News Archive - April 2006
Thursday 27th April 2006
Just two quick things to mention. Firstly, the debate over the inclusion of proprietary drivers in Linux, sparked off by XGL's fancy graphics that often need proprietary drivers. Secondly, Mark Shuttleworth wants Kubuntu working closer with Ubuntu.
Monday 17th April 2006
- Apparently, Vista will have a surprise for pirates... although perhaps they won't be all that surprised after reading the article.
- D-Link's hardware has been very naughty and hitting time servers.
- Finally, an article on the upcoming release of Ubuntu 6.06 - A ramble through Drake Lake.
Saturday 15th April 2006
A little while ago, I tested Fedora Core 4, and was pretty impressed. However, I felt that Ubuntu and SUSE had it beaten, if not by a huge margin. That was around half a year ago. So, what has Fedora managed to do in that time?
Wednesday 12th April 2006
A quick round-up of recent news:
- A new Debian Project Leader has been voted in - Anthony Towns. Linux.com has an interview with the new DPL, discussing plans for the future and developers, among other things.
- kubuntu.de has been taken offline as a protest to Canonical - assuming the protest is still going when you read this, you can read all about it on kubuntu.de.
- While there has been talk a new cross-platform virus that affects both Windows and Linux, it might not be all that scary.
- OpenOffice.org is aiming for speed improvements, which will get no complaints from me!
- Thanks to somebody's clever coding, you can now run Photoshop plugins in the GIMP.
Saturday 8th April 2006
First of all, a project that hopes to bring together GNOME and KDE, among others: Portland. This allows a programmer to use the same code to run as well on GNOME as on KDE. Some called it Desktop Linux's best day ever.
Meanwhile, the DCC Alliance claims that they're not dead yet, although MEPIS has decided to change from the DCC Common Core to Ubuntu, which is not a member of the DCC Alliance. Finally, we hear of Governent websites failing web tests.
Saturday 1st April 2006
Plenty to talk about today - here is just a few selected highlights. First of all, there are new advances in storage technology, allowing 515 Gb per square inch - in contrast to the 37.5Gb per square inch we have right now. The Guardian takes a look at what's eating Microsoft.
And here's the rest from the massive influx of news:
- Chip and Sing - even more secure than Chip and PIN on account of the fact that you now have to sing a specific song.
- Blizzard reveals the new Alliance race in World of Warcraft to be wisps, including the feature of permanent death.
- Dave Johnston explains the lack of original maps - "95% of all possible level designs have been discovered".
- BMW announces their new technology to beat Slow Cameras.
- Distrowatch reviews Windows Hasta La Vista.
- Apple publishes plans for the first advertisement viewable from space - a giant iPod.
- The Register reports on China buying Google...
- ...the same Google that has just brung out Google Romance.
Saturday 1st April 2006
Categories: Internet, Opinion, Proprietary Software
Today, we are lucky enough to have a special guest writer - Mr. Drew Peacock.
Different people love Internet Explorer for different reasons. Some like the fact that it allows you to install all sorts of fascinating software. Some like its stability. Some like the innovative interface. In fact, these are brilliant reasons to love what is surely one of the most inspired computing triumphs of the past twenty years.