Archive for September, 2006

Potential Photoshop killer Pixel

September 29th, 2006 | 3 Comments »

According to the results of a survey conducted early this year by Novell, Adobe Photoshop tops users’ lists as the most critical application not available on Linux. While Adobe continues to only support Windows and Mac OS X with most of its products for its own, unknown reasons, alternatives are becoming increasingly popular with the [...]

Oracle releases Berkley DB 4.5

September 28th, 2006 | No Comments »

Oracle today announced the release of version 4.5 of the open source Oracle Berkely database. Oracle Berkeley DB 4.5 now supports multi-version concurrency control, non-stop upgrades for replicated environments and a pre-built replication framework to simplify development of highly available applications. Oracle Berkeley DB 4.5 is becoming a popular open source database choice for developers [...]

Ubuntu Edgy Eft beta out

September 28th, 2006 | 2 Comments »

Updated: 11:03pm The next version of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution was released today. As the name suggests, Edgy Eft will include bleeding-edge Linux technologies, with many of the packages expected in Edgy to be beta themselves. Here we look at what you can expect from Ubuntu 6.10. (See below for download options) The first [...]

Lack of consensus threatens EASSy cable

September 28th, 2006 | No Comments »

The 31 telecommunications companies involved in developing and implementing the East African Submarine system (EASSy) cable system have said that the 23-nation protocol to build the under-sea cable is unacceptable to them and could lead to them abandoning the project. This is a psychological blow to the initiative, which has already received a body blow [...]

Nigerian internet exchange set to come on stream

September 28th, 2006 | No Comments »

Nigeria will spend about 30 million naira (R1.9 million) on the construction of a national Internet Exchange Point (IXP). The exchange point, which is expected to be commissioned by Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo within days, will make it possible to keep local internet traffic within the country. An exchange is a physical infrastructure that allows [...]

Easy, elegant news feeds with lastRSS

September 28th, 2006 | No Comments »

The RSS format is great for getting the lastest headlines in your favourite news reader. But what if you run your own website and you want to include some of these headlines on your own site? You could always copy and paste them into your HTML, or even type them in yourself. But perhaps your [...]

Shuttleworth should sell 'open energy technology' plan to Branson

September 27th, 2006 | No Comments »

Non-patentable shared “open energy technology” has the potential to have a profound impact on the reduction of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming, in the same way that open source software has changed computers and the Internet. Consider a shared international effort to create a clean rocket fuel, an efficient combustion engine, a wind [...]

OSS document management for small businesses

September 26th, 2006 | No Comments »

South Africa-developed KnowledgeTree, an open source document management application, is now available in two additional versions catering to enterprise and small business users. “KnowledgeTree SMB and KnowledgeTree Enterprise editions tailor the KnowledgeTree document management offering to specific ends of the market, providing each with extremely attractive price performance,” says Daniel Chalef of KnowledgeTree developers Jam [...]

Python: Thinking differently

September 26th, 2006 | 3 Comments »

For those who followed my PHP tutorials, it should be pretty clear by now that I’m a PHP fan at heart. That’s why it was a surprise even to myself that I started learning — and enjoying — Python. The best part of the jump from PHP is the change of lexicon, which really helps [...]

Giving money back to LPI achievers

September 22nd, 2006 | 1 Comment »

The Geek Freedom League is making good on its promise to refund Linux Professional Institute (LPI) exam fees to 50 geeks who have successfully completed a Level 1 certification. Geeks will have to prove they passed both exams (i.e 101 and 102) by either forwarding an email from the LPI confirming their certification, or sending [...]

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