Yesterday, the Kubuntu team announced that Amarok 2.4.1, code-named Resolution, is now available for installation in Kubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal”.
Amarok 2.4.1 is the latest stable version of Amarok and was released during the second week of this month. It mainly contain bug fixes from Amarok 2.4. There are a few new features, though:
Support for NFS and SMB/CIFS collections has been added.
The text alignment in the lyrics applet can now be changed.
Integration of gpodder.net services.
The album applet supports string filtering.
Yesterday, Amarok 2.4.1 was made available in the Kubuntu Backports PPA. Right now, packages for Amarok 2.4.1 are available only for Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narhwal”. To install it in Ubuntu 11.04, open the Konsole and add the Kubuntu Backports PPA.
Amarok is one of the best music players available for Linux (and a personal favorite of mine, if I may add). Although is is a KDE application, it has a loyal following even from GNOME users.
Well there is a good news. Amarok 2.3.1, codenamed “The Bell” has been released a few hours ago. Here is a brief list of what it has to offer:
Automated Playlist Generator which helps you create playlists based on criteria like song length or file size.
Two new applets have been added for the Context View. The Upcoming Events applet shows concerts and events that the currently playing artist is participating in and the Similar Artists applet uses the Last.fm database to show similar artist and makes the ones in your collection directly playable.
Cover fetching has seen a lot of improvements and we added support for the new system tray protocol.
Improved responsiveness when expanding/collapsing items in the collection browser.
Lots of bug fixes!!
You can get the official release announcement and the changelog at kde.org.
Amarok is one of the best music players available for Linux. The latest stable release, Amarok 2.3 brought some cool new features and much needed improvments. Due to the extremely short release cycle that Amarok has, development for the next release, i.e. Amarok 2.3.1, has already been started.
The Amarok team has decided to put in some cool new features for the next release, Amarok 2.3.1. Three of the most exciting new features that are coming in Amarok 2.3.1 are CoverBling, Similar Artists & Upcoming Events and Smart Playlist.
CoverBling is a new applet which will allow you to browse your album collection in an animated 3D view. This is like the Cover Flow feature that iTune has. This is one feature that I am very excited about.
Similar Artists & Upcoming Events
The Similar Artists applet displays a list of artist which are similar to the one you are playing. The Upcoming Event applet displays future events like concerts for the artist that is currently playing. Both of these applets fetch their information from Last.fm.
Automated Playlist Generator
This new feature allows smart creation of playlists that matche user defined constraints. It combines the “Smart Playlist” from Amarok 1.4 with the Bias System from amarok 2.0.
These are the major new features being introduced in Amarok 2.3.1. However, there are other new features and improvements. You can check them out here.
Amarok 1.4 was probably one of the best media players for Linux, and arguably one of the best media players around. Amarok 2.0 was a radical departure from its previous versions and was not well received by quite a lot of Amarok users. If you’re one of the folks who feel that Amarok 1.4 should not have been touched upon, well this new ongoing project might interest you.
Earlier, the KDE team had announced the availability of version 4.4 of the popular desktop environment, KDE. I’m a big KDE fan, and have been a KDE user since KDE 3.5. Despite the criticism faced by KDE4 for its initial release, I’ve always been impressed by KDE. I’d been running the RC2 version of KDE 4.4 since it was made available. And today I’ve upgraded to the release version.
Here are some screenshots of the DE:
KDE 4.4 in its barebones view
The folder view plasmoid in KDE 4.4 – indeed I’m hovering my mouse pointer over the folder, not clicking on it!
Revamped interface for adding new Plasmoids on to desktop. As you can see, the widgets (“Plasmoids” ) are categorized, and can also be searched.
Multiple windows can now be grouped into one, providing a tabbed interface across windows. Individual windows can be further split and remote protocols do work
KWin’s composition engine is now a lot smoother, faster and my preferred composition engine
KDE 4.4 comes with Amarok 2.2.2 as the music player. Amarok can make use of KNotify for displaying Now Playing information, instead of its OSD feature.
KRunner functions well as an application launcher, as well as a search bar
Konqueror is a fine browser, based on KHTML – the foundation for WebKit. However Gmail is not fully supported under Konqueror
So, what’re your thoughts about KDE 4.4 ? Or are you still hanging onto KDE 3.5 ? Post a comment and do let us know!