Archive for June, 2010

FreeBSD 8.1 gets first release candidate

June 22nd, 2010 | No Comments » Tags: ,

A week later than originally scheduled, the FreeBSD team has issued a first release candidate (RC1) for version 8.1 of its popular Unix-like operating system. The final release of FreeBSD 8.1 was scheduled for July 9 bit with the current delay that may be pushed out by a week. Major changes include improvements to Solaris [...]

VLC 1.1.0 adds GPU-decoding, WebM support

VLC, the Swiss army knife of multimedia viewing, has released a new version. Already a top-class video player VLC 1.1.0 adds a number of new goodies, including WebM support and GPU-decoding. The highlights: GPU decoding on Windows Vista and 7, using DxVA2 for H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2 GPU decoding on GNU/Linux, using VAAPI for H.264, [...]

Dell in talks to ship Chrome OS netbooks

Dell today confirmed that it was in talks with Google to ship Chrome OS on its netbooks. The company’s president of Greater China and South Asia, Amit Midha, said that Dell devices were in development although he didn’t add any detail. Google’s Chrome OS is a Linux-based web-focused operating system that is intended for ultra-portable [...]

Is OpenOffice at a crossroads?

OpenOffice.org (OOo) is a flagship product for free and open source software but could be doing so much better than it is. What’s wrong? Michael Meeks a long-time OOo and Gnome developer and Novell employee argues that among the chief problems are a lack of leadership, a half-hearted open source strategy and copyright assignments that [...]

Google hits geek paydirt with command-line tools

June 21st, 2010 | 1 Comment » Tags: , , , ,

Forget web applications, the future is the command line! Google releases a command-line tool for controlling services such as YouTube, Blogger, Google Docs and Calendar. And judging by user response, the command line is still cool. GoogleCL is a pure Python application that uses the Python gdata libraries to make Google Data API calls from [...]

Open Tech Exchange talks to Tectonic

The latest episode of OTE podcast features an interview with Tectonic in which we talk about open source software in Africa. I don’t normally write about myself but allow me this one indulgence. Following my decision to start working on Tectonic again Mark Clarke and Darlene Parker of the Open Tech Exchange podcast approached me [...]

The law behind free and open source software

June 21st, 2010 | No Comments » Tags: , , , ,

The third issue of the International Free and Open Source Software Law Review has been released. And even if you’re not a lawyer there is food for thought. With everything from a profile of the BSD licence, to issues around copyright in free software and a review of case law related to free software, the [...]

Ubuntu calls for btrfs testing on Maverick

June 21st, 2010 | No Comments » Tags: ,

Adventurous Ubuntu users can now install test versions of Maverick Meerkat with a btrfs root filesystem. Ubuntu’s Colin Watson today announced this on the Ubuntu developer list. Maverick Meerkat is Ubuntu’s current development version which is expected to be released in October. Naturally, because btrfs is still very much in development, this is not a [...]

OpenSuse on track with first 11.3 RC

June 21st, 2010 | No Comments » Tags: , , , ,

Distribution will be first to offer Btrfs filesystem as an option during installation.

Jargon, compatibility major stumbling blocks for new Ubuntu users

June 18th, 2010 | No Comments » Tags: , , ,

Jargon that they didn’t understand, insecurity over compatibility with Microsoft Office and a lack of visual feedback when performing desktop actions were the key stumbling blocks for first-time Ubuntu users.

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