Archive for February, 2008

End of life for Debian 3.1

February 29th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: , ,

One year after the release of Debian GNU/Linux 4.0, codenamed ‘etch’, and nearly three years after the release of Debian GNU/Linux 3.1, security support for Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 will cease at the end of March.

Shuttleworth Foundation puts money into telecoms

February 29th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: ,

Improving access to telecommunications in South Africa is as much a policy challenge and it is a technical challenge. This is according to The Shuttleworth Foundation’s Steve Song who was speaking at the launch of the foundation’s four new focus areas yesterday, one of which is telecommunications.

Managing distributed software teams

February 28th, 2008 | No Comments »

Increasingly software development teams are becoming bigger and more dispersed. This is particuarly true in the free and open source community where many of the members of project teams may never meet one another face to face.

IBM chooses Windows for point of sale

February 28th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags:

IBM said yesterday that it had started installing a rapidly-growing retail version of Windows in its computerised point-of-sale terminals and other devices it markets to retail stores and restaurants. IBM plans to pre-install Microsoft’s Windows Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS) software on its SurePOS machines as well as its self-service checkout systems and the [...]

FreeBSD 7.0 boosts performance and scalability

February 28th, 2008 | No Comments »

Version 7.0 of the open source operating system FreeBSD was released early this morning with a host of features that promise significant improvements in performance and SMP scalability. FreeBSD 7.0-release is available for the amd64, i386, ia64, pc98, and powerpc architectures. The version for the sparc64 architecture will become available in a few days.

Kubuntu KDE4 Hardy alpha released

February 28th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags:

Kubuntu KDE4 Hardy alpha is here. There will be two editions of Kubuntu with the 8.04 release: a commercially supported KDE 3 edition and a community supported KDE 4 edition. This release includes KDE 4.0.1 and a ew applications from KDE 3 to “fill in any gaps”, according to the development team.

EU slaps Microsoft with record fine

February 27th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags:

European Union regulators today slapped Microsoft with a record 899 million euro (R10bn/US$1.3bn) fine for failing to comply with a 2004 antitrust ruling. The fine, the largest ever imposed on a company by the EU, is for not fully obeying a ruling that the software giant should stop overcharging for using its patents to connect to Windows.

Third African FOSS conference heads to Senegal

February 27th, 2008 | No Comments »

Time is running out to register for Idlelo 3, the third African Conference on Free and Open Source Software and the Digital Commons. The conference will be held in Dakar, Senegal between 16 and 20 March.

Stallman hands over Emacs reins

February 27th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags:

Free software advocate and long time developer of the Emacs editor, Richard Stallman, has once again stepped down as the lead developer of Emacs, The Register reports. Stallman made the announcement on the Emacs developer forum and he later discussed his decision in an interview with Network World.

News wrap: ThinkPad X300, Adobe's Air for Linux

February 26th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: ,

We’ve written about the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 before and today the ultra-thin notebook was released. Today Adobe also announced that it was already preparing a Linux version of its Air framework for developing Internet applications.

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