First Alpha of the New Ubuntu

Nov 24, 2008

Just a month after the release of Ubuntu 8.10, the first alpha of Ubuntu 9.04 has become available. The next distro version should boot more quickly, require less power, integrate more web services and include a backup solution.

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Gnash Free player for Flash movies

Nov 12, 2008

Until recently, the Flash format has been the uncontested domain of Adobe. Gnash introduces a free Flash player for Linux and BSD with a design that aims far beyond the capabilities of Adobe’s king of the hill.

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Theora 1.0 Arrived, Thusnelda Following Soon

Nov 05, 2008

In times of YouTube and Co., a free video codec offers a good base for video enjoyment on the Internet -- independent from the interests of commercial providers. After a long development and some criticism, Ogg/Theora seems to be getting there. Yesterday saw the release of codec version 1.0, with Ogg in container format.

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Linphone 3.0 Adds Features

Oct 14, 2008

Linphone, the audio and video software for Internet telephony based on the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), includes extensive enhancements in its version 3.0.

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Ubuntu Has New Sample Content Art

Oct 07, 2008

For quite a while Ubuntu had been including example-content packages with its releases that contained the same content: some audio and video data to test the playback, including a video of Nelson Mandela.

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Vulnerability Reported: a Patch for MPlayer

Oct 02, 2008

Multimedia software MPlayer notifies of security holes in the Real demuxer code that can result in arbitrary code execution.

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Enhancements to VoIP Software Ekiga 3.0

Sep 25, 2008

Ekiga, formerly known as GnomeMeeting, is an open source VoIP application with video support. The Ekiga project has recently incorporated major enhancements into its version 3.0 software.

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Free BBC Dirac Codec in Version 1.0

Sep 19, 2008

Version 1.0 of the free Dirac video codec is now available.

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