Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx LTS Release Candidate

I just downloaded the latest Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Release Candidate. I am itching to get my hands on the upcoming release. I just couldn’t wait any longer. April 29 can’t get here any faster. I might as well check it out instead of waiting for 4 days. I am thinking about creating a second partition. I’m currently using Linux Mint 8 Helena. I don’t want to give it up. So, I will evaluate Ubuntu 10.04 to see what’s new.

Comodo Dragon

Yet another browser. Here’s an article from PC World.

Chromium is an open source spinoff of Google’s Chrome browser, which means that anyone can make their own version of Chromium, as the code is freely available. Chrome and Chromium are very similar and keep up with each other in versions; Chromium is more modifiable and Chrome is more closed. It’s all a matter of preference. Comodo Security Solutions, known for its suite of security software, has tossed its hat into the ring with Comodo Dragon. What separates Comodo Dragon from the other Chromium browsers–and Google’s proprietary Chrome–is the added level of security.

Comodo Dragon boasts what’s called “Incognito Mode,” which allows you to surf with all cookies turned off, no download tracking, and no other trace of your existence. This is handy for surfing over free public WiFi, where security is an issue, or in situations where you have to share a group or guest login. Instead of having to remember to delete your cookies afterward, as with a tracks eraser, Incognito Mode prevents cookies in the first place.

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Drupal 7 Slower than Drupal 6

Drupal, the popular web content management system, will release Drupal 7 later this year. Drupal project founder Dries Buytaert mentioned at DrupalCon in San Francisco that Drupal 7 will be a bit slower than Drupal 6. In Drupal 7, speed was sacrificed for scalability. It means more big sites can run Drupal, albeit a tad slow.

The upgrade to Drupal, meanwhile, could be available perhaps in the June timeframe or as late as September, said Drupal project founder Dries Buytaert in a presentation at the Drupalcon SF conference in San Francisco. Ideally, version 7 would be available this month, he said.

Buytaert reflected on the emergence of Drupal as well as where it is headed. The immediate upgrade, Drupal 7, features 70 modules, including an image API, and a substantial growth in code size, said Buytaert.

Buytaert stressed the urgency of Drupal 7. “First of all, it’s very important that we get it out as soon as possible” to maintain momentum, he said.

Currently, Drupal powers about 1 percent of Websites, trailing WordPress, which runs about 8.5 percent of the Web, according to Buytaert.

I’ve tried Drupal once many moons ago. It was nice, but I didn’t think it was any better than WordPress.

Ubuntu 10.04 Release Set April 29

Canonical announced the other day that Ubuntu 10.04 LTS will be available on April 29. Both Desktop and Server versions will be available for download starting April 29. Ubuntu is well known for its release cycle of every six months. LTS or Long Term Support version, however, is released every 2 years with support up to 5 years. A non-LTS release is typically supported for 18 months.

In the meantime, Ubuntu 10.04 Beta2 is available now. If you are curious about the new features of 10.04, you can test run it by downloading Beta2 from Ubuntu’s website.

The Most Expensive Laptop Ever

When I saw the article of the most expensive laptop ever, at first thought, it was a 17-inch MacBook Pro bought by the US government at a deep discounted price of $100,000. Then, I realized I was wrong. This particular MacBook is:

fitted with 25.5 carats of flawless diamonds. A total of 53 diamants individually set in a solid 24ct gold apple logo.

The whole housing is made of highly polished solid 24ct gold. Weighing about 2600 grams this is certainly not the most portable macbook ever, but you have to be a little light in the head if you are willing to spend the stunning amount of 219,995.00 British pounds (about $339,826.00)

The so called “piece of art” is available in a limited edition of 10 only, so if you feel the need and have the purchasing power: be quick.

If you don’t like gold personally, you can go for Platinum.

For the less privileged among us there’s also a cheaper platinum edition, made out of platinum and aluminum. Also covered with flawless diamonds.

The so called “piece of art” is available in a limited edition of 10 only, so if you feel the need and have the purchasing power: be quick.

This one is available at “just” 139.995,00 British pounds. ($216.115,00)

It’s too bad only 10 of each is available, the Pentagon could have bought these babies at a discounted price of $1 million each. That would have sent Apple stock price through the roof.

MySQL 5.5. Will Be 200 Percent Faster

Oracle promises that MySQL 5.5 will be 200% faster than its predecessor. From H-Online:

Oracle presented a beta of what it called a “much faster” MySQL at the O’Reilly MySQL Conference and insists it will be continuing to invest in the open source database. Oracle’s Chief Corporate Architect, Edward Screven, presented the beta version of MySQL 5.5 which will now use InnoDB as its default storage engine, saying that the switch offers a 200% performance improvement and over ten times faster recovery times. He assured the audience that despite the switch to Oracle’s InnoDB, Oracle will be maintaining the pluggable storage engine architecture and that the company would continue to ship the same code base in the community and enterprise editions.

Screven said Oracle’s plan for MySQL was to keep it as a slim, easy-to-administer database and that it would be investing to make MySQL compete more effectively with Microsoft’s SQL Server. He noted that more customers deploy MySQL on Windows than on any other platform. In an interview with eWeek before the presentation, Screven also confirmed that MySQL’s Falcon storage engine was no longer being developed. “Falcon was Sun’s, or actually really MySQL AB’s…response to Oracle buying InnoDB” he said, “Now that we’ve brought the teams together, Falcon doesn’t have a place in the world”. Oracle’s future plans include making it easier to migrate data between MySQL and Oracle databases and adding Oracle features such as Secure Backup, Enterprise Manager and Audit Vault to MySQL.

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Who Reads the Fine Print?

From Fox News:

A computer game retailer revealed that it legally owns the souls of thousands of online shoppers, thanks to a clause in the terms and conditions agreed to by online shoppers.

The retailer, British firm GameStation added the “immortal soul clause” to the contract signed before making any online purchases earlier this month. It states that customers grant the company the right to claim their soul.

“By placing an order via this Web site on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Us a non transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul. Should We wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within 5 (five) working days of receiving written notification from gamesation.co.uk or one of its duly authorised minions.”

GameStation’s form also points out that “we reserve the right to serve such notice in 6 (six) foot high letters of fire, however we can accept no liability for any loss or damage caused by such an act. If you a) do not believe you have an immortal soul, b) have already given it to another party, or c) do not wish to grant Us such a license, please click the link below to nullify this sub-clause and proceed with your transaction.”

This was an April Fool’s Day gag operated by GameStation. This goes to show you that nobody really reads the fine print. Companies can insert whatever language they want if buyers don’t pay attention. The company even gave a simple tick box option to opt out. In the end, they concluded that 88% don’t read the fine print.