Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 239

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 239 for the week October 24 – 30, 2011. == Links to UWN ==  * Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue239 == In This Issue ==  * Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS-P) * Ubuntu Community Survey Results * Ubuntu Community Survey Next Steps: Leadership * Ubuntu Community Survey Next Steps: Enhancing Recognition and Credit * Ubuntu [...]

Drupal Association Board Election Results for 2011

Earlier this year the Drupal Association began a process to elect and build a new board. In July a call for nominations was made and the community responded with over 50 submissions. The nomination committee spent many weeks reviewing the nominations, …

Softpedia Linux Weekly, Issue 171

The following Linux-based operating systems have been announced last week: openSUSE 12.1 RC1, m23 rock 11.4, Chakra GNU/Linux 2011.10.26 and CAELinux 2011. In other news: Linus Torvalds announced the final and stable release of Linux kernel 3.1; Google released the final and stable version of the Google Chrome 15 web browser. Softpedia Linux Blog news […]

My Top 14 WordPress Plugins For Niche Sites

WordPress plugins are a great way of customizing and improving the usability of your blog. I am a firm believer that selecting the right plugins can go a long way towards getting your niche site above your competitors in the search engine rankings. I have experimented extensively with this and will happily share with you […]

Linux From Scratch 7.0

Bruce Dubbs has announced the release of Linux From Scratch (LFS) 7.0, a complete e-book providing users with the steps necessary to build a working Linux system from scratch, primarily as an educational exercise: “The Linux From Scratch community is pleased to announce the stable release of LFS Version 7.0. It includes numerous changes to […]

GhostBSD 2.5 Beta 3

Eric Turgeon has announced the availability of the third beta of GhostBSD 2.5, a user-friendly, GNOME-based FreeBSD distribution – now also with a live graphical installer: “The GhostBSD release is late following the FreeBSD 9.0 release status. We have only released beta 3 on October 30, 2011. List of bugs fixed: auto-mount on amd64 and […]

New LibreOffice Extension Website Live

Have you heard about those great LibreOffice extensions but have had a problem locating them? Well, those extensions (and templates) are going to be easier to find now thanks to The Document Foundation’s new online repository. At http://extensions.libreoffice.org you can find extensions such as the Gallery of Danger Signs. This extension includes 400 clipart danger […]

CAELinux 2011, Based on Ubuntu 10.04.3 LTS, Is Now Available

CAELinux 2011 has been released bringing with it new versions of its main packages, the computer-aided engineering software it’s built for. There aren’t that many new features from the previous release, if any, but it does bring newer packages all around, thanks to the updated Ubuntu underneath. “Today we are really proud to announce our [...]

Canonical and Dell Push Ubuntu PCs Into China

Ubuntu has found some new horizons in China. In a post on Canonical’s blog, it was announced that Canonical and Dell will bring PCs loaded with Ubuntu to the Chinese market. According to the post: “The stores will feature Ubuntu on a range of Dell computers, and will carry branded marketing collateral in-store, trained staff [...]

‘Mega Games Pack’ Lets You Install and Play Hundreds of Free Games on Ubuntu

Mega Games Pack (MGP) by GlennLChugg is a standalone client for Ubuntu that allows you to download and play hundreds of free Linux games. Though there is Ubuntu Software Center (USC) and Desura client, MGP have some other useful features. All games are free to install and play. MGP can launch any installed game from [...]

Review: Kubuntu 11.10 “Oneiric Ocelot”

You can consider this to be the second part of a series of reviews of the relatives of Ubuntu 11.10 “Oneiric Ocelot. Today I’m reviewing Kubuntu. I’ve said some bad things about Kubuntu in the past. Mainly, it has to do with how a couple years ago on Ubuntu, KDE and GNOME would not mix [...]

Canonical and Red Hat Join Forces to Stop Secure Boot

Red Hat and Canonical, both announced a few minutes ago, October 28th, on a short press release that it published a white paper called UEFI Secure Boot Impact on Linux. The companies are also collaborating with The Linux Foundation, in order to make hardware manufacturers think twice before implementing the new “Secure Boot” feature of [...]

Red Hat, Cisco Partner to Bring Open Source to the Cloud

Cisco Systems showed up at the Red Hat North American Partner Conference chatting up its renewed relationship and collaboration with the Red Hat team. The goal? To create solutions that make it easier for Red Hat to proliferate into the data center, for both the channel and customer alike. Details coming up … The new […]

Canonical Changes OEM Strategy to Reflect New Customer Base

What do you do when your partners also become some of your most important customers? That’s a challenge Canonical executives grappled with recently as they moved to restructure Canonical’s relationship with OEMs. Here’s what’s changed at the company, and what it means for the open source channel. As Canonical CEO Jane Silber pointed out in [...]

Canonical Pursues Enterprise Customers with LTS Change

Canonical’s commitment to longterm support for Ubuntu just got longer, with businesses running Ubuntu on their desktops targeted as the chief beneficiaries. Here’s the scoop and what it says about Canonical’s strategy. In a recent announcement, Canonical reported that Ubuntu 12.04, the next longterm support (LTS) version of the operating system and slated for release [...]

openSUSE Weekly News Issue 199 is out!

We are pleased to announce: Issue 199 of openSUSE Weekly News is out! [0] In this Issue: Board Election 2011 Loop mount iso files without being root The Qt-Project is alive and many more … For a list of available translations see the Translations Section in the actual Weekly News. [0] http://bit.ly/v8hjHE (in PDF) [0] […]

Six Essential Drupal Modules for Business

Drupal, one of the most popular open source content management systems (CMS) in the market, powers all kinds of wesbites, from personal blogs to message boards to corporate portals that cater to thousands of users. The default Drupal install is rather bare, but thousands of available add-on modules can help you turn the vanilla Drupal […]

Skype Publishes New Linux APIs w/ Video Support

Skype, now under the control of Microsoft, has announced a new developer preview of SkypeKit. It surprisingly brings good news for Linux users. SkypeKit allows desktop applications to integrate Skype functionality into partner applications while the Skype desktop API allows developers to extend the functionality of the Skype client. SkypeKit was originally rolled out in […]

NVIDIA Publishes Linux Patches For Tegra 3

Just as the Linux 3.2 kernel merge window opened, NVIDIA published a set of patches that enable support for their Tegra 3 (Kal-El) processor. The NVIDIA Tegra 3 (Kal-El) is the forthcoming quad-core platform that’s derived from the ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore and boasts a 12-core NVIDIA GPU with 3D stereo support. This is a very […]

GNOME 3.3.1 Development Release

GNOME 3.3.1 Development Release =========================== It never stops ! Here comes the first development release of the 3.3 development cycle. We are off to a slow start, with most features still on the drawing board or in early development. Expect things to become more exciting in the next development release. But for now, we want […]