Sunday, May 30 2010 @ 10:53 AM CST Contributed by: Linegod
The KOffice team is very happy to announce the arrival of KOffice 2.2.0, half a year after version 2.1 was released. This release brings an unprecedented number of new features and bugfixes as can be seen in the full list of changes.
There are two reasons for this very high development rate. Firstly, people have started to notice KOffice again and the developer community is growing. Secondly, Nokia is sponsoring development of KOffice for their mobile office viewer. Here follows a list of the most important changes in this release.
The developers behind the KDE desktop environment have released the first beta of version 4.5. Although the major focus during this development cycle is stability, the release also brings some nice new features and user interface improvements.
Friday, May 28 2010 @ 08:49 AM CST Contributed by: Linegod
Which Linux distro should I use? It's one of the most common questions for new and aspiring Linux users. There's so many to choose from, how can you pick the right one? Let's see if we can help clear it up a little and help you choose between all the other major distros.
We are currently advising people to not install Cacti 0.8.7f due to the following issues:
- LDAP authentication for login produces a warning about an undefined index
- Automatic page refresh on graph views does now function
- Save button on user management graph permissions does not work
- Deleting a graph tree does not work with Plugin Architecture installed
- If using snmp binaries some snmp get requests will fail
If you have already upgraded to 0.8.7f, you can simple move back to 0.8.7e.
Cacti 0.8.7g will be release on June 7th to address these issues.
Friday, May 21 2010 @ 10:11 AM CST Contributed by: Linegod
IDC expects worldwide revenue for open source software to rise to $5.8 billion by 2011. Foreseeing the strong promise open source technology holds, Sonata has set up an Open Source Center of Excellence (CoE to evaluate and integrate various Open Source tools to deliver low cost solutions to its customers, with a faster time-to-market. Aniruddha Banerjee, head, technology services business, Sonata Software, talks to Vanisha Joseph of LFY about open source as a fertile terrain for the developer community.
While there has been speculation about it for weeks, Google has announced today from their I/O conference that they have open-sourced the VP8 video codec. VP8 is the video codec that was developed by On2 Technologies and then Google got its hands on it by acquiring the company a few months back. The older On2 VP3 codec is what went on to become the Theora codec. Google has also announced WebM as a new container format that combines the VP8 video codec with Vorbis audio.
One of my pet peeves is Linux installers for proprietary software requiring root permissions.
Last time, Adobe got me into rant mode by requiring root not only to install the Adobe Air runtime, but to install any Adobe Air based application as well. This time it's Abbyy – makers of the famous Finereader OCR software.
Taking full control of your own email, that is running your own email server, is a must if you really care about privacy, security or maximum customization.
When you start doing it though, you soon find out that the hardest, or at least lest documented task, is not how to send email, or how to block spam. It is how to make sure that the email you send is always accepted by other sites, that is how to find out if your email server looks like a spam source.