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MySQL is implementing another release model

juni 14, 2009

is going to let go thier traditional release model for a new one.

As it is stated in an announcement. This is done to have more frequent and timely GA releases of the MySQL server, which allow a faster integration of new features and complex changes.

If you are just interested in maintaining a stable server you will not be affected. Because this will just be for development versions.

The basic principles of this model are:

  • The trunk is always at least in beta quality.
  • A milestone starts in beta quality (never in alpha) with a merge between the trunk and a stage tree;
  • Milestone releases, with RC quality, released every three to six months.
  • Integration windows between milestones allow the insertion of new features from staging trees
  • GA releases happen every 12 to 18 months;
  • There are not more than two releases in active support.

Which should look like this:

My Sources and the complete story’s see: Pro-Linux (in german) and MySQL

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Opera released version 10 Beta 1 of their webbrowser

juni 4, 2009

has released Beta1 of thier new version of Webbrowser 10.

The new things in Opera 10 Beta 1 are:

  • Opera Turbo is a compression technology that provides significant improvements in browsing speeds over limited-bandwidth connections like a crowded Wi-Fi in a cafe or browsing through your mobile phone while commuting.
  • a resizable tab bar. Drag the handle underneath the tabs to reveal thumbnails of your open Web pages.
  • Customize your Speed Dial to fit your own needs. Hit the configure button and choose from 4 to 25 favorite Web sites for quick access every time you open a new tab. You can also add a custom background so you feel right at home.
  • Web intergration.  If you use a Web mail service as your default mail client, you can tell Opera 10 to do the same.
  • Presto 2.2 engine in Opera 10 to be much faster on resource intensive pages such as Gmail and Facebook. In addition, with an Acid3 100/100 score, Web Fonts support, RGBA/HSLA color and SVG improvements.
  • In-line spell check.
  • Auto-Update.

And some more features can be found here!

Blender 2.49 is released

mei 31, 2009

has released a new version of thier 3D-Rendering-Software.

In this release are many new Features. The game-engine is now supporting more Video-texture-streams, which can be made up of video,- channels, pictures or a combination of them. The engine is also optimized so that games will run three times faster.

Bugs in this version:

  • AO render gives wrong pixels on first sample it takes in a tile
  • GE: Anisotropic friction with zero values caused objecs to jump to infinity
  • GE: Materials using Object texture coordinates caused crash
  • The .deb Linux builds didn’t include FFMPG

You can download Blender for free, and is available for the following systems:

Enjoy Blender.

It’s here… Moblin v2.0 beta for Netbooks and Nettops

mei 29, 2009

The Moblin steering committee has released the Moblin v2.0 beta for Netbooks and Nettops for developer testing. With this release, developers can begin to experience and work with the source code of the visually rich, interactive user interface designed for Intel Atom based Netbooks. The Moblin v2.0 user experience has been designed from the ground up to provide unique ways to engage with the internet, aggregate your social networking activity, and enjoy your media content. The new user experience and core applications were developed using the Clutter animation framework, leveraging heavily from GL and the physics engine.

Moblin v2.0 Beta Feature Summary

  • New, visually rich user experience, optimized for Netbook and Nettops, building on the latest open source graphics technology, such as Clutter, DRI2, and KMS. The user experience is provided mainly through the toolbar and panels, available at the top of the screen.
  • The m_zone, acting as the ‘home screen’ panel. It provides instant access to your synchronized calendar, tasks, appointments, recently used files, and real-time updates from your friends on social networking sites.
  • Aggregation of your social networking content. This provides you with the ability to see your social networking activities on one screen, easily interact with your friends, and update your status and site information. Twitter and Last.fm are the currently supported social networking sites, with more to come.
  • A web browser optimized for the Moblin 2.0 Netbook user interface. Based on the latest Mozilla browser technology revised into a Clutter shell, the browser gives you access to the whole internet, as well as advanced features, such as video embedding and the latest Flash plug-in, while integrating seamlessly into the user interface.
  • A ‘Zoomable’ media player. This player brings your media collection to life as you zoom from viewing all media down to focusing on an individual picture, movie, or audio track. The media player can detect and index media on external USB devices, as well as UPnP devices on your network.
  • A user interface for connection management and an updated connection manager (ConnMan).
  • And, of course, support for Linux desktop applications. Moblin is built using GNOME Mobile Technologies and supports existing Linux desktop applications.

You can watch thier video here:

[zdvideo width=”425″ height=”344″]http://www.youtube.com/v/vsCpIeLLoT8[/zdvideo]

Source: Moblin

Desktop-Benchmark of LiSoG is coming in Juni

mei 29, 2009

The Linux Solution Group e.V. has announced an Open Source Desktop benchmark.

