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OpenMoko Divorces FIC, Gets New Product

OpenMoko has today announced that they are now a separate company from FIC. While FIC will continue to invest in OpenMoko and will manufacturer products for the OpenMoko platform, it has become a separate company in order to further develop its brand leadership and develop new open-source business models. FIC, the creator of the Neo 1973 mobile phone and other consumer electronic products, had originally started working on this open-source mobile project back in 2006. The OpenMoko project has been selling its Neo Base Developer Preview since July and has seen new features recently added such as a new user-interface. OpenMoko is competition to Google's recently announced Android project.
3 January 2008 - Meet The OpenMoko Dash Express - 2 Comments

SplashTop Source Code Release Coming

A month ago we were first to deliver an in-depth analysis of the DeviceVM's SplashTop (along with subsequent updates), which was found on the ASUS P5E3 Deluxe motherboard and re-branded as an "Express Gate" feature. SplashTop is an "Instant-On Linux Desktop Environment" that can be executed off the motherboard and you can be using Skype or Firefox within a matter of seconds. It's one of the most interesting motherboard innovations we have seen in a while and holds a lot of potential. Only weeks later Phoenix Technologies introduced their SplashTop rival. Phoenix's Linux-based HyperSpace is like SplashTop but can be initiated at anytime while within another operating system.
12 November 2007 - Linux On Your Motherboard

Skype 2.0 Beta Brings Videos To Linux

The Skype team is out with their Skype 2.0 Beta for Linux, which does present one very interesting feature. Skype 2.0 for Linux will support video communication. Other features in the Skype 2.0 Linux beta include the ability to automatically answer incoming calls, full-screen video support, icon updates, and a variety of bug fixes. The complete list of changes for Skype 2.0.0.13 can be viewed at the Skype Garage.
8 November 2007 - Skype Video Support On Linux - 3 Comments

New NDISwrapper 1.49 Release

For those that require NDISwrapper to use the Windows driver for their wireless network card on Linux, a new release is now available. NDISwrapper 1.49 includes a fix for invalid MAC addresses (some Atheros devices are affected), kernel crashes with non-preempt kernels, NDISwrapper working with RT-preempt and non-preempt kernels, and dropped support for Linux 2.4 kernels and early Linux 2.6 kernels. All of the details are available from the NDISwrapper SourceForge page.
28 October 2007 - Windows WiFi Drivers On Linux

GIMP 2.4.0 Released

We've been covering the development of GIMP 2.4.0 for a number of months, and GIMP 2.4.0 is finally available! GIMP 2.4.0 is so new that their website hasn't been updated yet, but if you check out the GIMP FTP it is available for download as of October 23. We have some screenshots from an earlier GIMP 2.4 testing build.
23 October 2007 - Finally, It's Here!!! - 1 Comment

SplashTop / Express Gate Uses Blackbox

We've just received confirmation from DeviceVM that the lightweight window manager they use for SplashTop is based upon Blackbox. As we shared earlier today, SplashTop currently uses the Linux 2.6.20 kernel. Once we get any other technical details we will pass them along.
9 October 2007 - Blackbox Is The Window Manager

Fluxbox Window Manager Reaches v1.0

Fluxbox, the window manager based upon Blackbox, has reached version 1.0.0. Fluxbox 1.0 introduces a new default style, new alternate styles, fixed shape handling, added a fluxbox-remote utility, and updated languages. There are also a lot of bug-fixes in Fluxbox 1.0.0 and other updates since the Fluxbox 1.0 release candidates. All of the changes can be found on their SourceForge page with source and binary download links.
8 October 2007 - Fluxbox v1.0.0

Skype 1.4 For Linux Released

Not only did Fedora 8 Test 3 and OpenSuSE 10.3 hit the web today, but so did Skype 1.4. Skype 1.4 for Linux lays the framework and a "solid foundation" for what Skype engineers are looking to build upon in future releases. Skype 1.4 also features a new user interface to offer a simplified experience. Other features for this VoIP program include streamlined file-transfer manager, birthday reminders, and call forwarding. Find out more about the release in this Skype announcement.
4 October 2007 - Skype 1.5 To Be Even Better

Pidgin 2.2.1 Released

Pidgin 2.3.0 is already in development, but these open-source chat developers have pushed out a Pidgin 2.2.1 release to back-port some bug fixes on top of Pidgin 2.2.0. The changes in Pidgin 2.2.1 include a few Solaris build fixes, improved Gmail notifications through libpurple, closing multiple memory leaks, and fixed detection of X11 with Pidgin are among the ten changes officially making up this minor release. There is also a Pidgin 2.2.2 release already planned. You can download Pidgin 2.2.1 from Source Forge.
30 September 2007 - This Bird's Got GAIM

Making Linux Drivers Free To Companies

Remember Greg Kroah-Hartman's comments earlier this year about offering up free Linux driver development for all companies willing to provide hardware specifications to the developers? Novell has realized the potential of this open-source work and is now allowing Greg Kroah-Hartman to work full time on developing free software drivers that are free of charge to companies that are interested. Not only is Greg willing to develop these free drivers but over 100 other developers already have stepped up to the plate to provide development help. A new Wiki has been launched at LinuxDriverProject.org to kick off this initiative now that Greg can work on this project full time. Greg and his posse of developers are even willing to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements to access a company's specifications and pool of information. In addition to the new project Wiki, Greg has provided additional information on the LinuxDriverProject.org mailing list. Additional information can be found on the Kroah blog.
27 September 2007 - Free For Those That Want It - 3 Comments

