Maintainer's resignation highlights problems in Debian project

The resignation of Matthew Garrett, one of the most active developers in Debian, has drawn attention to some ongoing issues about how the project operates. Specifically, Garrett's announcement on his blog cites a lack of civility and a slowness in decision-making, and compares Debian unfavorably to Ubuntu, the Debian-derived distribution which is increasingly attracting the efforts of many Debian maintainers.

Slackware 11.0 RC4 Released

The Slackware project definitely needs to learn a thing or two when it comes to release announcments. The latest news on their main page indicates an update from 2005. However, the change log states "Sun Sep 3 01:46:42 CDT 2006: I wasn't planning a Slackware 11.0 release candidate 4, but here we go."

Linux ultra fast command line download accelerator

Axel does the same thing any other accelerator does: It opens more than one HTTP/FTP connection per download and each connection transfers its own, separate, part of the file. It may sound weird, but it works very well in practice. For example, some FTP sites limit the speed of each connection, therefore opening more than one connection at a time multiplies the allowable bandwidth. Be forewarned that some FTP operators don’t like it when you do this.

Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 updated

The Debian project has updated the stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 (codename sarge). This update mainly adds security updates to the stable release, along with a few corrections to serious problems. Those who frequently update from security.debian.org won't have to update many packages and most updates from security.debian.org are included in this update.

Firefox 2 Beta 2 Milestone Released

The latest beta version of Mozilla Firefox 2 has just been released! Beta 2 is available for download now from the Firefox 2 Beta 2 milestone releases page, which contains information related to the release. Alternatively, you can go directly to the downloads page if you don't want to see any of the releases notes.

Samsung breaks 4G barrier

You're on a bus traveling at 70mph. You need to maintain a constant wireless connection of 100Mbps, or your boss's presentation will be ruined. What do you do, hot shot? What do you do?

Well, if you were in Jeju Island, Korea yesterday, you could have hopped on board a specially designed bus at Samsung's 4G Forum, in which the company was slated to present the world premier of 4G WiBro (Wireless Broadband) technology. Granted, the bus was traveling at around 60kmph (or about 37mph).

IBM lays out blueprint, roadmap for direction 'beyond Linux'

Building upon the company's commitment to help clients transform businesses, IBM rolled out its next generation blueprint and roadmap to advance key Linux development priorities and support for open source business models.