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AbiWord v2.5.0 Released

After the recent release of OpenOffice.org 2.1, AbiWord 2.5.0 has been released. AbiWord 2.5.0 is a development release in the way to AbiWord 2.6.0. Among the changes for this word processor release is a new Pango-based renderer, libgsf and Glib integration, improved build system, AbiWord GTK+ widget, tool-bar improvements, plug-in improvements (collaboration plug-in and GNOME Office integration plug-in), and a great deal of other improvements. If you're interested in trying out AbiWord 2.5 head on over to the download the source. The release notes are also available.

14 January 2007 - Add A Comment
Second Life Goes Open-Source

Second Life, the 3D virtual world game, is being made open-source today. Second Life clients for Windows, Linux, and Macintosh will comply with the GPL. More information on today's announcement can be found here.

8 January 2007 - Add A Comment
AbiWord 2.5.0 Coming Soon

AbiWord 2.5.0 will be released soon, and Marc Maurer is calling out users to help in testing AbiWord 2.5.0 along with the plug-ins (primarily the collaboration one). More information is available from the AbiWord home-page.

7 January 2007 - Add A Comment
FSF Launches BadVista Campaign

The Free Software Foundation has launched the BadVista Campaign. This FSF campaign is to make users aware of the harm that would be inflicted if they use Microsoft's Vista operating system. Another objective is to promote free software alternatives. More can be read at the BadVista website.

16 December 2006 - Add A Comment
OpenOffice.org 2.1 Released

OpenOffice.org 2.1 (formerly known as OpenOffice.org 2.0.5) has been released. New in OpenOffice 2.1 is multi-monitor support for Impress, improved Calc HTML export, enhanced Microsoft Access support for Base, more language support, and automatic update notifications. The release notes for OpenOffice.org 2.1 can be found here. The current road-map places the release of OpenOffice.org 2.2 on February 27, 2007.

12 December 2006 - Add A Comment
VLC Media Player 0.8.6

VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.8.6 has been released. New in VLC 0.8.6 is bug fixing and a handful of new features -- Windows Media Player 9 support, Adobe Flash support, H.264 decoding, and a full-screen controller. The VLC Media Player 0.8.6 download is available here for all major platforms.

10 December 2006 - Add A Comment
LightScribe SDK For Linux

Yesterday LightScribe had released their first Linux Software Development Kit (SDK) for Linux. This SDK allows developers to build software that can use LightScribe Technology. The SDK download is available in RPM format, and can be found here. Also available for Linux is the system software and a simple labeler (download links).

29 November 2006 - Add A Comment
GIMP 2.3.13 Release

In the road to GIMP 2.4.0, GIMP 2.3.13 has been released as the latest development build. More bug-fixes and cleaning has went into this release, but also making its way into the release are new features like embedded color profiles, scalable brushes, improved help browser, and a new Script-Fu Scheme interpreter. The GIMP Change-log and downloads are available so you may join in on this GNOME 2.3.13 development fun.

24 November 2006 - Add A Comment
Firebird Database 2.0

The 2.0 release of the Firebird database software is now available. All of the information on this release can be found here.

12 November 2006 - Add A Comment
GAIM 2.0.0 Beta 5 Released

The fifth beta candidate in the road to GAIM 2.0.0 has been released. This release primarily fixes issues that were presented with Beta 4. The news entry and downloads are available from SourceForge.

10 November 2006 - Add A Comment
Songbird 0.2 Released

After test candidates, Songbird 0.2 has finally been released. Songbird 0.2 supports all major platforms, multi-language support, "Play The Web" feature, and developer life-cycle tools. The release announcement can be found at the Songbird Nest.

19 October 2006 - Add A Comment
GAIM 2.0.0 Beta 4 Released

The fourth Beta release in the GAIM 2.0 cycle has been released. The two major improvements in GAIM 2.0.0 Beta 4 is the default ability when closing the buddy list to minimize to the system tray (previously it required the use of an applet) and communication abilities with NetworkManager. GAIM now has the ability to communicate with NetworkManager to check the network status prior to logging-in. The release announcement can be found here, while Planet GAIM has more details on this release.

18 October 2006 - Add A Comment
The GIMP + GEGL Core

Linux.com has coverage of The GIMP's next-generation imaging core. This next-generation imaging core (GEGL), was publicly demonstrated at the Piksel 06. GEGL -- short for Generic Graphical Library -- was previously considered dead but is making a comeback thanks to The GIMP. More information can be found in this article, along with two screenshots.

16 October 2006 - Add A Comment
Enlightenment 0.16.8.4

Enlightenment 0.16.8.4 has been released. This Enlightenment release is primarily targeted to address bugs and other maintenance items. The latest packages and more information are available from SourceForge.

