For those of you that signed up to the Mandriva Early Seeders program, the Mandriva Linux Free ISOs are up. This is good news, as it means that the July 8th date mentioned on the Mandriva Wiki - http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/2010.1_Development - should be met.
Sunday, July 04 2010 @ 10:50 AM CST Contributed by: Linegod
MythTV and XBMC can turn your Linux system into a video playback device with all the options you've ever dreamed of.
The Linux desktop is a place to work and a place to play. People fortunate enough to have time to play have many distractions to amuse them. Audio fun abounds with programs like Amarok and Rhythmbox. Video enthusiasts will find a plethora of options, from standalone video players (like MPlayer, Xine and VLC) to comprehensive multimedia environments (like Freevo and Moovida). Being a video enthusiast, I find myself drawn to two of the most popular open-source entertainment tools: MythTV and XBMC.
Tuesday, June 29 2010 @ 01:03 AM CST Contributed by: Linegod
Today the reformed K3b team within the KDE Community is proud to release the final 2.0 of the premier disk recording application, codenamed “Komeback”. Although pre-release versions have already enjoyed widespread adoption, we'd like to recap some of the highlights of this release.
K3b 2.0 marks the last milestone in the effort to port one of the most popular disk recording applications to KDE's current Platform 4.
Saturday, June 26 2010 @ 11:39 AM CST Contributed by: Linegod
Over the last few days I’ve installed a smorgasboard of *nix distros, trying to find one that will work with my hardware. I was looking for a recent distribution with a decent desktop, either KDE or Gnome. My hardware is a pedestrian HP desktop that is so anonymous and faceless that I don’t even know it’s name. It has an NVidia graphics card, an Intel NIC, and an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. You’d think that this kind of generic iron wouldn’t be a problem to find an OS for.
Saturday, June 26 2010 @ 09:58 AM CST Contributed by: Linegod
It looks like Mandriva, the Paris based Linux company, continues to be a fig leaf away from financial breakdown.
A recent report in LeMagIT, claims that Arnaud Laprévote, the company's chief executive, has found unnamed investors who are prepared to rescue the company, following months of rumours of financial turmoil, unpaid staff and other troubles.
hanks to the pledge we did long time ago and thanks to the community member, Silvio Grosso, who made major donation, I’m working on Krita for next ~12 weeks full-time. The Krita community and me prepared Action Plan II. It’s something like Google Summer Of Code proposal but with much more targets. I have tasks per week, not one big target like Summer Of Code projects.
First two weeks of the plan are devoted to the support of the Photoshop brushes. I worked on it already in Action Plan I, I added support of the brush masks (bitmaps) from the file format, but there are still presets saved in the ABR format and we want to support them.
After weeks of concern about the "catastrophic state of it's finances" and an indefinite delay in the release of version 2010.1, the French website LeMagIT is reporting that Mandriva has been saved by new investors. The article quotes Mandriva Director General Arnaud Laprévote: "Today the company found investors who decided to invest in the company, in order to give balance to the organization and to find a good economic model."
Most of us take our keyboards for granted when they're working smoothly; perhaps we struggle for a bit finding the correct keyboard layout when doing a fresh Linux install, but once the OS is up and running they tend to stay out of our way. Except for those one or two keys that never quite do what they are supposed to. From the application "hot keys" on full-sized or multimedia keyboards to the peculiar add-ons sported by some laptop and netbook models, there are bound to be one or two specialty keys that need tweaking. You'll need some time and a couple of spare terminal windows to configure them into submission.
Although difficult to read in some areas, here is an insiders view of the current state at Mandriva:
"Mandriva team is at the moment in a very bad situation.
No real strategy and no decision for a while now, even if CEOs have changed several times these last months. Hervé Yahi, end of 2008 (now CS0), Stanislas Bois (was CFO before), then now Arnaud Laprévote."