Caught on Video: 2 Tools for Linux Screen-Session Recording

Do you ever marvel at those step-by-step how-to product demos of software apps that end-users post on places like YouTube? It is often easy to spot these demo videos shot with cellphone cams or PC eye cams placed over the user’s shoulder. But two cool Linux apps give you a the ability to record directly […]

Linux Foundation Announces Merger with Consumer Electronics Linux Forum

The Linux Foundation and the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) eloped today in a partnership designed to strengthen the advancement of embedded Linux in the consumer electronics industry. The merger was announced early this morning and according to Nobuhiro Asai, chair of CELFs board of directors, it’s a natural progession of events since both nonprofit […]

Microsoft to charge royalty fees to prevent Acer, Asustek from using Android in netbooks, say Taiwan makers

Microsoft plans to impose royalty fees on Taiwan-based vendors of Android handsets for using its patents in e-mail, multimedia and other functions, with Acer and Asustek Computer being targets in an actual attempt to prevent the two vendors from adopting Android and Chrome OS for their netbook and tablet PCs, according to Taiwan-based makers. There [...]

Come in Microsoft, the PC’s time is up

It’s easy to lampoon Ray Ozzie’s farewell memo to Microsoft – Dan Lyons summarised it as “We suck. I quit. Goodbye.” – but the departing Chief Software Architect has made some serious points. Tech is changing, and Microsoft isn’t changing fast enough. It’s not the easiest memo to read, because Ozzie never uses one word [...]

Microsoft is a dying consumer brand

Consumers have turned their backs on Microsoft. A company that once symbolized the future is now living in the past. Microsoft has been late to the game in crucial modern technologies like mobile, search, media, gaming and tablets. It has even fallen behind in Web browsing, a market it once ruled with an iron fist. [...]

Microsoft strategy against Android comes together

The Microsoft strategy against Android owes less to Ray Ozzie than it does to John Roberts. As I noted at the time, the non-decision in Bilski vs. Kappos gave companies a green light to try and sue innovation out of existence. This nightmare has now come to pass. The problem with software patents, as opposed [...]

GNOME Developers Attack Canonical’s Ubuntu Decision

Many Ubuntu users will undoubtedly have strong opinions on Canonical’s recent proposal to replace the GNOME desktop with Unity in the Ubuntu 11.04 release. But for the programmers behind GNOME, one of the open-source community’s most important projects, the announcement might prove to be even more upsetting. Jon McCann, lead designer for GNOME Shell, recently [...]

Why Unity is good for the future of Ubuntu, Gnome, Canonical, etc.

A few month ago I already blogged about “the end of the (Linux) desktop as we know it.” I will not blatantly repost this entry but draw some conclusions linked to the recent adoption of Unity for the default Ubuntu desktop. My conclusion was the following : “At a certain level, one can say that [...]

Ubuntu 10.10 Release Forecasts Cloudy Skies Ahead

I recently upgraded my trusty Dell Inspiron Mini 1012 netbook from Ubuntu Netbook remix version 10.04 to the recently released version 10.10. Canonical and the Ubuntu community have made some very significant changes to the user interface, but the changes were pretty intuitive, so they did not take a lot of getting used to. In [...]

Official Ubuntu Advert at Its Awesome Best!

A really slick Ubuntu advertisement was shown during Mark’s keynote address at the Ubuntu Developer Summit 2010. It’s a very well put together Ubuntu advert and gives you a quick preview of what Ubuntu is all about. Watch the video below.
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How To Make An Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop Resemble A Mac (With Elementary, Docky & Gloobus-Preview)

This article shows how you can change the appearance of your Ubuntu 10.10 desktop so that it resembles a Mac. This can be achieved with the help of Elementary, Docky, and Gloobus-Preview. Elementary is a project that provides a popular icon set and GTK theme; Docky is an interactive dock (like the one you know [...]

Unity and the Community

I’ve said before that I love what Ubuntu is doing with design, but the recent announcement to ship Ubuntu 11.04 with Unity as the default desktop is going to make things a bit rocky for the next couple of years. The Unity interface, while beautiful, still has quite a few bugs to work out, which [...]

When is a Gnome Not a Gnome? In Ubuntu 11.04!

At the Ubuntu Devloper Summit on Monday, it was announced that Ubuntu 11.04 will ship with Unity as its default shell. It will still focus on Gnome applications, and depend heavily on the Gnome libraries — but the default interface will be Unity. For those unfamiliar with Unity, it’s the default shell for the Netbook [...]

KDevelop 4.1 Brings Git Integration

Roughly half a year and over a thousand commits after the first stable release, the KDevelop hackers are proud and happy to announce the release of KDevelop 4.1, the first of hopefully many feature releases. As with the previous bugfix releases, we also make available updated versions of the KDevelop PHP plugins. KDevelop 4.1 is […]

As Apple and Google Compete Fiercely, Remember Google’s Search Ecosystem

Without a doubt, Google’s Android mobile OS is already giving Apple a run for its money on the smartphone front, but does it have an even more promising future on other types of devices? If you haven’t seen HDTVs powered by Android and Google TV, have a look. The Google Tablet, which runs Android and […]

Oracle OpenOffice.org vs. TDF LibreOffice

Oracle continues to be at the center of controversy despite their press release stating they will continue to support and release OpenOffice.org as an open source project. Most recently Oracle was vilified by bloggers and the press for asking members of The Document Foundation to resign from OpenOffice.org due to potential conflicts of interest. Dave […]

The Android invasion cometh: is resistance futile?

Last month, we learned from Gartner that Android will probably be the number-two worldwide mobile OS this year, and may lead the pack by 2014. With Android’s growing use as the OS embedded in phones, netbooks, tablets, set-top boxes, and LCD HDTVs, we can’t help wondering: will the Linux-based OS soon dominate the entire non-PC […]

50 Awesome Open Source Apps You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of

Experts estimate that the number of open source apps available doubles every fourteen months. Sourceforge alone has more than 260,000 projects, and with so many open source apps now available from so many different repositories, it can be hard to keep up. For this list, we’ve highlighted some newer open source tools you might have […]

Ten reasons Linux is the best choice for kids

You may think your day job is demanding, but it’s often nothing compared with providing tech support for the family. That’s where Linux comes in, says Jack Wallen. The problem with working in IT is that when we go home, our job often continues. Sometimes, keeping our children’s computers running can be a bigger challenge […]

openSUSE 11.1 to reach end of life in December

The openSUSE Project developers have announced that version 11.1 of their popular Linux distribution will reach its end of life in December of this year. After the 31st of December, no new updates, including security updates and critical fixes, will be available. Following its discontinuation, the 11.1 distribution directory, including all of the installation ISOs, […]