Oracle Solaris 11 Is Finally Out !!!!

Posted: November 11, 2011 in Distros

 

It’s been seven years since the release of Solaris 10, and about one year later than originally slated, but Oracle officially released Solaris 11 today.

Oracle Solaris 11 is here and Oracle has proclaimed it to be the “First Cloud OS” and also the “first fully virtualized operating system.”

Oracle also is pushing the Solaris Zones, ZFS, and security features of Solaris 11 with this being the first major Solaris release since Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems.

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Backup Repository programs with APTonCD

Posted: November 11, 2011 in Apps

 

Many times when we reinstall our favorite  OS, we complain about downloading your favorite programs again that are downloaded via Apt repos. Oh man, that’s heavy ! To avoid such situations , there is an app for you called ApTonCd which creates a backup for all your favourite apps. Unfortunately , it is only available for debain based distros, still it is better than nothing.

Installation -Open terminal and type – sudo aptitude install aptoncd     or visit their download page for .deb packages.

The first screen you will get –

 

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Following the recent release of Fedora 16, the Fedora Project has announced the launch of its new Ask Fedora community knowledge base and support forums. Fedora’s Rahul Sundaram said that “The goal of Ask Fedora is to be the best place for community support in Fedora and integrate tightly with the rest of the Fedora infrastructure”. It basically like askubuntu.com which provides answers to all users on their queries..

The new site which allows community members to ask and answer other users’ questions related to Fedora. Before Ask Fedora, the three primary resources for users were the project’s IRC channel (#fedora in irc.freenode.net), the mailing lists and FedoraForum.

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Its Firefox’s 7th Birthday

Posted: November 10, 2011 in Apps, Open Source News
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To help celebrate Firefox’s 7th Birthday, Mozilla has adopted Firefox (aka red panda) cubs at Knoxville Zoo – they can be seen on a live video stream at Firefox Live. The adoption is Mozilla’s attempt to help raise awareness of the species and their endangered status.

The Mozilla Firefox project was created as a branch from the Mozilla Netscape project or rather rose from its ashes by Dave Hyatt and Blake Ross, who released Firefox 1.0 in November 2004. They felt that the Mozilla suite was too bloated and wanted to create something that could be a stand-alone browser.

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LInux Mint to use GNOME 3 By Default

Posted: November 6, 2011 in Distros

 

According to a new LinuxMint blog post, Linux Mint 12 will use GNOME 3 with GNOME Shell by default. For those who prefer the classic GNOME 2.3x desktop, MATE (a GNOME 2.3x fork) will probably be included on the DVD edition.

Linux Mint 12 will use MGSE (Mint Gnome Shell Extensions) which makes it possible to use Linux Mint in a traditional way: a panel with a menu and window list on the bottom, switching between windows and not applications, system notification icons on top, classic ALT + TAB and more.
Among the extensions included in Linux Mint 12 are: bottom panel, classic ALT+TAB, MediaPlayer, user theme, alternative status menu (shutdown menu), window list, smart overview as well as a cool new menu extension.

Have a look –

 MATE looks and behaves just like GNOME 2.3x, but it has an advantage: it doesn’t conflict with GNOME 3, so both can be installed on the same system. However, some conflicts still exist, which block MATE from being included on the Linux Mint 12 DVD, for now anyway, but hopefully the bugs will be fixed in time for the Linux Mint 12 release.

Linux Mint releases are usually made around last week of  November, but as usual, the Mint release date is not fixed so expect Linux Mint 12 “when it’s ready”. The blog post also mentions that a release candidate should be available on 11th of November at the latest.

 

During the  Ubuntu 12.04 LTS developer summit. that’s going on right now, it was decided that the 64-bit version of Ubuntu (beginning with 12.04 Precise) will finally be the recommended version over the 32-bit Ubuntu.

While Linux was the first operating system to have strong x86_64/AMD64 support, there’s been Ubuntu 64-bit images from the start, and most hardware for several years has supported 64-bit software, Canonical / Ubuntu have always recommended the 32-bit version of Ubuntu over 64-bit (in terms of when going to the download area of Ubuntu.com, etc). With Ubuntu 12.04 next April, this will finally change so that Ubuntu x86_64 is the recommended version, but there will still be 32-bit images offered.

The reason for finally going 64-bit by default is that multiarch will provide superior 32-bit compatibility for packages, Adobe now offers a mainline 64-bit version of its Flash Player right in the software center, and that UEFI support is only offered in the 64-bit version of Ubuntu.

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Canonical and Dell are teaming up to sell computers with Ubuntu preinstalled at stores in China. The program, which could help improve the mainstream visibility of the Linux-based operating system, will span 220 retail locations.

According to a statement that Canonical posted – the products will be set up with marketing materials that tout the virtues of the Ubuntu platform. Retail staff will also be trained to explain the products to consumers.

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