GIMP 2.4.0 Comes Closer To Release

GIMP 2.4.0 is coming soon and as a sign of that, the third release candidate for GIMP 2.4.0 is now available. GIMP 2.4.0-rc3 offers a variety of bug fixes as well as improved handling of JPEG settings, switching tabs by just hovering over them, conversion options for the color profile conversion plug-in, and a few other changes make up this release candidate. You can read about the eight changes in GIMP 2.4.0-rc3 in their GIMP Developer News File and the latest code is available from their GIMP mirrors.
26 September 2007 - Move Over Photoshop - 1 Comment

MadWiFi Abandons Proprietary HAL

We missed reporting this news last week due to the Intel Developer Forum, but the MadWiFi team has announced that they will be abandoning the proprietary HAL currently required to make this Linux wireless driver functional. In fact, new work on the MadWiFi driver will really cease as they are now focusing their work on a new completely free and open-source driver. For those that do not know, MadWifi is a Linux driver for use with Atheros 802.11 Wireless Chipsets, but it had depended upon a proprietary Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) for regulatory reasons.
26 September 2007 - MadWiFi Works On ath5k - 2 Comments

OpenOffice.org 2.3.0 Quietly Released

The official release of OpenOffice.org 2.3.0 is scheduled for Monday, September 17, but it is available already. OpenOffice.org 2.3.0 introduces a number of new features and changes for all OpenOffice.org components. There is a new charting wizard, the ability to create Wiki pages using a new Filter in the OpenOffice.org Writer, and performance improvements are among the many changes found in the OpenOffice.org 2.3 branch.
15 September 2007 - 2 Comments

Pidgin 2.2.0 Released

Pidgin, the open-source instant messenger program previously known as GAIM, is out with version 2.2 this morning. Pidgin 2.2.0 introduces MySpaceIM support, XMPP enhancements, Yahoo Chat fixes, and other improvements. The Pidgin 2.2.0 source can be downloaded from SourceForge.
14 September 2007 - 2 Comments

OpenMoko Schedule Revised, For X-Mas

This past week the Phase 2 "Mass Market" schedule for the OpenMoko Neo1973 was revised. OpenMoko now expects the GTA02v3 design to be finalized by September 20 while on December 10 it will begin production in "moderate volumes". On December 20 the OpenMoko Neo1973 GTA02v3 will go on sale, and with "Santa's Sleigh Package Service", the OpenMoko Neo1973 will arrive on December 25 for those celebrating Christmas. In the new OpenMoko Neo 1973 is 802.11b/g WiFi support, Samsung 2442 SoC, SMedia 3362 Graphics Accelerator, 256MB of flash memory, and a faster S3C2442/400 processor. For those not wanting to wait until Christmas, the OpenMoko Developer Preview model is already on sale. It was also recently announced that there is a new OpenMoko interface and that it may be the base of the upcoming Google gPhone. The new OpenMoko Neo1973 schedule is available on their Wiki. David Lin has posted more information on his blog.
9 September 2007 - 6 Comments

Opera 9.5 Alpha For Linux Released

For those using the Opera web browser, Opera 9.5 Alpha with a Linux binary has been released. The Opera 9 rendering engine has been rewritten for Opera 9.5 which resulted in several speed and memory enhancements, improved layout algorithm, a more responsive user interface, synchronization support with My Opera, full history search, and many more improvements. The Opera 9.5 release announcement can be found at Opera Software.
4 September 2007 - 6 Comments

XGI 1.5.0 Linux Driver Released

In time for the release of X.Org 7.3, Ian Romanick has pushed out the XGI X.Org 1.5.0 driver release. The xf86-video-xgi 1.5.0 driver uses the SiS DRM and contains a number of code fixes along with cleaning up the code. Romanick announced the availability of the XGI X.Org 1.5.0 driver on his blog while all of the details and git information is available at FreeDesktop.org.
27 August 2007

New Matrox Linux Graphics Driver

If you're using Matrox EpicA TC2 or EpicA TC4 graphics cards, you'll be pleased to know that new Linux drivers are available. This new driver features a new GUI control panel for configuring multiple displays with Matrox thin client solutions. The Matrox 1.4.5 Linux driver supports up to X.Org 7.2.0 and the Linux 2.6.20 kernel. More information on the Matrox 1.4.5 Linux Driver can be found in this press release.
21 August 2007

OpenMoko Gets A New User Interface

A new snapshot of OpenMoko is available that is called OpenMoko 2007.2 "August Snapshot". This release offers a new user-interface and application set, gcc-based toolchain 4.1.2 with EABI, synchronized against org.openembedded.dev, and an easy upgrade path for OpenMoko. OpenMoko can now be upgraded using ipkg update && ipkg upgrade. On the new UI framework is a new dialer, contacts, today, calculator, and feed-reader programs. The new interface is designed to better support the FIC Neo1973 with the screen's ultra-high DPI capabilities, offer performance improvements, and rearranging where buttons and other options are displayed. While the new interface is available from their SVN repository or the latest snapshot, it's still said to be a work in progress. The announcement can be found on the OpenMoko mailing list along with the OpenMoko 2007.2 August snapshot. Remember, Google is also looking at OpenMoko for their mobile gPhone.
21 August 2007

Open-Source Graphics Driver Reminders

If you are a Linux user with an ATI Radeon X1000 "R500" graphics card and would like to help out the X.Org developers working on developing an open-source R500 driver, consider providing a VBE mode-setting dump. It takes barely no time, requires no development experience, and can go a long way in helping to work out the current issues in the Avivo driver. For more information read our article entitled Your First Date With Vbespy and post the dumps in this forum thread.
19 August 2007

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