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+ - Dream Studio 12.04 released; includes GIMP 2.8 by default.->

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macinnisrr
macinnisrr writes "I'm proud to announce the release of Dream Studio 12.04. This new version features many updates including GIMP 2.8, an Ubuntu 12.04 base, a new default wallpaper, and a handy introduction slideshow for new users. Dream Studio uses a lowlatency-pae linux kernel, supporting both x86 and amd64 systems with up to 64GB of RAM.

Have a great weekend!
Dick MacInnis"

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+ - Dream Studio 10.10 Official Release->

Submitted by macinnisrr
macinnisrr (1103805) writes "Dream Studio 10.10 is officially released today. In addition to all the great features that Dream Studio 10.04 contained, we've added the following improvements:

1. New themes
2. Lots of new software including Luxrender, Luminance, Rawtherapee, Celtx, Yafaray, Cmyktool, and Camcardsync
3. Improved Sound and Video menu
4. All the changes that have come with Ubuntu 10.04, including the switch from JACK1 to JACK2

Most of these changes have been backported to Dream Studio 10.04 as well, so even if you prefer to stay with a Long Term Release, you can enjoy Dream Studio's newest features.

Note: If you are currently using an Nvidia video card with the nvidia-96 driver, we DO NOT recommend upgrading at this time, as this driver is currently not supported upstream. All other Nvidia cards (and other manufacturers' cards) ARE supported.

Visit http://dream.dickmacinnis.com/ for more information."

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+ - Dream Studio Official Release->

Submitted by macinnisrr
macinnisrr (1103805) writes "Dream Studio contains all the apps you need to create stunning graphics, captivating videos, inspiring music, and professional websites. Available as a free download, Dream Studio can be run directly from DVD, installed to your hard-drive, or even installed onto a USB Flash drive, for the ultimate in portability! Here is a list of just some of the included software:

Cinelerra (with custom UI) — a powerful non-linear video editor comparable to leading solutions like Apple's Final Cut Pro, Sony Vegas, or Adobe Premiere. Cinelerra contains more than 30 visual effects like motion tracking and chromakey, and supports both keyframing and nested sequences.

Ardour (with custom UI) — a professional digital audio workstation designed to replace offerings such as Digidesign Pro Tools, Steinberg's Cubase/Nuendo, Apple's Logic, and Sonar. Ardour features unlimited tracks, unlimited undo, and routing to and from any sound source. Ardour comes with support for many different plugin formats, and Dream Studio's version comes with close to 200 plugins/effects including pitch correction, triggers, compression, eq, reverb, and more. Dream Studio also supports VST plugins.

Cinepaint — used for motion picture frame-by-frame retouching, dirt removal, wire rig removal, render repair, background plates, and painting 3D model textures. It's been used on many feature films, including The Last Samurai where it was used to add flying arrows.

Blender — a free 3D graphics application, similar to 3DS Max and Maya, that can be used for modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, rigging, water and smoke simulations, skinning, animating, rendering, particle and other simulations, non-linear editing, compositing, and creating interactive 3D applications, including video games, animated film, or visual effects.

Inkscape — vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.

Synfig Studio — a powerful, industrial-strength vector-based open-source 2D animation software package allowing one to create animations similar to those done with Adobe Flash. It has been designed from the ground-up for producing feature-film quality animation with fewer people and resources. While there are many other programs currently on the market to aid with the efficient production of 2D animation, we are currently unaware of any other software that can do what our software can.

Scribus — professional page layout, akin to Quark Xpress, Adobe Indesign, or Microsoft Publisher, with a combination of "press-ready" output and new approaches to page layout.
Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, Spot Colors, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.

Darktable — a virtual lighttable similar to A and darkroom for photographers similar to Adobe Lighroom: it manages your digital negatives in a database and lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable. it also enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.

Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) — a raster graphics editor with features similar to Adobe Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro. It is primarily employed as an image retouching and editing tool. In addition to free-form drawing, GIMP can accomplish essential image work-flow steps such as resizing, editing, and cropping photos, combining multiple images, and converting between different image formats. GIMP can also be used to create basic animated images in the gif format. At present, GIMP is usable for amateur or professional work with images intended for viewing on monitors and printing on ink-jet printers.

Kompozer — a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing. KompoZer is designed to be extremely easy to use, making it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive, professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML or web coding, and is a complete alternative to such commercial offerings as Adobe Dreamweaver and Apple iWeb.

