Linzer writes: Developers of the Linux distribution Mageia, a community-driven fork from Mandrake/Mandriva, have annouced the release of Mageia 4, following its yearly release cycle. The RPM-based distribution occupies middle-ground positions in many repects: although historically KDE-centric, it has tried to suit the needs of users of GNOME and other desktop environments. It also aims at balancing user-friendliness and support for recent hardware with high configurability for power users. The new release is based on Linux kernel 3.12 and provides KDE 4.11, GNOME 3.10 and Xfce 4.10, and the new tool Mageia Welcome to help newcomers install popular applications, configure their system, and find support.
Linzer writes: A team of cognitive scientists has shown that baboons are able to read English words and differentiate them from non-words. Initially, the baboons recognize words that have already been presented. Then, in a second phase, they can differentiate between a non-word and an English word unknown to them, apparently relying on relationships between letters, or orthographic patterns, similar to those used by humans. The researchers from Marseille, France have published their findings in Science (full text for subscribers only), and uploaded a video summary.