openSUSE 12.1 Released Today

The openSUSE Linux distribution is out with a new release today, providing users with new desktop, cloud and backup features.

One of the key new features in the openSUSE 12.1 release is the Snapper tool that helps users to take full advantage of the Btrfs filesystem.

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Ubuntu 11.10 Released

Ubuntu 11.10 builds upon the groundwork laid in Ubuntu 11.04. Whilst there are many changes within Ubuntu 11.10 they are evolutionary rather than revolutionary. 

But that’s not a bad thing, for example the Unity interface has matured into a dependable and intuitive work tool; the default application set has been rethought; and the new login screen ‘fits’ the overall style of the Unity desktop. All relatively minor or subtle changes on their own by all add up to a greater cohesive whole.

Canonical’s Jane Silber cites this ‘ease of use and stylishness’ as why Ubuntu is now a global phenomenon, ‘not just for system administrators, developers and expert users’ she says ‘but for a growing community of home users that want a simpler, safer way to use the PC.”

See What’s New at OMG! Ubuntu!

BackTrack 5 R1 Released!

The BackTrack team announced the release of BackTrack 5 R1 (Release one) which is available for download now. This will complete their first 3 month cycle since the last release. With over 100 bug fixes, numerous package updates and the addition of over 30 new tools and scripts.

We are really happy with this release, and believe that as with every release, this is our best one yet. Some pesky issues such as rfkill in VMWare with rtl8187 issues have been fixed, which provides for a much more solid experience with BackTrack.
We’ve released Gnome and KDE ISO images for 32 and 64 bit (no arm this release, sorry!), as well as a VMWare image of a 32 bit Gnome install, with VMWare Tools pre-installed.

Lastly, I would like to thank the whole BackTrack team for pulling off the late nights working on this release, as well as Offensive Security for funding all of this stuff. If you need real world Penetration Testing Training – head on over to Offensive-Security and get ready for a bumpy ride!

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Linus Torvalds Tells All as Linux Hits 20

VANCOUVER. Many people in the world consider Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, to be a visionary. Linus Torvalds himself does not.In a session at LinuxCon with kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman, Torvalds detailed his view of what he does and what is wrong and right in the kernel world.

“I’m not really a visionary guy,” Torvalds said. “My vision extends to pragmatic issues for the next kernel release.”

He added that sometimes his vision is two or three kernel releases ahead if he’s aware of new hardware coming. Currently new Linux kernels come out every three months.

Torvalds also noted that he’s not typically concerned with user issues such as the Linux desktop. He said that when it comes to user issues, most of the things people need to worry about are not in the kernel. He stressed that the kernel is the underlying infrastructure that is the enabler for everything on top.
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Linux 3.0 Debuts with Xen Integration

The first major Linux kernel version number change since 2003 is now available, but it’s not as big a change as the number change might imply.

The Linux 2.6 kernel was first released in December of 2003 and has since been followed by 39 major releases, the last being the 2.6.39 kernel that came out in May. Linux founder Linus Torvalds decided that going to 2.6.40 was too big a number and instead pushed the version number to 3.0.

“There are no special landmark features or incompatibilities related to the version number change, it’s simply a way to drop an inconvenient numbering system in honor of twenty years of Linux,” Torvalds wrote in a mailing list posting.

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SUSE and Xamarin Entered into a Partnering Agreement

Mono isn’t dead, and SUSE isn’t giving up on it entirely either. Attachmate’s SUSE Linux division today officially announced a deal with startup Xamarin for support and ongoing development of Mono.

Xamarin is a company founded by former Novell employees including Nat Friedman and Mono founder Miguel de Icaza. The pair founded the company after Attachmate laid off an undisclosed number of Mono developers in May, following their acquisition of Novell.

“What we’re announcing is that SUSE and Xamarin have entered into a partnering agreement, which will make sure that we are able to effectively support customers using Mono-based products,” Holger Dyroff VP Product Management at SUSE told “As part of the partnership we are granting Xamarin a broad intellectual property license.”

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