With GNOME 2.14 having come out in March of this year, the development for the GNOME 2.16 cycle is now in full swing. The first GNOME 2.15 release to have come out thus far has been GNOME v2.15.1; as with past releases the odd numbers signify the development builds. With all of the packages that are now integrated with GNOME, we will refrain from sharing the individual changes, but there are plenty of excellent features planned for the upcoming release. We had built GNOME 2.15.1 from source using GARNOME on May 03, 2006. GNOME 2.16.0 is presently slated for a September 2006 release.
5 May 2006
With a few months since Firefox v1.5 had been released, the Mozilla developers have been quick to progress in the Mozilla v2.0 development tree. Being released today is the first Alpha release for Mozilla Firefox v2.0, which is tentatively penciled in for a release towards the end of this year. As the Firefox 2 development progresses, among the many goals Mozilla wishes to address include Really Simply Syndication improvements, redoing their tabbing support, and many other nifty features to come. Today at Phoronix we took a look at the Mozilla Firefox v2.0 Alpha 1 build.
21 March 2006
On the heels of the much-anticipated Fedora Core 5 launch, we have managed to conduct an interview with Greg DeKoenigsberg. Greg DeKoenigsberg presently serves as Red Hat's Community Relations Manager and is on the Fedora Extras Steering Committee. Today in this interview, we posed him questions regarding this release that is to be released on Monday, March 20, 2006. There are also other pertinent questions to the future of the Fedora Project as well as other general Linux outlooks.
18 March 2006
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.
10 March 2006
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?
19 February 2006
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.
8 February 2006
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.
24 January 2006
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.
14 January 2006
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.
18 December 2005
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.
17 November 2005
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