Bombono — a DVD authoring program

Brasero — a CD/DVD burning application

Dream Studio also includes drum machines like Hydrogen (including several drum kits), samplers such as QSampler and SooperLooper, close to one hundred software synthesizers including Bristol and Zynaddsubfx, format conversion utilities like WinFF and SoundConverter, an audio mastering suite (JAMin), and much, much more. Not only that, but Dream Studio comes standard with the following applications for day-to-day work:

Firefox web browser
OpenOffice.org office suite (can read and write Microsoft Office formats)
Evolution mail, addressbook and calendaring (compatible with Microsoft Outlook)
Tomboy note taking

Click here to take a quick screenshot tour of Dream Studio, or here to download a copy for yourself.

Dream Studio is based on Ubuntu Gnu/Linux. The goals for this project are:

1. Ease of use — To this end we aim to stay as close to stock Ubuntu as possible. This not only allows users to install software from the standard repos and ppas without hassle, but also to find solutions to problems through Ubuntuforums, the Ubuntu manual, and the entire Ubuntu community, as opposed to multimedia distributions such as AVLinux and Dyne:bolic. In addition, we add features such as pulseaudio->jack integration. This goal, in fact, is the reasoning behind naming this distribution Dream Studio: those who know what Ubuntu, Gnu, Linux, GPL, and FOSS are, will quickly find information on these things as they relate to Dream Studio. The new user, however, need not learn these cryptic phrases in order to begin creating.

2. Aesthetic beauty — Dream Studio builds on Ubuntu's goal of aesthetic beauty, and pushes it further. Unlike distributions like UbuntuStudio (which features a theme quite dissimilar to stock Ubuntu) and KXStudio (which is based on KDE rather than Gnome — which some would say is less polished, on Ubuntu at least), Dream will always base our default themes on those of stock Ubuntu, albeit usually with less coloring (orange in its current iteration). Not only that, but we include custom UI themes for applications such as Cinelerra and Ardour, making them appear more integrated with the rest of the desktop.

3. Functionality — Although Dream Studio may make comparisons with other distributions, we do hold them in the highest esteem. For this reason, we make use of the most functional, up-to-date packages that the Open Source ecosystem has to offer, such as those you will find in UbuntuStudio, KXStudio, AVLinux, and the Akirad project.

We would like to thank Canonical (Ubuntu), Paul Davis (Ardour), the UbuntuStudio team, falktx (KXStudio), GMaq (AVLinux), Paolo Rampiro (Akirad project), the Cinepaint team, the GNU project, Linus Torvalds (Linux), Deviantdark (hydroxygen iconset), and everyone else whose contributions to open source have made this release possible."

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+ - What's up with Slashdot?

Submitted by macinnisrr
macinnisrr (1103805) writes "I have been reading slashdot loyally since 2000, and several times per day during most of that timespan. I'm wondering why the quality of the site itself has become so "bizarre" lately (to be nice). When I read stories on the front page from within firefox on ubuntu (which I'm sure is the same firefox MOST slashdot users are using, at least judging by comments), I am continually irritated by the fact that I have to click on "yesterday's news" to read news which came out earlier today. I thought for a while that perhaps it was a timezone issue, but alas, I am continually confronted by articles labelled as having been written on a Friday for instance, which I can confirm because I read them then, which only show up If I click through to, for instance, Wednesday's posts (it is always different and follows no logic that I can discern). The strange part of this particular problem is that Slashdot seems to work fine (at least in this respect) in IE8 (although I only ever use this on other people's computers or at the library).

Bear in mind I still love this site, but with slashdot's linux/oss slant, why is it that I can only enjoy it correctly on a proprietary browser? The strangest thing of all is that when I tried to file this complaint in the standard "contact" section that is a part of every other website I am a member of, I could not find it. I realize there probably is a link for such a thing, but why is it hidden away, or in fact anywhere other than in the header or footer of the site? Even after wanting to calmly complain to a private address (not in an article submission which may appear for all to see, as I prefer to keep criticisms private). I was dumbfounded to not be able to (easily at least, or perhaps with no regard to web convention), ascertain how long I had been a member of this site, as I would like to have included that in the first sentence of this post.

As this is a problem I have been dealing with for quite some time now, I must mention that I would never have brought it up if not for the last straw today, namely that after I had logged in to respond to a post I was returned to slashdot's home page. This is a behavior I have dealt with on many sites throughout the years, but never before on slashdot.

I suppose if this is indeed an article then it must be placed in "ask slashdot", in which case I wonder: am I the only one growing increasingly infuriated with my beloved "news for nerds"?

In spite of it all, keep up the good work, DickMacInnis.com"

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