KDE is happy to announce the immediate availability of version four.8 of both the Plasma Desktop and Plasma Netbook Workspaces. The Plasma Workspaces have seen improvements to existing functionality, as well as the introduction of significant new features.

KDE 4.8 Screenshots below article:

The Window Switcher that is often assigned to the Alt+Tab shortcut now has six feasible layouts. These choices are useful for systems that don’t use Desktop Effects. Task Switcher choices can be found at the Window Behavior module inside Technique Settings. Another round of significant performance improvements in KWin, Plasma’s window manager and compositor further improve the user experience.

KDE Power Management Process Settings have been redesigned. The user interface has been simplified and the layout improved. Power management no longer depends on user created profiles. In lieu, it provides presets: On AC Power, On Battery and On Low Battery. In addition, power management is now multi-screen aware and adapts to the user’s current activity. This means, for example, that power settings can be set to never dim or never turn off the screen in a Photographs or Video Activity. If needed, power management can be deactivated quickly by the battery desktop applet.

 

A new splash screen implementation makes use of QtQuick. This release debuts a visually and feature-wise re-implementation of the device notifier widget as the first default widget of Plasma Desktop that moves to QtQuick for simpler maintainability, a smoother user experience and more touch-friendliness. The on-screen keyboard has seen numerous improvements in terms of bug fixes and performance. Taskbars and docks work better thanks to improvements from Craig Drummond’s Icon Tasks Plasmoid. This includes nicer context menus, improved support for launchers, and a lot of bug fixes. A new picture-of-the-day wallpaper plugin allows new astronomy, flickr, Wikipedia or other picture on your screen every day. Performance improvements, usability fixes round up the general user experience.

KSecretService offers shared password storage, making saved passwords obtainable to other applications. This provides a more secure technique and better integration of non-KDE apps with the Plasma Workspaces. With this feature, it is no longer necessary to contend with different password storage systems when using non-KDE applications.

More info @Kde.org

What's new :
  - Completion of the DIB engine.
  - Improvements to the C++ runtime.
  - A number of fixes in the audio drivers.
  - Unnecessary Direct3D options removed from WineCfg.
  - Some fixes to the built-in Internet Explorer.
  - Various bug fixes.

You can download wine from here:

  http://ibiblio.org/pub/linux/system/emulators/wine/wine-1.3.37.tar.bz2
  http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.3.37.tar.bz2

More [email protected] winehq.org

Last year, Debian GNU/Linux and CentOS were the most popular Linux distributions on web servers.

According to recent every month figures from W3Techs, Debian has recently regained the top spot from CentOS and was walking on 29.4 per-cent of Linux-based web servers (9.6 per-cent of all websites). CentOS had held the lead by a few per-cent in the work of most of the last year; Debian moved ahead by a little margin at the finish of the year.

Ubuntu’s share increased from 12 to 18 per-cent while the use of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora, SuSE and Gentoo on web servers all declined. Debian is popular in Europe, while the distribution is not very used in Japan, India and China. Debian is also comparatively unpopular in the USA and Canada. The numbers are based on a survey of the million most popular websites as defined by Alexa.

More info : W3Techs

Percona Server is based on MySQL 5.5.19, Percona Server 5.5.19-24.0 is now the current stable release in the 5.5 series.

All of Percona ‘s software is open-source and free.

Whats new:

  • Variable innodb_flush_neighbor_pages can be now set to a new value cont. The previously-available option values 0 and 1 now have more descriptive names none and area. The value of none disables the neighbor page flush and area matches the default InnoDB behavior: any dirty pages in the vicinity of the page selected for flushing may be flushed too. The new option value cont improves the neighbor flushing by considering only contiguous blocks of neighbor pages, thus performing the flush by sequential instead of random I/O. (Yasufumi Kinoshita, Laurynas Biveinis)
  • Improvements to the XtraDB’s sync flush algorithm. If the XtraDB checkpoint age grows dangerously close to its limit and XtraDB is forced to perform a sync flush, these changes should slightly improve the user query performance instead of completely blocking them. (Yasufumi Kinoshita, Laurynas Biveinis)

You can download Percona Server from here or from  Percona Software Repositories

FreeBSD 9.0 Released

Valic —  January 14, 2012 — Leave a comment

Whats New features  FreeBSD 9.0:

  • A new installer, bsdinstall(8) has been added and is the installer used by the ISO images provided as part of this release
  • The Fast Filesystem now supports softupdates journaling
  • ZFS updated to version 28
  • Updated ATA/SATA drivers support AHCI, moved into updated CAM framework.
  • Highly Available Storage (HAST) framework.
  • Kernel support for Capsicum Capability Mode, an experimental set of features for sandboxing support.
  • User-level DTrace
  • The TCP/IP stack now supports pluggable congestion control framework and five congestion control algorithm implementations available .
  • NFS subsystem updated, new implementation supports NFSv4 in addition to NFSv3 and NFSv2.
  • High Performance SSH (HPN-SSH).
  • Flattened device tree (FDT), simplifying FreeBSD configuration for embedded platforms.
  • The powerpc architecture now supports Sony Playstation 3.
  • The LLVM compiler infrastructure and clang have been imported.
  • Gnome version 2.32.1, KDE version 4.7.3

Read mor: here and download  FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE ISO from here.

 

 

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