Yet some more Linux software news this morning... No no, these are no April Fools Jokes. On the GAIM site there is no reported change-log at this time for the Beta 3 release, however, the packages for this release do not ship with the Gadu-Gadu protocol. The GAIM 2.0 Beta 3 testing builds are available at SourceForge. More information to come.
Amanda, the popular open-source backup software, has experienced a new major release. Amanda v2.5 incorporates a great deal of improvements from security to ease of installation and configuration. More information on Amanda v2.5 is available here.
GShow TV, a TV program schedule viewer designed for GNOME, has reached version 1.0.0. GShow TV provides a GUI and uses xmltv to acquire the TV listings for your area. GShow TV can also rely upon any other PVR solution to perform the actual recordings. Some of the changes making its way into v1.0 is a new PVR interface, support for multiple xmltv datafiles, parser doesn't require X, channel configuration improvements, and fixes to the Unicode case sensitivity. More information on GShow TV and available downloads are at their SourceForge page.
An interesting piece of news this morning.... A site that goes by Nautopia has thrown together a script that allows multiple Linux LiveCDs to be burnt to a single DVD, thus resulting with a disc that contains multiple distributions. When booting the DVD, GRUB appears and prompts the user for which distribution to load. If you are interested in this topic, the link is here, however, a translator may be required.
A Phoronix reader and one of the developers of the FlameRobin project -- Marius Popa a.k.a. mAriuZ -- has brought to our attention that this database administration tool for Firebird DBMS has reached v0.6.0. This tool is available on multiple platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and the source-code itself is freely available for download. The Linux version of FlameRobin v0.6.0 uses GTK1 or GTK2. According to mAriuZ, the code compiles and works well also on x86_64 machines, or at least those running Ubuntu's Breezy Badger (v5.10). He also tells us, a pure 64-bit package available for downloading is in the works. More information on the FlameRobin project is available here.
For those staying in tune with the status of Roderick Colenbrander's NVClock in regards to the GeForce 7 support, and more specifically the NVIDIA 7900GT, we have a few more details to share today. Roderick has alerted us that there has been improvements to the 7900GT BIOS parsing and other minor improvements to his personal development tree, and these changes should merge into the NVClock SourceForge CVS server later this week (hopefully). There are, however, a few small issues that are still being worked on when it comes to the 7900GT recognition. The NVClock development tree also now contains fixes for the NVIDIA GPU temperature sensor. As the GeForce 7900GT sensor is different than its predecessors (as it uses different correction values and this part of the BIOS -- according to Roderick), NVClock has yet to fully integrated its support. Below is the debugging output (specifically: NV_15B0/NV_15B4/NV_15B8) of the 7900GT at various temperatures reported by the nvidia-settings utility. Stay tuned to the NVClock CVS server for the code and will forward along different information at Phoronix.
Ekiga (formerly known as GnomeMeeting) v2.00 The Oberoi Release has been released. Features for Ekiga v2.00 include full SIP support, full H.323 support, audio and video support, call transfer, call forwarding on busy, basic instant messaging abilities, message waiting indications, better audio and quality support, support for wideband codecs, echo cancellation, easier NAT transversal, improved camera support, improved Video4Linux2, and supports DBUS. This Ekiga release had occurred on the same day that the GNOME v2.14.0 tarballs are due, and the official GNOME v2.14 release is anticipated for tomorrow -- March 15, 2006. More information on Ekiga can be obtained from their web-site.
Augustus of LinuxHardware.o has released the second version of his AudConvert utility. AudConvert is designed to take any audio format and convert it to any other format, according to his statements. However, the only supported formats are Ogg Vorbis, MP3, and FLAC. Features in AudConvert v0.52 include input any directories of files with same directory structure, and multi-threaded support to encode up to eight files simultaneously. This release fixes a bug with directory creation as well as changes the location of a user-interface element. AudConvert v0.52 can be downloaded here.
In the midst of this CeBIT (and today NVIDIA) havoc, OpenOffice v2.0.2 was recently released. There are quite a few changes beyond OpenOffice v2.0.1, so feel free to hit up the release notes here. More information and the downloads for the various platforms are available here.
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