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Download of the day: Linux Kernel 2.6.28

Linux kernel version 2.6.28 has been released and available for download. The new version includes following stable and new features:

a] ext4 file system - The ext4 filesystem can support volumes with sizes up to 1 exbibyte and files with sizes up to 16 TiB. ext4 removes ext3 64-bit storage limits and adds other performance improvements.

b] Graphics Execution Manager (GEM) - It is a a modern memory manager specialized for use in device drivers for graphics chipsets. It manages graphics memory, controls the execution context and manages the Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) environment on modern graphics chipsets. The "xf86-video-intel" device driver will feature GEM integration.

c] Other features - Stable USB drivers, KVM, bug fixes and other stuff.

=> Download Linux kernel 2.6.28 here. You may also find our kernel compile tutorial useful.

Download of the day: Python 3.0

Python 3.0 final officially released! From the announcement:

On behalf of the Python development team and the Python community, I am happy to announce the release of Python 3.0 final.

Python 3.0 (a.k.a. "Python 3000" or "Py3k") represents a major milestone in Python's history, and was nearly three years in the making. This is a new version of the language that is incompatible
with the 2.x line of releases, while remaining true to BDFL Guido van Rossum's vision. Some things you will notice include:

* Fixes to many old language warts
* Removal of long deprecated features and redundant syntax
* Improvements in, and a reorganization of, the standard library
* Changes to the details of how built-in objects like strings and
dicts work
* ...and many more new features

=> Download Python 3.0

WordPress 2.7 Native Threaded Comments Support Coming Soon

WordPress 2.7 promises to add threaded comments support along with lots of new features. Checkout Ryan's blog post about all upcoming features.

Right now the comments is in linear format. Some post has more than 100 comments and it becomes difficult to follow discussion. I've been waiting for this feature as it will allow us follow discussion easily. Most large forum like slashdot, reddit, and others do have this kind of commenting system.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 Beta Released

RHEL 5.2 beta has been released. Red Hat engineers backport many of the new features from later kernels to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 kernel, such as support for new hardware and virtualization enhancements. This provides Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscribers with important new capabilities while maintaining stable application interfaces -- so that applications continue to run after new updates are installed. And, of course, it’s always worth repeating that updates, which are released about twice a year, are included with every Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription.

This will give our you a chance to see what your systems will be running later this year. You can grab beta version from RHN.

=> Press Release : Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 Beta

Happy 20th Birthday Perl!

Perl is a dynamic programming language created by Larry Wall and first released in 1987. Perl is used in many sys admin and web related projects. Perl 1 was released to the public by Larry Wall 20 years ago today. Perl 5.10 isn’t just a bug fix version: it’s full of new features that I’m eager to use: named captures in regular expressions, state variables for subroutines, the defined-or operator, a switch statement (called given-when, though), a faster regex engine, and more. You can read more here and here.

Download of the day: phpBB version 3 ( phpBB Gold )

phpBB final version 3 has been released and available for download. phpBB is a popular Internet forum package written in the PHP programming language.

New Features in phpBB3

* Modular design for the Admin Control Panel, Moderator Control Panel, and User Control Panel.
* Support for multiple database management systems, including MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, SQLite, and Firebird.
* Support for unlimited levels of subforums.
* Ability to create custom-defined BBCode.
* Ability to create custom profile fields.
* Greatly expanded permissions system.

From the announcement email:

The project has changed considerably since work on its second major release began. With a raft of new features requested by users and new ideas introduced by its developers, phpBB3 is more able than ever to support the new "social networking" trend. Security too has been a top priority with particular attention paid to reduce or eliminate the problems of the past. Indeed unusually for a project of this nature an independent security audit was performed to better ensure a safer future for its users.

So with great pride phpBB wishes to thank all of its developers, designers, team members and of course its community - please enjoy phpBB3.

Download phpBB version 3

=> Visit official web site to download phpBB stable version 3 (2.15 MiB)

Download Firefox 3.0 for Windows, Linux and Mac computers

Firefox 3

Update: Firefox final 3.0 has been released for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Grab it while it is hot!

Check out more Firefox 3.0 pictures here

If you like Firefox and cutting edge software, this is a must for you.

The development name for Mozilla Firefox 3 is Gran Paradiso (a national park in Italy). Firefox version 3.0 alpha released on December 8, 2006 (final version will be release later in May 2007)

Firefox 3 will also include several new features and some that were bumped from Firefox 2, such as the overhauled Places system for storing bookmarks and history in an SQLLite database.

Do not install this on production system. This software is useful if you are a developer or testing out software to find out bugs.

=> Download Firefox 3.0 (alpha). You can just follow these Linux installation instructions.

Firefox 3.0 picuture
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