QXL/SPICE KMS Driver May Finally Be Developed

Red Hat may finally get to developing a KMS/DRM driver for QXL/SPICE to be used in conjunction with QXL for virtualization. This is a stepping-stone to eventually supporting SPICE 3D for allowing Red Hat virtual machines to tap hardware graphics accele…

StrongSwan 5.0.2 Implements IETF Standard PA-TNC Attributes

StrongSwan, an OpenSource IPsec implementation for the Linux operating system that’s based on the discontinued FreeS/WAN project and the X.509 patch, is now at version 5.0.2.

Highlights of StrongSwan 5.0.2:

• Implemented all IETF Standard PA-TNC attributes and an OS IMC/IMV pair using them to transfer operating system information;
• The new ipsec listcounters command prints a list of global counter values about received and sent IKE messages and rekeyi…

Qt 5.0.1 Released, Fixes Bugs

Six weeks after releasing Qt 5.0, Digia has today declared the release of Qt 5.0.1 as the first point release of this new tool-kit…

Google Chrome 25.0.1364.58 Beta Released with Security Fixes

Google Chrome, a browser built on the WebKit layout engine that aims to be minimalistic and versatile at the same time, is now at version 25.0.1364.58.

A new stable version of the Google Chrome browser has been made available and, as usual, it comes with a ton of fixes.

Highlights of Google Chrome 25.0.1364.58:

• An assert fix in retry login of OAuth2LoginVerifier has been implemented;
• A crash caused by clicks on the captive portal page …

Install PlayOnLinux in Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/11.10/Linux Mint

Install Playonlinux in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal/Ubuntu 12.04 Precise/Ubuntu 13.04 Raring/Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric/11.04/Linux Mint 14/13/12/11 PlayOnLinux is a piece of software which allows you to easily install and use numerous apps and games designed to run with Microsoft Windows. Few apps and games are compatible with GNU/Linux at the moment and it certainly is a factor […]

Fedora 19 Could Implement Apache OpenOffice 4.0

The Fedora developers are now gathering ideas for the new Fedora 19 Schrödinger’s Cat that is currently slated to launch in May, if nothing goes wrong.

Fedora 19 seems to be a crucible for new ideas and some of them are not even that crazy. One of the current proposals is to add Apache OpenOffice to the distribution.

The Linux Foundation Gains More Members

The Linux Foundation has announced that Axis Communications, D-Link, O.S. Systems and Perforce are joining the organization.

By joining The Linux Foundation, these companies accelerate software development and build more innovative products faster.

By collaborating with the Linux Foundation workgroups, networking at events and contributing to the Linux development community, the four new members will be able to enhance their horizons and businesses.


XWiki Enterprise 4.5 Milestone 1 Is Available for Testing

XWiki Enterprise, a professional wiki that has powerful extensibility features such as scripting in pages, plugins and a highly modular architecture, has reached version 4.5 Milestone 1.

Highlights of XWiki Enterprise 4.5 Milestone 1:

• When upgrading from an old version that didn’t have the distribution wizard, the wizard doesn’t know what user interface (XAR) was previously installed (imported);
• The AppWithinMinutes wizard is now generating a docum…

Hacking: The New National Pastime?

What a difference a day makes — or, in this particular case, eight months or so. Less than a year ago, retailer Barnes & Noble yanked an issue of Linux Format magazine from its U.S. shelves because of a cover story on the topic of “hacking.” “A complaint was made,” explained the announcement last May on Linux Format’s TuxRadar blog.

Jailbreak iOS 6.1 Tool Has Linux Support

iOS 6.1 is fresh out the gate and there’s already a group which has coded the jailbreak for this particular version. The tool they provide will also be available for the Linux platform. It’s not uncommon for developers to release Linux versions for their tools and it’s nice to see that the guys who call themselves evad3rs decided to make the software multi-platform. According to the developers, the jailbreak tool, named evasi0n, will be compatible with all iPhone, iPo…

IMAP Server Dovecot 2.1.14 Brings Minor Changes

Dovecot, an open source IMAP and POP3 email server for Linux/UNIX-like systems, written with security primarily in mind, is now at version 2.1.14.

According to the developer, this version has now become the latest stable. “If you’ve been waiting for a fully stable release after the recent cache file troubles in v2.1.11+, this release should be the one. Hopefully there won’t be v2.1.15 anytime in near future. (v2.2.rc1 does look close though),” stated the Timo Sirainen….

