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August 2006

No Flash 9 Alpha For Linux

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Software

Everyone who has been anxiously awaiting a peek at Adobe's Flash Player 9 for Linux will have to wait until a well-scrubbed beta release becomes available.

Linux Desktops Sneak Into NSW Education

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SUSE

Despite a lacklustre policy towards Linux in schools, the NSW Department of Education will be dealing with more open source desktops as pilot projects begin across the state.

Firefox beta 2 out

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Software

Although not as widely anticipated as some of the other products currently inching towards release, many web surfers are looking forward to version 2.0 of Firefox. The popular open-source browser has seen its release date pushed to late October, but those of you who are dying to get hold of the latest from Mozilla can download Firefox 2.0 Beta 2, which was made available earlier today.

Cold War Review by Micks

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Reviews
Gaming

There was a time when many of us thought Cold War for Linux would never see the light of day. DreamCatcher Games, the game's original publisher for the Windows platform, decided they didn't really care for the (already finished) Linux and Mac OS X versions all that much (not to mention problems arising from use of certain copy prevention software which I will get to later) and Cold War shipped with only Windows binaries included on the DVD ROM back in September 2005.

VMware Server for Linux for Free

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Software

VMware has a mature, well-engineered and versatile console for its server product. I hesitated to try it until contracted to do a comparison for a book. Now, I'm sold, even though I got VMware server for free.

Taking Fedora Core 6 Test 2 for a Live-Spin

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Linux
Reviews
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The FedoraUnity.org community group released a selection of "Live-Spins" of Fedora Core 5 and 6 recently and since I still have trouble with Anaconda liking my harddrive, I hoped I'd get to test a Fedora in the live cd format. I was fortunate and was able to get my first look at Fedora in quite a while. The isos are offered for Fedora Core 5 and Fedora Core 6 Test 2 in both cd and dvd for i386 and x86_64. I downloaded the 1.4 gig 386 DVD version.

Feature: Linux benefits for small businesses

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Linux

Linux and the applications written to run on the open-source operating system can offer a small business numerous advantages.

Novell starts stock option awards probe, makes third quarter loss

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SUSE

Novell is investigating stock option awards at the company, in the latest move by a US IT supplier to tackle possible stock option irregularities.

Open source - is it a risk for your business?

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OSS

Although there are many benefits to using open source software, Paul Barton, technology partner at law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP explains the legal issues end users must be aware of to avoid trouble.

NetBSD: Founder Fears End Of Project

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BSD

One of the NetBSD founders, Charles Hannum, has sent an email to the netbsd-users list enumerating the problems with NetBSD. He mentions that the major problem with NetBSD is the NetBSD Foundation interfering with the development.

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Android Leftovers

GNU Linux-libre 5.3-gnu

GNU Linux-libre 5.3-gnu sources and tarballs are now available at
<http://www.fsfla.org/selibre/linux-libre/download/releases/5.3-gnu/>.
It didn't require any deblobbing changes since -rc7-gnu, the first
published rc-gnu.  Freesh binaries are already available!, thanks to
Jason Self; others are on the way.


Besides recognizing new false positives (sequences that our blob hunter
would report as suspicious, but that are neither blobs nor requests for
blobs), updating the deblobbing scripts for 5.3 required adjusting
cleaned up drivers for updated blob names, recognizing one new Free
piece of firmware with binary and corresponding sources embedded in the
kernel sources, and disabling blob loading introduced in a few drivers:
QCOM, DRM (HDCP), Allegro-DVT, and Meson-VDEC.

This last one was particularly disappointing: the firmware sources were
supposed to be available from LibreELEC, and though the link to the
alleged sources there is broken, I managed to find the "source" repo
containing them, only to find out the "source" was just a binary blob
encoded in C as an array of char, just like Linux used to do back when I
got involved with Linux-libre.  Oh well...  Request disabled...

If anyone can find Freely-licensed actual source code for that, or for
any other file whose loading we disable, please let us know, so that we
can refrain from disabling its loading.


For up-to-the-minute news, join us on #linux-libre of irc.gnu.org
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pod.libreplanetbr.org or pump.io at identi.ca.  Check my web page (link
in the signature) for direct links.


Be Free! with GNU Linux-libre.
Read more Also: GNU Linux-Libre 5.3 Kernel Arrives for Those Seeking 100% Freedom for Their PCs GNU Linux-libre 5.3 Continues Deblobbing & Dealing With Firmware Trickery

New WireGuard Snapshot Offers Better Compatibility With Distributions/Kernels

WireGuard sadly isn't slated for the now-open Linux 5.4 merge window, but lead developer Jason Donenfeld has put out a new development snapshot of this open-source secure VPN tunnel. Coming barely two weeks since the previous WireGuard snapshot, this newest development release isn't too heavy on the changes but the focus is on better portability/compatibility. Read more

A Simple Review of GNOME 3.34

That's all for now. As always, I love how simple and beautiful GNOME release announcement was. After testing in 3 days, I immediately like this version more than the previous one for the speed improvement and I hope Ubuntu and other distros adopt it soon. Ah, I forgot, regarding Ubuntu, good news for us: next October's Ubuntu Eoan Ermine will feature 3.34! Regarding GNOME, I don't know if this is coincidence or what, but this year's KDE Plasma is faster and smoother and so is GNOME. I think next GNOME 3.36 will be faster and better as well. Finally I would love to say thank you GNOME developers! You all did well in last 6 month. How do you think about 3.34? Let me know in the comment section! Read more Also: Internet Speed Indicator for GNOME 3.34