Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Ubuntu Developer Week 2012: 28th - 30th August

Daniel Holbach from Canonical proudly announced a few minutes ago, August 22nd, the schedule of this year's second Ubuntu Developer Week event.

The second Ubuntu Developer Week event for 2012 will take place between August 28th and 30th, and will cover several aspects of Ubuntu development, from crash-courses in getting started with working on Ubuntu to more advanced topics.

Among the topics that will be covered at the event we can mention: Getting started with Ubuntu development, writing apps with Quickly, Ubuntu WebApps, ARM hacking, Python3, desktop integration, fixing bugs in Ubuntu, using Juju to deploy services, Ubuntu One DB, Ubuntu’s QA infrastructure, and much more.

To participate, all you have to do is join the #ubuntu-classroom channel on Sessions start Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 at 15:00 UTC and will end on Thursday, August 30th, 2012, at 19:30 UTC. More details can be found on the official website.

PCLinuxOS 2012.08

PCLinuxOS 2012.08, a new version of the project's easy-to-use Linux-based operating system for x86 desktops or laptops, has been released: "PCLinuxOS KDE and KDE MiniME 2012.08 are now available for download. These are 32-bit quarterly update ISO images which can also be installed on 64-bit computers. Features: Linux kernel for maximum desktop performance; full KDE 4.8.3 desktop; NVIDIA and ATI fglrx driver support; multimedia playback support for many popular formats; wireless support for many network devices; printer support for many local and networked printer devices; addlocale allows you to convert PCLinuxOS into over 60 languages; LibreOffice manager can install LibreOffice supporting over 100 languages; MyLiveCD allows you to take a snapshot of your installation and burn it to a live CD/DVD...." See the distribution's download page for more information about this version. Download: pclinuxos-kde-2012.08.iso (868MB, MD5).

Audio Tag Editor `Puddletag` 1.0.0 Stable Released

Puddletag is an awesome Mp3tag-like audio tag editor for Linux which uses a spreadsheet layout so the tags are always visible, making it easy to edit them.

The application comes with a highly customizable interface and supports mass tagging and most features that should exist in an audio tag editor like extracting tag information from filenames, ranaming files based on their tags, along with some other cool features like support for downloading cover art via Amazon or retrieving tags from Discogs, FreeDB or MusicBrainz.

After 8 months of work, Puddletag 1.0.0 stable has been released today. Here are the major changes included in the latest Puddletag 1.0.0:
  • AcoustID support: AcoustID is a music fingerprinting service that works by calculating a unique fingerprint for your audio files and trying to match it to data in the AcoustID database. This allows you to find information for tracks that have no metadata. To be able to use this, you'll need libchromaprint-tools and libchromaprint0 - in Ubuntu, install them using "sudo apt-get install libchromaprint-tools libchromaprint0"
  • Mp3tag tag sources are fully supported
  • Massively updated parser
  • Fixed Amazon tag source as now requires AssociateTag to do lookups.
  • Improved mass tagging
  • Support for MusicBrainz's and Discogs's new API
  • $regex function added.
  • Updated icon
  • ID3v2.3 frames are written in same order as Mp3tag's.
  • VA album lookups for Discogs.
  • And many bug fixes

For how to use Puddletag, visit its online documentation (includes some tutorials too).

Install Puddletag in Ubuntu

To add the WebUpd8 Puddletag PPA and install the latest Puddletag 1.0 in Ubuntu Quantal, Precise, Oneiric, Natty, Maverick or Lucid, use the following commands (the package is also available in the main WebUpd8 PPA):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/puddletag
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install puddletag
For other Linux distributions (there are also .deb files available for 
download if you don't want to use our PPA), get Puddletag via SourceForge. 

GNOME Shell 3.6 Beta Has Been Released

The GNOME Project announced earlier today, August 22nd, the immediate availability for download and testing of GNOME Shell 3.6 Beta.  

This is the first Beta release of the GNOME Shell 3.6 interface for the GNOME desktop environment and includes lots of improvements and features, such as lock screen improvements, better styling of keyring prompt, display enterprise login hint, and many more.

The official changelog for GNOME Shell 3.6 Beta can be viewed here.

GNOME Shell 3.6 Beta is part of the new GNOME 3.6 desktop upgrade, which will be released on September 26th, 2012. 

Download GNOME Shell 3.6 Beta

SalineOS 2.0 Dev 1

Anthony Nordquist has announced the availability of the first development build of SalineOS 2.0, a
desktop Linux distribution based on Debian "Wheezy": "The first development release of the Debian Wheezy-based SalineOS 2.0 is now available for download. New in this release: an installer written from the ground up; a custom firewall utility; a brand-new backup suite to compliment Remastersys; a total of 32 Thunar custom actions; simple disk clean-up utility; new GTK+ theme and new icon theme; a simple GTK+ application for handling APT and pkgkit; Exaile is replacing Rhythmbox; Midori is replacing Chromium; Baobab and gedit have been removed from the default install; KVM is now included, a simple and straightforward KVM virtual disk creator and manager...." Read the rest of the release announcement for additional details and known issues. Download: SalineOS-2.0-Dev1-i686-pae.iso (868MB, torrent), SalineOS-2.0-Dev1-AMD64.iso (886MB, torrent).