Linux Mint 18 Is Out!

I can’t say enough of this Linux distro but Linux Mint 18 is out and its system is marvelous.

Featuring a few tweaks, new apps and a new theme set; for those looking for a replacement from another Linux distro or from another system, Linux Mint is a fine replacement for anyone.

While I’m usually a Cinnamon user, you can for the moment choose also the Mate Desktop Environement and enjoy the system on your own.

Barelly out from the oven, Linux Mint 18 is sure to please Linux novice users, and even though it doesn’t offer the main stream apps as casual system users might want; Linux Mint 18 will please the most advanced Computer Science users as it is a fine system to tweak for further advancements and deploy its usage around the globe.

More info on the Linux Mint Website.

Lightworks 12.6 Is Out

Nothing major about the new version of Lightworks 12.6 except maybe the native export to Vimeo, but it is quite nice to see advances to this really cool Professional Non-Linear Video Editor available for Linux along as for Windows and OS X.

Furthermore a cool 40% rebate for a year license from today up until febuary 29th 2016 is available as a coupon somewhere over the Web. Catch it or write me to obtain it.

(Via Lightworks Website)

Linux Mint To Develop Their Own Apps

Looks like Clem and his team are about to get busy. Starting with version 18.x, X-Apps as they call them for now, are going to be the base apps of Linux Mint Cinnamon, MATE and XFCE.

A lot of projects are doing their apps when they don’t find what they want. Distros like Manjaro, Solus, or elementary OS have their own applications, and it looks like Linux Mint is also going to join this crowd.

I’m not really hot about X-Apps for the moment. Let’s take for example Rhythmbox, which is not pre-bundled with Mint, it is one of my main applications. Now I don’t want to bash on Clem and its team but can they really offer a solid music player in 6 months? I don’t think so. And Banshee as a pre-bundled Mint music player is not one of the most pleasing apps to be used. Not that I don’t believe in their capabilities but if they want to build Apps for Mint, we’re expecting solid stuff for our own usage.

In my opinion Banshee shouldn’t be bundled with Mint as it is a lesser good app than Rhythmbox. And if I’m to be using Cinnamon as a Desktop Environment I would prefer to use the DE’s apps rather than having to do an extra jump for using another application. I like my OS simple to use.

And what Solus and Elementatry are doing is OK but their apps are a bit too simple for the moment. So should we expect Mint’s X-Apps to be too simple in their beginning? I’m afraid they will and it will break the nicely feel Mint has had for the last 4-5 years.

Don’t break my Mint!

Linux Mint 18 codenamed “Sarah” sould be out around June 2016.

(via news.softpedia.com and blog.linuxmint.com)

Pro Video Editing On Linux With Lightworks

A while ago I was using Final Cut Pro X on my MacBook Pro and I was quite happy to have invested in such a great software. OK, so it had been a year that FCPX had been out and for users of FCP7 it was considered as a shame of software from Apple. But yet for newbies, like I was, along with its easiness of getting it through the Apple Store, FCPX was fantastic as a software for video beginners like I was and many, very many, jumped on the wagon of starting editing with a pro tool such as that one.

Yet, when I decided to use Linux Mint as my main box a considerable question of what to use as my main video editor kept pounding. I had tried OpenShot and Cinelerra but the former was either too limited and the latter quite buggy. Other video editors such as Kdenlive was still waiting for me to try (I don’t like to mix KDE software with Gnome) and one day a simple search revealed a fantastic video editor: EditShare’s Lightworks.

As they mention it and as it is, Lightworks is a Professional Non-Linear Video Editor Software available for the three main OSes: OS X, Windows and guess what? Linux!

I had a small video editing job to do last year and I bought a yearly Lightworks license for Linux. At first I wasn’t feeling comfortable using it as the learning curve is a bit steep, mainly due to its highly developed UI, which, as I learned later, was an impediment for a lot of new comers to Lightworks. The UX is very different than most other VEs but once you get the hang of it, you wonder why software isn’t generally built like Lightworks.

