CrossOver 16.2 Supports Microsoft Outlook 2013, Improves Windows Compatibility

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

CodeWeavers’ Josh DuBois informed us via an email announcement that the CrossOver 16.2.0 commercial graphical user interface for Wine is now available for GNU/Linux and macOS operating systems.

CrossOver 16.2.0 is not a major release of the application that lets Linux and Mac users install and use various apps and games designed for Microsoft Windows, but only a maintenance update that promises to further improve the core Windows compatibility layer, as well as to add better support for some popular applications.

One of these is Outlook 2013, as CrossOver 16.2 appears to be the first version to support Microsoft’s email and calendar client. “We have also made improvements to our compatibility with the rest of the Microsoft Office 2013 suite, including fixes for problems which caused some users to be unable to register,” said the devs.

CrossOver 16.2 is now based on Wine 2.0

Another interesting ch… (read more)

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Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 Beta 2 Brings Latest GNOME 3.24 Apps, Budgie 10.2.9 Desktop

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 Beta 2 launched as part of yesterday’s Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) Final Beta release, and we’d like to share with you some of the new features and improvements included in this last development version.

Built around the Budgie 10.2.9 desktop environment developed by Solus Project, Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 Beta 2 (Final Beta) comes with many of the latest applications and core components from the recently released GNOME 3.24 desktop environment, including the GTK+ 3 GUI toolkit and Mutter window manager.

For a better integration of Qt applications, there’s now a GTK theme installed by default, and it looks like numerous of the new GNOME 3.24 applications are included by default (not only available in the repositories) compared to previous releases of the operating system under the name of budgie-remix.

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Canonical Releases Snapcraft 2.28 Snap Creator Tool with over 50 Improvements

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Canonical released today Snapcraft 2.28, a new maintenance update to the tool application developers can use to package their apps as Snaps for Ubuntu Linux and other distros that support the Snappy technologies.

Snapcraft 2.28 is here one and a half months after the release of Snapcraft 2.27, and it appears to have already landed in the stable repositories of Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), which we’re currently using on our PCs at the moment of writing. According to the changelog attached below, a total of 55 changes are included in this update.

Prominent new features include support for packaging Snapcraft itself as a Snap, updated python, kernel, godeps, plainbox-provider, and catkin plugins with various improvements or bug fixes, implementation of an optional “source-checksum” property, as well as the enablement o… (read more)

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deepin 15.4 Linux Distro Promises to Let You Install the OS from within Windows

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

At the end of February, the upcoming deepin 15.4 Linux distribution entered Beta stages of development, and now, one month later, the team published the Release Candidate version.

deepin 15.4 Release Candidate is an important milestone in the development cycle of the Linux-based operating system, and it looks like many of the things users suggested from the Beta release have been implemented, along with lots of bugs fixes for the desktop, Control Center, launcher, dock, window manager, and other components.

“deepin is a Linux distribution devoted to providing beautiful, easy to use, safe and reliable system for global users. After public test of deepin 15.4 Beta, we have received a lot of suggestions and feedback, we adopted part of them and fixed a lot of problems,” reads today’s announcement.

Highlights of deepin 15.4 Release Candidate

Among the changes i… (read more)

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New Steam Client Update Improves In-Home Streaming, Fixes Xbox Controller Bug

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Valve released a new stable Steam Client update for all supported platforms, including SteamOS, GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows, fixing some nasty issues, but also implementing various improvements.

For all platforms, the Steam Client March 23 update addresses a bug that prevented non-Steam game shortcuts from being saved during restarts of the desktop client, as well as a bunch of rare hangs and crashes that users reported after updating to the major Steam Client March 9 release.

The star of this new Steam Client update is the In-Home Streaming feature, with received support for hotplugging headphones on the streaming client computer, along with support for the third-party VB-CABLE virtual audio driver to provide users with better 5.1 sur… (read more)

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Kubuntu 17.04 Beta 2 Includes KDE Plasma 5.9 Desktop, KDE Applications 16.12.3

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Kubuntu 17.04 Beta 2 (Final Beta) is also out as part of yesterday’s Ubuntu 17.04 Final Beta release, and it looks like it ships with some of the latest, recently released KDE technologies.

The biggest new feature of Kubuntu 17.04 Beta 2 appears to be the KDE Plasma 5.9 desktop environment, which is accompanied by KDE Applications 16.12.3 software suite and KDE Frameworks 5.31.0 collection of over 70 add-on libraries for Qt 5. The Calligra 3.0.0.1 office suite is also included, fully ported to the KDE Frameworks 5 technologies.

“Kubuntu comes with KDE Applications 16.12.3 containing all your favorite apps from KDE, with the exception of PIM and related products,” reads the release notes. “Most applications have been ported to KDE Frameworks 5 but those which aren’t should fit in seamlessly.”

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Epiphany 3.24 Web Browser Has New Bookmarks UI, Improves Tracking Protection

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

GNOME 3.24 arrived a couple of days ago, and it’s the biggest release of the popular desktop environment so far, shipping with lots of new features and improvements across all of its applications and components.

During its 6-month development cycle, we managed to cover all the major features implemented in the GNOME 3.24 desktop environment, but also the various improvements included in many of the apps that are usually distributed under the GNOME Stack umbrella.

Earlier this week we talked about what’s new in GNOME Photos 3.24, and it’s now time to take a look at the new features that arrived in the Epiphany 3.24 web browser, as developer Michael Catanzaro published an in-depth article about all of them, as well as … (read more)

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