Ubuntu 16.10 released

The latest version of the Ubuntu operating system for desktop PCs and laptops, Ubuntu 16.10, known by the codename Yakkety Yak, has been released.

Ubuntu 16.10 will be supported for 9 months until July 2017. If you need Long Term Support, it is recommended you use Ubuntu 16.04 LTS instead.

Ubuntu Desktop

  • LibreOffice 5.2 has been updated to 5.2. Ubuntu now uses the GTK3 version by default.

  • Update Manager now shows changelog entries for PPAs too (253119).

  • Apps provided by GNOME have been updated to at least 3.20. Many apps have been updated to 3.22 also.

  • The Nautilus file browser has been updated to 3.20.

  • systemd is now used for user sessions. System sessions had already been provided by systemd in previous Ubuntu releases.

Ubuntu Server

OpenStack Newton

Ubuntu 16.10 includes the latest OpenStack release, Newton, including the following components:

  • OpenStack Identity – Keystone

  • OpenStack Imaging – Glance

  • OpenStack Block Storage – Cinder

  • OpenStack Compute – Nova

  • OpenStack Networking – Neutron

  • OpenStack Telemetry – Ceilometer and Aodh

  • OpenStack Orchestration – Heat

  • OpenStack Dashboard – Horizon

  • OpenStack Object Storage – Swift

  • OpenStack Database as a Service – Trove

  • OpenStack DNS – Designate

  • OpenStack Bare-metal – Ironic

  • OpenStack Filesystem – Manila

  • OpenStack Key Manager – Barbican

 

Will T-mobile acquire Twitter?

After Verizon completed its $4.4 billion acquisition of Internet pioneer AOL in 2015, it turned its sights to another long-time Internet presence, Yahoo.

While Verizon’s $4.8 billion acquisition of Yahoo hasn’t completed yet, after hearing T-mobile CEO John Legere pour compliments all over Twitter in a recent interview on CNN Money, one has to wonder.

Traditionally, carriers purchasing content providers has not gone well.

How will T-mobile stock react? Will this help T-mobile subscribers?

Best Linux Distributions

SoftwareInReview covered what we believed to be the top Linux distributions in 2015. Clearly it’s time to review our findings. A lot of people did not agree with the choices, and, to be fair, it is hard to name a “best” version of Linux because the distributions are developed for many different purposes.

  • Want an easy-to-use desktop?

Maybe Linux Mint or Ubuntu are the choices for you.

  • Want an enterprise server?

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLESE) have a lot of great features.

  • Want a Linux distribution that lives in memory?

Puppy is a small distribution, (with a live-CD around 85MB) that can load completely into RAM.  This distribution is very fast and now makes the top ten list of visited Linux distribution sites.

  • Want a Linux distribution for gaming?

SuperGamer, based on VectorLinux, is a live DVD this is written for gaming on Linux.  linuX-gamers Live DVD, based on Arch Linux, is another choice.

Our list of the best Linux distributions of 2011 was the most commented-on post we have had and it stirred up a lot of debate.
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2012 – Best Anti-Virus Software

The last time SoftwareInReview looked at the top Anti-Virus Programs was in 2009, so we had another look.   SoftwareInReview has rated the programs according to the table below. These programs are all mature and all ranked very well in evaluation.  Most notable is the emergence of free Anti-Virus programs, like the AVG Anti-Virus Free 2012.  If you are looking for a free Anti-Virus program, these free products are coming closer to the commercial versions rated below, but, still not as effective as the commercial versions in our opinion.

Below you will see that we have compiled a table which shows our rating given to each Anti-Virus package as well as other information such as the price.  Note – we are not in the business of selling software, so we provide links to the respective company sites.

To see our full review for each anti-virus software simply click the review link.

