Gmail vs. Zimbra Desktop 2.0

In the battle of Web-based clients, who’s going to take the crown? Gmail or the newly released Zimbra Desktop 2.0? After a week of comparison, the findings are in and there’s a clear winner. With 2.0, Zimbra adds support for social networks, Zimlets, and more — but are they enough to unseat Gmail? I’ve always […]

The Network is Down, and other things you don’t want to hear in a disaster.

If you are a Systems Administrator, the refrain the network is down is routine. Depending on the sophistication of your users, it might be a more specific lament, such as the Internet is broken or email is unavailable. If you have really sophisticated users, you might actually get a real error message to work with. […]

Linus Torvalds awarded 2010 C&C Prize

The Linux Foundation has announced that this year, Linux creator Linus Torvalds is one of three recipients of the prestigious C&C Prize. According to the NEC C&C Foundation which awarded the prize, Torvalds is being recognised for his “contributions to the advancement of the information technology industry, education, research, and the improvement of our lives”. […]

Red Hat CEO Laments High Costs of IT, and Lack of Risk Taking

This week, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst delivered a keynote address at the Interop show in New York, where he lamented the broken model that IT administrators currently work under. We’ve covered Whitehurst’s successes at Red Hat many times, as the company has delivered quarter after quarter of strong financial results based on a model […]

Mint 10 & LMDE FAQ

Since Mint 10 RC was release, I’ve received many questions, so here’s a little Q&A: Upgrading to Mint 10: – Will I be able to upgrade from Mint 10 RC to Mint 10 stable without reinstalling? –> Yes, simply apply any level 1 and 2 updates that appear in the Update Manager. – Can I […]

The Performance Impact Of Ubuntu’s Wubi Windows Installer

Being developed since 2007 and integrated in Ubuntu since 2008 with their Ubuntu 8.04 LTS release has been Wubi, the Windows-based Ubuntu Installer. While most Linux users tend to install Ubuntu using the LiveCD or the alternate CD installer, by using Wubi you can setup a full desktop from within Microsoft Windows. Wubi places Ubuntu […]

Ubuntu Netbook 10.10: Usability vs. Constraints

From KDE’s Plasma Netbook to EasyPeasy, every Linux desktop for netbooks that I’ve seen are designed with the same assumptions. Each assumes that, because of the smaller screen, the desktop must be simpler than a workstation’s, and will be used mainly for light computing in general and social networking in particular. Released at the same […]

Donate Your Bandwidth to Support Ubuntu Downloads

Ubuntu 10.10 came out earlier this month, and early reviews of the operating system have been very favorable. Right now many thousands of people around the world are downloading it. In the Ubuntu tradition, you can do your part to make this process go well for all. With just a few mouse clicks, you can […]

LinuxMint 10 Julia screenshots Tour

Few days ago LinuxMint 10 Julia RC1 was released, this release comes with updated software and brings refinements and new features to make your linux-mintdesktop even more comfortable to use.
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An Ubuntu 10.10 upgrade double-whammy

Having already previewed the Ubuntu 10.10 beta with good results on more than one system, I felt safe upgrading my primary desktop system from v10.04 to v10.10 once the new version went gold. To my astonishment, neither my keyboard, mouse, nor display were functioning following the upgrade. Obviously, I’d become too accustomed to Ubuntu updates […]

GNOME 2.91.1 Development Release

GNOME 2.91.1 Development Release =============================== Now the fun begins! With all the moving parts in our platform, making this release was… challenging. To not say, extremely painful 🙂 There a few modules which are still trying to recover from the major changes in GTK+ and another few haven’t been ported to new libnotify API. Some […]

Fedora Weekly News 248

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 248[1] for the week ending October 20, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue. Our issue kicks off with news from the Fedora Planet, including details on upcoming features in Fedora 14, how to convert a virtual machine from VirtualBox to KVM, a new website for virtualization […]

SeaMonkey 2.0.9 Security Update

As part of Mozilla’s ongoing stability and security update process, SeaMonkey 2.0.9 is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux as a free download from We strongly recommend that all SeaMonkey and old suite users upgrade to this latest release. If you already have SeaMonkey 2.0, you will receive an automated update notification within […]

Joomla 1.6 Beta 12 Now Available

The Joomla Project is proud to announce the immediate availability of Joomla 1.6 beta 12 (download). IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a beta version and is not intended to run any type of production site. It is intended to be used for evaluation purposes only. Since the Joomla 1.6 beta 11 release on October 4, we […]

The 2.6.36 kernel is out

Linus has released the 2.6.36 kernel with only a small number of changes since the 2.6.36-rc8 prepatch. Headline features in this release include the AppArmor security module, the LIRC infrared controller driver subsystem, and the new Tile architecture. The fanotify notification mechanism for anti-malware applications was disabled at the last minute due to ABI concerns. […]

WordPress Founder on the Key to Open Source Success

As a 19-year-old college student in 2003, Matt Mullenweg developed what has become the largest self-hosted blogging tool on the web. Two years later, he founded Automattic, which runs the content management system for WordPress (WordPress) and a handful of other web tools. WordPress — still free and open source — is currently used by […]

Linux’s Brilliant Business Career

Fans of FOSS already know that Linux is one of the best technologies out there for business servers, but it’s always nice to see that point of view validated by good, hard data. Thanks to a recent survey by the Linux Foundation, that’s just what we got last week. A new report from the group […]

Oracle issues first 3.3.0 release candidate

Two months after the first beta arrived, the developers have issued the first release candidate (RC1) of 3.3.0, the next release of the Oracle owned open source office suite. According to the Wiki, the RC1 development version will be followed by a second release candidate and a quality assurance (QA) build prior […]

OpenERP Solves Open Source’s Vexing Problem: Making Money

Belgian open source application vendor OpenERP has set up its first overseas business office in San Jose, Calif. Traditionally, the company has worked with reseller partners in the United States and 54 other countries worldwide. After four years, though, OpenERP has begun an aggressive expansion. It plans to have 1,000 partners around the world by […]

Does OpenOffice Really Threaten Microsoft Office?

If you’ve ever wondered whether Microsoft considers the OpenOffice suite of productivity applications to be competition, last week we took note of a new video from Microsoft showing customers criticizing the suite. It’s not the first time the company has targeted the open source suite. In this post from Sun Microsystems’ ex-CEO Jonathan Schwartz, he […]