This week in the world of Free and Open Source Software, we had a lot of interesting things taking place. The Ubuntu Developers Summit – Oneiric had concluded and we now have an idea of what to expect from Ubuntu 11.10. We also saw the release of Linux 2.6.39 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 this week.
PiTiVi Video Editor and Computer Janitor dropped from Ubuntu 11.10
For the Ubuntu 11.10 development cycle, two applications have got the axe. PiTiVi was removed because not many people use it to do video editing works. Another reason seems to be the fact that it has not been the most stable of applications and have been known to crash quite a few times. The other application, Computer Janitor, has been dropped because it is deemed not user-friendly and dangerous.
You can read more about it here.
Deja Dup To Be Installed By Default In Ubuntu 11.10; High probability of Thunderbird replacing Evolution
At the UDS-O, it has been decided that the backup tool Deja Dup will be included by default in Ubuntu 11.10. This is great news for users as a backup tool is a very important application. Yes, users can always install it from the repository, but including it by default exposes it to more people who would have never discovered it otherwise. Read more about it here. You can also read our guide to using Deja Dup here.
There is a strong possibility that Mozilla’s Thunderbird email client could replace Evolution. The decision has not been made yet as works are going on to integrate Thunderbird with Unity. If it goes as planned, Thunderbird will replace Evolution. Development of Ubuntu 11.10 will, however, start off with Evolution as default. Read more here.
Linux 2.6.39 Released
Linus Torvalds had announced the release of Linux 2.6.39. This was a relatively small update but includes a few important features. The Radeon driver had been updated to support AMD’s Cayman series of GPUs. Users will also appreciate the improved performance of the EXT4 file system that the update has brought. You can read more about it here.
Ubuntu Studio chooses Xfce over GNOME
Ubuntu Studio has decided that they will use Xfce in its next release instead of GNOME. According to the announcement, neither GNOME Shell nor Unity are suitable for the target users of Ubuntu Studio. A safe upgrade path will be provided for the current users when Oneiric is released. Find out more details here.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 Released
Six months after the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, RHEL 6.1 has been released. The update is said to bring improved stability, scalability and p[performance. A number of new features has also been added of which the improved virtualization seems the most exciting. You can find out more details about it here.
Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx has already crawled into my hard dive and boot sector. To tell you the truth, I just let it in. This week in FOSS Friday, we will talk about Ubuntu and some other topics, whose thunder Ubuntu stole with its launch.
Ubuntu 10.04 is here. Get Ubuntu by download from the server today. The latest version features removal of HAL, better GPU support and better looks. Get more release and download information. Already have the CD? Install Ubuntu following a guided walk-through.
Ubuntu Shipit is Open. Order your free CD at Shipit. You will need a Launchpad account and get your CD within 10 weeks of order.
- Sony gets a class action Lawsuit for removing Other OS Support
An individual from San Francisco has filed a class action lawsuit against Sony for removing the Other OS support with its latest firmware for PS3. This is a bold move by an aware consumer and should be supported. Get more on this at Wired.
- Ubuntu Installation Walkthrough
Are you planning to install Ubuntu on your system? This detailed walk-through will take you to installing Ubuntu on your computer safely without destroying any data. Follow the steps given here.
This is Ubuntu’s week in FOSS and it is to stay this way till the launch of Ubuntu. Canonical has recently faced some problem relating to its flagship product Ubuntu which includes the next version. The version 10.04 of Ubuntu is around the corner and Ubuntu fans all over the world are gearing up for it.
- Ubuntu 10.04 RC Release
Canonical has just released the RC of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. This marks the release candidate indicating that the product is due in time. Ubuntu 10.04 RC has all the final features that the final version of Ubuntu 10.04 will have. Want to download the RC? Get it here.
- Memory Leak in X.Org on Ubuntu
This memory leak has resulted from a patch which was released to prevent GLX 1.4 crashes. Developers are unable to fix this and the GLX will possibly be rolled back to version 1.2. This problem is being considered urgent and is the top priority at Canonical right now. Read more at this post on Techie Buzz.
- How to get a free Ubuntu 10.04 CD if you are from UK
Ubuntu shipit is open but apparently, it is not shipping out any CDs currently. Although, there is an alternative way to get free Ubuntu CDs if you are in the UK. OS Disks is giving out free Ubuntu CDs at their shop. Simply go to this page and order a free CD. It looks like a shopping portal but the CD is free to buy. Unfortunately, it works only for people in the UK. Read more at OmgUbuntu!.
We are nearing the Ubuntu release and will do a full coverage of its release, download and features. Stay tuned.
This week has been profitable for Open Source. We have seen the open sourcing of two software products and a lot more.
- Lightworks, an Academy Award winning software goes open-source
Lightworks is an academy award winning non-linear video editor. It has recently been open sourced by the holding company Editshare. Editshare has released Lightworks as a platform. This allows developers to write code for Lightworks plugins as well. We had covered the news of this open-sourcing. Also see OMG!Ubuntu.
- Nvidia Releases First OpenGL 4.0 Driver
Nvidia has released its first OpenGL driver for Linux. This driver is labelled 195.36.07.04 and will support all Fermi GPUs. The deprecated functionalities of older drivers will not be discarded though. Read more here.
- On2 might become open-source, thanks to Google
Newteevee has shed light on the possible open-sourcing of the On2 video codec Google acquired earlier this year. Currently, H.264 and Ogg Theora are fighting to get the open-web standard. If this goes through, Google will introduce an unbeatable contender in the video codec race. Read more here.
- Oracle stops free OpenSolaris CD. Will others follow?
