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News Archive - October 2006 - News Post

Fedora Core 6, Portland and Filesystems

Tuesday 17th October 2006

Category: News

First of all, Fedora Core 6 has been delayed a little again, this time pushing the release date back to Thursday 19th October.

Also in the news is the release of Portland 1.0, designed to bring GNOME, KDE and other desktops a little closer together for the programmer. LXer runs with Highly Anticipated 'Portland' Ready for Prime Time, while DesktopLinux.com goes with Portland points desktop Linux at $10 billion market. This really means the release of xdg-utils 1.0, a set of utilities that helps programmers to put icons on the desktop, open a file, and so forth, without having to consider what desktop environment the user might happen to be in.

Despite Han Reiser's arrest, Reiser development is set to continue while under Namesys, Reiser's company. An future alternative, ext4, has gotten closer to release in the main Linux kernel by appearing in Andrew Morton's own brew.

The fabled new core of GIMP is actually progressing once again, with the Generic Graphical Library having been demonstrated at the Piksel 06 festival. It's good to see some movement in this area, since a new core such as this might allow the GIMP to better square up to Photoshop and the rest of the competition.

Oh yes, and there's something about browser wars between Firefox 2.0 and Internet Explorer 7, as well as somebody that isn't bored of 3D desktops.

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