Firefox’s Linuxy Hardware Acceleration Problem

Linux and Firefox have long been a winning combination, but recently a snag came up that threw their future into question. Firefox 4’s much-anticipated hardware acceleration features were evident in the ninth beta — but not on Linux. “We tried enabling OpenGL on Linux, and discovered that most Linux drivers are so disastrously buggy (think […]

WoP Mac attack and other updates

World of Padman 1.5.1 for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X is released. After the WoP 1.5 release around Christmas last year, we faced an annoying bug which caused servers to crash if they got a status query during a map change. Also, some users reported issues starting WoP on older hardware. They ended up […]

Sintel The Game

Ever since the announcement of Project Durian, with its press release stating the aim of making a dark fantasy film aimed at young adults, I’ve been dreaming of the game they’ll make using the assets and setting. The more the project developed, the more I drooled over the potential; it had all the necessary prerequisites […]

Xubuntu 11.04 To Get A New Default Theme Called Greybird [Screenshots]

Starting with version 11.04 alpha 2 (to be released on February 3rd), Xubuntu will use a new theme called “Greybird” as the default theme. The GTK theme is inspired by Elementary but there are quite a few differences between Greybird and El…

Top 5 Bit Torrent Clients for Ubuntu

Applications for Ubuntu/Linux are not at all in short supply. But picking the best from the rest is not an easy thing to do. There are a number of really good bit torrent clients for Ubuntu out there. Here we intend feature a collection of 5 really good bit torrent clients for Ubuntu which we […]

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 389

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: Quick looks at Dragora GNU/Linux, Asturix and Fuduntu News: Debian sets release target, Ubuntu warms to Qt toolkit, Jolibook review, GhostBSD update Advocacy: the World IPv6 Day Released last week: Pardus Linux 2011, Calculate Linux 11.0 New distributions: Saline OS New distributions:…. Read more at DistroWatch

Miramar (Thunderbird 3.3) Alpha 2 now available for testing

Miramar Alpha 2, available here for download, is for testers, extension developers, and friends who are curious to follow the development of our next release of Thunderbird. Miramar Alpha 2 is built on top of Gecko 2.0 and includes a new Troubleshooting information page, improvements to add-on notifications and attachment handling, and numerous other bug […]

WordPress 3.1 Release Candidate 3

WordPress 3.1 Release Candidate 3 is now available. After careful evaluation of the 3.1 features in RC2, we recognized the need to make some adjustments. There are some significant differences from previous versions of 3.1, so please review the changes if you have been developing against a beta or RC version. The biggest change is the […]

GhostBSD 2.0 Beta Release

We the developing team of GhostBSD would like to announce the release of GhostBSD 2.0 x64 beta. This Flavor is only a live cd as of the moment. There are great improvements on the look, feel and the speed of this release. Some of the things that were done to the new release was our […]

Samba 3.4.11 Available for Download

================================================================== “Storms make trees take deeper roots.” Dolly Parton ================================================================== Release Announcements ===================== This is the latest stable release of Samba 3.4. It addresses the following issue introduced with Samba 3.4.10: o Fix connecting to port-139 only servers (bug 7881). Changes since 3.4.10 ——————– o Volker Lendecke <> * BUG 7881: Fix connecting to port-139 […]

The Pentalobe Screw, And Apple’s War Against Self-Repair

Consumerist tells us that Apple is switching to a special new screw called by some a Pentalobe, by iFixit an “Evil Proprietary Tamper Proof Five Point Screw” (or the EPTP5PS). It is designed to make it impossible for anyone but Apple to service your iPhone or computer. Consumerist also notes that if you take your […]

Mepis Goes to 11

Mepis 11 is in beta stages, which means it’s time to pop it onto some test machines and see what Warren Woodford and the gang have cooked up. Despite the Spinal Tap reference (and extreme version bump), Mepis 11 is not a disaster. Nor does it have any Stonehenges in danger of being trod on […]

8 of the Best Free Linux e-Learning Tools

E-Learning consists of all types of electronically supported teaching and learning. It represents the computer and network-enabled transfer of knowledge, behaviors, and skills. E-learning includes Web-based learning, virtual classrooms, digital collaboration, and computer-based applications. The learning activity is often delivered over the internet and intranet/extranet, although optical media, and satellite TV are also alternatives. E-Learning […]

Seven Cool Open Source Projects for Defenders

Long-time blog readers should know that I don’t rely on tools to defend my enterprise. I rely on people first, followed by tools, then processes. However, today I took a moment to consider the myriad of really cool work happening (mainly) in the open source tool community. When I started counting, I found about seven […]

NVIDIA 260.19.36 Driver Released; 270.xx Coming Soon

On Friday the NVIDIA engineers working on their proprietary Linux driver put out a new driver update. This new driver update is marked NVIDIA 260.19.36 Certified, but it brings just three official changes. The NVIDIA 260.19.36 driver updates the NVIDIA kernel module to now ensure that all system memory allocated by it for either the […]

Ubuntu Might Ship With Qt Libraries

In future iterations of Ubuntu (Natty and onwards), Ubuntu CD might ship with Qt libraries – Mark Shuttleworth noted in one of his blog post. The basic premise behind this announcement is that it is the quality and usability of the application (to be included) that is important; the choice of toolkit should be irrelevant. […]

Mozilla blocks Skype Toolbar

Mozilla has announced that it is blocking the Skype Toolbar add-on for Firefox because it has met its “established criteria for blocklisting an add-on”. The Skype toolbar is bundled with the Skype application; it finds phone numbers in web pages and converts them into clickable buttons which can then be selected by the user to […]

Latvia: ODF acceptance mandatory

Last Wednesday, Simon Phipps, former open source evangelist at Sun, reported on his blog, on a presentation he had given at a conference in Latvia concerning the Open Document Format (ODF). Speaking before him, a Latvian government official had made the announcement that, from now on, all government departments in Latvia must accept documents in […]

Greenie Linux 8.1M

Stanislav Hoferek has announced the release of Greenie Linux 8.1M, an easy-to-use Ubuntu-based distribution pre-configured for use by Slovak and Czech speakers: “Another version of Greenie Linux, an operating system prepared especially for Ubuntu lovers in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, is here. Among the new features, a few applications were added to the Linux […]

Chuck Short Discusses Cobbler On Ubuntu

Yesterday, I wrote about Cobbler, a linux installation server, originally developer by Red Hat’s Emerging Technologies group, that allows users to deploy a large number of Ubuntu Servers in a data center quickly and effortlessly, was accepted into the Ubuntu Archive. Today, I introduce you to Chuck Short, a 35 year old software developer who […]