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Linux: The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 9 (Isadora)
2010-05-19 20:13:03 Source: Falko Timme [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Howtoforge posted a guide to setup Linux Mint 9 as desktop

"This tutorial shows how you can set up a Linux Mint 9 (Isadora) desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge. Linux Mint 9 is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 10.04 that has lots of packages in its repositories (like multimedia codecs, Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, Skype, Google Earth, etc.) that are relatively hard to install on other distributions; it therefore provides a user-friendly desktop experience even for Linux newbies."

>> The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 9 (Isadora)

Linux: Wine release 1.1.44
2010-05-09 10:21:25 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

The Wine development release 1.1.44 is now available.

"What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Many more new icons.
- Support for 32-bit prefixes with a 64-bit Wine.
- Many additional msvcr80/90 functions.
- Improvements to Bidi handling.
- More complete mmdevapi (Win7 audio) support.
- Improved handling of MSI patches.
- A number of fixes for desktop menus.
- Optimizations in OLE storage.
- Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

http://ibiblio.org/pub/linux/system/emulators/wine/wine-1.1.44.tar.bz2
http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.1.44.tar.bz2

Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:

http://www.winehq.org/site/download

You will find documentation on http://www.winehq.org/site/documentation

You can also get the current source directly from the git repository. Check http://www.winehq.org/site/git for details.

Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list."

>> Wine release 1.1.44

Linux: Wine release 1.1.43
2010-04-16 20:18:18 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

The Wine development release 1.1.43 is now available.

"What's new in this release (see below for details):
- A number of new icons.
- Improved support for alpha channel in bitmaps.
- Many Direct3D fixes and optimizations.
- More complete msvcr80/90 implementations.
- A wide range of 64-bit fixes.
- Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

http://ibiblio.org/pub/linux/system/emulators/wine/wine-1.1.43.tar.bz2
http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.1.43.tar.bz2

Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:

http://www.winehq.org/site/download

You will find documentation on http://www.winehq.org/site/documentation

You can also get the current source directly from the git repository. Check http://www.winehq.org/site/git for details.

Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list."

>> Wine release 1.1.43

Linux: Linux Desktop Virtualization Shootout
2010-04-15 08:59:39 Source: Denice Halley [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Kernel News posted a Linux Desktop Virtualization Shootout

"Computer Virtualization has many uses, from increasing server capacity and reducing power consumption to making it easier to test and develop software or to simply run a different Operating System on your computer. Virtualization has become an important aspect of the functionality of todays computers and computer Operating Systems. Many that are new to Linux or new to Virtualization often are overwhelmed by the number of Virtualization options the Linux Desktop has and often ask: "What Virtualization Solution is best suited for my needs". This article will hopefully answer this question and others like it.

Linux Virtualization has come along way in the past few years. New Virtualization Solutions have been released while some have been discontinued or simply haven't been worked on in the past few years. For instance, KVM and Xen are somewhat new on the scene (Xen was first released in 2003 and KVM in 2007), while virtualization projects like Plex86 haven't been updated in years, even commercial products like Win4Lin are no longer available as a Desktop Product."

>> Linux Desktop Virtualization Shootout

Linux: 10 Things Linux Does Better Than Windows
2010-04-09 12:35:15 Source: Email [ Print | 1 Comment(s) ]

Techgage.com posted 10 Things Linux Does Better Than Windows

"There is no such thing as a "perfect" OS, but given that Microsoft's Windows costs a pretty penny and Linux is free, it's a little strange that the latter can do certain things far better than the former. We're taking a look at our favorite ten, which includes the partitioner, automatic logon, troubleshooting, customization and more."

>> 10 Things Linux Does Better Than Windows

Linux: Wine release 1.1.42
2010-04-03 09:44:03 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

The Wine development release 1.1.42 is now available.

"What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Support for shared 32/64-bit setups.
- Dwarf debug info support for better backtraces.
- More standard actions supported in MSI.
- Support for TIFF image format in WinCodecs.
- A number of Direct3D improvements.
- Shell fixes for better Internet Explorer support.
- Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

http://ibiblio.org/pub/linux/system/emulators/wine/wine-1.1.42.tar.bz2
http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.1.42.tar.bz2

Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:

http://www.winehq.org/site/download

You will find documentation on http://www.winehq.org/site/documentation

You can also get the current source directly from the git repository. Check http://www.winehq.org/site/git for details.

Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list."

>> Wine release 1.1.42

Linux: NVIDIA Drops Their Open-Source Driver
2010-03-27 14:11:03 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Phoronix send words that NVIDIA drops their open-source Linux driver

"NVIDIA's open-source Linux efforts as it concerns their GPU support have historically been minimal. The xf86-video-nv driver has been around that provides very basic 2D acceleration and a crippled set of features besides that (no proper RandR 1.2/1.3, KMS, power management, etc) while the code has also been obfuscated to try to protect their intellectual property. However, NVIDIA has decided to deprecate this open-source driver of theirs. No, NVIDIA is not working on a new driver. No, NVIDIA is not going to support the Nouveau project. Instead, NVIDIA now just recommends its users use the X.Org VESA driver to get to NVIDIA.com when installing Linux so they can install their proprietary driver."

