Ubuntu Mobile, a New Mobile Internet Devices

Ubuntu Mobile is an Ubuntu edition that targets an exciting new class of computers called Mobile Internet Devices. Ubuntu Mobile, based on the world's most popular Linux distribution, and MID hardware from OEMs and ODMs, are redefining what can be done in mobile computing.

Ubuntu Mobile, a fully open source project, gives full Internet, with no compromise. Custom options may include licensed codecs and popular third-party applications.


  • Full Web 2.0/AJAX fidelity, with custom options of Adobe Flash®, Java, and more
  • Outstanding media playback so you can enjoy videos, music and photos with superior quality and easy navigation
  • A suite of applications that work seamlessly to meet every need of a digital parent, student or anyone who is on-the-go
  • Facebook®, MySpace®, YouTube®, Dailymotion®, 3D games, GPS, maps, in short, the full Web 2.0 experience delivered into your hands as a compact and powerful device that's easy and fun to use
The product of Canonical collaboration with Intel® and the open source community, Ubuntu Mobile is the software that makes it all possible.
  • Ubuntu Mobile is highly flexible and customizable. It is an ideal platform for the kind of product differentiation that reaches target users and penetrates key markets.
  • User interface in HTML, Flash, Clutter, Python with GTK, C/C++ with GTK and Java
  • Different application sets for different products or configurations
  • Integration with popular Web 2.0 sites
  • Internationalization and translation support to meet market requirements
  • Custom sets of licensed media codecs and third-party proprietary software for commercial partners
  • Custom engineering

OEMs, ODMs, operators and developers can customize Ubuntu Mobile to their desired look and feel and offer just the right capabilities to meet their specific requirements. Canonical can assist through its Custom Engineering program.

MIDs typically have the following features and attributes:
  • Small size/form factor
  • 4 to 7 inch touch screen
  • Physical and/or virtual keyboard
  • Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, WiMAX
  • 2GB to 8GB Flash or disk storage, 256MB+ memory/512MB+ recommended
  • OpenGL 3D
  • USB, camera, head phone jack, speakers, microphone

More info about this can be reached at Here.

DragonFly BSD 1.12 Has Been Released

DragonFly is an operating system and environment originally based on FreeBSD. DragonFly branched from FreeBSD in 2003 in order to develop a radically different approach to concurrency, SMP, and most other kernel subsystems.

Now, DragonFly 1.12 release is available. This release is primarily a maintenance update. A lot of work has been done all over the kernel and userland. There are no new big-ticket items though we have pushed the MP lock further into the kernel. The 2.0 release is scheduled for mid-year.

DragonFly belongs to the same class of operating system as BSD and Linux and is based on the same UNIX ideals and APIs. DragonFly gives the BSD base an opportunity to grow in an entirely different direction from the one taken in the FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD series.

From 2003 to early 2007 the DragonFly project focused on rewriting most of the major kernel subsystems in order to support the second phase of the project. This involved a great deal of work in nearly every subsystem, particularly the filsystem APIs and kernel core. During all of this the development team said they have managed to keep the system up-to-date with regards to the third party applications and base system utilities that are needed to make any system usable in production. They have also adopted the PkgSrc system for management of all non-base-system third-party applications in order to pool its resources with other BSD projects using the system.

You can download this release of DragonFly at Here.

Final Release of GoblinX 2.6 Standard Edition is Out

The final release of GoblinX 2.6 Standard edition, a Slackware-based live CD for the desktop has announced. As the development team said, GoblinX Standard is the original edition which was first released in October 2004. It includes five windows managers: KDE, Fluxbox, Xfce, Enlightenment and WindowMaker.

The main upgrades since release candidate 1: Added SLAX firewall; added more options to Isolinux menu; rebuilt GtkDialog interfaces to prevent resize action; corrected several errors and bugs; corrected Kill button in media manager interfaces; upgraded some libraries and packages, including xorg-server; corrected some sudo issues; removed X.Org default resolution; removed some libraries; added more services to boot; added more auto-start options; corrected Ivman issues.

More info can be found at Goblinx's site and the ISO of this release can be download at here.

Final Beta of Dreamlinux 3.0 has Released

Dream Linux has released the final Beta of version 3.0. Dream Linux is a Brazilian distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux with featuring a live CD with a graphical hard disk installation option.

It boots directly into an Xfce or GNOME desktops which provide access to a good collection of desktop applications and a central control panel for system configuration.

