Archive for October, 2007

Tips and tricks for Ubuntu Linux

October 31st, 2007 | No Comments »

Issue six of Full Circle, the Ubuntu community magazine, is out. I missed the announcement first time around because I was on a short break out of town. Issue 6 looks to be the best yet with more than 30 pages of news and tips for our favourite distro. Issue six includes: – Step-by-Step Ubuntu [...]

First US GPL infringement case settled

October 31st, 2007 | No Comments »

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) and Monsoon Multimedia announced yesterday that an agreement was reached to dismiss the GNU General Public License ([1]GPL[/1]) enforcement lawsuit filed by SFLC on behalf of two principal developers of BusyBox. As this settlement prevents the case from going to court, the SFLC’s defence of the GPL remains untested [...]

Open source encroaches into business

October 30th, 2007 | No Comments »

A recent study carried out by Saugatuk Technologies, Open Source as Disruptive Influence, has found that open source software’s (OSS) uptake by business has exceeded previous expectations by analysts. The report indicated further uptake in coming years. OSS already accounts for 10 percent of user business software, with a predicted increase to between 15 and [...]

One Laptop per Child gets first order

October 30th, 2007 | No Comments »

Uruguay has bought a 100 000 of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) laptops, the first order received by the organisation. The project, which aims to provide durable laptops at low cost to all children in the developing world, has been having trouble with a slow uptake. Despite the project’s high profile and the interest [...]

Hardware not working on Linux? Speak up!

October 29th, 2007 | No Comments »

Linux kernel hacker Greg Kroah-Hartman, who is heading the efforts to develop Linux drivers for all types of hardware, has put out a request for help. Ironically, he has more than 300 developers keen and eager to compile Linux drivers, yet they are sitting with nothing to do. Despite the fact that driver support is [...]

African ministers punt free, open source

October 29th, 2007 | No Comments »

In Windhoek last week, the Ministerial Bureau of the fifth Pan African Conference of Ministers for Public or Civil Service met to review progress on the collective work of the various public service ministers. Among the themes covered was that of e-governance and free and [1]open source[/1] software ([2]FOSS[/2]). The meeting was chaired by South [...]

Get a fresh desktop distro: Linux Mint 4

October 29th, 2007 | No Comments »

Linux Mint 4.0, codenamed Daryana, was released on Friday. Based on the [1]Ubuntu[/1] [2]Gutsy[/2] packages, this distro appears to fulfil the the development team’s stated goal to “produce an elegant, up to date and comfortable GNU/Linux desktop distribution”. It was described by

Wikipedia founder to launch SA academies

October 25th, 2007 | 1 Comment »

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales will be in South Africa next month to promote his goal of having Wikipedias in all major languages around the world. A partnership between iCommons and the Wikimedia Foundation will see the launch of two Wikipedia Academies in the country. Attendees to these launches will learn how to edit Wikipedia through [...]

Gimp 2.4 is out

October 25th, 2007 | No Comments »

It’s been a long time in the coming but Gimp 2.4 is here! The development team last night slipped out the final release of 2.4 of the graphics application with very little fanfare. Download here: http://www.gimp.org/downloads/ What’s new in this release: Gimp 2.4 release notes.

SA E-Commerce Award nominees announced

October 24th, 2007 | 3 Comments »

The nominees for the second annual South African E-Commerce Awards have been announced. Voting is now open to the public until November 23, after which the judges will select the winners for 2008. Results will be announced on November 26. Nominations were open from September 28 to October 19, during which 3000 nominations were received [...]

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