Archive for May, 2008

India joins SA, Brazil in OOXML standard fight

May 31st, 2008 | No Comments » Tags:

India yesterday joined Brazil and South Africa in appealing the ISO/IEC fast track process to adopt Microsoft’s OOXML format as an international standard.

Pressure mounts as Brazil appeals OOXML

May 30th, 2008 | 1 Comment » Tags: ,

Brazil has become the latest country to appeal against the ISO’s ratification of Microsoft’s OOXML document format as a international standard. In a damning letter to the international standards body yesterday, the Brazilian national body says that the ballot resolution meeting was flawed and processes were pushed through.

First beta of KDE 4.1 breaks cover

May 29th, 2008 | 1 Comment » Tags:

The KDE community has announced the release of KDE 4.1 Beta 1, an impressive preview of the forthcoming final release. Highlights of this release include greater functionality and many more configuration options for the desktop shell, the return of Kontact, the KDE personal information management suite, and a good handful of KDE 3 applications that [...]

Firefox plans download record attempt

May 29th, 2008 | 4 Comments » Tags: ,

With Firefox 3 expected to be released in just a couple of weeks the Spread Firefox campaign is recruiting supporters to set a new record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours. Although there is no pre-existing Guinness record for software downloads, more than 1.6 million copies of Firefox 2 were downloaded on the [...]

CSIR to switch 2300 users to Ubuntu Linux

May 27th, 2008 | 7 Comments » Tags: ,

Parastal CSIR, South Africa’s national science and technology research organisation, is readying to switch most of its more than 2300 staff to using Ubuntu Linux as their default desktop. As part of the move, the organisation has issued a request for information (RFI) for providers to assist in making a few remaining Windows-based applications available [...]

South Africa appeals ISO's OOXML decision

May 23rd, 2008 | 3 Comments » Tags: ,

UPDATED: The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has filed an appeal against the ISO decision to accept Microsoft’s Office OpenXML (OOXML) as an international standard. South Africa is the first country to appeal the decision within the stipulated 60-day appeal period.

Red Hat to open South African office

May 23rd, 2008 | 1 Comment » Tags: ,

Linux vendor Red Hat is to open an office in South Africa. Starting Monday Red Hat will have an SA-based country manager who will be responsible for the Southern Africa market on behalf of the company.

Site news: Tectonic Twitter

May 22nd, 2008 | No Comments » Tags:

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Microsoft ODF, Ubuntu Lite

May 22nd, 2008 | No Comments »

Need to catch up after a hectic week? Tectonic’s email newsletter is sent out once a week. Sign up here for a weekly summary of the week’s top news. This week: Microsoft to support ODF, Ubuntu for Ultraportables out next month. Hit the jump for more of the newsletter.

Ultraportable Ubuntu version out next month

May 22nd, 2008 | 4 Comments » Tags: ,

Canonical head and Ubuntu founder, Mark Shuttleworth, says that Ubuntu will be releasing an ultraportable version of Ubuntu next month. In an interview today with the Guardian, Shuttleworth said: “We’re announcing it in the first week of June. It’s called the Netbook Remix. We’re working with Intel, which produces chips custom-made for this sector.”

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