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Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) alpha 2 officially released

The Ubuntu development community has officially announced the release of Ubuntu 8.04 alpha 2. Ubuntu 8.04—scheduled for release in April 2008—is a long-term support (LTS) release, which means that it will be supported on the desktop for three years and on the server for five years. This second alpha, which is available for download from Ubuntu's mirrors, is a development release that is primarily intended for testers.

Norwegian minister: closed formats, vendor lockin are unacceptable

Norway has established a new policy mandating government adoption of open standards. Starting in 2009, all documents published on state-operated web sites will have to use HTML, PDF, or ODF formats. The policy aims to stimulate competition between office software vendors and make government documents more accessible to the general public. Under the terms of the policy, HTML will be the standard format for all publicly accessible web content, PDF files will be used when the original appearance of the document needs to be preserved, and use of ODF is mandated in cases where a user needs to be able to modify a document downloaded from the government.

A Modest proposal: new e-mail client for Maemo hits beta

A mediocre e-mail client is one of the major weaknesses of Nokia's Internet Tablet products. Nokia's mail program chokes on my IMAP inbox, hanging and crashing when more than about 200 messages are present. Some relief may be in sight for those who want an e-mail client that is open source and made of sterner stuff. The first beta of the new open source Modest e-mail client for Maemo has officially been released.

Why amaroK ‘Roks’

Yes, I’m talking about amaroK, the free, open source music player, currently only for Linux and Unix, but soon to be available for Windows and Mac OS X. As the saying goes, there are two kinds of people in the world: those who use amaroK, and those who don’t. amaroK is the ultimate music management software, and for a casual music buff like me, it’s the best you can get out there. What separates amaroK from the other popular players in the market are its features which are targeted to make music management and playback easy, and a pleasing experience. Here, I’ve highlighted some of the key features of amaroK.

Spice up Joomla! with productivity-enhancing extensions

Joomla!, a popular content management system (CMS) for Web portals, is easy to install and maintain, and has thousands of components, modules, and Mambots for almost every thinkable function a Web site could possibly need. All of the extensions are open source, as is the CMS itself. Here are a few extensions that I find indispensable.

Top 40+ GIMP plugins

GIMP is the undisputed king of image editing in Linux platforms, and is next only to Photoshop in popularity in Windows and Mac platforms. With a large community of developers and an even larger pool of users, it is no surprise that GIMP is very popular. Much like Firefox, GIMP’s strength lies in its plugins, which are developed by the open-source toting community. Since the users themselves develop them, they know all the needs and conceive a plugin for everything.

ReviewLinux.Com: First Look SimplyMEPIS 7.0

Released just in time for the holidays. SimplyMEPIS 7.0 arrived at ReviewLinux.Com so we thought we would take a quick look at this new Linux OS. Check out our flash video of SimplyMEPIS 7.0 in action.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 23-Dec-2007


LXer Feature: 23-Dec-2007

It looks like people are starting to get their hands on some OLPC's and the reviews have started coming in too. We also have a review of Carla Schroder's new book, KOffice takes a stand against OOXML, screenshots of the BBS's new iPlayer and Damn Small Linux 4.2, Open Source alternatives to Adobe, how to make a holiday slideshow and one of our readers has a Debian adventure of their own.

GNUmed 0.2.8.0 released

A report generator to visualize query results with gnuplot has been added. Exception handling has been improved. The Snellen Chart has been reactivated. KVK handling has officially been included. More hooks and an improved example hook script were added. Demographics handling has been extended to now really support multiple names, addresses, comm channels, and external IDs. Furthermore, there are lots of GUI-accessible configuration options that were always there in the backend but didn't have a frontend to them. File format handling in document management has seen improvements.

Where Can Linux Leap Ahead - Reader Comments

I may have said that part 3 would be the last one, but there were just so many good comments. This part highlights a few great comments along with my response to them.

klik2 at FOSDEM 2008 -- klik2 now starts handling non-GUI/CLI applications

Now that OpenOffice.org does make some splashes in the IT press for the achievement of having created a "portable" version that can run from a USB thumbdrive (for only the Windows version, that is) -- isn't it time for klik to get ready for gaining its own share of public fame sometime soon? That's because klik does not only turn OpenOffice.org, but many thousand Linux applications into "PortableApps". And klik does not need painstakingly recompiling modified source code into portable binaries, one by one. But will re-utilize the marvellous work and special knowledge of all the dedicated Debian, RPM and Slackware packaging heroes out there and repackage 95% of its supported klik bundles fully automatically, including dependency resolution...

[ From my own experience, I can tell KLIK1 is great already, it made the CLI-only program 'csound' work on my Gentoo system. Gentoo doesn't have a csound ebuild in portage, and compiling from source failed. KLIK1 however did the job fine. I read the KLIK2 plans, and I predict as HD-spaces becomes cheaper, this will be the future of package-management and the end of all your dependency problems! - hkwint ]

FOSDEM 2008: Devroom Talks Wanted

As always, KDE will have a presence at next year's FOSDEM in Belgium on 23-24 February 2008. FOSDEM is a European meeting of free software developers, to listen to a plethora of interesting talks about anything related to free software. We are looking for people to give a talk in the KDE or cross-desktop devroom.

[ Planning to be there to cover the event for LXer - hkwint ]

Ubuntu download is Xmas YouTube number one

How did quite possibly the most boring video clip ever become the YouTube number one this Xmas?

Fear of the Dark

Do you know why do I admire Microsoft’s marketing whizzes? They made a deity out of their corporation. No, seriously. No figurative speech. Not a metaphor nor a parallel. Those nameless heroes did it literally.

Why Big Compute and Big Storage will meet Big Pipe at the Last Mile

The next big frontier for Big Linux Build-out will be at a back end that's as close as anyone can get the front lines of big video production. That is, to consumers who are now also producers. And the parties in the best position to pioneer that frontier aren't in Seattle or Mountain view. They're in your home town.

Mandriva 2008.1 Alpha 1 Screenshots

  • TCS (Posted by lqsh on Dec 23, 2007 8:57 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Mandriva
Kicking off the 2008.1 development cycle in earnest, the first alpha is here. This alpha features X.Org 7.3, KDE 3.5.8, KDE 4.0 RC2 (in /contrib), GNOME 2.21, kernel 2.6.24, OpenOffice.org 2.3, new NVIDIA and ATI proprietary drivers, PulseAudio by default and more. Despite being a first alpha, it is also in a fairly stable and reliable state. Check out the Mandriva 2008.1 Alpha 1 screenshots by The Coding Studio.

As Go Document Formats, So Goes Video

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Dec 23, 2007 8:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
For a few years now we've been reading about the urgency of adopting open document formats to preserve our written records and heritage. Now, a 74 page report from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences warns that digital films are as vulnerable to loss as digitized documents, but vastly more expensive to preserve - as much as $208,569 per year.

SCALE is Full

The Southern California Linux Expo has filled all available speaker slots.

[I will be there again this year covering it for LXer. - Scott]

Where Linux Can Leap Ahead - Part 3

People often talk about getting average home users to use Linux, but that may not be the best group of people for Linux to market itself to. Part 3 covers geeks, travelers, and schools.

This week at LWN: Specifying codecs for the web

Audio and video content are increasingly important components of the World Wide Web, which some of us remember, initially, as a text-only experience. Users of free software need not be told that the multimedia aspect of the net can be hard to access without recourse to proprietary tools. So the decisions which are made regarding multimedia support in the next version of the HTML specification are of more than passing interest. A current dispute over the recommended codecs for HTML5 shows just how hard maintaining an interoperable web may be.

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