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Yarock is a Qt-based music player with a compact and simple interface, with support for music collections using SQLite, album covers, smart playlists, Internet radio, Last.fm integration.

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The games for Linux on Steam have been enriched today with the launch of three more titles: Pirate Hell, a shooter game set in the age of pirates, Crowntakers, a combination of strategy and role-play, and Winged Sakura, an anime-themed strategy defense game. All three games are for single-player only.

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Football Manager is a popular series of football management simulation games, which allow you to have pretty much total control over your team’s tactics, finances, training and performance.

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Football Manager 2015 is the second installment of this franchise on Linux, the first being Football Manager 2014. The game is available for 49,99€ on Steam.

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Calibre, the free e-book reader and manager available for multiple platforms, including Linux, has been updated today and ships with bug fixes and several new features.

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This weekend Tropico 5 will be available on Steam for a 50% discount, at a price of 22,49€ from 44.99€. The promotion ends November 10. Tropico 5 is the fifth installment in the Tropico series, a well-known franchise of construction and simulation games that takes place on a Caribbean island.

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Kalzium is a periodic table application for KDE which not only displays detailed information about elements and allows you to view the periodic table using different schemes, but also allows you to perform various calculations, plot data depending on various factors, or balance chemical equations. It is a useful educational tool which can be of great aid learning about chemical elements.

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Double Action is a new action shooter game based on the Source engine and distributed freely on Steam. It is pretty fun to play and incorporates some movement tricks that you can do while playing, like sliding or diving with simple key/mouse combinations.

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Exaile has been a bit quiet in the past two years with maybe only one or two stable releases, but nevertheless, it’s one of the full-featured music players for GNOME which are on par with applications like Rhythmbox or Banshee in terms of features. However, over the past two months a new stable release, 3.4, has been put out under the slogan “We’re not dead yet”, as well as an incremental 3.4.1 release, which shipped on November 1. To be honest, Exaile has so many features that I could go on writing a lot more than an article to cover them all, so let’s have a look at some of the most notable ones.

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Flow ‘N Play is a new video player written in Qt which features a pretty slick and simple interface which provides only the basic features for playing movies.

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Stunt Rally, a free, beautiful 3D rally game for Linux based on VDrift and OGRE, has reached version 2.5, bringing new game features and a few bug fixes.

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K3b 2.0.3 has been released earlier today, bringing a number of bug fixes and improvements to this burning application. This is the first incremental release since 2011, after over three years in which everything was quiet regarding the development of K3b.

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Dust Racing 2D is a simple 2D racing game that uses OpenGL and it’s written in Qt/C++.

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There are quite a few terminals out there, and some of them follow the drop-down style. GNOME has Guake, a GTK-based terminal emulator with lots of features, but there is also Tilda or Final Term, while the KDE de-facto terminal is Yakuake.

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Drop-down terminal applications have the advantage that they can be shown or hidden using a single global hotkey, and they usually make it easy to resize their size, change the time of the drop-down animation, keep it on top of other applications.

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