While still news, the release of a new browser version of Firefox - or even Chrome for that matter - is not the kind of earth-shattering event it used to be before Mozilla adopted a rapid release schedule. But the latest stable release of the Firefox is noteworthy as it is said to address an issue that has rankled users for many years now. Yes, we are talking about the notorious memory leak problem.
It wasn't all that long ago that MeeGo held a lot of promise, only to end up pushed aside in favor of other mobile platforms. The biggest gut punch came when Nokia ditched Linux to focus on Windows Phone 7. Even still, the OS wasn't quite dead so long as Intel stayed in its corner. Go ahead and call the pall bearers, MeeGo is being put out to pasture while Tizen takes its place.
Unless you catch one on sale, you're not walking home with a new Android 3.x (Honeycomb) tablet for less than $400 from a reputable vendor (give or take a few bucks). Most of them run $500 and up. Ever wonder why that is? Back when the iPad was the only game in town, the assumption was that Android tablets would bring affordable slates to the masses. We're starting to see that with pre-Honeycomb tablets, but slates running Google's latest and greatest mobile OS still command a premium. Is that by design?
A shaky economy didn't stop Red Hat from raking in the cash during its second quarter ended August 31, 2011, and may have actually contributed to the open source software maker's explosive growth. Red Hat reported more than $281 million in total revenue for Q2, up 28 percent from one year prior. Give most of the credit to subscription revenue, which also ballooned 28 percent year-over-year to $238.3 million.
It took mankind well over six years to go from Firefox 1.0 to Firefox 4.0, but less than five months to proceed to version 6.0 from there. Not to mention that the next version is due out in late September. But some Mozilla developers aren’t satisfied with the current rapid release schedule the open-source outfit adopted earlier this year. Mozilla engineering manager Josh Aas recently put forth a proposal to further expedite the release process.
Samsung is so heavily invested in Google's Android ecosystem that you might not even realize the handset maker has its own operating system. It does and it's called Bada, which Samsung launched in November 2010. Now in version 2.0, Samsung has big plans for its Bada platform, including open sourcing the OS.
Birthdays tend to make a person feel old, and not just the person celebrating them, but those who remember when it all began. And since we mentioned that Windows XP turned 10 years old earlier this week, it's only fair that we pay homage to Linux, the open source ideal Linus Torvald first shared on the UseNet newsgroup "comp.os.minix" 20 years ago yesterday.
Canonical hasn't been bashful about backing ARM, injecting support for the alternative processor into its desktop Ubuntu platform nearly three years ago before tablets and 1GHz smartphones made ARM the talk of the town. Now comes word that Ubuntu Server 11.10 will support ARM processors and ship simultaneously with x86 and x86-64 platforms.
Maximum PC's blunt no-BS review policy may lead some folks to believe that we're a bunch of hardassed curmudgeons, but actually, we're big softies sometimes. We love cuddling up with a nice, warm graphics card, for example (assuming the proper cooling systems are in place, of course). And everyone enjoys a good open-source project. OpenGL combines the best of both worlds; awesome graphics backed by open-source standards. Today, the Khronos Group, the nonprofit organization in charge of OpenGL, gave the platform a boost with the release of the OpenGL 4.2 standard.
Microsoft makes Windows, a closed source platform. Suse builds open source Linux distros aimed at enterprise users. On the surface, these two would appear the unlikely couple, but the two companies just renewed a pact dating back to 2006 that has Microsoft purchasing and reselling Suse licenses. As part of the four-year contract extension, Microsoft has agreed to invest $100 million in new Suse Linux Enterprise certificates for Microsoft enterprise customers receiving Linux support from Suse.