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March 29th, 2009 by Keith

Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope Reaches Beta

Posted in Beta, Linux, Site News, Software Companies

Ubuntu 9.04, codenamed Jaunty Jackalope, has just entered into beta phase a couple of days ago. According to sources, this release includes a range of enhancements over its predecessor, Ubuntu 8.10 (codenamed Intrepid Ibex), such as a new style of notification system, changes to start-up processes and inclusion of cloud computing capability into the new operating system.

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March 13th, 2009 by Keith

Mozilla Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 – Finally Another Beta

Posted in Beta, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Web Apps, Windows

I thought Mozilla Firefox 3.1.x will never release the next beta version any more; but as I was unsuspecting this outcome, Mozilla Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 has finally been released by Mozilla.

Below are some of the changes in this version:

  • * Beta is now available in 64 languages.
  • * Improved the new Private Browsing Mode.
  • * Improvements to web worker thread support.
  • * Improved performance and stability with the new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine.
  • * New native JSON support.
  • * Improvements to the Gecko layout engine, including speculative parsing for faster content rendering.
  • * Support for new web technologies such as the and elements, the W3C Geolocation API, JavaScript query selectors, CSS 2.1 and 3 properties, SVG transforms and offline applications.

As this is still currently under development stage, it is strongly advised not to deploy this version on your production machine. The official stable version of Mozilla Firefox 3.0.7 should be used instead.

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Mozilla Firefox 3.1 Beta 3

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March 11th, 2009 by Keith

KOffice 2.0 Beta 7 Has Released

Posted in Business Software, Fun Stuff, Linux, Site News, Software Companies

Linux users, or rather KDE users, would be delighted to know that KOffice developers have released their 7th beta version for KOffice 2.0, which could potentially be the final beta release before the first Release Candidate (RC) version is out. There will be more information coming up next week from KDE.

Below are the list of changes for this beta version:

  • * Crashes fixed in all applications
  • * Fix loading and saving of shapes in the text shape (KWord)
  • * Fixed an important cell edit bug in KSpread
  • * Use the format of a master page when using a layout in KPresenter
  • * Many bugs fixed in the chart shape
  • * Also many bugs fixed in Krita
  • * Improved support for SVG in Karbon

The main focus in this beta release is on crashes, data loss, ODF saving and loading. As this is still currently undertaken as development stage, users might want to avoid installing on production machines.

Linux users should easily know how to install KOffice. Simply access your respective repository to search for KOffice packages and install it from the KDE repository.

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KOffice 2.0 Beta 7

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March 11th, 2009 by Keith

Mozilla Firefox 3.0.7

Posted in Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Solaris, Web Apps, Windows

Since the last release of Firefox 3.0.6, the next 3.1.x version of Mozilla Firefox is still yet to be released. On the other hand, we already have the next stable (official) version of Firefox 3.0.7 in the market. The main reason why the 3.1.x version is still not available because several plugins are still currently not supported by that version.

Firefox is one of the most popular web browsers, commonly used by computer users in the world. I guess it needs no introduction. Generally, the following are the changes in this version:

  • * Fixed several security issues.
  • * Fixed several stability issues.
  • * Official releases for the Estonian, Kannada and Telugu languages are now available.
  • * Items in the “File” menu show as inactive after using the “Print” item from that menu – switching to a new tab restores them. This issue has been fixed.
  • * For some users, cookies would appear to go “missing” after a few days.
  • * Mac users of the Flashblock add-on, experienced an issue where sound from the Flash plug-in would continue to play for a short time after closing a tab or window.
  • * Fixed several issues related to accessibility features.

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Mozilla Firefox 3.0.7

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March 10th, 2009 by Keith

Pidgin 2.5.5 Released

Posted in Fun Stuff, Linux, Web Apps, Windows

Pidgin 2.5.5, the widely-popular Internet Messaging client is now released. This application supports several protocols, such as MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, QQ and ICQ. There is also a portable version available for users to download and install on removable drives, i.e. Pidgin 2.5.5 Portable.

