Archive for April, 2008

Ultra-free gNewSense 2.0 beta released

April 29th, 2008 | 4 Comments » Tags:

Brian Brazil and the team behind the ultra-free gNewSense Linux distribution have released a beta of the forthcoming 2.0 (or Deltah) series. gNewSense is based on Ubuntu but strips the distribution of non-free components to provide users with a truly free operating system. gNewSense is backed by the Free Software Foundation. Among the changes in [...]

Linux guru found guilty of murder

April 29th, 2008 | 2 Comments » Tags:

We wrote about Hans Reiser some months ago. At the time, the author of the Reiser filesystem was on trial for the death of his wife in late 2006. Yesterday, a California jury found Reiser guilty of first degree murder. Reiser was separated from wife Nina Reiser and engaged in a custody battle for their [...]

Ubuntu Hardy Heron released

April 24th, 2008 | 5 Comments » Tags: , ,

Ubuntu 8.04, codenamed Hardy Heron, was officially released today and is now ready for downloading. The latest release of the popular Linux distribution is the second long term support version meaning it will be supported for the next three years on the desktop and five years on servers. Tectonic has been running Ubuntu Hardy since [...]

Which is the best Linux distro for new users?

April 24th, 2008 | 18 Comments » Tags:

Prompted by regular emails from readers asking which is the best distribution for first-time Linux users we’ve decided to open the question to all readers. What distro do you recommend to friends wanting to start using Linux? Tell us about it after the jump.

Sun wants to fully open source Java

April 24th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: ,

Sun Microsystems is stepping up efforts to boost Java usage in Linux shops by working to remove some final encumbrances in the open source Java platform, Infoworld reports. Sun is hoping that by removing barriers, including some encryption libraries, graphics libraries, the sound engine, and some SNMP management code, Java will be able to be [...]

Hardy "our most significant release" – Shuttleworth

April 22nd, 2008 | 2 Comments » Tags: , ,

With the release of Hardy Heron, the latest version of the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system just four days away, Canonical chief, Mark Shuttleworth, has told the BBC that Hardy is the “most significant release” to date. In part this is because it is only the second long term release version of the OS which [...]

South Africa adopts ODF as a national standard

April 21st, 2008 | 17 Comments » Tags: ,

The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) on Friday approved the Open Document Format (ODF) as an official national South African standard. The adoption of ODF by South Africa opens the way for the businesses and government to adopt ODF more widely in their processes. ODF is already an international standard, approved by the International [...]

OpenSuse 11.0 beta 1 out of the box

April 21st, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: ,

The openSUSE team on Friday announced the first beta release of openSUSE 11.0. Shipping with this release is the high-speed package management tool libzypp, KDE 3.5.9 and 4.0.3, GNOME 2.22.1 and a new installer. SUSE’s long-time administration and instrallation tool, YaST, has also been ported to Qt4 which gives YaST a whole new look with [...]

Ubuntu Hardy Heron release candidate flies

April 18th, 2008 | 15 Comments »

The Ubuntu development team today made available a release candidate version of the soon-to-be-released Ubuntu 8.04, codenamed Hardy Heron. The release candidate is the final testing release of Hardy ahead of next week’s final release. What we like: A better selection of default desktop applications, much-improved CD and DVD burning interface and much-needed audio improvements. [...]

Sun releases Honeycomb under BSD licence

April 18th, 2008 | No Comments »

Server heavyweight Sun Microsystems has made another foray into the world of open source software with the release of its StorageTek 5800 archiving software under a BSD Licence. Java.net uses the Sun StorageTek 5800 source code for its development efforts. Previously known as Project Honeycomb, the code for the 5800 has been donated to the [...]

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