Category Archives: Open Source Software

What To Expect From Jolicloud 1.1

When Jolicloud 1.0 was released, it brought a whole new user interface built on HTML5. The next release, Jolicloud 1.1 is not bringing any major changes to the UI, but there is going to be a lot of exciting  changes  under the hood.

The first  noticeable change in Jolicloud 1.1 will be the faster boot. It will also have faster suspend and resume time  – all critical for an OS aimed at netbooks. Another welcome improvement is the drivers support. Jolicloud 1.1 will support a plethora of devices – from video cards to webcams – out of the box.

A lot of manufacturers use Atom CPUs for their netbooks. So, Jolicloud 1.1 will also feature a modified Linux kernel (2.6.35.4)  optimized for performance on the Atom CPUs. Of course, the unmodified kernel will also be available.

Jolicloud 1.1 will also have a better touchscreen support thanks to X11R7.5. The updated X.org also brings better hardware  accelerated video support to the OS.

An important aspect of the netbook experience – the battery life – will also see an  improvement  with  the new release of Jolicloud. It will use GNOME 2.30 which should also provide faster startup time and an improved external monitor support.

The base packages used will also be updated for Jolicloud 1.1. The current version of Jolicloud, (i.e Jolicloud 1.0) is based of packages from the Ubuntu 9.04 repository. With Jolicloud 1.1, the Ubuntu 10.04 repository will be used to provide the base packages. In addition future patches to Ubuntu 10.10 will also be made available for Jolicloud 1.1.

All in all, it looks like Jolicloud 1.1 is going to be a good release. As of now the release date for the beta has not been announced yet.

[via: The Jolicloud Blog]

Linux Mint 10 Julia Release Candidate Released

The release candidate build of Linux Mint 10, codenamed Julia, is out. Linux Mint is an Ubuntu based distro that is noted for its simplicity and polished interface. Julia is based on the recently released Ubuntu 10.10, and introduces some subtle improvements to Mint 9, which saw the addition of a new software manager and an improved update tool.

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Possibly the biggest change in Julia is the new default skin. Mint has finally unveiled the metallic theme called Mint-X that was under development for the past several months.

Mint Menu, the signature element of Mint’s interface, has been improved as well. APT has been integrated with the menu and the search function is now aware of the packages installed on your computer, as well as packages available for installation. If the package you are looking for isn’t installed in your system, you can now directly install it from the Mint Menu. Wikipedia and Google search have also been added to the Mint Menu.

Other improvements include an updated software manager and update manager.

[ Download Linux Mint 10 Julia RC – x86 | x64 ]

Oracle Asks Founders Of The Documents Foundation To Leave

After Oracle acquired SUN Microsystem, some leading members of the OpenOffice.org community forked OpenOffice.org as LibreOffice. They also set up The Document Foundation to continue the independent works of the OpenOffice.org community.

However, Oracle is not taking their move well. They want the founders of The Documents Foundation to leave the OpenOffice.org council. According to Oracle, their works with The Documents Foundation and LibreOffice will conflict with that of OpenOffice.org.

In many FOSS projects there is usually a free exchange of codes and ideas between the original project and the forked one. There is however little or no competition between them. The fact that Oracle mentions conflict of interest suggests that they see LibreOffice as a competitor and that they want tighter control over the direction that OpenOffice.org takes.

LibreOffice already has backing from a lot of companies including Google, Red Hat, Canonical and Novell. Moreover Mark Shuttleworth has also said that future releases of Ubuntu will ship with LibreOffice, not OpenOffice.org.

So, for now LibreOffice seems to be winning; although the developers will in all likelihood get kicked out from a project they have been working on for years.

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Try Ubuntu Inside Windows – Uninstall If You Don’t Like It

wubi-installer-icon Do you want to try the newest operating system for PCs? Ubuntu 11.04 has recently been released. Although many people would enjoy trying it, the need to make permanent changes to their computers may be stopping them.

There is a way to install Ubuntu inside of Windows using the Wubi installer. If you decide you have no use for it, it can always be easily uninstalled later. Below, I’ll show you the details of a typical Wubi/Ubuntu installation.

First, you’ll need to download the correct Wubi file.

*** Download Wubi for Ubuntu 11.04

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If the download goes well, you’ll have a wubi.exe file to run. When you launch it, you should see a setup screen like the one shown below. It should show the version at the top.

