Ubuntu 8.10 a.k.a. Intrepid Ibex

None other than the father of Ubuntu Linux, Mark Shuttleworth, announced last night the name and the goals for the next version of this marvelous operating system, Ubuntu 8.10 (codename Intrepid Ibex); scheduled for release in October 2008.

With Hardy now past feature-freeze it’s time to start to plan features that are being lined up for inclusion after Ubuntu 8.04 LTS is released in April. And so I’d like to introduce you to the Intrepid Ibex, the release which is planned for October 2008, and which is likely to have the version number 8.10.For the Intrepid Ibex, the development team will prepare an unbelievable desktop, with an amazing performance, that will work on mostly any computer (be it a high-end workstation or an old and dusty Pentium III machine). Another major feature planned for Ubuntu 8.10 will be the ability to stay connected to the Internet (read: wireless connections) wherever you go.

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Entertainer : The Best Media Center

Entertainer aims to be a simple and easy-to-use media center solution for Gnome and XFce desktop environments. Entertainer is written completely in Python using object-oriented programming paradigm. It uses GStreamer multimedia framework for multimedia playback. User Interface is implemented with Clutter UI-library, which allows sleek OpenGL animated user interfaces. Entertainer also uses other great projects like SQLite, pyIMDBb and iNotify.


  1. Movies and TV-series : – You can watch movies and TV-Series from your harddrive. Entertainer automatically searches and downloads metadata like cover art from the Internet.
  2. Music library : –Let’s play music! Entertainer allows you play your favourite tracks easily. Navigate music by artst, album, genre or make your own playlists. Entertainer also automatically downloads album art and lyrics of the tracks.
  3. Photographs : – Watch your family photographs from the big screen. Entertainer includes a photoraph library, which allows you easily find your best shots.
  4. RSS-reader : – Entertainer includes a simple RSS-reader which allows you to read feeds right from your couch. In Entertainer RSS is called Headlines since it’s easier to understand for people who are not IT oriented. Read the rest of this entry »

Slax 6 : The Pocket OS

Slax 6, the latest version of the modern, small and fast Slackware-based distro Slax, was released yesterday.

Slax participated in the development of sqlzma patches, where the code implements LZMA – 7-zip compression – into squashfs filesystem. Squashfs now supports bigger block sizes than before. These two enhancements transform Slax 6 in one of the best compressed Linux distributions. Besides this, all the modules are much smaller and the decompression speed is even faster than reading the entire data from disk.

openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 2 Released

The second alpha version of openSUSE 11.0 was launched and it is available for download and testing. Althoughit is just a development release, this version comes packed with some important improvements.

Here are the most essential changes since the Alpha 1:

  • KDE 4.0.1 replaced KDE 3.5.8 as the default K Desktop Environment;
  • GNOME 2.21.90 was integrated in this release;
  • The installer was greatly improved;
  • Live CDs for both GNOME and KDE are now available;
  • The CD editions support German as an additional language;
  • The DVD editions contain only OSS software;
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Fedora 9 Alpha Preview. Codename “Sulphur”

Jesse Keating has announced the availability of Fedora 9 Alpha, the first development release of Fedora 9.The Alpha release provides the first opportunity for the wider community to become involved with the testing of Rawhide: representing a sanitised snapshot of Fedora’s development branch, which sees rapid changes and will become the next major release, it should boot on the majority of systems, providing both an opportunity to get a look at what new features will be included in the next release and also an opportunity to provide feedback and bug reports to help ensure that the next release is as good as possible.

Release Overview : –

  1. Kernel 2.6.24 : – Fedora 9 Alpha features a 2.6.24 based kernel. 2.6.24 includes CPU “group scheduling”, memory fragmentation avoidance, tickless support for x86-64/ppc and other architectures, many new wireless drivers and a new wireless configuration interface, SPI/SDIO MMC support, USB authorization, per-device dirty memory thresholds, support for PID and network namespaces, support for static probe markers, read-only bind mounts, SELinux performance improvements, SATA link power management and port multiplier support, Large Receive Offload in network devices, memory hot-remove support, a new framework for controlling the idle processor power management, CIFS ACLs support, many new drivers and many other features and fixes.
  2. GNOME 2.21 Development Release : – GNOME 2.21 brings many improvements, not least of which is the introduction of GVFS and GIO as a replacement for GNOME VFS by Fedora developer and nautilus maintainer AlexanderLarsson. GVFS introduces many benefits including performance improvements, queuing multiple file transfers and additional security benefits through the use of PolicyKit, which is developed and maintained by Fedora developer DavidZeuthen and was first introduced in Fedora 8. Read the rest of this entry »

KDE 4.1 Roadmap and Future Goals !

KDE 4 is out, as you probably already know, and it comes with a lot of innovations for the Linux desktop. KDE 4 is the next generation of the popular K Desktop Environment, which seeks to fulfill the need for a powerful yet easy-to-use desktop, for both personal and enterprise computing. KDE project’s goal for the 4.0 release is to put the foundations in place for future innovations on the FREE desktop. But today, we will talk about the future versions of KDE 4 and what features they’ll bring. Let’s have a look first at the main goals for KDE 4.1, which will be released somewhere in July:

  • Windows port (Frameworks and Applications)
  • Mac port (Frameworks and Applications)
  • OpenSolaris port
  • Plasma with widgets on canvas, makes things like layouting much easier, and generally integrating widgets into Plasmoids
  • Webkit in Plasma
  • GStreamer, Quicktime, DirectShow9 Phonon backends
  • Apple dashboard widgets support in Plasma
  • Decibel VOIP and real-time communication framework
  • Done! Dragon Player multimedia player Read the rest of this entry »

Build you own custom OS !

Linspire, Inc., developer of the commercial Linspire and Freespire community desktop Linux operating systems and CNR.com, a free Linux software delivery service, today officially announced an initiative to offer a custom desktop Linux OS Build Service to partners. Designed to provide custom desktop Linux OS configurations, the Custom OS Build Service will also significantly help partners cut time to market and greatly reduce the overall expense required when building a desktop Linux operating system.

The Custom OS Build Service packaging tools come with these features:

  • Automatic patch application to source packages
  • Automatic change detection
  • Automatically detects when a package needs to be rebuilt
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