Archive for October, 2004

OpenBSD founder pulls no punches

October 12th, 2004 | No Comments »

This extract of an interview with Theo de Raadt is published with the kind permission of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Winter has ended in Melbourne but I\’m not the sort to venture out without at least a sweater. However, the cold doesn\’t seem to bother Theo de Raadt as we sit in […]

Jabber protocols get Internet-grade thumbs up

October 11th, 2004 | No Comments »

The Internet Engineering Task Force has published the specifications for the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) as RFCs within the Internet Standards Process. These documents, which formalise the XML streaming protocols first developed by the Jabber open-source community in 1999, are the result of two years of work by the IETF\’s Extensible Messaging and […]

Linux a core theme for Oracle user group conference

October 11th, 2004 | No Comments »

The South African Oracle Users Group(SAOUG) conference next week will focus heavily on the use of Linux. \”A heated debate on the viability of Linux in the enterprise with four leading IT MDs,\” is just one of the ways Linux will feature heavily on the agenda of the annual South African Oracle Users Group conference, […]

Alan Cox bemoans lack of quality in software development

October 10th, 2004 | No Comments »

From Ping Wales Part 1 of 2 Part 2 – Tips for writing better software from Alan Cox A large part of the software industry has never heard of the science of quality assurance – or if it has, it doesn\’t believe in it. Thus spake Alan Cox, Wales\’ most famous Red Hat employee and […]

Linux for SMEs: What to look for before you leap

October 7th, 2004 | No Comments »

Article originally published by Ping Wales Both Linux and Small-Medium Enterprise (or SME) are terms that tend to provoke argument; before you reach for your flame-thrower, please accept that by \’Linux\’ I mean computer operating systems based on the Linux kernel, and an SME is any business from a sole trader up to the point […]

Open source support vital to enhance e-government initiatives

October 6th, 2004 | No Comments »

Over the last year the South African government has increasingly advertised its intentions and efforts to become more technologically enabled, with the aim to improve its internal operations, its service levels, and its accessibility to its citizens. To date, open source software seems to be its chosen technology. Government needs, however, to ensure that its […]

SuSE 9.2 Professional out in November

October 6th, 2004 | No Comments »

Novell today said it will release SuSE Linux Professional 9.2 in November. Professional 9.2 will include Bluetooth wireless support and automatic recognition of Bluetooth devices through the YaST configuration tool. On the desktop front 9.2 will include KDE 3.3 and Gnome 2.6 as well as Evolution 2.0. The full set will ship with kernel 2.6.8. […]

JBoss in Africa

October 5th, 2004 | No Comments »

South Africa\’s Sadalbari Open Software has been appointed Africa\’s first JBoss Authorised Service Partner. The Cape Town-based company specialises in J2EE development and with a number of products in the open source domain and says JBoss is the solution to the problem of complex and expensive proprietary J2EE application server software. Sadalbari Open Software CEO […]

Linux training – to certify or not to certify?

October 5th, 2004 | No Comments »

Along with the increasing focus on Linux as an alternative platform for companies of all size, IT departments are beginning to skill up engineers and systems administrators for careers in Linux while at the same time, hiring new staff that have Linux skills. \”Looking at the level of student coming through Obsidian\’s training centre, at […]

OSS industry challenges Gartner on Linux report

October 1st, 2004 | No Comments »

This week we have seen numerous reports (see here) in the trade press referring to Gartner UK analyst Annette Jump claiming that pre-installing Linux on PCs encourages piracy of Windows. Open Source Industry Australia(OSIA) earlier today issued a press release in which it challenged the validity of Jump\’s findings. \”We dispute Jump\’s conclusion and her […]

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