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You can choose the Desktop Environmentusing the pull-down menu. In it you’ll get a choice of different versions of Ubuntu, such as Ubuntu (Desktop), Ubuntu Netbook, Kubuntu, Kubuntu Netbook, Xubuntu or Mythbuntu.

The rest of the settings are fairly obvious, but I was a bit confused when I entered my password and got an error. I didn’t notice that I had to enter the password twice.

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Once you hit the Installbutton, you should see this next image. The download is fairly large. It took about 25 minutes on my DSL connection.

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Once it finishes, you’ll be prompted to reboot.

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Once the reboot has started, you will now have a new boot option in your Windows boot menu. Just select Ubuntu and it will finish installing. Here you can see a short video showing you basically what you’ll see as Ubuntu finishes up.

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I won’t spend any time telling you how to customize Ubuntu once it’s finished installing. If you need help, there’s plenty of help available at Ubunutu forums.

When you return to Windows, you can find a new folder at C:\ubuntu, which contains the entire installation. This copy of Ubuntu can be uninstalled using the Add/Remove applet in Windows, or by launching the uninstall-wubi.exefile in the install folder as shown below.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

Wubi is a good solution for people who aren’t sure that they’ll like Ubuntu. If they decide they don’t like it, it’s easy to remove. A free operating system and an easy way to remove it are a winning combination in my opinion. Wubi with Ubuntu has my recommendation.

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Techie Buzz Rating: (4/5) Excellent

Upgrading your Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Install to Ubuntu 10.10

Ubuntu 10.10 was released earlier today, and if you’re wondering how to upgrade your existing Ubuntu 10.04 install, here are couple of easy ways to do so.

  • Update manager

Ubuntu’s Update Manager should prompt you that a new distribution upgrade is available. If not, jus check if Ubuntu is configured to look for Long Term Support (LTS) releases only. To do this, Click on System -> Admininstration -> Update Manager. Next, click on Settings and change the “Show distribution releases” from “Long Term Support Releases only” to “Normal Releases”

Hit close, and start Update Manager again, click on check and it should prompt you to update to the newer version.

  • Via the command line

If you’re a command line junkie, the best way to upgrade is to open the Terminal and type in

sudo do-release-upgrade

The automated script will ask you few questions and upgrade your existing install to Ubuntu 10.10. Enjoy the new release!

Ubuntu 10.10 is Unleashed

There’s been a lot of buzz concerning the newest version of the Ubuntu operating system. I checked their website today and found out that it’s officially released. It make sense that they’d cut it loose on today of all days (10-10-2010).

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You can go to Ubuntu.com to check out all the nice features. Before you do, take a look below. Here are most of the articles we’ve posted concerning this version as it went through development.


Ubuntu 10.10 First OS to Have Indian Rupee Symbol

Ubuntu 10.10 will be the first OS to get the Indian Rupee Symbol Font. The new Indian Rupee Symbol is now part of the Ubuntu Font.

Ubuntu Shipit is Open for 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

Ubuntu lovers are eagerly waiting for the next release of 10.10 Maverick Meerkat and to make things even better, Shipit, which provides free delivery of CDs for Ubuntu releases, is open for pre-orders.

Download Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Release Candidate

With the final stable release only a few days away, we can safely try out the release candidate as it marks a final development release. So, most of the features should be complete.

Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud: a Better Insight into Features

Canonical has a high level of experience and expertise in providing cloud computing solutions with the Ubuntu cloud. It has been running the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud service for too long now and offers security as well as a cost effective solution.

The Ubuntu 10.10 Countdown Banners Are Now Available

The official Ubuntu 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat” countdown banners are now available. These banners were chosen by the Ubuntu-Art Team from a number of user contributed designs.

Rythmbox To Remain As Default Music Player In Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10

The plan to have Banshee as the default music player in Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 has been postponed. Rhythmbox will remain as the default for now.

Ubuntu Software Center Continues To Make Great Improvements

The Ubuntu Software Center now handles the installation of .deb files. The first paid application has also been added to it.

Ubuntu 10.10 Beta Released

Ubuntu 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat” Beta has been released. Read on for the new features and the download links.

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Ubuntu 10.10 First OS to Have Indian Rupee Symbol

India recently got a symbol for the currency Indian Rupee. Though there are several fonts for the Indian Rupee Symbol, none of them have been integrated into any operating system yet. However, there is a specialized keyboard for the Indian Rupee symbol.

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Ubuntu was working on the Ubuntu Font licensing, and now that it has been approved, they have already uploaded it to the archive. However, the good news is that it gained the Indian Rupee Symbol recently and will now be available by default in the upcoming Ubuntu 10.10.

