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Pidgin "GAIM" 2.0 Released

With the legal issues regarding GAIM now settled, the Pidgin (GAIM) development team is free to release Pidgin 2.0. Pidgin 2.0 comes after being in development for two years and features a brand new user interface, a new status management system, universal buddy icon management, a smooth scrolling system, and many more improvements. Pidgin 2.0.0 for all major platforms is available from SourceForge.
4 May 2007 - 5 Comments

Skype 1.4 Alpha for Linux Released

If you're wanting to see what new things you can expect from Skype, an Alpha 1.4 release of Skype is now available for all Linux users. Skype 1.4 Alpha is the first test version of the next major Skype release. While there is already a stack of known bugs and missing features, some of the improvements in Skype 1.4 include a major user interface overhaul, audio quality improvements, calls are now contained in a separate window, file transfers are grouped to a common window, and a few other small changes. More information and download links are available here.
3 May 2007

The Status of EXT4

Over at Kernel Trap is the Linux kernel mailing list message along with a brief summary that highlights the current status of the ext4 journaled file-system. Development has been going a bit slow and the complete closure on the fallocate system call calling convention isn't yet reached. A number of ext4 patches are currently under review as well. Recently we had also passed along a development update on the status of the Reiser4 file-system.
30 April 2007

The Future of Reiser4 on Linux

Since Hans Reiser was accused of murdering his wife, the future of Reiser4 has really been up in the air. However, coming out of Kernel Trap this afternoon is some additional information on Reiser4's future. This article comes after a discussion on the Linux Kernel Mailing List as to whether Reiser4 will be introduced into the Linux 2.6 kernel anytime in the near future. While Reiser4 is in disarray, the EXT4 file-system is actively being worked on.
25 April 2007 - 1 Comment

Second Life Server Goes Open-Source

In January we had told you about Linden Labs opening up the source-code to the Second Life client, but now they are also making the code available to their Second Life server. More information on the Second Life server code is available from ZDNET.
19 April 2007

GIMP 2.2.14 Released

With GIMP 2.4.0 still not being ready for prime-time, GIMP 2.2.14 has been released. Today's GIMP release serves as a bug-fix release with a total of 26 fixes. The changes in the GIMP 2.2 series can be read here. More information is available at the GIMP project site.
18 April 2007

GAIM Goes Bye-Bye

GAIM, or GTK+ AOL Instant Messenger, is no more! The GAIM project has been renamed from GAIM to Pidgin. No, this is not an April Fool's Day Joke, but it has really happened. GAIM had been secretly under fire by AOL for "GAIM" and this has also prevented them from releasing a final version of GAIM 2.0. GAIM has also moved away from SourceForge, but with the legal issues now out of the way we can expect Pidgin (GAIM) 2.0.0 next week! More information is available at the Pidgin website. Farewell GAIM!
7 April 2007

OpenOffice.org 2.2 Released

OpenOffice.org 2.2 has been released. Some of the improvements to make OpenOffice.org a much more viable alternative to Microsoft Office 2007, version 2.2 features improvements to the quality of text display, PDF export improvements, and many more improvements specific to the various components. OpenOffice.org can be downloaded here.
29 March 2007

GIMP 2.3.15 Released

A new development snapshot of GIMP is now available. GIMP 2.3.15 is another development release in the road towards GIMP 2.4.0, which is shaping up to be quite a nice journey. The release of GIMP 2.3.15 makes the development process about half way there until we see version 2.4. There are fifteen changes in the release notes in addition to the bug fixes and other changes.
10 March 2007

The Race To Linux 2.0

Miguel de Icaza has announced on his blog the race to Linux 2.0. This is a race for ASP.NET developers to port their applications from Windows to Linux. The prize? Nintendo Wii console systems. More information is available here.
7 March 2007

NTFS-3G 1.0 Released

The open-source NTFS read/write driver, NTFS-3G, has reached version 1.0! More information is available at the project's homepage.
21 February 2007

Enlightenment 0.16.8.6

If GNOME, KDE, or Xfce isn't your thing, you may want to try out the new Enlightenment release. new in Enlightenment 0.6.18.6 is fixing the window move through desktop switch, fixing crash on opening certain dialogs when sound is enabled, and other miscellaneous bug-fixes and enhancements. Download links and more information are available through SourceForge.
20 February 2007

Blender 2.43 Released

For those using Blender, the open-source 3D modeling application, a new release is now available with plenty of changes. Among the new features in Blender 3D 2.43 is sculpture modeling, improved render pipeline, multiple UV and vertex color layers, fluid particles, and a whole lot more. The Blender website has also been redesigned. The Blender 2.43 change-log is available here.
18 February 2007

PDF To Become ISO Standard

As pointed out by Slashdot, Adobe will be releasing the specifications the full PDF specifications to the International Standards Organization (ISO). Certainly this is a great move especially for Linux users with open standards.
29 January 2007

GAIM 2.0.0 Beta 6 Released

The sixth and final beta release for GAIM 2.0.0 has now hit SourceForge! GAIM 2.0.0 Beta 6 addresses a great deal of bugs, new user interface changes, some Google Talk features, new plug-ins, and an assortment of other improvements. Release notes and download links can be found at SourceForge. With GAIM 2.0.0 now coming out very soon, be sure to share your thoughts at the Phoronix Forums.
19 January 2007

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

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

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

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

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

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