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Linux Kernel 3.0.0-rc1 Released

Linux creator, Linus Torvalds has released the 3.0.0-RC1 version of Linux kernel to mark the 20 years of Tux powered computing. Linus first released the 2.0 version of the Kernel about 15 years ago. The new release is surely going to make all Linux hackers and UNIX enthusiasts happy.

The 3.0 version adds support to Microsoft Kinnect – the gaming platform. Linus mentions in this email that the new Kernel code has been optimized for AMD Fusion and Intel Ivy & Sandy Bridge silicon. As expected, it also offers updated graphics drivers and some support for new hardware. The new Kernel is still in evolutionary stage and the new version was introduce to mark the beginning of the third decade. The OS has not been overhauled yet. There is lot of work that needs to be done and the RC needs some more refinement before its gold release.

You may read Linus Torvald’s mail to the newsgroup here.

Visit the Kernel archive.

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Childsplay

Childsplay

Of the Childsplay/CognitionPlay/Schoolsplay family of programs, Childsplay is the one oriented at home users but can also be used in kindergarten schools. Python and PyGame based, it provides a framework for activities that are more ‘game’ like: they can have animation and move. Childsplay has all the activities found in the old childsplay, version < 0.90.

Features:

Childsplay provides several features for users and developers of activities:

  • memory activities that are fun to play and at the same time learn sounds, images, letters and numbers.
  • activities that train the child to use the mouse and keyboard.
  • pure game activities like puzzles, pong, pacman and billiards.
  • multilingual support, even right to left languages (via Pango).
  • solid data logging to monitor the children’s progress; locally (SQLite) or over network (MySQL or any other db supported bySQLAlchemy).
  • set of OpenOffice reports to print this data (still in development state).
  • object oriented framework for easy activity development in Python/PyGame.
  • good support by the developers and translatorsOf the Childsplay/CognitionPlay/Schoolsplay family of programs, Childsplay is the one oriented at home users but can also be used in kindergarten schools.
    Python and PyGame based, it provides a framework for activities that are more ‘game’ like: they can have animation and move.
    Childsplay has all the activities found in the old childsplay, version < 0.90.

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OpenProj

OpenProj is a free, open source project management solution.

OpenProj is a replacement of Microsoft Project and other commercial project solutions.

The OpenProj solution has been download more than 1,250,000 times in the few months since launch and is being used in over 142 countries.

A free download of OpenProj is available here and is distributed under the CPAL license.

OpenProj is ideal for desktop project management and is available on Linux, Unix, Mac or Windows. It even opens existing Microsoft or Primavera files.

OpenProj shares the industry’s most advanced scheduling engine with Project-ON-Demand and provides Gantt Charts, Network Diagrams (PERT Charts), WBS and RBS charts, Earned Value costing and more.

There is literally no time or effort involved in switching to OpenProj, and your teams can manage projects on any platform for free. Projity worked closely with leaders in the commercial and open source industries in preparation for the release of OpenProj. It is a welcome addition, not only for project management users, but also for users in all software segments.

Microsoft Project retails for $999.99, is installed on 7% of all Office desktops and drives over $1 billion in revenue for Microsoft. OpenProj fills an important gap in the desktop market, as a key component in the Office family of products now has a replacement available on Linux, Unix, Mac or Windows.

OpenProj was also selected for inclusion with Star Office suite boxes in Europe.

The OpenProj solution has been translated into French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish, Galician, Persian, Russian, Korean and Chinese.

Homepage: http://openproj.org/openproj

Start Menu Cleaner

Start Menu Cleaner is a freeware utility, which cleans the start menu by removing unneeded shortcuts and folders. Most applications add folders and shortcuts to the start menu. The problem is, when you remove a program, sometimes its folders and shortcuts remain in the start menu. After a while, this can make the start menu messy and cluttered up. Start Menu Cleaner scans all shortcuts in your start menu and removes empty folders and shortcuts which points to files that no longer exist. The result is a smaller, cleaner and more efficient start menu.

Download Start Menu Cleaner Version 1.51 (clean151.zip, 38KB)

This utility requires MSVBVM50.DLL and OLEAUT32.DLL. Please download them if you do not have them already. After you get the files, extract them to your Windows\System folder.

Homepage: http://www.iceview.com/

Make Windows welcome you with an audio voice message during logon

I came across a nice tip here on How to Make Windows Welcome you With an Audio Voice Message During Logon.

To use this trick, follow the instructions given below:-

Open Notepad and Copy, Paste below Code. Write any desired text.

Code:
Dim speaks, speech
speaks="Hello Xarabas! Welcome back to your computer. Have a nice day"
Set speech=CreateObject("sapi.spvoice")
speech.Speak speaks

Save it as a .vbs file and place it in the startup folder:

C:\Documents and Settings\<account>\Start Menu\Programs

for example:

C:\Documents and Settings\xarabas\Start Menu\Programs

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