Canonical Fixes Inkscape Vulnerabilities in Ubuntu 12.10

On January 30, in a security notice Canonical published details about Inkscape vulnerabilities for its Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Ubuntu 11.10, and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating systems.

According to Canonical, several security issues have been fixed in Inkscape. It was discovered that Inkscape incorrectly handled XML external entities in SVG files. If a user were tricked into opening a specially-crafted SVG file, Inkscape could possibly include external files in drawings, resul…

Google Chrome 24.0.1312.57 Stable for Linux Fixes Frame Bug

Google Chrome, a browser built on the WebKit layout engine that aims to be minimalistic and versatile at the same time, is now at version 24.0.1312.57.

A new stable version of the Google Chrome browser has been made available and, as usual, it comes with quite a few fixes.

Highlights of Google Chrome 24.0.1312.57:

• A bug which caused the renderer to exit in certain cases, when opening a new Window from Chrome Frame, has been fixed;
• Chan…

Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop Gaming Performance Comparison

In this article are some early benchmark results comparing the OpenGL gaming performance of the Unity, Xfce, Openbox, LXDE, KDE, GNOME Shell, and Enlightenment desktops when running on a recent development snapshot of Ubuntu 13.04. As many earlier benc…

Custom URL Routing for PrestaShop Modules

PrestaShop v1.5 revolutionized the way you control and customize URLs. From Friendly URLs, to customized URL routing, PrestaShop is the e-commerce software on the forefront of URL capabilities. In v1.5.3, we’ve added a small new feature to the URL dispatcher … Read more

Smart Scopes

In the Ubuntu 13.04 cycle the development team have been working on making a series of improvements to the dash to improve search quality as well as the breadth of areas, software, and services that the dash can search. This will result in a significantly greater number of scopes (potentially 100) shipped by default and […]

Take Your Magento Checkout Skills Up a Notch


We’ve added two new courses to the Magento Checkout Series to help you distinguish yourself from the competition and take your training to the next level. These new courses represent the second and third installations in a six-part series designed to teach experienced Magento developers how to customize Magento Checkout.

Magento Checkout – Part II: Onepage Checkout*

Course Description: A strong understanding of the architecture underlying Onepage Checkout is critical to learning how to create extensions and customize checkout. The foundational knowledge you’ll gain in this on-demand course will prepare you for learning how to customize other areas of Magento Checkout, including Shipping, Taxes and Payment methods.

Dates: This course can be completed online anytime.

Magento Checkout – Part III: Shipping**

Course Description: Magento developers will gain a deeper understanding of the architecture underlying Magento Shipping methods and the role of the Shipping Address object in this instructor-led, online course. Students will then learn how to more easily and efficiently create custom shipping methods and calculations, customize the shipping-related user interface, and more.

Dates: March 4 – 7, 8am – 12pm PST.

Additional courses in the six-part Magento Checkout Series will cover Payment, Order Placement, and Taxes and Discounts. Stay tuned for course descriptions and dates!


*Requires developers first complete Part I: Shopping Cart & Price Calculations (next class starts February 4!)

** Requires developers first complete Requires Part I: Shopping Cart & Price Calculations and Part II: Onepage Checkout


Booting Linux using UEFI can brick Samsung laptops

Booting Linux using UEFI just once on various Samsung laptops is enough to permanently stop them working. Several reports have been posted on the Ubuntu bug tracker, but the problem is likely to also be present in other Linux distributions, as it appears to be caused by a kernel driver for Samsung laptops. Kernel developers […]

Commodore OS Vision 1.0 Beta 9 Screenshot Tour

Commodore OS Vision 1.0 Beta 9 has been released. Commodore OS Vision is a 64-bit Linux distribution, based on Linux Mint, created for Commodore enthusiasts purchasing Commodore USA hardware. These are essentially restore disks for pre-installed Commodore systems. Commodore OS Vision uses the classic GNOME 2 interface and features extensive Compiz/Emerald desktop effects. It includes […]

Intel Puts Out TianoCore For Broadwell, Bay Trail

TianoCore, the open-source UEFI implementation backed by Intel that was just talked about in Google Pushes “Project PIANO” Into Coreboot, already has support for Intel’s yet-to-be-released Broadwell and Bay Trail processors…