Oracle has stopped distributing free OpenSolaris CDs. Though, you can still download the CD image from the website. The OpenSolaris community is also planning on forking OpenSolaris. Read more at the H-Online.
- Connect Tata Photon Whiz of Plug2Surf in Linux
Connecting Tata Photon Whiz with Linux is easy. You just need to install wvdial and proceed with the tutorial given here.
This week has seen a lot of activity in FOSS. In this post, I will present a weekly roundup of some key events that will determine the shape of things to come.
Oracle has now become the world’s largest Open Source Company in terms of market share and enterprise solution expertise. Whatever Oracle does determines a lot of other sectors and fields. Oracle announced that Java will be focused upon by the company owing to its potential and current giant share in the development sector. Also, the JDK version 7 will sport many nifty features and easy integration with newer technologies. Read more at itWorldCanada.
- BBC is planning on introducing DRM for its broadcast content
If this plan gets through, Open Source users of UK will not be able to watch the BBC television programs. What a shame it is to see that this feature is not present in the receivers, and this move is not made by BBC itself. BBC is being pressurized by copyright holders to do this and they threaten to withdraw the rights to air their shows. What is even more insane is that they wish to implement this throughout all devices. These devices include the Television, the Recorders, Burners, basically everything that can store the program. Follow up at OMG! UBUNTU.
- AMD releases support for OpenGL 4.0 on Linux
AMD has released support for OpenGL 4.0, the newest Linux Graphics API. This new driver is a preview and lacks official support but promises that AMD is at least living up to the new OpenGL standards. Phoronix tells us more on this development.
Tips and Features
- Ubiquity slideshow in Ubuntu installation
Ubuntu Linux has just released its first public beta. This beta gives a peek into the latest features and visual enhancements which will appear in the next version of Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. One of them is the Ubiquity slideshow during the installation.
- Install OpenOffice.org 3.2 on Ubuntu 9.10
OpenOffice.org is the best office suite in Ubuntu Linux. This is an easy guide on how to install OpenOffice.org in Ubuntu Linux 9.10 Karmic Koala.
Welcome to another edition of FOSS Friday, where we wrap up the week’s news and tips on FOSS.
- Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Beta 1 now available
After a delay of a day due to certain critical issues, Canonical has announced the availability of first beta Ubuntu 10.04. Apart from being a Long Term Support (LTS) release the 10.04 version gets a visual facelift, dropping its traditional brown colour scheme for a much lighter colour scheme.
OpenSolaris users have been apprehensive about the long term availability of the OS, especially considering the fact that Oracle now owns Solaris due to its acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Adding to the uncertainty, there was barely any mention about OpenSolaris when Oracle executives discussed their plans for Solaris in the near future. To dispell these fears, Dan Roberts, director of Solaris product management at Oracle stated “Oracle will continue to make OpenSolaris available as open source, and Oracle will continue to actively support and participate in the community”.
- Linus Torvalds named most influential open source blogger
A study conducted by Infoworld concludes that Linus Torvalds is the most influential open source blogger, and that his opinions are considered as highly regarded in the Open Source world. Joining him in the list are other promineent open source voices, including Tim O’Reilly, Google’s Chris Messina, and Mono founder Miguel de Icaza.
Tips And Features
- Ubuntu 10.04’s five best new features
Popular Linux blogger and evangelist SJVN talks about the new Ubuntu 10.04’s best new features – which include a manual(!), extensive integration with popular social networking sites and the fantastic new theme.
- Some FOSS Financial and Accounting software
Tech Source has a compilation of some awesome FOSS financial and accounting software including Grisbi, jGnash and KMyMoney. If you ask me however, GnuCash is my preferred utility.
- Two note taking applications compared
LinuxInsider compares two note taking applications, XPad and Tomboy. If you use Tomboy across several machines, Clif Sipe has a neat tip to keep all your notes the same across several machines using Dropbox.
That’s it for this edition of FOSS Friday. Do post a comment if you would like to add a tip or two or have any suggestions!
On FOSS Fridays, you will find some of the most intriguing talks and Techie-Buzz author views on the current state of FOSS and the driving factors behind the emergence of FOSS as a suitable software solution. We will also discuss the factors preventing FOSS from getting popular. As a regular reader of Techie-Buzz, you might have seen weekday specials like Webby Wednesdays, Twitter Tuesdays Gaming Fridays and DYN Thursdays. FOSS Fridays, is just another effort at Techie-Buzz to help you know your technology head on.
No matter how much we love to have GUI (Graphical User Interface) and cool eye-candy effects available in Linux, the actual usability of most of the GUI available in most Linux distros is null.
We have the cube desktop and the cool compiz effects to rotate the desktop, add gears inside the cube, paint fire on desktop, menus effects, water ripple effects and all that we absolutely do not need. Though, once we require a simple hack for software or application or a simple job to be done, it all boils down to the same old command line. Write some scripts, change permissions, compile and run with some parameters and what not!
Not only that, in this process, at times, you reach a stage where you have upgraded a few of your package which were dependencies for some other packages and made things worse. Finally, your installation is going nuts and you are set to reinstall or do a heavy patchwork.
This is the exact picture we need to change! Love it or hate it, by now, in the year 2010, everyone hates the command line.
Isn’t the CLI (Command Line Interface) what we left behind years ago? Isn’t that what we have been trying to beautify by writing programs to add a front-end to our boring illegible command line applications? Isn’t that what makes Windows so much better, so dominant and so much the Operating System it is today?
It is time we shed this arrogant nature of being the privileged few, capable of handling the command line and work towards making a better OS for any Tom, Dick and Harry out there.