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Yesterday's announcement of Microsoft and Nokia hooking up over Windows Phone 7 on Nokia's smart-phone has rattled the free software / Linux communities. There's more than 100 comments in our forums about this announcement and this isn't the only tech community where there are outraged customers and other parties disappointed in Nokia's decision. In particular, many are upset because with Nokia's decision it basically pushes the MeeGo Linux operating system and the Qt tool-kit to the back-seat.
12 February 2011 - Nokia & Microsoft - 23 Comments
As many were expecting, Nokia and Microsoft this morning announced a strategic partnership under which Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 will become Nokia's primary smart-phone platform. With this move, it really darkens the outlook for the MeeGo Linux platform. Additionally, on Nokia's Windows Phone 7 implementation, their Qt tool-kit will not be available.
11 February 2011 - Ouch - 182 Comments
ALSA 1.0.23 was released in April 2010 as a major update to the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture, but it's finally been outdone by ALSA 1.0.24. The ALSA 1.0.24 update is also very significant and delivers on quite a number of sound card / audio processor driver improvements.
4 February 2011 - Linux Sound Driver Improvements - 70 Comments
Jos Poortvliet has written more information about the Bretzn project, the effort to provide a multi-distribution application framework and effectively a "app store" for Linux.
1 February 2011 - By openSUSE - 8 Comments
Along the same lines as the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries hitting the v1.0 milestone and MPlayer slowly nearing version 1.0, the Portable C Compiler is also preparing for its 1.0 release. PCC is also now able to build the current 64-bit FreeBSD stack with minimal modifications.
30 January 2011 - PCC Compiler - 4 Comments
If you missed it this Friday night, version 1.0 of the core Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) have been released.
29 January 2011 - Are Here - 40 Comments
Recently in Germany there was a cross-distribution meeting among the major vendors (Red Hat, Canonical, Novell, Debian, Mandriva, etc) to discuss a common application installer for Linux and one unified application store / market-place. The goal would be to have a common user-interface for application installation, how/what meta-data to use, determine a defined protocol for non-static meta-data, and decide what meta-data to share across distributions. Fortunately, this was a very successful meeting.
26 January 2011 - Results - 29 Comments
For those interested in using The Document Foundation's LibreOffice rather than Oracle's OpenOffice or OpenOffice.org, the inaugural stable release is now available. LibreOffice 3.3 can be downloaded for all major platforms and represents a development pool of now more than 100 developers since the project was formed last year.
25 January 2011 - It's Here - 3 Comments
Embedded Linux GPU driver support is a great big mess. There's no doubt about it. There's some partial open-source driver code, but nothing that's been quite popular or welcomed for integration into the mainline Linux kernel. There might be an open-source PowerVR SGX driver later in the year, but that's still months out. However, with more mobile Linux devices emerging that utilize these closed-up ARM GPUs, clean-room reverse engineering to write open-source drivers is going to be inevitable unless the vendors step up their Linux support game.
22 January 2011 - Samsung S3C6410 - 10 Comments
Since a few hours ago when talking about how a company is ripping off open-source projects on Amazon, more information has come in. Sure, what the company is doing might be technically legal under the GPL (though in at least the case of Dangers of the Deep, not complying with the artwork's license too), but arguably unethical with the company in question. Butterfly Media is even taking screenshots from the free software projects' pages and then voiding them of their titles, but on at least one account is distributing a non-free software program in likely violation of its license.
18 January 2011 - More Details - 13 Comments
It's been brought to my attention today by a Phoronix reader that several major open-source projects are being ripped off and sold for-profit on Amazon by a small company out of the United Kingdom. FlightGear, InkScape, and Scribus are among the free software projects being affected right now and Amazon apparently has yet to catch onto this or act.
18 January 2011 - Attention - 54 Comments
Luc Verhaegen, the former Novell employee who previously worked on the RadeonHD driver and is known for butting heads with other X developers and making ambitious proposals like modularizing DRI and Mesa drivers, has out a new blog post. In something not too far off from where he said the Linux desktop will be dead if Keith Packard got his way in merging graphics drivers back into the X Server, his new blog post is entitled "This way, the free software desktop is never going to make it."
15 January 2011 - A Rant From Luc - 106 Comments
While Oracle has out Open Office 3.3, The Document Foundation is currently finishing up work on their fork of OpenOffice.org known as LibreOffice. LibreOffice 3.3 is soon going to be released.
13 January 2011 - Coming Soon - 9 Comments
At the end of December we talked about GIMP 2.8 struggling to make it out the door and now there's official commentary from the GIMP project.
12 January 2011 - On Its Development - 10 Comments
One of the points that Linux users commonly say in lobbying hardware vendors to provide open-source drivers and/or documentation -- particularly for GPU drivers -- is that the open-source community will take the released code or documents and from there develop it into a reliable, working open-source Linux driver. However, that isn't exactly true.
6 January 2011 - There Isn't Unlimited People - 118 Comments
GIMP 2.8 has been talked about for more than a year and back in January there was a GIMP 2.8 release schedule by Martin Nordholts that had set the final release for the 27th of December. That date has now passed and, sadly, this major update to this leading open-source graphics program is still not close to being released.
29 December 2010 - Running Late - 18 Comments
Besides gaming being one of the last strongholds for Microsoft Windows users from switching over to Linux (though this is beginning to change), accounting software is an area that is even in worse shape under Linux -- free software or not -- aside from the available web-based accounting solutions. GnuCash is one of the Linux desktop accounting packages for small businesses, but it's not the greatest; I am still an Intuit customer for their superior financial products. GnuCash 2.4.0 was released yesterday and sadly it really doesn't change the situation at all.
22 December 2010 - Accounting On Linux Is Still Bad - 17 Comments
There's lots of new software being released this week prior to the holidays and year's end, including the release of the Opera 11.0 web-browser. The Norwegians have been hard at work on Opera 11 and it's now officially available.
16 December 2010 - More Celebrations - 35 Comments
Oracle is evidently trying to end out the year with an open-source bang as it releases frequent VirtualBox 4.0 betas, they just pushed out the long-awaited MySQL 5.5, and they have now released Oracle Open Office 3.3. At the same time, they have also introduced Oracle Cloud Office.
15 December 2010 - More Oracle Stuff - 12 Comments
One of the open-source projects that Oracle is keeping around from Sun Microsystems is MySQL and just in time for the holidays they have put out the MySQL 5.5 release. The general availability release of MySQL 5.5 brings many new features to this popular database server.
15 December 2010 - Database Update - 5 Comments
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