>> NVIDIA Drops Their Open-Source Driver

Linux: Wine release 1.1.41
2010-03-19 20:57:20 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

The Wine development release 1.1.41 is now available.

"What's new in this release (see below for details):
- A wide range of Direct3D improvements.
- Support for SHA-256, SHA-384, and SHA-512 algorithms.
- A number of MSHTML fixes.
- Support for mp3 decoding on Mac OS X.
- Various widl improvements.
- More typelib fixes.
- OLE storage improvements.
- Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

http://ibiblio.org/pub/linux/system/emulators/wine/wine-1.1.41.tar.bz2
http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.1.41.tar.bz2

Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:

http://www.winehq.org/site/download

You will find documentation on http://www.winehq.org/site/documentation

You can also get the current source directly from the git repository. Check http://www.winehq.org/site/git for details."

>> Wine release 1.1.41

Linux: Wine release 1.1.40
2010-03-05 23:17:28 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

The Wine development release 1.1.40 is now available.

"What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Support for Wow64 registry redirection.
- Increased coverage of MSI standard actions.
- Various Wordpad improvements.
- Many shell fixes for better IE support.
- Improved support for typelibs.
- Better GL card detection.
- Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

http://ibiblio.org/pub/linux/system/emulators/wine/wine-1.1.40.tar.bz2
http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.1.40.tar.bz2

Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:

http://www.winehq.org/site/download

You will find documentation on http://www.winehq.org/site/documentation

You can also get the current source directly from the git repository. Check http://www.winehq.org/site/git for details.

Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list."

>> Wine release 1.1.40

Linux: Intel Sandy Bridge GPU Support Begins On Linux
2010-02-26 10:50:31 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Phoronix posted a news story that the first bits of Linux graphics code to support Sandy Bridge is available in the Git master repository for the Direct Rendering Manager

"With the Clarkdale and Arrandale parts out the door and the support becoming stabilized, Intel's open-source developers have begun publicly pushing out new code for the next Intel graphics processors to be found in their CPUs to be introduced at the end of this year. The first bits of Linux graphics code to support "Sandy Bridge" is available in the Git master repository for the Direct Rendering Manager and in the xf86-video-intel DDX X.Org driver."

>> Intel Sandy Bridge GPU Support Begins On Linux

Linux: Wine release 1.1.37
2010-01-22 23:32:22 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

The Wine development release 1.1.37 is now available.

"What's new in this release (see below for details):
- A number of fixes in AVI file support.
- Several MSXML improvements.
- A few MSI fixes.
- Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

http://ibiblio.org/pub/linux/system/emulators/wine/wine-1.1.37.tar.bz2
http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.1.37.tar.bz2

Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:

http://www.winehq.org/site/download

You will find documentation on http://www.winehq.org/site/documentation

You can also get the current source directly from the git repository. Check http://www.winehq.org/site/git for details.

Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list."

>> Wine release 1.1.37

Linux: The Performance Of EXT4 Then & Now
2010-01-19 15:00:39 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Phoronix posted an article on the performance of EXT4 then & now

"Over the past week there has been a lot of talk about the EXT4 file-system following the announcement that Google is migrating their EXT2 file-systems to EXT4. Their reasons for this transition to EXT4 are attributed to the easy migration process and Google engineers are pleased with this file-system's performance. However, as we mentioned in that news post last week and in many other articles over the past weeks and months, EXT4 is not as great of a contender as it was in the past, well, for some tests at least. The performance of the EXT4 file-system commonly goes down with new kernel releases and not up, as kernel developers continue to introduce new safeguards to address potential data loss problems that initially plagued some EXT4 users. For our latest EXT4 benchmarks we have numbers that show this file-system's performance using a vanilla 2.6.28 kernel (when EXT4 was marked as stable) and then every major kernel release up through the latest Linux 2.6.33 release candidate."

>> The Performance Of EXT4 Then & Now

Linux: Wine release 1.1.36
2010-01-09 11:48:00 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

The Wine development release 1.1.36 is now available.

"What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Completion of the 16-bit separation.
- Improved Shader Model 4 support.
- A ton of memory leak fixes.
- Improved debugging support for MinGW.
- A number of MSHTML fixes.
- Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

http://ibiblio.org/pub/linux/system/emulators/wine/wine-1.1.36.tar.bz2
http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.1.36.tar.bz2

Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:

http://www.winehq.org/site/download

You will find documentation on http://www.winehq.org/site/documentation

You can also get the current source directly from the git repository. Check http://www.winehq.org/site/git for details.

Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list."

>> Wine release 1.1.36

Linux: Shuttleworth steps down as Ubuntu CEO
2009-12-17 19:18:39 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Mark Shuttleworth steps down as Ubuntu CEO

"In a morning press call on December 17th, 2009 Mark Shuttleworth announced that he was stepping down as head of Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu. In his place, Jane Silber, the current Chief Operating Officer who has been with Canonical since 2004 will take over as CEO.

