EU Commission Approves Oracle-Sun Deal With No Conditions

It’s official. The Oracle-Sun merger has been approved by the EU Commission. There are no conditions. Here’s the press release, in which Neelie Kroes states that she is now satisfied that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition: “I am now satisfied that competition and innovation will be preserved on all the markets concerned. […]

GNOME Activity Journal Released w/ Zeitgeist Update

Back in December Zeitgeist 0.3 was released with many changes and its engine was even largely reworked. Since then there have been a few point releases as GNOME Zeitgeist is in the process of being stabilized for a Zeitgeist 0.4 release in time for GNOME 2.30. Yesterday afternoon Zeitgeist 0.3.2 was released to deliver on […]

Firefox 3.6 Boosts Speed, Tabs, HTML 5 and CSS

Six months after the last big Firefox release, Mozilla today is rolling out Firefox 3.6. The new browser, which began its life under the codename “Namaroka”, includes numerous enhancement over its predecessor, Firefox 3.5. Mozilla developers issued multiple alpha milestones, five beta releases and two release candidates over the last six months on the road […]

Microsoft to Mobile Customers: Choice is a Bad Thing (and Linux will Lose)

Last week, David Coursey reported that Microsoft entertainment and devices boss Robbie Bach made the prediction in an analyst briefing that Linux on mobile will lose. Why? It’s choice is a bad thing for customers and that there is too much Linux in the mobile marketplace
By Bach’s count there are 17 variants of Linux available […]

Create an Ubuntu Repository

There are several reasons you may want to create a local repository. The first is that you want to save on bandwidth if you have multiple Ubuntu machines to update. For example if you had 25 Ubuntu machines that all needed updating at least once a week, you would significantly save bandwidth because […]

Ubuntu: More Apps, Lower Support Costs?

As Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) nears its April 2010 launch, Canonical is taking steps to make Ubuntu Linux more attractive to business customers. The efforts include new support pricing plus closer relationships with application developers. Here’s some analysis from The VAR Guy.
On the applications front, Canonical is raising its voice in the ISV (independent software […]

GroundWork Monitor Enterprise 6.1 adds Ubuntu support

Version 6.1 of the system and network monitoring suite GroundWork Monitor Enterprise is now available. For this release the development team focused on improving performance and have also added support for Ubuntu Server to the monitoring solution. GroundWork Monitor Enterprise supports both Ubuntu 8.04 LTS and the latest Ubuntu 9.10 release.
Read more at H-online

Linux Mint 8 “Helena” KDE RC1 released!

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 8 “Helena” KDE Community Edition RC1.
Quick steps:

Download the ISO or the torrent.
While it’s downloading look at the overview of the new features in Linux Mint 8 KDE CE, read the User Guide and make sure to quickly go through the known issues.
After the […]

Security Support for Debian 4.0 to be terminated

————————————————————————- The Debian Project Security Support for Debian 4.0 to be terminated January 21st, 2010 ————————————————————————- Security Support for Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 to be terminated on February 15th One year after the release of Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 alias “lenny” and nearly three years after the release of Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 alias “etch” […]

Thunderbird 3.0.1 is now available for download

As part of Mozilla’s ongoing security and stability update process, Thunderbird 3.0.1 is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux for free download: We strongly recommend that all Thunderbird users upgrade to this release. If you already have Thunderbird, you will receive an automated update notification within 24 to 48 hours. You can also […]

Firefox Privacy Policy Updates for 3.6 Release

Firefox 3.6 has some new features, like Personas being part of the browser itself. As such, we have taken this opportunity to review and update our privacy policy. Privacy and data protection are important issues to the people of Mozilla. So we are looking at all the terms of this policy and thinking about how […]

Firefox 3.6 Privacy Policy

Firefox 3.6 has some new features, like Personas being part of the browser itself. As such, we have taken this opportunity to review and update our privacy policy. Privacy and data protection are important issues to the people of Mozilla. So we are looking at all the terms of this policy and thinking about how […]

German government IE warning leads to spike in Firefox downloads

Following a warning last Friday from the German Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, BSI) concerning the security hole in Internet Explorer (IE), Mozilla has said that it has recorded a “huge increase” in the number of Firefox downloads in Germany. According to a post by Mozilla’s Ken Kovash on […]

Mozilla’s Bespin rebooted, to be GPL compatible

The Mozilla Labs Bespin project, to create a web based integrated development environment which makes use of cloud functionality, is undergoing a reboot aimed at making Bespin easier to work with and extend. Bespin was introduced in February 2009 by Ben Galbraith and Dion Almear. In September 2009, Galbraith and Almear moved to Palm, which […]

Web code is already open – why not make it free as well

Oh dear. After the debacle with Microsoft Poland’s apparent racist photoshopping, Microsoft China went and got the company in hot water for allegedly “stealing” code. Yes you read that right: Microsoft and wholesale “theft” of code from another website. Of course it’s not “theft” it’s copyright infringement but tomayto/tomarto. Microsoft confessed blaming a vendor they […]

The Open-PC: one step closer to open-hardware

At the Gran Canaria Open Desktop Summit in July 2009, the Open-PC project was announced. The statement said the project aimed to “cooperatively design a Free Software based computer by and for the community”. Further this PC would use only hardware for which there are free software drivers available. This would be a PC with […]

More Free Games for Linux

Back in 2007, I wrote an article on free games for Linux and thought it was time to write a bit more on the subject. Actually, I had a lot of fun doing the research for this article and telling my sons that I really was “working.” I don’t really play that many games, so […]

Windows hole discovered after 17 years – Update

Microsoft isn’t having an easy time of it these days. In addition to the unpatched hole in Internet Explorer, a now published hole in Windows allows users with restricted access to escalate their privileges to system level – and this is believed to be possible on all 32-bit versions of Windows from Windows NT 3.1 […]

Ubuntu Customization Kit (UCK) 2.0.11 is Released

UCK is a tool that helps you customizing official Ubuntu Live CDs (including Kubuntu/Xubuntu and Edubuntu) to your needs. You can add any package to the live system, for example language packs, or applications.
UCK 2.0.11 Change log
* ISO mime type check was removed because new Ubuntu ISOs have “x-iso9660? mime type
* a bug with cd […]

35,000 Core Ubuntu Server Farm at Weta Digital

I just read an article over at Dustin Kirkland’s blog regarding the enormous server farm that Weta Digital has setup to render blockbuster movies. Apparently the latest Blockbuster, Avatar, had scenes rendered using a 35,000 core Ubuntu-based server farm. 35,000! That is hard to imagine! They’ve also rendered a few other films you may have […]