News Category: Desktop

Thunderbird 3 Beta 3 is Available For Download

Article Source MozillaJuly 22, 2009, 3:56 am We're happy to announce the release of Thunderbird 3 Beta 3, now available for download. Thunderbird 3 Beta 3 is available for testers, extension developers, and other people who are curious to follow the development of the next release of...
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Audacity Beta 1.3.8: Open-source Audio at Its Best

Article Source The Open RoadJuly 21, 2009, 12:24 pm     There may not be a free lunch in this world but, thanks to the open-source development community, there's an exceptional, free audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux. It's called Audacity, and if you've never tried it...
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Microsoft Makes Second GPLv2 Release in as Many Days

Article Source ComputerWorldJuly 21, 2009, 11:08 am Microsoft has made its second release under the General Public License in two days with software for the open-source online learning system Moodle. Microsoft released the Live Services Plug-in for Moodle under the GPLv2, a move outlined in a...
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Adobe Open Sources Flash Platform Components

Article Source eWeekJuly 21, 2009, 12:12 am Adobe Systems moved another step closer to open-sourcing its Flash Platform, or did it? Critics of Adobe have long called for the company to open-source Flash. While that is unlikely to happen any time soon, Adobe announced two new Adobe Flash...
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Mozilla Denies New Firefox Bug is Security Risk

Article Source ComputerWorldJuly 20, 2009, 6:41 pm Mozilla is denying that a bug that crashes Firefox 3.5 is a security vulnerability, countering earlier reports that the company's latest browser contained a flaw even though it had just been patched. In a Sunday post to Mozilla's security blog...
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The OSWatershed.org Project

Article Source LWNJuly 20, 2009, 1:30 pm Scott Shawcroft has announced the OSWatershed.org project. "OpenSourceWatershed is a project aimed at understanding the relationship between distributions (downstream) and the individual software components (upstream). It is the basis for a larger study...
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Exploring Advanced Math with Maxima

Article Source Linux JournalJuly 20, 2009, 11:49 am   When I took Calculus in college, my Professor would give us substantial partial credit for test problems that we got wrong for minor arithmetic errors, and rightfully so, too. Sometimes even simple-sounding problems resulted in a full page...
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Firefox 3.5.1 Released to Patch TraceMonkey Vulnerability

Article Source Ars TechnicaJuly 19, 2009, 5:35 pm Mozilla has announced the availability of Firefox 3.5.1, the first minor point release in the 3.5 series. The purpose of this release was largely to patch a critical security vulnerability that was found in the browser's new TraceMonkey...
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Open Source Word Processors Give You Lots of Free Choices, Part 1

With interest heating up around Linux on netbooks, notebooks and desktop PCs, more and more people are hunting for good word processing software that runs on Linux. Luckily, while a lot of word processing options for Linux have fallen by the wayside, new ones keep springing up, too. Meanwhile,...
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Watch Your Back(ground)

Article Source Linux JournalJuly 17, 2009, 10:37 am They say that beauty is only skin deep — if that is true, then Linux has a good shot at Miss World, as its available skins are many and varied indeed. As the impending release of Ubuntu 9.10 — colorfully named the Karmic Koala — draws...
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