NetBSD 5.1_RC1 binaries available for download

On behalf of the NetBSD Release Engineering team, I am proud to announce that the first release candidate of NetBSD 5.1 is now available for download at: Those of you who prefer to build from source can continue to follow the netbsd-5 branch, but the netbsd-5-1-RC1 tag is available as well. There have been […]

The Business Lessons Behind Commercial Open Source

As the world of commercial open source software has grown, numerous business models have taken shape surrounding free products. Just consider Red Hat’s business model, which consists of selling support and services for open source software. That model is being imitated by countless commercial open source companies. But does making money from free software have […]

HP buys Palm

HP is acquiring Palm for $1.2 billion. The Palm blog reported the deal by saying “In case you didn’t hear, we just announced a merger with a little shop down the street called HP”, while the formal announcement stated that the companies had entered into a definitive agreement for HP to purchase Palm at $5.70 […]

Oracle releases VirtualBox 3.2.0 Beta 1

Please do NOT use this VirtualBox Beta release on production machines! A VirtualBox Beta release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes. You can download the binaries here: (don’t worry about the IP address, this is a temporary Oracle server) Please do NOT open bug reports at […]

Android 2.2 Goes All the Way With Flash

Android 2.2, code-named “Froyo,” will fully support Adobe’s Flash platform, Andy Rubin, Google’s vice president of engineering, told The New York Times’ Bits blog Tuesday. Google’s show of Flash support came weeks after Apple, Android’s rival, announced changes that made it more difficult for Flash application developers to create apps for its iPhone. However, Google’s […]

Mandriva 2010 Spring backgrounds contribution

Mandriva will provide 10 more backgrounds to complete official design of your favorite distribution. How to participate? You want to participate, it’s easy: Sent your pictures until 9th of may 2010 on Mandriva 2010 Spring backgrounds contribution Flickr group Mandriva will choose 10 of them (from different contributors) to include in an additional backgrounds package If […]

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS released

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Long-Term Support).
This release incorporates the Desktop Edition and the Server Edition. The
Server Edition can be used on physical servers, on Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud
(UEC), and on Amazon’s EC2 public cloud. Codenamed “Lucid Lynx”, 10.04 LTS
continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest
open […]

AMD Catalyst 10.4 For Linux Officially Released

While early adopters of Ubuntu 10.04 “Lucid Lynx” have had access to the Catalyst 10.4 Linux driver for more than a month (in fact, two pre-releases) this afternoon AMD has officially released their April Linux driver. The Catalyst 10.4 Linux package provides “early look” support for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and finally it now supports the […]

Mozilla publishes Firefox for Android pre-alpha

Mozilla has published a very early build of its Firefox for Mobile browser, also known as “Fennec”, for Android devices. According to the developers, the latest build, which the developers consider to be at a “pre-alpha” stage of development, is aimed at getting feedback from the community. Fennec on Android features Mozilla’s standard mobile interface, […]

OpenSSH 5.5

OpenSSH 5.5 has just been released. It will be available from the mirrors listed at shortly. OpenSSH is a 100% complete SSH protocol version 1.3, 1.5 and 2.0 implementation and includes sftp client and server support. Once again, we would like to thank the OpenSSH community for their continued support of the project, especially […]

Microsoft signs the Joomla! Contributor Agreement

Microsoft has signed the JCA (Joomla! Contributor Agreement), and we’ve got some of their code in the Joomla! 1.6 trunk. There, I said it. It feels like it should be so much more doesn’t it? Don’t worry, I won’t end the blog post there. It has taken me a while to write this post, as […]

Fedora Weekly News 223

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 223[1] for the week ending April 28, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue. In Project announcements, a Fedora Community Gaming session this Friday/Saturday, correction on Fedora 11 EOL, and details on the latest round of Fedora elections. In news from the Planet Fedora, details on updates […]

Why Making Money from Free Software Matters

Free software began as a political movement: its central aim was – and remains – the propagation of freedom. Later, it became a development methodology too, largely at the hands of Linus, whose geographical isolation in Finland forced him to develop ways of using the Internet to coordinate a new kind of massive, but decentralised, […]

NVIDIA 195.36.24 Linux Driver Released

While NVIDIA’s official 195.36.18 driver has been around for about one month, the Santa Clara engineers are getting ready to pump out a new official update. In fact, before the week ended, NVIDIA put out the 195.36.24 pre-release, which may be marked as their official stable release this week. Read more at Phoronix

Stable kernels and

The and stable kernel updates are out. Both updates are massive, with well over 100 fixes in each. Read more at

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 351

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: Gazing at Scientific Linux News: On first beta of RHEL 6, hidden features in Fedora 13, Edubuntu 10.04 improvements, new SimplyMEPIS USB images, the end of Xandros Desktop Questions and answers: Release cycles Released last week: PCLinuxOS 2010, Macpup Opera 2.0 Upcoming… Read more at DistroWatch

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #190

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is Issue #190 for the week April 18th – April 24th, 2010 and is available here.
In this issue we cover:
* Announcing the Release Candidate for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
* Call for UDS Plenaries and Lightning Talks
* Ubuntu Launchpad Single-Sign-On Now Open Source
* Mark Shuttleworth promotes Ubuntu Party of Paris
* […]

PostgreSQL Weekly News – April 25 2010

== PostgreSQL Weekly News – April 25 2010 == SEAPUG and PDXPUG will be staffing a booth at LFNW – stop by! Simon Riggs and Hannu Krosing will be speaking about PostgreSQL at “Pycon Italia 4” (the Italian Python conference) in Florence, Italy, on May 8 and 9, 2010. Registration for PGCon 2010 is […]

Nexenta Core Platform 3.0 Beta3 Released

Hi All, On behalf of the Nexenta project, I’d like to announce the availability of the Nexenta Core Platform 3.0 Beta3, the final beta release in the NCP3 cycle. You can download the latest iso image from The main changes over the Beta2 release include: * Dozens of ON fixes backported to b134  – […]

6 of the Best Free Linux Simple Backup Software

Surveys suggest that up to 90% of home computer users do not back up their data. That is a pretty frightening statistic bearing in mind how valuable and precious users’ files are. Computer users who do not backup their files are at risk of losing all of their personal and irreplaceable documents. The hard drive […]