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Linagora Acquires Mandriva

Mandriva, the Linux distro and the company behind this distro are both up for sale as confirmed by one of the potential buyers. Mandriva is a French company with a Linux distro by the same name. This announcement was made on the French Mandriva portal.

Mandriva is a merger of the Mandrake and the Conectiva  distro. Though, it seems like the company is in heavy losses and cannot hold up anymore. Mandriva is also well knows for filing a  bankruptcy  protection earlier. This time though, it is simply giving up for good.

Mandriva is said to have decided on this a month ago and is looking for potential buyers ever since. A potential buyer includes Linagora, which is a French open-source company. Lingaroa has also confirmed that it is going to acquire Mandriva and they have already started moving Mandriva assets.

Mandriva has been a very popular Linux distro and has gathered a strong following. Once this acquisition completes, Linagora should assure Mandriva users with a continued support and development.

(Via: Unixmen)

Macpup Opera 2.0 is Launched – Fast Portable Linux

puppy-logoMacpup Opera is a   branch of Linux based on the famous Puppy Linux, which is known for it’s small size and portability. Puppy was designed to be able to run from a CD or portable flash drive. Macpup Opera takes the Puppy feature set and wraps it up in a beautiful and user friendly interface. The release of version 2.0 of this distro brings with it:

• e17 window manager
• Opera 10 web browser
• Gimp image editor
• Abiword word processor
• Gnumeric spreadsheet
• and dozens of other programs

In order to try out Macpup Opera, I downloaded the 163mb ISO live CD image and burned it to my 2Gb SD Flash card using Unetbootin. In a few minutes, I was running Macpup, and I had a nice little laugh, because it barked at me when it was done booting.

The first thing I had to do was to get my wifi network connected. I’ve always been disappointed with the networking wizard that comes with Puppy, but I’ve struggled with it often enough that I got it to recognize my network. Next, I opened the Opera web browser to see how it worked in Macpup.

I was amazed at the speed that I was getting compared to my Windows systems. Opera was surfing, paging, and refreshing faster than I’d ever seen it. This alone is a good reason for me to keep a copy of Macpup around. If my Windows PC ever crashes, I can always boot into a Puppy session for getting fixes off the web.

The Opera browser comes with it’s new Unity service and lots of desktop widgets that you’ll love playing with.

Instead of boring you with more details, here’s a video showing off this unique and completely free OS:

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For those who can’t see the video, here’s a screenshot:

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This is one sweet looking little operating system and it’s sure to get a second glance as people pass by your PC.

Download Macpup Opera 2.0

Techie Buzz Verdict:

Many people won’t have any use for this unique Linux version. On the other hand, it’s small, fast, free and really pretty to watch. It’s a great place to start for those who’ve never used Linux before.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 Released; Beta Version of RHEL 6 Coming Soon

RedHat has recently upgraded its Linux server product to RHEL 5.5 with many new features and performance improvements. The latest OS from RedHat has improved  Windows Interportability and  Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM)  Virtualization which allows running unsupported hardware through an emulator. It also includes support for newer hardware of Intel and AMD.

Tim Burke, vice president of platform engineering at Red Hat, reported to InternetNews.com that,

We overlap on our releases as it takes many years to produce the new version – RHEL 6 – which is currently in development, Within the coming month we’ll have our beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

The hardware is of nominal value until you’ve got the software to enable it and that’s what really shines in RHEL 5.5. We’ve done a huge number of scalability enhancements for both bare metal and virtualization environments.

RedHat will also announce the availability of RHEL 6 in June. This will be the next major version after the release of RHEL 5 in 2007.

One major improvement in RHEL 5.5 is the support for new processor families from Intel (Westmere) and AMD (Opteron). One major feature improvement is the Runtime Allocation which allows processes to scale their memory requirements at runtime. Interportability with Windows 7 has also been improved through improvements in Samba.

Get a 30 days trial version of RHEL 5.5 through the RedHat Network.
(Via: Serverwatch)

Jolicloud Robby Pre-Final Released

The Jolicloud team has released the pre-final version of Jolicloud Robby which contain a number of updates including support for HTML5 through Chrome. Jolicloud Robby also has a new network manager and a new desktop mode.

