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Pitivi Video Editor Surpasses 50% Crowdfunding Goal, Releases Version 0.94

kxra writes With the latest developments, Pitivi is proving to truly be a promising libre video editor for GNU distributions as well as a serious contender for bringing libre video production up to par with its proprietary counterparts. Since launching a beautifully well-organized crowdfunding campaign (as covered here previously), the team has raised over half of their 35,000 € goal to pay for full-time development and has entered "beta" status for version 1.0. They've released two versions, 0.94 (release notes) being the most recent, which have brought full MPEG-TS/AVCHD support, porting to Python 3, lots of UX improvements, and—of course—lots and lots of bug fixes. The next release (0.95) will run on top of Non Linear Engine, a refined and incredibly more robust backend Pitivi developers have produced to replace GNonLin and bring Pitivi closer to the rock-solid stability needed for the final 1.0 release. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 584

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Feature: Introducing OpenMandriva 2014.1 News: Debian enters feature freeze, systemd-free Grml delays release over critical bug, PC-BSD introduces UEFI support, Fedora presents new features, openSUSE introduces boot environment snapshots, Canonical shares new container technology Tips and tricks: Limiting network transfer speeds Rolling-release testing:....

Distribution Release: Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0

Alan Baghumian has announced the release of Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0, a desktop distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux 7, but featuring the GNOME 3.12 desktop: "We are proud to announce that the final version of Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0 a.k.a 'Nestor' is available for immediate download. Parsix Nestor ships with....

Development Release: Tanglu 2.0 Beta 2

Matthias Klumpp announced the availability of the second beta release of Tanglu 2.0, a Debian-based desktop Linux distribution with a choice of GNOME 3.14 or KDE 4.14 desktops: "We are excited to announce the release of the second beta of Tanglu 2 (Bartholomea annulata) today. The new release....

Joey Hess Resigns From Debian

An anonymous reader writes: Long-time Debian developer Joey Hess has posted a resignation letter to the Debian mailing list. Hess was a big part of the development of the Debian installer, debhelper, Alien, and other systems. He says, "It's become abundantly clear that this is no longer the project I originally joined in 1996. We've made some good things, and I wish everyone well, but I'm out. ... If I have one regret from my 18 years in Debian, it's that when the Debian constitution was originally proposed, despite seeing it as dubious, I neglected to speak out against it. It's clear to me now that it's a toxic document, that has slowly but surely led Debian in very unhealthy directions." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Major Performance Improvement Discovered For Intel's GPU Linux Driver

An anonymous reader writes: LunarG, on contract with Valve Software, discovered a critical shortcoming with the open-source Intel Linux graphics driver that was handicapping the performance. A special bit wasn't being set by the Linux driver but was by the Windows driver, which when enabled is increasing the Linux performance in many games by now ~20%+, which should allow for a much more competitive showing between Intel OpenGL performance on Windows vs. Linux. However, the patch setting this bit isn't public yet as apparently it's breaking video acceleration in certain cases. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Distribution Release: KaOS 2014.11

Anke Boersma has announced the release of KaOS 2014.11, an Arch-inspired, rolling-release desktop Linux distribution with KDE 4.14.2 as the default desktop: "KaOS is proud to announce the availability of the November release of a new stable ISO image. Since August updates were done to a good 1,200....

OpenSUSE 13.2 Released

MasterPatricko writes The latest version of the openSUSE distribution, 13.2, has been officially released. Key features include integrated support for filesystem snapshots, enabled by a switch to btrfs as the default file system, a new network manager (Wicked), as well as the usual version updates. This release includes seven supported desktop environments (KDE 4.14, GNOME 3.14, Xfce, LXDE, Enlightenment 19, Mate and Awesome) and even preview packages of Plasma 5.1, all presented with a unified openSUSE theme. Download LiveUSB and DVD images now from software.opensuse.org/132. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Distribution Release: AV Linux 6.0.4

Glen MacArthur has announced the release of AV Linux 6.0.4, a new update of the project's Debian-based distribution with a collection of audio and video production software: "A new AV Linux 6.0.4 ISO image with important security updates and a lengthy changelog of updates and improvements has been....

Development Release: ReactOS 0.3.17

Ziliang Guo has announced the release of ReactOS 0.3.17, the latest version of the free and open-source operating system intended to be binary compatible with application software and device drivers made for Microsoft Windows NT 5: "The ReactOS project is pleased to release version 0.3.17. A major new....

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