The changes in this release are including some applications such as Gthumb (replacing GQview), Pidgin instant messenger, Ndiswrapper module, WineQ + Wine Doors installer. It has done some fixes and improvements for booting from any CDROM unit, Improving Dreamlinux Control Panel, Dreamlinux Installer and Easy Install application.

Now, Theme-Switcher on Gnome changes theme without the need to restart X, Setup-Network Manager for stop, start, restart, stop network on booting, start network on booting. Network now setup to automatically start during boot.

In addition that include on this release are: Cupsys also starting up on boot, New wizard for emerald-themes, New wallpapers, New icons, New Avant Window Manager themes (check AWN Manager on DCP), New GDM themes, now featuring countdown and other minor overal improvements.

You can download this release's ISO at Here or Here by Torrent.

Slax 6.0 has been Released

Slax, a modern, small and fast Linux operating system with a modular approach and outstanding design, has been released its version 6.0.

What’s new on this release? First, Slax is officially released in two forms, ISO and TAR. As you surely know, the iso format (labeled as “Slax for CD”) is to be burnt to a CD (preferably a miniCD medium). But nowadays, CDs are pretty obsolete, so the TAR format (labeled as “Slax for USB”) is for all the other people who need to run Slax directly from USB media or from a disk. Simply unzip (extract) the tar archive directly to your device (to it’s root directory, it will create ‘boot’ and ’slax’ subdirectories). That’s almost all; you only need to make it bootable. For that purpose, navigate to the ‘boot’ directory and find bootinst.sh (if you are in Linux) or bootinst.bat (if you are in Windows). Run it. Linux users will need to use root account for that. The script will setup the device to be bootable.

If you are using “Slax for USB”, you will notice that all the changes you made are PERMANENT. Yes, even if you’re running Slax from a VFAT filesystem (thanks to posixovl). But a native Linux filesystem is always prefered, of course. In that case, you won’t be able to use bootinst.sh/bat, you’ll have to try liloinst.sh

Despite its small size, Slax provides a wide collection of pre-installed software for daily use, including a well organized graphical user interface and useful recovery tools for system administrators.

The modular approach gives you the ability to include any other software in Slax easily. If you're missing your favourite text editor, networking tool or game, simply download a module with the software and copy it to Slax, no need to install, no need to configure.

You can download this new release at Here or Here.

CrossOver Linux v6.1.0

Your Windows Applications, Seamlessly Integrated On Linux

CrossOver Linux allows you to install many popular Windows productivity applications, plugins and games in Linux, without needing a Microsoft Operating System license. CrossOver includes an easy to use, single click interface, which makes installing a Windows application simple and fast. Once installed, your application integrate seamlessly with your Gnome or KDE environment. Just click and run your application, exactly as you would in Windows, but with the full freedom of Linux.

CrossOver Linux lets you use many Windows plugins directly from your Linux browser. Plugins work on any x86 based Linux distribution and will integrate with most browsers including Firefox 1.x, Netscape 6.x, Konqueror, Mozilla, and Opera. CrossOver also integrates with Gnome and KDE to let you transparently open any Word, Excel or PowerPoint file. But even better, you can open these attachment types directly from any mail client.

CrossOver Linux is capable of running a range of Windows software, but CodeWeavers will support the following applications:

  • Microsoft Office 2003, XP, 2000 and 97
  • Microsoft Access (Microsoft Access supported in Office 2000 only)
  • Microsoft Project
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Lotus Notes 5.0 and 6.5.1
  • Quicken
  • FrameMaker
  • Various Web Browser Plugins
  • QuickTime
  • Shockwave Director
  • Windows Media Player 6.4
  • and more...

Supported Languages
CrossOver Linux contains support for English, French, German, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, and Japanese.

More info can be found at its site. Btw, you can download this Linux utility at Here.
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OSS Open Sound System v4.0 for Linux

Open Sound System (OSS) is the first attempt in unifying the digital audio architecture for UNIX. OSS is a set of device drivers that provide a uniform API across all the major UNIX architectures. It supports Sound Blaster or Windows Sound System compatible sound cards which can be plugged into any UNIX workstation supporting the ISA or PCI bus architecture.

OSS also supports workstations with on-board digital audio hardware.Traditionally, each UNIX vendor has provided their own API for processing digital audio. This meant that applications written to a particular UNIX audio API had to be re-written or ported, with possible loss of functionality, to another version of UNIX. Applications written to the OSS API, need to be designed once and then simply re-compiled on any supported UNIX architecture.

