Opera turns 9.51

via Download Squad by Brad Linder on 7/3/08
Opera 9.5.1

Hot on the heels of Opera 9.5, the Opera team has released version 9.5.1 of their desktop web browser. The new version includes some recommended security and stability updates. But there are also some other handy changes. Here are a few highlights:

  • Fine-tuned the new default skin
  • Saved images no longer recorded in the file transfer window
  • Fixed an issue that could be used to display arbitrary code
  • Fixed a stability issue with Yahoo! Mail
  • 64 bit Linux package now available

Overall you won’t notice a ton of changes to the interface. But if you’re currently using Opera 9.5, we’d recommend updating for the security enhancements alone.

Sneak peek at OpenOffice.org 3.0

via Download Squad by Brad Linder on 3/20/08
OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta

OpenOffice.org 2.4 may be just around the corner. But if you laugh at stable releases and always want to have your hands on the latest beta software, you can download an early beta version of OpenOffice.org 3.0 today. Just check out the list of OpenOffice.org mirrors, choose a download site, and then find the Developer folder and the DEV300 supfolder and you should be able to download a Windows, Linux, or Mac installer. That’s right, there’s even an OS X installer. OpenOffice.org 3.0 will be the first version of OpenOffice to feature a native Mac client.

So what else does OpenOffice.org 3.0 have that version 2.3.1 is missing? Well, a bunch of bugs. This is a developer preview, after all. But there’s also a ton of new features, including the startup screen you see above. That’s what you’ll get if you launch OOo-dev without choosing a specific application like Writer or Calc first. Here are a few other changes:

  • Multi-page view in Writer
  • Office 2007 document support
  • New Calc theme
  • Maximum number of columns in Calc jumps from 256 to 1024
  • Multiple users can edit spreadsheets simultaneously

These are just a few of the changes already included in OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta. There are thousands of other tweaks and bug fixes in the works. What features would you most like to see in the next major release? OpenOffice.org 3.0 is scheduled for a September, 2008 launch.

[via OpenOffice.org Ninja]

How to make Windows look like OS X, Linux, or… Windows

via Download Squad by Brad Linder on 1/1/08
Fedora transformation pack

Love it or hate it, Windows is still pretty much the dominant operating system in the world. And while your heart may be with OS X or Linux, there might be just a couple of programs that you have to run on a regular basis that keep you coming back to your Windows machine. But just because you’re running Windows Vista or XP doesn’t mean you can’t pretend you’re using your OS of choice.

We’ve covered transformation packs that let you change the look and feel of Windows in the past. But Makeuseof has found a few packs that we weren’t aware of. For example, you can grab a Fedora or Ubuntu transformation pack that makes your desktop look like Linux. Each transformation pack includes desktops, program icons, and tools for customizing visual styles. You can also use transformation packs to make Windows look like OS X or make XP look like Vista.

We probably don’t need to tell you that beauty is only skin deep. Under the hood, if your computer is running Windows, you still have all the usual goodies and frustrations from the Windows registry to the blue screen of death. But at least these transformation packs can make your PC a bit easier on the eyes.

Intel sez Penryn’s done, lookout for 45nm Wolfdale / Yorkfield

If you’re desperate for some positive Intel news after hearing those less-than-inspiring margin forecasts earlier today, the chipmaker is once again keeping itself on track in regard to pumping out its forthcoming 45-nanometer processors. While we were briefed on the dual-core Wolfdale and quad-core Yorkfield just a few weeks back, Intel is now claiming that its Penryn-based chips are “complete” and will play nice with Windows Vista, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems when they hit the shelves. Both chips are (still) slated to hit production during the second half of this year, with manufacturing to hit full stride during 2008. Penryn is supposed to “extend the Core 2 architecture” by playing host to the next set of Intel’s Streaming SIMD Extensions (SSE), and will also lend a hand in the future development of Montevina, and just in case you’re the (way) forward-looking type, you can expect Penryn’s successor — dubbed Nehalem — to roll out in late ’08.

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Motorola ROKR E6 Passes FCC, Linux Fanboys Throw Awkward High Fives


The Motorola ROKR E6, or E690 as the engineers call it, was just approved by the FCC, much to Linux fans’ delight. It will follow up older ROKR phones, possibly with iTunes capabilities, and will run Motorola’s Linux OS.

The phone will have a touchscreen instead of a keypad, and will be loaded with a 2-megapixel camera, FM transmitter, and stereo Bluetooth capabilities. The iTunes integration seems like a long shot, seeing as this runs Linux. But, it does have GSM capabilities, which means it may be in your Cingular-stained hands someday soon. If you’re looking for a break from the “me too” pretty, but low functionality thin phones, this may be the one for you.

FCC Filing [FCC via Crunchgear]