16 October 2006 - Add A Comment
OpenOffice.org 2.0.4 Released

On the sixth year anniversary of OpenOffice.org, version 2.0.4 was released. OpenOffice v2.0.4 introduces new PDF management, direct export to LaTex, new functionality in Calc and Impress, and many more enhancements. The download page for OpenOffice.org 2.0.4 is here, and here are the release notes.

15 October 2006 - Add A Comment
Skype Linux 1.3 Released

After the 1.3 Beta release earlier this year for Skype on Linux, the official release has finally come out. Skype v1.3.0.53 fixes several bugs present from the previous 1.3.0.50 Beta. The Linux change-log can be found here, meanwhile the downloads are available here.

5 October 2006 - Add A Comment
LAME 3.97 Beta Released

Over a year after starting development on the LAME (LAME Ain't an MP3 Encoder) 3.97 branch, the first Beta has been released. Some of the stated improvements include improved built-in presets, faster performance, and an updated DirectShow interface. More can be found at the SourceForge page.

28 September 2006 - Add A Comment
Songbird v0.2 Released

Songbird v0.2 RC1 has been released for Linux, Macintosh, and Windows platforms. With this being the first release candidate, the official 0.2 release is still weeks away. The Songbird project is still in need of people to report bugs as well as helping with translations. More on Songbird can be found at their new website.

27 September 2006 - Add A Comment
Subversion 1.4.0 Released

Subversion 1.4.0 has been released, which delivers on several new features for this open-source revision control application. Subversion 1.4.0 includes BDB 4.4, repository auto-recovery support, and a new tool for synchronizing repositories (svnsync). There are also several speed enhancements and bug fixes. More information can be found at the Subversion web-site.

11 September 2006 - Add A Comment
FreeDOS 1.0 Released

Over 12 years since the project was started, FreeDOS version 1.0 has finally been released! FreeDOS v1.0 should now be a "viable and stable" MS-DOS replacement. FAT32 is supported as well as long filename support. Grab it and find out more over at SourceForge.

4 September 2006 - Add A Comment
SPECViewPerf 9.0 For *NIX

Finally the latest version of SPECViewPerf (v9.0) is now available for UNIX/Linux systems. More information on SPECViewPerf 9.0 is available here. A thread has been setup over on the Phoronix Forums for discussion.

22 August 2006 - Add A Comment
Blender 2.42 Released

Blender 3D has reached version 2.42. New Blender 2.42 features include a new render pipeline, node editing, sequence editor, new mesh tools, anisotropic materials, improved fluid simulation, and better character simulation tools. The release announcement can be found at Blender Nation.

15 July 2006 - Add A Comment
AbiWord v2.4.5

A bug-fix release only is now out for AbiWord. AbiWord v2.4.5 integrates a great deal of changes into this release. Amongst the changes are a completely rewriten DocBook export filter, security bug(s), import/export fixes for OpenDocument, and addressing stability issues on x86_64. AbiWord v2.4.5 is available from AbiSource.

10 July 2006 - Add A Comment
Cinelerra v2.1 Released

The Linux video editor Cinelerra has reached version 2.1. In this new major release are changes from audio layer improvements to full OpenGL support during playback for compositing and effects. More information on CInelerra is available here.

9 July 2006 - Add A Comment
Firebird Database 2.0 RC3

The Firebird Database 2.0 RC3 builds are now available for download. Of the available builds is now support for x86_64 Linux. If no problems occur, this will likely be the version that goes gold.

7 July 2006 - Add A Comment
Ext4 Filesystem Coming

As pointed out here, a series of patches are planned by a group of engineers from multiple corporations to add support for very large file-systems. These new changes will be brought to the table in version Ext4.

1 July 2006 - Add A Comment
OpenOffice.org 2.0.3 Released

OppenOffice.org version 2.0.3 has been released. In this release are performance improvements as well as advancements with Microsoft Office format compatibility, and support for Intel Macs. The OpenOffice.org v2.0.3 release notes are here.

29 June 2006 - Add A Comment
Songbird Source

Linux source and binaries are now available for Songbird, which is what will hopefully turn into an excellent media player. For the source, Songbird now has up a public Subversion server. More on this exciting announcement can be found here.

27 June 2006 - Add A Comment
Inkscape v0.44

The Inkscape community today officially released the latest version of its vector graphic drawing software. Inkscape 0.44 adds many new features, is faster and more usable, better supports SVG, is translated into more languages (17 on last count), and adds a lot of polish and refinement. http://www.inkscape.org/

24 June 2006 - Add A Comment
No Date For *NIX SPECViewPerf 9

After yesterday's announcement of SPECViewPerf 9.0, there was no sign of the Linux/Solaris x86 versions. Cathy of SPEC Corporation has finally gotten back with us and she has let us know that at this time they don't yet have a release date for the Linux version, other than it will be the reasonable near future. More information will be passed along as it is gathered.

18 May 2006 - Add A Comment

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