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Ubuntu for smartphones: Will this penguin fly?

Ubuntu for smartphones: Will this penguin fly?

So, Canonical just announced Ubuntu for Phones, a version of Ubuntu for smartphones. But this is not a version you can download and root your smartphone with, just a development project for vendors and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). But will the target audience bite? And if they do, how serious will they be committed to the platform? Those are very […]

Semplice 3.0.0 preview

Semplice 3.0.0 preview

Sometime in November last year, a lady at the local ECK center came to me with a computer problem; because of a boot virus problem, she could no longer use her computer. And because it was a very old system with less than 512 MB of RAM, she was told by Microsoft’s technical support that her only option is to […]

Mageia 3, what’s on tap?

Mageia 3, what’s on tap?

The first beta release of what would become Mageia 3 was made available for download a couple of days ago. If you would like to take it for a spin, there is a 3.6 GB installer DVD image for fresh installations and upgrades, installation-only and Live CD and Live DVD images for KDE and GNOME 3, and free and non-free […]

Krita Sketch released

Krita Sketch released

Krita Sketch, a version of Krita for touch interfaces, has been released. Krita is a cross-platform sketching and painting application for the K Desktop Environment (KDE). It is a component of Calligra, KDE’s native Office and productivity suite. Krita has support for concept art, comics, and textures for rendering. Krita Sketch was developed by team KDE and KO GmbH in […]

openSUSE 12.3 preview

openSUSE 12.3 preview

openSUSE 12.3 Milestone 2 was released two days ago, a month after Milestone 1 was released. The final edition, openSUSE 12.3, is not expected until around the ides of March 2013, so a milestone release offers a good opportunity to see what goodies will be on the final version. I haven’t used openSUSE since version 7.3, when it was still […]

PC-BSD 9.1 preview

PC-BSD 9.1 preview

Finally, it’s here! After almost a year since the last stable release, installation images of PC-BSD 9.1 hit a download mirror near you. (PC-BSD is a multi-purpose distribution based on FreeBSD.) And it comes with a lot of goodies, especially for intermediate to advanced users, or for those that want to use with what intermediate to advanced users play with. […]

Crowdfunding Piwik 2.0

Crowdfunding Piwik 2.0

Piwik is a Free Software Web analytics application. If you run a website, it is what you use when you do not want to use Google Analytics or any other third party solution. With Piwik, you download and install it on your own server, which means that you have complete control of the application. The stable edition is at version […]

You can now buy a custom APC case

You can now buy a custom APC case

Remember the Android PC (APC) mini mother board from VIA Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of integrated circuits based in Taiwan? At the time it was released, it’s form-factor, known as Neo-ITX, did not fit any available computer case. Now, that has changed. A custom case has been released for Neo-ITX motherboards that fits the APC just right. The AM-01, from […]

Samba 4.0 has been released

The Samba development team has just announced the release of Samba 4.0. Samba is a Free Software implementation of SMB/CIFS protocols, which makes it possible for any system running Samba to function as a file, print and authentication server suite for Microsoft Windows and UNIX-like clients. Samba 4.0 ships with an LDAP directory server, Heimdal Kerberos authentication server, a secure […]

ROSA Desktop 2012 GNOME alpha

ROSA Desktop 2012 GNOME alpha

The first GNOME 3 edition of ROSA Linux Desktop has been released. ROSA Linux is published by ROSA Laboratory, a Linux software solutions provider based in Moscow, Russia. The main desktop edition published by the company uses the K Desktop Environment (KDE), and the release candidate of the 2012 edition for that desktop environment was made available for download just […]

Limerick migrates to Zentyal’s open source email solution

The city of Limerick, located in mid-west Ireland and, which at a population of about 110,000, is that country’s third largest city, has chosen Zentyal to migrate to an open source email solution. Zentyal is an open source solutions provider based in Zaragoza, Spain. Zentyal is the company’s main software offering, a server platform based on Ubuntu. The migration of […]

GraphBuilder is open sourced

GraphBuilder is open sourced

GraphBuilder is an application that makes it easy to discover (hidden) structures in Big Data. It is an Intel-sponsored project released under the Apache 2 license. The official description says that it is “a Java library for constructing graphs out of large datasets for data analytics and structured machine learning applications that exploit relationships in data.” From the release announcement: […]

ROSA Desktop 2012 preview

ROSA Desktop 2012 preview

The first and last Release Candidate of ROSA Desktop 2012 was announced last week. This means, of course, that the stable edition will be hitting a download mirror near you very soon, likely before Xmas. ROSA Desktop, an end-user edition, is published by ROSA Laboratory, a Linux solutions provider based in Moscow, Russia, which also publishes ROSA Desktop Enterprise. In […]

Install MATE on Fedora 18

Install MATE on Fedora 18

Fedora 18 beta was released a couple of days ago, and though the final version will not hit public download mirrors until early January next year, most aspects of the system are already in stable state, that is, they are 100% ready for your desktop. Aside from the KDE, GNOME 3, LXDE and Xfce desktop environments, users also have the […]

How to create and maintain anonymous email accounts

Don’t let what happened to the director (actually, former director) of a very powerful government agency make you think that engaging in anonymous email activities is impossible. It is, though, as with all things involving digital security, it can never be 100%. But that should not keep you from trying to keep your email communications private and anonymous, because if […]

Know who’s tracking your e-reading habits

Know who’s tracking your e-reading habits

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and once again e-book readers promise to be a very popular gift. Last year’s holiday season saw ownership of a dedicated e-reader device spike to nearly 1 in 5 Americans, and that number is poised to go even higher. But if you’re in the market for an e-reader this year, or for e-books […]

Install Cinnamon on Fedora 18

Install Cinnamon on Fedora 18

Fedora 18 beta was released a couple of days ago, and though the final version will not hit public download mirrors until early January next year, most aspects of the system are already in stable state, that is, they are 100% ready for your desktop. The Cinnamon desktop is one of those aspects that you can run on your system […]

Fedora 18 KDE and GNOME preview

Fedora 18 KDE and GNOME preview

Fedora 18 was not released on schedule, but knowing how the Fedora project operates, this was no surprise, because unlike other distributions, a new Fedora edition is almost never released until all major issues have been fixed. What makes this delay unique is the stable release will not hit public download mirrors until next year. And I think this marks […]

The K Desktop Environment is 15

Editor: The title of this article is misleading, but trust me, it was not intentional. KDE is actually 16, but KDE e. V., the non-profit organization that represents the KDE community, is the entity that turned 15. So, no, my favorite desktop environment did not turn 15. For the record, KDE was founded in October 1996, but KDE e. V. […]

OpenShift Enterprise 1.0 announced

OpenShift is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) product from Red Hat, Inc., a leading open source technology software outfit based in Raleigh, North Carolina. OpenShift is both a cloud platform and a free application that you can run on your hardware. OpenShift Enterprise 1.0 is the next phase in the growth of the platform, and makes it available for small and big […]