GIMP 2.8 Scheduled For Release Post-Christmas

For those interested in the next major update to the GIMP graphics editing application (GIMP 2.8), it now has a tentative release date. GIMP’s Martin Nordholts has announced on his blog that GIMP 2.8 is scheduled for release on the 27th of December of this year. Among many improvements, GIMP 2.8 will offer a single-window […]

Ubuntu, you blew your chance to go mainstream

Obviously, I’ve spent a good amount of time trying to think of a suitable intro to this column. But I couldn’t find anything appropriate to express my disgust and disappointment at Ubuntu’s missed opportunity. So I’ll state it plainly – Ubuntu, you got us this far and then, just when it mattered, you blew it […]

Ubuntu Lucid 10.04 Alpha 2: First impressions on ‘difficult’ hardware

My feelings for Ubuntu have run hot and cold since I first discovered the “Linux for human beings”-nicknamed reimagination of Debian during the Dapper (6.06) era.
I’ve had Ubuntu be the best distro on a given computer, sometimes it won’t even boot, I’ve had terrible trouble with Intel video, and upgrade-delivered changes have forced me to […]

Lubuntu Lucid Lynx Alpha 2 Has Been Released!

The second Alpha of Lubuntu is now available for testing. Don’t forget
that it’s build with Ubuntu Lucid (10.04) which is still in Alpha state
of development, so same warnings :
“Pre-releases of Lucid are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable
system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even
frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended […]

75% of Linux code now written by paid developers

Forget lofty ideals about the open-source community: most Linux kernel code is written by paid developers at major corporations. The Linux world makes much of its community roots, but when it comes to developing the kernel of the operating system, it’s less a case of “volunteers ahoy!” and more a case of “where’s my pay?” […]

Stable kernel released

The stable kernel has been released. It consists of 30 patches throughout the kernel. As always, 2.6.32 users are strongly encouraged to upgrade. Another 2.6.32 stable update is now under review and will likely be released early next week. Read more at

Why Business Resists Open Source

Most open source advocates like to believe that the migration from proprietary software products over to open source alternatives is fairly straight forward. Unfortunately, it’s never that simple. The problem is that proprietary legacy software is a lot like a barbed fishing hook. Removing it to make things better tends to hurt more than most […]

A3P v0.5a

A3P is an indie online shooter that combines the best aspects of the Third Person Shooter and Real-Time Strategy genres. Load out your units with weapons and special abilities, then lead them to victory on the battlefield!
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Updates Coming For Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS

Canonical’s Jos Boumans has sent out an e-mail on the Ubuntu development mailing list to outline some of the new plans going forward for Ubuntu Server with the 10.04 release. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Alpha 2 came out just nine days ago, but Jos is hoping to incorporate these new Ubuntu Server changes prior to the […]

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #177

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is Issue #177 for the week January 17th – January 23rd, 2010 and is available here.
In this issue we cover:
* Developer Membership Board election results
* Ubuntu User Days A Big Success
* Bugs and hugs
* Ubuntu Developer Week: January 25th – January 29th, 2010
* Canonical Blog: ISV support for […]

How to Edit Videos With Avidemux

New tutorial added to HowtoMatrix database.
How to Edit Videos With Avidemux
Avidemux is one good video editing software that we used regularly to edit our videos. It is free, cross-platforms and supports simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. One of the most important thing is that it is easy to use. Even if you are a […]

Debian Sources List Generator

New tutorial added to HowtoMatrix database.
Debian Sources List Generator
If you are looking for debian sourcelist generator try this
Link to the original site

openSUSE Weekly News 107 is out!

We are pleased to announce: Issue 107 of openSUSE Weekly News is out! [0] In this week’s issue: * Wiki Cleanup – Geeko wants you! * Masim Sugianto: Recover Deleted Files on Linux with Extundelete * Updated GNOME for openSUSE 11.2, and why it’s good * Carlos Gonçalves: PySide packages for openSUSE, Mandriva and Fedora […]

WordPress Foundation Launched

The WordPress Foundation is officially open for business. The foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to ensure access to a stable and free platform for Web publishing. There’s not a ton of information on the site just yet, but it does spell out the philosophy of the organization and general information about the […]

GCC 4.4.3 Released

The GNU Compiler Collection version 4.4.3 has been released. GCC 4.4.3 is a bug-fix release containing fixes for regressions and serious bugs in GCC 4.4.2. This release is available from the FTP servers listed at: Please do not contact me directly regarding questions or comments about this release. Instead, use the resources available from […]

Wine release 1.1.37

The Wine development release 1.1.37 is now available. What’s new in this release (see below for details): – A number of fixes in AVI file support. – Several MSXML improvements. – A few MSI fixes. – Various bug fixes. The source is available from the following locations:

Firefox 3.6 now available for download

Planned as a minor update to Firefox 3.5, released last June, Namoroka (Firefox 3.6’s code name) is not only the quickest Firefox release but the first featuring Mozilla’s new beta approach: a single big beta release that gets frequently revised, and updated, keeping all beta users in the most current test lane. The result: perhaps […]

KOffice Based Office Viewer Launched for Nokia N900

An alpha version of Office Viewer has been uploaded to the repositories for the N900. Users of Nokia’s smart phone can install the KOffice based app to view word processing documents, spreadsheets and presentation. The application can also be used to give presentations. “This shows both how portable and lean on resources KOffice is” says […]

No Country for Linux Newbies?

To know Linux is to love Linux, aficionados would surely agree, but does one *have* to know Linux just to be able to use it at all? That question has made quite a splash in the blogosphere. “Lately, I’ve been noticing stories about how to use Linux you need to know half-a-hundred Linux shell commands […]

Skype for Linux 2.1 Beta 2 adds screen sharing

Nearly five months after the release of the first beta, the Skype for Linux developers have announced the availability of the second beta for version 2.1 of their Linux Skype client. In addition to several localisation updates and bug fixes, version of Skype for Linux adds a number of new features that have been […]