I believe there are a lot of Pidgin users out there right now and I do not have to go into details about this wonderful, brilliant software, that supports both Windows and Linux platforms. The only drawback, once again, is the lack of webcam ability. Apart from this, it is a piece of fantastic messaging application. I practically could connect to various networks at once.

The availability of the portable version also makes it ultra mobile. Saving the entire application into a thumb drive, users can plug onto a USB ports of any PC (with Internet connections), wherever you go.

Interested users can download the application from the link below.

Download File
Pidgin 2.5.5
Pidgin Portable 2.5.5

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February 10th, 2009 by Keith

WordPress 2.7.1 Now Released

Posted in Business Software, Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Solaris, Web Apps, Windows

Within a short period of time, WordPress 2.7.1 RC 1 has matured and officially released. Between version 2.7 and 2.7.1, 68 tickets have been fixed.

Currently, the full change log has not yet to be placed on the site, but it should be done in a matter of time. The latest version can be downloaded from the link below:

Download Link
WordPress 2.7.1

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February 8th, 2009 by Keith

Mozilla Firefox 3.0.6

Posted in Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Solaris, Web Apps, Windows

All of us might be waiting for the newest version of Mozilla Firefox to be released, however it still does not beat the current stable (official) version of Firefox 3.0.6. The main reason is that there are still plugins that are currently not supported by the latest version of Firefox 3.1.x.

Firefox is one of the most popular web browsers, commonly used by computer users in the world. I guess it needs no introduction. Generally, the following are the changes in this version:

  • # Fixed several security issues.
  • # Fixed several stability issues.
  • # In previous versions of Firefox, some users experienced a problem where parts of the screen were not properly displaying after Firefox was open for long periods of time.
  • # Improved the ability for scripted commands (including those included in popular extensions like Adblock Plus) to work properly with plugins.
  • # Removed the client user ID from crash reports.
  • # Fixed issues with the display of some Indic scripts.

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Mozilla Firefox 3.0.6

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February 7th, 2009 by Keith

WordPress 2.7.1 RC 1 Released

Posted in Beta, Business Software, Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Solaris, Web Apps, Windows

Ryan Boren’s email has revealed that WordPress 2.7.1 RC 1 is made available to the public. This was announced earlier than expected, as the release is still not announced formally at the main page of WordPress. Based on the information, the following issues have been fixed:

  • * URL column in Edit Links removes www. from domains that end in www
  • * Theme preview fails when theme in subdirectory
  • * “Draft Saved” current_time not reflecting timezone setting in the edit area
  • * Revisions do not respect time zone offset
  • * Canonical redirect of feed URLs with suffixes is wrong
  • * index.php file in the plugins folder makes the Dashboard fail

In spite of this, WordPress users are still unable to utilise the Upgrade functionality on the WordPress software to automatically upgrade to this release candidate version. However, it isn’t too bad either, to just wait a couple more days for the final (stable) version to be available.

However, if you still bend on getting your hands onto the latest release, you can download from the link below. Just note that, it is important to avoid deploying on production machines.

Download Link
WordPress 2.7.1 RC 1

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January 20th, 2009 by Keith

Drupal 6.9 and Drupal 5.15 Have Arrived

Posted in Business Software, Linux, Site News, Software Companies, Web Apps

After a few weeks, Drupal has released the latest versions of Drupal 6.9 and Drupal 5.15 have arrived. According to the release report, there is no new feature in these releases, only bug fixes to resolve some critical security vulnerabilities.

It is important that sites that are running Drupal to be upgraded to the latest version, to avoid having been exploited by the security flaw.

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Drupal 6.9
Drupal 5.15

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January 19th, 2009 by Keith

Gimp 2.6.4 Released

Posted in Business Software, Development Software, Fun Stuff, Graphics, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Solaris, Windows

Introducing another sophisticated paint and photo-editing program – GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) – the next version 2.6.4 has just been released. There are several bug fixes over the previous version.

Gimp shares several similarities with Adobe Photoshop, but the most apparent differences between the two is that the latter is a paid version, whilst the former is made available publicly as an open-source program.

In saying so, it simply means that what you can do in Photoshop are likely to be the things that you can do with GIMP, including complicated image filtering, lighting effects, etc.

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