Archive for the ‘Applications’ Category

Future of Linux in Automotive Industry

Monday, July 27th, 2009

In May 2008, just less than a year ago, Intel and Wind River Systems co-announced their interest in producing open source linux automotive applications. Wind River Systems produces linux-based softwares and operating systems for embedded platforms. Intel’s interest in the mobile platform was strengthened by its low cost Atom processor and was actively supporting the Moblin project, an opensource linux operating system.

Wind River System was acquired by Intel in June 2009.


Open source linux alternative for every app

Monday, July 20th, 2009

For every popular commercial application, there should be a known opensource application existing somewhere.

SGLNX recommends The Linux Alternative Project to all readers! contributes to the opensource community by constantly searching for linux equivalent software that can perform as well as the paid and popular commercial applications. The Linux Alternative Project is a constant growing database of equivalent linux softwares.


CheckInstall for linux newbies

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

For new linux users, installation of new packages/applications can be quite a breeze. Each distribution has its own graphical front-end package installers. eg Synaptic Package Manager for Ubuntu, PackageKit for Fedora, YaST for openSUSE.

The popular distributions such as Ubuntu, Fedora and openSUSE have their own software repositories where users can use the grahical front end package manager to install their desired application softwares (packages). However, there are always new open source applications being developed and not all make it to be included in these repositories.


Can we use Firefox please? It is safer!

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Some interesting news for leisure.

Last week in Washington DC, a staff from the State Department requests permission from Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to use Mozilla Firefox instead in the office..

He says it is safer. And free! [ That did raise some laughter ].

A snippet of Hillary Clinton’s reply

“….. help us save money on stuff that we shouldn’t be wasting money on, and give us the chance to manage our resources to do more things like Firefox, okay?”

If the US of A is encouraging towards open source, why not us too?

Respect to Jim Finkle whom raised this suggestion in the DC Town Hall Meeting!

News source : Boing Boing
Actual Release : USA State Government QDDR Hillary Clinton’s remarks dated 10th July 2009

Costs savings with opensource

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

A recent article in Enterprise Networking Planet talks about some where IT departments can reduce their costs by opting for opensource.


Chrome, an Operating System, not just a browser anymore!

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Chrome OSGoogle has so far been successful in deploying the Chrome web browser to Windows users. Though not exactly multi-platform capable yet as variants of Chrome browser for Linux and Mac OSX are still in development.

Today on 8th July 2009, Google surprised the world with its announcement of developing a CHROME OPERATING SYSTEM.


Firefox 3.5 updated

Monday, July 6th, 2009
Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox
, the multiplatform opensource web browser, has been updated to version 3.5. As at May 2009, it has a share of 22.51% of web browser’s usage.

Notable enhancements include:

HTML 5 audio and video enhancement
Private browsing mode [ History and cookies will not be saved ]
Location-aware browsing
Faster Javascript performance
Faster page rendering
Complete release notes here

Download for your operating system here.

A great third party guide is here on how to use Firefox productively.

Wine 1.1.25 development version ready for the download

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

WINE, the application in linux that allows the user to run Windows programs, has been updated with latest “development” version 1.1.25.

Some notable bugfixes are..
World of Warcraft sound fix
Eve Online textures fix
OpenGL related virtual memory exhaustion fix
MS office phone activation fix

Hop over here for full list of fixes.

Click here to download the binaries for your desired linux distro

For those whom prefer the stable version Wine 1.0.1, it’s available here for download.

Wine’s Wikipedia Entry