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December 4, 2006

openSUSE 10.2 Is Done!

Filed under: Linux, Software, SuSE — rakeshvk @ 6:26 pm

Great News … Andreas Jaeger sent an email to the openSUSE mailing list last night to announce that the new version of openSUSE Linux, that is, version 10.2 has gone gold and is ready for release.

Our build folks have created the first set of ISO images and will continue to create all of them — and the complete ftp distribution — early next week. We’ll start syncing soon the images to the ftp mirrors so that they have all files on thursday, 7th December, for the announcement.

CD production is starting now and I hope to see some shiny green openSUSE 10.2 boxes on the shelves before Christmas.

Waiting to get my hands on latest and greatest distro )

Checkout the announcement on Suse Mailing list openSUSE 10.2 is done!


October 19, 2006

Flash Player 9

Filed under: Linux, News, Software — rakeshvk @ 7:00 am

This is a prerelease version of the Adobe® Flash® Player 9 Update software for various platforms. It is being made available for developers and consumers to test their content to ensure existing content plays back correctly and that there are no compatibility issues.

The Flash Player beta is available in all languages; however, the beta installers are only in English and we can only accept feedback in English at this time. Flash Player beta downloads are now available for the Microsoft® Windows® Vista™ and Linux platforms.

click here to downlolad the Linux version

October 17, 2006

The GIMP’s next-generation imaging core demonstrated

Filed under: Software — rakeshvk @ 6:01 pm

GIMP developer Øyvind Kolås gave a public demonstration of the Generic Graphical Library (GEGL) on Friday at the Piksel 06 festival in Bergen, Norway. GEGL has long been slated to replace the core image processing framework of the GIMP, bringing with it entirely new data models and operations — but development had languished to the point where many critics had written the project off entirely.

GEGL was first proposed in 1999, but the GIMP’s existing code base has remained in place over several revision cycles since then. As recently as summer 2005, GEGL appeared for all practical purposes dead in the water. Then Kolås took a determined interest in resurrecting the project, and over the next few months he, Sven Neumann, and Michael Natterer studied the code base and got it into working shape again. Kolås presented their work at the 2006 Libre Graphics Meeting in March. >>>>

October 16, 2006

Google Code Search peers into programs’ flaws

Filed under: Hacking, Software — rakeshvk @ 5:13 pm

Want to know which programs have security issues that need to be fixed? Using Google Code Search, finding likely candidates is a snap.

Security professionals warned developers on Thursday that they need to be aware that their open-source repositories can now be easily mined, allowing attackers to target programs that are likely to be flawed. While Google could previously be used to look for specific strings, now the search engine riffles through code that much better.

“It is going deeper into places where code is publicly available, and it’s clearly picking up stuff really well,” said Chris Wysopal, chief technology officer of security startup Veracode. “This makes it easier and faster for attackers to find vulnerabilities–not for people that want to attack a (specific) Web site, but for people that want to attack any Web site.”

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Wine 0.9.23 Released

Filed under: Linux, Software — rakeshvk @ 5:01 pm

This is release 0.9.23 of Wine, a free implementation of Windows on Unix. New in this release is a massive update of printf formats for Win64 compatibility, Dynamic drive support on MacOSX, still more MSI fixes and improvements along with lots of bug fixes.

Because of lags created by using mirrors, this message may reach you before the release is available at the public sites. The sources will be available from the following locations:

Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:

You will find documentation on

You can also get the current source directly from the git or CVS repositories. Check respectively or for details.

If you fix something, please submit a patch; instructions on how to do this can be found at 2.0.4 is Here … And It’s Our Birthday!

Filed under: Software — rakeshvk @ 5:00 pm

This is Friday 13 October and the day marks two important events: the immediate availability of 2.0.4 and our 6th anniversary. 2.0.4 is a significant release and recommended for all. New features, bugfixes, and improvements include:

  • Enhanced PDF management
  • Direct export to LaTex
  • New functionality in Calc and Impress
  • Mac OS X (X11) now uses system fonts
  • And more…

And our most important feature: Our improved Extensions management. Developers everywhere are invited to write extensions. To learn more, visit our Extensions Project.

