One of my favorite projects has finally reached 1.0 status! When I first got hooked onto Ubuntu/Linux, I had to let go of one of my favorite programs - Guitar Pro. So, I immediately went searching for a Linux alternative and I found TuxGuitar. This was about a year ago, and nothing was moving. I figured the project was dead (albeit, it had a lot of potential). I'm really glad that they are continuing to work on this fantastic program.
For the uninitiated... TuxGuitar will read *.gp3, *.gp4, and *.gp5 files (GuitarPro files) that contain guitar tablature. These file can be found on sites such as http://ultimate-guitar.com/. This is great for people who want to learn how to play the guitar and/or learn how to play their favorite songs. Plus, *.gpx files can also contain tablature for other instruments (bass, vocals, drums, etc.). On top of that, TuxGuitar (the idea taken from GuitarPro), plays back the song in real-time midi (sounds pretty good) so the listener can hear the musical notes and read the score. Pretty cool stuff.
Oh, BTW, if your adventurous you can make your own tabs too. I think
For those who use TuxGuitar/know of it... It seems a lot of bugs have been fixed and there's a good deal of polish to the program now. Plus, the midi problem is not here anymore (not for me at least). You don't have to fiddle around with Timidity and run this and that program to get the sound working. Seems to be working out of the box now!
I encourage guitarists to check it out. Debs are readily available. Here's the link: http://www.tuxguitar.com.ar/
I've included a screenshot for kicks.