Linux Mint 9 is done. An official announcement is still pending; however, all the ISOs are now available for download.
Mint is an operating system designed to be completely functional out of the box. Linux Mint 9, which is based on Ubuntu 10.04, is in some ways, a refined version of an already excellent distro. Check out the videos embedded below to see Isadora in action.
Linux Mint boasts of a host of new and improved features including a new software manager, backup tool, tweaked interface, improved update manager and Mint4Win.
CD as well as DVD images for Linux Mint 9 are available. The DVD version is just about 100 MB larger than the CD version and simply includes additional wallpapers and packages such as Sun Java, Samba and ttf-DejaVu, which could not fit into the CD.
Sony has recently removed the other OS support from its PS3 latest firmware and that poses as a setback for a number of industries and organizations who use the PS3’s supreme hardware in clusters as supercomputers.
Well, Sony knew that already and did not care much about its loyal customers though, included in this list of customers was the US Air Force which runs 2000 PS3s in a cluster to create a state-of-the-art and cost effective supercomputer.
The US Air Force is not happy about this move and has remarked that they are also aware of the class action lawsuit faced by Sony in this matter.
Now that this fact is released, those fighting Sony in the court will have a better standing now that the US Air Force is unofficially in their team.
The supercomputer at the air Force could compute at 53 teraFLOP and was built by Fixstars. The contract of buying these PS3s was so huge; the USAF had to send a letter to Sony making sure it could provide that many PS3 units.
Here is what USAF had to say on this,
We will have to continue to use the systems we already have in hand,” the lab told Ars, but “this will make it difficult to replace systems that break or fail. The refurbished PS3s also have the problem that when they come back from Sony, they have the firmware (gameOS) and it will not allow Other OS, which seems wrong. We are aware of class-action lawsuits against Sony for taking away this option on systems that use to have it.
Now that they are out of options, the soon to be removed PS3s can make excellent flight simulators in training rooms.
EiskaltDC++ is a DC++ alternative to the old Linuxdcpp client. It has a rather nice interface and has a few more functions than Linuxdcpp.
EiskaltDC++ is a program for UNIX-like systems that uses the Direct Connect and ADC protocol. It is compatible with other DC clients, such as the original DC from Neomodus, DC++ and derivatives. EiskaltDC++ also interoperates with all common DC hub software.
To install EiskaltDC++ in Ubuntu 10.04 or Ubuntu 9.10, open terminal follow the folloeing steps:
Ubuntu has already switched to a kernel mode setting to run most of the OS components. A primary advantage of kernel mode setting is that it lets us run OS components seamlessly without too much of swapping and context switching. This nifty feature present from kernel 2.6.32 onwards has been used on Intel, AMD and NVidia hardware and is already in place in Ubuntu Lucid Lynx.
Kernel Mode Setting is all about taking the bulk of the Graphics Driver code out of the X server and putting it into the Kernel. This means that the kernel has Graphics Drivers just like the kernel has Network Card Drivers, Wireless Drivers, USB Drivers, etc.
Most importantly, the kernel can set the mode whenever we need to and restore it on resume. The three most user-visible results of this are:
a high-color, high-resolution splash screen during boot with a seamless (no black screen) transition into the X server
fast and seamless transition between X servers when user switching
extraordinarily fast resume from suspend directly into graphics (no blinking text cursor)
This was all about kernel mode setting running on Lucid though, at the latest Ubuntu Developer Summit in Brussels, there were talks on moving X.Org Server to the user-space and running it as a normal user instead of the current root. This can already be seen in Moblin.
The only hindrance in this is the presence of hardware that does not use KMS already. This change is expected to appear in Ubuntu 11.04 by the earlier.
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.
Linux Mint started off as a tiny project, but has managed to gain a fairly large following over the years. Distrowatch ranks it as the third most popular Linux distro, after Ubuntu and Fedora. In many ways, Linux Mint is Ubuntu simplified.
Linux Mint 9 is based on the recently released Ubuntu 10.04. If you are an existing Mint user, you will feel right at home, since this release looks and feels the same as Helena. The planned metallic visual refresh was dropped from this release due to performance issues. However, this is not to say that there aren’t big changes in this release.
Some of the major changes in Linux Mint 9 are:
New Software Manager
The Software Manager was re-written from scratch and now integrates the best ideas from the original Software Manager, Gnome App-Install and the new Ubuntu Software Center. Get access to around 30,000 packages along with user reviews with the new software manager.
