Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Beta Available Today for Public Download

We are excited to share with you news of our first public step toward our next major Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform release with today’s Beta availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. Beginning today, we are inviting our customers, partners and members of the public to install, test and provide feedback for what we […]

Oracle’s ODF Plug-in Pricing: What’s up with That?

When news of Oracle’s intended acquisition of Sun Microsystems broke long ago, many people wondered what that would mean for OpenOffice, the most widely adopted full desktop implementation of ODF. But Oracle immediately imposed a company-wide “no comment” policy on that topic, so everyone has been wondering what the answer might be ever since. So […]

Red Hat drops Xen from from enterprise Linux software

With Wednesday’s beta release of its flagship operating system, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Red Hat has added a number of new capabilities that should help data centers better support virtualization and cloud computing. Red Hat develops Linux-based hypervisor, virtualization security tool RHEL 6.0 will also have at least one less feature as well. This […]

LinuxMint – Upgrading to a newer release

Linux Mint 9 will feature a brand new version of mintBackup, the “Backup Tool”, rewritten from scratch by a newcomer in the development team, somebody people on the IRC and the forums know quite well: Ikey.

The new tool comes with the following features:

It can backup and restore files and directories
It can backup and restore your […]

Ubuntu 10.04 Is Hit By Major X.Org Memory Leak

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS is set to be released next Thursday and a release candidate is poised to be released tomorrow, but there’s some last minute problems within the Lucid Lynx camp. There’s a last-minute X.Org Server update that’s being looked at as a result of a “major memory leak” that has been found over the […]

Ubuntu / Launchpad Single-Sign-On Now Open Source

Jono Bacon (Ubuntu Community Manager) announced on his blog:-
Some time back we made Launchpad available as Open Source, and we have gone on to see a wonderful and thriving Launchpad development community flourish there.
One component in particular that was not made available as Open Source, was the Canonical Identity Provider which is used by […]

Canonical and MuleSoft partner to improve Tomcat packaging

Middleware specialist MuleSoft, formerly Mulesource, has announced that it has partnered with Ubuntu sponsor Canonical. Under the agreement, MuleSoft will help to improve the Apache Tomcat packaging for Ubuntu and Debian. COO of Canonical Matt Asay said that, “We share MuleSoft’s goal in improving the experience for users of open source software,” adding that, “The […]

Ubuntu’s Indicator Menus – Ayatana bearing fruit

When we set up Project Ayatana to improve the usability of the whole desktop, we called it Ayatana because we were focused on the “sphere of consciousness”, one’s awareness of what’s going on outside of the current application. There are two key aspects to the work:
1. Notifications are “awareness distilled” in the […]

Medibuntu Repository Down – What To Do?

Medibuntu (Multimedia, Entertainment & Distractions In Ubuntu) is a repository of packages that cannot be included into the Ubuntu distribution for legal reasons (copyright, license, patent, etc).
Just when I was about to publish the “What To Do After A Fresh Ubuntu Install Script – New Version Released” post, I noticed that the Medibuntu main server […]

Linux Mint 9: look & feel

The decision was taken not to change the theme or the icons in Linux Mint 9 Isadora, making it look similar to the previously released Linux Mint 7 Gloria and Linux Mint 8 Helena.
We looked into the making of a metallic looking theme, it was even mentioned publicly and I’m sorry to disappoint. Widgets had […]

PCLinuxOS 2010 Edition is now available for download.

PCLinuxOS 2010 Edition is now available for download. Features: Kernel kernel for maximum desktop performance. Full KDE 4.4.2 Desktop. Nvidia and ATI fglrx driver support. Multimedia playback support for many popular formats. Wireless support for many network devices. Printer support for many local and networked printer devices. Addlocale allows you to convert PCLinuxOS into […]

Richard Stallman: “I Wished I Had Killed Myself”

I received a review copy of Steven Levy’s seminal book Hackers back in the 1980s, but never read it. I did, though, keep it, because it looked interesting and important. It came in very handy when I wrote Rebel Code, since in some sense my book is a continuation of Levy’s story, and his meticulous […]

Gluon Decides on New Structure in Preparation for First Release

Those who have been following Gluon closely over the last months know that at the developer sprint in Munich in October 2009 the foundations were laid down for the Gluon vision. Put simply, Gluon provides a new way for game creators to make games and distribute them to the players of games. This was all […]

Bugzilla 3.6 Brings Extensions and Addresses Usability

Firefox gets all the glory, but the Mozilla Project does more than supply the world with a free, fast and flexible browser. Mozilla also provides Bugzilla, a bug tracking system used by hundreds of open source projects and countless organizations and companies working with software. Last week, to little fanfare, Bugzilla 3.6 was released with […]

Google’s Schmidt pitches Chrome OS

Browser-obsessed netbooks running Google’s Chrome operating system will be the freshest thing to hit computing in two decades, Eric Schmidt claims. Speaking at the Atmosphere Cloud Computing Forum the Google CEO heralded the coming of “completely disposable” mobile devices running Chrome OS that boot up in two seconds and incorporate web-based storage, HTML5 for security, […]

Oracle start charging for Sun’s Office ODF plug-in

In 2007, Sun released the Sun ODF Plugin for Microsoft Office, as a closed source but free application which allowed Microsoft Office users to export and import documents in Open Document Format. Although the Oracle site still, at the time of writing, offers the software for free with the tagline “Get it now: FREE”, users […]

X.Org Server 1.7.7 To Be Released Soon

While X Server 1.8 has been around for almost one month, Peter Hutterer for now is still maintaining the X.Org Server 1.7 series before turning over to the 1.8 branch in the coming weeks. He’s now in the process of preparing to release X.Org Server 1.7.7. For those that are not yet migrating to X.Org […]

An Introduction to KDE Games

For a long time KDE has come with an assortment of games. Collectively, this suite of games is simply called “KDE Games“. With the advent of KDE 4, all of the KDE games were given face lifts and a standard set of features that make moving from game to game a seamless exercise.
The games are […]

Ubuntu Restricted Extras – Lets Ubuntu Play Everything

A fresh install of Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) comes complete with Firefox, the Rhythmbox music player, and the Totem movie player. You may find, however, that some websites don’t work correctly because Flash and Java are missing, you may also find that a lot of your media files do not play. This is because Ubuntu […]

Ubuntu 10.04 delivers usability, strength

Here’s what finally convinced me that Ubuntu was worthy of the average desktop user: I installed it on my Mom’s computer. Clichéd, but true.
Actually, this happened quite some time ago, so this is not necessarily news. But it’s key to note that I indicated “average” desktop user. While I was very willing to recommend Ubuntu […]