After a two-week delay, the Fedora Project team finally announced the release of Fedora 11, also known as Leonidas. The multitude of new features and improvements in this new version made the waiting time seem even longer, especially for dedicated fans. Well, at least the buzz from Ubuntu and Mandriva is slowly fading away, so Linux users can concentrate better on Fedora 11.
Byzanz is a Linux program that lets you capture your screen but not in a video but in an animated GIF image. This is very useful for tutorial or presentations and you will definitely explain better using an image than in words when describing an action. You can use it to capture a whole your desktop, a window or a region you select.
SynchroRep is an intuitive applications which allows you to easily synchronize two folders. This is usefull principaly for nomads who work with a laptop or usb key but may interest also users who want making differencial backup to gain time.
Pidgin, the well-known multi-protocol and cross-platform instant messaging client does not encrypt archives so everyone can read them if they know where they are placed on your hard drive. And it's quite easy to find them, on Linux they are in:
GIMP Animation Package is a collection of Plug-Ins to extend the GIMP with capabilities to edit and create Animations as sequences of single frames.
DockbarX is a taskbar with grouping and group manipulation with some "experimental" features compared to Docbark (it is not a fork of Dockbar, but a branch of DockBar holding new "experimental" features).
"Experimental" features (Features that aren't in DockBar 0.21):
- New look for popups.
QGtkStyle makes your Qt/KDE programs look similarly to GTK ones. But there were no easy .debs for a long while so I searched everywhere and found deb files for Ubuntu on the ubuntuforums.
Banshee 1.5.0 (aka 1.6 beta 1), the great Linux and Mac OSX music player, has been released and it includes tons of bug fixes and new features. It is the result of six months work by more than 30 contributors.
Ejecter is a small but very useful utility to safely, easily remove external media. A simple menu that sits in the system notification area, providing you a quick way to unmount external peripherals such as usb pendrives, cd/dvd, external hard disks and so.
See them all here.
BaShare (Basic Share) is a very simply and user-friendly file sharing tool over the Internet and private LAN too.
Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any information on your desktop but it's quite difficult especially for beginners to set up.
We already posted 2 solutions to help you with the Intel graphics driver in Ubuntu Jaunty and those 2 workarounds helped a lot of people:
Exaile is a music manager and player for GTK+ written in Python, quite similar to Amarok. It incorporates automatic fetching of album art, handling of large libraries, lyrics fetching, artist/album information via Wikipedia, Last.fm submission support, and optional iPod support via a plugin.
This is a guide on how to encode audio / video in which you will find some tips & tricks for using FFmpeg and other tools.
Specto is a Linux-based desktop application that allows you to watch for configurable events and get notified instantly when updates are available. Things that you can monitor include websites, emails, files/folders, system processes and connection ports.
Simplify Media is a program that lets you listen to your friends music and allows them to listen to your music library, all in just a few steps. Also, this works for any operating system.
The operation is simple: choose which folders your friends will be allowed to listen and then invite them to create an account.
1. If you use Gnome and want to have a folder view like KDE's built in similar feature or Windows 'Fences', then this screenlet is what you're looking for.
Linux Unified Kernel which I was telling you about a few days ago was recently recently reached version 0.2.4.
TED Torrent Episode Downloader is a program that allows you to download the latest episodes of your favorite TV series thanks to a perfect combination of RSS and BitTorrent technology.