Archive for June, 2008

WebAnywhere: Platform Independent, Open Source Screen Reader

WebAnywhere: Platform Independent, Open Source Screen Reader

WebInSight, a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded, University of Washington project, has released an alpha version of WebAnywhere. WebAnywhere is a platform independent, Web-based screen reader that can be used on any Internet-aware PC or mobile device with audio output.

HP Open Sources TRU64 AdvFS

HP Open Sources TRU64 AdvFS

The source code to Advanced File System (AdvFS), the file system for HP’s Tru64 UNIX, has been contributed to the open source community. To ensure compatibility with the Linux kernel, the source code (to AdvFS) is being made available under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.

New 2-Clause License for NetBSD

New 2-Clause License for NetBSD

The NetBSD Foundation (TNF) has formerly made the 2-clause BSD license the default license that covers most of the source code contributed to TNF. The NetBSD Foundation produces NetBSD, which is a UNIX-like, server-oriented operating system used across a wide variety of platforms.

Distro Update: Zenwalk Live 5.2

Distro Update: Zenwalk Live 5.2

The Zenwalk development team has announced the release of Zenwalk Live 5.2, the live CD distro that is based on Zenwalk Current. Zenwalk is a Linux distro, based on Slackware Linux, and that used Xfce as its default desktop environment.

Installing Xara Xtreme

Installing Xara Xtreme

Xara Xtreme is one of several desktop graphics applications developed by Xara Group, a UK software developer. It was a Windows-only application until early 2006 when the code base was open-sourced, and work on the Linux port began.

Opera 9.5 Released

Opera 9.5 Released

Opera Software has announced the public availability of Opera 9.5. Opera is a cross-platform Web browser with the reputation for being extremely fast. The new release comes with a lot of new features and usability enhancements.

Distro Update: eBox 0.11.101

Distro Update: eBox 0.11.101

The eBox development team has announced the release of version 0.11.101. This is a mostly a bug-fix release, but it also comes with the porting of ebox-webserver to Ubuntu, a module to manage an Apache server.

Apt:foo – Web-based Debian-Compatible Package Portal

Apt:foo – Web-based Debian-Compatible Package Portal

Installing applications on a running Linux or BSD operating system involves pointing the package manager to the distro’s package repository, assuming it is not already pointing to it, or to a third-party repository. A few distros, for example, Mint Linux and PC-BSD also have a Web-based package portal.

Distro Update: Linux Mint 5

Distro Update: Linux Mint 5

Linux Mint 5, codenamed Elyssa, is now available for download. Elyssa is a major upgrade, and comes with lots of new and enhanced features. Improvements to mintMenu, mintUpdate, and mintInstall makes the distro much more easier to manage.

Elisa Media Center

Elisa Media Center

Elisa Media Center is an Open Source, cross-platform multimedia application “connecting the internet to your all-in-one media player”. Developed by Fluendo S.L. of Spain, Elisa is available for installation on the Linux operating system. An alpha version with limited functionality is also available for the Windows platform.

Distro Update: eAR OS 1.09b

Distro Update: eAR OS 1.09b

Since we first reviewed eAR OS on May 21, 2008, a number of changes have been made to the new distro. The latest release addresses the issues we raised in our snapshot review, which you may read here.

Distro Update: eAR OS 1.09a

Distro Update: eAR OS 1.09a

Peter Thomsen, the lead developer of eAR OS, a Ubuntu-based multimedia distro, has made available for download an updated version of the distro. This update comes with a major modification to the functionality of eAR Media Center, the addition of a security package, and a few other tweaks to the OS.