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Nokia To Add LGPL Option For the Qt UI and Application Framework

Good news for all developers! QT will be available under the LGPL starting with version 4.5. The GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) is a free software license published by the Free Software Foundation. The LGPL places copyleft restrictions on the program itself but does not apply these restrictions to other software that merely links with the program. There are, however, certain other restrictions on this software. The LGPL is primarily used for software libraries, although it is also used by some stand-alone applications, most notably Mozilla and OpenOffice.org.

This option could increase Qt usage and adoption. You may see more cross platform commercial application on the Linux desktop. This is huge news for cross-platform developers.
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New Notification System for GNOME and KDE

Canonical the makers of Ubuntu about to introduce a new desktop notification system proposal. New changes should improve the usability of the Linux desktop including desktop notification system for both GNOME and KDE. From the Mark Shuttleworth blog:

The key proposals we are making are that:

* There should be no actions on notifications.
* Notifications should not be displayed synchronously, but may be queued. Our implementation of the notification display daemon will display only one notification at a time, others may do it differently.

That’s pretty much it. There are some subtleties and variations, but these are the key changes we are proposing, and which we will explore in a netbook device with a partner, as well as in the general Ubuntu 9.04 release, schedule gods being willing.

I think new changes looks more like Growl system used in Mac OS X. You can read more about proposal including mockup video that shows new notification system here.

Download of the day: Fedora 9 CD / DVD ISO

Update: Nov-25,2008: Fedora Linux 10 has been related and available for download.

Fedora Linux version 9 has been released and available for download ( jump to download link ). The Fedora Project is a Red Hat sponsored by Red Hat and guided by community and contributing members.

New in Fedora 9

This release includes many new features and software such as GNOME 2.22, KDE 4.0.3, Firefox 3 beta 5, PackageKit ( cross-distribution package management solution ), OpenJDK (Open Source Java version), SELinux confined web browser, Upstart init daemon, Xen virtualization, and many more cutting edge features.

(Fig.01 Fedora Linux 9 Desktop - Click to enlarge image)

Fedora 9 Download

You can download Fedora via the web/ftp server or via BitTorrent (recommended).

Fedora 9 DVD ISO download

Fedora download: Fedora 9 Live CD ISO download

  • Use 32 bit Live CD (691M), if internet connection is slow or you just want to see how Fedora works. You can install fedora from Live cd.

Fedora 9 DVD ISO BitTorrent download

Download of the day: Opensuse Linux 10.3 GM CD / DVD ISO

Opensue Linux version 10.3 GM has been released. The openSUSE project provides free, easy access to the world’s most usable Linux distribution, openSUSE. openSUSE is released regularly, is stable, secure, contains the latest free and open source software, and comes with several new technologies. The latest version of the popular Linux distribution has a lot to offer users and developers.

Download OpenSuse

New in OpenSuse 10.3

=> A big round of improvements to the boot time are now included. There are now some incredibly impressive speed-ups, with desktops booting in around 24 seconds, or laptops booting in 27 seconds compared to a 55 second wait in openSUSE 10.2! See the link for more details.

=> Software included
* Linux kernel
* KDE 4.0
* GNOME 2.20
* OO
* Compiz and Compiz Fusion
* 1-Click Install


Download link - ( Download OpenSuse )

Download OpenSuse DVD ISO Image

=> Click here to download DVD (torrent).

Download OpenSuse ISO Image

=> Click here to download CD ISO (i386).

Download openSUSE 10.3

=> More download options such as FTP / HTTP and 32/64 bit platforms specific ISOs available here

Read on for details of what is new and available in openSUSE 10.3, and for all the necessary download links at official blog.

I turn my Linux computer off and when I turn it on it runs disk check (fsck) on hard disk. Why?

A typical question asked by many new Linux users. The answer is pretty simple:

Your partitions are not being unmounted properly when you last shutdown the Linux desktop. Linux needs to shutdown properly (I’m sure this applies to Windows and Mac OS too) before powered off. If you skip this step there could be data loss.

If you are using text based session (CLI), type following command as privileged user:
shutdown -h now

If you are using GUI (KDE / Gnome or any other Windows Manager) click on System > Quit button. Look out for shutdown button.

Do not unplug the power supply. Also use UPS (Uninterruptible power supply) to protect data and to avoid other problems. I recommend APC ups for continuous supply of electric power.

Updated for accuracy.

How to: Control Amarok Media Player with Bluetooth Enabled Phone

This is a nice hack and a small how to about controlling Amarok media player:

Ever since I’ve received my new phone, bluetooth has excited me. To be honest, the notion of being able to control my pc from the phone was the exciting aspect. Ever wondered how to do this? Let me elaborate.

How to: Control Amarok Media Player with Bluetooth Enabled Phone
(Image Source: Authors blog)

=> Control Amarok with Bluetooth

Gnome per user language encoding configuration using .dmrc file

Sometime you may see different language encoding in X than on your console (tty) prompt. Sometime two different user need two have different language encodings.

~/.dmrc file - Per-user language support

In theory this file should be shared between GDM (Gnome) and KDM (KDE), so users only have to configure things once. This is a standard .ini kind / style configuration file. It has only one section called [Desktop] which has two keys: Session and Language. There are some per user configuration settings that control how GDM behaves. GDM is picky about the file ownership and permissions of the user files it will access, and will ignore files if they are not owned by the user or files that have group/world write permission. Normally GDM will write this file when the user logs in for the first time, and rewrite it if the user chooses to change their default values on a subsequent login.

Setup language encoding in X

Defining LANG variable is not sufficient, you need to setup language encoding using ~/.dmrc file.
cat ~/.dmrc


Refer to Gnome Display Manager Reference Manual for more information.