Stable kernel

Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced the release of the kernel. There are many fixes, throughout the tree, and, as usual, 2.6.32 users are “very strongly encouraged to upgrade”. Read more at

SystemRescueCd 1.3.5

François Dupoux has released SystemRescueCd 1.3.5, a Gentoo-based live CD containing a variety of disk and data management utilities. Here is the summary of changes since the previous release: “updated the standard kernels to Linux with btrfs update from 2.6.32; updated FSArchiver to 0.6.5 (bug fixes, progress info, ‘–exclude’ option); Updated GParted to version […]

Red Hat launches community site

Red Hat has launched as a community site for open source. The Drupal powered site has been created by Red Hat but Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat’s President and CEO, says “This will not be a site for Red Hat, about Red Hat. Instead this will be a site for open source, about the future”. […]

10 scripts to create your own Linux distribution

Those familiar with Linux will be able to tweak settings, add and remove apps and customise the menu, toolbars and other desktop elements. Incredibly, those are about all the skills you need to create your very own Linux distro. We’re going to take a look at some scripts that’ll help you customise different distros. 1. […]

SourceForge no longer serving open source to US sanctioned countries

SourceForge has confirmed that it is now blocking access from Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria to its open source project hosting site. The access blocks come as a result of the company moving to comply with US export restrictions, which make it illegal to transfer or export certain technologies to countries on the […]

MoLinux 5.2

MoLinux 5.2, an Ubuntu-based Spanish distribution developed in cooperation between the Spanish regional government of Castilla La Mancha and Centro de Excelencia de Software Libre, has been released. Some of the more important new features in this version include: addition of the XMBC media centre for controlling music, videos and photos in one central application; […]

PC/OS 10 released

We are proud to announce that we have just released the newest release of PC/OS. PC/OS OpenWorkstation and PC/OS WebStation are the two editions released. These replace PC/OS 2009 OpenWorkstation and WebStation. This release is based on the Ubuntu 9.04 series. Some of the higlights that target the new release are as follows.
2.6.28 kernel series
Skype […]

Apache Unleashes SpamAssassin 3.3.0

What’s better than an Apple iTablet, or whatever Cupertino is releasing today? A spam-free inbox, and you can get that (or very close) for free thanks to the Apache Foundation. Yesterday marked the first major SpamAssassin release since 2007 when the Apache Foundation unleashed SpamAssassin 3.3.0. SpamAssassin is a set of Perl programs that filters […]

Yahoo! to become Firefox’s default search engine on Ubuntu

According to a recent email by Canonical’s Rick Spencer in the Ubuntu development mailing list, Canonical is planning to change Firefox’s default search provider to Yahoo! starting with forthcoming Lucid Lynx, due in April.
The change will also change the default home page from the current Ubuntu customized Google search page to a Yahoo! home page.
The […]

Linux Mint 9: “Isadora”

Linux Mint 9, based on the upcoming Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, will be released in May this year under the codename “Isadora”.
Of Greco-Latin origin, “Isadora” means “Gift from Isis”.
Read more at Linux Mint Blog

Ubuntu Could Profit From Both Yahoo, Google

Talk about a careful balancing act involving Ubuntu. Canonical appears to have financial relationships with both Google and Yahoo. Here’s how the relationships — involving Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) and Google Chrome OS — are shaping up. Plus, the potential financial implications for Canonical.
Let’s start with the Canonical-Yahoo relationship. Specifically, Firefox in Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid […]

Linux Desktop Testing Project (LDTP) 2.0.2 released

Hello, About LDTP: Linux Desktop Testing Project is aimed at producing high quality test automation framework (using GNOME / Python) and cutting-edge tools that can be used to test Linux Desktop and improve it. It uses the Accessibility libraries to poke through the application’s user interface. We strive to help in building a quality desktop. […]

KDE Software Compilation 4.3.5 Out Now: Codename “Clue”

KDE Software Compilation 4.3.5 Out Now: Codename “Clue” KDE Community Ships Fifth Translation and Service Release of the 4.3 Free Desktop, Containing Numerous Bugfixes, Performance Improvements and Translation Updates January 26th, 2010. Today, KDE has released a new version of the KDE Software Compilation (KDE SC). This month’s edition of KDE SC is a bugfix […]

Fedora Weekly News 210

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 210[1] for the week ending January 24, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue. This issue kicks off with recent announcements from the Fedora Project, including a deadline tomorrow for Fedora 13 features, and links to Fedora events. In our Quality Assurance beat, detailed coverage of the […]

GParted 0.5.1 Released

GParted is the Gnome Partition Editor for creating, reorganizing, and deleting disk partitions. This GParted 0.5.1 release includes some very important bug fixes in addition to language translation updates. Key changes include: – Work around partition resizing problems with newer udev and kernels – Avoid crashes by ignoring devices with sector size > 512 bytes […]

PostgreSQL Weekly News – January 24 2010

== PostgreSQL Weekly News – January 24 2010 == “PostgreSQL: Das Praxisbuch” by Thomas Pfeiffer and Andreas Wenk published. == PostgreSQL 8.5 Feature of the Week == The DROP IF EXISTS syntax now works on columns and constraints. == PostgreSQL Jobs for January == == PostgreSQL Local == The Call for Papers for […]

Firefox 3.6 tips and tweak

Here are five quick tips to enhance your Firefox 3.6 experience. 1. Open links in the tab bar far right In Firefox 3.6, links opened from a web page (middle-clicking on them or from the context menu) open to the right of the current page to keep related content closer by default. To restore the […]

U.S. Open Source for Open Government

In December the U.S. White House set guidelines for an open and transparent administration. The Open Source for America (OSFA) organization is now following up with tips for a governmental move to free software. The Open Source for America organization is the largest lobbying group for free software in the U.S. Its members include Canonical, […]

Five *nix Myths Busted

I love mythology and there’s nothing like hearing a technology myth to make my day complete. Just today someone applied one of the following myths in a conversation with me. I didn’t say anything but it gave me the idea for this post. Here are the five myths related to *nix systems that I hear […]

Why GNU/Linux is ready for the Average User

I spend a fair amount of time on and while poking around there this afternoon I came across this thread. It is no where near the first thread I’ve seen like it (and sadly I doubt it will be the last). To quickly sum up the thread the original poster is detailing why he […]