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+ - Fedora 12 released-> 1

Submitted by AdamWill
AdamWill (604569) writes "The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the release of Fedora 12 today. With all the latest open source software and major improvements to graphics support, networking, virtualization and more, Fedora 12 is one of the most exciting releases so far. You can download it here. There's a one-page guide to the new release for those in a hurry. The full release announcement has details on the major features, and the release notes contain comprehensive information on changes in this new release. Known issues are documented on the common bugs page."
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Comment: 2.5.9 and 2.6.1 are different releases (Score 5, Informative) 127

by Laven (#29126375) Attached to: Pidgin Adds Google Talk Voice and Video Support (and a Vulnerability)

2.5.9 and 2.6.0 were both released Tuesday, August 18th addressing this security issue (CVE-2009-2694). 2.5.9 is 2.5.8 with only CVE-2009-2694 addressed and an unrelated crash bug fix. 2.6.0 contains CVE-2009-2694 in addition to many other bug fixes and the new Voice and Video support.

Unfortunately, another security issue was discovered with sending URL's over the Yahoo protocol and 2.6.1 was released on Wednesday, August 19th. According to the pidgin developers, 2.5.9 was not affected by separate bug.

Note: The Voice and Video support in pidgin-2.6.1 is a bit fragile. You MUST have the latest version of farsight2 and the stack of libraries it requires. You may also need to open ports on your firewall to allow it to connect.

Comment: Try Gnote instead of Tomboy (Score 4, Informative) 503

by Laven (#28334691) Attached to: Mono Squeezed Into Debian Default Installation

Have you tried gnote yet? It is a C++ reimplementation of tomboy. gnote's binary package itself is less than 4MB with only a few standard dependencies that you might already have on a GNOME desktop, significantly smaller than Mono. I made the switch fully from tomboy to gnote a few months ago and things are working very nicely.

Data Storage

+ - Solid state drive long term performance analyzed

Submitted by Vigile
Vigile (99919) writes "When the Intel X25-M series of solid state drives hit the market last year, there was little debate that they were the best performing MLC (multi-level cell) offerings to date. The one area they blew away the competition in was with write speeds where initial reviews showed consistent 80MB/s results. However, a new article over at PC Perspective that looks at Intel X25-M performance over a period of time shows that write speeds are dramatically reduced during modest everyday usage patterns. Average writes speeds are shown to drop to half (40MB/s) or less in the worst cases though the author does describe ways that users can recover some of the original drive speed using standard HDD testing tools."

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