Featured App: LiVES Video Editing System

I decided to start a new series to highlight interesting Linux apps. The idea is to call out some fun and useful apps that some of you might like as well. Enjoy.

LiVES Video Editing System is the first up. The Linux Journal posted an article about it last week and I thought I'd spread the word.

LiVES functions as a non-linear video editor and a real-time VJ app. It's a great option for personal or professional use. If you'd like to give it a try it won't be found in the Ubuntu or Debian repositories, but it can be found in Marillat (Debian Multimedia).

Ubuntu Karmic Koala Repositories Added

Ubuntu's Karmic Koala repositories have now been added. I haven't run a complete database update because it takes ages, but any new or updated apps will have the latest links. Install Now will work regardless of what is shown on the screen because it looks for what is in your local repositories.

Medibuntu's Karmic repositories have also been added.

New BlackBerry Sync Tool Being Developed

I just saw a post at Linux Magazine that talks about a new Linux tool for BlackBerrys. It's called Pocketmac (Linux Edition), so you can see where it started. The program is in beta now and you can sign up here to test it.

Pocketmac Linux Edition should provide a nice alternative to Barry for those of you who prefer a GUI to the command line. Barry does provide a lot of capability, but doesn't appear to be the easiest to use app.

Ubuntu Intrepid Repositories Have Been Added

All of the Ubuntu Intrepid repositories have been added and a complete database update was run. I also cleared out a few old repos that weren't supported anymore.

New Ubuntu, Medibuntu, and OpenSuse Repositories

Some long overdue repositories were finally added. They include Ubuntu hardy-backports, Ubuntu hardy-partner, Medibuntu hardy, and OpenSuse 11.0. A complete database update has not been run, but as new versions of apps get released all of the repositories will be synced.

I'll be adding the Ubuntu intrepid repositories in the near future and looking at some others as well.

Desktop Effects Power Consumption

I recently installed the KDE4 version of Kubuntu on my laptop using the Wubi installer and was able to start using KWin's desktop effects on my laptop for the first time. I wasn't able to do so in the past because I didn't have a native install and VMware Player doesn't support hardware acceleration.

The Wubi installer was a great solution because it allowed me to install Kubuntu without disrupting my existing OS and also allows access to any existing files on the local hard drive.

After installing KDE4.1 beta 1 I started to get curious about battery life. I had heard that Vista's 3D desktop decreased battery life and wondered if KWin did the same.