Debian 5.0 (codename “Lenny”) Goes Gold

February 15, 2009

The Debian Project is pleased to announce the official release of Debian GNU/Linux version 5.0 (codenamed “Lenny”) after 22 months of constant development. Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system which supports a total of twelve processor architectures and includes the KDE, GNOME, Xfce, and LXDE desktop environments. It also features compatibility with the FHS v2.3 and software developed for version 3.2 of the LSB.

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Debian GNU/Linux runs on computers ranging from palmtops and handheld systems to supercomputers, and on nearly everything in between. A total of twelve architectures are supported: Sun SPARC (sparc), HP Alpha (alpha), Motorola/IBM PowerPC (powerpc), Intel IA-32 (i386), IA-64 (ia64), HP PA-RISC (hppa), MIPS (mips, mipsel), ARM (arm, armel), IBM S/390 (s390), and AMD64 and Intel EM64T (amd64).

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Google Android’s Lack of Multi-Touch

February 12, 2009

Yes, and the reason comes out. One of the largest complaints with the G1, first phone based on Google’s Android platform, is that it doesn’t have multi-touch and Android is very multi-touch capable. Well, now there is a reason for the exclusion of the technology and simply put, Apple asked them to. Something many don’t realize is that Apple and Google are quite intertwined, google tailors a lot of its products to the Apple iPhone and Google’s chief executive, Eric Schmidt, is on Apple’s board of directors. As well, the Android team was quite happy to learn of the exclusion, via the legal battle that would more than likely ensue.

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Right, so Apple obviously has a myriad of patents under its belt, but so does Google, and so does Palm. Palm??? yeah, Palm, they are in it pretty deep with Apple right now over the whole multi-touch ordeal and their new phone. After a little searching and reading, Apples patents really only seem to apply to one of the specific motions involved in the multi-touch interface. I’m sure at some point there will be an agreement, even more so because Intel is planning to use the Android platform in its upcoming netbook, and multi-touch will be a large part of the package, but i guess we’ll wait and see.

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OpenDNS starts blocking and tracking of the Conficker worm

February 12, 2009

Some time ago, the computer security companies F-Secure and Kaspersky cracked the algorithm that is used by the Conficker worm (a.k.a. Downadup) to connect to its creator. The used domain names have been published. OpenDNS has now used this list to block connection attempts of the worm, and notice network administrators if the worm has infected their network, to improve security.

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