Archive for October, 2007

South Africa adopts ODF as govt standard

October 24th, 2007 | 9 Comments »

Open Document format (ODF) yesterday became an official standard for South African government communications. The ODF standard is included in the government’s Mininimum Interoperability Standards for Information Systems in government (MIOS) released yesterday. In the foreword to the document, department of public service and administration minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, says that “this updated version of MIOS […]

Document manager picks new open licence

October 24th, 2007 | No Comments »

[1]KnowledgeTree[/1] the Cape Town-based provider of [2]open source[/2] document management software for small to medium-sized organisations and departmental users, announced the availability of KnowledgeTree Open Source Edition 3.5 licensed under the new GNU General Public License ([3]GPL[/3]) version 3. New features of this edition include Web services-accessible document search functionality based on the Apache Lucene […]

Microsoft woos Asia through Turbolinux

October 23rd, 2007 | No Comments »

Microsoft has extended its collaboration agreement with Linux vendor Turbolinux, a Linux client and server distributor with a relatively large presence in Asian markets, specifically Japan and China, which Microsoft will no doubt be eager to leverage. Areas covered by the deal include the ever-controversial intellectual property assurances, interoperability between Linux and Microsoft Windows servers, […]

Let Firefox find it for you

October 22nd, 2007 | No Comments »

When you type a URL into Firefox’s address bar a drop-down menu appears based on your history. To select the most relevantaddress you use the arrow keys (or your mouse) to select it. How-to-geek has simple but powerful way to add a little power to your address bar: In the Firefox URL bar type this: […]

Microsoft to obey EU antitrust ruling

October 22nd, 2007 | No Comments »

Three years after an EU antitrust ruling against Microsoft, EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes today announced that the Redmond software giant had agreed to abide by three key points of the ruling, reports CNN. Neelie apparently reached the deal with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in the early hours of this morning. Microsoft has agreed to […]

Bika updates lab testing software

October 22nd, 2007 | No Comments »

We’ve written about Bika Lab Systems’ range of laboratory management software before on Tectonic. Now the Bika folks in the Cape have released Bika Interlab 1.2 under a GPL licence. “Proficiency testing helps laboratories to benchmark their performance within a pooled industry group, nationally or internationally. Web-based [Bika Interlab], sponsored by the South African Wine […]

Calling suppliers of Linux distro discs

October 22nd, 2007 | 18 Comments »

With our limitations on Internet connectivity in South Africa, even though Linux distributions are available as a free download, their size (4.2GB for Ubuntu 7.10) can be restrictive to those of use caught in the grip of [3]Telkom[/3]’s bandwidth choke-hold. For this reason Tectonic is compiling a directory of places and people offering copies of […]

A tour through Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon

October 22nd, 2007 | 4 Comments »

Last week the Ubuntu team released Ubuntu 7.10, codenamed Gutsy Gibbon, in one of the more hyped releases of the past couple of months. Tectonic joined every other Linux fan in the world in downloading a copy on the the day it was released. Then we spent the weekend working it over. What we found […]

Power context menus for Nautilus

October 22nd, 2007 | No Comments »

A file browser is a file browser is a file browser. Unless, of course, it is Nautilus which has tons of plug-ins available that give it a real productivity edge. Perhaps the best of these for real tech-heads is the nautilus-actions plug-in which allows you to add items to the right-click context menu in the […]

PodCamp Cape Town videos online

October 22nd, 2007 | No Comments »

If you weren’t lucky enough to attend PodCamp Cape Town this past weekend (or perhaps you were too busy readying for the rugby?) then head on over to Zoopy where you can find some of the videos shot during the day. Like this one where a router is installed in a tree to get decent […]

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