Archive for October, 2005

Beta tester seeks position: will work for beer

October 25th, 2005 | No Comments »

Beta testing is a tough and unappealing task, but 1 000 beers would certainly make the time worthwhile. One thousand German beers awaits the Linux enthusiast who crash tests BitDefender Mail Protection for Enterprises Beta most thoroughly. BitDefender is also throwing in a trip to Romania where the alpha beta tester will — according to […]

The Shuttleworth FAQ (part 4): Is Ubuntu the Big Ticket for Debian?

October 24th, 2005 | No Comments »

This FAQ (frequently asked questions) was first published on the Ubuntu wiki. We thank Mark and his team for permission to republish it in Tectonic. Due to length, we have split the FAQ into multiple parts. Is Ubuntu a Debian fork? Or spoon? What sort of silverware are you, man? Yes, Ubuntu is a fork. […]

Sita tender awarded next month, mum on cost

October 24th, 2005 | 1 Comment »

The State Information Technology Agency (Sita) will release results of South Africa\’s largest open source tender yet as early as mid-November, with implementation likely to begin in January next year. The tender will see a preferred list of vendors supplying open source software and technical support to the government over three years. Sita GM Sidwell […]

Redlinx launches Linux server for small businesses

October 24th, 2005 | No Comments »

Local open source service provider Redlinx has launched a rack-mountable server based on Novell\’s Suse Linux Enterprise Edition, targetted at the small and medium enterprise (SME) space. \”Many SMEs have no IT infrastructure at all beyond a few PCs and possibly an Internet connection,\” says Redlinx director Garth Francis. \”Most of them stand to make […]

Nominations open for SA\'s first open source awards

October 24th, 2005 | No Comments »

Tectonic has launched South Africa\’s first-ever open source software awards to recognise the software most loved by Tectonic readers as well as the SA companies they most respect. \”The first-ever readers\’ awards are very exciting and important,\” says Tectonic editor Alastair Otter. \”The past year has seen phenomenal growth in the uptake of open source […]

Africa needs free software, not slick marketing talk

October 21st, 2005 | 10 Comments »

Earlier this week Microsoft\’s Nigerian representatives claimed that even if Africans were given open source software they wouldn\’t know what to do with it. In an article published by ZDNet the company\’s representatives said Africans lacked the \”expertise\” to use open source software. Such outrageous claims can not be allowed to go without a response. […]

Rectron: Open source the next big desktop thing

October 21st, 2005 | No Comments »

Zandre Rudolph, business manager at IT distributor Rectron, says open source software is now ready for commercial use at desktop level, due to publicity over the last year thanks to the work of the likes of the Go Open Source campaign. Rudolph says this has resulted in an increase in the adoption of open source […]

OpenOffice.org goes live with 2.0

October 20th, 2005 | No Comments »

Today, a week after the OpenOffice.org project turned five years old, the team has released the long-awaited open source OpenOffice.org 2.0 suite. More than two years in development OpenOffice.org 2.0 includes a number of key new features including the new Base database module and support for the internationally recognised OpenDocument format. OpenOffice.org 2.0 is available […]

The Shuttleworth FAQ (part 3): Brown is the new black

October 20th, 2005 | No Comments »

This FAQ (frequently asked questions) was first published on the Ubuntu wiki. We thank Mark and his team for permission to republish it in Tectonic. Due to length, we have split the FAQ into multiple parts. Why is the default desktop in Ubuntu BROWN? The overarching theme of the first set of Ubuntu releases is […]

Ubuntu for servers

October 20th, 2005 | No Comments »

Following the slew of new Ubuntu versions released under the Breezy Badger 5.10 banner last week, the Ubuntu team has finalised the server version of the operating system, Ubuntu 5.10 Server. Ubuntu has seen great success in the Linux desktop environment — a small but growing niche in the IT sphere. While previous Ubuntu versions […]

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