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Submission + - KDE 4.0 Opens to Mac and Windows (

Bergkamp10 writes: The next generation of KDE's open source project, version 4.0, expected to be released today, will sport a major under the hood tune-up that will bring KDE to a much broader audience. "It's quite a big rewrite architecturally speaking. The major thing that started this off was the release of Qt4, the toolkit which KDE is based on," said Australian KDE developer Hamish Rodda. Rodda said Qt4 brings a lot of features and API improvements to version 4.0, as well as significant enhancements in the way memory is used. "So it ends up making KDE less resource intensive than KDE 3, which is quite an improvement," he said. KDE 4.0 boasts a modern architecture that Rodda says is more "future-proof" and designed to last for many years, "whereas some of our other technologies were dependent on certain programs, like the aRts program for audio which unfortunately became a bit of a burden on previous KDE releases." According to Rodda, despite not being matured just yet there are developers working on the porting of KDE 4.0 to both Mac and Windows.

Submission + - Record-setting stellar-mass black hole (

chyllaxyn writes: "Astronomers have discovered a new supermassive black hole orbiting a star a mere 1.8 million light-years from Earth. Weighing in with a mass of 24 to 33 times that of our Sun, topping the previous record of 16 times the mass of our sun. I can feel it's pull already, or maybe that's just the candy corn talking..."

Submission + - First release of OpenSolaris Project Indiana

Orthuberra writes: The first developer preview release of Project Indiana is now available. Project Indiana is an effort by Sun and the OpenSolaris community to create and installable LiveCD based on OpenSolaris, but with the look and feel of a modern desktop. This is including installation and configuration procedures of the operating system. Downloads are now being offered at the following location.

Submission + - Forty Years of LOGO

SoyChemist writes: Forty years ago, LOGO, a derivative of LISP, was born. Several years later, it became the cornerstone of educational software that simultaneously taught geometry and how to think like a coder. With a plethora of high-end educational software packages to choose from, each with flashy multimedia and trademarked characters, parents and teachers may find the humble turtle a bit outdated. Thankfully, several LOGO programs are available for free through a variety of websites, but perhaps 3D programming environments like Alice will be the wave of the future.

Linux beats Windows to Intel iMac 537

Ctrl+Alt+De1337 writes "The Mactel-Linux folks have now successfully booted Linux on a 17" Core Duo iMac. They used the elilo bootloader, a modified kernel, and a hacked vesafb to boot from a USB drive. No GUI pictures for now, just white text on a black background. The distro of choice was Gentoo, and instructions and patches are promised this weekend."

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