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Pragha 1.2.2, a music player written in GTK with a simplistic interface, has been released just a few moments ago. This release brings several bug fixes.

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In this overview I’ll have a look at what Pragha offers and how can it compete with the other GTK-based players.

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Linux Mint 17 ‘Qiana’ KDE and Xfce editions were released late last month, just a few weeks after the main editions (Cinnamon and MATE) were put out. This release will have the same lifespan as the distribution which is based on, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, so it will be supported until 2019, for no less than five years.

A particular strategy was also employed for this release of Mint, which will also use the Ubuntu Trusty Tahr as a base for the upcoming releases as well. According to the Mint 17 Cinnamon announcement:

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Firefox 29 was released yesterday with a completely rebranded interface, a new menu and many other changes. Read on to see what’s new in this release.

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So another month went by and it’s time to sum up some of the most important articles published here at TuxArena during April.

With Ubuntu 14.04 being released and reviewed, several articles were kindly mentioned in the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, issues #363 and #365 or via other Ubuntu official resources. They cover Ubuntu and derivatives, and here they are:

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Kid3 is a powerful audio tag editor for KDE with support for formats like MP3, Ogg/Vorbis, FLAC, MPC, MP4/AAC, MP2, Speex, TrueAudio and WAV. Kid3 allows you to edit common tags over multiple files as well.

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Calibre is an ebook collection manager with support for many services, including Amazon, Android or Barnes & Noble. Calibre makes it easy to organize ebooks, as well as search various services for new ebooks. The latest version is 1.33 and brings several improvements, like a tool to check the spelling and a number of bug fixes.

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Clementine was started as a replacement for Amarok 1.4 after the transition to Amarok 2.x, which changed the look and behavior of the classic player. Clementine follows the exact same interface of Amarok 1.4.x series, getting new features with each release, currently being on par with the older, so much beloved player. Clementine is written in Qt and bundles many powerful features, a collection manager, integration to many services, song information and lyrics, equalizer and much, much more.

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In a post on his personal blog, titled “U talking to me?” – quote which may or may not have something to do with Taxi Driver – Mark Shuttleworth expressed his willing to do “something unified and upright, something about which we can be universally proud” in the next Ubuntu release, but he also gave us a hint about the codename which 14.10 will have: Utopic Unicorn.

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Audacious is an advanced, feature-complete music player for GNOME using GTK 3, that bundles a significant number of options, a clean interface, support for real-time audio effects, visualization, equalizer, lyrics and other plugins, themes (including Winamp Classic style with installable skins), powerful configuration options and multiple playlists organized in tabs.

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CherryTree is a powerful notes-taking application written in Python and GTK, which organizes your notes into so-called nodes and has rich-text markup formatting options, support for tables and images and many other features.

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The KDE SC 4.14 release schedule has been published over at kde.org, and unless a decision is taken to release the 4.15 follow-up, this just might be the last release of the 4.x series, with long-term support.

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For this new Long-Term Support release, major changes have been implemented, not only in Ubuntu, but in its derivatives as well. Trusty will be supported for five years for Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Ubuntu Kylin, while the other flavors using a different desktop environment will be supported as well, if only for three years. These include Xubuntu and Lubuntu.

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After looking at the latest edition of MakuluLinux, which comes with MATE 1.8 and looks awesome, we decided to ask Jaque Raymer, the lead developer of Makulu, a few questions regarding this new, customizable distribution which employs a new direction, making it stand out compared to other distributions.

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