Amarok 1.4.5 was released today. The next version will be 2.0. It will be based on Qt4/KDE4.
Some of the notable improvements in 1.4.5 include:
- An integrated Shoutcast stream directory.
- Support for custom labels. Organize your music how you want.
- Magnatune redownload manager allows re-download of any previous purchase free of charge (in any format).
- Improved sound quality when using the equalizer with xine.
- Support for Speex (.spx), WavPack (.wv) and TrueAudio (.tta) files in the collection thanks to taglib plugins.
- Search inside of lyrics using "/" in the Context Browser.
- Download songs from Shared Music (DAAP) directly into the collection.
The full details are available here.
I frequently hear comments that K3b doesn't support burning MP3's to an Audio CD. These comments are puzzling because K3b is supposed to support the MP3 format. My curiousity piqued, I checked my own Kubuntu install and discovered that the comments were correct. Fortunately there is a fix, and it's a simple one.
Last year I wrote about some options for desktop search on Linux. Since then many of the projects have advanced and newer ones like Tracker and Strigi show signs of widespread adoption over the next year. Not to be overshadowed, Kerry Beagle came out with a 0.2.1 release that addresses many of the previous version's deficiencies.
Version 0.2.1 has been out for a while now, but it's not available for Kubuntu Edgy so I never tried it. However, I finally got around to installing it on my Debian Etch computer and I'd like to share some of my impressions.
Today I'll be taking a look at a small backup utility called Konserve. This will be the first in a recurring series where I feature simple backup apps designed for individual use. They will be measured using similar criteria to make it easier to compare between them.
Konserve is a simple backup applet that resides in the system tray. It can be launched from the Utilities menu.
Back in December I did a post about digiKam's new tagging features. In that article I briefly mentioned another new feature that supports adding GPS coordinates to a photo's metadata. Today I'll explore how to do it.
While I don't know of any digital cameras that come with built-in GPS to automatically add coordinates, it is possible to use a GPS device to gather geolocation data separately. One device marketed for this purpose is Sony's GPS-CS1 GPS Device for CyberShot Digital Cameras. But if you are like me and don't own a GPS, don't despair, it's still easy to add the coordinates yourself.
Updated the program versions in the database and added the new applications listed below.
I was reading the Road to KDE 4 series on http://dot.kde.org/ this week and it got me thinking about porting native Linux apps to other operating systems like Windows and OS X, and whether or not it's a good thing. The answer depends on who you are and what your objective is, but overall I think it's a positive. Here's why.
Adobe has finally taken Flash Player for Linux out of beta with today's release of version 9.0.31. You can download it from here. It is available in both tar.gz and rpm formats. Each is about 2.5 MB. If you use a Debian based distro keep an eye on your repositories. I expect we'll start to see deb files becoming available soon.