SUN MICROSYSTEMS says it's serious about Java on Linux. But the process of installing the Java runtime leaves a lot to be desired, and here is why.
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ATI HAS astonished me with the quality of its Linux drivers. Given ATI's past record of not caring about Linux users, I was shocked by the almost typing-free installation experience.
The Beryl project, a fork of the Compiz compositing window manager, announced its initial development release, version 0.1.0, today. The developers hope the new project, born of the community-maintained compiz-quinnstorm branch after months of diverging development, will allow greater community involvement and produce more flexible code.
The longest-awaited upgrade—-aside from the ever-M.I.A. Duke Nukem computer game—-has got to be version 6 of Perl. Our favorite part of Perl’s taffy pull of a release date is the annual presentation, called State of the Onion, that Perl overseer Larry Wall usually gives at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention.
Would you believe that two open-source powers are battling over the Firefox Fox logo? Well, believe it.
According to the results of a survey conducted early this year by Novell, Adobe Photoshop tops users' lists as the most critical application not available on Linux. While Gimp may be a popular free choice, an exciting project from Slovakia called Pixel is a potential Photoshop-killer under development.
The Tool Command Language (TCL), pronounced tickle, is a scripting language and cross platform interpreter. It was designed by Professor John Ousterhout at UC, Berkeley, as a high level embedded language, but is often used to quickly create stand alone applications. Why bother with TCL?
I am sure a lot of you remember the great "GIF fiasco": more than a decade ago, Unisys decided to make money out of the most used image file format on the Internet: the GIF format. Not many people noticed that in just a few days the GIF format will definitely be free.
Songbird, the Mozilla Firefox blended audio player, has flew out of the nest today with version 0.2 release candidate 1. Songbird v0.2 RC1 supports Linux, Macintosh, and Windows platforms. We at Phoronix have a visual preview of this latest release.
Adobe's Mike Melanson has posted some more information about the lengthy delays in releasing a new version of Flash Player for Linux.