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EncryptPad: Secure Text Editor That Protects Files With Passwords, Keys, Or Both

EncryptPad is a free and open source text editor for sensitive information, which protects files with passwords, key files, or both, available for Linux, Windows and Mac. The app can also be used to encrypt binary files, such as images, videos, and so on.

EncryptPad

Opera Developer Update Brings Built-In RSS Reader, Chromecast Support

Opera browser rss feed reader

A new Opera Developer update released today brings an interesting new feature: a built-in RSS reader.

MATE Dock Applet 0.73 Released With Redesigned Window List, Drag And Drop Support

MATE Dock Applet was updated to version 0.73 recently, getting support for rearranging dock icons via drag and drop (only for the GTK3 version), updated window list design and more.

MATE Dock Applet

Watch Twitch Using Your Favorite Video Player With Livestreamer Twitch GUI

Livestreamer Twitch GUI is a Twitch.tv browser. The application uses Livestreamer under the hood, is powered by Node.js and Chromium, and is available for Linux, Windows and Mac.

Livestreamer Twitch GUI

According to its description, the main reason behind creating this application is to allow using your favorite video player, like VLC, Totem, mpv, and others to watch Twitch.tv streams (the app even allows watching multiple streams at once) instead of Flash. 

Chat With Your Skype Friends From Pidgin With SkypeWeb Plugin (Ubuntu PPA)

`SkypeWeb Plugin for Pidgin` allows communicating with your Skype contacts using the SkypeWeb protocol. Right now, the Pidgin plugin doesn't support voice or video calls.

Developed by Eion Robb, the Skype4Pidgin developer, SkypeWeb Plugin for Pidgin has a major advantage over the old Skype4Pidgin plugin: it doesn't require Skype to run in the background.

Wmail Is A Nice Desktop App For Gmail And Google Inbox With Multi-Account Support

Wmail is a free, open source desktop client for Gmail and Google Inbox, available for Linux, Windows and Mac.

The application is built using Electron and is basically just a wrapper for the original Gmail / Google Inbox interface, on top of which it adds features like native desktop notifications, an unread email list in the tray / appindicator, support for multiple accounts and more.

WMail

GTK3 Tiling Terminal Emulator `Terminix` 1.1.0 Beta Released With UI Changes, Background Image Support

Almost two months after its first stable version, Terminix 1.1.0 beta was released today, bringing UI changes, support for background images and more.

Terminix GTK3 Tiling Terminal Emulator

In case you're not familiar with Terminix, this is a GTK3 tiling terminal emulator. The application allows splitting terminals, both horizontally and vertically (which can be re-arranged using drag'n'drop), and it features options to save and restore the layouts.

LAN File Transfer Tool `NitroShare` 0.3.3 Adds Nautilus And Nemo Extensions, More

NitroShare is an application that allows transferring files over the local network, available for Linux, Windows and Mac.

NitroShare

New Skype For Linux Alpha Version Released

A new alpha version of Skype for Linux was released today.

Skype for Linux Alpha uses a responsive UI and supports sharing files, photos, and videos, and ships with a new range of emoticons.

Skype For Linux Alpha

The new version is not fully functional yet and the developers want Linux users to test the app and provide feedback:

How To Install The Latest Nvidia Drivers In Ubuntu Via PPA

Upgrading to the latest version of the proprietary Nvidia drivers in Ubuntu was pretty complicated a while back. You would either have to use the official Linux installer, which was not always reliable, at least for me, or use a bleeding edge PPA, like the Xorg Edgers PPA, which would upgrade multiple packages, most of which were unstable.

That's no longer the case thanks to the Proprietary GPU Drivers PPA, which offers stable proprietary Nvidia graphics driver updates, without updating other libraries to unstable versions (some libraries may still be updated using this PPA, if they are needed by the drivers, but there's nothing unstable in the PPA).