Netrunner 4.2 Dryland – Second Edition Released

The new version of Netrunner is out. Dryland Second Edition has quite some new features, and comes with the following software: KDE 4.8.3, Gimp 2.8, Firefox 12, the just released Skype 4.0, Wine 1.5.3, Virtualbox 4.1.10, VLC 2.0.1, LibreOffice 3.5.2,  among many others. However, perhaps, the biggest news is Netrunner’s integration of web- and especially cloud-services. From Facebook and GMail to owncloud and Runners-ID, we’ll be checking everything about how to setting them up and squeeze them in the next days, screencasts included. You’ll get a mix of the latest Kubuntu 12.04 LTS and some new cloud integration technologies. Because Neturnner is… Continue Reading

Skype 4 is out

The most popular VoIP service has release a new version of their Linux application. Finally achieving parity with the Skype apps on Windows and Mac OS X. Skype was recently bought by Microsoft and this beta has been in the labs for so long I can’t remember. So this release may serve to calm fires regarding whether  it will keep supporting Linux. In fact, Skype’s support just gets wider and wider, ironically though, the worst of all its apps is the one for Windows Phone 7. New in this release, codenamed Four Rooms for Improvement, are the new call interface (which… Continue Reading

Review: Calligra Sheets

Last week we revised Calligra’s presentation app, namely Stages; we didn’t doubt to call it a piece of software not ready for prime time yet. Today we take a look to Sheets and the situation is completely different. Sheets it’s a mature application ready to fight toe-to-toe with any out there. As we’ve been doing with other members of the Calligra family we will start by talking about the main dockers. Main Docker It’s used to insert formulas into cells with a little more space and more comfortably (like the main formula line in most spreadsheets apps). Once you finished writing a… Continue Reading

KDE 4.9 Beta 1 Announced

KDE has announced its newest Beta, and it’s asking people to be testers to clear out as many bugs as possible before the launch, they’re dividing their beta testers in two categories: Informal testers, which will use their systems normally, and Formal testers which will focus in particular parts and stressing out applications. End users should be pretty excited about this new release, according to the KDE developers itself the highlights of this release are: Qt Quick in Plasma Workspaces — Qt Quick is continuing to make its way into the Plasma Workspaces; the Qt Quick Plasma Components, which were introduced… Continue Reading

Review: Calligra Stage

Stage is Calligra’s presentation app. Thanks to the fact that it supports ISO standards presentation can be opened and edited by all popular applications. Dockers As all other members of the suite its UX design is build around dockers. As a big example of how integrated Calligra’s app are, Stage’s main dockers are shared dockers, and therefore we’ve covered it in our opening article regarding Calligra. That said, Stage does have a few dockers specifically designed for it. Document Shows a list of all slides. You can easily add and remove slides. It has three different view modes: Thumbnail view, Detail view… Continue Reading