OSS is source code compatible across all the platforms. Most UNIX workstations, thus far, have only provided support for digital audio sampling and playback (business audio). OSS brings the world of MIDI and electronic music to the workstation environment. With the advent of streaming audio, speech recognition/generation, computer telephony, Java and other multimedia technologies, applications on UNIX can now provide the same audio capabilities as those found on Windows NT, OS/2, Windows 95 and the Macintosh operating systems.

OSS also provides synchronized audio capabilities required for desktop video and animation playback.

You can download OSS for Linux at Here.

Nero Linux 3 is available now

Nero Linux 3 is the definitive burning application for the Linux operating system.

Based on the award-winning current Nero Burning ROM platform, Nero Linux 3 is the most powerful and versatile burning application available for Linux, and the only application to offer Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD data burning support.

Experience the most comprehensive burning application for the Linux OS:

  • Enjoy the same functionalities as in the newest version of Nero Burning ROM
  • Burn data using any optical disc format, including CD, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and HD DVD
  • Ensure a quick and easy setup using SmartDetect automatic drive support
  • Manage your music collection with integrated audio capabilities such as high speed digital audio extraction and FreeDB, which automatically searches for disc information over the Internet.

Download this great burning tool for Linux at Here.

Nexenta Core Platform 1.0 Has Been Released

The Nexenta development team has released Nexenta Core Platform 1.0, a free and open source operating system combining the OpenSolaris kernel with GNU application userland. NexentaCore includes complete OpenSolaris kernel and runtime, along with Debian and GNU toolchains. NexentaCore will serve as a stable platform for future Nexenta development.

Nexenta Operating System is a free and open source operating system combining the OpenSolaris kernel with GNU application userland.

Nexenta Operating System runs on Intel/AMD 32/64bit hardware and is distributed as a single installable CD. NexentaCore is a minimal (core) foundation that can be used to quickly build servers, desktops, and custom distributions tailored for specialized applications. The latest and previous NexentaCore releases are available at Nexenta.

With the power of Debian tools behind it, NexentaCore could be customized for any vertical application or distribution: KDE, GNOME, XFCE centric Desktops, LAMP servers, Xen Dom0 ZFS-powered servers, and more. Unlike NexentaOS desktop distribution, NexentaCore does not aim to provide a complete desktop. The overriding objective for NexentaCore is - stable foundation.

Here's the difference NexentaCore from other OpenSolaris distributions:

  • Provides Debian environment
  • Provides Ubuntu/Dapper APT software repository
  • Software optimized for server usage
  • Single CD, Easy to Install, Easy to Use and Deploy
  • Simplified software upgrades via Debian tools
  • Community-built, strong non-Sun centric community support
  • Wider range of HW support in some areas (e.g. Networking)
  • ZFS-bootable with transactional upgrades integrated
  • Small memory requirements - 256MB

You can download Nexenta at Here.

openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 2 Has Been Released

Just need only three weeks after Alpha1, openSUSE development team has announced the release of openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 2.

Here's the What's Changed since openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 1:

  • KDE 4.0.1 replaced KDE 3.5.8 as default KDE
  • GNOME 2.21.90 was integrated
  • Continued work on the Installation workflow
  • Live CDs for both GNOME and KDE
  • CDs support German as an additional language
  • DVDs have only OSS software
  • Linux 2.6.24
  • OpenOffice.org 2.4 Beta
  • Alsa 1.0.16rc2
  • D-Bus 1.2rc2

Btw, you can find out the download links of this second Alpha release at Here.

Fedora 9 Alpha Has Been Released

Fedora 9 Alpha release provides the first opportunity for the wider community to become involved with the testing of Rawhide: representing a sanitised snapshot of Fedora's development branch, which sees rapid changes and will become the next major release, it should boot on the majority of systems, providing both an opportunity to get a look at what new features will be included in the next release and also an opportunity to provide feedback and bug reports to help ensure that the next release is as good as possible.

This new release features Linux kernel 2.6.24, support for resizing ext2, ext3 and NTFS partitions in the Anaconda installer, faster X window system; GNOME 2.21 with GVFS and GIO as a replacement for GNOME VFS, KDE 4.0 as the default KDE with compatibility packages to ensure applications not yet ported to KDE 4 will continue to work, Firefox 3 Beta 2 with desktop integration, the new Places replacement for bookmarks and a re-worked address bar, PackageKit - a cross-distribution package management solution with a complete yum backend, and a number of other improvements.

