Slackware 14.1 Just Days Away

Slackware 14.1 has been cooking for a while now and Willy Sudiarto Raharjo says it’s just day away now. His exact words today were, “Since RC 3 has been announced, there wasn’t much addition or changes happening on -Current, which means that the final release is just a matter of days.” Indeed, changes have slowed […]

UPDATE – Maintenance Ongoing

RuneScape maintenance Thursday. Risk of disconnection.

Squeal of Fortune – Divination Skill Outfits

Diviner’s outfits, lamps and fallen stars!

UPDATE – Maintenance Complete

Today’s maintenance is now complete.

Ubuntu 13.10 review: It’s better than billed (and not quite dead, despite rumors to the contrary)

Just to make sure that nothing suits my needs better than what I’m running right now (that being Fedora 19 with Xfce and GNOME), I did an Ubuntu 13.10 installation this week and have spent a bit of time putting the Unity-driven Linux distribution to the test. Read more ….

Ubuntu 13.10 Screenshot Tour

Ubuntu’s first true mobile release delivers the streamlined core OS and mobile user interface that pave the way for full device convergence and create a unique platform for modern computing. Canonical is working with partners to bring Ubuntu smartphone devices to market in 2014. The desktop version of Ubuntu 13.10 reflects much of that progress, […]

Universal Database Tool DBeaver 2.3.1 Is Available for Download

DBeaver, a free and open source (GPL) universal database tool for developers and database administrators, is now at version 2.3.1.

This latest release of DBeaver brings quite a few modifications and new features, just like all previous versions.

Highlights of DBeaver 2.3.1:

• The DB2 extension has replaced the generic DB2 driver (note: this applies only to DB2 LUW, DB2 for z/OS still use old generic driver);
• The database connection used …

Development: Developers can hand out Bugzilla permissions

Anyone marked as developer in Bugzilla can now:
– make someone else a developer (as always)
– hand out canconfirm+editbugs (NEW!)

So if you have some person who you want to give Bugzilla permissions,
just go to the Administration section, Edit Users, …

Ashton Kutcher Joins Lenovo, Keeps Day Job

Lenovo’s newest product engineer got a higher-profile introduction to the world than many of the company’s other employees. That’s because he’s also famed actor and investor Ashton Kutcher. Lenovo announced its multiyear partnership with the Two and a Half Men star at the launch event for the company’s latest tablet. Kutcher will work with engineers on the Yoga Tablet product line, Lenovo said.

New Google Chrome 31 Fixes Disabled Extensions Bug

Google Chrome, a browser built on the Blink layout engine that aims to be minimalistic and versatile at the same time, is now at version 31.0.1650.39 Beta. The new Google Chrome Beta differs from the previous version by more than just one number. It’s not a big release, but it does feature some interesting changes. According to the announcement, an issue with known disabled extensions has been fixed, the extraction of translations for installer util strings has …

Apache Subversion 1.8.4 Fixes Multiple Problems

Apache Subversion 1.8.4, a fully-featured version control system originally designed to be a better CVS, has been released.

Apache Subversion 1.8.4 brings a lot of bugfixes, which are available for the client and the server alike.

Highlights of Apache Subversion 1.8.4:

• The assertion on urls of the form “file://./” has been corrected;
• A few problems with reverting moves have been corrected;
• Network connections have been red…

Install Nemo With Unity Patches (And Without Cinnamon Dependencies) In Ubuntu

Nemo, the default Cinnamon file manager, needs Cinnamon to be installed, even if you want to use it in some other desktop environment such as GNOME/Unity. That’s not the only issue that makes using the latest Nemo under Unity difficult – Cinnamon 2.0 breaks Unity in Ubuntu 13.10, Nemo no longer draws the desktop icons […]

VueScan 9.3.18 Improves Infrared Cleaning

VueScan 9.3.18, an easy-to-use replacement for the software that usually comes with scanners and that supports most flatbed scanners, printer/scanners, and film scanners, has been released and is now available for download.

The VueScan project is under constant development, and fixes, changes, and new features are implemented on a regular basis.

Highlights of VueScan 9.3.18:

• The infrared cleaning with two-pass scanners has been improved;

AMD’s Radeon Gallium3D Starts Posing A Threat To Catalyst

With recent milestones like the Radeon performance improvements in Linux 3.12 that come as a side-effect from a CPUfreq change, Radeon DPM, and the improvements found by the upcoming Mesa 10.0 release, and numerous other open-source driver improvements…

Shuttleworth comes down on the ‘Open Source Tea Party’

Like many other prominent people in the free and open source software communities, Mark Shuttleworth, the man behind Canonical and Ubuntu/GNU Linux, has more than his fair share of detractors. But it’s not often that he he hits out at them, unless it is in replies to posts on websites here and there. Read more […]

Steam Accounts Pass the 65-Million Mark

Valve has just announced that its Steam service is now providing services to more than 65 million accounts, registering a 30% growth in the last 12 months. Valve doesn’t usually give any numbers about its business, not more than what can be observed from the monthly statistics. They chose to share a little more information this time, giving us an idea of the size of the Steam platform. “The main goal of Steam has always been to increase the quality of the …

Add “Open as Root/Administrator” option in Nautilus, Available for Ubuntu 13.10/13.04/12.10/12.04/Linux Mint/other Ubuntu derivatives

Add “Open as Root/Administrator” option in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy/Ubuntu 13.04 Raring/Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal/Ubuntu 12.04 Precise/Linux Mint 16/15/14/13 and other Ubuntu derivativesMost users like to open files/folders as root directly from nautilus to do something with file-system. Nautilus offers ways to do that via extension or script. So today we made it available for 13.10/13.04/12.10/12.04 and […]

PyGObject 3.11.1 Fixes Lots of Memory Leaks

The first development version of the upcoming PyGObject 3.12 library, for the GNOME 3.12 desktop environment, was announced a few days ago, bringing assorted fixes and improvements.

PyGObject 3.11.1 introduces support for variable user data arguments…

Unique-Looking Salix OS Ratpoison 14.0.1 Distro Is Now Available for Download

Salix Ratpoison, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Slackware that is simple, fast, easy to use, and based on Ratpoison desktop environment, is now at version 14.0.1. The developer of Salix OS Ratpoison 14.0.1, The Salix OS Team, has provided two separate images for the 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. Highlights of Salix OS Ratpoison 14.0.1: • Wordgrinder, a word processor that has minimal features, has been added; • The SC spreadsheet is …

GNOME 3.12 Development Packages Start Coming

With the first GNOME 3.12 development release (v3.11.1) due to occur this week, many of the first very early GNOME 3.12 packages are being checked in for early testing ahead of the desktop’s full debut in March of 2014…