Archive for January, 2008

Add-on makes special characters easy

January 23rd, 2008 | 3 Comments » Tags: ,

Do you ever find yourself frustrated by having to type in accented letters, international characters or symbols into Firefox? If so, the FireFox add-on abcTajpu may just make your life a little easier. While the English language has relatively few such letters, this is a particularly useful tool for people working other languages such as […]

Terminal time for Linux

January 23rd, 2008 | 1 Comment » Tags:

Linux only: Do you spend most of your day working at the command line? Either in a terminal editor or full screen text? Then how about embedding a clock into the top right hand corner of your terminal so you know exactly how long you have been working. There are many ways to achieve this […]

Open source app challenges Microsoft Project

January 23rd, 2008 | 4 Comments » Tags:

Linux, Unix, Windows, Mac: Open source and software as a service company, Projity, is going head-to-head with Microsoft Project, having released its open source scheduling application, OpenProj 1.0. Available for Linux, Unix, Mac or Windows, OpenProj opens native Microsoft Project Files and the developers claim that it has equivalent functionality to the proprietary Office product […]

Easy website building, with Tank

January 22nd, 2008 | 2 Comments » Tags:

Last year we wrote about SynthaSite, a web-based website building tool. Now there is another site-building tool out of South Africa called Tank and it looks very promising. Tank is ideal for anyone who wants a website but doesn’t have the time to build their own; or doesn’t want to pay someone else to build […]

Shuttleworth leads global open education drive

January 22nd, 2008 | 1 Comment » Tags:

Today sees the launch of the Cape Town Open Education Declaration which aims to make learning and teaching materials freely available online, to improve the quality of education in schools in South Africa and the rest of the world, leveraging the potential for open collaboration on the Web. The declaration resulted from a meeting organised […]

Analyse open source code with FOSSology

January 22nd, 2008 | No Comments »

HP recently launched the FOSSology project to analyse open source software to determine what licences the different pieces of code fall under. The idea behind this is that while a piece of software may fall under a certain licence, such as the GPL, snippets of the underlying code can potentially fall under other licences. Through […]

Ubuntu updates long-term Linux

January 22nd, 2008 | No Comments » Tags:

The Ubuntu team yesterday released Ubuntu 6.06.2 LTS, the second maintenance release of Dapper Drake. Ubuntu 6.06.2 is a version of Ubuntu Linux that will be supported until June 2009 on desktops and June 2011 on servers and is ideal for enterprise systems looking for a solid OS with long term support: This maintenance release […]

Quality image editing on any platform

January 21st, 2008 | 1 Comment »

Linux, Windows, Mac: Are you looking for something to replace Adobe Photoshop but the Gimp just doesn’t do for you? Then you’ll want to take a look at Pixel. It may not be free, or open source, but Pixel is more than affordable and runs on a dozen different operating systems, including Linux, Windows, Mac […]

KDE 4.0 release keynote

January 21st, 2008 | No Comments »

As we mentioned previously, the much anticipated release of KDE 4.0 took place on January 11. Last Friday, however, was the official launch in Mountain View, California. Check out this post to see a video of the release’s keynote address given by Aaron Seigo, president of KDE e.V, the organisation responsible for all of the […]

Hit counter: The best of the past seven days

January 21st, 2008 | No Comments » Tags:

Last week was a difficult week for those of us in South Africa. Rolling blackouts for the whole of the week meant it was difficult to be online for too long. If you missed out on last week’s news then here again are the five most popular stories from the week: Ubuntu releases ten lessons […]

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