Shuttleworth added that he will not, in any way, shape, or form be leaving Ubuntu. In an interview, Shuttleworth said that he's will stay head of the Ubuntu Community Council and the Ubuntu Technical Board. Instead of managing the business, he will be "Working closely on product design and our enterprise customers. I will also be working more closely with partners, especially in Asia. I will also work more closely with larger enterprise customers in our new cloud offerings. I will be spending more time on the areas that interest me the most and where I feel I can do the most good.""

>> Shuttleworth steps down as Ubuntu CEO

Linux: Omega (Boxer) Fedora Remix
2009-12-16 20:38:55 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Omega (Boxer) Fedora Remix has been released

"Omega is a completely free and open source Linux based operating system and a Fedora remix suitable for desktop and laptop users. It is a installable Live image for regular PC (i686 architecture) systems. It has all the features of Fedora and number of additional software including multimedia players and codecs by default. Omega plays any multimedia content (including MP3) or commercial DVD's out of the box. It also has the full Openoffice.org office suite plus extra utilities and games.

Omega (Boxer) release is a remix of Fedora 12 and includes all the updates till Monday 14th of December 2009 from Fedora, RPM Fusion and Livna repositories. Adobe repository is also enabled by default for convenience but no software is installed from that repository by default.

It is a 1.3 GB Live image and you can simply use dd in Linux or the cross platform Fedora Live USB creator to create a Live USB."

>> Omega (Boxer) Fedora Remix

Linux: Wine release 1.1.34
2009-12-05 15:43:21 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

The Wine development release 1.1.34 is now available.

"What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Many fixes for crypto certificates support.
- A lot of MSHTML improvements.
- Various fixes to support the Left 4 Dead 2 DRM.
- A number of OLE marshalling fixes.
- More Listview improvements.
- Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

http://ibiblio.org/pub/linux/system/emulators/wine/wine-1.1.34.tar.bz2
http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.1.34.tar.bz2

Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:

http://www.winehq.org/site/download

You will find documentation on http://www.winehq.org/site/documentation

You can also get the current source directly from the git repository. Check http://www.winehq.org/site/git for details.

Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list."

>> Wine release 1.1.34

Linux: Wine release 1.1.32
2009-10-24 15:59:37 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

The Wine development release 1.1.32 is now available

"What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Many crypto fixes, particularly on 64-bit.
- Improved DVD access on Mac OS.
- Several common controls improvements.
- Various HTML support improvements.
- More DIB optimizations.
- Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

http://ibiblio.org/pub/linux/system/emulators/wine/wine-1.1.32.tar.bz2
http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.1.32.tar.bz2

Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:

http://www.winehq.org/site/download

You will find documentation on http://www.winehq.org/site/documentation

You can also get the current source directly from the git repository. Check http://www.winehq.org/site/git for details.

Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list."

>> Wine release 1.1.32

Linux: Puppy Linux 4.3.1
2009-10-19 20:33:43 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Puppy Linux 4.3.1 has been released

"Puppy 4.3.1 is a bugfix release of 4.3

The previous release was version 4.2.1 (also known as 4.21 or 421) coordinated by "WhoDo". I (Barry Kauler) am back coordinating this release, 4.3.

Oh man, where to start?! This release is a massive upgrade, right from its very roots to topmost branches. The place to read about what has happened is my blog, http://puppylinux.com/blog, and I have scanned back through it, picking out highlights for inclusion in this announcement. There is no particular order below, just inserted as I found some point of interest..."

>> Puppy Linux 4.3.1

Linux: More AMD Radeon 5770 Linux Benchmarks
2009-10-17 10:52:14 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Phoronix posted more AMD Radeon 5770 Linux Benchmarks

"Earlier this week AMD launched the Radeon HD 5700 series GPUs using their Juniper GPUs as part of the Evergreen family. We published Linux benchmarks of the Radeon HD 5750/5770 on Tuesday with our thoughts on these new mid-range graphics cards, but today there are a few more Ubuntu results to add in for these ATI graphics cards."

>> More AMD Radeon 5770 Linux Benchmarks

Linux: Wine release 1.1.31
2009-10-10 10:25:08 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

The Wine development release 1.1.31 is now available.

"What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Vastly improved monthcal control.
- Performance improvements for DIB sections.
- Several sound driver fixes.
- Beginning of ActiveX support in JScript.
- More Direct3D 10 work.
- More 16-bit dlls split off to separate modules.
- Support for attachments in MAPI.
- Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

http://ibiblio.org/pub/linux/system/emulators/wine/wine-1.1.31.tar.bz2
http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.1.31.tar.bz2

Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:

http://www.winehq.org/site/download

You will find documentation on http://www.winehq.org/site/documentation

You can also get the current source directly from the git repository. Check http://www.winehq.org/site/git for details.

Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list."

>> Wine release 1.1.31

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