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MPV is a free and open-source media player that uses the ffmpeg backend, with a basic interface, yet support for all the formats that ffmpeg can handle (including MKV or AVI). In this article I will take a look at this player’s features, show some of the commands used to control it as well as give installation instructions for Ubuntu and Mint.

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Linux doesn’t lack notes-taking applications at all, and Papyrus comes as a new addition to the large number of such programs.

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Papyrus is a new, free, GPL3-licensed notes-taking application which tries to put emphasis on simplicity, with a clean, minimal interface, support for tabs, labels, and a few options to customize it. The first version, 1.0.0, is based on Qt 5 and was released earlier today.

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StarCrawlers is a role-playing game set in a futuristic space universe, in which you command a crew of renegades that work for various corporations, and can hunt bounties, sabotage rivals or conduct corporate espionage.

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The Hero of Kendrickstone is a single-player interactive, text-based novel game launched on Steam on March 13, in which you have to save the city of Kendrickstone from an evil wizard.

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Qomp (Quick Online Music Player) is a minimal music player written in Qt, with a basic interface, support for local files and online music streams.

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Three Linux games benefit from consistent discounts on Steam during this weekend. Dead Island, a horror first-person action game taking place on a tropical island crawling with zombies, is available for 4,99€, with a 75% discount. The offer ends Monday, March 26. Dead Island has single-player and multi-player modes.

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During this weekend, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is available with a 50% discount on Steam, until March 16. Usually Valve games benefit on discounts which are not up to 75%, so this could be a good deal if you don’t already own this game.

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0 A.D., a beautiful, 3D real time strategy game developed by Wildfire Games, has reached Alpha 18 this Friday, getting features such as a new game mode, in-game technology tree, while the support for formations has been re-implemented (after it was dropped in A17). Alpha 18, codenamed Rhododactylos, comes with some new features, so let’s see what’s new in this release.

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Internet Relay Chat has a history of over 25 years and it is still a widely used text-based protocol for chatting. In the Linux world, each distribution and major project has a chatting room, usually on Freenode, and here you can get online help, participate in collaborative projects, or just have a look at the latest discussions regarding the development of some project or application.

There are plenty of IRC clients out there for Linux, including console-based ones like the powerful Irssi, graphical ones like XChat, HexChat or the ones embedded in instant messaging clients. There are also web-based ones or clients available as add-ons for browsers, for example the ChatZilla add-on for Firefox.

In the following article I will briefly discuss about three clients for the KDE environment, leaving the others for a future article. All three of them come with features such as tabs, DCC, multiple networks or SSL.

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TEA is a Qt-based text editor with support for tabs, syntax highlighting, spell-checking, editing support for Wikipedia or LaTex, as well as many configuration options. The latest release, 40.0.0, has been put out earlier today and it represents a major milestone.

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According to this blog entry by Sean Davis, Xfce contributor and Xubuntu Technical Lead, Xfce 4.12 is to be released in about one week, this being quite an important announcement, since it comes after almost three years in which no new releases have occurred.

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Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty is a side-scrolling game based on the original game Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, released back in 1997. The game has been rewritten from scratch, and comes with new, modern graphics, enhanced audio and revamped gameplay.

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Dying Light, a modern first-person survival horror game set in a world hit by plague, is now available for pre-purchase on Steam and will be available for download on January 27.

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