06.12.11

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Links 12/6/2011: Steel Storm: Burning Retribution For GNU/Linux, KDE SC 4.6.4

Posted in News Roundup at 2:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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GNU/Linux

  • Linux (and Windows) on a new HP Pavilion laptop

    Second surprise: copying 13000 files (4 GB) from a DVD to the hard-disk is extremely slow in Windows 7: 10 hours! Well, estimated. I lost patience after 2 hours and rebooted. Doing the same operation on Linux: 7 minutes. Amazing.

  • Applications

  • Desktop Environments

    • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC)

      • KDE SC 4.6.4 Is Available for Download

        The KDE team has just announced a few minutes ago (June 10th) the fourth maintenance release for KDE Software Compilation 4.6. This is a minor update, focusing on bug fixing and translation updates.

  • Distributions

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandrake/Mandriva Family

      • X.org, wayland and all that awesome low-level stuff

        So, as of today, I am proud to announce that Mandriva 2011 is powered by the latest, shiniest and greatest X.org server 1.10.2 and Mesa 7.10.2, with all the awesomeness which comes with that. I had to write some small patches to fix some Intel Sandy Bridge crashes here and there, but I think that Mandriva today has probably the most up-to-date X.org stack out there.

    • Gentoo Family

      • Review of Sabayon 5.5 Xfce

        Sabayon, despite being in the top ten on Distrowatch, isn’t as publicized as other popular distributions. Xfce is my desktop of choice, so I thought that I would review the Xfce version of Sabayon 5.5, the newest edition.

    • Red Hat Family

      • Fedora

        • Projects I would love to see packaged in Fedora

          I suspect this won’t be my last post like this. I use to just package them up myself but I’m finding that the amount of packages I maintain is increasing and the time I have to actually maintain them is decreasing and I know there’s people that are likely better suited to some of these packages than I am.

    • Debian Family

      • People behind Debian: Philipp Kern, Stable Release Manager

        Philipp is a Debian developer since 2005 and a member of the release team since 2008. Since he took the responsibility of Stable Release Manager, the process has evolved for the best. I asked him to explain how the release team decides what’s fit for stable or not.

      • Derivatives

        • Canonical/Ubuntu

          • Review: Pinguy OS 11.04 Mini

            Upon the advice of a commenter in one of my previous posts, I am reviewing Pinguy OS 11.04 Mini today. That commenter asked that I test Pinguy OS 11.04, and mentioned the existence of a Mini edition, so I became intrigued, because Pinguy OS is more known for being an “everything-and-the-kitchen-sink” distribution than anything else, so I thought it would be cool to see what the Mini edition would have in store.

Free Software/Open Source

  • Oracle/Java/LibreOffice

    • LibreOffice and OpenOffice.org: Missing the Big Picture

      LibreOffice (LO) was forked from the LGPL’ed version of OpenOffice.org some 8 months ago, while also creating a new organization for this: the Document Foundation (TDF). During this time the LibreOffice community has worked on cleaning up the source code, integrating features from another fork, (Go-oo, which was used in most Linux distributions), merging features from subsequent versions of OpenOffice.org and also creating new features themselves. They have a healthy community going with a number of core developers (mostly employed) and a large number of volunteers. There is also work on creating a real foundation much like the KDE e.V in Germany, and they received substantial donations to this goal.

  • FSF/FSFE/GNU/SFLC

    • ‘Proprietary software keeps users helpless’

      Richard Matthew Stallman started the GNU’s Not Unix project in 1983 to create a totally free operating system, and later the General Public License to guarantee its freedom. By 1991 much of GNU was finished, although it was lacking a kernel – that’s where Linus Torvalds and his Linux kernel come in.

      Despite the success of GNU/Linux, Stallman hasn’t opted for an easy life: he campaigns tirelessly to protect our software freedoms, alerting us to potential threats that new technologies bring.

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2 Comments

  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    June 12, 2011 at 6:39 am

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    I tried RMS’ suggestion to set “&html5=True” in the URL for Youtube to get Webm. Unfortunately, it it still served up flash to me.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Google has not finished converting all the files. When it does, TechBytes will be available in both Ogg and WebM.

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