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Oracle releases VirtualBox 4.1.16
Today Oracle released VirtualBox 4.1.16, a maintenance release of VirtualBox 4.1: The following items were fixed and/or added: VMM: fixed a Guru Meditation VERR_ACCESS_DENIED with certain guests (bugs #7589, #8247) VMM: fixed a Guru Meditation VERR_PAGE_TABLE_NOT_PRESENT with Ubuntu 32-bit guests with nested paging enabled on AMD CPUs (bug #10183) VMM: preserve segment limits and attributes when switching to unreal mode required for some [...]
First tarball release of the new GNU Portable Threads Library: nPth version 0.90
The first tarball release of the New GNU Portable Threads Library: nPth version 0.90 has been made. nPth is a non-preemptive threads implementation using an API very similar to the one known from GNU Pth. It has been designed as a replacement of GNU Pth for non-ancient operating systems. In contrast to GNU Pth is is [...]
OpenOffice 3.4 Released
The first version of OpenOffice under the governance of the Apache Software Foundation has been released. Apache OpenOffice 3.4 is available for download free of charge. OpenOffice 3.4 features: word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, databases, drawing, and mathematical editing applications support for Windows, Linux (32-bit and 64-bit) and Macintosh operating environments native language support for English, Arabic, [...]
Jury in deadlocked on copyright issues in Oracle vs Google???
The copyright part of Oracle’s lawsuit against Google over possible infringement of the Java intellectual property in Android is moving into its final phase and there are indications that, for the copyright part of the lawsuit, the jury might be deadlocked. A jury member asked the judge yesterday how the jury should proceed if an [...]
Does Android?s open source status make it better in terms of privacy?
Does Android?s open source status make it better in terms of privacy? Find out here.
The Android source code on the Galaxy Nexus is Google?s ?trade secret?
Apple has filed a motion as part a preliminary injunction against the latest Google smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, in which it is asking for Google reveal what are the differences, if any, between the open source version of Android code and the source code for the Android version on the Galaxy Nexus. Google reply [...]
Linux Format censored over ?Learn to Hack? feature
The latest issue of Linux Format has being pulled from the shelves of US bookselling giant Barnes & Noble because it contained a hacking how-to. Issue 154 of Linux Format contained an article entitled ‘Learn to Hack,’ walking readers through the use of the Metasploit Framework exploitation toolkit to gain access to computer systems running a [...]
VirtualBox 4.1.14 released
Today Oracle released VirtualBox 4.1.14, a maintenance release of VirtualBox 4.1 which improves stability and fixes regressions. See the Changelog at for a complete list of all changes. You can download the binaries here:
The London Olympics and Open Source Software
The 2012 London Olympics promises to be a spectacular event. Recently I have been wondering what role open source software will play in the event. Here are a few things that have come to mind: 1) There will be lots of websites carrying news, results, information and statics about the event. Linux is the most popular web [...]
CentOS-5.7 Released for 32 bit and 64 bit CPUs
CentOS-5.7 has been released, It is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.7 and includes packages from all variants including Server and Client. All the upstream repositories have been combined into one, to make it easier for end users to work with. The Release Notes for CentOS-5.7 can be found on-line at: Downloading CentOS-5.7 by Torrent When possible, consider using torrents [...]
Raspberry Pi ? An ARM Linux box for $25
Size of a credit card, designed to plug into a TV or be combined with a touch screen for a low cost tablet. All for $25 for a fully-configured system. 700MHz Broadcom media processor featuring an ARM11 (ARM1176JZF-S) core, Broadcom GPU core, DSP core and support for Package-on-Package (PoP) RAM 128MiB (Model A) or 256MiB [...]
CentOS 5.7 is now staging for release
It has just been announced via twitter that CentOS-5.7 is now staging for release. It should hit the public mirrors sometime on Saturday 10th September. CentOS 5.7 should include: Various KVM and Xen improvements, including: Xen 32bit performance improvement Xen boot time reduced KVM CD-ROM emulation improvements KVM live migration speed improvements Usage of XFS in conjunction [...]
Oracle Enhances MySQL Installer and High Availability for Windows
Oracle has released a new MySQL Installer for Windows to simplify and streamline the installation process. According to the press release: Oracle delivers up to 90 percent cost savings over Microsoft SQL Server with MySQL Enterprise Edition,(2) which includes a complete suite of visual tools for modeling, development, monitoring, administration and backup of Windows-based MySQL [...]
NSA proposes Accumulo NoSQL database to Apache
Built on top of Apache’s Hadoop, Zookeeper and Thrift projects, Accumulo is a distributed key/value store based on the design of Google’s BigTable. Developed by the US National Security Agency (NSA), the Accumulo project has now been proposed to the Apache Software Foundation for consideration and incubation as a new Apache project. Accumulo’s big difference [...]
Ubuntu Without a Monitor (Headless)
I recently installed Ubuntu server (including the GNOME desktop) on a new machine which I want to run headless (that is without a monitor). It seems that Ubuntu feels the need to be physically connected to a monitor to properly boot. Without the monitor the system wouldn’t boot or if it did it would be impossible to [...]
What?s New in CentOS 6
Last month saw the release of CentOS 6. The move from 5 to 6 establishes the foundation for this community-run enterprise Linux distribution for the next five years. CentOS brings a new kernel, new versions of key server components, and improved virtualization support. The new release was unexpectedly slow in arriving. In 2007, the CentOS [...]
25,000+ Hospital Staff in Demark to Use LibreOffice
Almost 25,000 staff from a group of thirteen Copenhagen hospitals will mirgate to using LibreOffice,the community maintained and developed fork of the office suite, over the next year. The plan, reported by OSOR.EU, is being embarked upon for “long term strategic reasons” and aims to save around 5.3 million euros in proprietary licence costs. The hospital [...]
Ubuntu Server 11.10 to Support ARM
According to a blog post by Chris Kenyon on the Canonical Blog, the Ubuntu Server 11.10 release will be simultaneously available for x86, x86-64 and ARM-based architectures. The base image of the releases will be the same across architectures with a common kernel baseline. The ARM architecture will also be part of the long-term support (LTS) [...]
CentOS-5.6 Continuous Release Repository is Now Available
The CentOS-5.6 Continuous Release ( CR ) repository is now available on This repository contains rpms to be included in the next CentOS-5.x release. Because these include security and bugfix updates, we strongly recommend everyone using CentOS-5 install and update their system using this repository. Download and Install Installing the CR repository needs a manual step. You must [...]
Reading a Gutenberg Project eBook with Kindle on Android
I wanted to read a book which was freely available from Project Gutenberg on my Android using Amazon’s Kindle app. Generally Project Gutenberg provides its eBooks in several different format including a Kindle format. I tried opening the eBook’s page using my Android phone but when I tried to download it the browser told me [...]

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