The ALSA 1.0.21 driver package update brings the Creative X-Fi Linux driver officially along with a horde of updates to the other drivers and more. The CMI8788 Oxygen driver (used by sound cards like the Razer Barracuda AC-1) now includes support for HDAV S/PDIF inputs and when it comes to sound cards now works with the ASUS Xonar Essence ST.
OpenOffice.org 3.1.1 has been released. You can find full release notes, HERE.
You can download Windows files, Linux - .DEB and .RPM and Mac OSX files for OpenOffice 3.1.1 from HERE.
A while ago I posted some fixed ffmpeg and x264 packages for Ubuntu Jaunty (.deb) but you may want to upgrade to the latest version of ffmpeg and x264 (whichever the latest version is). So this how-to will explain how to install the latest FFmpeg and x264 and then how to always update those packages.
Skype 2.1 Beta vor Linux has been released yesterday, bringing a lot of new features, including:
The world's largest handset maker, Nokia unveiled on Thursday its first phone running on Linux software, aiming at improving its offering at the top end of the market.
Like I told you yesterday, Nvidia recently released two new versions of its Linux graphic drivers: 185.18.36 stable version and 190.25 beta.
Linux user for a couple of years. Only Linux and I love it. Still, some things are wrong, they are wrong, and unfortunately, as I see it, they will always be wrong (yes I'm paid by Microsoft to say this; and yes I get the big bucks from them; and yes that's true, and unfortunately it seems like it's true for a long time now :(
Nvidia updated both the stable and beta drivers for Linux.
185.18.36 (stable) release highlights:
* Fixed a bug that caused kernel panics when starting X on some mobile GPUs.
Here are 4 Linux books which are ideal for a beginner:
1. A Newbie’s Initiation To Linux – Download (1.90MB)
2. Introduction to Linux – A hands on guide – Download (1.52MB)
Rhythmbox, the default audio player in Ubuntu was updated recently to version 0.12.4. Among the changes:
KernelCheck is a a program that automatically compiles and installs the latest Kernel for Debian based Linux distributions (Debian, Ubuntu, Mint, etc.). The program also allows for automatic installation of proprietary video drivers via EnvyNG.
If for any reason, you have lost information of any of your disks: either hard drives, memory cards or flash drives, you should try TestDisk & PhotoRec, a free, open source multi-platform application distributed under GNU Public License which is very efficient on retrieving data from those drives.
JDownloader simplifies downloading files from One-Click-Hosters like Rapidshare.com or Megaupload.com - not only for users with a premium account but also for users who don't pay. The most important, noticeable change is that JDownloader 0.7 (7.569) is a lot faster than the previous versions. Another interesting change is that now it supports anti-captcha for more than 60 websites.
Remember the OpenOffice.org prototype? Now you can try the Renaissance Impress without any installation (but you do need Java installed). That being said, you can download the Impress prototype from HERE.
Gpick is a tool that allows you to click any color on your screen and copy it's RGB, HEX or HSL value to the clipboard.
Emesene 1.5 brings a lot of new features and bugfixes, most notable being the webcam (video) support. Changes in 1.5:
* Compatible with the latest Window Live Messenger(tm)
* New plugin set (Plus! colors, Notifications, Mail check, etc.)
* HTTP connection and proxy support
* @msn accounts support
A few days ago I was telling you about increasing the soft volume in MPlayer to 300%. I know a lot of people are experiencing a very low sound level in Ubuntu, so here is another trick to increase the sound (soft volume) in Ubuntu Linux, this time system-wide.