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Nuvola Drops Support for Old Distributions

Written for Nuvola Player by Jiří Janoušek on 2017-05-21

Nuvola 3.0 used to support a wide range of old distributions. However, this situation has become unbearable as the WebKitGTK+ library included in these distributions is full of bugs, which may make web apps work incorrectly, and contains hundreds of security vulnerabilities. In addition, several of these distributions have already reached their end of life. If you are affected, I recommend upgrading.

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Hot-fix for Google Play Music Sign-in Issue

Written for Nuvola Player by Jiří Janoušek on 2017-05-09

Users of Google Play Music script cannot sign in to their Google account since the new sign-in page was introduced. Luckily, the issue was quickly resolved upstream (WebKitGTK+ 2.14.7 and 2.16.2) as well as in Nuvola itself (Nuvola 3.1.3+37.g4cbe48b).

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Nuvola 3.1 Milestone 3 Released, Supports elementaryOS

Written for Nuvola Player by Jiří Janoušek on 2017-04-30

Nuvola 3.1 Milestone 3 (3.1.3 for short) is the third milestone on the way towards the Nuvola 4.0 release (formerly referred to as Nuvola 3.2). There have been 54 commits since Nuvola 3.1.2, 25 code changes since Diorite 0.3.2 and 11 changes since Nuvola SDK 1.3.0. The headline of this release is elementaryOS as a new supported distribution.

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Nuvola 3.0.8 Released, Packages for Ubuntu 17.04 Ready & Ubuntu Software Bug

Written for Nuvola Player by Jiří Janoušek on 2017-04-19

This issue of Nuvola News deals with the Nuvola Player 3.0.8 release, the availability of packages for Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus (both Nuvola 3.0 and 3.1) and a bug in the Ubuntu Software application.

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How the Benefits of Nuvola Flatpak Builds Outweigh the Drawbacks

Written for Nuvola Player by Jiří Janoušek on 2017-04-08

Flatpak builds of Nuvola are a huge step forward because Flatpak finally, after years of struggling, allows Nuvola project to pursue its goals:

- Support multiple distributions. That is not feasible with traditional package managers as it increases maintenance burden dramatically.
- Maintain compatibility with the rapidly changing world of web apps. This is not possible if Nuvola has to use outdated versions of the WebKitGTK library on your system.
- Provide the best user experience possible. The full potential of this goal was significantly reduced by old libraries Nuvola had to work with (plenty of hacks and workarounds).
- Enhanced security. Some distributions (e.g. Debian) do not provide security updates for WebKitGTK at all and some only occasionally, which is not safe because Nuvola has access to all your data.

However, each coin has two sides. What are the drawbacks and benefits?

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