EditShare is aware that the ergonomics of Lightworks isn’t quite obvious and puts online a vast array of short tutorials where in less than an hour anybody can get the main hang of Lightworks and start doing basic editing.

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Lightworks Interface / http://www.lwks.com

Since last September EditShare started to expand Lightworks with such features as 3D LUT support and 4K exports. As I’m writing this a 12.6 version is on its way where they’ll feature further expansion of the software where one will someday expect to use extendable software plugins within Lightworks.

Although very stable and solidly built, the Linux edition can be the least trusted of the versions as Linux as its drivers and libraries can be less stable than on Windows or OS X.

Lightworks stands mainly as THE professional grade video editing tool for Linux for the moment. Although less complete than Adobe’s Premier and missing a serious companion like After Effects, Lightworks does a fine job of editing at a very reasonable price.

Visit http://www.lwks.com for more information on EditShare’s Lightworks.

About Linux Mint

I’ve been using Linux Mint on and off since its version 13 “Maya” which came out in 2012, but it is my main desktop since last year when 17.1 “Rafaela” came out. I’ve also used on occasion Ubuntu especially with a laptop I had three years ago which was also my main box back then. It had a 128GB SSD and was fast as wheels.

When I got my latest desktop computer last year, I had the choice to use Windows 8.1 but decided to keep using a Linux OS since I had got all my needs fulfilled with my Ubuntu Laptop back then and had already got my hands dirty with a Linux OS since 2002 (I think I started using something like RedHat back then but I don’t remember exactly). So I wasn’t afraid to use a Linux OS as my sole desktop.

Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon Edition might be 2015’s best Linux distro.

Anywho, since last May I use full time Linux Mint and since last November I’m using the LMDE 2 “Betsy” version. I keep looking around on the Web testing some other distros which I install on VirtualBox and keep asking to myself: “Is that all there is up ’til now with the Linux Desktop?”. I came to realize lately that my answer was “Yes.”. Beyond RedHat, OpenSUSE, Gentoo, Elementary OS, Fedora, Ubuntu and Mint OSes and the KDE, Gnome, XFCE, LXDE, Cinnamon or Mate Desktop Environments (I might be skipping some lesser interesting DEs, sorry to offend some), there isn’t quite much to add at the end of 2015. I’ve pretty much done the whole hat trick in terms of Linux OSes and DEs.

So where I’m getting it at is which one is really getting the desktop trophy for the 2015 Desktop Environment of the year?

I started using Linux Mint 13 with the MATE Desktop Environment back in 2012 because it felt to be the best DE matching my old Windows XP environment back then. Gnome and KDE just didn’t feel right. They were too… well too different to feel at home as a main DE. And since last May I’ve been using the Cinnamon DE and I think I didn’t make a mistake overall. The environment offers the best of both MATE and a OS X environment, well… almost a OS X environment.

I did use OS X Lion for a while back in 2011. It was a great environment with wonderful apps. At the end of that year I lost my MBP and it was the end of my adventure with Apple. For financial reasons I couldn’t afford to continue to use a Mac so I moved on with Ubuntu. The best I can do to remember OS X is to switch on once in a while a Hackintosh version I have on my VirtualBox app and drool over some features which I miss dearly.

I do recommend strongly for those who’ve been in the situation of not being able to keep up with an Apple machine to move on to a Linux box. For those using OS X, please keep using it. Don’t ever look back even if Yosemite broke somethings. And for Windows Users: keep using it until you get mad at it and when you’ll get to that point maybe start looking at OS X.

For the rest of us, there’s other systems but Linux is still a choice and Linux Mint, or at least, the Cinnamon DE, is maybe the best choice in terms of Ubuntuish OS and DE or Debianish OS and DE, but still look into other OSes until it suits your purposes.

In terms of Desktop Environment for a Linux OS I think Cinnamon is the best environment out there.

As for its underlying system, the LMDE Mint is maybe one of the best in my opinion for everyday desktop usage, but still, Debian 9 is about to come soon so we’ll see if the Mint team will keep up with another LMDE version and as far as Ubuntu 16.04 and Mint 18 versions, we’ll have to see very soon if the tendency holds up with the solid versions of the 17.x series.