Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narhwal” Alpha 2 Released

Today Canonical has released the second alpha of Ubuntu 11.04, codenamed Natty Narhwal. Read on for the new features that has made it to this release.

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The openSUSE project announced the release of the sixth milestone of openSUSE 11.4 for testing. One of the most exciting changes in this release is the complete removal of HAL.

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Ubuntu Tips Applet is an application which regularly displays useful Ubuntu tips on your Ubuntu desktop. These tips are actually for Ubuntu server, but it can also be a great way for new Ubuntu users to discover new features and tips in Ubuntu.

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Four months after leaving OpenOffice.org, The Document Foundation has finally released the first stable version of LibreOffice. Although this is the first stable release, the release is given a version number 3.3 in continuation of the version number of OpenOffice.org.

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Today, Canonical has finally replaced OpenOffice with LibreOffice in the daily build of Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narhwal”

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Xfce 4.8 has been released with a number of new features. It also includes a few UI improvements to increase productivity. The upcoming release of Xubuntu will ship with this new version of Xfce.

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A PPA containing the packages for Unity 2D has been created for early adopters to test it. The package itself is called Unity-Qt and the PPA contains packages for both Maverick and Natty.

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Cisco Videoscape IPTV STB Media Gateway

Cisco announced Linux-based IPTV set-top-boxes. The “Videoscape” branded media gateways will be in direct competition with Google TV, Apple TV and Boxee-based devices to offer both cable TV as well web content.

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According to Shuttleworth, there will be a 2D version of Unity for those systems which are not capable of 3D acceleration. He also pointed to a blog post by Bill Filler, Software Engineer and Engineering Manager at Canonical, for more details.

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Linux IQ test Round 2

InfoWorld has released a couple of Linux IQ tests to test your knowledge on the domain

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Canonical is building an Ubuntu Developer Portal. Can Canonical attract developers to develop apps for Ubuntu?

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puddletag is an audio tag editor for Linux that has almost all the features found in MP3tag, the Windows application. It is perhaps the best audio tag editing tool available for Linux. Read on to find out how to install it in Ubuntu.

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It seems like Ubuntu users may have reason to cheer as well as the popular game may be heading to the Ubuntu Software Center.

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Wary Puppy is a project from the developer of Puppy Linux to provide support for older hardware. If you have an old PC, you may want to try out Wary Puppy.

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skype

What happened on December 22nd, when Skype, the number one VOIP service, crashed for 24 hours? The CIO for Skype finally comes clean on what went wrong and how they plan to avoid future problems.

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