We are also six years old today. is changing the world. Tens of millions of people use the application and governments throughout the world are mandating it and its file format (OpenDocument or ODF). Our thanks to you, the community of users and developers who are making this happen!

Enhanced Linux filesystem nears production kernel

Filed under: Kernel, Software, Technolgoy — rakeshvk @ 4:51 pm

Ext3 has become one of the most popular Linux filesystems. However, with hard drives sneaking up on a terabyte, concerns exist that ext3 won’t be able to handle 21st-century storage requirements. With this in mind, the Linux kernel developers have just released the first real-world test version of ext4.

Andrew Morton, the well-known Linux developer, added the new experimental filesystem on Oct. 10 to the Linux kernel.

This new filesystem features support for storage up to for 1024 petabytes per volume. A petabyte is 250 (two to the fiftieth power) bytes. If that sounds insanely large, think again. Individual supercomputers such as Lawrence Livermore National Labs’s BlueGene/L already have over a petabyte of storage and several storage networks are reputed to have well over a dozen petabytes.

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SUSE 10.1: KDE 3.5.5 Updates Available

Filed under: KDE, Software — rakeshvk @ 4:35 pm

If you havent’s noticed, KDE 3.5.5 updates are available now for SUSE 10.1 via Yast repositories as well as through SMART/APT. Did an update and all went well. The information on how to update your SUSE 10.1 to latest available KDE can be found here. It is mostly a bug fixes version.Just to remind, the links for direct downloads are:…USE_Linux_10.1/ – KDE Package…USE_Linux_10.1/ – KDE Applications…USE_Linux_10.1/ – QT

Grab the source from the info page | KDE 3.5.5 Changelog

Browsers Market Today, IE still losing ground

Filed under: News, Software — rakeshvk @ 4:32 pm

New browser usage statistics are out for September, and they’re showing some interesting changes in browser market share. Internet Explorer, which has been the market share king for many years now, has been falling steadily since the launch of Firefox 1.0 and has now reached its lowest point in over two years at 82.10 percent. Firefox, on the other hand, has been growing steadily, reaching 12.46 percent market share. Safari holds its third place spot, but sees increasing numbers as well at 3.53 percent.

Both Firefox and Safari are seeing their highest numbers for the year, apparently at the expense of Internet Explorer. Firefox passed the 10 percent mark just under a year ago and has been enjoying continued success on Linux, Windows, and OS X. It has even become the browser of choice for many savvy users. Safari, while holding much smaller numbers than IE and Firefox, is also becoming nothing to sneeze at. A year ago, Safari had less than 2 percent of the browser market but has almost doubled its numbers since then. Netscape and Opera both carry under 1 percent of the market and Mozilla is dead last, just above “Other.”

It’s no surprise that Internet Explorer has been losing ground steadily over the past couple of years. There have been no significant innovations in the browser since XP SP2 was released over two years ago, and most of those were security tweaks. The downhill trend could change soon, though.

Data source: Market Share by Net Applications

Due later this month, Internet Explorer 7 will see a complete overhaul of the browser with a number of significant improvements in security, interface, and major bug fixes such as improved CSS compliance (the sound of a thousand web developers rejoicing can be heard in the distance). The security improvements include more user protection against phishing and malware and the inclusion of parental controls. Anticipation for IE 7 has been building ever since the beta was released this summer and could bring back a few Firefox converts if things go well when it’s released later this month.

However, that won’t happen without a fight from the Firefox camp. Firefox 2.0, which is also slated to be released later this month, comes with its own slew of improvements to search engine management, interface improvements such as an integrated spell checker, and its own version of malware and phishing protections. Firefox 2.0 will not be as significant of an update as IE 7, but is still highly anticipated nonetheless by Firefox fans. Will either of these major releases affect the numbers, and will IE be able to recover lost ground?  -arstechnica

Getting bored with 3D desktops? I’m definitely not!

Filed under: GNOME, KDE, Linux, Reviews, Software, Technolgoy — rakeshvk @ 4:15 pm

It would be nice to get detailed comments on the hardware you test and report: distribution, proprietary/free driver, chip revision, amount of video RAM, X version, etc. Mitch Meyran posted in «Free Software Magazine» an article which includes at some point a reference table on the status of 3D desktops with different video adapters.


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