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Samsung and Open Source

From Phoronix.com

Announced via a small news post just minutes ago on the Enlightenment web-site that the project is working with “working with a top-5 electronics producer (one of the largest in the world, who produces millions of mobile phones, televisions, sound systems and more per year) to bring Enlightenment and especially it’s deep technology to their products.” In fact, this unnamed company is actively sponsoring the development of Enlightenment and the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL).

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While their news post barely sheds any details, we have found out that this major manufacturer that is backing the Enlightenment project is Samsung Electronics. Some public confirmation of this can be found via this Trac change-log commit that introduces Editje, which is an edje file editor.

For those who don’t know what Enlightenment is, or E, well, it’s an open source desktop environment, like Gnome or KDE. The E file manager can be used in conjunction with Gnome or KDE, or it can be used as a whole desktop environment.

Read the whole article on Phoronix.com

Fedora 12 Released

This is the last release of a major Linux distro for this year, Fedora 12, codenamed Constantine, has been released today.
In the menu we have improved performances, smaller (so faster) updates, the open Broadcom firmware (so some of the Broadcom wifi cards may work out of the box) and many other new features.
You can read the release announcement on the Fedora wiki, then don’t forget to grab your copy at FedoraProject.org !

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 !

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

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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 !

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