Archive for July, 2007

Sourceforge awards best OSS projects

July 31st, 2007 | No Comments »

SourceForge announced the winners of its second annual SourceForge.net Community Choice Awards during the OSCON conference. The awards recognise [1]open source[/1] projects that have the most supportive community following, and those that the community’s members believe are built with the highest quality, productivity and ingenuity. Winners were chosen in 11 categories. Notably among the winning [...]

Microsoft seeks OSI licence approval

July 30th, 2007 | No Comments »

Bill Hilf, general manager of platform strategy at [4]Microsoft[/4], announced last week at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON), that the company was submitting its shared licences, which include the permissive license, community license and reference licence, to the Open Source Initiative (OSI) for certification as true open source licences. Tim O’Reilly wrote: "This is [...]

Oracle Linux in sight, says Shuttleworth

July 30th, 2007 | No Comments »

Oracle’s assault on Linux looks to take the shape of a fork in the near future, according to Canonical founder and Ubuntu chief Mark Shuttleworth. "They must be on track to fork soon," Shuttleworth told The Register during an interview at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON). "They are hiring too many people just to [...]

In-fighting a threat to free software

July 30th, 2007 | 1 Comment »

In-fighting within the open source community needs to stop or risk further alienating companies, attendees at the Cape IT Initiative’s (CITI) FOSS event heard last week.  Nathan Momsen of Business Data Solutions (BDS) believes that infighting between various distributions has negatively affected the uptake of open source software in local, provincial and national government. Speaking [...]

64 Studio 2.0: Linux for digital content

July 30th, 2007 | 1 Comment »

64 Studio has released version 2.0 of the multimedia-focused GNU/Linux distribution built on Debian and available as both an install and a live CD version. The distribution runs on most PC hardware including AMD and Intel 64-bit architectures. 64 Studio 2.0 is designed to retain compatibility with Debian Etch, to create a long-lived and stable [...]

Novell SA chief quits to join Google

July 27th, 2007 | 6 Comments »

Novell South Africa’s Stafford Masie is leaving the Linux vendor to head up the local Google operation, reports ITWeb. Masie has led the Soth African Novell office for the past four years and has been a key figure in the Linux strategy adopted by Novell globally. Masie told ITWeb that he will "be heading up [...]

Mindquarry GO beta: online collaboration

July 26th, 2007 | No Comments »

The [1]open source[/1] collaborative software platform, Mindquarry, earlier this week launched the beta of its hosted collaborative service, Mindquarry GO. As a collaborative platform, online features including task management, file sharing, Wiki editing and team management. A record is kept of all changes to documents, allowing users to go back and see earlier versions. Mindquarry [...]

Open source telecoms partnership in KZN

July 26th, 2007 | No Comments »

Linux company DcData and telephony solutions providers BizCall have entered a strategic partnership in order to provide IP telephony and Voice over IP (VoIP) services to the Kwazulu Natal market, forming BizCall KZN. The partnership combines DcData’s [1]Linux[/1] experience and infiltration into the Kwazulu Natal market with BizCall’s call centre and PBX experience and its [...]

SugarCRM adopts version 3 of GPL licence

July 26th, 2007 | No Comments »

SugarCRM yesterday announced that it would license future editions of the popular open source customer relationship management software under version 3 of the GNU General Public Licence (GPLv3). In a statement yesterday the project team said the first release to be made under the new GPLv3 licence would be the upcoming Sugar Community Edition 5.0. [...]

Lafarge cements use of Linux firewall

July 25th, 2007 | No Comments »

Cape Town based IT consultancy Jeshurun Consulting has been awarded the contract to maintain and support the Linux-based firewall SmoothWall on behalf of all of Lafarge Africa‘s international sites. Over the past two years both companies have forged a strong relationship that has seen ten Smoothwall Advanced Firewall units deployed. Previous deployments have included sites [...]

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