Best Anti-Virus Software for 2012

Desktop Publishing Software
Price Full Review Go To Site Ease of Use User Friendliness Help/ Support Overall Rating
Webroot Secure Anywhere AntiVirus
$39.95 Review Order 5 5 5
BitDefender Antivirus Plus 2012
$49.95 Review Order 5 5 4.5
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012
$59.95 Review Order 5 4.5 4.5
Norton AntiVirus 2012 $39.99 Review Order 4.5 4.5 4.5
AVG Anti-Virus 2012
$39.95 Review Order 4.5 5 4

Winner: Webroot Secure Anywhere Antivirus

2012 – Best Privacy Programs Review

SoftwareInReview looked at privacy software programs. Listed below are our top  privacy software programs for 2012. Each program was ranked based on the ease of installation, the user friendliness and the availability of both help and support for the consumer.

The table below provides an overall rating given to each program. We have also included the price of each program and a short review along with a link to the manufacture’s website that can be accessed by clicking on the links provided below.

Best Privacy Software for 2012

Desktop Publishing Software
Price Full Review Go To Site Ease of Use User Friendliness Help/ Support Overall Rating
Webroot Window Washer
$29.99 Review Order 5 5 5
CyberScrub Privacy Suite 5.1
$59.99 Review Order 5 5 4.5
Evidence Eliminator
$99.95 Review Order 4 4.5 5
Privacy Guardian
$29.99 Review Order 5 5 4
ParetoLogic Privacy Controls
$39.95 Review Order 4.5 4.5 4.5

Winner: Webroot Window Washer

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Best 2011 Animation Software Programs

SoftwareInReview looked at animation software programs. Listed below are our top seven animation software programs for 2011. Each program was ranked based on the ease of installation, the user friendliness and the availability of both help and support for the consumer.
The table below provides an overall rating given to each program. We have also included the price of each program and a short review along with a link to the manufacture’s website that can be accessed by clicking on the links provided below.

Best Animation Software for 2011

Animation Software
Price Full Review Go To Site Ease of Use Effectiveness Help/ Support Overall Rating
Toon Boom Studio 6
$329.99 Review Order 5 5 5
Anime Studio Debute 8 and Pro 8
$49.99, $199.99 Review Order 5 4.5 5
Claymation Studio 3.0 Deluxe
$59.99 Review Order 4.5 5 5
Animation Workshop 4.0a
$29.99 Review Order 4.5 5 4.5
Easy GIF Animator
$19.85 Review Order 4.5 4 4

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Best 2011 Photo Editing Software Programs Review

SoftwareInReview looked at the top photo editing software products for home use. Listed below are the top five desktop publishing software solutions for 2011. Each program was ranked based on ease of installation, user friendliness, and availability of help/support.

The table below provides an overall rating given to each program.  A short review of each program along with a link to the manufacturer’s web site can be accessed by clicking on the links provided.

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Best Desktop Publishing Software for 2011

SoftwareInReview looked at the top desktop publishing software products for home use. Listed below are the top five desktop publishing software solutions for 2011. Each program was ranked based on ease of installation, user friendliness, and availability of help/support.

The table below provides an overall rating given to each program.  A short review of each program along with a link to the manufacturer’s web site can be accessed by clicking on the links provided.

Note: If you are looking for a high-end, professional-grade desktop publishing software tool,  this category is not evaluated here. Two candidates for the high end are Adobe InDesign CS4 and QuarkXpress. These packages offer professional capabilities.  Adobe InDesign CS4 ntegrates with Photoshop, Dreamweaver, but has a steep learning curve.

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Best 2011 Disk Defragmenter Software

SoftwareInReview looked at Disk Defragmenter software. Listed below are our picks for the top seven disk defragmenters for 2011. Each program was ranked based on ease of use, effectiveness of features, and availability of help/support.

The table below provides an overall rating given to each program. We have also included the price of each program. A short review along with a link to the manufacturer’s web site can be accessed by clicking on the links provided below.

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Best 2011 DVD Ripping Software

SoftwareInReview looked at DVD ripping software programs. Listed below are our top seven DVD ripping programs for 2011. Each program was ranked based on ease of use, effectiveness of features, and availability of help/support.

The table below provides an overall rating given to each program. We have also included the price of each program. A short review along with a link to the manufacturer’s web site can be accessed by clicking on the links provided below.

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