Linux is shedding its hard-core techie image in a bid to woo ordinary human beings seeking an easy-to-use operating system that can be downloaded for free.
While it is hard to estimate how many everyday users have defected from Windows or Apple software to join the open-source movement, Ubuntu (pronounced oo-boon-too) has emerged as one of the Linux desktop packages of choice for those looking for a basic desktop alternative.
FreeDOS is ideal for anyone who wants to bundle a version of DOS without having to pay a royalty for use of DOS. FreeDOS will also work on old hardware, in DOS emulators, and in embedded systems. FreeDOS is also an invaluable resource for people who would like to develop their own operating system. While there are many free operating systems out there, no other free DOS-compatible operating system exists.
"I see that there is still a lively debate concerning our choice of user interface (UI) toolkit for Flash Player 9. To review, we selected GTK, mostly because the Player 7 codebase we started with already implemented a bunch of stuff with GTK."
The resignation of Matthew Garrett, one of the most active developers in Debian, has drawn attention to some ongoing issues about how the project operates. Specifically, Garrett's announcement on his blog cites a lack of civility and a slowness in decision-making, and compares Debian unfavorably to Ubuntu, the Debian-derived distribution which is increasingly attracting the efforts of many Debian maintainers.
The Slackware project definitely needs to learn a thing or two when it comes to release announcments. The latest news on their main page indicates an update from 2005. However, the change log states "Sun Sep 3 01:46:42 CDT 2006: I wasn't planning a Slackware 11.0 release candidate 4, but here we go."
Axel does the same thing any other accelerator does: It opens more than one HTTP/FTP connection per download and each connection transfers its own, separate, part of the file. It may sound weird, but it works very well in practice. For example, some FTP sites limit the speed of each connection, therefore opening more than one connection at a time multiplies the allowable bandwidth. Be forewarned that some FTP operators don’t like it when you do this.
The Debian project has updated the stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 (codename sarge). This update mainly adds security updates to the stable release, along with a few corrections to serious problems. Those who frequently update from security.debian.org won't have to update many packages and most updates from security.debian.org are included in this update.
Since Linuxlookup news isn't updated over the weekends, here is the weekly wrap-up to hold you over till Monday. Some top stories this week were:
- GIMP vs. Photoshop - What still needs to be done?
- Microsoft offers support to Mozilla
- Google Webmaster Central Launched
- What If Windows Went Open Source?
- New Features and other interesting stuff in Debian 4.0 "Etch"
- Linux will get buried?
- Gentoo Linux 2006.1 Released
- How Microsoft is losing to GNU/Linux
- Linux version of Adobe’s Flash Player 9 - NOT this year!
- IE For Linux?