release of IPCop v2.0.0

Dear all, I’ll make this as short as possible. IPCop v2.0.0 is released. Thanks to those who have given valuable input during the development cycle. Special thanks to Mario, never giving up and always prepared to run yet another test, I guess by now he is able to install IPCop blind-folded, also special thanks to […]

Softpedia Linux Weekly, Issue 166

The following Linux-based operating systems have been announced last week: GeeXboX 2.0, Pardus Linux 2011.2, Kororaa Linux 15 and Ubuntu 11.10 Beta 2. In other news: The GNOME Project released the GNOME 3.2 Release Candidate development version of the popular desktop environment. For this week we’ve also prepared an nice tutorial about how to easily […]

Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot Beta 2 Ready For Download [Video]

Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot beta 2 is finally available for download. There aren’t too many visible changes since beta 1, but we’ll try to review what’s new anyway. Changes in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot beta 2 since beta 1: Dash window controls now respect the Dash design. Also, the minimize Dash button has been disabled [...]

‘Ubuntu Friendly’ Hardware Certification Program Maturing

If Canonical had its way, OEMs would make sure Ubuntu ran well on their hardware before shipping it. But most OEMs don’t, so Ubuntu developers have resorted to the next best thing: crowd-sourcing hardware validation to users via the Ubuntu Friendly program, which is almost ready for prime time. Here’s the scoop. We first covered [...]

Wine release 1.3.29

The Wine development release 1.3.29 is now available. What’s new in this release (see below for details): – Extensive support for VBScript. – Various improvements to the calendar common control. – A number of XRender fixes and optimizations. – Several new functions in the MSVCP runtime. – A number of audio fixes. – DirectDraw cleanups. […]

openSUSE 12.1 Beta Delayed Two Weeks

For those who follow Linux development very closely, openSUSE developers have decided the 12.1 Beta is going to be delayed. During a discussion on the openSUSE development mailing list it became clear that there were still too many showstoppers to roll the release scheduled for today. It’s estimated that this could set development back by […]

Is Tux Still the Right Mascot for Linux?

Now that Linux has reached the ripe old age of 20, it seems fair to say the software is officially “mature.” Were it a human, after all, it would likely be allowed to drive by now, and maybe even to drink, too. Just as we humans tend to engage in a little self-analysis and image-updating […]

Red Hat Beats its Own Forecasts

Red Hat has reported financial results for its fiscal second quarter, which ended August 31, and the company continues to prove that a business model of supporting robust open source software can lead to remarkable success. In fact, as we predicted it would be, the company is emerging as the first ever billion dollar a […]

Extended Support proposal for Firefox enterprise users

The Mozilla Foundation’s reactivated Enterprise User Working Group has made a proposal on how “Extended Support Releases” (ESR) could be offered to enterprises and other large organisations deploying Firefox. Issues arose when Mozilla moved to a rapid rolling release schedule for Firefox which saw a new version of the browser published every six weeks. Enterprise […]

A Major Rework To The X.Org Video Driver ABI

One of the mailing list threads I’ve been trying to catch up on this week while at Oktoberfest is the heated discussion about merging video/input drivers back into the X.Org Servers. This discussion was started at the XDC2011 conference, but there’s many e-mails being exchanged from more parties not in favor of merging the drivers […]

Hedgewars 0.9.16 Released with Downloadable Content, 3D Rendering and More

Hi! Remember these? It’s been a while right? Well. It’s that time again. A new release of Hedgewars. As usual, you can get it on the Download page. There’s quite a lot of stuff in 0.9.16, so it is hard to know what to focus on. Let’s pick some highlights. * Downloadable content! Simply click [...]

Ubuntu 11.10 Beta 2 Released, Synaptic Removed

A few minutes ago, the second and last Beta version, as well as the last development release, of the upcoming Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) operating system was made available for testing by the Ubuntu developers. As usual, we’ve grabbed a copy of it in order to keep you up-to-date with the latest changes in the [...]

Ubuntu 11.10 Beta 2 (Oneiric Ocelot) Released.

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce Ubuntu 11.10 Beta 2. Codenamed “Oneiric Ocelot”, 11.10 continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle fixing bugs and introducing a couple of new features as we [...]

Cloudmin 5.8 released

Hi Cloudmin users, Cloudmin version 5.8 is now available for download from our YUM amd APT repositories. New features in this version include : * When creating a Xen or KVM instance on a host system with multiple bridges, you can now select which bridges to automatically allocate IP addresses. * Xen and KVM systems […]

GNOME 3.1.92 release candidate released!

Hello all, It’s the last step, it’s the release candidate, it’s shining gold, it’s 3.1.92, it’s out! So, what are you waiting for? Download it! Build it! Test it! Try to break it! The more you are, the more you do, the best we can make GNOME 3.2. Coming next week. To compile GNOME 3.1.92, […]

The importance of donating to open source projects (and a giveaway!)

As many of you know, I am a big fan of Enlightenment, and no distribution does a better job of combining the wonder of E17 and the ease of Ubuntu than does Bodhi Linux. Recently the developers of Bodhi Linux released version 1.2 which has a number of solid updates, such as: Linux 3.0.0 Enlightenment […]

Adobe announces emergency patch for Flash Player

Adobe has announced an emergency patch that is scheduled to be released some time later today (Wednesday 21 September). The update will address several previously unknown critical holes in Flash Player. The new version is also designed to close a universal cross-site scripting (XSS) hole that Adobe says is already being actively exploited. The company’s […]

Mozilla developers consider even shorter release cycle

While some users are struggling with the fact that a new version of the free Firefox browser is released every six weeks, the developers have been discussing an even shorter release cycle. A thread on a mailing list revolves around whether to shorten the cycle to five weeks or less. On the mailing list, Josh […]

Linux-based home automation system adds tablet controller, Android app

Control4 announced a seven-inch tablet, meant for portable control of its Linux-based Control4 home automation, surveillance, and music-server system. In addition to the Control4 7″ Portable Touch Screen, the company also announced a “Control4 MyHome — Android” app. We last checked in on Control4’s Linux-based Control4 Home Automation system in 2009, when the company announced […]

Desura Game Platform Goes Into Beta On Linux

The Desura Game Client, which is a similar service to Valve’s Steam game distribution platform for e-delivery, is now in beta on Linux. The first bits of Desura have been running on Linux within their development labs going back to May. In July we then heard the Desura Linux client was nearly ready. Today we [...]