Of the challenges that GNU/Linux users face when choosing hardware components for any system is the sound card compatibility. ALSA, or officially known as Advanced Linux Sound Architecture, provides much of the audio and MIDI functionality to Linux users and is largely replacing OSS (Open Sound System). Today we are examining Linux audio performance in the gaming environment with a slew of various sound cards by examining their effect on frame-rate performance. The contenders are Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Z3, Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2, Chaintech AV-710, Aureal Vortex (AU8820), and AC'97 integrated audio.
Coming out next month will be GNOME v2.14, which possess some truly incredible traits for Linux desktop users, and as always it looks incredibly attractive. In addition to boasting a speed advantage over previous GNOME builds, as well as its desktop competition, it features such new programs as Pessulus and Sabayon while also revitalizing a great deal of existing programs. Nautilus and Yelp now have an integrated search system, which is quite powerful. GNOME Meeting has now been re-branded as Ekiga v2.0 and various other GNOME features include Metacity improvements, Deskbar applet, as well as gedit advancements. Although the release candidate for GNOME v2.14 will not be available until March 15, 2006, the second BETA had been released this week. With that said, we have built GNOME v2.14 BETA 2 (v2.13.91) from Fedora Rawhide on February 18, 2005. Without further ado, shall we take a look?
The folks over at the Norwegian-based Opera Software ASA, have released the second technology preview for the upcoming v9.00 browser release. Opera v9.0 will be available for Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Macintosh OS X users and comes with a host of changes compared against the present version of Opera (v8.51). Some of the universal changes include improvements to the user interface, messaging and news-feeds, display, script, forms, images, plug-ins, and security. Today we have few visuals from this Opera v9.00 Technology Preview 2 Build 1635 for UNIX.
After last month's release of GAIM v2.0.0 BETA 1, just hours ago we were greeted by the launch of the official BETA 2 release. They hope no major changes will occur between this latest BETA and the release candidate and there is no expected date yet announced, other than saying that the final release will be out before proving the theory of special relativity. GAIM v2.0.0 does not and will not include support for voice or video support on Google Talk, as well as any other protocol with the BETA candidate, but today we have yet re-examined GAIM 2 BETA 2 and have posted some images from a freshly compiled copy. For the uninitiated, GAIM is a multi-protocol instant messaging client available on Linux while a Microsoft Windows port is also available.
While Mozilla Firefox 1.5 had made its debut back on November 29 of 2005, Thunderbird wasn't released until January 12 of this year. However, packed into Thunderbird, Mozilla's flagship mail client, is an array of improvements in a multitude of areas. Now implemented in v1.5 is streamlined and automated updates. improved spam control and security, enhanced RSS and Podcasting abilities, phising detector, Kerberos Authentication, and spell check as you type. Mozilla Thunderbird v1.5 is very much worth the download.
GAIM, the popular open-source multi-protocol multi-platform instant messaging client, has finally released its initial BETA for the upcoming v2.0.0. Since the GAIM v1.5.0 release, the developers have dedicated their time and efforts on version two and their strenuous work is definitely visible in the latest BETA. In GAIM v2.0.0 BETA 1 there are improvements with everything from status drop-down menu to improved plug-ins.
KDE (K Desktop Environment) has unveiled its first release candidate for the upcoming KDE v3.5 series. Implemented in KDE v3.5 RC1 are a good deal of changes and improvements. These latest implementations range from re-writing parts of Kate to improving Kicker and KHTML for Konqueror. The first LiveCD distribution to be built with the first release candidate for KDE v3.5 has been Klax. This distribution, which is based upon Slax, utilizes this K Desktop development release while also updating various other packages. Coincidently, the GNOME v2.13.2 development branch became available earlier this week in anticipation of GNOME v2.14 that is scheduled for a preliminary release in March of 2006. As of right now, KDE v3.5 is targeted to be released on Wednesday, November 23, 2005.
After covering several Deer Park ALPHA and BETA releases, Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird have both made their way to the v1.5 release candidates. Today's release, was delayed four days from its original October 28 tentative date after a four day development freeze and to ensure final testing mainly in the area of web-mail and banking services along with extension compatibility. Overall, this release encompasses a great deal of noticeable improvements that Mozilla users around the world can now cherish. These advancements range from an inline spell checker, podcasting, and a phising detector in Thunderbird to security and improved CSS 2/3 support in Firefox.
Complementing the release of the WINE v0.9 is CodeWeavers' CrossOver Office v5.0 Standard and Professional. In addition to being based upon this recent WINE release, CrossOver Office now supports the running of Microsoft's Office 2003 and the introduction of CrossOver "Bottles" capabilities. Although in our initial tests we didn't find this v5.0 to be perfect, it's much improved upon its previous version and a demo of this software is always available via BitTorrent for a full 30 day trial period. In this article we have a few snapshots of this latest WINE (Wine Is Not An Emulator) advancement.