So if you have been waiting for Ubuntu 10.10, here is another reason to shift to it.

(Source: KDE Developers)

Create And Host Your Own Mixtapes With Opentape

About two years ago, Muxtape, a service that would allow anyone to search for, and create playlists and share songs with friends was shut down after running into legal troubles with the music industry and RIAA. It came up later, but nothing like before. The most unique feature of Muxtape was it’s clear, clutter free design and usability. But then it shut down…and well, so did the mixtapes.

Enter OpenTape. A Muxtape style application, that you can host on your own server and create as many mixtapes with it as you like. 

Setting it up is pretty easy actually. You download the open source package, extract it and then upload it to your server. Then upload a few tracks and voila! Your mixtape is ready. A totally personal, muxtape styled experience at your disposal. You can now share the link of the Opentape powered mixtape with all your friends.

Opentape works with most major browsers and requires Apache and Php at its backend to work .

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Ubuntu Shipit is Open for 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

Ubuntu lovers are eagerly waiting for the next release of 10.10 Maverick Meerkat and to make things even better, Shipit, which provides free delivery of CDs for Ubuntu releases, is open for pre-orders.

Shipit has loyally provided free Ubuntu CDs for a long time to all parts of the world. This includes both server and desktop edition CDs. The service however, is for people with low Internet speed who do not have the  privilege  of downloading the builds. Once again, Shipit is taking orders and you can make them at  this page.

However, you are requested not to abuse the system. The amount of orders received on Shipit and the total cost of shipping is considerable. So, choose wisely whether you really need to order a CD. Alternatively, you can keep an eye on this page for  download of the latest official release. The currently available version is a RC release.

The response for this ordering has been overwhelming and Shipit is already out of stock. Shipit also has a paid service that allows us to order paid shipping for CDs. This helps Shipit cover free shipping costs.

Shipit has been a strategic unit of the Ubuntu development process as no product is complete until it reaches the end-user. Shipit has crossed all limits to reach people and this has developed a strong ecosystem around Ubuntu. Even now, if I go out and ask my friends to name a Linux distro, Ubuntu is the first name they come up with.

Download Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Release Candidate

Canonical is geared up for the release of its next Ubuntu release, the Maverick Meerkat 10.10. With this new Ubuntu, we will see the final development release of the 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. The final release date for the Maverick is 10th of October, which is 10 days from now. As always, other Ubuntu forks too are eagerly waiting for the final release to finalize their own versions.
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As Techradar puts it,

Ubuntu is one of the most polished Linux distributions available, fusing the work of a global community of contributors who provide a diverse range of skills to make Ubuntu what it is.

This page can give an insight on how Ubuntu is developed and what goes on behind the scene. The release schedule of 6 months is a stiff constraint and Ubuntu has worked well to maintain it beyond all doubt. The Ubuntu Developer Summit plays a key role in this process where Ubuntu developers interact with the community members directly.

With the final stable release only a few days away, we can safely try out the release candidate as it marks a final development release. So, most of the features should be complete. Download Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat RC on this page.

Fedora 14 Beta Releases Today, Brings a Glimpse of New Exciting Features

Fedora 14 is nearing its next release and claims significant improvement over the already awesome Fedora 13. Fedora 13 is a remarkable fork of Red Hat and it keeps getting better with each release.

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In the latest release, Fedora has strongly held its earlier ideology of a distro that people can tinker and play with. The changes include updated programming languages, better development tools and debugging support.

Fedora 14 will be the first Fedora to see the KDE 4.5 from KDE 4.x series. The KDE desktop in Fedora 14 is more polished than ever and the panels are my personal favorite. However, the ease of access on Gnome is unmatched. The KDE 4.5 in Fedora has some comparable claims and is worth a try. The new Fedora also has a new library to support better JPEG handling with an increase of 25% in performance. The inclusion of Linux kernel version 2.6.35 claims better support for laptops and finally, there is some exclusively good news for developers.

Fedora 14 will sport many new development tools like Ruby on Rails 3.0, Netbeans 6.9, JavaFX 1.3 and more. Put simply, the new release of Fedora will be a favorite with both developers and users alike.

The first beta release is scheduled to release today and can be downloaded here. The final version is scheduled for 2nd November 2010.

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Mandriva Claims It Is Still Alive, We Say It Is In A Never Ending Limbo

The future of Mandriva is unclear and it is more likely to die alone. However, recently, the Mandriva project has claimed that it still has some blood left to fight. To have a better picture, here is a series of events that usurped this reaction.

