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Linux 2.6.39-rc2 Is Uncommonly Calm

Linus Torvalds describes the just-released Linux 2.6.39-rc2 kernel as being an "uncommonly calm" release and points that may lead it to being a "simple release" if nothing changes...

Novell Announces Mono for Android

  • Dr.Dobb's; By Adrian Bridgwater (Posted by bob on Apr 6, 2011 2:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
Novell has renewed its efforts in the mobile arena by today announcing the availability of Mono for Android, a set of tools for developing .NET applications for the Android platform using Microsoft Visual Studio. Following the Mono Project's core tenet of making Microsoft .NET applications capable of running cross-platform, Novell says that it is now enabling Visual Studio, .NET, and C# developers to utilize a common code base to create applications for the industry's most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based phones and tablets, Apple iPad, Apple iPod Touch, and Apple iPhone.

MeeGo releases pre-alpha tablet platform

  • Linux for Devices (Posted by bob on Apr 6, 2011 1:00 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
The MeeGo project released a pre-alpha version of its promised Tablet User Experience (UX), officially opening up development for the UI layer. Based on MeeGo v1.2 core and Linux 2.6.37, the preview version includes a touch-optimized user interface for tablets, as well as a new panel UI concept and a suite of built-in browser, personal information management, and media playback apps....

The GNOME Desktop Project Unleashes GNOME 3.0

After five years of planning and design, GNOME 3.0 has been officially released.

KWin Now Supports Suspended Compositing

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Apr 3, 2011 8:34 PM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE; Story Type: News Story
KDE's KWin compositing window manager now supports suspended compositing that can be toggled by applications to provide a cleaner solution for stopping for removing the OpenGL context created by the KDE window manager and blocking the effects system so that directed full-screen applications and games should work better, especially with less than stellar graphics drivers...

Portable C Compiler 1.0 Has Been Released

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Apr 3, 2011 10:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Development on the Portable C Compiler (PCC) began back in the 1970's, but this week version 1.0 of this BSD-licensed compiler was finally released...

Linux and the storage ecosystem

  • IBM developerWorks : Linux (Posted by bob on Mar 30, 2011 1:45 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Linux; Story Type: News Story
Linux is the Swiss Army knife of file systems, and it also offers a wide variety of storage technologies for both desktops and servers. Beyond the file system, Linux incorporates world-class NAS and SAN technologies, data protection, storage management, support for clouds, and solid-state storage. Learn more about the Linux storage ecosystem and why it's number one in server market share.

Nouveau's OpenGL Performance Approaches The NVIDIA Driver

As I began to share over the weekend, the community-created Nouveau driver that's open-source and is written by clean-room reverse-engineering the NVIDIA binary display driver, has reached a serious milestone. For low-end NVIDIA GPUs, the Nouveau driver based upon the Mesa Gallium3D architecture is now as fast, or even faster, than NVIDIA's official proprietary driver.

Java daddy: 'Aggressively stupid' won't work for Oracle

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Mar 17, 2011 7:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Oracle
Gosling says self interest rules Oracle has got no choice but to get it right on Java, according to Java founder James Gosling, who has voiced some support for the database giant's proposed changes.

LM_Sensors 3.3.0 To Hit Next Week

Jean Delvare, the maintainer of the Linux kernel's i2c and hwmon subsystems and the usual release manager of LM_Sensors, has just called for the release of LM_Sensors 3.3.0. Jean plans to release LM_Sensors 3.3.0 so he has put forth a call for testing in the days up to the 26th of March...

Mini-ITX board offers latest Core processors

Portwell announced a Mini-ITX board designed to accept Intel's & Sandy Bridge& Core i3, i5, or i7 processors. The WADE-8012 supports up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, has six SATA ports and three video outputs, and provides two gigabit Ethernet ports, according to the company....

AMD Fusion E-350 Linux Performance

By now you have likely seen the AMD Fusion E-350 APU showcased on a number of Windows web-sites, but how is this AMD Accelerated Processor working in the Linux world? At Phoronix today are the first in-depth Ubuntu Linux benchmarks being published from this promising, low-power solution designed to compete with Intel's Atom.

Aligning SSD Partitions

  • Linux Magazine » Channels (Posted by bob on Mar 16, 2011 8:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Do you have a brand new SSD? Do you plan to partition it? Let's talk about the best way to set up your SSD so partitions -- and the resulting file systems -- align on page boundaries, thus improving performance and minimizing the number of rewrite cycles.

Microsoft Is Said to Pay Nokia More Than $1 Billion in Deal

  • Bloomberg; By Dina Bass (Posted by bob on Mar 9, 2011 2:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
Microsoft Corp. will pay Nokia Oyj more than $1 billion to promote and develop Windows-based handsets as part of their smartphone software agreement, according to two people with knowledge of the terms.

Tutorial: Easy Linux File-sharing With WebDav

  • LinuxPlanet (Posted by bob on Mar 8, 2011 12:13 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
You don't need some big fancy expensive groupware suite for simple file sharing; just set up a good stout Linux server with WebDav and be done with it. No muss, no fuss.

FreeBSD and PC-BSD Release New Versions

  • Linux Journal (Posted by bob on Mar 7, 2011 11:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The FreeBSD project announced the release of versions 8.2 and 7.4 on February 24. Both bring lots of new features and bug fixes. FreeBSD can be run on a large variety of architectures and is still considered one of the most stable and hardened systems available.

Background: German Foreign Office drops Linux

  • h-online; By Oliver Diedrich (Posted by bob on Feb 23, 2011 10:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
The German Foreign Office will migrate its desktop computers from Linux back to Windows. However, no truly compelling reasons for the decision appear to exist.

Various German Foreign Office documents leaked, for instance, to netzpolitik.org, and then in part published, demonstrate that the German Foreign Office has no compelling reasons for its recent decision to migrate its desktop and notebook computers from Linux back to Windows.

On-the-fly Data Compression for SSD's

  • Linux Magazine (Posted by bob on Feb 23, 2011 9:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The key to good SSD performance is the controller. One SSD controller that has received good reviews is the SandForce SF-1200. However, a recent test of a SF-1200 SSD reveals some interesting things about what this controller does and just how it does it. Depending upon your point of view and, radically, your data, performance can be amazing. Continue reading →

Opinion: 20 Linux Misconceptions That Must Die

  • Datamation; By Matt Hartley (Posted by bob on Feb 23, 2011 6:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
New Linux users still, after all these years, think it should be a free Windows clone. Well it's not. Matt Hartley presents 20 new user misconceptions that need to die once and for all.

Fluxbox 1.3 Released

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Feb 21, 2011 3:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Fluxbox, the X window manager derived from Blackbox, has reached version 1.3...

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