Monday, October 30, 2006

How MythTV detects commercials - PVR Wire

One of the best features of MythTV, the open source DIY Linux PVR software, is its ability to completely skip commercials without any human input.

This is something that mainstream PVRs have shied away from in fear of lawsuits from TV networks. After all they get enough stick over the fast forwarding feature.
Once again, open source software is innovating in ways that propritary software won't or can't.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Ubuntu 6.10 is out

EdgyAnnouncement - Ubuntu Wiki: "The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the release of Ubuntu 6.10, codenamed 'Edgy Eft'. This release includes both installable Desktop CDs and alternate text-mode installation CDs for several architectures. Ubuntu is a Linux distribution for your desktop or server, with a fast and easy install, regular releases, a tight selection of excellent packages installed by default, every other package you can imagine available with a few clicks, and professional technical support from Canonical Limited and hundreds of other companies around the world."

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Mark Shuttleworth » Blog Archive » #13: “Pretty” is a feature

Mark Shuttleworth » Blog Archive » #13: “Pretty” is a feature: "If we want the world to embrace free software, we have to make it beautiful. I’m not talking about inner beauty, not elegance, not ideological purity… pure, unadulterated, raw, visceral, lustful, shallow, skin deep beauty.

We have to make it gorgeous. We have to make it easy on the eye. We have to make it take your friend’s breath away.

That’s why I’m thrilled with the work of some of our community artists. Check out this logo from Who (ignore the scaling, view it directly):"

Monday, October 23, 2006

Adobe Labs - Flash Player 9 Update

Adobe Labs - Flash Player 9 Update

"According to the official Penguin.SWF blog, the a beta release of the long-awaited Flash 9 for Linux is available for download, a mere year after the release for Windows."

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Mozilla Releases Firefox 2.0

Mozilla Releases Firefox 2.0

The latest and greatest version of Firefox has been released. Get it now!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The KOffice 1.6 is Release

The KOffice team is proud to announce the 1.6.0 release of its office suite. This release is mostly a feature release of Krita and Kexi, but does also contain major enhancements to the OpenDocument and MathML support of KFormula and new scripting functionality. This version also contains a much better version of KPlato, the K Planning Tool, our project planning application.

For more information, see the announcement , the technical release notes, and the complete list of changes.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Does open source software reduce your pirating

More than half of people said that open source software helps reduce their desire for piracy, but it's a close majority. Such an equal split can be interpreted several ways but does it mean that attitudes need changing?