Fedora 9 Alpha Highlights:

  • GNOME 2.21 Development Release
  • KDE 4.0
  • Firefox 3 Beta 2
  • Support for resizing ext2, ext3 and NTFS partitions during install
  • Support for creating and installing to encrypted filesystems
  • PackageKit
  • Kernel 2.6.24
  • And numerous other improvements and enhancements.

More info can be reached on its release notes, and links for download can be found by visiting here.

Pioneer Linux 3.1 has been released

Technalign, Inc. has announced the release of the Pioneer Basic 3.1 workstation, Stagecoach 3.1 the combined server and workstation, and it's enterprise server MigrationSERVER 3.1. These workstations utilize the KDE desktop and run off a Live CD for users to test before installation. Pioneer Linux is a desktop-oriented, Kubuntu-based distribution targeted at new as well as experienced Linux users.

The new releases maintain the 7 year lifecycle and those running previous versions of Pioneer Basic will be able to run the update manager to bring them up to the current version. All known and reported critical bugs have been repaired in this final release.

Changes to the version include Technalign's Electricity, powered by Wine-doors, software which allows the end user to run many of their Windows? applications. Along with Electricity; the Cowboy, Cowgirl, and Wrangler Repositories, which where created in partnership with Automatix, are included and are available to other communities.

The Cowboy repository contains Electricity powered by Wine-Doors and Icedtea (open source Java), Cowgirl contains items that require licensing, but free, including Real Player, Skype, Opera, and Adobe products, and finally Wrangler will contain only commercial products such as HIATLANTIS, the Technalign CRM/Supply Chain Management application.

More info and download links can be found at here.

NimbleX 2008 Beta has been released

NimbleX; a Slackware-based mini live CD which is able to boot from a mini CD, USB storage device or from another computer on the Local Area Network; has released the 2008 Beta version. Several things still need to be polished but overall it's an important step towards what's going to be NimbleX 2008. The most significant changes are from the technology point of view, that in the future should provide a significant increase in usability and stability.

Highlights since NimbleX 2007 are:

  • Experimental Safe Installer
  • Better LZM compression
  • 2008 Beta is split in 5 pices
  • 9 Desktop environments
  • and many other things.

The Experimental Safe Installer is a very important addition for the users that was created to allow people with XP, and in the future with other distros, to make a "one key hit" safe deployment to HDD. The approach with the experimental safe installer is to avoid altering any partitions, this way minimizing the risk of damaging data and minimizing the user input to only one Enter necessary to get NimbleX on the HDD.
Using the new LZM compression I managed to squeeze a lot more stuff in NimbleX.

This beta is 16MB overweight and in the final we'll have to loose some weight to keep in the 200MB shape. NimbleX 2008 Beta is split in 5 to allow users that customize it a greater flexibility. Those that don't need a graphical environment can easily make it 50MB big.

9 Desktop environments have been added in the Beta: KDE, E17, E16, XFCE, IceWM, EDE, Fluxbox, OpenBox and TWM.

Other significant additions are: Gimp, XINE, Firefox, XMMS, GParted, ClamAV, support for RPM and DEB packages and many many other stuff. The beta has many multimedia libs added by default, but they and other stuff will probably be removed in final to slim it down to 200MB.

The KOffice package now contains all the applications but it's usability it's still the usability that KOffice always offered.
To remaster the NimbleX CD, all you have to do now is execute the remaster script from a terminal.

Download this beta release at here.

GoblinX 2.6 Mini Edition Has Been Released

The GoblinX Mini Edition is the son of GoblinX and contains only XFCE as windows manager and GTK/GTK2 based applications.

Main upgrades since previous release:

  • Added Slax(Tomas) firewall as default.
  • Added more options to Isolinux menu.
  • Rebuilt Gtkdialog interfaces to not allow resize action. Corrected few errors and bugs.
  • Corrected Kill button in media manager interfaces.
  • Added Ghdcpd, Xrefresh, Gnome-utils and Bluez packages.
  • Upgraded some libraries and packages including Xorg-server. Changed z.Goblix for z.Mini, a different GoblinX module for Mini edition.
  • Corrected some Sudo issues.
  • Removed Xorg default resolution.
  • Removed some libraries.
  • Added more services to boot.

Download this new release of light-weight, Slackware-based live CD featuring the Xfce window manager at Here.

Absolute Linux 12.1 Beta 2 is Out

New Beta release of Absolute Linux 12.1 has been released. Absolute Linux is a light-weight modification of Slackware using the IceWM window manager.

