Mandriva & Mageia Release Their Alphas

The first Alpha release of Mandriva 2011 is now available along with the first alpha release of its newest offspring, Mageia Linux. This is the first-ever ISO release of Mageia Linux since this free software project was formed last year by many Mandriva developers after the uncertain future of Mandriva’s parent company. The Mandriva 2011 […]

Ubuntu Global Jam: Call For Events!

Every cycle we organize the Ubuntu Global Jam; an event in which our global community gets together to help make Ubuntu better. The Ubuntu Global Jam is a great opportunity to get together and meet other Ubuntu fans and contributors, make new friends in your area, and help to make the next Ubuntu release a [...]

Ubuntu Developer Week Underscores Development Trends

Canonical representatives recently announced plans for the next Ubuntu Developer Week, slated to begin at the end of this month. What is Ubuntu Developer Week, what does it mean for you? Most importantly, what does it say about Ubuntu over the long term? Read on for details. Canonical has sponsored Ubuntu Developer Weeks every six [...]

Microsoft still using undercover patches

Microsoft updates regularly contain fixes for security vulnerabilities which are not listed in its security bulletins. Microsoft defends these ‘silent updates’, as they are known within the security community, in a blog posting by its Security Research & Defense team. When a security bug is fixed, the security team not only checks adjacent code for [...]

Magento CE 1.5.0.1 stable Now Available

Due to a flaw in the design of the Alternative Image Storage module that caused a potential security vulnerability we are releasing Magento CE 1.5.0.1 and are pulling this feature in order to refactor it and will rerelease it in future releases. If you are already running CE 1.5.0.0 please upgrade as soon as possible […]

Mandriva 2011 Alpha 1

Hi all, I am pleased to announce to you that the iso of Mandriva 2011 Alpha 1 just went out, and should be available in devel/isos/2011 directory on your favorite mirror shortly! As promised some weeks ago, the Mandriva 2011 Alpha1 is following the lead of Mandriva 2011 Technical Preview, sorting out some of the […]

European Parliament starts free software user group

One member of the European Parliament and a handful of their advisors and assistants started a free software group last Saturday, aiming to increase the use of free and open source software in the European Parliament’s IT infrastructure. The user group is open to all who works in the European Parliament, including staff and assistants […]

LibreOffice VS Openoffice

When a group of German coders at OpenOffice (belonging to database major, Oracle) finally forked away on Sept28th 2010 there was much for everybody to talk about while Oracle OpenOffice maintained dignified silence. The tussle between a David and Goliath has always been fascinating to watch and the breaking away and regeneration of the minnow […]

MeeGo: stalling or stopping?

Despite the appearance of updated roadmaps from the MeeGo developers, the future of MeeGo is shrouded in doubt. Both the Handset and “Netbook UX” (User eXperience) versions of MeeGo seem to be in trouble, according to reports. The Netbook UX version of MeeGo is on hold, according to Andrew Wafaa, developer of Smeegol, an openSUSE […]

Temple of Tangram Puzzle Game Now Has a Linux Version!

Almost a day ago, developer Jochen Heizmann from Intermediaware informed us about the Linux port of his popular puzzle game Temple Of Tangram. I had never heard of it before(I am not an avid gamer of sorts) and so I decided to give it a first hand try. And I got to tell you, I [...]

Canonical Releases World’s Most Comprehensive, Up-to-Date Component Catalog for Linux

Canonical today announced that for the first time it was making publicly available its complete database of certified components for Ubuntu and Linux — rapidly reducing the the time-to-market for Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) working on Ubuntu or Linux machines. The catalogue gives ODMs a selection of over 1300 certified components from 161 manufacturers, making [...]

Linux Mint 10 LXDE RC released!

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 10 LXDE RC. Linux Mint 10 LXDE RC New features at a glance: Software manager Application icons Better categorization Update manager Ignore updates Download size Upload manager UI, speed, ETA Connection test Cancel / Run in background System improvements For a complete overview and [...]

Linux Mint 10 KDE RC released!

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 10 KDE RC. Linux Mint 10 KDE RC New features at a glance: KDE 4.6 Lancelot KDE Menu Software manager Application icons Better categorization Update manager Ignore updates Download size Upload manager UI, speed, ETA Connection test Cancel / Run in background System improvements [...]

Ubuntu 11.04 Preview: run-one Improves Automated Tasks

It’s a safe bet that cron doesn’t rank highly on most Ubuntu users’ priority lists — in fact, I’d be surprised if a majority even know what cron is. For those who do, however, the Ubuntu 11.04 release in April promises some notable new features for cron in the form of the run-one wrapper script. [...]

A Shake-Up In The Ubuntu 11.04 Release Schedule

Not only did Canonical announce today their relatively uninteresting hardware database, but Kate Stewart, the Ubuntu Release Manager, announced a scheduling change for the Ubuntu 11.04 release candidate. There will be no release candidate for Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal”, but an additional beta is now planned for release. Canonical and its stakeholders decided that a [...]

Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal and the Unity Desktop

Since 1995, with my first install of Debian from 14 (or 16, can’t remember) 1.4MB floppy disks, I have used many different Linux distributions. Knoppix, PCLinuxOS, Dragon Linux where I first used KDE, Phat Linux (which doesn’t even have a Wikipedia reference any more), Red Hat, Damned Small, and I can’t remember what else. I [...]

How to Theme Up Lubuntu

Lubuntu is best known as a lightweight and speedy Linux distro, but when it comes to beauty and elegant, it is still lacking. Its default theme is rather plain and boring and its library of themes is limited too. Luckily, there are tons of beautiful themes out there that you can use and you can [...]

Canonical and Autonomic Resources partner to bring Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud to the US federal government

Canonical and Autonomic Resources today announced the availability of an integrated product based on Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC) and Dell Blade server hardware under the ARC-P cloud product family. ARC-P-UEC is now available for purchase as single SKU on Autonomic’s GSA Schedule 70 contract. UEC has proved very popular with private companies testing and developing [...]

phpMyAdmin updates close security vulnerability

The phpMyAdmin developers have announced the release of version 3.3.9.1 and 2.11.11.2 of their database administration tool, security updates that fix a path disclosure vulnerability. According to the developers, when the README, ChangeLog or LICENSE files are removed from their original location, the scripts used to display these files can show their full path, possibly […]

Linux vulnerable to USB worms

At the ShmooCon hacker conference, security expert Jon Larimer from IBM’s X-Force team demonstrated that Linux is far from immune from attacks via USB storage devices: during his presentation, the expert obtained access to a locked Linux system using a specially crafted USB flash drive, taking advantage of a mechanism that allows many desktop distributions […]