Sneak preview for coming KDE SC 4.5

KDE SC 4.5 is in feature freeze right now. Therefore, I decide to share some of early screenshots with you. In General there are no major changes. It is all about polishing and fixing bugs. There is a lot of under-hood changes in libs which as enduser we cannot see. KDE SC will be release […]

Google renews vows with Chrome OS

One day, Google says, it will merge Android and Chrome OS. But at the moment, despite Android’s ever-expanding influence, the web colossus is intent on delivering Chrome OS before the end of the year, complete with its inability to run local applications or store local data. “Chrome is part of our strategy to make the […]

SimplyMEPIS 8.5

The last time I looked at SimplyMEPIS was the 8.0 release. In this review I’ll be taking a look at the latest version, SimplyMEPIS Linux 8.5. SimplyMEPIS is based on Debian, and it uses KDE as its desktop environment. What’s New In This Release Here’s a sample of the new stuff you’ll find in this […]

To Microsoft, Open Source means “Windows Encumbered”

One of the most interesting things to happen in the past couple of years, is Microsoft’s embrace of Open Source. This means different things to various people I’ve spoken with at Microsoft. Some seem genuinely sincere. Some seem less so. What hasn’t changed is Microsoft’s behavior to the Open Source community at large. * They […]

PrestaShop v.1.3 Final is now available!

Used by more than 37,000 stores across the world and gathering a community of over 70,000 members, PrestaShop confirms its position as a challenger of Open Source e-commerce by releasing the 1.3 final version of its software. This new version represents thousands of hours of development, and strengthens the functional offer already expanded of PrestaShop. […]

Welcome to Pearson Computing’s fork of KDE3.5, codename Trinity!

This project aims to keep the KDE3.5 computing style alive, as well as polish off any rough edges that were present as of KDE 3.5.10. Along the way, new useful features will be added to keep the environment up-to-date. Towards that end, significant new enhancements have already been made in areas such as display control, […]

Valve’s Linux Play May Lead More Games To Follow Suit

Brought up in the Phoronix Forums yesterday by a reader was a reference to Ryan Gordon’s resume that he was contracted to port Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 to Linux. This led a Phoronix reader to email Ryan “Icculus” Gordon and now we managed to get our hands on Ryan’s e-mail response.
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 […]

Is OpenOffice Drifting Dangerously?

Dana Blankenhorn notes that is “drifting,” which certainly seems to be true, although we’ve pointed out that it is definitely still kicking. Without a doubt, now that Oracle has swallowed up Sun Microsystems and is, by default, the new steward of the world’s most popular open source suite of productivity applications, there are questions […]

Ubuntu Lucid: I fix another problem (maybe), but questions about Canonical remain

Things in my personal world of Ubuntu Lucid 10.04 are starting to work themselves out, but it hasn’t exactly been a smooth ride on my main laptop.
If you read to the bottom, you’ll find that the hacky-as-hell solution to a bug that has plagued my own desktop is followed by my thoughts (not all good) […]

Ubuntu Linux Netbook Edition 10.04 (Lucid Lynx)

I’ve been reviewing various Ubuntu derivatives and this week I thought it would be fun to take a look at the netbook version of Ubuntu.
Ubuntu Netbook Edition used to be called Ubuntu Netbook Remix, but Canonical changed the name once this distro became an official edition of Ubuntu.
What’s New In This Release
Much […]

Canonical Pushes Skype Into Ubuntu Repository

In an interesting move that now makes it easier to use the popular Skype
VoIP program on Ubuntu Linux, Canonical’s Brian Thomason has uploaded the first Skype package into the Ubuntu 10.04 “Lucid Lynx” repository. Using Skype on Ubuntu is now only a sudo apt-get install skype away from being used.
Packaged currently in the Ubuntu Lucid […]

How to Configure an Ubuntu Linux Computer for Less Than $200

Does your family need an extra PC? Educator, Mac expert, and Linux enthusiast Phil Shapiro explains in this YouTube video how, for less than the price of some operating systems, you can configure a useful, virus-free computer with a 23-inch LCD monitor ($150 refurbished) and a Wi-Fi wireless adapter ($15). This project is easy to […]

Canonical Landscape 1.5 Extends Ubuntu Linux Management for Enterprises

Landscape 1.5 is being officially announced this week, providing users of Ubuntu Linux with new management and deployment capabilities.
The new Landscape follows the debut of Ubuntu’s most recent Long-Term Support (LTS) release, the latest edition of the open source Linux distro aimed at providing enterprises with the ability to maintain and upgrade their deployed Ubuntu […]

iMagic OS Sho

Jack De La Mare has announced the release of iMagic OS Sho, a commercial desktop Linux distribution based on Ubuntu: “Welcome to iMagicSho, the next in the iMagic OS line. Based on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, and running the latest KDE 4.4, iMagicSho is based on bleeding edge technology; a fully loaded, powerful computer operating system.” […]

Tuquito 4 Alpha

Mario Colque has announced the availability of the first alpha release of Tuquito 4, an Ubuntu-based, beginner-friendly desktop Linux distribution designed for Spanish-speaking users. The most interesting characteristics and new features of the distributions are: Linux kernel 2.6.33 and GNOME desktop 2.30.0; faster boot; Tuquito upgrade manager; parental control feature; rewritten Tuquito ADSL; welcome screen […]

Five Usability Improvements in Ubuntu 10.04

Recent Ubuntu releases have introduced major changes, including a new theme, a new application stack and–gasp–a new position for window buttons.  But Karmic and Lucid also included a number of tiny usability enhancements that you might not have noticed, but which are central to making Ubuntu a Linux distribution for human beings.  Here’s a look […]

HTML5 Video on Ubuntu

With my professional life having quieted down a lot recently, I finally got a chance to play with something I’ve been meaning to try since the winter: HTML5 video on Ubuntu.  The results made me pretty happy.
Steve Jobs and I don’t agree on much.  But one of the rare points on which we see eye-to-eye […]

Announcing Fedora 13

I’m proud to announce the release of Fedora 13, the latest innovative Linux distribution from the Fedora Project, a global, collaborative partnership of free software community members sponsored by Red Hat. If you can’t wait to get the distribution, simply visit: If you want a quick tour of highlights in this release, check out: […]

Nexenta Core Platform 3.0 RC1 Released

Hi All, On behalf of the Nexenta project, I’d like to announce the availability of the Nexenta Core Platform 3.0 RC1. You can download the latest iso image from The main changes over the Beta3 release include: * Dozens of ON fixes backported to b134  – List: * Bug fix list: — […]

OpenBSD 4.7 Released, May 19 2010

We are pleased to announce the official release of OpenBSD 4.7. This is our 27th release on CD-ROM (and 28th via FTP). We remain proud of OpenBSD’s record of more than ten years with only two remote holes in the default install. As in our previous releases, 4.7 provides significant improvements, including new features, in […]