Firstly, Mandriva is almost regarded as dead by many and this notion is fueled by the birth of Mageia, a fork of Mandriva that also claims Mandriva’s death and has declared itself as the successor. It already claims support from earlier employees and this you can see more on this fork at its  official website.

The Mandriva mailing list gets serious on this matter and a direct question is posed. This can be found  here.

Mandriva has responded by saying that it is going strong and will now focus on the ARM architecture for tablets and low-power PCs. It is also developing a cloud solution and is hiring around twenty developers in Brazil. The statement on the official blog appeared  here. According to it, Mandriva has recovered from a huge debt.

The question to ask here is whether Mandriva is actually in a state to continue or it is trying to cling to some false hopes. As far as I know, it was acquired by Linagora and we covered it a few days ago too. What is the guarantee that this this situation will not repeat? Will it at all be able to handle the situation in future? What led Mandriva to make this resurrection? Until these questions are answered, I doubt Mandriva will get back its reliability.

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Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud: a Better Insight into Features

Canonical has a high expertise in providing cloud computing solutions with the Ubuntu cloud. It has been running the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud service for too long now and offers security as well as a cost effective solution.

The Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud is explained as,

Cloud support with Ubuntu Advantage gives you the assurance of being able to call cloud experts whenever you face a problem or have a question about your Ubuntu cloud platform. Our cloud experts will not only resolve your current issue, but will offer guidance on the best way to prevent the issue from recurring.

Here is a video of the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud for you to get a clear picture.

The amount of flexibility of terms in the IT service and security service is remarkable. This policy is sure to attract many organizations wishing to switch to a cloud storage.

(Official Website)

Red Hat Becomes the First Billion Dollar Open Source Company

Open Source has been a much advocated part of the tech industry and is extremely popular for its ideology. However, there was a general belief of lack of profits from Open Source business and there was no top-notch Open Source company to prove this wrong.

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Red Hat is out to set a record by becoming the first billion dollar Open Source Company in the world leaving Oracle behind in the competition. Almost 20% of the one billion alone comes from this quarter’s profits and Red Hat is performing remarkably well in its business. The overall revenue itself has increased by 20% and Red Hat is showing signs of immense growth.

The closest competitor Oracle’s cheap stunts have failed to impress customers enough. We all know of the cheap RHEL knockoff  it was trying to sell. Oracle is doing it once again and this time, it has claimed that the new Linux it has developed is 75% faster than RHEL. However, we know how benchmarks can be manipulated and I mean technically.

Charlie Peters, Red Hat’s Executive VP and CFO says,

Our revenue and operating income growth continued this quarter with strong double digit gains in both, despite the foreign currency head wind. It is clear that our value proposition is resonating with customers.

It feels god to see that at least one Open Source company is going strong.

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The Ubuntu 10.10 Countdown Banners Are Now Available

The official Ubuntu 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat” countdown banners are now available. These banners were chosen by the Ubuntu-Art Team from a number of user contributed designs.

If you want to spread the excitement about Ubuntu 10.10, you can embed these banners in your website. All you have to do is copy and paste these HTML codes in your website. The banner will be automatically updated.

Martín Césare’s Design

The next version of Ubuntu is coming soon
Code:

<a href="http://www.ubuntu.com/"><img src="http://www.ubuntu.com/countdown/banner1.png" border="0" width="180" height="150" alt="The next version of Ubuntu is coming soon"></a>

Thorsten Wilms’ Design

The next version of Ubuntu is coming soon

Code:

<a href="http://www.ubuntu.com/"><img src="http://www.ubuntu.com/countdown/banner2.png" border="0" width="180" height="150" alt="The next version of Ubuntu is coming soon"></a>

Alejandro Rojas’ Design

The next version of Ubuntu is coming soon

Code:

<a href="http://www.ubuntu.com/"><img src="http://www.ubuntu.com/countdown/banner3.png" border="0" width="180" height="150" alt="The next version of Ubuntu is coming soon"></a>

Koichi Akabe’s Design

The next version of Ubuntu is coming soon

Code:

<a href="http://www.ubuntu.com/"><img src="http://www.ubuntu.com/countdown/banner4.png" border="0" width="180" height="150" alt="The next version of Ubuntu is coming soon"></a>

Personally, I like Alejandro Rojas’ design the best. Which one is your favorite?