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You can install Jolicloud Robby either through a windows installer or by using the ISO file provided for downloads. With this release Jolicloud has officially exited the beta stage and a final version of Jolicloud Robby will be released shortly.

There was no clear indication on the blog post on whether current Jolicloud users will have to download the new version. Also, the new version is not yet available as an update for users. We have asked for confirmation with regards to this, and will update the post once we have a confirmation on it.

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OpenSolaris 2010.03: Are we There Yet?

Oracle had recently assured OpenSolaris fans that it will keep the OpenSolaris project alive. However, it is not quite living up to this announcement.

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The announcement which was made on should have ensured the availability of OpenSolaris to the public but has failed to do so. The statement of the announcement was,

Oracle will continue to make OpenSolaris available as open source, and Oracle will continue to actively support and participate in the community.

OpenSolaris 2010.02 was scheduled to release in February this year but was already pushed to March once. Now, we are nearing the end of March and OpenSolaris 2010.03, scheduled to be released in early March is still not there. Neither has Oracle bothered to release an official statement on this continuous delay, nor has it communicated to the OpenSolaris community.

OpenSolaris has already survived rumors of death at Oracle once. Back then, Oracle has done its bid to come clean in this matter and ensuring a future for this Unix fork. Though, this negligence will cost Oracle the trust of an active group of users and developers. It is time Oracle releases a statement and at least ensures the arrival of a possible OpenSolaris 2010.04.
(Via: Phoronix)

FOSS Fridays | The Power of Command Line Compels You?

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.



Red Star OS: Linux distro from North Korea

North Korea has had its own internet from a long time now. Their internet is free of any American influence and now, they have their own operating system to power that internet. The Red Star OS is a Linux based OS, developed by orders from Kim Jong-il.

The OS has been developed by North Korean IT specialists to meet the needs and requirements of the North Korean people and the government, respectively. News of its release and existence got known, thanks to a student from North Korea’s Kim Il-sung University. The student is a Russian individual and writes a blog from the Russian embassy in Pyongyang.

Although Kim Jong-il is willing to go forward with this Operating System, it is not exactly the people’s favorite. It still needs a lot of polishing according to the local populace. For this reason, they still prefer using Windows XP and Windows Vista over this snappy OS.

Red Star is available for $5 and comes in the Server and the Desktop edition. Though, the apps available for the OS are selling at twice the price and need to be bought separately.

The language of the OS is “Korean only” and it takes around 15 minutes to install. The minimum system requirement is 256 MB of RAM and a Pentium III processor coupled with a 3 GB hard-disk space. Ironically, the web browser is named “My Country” which is actually a Firefox fork.

You can give Red Star version 2.0 a test run, provided you take a test flight to North Korea and get hold a copy from the nearest information kiosk.

[ Via: rt.com ]

Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox Community Edition | Linux Mint 8 KDE64 Community Edition

Linux Mint 8, codenamed “Helena” , had two more additions to the family : Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox Community Edition and Linux Mint 8 KDE64 Community Edition.

Linux Mint is an Ubuntu based Linux distribution with integrated media codecs and a sleek user-friendly look. Over the years it has evolved to be a complete Distribution within itself, complete with a custom desktop menu, unique configuration tools, a web-based package installation interface and a number of different editions.

Linux Mint 8 KDE64 Community Edition

Linux Mint 8 KDE Edition has been available for over a week now and is based on Kubuntu 9.10.

Linux Mint 8 KDE64 Community Edition has all the features of the KDE Edition like KDE 4.3 with improved performance and stability, Software and Update Manager improvements and default applications like Songbird, Tucan and Minitube.

This KDE64 version is identical to KDE Edition but compiled for 64 bit processors (Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad, AMD Athlon X2 64 and all x86-64 compliant processors).

Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox Community Edition

This release has been built with the emphasis on a lightweight and yet fully functional desktop centered on the Fluxbox window manager.

Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox Community Edition is easily configurable to run on lower-spec hardware with the tools needed for doing so readily available. It is based on Fluxbox 1.1.1 and other than improvements in the Software and Update Manager, it also has changes in the Menu whereby the “System Tools” submenu has been broken down into smaller, less intrusive submenus.

With the addition of KDE, Fluxbox as well as 64-bit editions, it turns out that Linux Mint is turning out to be a more than “just another Ubuntu fork”. Let’s hope other Linux Distributions try to provide the user experience that the Linux Mint guys have managed to accomplish.

Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox Community Edition can be downloaded from here and Linux Mint 8 KDE64 Community Edition can be downloaded from here.

For Linux users in India, you can save your bandwidth and directly buy the Linux Mint 8 Live CDs from here.

Ubuntu Opportunistic Developer Week announced

Ubuntu Opportunistic Developer Week is a week of sessions aimed at enabling and inspiring opportunistic developers to write applications that scratch their itches.

The Ubuntu Opportunistic Developer is Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon‘s pet project. The idea behind the project is to enable developers to write quick, scratch-an-itch application and making development on Ubuntu fun and more accessible.

Jono declared Project Awesome Opportunity first on his blog where he explains how to get started using “Ground Control”, an integration of Bazaar with Nautilus file manager by Martin Owens and “Quickly”, a fast way to start developing applications on Ubuntu by Rick Spencer and Didier Roche.

Jono announced Call for Paricipation for Ubuntu Opportunistic Developer Week yesterday, which will be happening online between 1st and 6th March.

Like Ubuntu Developer Week and Ubuntu Open Week, the Ubuntu Opportunistic Developer Week will be conducted over IRC on the irc.freenode.net server.

The #ubuntu-classroom will be the channel where the talks be held, with questions being asked on #ubuntu-classroom-chat .

Rick Spencer will be giving two tutorial sessions for absolute Python beginners and Python programmers on the 25th Feb.

The Ubuntu Opportunisitic Developer Week itself will cover topics like :

  • Creating an application from scratch from Quickly
  • Integrated developement workflow with Ground Control
  • Creating stunning interfaces with Cairo
  • Micro-blogging with Gwibber
  • Lernid
  • Create games with Pygames

Lernid, the online tool that Jono Bacon created for connecting to online learning events like Ubuntu Developer Week and Ubuntu Open week can be used for attending Ubuntu   Opportunistic Developer Week as well.

See the full schedule details and jkeep up with more upcoming news on Ubuntu Opportunistic Developer Week here.

openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 1 makes its appearance

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It’s been couple of months since openSUSE 11.2 was released. But in the Linux world nothing comes to a standstill, and as on schedule the openSUSE team has announced the release of the first Milestone of the next version of the distribution.

The first Milestone (M1) release is intended to provide a glimpse into what would be featured in openSUSE 11.3. This release features updates to some of the most popular and commonly used software, and an introduction of LXDE, the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment as an alternative into the desktop environment selection lineup.

The updates include:

Desktop Environments:

A look at the desktop environments in openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 1

GNOME: M1 features GNOME 2.29.5, which is the first release of the popular desktop environment in 2010. The updates include Ephiphany, GNOME’s built-in web browser now stores all form data in GNOME keyring and Empathy redesigned to make it easier to use.

KDE: M1 brings in the first release candidate of KDE 4.4. The RC brings in new applications such as Blogilo which is a blogging tool to Rocs & Cantor – the scientific applications for advanced math and graph theory needs. In addition, Nepomuk Search framework is now faster due to a new storage backend, and now provides a timeline view of your files. Full details of intended goals of 4.4 release of KDE can be read over here.

LXDE: LXDE, short for Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment makes its debut in openSUSE as the lightweight alternative desktop environment, which will help users who have computers with less amount of RAM.

Desktop Apps:

Some of the updated desktop apps include:

Firefox: Firefox gets updated to 3.6, bringing in support for personas which allow you to change the look of the browser via themes/

Thunderbird: Thunderbird gets bumped to 3.0.1, which features a tabbed messaging interface, Smart folders and whole lot of bug fixes.

Other updated Desktop Apps include Amarok – the awesome media player, the KDE Photo Manager digikam, and the BitTorrent clients ktorrent and transmission.

Other Updates:

Other updates include moving Qt library to version 4.6, several updates to Networking stack and Development tools.

Download it!

Download openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 1 NowIf you’re itching to get your hands on the bleeding edge of software, don’t hesitate to try out M1 release and in the process contribute to the openSUSE community by means of bug reports ( and fixes too ;) ). Do note the most annoying bugs, however.

WARNING: Please do note that the Milestone release is very much under heavy development, and is not intended to be used in production systems.