15 years of KDE e.V. – Today

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Last Tuesday (November 27, 2012) was the 15th birthday of KDE e.V. (eingetragener Verein; registered association), the legal entity which represents the KDE Community in legal and financial matters. We interviewed two of the founding members (Matthias and Matthias) on the why, what and when of KDE e.V. in the beginning and presented a video interview with emeritus Board member Mirko Böhm. Today, the present is the focus with interviews of two current e.V. Board members, Lydia Pintscher and Cornelius Schumacher.

There's a New Desktop Environment in Town – Enlightenment E17 Alpha 6

Enlightenment E17, a lean, fast, modular and very extensible window manager for X11 that provides all the necessary packages to run a desktop, is now at version Alpha 6. The developers of Enlightenment E17 are not messing around and are churning out version after version. They are somewhat behind all the other comp…

Nitro 1.5 Task Management Application Lands in Ubuntu Software Center

Nitro 1.5 is a tool that makes tasks management easy for everyone. It’s fast, simple, can be used without an internet connection, and now it has just landed in the official Ubuntu repositories.

Nitro 1.5 packs quite a few features, but the most interesting is by far the Dropbox and Ubuntu One support.

With smart lists and magic sort, users can keep their life organized and focus on what needs to be done. It’s also totally free.

More importantly, the softw…

4MLinux Allinone Edition 5.0 Beta Distribution Has Firefox 17.0

4MLinux Allinone Edition, a Linux distro focusing on the following 4M editions: Maintenance (system rescue Live CD), Multimedia (e.g., playing video DVDs), Miniserver (using the inetd daemon), and Mystery (Linux games), is now at version 5.0 Beta. Highlights of 4MLinux Allinone Edition 5.0 Beta: • Wine has been updated to version 1.4.1; • Mozilla Firefox has been updated to version 17.0; • 4MLinux Allinone Edition BETA passed all the tests f…

Tails 0.15 Now Has Persistent Browser Bookmarks

Tails, a live system that aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity and that helps you use the Internet anonymously, is now at version 0.15.

Tails 0.15 has just arrived and it features a lot of changes, but surprisingly a new version of the Linux kernel hasn’t been implemented.

Highlights of Tails 0.15:

• Tor has been updated to version 0.2.3.25;
• Persistence for browser bookmarks has been added;
• Support for obfsproxy bri…

CFEngine Community Edition 3.4 Adds XML Editing

CFEngine, an IT infrastructure automation framework designed to help engineers, system administrators and other stakeholders in an IT system, is now at version 3.4.

CFEngine is a solution that has enjoyed a security record of over 19 years, proving that offerings of this framework is highly scalable through decentralized, autonomous a…

Linux in Lilliput

Well half a year has passed since Linux Girl last wrote about the invasion of the tiny, Linux-powered PCs, and she’s delighted to report that the trend has shown no sign of slowing down. No indeed! “Tiny $57 PC is like the Raspberry Pi, but faster and fully open” is one headline that recently appeared, for example. “Meet the PengPod, a ‘true Linux’ tablet starting at $120″ is yet another.

Wireshark 1.8.4 Officially Released with Numerous Fixes

Wireshark, one of the foremost network protocol analyzers offering users the means to capture and interactively browse the traffic running on a computer network, is now at version 1.8.4.

The current version of Wireshark, 1.8.4, supersedes all previous releases, including all releases of Ethereal.

Wireshark does co…

Splashtop remote desktop now streams Ubuntu

Splashtop has expanded the reach of its remote desktop system to allow Ubuntu 12.04 systems to be streamed to mobile devices and is developing a multi-session streamer for many mobile users on one Ubuntu system
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IMAP Server Dovecot 2.1.11 Receives Important Updates

Dovecot, an open source IMAP and POP3 email server for Linux/UNIX-like systems, written with security primarily in mind, is now at version 2.1.11.

Highlights of Dovecot 2.1.11:

• The dovecot.index.cache file is no longer fully mapped to memory, thus allowing mail deliveries to work even if the file in question is large;
• userdb password lookups are now done by auth worker processes instead of auth master process;
• lmtp_rcpt_check_quota=yes…

Developer Interview: KOHEI YOSHIDA

(Submitted by Marc Paré, November 5, 2012) Kohei Yoshida is a well-known individual on the LibreOffice project. To many, he is considered as one of the core group of developers who have contributed to the steady development and code improvement of the project, and one of the leaders of the calc component. Kohei takes a […]

The Linux Foundation Announces Milestones for the OpenMAMA Project

The Linux Foundation has announced a number of one-year project milestones for the OpenMAMA project that include important new code contributions, a fully open source software stack and the first commercial offering to result from the project.

OpenMAMA is an open source Middleware Agnostic Messaging API that provides an interface for passing data between high volume, low latency messaging applications.

The project was announced almost a year ago and it’s part of the …

PAC Manager 4.5 Improves Its Interface

PAC Manager, a Perl/GTK Gnome replacement for SecureCRT, Putty and other utilities, which provides a GUI to configure SSH/Telnet connections, is now at version 4.5.

The major feature of PAC Manager 4.5 is a simple and easy-to-use interface which can be employed to launch and manage connections to remote machines.

Highlights of PAC Manager 4.5:

• Limited KeePassX support has been added and new right-click menu options have been implemented;
&bu…

ARM Cortex-A15 vs. NVIDIA Tegra 3 vs. Intel x86

Last week I shared some early benchmarks of the Samsung Chromebook while running Ubuntu Linux. The Samsung Chromebook is very interesting since it’s one of the few readily available computers on the market employing an ARM Cortex-A15 processor rather t…

Mesa State Tracker Now Handles GL 3.1 Core Profiles

The Mesa state tracker as used by the Gallium3D hardware drivers has support for handling the creation of OpenGL 3.1 Core Profiles…

DOOM 3 BFG Edition Source Code Released into the Wild

DOOM 3 BFG Edition was officially released for the consoles and the Windows platform more than a month ago, but id Software hasn’t forgotten the Linux community and now they’ve also published the source code for the game.

The initial announcement was made in October by John Carmack on Twitter, but there was no other indication of the release date.

Bethesda and id Software have now published the source code for DOOM 3 BFG Edition on GitHub, under a GPL license. This m…

Bodhi Turns Two, Looking Back and Forward

Bodhi Linux is an Ubuntu-based distribution that features the Enlightenment desktop and a noticeably lack of included applications. It’s main goal is to offer a light-weight high-performing base on which to build your ideal desktop system. It recently turned two years old and founder Jeff Hoogland is looking back. It was two years ago November […]

ownCloud Raises $2.5 Million (€1.9 Million)

ownCloud, the company responsible for the popular open source file sync and share software, has announced the closing of a second seed round, in which they secured $2.5 Million (€1.9 Million).

The company will use these funds to expand its business into the enterprise and education customer base, not to mention the service providers who are responsible for the implementation of file sync and share based on ownCloud.

“We were very encouraged that many of o…

Linux Kernel Development Is Slow On The Xbox 360

While custom, unsigned code can be executed on the Microsoft Xbox 360 gaming console with Linux, kernel development in this area has been moving very slow…

Splashtop for Ubuntu Delivers 10x Performance over VNC

For Ubuntu users, Splashtop Streamer offers a supercharged, high-performance alternative to Virtual Network Computing (VNC) and other remote desktop software. Due to its efficient protocol, algorithms and optimizations, Splashtop has been shown in performance benchmarks to deliver up to 15x higher video frame rates and up to 10x lower latency times than its competition. Splashtop […]