Mir - next generation display server for Ubuntu

Canonical is developing a next generation display server known as Mir. A system-level component targeted as a replacement for the X window server system to unlock next-generation user experiences for devices ranging from Linux desktop to mobile devices powered by Ubuntu.

As mentioned before, Ubuntu is moving in the direction of the mobile market. The current X Wuindowing system is over 30 years old and does not give the flexibility to developers. Even more recent developments like the introduction of compositors to the X stack does not fully solve the situation and both shell and application development do have to deploy workarounds to overcome issues with the X rendering model. Wayland is out of the picture as well, because it does not meet the evaluation requirements.

So there you have it:


Ubuntu phone OS announced

Canonical made an announcement that it's working on a phone OS, to be available in early 2014. It will be built around the existing Android kernel and drivers, but won't use the Java Virtual Machine, which should give "the full power of the phone." Both ARM and x86 processors will be supported and the Ubuntu phone OS will be compatible enough to let Android phone makers run it on their devices with minimal adaptation.


Samba 4.0.0 Available for Download

samba linuxAfter 9 years in the making, Samba 4 is finally available for download as a stable release. This release contains the best of all of Samba's technology parts, both a file server (that you can reasonably expect to upgrade existing Samba 3.x releases to) and the AD domain controller work previously known as 'Samba4'. Major enhancements in Samba 4.0.0 include:


Joomla 3 released

Joomla community has released a new version of it's popular CMS. New features include:

  • A more user-friendly interface
  • Mobile-ready design (complete overhaul of it's engine, both for front-end and back-end).
  • Developer tools (mootools and jquery, bootstrap)
  • and many more modifications

Version 3 of Joomla will have a short support cycle and should be mostly used by developers and early adopters. If you are looking to create a new site, it's best to use a 2.5 version:

joomla release cycle

See the full details here.


VirtualBox 4.2 Released

OracleVBOracle has released a new version of VirtualBox -- its popular virtualization software. The release is based on previous versions and adds new features such as VM Groups (designed to streamline management), improvements in network capabilities, and added support for new host and guest operating system platforms.

Aside from the updated guest OS support and the networking changes it is more of an estethical upgrade, but still it's a step in the right direction -- good to see that Oracle is continuing the good work that was started by SUN.


Should I upgrade to Windows 8?

windows8logoWe've been getting questions from users regarding whether or not they should upgrade to Windows 8. Our answer is usually the same for everyone: ask yourself if you need it. For the business  environment, Windows (any version) is a tool to get work done. If you get a tool that requires you to re-learn the same functionality with no obvious benefit, then that tool is not worth using.

You should upgrade if:

  • There's a functionality in Windows 8 that is not available in the current version that you are using.
  • You are tired of the old look and feel of Windows 7
  • You are feeling adventurous and would like to learn the new Windows.

LibreOffice 3.6 Released

The Document Foundation announces the availability of LibreOffice 3.6, the fourth major release of the best free office suite, which provides a large number of new features and incremental improvement over the previous versions. Some of the new version highlights:

  • Support for color scales and data bars. Import from .xlsx and import/export from/to .ods in ODF 1.2 (extended). Warning: Some limitations still apply which will be fixed in 3.7.0
  • Added Word Count to status bar.
  • PDF Export with Watermark option
  • 10 new Impress master pages
  • Support for importing Office SmartArt
  • Import Filter for Corel Draw documents

Oracle Linux: A better alternative to CentOS

oralogo-smallAn interesting battle between Oracle Linux distribution and CentOS. Oracle is encouraging people to switch to OEL, claiming 100% compatibility with RedHat and faster security patch release than CentOS.

We firmly believe that Oracle Linux is the best Linux distribution on the market today. It's reliable, it's affordable, it's 100% compatible with your existing applications, and it gives you access to some of the most cutting-edge innovations in Linux like Ksplice and dtrace.

Red Hat Storage Server appliance ver 2

redhatAt this year's Red Hat Summit and JBoss World 2012, Red Hat has announced the availability of version 2.0 of its Storage Server product. RHEL 6 and GlusterFS 3.3-based appliance for implementing Network-Attached Storage (NAS) solutions. Among its most important changes are features that enhance data accessibility and availability, including geo-replication features such as checkpointing, failback and failover. Click here to see the full list of changes or read the full story