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Archive for January, 2008

Retrogaming: Asteroids revisited

January 21st, 2008 | No Comments » Tags:

Linux, Mac, Windows: Every so often we get hit by a wave of nostalgia for those early computer games. The ones that were housed in huge consoles and cost 20c to play down at your corner cafe. Today is one of those days and so here is our pick for the day: Retroroids. Although retroroids […]

Italians confirm 50 000 OLPC donation to Ethiopia

January 21st, 2008 | 1 Comment » Tags:

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has been getting some bad press recently so this is some good news. Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi has confirmed his commitment to give 50 000 One Laptop Per Child laptops to Ethiopian schools. This is not new news (the original announcement was last year) but it does […]

Qt goes GPL3

January 21st, 2008 | No Comments » Tags:

Trolltech, the team behind the widely used Qt development libraries have announced that with immediate effect, Qt will now be made available under the new GPL3 licence. Free Software Foundation head Richard Stallman is, understandably, pleased with the move: “I am very pleased that Trolltech has decided to make Qt available under GPL v3 … […]

New releases: FreeBSD 6.3

January 19th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: ,

Good news for FreeBSD fans. The engineering team yesterday announced the release of FreeBSD 6.3-Release. Updates in this release include: KDE updated to 3.5.8, GNOME updated to 2.20.1, Xorg updated to 7.3 BIND updated to 9.3.4 sendmail updated to 8.14.2 lagg(4) driver ported from OpenBSD/NetBSD unionfs file system re-implemented freebsd-update(8) now supports an upgrade command […]

Shuttleworth urged to rethink Ubuntu names

January 18th, 2008 | 31 Comments » Tags: , ,

Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? Or, more importantly, would as many people stop to smell a rose by a different name? In an open letter to Ubuntu Linux founder Mark Shuttleworth, published yesterday, the suggestion was made to rebrand all the forms of Ubuntu as different editions of the distribution.

Weekend project: Run Ubuntu from a USB stick

January 18th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags:

Live CDs – versions of Linux that can be run directly from a CD – are among the coolest features of Linux. But CDs are not the most convenient items to carry around. A USB memory stick running Ubuntu is a much handier option. Debuntu has a handy, step-by-step, guide to doing exactly this (although […]

ODF Alliance strikes back at report

January 17th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: , ,

The ODF Alliance has issued a response to a report produced by the Burton Group, which it said “makes a number of erroneously negative and unbalanced statements about the Open Document Format (ODF), many of them quite puzzling to us”.

Mandriva/TurboLinux partnership raises questions

January 17th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: ,

Mandriva and TurboLinux this week announced their partnership to create Manbo-Labs, months after its inception. The partnership, which began last October but was only announced publicly this week after its first internal delivery, will see the two companies sharing resources and technology to produce a common base system for their Linux distros. The delay in […]

Streamline browsing and save bandwidth

January 17th, 2008 | 2 Comments » Tags: ,

Do you find yourself wasting both precious bandwidth and time due to large, and largely irrelevant, adverts? If so, then Adblock Plus together with some companion FireFox add-ons might be the solution for you.

Sun buys MySQL for $1 billion

January 16th, 2008 | No Comments »

Sun Microsystems has agreed to buy MySQL AB, the developers of the popular open source MySQL database, for “approximately” $1 billion. Both MySQL AB and Sun issued press releases today announcing the surprise deal. In barely penetrable public relations gobbledegook, Sun’s Jonathan Schwartz explains the deal: “Today’s acquisition reaffirms Sun’s position at the center of […]

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