Packed with a great deal of improvements, AbiWord 2.4.0 (stable) has finally been released and with it comes a great deal of improvements, such as on-the-fly grammar checking, tight image wrapping, equation editor, OpenDocument file support, GNOME-Office charting, and many other visual improvements. As always, binaries are available for various Linux distributions and Microsoft Windows, along with the complying to the GNU GPL v2.0.
VDrift, the cross-platform open-source driving simulator designed for drift racing, recently released its 2005-10-02 source that now has initial network multi-player support, ghost car relay option, SCans build system, and terrain detail options. This game, which is based upon the Vamos physics engine, is now one step closer to becoming a viable choice for Linux and Windows gamers.
This past summer Opera Software ASA's CEO, Jon S. von Tetzchner, promised to swim from Norway to the United States if they reached one million downloads in four days. As expected, this marketing ordeal generated a wealth of publicity for its Opera 8 Browser and today they have made another strategic move by eliminating all advertising banners and licensing fees relating to its latest Opera web-browser. Of course, with this browser now being 100% free and offering an entirely enhanced GUI as well as improvements to its security, speed, and customization (among other features) we couldn't help but to try out this multi-platform browser for ourselves. Today we have our visual results from our experience with the latest Opera for Linux 8.50 release.
Over the past week Mozilla has been fierce at releasing updates for everything from Thunderbird to Firefox to Camino, and today is a new addition to Mozilla's portfolio with the release of SeaMonkey. The Mozilla SeaMonkey Project is based upon the Mozilla Application Suite to offer such web utilities as a powerful email client, WYSIWYG editor, and an advanced IRC client. Like usual, today we have images from this latest open-source project.
Unlike most weeks, the past few days were filled with prominent open-source software releases. All of the hype had begun with the release of GNOME 2.12, which was accompanied by the GNOME-based Foresight, GNOPPIX, and Ubuntu (5.10 Preview) releases. Next up, the Firefox 1.5 Beta 1, which encompassed a great deal of improvements, welcomed Mozilla fans and following the browser release, Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 Beta 1 became available for download. Among the various improvements, the Thunderbird mail client now supports inline spell checking, phising detector, Podcasting and RSS improvements, and integration with server side spam filtering. Today, we have our usual slew of new snapshots from Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 Beta 1 to visually document some of these many updates.
Well, today's the day! After bringing you numerous updates on the condition of Mozilla Deer Park Alpha, we have some information from the just-released Mozilla Firefox 1.5 Public BETA 1. This BETA is a prelude to the upcoming v1.5 release candidate, which is expected for availability on the 28th of October. Some of the updates are outlined with our snapshots from this initial release.
Ever since Fedora's inception, it's had a reputation of being the BETA grounds for Red Hat's development team. Although this is partially the case, it continues to be an incredibly stable and exceptional distribution for Linux users. However, one of the widely criticized packages in past Fedora releases has been Red Hat's Up2date due to its slow and limited service compared to yum or apt. With the release of FedoraCore4 (Stentz) came a new version of Up2date. In this article, we're sharing some useful configuration tips for this revised version of Red Hat Up2date.
With our ever-continuing coverage of Mozilla projects from Firefox to Thunderbird, today we have a look at the latest release for Firefox, Deer Park Alpha 1 (1.1a1). Although this is an alpha release, we found it to be incredibly stable even with its latest features enabled, but its still recommended to only use this release for testing and development purposes only. Some of the new features include XForms, SVG, and Fastback support. Check out these release notes and new screenshots.
In September of last year, we presented a preview of the upcoming Firefox 1.0 release and now we are delighted to bring back Firefox as we're taking a quick look at the status of the 1.1 release. This upcoming release, which is scheduled for June of 2005, is expected to offer everything from native SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) to improvements in page rendering. In addition, there are several fixes to the Linux default theme. These screenshots were taken under FedoraCore3 (2.6.11-1.14) with the Firefox 1.0+ Nightly Build (07-05-2005).
At Phoronix, we continually find ourselves reformatting our systems for whatever reason. Whether it's an extravagant hardware change, wanting to upgrade a Linux distribution, or just to give the system a fresh install, we constantly find ourselves spending hours on the Internet downloading package updates. However, this isn't the case if you establish your own LAN up2date repository. In this Phoronix article we'll share with you the steps required in order to create your very own Linux up2date repository, configure your machines using this repository, and even host custom RPMs.
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