Russia To Develop Linux-Based OS TO Replace Windows

The Russian government has announced plans to build a government-sponsored operating system to replace Microsoft Windows. This move is aimed at reducing the country’s dependency on the Windows operating system made by US giant Microsoft.

Russian deputy Ilia Ponomarev has said that the operating system will be based on Linux and that the government has already set aside 4.9 million dollars to fund the development. The new operating system is also expected to provide better computer security. The exact details of the OS will be worked out in December.

This is not the first time that a country expressed their desire to build their own Linux-based operating system to stop the reliance on Windows. North Korea have also built their own OS built on Linux.

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London Stock Exchange Achieves Lightening Speed with Linux

The London Stock Exchange boasts a new record speed with a latency as low as 126 microseconds. The earlier latency went way over 1000 microseconds, which was also affecting trading speeds. However, the changeover to Linux has proven beneficial in more than one ways.

The London Stock Exchange is still in transition and will announce a complete switchover on 1 November 2010. It has proudly claimed that its main international rival performs at half that speed and the older exchanges ran at a speed of 300 to 400 microseconds. The new system has been implemented replacing the earlier .NET technology powering the LSE. More news on the switchover can be seen in  this earlier coverage.

The new system is being tested in three phases out of which phase one and two are already done with. Phase 3 is the last test. The new system has performed exceptionally well and will perform well as there is a 0.1 percent chance of the system going above 400 microseconds of latency.  What remains is the transition of users to this new system. However, it is said that the test phase one was rigorous enough to gain the trust of experts who supported this move.

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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 ]

Free Game – Secret Maryo Chronicles

Are you an old time gamer like me? I still remember playing the old platform games on Nintendo and Super Nintendo systems. I still like playing them now and then. However, I don’t need to get my old system out of the garage to play them. There are plenty of free games that look and feel just like the old ones.

One of my recent downloads is Secret Maryo Chronicles. As the name suggests, it’s very similar to the Super Mario games. I found the game at Penguspy, which is a good place to find great games for Linux, as well as Windows systems.

One good point in the game is that it’s available for Windows and Linux both. Now I’ve got something fun to do in Ubuntu 10.10.

Here’s a screenshot of the game.

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I won’t go into details about how to play the game. You can figure out most of it by watching the video.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

This game is perfect for old timers who miss Mario. It’s also a great game for younger people. Since it’s free, and available for Windows and Linux, I have no problem recommending it.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

With Penguspy, Finding Good Linux Games Is Easier Than Ever

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While many claim that gaming on Linux is like playing football in mangroves, the gaming scene for Linux has been changing, the past few years, mostly for good. While many popular games are not available for Linux and GNU based systems, many other open source, free or linux-only games have come up.  So if you’re the gamer guy, it makes sense to keep a tab on a few gaming sites catering to linux exclusively, like Penguspu.

Penguspy is like a gallery of linux games. It has a collection of both free and commercial games which can be easily browsed by category, ratings, views or simply alphabetically.

The website covers various genres like action, arcade, strategy, shooters, sports, FPS, RPGs and MMORPGs. Each game has a page where you can find its rating, description, related video or trailer, a link to it’s homepage from where you can download or buy it, a list of similar games and a comments area.

So if you use Linux and would like to try out some new games, go check out Penguspy

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Install The Ubuntu Font On Windows Or Mac [Free Font Download]

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This is gonna be a quickie. If you’ve installed the latest Ubuntu 10.10, loved the new default Ubuntu font and want to have the same font available on your other systems running Windows or Mac, you may look no further. The Ubuntu font, which is actually a family of fonts, is not only royalty free and open source, but also gratis. It is an open-type ttf based font family, designed by renowned font foundry Dalton Maag, which is based in London.

If you’ve come to believe that Ubuntu is bad at typography, this is the moment where you should give it another chance.

Download the Ubuntu Font [Take the link for the zip file, in the second β line]

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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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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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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Boxee Box Home Entertainment System – Available for Pre-Order

boxee-logoBoxee is a social media service that started out as freeware for creating HTPCs (Home Theater PCs) that can run on Windows, Mac and Linux. They’ve partnered up with the famous D-Link company, which is better known for manufacturing routers, to create the Boxee Box.

The Boxee Box is a basically a small computer (set top box) that joins your TV to your internet connection. It allows you to play media files from your home network or tons of content off the internet. You’ll find thousands of popular TV shows, movies and music in addition to many of the popular sites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Pandora.

Here’s what the Boxee site says about this new product.

    • Play what you normally watch on your computer   (whether it is on the Internet or your home network) on your TV
    • Tailor the Internet experience to a huge flat screen
    • Do it in full HD, 1080p with 5.1 surround whenever possible
    • Share the stuff you watch with your friends and see what they are watching
    • Use a simple remote rather than a keyboard and mouse

What’s it look like? What’s in it?

It looks odd to me. Here’s a peek at it.

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It comes with a unique RF remote controller that has navigation buttons on one side, and a qwerty keypad on the other side.

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They promise that the Boxee Box is easy to set up. In general, you plug it into the outlet, connect it to your TV, then Boxee pops in to tell you how to connect to the internet via your home network. If you have a previous Boxee account, it will import all of your settings and services.

Here’s what the some of the screens look like.

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I was not able to find out what operating system that they use in the box, but it runs on the the Intel CE4100 system-on-a-chip, which is a new Atom style processor. Here are the system specs quoted at Amazon.

• Dimensions (LxWxH): 4.5″ x 4.5″ x 4.6″

• Language Support: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

• Network Protocol Support: IPV4, ARP, TCP, UDP, ICMP, DHCP Client, DNS Client, DDNS Client, HTTP Server, Samba Client, RTP/RTMP, VPN: PPTP, DLNA 1.5 (DMP)

• Wireless: 802.11n/g/b

• Ports: HDMI 1.3, 10/100 Fast Ethernet, 2x USB 2.0, Optical Audio (S/PDIF), Analog Audio (RCA L/R)

• Memory Card Support: SD, SDHC up to 32GB, MMC

• Audio Formats: MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AIF/AIFF, AC3/AAC, OGG, FLAC, DTS, Dolby Digital/Dolby True HD

• Video Formats: Adobe Flash 10.1, FLV/On2 VP6 (FLV/FV4/M4V), H.264 AVC (TS/AVI/MKV/MOV/M2TS/MP4), VC-1 (TS/AVI/MKV/WMV), MPEG-1 (DAT/MPG/MPEG), MPEG-2 (MPG/MPEG/VOB/TS/TP/ISO/IFO), MPEG-4 (MP4/AVI/MOV), DivX 3/4/5/6 (AVI/MKV), Xvid (AVI/MKV), WMV9 (WMV/ASF/DVR-MS)

• Image Formats: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF

• Playlist Formats: M3U, PLS, WPL

• Subtitle Formats: SRT, SUB, SSA, SMI, ASS

• Supported Resolutions: H.264: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps; WMV9/VC-1: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps; MPEG4: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps; MPEG2: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps

• Two-Sided RF Remote: with 4-way navigation and full QWERTY keypad

Where to get it?

The Boxee Box is available as a pre-order for $199.00, exclusively at Amazon (in the US) and Best Buy / Future Shop (in Canada). The units are scheduled to start shipping in November and the cost will increase to around $230.

You can download the Windows, Mac and Linux software here.

Conclusion

I have a feeling that the Boxee Box will do well, but they have some stiff competition coming from Google TV, Apple TV and even Microsoft. I think they’d do much better at a price point closer to $100.