Archive for May, 2007

Supercomputing for SA researchers

May 24th, 2007 | No Comments »

Do you need the processing power of several thousand desktops to carry out your research? If so, look no further. The Centre for High Performance Computing (CHCP) has been established to allow researchers access to supercomputer level processing. This week the minister of science and technology, Mosibudi Mangena, officially opened the facility in Cape Town […]

Novell and EFF tackle patent reform

May 24th, 2007 | No Comments »

At the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco, Novell and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) this week announced they are teaming up to work on reforms to software patents worldwide. “It is increasingly obvious that software patents are not a meaningful measure of innovation,” said Jeff Jaffe, executive vice president and chief technology officer […]

Sun pledges patents to defend Linux

May 23rd, 2007 | No Comments »

In a surprise move this week Sun Microsystems CEO, Jonathan Schwartz, said the company was ready to use the company’s extensive patent portfolio to help defend Red Hat and Ubuntu Linux against Microsoft’s patent threat. In a post on his blog, Schwartz compared the changing world of software to that of the printed media. “There […]

First OpenOffice.org virus?

May 23rd, 2007 | No Comments »

Virus company Sophos claims to have possession of the first-ever OpenOffice.org virus. The virus apparently runs on Windows, Mac and Linux computers, but anti-malware vendor Sophos “admits it poses a low threat, especially as it’s only a proof-of-concept that hasn’t actually been discovered ‘in the wild’”. The worm, called SB/Badbunny-A, uses the built-in StarBasic scripting […]

'Sue me first!' OSS users tell Microsoft

May 23rd, 2007 | No Comments »

Taking a new approach to Microsoft’s patent threats, a wiki has been set up to allow users of free and open source software to invite Microsoft to sue them first. Digital Tipping Point have launched a Sue me first, Microsoft wiki where open source software ([1]OSS[/1]) users from around the world can invite a visit […]

Telkom cuts international bandwidth costs

May 23rd, 2007 | No Comments »

Fixed-line operator Telkom has cut its retail price of international bandwidth to all destinations by 30 percent, with effect (retrospectively) from May 1. This is according to Moneyweb which was speaking to Telkom’s Steven Hayward, managing executive for retail marketing. According to Hayward, the new rates, especially on the lower speed connections, now “compare favourably” […]

PCLinuxOS 2007 final released

May 22nd, 2007 | No Comments »

This week the PCLinuxOS community have proudly brought out the final release of PCLinuxOS 2007. Among the programs included in the OS are: Kernel 2.6.18.8, KDE 3.5.6, Open Office 2.2.0, Firefox 2.0.0.3, Thunderbird 2.0, Frostwire, Ktorrent, Amarok, Flash, Java JRE, Beryl 3D Compressed onto a single live CD are almost two gigabytes of software, which […]

Shuttleworth says Microsoft not the real threat

May 22nd, 2007 | No Comments »

Mark Shuttleworth yesterday posted a blog entitled “Microsoft is not the real threat“. In it he stated that he believed that Microsoft and the Linux community, as software producers, would ultimately find themselves on the same side, fighting against the current software patent system and those who seek to abuse it. [1]Shuttleworth[/1] went on to […]

Speed up surfing with Split Browser

May 22nd, 2007 | No Comments »

Split Browser is a [1]Firefox[/1] extension that takes the versatility of tabbed browsing a step further by making it possible to split the browser display window any number of times. Once installed, right clicking in the browser gives the option “Split window to” and a choice of above, below, right and left. Once the selection […]

MyGate eases shopping cart integration

May 21st, 2007 | 1 Comment »

South African payment gateway company, MyGate, have released snippets of code that make for easier integration between the shopping cart and the payment gateway. Code snippets for the following open source shopping carts have been released on the MyGate website and are available here: osCommerce Joomla CubeCart Zencart To compliment these releases, code snippets for […]

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