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Granular Newsletter: February 2009

Welcome to the seventh edition of Granular Newsletter
This seventh edition (lucky one?) of Granular Newsletter comes four months after the last edition, which was in October. Quite a lot has happened since then in the Linux world, especially the Granular Project. Here's a quick round up of news and events covered in this newsletter.

Granular 1.0 was release in January 2009, after a long delay. Granular Documentation has been updated with new content. Many software saw their updated new versions coming out. We also saw many other Linux distros coming out with their brand new releases - some stable and some development.

Find out more in this month's newsletter. We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter.

Granular Newsletter is divided into 2 parts:
1. News - Latest happenings from the Granular Linux community and Team Granular, and some other news related to Granular.
2. Tips & Tricks - Find some tips, tricks, work arounds and tutorials in this section that would help tweak/fine-tune/enhance your Granular Linux.

Team Granular is looking out for contributions from interested ones for the future editions of Granular Newsletter. The newsletter is intended to grow both in quality and quantity. And this is possible only with the support of more people. If you wish to contribute articles, tips, tricks, tutorials, news (non-Granular), or any other possible contributions for the newsletter, contact us through email at [email protected].

Granular 1.0 released
Finally after a long delay, Granular 1.0 final was released on 21st January 2009. And what a coincidence - the new President of the United States, Mr. Barack Obama, also took his oath for Presidency on that very day. The previous release was the release candidate (RC) for version 1.0 which was released on 29th June 2008. So, there was a gap of about 6 months between releases. But the final release incorporated a host of improvements and bug fixes over the previous release. The Granular Linux website also saw a design & structure make over near the release.
Release Announcement - Release Notes - Get it

Granular Mailing list opened
With the release of Granular 1.0 final, a new mailing list was also announced - the Granular help/discussion list. Additionally, an announcement list was also opened which anyone can join to receive important news and updates from the Granular Project.

Granular Documentation updated
As per the needs, the Granular Wiki/Documentation was also updated with new tutorials, tips and work arounds.

Software updates
Some notable recent package updates were: amarok-, firefox-3.0.6, linux-, wine-1.1.14, python-3.0, kde-4.2.

Distro updates
Recently, many Linux distros released their updates versions, some minor updates, some development releases, and some major releases. A few notable ones are - openSuSE 11.1, Sabayon 4, KNOPPIX 6.0, Linux Mint 6.0, Fedora 10.

Interview with Linus Torvalds
DistroWatch recently published an exclusive interview with the founder of the Linux kernel - Linus Torvalds. The interview is quite long, but still it's a nice read, especially for the Linux enthusiasts out there.

Buy Granular 1.0 CD from On-Disk
Granular was recently made available on the On-Disk website due to a considerable number of requests for it on their website. You can buy a Granular 1.0 CD from On-Disk if you want a pre-burned CD to be delivered to your home. Also, buying Granular CDs from there helps support the Granular Project financially.

Setting up NVIDIA or ATi cards
Granular may not, by default, be setup to use the official NVIDIA or ATi drivers for the corresponding cards, and rather resort to using the NVIDIA and ATi drivers bundled with Xorg. [read more]

Mount ISO images using a graphical interface
Many Windows users, today, are well aware of the many applications that are available to mount ISO images on a virtual drive, without having to burn the images onto a CD/DVD fist to be able use it. On the Linux platform, however, there is not much of these graphical apps available to do the task of mounting ISOs. [read more]

Installing preferred language pack
You might want to install a language pack other than English (included by default in Granular) perhaps because you want to have the interface display text and messages in your own language (mother tongue). This small tutorial will show you how to do exactly that. [read more]

Running Windows applications/software
If Microsoft Windows is to be considered ahead of Linux in any area, that area would be "applications" (and just applications!). But when you start using Linux, chances are you will find an alternative to your favorite Windows application, and hence, not miss Windows anymore.
But if you still have a software that has no alternative for the Linux platform or you are too reluctant to leave your favorite app and shift to another, here is how to run such Windows applications (or softwares) in Granular (or Linux for that matter). [read more]

About Granular

Granular is a Linux operating system that is easy to use, user-friendly, and filled with lots of fun. For newbies in the world of Linux who want to explore and play around with Linux, Granular is a must try. At the same time, it is well suited to the regular Linux users.

Through the various applications included in Granular, you can surf the internet, write articles, make presentations, chat with your friends, listen to music, play games, manage images and a lot, lot more.....

Another notable feature of Granular is that it unites various desktop environments, like KDE and Enlightenment, together onto one CD/DVD. Switching between them is easy.

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