This has a business need, cause : Computer benchmarks are used to describe the performance of computer systems. They provide a possibility to compare computer systems with each other!! The Business need is caused by a EU council directive. This directive aspires to ensure equal opportunities for small and medium enterprises concerning tenders of applications within public organizations.The referred Edict can be found at EU – council directive.

Goal

  • The legal requirements for the procurement in local authorities are met with a benchmark.
  • A specification for an Open Source based benchmark suite for desktop systems will be created.

The projects target group

  • Organisations and companies that have to invite tenders for office systems in regard of product neutrality
  • Organisations and companies that medium-term want to use a benchmark running on Linux as reference
  • hardware vendors for office systems and Linux distributors

You can read the whole document at LiSoG website.


explore new ways to extend & personalize your Firefox

mei 24, 2009

Mozilla is going to extend firefox with a new add-on feature. This feature makes it possible to install add-ons without have to restart your firefox browser.

Mozilla want with Jetpack to add a new Add-ons-Plattform and hope to increase the number of  the Add-ons-developers. The first version of  Jetpack (0.1) is capable of:

  • Initial Jetpack APIs with support for statusbars, tabs, content-scripts, animations, and more.
  • Support for external API libraries (e.g. Twitter)
  • jQuery support
  • Integrated development environment with Bespin, with immediate installs and a fast development cycle
  • Inline debugging with Firebug
  • This initial release of the Jetpack API does not include a fully formed security model. It is being released for testing, development, and feedback.

The Jetpack-Initial version is just for testing, developers and to gain feedback.  To make it easy to get some work done with Jetpack the developers have made a Tutorial and some Demos . Jetpack can be downloaded here.

Source: Mozilla Labs

Microsoft and Linux Foundation agree !

mei 19, 2009

Microsoft and the Linux Foundation agree on something. Neither wants to stand behind their products.

The two joined forces on a letter to the American Law Institute taking issue with its proposal, which is an implied warranty that software products ship with no material defects.  Microsoft and the Linux Foundation believe the proposal could do more harm than good.

Microsoft and the Linux Foundation aren’t the only ones against this, the University of Houston’s Raymond Nimmer also wrote a biting critique of the ALI proposal.

We will see what the future will bring us.

Source ZdnetAsia

New BIOS-based OS from Phoenix

mei 15, 2009

Phoenix Technologies is going to release a Linux-based, with virtualization-enabled, BIOS-based OS for computers. They implemented a full Linux distro right on the BIOS chips, and by using integrated virtualization technology, it ‘allows PCs and laptops to hot-switch between the main operating system, such as Windows, and the HyperSpace environment.’ So, essentially, they are ‘trying to create a new market using the ideas of a fast-booting, safe platform that people can work in, but remain outside of Windows.

Hyperspace lets you access the Web without having to wait for Windows to boot up. Power your computer and instantly surf the Internet, check e-mail or watch the YouTube video of the day. And when you want to switch off, just close the lid and off you go.  Phoenix claims that with Hyperspace you can work 30% longer on your notebook, cause or preserve batterylife. So it seems to have many advantages, you can try Hyperspace for free for 21 days, if you have interest in it click here.

Source: Technologyreview and hyperspace/phoenix

VLC has announced RC for version 1.0.0

mei 14, 2009

has released their first Release Candidate of VLC version 1.0 .

The application offers support for many different media formats like:  MPEG 1/2/4, DivX, WMV, DV, Ogg/Vorbis, AAC, and many more. It also is capable of playing  VCDs and DVDs. It also can be used as Streaming Client or Server!, For streaming it also supports different protocols.

With the release of this RC, there is also a contest opened for you to join in to make the best Skins for VLC.

You can download VLC for the following operating systems:

  • BeOS
  • Linux, serveral distirbutions
  • Mac OS X (both intel and poweppc)
  • Windows
  • Syllable
  • BSD version
  • QNX
  • Solaris

Blender: Durian Project Announcement

mei 11, 2009

Blender.org has announced the Durian Project.

It is the new open movie project from Blender.org. The movie shut be an epic fantasy theme with lots of action, monsters and a girl hero!

The following three people are helping with creating this movie:

  • Martin Lodewijk, godfather of Dutch comics, for script
  • Colin Levy, Blender artist and filmer, director
  • David Revoy, Blender artist and illustrator, concept art
  • And maybe you?

If you think you can help with the movie, click on the you on the line “And maybe you?”. Cause the project is still looking for some people to help them with this movie,  if you want to polish your portfolio for being an artists apply for a job function in Amsterdam.

Source: Blender