Archive for February, 2008

Bloemfontein readies for Podcamp SA 2008

February 26th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags:

SA’s podcasters will be descending on Bloemfontein in April this year for Podcamp SA. The event, to be held on April 19, is an opportunity for podcasting fans to get together and share ideas. Podcamp Cape Town in 2007 was, by all accounts, a great success.

Linux will be mobile OS of choice – Shuttleworth

February 26th, 2008 | 2 Comments » Tags:

Linux will become the mobile operating system of choice in time but it still needs to break the proprietary hold the major players have over the mobile sector, says Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth.

Quotable: Shuttleworth on patents

February 25th, 2008 | No Comments »

Ubuntu founder and Canonical head Mark Shuttleworth has responded to questions posed by the Boycott Novell site on the dangers posed by software patents, particularly with regard Mono. Most interesting are these couple of lines which indicated how Shuttleworth views Microsoft and its patent threats: “Yesterday’s announcement from Microsoft suggests that they have come round […]

SA-born Asterisk PBX now shipping

February 25th, 2008 | 1 Comment »

It’s always good to hear of South African companies making innovative products, particularly in the hardware sector which poses significant challenges. So here is the Blio PBX, a rack-mountable IP/analogue PBX, designed and manufactured locally by the Cape Town-based company. The PBX is designed and built from the ground up according to Blio’s Johann Botha, […]

Document Freedom Day

February 25th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: ,

The free software world now has another day to celebrate and promote freedom and open standards: Document Freedom Day is March 26, 2008. From the DFD website: Document Freedom Day will provide a global rallying point for Document Liberation and Open Standards.

Ubuntu Hardy Heron Alpha 5 flies

February 23rd, 2008 | 1 Comment » Tags: ,

The Ubuntu development team today announced Ubuntu Hardy Heron Alpha 5, the latest in a series of milestone CDs towards the release of Ubuntu 8.04 in April.

EU unimpressed by Microsoft's latest plans

February 22nd, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: ,

The European Commission is generally unimpressed by Microsoft’s announcement yesterday that it would be putting in place strategies to improve interoperability with many of its software. In a statement issued shortly after Microsoft’s announcement the EC wrote: The European Commission takes note of today’s announcement by Microsoft of its intention to commit to a number […]

Microsoft opening up to free software?

February 21st, 2008 | 5 Comments » Tags: ,

Is Microsoft changing? Maybe. Maybe not. Today the software giant announced it is ready to collaborate with the rest of the software world. Describing its interoperabilty initiative, Microsoft says it will open up application programming interfaces to all software users to “increase the openness of Microsoft software”.

Mobile tops Ubuntu goals for Intrepid Ibex

February 20th, 2008 | 8 Comments » Tags:

Canonical chief executive, Mark Shuttleworth, today announced plans for the October release of Ubuntu Linux. The release, due out in October this year, is to be called Intrepid Ibex and will focus heavily on mobile computing. In his email Shuttleworth writes: A particular focus for us will be pervasive internet access, the ability to tap […]

Install VirtualBox on Ubuntu in three steps

February 20th, 2008 | 4 Comments » Tags: , ,

One of the more common suggestions from readers following the article on my personal must-have apps for Ubuntu last week was that I install some sort of virtual machine on my computer and test software that way. So, I decided to do exactly that and found that VirtualBox is not only easy to install on […]

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