07.12.08

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Links 12/07/2008: Impressions of KDE4; New GNU/Linux Appliances

Posted in News Roundup at 3:03 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

GNOME bluefish

KDE

Fedora/Red Hat

Distributions

  • New Wolvix website up and running
  • Ubuntu: Challenge the Mac
  • SliTaz, a mighty micro Linux distro
  • Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 2 Screenshot Tour

    As the Ubuntu developers failed to deliver a Live CD with this alpha version (it will be available in Alpha 3), we’ve tested one of the current daily Live builds. Here is the screenshot tour of this second alpha version of Ubuntu 8.10…

  • I converted to Ubuntu…

    I was really surprised when it automatically downloaded a driver for my wireless card, without the need of me to look for it. Now I have to admit that Ubuntu is the No.1 Linux distro for desktop user.

    Oh, good bye XP…

  • Sabayon 3.5
  • ELive
  • Mandriva Linux Community Newsletter #129
  • Distro Review: Linux Mint 5 Elyssa

    Overall I would say Mint 5 is more a case of evolution than revolution, there are of course improvements here which are welcome but it feels more a case of fine tuning things than adding big new features. The distro already does so much that it’s hard to see what new features are really needed, though I’m sure the developers have plans. It should also be noted that this is based on Ubuntu 8.04 which is an LTS release and itself could be considered quite conservative on the feature front, it’s about stability and consolidation which makes sense.

GNU/Linux: General

  • Finally, Notes on Linux is here and ready
  • [Wine 1.1.1 Released]
  • A new way to use Linux.
  • Linux in schools: a teacher speaks

    Catching them young is a popular slogan and one that yields dividends too, no matter whether one applies it to the adoption of software or the learning of a language. And with a small window seemingly open for Australia’s FOSS community to push for the use of free and open source software in schools, the question arises – how does one go about making the first inroads?

  • A Simple Guide to Making the Perfect Recording in Audacity
  • New Compiz plugins

    Besides these additions, Freewins plugin from our one and only C-F dev/journalist SmSpillaz has improved leaps and bounds, keep up the great work. Freewins plugin allows you to rotate any window in any direction (yes including in 3D).

  • Another reason to love FOSS – Software Kill Switches

    One thing I hate above almost anything else is when a vendor tells you what you can and can’t do with your software. That drives me bonkers. Sure, they wrote it and it’s theirs to do with as they wish, but once they sell/give it to me, it’s mine to do with as I see fit – within the confines of the software itself. Unceremoniously switching me off or making me pay more, forcing me to upgrade, stopping me from using the software, or making me bow to other ludicrous demands is just blatant power mongering and extortion. If they want me to do something, they had better have a really good reason why I should do it, and it had better not be “just because we want more money.”

    So what brought on this little bout of ranting and bitterness? Well, several things really, but the biggest is the ever infamous software kill switch. It’s been around for years, but really didn’t start coming into its own until Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) came onto the scene. Since then, proprietary vendors have looked at Microsoft’s success with the Software Kill Switch and realized the money making potential of it. They also have seen the power it can give them and it’s become an intoxicating drug to them.

  • What is so good about Linux?
  • Is Linux ready for your Small Business?

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F/OSS

Bad Day for Apple

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