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Developer Linux News for Feb 09, 2010

  • The Linux Desktop Evolves With KDE 4.4 (Feb 09, 2010, 23:51)
    Linux Planet: "The latest KDE4 desktop release sports thousands of new features and bugfixes, and includes the best integration yet of semantic technology."

  • Relaunched for Software Compilation 4.4 (Feb 09, 2010, 17:03) "The KDE web team is pleased to announce a major redesign of the frontpage and, just in time for the pending release of our updated Workspace, Application and Development Platform compilation. The redesign is the result of many hours of work by artists, coders, writers and testers."

  • The application is the new the operating system (Feb 09, 2010, 16:33)
    The Open Road: "If you're a Google Nexus One user, you experienced a bit of magic last week. In one click of an over-the-air update, your Nexus One became an iPhone--offering the ability to pinch and expand the screen to zoom in or out."

  • Linux can compete with the iPad on price, but where�s the magic? (Feb 09, 2010, 16:03)
    Jim Zemlin's blog: "His main message about the iPad was "a magical device at a breakthrough price." He repeated this many times throughout the pitch and twice at the end. This phrase demands an honest response: how will Linux-based devices compete with the iPad?"

  • HTML5 Theora Video Codec for Silverlight (Feb 09, 2010, 06:03)
    Alp Toker: "I’m glad to announce the first release of our fully managed Theora audio / video decoder implementation for the Silverlight platform! The Highgate media suite will bring installation-free support for HTML5 streaming video to an additional ~40% of web users overnight."

  • SourceForge turns off "blanket blocking" (Feb 09, 2010, 04:33)
    The H Open: "SourceForge, the open source project hosting site, has announced that it has turned off the "blanket block" on access from Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria."

  • The kernel column by Jon Masters #83 (Feb 09, 2010, 00:03)
    Linux User and Developer: "As I’ve mentioned before, one of the longer-term goals of the kernel development community is to kill off the Big Kernel Lock (BKL)."