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Archive for October, 2008

Intrepid Ibex is here !!!

Finally, the new and the latest Ubuntu distribution is here !

Even if I am a big Fedora fan, I aknowledge that ubuntu IS the best and easiest GNU/Linux distro for begginers, and an Ubuntu Live CD is a must have !

So, don’t want to bother you with long speech… just go and get it here !

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Fedora 10… Shiny New Features

With the developpement freeze schuduled for tommorow, 28th October, many wonders what new goodies will we have in Fedora 10, codenamed Cambridge.

Well, here is a list of the 13 prime features that are included onto Fedora 10:

For simple users we have:

1- AMQP (Advanced Message Queueing Protocol) Infrastructure: AMQP is a technology that makes it easy to build scalable,high-performance enterprise application.

2- Better printing

3- Better and faster startup

4- Better remote support (I think it’s already good enough with Fedora 9 :p)

5- Imroved PulseAudio, means less power consumption and less latency for audio devices

6- First Aid Kit: An automatic recovery tool, with a funny name, that can fix what ever is wrong with the system ! I don’t think we will need it, since I don’t remember my Fedora has ever crashed :p

7- Kernel mode sharing for graphics: user switching will be faster and smoother !

8- Remote Virtual Settings, to setup virtual machines

9- Security Audit, with new security audit system and intrusion detection system

10- Virtual Storage

Hey ! That’s not everything, Fedora 10 has some goodies for devellopers too:

1- Appliance Tool

2- NetBeans IDE

3- Eclipse 3.4

Well, that’s only  the seen part of the new rocking features introduced on Fedora 10, you can read a more in depth article here !

All we have to do now, is to wait for the 25th of November 2008 ! (or grab a beta :D)

Another step to the Truth !

Another day, another experience… Daaaaaamn ! Linux is the Best !

From Cristopher Dawson Blog on ZDnet.com:

My oldest son, creator of flame wars, finally discovered that you can only surf to the nether regions of the Internet so many times before even Vista business succumbs to malware. His computer an unusable mass of pop-ups, spewing traffic over our network actually asked me tonight to reinstall Linux for him

[…]

This is, of course one of the more important things to remember about Linux in Ed Tech (aside from the fact that it’s free): kids are mean to computers and do things they probably shouldn’t on the Internet. Linux (and to a lesser extent, OS X) is simply more resistant to abuse and for that reason alone is at least worth our consideration.

The rest of the story here !

Three Voices… Three Divas

If I ask you: “Do you know Arab female singers ?” I  may have answers like “Yeaah ! I know Haifa Wahbe !” or “mmm I heard some Arab music on TV… it sucks !” or any other similar answer.

This is why I want to introduce you three real singers… singers is very reductive term in fact. I want to introduce you three real artists ! I hope you’ll take a some time to look for their songs on internet :p

The first one is  “The Poet of The Voice”, Fairuz:

“To the Arab world Fairouz came suddenly, as a miracle. At a time when Arabic singing was weighed down with convention and predictability, and spirits were nationally at their lowest, her voice rang, as though from the beyond, the notes of salvation and joy. Arabic music has never been the same since. Nostalgic but vibrant, sad but defiant, folkloric and yet so new, hers has been for nearly 30 years perhaps the only voice that seems so capable of jubilation in an almost cosmic sense. By turns mystic and amorous, elegiac and fiery, her singing has expressed the whole emotional scale of Arab life with haunting intensity. Often singers give listeners pleasure, as they expect. She often gives them, beyond their expectation, ecstasy” Jabra Ibrahim Jabra

Her voice is warm, sweet…. just like a dream !

More information about Fairuz on Wikipedia.

The second Star is Dalida, yes, I know she lived most of her life in France, but she’s egyptian :p

From Wikipedia: Dalida releases what is widely regarded as the first French disco single, “J’attendrai“. Around the same time, the popularity of the variety show in France was soaring, and Dalida made many television appearances during this period, not only in France but across Europe. In 1978, she recorded “Salma Ya Salama“, a traditional Egyptian folk song which due to its chart success was translated into Arabic, French, Italian, and German languages.

Also, more information could be found on Wikipedia !

Finally, the last star I want to talk about is Majida El Roumi, an artist and a UN Goodwill Ambassador !

Majida El Roumi is currently working on her international career with entertainment firm, The Agency and Me, based in Europe and the Middle East. The strategy includes international duets, a new English language classical/contemporary album and a world class ‘Broadway’ style production, to be Directed and Produced by an Award winning international team from Los Angeles, New York, London and Sofia. With her last album and new material soon to be released, Majida El Roumi is crossing borders with her fresh contemporary style of music, appealing to a greater international audience.

In more than three decades, Majida El Roumi has become a symbol and an idol for global audiences.On December 9, 2007 Majida El Roumi gave a heartwrenching speech to Lebanese political leaders at a memorial for Gebran Tueni, a Lebanese politician.

Also, look for more info on Wikipedia :p

I hope you’ll spend a little amount of time to listen to this artists, and if you like their songs, it will be better :p

And GOD bless Wikipedia !!!

Version 7.20 of Alien Arena 2008 released!

From linuxgames.com

COR Entertainment announces the latest release of it’s freeware, open sourced FPS shooter, Alien Arena 2008!

Version 7.20 features a host of improvements, optimizations, and new features such as the implementation of per-pixel GLSL effects including parallax, normal and specular mapping/highliting, occulusion culling of entities, shader performance boosts, new and improved weapon/event effects, and much more. The end result is a game that not only looks great, but also runs considerably faster than previous releases.

On the gameplay aspect, a brand new reward system has been implemented, allowing players to choose from three powerups when reaching a certain achievement total. Weapons have received further balancing, powerup effects made more smooth, and various bugs have been squashed. Several brand new levels have been added, as well as player skins that improve visibility and an HUD based weapon inventory.

View the extensive changelog here – http://icculus.org/alienarena/changelogs/7.20.txt

For more information and to download the game please visit http://red.planetarena.org

This post was submitted by irritant.

Google beats for Q3, Wall Street looks ahead

Yes ! Yes ! Yes !

Google beat Wall Street expectations for its third quarter, reporting net income of $1.35 billion, or $4.24 a share, up from $1.25 billion, or $3.92 per share for the same quarter in 2007. Revenue was $5.54 billion, up from $5.37 billion a year ago. (statement). Excluding special charges, Google reported second quarter earnings of $4.92 per share, compared to the $4.77 a share on revenue of $4.05 billion that analysts had expected.

The rest on zdnet.com

DECE – Lipstick on the DRM pig

Looks like another threat to our freedom !

I’m pretty skeptical about the idea of “play anywhere” working with any form of DRM. I’m guessing “play anywhere” actually means “play anywhere … on a selection of specifically branded products,” which isn’t the same thing.

The rest on zdnet.com