Apr 252013
 

Nightingale

Nightingale is an audio player with a beautiful interface with a wide range of supported audio formats, all with multi-platform support. Being the fork of Songbird, it offers the user a lot of cool features like the ability to play MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, WMA etc formats, Mp3 download feature, Last.fm integration and much more.

Nightingale’s engine is based on the Mozilla XULRunner with libraries such as the GStreamer media framework and libtag providing media tagging and playback support, amongst others. Since official support for Linux was dropped by Songbird in April, 2010, Linux-using members of the Songbird community diverged and created the project. Contrary to Songbird, which is primarily licensed under the GPLv2 but includes artwork that is not freely distributable, Nightingale is entirely free software, licensed under the GPLv2, with portions under the MPL and BSD licenses.
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Feb 042013
 

glances

Most of this post is based on the information found in the blog of Nicolargo, the author of this tool.

Glances is a free software (licensed under LGPL) to monitor your GNU/Linux or BSD operating system from a text interface. Glances uses the library libstatgrab to retrieve information from your system and it is developed in Python.

So another top/htop clone ?

Yes and no, an unique thing about glances that I’ve immediately seen is that you can configure thresholds in its configuration file and see the status of your system resources with colors that indicates if everything is fine or not, at a glance.
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Apr 222012
 

More or less a week ago has been released the Version 5.5 of this interesting distribution, for the uninitiated, the principle upon which Trisquel is born is to use 100% free software.
Trisquel 5.5 (codename: Brigantia) is based on Ubuntu 11.10, while the next release will use Ubuntu 12.04.

In Trisquel every software is checked in every component and is discarded (or modified) if don’t use a 100% compatible license, for example the kernel used in this distribution is the one released by the Linux-libre project.
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Italy is preparing for its eleventh Linux Day

The 22 of October 2011 is the day of the eleventh Italian Linux Day . This wonderful event is now in its eleventh version, I have participated at various editions of this event in my local town and adjacent areas, depending on the programs offered, and I must say that I always come out very [...]