
Songbird v0.2 RC1 has been released for Linux, Macintosh, and Windows platforms. With this being the first release candidate, the official 0.2 release is still weeks away. The Songbird project is still in need of people to report bugs as well as helping with translations. More on Songbird can be found at their new website.
Subversion 1.4.0 has been released, which delivers on several new features for this open-source revision control application. Subversion 1.4.0 includes BDB 4.4, repository auto-recovery support, and a new tool for synchronizing repositories (svnsync). There are also several speed enhancements and bug fixes. More information can be found at the Subversion web-site.
Over 12 years since the project was started, FreeDOS version 1.0 has finally been released! FreeDOS v1.0 should now be a "viable and stable" MS-DOS replacement. FAT32 is supported as well as long filename support. Grab it and find out more over at SourceForge.
Finally the latest version of SPECViewPerf (v9.0) is now available for UNIX/Linux systems. More information on SPECViewPerf 9.0 is available here. A thread has been setup over on the Phoronix Forums for discussion.
Blender 3D has reached version 2.42. New Blender 2.42 features include a new render pipeline, node editing, sequence editor, new mesh tools, anisotropic materials, improved fluid simulation, and better character simulation tools. The release announcement can be found at Blender Nation.
A bug-fix release only is now out for AbiWord. AbiWord v2.4.5 integrates a great deal of changes into this release. Amongst the changes are a completely rewriten DocBook export filter, security bug(s), import/export fixes for OpenDocument, and addressing stability issues on x86_64. AbiWord v2.4.5 is available from AbiSource.
The Linux video editor Cinelerra has reached version 2.1. In this new major release are changes from audio layer improvements to full OpenGL support during playback for compositing and effects. More information on CInelerra is available here.
The Firebird Database 2.0 RC3 builds are now available for download. Of the available builds is now support for x86_64 Linux. If no problems occur, this will likely be the version that goes gold.
As pointed out here, a series of patches are planned by a group of engineers from multiple corporations to add support for very large file-systems. These new changes will be brought to the table in version Ext4.
OppenOffice.org version 2.0.3 has been released. In this release are performance improvements as well as advancements with Microsoft Office format compatibility, and support for Intel Macs. The OpenOffice.org v2.0.3 release notes are here.
Linux source and binaries are now available for Songbird, which is what will hopefully turn into an excellent media player. For the source, Songbird now has up a public Subversion server. More on this exciting announcement can be found here.
The Inkscape community today officially released the latest version of its vector graphic drawing software. Inkscape 0.44 adds many new features, is faster and more usable, better supports SVG, is translated into more languages (17 on last count), and adds a lot of polish and refinement. http://www.inkscape.org/
After yesterday's announcement of SPECViewPerf 9.0, there was no sign of the Linux/Solaris x86 versions. Cathy of SPEC Corporation has finally gotten back with us and she has let us know that at this time they don't yet have a release date for the Linux version, other than it will be the reasonable near future. More information will be passed along as it is gathered.
Simple DirectMedia Layer, or commonly referred to as SDL, has reached version 1.2.10 today. Contained in this new release are major changes, so you are best off taking a look at the change-log. Some of the new items though do include a revamped build system and API improvements.
Yet another software release this afternoon is the announcement of SPECViewPerf version 9.0 from the (SPEC) Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Some of the major changes include two new viewsets, a totally reconstructed viewset, and code alterations for improvements in the testing environment to make the results more life-like by the respective workstation applications. The new SPECViewPerf 9.0 viewsets are based upon UGS Teamcenter Visualization Mockup and UGS NX 3. There are a lot of other improvements also found in this major 9.0 release. At this time, only the Windows version is available to download, however, the Linux 9.0 code is expected soon. We have been aware of an approaching mid-May launch by SPEC, but we are waiting on hearing back when GNU/Linux or Solaris x86 users will have this new version. More information is in the press release.
Common UNIX Printing System, CUPS, has reached version 1.2.0. This first stable release in the 1.2.x series comes with more than 90 new features. Among the features is a greatly improved web-interface and improvements with "plug-and-print" support. Certainly this CUPS 1.2.0 release is worth checking out.
VIM, one of the popular Linux editors, has reached version 7. Packed in VIM 7 after years of development are a great deal of new features. Some of the new features include spell checking support, intelligent completion for C - HTML - Ruby - Python - PHP, etc..., tab pages, highlighting of cursor line, internal grep, searches compressed files, and browsing remote directories are among the features. More is at VIM.
NVIDIA has today unleashed Cg 1.5 Beta 1. The Cg Toolkit is a compiler for NVIDIA's Cg language. Cg also uses runtime libraries for use with both leading graphics APIs (DirectX & OpenGL), runtime libraries for CgFX, example applications, and extensive documentation. This language presently supports over 24 different OpenGL and DirectX profile targets, and is designed to allow the developer to write stunning interface effects into 3D applications. Several new features are added into this 1.5 Beta 1 over the previous 1.4 version. Linux and Windows install packages remain available. More information is available at NVIDIA's Cg developer site. Will this Cg 1.5 Beta 1 be complimented today by the release of the new Linux drivers? We do not know for certainty at this point but stay tuned.
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