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Linux Newsdump: 21st January 2010

Welcome to the first news-dump – a brief look at some Linux stories and announcements that don’t quite fit in, or warrant, a full low-down post here on OMG! Ubuntu!

Eyes down, look in: –

Applications

  • Firefox 3.6 was released! It’s still not as fast as Google Chrome but is as solid and dependable as ever. Grab a copy over @ getfirefox.com

OMG! NOT UBUNTU!

  • Specsavers, the UK’s biggest Optician chain, have switched their entire systems – from tills to optical analysers – over to Red Hat Linux from Windows 2000 (!) in all 830 of their stores. In order to continue using their proprietary software they have ported it to platform agnostic Java. {Via Ivanka Majic Via Zdnet}
  • YouTube are rolling out a beta implementation of “Flashless” YouTube (i.e. YouTube using HTML5 for powering its video playback/codec.) This news will soothe many a frustrated Linux Flash plugin users suff ering fr om stut tterin g vide o play b aaaack. Google Chrome/ium users can sign up for the trial run via YouTube’s “test tube” page.

Eye Candy

  • InHuman GTK+ theme mashes up the Elementary, Human & Intuition GTK themes with a gazillion others to create something very unique and very “Ubuntu”-ish. Well worth checking out!