Free Software Foundation: Google should free the web from Flash and H.264

Although Google’s take-over of On2 Technologies has only just been completed, already the Free Software Foundation (FSF) is calling on the company to release On2’s video codec technology as a patent free standard. In an open letter, it asks Google to release the VP8 video codec under a royalty-free licence and to promote that free […]

Drupal 7.0 Alpha 2 released

Our first Drupal 7 alpha version was released just over a month ago. Today, we’re proud to announce the release of the second alpha version of Drupal 7.x for your further testing and feedback. The first alpha announcement provided a comprehensive list of improvements made since Drupal 6.x, so in this announcement we’ll concentrate on […]

A handbook for the open source way, written the open source way

Remember the Seinfeld episode where Kramer had the idea to make a coffee table book about coffee tables? I always thought that was a pretty elegant idea. Well, a few months ago, some of the smart folks on Red Hat’s community architecture team had a similarly elegant idea: Write a book about building community the […]

Open-Xchange: Another Big SaaS Partner Win

Open-Xchange, an open source alternative to Microsoft Exchange, continues to gain momentum in Europe and North America. The latest example: Bull, a €1,110 million solutions provider headquartered in Paris, is offering SaaS and on-premises Open-Xchange to its end customers in Germany. Here are the details. First, a little background: Open-Xchange seems to be catching on […]

8 tips for passing the Linux Professional Institute Certification exam

The LPI certification is a great way to show you have Linux system administration knowledge. Especially when you don’t haven working experience a certification is a valid tool to show you do have special knowledge about the operating system. The problem is the LPI didn’t create the certification for people without experience. As a matter […]

Confessions of an Ubuntu Fanboy

Hi, my name is Jim and I’m a recovering Ubuntu fanboy.
The Urban Dictionary defines a fanboy as “a person who is completely loyal to a game or company regardless of if they suck or not.” In the past, I’ve been exactly that, and I think that a lot of other people in the Ubuntu community [...]

Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox CE review: Lightweight, fast, surprisingly cohesive

As I mentioned on February 12th, the long-awaited Fluxbox Community Edition of Linux Mint has been released, and I’ve had the opportunity to install it on my laptop to give it a whirl.
I promised @Kendall — the man who picked up the Linux Mint Fluxbox CE torch and ran with it to keep this project [...]

Customizing the Ubuntu Application Stack Before Installation

Ubuntu is way easier to install than certain other operating systems. But it would be even greater if I could select which applications I wanted on my new system before the Ubiquity installer goes about its business–an idea that was proposed recently on Ubuntu Brainstorm. Here’s why it should go through.
An Ubuntu installation [...]

PC-BSD 8.0 Released

The PC-BSD Team is pleased to announce the availability of PC-BSD 8.0 (Hubble Edition), running FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE-P2, and KDE 4.3.5 PC-BSD 8.0 contains a number of enhancements and improvements over the 7.x series. For a full list of changes, please refer to the changelog. Some of the notable changes are: FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE-P2 KDE 4.3.5 Brand […]

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 342

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Feature: Interview with Clement Lefebvre and first look at Linux Mint 8 News: Linux Mint ends “distro hopping”, Debian releases first 6.0 installer, Ubuntu outlines new netbook interface with Enlightenment, OpenSolaris developers fear for project’s future, Mandriva “Cooker” updates Questions and answers: Disk…. Read more at DistroWatch

FreeBSD and the GPL

Linus Torvalds has said Linux wouldn’t have happened if 386BSD had been around when he started up. We trace the history of FreeBSD and how it’s affected the open source world. The first free Unix-like operating system available on the IBM PC was 386BSD, of which Linus Torvalds said in 1993: “If 386BSD had been […]

Intelligence Slideshow: 40 Fast Facts on Linux

The open source software turned 18 last year, and its maturity is evident to hackers and corporate types alike. Look more at Baseline

A Big Victory for F/OSS: Jacobsen v. Katzer is Settled

A long running case of great significance to the legal underpinnings of free and open source/open source software (F/OSS) has just settled on terms favorable to the F/OSS developer. The settlement follows a recent ruling by a U.S. Federal District Court judge that affirmed several key rights of F/OSS developers under existing law. That case […]

SCALE: 5 Key Takeaways for Open Source VARs

SCALE, the Southern California Linux Expo, kicks off today in Los Angeles. More than a Linux geek fest, there are signs that SCALE is starting to attract solutions providers that work with Red Hat, Novell, Canonical and other open source partner programs. Here’s a look at five key trends solutions providers should be watching at […]

Top 10 Open-Source Server Technologies You Need to Know

If you think open-source server technologies are limited to Linux distributions, think again. Although these software projects pair well with Linux, it isn’t an integral part of any of the 10 listed. Open-source software no longer refers to a Linux-only environment. In fact, open source now crosses all operating system boundaries, so much so, that […]

Pidgin update fixes security vulnerabilities

The Pidgin developers have released version 2.6.6 of their open source instant messenger application. In addition to the usual changes and bug fixes, the maintenance and security update addresses a total of three vulnerabilities in the the multi-platform instant messaging client. A vulnerability in Finch, caused by certain nicknames in group chat rooms, can lead […]

Blender 2.5 Alpha 1

The Blender Foundation and online developer community is proud to present Blender 2.5 Alpha 1. This release is the second official testing release of the Blender 2.5 series, representing the culmination of many years of redesign and development work. What to Expect Big improvements – The 2.5 alpha 1 release has 100s of essential fixes compared to […]

Chocolate Doom 1.3.0

Version 1.3.0 of Chocolate Doom (as it strives to emulate Vanilla Doom) has been released with new features like more flexible key binding and scores of bugfixes.

Linux Gaming With Sabayon Gaming Edition DVD

One of the most common complaints I hear about Linux is that it’s just no good for gaming. Some complain about hardware support, others the lack of titles, others that it’s just too complicated. It’s true that Linux probably isn’t the first platform that comes to mind when I think about PC gaming, but some [...]

Ubuntu Officially Switches To Nouveau As The Default Nvidia Graphics Driver

Ubuntu officially transitioned from -nv to -nouveau as the default driver for the Nvidia graphics cards. The main reason for this change is that nouveau is more actively developed than nv and is considered to be at least as good as nv. However, based on feedback, it seems there will be regressions on certain hardware [...]