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Raphaël Hertzog: The Debian Wheezy Handbook is now available

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 2013-12-30 15:59

After multiple months of hard work, I’m pleased to announce that Roland and I finished updating the Debian Administrator’s Handbook for Debian Wheezy.

Grab it now!

By the way, as part of the launch of this updated edition, you can benefit from a 10% discount on any paperback copy ordered before January 9th 2014. Just click here and place your order.

We have put lots of hard work on this edition, doing quite some janitorial work. We didn’t cover as many new topics as I would have liked, but I’m still proud of the end result.

The book has a nice preface co-signed by the current and former Debian Project Leaders. Let me quote a short extract:

The book you have in your hands is different. It’s a free as in freedom book, a book which is up to Debian freedom standards for every aspects of your digital life. […] You can apt-get install this book, you can redistribute it, you can fork this book or, better, submit bug reports and patches for it, so that other in the future can benefit from your contributions. The “maintainers” of this book — who are also its authors — are longstanding members of the Debian Project, who grok the freedom ethos that permeates every aspect of Debian.

Enjoy it and share your comments! Even better if you write up a review that we can link from the website.

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Lubuntu Blog: Unified Box theme

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 2013-12-30 13:18
Unified means that Box is getting more complete and global. Now we included full support for Unity and Metacity. Now you can use it with Ubuntu and everything will work fine. Look how the Unity controls look on maximixed windows over the panel: You can download Box icons here, and Box theme here. The current version is 0.42+bzr384, which means you should our PPA to keep it uptodate, because

Sean Davis: Parole Media Player 0.5.91 Released

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 2013-12-30 04:12

Today I wrap up my week-long “staycation” with the release of Parole Media Player 0.5.91.  The media player with the curious name (“parole” means “lyrics” in Italian) continues it’s steady march towards 0.6 with a new plugin and several fixes.

Release Notes
  • Added a new MPRIS2 plugin, thanks to Matias and Hakan (of Pragha fame)
  • Added realmedia video to supported video mimetypes (bug #10434)
  • Fixed untranslatable strings (bug #10418)
  • Fixed loading of playlists with relative paths (bug #10436)
  • Fixed plugin installation on some platforms (bugs #10142, #10441)
  • Fixed failing debug builds on some platforms (bug #10525)
  • Fixed broken “Remove Duplicates” functionality
  • Fixed playlist searching
  • Started Plugin API documentation updates (more on this ahead)
New MPRIS2 Plugin

This latest addition is thanks to the hard work of Matias and Hakan, who provided the majority of the effort to create the MPRIS2 plugin.  The Media Player Remote Interface Specification (MPRIS) is a standard DBUS interface for controlling media player.

Implementations can be found in most desktop environments, such as the Ubuntu Sound Indicator, the GNOME Shell Media Player extension, and the upcoming Xfce Sound Panel Applet.

Download and Installation

Source packages of Parole Media Player can be downloaded from the Xfce archives.  Parole Media Player 0.5.91 can be downloaded directly from here.

Additionally, updated packages should arrive soon in the Xfce 4.12 PPA for Ubuntu users.  Exercise caution in enabling this PPA as it contains development packages not meant for the everyday user.

If you encounter any bugs, please report them following our bug reporting guidelines.

Looking for Help

Are you familiar with Gtk documentation tools (gtk-doc)?  We’re trying to complete our Plugin API documentation, and can use some more experienced individuals helping us out.  If you’re interested, let us know in the comments or even send us a merge request.  Any help is appreciated!

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