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Sun’s Virtualbox releases version 2.1 major update

Sun has released version 2.1 of its Virtualbox virtualization software. The version number doesn’t say it all ‘coz according to the changelog, there are actually some major changes to this latest release of the Virtualbox software. New features for this version include 3D acceleration via OpenGL and an new NAT engine that has significantly better performance. And ICMP echo or better known as ping is now supported.

I’ve downloaded Virtualbox version 2.1 on my Ubuntu notebook to update my current version 2.0.6. The update went out smoothly although I had to first uninstall the older version before installing the new version 2.1 of Virtualbox.

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WordPress 2.7 final just got released

Well, well, well. After several minutes of posting about WordPress 2.7 release candidate 2, the WordPress development team has just released the final 2.7 version of WordPress. You can now download WordPress 2.7. WordPress version 2.7 has a new admin user interface that includes a lot of usability improvements compared to the current 2.6.x branch. It user interface has also been overhauled to make more efficient use of the display screen real estate. New features also make it easier to manage your posts / pages by providing quick edit functions for modifying meta data of your posts and pages.

Upgrading from the current WordPress 2.6.5 version should be easy using its easy three step guide. If you’re new to blogging and would want to get your feet wet on using WordPress, you can try it out for free by signing up for an account at wordpress.com. If you want to have your own personal WordPress site and don’t know how setup one, you can contact me for services regarding setting a WordPress blog site.

WordPress 2.7 RC2 gets released

WordPress 2.7 release candidate 2 just got released. At this point it’s pretty much how it would look like for the final release of WordPress 2.7. The new interface design is much sleeker than the current design you are used to using in WordPress.

The new icons and layout are now all in place. Although the new design have great improvements in terms of usability and functionality, I am more excited in the next version which will focus on the media library functions. I have some ideas and wishes that I would like to have in the media library like tagging and a whole new set of API’s that would enable developers to add functionality like cropping images before they get inserted in a post.

I’ve setup a “bleeding edge” copy of WordPress on my notebook and I must say that the current release candidate 2 is looking good with a lot of the issues being fixed or worked around. If there will be no more major issues then expect WordPress 2.7 final release in the coming days. Time for you to check it out and see if the plugins that you are currently using will work with the new version.

VirtualBox 2.0.6 released, fixes Nokia / iPhone sync via USB

The VirtualBox team has released version 2.0.6 of its VirtualBox virtualization software. I thought is was going to be something that adds support for Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope but guess what, it’s something better!

For those of you who are using Ubuntu as the host OS and have installed VirtualBox to be able to use Nokia’s PC Suite, the changelog says “USB: Fixed support for iPhone and Nokia devices (Linux host: bugs #470 & #491)”. This is good news since a lot of Ubuntu users seem to be particularly interested in running the Nokia PC Suite under a VirtualBox guest machine running Windows.

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Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) Alpha 1 released

For those of you who wants to give the latest / bleeding edge of Ubuntu, you can now download Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) alpha 1 from the Ubuntu download site. I checked the Ubuntu download site and only cd images for the alternate install and server discs are available.

Ubuntu 8.10 may not have even settled into your computer right now. I for one have yet to upgrade to Intrepid but I am curious about the new features in Ubuntu Jaunty. The alpha release already contains Firefox 3.04, Gimp 2.6.2, Pidgin 2.5.2 but Open Office is still at the 2.4.1 release.

Remember that this is just an alpha release and not fit for production use.