The Open Source Advocate Who Became Minister

Slim Amamou is one of the main figures of the Tunisian Open Source community, first arrested for his activism against the Tunisian regime during the last revolution, later appointed as Minister of Youth after the Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali’s fall. Issa Mahasneh asks in this blog post: “Should the Arab World need revolutions to have […]

The New X Stack Is Going Into Ubuntu 11.04

For those following closely the development of Ubuntu 11.04, in the process of going into the Ubuntu Natty repository this week is its new X stack. This means the latest snapshot of the unreleased X Server 1.10 and Mesa 7.10 for the open-source DRI / Gallium3D drivers. Due to the usual API/ABI breaks, this also [...]

Blizzard Still Has a World of Warcraft Linux Client

For years its been said that Blizzard has developed a Linux client for its very popular World of Warcraft MMORPG game but that it’s never been publicly released. It turns out that this appears to still be the case that internally they have a Linux build of World of Warcraft but as of yet they [...]

Five simple ways to tune your LAMP application

Major web properties like Wikipedia, Facebook, and Yahoo! use the LAMP architecture to serve millions of requests a day, while…

Ubuntu Unity Plays a Frustrating Shell Game

The upcoming new Unity shell design for the next release of Canonical’s Ubuntu 11.04 could change the face of the popular Linux desktop as we know it. Canonical creator Mark Shuttleworth is pushing the change to Unity while other Linux distros are rolling into GNOME 3. Linux Picks this week takes a look at this [...]

KDE Puts You In Control with New Workspaces, Applications and Platform

KDE Puts You In Control with New Workspaces, Applications and Platform KDE is delighted to announce its latest set of releases, providing major updates to the KDE Plasma workspaces, KDE Applications and KDE Platform. These releases, versioned 4.6, provide many new features in each of KDE’s three product lines. Some highlights include: Plasma Workspaces Put […]

Debian Project at several conferences and trade fairs

Debian Project at several conferences and trade fairs The Debian Project is pleased to announce that it will be present at several events in the coming weeks, ranging from developer oriented conferences to user oriented trade fairs. As usual, upcoming events are also listed on our website [1]. 1: http://www.debian.org/events/ Several Debian Developers will be […]

The Document Foundation launches LibreOffice 3.3

The Document Foundation launches LibreOffice 3.3 The first stable release of the free office suite is available for download The Internet, January 25, 2011 – The Document Foundation launches LibreOffice 3.3, the first stable release of the free office suite developed by the community. In less than four months, the number of developers hacking LibreOffice […]

OpenSSH 5.7 released

OpenSSH 5.7 has just been released. It will be available from the mirrors listed at http://www.openssh.com/ 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 […]

Debian derivatives census

The Debian Project would like to invite representatives of distributions derived from Debian to participate in a census of Debian derivatives. In addition we would like to invite representatives of distributions derived from Debian to join the Debian derivatives front desk. Debian encourages members of derivative distributions to contribute their ideas, patches, bug reports to […]

Filmaster unveils movie recommendation API

It’s ready and it’s hot. First totally open and free (as in beer and as in freedom) film recommendations API is here for you as a gift from Filmaster. The API enables external programmers to create independent services or apps using our data and algorithms, it allows to easily integrate any website with Filmaster by […]

Fedora infrastructure hacked – no damage done

The Fedora Project has confirmed that there was an intrusion into its infrastructure on the 22nd, but investigations have shown “no impact on product integrity”. The announcement of the intrusion by Fedora Project Leader, Jared Smith, states that the project became aware of a problem when a contributor received an email from FAS, the Fedora […]

50 Open Source Applications for Sci-Tech Education

You don’t have to search very hard to find educators and policy makers worried about the current condition of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States. There’s a STEM Education Coalition, a National Science Board STEM Education Commission, a Journal of STEM Education and even a STEMEd Caucus in Congress dedicated […]

Quick Look: Dreamlinux 3.5 GNOME

Dreamlinux has been requested a number of times since the blog launched, and this week I’ve finally gotten around to taking a peek at it. Dreamlinux is based on Debian and it comes with Xfce or GNOME as the default desktop. I picked the GNOME version for this quick look. Before I get into this […]

Mozilla Firms Up Plans for Firefox 4 Final Release

Mozilla continues to ramp up development of its next big release of the Firefox browser: version 4. Many of us are now running the Beta 9 version, which is very stable but still going through some bug fixes. Mozilla has been actively seeking input on Beta 9 of Firefox 4, and has obviously gotten a […]

One Package Manager for them All

The idea of one universal package format for all distributions has been batted around a few times over the years. One of the most notable was Ryan C. Gordon’s idea of FatELF files. Reactions varied from supportive to skeptical to down right opposed. Well, it seems a new team from major distributions is coming together […]

Natty Narwhal Ditches OpenOffice for LibreOffice

Canonical, which leads the Ubuntu project, has reportedly decided to switch from the OpenOffice productivity suite to LibreOffice in future versions of the popular Linux distribution. Version 11.04 of Ubuntu, also known as “Natty Narwhal,” is expected to be the first release to incorporate LibreOffice. LibreOffice is a fork in the OpenOffice suite that was [...]

AMD Puts Out A Beta Catalyst Linux Driver For The Public

While NVIDIA puts out beta Linux graphics drivers quite often as a means of soliciting testing prior to declaring a new stable GPU driver update, AMD does not but rather they rely upon their NDA-covered select beta testers to put each Catalyst release through its paces before declaring a stable update in their timed monthly […]

2011: The Year of the Linux Tablet

For what seems like forever, we’ve been hearing the Linux fanboys of the world proclaiming that the coming year will be the “Year of the Linux Desktop.” It’s has become somewhat of a joke amongst Linux naysayers and even with the Linux faithful. I don’t know if we’ll ever see the year of the Linux […]

“Do not track” – Mozilla advocates new data protection standard

Online advertising networks use cookies to recognise internet users and serve them tailored advertising. Users can defend against this practice by deleting cookies, not accepting cookies, or setting an opt-out cookie, which declares that they do not want their online activity to be tracked. All of these options have the disadvantage that the surfer has […]