New Backup Tool
The backup was also re-written and features huge improvements. You can now backup your files, software selection and system preferences with Mint’s Backup Tool.
Mint4Win – the Windows installer for Mint (based on Wubi) makes a comeback in this release.
Mint 9 includes new artwork (wallpapers), with tons more being available from the software repository. Mint also includes other visual tweaks including transparent Menu.
The full changelog is available here. Be aware that this is an RC release and has several known issues.
The folks at the Opera Software ASA have released the Opera 10.53 beta version for Linux and FreeBSD. This beta release of Opera for linux has made the web browser faster, and more feature-rich. The new beta version also has better integration with KDE and Gnome desktop environments. There is also full support for skinning in Opera 10.53 in Linux.
Linux has always been a priority at Opera, as many people within our own walls are devoted users,said Jon von Tetzchner, co-founder, Opera Software. It was important for us in this release to make alterations to our terms of usage, in order to make Opera even easier to distribute on Linux.
The new version also includes a brand new rendering engine the Presto 2.5. The new version also offers a Private browsing option to its users. Opera has also made changes to its End User License agreement for easier distribution of the software. The new End User License allows Opera 10.53 Beta to be included in software distribution repositories for wide distribution.
Hera are the major changes in this new release :
Leave no trace Private browsing offers windows and tabs that eliminate their browsing history when closed, ensuring your privacy.
Control your view easily Zooming in and out of Web pages is easier with a new zoom slider and view controls accessible from the status bar.
Redefine widgets Widgets are now installed as normal applications on your computer and can work separately from the browser.
More elegant look and feel The user interface for Linux has been reworked, and the new Omenu allows access to all features previously available in the menu bar. The menu bar can be easily reinstated.
No more Qt dependence Opera’s user interface now integrates with either GNOME/GTK or KDE libraries, depending on the users’ installation.
Turbo-charged browsing When surfing on slow, congested networks, for example at an airport or on a train, Opera Turbo comes to the rescue, ensuring the fastest page loading no matter the crowd. Tests show that Opera Turbo provides about 65% faster browsing on Edge and around 50% faster browsing speed on 3G networks.
Users can download Opera 10.53 Beta for linux from here.
Opera software has pushed through another update to its desktop browser. Opera 10.53 is expected to be officially released tomorrow and is a recommended security and stability update.
Opera 10.53 fixes a possibly highly critical vulnerability, which was pointed out by Secunia. This vulnerability affects Opera 10.52 for Windows and may be used by hackers to execute malicious code. This release also fixes a few other issues including freeze-ups on Google Maps. It is not clear as to what has changed in Opera 10.53 for Mac.
In related news, Opera has also released a Beta Release Candidate i.e. a build that is almost as good as Beta, for UNIX. Although this build has some known issues including lack of support for Java and font issues with certain TrueType fonts, it is generally considered good enough for everyday use. Download it if you love to test new products, but don’t use it as your only browser.
Macpup 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:
â€¢ e17 window manager
â€¢ Opera 10 web browser
â€¢ Gimp image editor
â€¢ Abiword word processor
â€¢ Gnumeric spreadsheet
â€¢ 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.
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.
The release of Ubuntu 10.04 is just a few days away now. Though, this latest news of the X.Org memory leak has slightly dampened the spirit of the Ubuntu release. A bug which was affecting GLX version 1.4, was found at a crucial last moment in Debian. Read more about this bug at an earlier post on Techie Buzz.
Ubuntu being a Debian based OS was affected equally. Being on the safe side, Ubuntu will now ship with an older version of GLX: version 1.2. You can check this at the bug tracking page at launchpad.
GLX (initialism for “OpenGL Extension to the X Window System”) provides the binding connecting OpenGL and the X Window System: it enables programs wishing to use OpenGL to do so within a window provided by the X Window System.
As evident from above, GLX and X.Org manage the windowing system on a typical Linux desktop. The GLX patch, which caused this crash of GLX 1.4 has been withdrawn by Debian and is no more available.
The Problem in Ubuntu
The actual problem the bug was causing in Ubuntu was a deallocation problem while running Clutter apps. After the patch released by Debian was removed, Ubuntu tried to apply its own patch to the memory leak problem. It even worked initially. Though, it was revealed later that the patch by Ubuntu failed to check the memory leak and only slowed it down making the PC considerably slow over time.