New Low-Latency Ubuntu Server Build Proposed

Canonical’s Tim Gardner is seeking comments regarding a new build of Ubuntu Server that he is proposing. Canonical is considering another build of Ubuntu Server (there is already Ubuntu Server 32-bit and 64-bit along with specialized builds for cloud computing with Amazon EC2 and UEC), but this one would be specialized for just 64-bit platforms […]

Samba 3.4.5 Available for Download

Release Announcements ===================== This is the latest stable release of Samba 3.4. Major enhancements in Samba 3.4.5 include: o Fix memory in leak in smbd (bug #7020). o Fix changing of ACLs on writable files with “dos filemode=yes” (bug #5202). ###################################################################### Changes ####### Changes since 3.4.4 ——————- o Jeremy Allison <> * BUG 5202: Fix […]

MOSS Gives Medical Data-Sharing a Dose of Open Source

New software from Misys Open Source Solutions promises to provide what could be the world’s first fully open source, standards-based platform for exchanging health information. The Misys Connect Exchange software was demonstrated and successfully tested last week in Chicago at IHE Connectathon, the healthcare industry’s weeklong interoperability testing event. The result, MOSS said, will represent […]

European approval for Oracle acquisition of Sun expected this week

According to the Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital blog, Oracle and Sun expect that the European Commission will approve the acquisition of Sun Microsystems some time this week. The report which cites sources close to both companies, comes as the 27th of January deadline for the Commission’s decision approaches and suggests that the official […]

GNOME 3.0: Fear Not!

Does GNOME 3.0 necessarily need 3D acceleration? Do GNOME 2.0 apps run under 3.0? A website tries to provide answers to some unsettling questions. With the change-over from GNOME 2.x to 3.0 in September 2010, many users are expecting problems similar to those of the KDE 3.x update to 4.0. GNOME developer Paul Cutler was […]

Linux 2.6.32 Kernel To Be Maintained Longer

With Ubuntu 10.04 basing off the Linux 2.6.32 kernel and this distribution release being a Long-Term Support (LTS) release that will be maintained longer than normal Ubuntu releases — and other vendors using the Linux 2.6.32 kernel for their enterprise updates too — this kernel will live on longer as well. Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced […]

Record Your Ubuntu Desktop and Convert to .AVI

Alot of people ask me the easiest way to record their experiences while using Ubuntu. You can do this several ways but using an application named recordMyDesktop seems to be the most popular method. This video tutorial will show you how to install recordMyDesktop, create a video in .ogv format, and convert it to an […]

Firefox juggles plans

Firefox has dropped version 3.7 from its roadmap and will roll out new features in the next few weeks together with 3.6. The Mozilla Foundation this week released a next-to-final version of its next major release, Firefox 3.6. At the same time the company announced last-minute plans which include dropping the planned 3.7 release completely. […]

Disney Releases 3D Modeling Library Under BSD License

Disney Enterprises has released Ptex, a library, API, and file format used by Disney for rendering models for movies like Bolt as open source. Ptex (Per-Face Texture Mapping) is a texture mapping system which is used to give texture and color to 3D models. The code has been put up on GitHub under a BSD […]

5 Multimedia Apps For Ubuntu You Can’t Live Without[Newbie Guide]

When I first started using Ubuntu some 3 years ago, I found it really hard to get applications similar to the ones I used in Windows. After browsing for a long time, I made this amazing discovery. You don’t have to look for “similar” apps, you can have even better apps here in Ubuntu/Linux. Here […]

Canonical to bundle CodeWeavers CrossOver?

In a official post on the Ubuntu Forums, user Matthew Helmke asks users to complete a survey with the applications they would like to see in the upcoming versions of Ubuntu.
Among the applications one can find: Spotify, Pandora, Hulu, Skype, WoW, Picasa, Adobe Photoshop, Apple iTunes, CodeWeavers and a couple more applications.
I’m wondering if Canonical […]

Canonical offering support for Lotus Symphony on Ubuntu

At this year’s Lotusphere in Orlando, Canonical, founder and sponsor of the Ubuntu project, has announced the launch of a dedicated support program for Lotus Symphony. The IBM Client for Smart Work (ICSW) consists of Lotus application components running with the current long term support version of Ubuntu, Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Desktop Edition. With Symphony […]

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #176

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #176 for the week January 10th – January 16th, 2010 is available.
In this issue we cover:
* Ubuntu 10.4 Lucid Lynx Alpha 2
* Ubuntu Developer Week
* Ubuntu User Day
* New Ubuntu Women leadership
* Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase
* Kernel Bug Day
* Ubuntu 10.04 Alpha 2 Removes HAL
* Ubuntu Stats
* The […]

Hardware database in the Community website

A new “Hardware module” was added to the Community website. This module allows you to register your hardware and to search for hardware devices based on multiple criteria.
Here are some typical use cases of this module:

You want to buy an nVidia 8600GT video card and you’d like to know if the 3D effects work well […]

Fedora Weekly News 209

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 209[1] for the week ending January 17, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue. This issue starts with announcements from the project, including availability of Open Xange 2010, a Fedora + KDE distro, a change in cmake macro usage, and some feature update pings for Fedora 13. […]

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 337

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: A first look at Jibbed 5.0.1 (a NetBSD live CD) News: Fedora Community Remix, Mandriva “Cooker” updates, Dreamlinux future, Arch Linux interview Questions and answers: In search of “better” applications Statistics: Online CD, DVD and USB media sales Released last week: BackTrack…. Read more at DistroWatch

French government also warns Internet Explorer users

Just like the German government did last week, the French government via the National Information Systems Security Agency (Agence nationale de la sécurité des systèmes d’information) has also issued an alert, recommending users to switch to another web browser regarding an Internet Explorer’s vulnerability that was exploited to hack Google servers in China. Here’s a […]

Open Source House Launches Design Competition

Architectural Web site Arch Daily points to a design competition at Open Source House for individuals or teams to create a eco-friendly sustainable single-family house for a specifically designated spot in Ghana. The contest, which runs until May 15, 2010, encourages designers to “think big” and come up with ways their initial designs can be […]

ReactOS May Begin Heavily Using Wine Code

While we don’t normally talk much about ReactOS, the free software operating system that was started some twelve years ago to provide binary compatible with Windows NT, there is a new proposal to abandon much of its Win32 subsystem that has built up over the past decade and to create a new Windows subsystem that […]

Three stable kernels released (,, and

The -stable team has announced three new stable kernels:, , and There are less than ten patches each for .31 and .27, but the .32 release has 52 patches, all over the tree. There seem to be security issues fixed in each, however, so users are strongly encouraged to upgrade—as usual. Barring […]