Supercomputing Freakonomics – Finding Meaning Beyond the Headlines

Twice a year, the Top500 Project publishes its list of the fastest supercomputers in the world. In the last announcement, we continue to see Linux dominating the list. This is nothing new since Linux has been dominating since the mid-2000s. In fact, Linux share in supercomputing looks a lot like Microsoft’s historical share of the […]

Netherlands makes net neutrality a law

The Dutch may become the first in Europe to use Skype and other web-based services on smartphones for no extra charge. On 22 June, the Dutch Parliament passed a law stopping mobile operators from blocking or charging extra for voice calling done via the net. The bill must now pass through the Dutch senate, but […]

Stable kernels,, and

Stable kernels, and are available, with the usual list of important fixes.

Corsix Beta 7

About: This project aims to reimplement the game engine of Theme Hospital, and be able to load the original game data files. This means that you will need a purchased copy of Theme Hospital, or a copy of the demo, in order to use CorsixTH. After most of the original engine has been reimplemented in […]

German court case could imperil GPL licensing

In a case that could threaten open source GPL licensing in Germany, a Berlin court yesterday began hearing a lawsuit from German DSL router vendor AVM against web-filtering software firm Cybits. AVM charges that by modifying Linux kernel code in router firmware, Cybits is infringing on copyright, while Cybits’ defense claims GPL licensing permits it […]

Blender 2.58

The Blender Foundation and online developer community is proud to present Blender 2.58. This is the second stable release of the Blender 2.5 series, representing the culmination of many years of redesign, development and stabilizing work. We name this version “Stable” not only because it’s mostly feature complete, but especially thanks to the 1000s of […]

Thunderbird 5.0 Beta 2 Tips Up

There wasn’t any Thunderbird 4.0 mail client release, but now that Firefox 5.0 is out there, Mozilla Messaging has announced the second and final beta release of Mozilla Thunderbird 5.0. Among what’s new in Thunderbird 5.0, which is powered by the Firefox 5.0 engine, is a new add-ons manager, improvements to tabs, a revised account […]

7 Good Dropbox Alternatives for Linux

Dropbox is probably the most popular online file storage and synchronization tool among Linux users. And as we have seen earlier, it is rather easy to install Dropbox in Ubuntu. But as a Linux user, what really are the alternatives to Dropbox for online file storage? Lets find out. SparkleShare is free and open source […]

Oolite – Another Elite inspired game

In a previous post i’ve presented you 3 space games, today i add one to that list: Oolite Oolite is a space sim game, inspired by Elite, powered by Objective-C and OpenGL, and designed as a small game that is easy for users to pick up, modify and expand upon. Almost every aspect of the […]

Open Source Game 0 A.D. Making Leaps and Bounds

It’s been a while since we last checked in with 0 A.D., the open source project which, as I’ve said before and will say again, could have huge implications for the open source channel. Sadly, the game is not yet complete, but it’s made some major leaps in recent months, which the team recently shared […]

Firefox 5.0 Update Arrives in Official Ubuntu Repositories

Firefox 5.0 was released few days ago. But this time, its going to be a different experience for Ubuntu users. You don’t need to add any additional third party repositories to get the latest Firefox update, its already available in your default Ubuntu 11.04 repositories. No Need to Add Any PPAs for Firefox 5.0 in […]

Synaptic Removed From Ubuntu 11.10, Deja Dup Added As Default [Oneiric Updates]

In an update today, Synaptic Package Manager has been removed from the Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot default installation, but it’s still available in the repositories so you can install it via Ubuntu Software Center. This was an expected move but it’s still a bit weird because there are quite a few features available in Synaptic […]

Ubuntu 11.04 explored: a new dawn for Linux?

Ubuntu releases are always eagerly awaited, generating feverish debate on the blogosphere, but Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal has received an unprecedented amount of attention because it’s different – in more than one sense of the word. This release is about the one area that’s often overlooked in the Linux ecosphere, the desktop. Linux has struggled […]

Distro Review: Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

It’s been a very long time since I did an in-depth distro review here, but today I’m going to write about my experiences of Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal. I’ve been running it as my main desktop for about a month. The last version I properly reviewed was Ubuntu 9.10 and though I’ve used the other […]

Linux Deepin 11.06 RC1

Linux Deepin is a popular and active Chinese community distribution based on Ubuntu and featuring the GNOME desktop and numerous usability enhancements. The first release candidate of Linux Deepin 11.06 was just released Saturday. Minor bugs concerning Chinese localization of the installer and auto completion of “sudo” commands have been fixed. SSH is now included […]

Updated Debian 6.0: 6.0.2 released

Updated Debian 6.0: 6.0.1 released The Debian project is pleased to announce the first update of its stable distribution Debian 6.0 (codename “Squeeze”). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments to serious problems. Please note that this update does not constitute a new version of […]

KDE Ships First 4.7 Release Candidate

KDE Ships First 4.7 Release Candidate KDE has released a first release candidate of the upcoming 4.7 release of the Plasma Desktop and Netbook workspaces, the KDE Applications and the KDE Frameworks, which is planned for July 27, 2011. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the KDE team’s focus is now on fixing […]

Wine release 1.3.23

The Wine development release 1.3.23 is now available. What’s new in this release (see below for details): – Support for stubless COM proxies on x86-64. – Builtin dxdiag now outputs real information. – Monochrome bitmap format in the DIB engine. – Beginnings of a true shell Explorer builtin. – A number of new D3DX9 functions. […]

Debian Project News – June 24th 2011

Welcome to this year’s tenth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: * Upcoming Debian GNU/Linux update * Spreading the world * New IRC Training Sessions * Report from the Debian Edu developer meeting * Meet Planet Debian Derivatives! * “Squeeze” debian-installer with Linux 2.6.38 * DebConf11: […]

Fedora 13 End of Life

As of today (24 June 2011), Fedora 13 has reached its end of life for updates and support. No further updates, including security updates, will be available for Fedora 13. A previous reminder was sent on June 12th [0]. Fedora 14 will continue to receive updates until approximately one month after the release of Fedora […]