Here's the release notes of Absolute Linux 12.1 Beta 2 that its development team said:
"This is another new kernel ( which I compiled with tickless (for laptop lower-power, for battery life extension). Also switched preemption model to low-latency desktop, plus the usual extra includes instead of modules for user-needed stuff like MMC (SD) cards, USB mass storage, NTFS, etc.

Other major change is for wireless - switched to wicd. Be sure to enable wicd daemon when installing if you want to use wireless, when you do this you will see the wicd tray icon next to the clock when using IceWM, you can configure wicd from there. Package highlights: GIMP 2.4.3, Firefox, GTK+ 2.12.4, libpng security fix, and about 100 other packages."

Btw, you can download this beta release at here.

Endian Firewall Community 2.2 Beta 3

Third Beta of Endian Firewall Community 2.2 has been released, it comes with many bug fixes and enhancements. For who don't know, Endian Firewall Community is an all-in-one Linux security distribution that turns every system into a full featured security appliance.

Designed with “usability in mind”, Endian developed a solution that is extremely flexible, easy to install and manage. The Community version has been warmly embraced by the open source community and has so far enjoyed over 200000 downloads with thousands of installations worldwide.

What's Changes from previous release are:

  • New uplink control made with Javascript/JSON, enhances responsiveness on uplink status change. The user can now decide if uplink should be "managed" automatically (for automatic fail over) or manually.
  • Updated kernel to version, rebuilt with gcc 4.1.2 to solve some compiler related issues and added drivers that where missing in Beta 2.
  • Rebuilt packages for i586 instead of i686 to support embedded/older systems (VIA C3, AMD LX, etc.).
  • 60+ bug fixes and other enhancements

Download this new development release at Here.

Hardy Heron, Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 4 Has Been Released

Hardy Heron Development Team has announced the availability of a new development build of Ubuntu 8.04, the Alpha 4. "Hardy Heron" is code name that used for this project, which will in time become Ubuntu 8.04.

Some new issues on this release are: X.Org 7.3, with an emphasis on better autoconfiguration with a minimal configuration file; Linux kernel 2.6.24 brings in significant enhancements and fixes that have been merged in the last few months into the mainline kernel; PulseAudio enabled by default; PolicyKit integration is visible in the administrative user interfaces; Firefox 3 beta 2 bringing much better system integration including icon and colour theming; the GTK+ version of the popular Transmission BitTorrent client; the new Vinagre VNC client; the Brasero CD/DVD burning application, etc.

For more detail info, see the complete release notes on Ubuntu site. Or you can download this development release at here or here if you prefer to use torrent.

Musix 1.0 R3 Test 5 is Available Now

Musix has released its first DVD. Musix GNU+Linux 1.0 R3 test5 Live-DVD and Live-CD are both testing versions produced on the basis of the stable version 1.0 R2. As you know, Musix 1.0 is Linux distro that based on Knoppix and Debian/Stable which focusing to multimedia work, especially music editing for musician. For complete list Linux distributions for audio or multimedia editing, you can read my last post about that.

Version 1.0 R3 test 5 solves several 1.0 R2's problems, among them, the "Inconsistent Filesystem Structure" bug after an improper shutdown and the SATA HD installation bug. English is now the default boot language and new functionalities were added, for instance: automount of CDs, DVDs and USB memories, or the "install" boot argument.

The goals of the making DVD distribution of this release are:
better language support, to include more education, video, graphic, and audio applications and to make a better general purpose system of course.

New packages on the Live-DVD: OpenOffice (75 languages), full KDE Desktop (63 languages), dozens of education apps (23 categories), a 75Mb Steinway Piano Soundfont, full printer and scanner support, amarok, scribus, cinelerra, kino, kdenlive, lives, freej, blender, inkscape, Linux Multimedia Studio, democracyplayer, vlc, mplayer, qdvdauthor, mandvd, Clam, canorus, Qcad, wengophone, a lot of games, gem, yafray, beryl, compiz, konversation, konserve, stellarium, nted, clamav, avscan, qemu, development packages, mozilla-firefox-locale (28 languages), manpages (23 languages), Linux 2.6.23-rt1 (when installed) and many more!

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KDE is the default desktop for the DVD version because its great language support, but we encourage you to try the "Musix's" desktop: IceWM+Rox, it's light and functional, or Fluxbox. Also, Kdesktop can be used from IceWM+Rox if you want a "Windows like" desktop.

You can download the ISO of this Live DVD release at Here.

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